Georgia Tech's Brant Mitchell answers a question during a news conference at the NCAA Atlantic Coast Conference college football media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Photo: Chuck Burton/AP
Photo: Chuck Burton/AP

Why Brant Mitchell loves Quez Jackson ‘to death’

At the ACC Kickoff, Tech linebacker and captain Brant Mitchell offered his endorsement of Jackson’s ability, including a significant comparison.

“I love Quez to death,” Mitchell said. “He’s a good kid, and he kind of reminds me of P.J. Davis the way he kind of carries himself and how he acts and the fire that he has and the motor that he has.”

With an unrelenting style and a knack for finding the ball, Davis was a fan favorite during his four seasons at Tech (2013-16). He was a lightly regarded prospect in high school who earned playing time as a freshman and led the Jackets in tackles as a sophomore and junior.Davis played the ’15 and ’16 seasons with Mitchell.

“He’s a guy that, he’ll play this year if he stays healthy and all that stuff,” Mitchell said of Jackson. “But he’s a guy that’s just going to run to the ball and play as hard as he can every single play.”

Jackson was one of three early-enrollee freshmen (defensive lineman T.K. Chimedza and linebacker/safety Charlie Thomas were the others). Jackson is behind Mitchell at one of the two inside linebacker spots. Thomas also is on the depth chart behind Jalen Johnson at the “Stinger” outside linebacker position.

Mitchell has particularly appreciated Jackson’s approach as a freshman.

“I think that he realizes that he’s a young guy and he has a lot of talent and he wants to learn,” Mitchell said. “That’s the thing. A lot of guys these days come in with a sense of entitlement that, they think, ‘Well, I was a star on my high-school team; I’m going to come in here and be the star right now.’ Well, it doesn’t work that way in a lot of cases. 

“But I think he’s a guy that he’s got a level head and I think he respects the older guys on the team and I think he respects the older guys on the team and I think that, in turn, that makes me respect him more.”

Georgia Tech linebacker Victor Alexander led the Yellow Jackets in tackles in 2017, with 60, and had two sacks. Tech linebacker Brant Mitchell recorded 51 total tackles in 2017, the second most among players returning for 2018. Tech linebacker Bruce Jordan-Swilling recorded 34 tackles as a freshman in 2017. Tech defensive end Anree Saint-Amour ranked second in sacks (2.5) and tackles for loss (5.5) in 2017. Tech defensive lineman Desmond Branch produced 3.5 tackles for loss in 2017, the third most on the

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