Jackets fall in Quick Lane Bowl: Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall and the Yellow Jackets were defeated by Minnesota 34-10 Wednesday in Detroit. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Three Georgia Tech players to receive tryouts at Falcons’ rookie minicamp 

Marshall is trying to take the same quarterback-to-receiver route that Tech great Justin Thomas has attempted. Thomas spent parts of the 2017 season on the Pittsburgh Steelers roster and played with the Atlanta Legends in the now defunct AAF. Perhaps the most successful recent example of the switch is New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who was a quarterback at Kent State.

Marshall has received position training from Charles Collins, perhaps best noted for coaching NFL greats Chad Johnson and Steve Smith in junior college.

Vanderbilt tight tend Sam Dobbs (Landmark Christian High, Douglasville), Mercer tight end Sam Walker (South Forsyth High, Cumming), Jacksonville State defensive tackle Connor Christian (East Paulding High, Dallas), Wake Forest defensive tackle Willie Yarbary (Richmond Academy, Augusta) Syracuse linebacker Ryan Gutherie (West Forsyth, Cumming), Central Florida linebacker Pat Jasinski (Blessed Trinity, Roswell), Georgia Southern safety Sean Freeman (Peach County, Fort Valley) and Georgia Southern center Curtis Rainey all have local ties.

Here’s the list of the tryout players:  


9 Eli Dunne, 6-foot-5, 238, Rookie, Northern Iowa, Grinnell, Iowa


30 Tony Brooks-James, 5-9, 190, R, Oregon, Gainesville, Fla.

33 John Santiago, 5-9, 187, R, North Dakota,  Andover, Minn.


88 Shun Brown, 5-10, 188, R, Arizona, Shreveport, La.

4 TaQuon Marshall, 5-10, 180, R, Georgia Tech, Hamilton


84 Sam Dobbs, 6-4, 230, R, Vanderbilt, Douglasville

86 Jackson Harris, 6-6, 250, R, Georgia, Columbia, Tenn.

47 Logan Scott, 6-5, 250, R, Alabama-Birmingham, Purvis, Miss.

46 Sam Walker, 6-4, 242, R, Mercer, Cumming


66 Tyler Bowling, 6-6, 327, R, Tulsa, Yukon, Okla.

54 Tyler Jordan, 6-4, 321, R, Florida, Jacksonville, Fla.

56 Jake Largay, 6-4, 325, R, Massachusetts, East Harland, Conn.

52 Curtis Rainey, C, 6-2, 290, R, Georgia Southern,  Jacksonville, Fla.


71 Jordan Bradford, DT, 6-2, 288, R, Louisiana Tech, Bay St. Louis, Miss.

90 Desmond Branch, DE, 6-3, 270, R, Georgia Tech, Rio Ranco, N.M.

73 Connor Christian, DT, 6-3, 270, R, Jacksonville State, Dallas, Ga.

66 Ross Donelly, DT, 6-1, 309, R, Mississippi, Houston

72 Preston Gordon, DT, 6-1, 280, R, Texas Tech, McKinney, Texas

75 Alec Heldreth, DT, 6-4, 270, R, Clarion, Clanfield, Ohio

53 DaVondrick Lison, DE, 6-2, 235, R, Southern Arkansas, Arkansas City, Ark.

91 Derrick Tate, DE, 6-3, 210, R, Bowie State, Baltimore

62 Willie Yarbary, DT, 6-2, 285, R, Wake Forest, Augusta


41 Eric Bowie, 6-2, 225, R, Jacksonville State, Monroe, La.

47 Ryan Gutherie, 6-2, 224, R, Syracuse, Cumming

51 Pat Jasinski, LB, 6-1, 236, R, Central Florida, Roswell


34 Dawson Brown, S, 6-3, 217, R, Bethel, Becker, Minn.

35 Sean Freeman, S, 6-0, 190, R, Georgia Southern, Fort Valley

38 Jalen Johnson, S, 6-3, 215, R, Georgia Tech, Oneonta, Ala.

40 A.J. Westbrook, S, 6-0, 190, R, Florida State, Daytona Beach, Fla.


3 Lester Coleman, P, 6-5, 245, R, Virginia, Martinsville, Va.

1 Erik Powell, K, 6-1, 201, 1 year, Washington State, Vancouver, Wash.

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