After win over North Carolina, 3 Georgia Tech players helped clean locker room

Georgia Tech running back Jordan Mason (27) tries to escape the grasp of North Carolina linebacker Cedric Gray (33) during the second half Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. (John Bazemore/AP)
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Georgia Tech running back Jordan Mason (27) tries to escape the grasp of North Carolina linebacker Cedric Gray (33) during the second half Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. (John Bazemore/AP)

Credit: John Bazemore

Credit: John Bazemore

As is standard, Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins reviewed the previous Saturday’s game in his opening remarks for his weekly Tuesday news conference.

Along with praising the crowd and the team’s focus in the Yellow Jackets’ 45-22 win over then-No. 21 North Carolina., he named the players of the week — quarterback Jeff Sims, linebacker Quez Jackson and defensive end Josh Robinson, along with seven developmental players of the week, wide receivers Jamal Haynes and Azende Rey, offensive tackle Jakiah Leftwich, quarterback Chayden Peery, linebacker Khaya Wright and defensive backs Sirad Bryant and Nate Moon.

Collins’ last point was a moment he experienced after he had completed various postgame duties, including talking with media, visiting with recruits and seeing his family. He returned to the locker room an estimated 45 minutes after the game had finished.

There, Collins said, right guard Ryan Johnson, defensive tackle Ja’Quon Griffin and running back Jordan Mason were helping the equipment staff clean up, collecting trash in garbage bags.

“They stayed behind and cleaned up the locker room,” Collins said. “That just doesn’t happen (with most teams).”

It spoke to a team principle, Collins said, that “we leave everywhere we go better than we found it.” He further asserted that the same care and attention to detail demonstrated by the three players also has revealed itself in the reduction in penalties and turnovers.

“Our guys are embracing it, they’re buying into it, they’re having some success with it,” Collins said.

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