Geoff Collins tries different approach with game captains

Georgia Tech wide receiver Malachi Carter (7) is tackled by Northern Illinois safety CJ Brown (6) after he made a catch during the second half Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. Northern Illinois won 22-21. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

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Georgia Tech wide receiver Malachi Carter (7) is tackled by Northern Illinois safety CJ Brown (6) after he made a catch during the second half Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. Northern Illinois won 22-21. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins normally rotates game captains throughout the season, but has chosen to take a different approach this week.

After the Yellow Jackets defeated Kennesaw State Saturday behind the leadership of the game’s four captains — defensive tackle Djimon Brooks, wide receiver Malachi Carter, left tackle Devin Cochran and cornerback Tre Swilling — Collins tabbed them again for Saturday’s visit to No. 6 Clemson. It’s the first time at Tech that he has repeated captains for consecutive games.

The four “did such a good job leading our team, getting our team ready to go with the mindset, the attitude, the mentality,” Collins said. “And then going on the road against one of the top teams in the country, need that leadership and that focus.”

Swilling said that captains normally have the opportunity to address the team at the hotel prior to the game besides representing the team for the pre-game coin toss.

“For us, it means a lot to be able to go out there, especially two times back-to-back and go out there and represent our team in the middle of the field,” he said. “But truthfully, we’re all captains in our own division, I feel like.”

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