Seven Georgia Tech players earn all-ACC honors

Georgia Tech safety Jaylon King earned a spot in the starting lineup before a season-ending leg injury suffered against Pitt Oct. 1, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (Jeffrey Gamza/Georgia Tech Athletics)

Credit: Jeffrey Gamza/Pitt Athletics

Credit: Jeffrey Gamza/Pitt Athletics

Georgia Tech safety Jaylon King earned a spot in the starting lineup before a season-ending leg injury suffered against Pitt Oct. 1, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (Jeffrey Gamza/Georgia Tech Athletics)

Seven Georgia Tech players earned all-ACC honors for this season, the conference announced Tuesday.

Leading the group of Yellow Jackets are second-team safety Jaylon King and third-team running back Jamal Haynes. In addition, quarterback Haynes King, wide receiver Eric Singleton Jr., guard Joe Fusile, offensive tackle Jordan Williams and defensive tackle Zeek Biggers received honorable-mention recognition. Also, Haynes was named an honorable mention as an all-purpose back.

Jaylon King has intercepted four passes and recovered two fumbles for the Jackets this season. His four interceptions are tied for third in the ACC and 20th in the nation, while his two fumble recoveries are good for a tie for second in the conference. His six total takeaways are tied for tops in the ACC while his 12 passes defended rank third in the league. He also ranks third on Tech with 65 tackles and has also blocked a kick.

In his first season as a running back after he was converted from wide receiver during the offseason, Haynes ranks fifth in the ACC in rushing yards (931), is tied for sixth in the conference with seven rushing touchdowns and rankes third with six yards per carry. He is the first Jacket with three 100-yard rushing games in a season since Jordan Mason in 2019 and needs 69 yards in Tech’s bowl game to become the program’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2017.

With 2,755 passing yards, 648 rushing yards, 26 touchdown passes and nine touchdown runs, Haynes King is one of two players in the nation with at least 2,700 passing yards, 600 rushing yards, 25 touchdown passes and five touchdown runs this season and one of only six ACC players to achieve those numbers in a regular season since 2000.

Singleton leads all freshmen nationally with 64.2 receiving yards per game and ranks second with six touchdown receptions. His 706 receiving yards and six touchdown catches rank among the top 10 overall in the ACC while his six TD receptions are one shy of the Tech freshman record of seven held by Calvin Johnson (2004) and Ahmarean Brown (2019).

Fusile and Williams were anchors for Tech’s offensive line as it paved the way for the Jackets to lead the ACC in rushing offense (197.1 yards per game) and rank second in the conference in fewest sacks allowed (1.25 per game).

The 6-foot-6, 333-pound Biggers has been credited with 35 tackles (four for loss, a sack), three pass breakups, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick.

Haynes ranks fifth in the conference with 1,129 total yards from scrimmage (931 rushing, 151 receiving) and tied for the 15th in the league with eight total touchdowns (seven rushing, one receiving).

Tech’s eight all-ACC honors are its most in a season since it had 14 all-conference honorees in 2014.

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