Nealy was also named a player of the week by Tech’s coaches. B-back Zach Laskey (75 rushing yards, career-high three touchdowns) and linebacker Tyler Marcordes earned the offense and special teams honors, respectively.
A-back Synjyn Days gave praise to offensive tackle Chase Roberts, who made his first career start, particularly for his ability to block linebackers on the play side.
“I was impressed,” Days said.
Off the tape: In reviewing game video, Johnson said that "efforts" — demerits for not giving full effort on a play — against Syracuse were the lowest for any game this season. Missed assignments "were still not where we'd like them, but they were probably cut in half," Johnson said.
It was also the first game since the season opener that quarterback Vad Lee did not lose the ball on a fumble or an interception.
Etc.: Georgia Tech will play Pittsburgh on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. The home game will be broadcast on ESPNU, the fourth time the Jackets will play on that network. … Syracuse defensive tackle John Raymon, who was taken off the field on a stretcher in Saturday's game with a right knee injury, will not play again this season, the school said. He will have surgery in coming weeks.