Probably like many of you, I assumed when DeAngelo Tyson went down on the second play of the Tech game and the flag came out that he was the recipient of a chop block. Turned out the replay showed that wasn’t the case; he just went down on his own favoring a leg. I then assumed that he’d tweaked something before the game.
Wrong, bacon breath. Here’s what happened to Tyson on the first play of the game (h/t Alcoholic Genius):
It’s even uglier when you watch it on the broadcast replay. Tyson is several yards away from Tyler Melton, who’s in the process of winding up to throw the ball as this takes place, and is moving laterally with Melton. He’s not even the closest defender to Melton (that was Abry Jones).
The Tech player in question is center Jay Finch, who has moved away from another block and is simply looking for a Georgia player to go after. His block had no effect on the outcome of the play. However it did put Tyson on the ground for a while, although it’s unclear from the broadcast for how long, and then out of the game for good. It’s a shame ESPN didn’t go back, find it and make something out of it during the broadcast.
It’s also a shame that Georgia Tech continues to get away with this kind of garbage. Even Coach Garner didn’t seem overly troubled by it, which I don’t understand. I’m curious what you think about it.