Updates on local collegiate and professional athletes currently participating in college football and the NFL.
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Here are the updates on football games of Saturday, November 27-29:
TARRIS BATISTE — Georgia State University (Sr., Cass HS) … a starter at safety for the Panthers and last week’s football Defensive Student Athlete of the Week in the Sun Belt Conference, Batiste recorded four tackles in a 31-21 conference win over Troy Friday at the Georgia Dome. Georgia State improved to 5-6 and 4-3 in conference games. The Panthers close out the season Saturday at Georgia Southern in Statesboro.
COLLIN BARBER — University of Georgia (Sr., Cartersville HS) … had two punts for a 40 yard average with a long punt of 41 yards, but pinned Georgia Tech inside the 20 yard line with both kicks as the Bulldogs won 13-7. Georgia (9-3) will play next in a bowl game to be determined.
HAYES LINN — Air Force (Jr. Cartersville HS) … saw action for the Falcons in their 47-35 loss at New Mexico. Air Force slipped to 8-4 overall and 6-2 in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West Conference. Linn has 16 tackles and a pair of pass breakups on special teams and as a safety. He has played in all twelve games for the Falcons and started three. Despite the loss this past week, Air Force advances to the MWC Championship Game December 5 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego against San Diego State who is 9-3.
AUSTIN HARRELL — The Citadel (R-Jr., Adairsville HS) … defensive lineman has appeared in 11 of 12 games for the Bulldogs who improved to 8-4 overall and were co-champions of the Southern Conference. The Citadel beat Coastal Carolina 41-38 in the opening round of the NCAA FCS playoffs. Harrell has twelve tackles on the season. The Bulldogs play cross-town rival Charleston Southern Saturday (Dec. 5) at CSU.
T.L. FORD — UNC-Charlotte (Soph., Cartersville HS) … was targeted six times and caught 5 passes for 39 yards, with a long reception of 19 yards in a 27-7 loss at Rice in Houston, TX. He started all 12 games for the 49ers at wide receiver. Ford caught 26 passes during the season for 247 yards (9.5 avg/catch) with a long reception of 25 yards. Charlotte finished the year 2-10 overall and 0-7 in Conference USA.
MARK QUATTLEBAUM — UNC-Charlotte (R-Fr., Cartersville HS) … saw action in the 49ers season ending loss at Rice University in Houston, TX. For the season, Quattlebaum appeared in eight games, had two punt returns for six yards, and a 13 yard kickoff return. Charlotte ended the year 2-10 overall and 0-7 in Conference USA.
BROOKS BARDEN — UNC-Charlotte (R-Fr., Cartersville HS) … started at quarterback and was 3-for-9 for 33 yards with a long completion of 19 yards in a 27-7 loss at Rice in Houston, TX. Barden also ran twice for six yards. The 49ers finished their season 2-10 overall and 0-7 in Conference USA. Barden played in seven games and rushed for net 21 yards on 38 attempts with a long run of 31 yards and one touchdown. He was 49-of-99 passing on the season for 440 yards, 4 TDs, and 5 interceptions. His QB efficiency rating was 90.1 and his longest completion of the season was good for 31 yards.
VIC BEASLEY — Atlanta Falcons (1st season, NFL) … a starter at defensive end for the Falcons, Beasley had one pass defended Sunday in a 20-10 home loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Through 11 games, Beasley has 20 tackles, two sacks, three passes defended, and one interception. The loss was Atlanta’s fourth in a row and fifth in their last six games. The Falcons fell to 6-5 on the season and have consecutive road games over the next three weeks at Tampa Bay, Carolina, and Jacksonville.
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