October 26, 2009

Jackets make final decision on safety

The Georgia Tech football team received some bad news on Monday afternoon when head coach Paul Johnson announced one of their top players would not return this season due to an injury. Cooper Taylor will miss the rest of the 2009 season and the team will apply for a medical redshirt for Taylor to get back his year. Taylor fell ill during the Miami game and was diagnosis with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, a heart abnormality after blacking out on the sideline. Johnson said he should be able to get the redshirt.

"Cooper is through for the year," Johnson said. "We are going to hold him out because he will not be able to play. We are going to try to get a medical redshirt for Coop. You apply for it at the end of the year and it should be a non-issue. He has all the documentation."

Defensive end Robert Hall is also likely out for the rest of the year, but the Jackets will not opt for the medical redshirt for him.

"Robert is going to graduate and that is a little different since he had a redshirt year already. Coop has not had the redshirt year. Robert could file for one, but he is supposed to graduate in the spring. One more year will probably due him and he probably does not want a second year."

Outside of the injury news for Taylor and Hall, Johnson said the Jackets were unscathed coming out of the sloppy field conditions in Charlottesville last Saturday. Freshman linebacker Julian Burnett could come back this week and Johnson says a decision will be made tomorrow on his status.

"I think we got out of the game okay. We will know if we can get Julian back tomorrow," Johnson said. "I don't think we lost anybody in the game."

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