ATLANTA — Georgia Tech is preparing two backup quarterbacks to play at Florida State with Jeff Sims nursing a sprained foot.
“He had an MRI, and everything checked out with it,” interim Yellow Jackets coach Brent Key said of Sims. “He’s day-to-day moving forward.”
Key said Sims hasn’t been ruled out against the Seminoles, but he is planning to use backups Zach Gibson – a redshirt sophomore and an Akron transfer who filled in for Sims in last week’s loss to Virginia – and freshman Zach Pyron if Sims can’t play.
“I fully expect both Zachs will play in this game,” Key said. “(Sims) is day-to-day, but you have to expect both scenarios.”
Sims, in his third year as Georgia Tech’s starter, has completed 110 of 188 passes for 1,115 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. He’s also run for 288 yards and a score.
Sims was injured in the second quarter against Virginia and didn’t return. Gibson came in and completed 10 of 25 passes for 99 yards. Pyron has no game experience.
“When you get in those situations, you can’t overload a kid,” Key said. “You have to play to their strengths and what will help you move the football during the game. To be able to have both those guys, Gibson and Pyron, utilize the strengths that they have will help us as an offense.”
The Yellow Jackets (3-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) are 2-1 under Key as they prepare to face Florida State (4-3, 2-3).
LOS ANGELES – Former Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo is joining UCLA’s coaching staff as director of leadership.
The school said in an announcement Friday that Niumatalolo will serve as an advisor to the Bruins’ football staff and players.
Niumatalolo led Navy for 15 years and was the winningest coach in school history at 109-83. The Midshipmen, however, finished with losing records the past three seasons, including 4-8 the past two.
Navy played in 10 bowl games under Niumatalolo. He also was the only coach to win his first eight games in the storied Army-Navy rivalry.
TROY, Ala. — Jon Sumrall agreed to a new four-year contract as Troy’s coach after leading the Trojans to a Sun Belt Conference championship and national ranking in his debut season.
The school announced the deal, which runs through 2026, but didn’t release details.
The Trojans went 12-2 and won their final 11 games, second only to national champion Georgia, including the league championship game and the Cure Bowl against UTSA. For the first time, they finished a season ranked, ending up 19th in The Associated Press Top 25.
“When we appointed Coach Sumrall in December 2021, we challenged him to return Troy football to the top of the Sun Belt Conference,” Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. said. “It didn’t take long, as the 2022 season was the best in our FBS history.”
Troy held all 14 of its opponents to under their season average in scoring, beating UTSA 18-12. The Trojans beat Coastal Carolina 45-26 in the Sun Belt title game.
“Last year was an amazing accomplishment for everyone associated with Troy football and was the product of relentless effort from our players and staff, athletic administration and university leaders,” Sumrall said.