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TECH NOTES: Fan incident gives Tech a scare again

ATLANTA -- As if a disheartening loss for the second straight week wasn't enough to cast a shadow on the atmosphere at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, there was a fan incident and injury for the second straight week during Georgia Tech's game against Middle Tennessee State.

This time, an unidentified male freshman Tech student fell over a railing approximately 15 feet to the field level in the Northwest corner of the stadium, according to associate athletics director Wayne Hogan.

"He was immediately administered to on the scene and transferred to Grady Hospital," Hogan said in a statement following Tech's 49-28 loss. "He underwent tests and he is responsive and alert. The latest we have is that he was waiting for doctors to give him a release to be able to get out of Grady this afternoon. So apparently, it's going to be a good ending again as it was last week. But it's certainly an unfortunate incident."

There was a similar incident involving a fan last week during Tech's loss to Miami at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

That incident happened in the opposite corner of the North stands, and the fan involved was treated and released from an Atlanta hospital the same day.

Parker progressing

When Collins Hill grad Jordan Parker signed with Middle Tennessee State, he hoped to have an early impact with the Blue Raiders.

But the 6-foot-1, 195-pound redshirt freshman has made a bigger impression than even he likely imagined heading into his return to metro Atlanta for MTSU's game against Georgia Tech on Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Parker entered the game as the leading rusher in the Blue Raiders' running back-by-committee system with 176 yards on 33 carries in the team's first three games.

Included in that figure was a 117-yard outing in a 31-17 win over Florida Atlantic on Sept. 8 in Murfreesboro, Tenn., which made Parker the first true freshman to run for 100 yards in a game since Dwight Dasher in 2007.

Parker added to those figures Saturday with 23 yards on three carries, including an 18-yard gain to convert a third down and keep a Blue Raiders' scoring drive alive.

And he continues to impress the MTSU coaching staff, which includes offensive coordinator Buster Faulkner, a 2000 Parkview grad.

"He's doing well as a true freshman," Faulkner, who helped lead Parkview to the 1997 Class AAAA state championship, said of Parker in an interview earlier this week. "He had 100 yards in his second college game, so that's pretty good. He's going to play a lot of football for us the rest of the season."

Autry inauguration

For the fifth straight game, true freshman receiver Anthony Autry saw action in Saturday's game.

But for the the first time, the Norcross grad got into the stat sheet by grabbing his first career reception, a 19-yard completion from redshirt freshman Vad Lee, late in the fourth quarter.

Autry is one of four true freshman -- joining punter Ryan Rodwell, defensive end Adam Gotsis and cornerback D.J. White, to have forgone redshirting and played so far this season.

One for the books

One of the few bright spots in Saturday's loss for the Yellow Jackets came from their four touchdowns all being scored by quarterback Tevin Washington, and all of them on the ground.

The scores tied the redshirt senior, who finished with 150 yards of total offense, with P.J. Daniels, Tony Hollings, Robert Lavette, George Maloof and Buck Martin for Tech's school record for most single-game rushing touchdowns.

Converting turnover trend continues

While Tech committed more turnovers than MTSU, it did continue a trend of converting opponents miscues into touchdowns on Saturday.

The Jackets cashed in and found the end zone on both Jabari Hunt-Days' first-quarter interception and Maclolm Munroe's second-quarter fumble recovery.

On the season, Tech has capitalized for touchdowns on eight of nine turnovers by its opponents.

Another new look

The Jackets sported their fourth different uniform combination in five games Saturday.

It was only a slight variation on the combination worn for the previous two weeks, with the same white jerseys and gold pants.

The only difference was the white helmets, which Tech wore in its first two games.

-- Sports Editor Will Hammock contributed to this report