Four players, including two projected starters, will not play in Monday’s AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl against Air Force because of various academic issues, the school announced on Thursday.
Senior defensive end Robert Hall and senior linebacker Anthony Barnes are ineligible under NCAA academic guidelines. Sophomore wide receiver Stephen Hill and senior safety Mario Edwards, both listed as starters on the latest depth chart, are both ineligible for not meeting Georgia Tech’s academic requirements.
Hill, though he never quite lived up to the preseason expectations, is still a significant loss. He leads the team in receptions (15) and touchdown receptions (3). He was also averaging 19.4 yards per catch. Edwards started all 12 games, has 36 tackles in the past five games and has 68 tackles and a forced fumble on the season. He's in his third season after transferring from Virginia Tech.
Hall's absence will hurt the depth at defensive end. He has eight tackles and three pass breakups this season. Barnes is a career backup who has played mostly on special teams.
Georgia Tech and Air Force meet Monday at 5 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2.