Another former Georgia Tech player has sparked his football career by playing this season at a junior college in the middle of Kansas.
Anthony Autry has put up some good numbers this season at Hutchinson Community College. He was dismissed from Georgia Tech last July after violating the school’s code of conduct.
At Hutchinson, Autry has generated the production at wide receiver that Georgia Tech yearns for. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder has caught 35 passes for 527 yards and eight touchdowns.
“He’s another guy that needed a second chance and a fresh start,” said Hutchinson coach Rion Rhoades, who also has former Georgia Tech running back Travis Custis on his roster.
“Anthony has got really good ability to go get the football. He’s a really good route-runner. He has good length. The physical attributes are good. He understands football really well.
“We’ve had guys that are faster at the receiver position than him, even though he’s not slow. So I wouldn’t say he’s a flat-out burner. He’s just made a lot of big plays for us. He’s made some pretty impressive catches, such as going over a corner in the end zone. He’s just a playmaker.”
Autry is yet another former player from Norcross High School who has reinvented his football career at the Kansas junior college.
“We’ve just had really good success with the guys from Norcross,” Rhoades said.
“(Norcross assistant) Reggie Stancil is the recruiting coach there, and we have a really good relationship with him. I think he trusts us at Hutchinson.
“We’ve had other Norcross players, such as Ben Bradley (now at Auburn) and Demetrius Alston (Texas Tech), that did well here. Autry is another one of those guys. He’s had a really good year for us.
“I really like Anthony. I have a lot of good interaction with him. Autry is going to be a great asset to whomever gets him.”
Who will get Autry? He has two years of eligibility remaining.
“We’re going look more closely into his college options in the next few weeks, but I know one of my old coaches from Hutchinson is the quarterbacks coach at Missouri. And I know they’re interested in him.”
Autry’s younger brother, Myles Autry, signed last year with Georgia Tech. After Anthony was dismissed, Myles both requested and was granted a release from the Yellow Jackets (he hadn’t enrolled yet because he wasn’t cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse). Myles played a few games at an Atlanta prep school this season before parting ways with the team. Myles told the AJC that he’s still taking online classes to get qualified, and he recently tweeted out that he had been offered by Washington State.