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Every college football program has at least one name at quarterback that fans use as the measuring tape for all players that come after him. At Georgia Tech that name is Joe Hamilton.
Under coach George O'Leary, Hamilton had one of the most consistently successful four-year careers the Yellow Jackets have ever seen.
From his freshman season of 1996, until his Heisman runner-up campaign four years later, No. 14 left an impression on the Flats that will be tough to overshadow.
Let's not waste time mulling over the details. Just take a look at the resulting statistics and accolades which more than speak for themselves.
Passing: 629 Cmp, 1,020 Att, 8,882 Yds, 65 TD
Rushing: 501 Att, 1,758 Yds, 18 TD
Davey O'Brien Award; 1999
NCAA QB of the Year (TCC); 1999
Consensus First-Team All-American- 1999
Heisman Trophy Runner-Up; 1999
Maxwell Award Finalist; 1999
Johnny Unitas Award Finalist; 1999
ACC Player of the Year; 1999
First-Team All-ACC; 1998, 1999
McKevlin Award; 2000
Southeast Area Back of the Year (TCA); 1999
Carquest Bowl MVP; 1997
Gator Bowl MVP; 1999, 2000
ACC 50th Anniversary Football Team; 2002
Georgia Tech Hall of Fame; 2009
ACC Record Yds per Pass Attempt; 10.03 in 1999
ACC Record Passing Efficiency; 175.00 in 1999
GT Record Career Total Offense; 10,640 Yds
GT Record Single-Season Total Offense; 3,794 Yds 1999
GT Record Career Passing; 8,882 Yds
GT Record Total TD Passes; 65