UNC Football: Georgia Tech will be missing a key player on Saturday

After speculation regarding his injury status, Jeff Sims will no longer be with Georgia Tech, ruling him out for the upcoming UNC football matchup.

Things continue to get worse for the Georgia Tech football program.

On Tuesday, interim head coach Brent Key spoke to the media, providing an injury update on starting quarterback Jeff Sims.

To provide a little context, Sims left the team’s contest against Virginia and was only available in an emergency situation over the last two weeks.

Now, Sims won’t be available at all.

Key announced that Sims has been shut down, as he will not be with the team indefinitely. This all but ends the season of the sophomore signal-caller.

In his official statement, here’s what Key had to say regarding the matter:

“In regards to Jeff, Jeff won’t be with the football team, really kind of indefinitely now. We had meetings with Jeff and meetings with the doctors and the medical professionals and came to the determination that it would be best for Jeff to not be in meetings or not be in practice, but to be in treatment and in rehab right now moving forward. Decisions that are made are like we have said since day one, made in the best interest of the team and Georgia Tech and for the health and safety of our players.”

Sims, a dual-threat quarterback, threw for 1,115 yards and five touchdowns through the air, while also recording 302 yards and an additional score on the ground.

With Sims and second-string quarterback Zach Pyron out, the UNC football program will prepare to face third-string quarterback Zach Gibson. The sophomore has completed just 24 of his 51 pass attempts for 224 yards and a touchdown thus far.

This could be a good week for the Tar Heels defense, as they ultimately are preparing for their ACC championship matchup with Clemson. If the UNC football program can get out to an early lead, it may be difficult for the Yellow Jackets to keep up in this one.

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