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Former Newton star Jaquan Henderson nets player of the week honors for Georgia Tech
Jaquan Henderson (41) was noted as special teams player of the week after Georgia Tech's Saturday conference win over Wake Forest. - photo by Jason Mussell | The Covington News

ATLANTA, Ga. — Newton alum and Georgia Tech freshman, Jaquan Henderson was named the Yellow Jackets’ special teams Player of the Week after this past Saturday’s 38-24 win over Wake Forest.

Henderson registered two key tackles, both on the punt team, and showed the kind of athleticism that drew high praise from Tech head coach, Paul Johnson. 

“He’s made some plays, made some tackles,” Johnson said. “He’s a really good athlete. He can run. He might be the fastest guy on the team, actually.” 

Henderson made a tackle in both the narrow Miami loss two weeks ago, and in a 37-10 win against Jacksonville State in week two. 

In the season opener against Tennessee at Mercedes Benz Stadium, Henderson saw some action at linebacker late in the game during passing situations. It’s a role Johnson says he hopes the 6-foot-1, 197-pound, former four-star prospect will continue to grow into. 

“I would hope, eventually,” Johnson said. “You’d like to get him out there.” 

Georgia Tech (4-2, 3-1) will travel to Death Valley Saturday for an 8 p.m. kickoff at No. 7 Clemson which is looking for some bounce back after being upset, 27-24 by Syracuse two weeks ago.