• Wesley Wells boots an extra point through the uprights to give the Yellow Jackets a 14-7 lead over the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday.

-Former Lumpkin kicker making a difference at Georgia Tech

Former LCHS standout kicker Wesley Wells’ freshman season with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets has been nothing short of amazing, as the walk-on turned starter has been perfect in his duties as the placekicker for Tech this season.

Wells captured starter status as the placekicker for Georgia Tech early in the season with his powerful leg, quality character and strong work ethic.

Since then the freshman has been perfect for the Yellow Jackets. Wells has converted 35-of-35 extra points and 4-of-4 field goals since winning the starting role.

The success Wells has enjoyed at the collegiate level didn’t come as a surprise to the freshman kicker.

“I kind of expected to become the starter,” said Wells. “I felt I worked harder than the other guys and was ready when my time came.”

Most recently, Wells’ two field goals versus the Miami Hurricanes at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 10, were the difference in the game as the Yellow Jackets won 27-21 to hand Miami its fourth straight loss. The win also secured the Yellow Jackets a bowl bid.

“It felt good to know I did my part,” Wells said. “But, it was every component of the team that led us to the win over Miami. I am just glad that I could do my part.”

Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson has called Wells “my kind of kicker” and has praised Wells for his ability to get the job done regardless of the circumstances.

“As long as I do my part and my job, I think Coach Johnson is going to be on my side,” Wells said.

Wells became the first former LCHS student athlete to score in FBS Division I football when he booted his first extra point through the uprights earlier this season and now has 47 points on the season for Georgia Tech.

Wells’ accomplishments should serve as a motivator for future generations of LCHS student athletes, as the Lumpkin County native has proven that you don’t have to come from a big town or a big school in order to achieve success at the collegiate level.

Wells hopes that his story will inspire those up-and-coming athletes to always do their best regardless of what obstacles they may think are in their paths.

“I never thought I could be an example for younger generations,” Wells said. “But, it feels good to know that I can inspire those kids. It doesn’t matter where you come from or where you went to school. If you have a good work ethic and try to improve everyday, you have a chance to make it and succeed in anything you do. It feels good to know that I can be an example of that. That’s really what I try to do, lead by example.”

With two regular season games remaining versus Virginia and Georgia and now a bowl game, Wells hopes to finish his freshman season in the same fashion that he started it with: perfection.

Although Wells’ collegiate career is in just its first chapter, the former Indian has already made a huge difference on not only the Georgia Tech football team but also on a host of young Lumpkin athletes.

Wells’ story will continue when the Yellow Jackets battle it out with Virginia this Saturday, Nov. 17.

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