ATHENS, Ga. --- The entire Cone family would have an intimate connection to Georgia Tech if not for one glaring exception.
Zach Cone chose to play baseball at Georgia.
But on Saturday he will probably wear a Georgia Tech shirt to support his brother, Kevin Cone, a Yellow Jackets wide receiver.
"We have a lot of fun with it, but it's all good," Zach Cone said. "Everybody in my family -- my dad, my mom, my brother, everybody -- is all about Georgia Tech, so I feel a little outnumbered sometimes. But it's fun.
"They support me and I support them. My brother doesn't like Georgia, but he'll still wear a Georgia shirt for me."
The Cone brothers play different sports, so they won't meet each other on the field. But the rivalry week usually brings out some interesting mixes of school colors. During fall baseball practice, Zach kept one of Kevin's Georgia Tech football jerseys in his locker at Foley Field, which raised some eyebrows in the clubhouse.
Their father, Ronny Cone, played football at Georgia Tech but he can be seen in the stands wearing a Bulldogs cap at Georgia baseball games. Their mother, Janet Cone, also attended Georgia Tech. So Zach is usually overmatched when it comes to partisan clothing.
Kevin will play his first and last game against Georgia on Saturday. He missed last season's Georgia game because of injury.
The redshirt senior transfer from Shorter College has been a part-time starter this season and has five catches for 89 yards and a touchdown. Since Kevin is a senior and will play in the state of Georgia probably for the last time, he expects blanket support from his family, including his brother who usually wears red and black.
"Since I'm giving them the tickets, I hope they sit on the Tech side," he said. "They've got to remember who's the senior and who's providing the tickets."
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