- 10:26 am Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
Georgia Tech does not plan to move away from its Friday night spring games.
For the second consecutive year, attendance was down, but weather played a large factor in both scrimmages.
“I don’t think it’s a Friday thing,” said Rick Thorpe, associate athletic director for sales and fan experience. “I think it’s a weather thing.”
Last Friday, heavy rain and winds pelted the fans who made it to Bobby Dodd Stadium. No official attendance was given, but my estimate was about 1,500. It was pretty miserable. Last year, it was about 5,000 on a particularly cool night and while the rain held off, [More]
- 12:53 am Saturday, April 19th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
1. The first-team offense (white team) started slow, getting called for a hold, dropping a first-down pass, fumbling two snaps, fumbling a mesh and failing to gain a first down on its first three drives. But after that, the unit, piloted by quarterback Tim Byerly, started to get moving.
On the fourth drive, Byerly broke a tackle to gain a first down on 2nd and 5. Another keeper, a nine-yard gain, extended the drive on 3rd and 1. Finally, on a 3rd and 3 from the gold 40-yard line, Laskey broke a run up the middle 40 yards for a touchdown.
- 10:38 am Friday, April 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
Georgia Tech’s spring game will be played Friday night, rain or shine.
The Weather Channel forecast for 7 p.m. – when the annual game to end spring practice is scheduled to begin – is a 100 percent chance of precipitation, though lightning does not appear likely. For logistical and other reasons, the game won’t be moved from Friday evening.
As a concession to the weather, the standard ban on umbrellas will be lifted.
Pre-game festivities are still planned, though modifications will be made. Some activities will be moved into the north concourse of Bobby Dodd Stadium. The pre-game concert by Reuben’s Bell was [More]
- 3:20 pm Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
Georgia Tech safety Jamal Golden gave his insights on the Yellow Jackets’ spring practice, which concludes Friday with the spring game.
1. The work on defense this spring in defensive coordinator Ted Roof’s second year has been different than last year.
“We pretty much had to throw everything in one pot really fast, but this year it’s stuff we’ve known already, and we’re just trying to get better at our craft at those certain things,” he said. “I feel like we’re just doing the same stuff, just trying to polish up on stuff.”
Rather than going over the broad scheme, there has been [More]
- 12:18 pm Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
The commitment of former South Florida guard Josh Heath to transfer to Georgia Tech may not rate on the surface as a game-changer. And maybe on a deeper level, it isn’t, either.
But it would appear he could play a significant role for the Yellow Jackets next season. Heath is expected to receive a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately, as he was playing for his father Stan Heath, who was fired by USF at the end of the season. There is a precedent for the NCAA granting such waivers, such as in 2012, when Trey Zeigler was given immediately [More]
- 12:08 pm Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
The NFL draft is still more than three weeks away. Former Georgia Tech defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu would like to speed up the process. Speaking following the Yellow Jackets’ scrimmage Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium, Attaochu said he didn’t ’t think about the draft much before correcting himself.
“I do,” he said. “I try not to, that’s what I need to say. I try not to think about it at all just to keep my sanity because it’ll drive you nuts, just the uncertainty about it.”
Attaochu has been busy working out for teams and visiting with teams. He has visited Indianapolis [More]
- 10:15 am Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
Georgia Tech claimed its biggest series win of the season by far this weekend, taking two of three games from Florida State, ranked No. 1 in three polls, at Russ Chandler Stadium. A look at the numbers:
1. Tech’s RPI ranking jumped from 57 at the start of last week (and 83 the week before after getting swept by Pittsburgh) to 33.
2. The Jackets scored 10 of their 21 runs against FSU in the first inning of the three games, allowing them to take leads of 5-0, 1-0 and 4-0.
3. Prior to this weekend, Florida State had won 12 consecutive regular-season [More]
- 7:44 am Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
Brandon Watts wasn’t generating much interest from the NFL. Funny what running a 4.4 will do.
After throwing down a blazing 40-yard dash at the Georgia Tech pro day, the former Yellow Jackets linebacker has been receiving phone calls from NFL teams and had two private workouts.
“I knew once I performed well, it was going to kind of get better,” Watts said Friday.
Since the pro day March 28, when he was timed in the 40 in the 4.4 range and even as low as 4.37 seconds, Watts has had private workouts with San Diego and New England, who sent coaches to [More]
- 5:35 pm Saturday, April 12th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
A brief review of the morning scrimmage.
Offensive MVP (in my opinion): Tim Byerly. The quarterback had four possessions and led the offense to two touchdowns and a field goal. He made good reads on the option and made some plays with his feet and arm.
It wasn’t perfect – the fourth possession was a turnover on a poor mesh with B-back Donovan Wilson – but he caught the right person’s notice.
“I thought he played well,” coach Paul Johnson said. “I thought he played better than any of the other quarterbacks.”
One particular skill he showed was being able to run up the [More]
- 12:23 am Saturday, April 12th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
It was a critical ACC baseball game for Georgia Tech, but a certain Florida State outfielder and relief pitcher was hard to ignore in the pre-game Friday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.
After the game, a 5-3 win for the Yellow Jackets over No. 1 Florida State, Tech coach Danny Hall mulled over a question over whether his players were in awe of Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston as he moonlights on the Seminoles baseball team.
“Maybe,” Hall said. “But, hey, he’s the Heisman Trophy winner. That’s instant respect right there.”
Prior to the game, Winston signed dozens of autographs near the FSU [More]