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Questions surround Tech defensive line

  • 9:55 am Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

It may turn out that Georgia Tech’s defensive line will be a solid, dependable unit.

Defensive tackle Adam Gotsis returns as a starter. Gotsis was disruptive with 14.5 tackles for loss (second on the team behind Jeremiah Attaochu) and 5.5 sacks (also second behind Attaochu). Defensive tackle Shawn Green received glowing reviews from linebacker Quayshawn Nealy for his work in offseason conditioning, and coach Paul Johnson holds out hope for him.

“I think if he’s healthy, he can have a good year,” Johnson said of Green at the ACC Kickoff Monday.

Early-enrollee freshman KeShun Freeman made a significant impression in spring practice and [More]

Tech picked to finish fifth in Coastal

  • 1:16 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech was picked to finish fifth in the Coastal Division in the ACC preseason media poll, released Monday. It is the lowest projection for the Yellow Jackets going at least back to 2005, when the ACC split into two divisions. The conference expanded to 14 teams last season.

The projected order of finish for the division is Miami, Duke, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Pitt and Virginia. Defending Coastal champ Duke had never been picked higher than fifth prior to this year’s poll.

To no one’s surprise, Florida State was picked as the Atlantic Division and league champion. The Seminoles [More]

ACC Kickoff: Shaquille Mason soundbites

  • 6:47 am Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

From the ACC Kickoff interview session with Georgia Tech guard Shaquille Mason Sunday in Greensboro, N.C.:

1. Like teammate Quayshawn Nealy, Mason mentioned the emphasis on finishing in the offseason.

“That’s really been the motto of this offseason, finish, because we’ve been in every game, but we just came up short by not being able to finish, and that’s a hard pill to swallow,” Mason said.

For Mason, that has meant pushing himself to win every spring and be first in every drill. Others have caught the spirit, he said.

“Most definitely,” he said. “Say we’re running sprints and stuff. They’ll even start suggesting [More]

ACC Kickoff: Quayshawn Nealy soundbites

  • 6:41 am Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

From the interview session with linebacker Quayshawn Nealy at the ACC media days event in Greensboro, N.C.:

1. The three-year starter was effusive in his praise for the team’s work in summer strength and conditioning workouts.

“We’ve just been working on trying to finish this summer, because as a whole we realized that in all our games that we missed out on big opportunities because we just didn’t finish plays or finish the game,” Nealy said.

Three games most unsettling to Nealy in that regard were losses to Virginia Tech, Miami and Georgia. Nealy said he has seen the improved effort in sprints, [More]

Notes: A significant honor for Cremins

  • 4:11 pm Saturday, July 19th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Three notes a little late in coming, but each worth a read, I think.

1. Georgia Tech coaching great Bobby Cremins was named the Naismith Outstanding Contributor to Men’s College Basketball. He was given the award by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Past recipients include Dean Smith, Red Auerbach, John Wooden and Phog Allen, among a slew of other legends of the game.

Cremins coached at Tech for 19 seasons, leading the Yellow Jackets to the 1990 Final Four and three ACC tournament titles. He was also named ACC coach of the year three times and was an assistant coach for the U.S. [More]

Draftee Spingola will return to Tech

  • 4:56 pm Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Tech center fielder Daniel Spingola will put off professional baseball and return for his senior season. Spingola, who led the Yellow Jackets in batting average (.319), runs (45), hits (82), slugging percentage (.451) and stolen bases (15 in 16 attempts), was drafted in the 24th round by the Chicago Cubs in the major league baseball draft.

Friday is the deadline for teams to sign draftees. Spingola is Tech’s only underclassman taken in the draft who will return. Pitchers Sam Clay (Minnesota Twins), Josh Heddinger (Detroit Tigers) and Matthew Grimes (Baltimore Orioles) all signed contracts.

With the return of Spingola, who came to [More]

Golden high on Butker, special teams

  • 10:25 am Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech safety and return specialist Jamal Golden loves what he sees out of his fellow specialists.

“We have dynamic special teams,” Golden said this week. “I’m sure Coach Ray (Rychleski) is going to take that up another notch just with his experience, with his game planning. He’s a smart guy, and I’m looking forward to getting back out there.”

Golden missed most of last season with a shoulder injury after a standout 2012 season in which he ran back two kickoffs for touchdowns and was sixth in the country in punt return average at 14.6 yards. While leaving the decision up [More]

Manget, Butler among newest Tech hall inductees

  • 4:13 pm Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech’s newest hall of fame class includes six of the most decorated athletes to wear the school’s uniforms. They include football players James Butler and Luke Manget, both two-time first-team All-ACC choices, and all-time men’s basketball shot blocker Alvin Jones. The class was released Thursday.

The other three NCAA track champion Michael Johnson, former ACC volleyball player of the year Lynnette Moster and two-time first-team All-ACC catcher Bryan Prince. All competed for Tech between 1997 and 2004.

Butler still holds the school record for most tackles in a season by a defensive back, 119 (in the 2003 season). He later won [More]

Free on-field movie screening at Bobby Dodd

  • 3:42 pm Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech will host its second “Dodd After Dark” movie screening Friday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Fans are invited to throw down a blanket on the Grant Field turf and watch on the stadium video board.

The series (“Muppets Most Wanted” was shown last week) was part of an attempt to add value to season tickets to spur sales and renewals. The ticket office has also included bonuses like a scrimmage open only to season ticket holders.

A fireworks display will follow the movie.

The movie begins at 8 p.m. Season ticket holders can be admitted at 7 p.m., followed by the [More]

Tech opponent preview: Georgia Southern

  • 3:11 pm Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

This is the third in a series of previews of Georgia Tech’s opponents, courtesy of writers covering those teams. Next up is Georgia Southern, which Tech will play Sept. 13 (my sister’s birthday) at Bobby Dodd Stadium at noon.

We are indebted to Statesboro Herald sports editor Matt Yogus for his analysis. You can read the Herald’s Georgia Southern coverage here and follow Matt on Twitter here.

Georgia Southern

Record in 2013: 7-4

Conference: Sun Belt (moved up from FCS and Southern Conference this summer)

Sagarin rating in 2013: 148

Semi-interesting fact: Coach Paul Johnson’s connection to Georgia Southern is well-known. There are other [More]

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