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5 takeaways from Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech

  • 6:06 am Sunday, September 21st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

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1. The thing that perhaps strikes me most at this point is that Georgia Tech is now 4-0 without having played particularly well. Saturday, Tech could have capsized itself with quarterback Justin Thomas’ third-quarter turnover inside the Yellow Jackets’ red zone, with a botched fourth-and-2 pass play to Darren Waller that would have gone for a touchdown had it been blocked better, with ineffective defensive play in the first half, with a missed field goal in the third quarter, with eight penalties or with kickoff returns that again were substandard.

It followed, of course, Tech’s haywire second half against Georgia [More]

10 vaguely must-read Tech notes

  • 1:07 pm Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

1. A couple answers to questions that were asked on the mailbag on Wednesday that I didn’t have answers for. One regarded the possibility of freshman offensive linemen Trey Klock and Gary Brown moving to defense. I sort of tweaked the question, because, as I thought about it, I don’t know if it would be impossible to move them now, but it would be asking a lot because they would be so behind.

To give it some context, true freshmen sometimes end up getting redshirted instead of playing because they miss a week or two of camp, as that time [More]

Tech Throwback Thursday

  • 11:03 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

For the fourth installment of Throwback Thursday, as we present a series of Georgia Tech items that are in the possession of the College Football Hall of Fame, we’ve got another unusual artifact – a portrait of Georgia Tech coaching great Bobby Dodd.

The piece was done by Ted Watts. When the museum was in South Bend, Ind., hall of fame curator and historian Kent Stephens said, Watts was commissioned to do a number of drawings, including a gallery of Heisman Trophy winners.

On a related note, I was very pleased to see that the work of my colleague, AJC political cartoonist [More]

John Davis named ACC legend

  • 5:03 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Former Georgia Tech All-American John Davis, one of the greatest offensive linemen in the school’s history, has been named to the 2014 class of ACC Legends. Davis will be honored at the ACC championship game Dec. 6 in Charlotte.

Davis was a four-year starter for the Jackets between 1983-86, moving from offensive tackle as a freshman to center as a sophomore, back to tackle as a junior and then again to center as a senior. Playing for coach Bill Curry, he earned All-America honors as a junior and senior. He is perhaps best remembered for his performance against Clemson All-American William [More]

Fulcher named to Georgia sports hall

  • 2:13 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Former Georgia Tech football coach and lineman Bill Fulcher has been named to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame’s class of 2015.

Fulcher lettered for the Yellow Jackets 1953-54-55, when Tech compiled a 26-6-2 record with three bowl wins and three top-15 rankings at season’s end. He was part of the 1955 defense that shut out four opponents and averaged 4.6 points per game. He played three seasons in the NFL with Washington.

Fulcher later served as an assistant coach to Bobby Dodd and Bud Carson and then became Tech’s head coach for the 1972-73 seasons.

Fulcher will be inducted in February at [More]

Anthony Harrell surging forward after ACL tear

  • 12:57 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

It was last October that Georgia Tech linebacker Anthony Harrell experienced one of his greatest triumphs and most crushing setbacks on the same afternoon. He was promoted to first string at linebacker for the Syracuse game, having made steady progress as a backup through the first half of his sophomore seasons.

Then, covering a kickoff in that game, Harrell planted his knee to change direction to tackle the Orange returner. At the same moment, a Syracuse player caught him flush the other way with a block. His ACL and meniscus were torn, ending his season in an instant.

“I actually tried to [More]

Deon Hill nominated for courage award

  • 6:53 am Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech A-back Deon Hill’s unwillingness to be set back by a gastrointestinal disease has earned him national attention.

Hill, who missed three games last season after being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and then missed spring practice for surgery to treat a recurrence, has been nominated for the Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award. The award is given to a college football player who displays courage on or off the field, including overcoming an injury or physical handicap, preventing a disaster or living through hardship.

Hill was diagnosed with the chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract last September and was hospitalized. He missed [More]

Breaking down Tech’s game-winning touchdown pass

  • 11:18 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

There were 32 seconds left when Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas brought the Yellow Jackets to the line for a third-and-6 play on the Georgia Southern 13-yard line. You presumably know what happened next, but here’s a closer look at how it unfolded. You can watch the replay here or here.

5 notes from Paul Johnson’s presser

  • 4:14 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Highlights from coach Paul Johnson’s Tuesday news conference

1. A critical aspect of the game will be third-down performance when Georgia Tech is on offense and Virginia Tech is on defense. (I’d guess it’s a critical part of every game, but especially so Saturday.)

The Hokies are tied for No. 3 in the country in third-down defense at 23.3 percent. The Yellow Jackets’ offense is No. 2 in the country at 64.0 percent. Johnson said Virginia Tech’s aggressive style creates sacks and negative-yardage plays on the first two downs, leading to third-and-long situations.

“I don’t care who you are, nobody’s going to make [More]

What Tech’s four-point win (may) portend

  • 2:20 pm Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

For my story on myajc and Monday’s story about what Georgia Tech’s narrow win over Georgia Southern means, I mentioned a few other teams this season who had either snuck out wins over teams from non-power conferences or had lost. Georgia Tech is hardly alone, but joining this list isn’t quite like getting approved for membership at Augusta National.

Others who have won narrowly over teams from lesser conferences thus far: Oregon State (beat Hawaii 38-30), Illinois (beat Western Kentucky 42-34), North Carolina (beat San Diego State 31-27) and Arizona (beat UT-San Antonio 26-23 and Nevada 35-28). The most prominent [More]

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