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Mailbag wrapup

  • 12:45 pm Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Just finished the third mailbag on the Georgia Tech page. Thanks to all who contributed questions and read along. We had good participation numbers again and a lot of good questions.

There were a few questions I didn’t get to at the end that I’ll post here. The rest can be read on the main Tech page.

Q: Do you think signalling in of plays & up tempo will make a positive difference?

A: I think so. I think giving Johnson the ability to make switches at the line of scrimmage will help a first-year starting quarterback, and, I think it’s pretty clear [More]

Attaochu ‘ball of energy’ at Chargers camp

  • 10:33 am Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Seven-time Pro Bowler Dwight Freeney gave former Georgia Tech All-American Jeremiah Attaochu quite a compliment in a recent radio interview with 1090-AM in San Diego.

“Jerry, he’s a ball of energy,” Freeney said of his San Diego Chargers rookie teammate. “He reminds me of myself when I came out.”

Attaochu, a second-round pick of the Chargers, is taking his first steps in the NFL at the Chargers camp. The linebacker has something of a mentor in Freeney, who joined the Chargers prior to the 2013 season after becoming the Indianapolis Colts’ all-time sack leader.

Said Attaochu in a recent interview with the [More]

Tech opponent preview: Miami

  • 9:57 am Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Behold the latest Georgia Tech opponent preview, the Miami Hurricanes. The Coastal Division rivals will meet at Bobby Dodd Stadium Oct. 4, with Tech coming off a bye week for the fifth game of the season. Tech will be trying to break a five-game losing streak to the Hurricanes. Today’s analysis is provided by my Cox Media Group colleague Matt Porter, who covers the Hurricanes for the Palm Beach Post. You can read his stuff here and follow him on Twitter here.

Q: How justified are the high expectations for Miami?
A: Depends on how high you’re talking, I guess. [More]

Remainder of Notre Dame-ACC scheduling being finalized

  • 3:58 pm Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

The ACC and Notre Dame are expected to finalize details for the remainder of their 60-game contract soon. ACC senior associate commissioner Michael Strickland said the conference will likely have dates and sites for the fourth, fifth and six years of the deal and years and sites for the back half of the contract. Under the agreement, which begins this year, Notre Dame will play every ACC school four times, home and away, through 2025. The ACC-Notre Dame games have already been scheduled for 2014-2016.
An announcement could come in August.
“I don’t think we’ll have specific dates for some of those [More]

Tech opponent preview: Virginia Tech

  • 10:52 am Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

We resume our Georgia Tech opponent preview (Sorry for the interruption. ACC Kickoff and the three dismissals got me a little sidetracked.). Today’s preview of Virginia Tech comes courtesy of Norm Wood, ACC writer at the Daily Press in Newport News, Va. You can read his stuff here and follow him on Twitter here. The Yellow Jackets will play the Hokies Sept. 20 at Lane Stadium in the first Saturday meeting between the two teams since 2009 (which, coincidentally, was the last time the Jackets beat the Hokies). Thanks to Norm and his always insightful contributions.

Q: With the [More]

Preseason projections for Tech’s first three opponents? Meh

  • 10:15 am Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech did not fare well in the ACC preseason media poll – the Yellow Jackets were projected to finish fifth in the Coastal Division. (Tech has routinely outperformed its preseason projection.)

For better or worse, they’ve got that in common with the three non-conference opponents against whom they’ll start the season.

Wofford, which plays Tech in the season opener at Bobby Dodd Stadium Aug. 30, was picked to finish fourth in the seven-team Southern Conference coaches poll behind Chattanooga, Samford and Furman. (Not terribly relevant, but diehard Jackets fans will know that Tech was a charter member of the Southern [More]

Travin Henry staying in school for degree

  • 11:39 am Monday, July 28th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

An interesting post script to the three dismissals from the football team last week – defensive end Travin Henry is planning to stay at Georgia Tech to complete his degree, according to senior associate athletic director Ryan Bamford.

Athletes in this position typically leave school to continue their athletic careers, but Henry, dismissed from the team for repeated violations of the athletic association student-athlete code of conduct, has at least temporarily suspended his playing career. He will have to pay his own way to complete his degree work. He is a business administration major.

“I applaud him,” Bamford said. “I hope he’s [More]

Johnson at ESPN headquarters Monday

  • 10:46 am Monday, July 28th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

A little late to post, but you can get your fill of Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson today across the panoply of ESPN channels. He and six other ACC coaches are in Bristol, Conn., for what’s known as the “car wash” – one-day appearances at ESPN headquarters where guests are paraded through a string of interviews.

Johnson’s schedule:

10:00 a.m. — RecruitingNation
10:30 a.m. — ESPNU
10:45 a.m. — ESPNU podcast
11:00 a.m. — ESPN.com interview
11:40 a.m. — Roundtable
12:15 p.m. — ESPN Images
12:30 p.m. — ESPN Digital Media
12:55 p.m. — ESPN.com LIVE chat
1:10 p.m. — College Football Insider Brett McMurphy
1:40 p.m. — CFB Live
2:00 p.m. [More]

Who emerges at A-back for Tech?

  • 10:41 am Monday, July 28th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech won’t lack for experience or depth at A-back – Synjyn Days, Deon Hill, B.J. Bostic and Tony Zenon all started games for the Yellow Jackets last year. Dennis Andrews and Charles Perkins also saw playing time last season. The group is packed with seniors.

The challenge for each going into preseason camp, which begins Thursday, is moving to the head of the pack.

“You’d love for one of those guys to say, ‘I’m going to be a dominant blocker, and every time I go out there, somebody’s going on the ground. That’s my role,’” coach Paul Johnson said. “Everybody can’t [More]

Autry tweets about meeting with Johnson

  • 2:35 pm Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Not one to keep his followers uninformed, Georgia Tech signee Myles Autry announced from his Twitter account shortly after 1 p.m. that he was meeting with coach Paul Johnson.

Autry has indicated that he is reconsidering his enrollment at Tech after his older brother Anthony Autry, a wide receiver on the team, was dismissed from a violation of the athletic association student-athlete code of conduct.

Meeting Up With Paul Johnson..— KingOcho (@MylesAutry) July 24, 2014