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A sports blog about Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Draft wait driving Attaochu crazy

  • 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]

No. 1 stunner: A look at Tech’s series win over top-ranked FSU

  • 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]

Brandon Watts’ draft stock climbing

  • 7:44 am Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
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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]

Tech scrimmage review

  • 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]

Jameis Winston draws attention, fans at Tech-FSU

  • 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]

5 notes (sort of) regarding Saturday morning scrimmage

  • 2:17 pm Friday, April 11th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

1. Saturday’s scrimmage will be open to the public. It begins at 9:15 a.m. at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Peters Parking Deck will be open and free to fans. Be mindful that other activities, namely the Pi Mile race, will also be taking place Saturday morning.

From the Tech sports information office: Fans can enter the stadium through Gates 4 or 7. Please do not enter via the stadium tunnel. There is no charge for admission.

2. The team may be a bit depleted. A number of players missed practice Wednesday, including offensive linemen Trey Braun, Shaquille Mason and Chris Griffin, defensive linemen [More]

Tech’s Masters foursome tied for most with UGA

  • 9:55 pm Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Four Georgia Tech grads – Roberto Castro, Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar and Larry Mize – will tee off Thursday at the Masters. The foursome is tied with rival Georgia for the largest contingent from any college. Bubba Watson, Harris English, Chris Kirk and Russell Henley are the former Bulldogs in the field.

Castro will be making his first appearance, having earned his way in by qualifying for the Tour Championship last season. Cink is exempt due to his 2009 British Open championship. (This is the final year that Cink will earn a Masters invitation based on his British Open win.)

Kuchar earned [More]

Snoddy’s position change complete

  • 11:47 am Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Broderick Snoddy’s transition to A-back is apparently complete.

The Georgia Tech running back played his first three seasons, including his redshirt year, primarily as a B-back, but did not see the field much behind David Sims and Zach Laskey.

Coach Paul Johnson has had him work with the A-backs, where Snoddy has previously played on a limited basis.

Asked about it Monday, Johnson said, “I think he’s going to be an A-back, that’s where he’s going to play.”

Snoddy has benefited from multiple A-backs missing part or all of spring practice, including Deon Hill, Synjyn Days and Charles Perkins.

“He’s hot and cold,” Johnson said. [More]

Progress slow for Tech offensive line

  • 12:14 pm Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Following the graduation of three fifth-year seniors, the Georgia Tech offensive line is a young and inexperienced group. Thus far through spring practice, it’s evidently playing like one.

“I don’t know if we’ve progressed as fast as we’d like to,” offensive line coach Mike Sewak said Monday following the team’s ninth spring practice session.

Among the candidates for playing time on the line this spring: Guard Shamire Devine and tackle Chris Griffin (both redshirts in 2013) and tackle Errin Joe and center Freddie Burden (missed last season with injuries).

“Everything happens with reps, and game reps,” Sewak said. “Just full-speed reps and no [More]

After sweep of Duke, Tech baseball’s tough road ahead

  • 3:20 pm Monday, April 7th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

A week after getting swept by Pittsburgh, the Georgia Tech baseball team returned above the .500 mark in ACC play by sweeping Duke at home  by 7-4, 5-1 and 1-0 scores. Tech is now 19-13 overall and 8-7 in the ACC.

Sunday starter Matthew Grimes continued his strong season in his return from Tommy John surgery, throwing six shutout innings. Grimes is 4-1 with a 3.21 ERA despite a .272 opponent batting average. Reliever Sam Clay lowered his ERA to 0.42, appearing in all three games and not allowing any runs.

Second baseman Mott Hyde extended his hitting streak to 10 games, [More]