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Errin Joe on the mend

  • 10:55 am Friday, February 28th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
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Errin Joe takes solace in this much – when the labrum in his shoulder gave out last August, it did so valiantly.

Joe, a Georgia Tech guard, had come into his sophomore season hoping to earn playing time after his freshman season was cut short by an unusual foot injury. Just before the start of the first scrimmage, Joe had the mindset to set the tone for his camp. Joe got in six snaps before he got hurt, but, he said, offensive line coach Mike Sewak told him they were the best six plays he had seen Joe play.

Joe has finished [More]

Thoughts on Tech season-ticket strategy

  • 10:47 am Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
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Georgia Tech unveiled its season-ticket package Tuesday, offering a variety of benefits to add value to its plan for the six-game home schedule.

The base price is $245. It was $270 last year, which was a seven-game home schedule including the Georgia game and $249 in 2012 (seven games without Georgia, Virginia Tech or Clemson). Tech Fund contribution levels increased in five sections (Tech Terrace, CL1 & CL4, Sections 105 and 107, Section 128 and Sections 129/203U/206U/223U/227U) by an average of 6.6 percent and was reduced by 25 percent in one (Sections 223L and 227L). There’s more information here on Tech’s [More]

9 takeaways from Tech-Notre Dame

  • 10:17 am Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Thoughts and observations from Tech’s 65-62 loss at Notre Dame Wednesday night. Game story here.

1. For a Georgia Tech fan, there were things to like in Wednesday night’s game against Notre Dame. The Yellow Jackets turned the ball over just six times, tying their season low set in the season opener. They recorded assists on 16 of their 22 baskets. They shot 8-for-11 from the free-throw line. They only sent the Fighting Irish to the line eight times. They were 10-for-20 from 3-point range. Forward Robert Carter had his best game since returning from a torn meniscus.

“We didn’t make [More]

Gregory returns (close to) home

  • 1:33 pm Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

In advance of Georgia Tech’s game at Notre Dame (7 p.m., ESPN2).

The Yellow Jackets’ first game at Notre Dame as ACC members carries a little extra meaning for coach Brian Gregory.

Gregory grew up in Mount Prospect, Ill., outside of Chicago, which is not far from South Bend, Ind. Gregory said “there’ll be a lot of people close to me that will be coming to the game.“

Gregory downplayed the significance, saying it might have meant more when he was younger. Still, Gregory’s childhood coincided with the height of DePaul’s power in college basketball, when one of its primary rivals was Notre [More]

Projected defensive depth chart

  • 12:33 pm Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
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My apologies on the overpromise that I would post it, like, a month ago. My guess at what the depth chart might look like when Georgia Tech begins spring practice March 24.

DE           Tyler Stargel                                       Nick Menocal

DT           Patrick Gamble                                   Francis Kallon

NT          Adam Gotsis                                      Shawn Green

DE           Jimmie Kitchen                                 Roderick Rook-Chungong

WLB       Quayshawn Nealy                           Tremayne McNair

MLB       Jabari Hunt-Days                              Beau Hankins

SLB         Paul Davis                                            Tyler Marcordes

CB           D.J. White                                           John Marvin

FS           Isaiah Johnson                                  Domonique Noble

SS           Demond Smith                                  Chris Milton

CB           Lynn Griffin                                        Jamal Golden

Specialists

K             Harrison Butker                                Andrew Chau

P             Ryan Rodwell                                     Will Somers

LS            Sean Tobin                                          Trevor Stroebel

Thoughts

There is a lot of fluidity on the defensive side, much [More]

Thomas runs 4.55 in 40

  • 9:14 pm Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
Former Tech safety Jamea Thomas is one nearly 40 defensive backs at NFL combine. (Michael Chang/Getty Images)

Former Georgia Tech defensive back Jemea Thomas did not do poorly at the NFL draft combine, but also did not accomplish what he set out to do.

Tuesday, Thomas recorded a time of 4.55 seconds in the 40-yard dash, which was tied for 24th among the 48 defensive backs who put down times.

As Thomas wrote on his Facebook page, “Horrible 40 time but thank god for pro day.”

A 4.55 is hardly a slow time, but isn’t necessarily helpful in aiding his draft stock. Prior to the combine, draft expert Tony Pauline said that Thomas needed to a run a time [More]

Thomas shines in bench press at combine

  • 8:01 pm Monday, February 24th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
Former Tech safety Jamea Thomas is one nearly 40 defensive backs at NFL combine. (Michael Chang/Getty Images)

Former Georgia Tech defensive back Jemea Thomas got off to a good start at the NFL draft combine, bench pressing 225 pounds 19 times Monday. It was the sixth best total among cornerbacks, according to nfl.com.

There were 39 cornerbacks invited to participate at the combine. Thomas earned a reputation at Tech as one of the team’s most dedicated and powerful weight lifters.

Thomas will complete his work at the combine Tuesday with the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump and other agility and skill tests.

Thomas to run Tuesday at combine

  • 10:26 am Monday, February 24th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Former Georgia Tech defensive back Jemea Thomas will participate in on-field drills Tuesday at the NFL draft combine with the rest of the defensive backs. While in Indianapolis, players also go through medical examinations, interviews with teams and psychological testing. The process takes four days. The defensive backs checked in Saturday.

They’ll test in the bench press Monday, measuring reps of 225 pounds, before being assessed in drills such as the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and skill drills. The combine is being broadcast on the NFL Network and streamed on nfl.com.

Former Tech defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu attended the combine but did [More]

Tech weekend review

  • 10:09 am Monday, February 24th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

1. The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team is on a two-game losing streak after having won four in a row. The Yellow Jackets lost to No. 8 Maryland Sunday 79-62 at McCamish Pavilion. It was Tech’s sixth consecutive loss to Maryland.

Tech returned to .500 in the ACC at 7-7 and 17-10 overall with two games remaining before the ACC tournament starts. According to warrennolan.com, Tech’s RPI is No. 44, which means the Jackets will have to keep pedaling a little more to feel safe about an NCAA tournament bid.

The past week underscored where Tech seems to lie this season. The [More]

3 takeaways from Tech-Clemson

  • 2:58 am Monday, February 24th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Thoughts and observations from Georgia Tech’s 63-55 loss to Clemson Saturday. Game story here.

1. It happened again. When Tech forward Marcus Georges-Hunt hit a 3-pointer on a feed from center Daniel Miller with 18:49 left in the second half, the Yellow Jackets led Clemson 34-25. They were shooting 14-for-26 with nine assists and six turnovers.

The pace slowed down considerably after that. Over the final 18:49, Tech shot 7-for-24 with two assists and nine turnovers and scored 21 points. The Jackets turned the ball over seven times in the next 12 possessions.

They were often mistakes that were, to a degree, [More]