Posted: 10:55 am Friday, February 28th, 2014

Errin Joe on the mend 

By Ken Sugiura

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.

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Georgia Tech offensive lineman Errin Joe (75) is one of three players coming back from injury. (Hyosub Shin / AJC)

Joe has finished daily treatment to rehabilitate his shoulder and expects to be cleared in advance of Tech’s spring practice, which begins March 24. Those six plays have whet his appetite and set the stage.

After the injury, he said, “I just kind of had to recollect myself and just know I can come back better than those six plays.”

Joe was one of three Tech players coming back from injury that I spoke with for a story that will run in Sunday’s paper and myajc.com, center Freddie Burden and defensive end Roderick Rook-Chungong being the other two.

Being out for the year “gives you a chance to kind of step back, notice things,” Joe said, “and really makes you love the game even more.”

Joe, who is on track to graduate in December after 3 ½ years with a degree in science, technology and culture, has significant opportunity in spring practice to earn playing time. With the graduation of linemen Ray Beno, Jay Finch and Will Jackson, and Morgan Bailey’s decision to not return for his senior season, Joe will be only one of nine scholarship linemen available in spring practice. The team will receive six incoming freshman linemen in the summer. At guard, he’ll be in competition with All-ACC returnee Shaquille Mason, Trey Braun and Shamire Devine.

“I’m excited, first of all, to put the pads back on,” Joe said, “but also seeing that opportunity. My main focus is getting back healthy. I like where I’m at right now, but I believe that there’s a lot of things I’ve got to do to get back right health-wise and then getting stronger, faster and getting ready for this spring.”

16 comments
Hunk
Hunk

Erin Joe looked so good in his high school films.  He can do the job if he can stay healthy. Best of luck to him.

GTBee
GTBee

I wasnt commenting on the article or the person in the article. I have no idea who he is. Nvr heard of him u fool. I am commenting on the evolution of the GT football program. Too above your pay grade to understand?

GTBee
GTBee

I truly believe in evolution and I am fearful we are smack dab in the middle of it at GT. We are evolving into just an average football program. One that will be around for decades. Sort of a version of the 1990's Duke. Hope I am wrong but I am rarely wrong.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

"The offensive line last year was easily the worst under CPJ."

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Yes it was.  But getting Joe back is huge.  I think he had offers from FSU and South Carolina if I remember correctly.  He actually picked Tech BECAUSE of the academics.  He's really smart.

forexbomb
forexbomb

As the O/L goes so does the offense...  It's not impossible to think we will be better this year, but improbable...  Last years O/L was the best according to coach... The offense sputtered against the better teams...   Here is hoping the big uglies on both sides of the ball are mean and angry this year...    

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

I hope he stays healthy.  We need the OL to really step up this year.

GTBob
GTBob

@GTBee  Duke, only had one season in the 90's where they won more than 4 games. One of those seasons they went 0-11. That isn't average, that is flat out bad. It's not very likely that we will fall to those depths.

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham__Jacket  Not only getting Joe back but Burden as well. Burden, Devine, and Griffin are talented players who are going to be pushing for starting jobs this year. Last year they were non existent because of injuries and red shirts. We have some good young offensive linemen. 

GTBob
GTBob

@forexbomb  The offensive line last year was easily the worst under CPJ. You can blame some of that on injuries, some on talent, and some on Vad Lee but it was a train wreck no matter who's to blame. It should be a good bit better next year assuming it doesn't get hit by injuries again. There are a few young guys who will raise the competition level.

GTBob
GTBob

@MikeBanning  It is a different major at Stanford with a B.A. option and no, not all that many players major in it. Stanford's players majors are all across the board. Easily the most mixed I have seen of any school.

GTBee
GTBee

You know what I mean. Not being literal here. 6-7-8 wins. That is what we are evolving to.

forexbomb
forexbomb

@GTBob @forexbomb  I agree GTBob..  But, as far as CPJ, it was filled with upper class men and was the best he had since arriving...  Yes injuries impact play, but every D1 team has to deal with the same ...  I am just hoping the talent level is better, than years past.  There are a few that were very good in high school, but it still remains to be seen how well that translates into big boy football....  Win or lose, I will be behind the Jackets!