Posted: 5:27 pm Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Uzzi eager for second chance 

By Ken Sugiura

Former Georgia Tech guard Omoregie Uzzi’s gamble did not work out as hoped last spring. After his senior season, he said, he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in order to get it out of the way and be ready to compete in an NFL camp.
However, Uzzi’s surgery left him unable to participate in the East-West Shrine Game or at Tech’s pro day. That and perhaps wariness over his physical condition left Uzzi out in the cold. The three-time All-ACC selection was not drafted or signed as a free agent, an unexpected result for someone who had been projected to be a possible late-round draft pick. A year later, though, Uzzi declared himself healthy and ready to try again. He will participate in Tech’s pro day Friday morning, joining Tech’s seniors from the 2013 season.
“Just trying to prove that I’m healthy, prove that I’m ready to play football,” he said Thursday.
Beginning last fall, Uzzi began physical therapy and developed his flexibility and mobility with Fusionetics, a sports training company that he said stressed “getting your joints and body to move the way they’re supposed to move so you’re healthy and stay healthy.”
The surgery, Uzzi said, was “maintenance” to clean up the wear and tear on his knee. Uzzi said he played the 2012 season as less than 100 percent. He was not medically cleared until just prior to the draft, timing that he believes played a part in getting passed over.
He has been doing pro-day training with David Irons, father of former college stars David, Kenny and Grant Irons. For the Jackets’ proud mauler, it may be a last shot to chase a dream. Uzzi said he was antsy more than nervous, “ready go out there and do my thing.”
Having been eligible for the 2013 draft, Uzzi would be eligible to be signed immediately as a free agent.
“If they’ve got my number, they can call me,” he said.

13 comments
MikeBanning
MikeBanning

re:

3. There is no such thing as "bad mass" in the trenches, especially our lines of scrimmage which if anything, tend to lack such. Mass is in general the single best attribute of a linemen.

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Linemen that are fat cannot run, and tend to get gassed late in games, we need big lean guys rather than fat guys along our lines.


AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

Call the Atlanta Falcons, they need some help.

starter
starter

Since he has been one of the leaders in pushing for labor unions in college football maybe he should just forget football and and pursue a career with big labor. Maybe he can help them wreck college football since he wasn't too impressive as a player. NFL is looking for football players, not union activists.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

I won't pretend to even remotely know what the "ideal weight" is for a particular player.

But I do understand that scientifically, it's impossible for 99% of humans to gain muscle mass and increase strength without also gaining fat, unless they're using dangerous amounts of testosterone and HGH.

You just don't see offensive linemen or power lifters with 6 pack abs. and 10% body fat. Those physiques look good in magazines and bodybuilding shows, but don't cut it in the trenches and power lifting competitions.

Offensive and defensive linemen don't "run". They "burst" short distances, for small increments of time.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

1. Doubt it was drugs. That's never been a real part of the football culture at Tech.

2. Discipline issues ironically often correlate positively with good football teams. So I'm not that worried about it.

3. There is no such thing as "bad mass" in the trenches, especially our lines of scrimmage which if anything, tend to lack such. Mass is in general the single best attribute of a linemen.

4. Players leave teams all the time, and usually for reasons like Vad did. The coaches are asking them to do things they either don't want to do, or are incapable of doing. And if that's the case, then the team is better off without them. But I sincerely wish them the best of luck.

5. Johnson isn't perfect. But I don't see lack of discipline and control being an issue for the guy! He's coached football players for a long, long time, and has a reputation of being fair but demanding.

crackbaby
crackbaby

@starter I see you subscribe to the plantation mentality that is NCAA football.


Omoreggie Uzzi, if healthy, should get a shot at the NFL.  He is the only CPJ O-lineman that can IMO.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@Birmingham__Jacket  

You're being very naive Birmingham.

On the BCS level a failed drug test is about the only thing can cost a player multiple games suspension 5-6 months in the future during the season.

One of the few other ways that a player can get suspended for multiple games 5-6 months in the future when the season starts is when the NCAA hands down a suspension.

I'd be willing to bet everything I own that these 3 guys got suspended for failed drug tests.

juvenal
juvenal

gladiators were slaves, too........

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@YesIamapirate  

Rather than waste the keystrokes on that bullcrap you wrote above simply tell us all WHY those 3 players are suspended for the first 2 games next season.

YesIamapirate
YesIamapirate

Maybe they were stupid enough to try to electronically deposit stipend checks they stole from their teammates multiple times.

Nah, they go to Tech, they wouldn't be that frickin stupid.

And you probably own nothing except some Raman noodles and a heating plate in your Grandmas basement. I'm assuming your own mother has disowned you by now.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@juvenal  

That doesn't make it a good thing for the year 2014 and beyond.

Have you heard of progress?

If HC salaries can "progress" from the days of 200K per year to $5.00MM+ per year why can't stipends for players keep up at the similar rate?