Posted: 8:04 am Friday, June 27th, 2014

Tech DB Lance Austin has championship mindset 

By Ken Sugiura

Lance Austin may be nothing if not practical.

Prior to his leaving Lamar County for Georgia Tech to begin his freshman year, I asked him what were one or two things he would make sure to bring with him to school. Other teammates had mentioned possessions like a guitar, video-game system and a stereo.

“I really don’t have anything specific, just making sure I bring my wallet and my underwear,” he said. “Those are the two main things, I guess.”

Austin and his twin brother Lawrence are an anticipated pair at cornerback. Neither has great size – Lance is 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds and Lawrence is 5-9, 170 – but have reputations as big hitters. They picked Tech over offers from Vanderbilt and South Carolina, among others. Linebackers coach Andy McCollum, who helped bring the two to Tech, memorably compared them to piranhas on signing day.

Austin naturally wants to play this season as a true freshman. It would seem he and his brother both stand a decent chance to do so, likely in a special-teams role.

Prior to enrolling, Austin said he had spoken with defensive coordinator Ted Roof about playing at nickel back. In the post-spring practice depth chart, Demond Smith and Domonique Noble have the top two spots at that spot in the 4-2-5 alignment. Austin mostly played cornerback at Lamar County but said he had played nickel in 7-on-7 scrimmages.

Austin is undoubtedly enjoying the World Cup; he grew up playing soccer but gave it up to run track. (He, Lawrence and Qua Searcy, another Tech freshman, led the Trojans to the Class AA state track title.) His favorite player is Neymar of Brazil.

“I love watching Brazil,” he said. “They’ve just got that swagger about them.”

The same may someday be said of Austin. Asked what he wanted Tech fans to know about him, he responded, “That I want to come in and win some championships.”

 

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21 comments
Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Iggystooge.......Your take on Pruitt and Jimbo is way, way off.  Go read the Tallahasse Democrate on this subject and the comments from the Seminole Booster President for the true story.  You just can't pop off because folks won't take you serious.


Go Dawgs

POAD2014
POAD2014

These guys LOVE the game and I think they will be great at Tech.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

Ken, was it an XBOX1 or a PlayStation4 that Lance wanted when referring to the video game system?

OldSchoolTechFanatic
OldSchoolTechFanatic

Saw the three young men play at Lamar County and they are gamers!!! They have a passion for the game.

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

Georgia Tech football and "championship".  Sounds a little like oil and water to me.

KenAJC
KenAJC moderator

@BleedingGold sorry for the late reply. he wasn't the one who said he was bringing his video game, actually.

DallasJack
DallasJack

@bigmacondawg

1980 was your last MNC. Tech had one in 1990. Save your lousy excuses for later. Sorry for your sorrow and your sorry rear. What is your point besides trolling?


Don't be a wrexie.


HighTechJacket99
HighTechJacket99

Georgia and "University". Sounds a little like oil and water to me.

GTBob
GTBob

@bigmacondawg Ironically, GT has won a national and conference championship more recently than UGA has.

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

@GTBob @bigmacondawg

Not very ironic.  Tech certainly hasn't played at a championship level since the fluke.  And we've been playing championship ball for several of the years over the past decade, competing for SEC championships.

ToddE
ToddE

@bobbyross1990 @bigmacondawg Hey, it happened once!  34 years ago isn't really that long to wait, although it is longer than 24 years now isn't it...

GTBob
GTBob

@bigmacondawg  If you were playing championship ball then you would be winning championships, which you aren't. You guys are a 9-10 win team that can't do much else.

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

@GTBob @bigmacondawg

VanGorder was a huge loss and poor hires cost us.  Pruitt will be the difference starting this year.  I think Mark Richt will retire with at least 1 if not 2 NCs.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@bigmacondawg 

Didn't you post the same thing a couple of years ago but had Grantham's name where Pruitt's is now?

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@bigmacondawg @GTBob While I readily admit that uga has had several shots at SEC championships recently, I am very amused by the collective assumption that Pruitt is a lock at being a difference maker at DC.  The man has such a small sample size in collegiate football and only at championship level universities.  I am not saying he was a bad hire, just that the jury is still out on whether he can build a championship level defense.  He has proved, however, that he can coach an inherited championship level defense.  uga needs a rebuild on defense and we'll get to see firsthand whether Pruitt is capable of the job.

Iggystooge
Iggystooge

If Pruitt was as great as UGA fans think he is, Jimbo would have paid him to stay at FSU.  Funny that Dawg fans are too dumb to realize that.