Posted: 6:47 am Monday, July 21st, 2014

ACC Kickoff: Shaquille Mason soundbites 

By Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech guard Shaquille Mason has been impressed by center Freddie Burden's work this offseason.

Georgia Tech guard Shaquille Mason has been impressed by center Freddie Burden’s work this offseason.

From the ACC Kickoff interview session with Georgia Tech guard Shaquille Mason Sunday in Greensboro, N.C.:

1. Like teammate Quayshawn Nealy, Mason mentioned the emphasis on finishing in the offseason.

“That’s really been the motto of this offseason, finish, because we’ve been in every game, but we just came up short by not being able to finish, and that’s a hard pill to swallow,” Mason said.

For Mason, that has meant pushing himself to win every spring and be first in every drill. Others have caught the spirit, he said.

“Most definitely,” he said. “Say we’re running sprints and stuff. They’ll even start suggesting like, Hey, let’s go ahead and get a couple more (sprints).”

2. A younger player who has caught his attention in that regard is center Freddie Burden, who is first on the depth chart at his position despite never having started a game.

“He’s tried to step up a little bit,” Mason said. “He challenges me every day in sprinting, and conditioning, as well.”

3. Mason has taken to new special-teams coordinator and assistant offensive line coach Ray Rychleski.

“I like him,” Mason said. “He’s a great add-on to the staff. I love his high energy that he has. I love it.”

Rychleski and line coach Mike Sewak have been meeting with their position group over the summer, as a new NCAA rule permits coaches to meet with players for football matters two hours a week. Mason said that he thought Rychleski will be in charge of the tackles, with Sewak handling the interior positions.

4. The offensive players have taken it upon themselves to get their fitness level ready for anticipated use of an up-tempo pace. After workouts, Mason said, the offense has simulated multiple drives down the field, running through plays at a hurry-up pace.

“I like (up-tempo),” Mason said. “It needs some fine-tuning, of course, but we definitely can add that to our repertoire and execute that and win some ballgames.”

5. The game Mason anticipates most?

The last one of the regular season.

“Because they don’t respect us,” Mason said. “It’s just simple. They don’t respect us. They feel like they run the state, so they say, all that. And we were there, we had ’em beat last year, lost in double overtime. That’s just a terrible, terrible, terrible way to lose a game, worst way to lose a game.”

7 comments
juvenal
juvenal

players get anything for doing this? 

forexbomb
forexbomb

The last one of the regular season.

“Because they don’t respect us,” Mason said. “It’s just simple. They don’t respect us. They feel like they run the state, so they say, all that. And we were there, we had ’em beat last year, lost in double overtime. That’s just a terrible, terrible, terrible way to lose a game, worst way to lose a game.”


We had them beat...  We didn't have them beat...  We were jumping around on the sidelines like we have never been there before...  and we haven't in a long time...  They will respect you when you make it competitive...  That game is a LONG way from being competitive...  Man UP! Play like you want to win... BTW, they are not that good, and they do RUN the state...  

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@forexbomb 

The game has been competitive every year with the exception of 2012, dating back to 04.  I honestly don't know what the heck you're talking about.  Mason said himself that in games like VT, Miami, and UGA that they were in the game and had opportunities.  That the main focus is finishing their opponent off and that they need to keep grinding.  Why you felt the need to twist his words around is beyond me, but it didn't work in your favor.

GTBob
GTBob

@forexbomb They just got two commits for 2016 that would both easily be the highest rated recruits in GTs history. They have 5-10 every year that would be in the top 5 players ever recruited to GT. As long as the talent disparity is that high, GT will have less than a 10% chance of winning that game. Personally, I think Richt is the only thing keeping the game somewhat competitive on a yearly basis.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@forexbomb check the scores of the games and watch some of them again. TECH v UGa is usually a pretty competitive game. Depth killed us last year. The players just didn't have the GAS to finish the drill.

JacketMan
JacketMan

"They will respect you when you make it competitive"? GA Tech was up 20 points and eventually lost in OVERTIME. You don't consider THAT competitive? What a maroon...

forexbomb
forexbomb

@JacketMan Nope, not at all...  The UGA players were never flustered..  A first time QB came back against all odds..  Pathetic...  A UGA defense that was less than average...  No Jacket man it was not competitive...  But hey, you keep drinking that grape juice...  This game hasn't been competitive since, well, in a long time...