Posted: 2:17 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014

10 not must-read Tech notes 

By Ken Sugiura

A few things left over from my interviews this week. Nothing earth-shattering, but hopefully interesting.

1. Defensive back Domonique Noble has been tried out at a variety of spots – nickel back, both safety spots and “Bronco,” which is the name for one of the linebacker positions in the nickel defense. “I’m just trying to find my place on the field,” he said.

Noble’s favorite uniform is last year’s throwback.

2. Linebackers coach Andy McCollum gives freshman Terrell Lewis a chance to play this season. He said he has a lot of ability and could contribute on special teams, but it’ll depend on his mental toughness and how quickly he can adjust. “So Terrell may have an opportunity to do that,” he said.

3. Backup linebacker Tremayne McNair is improving, but McCollum wants a little more.

“I think he’s stepped up to the point that he can help this football team,” McCollum said. “But Tremayne’s got to be a guy that does it every day.”

4. The athletic department has created a new mobile application for game days that will replace the current version.

It will include free live game audio, real-time Instagram and Twitter feeds from the team and fans, a game-day guide with information on parking, event times and stadium maps, updates and stats on conference and top 25 games, alerts for weather and play-by-play information.

It is a free download. Another element of the app is a program that allows fans to purchase game-day experiences including leading the team down Yellow Jacket Alley and high-fiving players as they run out of the stadium tunnel behind the Ramblin’ Wreck.

5. Coach Paul Johnson’s radio show will begin Monday and will continue weekly through the season. The show will air on 680 the Fan (and simulcast on 93.7 FM) in Atlanta, as well as on 22 stations around Georgia and Alabama. The show will be broadcast from Hudson Grille Midtown (942 Peachtree St. NE).

6. Johnson gave some praise to defensive tackles Patrick Gamble and Francis Kallon Wednesday.

“Pat’s had a really good camp,” Johnson said. “Once he came back from injury, he’s had a good camp. And Francis has worked really hard. I think he’s gotten better. He’s still got a ways to go, but he’s gotten a lot better.”

7. I think walk-on wide receiver Brandon Oliver could end up playing a little bit this season. I’ve heard him mentioned on two separate occasions as a possibility. Oliver is a junior who played five games last season. He is also the author of a tweet that Tech fans might find encouraging.

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8. Defensive backs coach Joe Speed on what he looks for in a nickel back: “Gotta be able to cover and then physically play like a linebacker. Not only (good) hips and feet, they’ve also got to bring some physical elements to the game against the sun.”

9. Tech’s freshman class is, according to the school, the highest achieving and most diverse in school history. It was the first class for which Tech accepted what is known as the Common Application, which caused a 46 percent increase in applications. The school admitted 33 percent (8,560), and 2,800 enrolled. (The school’s admission rate in 2012 was 55 percent and 41 percent last year.)

The average SAT score of incoming students improved to 2134 and 94 percent of freshmen have taken at least AP Calculus or an equivalent course. The class is 51 percent Caucasian, 28 percent Asian, 7 percent Hispanic, 6 percent African-American and 4 percent multi-racial. The class is 61 percent male and 39 percent female. The students come from 47 states, 63 countries and 87 Georgia counties (out of 159).

10. An insight into quarterback Justin Thomas from A-back Charles Perkins: “You won’t hear him yell at all. But you know if he gives you a look or he’ll come over and tell you something, you’d better do it right the next play.”

53 comments
GTLee
GTLee

"I have no idea how they beat a healthy UGA team last season."

Apparently you have no idea about a lot of things.

GTHoschton
GTHoschton

I think Tech has a great chance to win 8 of the first 10 games and with a little luck maybe 9 the last two will be interesting,  Duke has lost a couple of key players on both side of the ball as has Miami. at NC and Pitt could be trouble back to back away games.

forexbomb
forexbomb

Good Grief.. Why in the world would Lands-Davis be appropriate HEADLINE NEWS for the AJC... Pathetic!  It's one reason I canceled my paper edition among many reasons..  Douglas County Police just boosting their revenue..  For that Cop to arrest this kid was almost as ABSURD as the AJC putting this on their front page..  Will we ever learn....

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

I'm hopeful for wins against VT, Miami and Clemson.  I'd love to win The Coastal and play FSU---don't see it happening.

But I would give almost anything to see us play our best game of the season and really beat the Dawgs in a convincing fashion, in Athens this year.  There is just no substitue for the satisfaction a win against those devils dressed in Red and Black, gives this Tech fan!  

Last time I was really excited as a Tech fan was walking out of Sanford Stadium in 2008.  What a great game.

GMardi
GMardi

How great to read a sports writer who also directs attention to academics.


GTDude
GTDude

@gatechclass95 if we beat UGA, Miami, VT and Clemson we will be in Charlotte and be looking to at one of the four playoff spots

don't think it happens this year, maybe next :-)

Born2Buzz
Born2Buzz

CPJ Radio show airs 7-8PM.  I found that on the GTAA website.  No mention of it on the 680theFan website.  Also no mention of the fact that the games will be on 680 either.

gatechclassof95
gatechclassof95

PJ needs to beat UGA, Miami, VT and Clemson this year.

juvenal
juvenal

all those females will make it tougher for our Title IX compliance.........Paul, our match replayed 1230 Sat mun2 en Espanol..... (Paul in NH, that is)

GTBob
GTBob

@GTHoschton Clemson has been losing players also. I am starting to get the feeling that they aren't going to be all that great this year. 

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@forexbomb 

The question I haven't heard anybody ask yet is will he now even be allowed to play his senior season?  Regardless of the nature of his action, it DID result in an arrest.  I would say it's almost certain that he won't be on the field tonight for Alexander's season opener.  He COULD be totally suspended from the team, if not the school.  Stupid STUPID mistake on his part.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@forexbomb It was less than an ounce of weed.   Seriously, it's a waste of taxpayer dollars to arrest anyone for for any amount of weed, let alone less than an ounce.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@OkieDawg 

You should worry about all the criminals and thugs in Athens before you start picking on a Tech recruit, regardless of what he has done.

GTBob
GTBob

@Born2Buzz I would really love to know why we choose to associate with that craphole of a station.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@gatechclassof95 

If they are going to beat UM, VT and Clemson they had better beat FSU as well - because they will be playing them in Charlotte.

nevrenuftime
nevrenuftime

@gatechclassof95 His record against them over the past 4 years is something like 1-15

To think they will beat 2 is a laughable assertion.  I see a 5-7 season and the bowl streak ending and also a new coach being brought in

GTBob
GTBob

@gatechclassof95 There are probably less than 10 teams in the country who could run through those 4 teams unscathed. 

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@juvenal 

It's on network in Boston - I have set the TIVO.

Arsene needs to give Ramsey a day off - Martinez has given Barkley 2 months off

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@GTBob @GTHoschton

Clemson just isn't all that good.  Never has been.  Never will be.  And unlike us, they don't have any excuses.  I have no idea how they beat a healthy UGA team last season.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@GeorgeStein @forexbomb

I hope Johnson has enough sense to keep the kid.  We need more play makers, not scholars.

forexbomb
forexbomb

@GTBob @Born2Buzz Because Bob, with the state our football program.. that is the ONLY station that is interested. Kinda sad really..

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@GTBob @Born2Buzz Yea Buck is the grand wizard of that station, just seems wierd GT being on there.

Born2Buzz
Born2Buzz

@GTBob @Born2Buzz because 790 went up in flames and 92.9 was still an unknown.  At least that is the only reason I can think of.

Apparently I will be listening to the games on the new Gameday App.  I'm assuming the away games will also be on it.

forexbomb
forexbomb

@nevrenuftime @gatechclassof95 No way they go 5-7.. We have too many gimme games.. I nailed it last year with the gimme games, and we have at least 7 gimme games maybe 8...  

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@nevrenuftime @gatechclassof95 Long as your content with another average season as well, By the way professor, (uga lost to clemson last year and they were healthy.....OK!)

juvenal
juvenal

@PaulinNH actually live.........follow soccer america? good site.........

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham__Jacket They went 11-2, with the 2 losses being to teams that finished in the top 5. 9 of their wins were by double digits. If you don't consider that good then you have some pretty lofty expectations.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@Birmingham__Jacket We don't need scholars, but we can't take people who can't hack it in the classroom.   Start getting too many of those and it won't matter if we go 10-2, because we'll be on a bowl ban because of APR issues.

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham__Jacket The kid isn't even ours right now. He can't really cut him loose. The kid would just sign with any of the other major programs who offered him. We would only be hurting ourselves. Personally, I don't think this offense is nearly worth that, but I would have him on a short leash from here out.

GTBob
GTBob

@forexbomb No, we had choices. 680 was somewhat the safe choice, but still the wrong one in my opinion.

GTLee
GTLee

Speaking of telling the truth, when are you gonna admit that you're nothing but a POS troll?

GTBob
GTBob

@nevrenuftime They are our flagship station yet they mention us maybe once every two weeks when they are eager to trash us for some random reason.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Look never never, i listen to them all the time. They hold their hand out to Tech, but their meat and potatoes are SEC slanted. Buck and kincaide are very entertaining. just like you guys are, but they still take shots at GT. And i think that is chicken shat on Kincaides behalf, but BB? well he's ahump and he will always be the hump that handed Herschel the ball.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@GTBob @nevrenuftime

5-7 is not out of the question.  6.5 is the over/under by objective standards.

I'd love to know why you're so confident.  We lost 5 players from a defense that was "shaky" at best last season.  We have a new QB that wasn't anticipated to see significant playing time until next season, maybe.


I can appreciate the hype and excitation around the beginning of the season.  But every other team we play wants to win just as bad as we do.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@GTBob @Birmingham__Jacket

I consider it lucky.  Any program that has a losing record in modern times to us, isn't a great program.

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham__Jacket We would probably have to lose to UNC, Duke, and Pitt, among the other teams we have lost to in recent years. I just don't see all of that happening. Sorry. It would be our worst season since the Lewis years.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Birmingham__Jacket @GTBob @nevrenuftime If the 27th ranked total d and the 11th ranked run defense is what you call "shaky," then you are never going to be happy anyways.  maybe you should just watch professional sports instead.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Birmingham__Jacket I consider it lucky.  Any program that has a losing record in modern times to us, isn't a great program.

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This says everything we need to know.  At this point, season ticket holder or not, you have shown that you are more interested in trolling than discussing football.  Since you're going to find something to complain about anyway, I'm not going to bother with it anymore.  

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@Birmingham__Jacket 

You'd better take that up with WnE, because until 10 years ago Stanford had a losing record in modern times.  Not to sound like I am supporting anything WnE says, things do change.  As far as Clemson in the past goes, take a look back at the Danny Ford years.  They won an NC back then.