Posted: 6:00 am Friday, August 29th, 2014

10 mildly must-read Tech notes 

By Ken Sugiura

Just one more day till kickoff. Till then, some tidbits collected in interviews and elsewhere that didn’t quite or haven’t yet made it into other stories or blog posts.

1. With Freddie Burden and Thomas O’Reilly ahead of him on the depth chart, freshman center Andrew Marshall appeared headed for a redshirt season. But he impressed offensive line coach Mike Sewak enough in the preseason to merit a promotion. He’s expected to play this season, likely one of two incoming freshman offensive linemen who won’t be redshirted, along with tackle Trey Klock.

Sewak likes his athletic ability and has particularly been taken with his study habits and how quickly he has picked up the offense.

“We’ll just see what he can do,” Sewak said. “As the games unfold themselves, he’s going to get a chance to play. We’ll see what he can do.”

With No. 2 right guard Nick Brigham out with a concussion, O’Reilly has been moved over to that spot, making room for Marshall to play center with the second string.

2. Left tackle Bryan Chamberlain knows the offense, has labored to improve and has good study habits, but hasn’t quite earned Sewak’s full trust with busted plays at the wrong time.

“Sometimes, it’s just bad footwork at a bad time,” he said.

3. A pretty strong quote about the team’s competitiveness in camp from Sewak, which will probably go into a story for Saturday’s paper and myajc: “I think the (difference in) attitude is really night and day.”

4. At Saturday’s game, fans making calls or checking their phones may take notice of improved cellular service. This past week, AT&T, a corporate sponsor of the athletic department, installed a distributed antenna system throughout Bobby Dodd Stadium for improved cellular service for AT&T customers. (That would include guard Trey Braun, who has interned with AT&T.) Other cellular providers will be able to use the DAS backbone in the near future to increase their signal strength.

5. Speaking of AT&T, Saturday will also be the first game for new radio color analyst Roddy Jones. Jones, a captain of the 2011 team, will pair with Brandon Gaudin. Jones is a retail store manager for an AT&T store at the Forum in Norcross.

6. Defensive coordinator Ted Roof on twins Lance and Lawrence Austin, who are both in the two-deep at cornerback. On this week’s depth chart, in fact, Chris Milton and Lawrence Austin were co-No. 1’s.

“I’ve seen strong competitive will, and they’re smart football players,” Roof said. “They pick things up pretty easily, which is a real plus, knowing what to do. Because, as a coach, that’s what you want to know. What can I count on, what can I expect, so that when you make a call, you’re not expecting, is it a 50/50 (chance) with this guy on a (busted play) or something like that.”

7. Roof said defensive tackles Adam Gotsis and Shawn Green have provided significant leadership to the defense, particularly in establishing a standard of effort.

“They’ve been positive role models, positive examples,” Roof said.

Roof also mentioned linebackers Quayshawn Nealy and Paul Davis and safeties Jamal Golden and Isaiah Johnson and cornerback D.J. White.

“D.J. White’s been a lot more vocal,” Roof said. “Those are all positive signals and positive symptoms, if you will, of something growing, but we’ve got to prove it on the field.”

8. Nealy needs just one class to graduate with a management degree. Nealy plans to also get a job at Barton Executive Search, an executive search firm that has had a number of current and former Tech athletes as interns.

With just one class, Nealy said, “I might as well get some work experience. I’m still going to be able to get in and watch extra film and do things like that, but I felt like that would be a great fit for me, (and) make some extra cash at the same time and then get that work experience so it can be on my résumé.”

9. Linebacker Tyler Marcordes said he noticed in scrimmages that it was more difficult to create turnovers against the offense than it has previously been. Most notably, the offense didn’t have any turnovers in more than 100 plays in the second scrimmage of camp.

“I think they’re just focusing more on it,” Marcordes said.

10. Former Tech All-American Jeremiah Attaochu, whom I spoke with for a story about KeShun Freeman and other players who will be filling in for the six senior starters on the 2013 defense, said of his new life with the San Diego Chargers that “It’s been a lot of fun. I definitely enjoy it. It’s a lot playing a sport as a professional. It’s definitely a lot different than college. You live it and breathe it and everything you do factors into your job, basically.”

Among Attaochu’s responsibilities is bringing chicken meals to the team plane for the players in his position group. He also carries teammate Dwight Freeney’s bags.

After signing his contract, a four-year deal reportedly worth up to $4.2 million, Attaochu treated himself to a Jeep Grand Cherokee. It’s a nice car, but far from the Bentleys, Aston Martins and Ferraris that populate the Chargers players parking lot.

Said Attaochu, “I’m not quite there yet.”

56 comments
D-Sheets
D-Sheets

If anyone's looking at the "like" comments tab .... I think you know who is back.  This time as KenSIsAWeasel.



Jmonty
Jmonty

Less than 24 hours!!  Toe meets leather to kickoff the next football season for GT!!! I am so ready!!!

GTLee
GTLee

Thanks to whomever cleaned up the Bibb county butt-sniffer's poop!

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

40/56  532yds  5td 1int   ..... these are the stats for Washington State's qb last night.  


RuPaul and the others who say GT should fire PJ and hire a HC who runs a pass-happy, pro-style O ... how'd these stats work out for Wazzu last night?     

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

Hilarious seeing you guys busting ole RUey's chops about the former Stanford man running Vandy.......


Temple forced seven turnovers to upset Vanderbilt 37-7 ... Temple had 13 takeaways all of last season

Temple picked off three passes to match its interception total from a year ago.

Temple earned its first win over a Southeastern Conference team since beating Florida in 1938.




Getting_Older
Getting_Older

I saw where Friedgen is now the OC at Rutgers (in their win over Washington State).  Congrats!

GTDude
GTDude

Finally time to open the Can of Wup A**

GTBob
GTBob

Anybody remember a certain poster saying we missed the boat by not firing Paul Johnson and hiring Derek Mason from Stanford? I wonder what that person is thinking this morning.

JM64
JM64

love the comments on the freshmen working hard. glad to see it.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

How about a real time game broadcast picked up at the stadium?

juvenal
juvenal

verizon works fine there, like it does lots of places up here in the hills at & t don't..... 

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@D-Sheets 

He really needs to get himself checked out.  It's obvious that he has psychological issues.  I see the common troll on here all the time, but he's much worse than that. 

GTLee
GTLee

BC75 not gonna like you posting that picture of his ex......

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@bigmacondawg 

The mutts could just as easily fall on their faces as did the roosters last night.  Spurrier is a much better coach than Richt ever though about being, and his team flopped under a new QB and a porous defense.  Mason is a virtually untested QB who won't be able to stand the pressure that Clemson will put on him.  And your new predatory DC won't have much better defense than your thug DC did last year.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@D-Sheets They were averaging 9.5 yards per attempt on 40/56 (71%).  Their problem is that they are trying to be "balanced" and run the ball.  If they would just stick to what they do best (passing) maybe they win that game.  But that's not a reasonable recipe according to the "experts."

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@D-Sheets 

That's also probably one of the, if not the best statistical game they'll put this entire year.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@D-Sheets Duuuurrrrrrrrr balanced offense.   Durrrrrrrrr Stanford.   Anyone see South Carolina come back once they fell behind by 14 points last night?   It's almost like it's total bullshi- when people use that as a reason to bag on the offense.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@GTBob 

And the lone TD scored by Derek Mason's team was a muffed punt by Temple that Vandy recovered in the endzone!

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@GTBob 

He will probably blame it on Johnson.  Hell, he blames EVERYTHING on Johnson.  He probably even blames the crisis in the middle east on Johnson

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@GTBob Yup.  The same Temple that was 2-10 last year.  They routed a mighty SEC team led by a certain users hand picked HC.

GTLee
GTLee

"I wonder what that person is thinking this morning."

He's thinking, "I wonder what color dress I should wear today before I start denigrating all things GT-related?"

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@juvenal AT&T works fine as well.  It's the congestion of 40K people trying to use the same tower at once that causes the issue.  This isn't a problem unique to GT but rather one endemic to large events as a whole.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@GTLee 

Even BC75 admitted that wienie imposing as AJ was way too far.  Dude has no allies any more.  Only people that think he's smart are those that don't know what he is.

GTLee
GTLee

Bleeding, I know....I was just busting BC's chops because of the t-shirt......RUPaulsWeeNiE's only allies are other trolls (though Bham is one of Rev WeeNiE's disciples)....

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@AugustaJacket @GeorgeStein 

532 yds passing and 5tds, and they lost 41-38. 


If GT rushes for 532 yds and scores 5 tds .... how many times are they  gonna lose with those numbers?

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@forexbomb 

I hope we get to meet you tomorrow.  I left you an email addy a couple of days ago to contact me about the plans.  Did you not see that?

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

There's talent in not spilling your pitcher while twirling on the pole!

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@AugustaJacket AT&T has been terrible for years.  It sucks, because if I want to check Ken's Twitter feed or something for an opinion on a review, I can't get it.   And the only thing that makes me madder than not getting a review call in a our favor is not knowing if the call on the field was correct (note: bourbon may have an effect on my temper).

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@GeorgeStein @AugustaJacket I agree.  I have AT&T and checking my phone in the stadium has been spotty at best.  But my brother has the same issue with his Verizon phone at the game.  The issue is all of the bandwidth requests through one tower.  The new distributed antennae system should hopefully ease the congestion and allow for users to actually be able to use their phones i the stadium again.


And yes, the bourbon is probably affecting your temper.  :)

juvenal
juvenal

@AugustaJacket @GeorgeStein i get mad too that they don't allow etoh to dull the pain.......folks never have trouble contacting me, wish they would......