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Daniel Miller to play in Spain

  • 4:42 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Former Georgia Tech center Daniel Miller has signed a contract to play in the Spanish basketball league.

Miller will play the 2014-15 season for the club Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro, according to the team’s website. The club is in the premier Spanish league and is based in Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain.

After going undrafted, Miller played with the Washington Wizards in three summer league games in Las Vegas in July. He scored six points in 20 minutes of play with one rebound. Playing in the D-League was another possibility, but Miller ultimately decided on playing in Spain.

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Breaking down Snoddy’s 65-yard run (or catch)

  • 6:02 am Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech A-back Broderick Snoddy is the fastest player on the Yellow Jackets’ roster. As such, opportunities to give him the ball in the open field can be big plays waiting to happen. It happened Saturday in Tech’s 38-19 win over Wofford, when Snoddy took a pitch from quarterback Justin Thomas and dashed 65 yards down the sideline, setting up the Jackets’ final touchdown. You can find a clip of it here. An examination of how it happened:

The play was nearly foiled by Perkins’ block. With Snoddy out of position to take a pitch, Thomas might have been wise [More]

Breaking down Wofford’s 92-yard touchdown run

  • 6:00 am Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

It was 3rd and 8 with 1:05 left in the first half. With Wofford unwilling to try anything risky deep in its own end, it appeared Georgia Tech was about to get the ball back. And then the picture changed a little bit.

The Yellow Jackets, who have made a battery of big plays out of their option offense, suffered the same fate. Wofford running back Ray Smith exploded for a 92-yard touchdown run on a simple option play. You can find a clip of it here. A look at what happened.

Credit to Demond Smith and D.J. White for not [More]

6 takeaways from Tech-Wofford

  • 2:36 pm Monday, September 1st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

1. I’m not sure there’s a lot to take away from the defensive effort. Wofford averaged 5.4 yards per play. (Tech’s defensive average last year was 5.5; Wofford averaged 5.0 on offense last year.) I’m not quite ready to commit to the opinion that Tech’s defense is worse than half of the defenses Wofford played last season. Then again, you’d think the defense would be better prepared to stop an option offense than just about anyone.

Of course, the yards per play average was increased considerably by the 92-yard run by Ray Smith. If you even halve the run, the yards-per-play [More]

Where Tech’s transfers ended up

  • 2:48 pm Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

The story of Georgia Tech’s offseason – the seemingly unending departure of players from the program, voluntary or otherwise – comes to an official close this weekend, as the Yellow Jackets who have stayed will play their first game Saturday against Wofford. It will close, too, for those who left. They have gone as far west as Oregon, as far north as … Oregon (and also Ohio) and as far east as South Carolina. (For those interested in completely nerding out, read further: I was trying to determine which school is farther east, James Madison or Coastal Carolina. It turns [More]

Ramblin’ Wreck (and driver) ‘so in’ ESPN ad

  • 1:54 pm Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Before even driving the Ramblin’ Wreck over a single blade of Grant Field grass, Raj Desai has already achieved the sort of lasting fame that only being in an ESPN commercial can bring.

Desai, a Georgia Tech fifth-year senior from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., is the driver for the Ramblin’ Wreck this season. He shares the screen with the Wreck (also known as the Reck) and Tech cheerleaders in a commercial promoting the start of the College Football Playoff.

“It’s funny, because I’ll be watching something on ESPN2 or ESPN, and I’ll think, Oh, that’s me on TV,” he said. “It’s cool. [More]

10 mildly must-read Tech notes

  • 6:00 am Friday, August 29th, 2014 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 [More]

With season tickets down, Tech pushing group sales

  • 2:03 pm Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

A variety of factors, including a so-so home schedule and the team’s lackluster performance last season, have dropped Georgia Tech’s season-ticket sales beneath projections.

As of earlier this week, sales had surpassed 21,000, under the 22,100 projected in the athletic association’s 2014-15 budget. The total was 23,008 in 2013 and 23,319 in 2012. The latter figure included 1,200 packages sold for $99.

Slumping season-ticket sales are a trend across major college and professional sports, as teams compete with the improvement of the home-viewing experience and fans’ unwillingness to commit to a season’s worth of tickets.

Sales in even years are typically lower for [More]

Tech Throwback Thursday

  • 10:07 am Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

This is the first in a weekly series of blog posts featuring Georgia Tech items in the possession of the College Football Hall of Fame, which opened last Saturday in downtown Atlanta. (None of the items in the series are actually on display, but kept in storage by curator Kent Stephens. When you see some of them, you won’t need an explanation as to why.)

We’ll start with a jersey worn by Tech great Greg Gathers, who finished his career as the Yellow Jackets’ all-time sack leader at 31, a record that held for 11 years until Jeremiah Attaochu broke it [More]

7 notes from Johnson’s presser

  • 11:18 am Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Some highlights from Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson’s Tuesday news conference.

1. Johnson and Wofford coach Mike Ayers have known each other several years, going back to when Ayers was a defensive coordinator at East Tennessee State and Johnson was just getting started in the mid-80’s at Georgia Southern. Wofford also runs an offense that uses a lot of triple option.

They faced each other annually when Johnson was at Georgia Southern and both were in the Southern Conference. (This is Southern’s first year out of the SoCon).

2. What Johnson is looking for on Saturday:

“I think anytime you have guys who haven’t [More]