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10 hesitatingly must-read Tech notes

  • 2:33 pm Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

1. Georgia Tech’s depths problems on the defensive line might be best illustrated by this quote from defensive coordinator Ted Roof about the interior backups, Patrick Gamble and Francis Kallon. I made the observation that both had played more against Pitt than in recent weeks, and asked if coaches had gotten enough production out of them.

“No, we didn’t,” he said.

Neither had a tackle in the game. However, Roof said he’s committed nonetheless to subbing out Adam Gotsis and Shawn Green.

“We’re going to be better off by playing those guys (Gamble and Kallon), because Shawn’s 275 and Adam’s 285,” he said. [More]

Shamire Devine Q&A

  • 10:22 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech guard Shamire Devine played a career-high 41 snaps against Pittsburgh Saturday out of 76 total. With improved conditioning complementing his size and skillset, the redshirt freshman from Tri-Cities High is more and more becoming part of the picture for the Yellow Jackets’ offense. I’m working on a story about him for Saturday’s paper and myajc that will go into his considerable interest in computers, but thought his weight battle would make for interesting reading.

Q: You must feel like you’re making progress. At the beginning of the year, you were hardly playing at all.

A: I’ve felt like I made [More]

Johnson wants tighter pass coverage

  • 2:49 pm Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

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

1. Johnson wants the defense to ratchet up the pressure in pass coverage.

“Get up there make them beat you,” Johnson said at his weekly news conference Tuesday. “We’ve got to help them with that, when we pressure we’ve got to know when we’re pressuring and get up there and play tight.”

Johnson urged using tight coverage situationally.

“You’ve got to play down and distance,” he said. “If it’s third-and-5, there’s no use backing up. If it’s first-and-10 and there’s a minute to go in the game, maybe you need to back up. It’s [More]

9 takeaways from Tech-Pittsburgh

  • 2:55 pm Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

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Sorry for the delay. I’m going to throw my travel and some computer issues under the bus. And I guess these aren’t all “takeaways,” per se.

1. I mentioned this in the story I wrote for Monday’s paper and myajc – Tech’s offensive showing was done against a defense that was ranked No. 4 in the country in total defense and also without the starting B-back (Laskey), its best blocking A-back for most of the game (Charles Perkins) and without starting right tackle Chris Griffin.

The Jackets still managed to pound out 612 yards and 8.1 yards per play, Pittsburgh’s highest [More]

Bobinski approving of Tech’s progress

  • 11:55 am Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski likes the progress of the football team has made thus far, particularly compared to last season, his first as athletic director. He added that he considers the defensive struggles a matter of depth. The Yellow Jackets play Pittsburgh in an ACC Coastal Division matchup Saturday.

“I think it’s been good,” Bobinski said Thursday in an interview with the AJC. “Clearly, we’ve gotten better on the offensive side of the ball. Anybody that remembers us talking about this before, last year, to me, was an anomaly where we had games where we just weren’t very effective [More]

10 supposedly must-read Tech notes

  • 11:14 am Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

 

 

Apologies for the delay.

1. After the struggles that the Georgia Tech offense faced last year as it tried to diversity its attack with shotgun and the diamond formation, coach Paul Johnson determined that the offense would return to the basics. In the spring and preseason, Tech dedicated itself to honing its staple plays.

With the help of quarterback Justin Thomas, Tech has found its mojo again, averaging 5.97 yards per carry, better than any season-ending average in Johnson’s six years. Tech leads the nation in third-down efficiency at a stunning 59.3 percent.

A funny thing is, though, that Tech is actually throwing [More]

10 supposedly must-read Tech notes

  • 8:37 am Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

 

Apologies for the delay.

1. After the struggles that the Georgia Tech offense faced last year as it tried to diversity its attack with shotgun and the diamond formation, coach Paul Johnson determined that the offense would return to the basics. In the spring and preseason, Tech dedicated itself to honing its staple plays.

With the help of quarterback Justin Thomas, Tech has found its mojo again, averaging 5.97 yards per carry, better than any season-ending average in Johnson’s six years. Tech leads the nation in third-down efficiency at a stunning 59.3 percent.

A funny thing is, though, that Tech is actually throwing [More]

Tech Thursday Throwback No. 7

  • 11:19 pm Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

We return for the seventh edition of Tech Throwback Thursday, a presentation of Georgia Tech-related items in the possession of the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

As Tech will play at Pittsburgh for the first time since 1920, we present an artifact from that era, the game program from the 1929 Rose Bowl, won 8-7 by Georgia Tech over California. The game, most known for the ill-fated fumble return by Roy Riegels, known to history as “Wrong Way” Riegels, was Tech’s first-ever bowl and earned the Yellow Jackets their first national championship.

According to a few newspaper accounts written in [More]

Tech’s upcoming non-conference opponents

  • 11:34 pm Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Following the announcement of the ACC-Notre Dame schedule through 2025, Georgia Tech is expected to have more scheduling announcements in coming weeks to fill in holes through 2024. Tech’s scheduling philosophy is to play one game against an FCS opponent, another against a non-power conference team and two against power conference teams, including Georgia.

Through 2024, as long as the model is followed, there are only two more open slots for an out-of-conference game against a power-conference team, in 2018 and 2020. Senior associate athletic director Ryan Bamford said in September that he had had communications with representatives with schools from [More]

Laskey in red jersey for Tech practice

  • 3:19 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech B-back Zach Laskey was to wear a red jersey at Monday’s practice, meaning he was to be held out because of injury. That follows an x-ray performed on his shoulder that was injured in Saturday’s loss to North Carolina.

At the least, it means that the x-ray did not reveal an injury so severe that it required rehabilitation or immediate surgery. I’ll have an update this evening after practice.