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John Davis named ACC legend

  • 5:03 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Former Georgia Tech All-American John Davis, one of the greatest offensive linemen in the school’s history, has been named to the 2014 class of ACC Legends. Davis will be honored at the ACC championship game Dec. 6 in Charlotte.

Davis was a four-year starter for the Jackets between 1983-86, moving from offensive tackle as a freshman to center as a sophomore, back to tackle as a junior and then again to center as a senior. Playing for coach Bill Curry, he earned All-America honors as a junior and senior. He is perhaps best remembered for his performance against Clemson All-American William [More]

Anthony Harrell surging forward after ACL tear

  • 12:57 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

It was last October that Georgia Tech linebacker Anthony Harrell experienced one of his greatest triumphs and most crushing setbacks on the same afternoon. He was promoted to first string at linebacker for the Syracuse game, having made steady progress as a backup through the first half of his sophomore seasons.

Then, covering a kickoff in that game, Harrell planted his knee to change direction to tackle the Orange returner. At the same moment, a Syracuse player caught him flush the other way with a block. His ACL and meniscus were torn, ending his season in an instant.

“I actually tried to [More]

Deon Hill nominated for courage award

  • 6:53 am Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech A-back Deon Hill’s unwillingness to be set back by a gastrointestinal disease has earned him national attention.

Hill, who missed three games last season after being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and then missed spring practice for surgery to treat a recurrence, has been nominated for the Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award. The award is given to a college football player who displays courage on or off the field, including overcoming an injury or physical handicap, preventing a disaster or living through hardship.

Hill was diagnosed with the chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract last September and was hospitalized. He missed [More]

Breaking down Tech’s game-winning touchdown pass

  • 11:18 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

There were 32 seconds left when Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas brought the Yellow Jackets to the line for a third-and-6 play on the Georgia Southern 13-yard line. You presumably know what happened next, but here’s a closer look at how it unfolded. You can watch the replay here or here.

Jackets-Hokies set for ESPN at noon

  • 11:55 pm Saturday, September 13th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech will play Virginia Tech on ESPN at noon next Saturday. The network and the ACC had already determined that the game would be played at noon either on ESPN or ESPNU.

Despite the Hokies’ 28-21 loss to East Carolina Saturday and Georgia Tech’s near-upset loss to Georgia Southern, the game will be on the ESPN’s main channel. It will be the Yellow Jackets’ first appearance on ESPN’s main platform for a regular-season Saturday game since the North Carolina game last September.

The teams’ history for compelling games perhaps played a factor in the decision. Since coach Paul Johnson came to [More]

Tech-Georgia Southern near sellout

  • 12:55 pm Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Saturday’s Georgia Tech-Georgia Southern game is approaching sellout. Limited tickets were available Friday for the first meeting between the Yellow Jackets and Eagles.

Ticket sales this week have been brisk. As late as Wednesday, expected attendance was 50,000 for the game at 55,000-seat Bobby Dodd Stadium. The strong start by both teams – Tech is 2-0 and Georgia Southern is 1-1 with a narrow loss to N.C. State – as well as the historic nature of the game are undoubtedly attractions. Besides the game being the first between the two schools, Tech coach Paul Johnson coached at Georgia Southern for nine [More]

10 vaguely must-read Tech notes

  • 12:30 pm Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

1. Georgia Southern will receive $700,000 for playing. When then-athletic director Dan Radakovich and then-Georgia Southern athletic director made the agreement in 2009 to play this year, there was no agreed-upon compensation because there was uncertainty if Georgia Southern would move up to FBS or not, senior associate athletic director Ryan Bamford said FBS schools receive considerably more for guarantee games than FCS teams, as they’re more prominent opponents. Wofford received $250,000 to play Tech two weeks ago, for instance.

2. Freshman B-back C.J. Leggett will not play Saturday. Coaches have been watching him closely in practice the past couple of [More]

Sewaks on opposite sides of field

  • 10:27 am Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Nick Sewak talks to his father on a daily basis. Even this week.

The other day, Georgia Southern’s backup long snapper got a call from his father Mike, Georgia Tech’s offensive line coach, who had reviewed his son’s play against Savannah State.

“He called me up and told me I looked good,” Nick Sewak said. “He told me I needed to put a little weight on.”

The youngest of Mike and Robin Sewak’s three children may not play against the Yellow Jackets in the first-ever meeting between the two schools, but he’ll be making the trip. Nick said he expects his father will [More]

Tech Throwback Thursday

  • 11:31 pm Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Welcome to the third edition of Throwback Thursday, in which we present a series of Georgia Tech-related artifacts in storage at the College Football Hall of Fame.

The item this week is a ball commemorating the Yellow Jackets’ 1956 season, one of coach Bobby Dodd’s best teams. The Jackets finished 10-1 and fourth in the final Associated Press poll. They were second in the SEC behind Tennessee. The Volunteers were the only team to beat Tech that season, a 6-0 loss in Knoxville in a meeting of the No. 2 (Tech) and 3 (Tennessee) teams in the country.

According to the ball’s [More]

Breaking down Zenon’s 19-yard touchdown run

  • 11:12 am Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech had three times trailed Tulane, 7-0, 14-7 and 21-14. With just over three minutes left in the first half, Tech now had a chance to even the game again after safety Demond Smith had ended the Green Wave’s last possession with an interception (a play caused in part by a five-yard tackle for loss on the previous play) to give the Yellow Jackets superior field position. At first and 10 on the Tulane 19-yard line, Tech ran a triple option that ended up in the end zone, tying the score at 21. The Yellow Jackets got the [More]