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Butker clutch on camp’s first day

  • 11:07 pm Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech kicker Harrison Butker made sure that the first day of preseason camp ended well. Coach Paul Johnson put Butker to the test Thursday, giving him the chance to reduce the team’s conditioning drills based on five field-goal tries.

Butker made all five of his attempts, the longest from 52 yards, setting off a frenzied celebration recorded on video for the Tech website. As teammates mob Butker, A-back Synjyn Days screams into the camera, “We’re going to Charlotte!”

Butker was 10-for-14 last season as a true freshman, including 5-for-7 between 40 and 49 yards. In July, return specialist Jamal Golden predicted [More]

5 questions for Tech preseason

  • 10:37 am Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech will hold its first preseason practice this afternoon, beginning its preparations for the season opener Aug. 30 against Wofford and the whole of the regular season. Plenty figures to be revealed over the course of the preseason, including answers to the following questions.

Q: Who will emerge out of the defensive line group to earn a spot in the rotation?

A: Defensive tackle Adam Gotsis is a given. Coaches are hopeful about nose tackle Shawn Green, who was a leader in summer workouts and said Thursday his goal is “to show what I’m fully capable of.” End KeShun Freeman was [More]

Mailbag wrapup

  • 12:45 pm Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Just finished the third mailbag on the Georgia Tech page. Thanks to all who contributed questions and read along. We had good participation numbers again and a lot of good questions.

There were a few questions I didn’t get to at the end that I’ll post here. The rest can be read on the main Tech page.

Q: Do you think signalling in of plays & up tempo will make a positive difference?

A: I think so. I think giving Johnson the ability to make switches at the line of scrimmage will help a first-year starting quarterback, and, I think it’s pretty clear [More]

Attaochu ‘ball of energy’ at Chargers camp

  • 10:33 am Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Seven-time Pro Bowler Dwight Freeney gave former Georgia Tech All-American Jeremiah Attaochu quite a compliment in a recent radio interview with 1090-AM in San Diego.

“Jerry, he’s a ball of energy,” Freeney said of his San Diego Chargers rookie teammate. “He reminds me of myself when I came out.”

Attaochu, a second-round pick of the Chargers, is taking his first steps in the NFL at the Chargers camp. The linebacker has something of a mentor in Freeney, who joined the Chargers prior to the 2013 season after becoming the Indianapolis Colts’ all-time sack leader.

Said Attaochu in a recent interview with the [More]

Tech opponent preview: Miami

  • 9:57 am Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Behold the latest Georgia Tech opponent preview, the Miami Hurricanes. The Coastal Division rivals will meet at Bobby Dodd Stadium Oct. 4, with Tech coming off a bye week for the fifth game of the season. Tech will be trying to break a five-game losing streak to the Hurricanes. Today’s analysis is provided by my Cox Media Group colleague Matt Porter, who covers the Hurricanes for the Palm Beach Post. You can read his stuff here and follow him on Twitter here.

Q: How justified are the high expectations for Miami?
A: Depends on how high you’re talking, I guess. [More]

Remainder of Notre Dame-ACC scheduling being finalized

  • 3:58 pm Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

The ACC and Notre Dame are expected to finalize details for the remainder of their 60-game contract soon. ACC senior associate commissioner Michael Strickland said the conference will likely have dates and sites for the fourth, fifth and six years of the deal and years and sites for the back half of the contract. Under the agreement, which begins this year, Notre Dame will play every ACC school four times, home and away, through 2025. The ACC-Notre Dame games have already been scheduled for 2014-2016.
An announcement could come in August.
“I don’t think we’ll have specific dates for some of those [More]

Tech opponent preview: Virginia Tech

  • 10:52 am Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

We resume our Georgia Tech opponent preview (Sorry for the interruption. ACC Kickoff and the three dismissals got me a little sidetracked.). Today’s preview of Virginia Tech comes courtesy of Norm Wood, ACC writer at the Daily Press in Newport News, Va. You can read his stuff here and follow him on Twitter here. The Yellow Jackets will play the Hokies Sept. 20 at Lane Stadium in the first Saturday meeting between the two teams since 2009 (which, coincidentally, was the last time the Jackets beat the Hokies). Thanks to Norm and his always insightful contributions.

Q: With the [More]

Preseason projections for Tech’s first three opponents? Meh

  • 10:15 am Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech did not fare well in the ACC preseason media poll – the Yellow Jackets were projected to finish fifth in the Coastal Division. (Tech has routinely outperformed its preseason projection.)

For better or worse, they’ve got that in common with the three non-conference opponents against whom they’ll start the season.

Wofford, which plays Tech in the season opener at Bobby Dodd Stadium Aug. 30, was picked to finish fourth in the seven-team Southern Conference coaches poll behind Chattanooga, Samford and Furman. (Not terribly relevant, but diehard Jackets fans will know that Tech was a charter member of the Southern [More]

Travin Henry staying in school for degree

  • 11:39 am Monday, July 28th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

An interesting post script to the three dismissals from the football team last week – defensive end Travin Henry is planning to stay at Georgia Tech to complete his degree, according to senior associate athletic director Ryan Bamford.

Athletes in this position typically leave school to continue their athletic careers, but Henry, dismissed from the team for repeated violations of the athletic association student-athlete code of conduct, has at least temporarily suspended his playing career. He will have to pay his own way to complete his degree work. He is a business administration major.

“I applaud him,” Bamford said. “I hope he’s [More]

Johnson at ESPN headquarters Monday

  • 10:46 am Monday, July 28th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

A little late to post, but you can get your fill of Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson today across the panoply of ESPN channels. He and six other ACC coaches are in Bristol, Conn., for what’s known as the “car wash” – one-day appearances at ESPN headquarters where guests are paraded through a string of interviews.

Johnson’s schedule:

10:00 a.m. — RecruitingNation
10:30 a.m. — ESPNU
10:45 a.m. — ESPNU podcast
11:00 a.m. — ESPN.com interview
11:40 a.m. — Roundtable
12:15 p.m. — ESPN Images
12:30 p.m. — ESPN Digital Media
12:55 p.m. — ESPN.com LIVE chat
1:10 p.m. — College Football Insider Brett McMurphy
1:40 p.m. — CFB Live
2:00 p.m. [More]