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What do dismissals mean for Tech?

  • 2:07 pm Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech’s three dismissals Tuesday sent another undeniable message that rules are rules, and coach Paul Johnson (and the student-athlete conduct code) demands that his players abide by them.

It also, however, whittled the Yellow Jackets’ roster down even more. By my count, assuming there are no more changes to the roster, Tech will begin preesason camp with 77 scholarship players, meaning they’ll be eight light of the maximum. It’s a result of players transferring, being dismissed, declared academically ineligible or medically disqualified, particularly doing so after signing day, when there is little chance to re-stock the roster. (Johnson did well [More]

Golden high on Butker, special teams

  • 10:25 am Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech safety and return specialist Jamal Golden loves what he sees out of his fellow specialists.

“We have dynamic special teams,” Golden said this week. “I’m sure Coach Ray (Rychleski) is going to take that up another notch just with his experience, with his game planning. He’s a smart guy, and I’m looking forward to getting back out there.”

Golden missed most of last season with a shoulder injury after a standout 2012 season in which he ran back two kickoffs for touchdowns and was sixth in the country in punt return average at 14.6 yards. While leaving the decision up [More]

Big ACC distribution boost for upcoming Tech budget

  • 7:25 am Monday, July 7th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Some details on the Georgia Tech Athletic Association budget, projected to be $73.7 million in the coming fiscal year. The GTAA board passed the budget in late June.

The budget is about a 10 percent increase over the 2014 fiscal year budget of $66.9 million, although a considerable chunk of the increase is a one-time expenditure on improvements to Russ Chandler Stadium that will be paid for out of a draw from the department’s long-term support fund.

The distribution from the ACC increased by 32 percent, from $17.9 million to $23.6 million. The distribution largely comes from ESPN, and the boost is [More]

Hamilton keeping cool before HOF announcement

  • 11:55 am Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Thursday, Georgia Tech legend Joe Hamilton will be in the football recruiting office, spending a regular day as part of the recruiting staff. It could end up being a most atypical day – Hamilton is on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame and will learn Thursday if he will be part of the 2014 class.

“Not nervous at all,” Hamilton said Wednesday morning.

It’s not that he is confident he’ll be among the inductees. It’s that he is placing no expectations on it at all.

“The kind of names that are on the (ballot) and how deep it is, it’s [More]

7 things to know about Attaochu and the Chargers

  • 4:51 pm Saturday, May 10th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Want to know more about the San Diego Chargers’ newest pass-rush threat Read further. Draft story here. Myajc version here.
1. In an interview with the Chargers’ website immediately following his selection, Attaochu said all the right things.

On the Chargers’ moving up to get him: “That’s awesome. They’re getting a first-round talent. That is what they can expect. They made a good move.”

On familiarity with the Chargers defense: “I’m very familiar. (Linebackers) Coach (Joe) Barry visited me and we had a good talk. I’ve played in a 3-4 and I’m very familiar with it. I can also play [More]

Attaochu ready to go in second round

  • 2:52 am Friday, May 9th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

The wait begins in earnest for Jeremiah Attaochu.

Attaochu’s agent said that he had a chance to slip into the end of the first round of the NFL draft, but the former Georgia Tech All-American was not selected in the first 32 picks Thursday night.

However, he seems to stand a good chance to be drafted in the second round Friday night, which is when most have targeted him to be taken, including agent Pat Dye Jr. The first round was productive for Attaochu in that a number of players ahead of him at his outside linebacker position were selected.

By the grades [More]

Four Tech teams, including football, honored for APR scores

  • 12:23 pm Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
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Georgia Tech’s football, golf, women’s tennis and men’s swimming teams are among the top 10 percent in the country for their academic progress rate (APR) scores, as measured by the NCAA.

It’s the largest number of teams Tech has had honored in one year since 2011, when four teams received recognition for their APR scores, which measure eligibility, retention and graduation. The record is five, in 2010 (baseball, men’s cross country, golf, women’s cross country, volleyball).

It is the ninth consecutive year that golf coach Bruce Heppler’s  team has received the honor. The team has earned recognition every year that the NCAA [More]

Johnson predicts stronger running game

  • 8:21 am Saturday, April 26th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson came out of spring practice with a better feeling about his offense’s running game.

“Last year we weren’t very good, or as good as I would like, at running the ball,” Johnson said in an interview with the Tech website. “I think we’ll be better running it this fall. That has been an emphasis of ours all spring.”

It was among several observations from the spring made in the interview. Against FBS opponents last season, Tech ran for 281.4 yards per game and averaged 5.07 yards per carry. Both were lows for Tech since Johnson’s hire [More]

Attaochu pegged as second-rounder

  • 1:41 am Thursday, April 24th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. projects former Georgia Tech defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu to be drafted by the Arizona Cardinals with the 52nd overall pick (20th of the second round) in the NFL draft taking place May 8-10. It would complete a considerable rise since the end of the season, when the Yellow Jackets’ all-time sack leader was seen as more likely to be taken in the fourth round.

“Second round, I think, is a distinct possibility,” Kiper said Wednesday.

Kiper also said that “the great thing about Attaochu is he’s going to help you immediately as a big-time special-teams player. [More]

Brandon Watts’ draft stock climbing

  • 7:44 am Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
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Brandon Watts wasn’t generating much interest from the NFL. Funny what running a 4.4 will do.

After throwing down a blazing 40-yard dash at the Georgia Tech pro day, the former Yellow Jackets linebacker has been receiving phone calls from NFL teams and had two private workouts.

“I knew once I performed well, it was going to kind of get better,” Watts said Friday.

Since the pro day March 28, when he was timed in the 40 in the 4.4 range and even as low as 4.37 seconds, Watts has had private workouts with San Diego and New England, who sent coaches to [More]