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Adam Gotsis talks camp life: ‘You’ve got to find that next gear’

  • 11:11 am Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

A veteran now of three preseason camps, Georgia Tech defensive tackle Adam Gotsis lent some insight into the grind that is the Yellow Jackets’ training in advance of the season. Mostly, he says, it’s a mental exercise to push past the toll that daily full-pads practice takes on the body.

Q: How is camp going?

A: It’s still physical. We’re still going, still going strong, like, banging but a lot of it’s just becoming mental. It’s guys, their bodies are tired, they’re thinking about how sore they are rather than what they need to do. I mean, we’re all guilty of that [More]

3 quick notes from Tech practice

  • 4:44 pm Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

There’s more to come, but a few quick notes from interviews from Georgia Tech’s post-practice media availability Monday morning.

1. A-back Tony Zenon continues to have a strong preseason. He certainly has the attention of coach Paul Johnson. “Tony’s had a real good camp,” he said. “I think that he’s got the offense down and now he can use his quickness and speed. He’s playing fast and he’s had a really good camp.”

2. Using special-teams coordinator Ray Rychleski to help out with the offensive line is working out well. A common way the line drills is for players to split up [More]

Gotsis ‘100 percent confident’ in defensive line

  • 12:38 pm Monday, August 4th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech defensive tackle Adam Gotsis understands the doubts about the defensive line.

It bothers him, “but I can see where they’re coming from, as well, because we did lose a lot of guys,” Gotsis said Saturday at Tech’s media day. “We didn’t really have much of a rotation last year, and we did lose a lot of guys that made impacts on the defensive line.”

That said, as you might expect, Gotsis does not share the doubts about the Yellow Jackets’ ability to replace Jeremiah Attaochu, Euclid Cummings and Emmanuel Dieke. He was plenty optimistic about the three linemen most likely [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]

Who emerges at A-back for Tech?

  • 10:41 am Monday, July 28th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech won’t lack for experience or depth at A-back – Synjyn Days, Deon Hill, B.J. Bostic and Tony Zenon all started games for the Yellow Jackets last year. Dennis Andrews and Charles Perkins also saw playing time last season. The group is packed with seniors.

The challenge for each going into preseason camp, which begins Thursday, is moving to the head of the pack.

“You’d love for one of those guys to say, ‘I’m going to be a dominant blocker, and every time I go out there, somebody’s going on the ground. That’s my role,’” coach Paul Johnson said. “Everybody can’t [More]

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]