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5 points from Tech spring game

  • 12:53 am Saturday, April 19th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

1. The first-team offense (white team) started slow, getting called for a hold, dropping a first-down pass, fumbling two snaps, fumbling a mesh and failing to gain a first down on its first three drives. But after that, the unit, piloted by quarterback Tim Byerly, started to get moving.

On the fourth drive, Byerly broke a tackle to gain a first down on 2nd and 5. Another keeper, a nine-yard gain, extended the drive on 3rd and 1. Finally, on a 3rd and 3 from the gold 40-yard line, Laskey broke a run up the middle 40 yards for a touchdown.

“He’s [More]

Spring game to be played as planned

  • 10:38 am Friday, April 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech’s spring game will be played Friday night, rain or shine.

The Weather Channel forecast for 7 p.m. – when the annual game to end spring practice is scheduled to begin – is a 100 percent chance of precipitation, though lightning does not appear likely. For logistical and other reasons, the game won’t be moved from Friday evening.

As a concession to the weather, the standard ban on umbrellas will be lifted.

Pre-game festivities are still planned, though modifications will be made. Some activities will be moved into the north concourse of Bobby Dodd Stadium. The pre-game concert by Reuben’s Bell was [More]

5 spring practice points from Jamal Golden

  • 3:20 pm Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech safety Jamal Golden gave his insights on the Yellow Jackets’ spring practice, which concludes Friday with the spring game.

1. The work on defense this spring in defensive coordinator Ted Roof’s second year has been different than last year.

“We pretty much had to throw everything in one pot really fast, but this year it’s stuff we’ve known already, and we’re just trying to get better at our craft at those certain things,” he said. “I feel like we’re just doing the same stuff, just trying to polish up on stuff.”

Rather than going over the broad scheme, there has been [More]

Draft wait driving Attaochu crazy

  • 12:08 pm Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

The NFL draft is still more than three weeks away. Former Georgia Tech defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu would like to speed up the process. Speaking following the Yellow Jackets’ scrimmage Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium, Attaochu said he didn’t ’t think about the draft much before correcting himself.

“I do,” he said. “I try not to, that’s what I need to say. I try not to think about it at all just to keep my sanity because it’ll drive you nuts, just the uncertainty about it.”

Attaochu has been busy working out for teams and visiting with teams. He has visited Indianapolis [More]

Tech scrimmage review

  • 5:35 pm Saturday, April 12th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

A brief review of the morning scrimmage.

Offensive MVP (in my opinion): Tim Byerly. The quarterback had four possessions and led the offense to two touchdowns and a field goal. He made good reads on the option and made some plays with his feet and arm.

It wasn’t perfect – the fourth possession was a turnover on a poor mesh with B-back Donovan Wilson – but he caught the right person’s notice.

“I thought he played well,” coach Paul Johnson said. “I thought he played better than any of the other quarterbacks.”

One particular skill he showed was being able to run up the [More]

Jameis Winston draws attention, fans at Tech-FSU

  • 12:23 am Saturday, April 12th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

It was a critical ACC baseball game for Georgia Tech, but a certain Florida State outfielder and relief pitcher was hard to ignore in the pre-game Friday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.

After the game, a 5-3 win for the Yellow Jackets over No. 1 Florida State, Tech coach Danny Hall mulled over a question over whether his players were in awe of Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston as he moonlights on the Seminoles baseball team.

“Maybe,” Hall said. “But, hey, he’s the Heisman Trophy winner. That’s instant respect right there.”

Prior to the game, Winston signed dozens of autographs near the FSU [More]

5 notes (sort of) regarding Saturday morning scrimmage

  • 2:17 pm Friday, April 11th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

1. Saturday’s scrimmage will be open to the public. It begins at 9:15 a.m. at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Peters Parking Deck will be open and free to fans. Be mindful that other activities, namely the Pi Mile race, will also be taking place Saturday morning.

From the Tech sports information office: Fans can enter the stadium through Gates 4 or 7. Please do not enter via the stadium tunnel. There is no charge for admission.

2. The team may be a bit depleted. A number of players missed practice Wednesday, including offensive linemen Trey Braun, Shaquille Mason and Chris Griffin, defensive linemen [More]

Snoddy’s position change complete

  • 11:47 am Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Broderick Snoddy’s transition to A-back is apparently complete.

The Georgia Tech running back played his first three seasons, including his redshirt year, primarily as a B-back, but did not see the field much behind David Sims and Zach Laskey.

Coach Paul Johnson has had him work with the A-backs, where Snoddy has previously played on a limited basis.

Asked about it Monday, Johnson said, “I think he’s going to be an A-back, that’s where he’s going to play.”

Snoddy has benefited from multiple A-backs missing part or all of spring practice, including Deon Hill, Synjyn Days and Charles Perkins.

“He’s hot and cold,” Johnson said. [More]

Progress slow for Tech offensive line

  • 12:14 pm Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Following the graduation of three fifth-year seniors, the Georgia Tech offensive line is a young and inexperienced group. Thus far through spring practice, it’s evidently playing like one.

“I don’t know if we’ve progressed as fast as we’d like to,” offensive line coach Mike Sewak said Monday following the team’s ninth spring practice session.

Among the candidates for playing time on the line this spring: Guard Shamire Devine and tackle Chris Griffin (both redshirts in 2013) and tackle Errin Joe and center Freddie Burden (missed last season with injuries).

“Everything happens with reps, and game reps,” Sewak said. “Just full-speed reps and no [More]

Johnson doles out praise for defense after scrimmage

  • 12:33 pm Monday, April 7th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

As I alluded in the story for myajc and Sunday’s paper, when one side of the ball dominates a scrimmage, it means the other side didn’t do so hot.

That was the case Saturday, when coach Paul Johnson described the quarterback play as “horrendous,” said he thought “not much” of the offensive tackles and noted “a lot of places” that didn’t play well. The flipside was that Johnson also said that, with a flurry of turnovers and big plays (“flurry” is my word, not his) the defense “probably played as well as they’ve played since I’ve been here.”

1. For Johnson, [More]