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5 notes from Paul Johnson’s presser

  • 4:14 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Highlights from coach Paul Johnson’s Tuesday news conference

1. A critical aspect of the game will be third-down performance when Georgia Tech is on offense and Virginia Tech is on defense. (I’d guess it’s a critical part of every game, but especially so Saturday.)

The Hokies are tied for No. 3 in the country in third-down defense at 23.3 percent. The Yellow Jackets’ offense is No. 2 in the country at 64.0 percent. Johnson said Virginia Tech’s aggressive style creates sacks and negative-yardage plays on the first two downs, leading to third-and-long situations.

“I don’t care who you are, nobody’s going to make [More]

What Tech’s four-point win (may) portend

  • 2:20 pm Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

For my story on myajc and Monday’s story about what Georgia Tech’s narrow win over Georgia Southern means, I mentioned a few other teams this season who had either snuck out wins over teams from non-power conferences or had lost. Georgia Tech is hardly alone, but joining this list isn’t quite like getting approved for membership at Augusta National.

Others who have won narrowly over teams from lesser conferences thus far: Oregon State (beat Hawaii 38-30), Illinois (beat Western Kentucky 42-34), North Carolina (beat San Diego State 31-27) and Arizona (beat UT-San Antonio 26-23 and Nevada 35-28). The most prominent [More]

6 takeaways from Tech-Georgia Southern

  • 6:00 am Sunday, September 14th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
By beating Georgia Southern by only four points, is Georgia Tech's season doomed? Easy, tiger. (AJC/HYOSUB SHIN)

1. Maybe it’s always this way when a team gets on a roll the way Georgia Southern did in the second half. Or at least it’s sometimes this way. But, broken into single plays, it wasn’t as though the Eagles were dominating Georgia Tech 11 players at a time for the whole second half. Often, it was one missed assignment or a bad angle that kept the ball rolling for Georgia Southern.

For instance, early in the fourth quarter, Georgia Southern started with the ball on its six-yard line. On the first play, running back Devin Scott took a pitch and [More]

Breaking down Snoddy’s 65-yard run (or catch)

  • 6:02 am Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech A-back Broderick Snoddy is the fastest player on the Yellow Jackets’ roster. As such, opportunities to give him the ball in the open field can be big plays waiting to happen. It happened Saturday in Tech’s 38-19 win over Wofford, when Snoddy took a pitch from quarterback Justin Thomas and dashed 65 yards down the sideline, setting up the Jackets’ final touchdown. You can find a clip of it here. An examination of how it happened:

The play was nearly foiled by Perkins’ block. With Snoddy out of position to take a pitch, Thomas might have been wise [More]

Ramblin’ Wreck (and driver) ‘so in’ ESPN ad

  • 1:54 pm Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Before even driving the Ramblin’ Wreck over a single blade of Grant Field grass, Raj Desai has already achieved the sort of lasting fame that only being in an ESPN commercial can bring.

Desai, a Georgia Tech fifth-year senior from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., is the driver for the Ramblin’ Wreck this season. He shares the screen with the Wreck (also known as the Reck) and Tech cheerleaders in a commercial promoting the start of the College Football Playoff.

“It’s funny, because I’ll be watching something on ESPN2 or ESPN, and I’ll think, Oh, that’s me on TV,” he said. “It’s cool. [More]

Tech opponent preview: North Carolina

  • 10:05 am Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

This is the seventh installment in the series previewing Georgia Tech’s opponent. The Yellow Jackets will play North Carolina Nov. 18 at Kenan Stadium. The Jackets have won five in a row and 14 of the last 16 against the Tar Heels, including last year’s 28-20 win in the rain at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Doing the honors for the blog today is News & Observer UNC beat writer Andrew Carter. You can follow him on Twitter here and read his reports here.

Q: Is quarterback Marquise Williams possibly a better fit for the offense than Bryn Renner was?

A: Williams [More]

Tech opponent preview: Duke

  • 2:38 pm Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Welcome to the sixth part of the Georgia Tech opponent series, available upon completion in a leatherbound volume (printing/binding not included). The analysis of Duke, Tech’s opponent Oct. 11 at Bobby Dodd Stadium (Hall of Fame weekend), is provided by the News & Observer’s Duke beat writer, Laura Keeley. You can read Laura’s stuff here and follow her on Twitter here.

Q: If Duke is back in Charlotte in December (strange as that is to say), what will be one or two of the most significant reasons why?

A: The biggest, overarching reason would be because the team was able [More]

Autry tweets about meeting with Johnson

  • 2:35 pm Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Not one to keep his followers uninformed, Georgia Tech signee Myles Autry announced from his Twitter account shortly after 1 p.m. that he was meeting with coach Paul Johnson.

Autry has indicated that he is reconsidering his enrollment at Tech after his older brother Anthony Autry, a wide receiver on the team, was dismissed from a violation of the athletic association student-athlete code of conduct.

Tech’s Lynch won’t be outworked

  • 11:06 am Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Clinton Lynch, a last-minute addition to Georgia Tech’s signing class, will begin his freshman season with one unusual asset – having played for a former Tech football player.

Lynch played wide receiver at Norcross High, where his position coach was Jeremy Muyres, a four-year starter at safety for the Yellow Jackets 1999-2002 and a three-time All-ACC selection. He also oversees the Blue Devils’ weight program.

“He helped me out a lot, especially in the weight room, just getting stronger, getting faster, getting me bigger,” Lynch said of Muyres. “I really felt like it was a college weight-room program. He wanted to really [More]

After shoulder surgery, Lewis ‘all good’ for Tech

  • 7:52 am Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Terrell Lewis has brought two notable assets with him to Georgia Tech for his freshman season.

One is a healthy shoulder. The other is considerable versatility.

Lewis, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker, had a tear in his labrum surgically repaired in the spring but has been cleared, he said. Lewis suffered the injury in the fall but it wasn’t discovered until after the season, he said.

“I’ve had the bug in the back of my head about the shoulder, but I think it’s all good now,” said Lewis, from Ocoee, Fla. “

As for his capacity to play different positions, Lewis is slotted for linebacker, [More]