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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.

Meeting Up With Paul Johnson..— KingOcho (@MylesAutry) July 24, 2014

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]

Preddy ready to give ‘110 percent’

  • 3:32 pm Monday, June 23rd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Having grown up playing basketball, Michael Preddy had to be talked into playing football. At 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds, it isn’t hard to understand why his high school coaches wanted him to try out.

Preddy, from Charleston, S.C., will play offensive line for the Yellow Jackets, one of six incoming freshmen on the line.

His message for Tech fans, given just prior to his arrival on campus last week, is “that I’m a hard worker and whenever I come there, I’m going to give Georgia Tech 110 percent.”

Preddy was twice an all-region selection in football and also a two-time all-state pick in [More]

Emmert deems Tech schedule cards ‘inappropriate’

  • 3:06 pm Friday, June 20th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech was singled out Friday, and not in an ideal way.

In a potentially landmark antitrust trial between the NCAA and former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon, NCAA president Mark Emmert reportedly told the court that he did not think Tech football schedule cards that featured photos of individual Yellow Jackets players next to logos of companies was appropriate. The class-action lawsuit, filed by O’Bannon, essentially seeks compensation for the use of their names, images and likenesses on television broadcasts and video games.

At the trial, plaintiff’s lawyers reportedly entered into evidence a Tweet sent Thursday by the Tech marketing department [More]

For freshman Kagawa, ‘a long journey’ to Tech

  • 1:45 pm Friday, June 20th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech’s last player to join the 2014 class is perhaps the most intriguing.

Safety Shawn Kagawa made his decision to play for the Yellow Jackets in May, less than a month before he left home in Hawaii to enroll at Tech.

“It has been kind of a long journey for me for these last six months,” Kagawa said. “I’m just very, very blessed for a great opportunity. Not only will I play in a great conference, but I will get a great education at Georgia Tech.”

Kagawa initially attended the U.S. Military Academy’s prep school last year, but left at the end [More]

Freshman DE Merriweather loves football, math

  • 6:37 am Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

At least in one critical measure, Georgia Tech freshman Tyler Merriweather is an ideal fit for his new school. Among the 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive end’s prized possessions that he intended to bring to campus was a button that reads “I (heart) math.”

Merriweather, from Demopolis, Ala., graduated with a 3.96 GPA (“I think it was just two B’s,” he said) and thinks he might want to study electrical engineering.

“I’m looking forward to that challenge,” he said.

The other challenge – playing football for the Yellow Jackets – looms equally large. A three-time team captain, Merriweather spent time this summer talking to former [More]