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Tech by the numbers

  • 10:49 am Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

presented in no particular order

33, T33 – where Georgia Tech ranks in the USA Today coaches poll and the Associated Press poll, respectively. It’s the first time this season that the Jackets have received votes.

(The last time Tech was in the top 25 was in the Nov. 20, 2011 poll, which preceded the Georgia game. I’m guessing there won’t be enough movement ahead of Tech this week to get in. There’s only game between ranked teams – No. 11 UCLA and No. 15 Arizona State – and No. 20 BYU and No. 23 East Carolina are also idle, as is [More]

5 takeaways from Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech

  • 6:06 am Sunday, September 21st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

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1. The thing that perhaps strikes me most at this point is that Georgia Tech is now 4-0 without having played particularly well. Saturday, Tech could have capsized itself with quarterback Justin Thomas’ third-quarter turnover inside the Yellow Jackets’ red zone, with a botched fourth-and-2 pass play to Darren Waller that would have gone for a touchdown had it been blocked better, with ineffective defensive play in the first half, with a missed field goal in the third quarter, with eight penalties or with kickoff returns that again were substandard.

It followed, of course, Tech’s haywire second half against Georgia [More]

John Davis named ACC legend

  • 5:03 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Former Georgia Tech All-American John Davis, one of the greatest offensive linemen in the school’s history, has been named to the 2014 class of ACC Legends. Davis will be honored at the ACC championship game Dec. 6 in Charlotte.

Davis was a four-year starter for the Jackets between 1983-86, moving from offensive tackle as a freshman to center as a sophomore, back to tackle as a junior and then again to center as a senior. Playing for coach Bill Curry, he earned All-America honors as a junior and senior. He is perhaps best remembered for his performance against Clemson All-American William [More]

Fulcher named to Georgia sports hall

  • 2:13 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Former Georgia Tech football coach and lineman Bill Fulcher has been named to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame’s class of 2015.

Fulcher lettered for the Yellow Jackets 1953-54-55, when Tech compiled a 26-6-2 record with three bowl wins and three top-15 rankings at season’s end. He was part of the 1955 defense that shut out four opponents and averaged 4.6 points per game. He played three seasons in the NFL with Washington.

Fulcher later served as an assistant coach to Bobby Dodd and Bud Carson and then became Tech’s head coach for the 1972-73 seasons.

Fulcher will be inducted in February at [More]

Anthony Harrell surging forward after ACL tear

  • 12:57 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

It was last October that Georgia Tech linebacker Anthony Harrell experienced one of his greatest triumphs and most crushing setbacks on the same afternoon. He was promoted to first string at linebacker for the Syracuse game, having made steady progress as a backup through the first half of his sophomore seasons.

Then, covering a kickoff in that game, Harrell planted his knee to change direction to tackle the Orange returner. At the same moment, a Syracuse player caught him flush the other way with a block. His ACL and meniscus were torn, ending his season in an instant.

“I actually tried to [More]

Deon Hill nominated for courage award

  • 6:53 am Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech A-back Deon Hill’s unwillingness to be set back by a gastrointestinal disease has earned him national attention.

Hill, who missed three games last season after being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and then missed spring practice for surgery to treat a recurrence, has been nominated for the Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award. The award is given to a college football player who displays courage on or off the field, including overcoming an injury or physical handicap, preventing a disaster or living through hardship.

Hill was diagnosed with the chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract last September and was hospitalized. He missed [More]

Breaking down Tech’s game-winning touchdown pass

  • 11:18 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

There were 32 seconds left when Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas brought the Yellow Jackets to the line for a third-and-6 play on the Georgia Southern 13-yard line. You presumably know what happened next, but here’s a closer look at how it unfolded. You can watch the replay here or here.

Jackets-Hokies set for ESPN at noon

  • 11:55 pm Saturday, September 13th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech will play Virginia Tech on ESPN at noon next Saturday. The network and the ACC had already determined that the game would be played at noon either on ESPN or ESPNU.

Despite the Hokies’ 28-21 loss to East Carolina Saturday and Georgia Tech’s near-upset loss to Georgia Southern, the game will be on the ESPN’s main channel. It will be the Yellow Jackets’ first appearance on ESPN’s main platform for a regular-season Saturday game since the North Carolina game last September.

The teams’ history for compelling games perhaps played a factor in the decision. Since coach Paul Johnson came to [More]

Tech-Georgia Southern near sellout

  • 12:55 pm Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Saturday’s Georgia Tech-Georgia Southern game is approaching sellout. Limited tickets were available Friday for the first meeting between the Yellow Jackets and Eagles.

Ticket sales this week have been brisk. As late as Wednesday, expected attendance was 50,000 for the game at 55,000-seat Bobby Dodd Stadium. The strong start by both teams – Tech is 2-0 and Georgia Southern is 1-1 with a narrow loss to N.C. State – as well as the historic nature of the game are undoubtedly attractions. Besides the game being the first between the two schools, Tech coach Paul Johnson coached at Georgia Southern for nine [More]

10 vaguely must-read Tech notes

  • 12:30 pm Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

1. Georgia Southern will receive $700,000 for playing. When then-athletic director Dan Radakovich and then-Georgia Southern athletic director made the agreement in 2009 to play this year, there was no agreed-upon compensation because there was uncertainty if Georgia Southern would move up to FBS or not, senior associate athletic director Ryan Bamford said FBS schools receive considerably more for guarantee games than FCS teams, as they’re more prominent opponents. Wofford received $250,000 to play Tech two weeks ago, for instance.

2. Freshman B-back C.J. Leggett will not play Saturday. Coaches have been watching him closely in practice the past couple of [More]