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4 notes from Johnson news conference

  • 4:09 pm Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Notes from Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson’s Tuesday news conference:

1. After mentioning his plan to take a close look at first-year freshman B-back C.J. Leggett Monday night on his radio show, which caused a small stir on message boards, Johnson tried to throw water on it.

“You have to be careful now when you say anything, because everybody just takes it and runs with it,” he said. “I think basically what I said was that we were going to take a good look at C.J. this week and see if he was a little better at knowing where to go and [More]

On the Griffin and Smelter calls

  • 1:59 pm Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

My opinion about arguably the two most hackle-raising calls from Saturday’s Georgia Tech-Duke game – the targeting penalty on safety Corey Griffin and the incomplete pass from quarterback Justin Thomas to wide receiver DeAndre Smelter –   is that both were justifiable.

I’m not sure I agree with the Griffin call, but I can understand why it was made. First, one of the two rules on targeting:

“No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, fist, elbow or shoulder. When in question, it is a foul.”

Looking at the still [More]

Tech by the numbers

  • 1:51 pm Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

1. Georgia Tech was 7-for-11 on third downs against Duke, improving its third-down efficiency to 58.9, first in the country. Tech is well ahead of its highest recorded rate, 53.9 percent in 2011.

Against Duke, Tech was 5-for-6 on third downs between one and 5 yards, 0-for-3 between 6 and 10 yards and 2-for-2 from 11 yards and beyond.

During coach Paul Johnson’s tenure, Tech has finished, starting in 2008, 84th, first, 56th, second, 31st and fourth in FBS.

2. Quarterback Justin Thomas’ 119 rushing yards against Duke increased his season average to 98.2 yards per game. Assuming a bowl game, that puts [More]

Tech-Duke highlights

  • 4:16 pm Sunday, October 12th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

12 takeaways from Tech-Duke

  • 6:00 am Sunday, October 12th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

1. A week after Georgia Tech played about as well as it could play, the Yellow Jackets didn’t play the worst they could play in their 31-25 loss to duke. But they didn’t continue the upward trend they’d followed since the first game of the season.

For the first time this fall, Tech didn’t claim a game that could have legitimately gone either way, which is what happens sometimes. If you had to cook up a scenario for Tech to lose to Duke, you could do a lot worse than Saturday’s: Give Duke an extra week to prepare and all of [More]

Tech to wear throwbacks against Duke

  • 10:05 am Saturday, October 11th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech will go with its throwback uniforms for Saturday’s game against Duke, contrary to rumors about the Yellow Jackets wearing navy. (I love that there are rumors about the team’s uniform choice.)

It will be the second time this season that the Jackets will wear the throwbacks. The first was the Georgia Southern game.

Duke will actually debut a new uniform combination – blue helmet, black jersey and pants – for the game.

10 dubiously must-read Tech notes

  • 3:30 pm Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

1. An interesting number to share with friends and co-workers. Tech’s defense has faced the fourth fewest plays of any team in FBS this season, 59.2 per game. It’s largely the influence of an offense that has controlled the ball and limited possessions and plays, and to a lesser extent a defense that has forced turnovers at a high rate (more below).

Tech continues to struggle, particularly early in games, from a yards-per-play perspective. The Miami game jumped Tech’s defensive yards-per-play average to 6.61, which is tied for 118th in FBS.

However, Georgia Tech has nine takeaways, 1.8 per game, ahead of [More]

Tech Throwback, um, Friday, sixth edition

  • 11:36 am Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

For Throwback Thursday Friday No. 6 (sorry, I thought I’d posted it Thursday night, we’re going to do a little better than last week’s pennant and poster from Georgia Tech’s 1990 national championship season. Among the Tech items held by the College Football Hall of Fame is Tech great and hall of famer George Morris’ letter jacket.

Morris was a first-team All-American linebacker for the 1952 national championship team and led the Jackets to a 23-0-1 record in his junior and senior seasons. He was inducted into the hall of fame in 1981. Morris’ coach, Bobby Dodd, called the 1952 team [More]

Ask a Duke beat writer

  • 10:56 am Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Good morning

Hope all are well. I haven’t done many (or possibly any) of these “ask the opposing beat writer” features, in large part because I asked a lot of them to do this for me back in July and August and didn’t want to press them again. (Writers are a surly lot.) (Kidding)

But, anyway, I prevailed upon Laura Keeley, Duke beat writer for the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., to help out. She gives a temperature reading on the Blue Devils and provides strengths and weaknesses. You can read her stuff here and follow her on Twitter [More]

Oddsmaker’s attempt at Tech’s remaining games

  • 5:50 pm Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

If hypothetical odds are to be believed – and if we can’t believe in hypothetical odds, what do we have left? – the second half of Georgia Tech’s season could be a rough ride. But if you believe in a computer model that picks about 77 percent of its games accurately, start making reservations for Charlotte.

For a story that ran in Wednesday’s paper and myajc, I asked Jay Kornegay, the director of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, to provide odds on the remainder of Tech’s games. Kornegay graciously complied, offering the caveat that the lines are guesses, tough to [More]

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