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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]

Tech’s Masters foursome tied for most with UGA

  • 9:55 pm Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Four Georgia Tech grads – Roberto Castro, Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar and Larry Mize – will tee off Thursday at the Masters. The foursome is tied with rival Georgia for the largest contingent from any college. Bubba Watson, Harris English, Chris Kirk and Russell Henley are the former Bulldogs in the field.

Castro will be making his first appearance, having earned his way in by qualifying for the Tour Championship last season. Cink is exempt due to his 2009 British Open championship. (This is the final year that Cink will earn a Masters invitation based on his British Open win.)

Kuchar earned [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]

After sweep of Duke, Tech baseball’s tough road ahead

  • 3:20 pm Monday, April 7th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

A week after getting swept by Pittsburgh, the Georgia Tech baseball team returned above the .500 mark in ACC play by sweeping Duke at home  by 7-4, 5-1 and 1-0 scores. Tech is now 19-13 overall and 8-7 in the ACC.

Sunday starter Matthew Grimes continued his strong season in his return from Tommy John surgery, throwing six shutout innings. Grimes is 4-1 with a 3.21 ERA despite a .272 opponent batting average. Reliever Sam Clay lowered his ERA to 0.42, appearing in all three games and not allowing any runs.

Second baseman Mott Hyde extended his hitting streak to 10 games, [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]

Justin Thomas ‘has the ability to keep the play alive’

  • 12:16 am Friday, April 4th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
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1. I am working on a story for Saturday about Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas’ development thus far. I talked with him and position coach Bryan Cook following Wednesday’s practice.

“He’s done alright,” Cook said. “He’s got a lot of work to do.”

Cook elongated “a lot” like “a lo-o-o-o-t” of work to do. He named three priorities, finishing runs, running the option game and reading progressions and the defense when dropping back to pass.

“All the basic things to being a quarterback,” he said.

But, Cook said he’s improving and getting good experience out of repetitions with the option, though he also mentioned [More]

Bivins’ good works to be honored at women’s Final Four

  • 2:06 pm Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Former Georgia Tech center Shayla Bivins will be honored at the women’s Final Four Sunday in Nashville, Tenn. Bivins was named to the 10-player team for her work in the community. Among other things, Bivins has been involved in the girls running program Girls on the Run, the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, the Jacket-to-Jacket reading program and the Michael Isenhour Toy Drive.

Bivins also served as the president of Tech’s student-athlete advisory board, was chosen to the ACC honor roll four times and was one of two players to serve on an NCAA committee regarding issues in women’s basketball.

Bivins [More]

Miller named defensive POY finalist

  • 12:16 pm Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Former Georgia Tech center Daniel Miller was named a finalist for the Lefty Driessell Award, given to the nation’s top defensive player by

Miller was named to the 25-player Driessell Defensive All-America team, qualifying him as a finalist for the player of the year award. Miller was named third-team All-ACC by the media this season and also was named to the ACC all-defensive team for the second year in a row.

Miller finished his Tech career second all-time in blocks (286, behind Alvin Jones) and 11th all-time in the ACC and is eighth all-time in school history in rebounds (821). This [More]

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