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Johnson at ESPN headquarters Monday

  • 10:46 am Monday, July 28th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

A little late to post, but you can get your fill of Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson today across the panoply of ESPN channels. He and six other ACC coaches are in Bristol, Conn., for what’s known as the “car wash” – one-day appearances at ESPN headquarters where guests are paraded through a string of interviews.

Johnson’s schedule:

10:00 a.m. — RecruitingNation
10:30 a.m. — ESPNU
10:45 a.m. — ESPNU podcast
11:00 a.m. — ESPN.com interview
11:40 a.m. — Roundtable
12:15 p.m. — ESPN Images
12:30 p.m. — ESPN Digital Media
12:55 p.m. — ESPN.com LIVE chat
1:10 p.m. — College Football Insider Brett McMurphy
1:40 p.m. — CFB Live
2:00 p.m. [More]

Who emerges at A-back for Tech?

  • 10:41 am Monday, July 28th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech won’t lack for experience or depth at A-back – Synjyn Days, Deon Hill, B.J. Bostic and Tony Zenon all started games for the Yellow Jackets last year. Dennis Andrews and Charles Perkins also saw playing time last season. The group is packed with seniors.

The challenge for each going into preseason camp, which begins Thursday, is moving to the head of the pack.

“You’d love for one of those guys to say, ‘I’m going to be a dominant blocker, and every time I go out there, somebody’s going on the ground. That’s my role,’” coach Paul Johnson said. “Everybody can’t [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

Whitehead will ‘shock a lot of people’

  • 10:52 am Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

At the ACC Kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., impending transfer Kenderius Whitehead received a solid endorsement from a former teammate.

N.C. State defensive end Art Norman, a senior from Stone Mountain, spoke well of Whitehead, who trained alongside Norman for the 2012 season before leaving school.

“When he came in, he was just one of those guys that just wanted to get so much extra work in, just one of those hard workers,” Norman said. “I think that’s good for him that he’s at Georgia Tech. He’s one of those guys that should have stayed probably close to home. It’s going to be [More]

Tech adds 2 to U.S. Amateur field

  • 12:24 am Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Recent Georgia Tech graduate Bo Andrews and incoming freshman Jacob Joiner both qualified for the U.S. Amateur golf championship, to be played at the Atlanta Athletic Club in August.

Along with senior Ollie Schniederjans and recent graduate Seth Reeves, Tech will have four representatives at the tournament, to be played Aug. 11-17. Both qualified by virtue of their amateur rankings; Schniederjans is ranked No. 1 in the world among amateurs and Reeves is No. 26.

Andrews, who graduated in May, finished third in a qualifier at Great Waters at Reynolds Plantation with a two-round score of 6-under 138. Five spots were available [More]

Tech hires new communications director

  • 2:37 pm Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech has hired its new assistant athletic director for communications and public relations. The athletic department announced on Wednesday the hiring of Chris Yandle, who previously held a similar position at Miami.

“There is no doubt that Chris is one of the most progressive and creative minds in communications and social media strategy at the collegiate level,” athletic director Mike Bobinski said in a statement.  “We were very aware of, and impressed by, the great work Chris was doing at Miami and are extremely excited to welcome him and his family to Georgia Tech. I’m confident that everyone who follows [More]

What do dismissals mean for Tech?

  • 2:07 pm Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech’s three dismissals Tuesday sent another undeniable message that rules are rules, and coach Paul Johnson (and the student-athlete conduct code) demands that his players abide by them.

It also, however, whittled the Yellow Jackets’ roster down even more. By my count, assuming there are no more changes to the roster, Tech will begin preesason camp with 77 scholarship players, meaning they’ll be eight light of the maximum. It’s a result of players transferring, being dismissed, declared academically ineligible or medically disqualified, particularly doing so after signing day, when there is little chance to re-stock the roster. (Johnson did well [More]

Questions surround Tech defensive line

  • 9:55 am Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

It may turn out that Georgia Tech’s defensive line will be a solid, dependable unit.

Defensive tackle Adam Gotsis returns as a starter. Gotsis was disruptive with 14.5 tackles for loss (second on the team behind Jeremiah Attaochu) and 5.5 sacks (also second behind Attaochu). Defensive tackle Shawn Green received glowing reviews from linebacker Quayshawn Nealy for his work in offseason conditioning, and coach Paul Johnson holds out hope for him.

“I think if he’s healthy, he can have a good year,” Johnson said of Green at the ACC Kickoff Monday.

Early-enrollee freshman KeShun Freeman made a significant impression in spring practice and [More]

Tech picked to finish fifth in Coastal

  • 1:16 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech was picked to finish fifth in the Coastal Division in the ACC preseason media poll, released Monday. It is the lowest projection for the Yellow Jackets going at least back to 2005, when the ACC split into two divisions. The conference expanded to 14 teams last season.

The projected order of finish for the division is Miami, Duke, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Pitt and Virginia. Defending Coastal champ Duke had never been picked higher than fifth prior to this year’s poll.

To no one’s surprise, Florida State was picked as the Atlantic Division and league champion. The Seminoles [More]

ACC Kickoff: Shaquille Mason soundbites

  • 6:47 am Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

From the ACC Kickoff interview session with Georgia Tech guard Shaquille Mason Sunday in Greensboro, N.C.:

1. Like teammate Quayshawn Nealy, Mason mentioned the emphasis on finishing in the offseason.

“That’s really been the motto of this offseason, finish, because we’ve been in every game, but we just came up short by not being able to finish, and that’s a hard pill to swallow,” Mason said.

For Mason, that has meant pushing himself to win every spring and be first in every drill. Others have caught the spirit, he said.

“Most definitely,” he said. “Say we’re running sprints and stuff. They’ll even start suggesting [More]

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