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Laskey in red jersey for Tech practice

  • 3:19 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech B-back Zach Laskey was to wear a red jersey at Monday’s practice, meaning he was to be held out because of injury. That follows an x-ray performed on his shoulder that was injured in Saturday’s loss to North Carolina.

At the least, it means that the x-ray did not reveal an injury so severe that it required rehabilitation or immediate surgery. I’ll have an update this evening after practice.

9 takeaways from Tech-UNC

  • 8:30 am Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

1. You could make the case that Georgia Tech’s defensive performance was worse than it was in the Yellow Jackets’ loss to Clemson in 2012, the final game coached by then-coordinator Al Groh’s before his dismissal two days later.

(The abbreviations are yards per play, points per possession, third and fourth down conversions, plays of 20 yards or more, points per red zone trip.)




A pretty significant difference is who was on the field. The 2012 defense had proven veterans like Jeremiah Attaochu, Jemea Thomas, Izaan Cross and Brandon Watts. In fact, eight starters on that defense against Clemson at the least [More]

Duke tightens grip on Coastal

  • 4:02 pm Saturday, October 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

With Duke’s 20-13 home win over Virginia Saturday, the Blue Devils took further control of the ACC Coastal Division.

As of Saturday afternoon, there were four teams with 2-1 records in the Coastal – Duke, Tech, Virginia and Pittsburgh. However, the Blue Devils, seeking their second Coastal title in a row, are the only team with control of their fate.

Duke now owns tiebreakers over Georgia Tech and Virginia. The Cavaliers were the last remaining team with an undefeated league record. Miami, which beat the Blue Devils, has two losses to one for Duke.

Pittsburgh has a loss to Virginia and needs another [More]

10 doubtfully must-read Tech notes

  • 5:12 pm Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Sorry for the delay and for the relative thinness this week. Trying to catch a plane. (figuratively speaking)

1. This will be Georgia Tech’s first prime-time game at North Carolina since 1998, when the Jackets beat the Tar Heels 43-21 behind three touchdown passes and 303 passing yards from Joe Hamilton in a 7 p.m. ESPN game. (Tech played its 2004 game at Kenan Stadium at 6 p.m., which I guess sort of counts.)

It was a monumental victory. With the beginning of their annual series in 1980, Tech failed to win at North Carolina in nine consecutive visits, the only non-loss [More]

What awaits Tech in Chapel Hill?

  • 5:25 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

The impression I’ve received from talking with Georgia Tech players this week is that the loss to Duke was a sobering result and reinforced the necessity to play with focus and effort. I think it also riled them up, also.

“Excited to get back out there,” defensive tackle Adam Gotsis said. “You just want to get that taste out of your mouth. No one like’s sitting there off a loss. It feels like it’s the longest week before you get to play again. I think everyone’s just ready to get back out there and get back on that train and get [More]

Chizik once quashed possible Auburn-Tech series

  • 10:43 am Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech might well have resumed its series with Auburn if not for former Tigers coach Gene Chizik.

Tuesday on the SEC Network, where Chizik is an analyst, he said that he vetoed an idea to schedule the Yellow Jackets. The topic came up as the SEC released the 2015 schedules for member teams.

“Fortunately I could do something about this because at one point they threw across my desk, ‘let’s play Georgia Tech,’” Chizik said, according to “I said, ‘No, no, no. We don’t want to play Georgia Tech. Completely different offense.’ You talk to any coach out there [More]

Tech bowl projections

  • 9:21 am Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
Georgia Tech started off the season 5-0. (Hyosub Shin / AJC)

For your reading enjoyment, a selection of bowl projections for Georgia Tech.

As you may know, the ACC’s bowl lineup has changed with the advent of the College Football Playoff. The conference has contracted with the Orange, Russell Athletic, Capital One, Sun, Belk, Pinstripe, Music City, Gator, Military, Independence, Detroit Lions, St. Petersburg and Birmingham bowls. More information below the projections.

Bill Bender, Sporting News – Pinstripe Bowl vs. Rutgers

David Hale, ESPN – Military Bowl (opponent not selected)

Brett McMurphy, ESPN – Pinstripe Bowl vs. Wisconsin

Jerry Palm, – Military Bowl vs. Memphis

Mark Schlabach, ESPN – Belk Bowl vs. South Carolina

Phil Steele, Phil [More]

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]

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