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Breaking down Zenon’s 19-yard touchdown run

  • 11:12 am Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech had three times trailed Tulane, 7-0, 14-7 and 21-14. With just over three minutes left in the first half, Tech now had a chance to even the game again after safety Demond Smith had ended the Green Wave’s last possession with an interception (a play caused in part by a five-yard tackle for loss on the previous play) to give the Yellow Jackets superior field position. At first and 10 on the Tulane 19-yard line, Tech ran a triple option that ended up in the end zone, tying the score at 21. The Yellow Jackets got the [More]

‘Different feeling’ on Tech offensive line

  • 6:37 am Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

A summary of my interview with left guard Trey Braun, in six points (kind of like a touchdown).

1. The Tech offense had 15 efforts – demerits for not giving full effort on a play – in the Tulane game, which is the unit’s standing goal, on 65 plays. The number had been higher in the Wofford game. It was particularly impressive giving the heat and humidity.

“That’s something we decided to focus on coming into the game,” Braun said. “We really wanted to get that down.”

2. He likes the way the team has finished the first two games, outscoring Wofford and [More]

Breaking down a critical Tech tackle for loss

  • 3:06 pm Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

The score was 21-14 in Tulane’s favor in the second quarter. The Green Wave had just taken the lead over Georgia Tech one possession prior on a 61-yard touchdown pass and now had the momentum when kicker Harrison Butker missed from 33 yards, giving Tulane the ball at its 20-yard line.

Tulane had scored touchdowns on three of its first five possessions and was now trying to take a two-score lead. After an incomplete pass on first down, Tulane called for a run play to the left side on second-and-10, presumably hoping to set up a makeable third down.

However, Tech won [More]

8 notes from Johnson news conference

  • 2:55 pm Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

1. A-back Dennis Andrews, cornerback Lynn Griffin and wide receiver Darren Waller are all on the depth chart after serving two-game suspensions for violations of team rules or the Tech student-athlete conduct policy.

Johnson said Waller will play and Andrews and Griffin’s playing time will be determined by their practices this week.

“We felt like he’s had a good fall camp,” Johnson said of Andrews. “He’s good with the ball in his hands, he’s a really good route runner. How he practices will determine how much he plays. Bu I can fully see a scenario where he gets to play this week [More]

Tech setting up slew of future non-conference games

  • 4:00 pm Monday, September 8th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech is waiting upon the release of the remainder of the ACC’s schedule with Notre Dame and Tech’s expected 2017 appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game with Tennessee to begin making contracts for a significant number of non-conference games.

Tech senior associate athletic director Ryan Bamford said Friday that “everything else will fall in line” after the ACC/Notre Dame and Chick-fil-A deals are completed. (The ACC is close to scheduling the rest of its games with Notre Dame, a 60-game deal through 2025. That said, I wrote in July that it was close.) Tech’s two-game series with Ole Miss, [More]

7 takeaways from Tech-Tulane

  • 8:00 am Sunday, September 7th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Thoughts after Georgia Tech’s 38-21 win over Tulane.

1. Georgia Tech had trouble getting going again. Quarterback Justin Thomas fumbled on the first play from scrimmage, leading to a quick 7-0 lead for Tulane. Tech responded with a 10-play, 75-yard touchdown, but then Tech’s defense gave the lead back on the Green Waver’s next drive.

And then Tech fumbled on the first play of the third possession, this time on a Thomas pitch to A-back Tony Zenon.

“We have to get a better pitch relationship,” Zenon said. “I should have caught the ball.”

Said Thomas, “That one was on me. Tony’d probably say it [More]

Highlights from Tech-Tulane

  • 3:47 am Sunday, September 7th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

‘Ramblin’ Wreck” named top college fight song

  • 2:03 pm Friday, September 5th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

By the inscrutable authority that is an online voting poll, “I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck (from Georgia Tech)” has been named the best college fight song, beating out better-known classics like Notre Dame’s “Victory March” and Michigan’s “The Victors.” Voting was conducted by the College Football Fan Index on the USA Today website.

“Ramblin’ Wreck” received 13 percent of the vote, barely edging out Tennessee’s “Rocky Top” with 11 percent, “The Victors” with 11 percent and “Victory March” and Oklahoma’s “Boomer Sooner” with 8 percent each.

As noteworthy as the results of an online poll can be, it is worth noting that [More]

10 possibly must-read Tech notes

  • 12:40 pm Friday, September 5th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

1. Freshman B-back C.J. Leggett is not expected to play against Tulane. Coach Paul Johnson and quarterbacks and B-backs coach Bryan Cook are trying to determine if it’s worthwhile to play him this season or to preserve his redshirt. Johnson said the determining factor will be whether or not Leggett can help the team win this season.

“You don’t want to play him and put him out there for five reps, and he’s not really a factor,” Johnson said.

He would have to be able to move at least past Synjyn Days on the depth chart.

After Wednesday’s practice, Johnson said that he [More]

5 Tech o-line notes

  • 7:44 pm Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

A bit late in the week, but comments from offensive line coach Mike Sewak:

1. He was very pleased with right guard Shaquille Mason’s performance against Wofford, saying he was strong technically, creating movement at the line of scrimmage, advancing to the linebacker level and “coming off the ball and putting people on their backs.”

Mason was credited with putting a team-high 12 defenders to the ground, out of 57 for the team.

“You can tell he’s worked real hard,” Sewak said.

2. Likewise, right tackle Chris Griffin, who was next to Mason, “played really well with some of the combo blocks, with pass [More]

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