Georgia Tech’s Ricky Jeune gets meaningful praise from position coach


Georgia Tech wide receiver Ricky Jeune has made an impression on the right person. Tech wide receivers coach Buzz Preston, not one to offer praise where it isn’t merited, gave a noteworthy estimation of Jeune’s potential in comments following the Yellow Jackets’ Wednesday practice.

Preston evaluated Jeune’s areas of improvement in the following manner.

“With Ricky, there’s a lot of different little nuances,” he said. “Attacking press (coverage) and stemming routes and things like that. You always have to improve those, and if he can keep improving those, he can definitely have a chance to play at the next level.”

Perhaps Jeune can continue the Jackets’ legacy of NFL receivers reared by Preston since coach Paul Johnson’s arrival, a line that includes Demaryius Thomas, Kevin Cone (now in Tech’s football operations office), Stephen Hill, DeAndre Smelter and Darren Waller.

Jeune has led the Jackets in receptions in each of the past two seasons as a sophomore (24) and junior (25). He has shown good ball skills and the ability to use his body to shield off defensive backs. Of his 25 catches last year, 11 were on third down, and nine went for first downs. He made particular progress last season as a perimeter blocker. His dedication was recognized at the end of the 2015 season, when he earned the effort award for the Tech offense.

He has been effective, though not a dominant player. But Preston, who would know, obviously sees NFL potential in Jeune.

Preston was asked if he saw another jump in Jeune’s play going into his senior year.

“Hopefully that will be the case,” Preston said. “I wish that for him because he’s been a hard worker, he’s been loyal to the program and when guys have been here for five years like he’s been and stuck it out and never been a guy to complain and just go about working and improving themselves, those are the kind of guys that you like to see the story end really well for.”



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

D’Marcus Simonds has big plans for his time at Georgia State  
D’Marcus Simonds has big plans for his time at Georgia State  

School had been snowed out for yet another day, but not practice. It’s the season, and the heat is always on in the gym.  Inside Georgia State’s third-floor court, the Panthers’ star guard was easy to pick out from among the sweaty swirl of teammates. He was the only one who could carry off those warm-up pants, the color open...
What you need to know to enjoy Sunday’s NFL playoffs 
What you need to know to enjoy Sunday’s NFL playoffs 

What: The NFC and AFC Championship Games Why: The winners go to the Super Bowl Jaguars (10-6) at Patriots (13-3), 3:05 p.m. Vikings (13-3) at Eagles (13-3), 6:40 P.M. Jaguars-Patriots, CBS Vikings-Eagles, Fox After this: The Super Bowl is two weeks later, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota.  -- Patriots QB Tom Brady suffered...
Fayetteville’s Christian Coleman sets world record in 60-meter dash
Fayetteville’s Christian Coleman sets world record in 60-meter dash

Christian Coleman headed back to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on Saturday, not overly impressed with himself, but thankful to have set the world record in the 60 meters.  “I didn’t really feel like it was one of my best races,” Coleman said after running a world record time of 6.37 seconds in the 60-meter dash at...
Analysis: Duke big men toy with Pittsburgh in easy win
Analysis: Duke big men toy with Pittsburgh in easy win

Wendell Carter Jr. scored in the paint. Marvin Bagley III countered by showing he could drive coast-to-coast for a layup. It appeared at times Saturday as if Duke’s star freshmen were engaged in a friendly contest of trying to outdo each other. While fifth-ranked Duke toyed with lowly Pittsburgh, Carter and Bagley found ways of having fun...
Mike Vrabel named Tennessee Titans head coach
Mike Vrabel named Tennessee Titans head coach

More Stories