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Derrick Moore has delivered pregame devotions and pep talks to the Georgia Tech football team for years. He has learned that not everything sticks. “I’m never sure of anything I put out there, if they’re going to take it,” said Moore, Tech’s character-development coach. “You’re dealing with 18-to-22-year-olds.
With wins in five of the past six games, Georgia Tech seems fully ready for a matchup that should test them on offense and defense. Virginia has a star at quarterback, playmakers on defense and a coach who has tangled plenty with option offenses, including the one operated by coach Paul Johnson.
Georgia State men’s soccer team won its first-ever Sun Belt regular season and conference tournament title on Sunday and advanced to the 2018 Division I Men’s College Cup. The Panthers’ first-round NCAA Tournament match is tonight at Charlotte. Georgia State claimed the title after defeating Georgia Southern 4-2 in the deciding match.
Melvin Davis and Cheyenne Hunt sat side by side in the Georgia Tech communications office this week for an interview, two teammates and friends relishing a 4½-year ride that is about to come to an end. They are rarities in the culture of the Tech football team, walk-ons who have seen scant playing time but stuck it out through five seasons.
Georgia Tech’s potential trajectory for the season changed about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. That’s when coach Josh Pastner learned from the athletic department’s compliance office that center/forward James Banks’ application for an immediate-eligibility waiver from the NCAA had been granted.
When James Banks woke up Tuesday morning, his plan was to try to get better. With his teammates on the road for a game against Tennessee, that was the duty for the Georgia Tech post man as he was sitting out the season as a transfer from Texas. Banks got in a heavy weightlifting workout in the morning and was training again in the afternoon.
In James Banks’ Georgia Tech debut, he and his teammates struggled against a superior opponent on its home court with a predictable result. Up against No. 5 Tennessee, the Yellow Jackets were a low-functioning group on offense and lost 66-53 to the Volunteers Tuesday night in Thompson-Boling Arena. “I was proud of our guys’ effort.
Win two of its final three games, which will include a bowl, and Georgia Tech will finish the 2018 season with a winning record. That’s after they started 1-3. But is a winning season really all the Yellow Jackets should expect? The better question, as always, is: according to whose expectations? Not Paul Johnson’s expectations, according to Paul Johnson.
One game into the season, Georgia Tech received word Tuesday that transfer James Banks will be able to play immediately. Banks, a Decatur native, received an immediate eligibility waiver from the NCAA after transferring from Texas in May. He otherwise would have had to sit out one season. Banks, a 6-foot-8 forward/center, is eligible to play in Tuesday night’s game at Tennessee.
Georgia Tech nose tackle Brandon Adams let what would have been his first career sack slip out of his reach Saturday. Near the end of the first half of the Yellow Jackets’ win over Miami, Adams quickly got into the backfield but quarterback N’Kosi Perry escaped his grasp to scramble for an 8-yard gain.
Given 24 hours and the expanses of their expertise and imagination, four Georgia Tech students and a fifth from Georgia State developed software for the Yellow Jackets volleyball team to better monitor its jumping performance.
After a standout performance against Miami Saturday night, Georgia Tech linebacker Jalen Johnson was named ACC linebacker of the week on Monday. Johnson was credited with eight tackles, including two for loss, in the Yellow Jackets’ 27-21 win over the Hurricanes at Bobby Dodd Stadium. It followed Johnson’s nine-tackle game against North Carolina last week, which was a career high.
The Georgia Tech marching band had a new addition to its playlist for Saturday’s home game against Miami. And the band partly had defensive end Tyler Merriweather to thank. Beginning with Miami’s first offensive series and later at different points of the game, fans at Bobby Dodd Stadium were treated to the hook of the rap track “Mo Bamba” by Sheck Wes between snaps.
The mantle of leadership is not often light, a lesson Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall has learned over the course of his two seasons as the Yellow Jackets starting quarterback and team captain. However, late Saturday evening, Marshall felt unburdened. After the Jackets came up short of bowl eligibility last season at 5-6 and then started out this season 1-3, Marshall felt it.
On Sunday, on a pristinely landscaped 40.5-acre plot of land in the east of France, the memories of 4,135 men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country were to be honored. The day marks the centennial anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, and at St. Mihiel American Cemetery in Thiaucourt, France, a ceremony was to begin at 11 a.m. local time.
Georgia Tech improved to 6-4 overall and 4-3 in the ACC with its 27-21 win over Miami Saturday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The Jackets have now won five out of their past six games after starting 1-3. There was plenty to glean from the Jackets’ 10th game of the season.
Pittsburgh’s win over Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon eliminated Georgia Tech from contention for the ACC Coastal championship. The 52-22 win by the Panthers means that the worst that they can finish in league play is 5-3.
Brad Stewart is a Georgia Tech wide receiver. Yes, Georgia Tech does deploy wide receivers. And sometimes, it’s widely rumored, they even receive, although there isn’t always much physical evidence to back up such a theory. Saturday night against Miami, the senior Stewart had himself a real, live receiving touchdown.
Comments from Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson following his team’s 27-21 win over Miami Saturday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium: “It was a heck of a football game. I’m really proud of our team, we dug down and made some plays. It wasn’t always pretty, but we made fewer mistakes than they did and we were able to capitalize on a couple of their mistakes and come out on top.
Georgia Tech handed Miami coach Mark Richt his first loss at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday as the Yellow Jackets sailed to a 27-21 victory. Penalties and costly turnovers cost Richt continued perfection in games he coached at Tech. Dating to 1992 during his time at Florida State, Richt continued a perfect tenure in Bobby Dodd Stadium with 14 consecutive wins -- until Saturday.
On a clear and cool night under the lights of Bobby Dodd Stadium, Georgia Tech finally got the better of the dreaded Miami Hurricanes. With the help of three Miami turnovers, the Yellow Jackets ended a three-game losing streak to the Hurricanes and secured bowl eligibility after missing out on the postseason twice in the previous three seasons with a 27-21 win Saturday evening.
The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team began its season Friday night with an agonizing result, a 95-89 double-overtime loss at Houston. It likely did not dissuade coach MaChelle Joseph from the optimism she expressed about the season prior to Friday’s game.
In its season opener, Georgia Tech asserted its superiority over Lamar in an 88-69 win over Lamar Friday night at McCamish Pavilion. As far as what could be ascertained about the Yellow Jackets in a win over a team from one of the weaker conferences in Division I (the Southland), there were a few things. Backup post man Sylvester Ogbonda has come a long way since last season.
Bobby Dodd Stadium always has served as an unwilling sanctuary for Mark Richt. A grudging safe place for him to come and forget the stresses of the college coaching world while picking up an automatic victory over Georgia Tech. A sort of spa, really, minus only the seaweed body wrap and the vigorous exfoliation.
Georgia Tech has won four of its past five games and clings to a chance to win the ACC’s Coastal Division title, making the game against Miami another critical one for the Yellow Jackets. By the time Tech (5-4, 3-3 ACC) kicks off against Miami (5-4, 2-3), or shortly after, the Jackets may know that they must win to avoid elimination in the race for the division.
Anree Saint-Amour has had plenty of opportunity to celebrate himself. The Georgia Tech defensive end has been the Yellow Jackets’ most effective defender this season, leading the team with sacks (four), tackles for loss (10.5) and quarterback hurries (eight). But it’s not his way. “He’s just Anree,” linebacker Brant Mitchell said.
Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner gave an indication of what lies ahead this season at a Tuesday news conference. That’s when the third-year coach repeatedly tried to shift the conversation to next season. “This is a big year for development because this core group is going to move forward with us as we continue to move forward,” Pastner said.
After climbing out of a 1-3 hole to reach 5-4, Georgia Tech now has a game that should draw some attention, a matchup with Miami at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday night. The Yellow Jackets are eager to gain bowl eligibility and pay back the Hurricanes for a crushing loss last year in South Florida. A whiteout crowd could provide the most electric atmosphere of the season.
The memories from Georgia Tech’s loss to Miami last year are still quite fresh for the Yellow Jackets. “You go home after a loss like that and you remember it the whole year,” linebacker Brant Mitchell said. “We’re definitely ready to get back out there. Got to beat these guys.
This past Saturday, the same Georgia Tech defense that sometimes failed to fill in gaps in the run game, had trouble with North Carolina’s up-tempo pace and gave up a season-long run of 46 yards.
Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall was understanding of being taken out of Saturday’s game against North Carolina, but acknowledged that the experience was frustrating. The team captain spoke Monday following the team’s first practice of the week in preparation for the Miami game this Saturday. “It’s tough,” Marshall said.
Georgia Tech defensive end Justice Dingle has a memorable name, one that made it onto Jeopardy Tuesday. Dingle, a freshman, was part of an answer in the category “2018 College football Names” – “Linebacker Justice Dingle floats like a butterfly and stings like a Yellow Jackets for this Southern U.
It was news to quarterback TaQuon Marshall – Georgia Tech is leading FBS in rushing yards per game, and by a lot. The Yellow Jackets’ run-game binges of late – 542 yards against Louisville, 465 against Virginia Tech and 461 against North Carolina on Saturday – have swelled the yards-per-game rate to 377 yards on the nose.
On the precipice of eligibility, Georgia Tech has returned to the world of bowl projections. At 5-4, the Yellow Jackets are in the conversation for postseason play, and they’ve joined the matrix of 128 FBS teams eligible to play in a bowl game and the 78 slots.
Georgia Tech defensive end Anree Saint-Amour and quarterback Tobias Oliver were duly recognized for their roles in the Yellow Jackets’ 38-28 win over North Carolina Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C. Saint-Amour was named the ACC’s defensive lineman of the week and Oliver was named the conference’s rookie of the week for the second week in a row.
A day after Georgia Tech’s game against Miami this Saturday was assigned to be played at 7 p.m., its November 17 home game against Virginia was given a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. It will be the third home game this season that won’t kick off in the noon hour, a break from the pattern of the previous two seasons.
Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall will continue as starter, coach Paul Johnson indicated on his weekly teleconference on Sunday. Asked if Marshall will start against Miami this Saturday, Johnson replied, “I don’t see why he wouldn’t. We’ll see how practice goes.
Georgia Tech will get a long-awaited night home game. Awash in noon-hour kickoffs at Bobby Dodd Stadium, Georgia Tech and its fans were assigned a 7 p.m. kickoff time for its game Saturday against Miami. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2. It will be the first night time kickoff of the season and only the second out of five home games that won’t start in the noon hour.
With three weeks remaining in the regular season, Georgia Tech remains alive for the ACC Coastal Division title.
Legendary The Atlanta Journal-Constitution sports columnist Furman Bisher wrote his first column as Atlanta Constitution sports editor April 15, 1950. He covered the Masters, Kentucky Derby and the Georgia-Georgia Tech football game more than 50 times each. Most of the Super Bowls, too. Bisher spent 59 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution before retiring in 2009.
Comments from Georgia Tech players Qua Searcy, Nathan Cottrell, Anree Saint-Amour, Tre Swilling, Tobias Oliver and Wesley Wellls following the Yellow Jackets’ 38-28 win over North Carolina Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C. “We’re always ready for it. It’s not really anything different that we go through.