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College football and its Civil War symbols 

The first season of college football ever played took place 1869 -- four years after the end of the Civil War. Former football coach  Vince Dooley -- a Civil War buff himself -- speaks (video, above) about how one Confederate Cavalry Commander, John Mosby, though college football was a brutal game and worked to abolish the game. Dooley leads the Georgia Historical Society...


Frank Broyles, remembered by Sean Bedford

Frank Broyles, remembered by Sean Bedford

Sean Bedford did not know Frank Broyles well, but was nonetheless indelibly impacted. Bedford, Georgia Tech’s two-time All-ACC center, recalled Broyles for his kindness, his air of dignity and his love for Georgia Tech. Broyles, whose surpassing career in college athletics began at Tech, died Monday at the age of 92. Bedford was a senior with the Yellow Jackets in 2010 when he first met Broyles...
N. Fulton native signs NBA G-League deal with Spurs

N. Fulton native signs NBA G-League deal with Spurs

Joining Lorenzo Brown, Malik Beasley and Kobi Simmons, north Fulton County has another player in the NBA.  ESPN reports that Jaron Blossomgame – a Chattahoochee High School graduate – agreed to a standard G-League contract with the Austin Spurs, an affiliate for the NBA’s San Antonio team.  Initial reports said Blossomgame signed a two-way deal – ...
Cink’s trophy case now reflects winning ways on and off course

Cink’s trophy case now reflects winning ways on and off course

Stewart Cink displays his Payne Stewart Award at his home course, East Lake Golf Club. (PGA Tour photo) Golf trophies are nice and meaningful, and Stewart Cink has a gracious plenty of them decorating his Duluth home. But the trophy the 2009 British Open champion – and six-time PGA Tour winner – was holding Monday was looking like a centerpiece. It’s the one featuring the bronze...
Fans react: Former Georgia Tech athlete Frank Broyles dies

Fans react: Former Georgia Tech athlete Frank Broyles dies

Frank Broyles, Decatur native and former Georgia Tech athlete, died Monday at age 92.  Broyles was best known for his time with the Arkansas Razorbacks, where he brought the football team to its only title. According to Arkansas Online, Broyles spent 57 years with the University of Arkansas at different levels until his full-time retirement in 2014 as a fund-raiser.  Broyles died from...
Tech ‘in great position’ with recruit Kristian Sjolund

Tech ‘in great position’ with recruit Kristian Sjolund

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner may get his first commitment from a versatile wing player from Houston with Norwegian roots. Kristian Sjolund, a small forward whose recruiting picked up over the summer, came to Tech on Saturday for an official visit. Baylor, Ole Miss, Colorado, Washington State and Illinois are among schools hoping for official visits from Sjolund, according to his AAU coach, Stephon...
Meet the 2017 AJC Super 11

Meet the 2017 AJC Super 11

This 33rd rendition of the AJC Super 11 and the headliners are nationally famous quarterbacks. Trevor Lawrence of Cartersville is rated the consensus No. 1 pro-style QB in the nation and the No. 1 overall player by Rivals and Scout. Justin Fields of Harrison is the consensus No. 1 dual-threat QB and the No. 1 overall player by ESPN and 247. Lawrence committed to Clemson in December. Fields...
Dedrick Mills prepares for improved sophomore season

Dedrick Mills prepares for improved sophomore season

One year ago, Dedrick Mills entered preseason camp at Georgia Tech as a freshman plying for playing time at B-back with Marcus Marshall. Adjustments didn’t come easily for Mills. In fact, he thinks the two incoming freshmen at his position this year — Jerry Howard and Jordan Ponchez-Mason — have started off much better than he did. “They’re really doing pretty good,&rdquo...
Georgia Tech A-backs ready to build off 2016 success

Georgia Tech A-backs ready to build off 2016 success

The experience on Georgia Tech’s offense lies primarily with its A-backs. With underclassmen or inexperienced starters sprinkled throughout other position groups, the top three returning A-backs are coming off an impressive 2016. Clinton Lynch, Qua Searcy and J.J. Green helped develop one of the most explosive offenses in Paul Johnson’s tenure a season ago. Lynch and Searcy, now both juniors...
Georgia Tech readying for full pads

Georgia Tech readying for full pads

After four days of practice, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson was ready Monday for his team to put the pads on. After starting out in helmets and shorts on Friday and progressing through helmets and shoulder pads Monday, the Yellow Jackets will go with a full-pads practice on Tuesday. “We’re glad to be in pads (Tuesday),” Johnson said Monday. It was one of five separate comments in...
How much influence does apparel have in basketball recruiting?

How much influence does apparel have in basketball recruiting?

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner was a popular figure on the AAU circuit this summer, and not only because colleagues wanted to congratulate him on the Yellow Jackets’ success in his first season. It’s Tech’s expiring apparel deal with Russell Athletic. The contract expires in June 2018. “A lot of people have asked about it,” Pastner said. The inquiries have come more...
You’ve heard of Matthew Jordan’s summer tutor

You’ve heard of Matthew Jordan’s summer tutor

Joe Hamilton left the Georgia Tech football staff about a year and a half ago. Still, the Yellow Jackets great and college football hall of famer may have a small influence on the Jackets’ upcoming season, and perhaps the one to follow. After almost three years on Tech’s recruiting staff, Hamilton began a career as a private quarterback coach. One of his clients this summer was Tech&rsquo...
Georgia Tech players have circled Tennessee game 

Georgia Tech players have circled Tennessee game 

Georgia Tech players aren’t having to look far off for the game they’re most excited about. One year after leaving the country to open against Boston College in Ireland, the Yellow Jackets will start the season right at home, though this time in a different venue than they’re used to — the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. With the Tennessee Volunteers coming to town for a Labor Day...
Tech’s Roddy Jones explains jump to ESPN

Tech’s Roddy Jones explains jump to ESPN

Three years ago, Roddy Jones was about to start his first year as analyst for Georgia Tech’s radio broadcasts alongside then-Tech voice Brandon Gaudin. The former Yellow Jackets captain couldn’t have guessed that, three years later, he would be in the employment of ESPN as its newest sideline reporter. “No way,” Jones said Wednesday, the day his hire was announced. “Not...
Georgia Tech secondary ready to keep it simple, make plays

Georgia Tech secondary ready to keep it simple, make plays

All it took for Corey Griffin and the Georgia Tech defense to improve over the final four games of 2016 was a simplified game plan. Most important, the secondary went back to more instinctual play, allowing them to play fast and think less on the field. “It made the game simpler,” Griffin, a senior safety, said of the defensive changes. “When the game plan is simple, we’re...
Freeman leads Georgia Tech pass rush that needs improvement

Freeman leads Georgia Tech pass rush that needs improvement

Georgia Tech wants to pick up its pass rush in 2017, and KeShun Freeman could be the key to that coming to fruition. Once the freshman who burst onto the scene on 2014’s Orange Bowl team, Freeman, now a senior, has seen his production steadily decline each season for the Yellow Jackets. He finished with 54 tackles and 4.5 sacks his first season. Last season, he totaled only 39 tackles and was...
4 Georgia Tech freshmen who impressed in summer workouts

4 Georgia Tech freshmen who impressed in summer workouts

After two months on campus, some members of Georgia Tech’s freshman class have already made an impression on their teammates. At the Yellow Jackets’ annual preseason media day Thursday, a handful of players shared observations of teammates in the freshman class. Linebacker Jaquan Henderson, whom coach Paul Johnson said might be the fastest player on the team, has shown his quickness to...
Not expecting much from Johnson, Georgia Tech is usually a mistake

Not expecting much from Johnson, Georgia Tech is usually a mistake

Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson speaks to the media during the recent ACC college football media days in Charlotte. (AP photo) Paul Johnson is going into his 10th season in the same job and has won more football games than any coach in Georgia Tech history except for the three guys who have buildings or a trophy named for them: Bobby Dodd, William Alexander and John...
On the AAU circuit with Game Elite

On the AAU circuit with Game Elite

The summer has been a whirlwind for Ashton Hagans. A highly ranked rising junior from Newton County High, Hagans has traveled to, among other places, Los Angeles, Portland, Ore., Colorado Springs, Colo., Charlottesville, Va., Spartanburg, S.C., Milwaukee and, last week, Las Vegas, for tournaments or camps. The most notable names in college basketball – Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky &ndash...
Breaking down the Jackets: Specialists

Breaking down the Jackets: Specialists

Georgia Tech’s kicking game has had the luxury of not having questions for the past few seasons. Kicker Harrison Butker was on the job for the past four and punter Ryan Rodwell for the past three, although Rodwell was replaced for one start last season. That changed, obviously, with the graduation of both players after the 2016 season. Into their place come two freshmen, kicker Brenton King...
Josh Pastner, on the recruiting trail in Las Vegas

Josh Pastner, on the recruiting trail in Las Vegas

Will Richardson is the sort of player who could help return Georgia Tech to national prominence. A four-star point guard from Liberty County, Richardson has a knack for making things happen with the ball and, even when he tries and fails, for digging it out and trying again. So it was that, last Thursday, as Tech coach Josh Pastner made his rounds to 16 AAU games over the course of the day, Richardson&rsquo...
Atlanta’s ‘bookend’ role in college football season attracts ESPN

Atlanta’s ‘bookend’ role in college football season attracts ESPN

Rece Davis believes Atlanta will host the best matchup of the coming college football season — twice. Alabama and Florida State start the season in a Chick-fil-A Kickoff game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sept. 2, and Davis, host of ESPN’s popular “College GameDay” show, looks for the same teams to return to the same stadium for the College Football Playoff championship game...
Breaking down the Jackets: Secondary

Breaking down the Jackets: Secondary

With five returning starters, decent depth and promising freshmen on the way, the Georgia Tech secondary is probably the strongest position group on the roster. “I think we’ve got some guys that can step up,” coach Paul Johnson said at the ACC Kickoff. Cornerbacks Lance Austin and Step Durham, nickel back Lawrence Austin and safeties A.J. Gray and Corey Griffin are veteran, tested...
ESPN’s College GameDay is coming to Atlanta

ESPN’s College GameDay is coming to Atlanta

College GameDay – ESPN’s iconic pregame show on Saturday mornings during college football season – is headed to Atlanta for the first time since 2012.  ESPN plans to announce today that the award-winning program will kick off its 25th season of road shows by broadcasting live from International Plaza outside the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sept. 2. The show will air from 9...
A day in the recruiting life of Josh Pastner

A day in the recruiting life of Josh Pastner

The air conditioning in his rental car was on full blast, and so was Josh Pastner. It was just after 8 a.m., and the Georgia Tech coach was on the phone with the mother of a prospect updating him on his new schedule now that he had switched AAU teams. (She would text back later informing him that he had switched back.) At the end of the short phone call, Pastner told the woman he appreciated the call...
Breaking down the Jackets: Linebacker

Breaking down the Jackets: Linebacker

The future may be coming this fall to Georgia Tech’s linebacking crew. With highly regarded signees Bruce Jordan-Swilling and Jaquan Henderson on the roster, there may be a challenge for playing time with the returnees. And that, obviously, would bode well for the effectiveness of defensive coordinator Ted Roof’s unit. Coach Paul Johnson sounded that bell at the ACC Kickoff. “We&rsquo...
Rank these Georgia Tech quarterbacks

Rank these Georgia Tech quarterbacks

Georgia Tech quarterbacks have led the Yellow Jackets to more than 670 football wins, more than three dozen bowl games and four national championships. A few rose to national prominence as Heisman Trophy contenders.  Of these 10 signal-callers, which is the best in Yellow Jackets history? Vote up your favorites to set the ultimate ranking. Don’t see the game? Play it here.
Waived by Saints, Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas getting another NFL shot

Waived by Saints, Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas getting another NFL shot

Former Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas was waived by the New Orleans Saints Saturday, but interest in the Yellow Jackets great remains. Thomas flew up to New York Monday for a Tuesday workout with the New York Jets, who will audition him at wide receiver, returner and possibly corner, according to Thomas’ representation. Thomas was signed to the Saints’ offseason roster in May after...
9 things to know about Josh Okogie’s national-team experience

9 things to know about Josh Okogie’s national-team experience

Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie’s summer will conclude with a highlight. August 6-9, Okogie will be in Winston-Salem, N.C., for an invitation-only camp led by NBA all-star Chris Paul. Okogie will be there with other elite college guards to learn from one of the best. Okogie received a similar invitation from Adidas. “I’m just going to go there with an open mind, learn as much...
Dramatic tie (really) next step in budding Atlanta United-Orlando City “rivalry”

Dramatic tie (really) next step in budding Atlanta United-Orlando City “rivalry”

Go ahead and rejoice Tito Villalba, you just tied the game for Atlanta United in injury time. (Miguel Martinez/MundoHispanico) So, before Saturday evening’s Atlanta United-Orlando City match I posed these questions of the local soccer-philes: Do they lower themselves to the level of those Orlando people who spent part of last Friday’s game in Florida chanting a loud, stadium-wide...
5 things to watch in Georgia Tech’s preseason

5 things to watch in Georgia Tech’s preseason

A highly anticipated season will get its preseason start Aug. 4, when Georgia Tech will conduct its first camp practice. Sixteen returning starters and an incoming class that appears particularly strong on defense are reasons for hope for the Yellow Jackets, who were picked to finish third in the ACC Coastal Division in a media poll and are seen as a dark-horse candidate to make it to the conference...
What this photo says about Tech’s interest in 4-star forward Nassir Little

What this photo says about Tech’s interest in 4-star forward Nassir Little

If Nassir Little had any doubts that Georgia Tech assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie really wants him to become a Yellow Jacket, they likely were removed Friday afternoon. In town to evaluate players at three different AAU tournaments, LaBarrie allocated about 90 minutes of his recruiting day to watch Little, a highly rated small forward from Orange Park, Fla., sit on a padded folding chair. Rated the...
Isner, Harrison reach semis at Atlanta Open

Isner, Harrison reach semis at Atlanta Open

John Isner continued his dominant play at the BB&T Atlanta Open with a straight sets win over Lucas Lacko on Friday. In a back-and-forth match dictated by serves, Isner broke Lacko when he needed to and came away with 7-5, 6-4 win to reach the semifinals for an eighth consecutive year. “I don’t want to jinx it right now, but I’ve always played well here,” said Isner, a University...
Eubanks loses to Harrison at Atlanta Open

Eubanks loses to Harrison at Atlanta Open

Christopher Eubanks’ extraordinary run at the Atlanta Open came to an end Friday. Facing the fourth-seeded Ryan Harrison, Eubanks fell in straight sets (6-1, 6-2). “I think I played some pretty good tennis at times, but just not enough,” Eubanks said. “Not enough to compete, and it just makes me hungrier to get back to the drawing board, get stronger, get in better shape. So...
Georgia Tech in chase for 3-star small forward Saddiq Bey

Georgia Tech in chase for 3-star small forward Saddiq Bey

Saddiq Bey, a three-star forward from Washington, holds a number of high-major offers, and Georgia Tech only recently got into the mix. But Bey said Thursday he’s willing to consider the Yellow Jackets and coach Josh Pastner. “I’m real open right now,” Bey said Thursday at the Fab 48 AAU tournament. “I’m just trying to let everything unfold after this tournament...
Georgia Tech looking for first commitment for 2018

Georgia Tech looking for first commitment for 2018

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner would like to have secured his first commitment for the 2018 signing class by this point, but said there’s nothing that can be done about it. “It’s not that we’re behind,” Pastner said Thursday between watching games at various AAU tournaments in Las Vegas. “You can’t force a kid to commit.” Pastner and assistant coach...
Four-star guard Will Richardson likes Georgia Tech

Four-star guard Will Richardson likes Georgia Tech

Liberty County High point guard Will Richardson could be Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner’s first blue-chip recruit. Richardson, a rising senior rated a four-star prospect by ESPN, gave praise to Pastner and Tech on Thursday at the Las Vegas Classic tournament and indicated they’ll be among the schools to survive an upcoming cut. He reportedly holds a slew of scholarship offers, including...
Ryan Harrison fights off storm, Millman to advance in Atlanta Open

Ryan Harrison fights off storm, Millman to advance in Atlanta Open

For the third time in four days, the BB&T Atlanta Open experienced a delay. But that didn’t stop Ryan Harrison from dodging a close upset. In a match that went almost three hours Thursday — without factoring in the delay — Harrison defeated John Millman in three sets. Over four hours passed from first point to the finish. “One of the things I’ve been working on is understanding...
Matt Kuchar gets emotional explaining loss to his sons 

Matt Kuchar gets emotional explaining loss to his sons 

After his heartbreaking loss at the British Open, Matt Kuchar had to put his emotions into perspective and be a dad.   His wife and two sons had traveled to England to surprise him. Seeing them for the first time on the 18th green, the children appeared more shaken over the loss than the Georgia Tech alumnus. Kuchar, preparing for this week’s RBC Canadian Open, explained to reporters the...
Breaking down the Jackets: Defensive line

Breaking down the Jackets: Defensive line

The pressure is on Georgia Tech’s defensive ends. Coach Paul Johnson will be applying it personally. Last season, end KeShun Freeman recorded half a sack in 13 starts. End Antonio Simmons had one sack, although he did have 12 quarterback hurries. Only backup Anree Saint-Amour redeemed the group with four sacks. “We’ve got to do better in that area,” Johnson said recently at...
Breaking down the Jackets: Quarterback

Breaking down the Jackets: Quarterback

Georgia Tech quarterback Matthew Jordan expects to be ready for the Yellow Jackets’ first day of preseason practice Aug. 4. That’s the first order of business for Tech at that position, where Jordan is the expected successor to Justin Thomas, the best quarterback coach Paul Johnson has had in his first nine seasons. Jordan is something of a known quantity, having started one game...
Ben Lammers’ summer break has been anything but

Ben Lammers’ summer break has been anything but

The expanse of his 6-foot-10 frame aside, Ben Lammers fits comfortably in Room 2132 of the Mason Building on the Georgia Tech campus, otherwise known as the Non-Destructive Evaluation Laboratory. Tech’s All-ACC center and mechanical-engineering major has spent dozens of hours there this summer, the recipient of a prized undergraduate research internship. His head encased by earphones, Lammers...
Digi-blog goes to Falcons’ $1.5 billion potentially retractable roof stadium

Digi-blog goes to Falcons’ $1.5 billion potentially retractable roof stadium

  This is the room that houses the controls for the hypothetically retractable roof at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which may work some time in 2017. (Jeff Schultz/jschultz@ajc.com) The chief of communications for Falcons owner Arthur Blank emerged from the room, closed the door behind him and delivered the verdict. “You can’t go in there,” Brett Jewkes...
Christopher Eubanks shines on Atlanta Open’s College Night

Christopher Eubanks shines on Atlanta Open’s College Night

Christopher Eubanks is becoming a BB&T Atlanta Open staple. Highlighting “College Night,” Eubanks defeated Californian Taylor Fritz 7-6, 6-4. “It was incredible,” he said. “I can’t really put it into words. Being able to play in the tournament in my hometown is already hard to put into words, but to come out with a win is just, in front of the crowd, it was electric...
Breaking down the Jackets: B-back

Breaking down the Jackets: B-back

Of the various reasons that Georgia Tech has to be optimistic about the 2017 season, the B-back position is high on the list. As a freshman in 2016, Dedrick Mills won the job in the preseason and, at least on the field, was everything that coach Paul Johnson could have wanted. Mills ran the ball low to the ground with tackle-breaking power. He was a relentless force near the goal line. He excelled...
Georgia Tech sets preseason schedule

Georgia Tech sets preseason schedule

Georgia Tech released the entirety of its pre-ACC schedule Monday, a 12-game slate that includes four games against power-conference opponents. That includes rival Georgia (in Athens Dec. 19) and the Yellow Jackets’ season opener in Shanghai against UCLA Nov. 11. The two other power-conference teams that the Jackets will face in coach Josh Pastner’s second season are Tennessee (Dec. 3...
Surprise family visit eases Matt Kuchar’s heartache of losing British Open

Surprise family visit eases Matt Kuchar’s heartache of losing British Open

It was a heartwarming moment that soothed the heartache. Matt Kuchar had The Open’s famed Claret Jug in his sights for only briefly. As it left his grasp on the 18th green, he saw familiar faces that weren’t supposed to be there. Kuchar’s wife, Sybi, and their two sons had flown to Southport, England, to surprise him as he made a run at his first major. “I talked to them last...
Kuchar the next Tech golfer to win British Open – until Spieth goes nuts

Kuchar the next Tech golfer to win British Open – until Spieth goes nuts

Jordan Spieth, right, receives congratulations from Matt Kuchar after closing out his British Open victory. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison) Jordan Spieth has just won his third different major title four days before his 24 th birthday, the kind of accomplishment that once again puts him in elite company. He keeps hobnobbing with the swells of the game, pretty soon...
7 Georgia Tech stories you may have missed this week

7 Georgia Tech stories you may have missed this week

Just two weeks remain until Georgia Tech convenes for the start of preseason camp, and about six weeks until the season opener against Tennessee in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In the meantime, here are seven stories worth a read from this past week. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — KeShun Freeman doesn’t want to go through 2015 again, certainly not as a senior. In 2015, the Georgia Tech defensive...
Kaleb Oliver picked Tech over Ole Miss, Hugh Freeze

Kaleb Oliver picked Tech over Ole Miss, Hugh Freeze

Georgia Tech freshman safety Kaleb Oliver had a decision to make this past winter — Tech or Ole Miss? The decision to become a Yellow Jacket looked considerably wiser Thursday evening following the resignation of Rebels coach Hugh Freeze after findings of personal misconduct, reportedly including a call to an escort service. Oliver withdrew his commitment to Mississippi State in January after...
Ask the Coastal: What Georgia Tech players stuck out to you?

Ask the Coastal: What Georgia Tech players stuck out to you?

At the ACC Kickoff last week in Charlotte, N.C., the AJC asked a series of questions of Georgia Tech’s opponents in the Coastal Division. In the final series of answers, Coastal players identified Yellow Jackets players who stood out to them in their games against Tech. Bryon Fields, cornerback, Duke “The quarterback, Justin Thomas, was really good. He gave us some fits defensively.&rdquo...
There’s one Atlanta team in serious playoff contention — it plays soccer

There’s one Atlanta team in serious playoff contention — it plays soccer

Atlanta United players celebrate with Hector Villalba following a goal against New York City FC earlier this season. (Miguel Martinez/Mundo Hispanico) As the Braves being their slow fade from the playoff race and the front office formulates potential rosy narratives for the trade deadline, there’s another Atlanta franchise performing well above expectations. It&rsquo...
Johnson on Stansbury: ‘Nothing but supportive’

Johnson on Stansbury: ‘Nothing but supportive’

Whatever Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson’s problems are, his boss does not rate as one of them. Given the opportunity last week to evaluate the work of athletic director Todd Stansbury, Johnson gave him a thumbs up. “I think he’s been nothing but supportive since he got here,” Johnson said at the ACC Kickoff. “I think he and I have a good relationship. And I know that...
How one game of catch changed Reggie Ball’s life

How one game of catch changed Reggie Ball’s life

Amid the highs and lows of upset victories and bitter losses to Georgia Tech’s archrival, Reggie Ball’s life was forever changed, but not as much as it was transformed by a young boy who saw Ball through the eyes of hero worship. Ball was a sophomore when Tech played at Clemson on Sept. 11, 2004. Trailing 17-14 late in the fourth quarter, the Yellow Jackets faced a tall task against the...
Breaking down the Jackets: A-back

Breaking down the Jackets: A-back

Perhaps the strongest position group on the team, Georgia Tech’s A-backs could provide the best three-man rotation in coach Paul Johnson’s tenure in Qua Searcy, Clinton Lynch and J.J. Green. Lynch, who Johnson said is 100 percent after the surgery that kept him out of spring practice, is going on his third season as a starter and on track to have the most productive career of any A-back...
Ask the Coastal: Memories from 2016 games vs. Georgia Tech

Ask the Coastal: Memories from 2016 games vs. Georgia Tech

At the ACC Kickoff on Friday in Charlotte, N.C., the AJC asked a series of questions of Georgia Tech’s opponents in the Coastal Division. In the third segment, players from all of Tech’s Coastal opponents shared their recollections of their games against the Yellow Jackets in 2016. The final set of answers will run Friday morning, what Tech players stood out to them. Bryon Fields, cornerback...
Paul Johnson among 19 coaches on Dodd Trophy watch list

Paul Johnson among 19 coaches on Dodd Trophy watch list

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is among 19 coaches announced Wednesday on the watch list for the 2017 Dodd Trophy. Named after Bobby Dodd, the winningest coach in Georgia Tech history, the Dodd Trophy celebrates the head coach of a team that enjoys success on the gridiron while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity. Johnson is entering his 10th season at...
Georgia Tech’s Dedrick Mills named to preseason All-ACC team

Georgia Tech’s Dedrick Mills named to preseason All-ACC team

Georgia Tech B-back Dedrick Mills was the lone Yellow Jackets player named to the preseason All-ACC team. Mills, who led Tech in rushing last season despite missing three games, received the second most votes of any running back in the conference. With four starters returning on the offensive line, Mills is positioned for a productive season. Last year, his 12 rushing touchdowns tied for third among...
Georgia Tech golfers advance to U.S. Amateur

Georgia Tech golfers advance to U.S. Amateur

Four Georgia Tech golfers emerged from local qualifiers and will be in the field for next month’s U.S. Amateur Championship. Luke Schniederjans won the qualifier at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course at 8 under par, two shots better than teammate Andy Ogletree. Jacob Joiner won the qualifier in Decatur, Ala., and Chris Petefish won the qualifier in Salix, Penn. Also qualifying at...
Breaking down the Jackets: Offensive line

Breaking down the Jackets: Offensive line

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is not one to fan preseason flames of optimism, but it’s obvious that he is hopeful about his group of young offensive linemen. Until the 2016 season, Tech had only had three offensive linemen to play as first-year freshmen in Johnson’s tenure, Will Bryan (2015), Andrew Marshall (2014) and Shaquille Mason (2011). In 2016, not only did guard Parker Braun...
Ask the Coastal: Most fun road environment

Ask the Coastal: Most fun road environment

At the ACC Kickoff on Friday in Charlotte, N.C., the AJC asked a series of questions of Georgia Tech’s opponents in the Coastal Division. In the second installment, players from all of Tech’s Coastal opponents shared their most fun road environment. The next set of answers will run Thursday morning, what they remember from last year’s game against the Yellow Jackets. Byron Fields...
Breaking down the Jackets: Wide receivers

Breaking down the Jackets: Wide receivers

Georgia Tech wide receiver Ricky Jeune enters his third season as a starter, a player who mostly fills a supporting role but can occasionally be called on for the big play. Of his 25 catches last season, 19 went for first downs, and five of them converted plays of third-and-7 or longer. He’s ready for the season ahead. “I had a good spring and I’m looking forward to carrying that...
Johnson, Jeune, Freeman weigh in on apparel deal

Johnson, Jeune, Freeman weigh in on apparel deal

As a member of Georgia Tech’s student-athlete advisory board, defensive end KeShun Freeman had received early word that the athletic department would be switching apparel providers after its contract with Russell Athletic ends in June 2018. “And for them to say finally say, ‘Yeah, this is going to happen,’ I was like, that’s really cool,” Freeman said. “I...
Tech right where it wants to be – discounted by media

Tech right where it wants to be – discounted by media

Paul Johnson celebrates Georgia Tech’s Orange Bowl victory to close the 2014 season. Not bad considering the media picked him to finish fifth in his conference that season. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images) We can’t know how Georgia Tech’s quarterback search will play out. Or know the answer to the eternal question of whether the 2017 version will play just...
Ask the Coastal: What comes to mind when you think of Georgia Tech?

Ask the Coastal: What comes to mind when you think of Georgia Tech?

At the ACC Kickoff on Friday in Charlotte, N.C., the AJC asked a series of questions of Georgia Tech’s opponents in the Coastal Division, starting with, “When you think of Georgia Tech, what do you think of?” The next set of answers will run Wednesday morning. Duke cornerback Bryon Fields “Ugh — that triple option. Preparing for that is so tough, and from a DB perspective...
Georgia Tech selling more seats for opener against Tennessee

Georgia Tech selling more seats for opener against Tennessee

Georgia Tech fans are buying season tickets -- and a lot of them -- to get into the Labor Day season-opener against Tennessee. In a press release, Georgia Tech requested and received more seats to the season opener in Mercedes-Benz Stadium to meet buying demand. Georgia Tech initially received 30,000 seats for the opener and picked up 5,000 more.  Single-game tickets went on sale Monday...
Georgia Tech punter Pressley Harvin’s jersey number is poignant

Georgia Tech punter Pressley Harvin’s jersey number is poignant

Georgia Tech freshman punter Pressley Harvin met Sam Foltz a year ago. The impression may remain with him always. The influence certainly will be evident every time Harvin takes the field for the Yellow Jackets. Harvin requested, and has been assigned, jersey No. 27, the number worn by the Nebraska punter who was killed in a car crash last July. Foltz’s death devastated the Nebraska football...
Georgia Tech picked third in Coastal Division

Georgia Tech picked third in Coastal Division

Georgia Tech has a few, though not many, believers. The Yellow Jackets were picked to finish third in the ACC Coastal Division in a poll of media at the ACC Kickoff media event. The poll was released Monday. Tech received nine of 167 first-place votes for the Coastal, and none to win the league title. Miami was projected to finish first in the Coastal, receiving 103 first-place votes, while Florida...
Georgia Tech’s goal: ‘We’ve got to break this cycle’

Georgia Tech’s goal: ‘We’ve got to break this cycle’

KeShun Freeman doesn’t want to go through 2015 again, certainly not as a senior. In 2015, the Georgia Tech defensive end was a sophomore, his team enjoying a preseason Top 25 ranking and dreams of a College Football Playoff berth after its 11-win season that was capped with an Orange Bowl win. For various reasons, however, the Yellow Jackets flopped, finishing 3-9. That was why Freeman stood...
Paul Johnson provides injury update on Matthew Jordan

Paul Johnson provides injury update on Matthew Jordan

Last week, Georgia Tech quarterback Matthew Jordan said that he expected to be cleared from foot surgery in time for the start of preseason camp. On Friday, his coach agreed. “He’s way ahead of schedule,” Paul Johnson said at the ACC Kickoff. “Actually, I talked to (sports medicine director Jay Shoop) (on Thursday) and we expect him to be full go in fall camp.” The...
At ACC Kickoff, Paul Johnson addresses schedule rule change

At ACC Kickoff, Paul Johnson addresses schedule rule change

Given the chance to take a victory lap to celebrate the rule change he brought about to the ACC’s scheduling model, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson did something that doesn’t come naturally to him. He punted. At the ACC Kickoff on Friday, Johnson praised the rule change, reported Thursday by the AJC, that will limit the number of times that teams can be assigned games in which their...
Tech will be well-represented in stands for Chick-fil-A Kickoff game

Tech will be well-represented in stands for Chick-fil-A Kickoff game

Georgia Tech will have a strong presence at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game against Tennessee. The school has sold 35,000 tickets, Peach Bowl president Gary Stokan said, significantly more than Tennessee. Tech’s original contract allotment was 30,000 tickets. “Georgia Tech’s excited about this game,” Stokan said Friday at the ACC Kickoff. Tennessee’s allotment was 25,000...
ACC rides undercurrent of superiority into new season

ACC rides undercurrent of superiority into new season

Paul Johnson addresses Georgia Tech’s prospects Friday at the very upbeat ACC Football Kickoff. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) CHARLOTTE – Were you in the market for modesty, the ACC Football Kickoff would have been the perfectly wrong place to be this week. Get thee to a monastery instead. The first thing that confronted the eager sports journalists who rode the hotel escalator up...
Paul Johnson sings George Jones at ACC Kickoff

Paul Johnson sings George Jones at ACC Kickoff

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kaitlyn Johnson isn’t the only singer in the family. At the ACC Kickoff Friday, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson crooned some country music for an ACC video, showing a little bit of the chops that he has evidently passed on to his daughter, an accomplished opera singer. Johnson sang a couple lines from the George Jones’ hit song “He Stopped Loving...
ACC coaches, players evaluate Tech’s apparel choices

ACC coaches, players evaluate Tech’s apparel choices

Adidas has custom-shoe technology. Nike has broad appeal. Those were among the observations made by ACC coaches and athletes at the ACC Kickoff on Thursday about the two apparel providers, who appear to be the more likely possibilities (over Under Armour) to be the next outfitter for Georgia Tech. The athletic department’s contract with Russell Athletic will expire after June 2018. “Our...
ACC puffs its chest over triumphs

ACC puffs its chest over triumphs

The display at the entrance to the ACC Kickoff said it all. Suspended by wires and illuminated in front of a blue backdrop were the Heisman Trophy won by Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Clemson’s national championship trophy, Florida State’s Orange Bowl trophy and a trophy the conference earned for its 9-3 bowl record in the 2016 postseason. (Clemson’s ACC championship trophy...
Paul Johnson’s scheduling complaints lead to ACC rules change

Paul Johnson’s scheduling complaints lead to ACC rules change

It would be a bit hyperbolic to say that the ACC has bent to Paul Johnson’s will. But the league did approve a scheduling policy change that the Georgia Tech coach drove after his allegation in January that “the conference tries to screw us every way they can.” Presented evidence of a scheduling imbalance that has often provided Yellow Jackets opponents with extra rest and practice...
Experience around Tech’s quarterback will be key in 2017

Experience around Tech’s quarterback will be key in 2017

Georgia Tech will have a new face as its starting quarterback in 2017. The last time a first-year starter took over behind center for Tech … things went well. Though he received an ample amount of playing time the season before, Justin Thomas stepped into the starter’s role in 2014 and helped lead the Yellow Jackets to 11 wins and an Orange Bowl victory. It hasn’t always worked...
A look at the Georgia Tech freshman jersey numbers

A look at the Georgia Tech freshman jersey numbers

Georgia Tech’s first football practice is set for Aug. 4, a Friday. In anticipation of that, Tech updated its numerical roster, a move that revealed the numbers that the freshmen will wear. Two of the freshmen, Jaytlin Askew (33) and Gentry Bonds (34), reported in January and were assigned numbers in spring practice. Here’s the full list of scholarship freshmen and their jersey numbers...
Georgia Tech football’s new No. 5

Georgia Tech football’s new No. 5

Given that Justin Thomas has left the Flats, Georgia Tech fans certainly will miss watching No. 5 play. But hold on. A No. 5 jersey will run and up and down the field at Bobby Dodd Stadium in the coming season. While Thomas electrified Tech crowds the past three seasons as the quarterback who directed coach Paul Johnson’s option offense, the new No. 5 doesn’t play quarterback. In fact...
Matthew Jordan’s football analogy is pure Georgia Tech

Matthew Jordan’s football analogy is pure Georgia Tech

In this photo released by Georgia Tech, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson, second from left, gives quarterback Matthew Jordan (11) the next play during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Boston College, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in Dublin, Ireland. (Danny Karnik/Georgia Tech via AP) While he has not claimed the starting job officially, Georgia Tech quarterback...
Georgia Tech releases new jersey numbers, changes

Georgia Tech releases new jersey numbers, changes

April 21, 2017 Atlanta – Georgia Tech White Team quarterback Jay Jones (13) runs during 2017 Georgia Tech Football Spring Game at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Friday, April 21, 2017. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM In another sign that the football season is nearly upon us, Georgia Tech has released its jersey numbers for freshmen. The new list indicates also a number of players...
Georgia Tech’s Matthew Jordan ‘superhero’ to diabetic children

Georgia Tech’s Matthew Jordan ‘superhero’ to diabetic children

On a warm July evening in a sunlit gymnasium on a woodsy campground, Matthew Jordan gave encouragement, signed dozens of autographs and shook his booty. All three acts delighted Camp Kudzu, which serves children and teens with whom Jordan shares a disease that has no known cure. The Georgia Tech quarterback was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes almost 10 years ago, and he credits the discipline required...
Matthew Jordan gives update on foot injury

Matthew Jordan gives update on foot injury

Georgia Tech quarterback Matthew Jordan expects to be cleared for practice by the time the Yellow Jackets begin preseason practice in early August. He acknowledged that suffering the injury April 8 in spring practice was an unfortunate setback, but he has accepted it with maturity. “Yeah, but I’ve been given adversity my whole life, so I’ve just got to take it how it is,” Jordan...
U.S. U19 team, Okogie, eliminated at world championship tournament

U.S. U19 team, Okogie, eliminated at world championship tournament

The U.S. U19 team, with Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie on the roster, was eliminated from the FIBA U19 World Cup Saturday, falling to Canada in the semifinals in Cairo. After winning its first five games by an average of 28.8 points, the U.S. team fell 99-87 to the Canadians. Okogie played his fewest minutes of the tournament, playing a team-low 53 seconds in the game. For Canada, forward R.J. Barrett...
After six years, Georgia Tech’s NCAA probation comes to end

After six years, Georgia Tech’s NCAA probation comes to end

The Ramblin’ Wreck will not lead a parade down Techwood Drive. No confetti cannons will be shot in McCamish Pavilion. But Thursday nevertheless will be a noteworthy day — Georgia Tech will complete its six-year sentence on NCAA probation. The day will be the final ounces of penalty paid by the school for two embarrassing infractions, both of which were entirely avoidable. For Tech, not...
Okogie, U.S. U19 team continue World Cup run Friday

Okogie, U.S. U19 team continue World Cup run Friday

The U.S. U19 national team, with Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie on the roster, will play Germany for a spot in the FIBA U19 World Cup semifinals Friday in Cairo. The game is scheduled for 3:15 ET and can be viewed online on the FIBA website and on ESPN3. The U.S. team is 4-0, having won its group at 3-0 and then defeated Mali in the round of 16 on Wednesday. Germany was 2-1 in group play and then...
What do companies pay for in an apparel contract?

What do companies pay for in an apparel contract?

As Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury conducts talks to determine the athletic department’s next apparel provider, his mission is straightforward — to gauge the interest of Adidas, Nike and Under Armour and their ability to help the Yellow Jackets establish their brand. In his recent podcast, Stansbury said that all three companies bring something different to the table. &ldquo...
With Okogie, U.S. U19 team finishes group play undefeated

With Okogie, U.S. U19 team finishes group play undefeated

With Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie coming off the bench, the U.S. U19 team completed group play undefeated at the FIBA U19 World Cup with a win over Italy Tuesday in Cairo. Okogie, the first active Tech player to make a U.S. roster since 1995, scored two points in 18 minutes but contributed seven rebounds, a block and a steal in the 98-65 win over Italy. As winners of Group D at 3-0, the U.S. team...
Chris Bosh’s No. 1 Heat jersey likely to be retired following release

Chris Bosh’s No. 1 Heat jersey likely to be retired following release

The Miami Heat announced Tuesday that it had waived former Georgia Tech Chris Bosh. The move was the final step for Miami in receiving cap relief from his contract. Bosh, who left the Toronto Raptors to join the Heat in the summer of 2010, has not played in an NBA game since Feb. 9, 2016, because of a recurring blood clotting issues -- considered a career-ending illness. In a statement announcing...
Georgia Tech picks up eighth commitment

Georgia Tech picks up eighth commitment

Georgia Tech landed the eighth member of its 2018 recruiting class, securing the commitment of cornerback Zamari Walton from Melbourne (Fla.) Central Catholic. He announced his decision Tuesday on Twitter. Walton, rated a three-star prospect by 247 Sports, had reported six other scholarship offers, including Vanderbilt, Cincinnati and Marshall. He announced his offer from Tech in April. He is listed...
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