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In first-ever Georgia Tech-Louisville matchup, plenty of familiarity

In anticipation of its first-ever matchup with Georgia Tech, Louisville has gone about the same processes as most of the Yellow Jackets’ longtime competitors. Namely, getting a head start on preparing for coach Paul Johnson’s spread-option offense, even though the Cardinals and Jackets won’t meet until Oct. 5, the sixth game of Louisville’s season (as well as Tech’s)...



Tech’s Paul Johnson holds his ground like his team holds the ball

Tech’s Paul Johnson holds his ground like his team holds the ball

It should come as zero surprise that even in this age when college football coaches are swapped in and out like so many zip drives, Paul Johnson is beginning his second decade at the same program. After all, he always has been big – real big – on time of possession. Come to think of it, he is like one of his Georgia Tech possessions. The ones that never end. The ones that not only give...
How TaQuon Marshall plans to improve passing from 2017

How TaQuon Marshall plans to improve passing from 2017

The score was 28-20 in Georgia Tech’s favor over Virginia with just under 11 minutes remaining in the third quarter. On a second-and-9 from the Tech 29, quarterback TaQuon Marshall dropped back to throw a play-action pass to A-back Qua Searcy, running a wheel route down the left sideline. There were two problems with what happened next. Marshall hung the ball in the air, giving safety Quin Blanding...
Photos: Tech’s TaQuon Marshall, Paul Johnson speak at ACC Media Days

Photos: Tech’s TaQuon Marshall, Paul Johnson speak at ACC Media Days

Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall was front and center at ACC media days Wednesday in Charlotte. Jackets coach Paul Johnson also spoke, as did former Georgia coach Mark Richt, who’s now at Miami. Click through a photo gallery above to see the scene. ACC media days continue and conclude Thursday. Georgia Tech opens the season on Sept. 1 with a home game against Alcorn State.
Update on Kenny Cooper’s injury status from Paul Johnson

Update on Kenny Cooper’s injury status from Paul Johnson

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson was hopeful Wednesday about the return of center Kenny Cooper from a foot injury suffered near the end of spring practice. “He could play in the first game, it’s possible he could miss a game or two,” Johnson said at the ACC Kickoff. “All indications are he’s ahead of schedule and the rehab’s going good.” Cooper is an important...
Georgia Tech adds Rod Rook-Chungong to staff

Georgia Tech adds Rod Rook-Chungong to staff

Georgia Tech has hired another former Yellow Jackets player to its staff, former defensive lineman Rod Rook-Chungong. He began work recently as a staff assistant. Rook-Chungong, who started 27 games and graduated at the end of the 2016 season, will assist the defensive coaching staff with game-plan coordination and scouting. After graduation, Rook-Chungong took a sales job with Mondelez (formerly...
Georgia Tech depth chart released

Georgia Tech depth chart released

Georgia Tech revealed its two-deep depth chart going into the preseason in its media guide with no great surprises. A few observations: 1. Nathan Cottrell evidently made enough strides in the spring to earn a co-starting spot with Qua Searcy at one of the A-back spots alongside Clinton Lynch. Searcy has started 17 games in his three seasons at Tech, including all 11 games last season. 2. Jahaziel...
Tracking some Georgia Tech players by their new jersey numbers

Tracking some Georgia Tech players by their new jersey numbers

Georgia Tech updated its football roster to include the jersey numbers for its freshman and two graduate transfers.  Also, redshirt freshman quarterback Tobias Oliver switched from No. 18 to No. 8 and junior A-back Omahri Jarrett changed from No. 36 to No. 2. The two graduate transfers on the roster are defensive back Malik Rivera (36) and long snapper Zach Roberts (67). Here is the list of freshmen...
Who Georgia Tech scheduled in nonconference play

Who Georgia Tech scheduled in nonconference play

Georgia Tech revealed its full nonconference schedule for men’s basketball Tuesday.  In addition to previously announced games against Georgia and Northwestern, the Yellow Jackets will face Tennessee in Knoxville and St. John’s in the Hoophall Miami Invitational.   Tech will open its season Nov. 9 against Lamar at McCamish Pavilion. After that the Jackets go on the road...
5 questions for Georgia Tech at ACC Kickoff

5 questions for Georgia Tech at ACC Kickoff

Georgia Tech’s offseason passes a milestone Wednesday when coach Paul Johnson, quarterback TaQuon Marshall and linebacker Brant Mitchell represent the team at the ACC Kickoff in Charlotte, N.C. Here are five questions/topics that they will be addressing from assembled media. Kenny Cooper’s spring-practice foot injury left questions at the center position, with reverberations throughout...
Maxwell Award watch list a testament to KirVonte Benson, TaQuon Marshall

Maxwell Award watch list a testament to KirVonte Benson, TaQuon Marshall

Georgia Tech B-back KirVonte Benson and quarterback TaQuon Marshall were two of 85 players named to the Maxwell Award watch list. They were named to the list on the basis of both having rushed for 1,000 yards last season – Marshall’s 1,146 yards were the most ever by a Tech quarterback – along with 927 passing yards for Marshall. Benson, in his first season as a starter, earned...
5 things learned in reporting the Georgia Tech freshman series

5 things learned in reporting the Georgia Tech freshman series

Hopefully you read the series of profiles on seven members of the incoming freshman class at Georgia Tech, all of whom were gracious enough to invite me into their homes, meet their families and give me a lot of their time. I shouldn’t be surprised, given that the same thing happened last year when we did this for the first time, but it’s remarkable to me that, even at a relatively young...
All-Star game, draft demonstrate state’s baseball prowess  

All-Star game, draft demonstrate state’s baseball prowess  

Three former Georgia high school baseball players – Nick Markakis, Charlie Blackmon and Buster Posey -- are major league All-Stars this week.  That’s not unusual for Georgia, not lately.  Since 2010, there have been 13 Georgia MLB All-Stars who have accounted for 24 appearances. Seven were in the 2010 game in Anaheim, where Matt Capps of Alexander High in Douglasville was the...
What can be learned about Pejé Harris from his Twitter account

What can be learned about Pejé Harris from his Twitter account

College football coaches (or their subordinates) make a practice of checking the social-media postings of high-school prospects, as what they have to say can often lend insight into a recruit’s personality or character. Coaches have been known to pull scholarship offers based on an athletes’ offensive tweets. In a different way, Georgia Tech freshman wide receiver Pejé Harris revealed...
How Georgia Tech’s equipment staff is handling the switch to Adidas

How Georgia Tech’s equipment staff is handling the switch to Adidas

For Georgia Tech equipment manager Tom Conner and his staff of three assistants, three-stripe life has a different meaning than to others in the athletic department. The switch in apparel provider from Russell Athletic to Adidas has caused a swell in excitement among coaches and athletes, as they anticipate being swaddled in fashionable duds. This summer, though, the equipment staff’s job has...
Without Waffle House, Okogie is adjusting to life in the NBA

Without Waffle House, Okogie is adjusting to life in the NBA

There isn’t a single Waffle House in the state of Minnesota. Sorry, Josh Okogie. Aside from a drive of 420 miles from Minneapolis to the nearest Waffle House in Missouri, Okogie will have to wait until a return to Atlanta for a trip to the restaurant. He has other things on his mind at the moment. Okogie is just beginning his NBA career. After playing at Shiloh High and Georgia Tech, Okogie...
7 key returning Georgia Tech players on offense

7 key returning Georgia Tech players on offense

Last season, Georgia Tech’s offense opened at Mercedes-Benz Stadium with its motor revving. The Yellow Jackets gained 655 yards in a Labor Day loss to Tennessee in a Chick-fil-A Kickoff game. Quarterback TaQuon Marshall made his first start for the Jackets and rushed for 249 yards. He also recorded 120 yards passing, on five completed passes.  » More: 7 key Tech players returning...
7 key returning Georgia Tech players on defense

7 key returning Georgia Tech players on defense

Last season, Georgia Tech’s defense ranked 33rd among FBS teams in yards allowed per game (354.3), recorded the 12th-best mark in the nation in percentage of third-down plays converted by an opposing offense (30.9) and basically were middle-of-the-pack in scoring defense, ranking 64th (26.5 points). Overall, Tech allowed 17 fewer points than it scored in 2017. » More: 7 key returning...
Checking up on Tech’s Jose Alvarado, Curtis Haywood in returns from injury

Checking up on Tech’s Jose Alvarado, Curtis Haywood in returns from injury

Now that he’s back to practicing, Georgia Tech guard Jose Alvarado can laugh. The first days of his rehabilitation from his elbow fracture and dislocation – they were not fun. To develop range of motion, team trainer Richard Stewart pushed on the arm, stiff at a bent angle. Further, Alvarado’s muscles atrophied as his arm was trapped in a cast. “Oh, man,” Alvarado said...
Why Christian Malloy’s mentor calls him ‘a great young man’

Why Christian Malloy’s mentor calls him ‘a great young man’

On Fridays during the 2017 high-school football season, Ken Dennard followed a routine. A teacher and track coach at South Gwinnett High, he got in his car after the school day ended and drove to wherever Parkview High was playing. His purpose was to get Panthers running back Christian Malloy stretched and warmed up to play. At the end of the school week, it was not a small expense of time and effort...
Georgia Tech finishes dismally in Division-I all-sports rankings

Georgia Tech finishes dismally in Division-I all-sports rankings

There are reasons to be hopeful for the future of Georgia Tech’s athletics program. How the Yellow Jackets finished in the Directors’ Cup competition is decidedly not one of them. In the final tally of the annual all-sports rankings that measure performance in NCAA championship events, Tech finished 121st – last among all power-conference schools. According to a report in the...
Georgia Tech fans bid farewell to Russell Athletic 

Georgia Tech fans bid farewell to Russell Athletic 

After 25 seasons, Georgia Tech officially parted ways with Russell Athletic on Sunday. The Yellow Jackets will sport Adidas uniforms, apparel and footwear for the next six years and will debut their new gear this upcoming season.  Many fans were counting down the days until the deal with Russell Athletic expired and took to Twitter to celebrate the transition into a new era for Tech athletics...
Ben Lammers on his hopes to play in NBA summer league

Ben Lammers on his hopes to play in NBA summer league

Ben Lammers will get his chance to get his foot in the NBA’s door this week in Charlotte. The former Georgia Tech center begins a four-day mini-camp with the Hornets Monday, a process that will serve as a tryout for the team’s summer-league entry in Las Vegas. “I’m looking forward to the competition,” he said. Lammers was one of 19 players invited to the Hornets&rsquo...
Georgia Tech marks start of Adidas partnership with video

Georgia Tech marks start of Adidas partnership with video

Georgia Tech observed the official start of its partnership with Adidas on Sunday by releasing a video featuring two former Yellow Jackets athletes and the familiar voice of Derrick Moore, Tech’s athlete advisor and mentor. The day has been long awaited by Tech athletes, former athletes, alumni, coaches and fans, long underwhelmed by the athletic department’s apparel deal with Russell...
Bidding good-bye to Josh Pastner’s striped Russell Athletic polo shirt

Bidding good-bye to Josh Pastner’s striped Russell Athletic polo shirt

Saturday is a bittersweet day for Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner and two of his favorite shirts. For the last time as a representative of his employer, Pastner can wear one of two striped golf shirts (one navy blue, the other black) that he wore with stunning frequency in his first two seasons at Tech. The shirt was manufactured by Russell Athletic, which has been the athletic department’s...
Tech legend Nomar Garciaparra entering College World Series Hall of Fame

Tech legend Nomar Garciaparra entering College World Series Hall of Fame

Former Georgia Tech shortstop Nomar Garciaparra was chosen for induction into the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame in Omaha, Neb.  Garciaparra and Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, who played at Arizona, comprise this year’s class. Their induction will take place Saturday before the home-run derby at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, which begins at 8 p.m. and will be shown on ESPN2...
Ben Lammers to go to minicamp with Hornets

Ben Lammers to go to minicamp with Hornets

Former Georgia Tech center Ben Lammers will join the Charlotte Hornets for a four-day minicamp starting Monday in advance of the team’s summer-league play in Las Vegas that starts July 6. Lammers was a free agent after he wasn’t drafted June 21 in the NBA draft. The minicamp is not necessarily a guarantee that Lammers will take part in the summer league, as the Hornets have invited 19...
In Georgia Tech’s switch to Adidas, new sneakers for Buzz

In Georgia Tech’s switch to Adidas, new sneakers for Buzz

Georgia Tech’s move to Adidas as its apparel provider has come with widespread anticipation and approval. There is at least one small cost to the changeover from Russell Athletic, which becomes official Sunday. Buzz will no longer wear his trademark Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers. Come football season, Buzz’s feet will be adorned in custom Adidas sneakers, part of the company&rsquo...
How Georgia Tech’s partnership with Adidas might impact recruiting

How Georgia Tech’s partnership with Adidas might impact recruiting

When Devin Ellison visited Georgia Tech on an unofficial visit in March, one of the first things he saw was a set of three mannequins. They were dressed in mock-ups of the Yellow Jackets’ uniforms and gear that the team will be wearing this fall. A running back from Jacksonville, Fla., Ellison said that coaches told him about the athletic department’s impending change from Russell Athletic...
Georgia Tech’s James Graham is a ‘crazy dynamic athlete’

Georgia Tech’s James Graham is a ‘crazy dynamic athlete’

Hopefully you read the profile of Georgia Tech freshman quarterback James Graham that I posted Tuesday afternoon. He has quite a story to tell about the power and influence that a loving and present grandparent can have. You may also have read comments from Graham’s coach for his first three seasons at Fitzgerald High, Jason Strickland. I’ll repeat some of them here, but he gave a...
For Georgia Tech, Adidas partnership bringing more than new gear

For Georgia Tech, Adidas partnership bringing more than new gear

Yes, Georgia Tech coaches and athletes are excited to be wearing Adidas gear, a partnership that officially goes into effect on Sunday. However, for the athletic department, the excitement isn’t due only to being outfitted in gear more fashionable and cool than Russell Athletic, Tech’s apparel partner for years, and the recruiting gains that’s expected to provide.It also has to do...
Georgia Tech’s James Graham: ‘I think about him every day’

Georgia Tech’s James Graham: ‘I think about him every day’

The father figure in James Graham’s life was Granddad. Robert Graham was a father to 12 and a grandfather to 23. He was a diesel mechanic, a church deacon and a youth football coach. He liked doing magic tricks. And before his death in April 2016 at the age of 76, he was a central figure in the life of his grandson James, now a freshman quarterback at Georgia Tech. “I think about him every...
Georgia Tech commit Chico Bennett finds ‘perfect’ role in defense

Georgia Tech commit Chico Bennett finds ‘perfect’ role in defense

Chico Bennett was down to his three finalists – Georgia Tech, Virginia and Tennessee. With the help of his parents, he made a mental pros-and-cons list. Tech won, and he became the Yellow Jackets’ 10th prospect to commit to the 2019 recruiting class. The outside linebacker from Franklin, Tenn., announced his commitment Saturday. “One is location,” Bennett said, recounting his...
What will Georgia Tech do with Josh Okogie’s scholarship?

What will Georgia Tech do with Josh Okogie’s scholarship?

Former Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie’s decision to leave after his sophomore year for the NBA left coach Josh Pastner with an open scholarship. Going into the season with 12 scholarship players, one under the 13-player maximum, looks like a strong possibility. “We’ll just play it by ear,” Pastner told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “There’s not a lot of guys...
Georgia Tech commit Jordan Yates was up against clock

Georgia Tech commit Jordan Yates was up against clock

On the way to his commitment to Georgia Tech, Jordan Yates had to endure a little bit of recruiting drama. The Milton High quarterback made it work. “It wasn’t too bad,” Yates said. “It was worth it.” Yates, a three-star prospect, committed to Tech on Thursday, the ninth rising senior to join the Yellow Jackets’ 2019 recruiting class and the second quarterback....
Where will Demetris Robertson transfer? High-school coach doesn’t know

Where will Demetris Robertson transfer? High-school coach doesn’t know

One of the more sought-after prospects of the 2016 recruiting cycle, Cal wide receiver Demetris Robertson, has opened himself to recruitment again by declaring Thursday his intention to transfer. And, predictably, the announcement by the former Savannah Christian five-star player has opened up another round of guessing and speculating about where he might end up. One person who refrained? Robertson&rsquo...
Josh Okogie is drafted: ‘It’s just the best moment of my life, by far’

Josh Okogie is drafted: ‘It’s just the best moment of my life, by far’

Up against the jubilant throng gathered in the side room at Boogalou Restaurant Lounge in Midtown, NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s voice had no chance of being heard through the end of the sentence. The moment was flush with anticipation, excitement and happiness. Family, friends and teammates of Josh Okogie had descended upon the Midtown establishment Thursday night to celebrate the former Georgia...
Timberwolves draft Josh Okogie at No. 20

Timberwolves draft Josh Okogie at No. 20

Former Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 20th pick of the NBA draft Thursday night. His selection secured his spot in the NBA after a dramatic rise up draft boards following his declaration for the draft at the end of his sophomore season. » Josh Okogie: ‘Best moment of my life, by far’ Okogie, who became the 19th player to be...
Looking at pro prospects for Ben Lammers, Tadric Jackson

Looking at pro prospects for Ben Lammers, Tadric Jackson

While former Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie is hoping to become the school’s 19th first-round NBA pick Thursday night, teammate Ben Lammers is hopeful for a spot on an NBA summer-league team. Former guard Tadric Jackson has a chance to be on a summer-league team as well, coach Josh Pastner said. “Some NBA teams have called about him and asked about him,” Pastner said of Lammers....
How Josh Okogie became a candidate to be a first-round pick

How Josh Okogie became a candidate to be a first-round pick

When Georgia Tech’s season came to an end in the first round of the ACC tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y., it seemed a foregone conclusion that Yellow Jackets guard Josh Okogie would return for his junior season. After the game, he spoke of his plans for summer workouts and the next season. His coaches, too, expected him to be back. That was March 6. “I think he was planning to come back,&rdquo...
Q&A with Georgia Tech great Calvin Johnson, part 2

Q&A with Georgia Tech great Calvin Johnson, part 2

When Calvin Johnson retired from the Detroit Lions in 2016, he was 30 years old. That’s a pretty long retirement. The Georgia Tech great has filled the time with purpose, lending more time to his foundation, starting a consultancy for former athletes, working with receivers from the pro to high-school levels and spending more time with family.  Johnson has a 4-year-old son, Caleb, and married...
Family has made Tech freshman Justice Dingle ‘top of the line’

Family has made Tech freshman Justice Dingle ‘top of the line’

Justice Dingle picked Georgia Tech for many of the reasons that football prospects often do. He liked the coaching staff, particularly his area recruiter Andy McCollum and coach Paul Johnson. Coaches valued him highly and made clear their plan for him as a Yellow Jackets linebacker. He has family in the Atlanta area and in neighboring South Carolina. The strength of a Tech degree was appealing. &ldquo...
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