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5 updates from Georgia Tech’s spring practice

Georgia Tech concludes its spring practice Friday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium with its annual spring game, starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Before the game, five updates from the Yellow Jackets’ four weeks of practice. The first-string offense and second-team defense are on the blue team, and first-string defense and second-string defense on the white team. First strings will play each...


‘Tech gold’ to be revealed Friday

‘Tech gold’ to be revealed Friday

As the official start date of Georgia Tech’s partnership with Adidas approaches, the athletic department will reveal one element of its branding campaign with the shoe company Friday. “Tech gold,” the shade of gold that the athletic department will use for apparel, uniforms and other branding elements, will debut on the department’s website and on social media. The athletic...
Why Georgia Tech’s spring game won’t be broadcast

Why Georgia Tech’s spring game won’t be broadcast

Georgia Tech has broadcast its past four spring games online, but will not do so this year. The reason is that the athletic department has committed to using its in-house production capabilities to an online broadcast of the softball team’s home game against North Carolina, which also is being played Friday evening. At the least, coach Paul Johnson wasn’t protesting the decision. &ldquo...
High praise accorded Tech receiver Stephen Dolphus

High praise accorded Tech receiver Stephen Dolphus

During practice Monday, Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall gave Stephen Dolphus what constitutes probably the highest compliment he could have offered the sophomore wide receiver. In a passing drill, Dolphus had to choose a route based on defensive coverage. He could run a “go” route, streaking straight down the field, or a comeback, hitting the brakes and cutting back in Marshall&rsquo...
4 updates from Georgia Tech spring practice

4 updates from Georgia Tech spring practice

Georgia Tech is down to its final two spring-practice workouts of the year. The Yellow Jackets practice Wednesday and then will play under the lights at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Friday night in the annual spring game. Some notes and updates on the Jackets. Injuries have thinned out depth on the offensive line this spring. Center Kenny Cooper is out with an unspecified injury and will not take part in...
Jackets identify most improved offensive players of spring practice

Jackets identify most improved offensive players of spring practice

Georgia Tech’s spring practice is in its final week, with the spring game scheduled for Friday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium. At the media availability on Monday following practice, offensive players were asked to name players who had caught their attention for their improvement. Wide receiver Jalen Camp was named three times, quarterback Lucas Johnson, A-back Omahri Jarrett and B-back Jerry Howard...
No winner yet in Tech’s battle for No. 2 quarterback

No winner yet in Tech’s battle for No. 2 quarterback

One goal that Georgia Tech coaches had going into spring practice was to set a depth chart to take into preseason practice in August. In some cases, three weeks of spring practice has allowed that competition to unfold. At quarterback, it will have to wait. Coach Paul Johnson said that the competition for the No. 2 job behind TaQuon Marshall probably will carry into preseason practice. Sophomore...
The changes that prompted Chris Martin’s rise up Tech’s depth chart

The changes that prompted Chris Martin’s rise up Tech’s depth chart

At first, Georgia Tech defensive lineman Chris Martin said, his situation was discouraging. In 2016, Martin redshirted in his first year on campus, a decision simplified by a broken thumb suffered in preseason practice. Last year, as a redshirt freshman, he appeared in only two games, an unusually small number. Last season, only four scholarship players that weren’t redshirting played in two...
How five Tech students had lunch with Paul Johnson

How five Tech students had lunch with Paul Johnson

When Brian Kuo arrived at Georgia Tech as a freshman in August 2011, he said he had “zero interest” in football. Now, seven years later, Kuo will leave Tech with undergraduate and master’s degrees from the school’s college of electrical and computer engineering. And, thanks to seven years of playing trumpet in the Tech marching band, he will make his departure as a fan of the...
Pope WR Zach Owens: ‘It was just the time’ to commit to Tech

Pope WR Zach Owens: ‘It was just the time’ to commit to Tech

Pope High wide receiver Zach Owens had a scholarship offer from a prestigious school just down the road. There was no need to wait, he said, to make his commitment to Georgia Tech. “I would probably just say I felt it was the right time,” Owens said. “I don’t really think there are any other schools that give you this opportunity in everything. It was just the time.”...
Pope receiver Zach Owens is Georgia Tech’s third commit

Pope receiver Zach Owens is Georgia Tech’s third commit

Georgia Tech landed its third commitment for its 2019 recruiting class, wide receiver Zach Owens from Pope High. Owens, a three-star prospect (247 Sports composite), made his announcement Friday evening from his Twitter account. At 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, Owens fits the tall-and-long mold for Yellow Jackets receivers. His game video reveals soft hands and a shifty running style. Owens had reported...
4 updates from Georgia Tech spring practice

4 updates from Georgia Tech spring practice

Georgia Tech took the Bobby Dodd Stadium field for its 12th spring-practice session Saturday morning. The Yellow Jackets have less than a week remaining before spring practice ends with its annual spring game at the stadium Friday night. Coach Paul Johnson met with media following the closed scrimmage to offer his observations. In the competition for the No. 3 wide receiver spot, Johnson said, sophomore...
Paul Johnson questions cut-blocking rule change

Paul Johnson questions cut-blocking rule change

Paul Johnson doth protest. A day after the NCAA approved a rule change that will ban blocks below the waist that occur five yards beyond the line of scrimmage – a small facet of the Georgia Tech option offense – the Yellow Jackets coach called it to question. Following his team’s spring-practice scrimmage Saturday morning, Johnson said that the rule may affect Tech to some degree...
An unlikely obstacle for Georgia Tech locker-room renovation: a pool

An unlikely obstacle for Georgia Tech locker-room renovation: a pool

Georgia Tech’s renovation of its football locker room encountered a little bit of school history. In tearing up the locker-room space and evidently digging into the ground beneath, contractors were surprised to find the remnants of an old swimming pool, athletic director Todd Stansbury said Thursday at a quarterly meeting of the Georgia Tech Athletic Association. “They forgot, or they...
5 updates from Georgia Tech spring practice

5 updates from Georgia Tech spring practice

Georgia Tech will be 80 percent of the way through spring practice Saturday with its scheduled spring scrimmage. The Yellow Jackets will conclude their spring workouts with the annual spring game at 7 p.m. next Friday. As of Friday afternoon, the Weather Channel forecast for next Friday is zero percent chance of precipitation, a projection that presumably is errant. Four notes from the team&rsquo...
Georgia Tech’s new defense helpful for offense, as well

Georgia Tech’s new defense helpful for offense, as well

When Georgia Tech offensive tackle Jahaziel Lee looks across the line of scrimmage during his team’s spring-practice scrimmages, what he sees looks familiar. Three defensive lineman and four linebackers – a 3-4 defense. Tech saw it plenty last season and will see it again in the next. And now with new defensive coordinator Nate Woody implementing his version of the 3-4, the Yellow Jackets...
Former walk-on Zach Matthews honored by National Football Foundation

Former walk-on Zach Matthews honored by National Football Foundation

He was a walk-on who played in a total of 15 games for Georgia Tech, but Zach Matthews clearly made an impression in four seasons with the Yellow Jackets. Coach Paul Johnson had the opportunity to salute Matthews Wednesday when he was named to the 2018 Hampshire Honor Society by the National Football Foundation. The society is comprised of college football players who have completed their eligibility...
Henderson, Jordan-Swilling a promising pair for Georgia Tech

Henderson, Jordan-Swilling a promising pair for Georgia Tech

Jaquan Henderson and Bruce Jordan-Swilling were gifted and mentally agile enough to get on the field last season as freshmen. Now the two Georgia Tech linebackers are sophomores, both in the mix to be in the starting 11 for defensive coordinator Nate Woody. They not only represent part of the present of the Yellow Jackets defense, but its future. Both athletic, hard-hitting and centrally located in...
Mario West elevated to interim assistant for Georgia Tech

Mario West elevated to interim assistant for Georgia Tech

Former Georgia Tech player Mario West, who joined coach Josh Pastner’s staff in 2016 as director of player personnel, has been elevated to interim assistant coach following the departure of Tavaras Hardy to be head coach at Loyola-Maryland. Pastner made the move to allow Pastner to have the full complement of three assistant coaches available to coach and go on the road to recruit, joning Eric...
In defense of Paul Johnson’s contract extension. (Really)

In defense of Paul Johnson’s contract extension. (Really)

Georgia Tech, which leads the world in bad contracts, just handed a two-year extension to a coach whose teams have gone 17-19 – and 9-15 in ACC play – over the past three seasons. This coach already had three years remaining. He now has five. On the scale of regrettable deal-making, this doesn’t match the perpetual five-year rollover bestowed on Paul Hewitt by the same Institute...
5 updates from Georgia Tech spring practice

5 updates from Georgia Tech spring practice

Georgia Tech is into its third week of spring practice, continuing with workouts Wednesday, Friday and a scrimmage Saturday morning. Updates on how the Yellow Jackets have progressed. After nine practices this spring, Tech coach Paul Johnson said he has a pretty good idea of who the starters will be at most positions. The remaining six practices (including the spring game April 20) can be focused...
Todd Stansbury offers support to Humboldt crash victims

Todd Stansbury offers support to Humboldt crash victims

Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury offered his support to the families of victims and survivors of the bus crash that claimed the lives of 15 team members and staff of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team last week in Saskatchewan. Stansbury tweeted out a message that said he and his wife Karen have been praying “for the victims of this terrible tragedy in my native country and...
Testy road schedule in ACC play for Georgia Tech

Testy road schedule in ACC play for Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech will have a particularly challenging road schedule in ACC play in the 2018-19 season. Of the Yellow Jackets’ nine away games in conference play, eight are against teams that made the NCAA Tournament this past season. That’s the most in the ACC, according to a tweet from Tech voice Andy Demetra. This past season, Tech played five such teams and lost all five games. The ACC...
TaQuon Marshall on Tech’s switch to Adidas: “I cannot wait’

TaQuon Marshall on Tech’s switch to Adidas: “I cannot wait’

Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall is quite eager to become swaddled in Adidas gear. “Oh, man, I cannot wait,” Marshall said of the athletic department’s impending switch in gear provider from Russell Athletic to Adidas. “I’ve been talking about it with all the guys. Everybody’s really excited about getting Adidas. What is it, July 1? It can’t get here...
TaQuon Marshall seeing progress in passing game

TaQuon Marshall seeing progress in passing game

Georgia Tech’s spring-practice scrimmages and practices are closed to the public and media, so what can be learned about the Yellow Jackets largely is up to what coach Paul Johnson and his players choose to disclose. On Monday, Johnson shared a particularly juicy statistic from the team’s Saturday morning scrimmage: Quarterback TaQuon Marshall completed 10 of 13 passes. “The stats...
Newton 5-star Ashton Hagans commits to Kentucky

Newton 5-star Ashton Hagans commits to Kentucky

Newton High five-star prospect Ashton Hagans committed to Kentucky. Hagans, a rising senior, made the announcement from his Twitter account Tuesday morning. Hagans, a point guard, had been a target of Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner’s staff. Hagans previously committed to Georgia, but withdrew his commitment Feb. 26 with uncertainty surrounding the job security for coach Mark Fox, who ultimately...
Wide receiver Jalen Camp ‘has all the tools’

Wide receiver Jalen Camp ‘has all the tools’

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson sees a bright future for wide receiver Jalen Camp. About to enter his junior season, Camp fits the Yellow Jackets’ wide receiver mold. He is 6-foot-2, 213 pounds and can bench press 380 pounds. He was a sprinter in high school, once running the 100-meter dash in 11.08 seconds. “Jalen needs to be a good player for us,” Johnson said Monday after the...
Defensive lineman Cortez Alston has left the team

Defensive lineman Cortez Alston has left the team

Defensive lineman Cortez Alston left the team, coach Paul Johnson said Monday following the team’s spring-practice workout. Alston, from the Westminster School, enrolled last year and redshirted. Alston made the decision to leave before spring practice began March 26. Alston was an unusual signee in that he chose Tech over Penn, an indication of the priority that he placed on academics...
Before Tech, safeties coach Shiel Wood’s unusual career decision

Before Tech, safeties coach Shiel Wood’s unusual career decision

Before the 2017 season at Wofford, Shiel Wood was promoted to defensive coordinator. He already was the staff’s recruiting coordinator, and coaches rarely handle both coordinator roles. “I went and talked to him and told him that I’d be glad to take the recruiting coordinator (job) off his plate,” said longtime Wofford coach Mike Ayers, who retired after the 2017 season. &ldquo...
19th hole: No record but a green jacket

19th hole: No record but a green jacket

Patrick Reed had several records in his sights as the final round of the 82nd Masters began on Sunday. In the end he got the one prize that professional golfers covet most, the green jacket to the winner. But he did miss on three marks that would have stood a test of time in the record book. After getting his substantial third-round lead by dominating the par 5s, 13-under through 54 holes, he made...
5 updates from Georgia Tech’s second spring scrimmage

5 updates from Georgia Tech’s second spring scrimmage

Georgia Tech completed its second week of spring practice with a Saturday morning scrimmage. Coach Paul Johnson spoke with the media afterward, providing updates on an inconsistent offense and improving defense. 1. The offense has been inconsistent throughout spring, especially along the front and was sloppy Saturday. “Offensively, no consistency,” Johnson said. “Hit some big...
19th hole: Amateurs, champs and high scores

19th hole: Amateurs, champs and high scores

Vijay Singh, the 2000 champion, is the Champions Tour leading man this week. He hadn’t broken par in Augusta since 2015 when he made his previous cut until he shot a 1-under 71 Thursday.  He was on his way to a stellar round on Friday but bogeyed three of his last five holes to shoot 74. Still he was the low Champions Tour player of the first 36 holes of the 82nd Masters at Augusta National...
Paul Johnson’s contract extension finalized

Paul Johnson’s contract extension finalized

The contract extension for Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has been completed, Tech announced Friday afternoon. Athletic director Todd Stansbury and Johnson’s Atlanta-based agent Jack Reale had been working on the extension since the 2017 season and reached an agreement in principle in January. The extension is for an additional two years to his existing contract, pushing out to the 2022 season...
Josh Pastner expects Josh Okogie to receive combine invite

Josh Pastner expects Josh Okogie to receive combine invite

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner said he expects guard Josh Okogie to be invited to the NBA draft combine in Chicago, an outcome that likely would extend Okogie’s decision-making process for whether he will turn professional. “I assume he will get invited, but I would be surprised if he didn’t,” Pastner told the AJC. Pastner said he was basing his assumption both on feedback...
Masterful Spieth reasserts himself at his favorite place

Masterful Spieth reasserts himself at his favorite place

It was early Thursday at what was being advertised as the most electric and anticipated Masters since Bobby Jones was in knickers.  And all around the acoustically perfect Augusta National vale, where cheers tend to pool and amplify, there was the sound of ... silence. It was crickets – metaphorical, of course, since every insect has been evicted from the grounds. It seemed all the stars...
With one bogey, Kuchar makes his move

With one bogey, Kuchar makes his move

His first round was nearly halfway complete and Matt Kuchar's Masters was going nowhere. Standing on the eighth tee, he was already 2 over par on a day that Augusta National was yielding some scores. So he steeled himself to find some of that action for himself. That, of course, is not true. The Masters doesn't work that way. Kuchar is in second place when the championship resumes Friday because he...
19th hole: Day’s dunk, ex-Dogs, Jackets and more

19th hole: Day’s dunk, ex-Dogs, Jackets and more

Jason Day, ranked No. 12 in the world, had a less-than-stellar second golf shot on the opening hole in the first round of the 82nd Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday. His shot hit a tree, bounced off a fan and into his beer cup. After he chugged the beer, the fan gave the ball back to Day. “Thanks, mate,” Day replied. He eventually shot a 3-over 75. Former Georgia and Georgia...
How Jerome Riase earned his shot to coach Tech’s defensive line

How Jerome Riase earned his shot to coach Tech’s defensive line

Mike Smith and Jerome Riase climbed the college coaching ladder together, sharing an apartment at their first two jobs and dreaming of reaching the top. Their paths, though, eventually took them not only to competing Division II schools in 2009 – Riase at Ashland (Ohio) College, Smith at Gannon University (in Erie, Pa.) – but also in the same recruiting area. Smith (not the one who coached...
Rome football players helping school’s other teams succeed

Rome football players helping school’s other teams succeed

It’s been a nice, productive spring for the Rome football team. Productive for the school’s other athletic teams, that is. Most of the football players are spending their spring months playing soccer, baseball and track. And that’s fine with John Reid, head coach of the two-time defending state champions.  A perfect example is Xavier Roberts, the school’s all-state receiver...
Georgia Tech defensive line finds better fit in new scheme

Georgia Tech defensive line finds better fit in new scheme

Georgia Tech’s new defensive scheme is a break from the one run by former defensive coordinator Ted Roof. And as coach Paul Johnson noted in the first week of spring practice, players tend to be excited anytime there’s something new. “That’s just the nature of the beast, and it’s all going to come down to the results,” he said. With that caveat, after six sessions...
Why a new position delights Georgia Tech’s Victor Alexander

Why a new position delights Georgia Tech’s Victor Alexander

Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Nate Woody met with linebacker Victor Alexander shortly after his hire to explain how he wanted him to play in the coach’s 3-4 defense. Alexander said Wednesday that he thought the meeting took place within the first week of Woody’s hire in January. “We sat down, and he was telling me, ‘OK, I’ve seen your film,’” Alexander...
Who’s going to win the Masters? It’s anyone’s guess

Who’s going to win the Masters? It’s anyone’s guess

The 82nd Masters begins Thursday morning in Augusta. Listen to the AJC’s Steve Hummer and WSB Radio sports director Jay Black preview the tournament. Topics include Tiger Woods return (duh). Can Phil Mickelson become the oldest winner in Masters history at age 47? Plus what about world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and one of the hottest players on tour Justin Thomas?  
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