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Georgia Tech going through ‘doldrums’ in preseason

Georgia Tech going through ‘doldrums’ in preseason

With the temperature reaching 90 degrees with high humidity, Georgia Tech slogged through a draining afternoon practice Tuesday. “It was humid,” coach Paul Johnson said. “This might have been the worst one.” Johnson didn’t see the resolve that he was hoping out of his team, which will start the season with two games likely to be played in similar conditions, at home September...
Paul Johnson provides some depth-chart answers

Paul Johnson provides some depth-chart answers

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson shed some light on the depth chart in his post-practice media session Monday. Johnson said that the first-string offensive line includes Will Bryan and Andrew Marshall at offensive tackle (left and right, respectively). Behind them competing for spots in the rotation are redshirt freshman Zach Quinney, transfer Jack DeFoor and new scholarship recipient Bailey Ivemeyer...
Parker Braun does not miss Russell Athletic gear, at all

Parker Braun does not miss Russell Athletic gear, at all

Add Georgia Tech guard Parker Braun to the list of believers in the team’s new Adidas uniforms. Braun enthusiastically supported the notion that the Yellow Jackets’ new uniforms will improve the team’s play for reasons that have nothing to do with style. “It definitely can make a difference, especially with the pants,” Braun said Monday following the team’s 10th...
Paul Johnson not thrilled by Georgia Tech kicking competition

Paul Johnson not thrilled by Georgia Tech kicking competition

The competition to win Georgia Tech’s kicking job has not wowed coach Paul Johnson. The race between Shawn Davis, Brenton King and walk-on freshman Wesley Wells does not have a leader, Johnson said following the team’s Monday afternoon practice. Johnson said that the kickers have not done a great deal of kicking in 11-on-11 situations. Asked if he has liked what he has seen thus far, Johnson...
Paul Johnson: No update on Lucas Johnson

Paul Johnson: No update on Lucas Johnson

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson did not have an injury update regarding quarterback Lucas Johnson, who suffered an apparent lower-leg injury on Saturday in the team’s first scrimmage. “We won’t know for sure until they do all the testing, but we’ll let you know as soon as we know,” Johnson told media following the team’s Monday practice, the 10th of the preseason...
After gruesome thumb injury, David Curry competing to start

After gruesome thumb injury, David Curry competing to start

David Curry was getting the knack for playing linebacker for Georgia Tech this past spring when something bad happened to his left thumb. “Basically going in on a tackle and wrapped up and a bunch of people came and hit it and it exploded and, yeah, had to have surgery,” Curry said. It turns out the recovery for an exploded digit – at least Curry’s – is shorter than you...
Winner: Best sports fans in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best sports fans in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Our city is full of some of the most passionate sports fans in the whole country, if not the world. Last week's Best of Atlanta poll discovered the most dedicated sports fans for each of our beloved teams. Think of the fans that show up in great numbers for their favorite team, represent those teams and players in signature garb or even the fans that remain committed −whether the team wins or...
Lucas Johnson suffers injury in Georgia Tech’s first scrimmage

Lucas Johnson suffers injury in Georgia Tech’s first scrimmage

There was a toll at Georgia Tech’s first scrimmage of the preseason Saturday morning, an injury to quarterback Lucas Johnson. Coach Paul Johnson did not offer more information about the injury following the practice, the Yellow Jackets’ ninth of the preseason. Lucas Johnson and Tobias Oliver have been competing to be the No. 2 quarterback behind starter TaQuon Marshall. At the team&rsquo...
Video boards the latest enhancement at Georgia Tech

Video boards the latest enhancement at Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech fans attending Fan Day on Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium shouldn’t have trouble noticing the most obvious upgrade for fan experience. It’s a 750-square foot video board hanging above Callaway Plaza on the stadium’s north end. The board, one of three that the athletic department has installed for its facilities in advance of the fall semester, went up this week. The primary...
In Georgia Tech’s switch to Adidas, even practice gear is better

In Georgia Tech’s switch to Adidas, even practice gear is better

“Improved morale” might be an actual benefit that Georgia Tech receives from its switch from Russell Athletic to Adidas. Yellow Jackets players clearly have been excited about the transition, and the new uniforms that they’ll be wearing this season. “They’re sweet,” quarterback TaQuon Marshall said. “I was just telling somebody the other day, I said, &lsquo...
Offense rebounds in Georgia Tech practice

Offense rebounds in Georgia Tech practice

A day after deeming his offense’s performance as “awful,” Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson saw the pendulum swing the other way Thursday. “(Thursday), the offense worked the defense,” he said. “So (Wednesday), the defense (worked the offense). … That’s football practice.” To Johnson, there was nothing in particular that the offense did in the Yellow...
Receiver injuries prompt James Graham’s position change

Receiver injuries prompt James Graham’s position change

Georgia Tech wide receiver Adonicas Sanders is out with a broken collarbone, an injury that has led to the move of freshman quarterback James Graham to wide receiver. Graham moved to wide receiver Thursday, coach Paul Johnson said following the Yellow Jackets’ seventh practice of the preseason. Sanders’ injury occurred before the team began training in full pads Tuesday. The depth at receiver...
Improved Jalen Camp ready to take on bigger role

Improved Jalen Camp ready to take on bigger role

During the offseason, Georgia Tech wide receiver Jalen Camp made sure to link up with quarterback TaQuon Marshall as often as he could. The two just needed a football and a field. “Coming in, I knew my role would be bigger,” Camp said. “This summer, I tried to make it a point to get him out of the house, hit him up on weekends … work on our timing.” Come preseason camp...
Jahaziel Lee taking on new role in Georgia Tech’s offense 

Jahaziel Lee taking on new role in Georgia Tech’s offense 

The transition from left tackle to center hasn’t posed many challenges for Jahaziel Lee, but the junior starter quickly learned that snapping a football isn’t as easy as it looks, especially when trying to do so on in a dorm room.  After starting center Kenny Cooper suffered a foot injury during a scrimmage in April, Lee took over despite having no experience at the position. With...
14 notes to get caught up on Georgia Tech’s preseason

14 notes to get caught up on Georgia Tech’s preseason

Notes from Georgia Tech practice. They include quarterback TaQuon Marshall’s progress, coach Paul Johnson’s thoughts on a variety of topics and a freshman to watch, among other things. 1. Center Kenny Cooper is running and bearing weight on the foot that he injured, but has yet to start practicing. Coach Paul Johnson said that “I think he’ll be back practicing by the...
Paul Johnson explains why redshirt rule may not impact Tech much

Paul Johnson explains why redshirt rule may not impact Tech much

The NCAA may have given football players the freedom to play four games in a season and still count it as a redshirt season, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen on a widespread basis. While Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson called the measure “very much needed” and “good on so many levels” at the ACC Kickoff in July, he indicated at the team’s media...
Todd Stansbury begins term on CFP committee

Todd Stansbury begins term on CFP committee

Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury has been getting his indoctrination this week to his new side job – member of the College Football Playoff committee. As part of the committee, Stansbury will help select the four teams for the College Football Playoff semifinals. It’s a three-year term that begins this season. Since Monday, Stansbury has been at the CFP’s summer meeting...
Paul Johnson’s Tech practice report: ‘The offense was awful’

Paul Johnson’s Tech practice report: ‘The offense was awful’

Georgia Tech’s preseason practice Wednesday was not one for coach Paul Johnson to relish. In full pads on a day when the high in Atlanta was 91 degrees with humidity that made it feel even hotter, the offense was not up to Johnson’s liking. “I think it was hot, and we had a big case of feeling sorry for ourselves,” Johnson said following the practice, Tech’s sixth of...
Some movement in Georgia Tech’s wide receiver competition

Some movement in Georgia Tech’s wide receiver competition

The race to be in Georgia Tech’s wide receiver rotation has developed some leaders. Aside from returning starter Brad Stewart and expected starter Jalen Camp, Stephen Dolphus has separated himself from other competitors, coach Paul Johnson said after Wednesday’s practice. “I would think that those three are probably ahead of the others,” Johnson said. Tech typically uses a...
Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner accepting of NCAA rules change

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner accepting of NCAA rules change

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner was receptive to the rules changes brought forth Wednesday by the NCAA in response to the FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball. Among the changes are a rule that permits players who are invited to the NBA draft combine but go undrafted to return to their college teams and another that will allow elite high-school prospects and college players to be...
Georgia Tech adjusts substance-abuse policy for athletes

Georgia Tech adjusts substance-abuse policy for athletes

With a bent toward using science and the input of experts in the field, Georgia Tech has amended its substance-abuse policy for its athletes, athletic director Todd Stansbury told the AJC. It has been adjusted in a way, Stansbury said, that is focused more on wellness and education than punishment. The new program will now include a baseline test for freshmen for which a positive will not count against...
Back from surgery, Tech’s Jalen Johnson finds fit at ‘stinger’

Back from surgery, Tech’s Jalen Johnson finds fit at ‘stinger’

Georgia Tech defensive back Jalen Johnson missed spring practice because he was recovering from surgery to repair his shoulder labrum. While that meant he lost critical practice time to learn new defensive coordinator Nate Woody’s scheme, Johnson will likely be counted on to be the starter at the “stinger” defensive back position. “It takes time to get used to it, but I feel...
Camp competition between Tech’s Bruce Jordan-Swilling, David Curry

Camp competition between Tech’s Bruce Jordan-Swilling, David Curry

The competition for one of the linebacker spots between Georgia Tech’s David Curry and Bruce Jordan-Swilling appears to be tight. Going into the preseason, the two players were listed as co-starters on the depth chart. Curry missed the entire 2017 season with a foot injury, but impressed coaches this past spring, which was also cut short with an injury. “He’s got a chance to be one...
Todd Stansbury answers questions about Adidas launch

Todd Stansbury answers questions about Adidas launch

Online retailer Fanatics apparently didn’t have an accurate gauge on how much Georgia Tech fans want Adidas gear. As a result, Fanatics sold out of the new replica football jerseys made by Adidas in less than 48 hours. The $100 item went up for sale Friday night and by Sunday afternoon was out of stock. (The jerseys were back up for sale Tuesday on the Fanatics website, and remain for sale at...
What switch to Adidas means for punter Pressley Harvin

What switch to Adidas means for punter Pressley Harvin

For Georgia Tech punter Pressley Harvin, the change to Adidas has a little different meaning than it does for most of his teammates. Harvin has long worn Nike cleats to launch footballs 40 yards and beyond. The change to Adidas means he’ll have to change out an important tool. “I’ve always worn Nike Tiempos,” Harvin said at Tech’s media day last Thursday. “I&rsquo...
When ‘boss man’ says no to quarterbacks in full pads

When ‘boss man’ says no to quarterbacks in full pads

Georgia Tech began full-pads practice Tuesday, an initiation for the incoming freshmen and the beginning of the real work of the preseason for the returnees. Apparently, it is also a bit of a letdown for the quarterbacks. As was the case in spring practice, coach Paul Johnson will have quarterbacks wear yellow jerseys in practice, indicative of their non-contact status. “He’s not going...
Andrew Marshall wants to write fitting ending to career

Andrew Marshall wants to write fitting ending to career

A year ago, Georgia Tech offensive tackle Andrew Marshall was heading into his senior season when he tore a ligament in his foot in a one-on-one drill in practice. On track to graduate from Tech with a business administration degree, moving on to start a professional career seemed a reasonable decision. However, Marshall chose to return for a second shot at his senior season. Marshall, who has played...
Bailey Ivemeyer’s path leads to a scholarship

Bailey Ivemeyer’s path leads to a scholarship

As a senior at Brookwood High, Bailey Ivemeyer passed up scholarship offers from lower levels of college football because he believed he could play on its brightest stage. It turns out he was right. Ivemeyer, a Georgia Tech offensive tackle who walked on the team as a freshman in 2015, was awarded a scholarship Friday by coach Paul Johnson as the Yellow Jackets opened preseason camp. “You look...
How far can Georgia Tech ride ‘new energy’ and frustration from 2017?

How far can Georgia Tech ride ‘new energy’ and frustration from 2017?

Last year, Georgia Tech players were motivated to break the team’s cycle of following strong seasons with disappointing ones. That plan didn’t work out so well, as the Yellow Jackets fell from 9-4 in 2016 to 5-6 in 2017. On the plus side for 2018, that sort of underachievement does have a way of serving as a catalyst for improvement. “It definitely feels different,” All-ACC...
Social media buzzing over Georgia Tech’s new Adidas uniforms 

Social media buzzing over Georgia Tech’s new Adidas uniforms 

Ever since Georgia Tech announced last year that it would be leaving behind Russell Athletic in favor of partnering with Adidas, fans have been anxiously awaiting new uniform designs.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Ken Sugiura attended the uniform reveal and got the scoop on the new gear.  While the fresh threads got a positive reception at the ceremony, the reviews...
New Adidas gear (finally) arrives at Georgia Tech bookstore

New Adidas gear (finally) arrives at Georgia Tech bookstore

At long last, a wide selection of Georgia Tech gear made by Adidas has hit the Tech bookstore. A tweet from the Tech athletic department’s account on Saturday showed racks of replica jerseys and t-shirts on display at the Midtown Barnes & Noble store. Also, replica jerseys went on sale online Friday night shortly after Tech fans got their first look at the new uniform at a launch party. They...
How Roman Reigns came to debut Georgia Tech’s new uniform

How Roman Reigns came to debut Georgia Tech’s new uniform

To introduce its new football uniform, the Georgia Tech athletic department wanted to make a splash. Staffers figured that using a celebrity to model the new Adidas-designed look could give the reveal some pop. At the top of their wish list was the muscled gentleman who ended up taking the stage Friday night on the 14th floor of Ventanas – three-time WWE champion Roman Reigns, perhaps better...
9 things to know about Georgia Tech’s new uniforms

9 things to know about Georgia Tech’s new uniforms

Perhaps more than you wanted to know about Georgia Tech’s new uniforms: 1. The Adidas’ Primeknit A1 jersey is a seamless garment. Adidas senior production manager for football apparel Cam Collins said that it is “literally knitted out of yarns in a tube. And it seems very tight, but it stretches, and it’s super flexible so it fits our players’ bodies like a glove. But...
Georgia Tech’s new uniforms: High-tech, traditional, ‘awesome’

Georgia Tech’s new uniforms: High-tech, traditional, ‘awesome’

At the end of a night of celebration, on the 14th floor of an event venue overlooking the city of Atlanta, Synjyn Days enumerated all the things he liked about his alma mater’s new football uniform. Days, the former Yellow Jackets running back, liked the detail on the jersey numbers – stylized block numbers filled in with a pattern that’s supposed to evoke the body of a yellow jacket...
Georgia Tech debuts new Adidas-designed football uniforms

Georgia Tech debuts new Adidas-designed football uniforms

In a captivating downtown venue overlooking the city, Georgia Tech’s new Adidas-designed football uniform was finally revealed Friday night. Before a gathering of Tech alumni that included a number of former Yellow Jackets football players, a uniform that calls back Tech’s history but also has edgy features was met with wide approval. WWE star Roman Reigns, perhaps known better to Jackets...
This is one of those years Tech football will be better than you think

This is one of those years Tech football will be better than you think

It’s easy to underestimate Paul Johnson’s Georgia Tech teams, which is kind of the point.  The Yellow Jackets are built to make talent disadvantages null, that option attack pushing through pessimistic predictions. Johnson seems to take great pleasure in needling media types who get his team wrong. I’ve always liked that about him.  This season ACC media picked Tech to...
Heat on first day of practice elicits no complaints from Paul Johnson

Heat on first day of practice elicits no complaints from Paul Johnson

The weather cooperated for Georgia Tech’s first day of preseason practice on Friday. Meaning it was warm. As the Yellow Jackets broke out their new Adidas practice jerseys and cleats for the afternoon practice, temperatures were in the mid-80’s. “It was a typical first day, I think,” coach Paul Johnson. “It got warm, which is good. A lot of teaching going on, as you would...
KirVonte Benson is ‘trying to get more of a speed game’

KirVonte Benson is ‘trying to get more of a speed game’

Georgia Tech B-back KirVonte Benson earned All-ACC status last season playing at about 215 pounds. He is hopeful for more if he can play several pounds lighter. “Trying to get more of a speed game, even though the B-back (position) requires a lot of power,” Benson said Thursday at the team’s media day. “Trying to do both, trying to bring something new to the game that people...
7 things learned at Paul Johnson’s news conference

7 things learned at Paul Johnson’s news conference

Among the updates, opinions and pieces of information offered by Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson at his media-day news conference Thursday at Bobby Dodd Stadium: Wide receiver is the one spot on the offense where coaches are still working on developing depth. “We’ll take a good look at a couple of the young guys there, see if they fit in the mix, and there may be some freshmen that fit...
What Georgia Tech seniors are feeling as preseason begins

What Georgia Tech seniors are feeling as preseason begins

Georgia Tech’s seniors wanted to create a different level of energy to start their final preseason camp. The solution: Report to the team hotel Thursday dressed as superheroes. Among others, quarterback TaQuon Marshall was Spiderman. wide receiver Brad Stewart assumed the identity of Captain America, linebacker/safety Jalen Johnson was Michelangelo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and A-back...
Georgia Tech’s 15th commit is D’Quan Douse of Savannah

Georgia Tech’s 15th commit is D’Quan Douse of Savannah

Georgia Tech picked up yet another commitment Thursday, as defensive end D’Quan Douse of Calvary Day School in Savannah accepted a scholarship offer. Douse made the announcement from his Twitter account. Tech’s class now stands at 15. Douse is the fifth prospect to commit to joining the Yellow Jackets’ 2019 signing class in the past three days. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 242 pounds...
6 priorities for Georgia Tech as preseason practice begins

6 priorities for Georgia Tech as preseason practice begins

Georgia Tech will open its preseason Friday, the first practice for coach Paul Johnson’s 11th season and the school’s 126th. As always, there is plenty to do before the Yellow Jackets open their season against Alcorn State on Sept. 1 at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Here are six priorities for Johnson, his staff and his team as they prepare for the season. With the graduation of Ricky Jeune, the...
Projected top players by position: Running backs

Projected top players by position: Running backs

Tahj Gary of Woodward Academy is a three-star prospect and the consensus No. 7 running back in Georgia. Check his Hudl highlights and decide if he's underrated.  Or check out his 2017 numbers. Gary had 2,333 all-purpose yards - 1,305 rushing, 790 receiving, 230 returning - and 31 touchdowns.  Or check out this quote: "He is a powerful, bruising runner with the ability and speed...
Class AAAAAA preseason all-state team

Class AAAAAA preseason all-state team

*Best player: Jalen Perry. The Dacula junior had 44 tackles, 16 pass breakups and three interceptions in 2017 on defense, where he projects to play in college. On offense, he rushed 46 times for 637 yards and seven touchdowns and had 27 receptions for 534 yards and five touchdowns. Perry is committed to Georgia.  *Best position: Wide receiver. There are three highly productive players here: Pope's...
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