Georgia Tech received the 16th commitment for its 2019 signing class Tuesday, from wide receiver Kalani Norris from Miami, Fla. Norris, listed at 6-foot-0 and 175 pounds, is a three-star prospect (247 Sport composite). Norris, a senior at Columbus High, reported other offers from South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, N.C. State and Pitt, among others.
Before the season began, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson spoke with typical confidence about his team’s prospects for the season ahead. Speaking at the team’s media day prior to the start of the preseason, Johnson said he went into every season – this one included – thinking that his team had a chance to win every game.
In coach Paul Johnson’s tenure, Georgia Tech had played back-to-back games without turnovers only twice before the Yellow Jackets had no giveaways against Bowling Green and Louisville. The Jackets had also fumbled just twice in those two games after dropping the ball 14 times in their first four games.
Comments from Georgia Tech players Anree Saint-Amour, Lamont Simmons, Malachi Carter, Jerry Howard, Tre Swilling and Kenny Cooper following the Yellow Jackets’ loss to Duke Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium: “We’re going into a bye week so we’ve got a lot of time to sit on this loss and get ready for the next game.
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson railed at his offensive line for “stupidity” in changing blocking assignments incorrectly at the line of scrimmage. Offensive linemen often have the freedom to change blocking assignments based on what they see at the line, and in this case Johnson said the changes proved counterproductive.
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson’s comments following the Yellow Jackets’ 28-14 loss to Duke on Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium: “Just really frustrated. I’m frustrated we didn’t play particularly well in the first half on offense especially on some short-yardage stuff. We couldn’t seem to convert. I thought we’d made some good adjustments at halftime.
Full of momentum and humming with efficiency, Georgia Tech was stopped cold by Duke on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets, who had threshed their previous two opponents for 129 points and 1,086 yards, were muted by the Blue Devils in a 28-14 homecoming defeat at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
It was the pressure-packed second quarter from Georgia Tech defensive end Anree Saint-Amour that allowed the Yellow Jackets get on the board Saturday against Duke.
Georgia Tech will be without two offensive starters for its Saturday game against Duke. Wide receiver Jalen Camp and right tackle Andrew Marshall were not listed on the depth chart prior to the game, replaced by Stephen Dolphus and Bailey Ivemeyer, respectively.
Things you may not know about Georgia Tech prior to its Saturday homecoming game against Duke. 1. Team members were quite eager to wear the new navy pants that they’ll wear Saturday to go with the white jerseys with blue numbers. It’s believed to be the first time that Tech has ever worn that color pants in team history. The increased number of combinations has been received well.
Consecutive victories against Bowling Green and Louisville propelled Georgia Tech back to the .500 mark entering Saturday’s homecoming game against Duke. Tech (3-3, 1-2 ACC) steamrolled both of their latest victims -- 63-17 and 66-31. A victory in this game would leave the Yellow Jackets at .500 in ACC games.
One of the more intriguing elements of Georgia Tech’s option offense is its potential to break a huge gain out of a seemingly pedestrian triple-option play or toss to an A-back. When blocked and executed right, any play in coach Paul Johnson’s playbook can gash a defense.
As Duke coach David Cutcliffe has prepared his team this week to face Georgia Tech, his knowledge of Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall is deeper than it is for most opponents. Back when Marshall was a quarterback at Harris County High, Duke was among the schools recruiting him. Cutcliffe offered his praise for his one-time target on Wednesday.
In what was once a one-sided series, but now has become a competitive rivalry, Georgia Tech and Duke will meet Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium with plenty on the line. From 1990 through 2013, the Yellow Jackets were 22-2 against the Blue Devils, but Duke’s emergence under coach David Cutcliffe has reversed the tide.
As a sideline analyst for ESPN, Roddy Jones’ business is football – watching and commentating. Inevitably, the season’s feast of games produces a power-conference team that nearly gets embarrassed by an FCS team or actually goes ahead and takes it on the chin. Those results might draw mocking from incredulous colleagues. Jones doesn’t find it quite as funny. He lived it.
Duke coach David Cutcliffe ladled out the praise for Georgia Tech at his Tuesday news conference. He also offered criticism of the way a new rule regarding blocking below the waist has been called. Cutcliffe, whose team will play the Yellow Jackets on Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium, said that Tech’s offense is “maybe as good as I’ve ever seen them.
Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall says the team’s confidence is high after a 66-31 win over Louisville. The Yellow Jackets host Duke at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. » More: 7 things Paul Johnson said before facing Duke
A review of Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson’s Tuesday news conference in advance of the Yellow Jackets’ game against Duke on Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium. 1.
Brandon Adams remembers a lot of yards. On a November afternoon last season in Durham, N.C., there were an even 500 of them accrued by Duke in a 43-20 win for the Blue Devils over Georgia Tech. “I just remember that from the start of the game until the end, they were putting up yards,
Georgia Tech will go with a uniform twist for its game against Duke on Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The Yellow Jackets will wear navy pants with their white jerseys. Navy pants are, at the least, a rarity for Tech and possibly a first, as the Jackets have traditionally worn either white or gold pants.
In only the sixth game of his career, Georgia Tech freshman safety Juanyeh Thomas made a little bit of history against Louisville. Late in the fourth quarter of the rout over Louisville, Thomas dropped back in coverage and intercepted Cardinals quarterback Jordan Travis’ pass and dashed 95 yards down the sideline for Tech’s final touchdown of the game.
Georgia Tech coaches named left guard Parker Braun, defensive end Anree Saint-Amour and wide receiver Brad Stewart their players of the week for their contributions to Tech’s 66-31 win over Louisville on Friday. Braun blocked 15 defenders to the ground as the Yellow Jackets amassed 542 rushing yards, Tech’s third highest total in the school’s modern era.
Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall and left guard Parker Braun were named the ACC’s quarterback and offensive lineman of the week, respectively, for their performance in the Yellow Jackets’ 66-31 win over Louisville on Friday. The conference made the announcement Monday. Against Louisville, Marshall led Tech to six touchdowns and one field goal in his seven possessions.
On Friday night, as Georgia Tech trampled Louisville, A.J. Gray performed his usual game-day duties as a student assistant. With a coaches headset on, Gray was practically attached at the hip to defensive coordinator Nate Woody.
J.D. Bertrand of Roswell is no longer a lock to join the linebacking corps at the University of Georgia. The senior Blessed Trinity linebacker, deemed a four-star talent by Rivals and 247sports, announced in a tweet late Friday night that he would be decommitting from the Dawgs and reopening his recruitment.
Bowling Green and Louisville were a start for Georgia Tech. But as the Yellow Jackets push toward bowl eligibility and continue pursuit of the ACC Coastal title, their game Saturday against Duke is a rise in the level of competition. By the metrics of ESPN’s Football Power Index, Bowling Green is No. 123, Louisville is No. 92 while Duke is No. 33, five spots ahead of the Jackets.
It was not necessarily the best time for a change in plans, particularly one based on a hunch. There were 35 seconds remaining in the first half, and Georgia Tech faced a first-and-goal on the Louisville 2-yard line with the ball on the left hashmark. Holding a 24-14 lead, the Yellow Jackets direly wanted to punch in another score.
Georgia Tech’s 66-31 win over Louisville Friday night was remarkable in many ways. Here are 15 of them, culled from Georgia Tech’s sports communications office, sports-reference.com and research. 1. Tech’s 542 rushing yards were the second most in coach Paul Johnson’s tenure, second only to the 604 gained against Kansas in 2011, another 66-point game.
Run game: Check. Takeaway game: Check. Coin-flip game: Big, fat F. Georgia Tech’s three-game losing streak may be a memory, but its streak of failed coin flips continues to run unabated. Captain and quarterback TaQuon Marshall lost Friday night’s toss to Louisville by calling tails. Halfway through the season, the Yellow Jackets have yet to win a coin toss, going 0-for-6 thus far.
Comments following the game from Georgia Tech players Anree Saint-Amour, Qua Searcy, Charlie Thomas, Parker Braun and TaQuon Marshall: “It’s just everybody fitting into their spots. Like one of my sacks today, if Brandon (Adams) didn’t get up the field and push that pocket, then I wouldn’t be abel to get there.
A week after putting up 63 points on Bowling Green, Georgia Tech clocked Louisville 66-31 on Friday night to make a bit of history. It was just the fourth time in ACC history that a conference team had scored 60 or more points in consecutive games, a list that includes Tech’s 2015 team. “I think we can be even better, actually,” A-back Qua Searcy said.
There were so many sporting images to draw from to mark Georgia Tech’s fabulously successful first football visit here Friday night, other than the game at hand. Playing within sight of the twin spires of Churchill Downs may inspire certain horse racing references.
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson’s comments following the Yellow Jackets’ 66-31 win over Louisville Friday night. Opening statement “We were executing pretty good. Our quarterback was playing well and he was doing a nice job getting us in the right plays against the right fronts and the kids played hard and executed.
Sizzling on offense, Georgia Tech secured a much-needed win, detonating Louisville 66-31 on Friday night at Cardinal Stadium. Running on 65 of 67 plays, the Yellow Jackets punished the Cardinals with their option game, piling up 542 rushing yards.
After a recovery game against Bowling Green of the Mid-American Conference on Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium, Georgia Tech jumps back into the ACC fray with a Friday night road game against Louisville. The Yellow Jackets (2-3, 0-2 ACC) defeated Bowling Green 63-17 to end a three-game losing streak. The Jackets are 0-3 this season against teams from Power 5 conferences.
After breaking a three-game losing streak against Bowling Green on Saturday, Georgia Tech will play at Louisville Friday night to attempt to win consecutive games for the first time since beating Jacksonville State, Pittsburgh and North Carolina last season in the second, third and fourth games of last season.
As Georgia Tech defensive end Desmond Branch pressed in on a pass rush Saturday, he saw Bowling Green quarterback Jarret Doege cock his arm to throw. Knowing he wasn’t going to get to Doege, Branch did the next best thing. Branch raised his right arm and deflected Doege’s pass with his hand, causing it to flutter into the air.
For insight into Georgia Tech’s opponent this week, Louisville beat writer Jake Lourim offered his analysis of the Cardinals on behalf of the AJC. He is in his second year covering Louisville for the Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky. You can read his coverage here and follow him on Twitter here. A: The first five games went about as badly for Louisville as possible.
In a radio interview Wednesday, Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury said that he has felt the same frustration that many Yellow Jackets fans have experienced during the team’s 2-3 start, particularly its three-game losing streak.
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson was not overwhelmed with sympathy for Louisville coach Bobby Petrino’s difficulties with reading the uniform numbers on the Yellow Jackets’ home jerseys. “He ought to get some glasses,” Johnson said Wednesday following the team’s final practice before Tech plays Louisville on Friday.
Georgia Tech is no stranger to Thursday night games, but will get its first taste of the ACC’s Friday-night package this week with its road game at Louisville. The time may be coming when the Yellow Jackets take their turn with a Friday-night home game at Bobby Dodd Stadium, per the request of the ACC and ESPN. Coach Paul Johnson already has staked out his perspective on it.
Georgia Tech fans aren’t the only ones who are having a difficult time reading the jersey numbers on the Yellow Jackets’ new home uniforms. As Louisville has prepared to play Tech on Friday, Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino said he and his staff have had difficulty identifying players as they watch game video.
Georgia Tech defensive end Desmond Branch pays attention to the team’s kicking game. And he appreciates what happened last Saturday with walk-on kicker Wesley Wells. He was encouraged by Wells, who won the placekicking job in a three-way competition last week, and then seized his opportunity by going 9-for-9 on point-after tries.
Nov. 26, 2016 is a significant date in the recent football histories of both Georgia and Georgia Tech. On that afternoon at Sanford Stadium, the Yellow Jackets rallied from 13 points down midway through the fourth quarter to stun the Bulldogs 28-27. Since then, Georgia has not lost at home.
Georgia Tech will not have one of its starters on the offensive line for at least part of Friday’s game against Louisville. Coach Paul Johnson declined to identify the player. In answering a question at his weekly news conference about setting a starting five, Johnson said that it was ongoing.