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Thursday, August 26
The Last Entry: Today marks the final entry in "Preseason Central 2010". We hope you enjoyed it. Look for "Game Day Central" on RamblinWreck.com on Monday.
Practice #24: The Yellow Jackets went for two hours in full pads Thursday afternoon at Rose Bowl Fields. Overcast skies kept the temperature down. The Yellow Jackets will hold a closed scrimmage Friday afternoon -- their final scrimmage prior to the season opener.
Inside Linebacker: Junior Kyle Jackson, who missed all of last season with a foot injury, is battling redshirt freshman Brandon Watts for a starting job. "Kyle has always been smart," head coach Paul Johnson said. "He has a little better grasp right now. Brandon missed about nine practices because of an injury. Both will play."
Johnson On South Carolina State: "They are a good football team. I'm not sure people understand (how good they are). They lost two games last season -- at South Carolina and they were down three points at the half, and at Boone (vs. Appalachian State). I know how tough it is to win there. Their quarterback is big and talented."
Injury Update: Johnson expects senior B-back Anthony Allen to return to practice Friday after missing two days with a head injury.
Can't Wait Until Kickoff Luncheon: Friday from 11:30-1:00 p.m. at the Cobb Galleria.
Wednesday, August 25
Practice #23: The Yellow Jackets maintained their two-hour practice routine Wednesday with another full-pad workout at Rose Bowl Field.
Another Watch List for Allen: Senior B-Back Anthony Allen was named to the watch list for the 2010 Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's top running back ... Former B-Back Jonathan Dwyer was a finalist for the award in 2009.
Embry Peeples talks A-Backs: "We're going to have a lot of speed to the game. What people will say is, they're going to say we've got a good group of fast players. So every game should be played with speed with us on the field."
Co-Presidents: Roddy Jones and Kyle Jackson were selected as co-presidents of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board. Jason Peters is the community service chair, while Stephen Mann is also a member of the advisory board.
Tuesday, August 24
Practice #22:Georgia Tech took the practice field in full pads with a two hour session on Tuesday afternoon.
Deep in the backfield:Even though a depth chart isn't expected to be released until next week, head coach Paul Johnson told the media that this year's B-Backs unit is very deep. Senior Anthony Allen moves over to B-Back from the A-Back spot, and joins experienced players Lucas Cox, Preston Lyons and Richard Watson.
"We are deeper there than any year since I've been here. It may be the deepest position on the team."
The whole running backfield will have a lot of experience in its entirety, with 13 A-Backs on the roster including Roddy Jones, Embry Peeples, Marcus Wright and Orwin Smith with 82 games played between the four of them.
Senior Recognition: Senior center Sean Bedford is one of 30 candidates for the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for football. The award recognizes NCAA Division I senior student-athletes who excel both on and off the field and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, character, community and competition.
Bedford joins Miami's Matt Bosher, Boston College's Anthony Castonzo, Virginia's Ras-I Dowling and Florida State's Christian Ponder as five players from the ACC are named to the initial list.
Monday, August 23
Practice #21: After a day off, the Yellow Jackets returned to practice with two solid hours in full pads at Rose Bowl Fields.
Class In Session: Classes began Monday on the Georgia Tech campus.
The Captains: Senior quarterback Joshua Nesbitt and senior linebacker Brad Jefferson will serve as co-captains in 2010. Additional game captains will rotate throughout the season. "I'd like to see some leadership from them," head coach Paul Johnson said when asked by a reporter what he's looking for in his captains. "I think they know what their role is and what they need to do."
Injury Update: Sophomore safety Cooper Taylor was back in action today after missing most of last week. Still out: r-Fr. linebacker Brandon Watts and Jr. OT Nick Claytor.
Sunday, August 22
A Day Of Rest: Sunday was the Yellow Jackets' first day off since practice began August 5th.
Classes Start: Classes begin on Monday, meaning preseason camp is officially over. Afternoon practices, which are closed, begin at 3:45 p.m. this week.
The Last Jacket: Matt Winkeljohn's story on freshman A-back Tony Zenon, who ended up at Tech in part to Hurricane Katrina, is a good read. His article appeared in Sting Daily, our daily electronic newsletter. If you aren't already receiving Sting Daily, go to the following website and register for free:
On TV This Week: SportsNite on Comcast Sports Southeast will air features on Tech's Cooper Taylor Tuesday night and Brad Jefferson on Thursday night. The show airs from 6-7 p.m. but we're not sure what exact time those features will air.
Saturday, August 21
Practice #20: The Yellow Jackets held a closed 90-minute intra-squad scrimmage Saturday morning in an empty Bobby Dodd Stadium. With the lights on for first snap at 8 a.m., it looked like a night game on The Flats.
Sad Day: More than half of the players left immediately following the scrimmage to attend a funeral for teammate Omoregie Uzzi's father.
National Rankings: The Associated Press preseason poll was released Saturday morning. Story on the front page of RamblinWreck.com.
Anthony Allen ran for a 28-yard touchdown run against the second-team defense.
Redshirt freshman QB David Sims had a 25-yard run, setting up his own 3-yard TD scamper.
Emmanuel Dieke and Steven Sylvester teamed up for a sack of Sims.
Scott Blair (37 yards) and Justin Moore (28 yards) both made field goals.
Richard Watson had a 6-yard touchdown run.
Sophomore QB Tevin Washington had a nice 45-yard non-scoring run.
Senior center Sean Bedford recovered a fumble in the end zone.
True freshman QB Synjyn Days thre a 10-yard TD pass.
Friday, August 20
Practice #19: The Yellow Jackets backed off a little on Friday, practicing just 90 minutes in shells. And unlike Thursday's practice, there were no NFL coaches watching from the sidelines on Friday.
Camp Almost Over: Following Saturday's closed scrimmage, preseason camp will be over for the Yellow Jackets. Classes begin Friday on The Flats.
Key Scrimmage For Young Guns: Saturday's early-morning scrimmage will provide a good opportunity for some of the younger guys to make an impression. As for the older guys? "I've seen Joshua Nesbitt play 27 times over the last two years," Paul Johnson said. "I've got a pretty good idea he can play. So, he might play one series tomorrow."
Where Will They Land?: Not that Johnson is overly concerned about it, but the Associated Press preseason poll will be released tomorrow. It will be interesting to see if the Yellow Jackets are picked to finish higher or lower than last season's preseason prediction of 15th.
Thursday, August 19
Practice #18: Georgia Tech had one practice on Thursday, a two-hour session in full pads at Rose Bowl Field. A short downpour only seemed to make the practice fields even hotter.
Jordan Luallen: The redshirt freshman quarterback announced earlier today that he would transfer.
"I wish Jordan the best," head coach Paul Johnson said. "It wasn't working out for him. I fully support him. He's a great kid."
""I want to thank the Yellow Jacket family for everything that they did for me," Luallen said. "I felt the decision to transfer was the best decision for me at this time. Deep down I will be a Yellow Jacket at heart. I will be keeping up with the team and cheering for them every Saturday."
Radio Network Addition: Former Georgia Tech and NFL safety Nick Ferguson will join Rick Strom and Jeff Woolverton for the home editions of "Yellow Jacket Countdown presented by Hotel Palomar" this fall on our radio network. The program, which will originate from Callaway Plaza, starts September 4, at 11 a.m.
Injury Update: Several players are nursing minor injuries. Only redshirt freshman wide receiver Jeremy Moore (knee) appears definitely out for the season opener Sept. 4 against S.C. State.
Wednesday, August 18
Practice #16 and #17: Two-a-days came to a close for the 2010 preseason on Wednesday. The Jackets practiced for 90-minutes in full pads in the morning before finishing off the day with a light 45-minute pad-less walk-through session in the evening.
Inching closer to the regular season: "We will scrimmage (closed) against ourselves on Saturday. A lot of the work we will do from this point will be geared toward South Carolina State and getting ready for the season." -- Paul Johnson
Weather: After catching a break on weather to start the week, the temperatures jumped back up in the mid-90's on Wednesday.
Tuesday, August 17
Practice #15: The Yellow Jackets practiced in full pads for two-hours Tuesday afternoon.
Two-a-days coming to a close: Wednesday will be the last day of two-a-days for the Jackets. The team has just five overall preseason practices left, including a closed scrimmage this Saturday, before school begins on Monday, August 23.
Weather: Temperatures were in the low 90's for Tuesday's session.
Linebacker Changes: Coach Johnson indicated that junior Steven Sylvester has moved over to the outside linebacker position from his original inside spot. The move has put sophomore Julian Burnett at the inside spot with the second team. Burnett is playing along side junior Kyle Jackson.
What's the depth? A reporter asked coach Johnson Tuesday if a depth chart could be expected any time soon. Johnson's simply replied with a smile "Yes, the week of the game."
And captains? Captains won't be determined until next week. It has been noted, however, that the leadership unit will comprise of two permanent captains and two rotating captains each week.
More preseason accolades: On Tuesday, senior quarterback Joshua Nesbitt and junior safety/punt returner Jerrard Tarrant were announced as watchlist players for the Paul Hornung Award, given to the nation's most versatile player.
Monday, August 16
Practice #13 and #14: The Yellow Jackets practiced in full pads for a 90-minute morning session, the first of two practices Monday. Late this afternoon was another 90-minute session, this time in shells.
Seeing Red: The number of players wearing red jerseys (injured) and sitting out of practice approached double figures, which is pretty normal following two weeks of practice and an intra-squad scrimmage. "We've got a lot of guys banged and beat up, but I don't think any of them are in danger right now of missing the (season) opener," Paul Johnson said.
Weather Break: Tech players got a slight break in the weather department Monday morning when overcast skies kept the temperature down.
Getting Back In Form: Linebacker Kyle Jackson, who sat out last season and all of the spring to recover from a foot injury, is back and he's making up ground quickly. "I'm catching up to where I used to be, where I need to be," Jackson said. "I was behind everyone a good bit (when August drills began), but the coaches had faith in me, my teammates really helped me out, and I had the opportunity to jump back in."
Up Next: The Yellow Jackets will practice one time on Tuesday, at 3 p.m.
Sunday, August 15
Practice #12: The Yellow Jackets had a kicking scrimmage inside Bobby Dodd Stadium, dedicating the entire 75 minutes to special teams -- with a dash of fun thrown in. Head coach Paul Johnson called the scrimmage "ragged" and indicated the Jackets need to make improvements in all areas of the kicking game.
Specialists Competition: True freshman Justin Moore is pushing senior Scott Blair for the starting job as kicker, and redshirt freshman Sean Poole is pushing returning starter Chandler Anderson at punter.
More On Moore: Moore probably saved a touchdown Sunday when he tackled kick returner B.J. Bostic, but Moore is still mad about missing a 50-yard field goal in Saturday's intra-squad scrimmage. "I should have made it," Moore said. "It's a technical thing and I know what I did wrong."
Weight Right Here: Sophomore safety Cooper Taylor, who put on some added muscle in the off-season but has a history of shedding weight in August camp, has remained near his optimal weight. "I started camp at 221 and I'm at 220 now, so I've been able to keep it (the weight) on."
3-4 Update: Inside linebacker Brad Jefferson has a veteran outlook on Tech's 3-4 defense. "It's a long process," Jefferson said, "but we feel good about how it's coming along."
Picks: True freshman Louis Young showed some athleticism with an interception and sophomore linebacker Julian Burnett picked off a pass in the end zone and returned it 50 yards.
Air Jordan: Redshirt freshman Jordan Luallen had a 32-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Cone. "I think I was putting too much pressure on myself before. I just go out there now, have fun and play football. It felt great to get that first touchdown," Luallen said.
Allen On The Fans: "It feels great to be out here playing in front of the fans. I think we have the offense down now and we are just out there playing," said senior Anthony Allen.
Up Next: Tech will practice Sunday afternoon at 2:45 p.m.
Friday, August 13
Practice #10: The weather for Georgia Tech's lone practice afternoon was appropriate for a Friday the 13th. Storms to the north of Atlanta skirted Midtown, offering not a drop of rain but cover under dark clouds. As soon as head coach Paul Johnson sounded the whistle to end the 90-minute practice, the sun came out, followed almost immediately by rain. The Yellow Jackets went light Friday, wearing shells (shoulder pads and shorts).
Ready To Scrimmage: It's Tech vs. Tech Saturday morning in Bobby Dodd Stadium as the Yellow Jackets will scrimmage beginning at 9:30 a.m. Fans should enter through Gate 4 (which opens at 9 a.m.) and sit in the West stands.
Senior On The Rookie: Senior kicker Scott Blair is trying to hold off true freshman Justin Moore as the starter. But even in competition, Blair has no problem singing the praises of the rookie. "Justin came in already a good kicker. He has pushed me and has helped me on field goals. He has very good height and is very accurate with his leg."
T-Melt Talks About The Receivers: "We were all ready to catch passes last year," junior Tyler Melton said. "We just had an [NFL] first round pick (Demaryius Thomas) in front of us. We can all catch and everyone out here can make plays."
Video featuring football players Roddy Jones and Zach Krish go head to head in a tense battle to solve the Rubik's cube.
Thursday, August 12
Practice #9: If today was not the hottest day of 2010 so far, it certainly seemed that way at Rose Bowl Fields as the Yellow Jackets endured one two-hour practice in full pads.
Weather: The temperature "only" approached 95 degrees, but the heat index was well over 100 degrees.
Paul Johnson says: "They tried fighting through the heat (today). They were having a hard time doing it, but they were trying and that is a good thing."
How Hot Was It? "I'm still alive," junior offensive tackle Nick Claytor said. "Thank, God."
"Today was a killer but we just have to fight through it," sophomore tackle Phil Smith said. "You just need to make sure you drink plenty of water and they have plenty of salt and electrolyte tablets. Its been a bad summer but is helping to prepare us for the season. I'm just not used to the smog being a Florida boy."
Chiefs In Town: The Kansas City Chiefs arrived in Atlanta tonight in preparation for their exhibition game with the Atlanta Falcons Friday night. Kansas City fullback Mike Cox is the older brother of Yellow Jacket senior B-back Lucas Cox.
Video interview with freshman linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu
Wednesday, August 11
Practice #7 and #8: Wednesday marked the first day of two-a-days this season for the Jackets. The team practiced for an hour and a half in full-pads in the morning, before concluding the evening with a two-hour session in shells.
Hair be gone: Punter Chandler Anderson and kicker Scott Blair shaved their heads for preseason camp, going with a good ol' fashion Mohawk hairstyle.
Shutout from the list: The Yellow Jackets were denied a player on the 2010 Walter Camp and Ted Hendricks watch lists, both of which were released Wednesday morning. The Jackets had a player on both lists in 2009, and were represented on the Hendricks preseason honor roll in each of the last two seasons.
Scrimmage reminder: Don't forget to get your first look at the 2010 team this Saturday, Aug.14 as the Jackets hold an open scrimmage at 9:30 a.m. at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Web Redesign: RamblinWreck.com, the official home of Georgia Tech Athletics, will have a new look beginning Thursday morning. The site has undergone a complete redesign and will have many more features in its new style.
Tuesday, August 10
Practice #6: A two-hour practice in the 95-degree heat at Rose Bowl Fields. The Yellow Jackets wore full pads for the second day.
Off The Bench: Junior DE Jason Peters and r-Fr. LB Brandon Watts were both back at practice after missing Monday's session. Peters wore a gold jersey, meaning he participated in practice but was held out of contact.
A Different World: True freshman OLB Jeremiah Attaoachu, who has been impressive in the early going, on the difference between practices at Tech compared to high school: "It's definitely a lot faster, that's for sure. You have to be more cerebral. You have to think out there."
14th In SI: Sports Illustrated's College Football Preview edition hits the newstands Wednesday. The Yellow Jackets are ranked 14th.
All-Name Team: CNBC released earlier this week its College Football All-Name Team (the best names in college football). Tech's Synjyn Days made first team, Euclid Cummings the second team.
Two-A-Day: Tech will practice twice tomorrow -- one morning and one late afternoon session. "We'll wear full pads in the morning," Paul Johnson said, "and we'll see how it goes from there."
Senior B-Back Lucas Cox entertains in the video of the day:
Monday, August 9
Practice #5: Full pads were cracked out for the first time this preseason, as the Jackets practiced for nearly two hours on Monday.
Weather: The temperatures were in the low 90's on the day, but felt warmer with the heat index in the mid 90's.
Prior to Monday: It had been awhile since quarterback Joshua Nesbitt, defensive tackle Ben Anderson and B-Back Preston Lyons last wore pads. All three Jackets missed spring practice with injuries and hadn't suited up in pads since the end of the 2009 season.
Still waiting for contact? Quarterback Joshua Nesbitt seemed almost disappointed that no one had a clean shot at him during Monday's practice. "No one really got (hit) me today except I think Logan (Walls) may have hit me once," said Nesbitt when asked about practice in full pads. "I was actually looking forward to the contact."
Injuries: Head coach Paul Johnson noted that defensive end Jason Peters and linebacker Brandon Watts had missed Monday's practice because of minor injuries. Both players are expected to return on Tuesday.
Next practice: Tech returns to practice on Tuesday.
Are you ready for a look? This Saturday fans will have their first chance to get a look at the 2010 Georgia Tech football team. The Jackets will hold an open scrimmage at 9:30 a.m. at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Admission is free as all fans are encouraged to watch.
Check out this video feature on roommates B.J. Machen, Anthony Egbuinwe and Quentin Sims
Sunday, August 8
Practice #4: The Yellow Jackets got to sleep in a little later on Sunday, but the trade-off was practicing in the hottest part of the day, from 2:45-4:45 p.m. at Rose Bowl Fields. Tech donned shells (helmets, shoulder pads, shorts) and spent the first part of practice concentrating on the kicking game and special teams.
Weather: The temperature for practice was 92 degrees under partly cloudy skies.
Contact Is Coming: Tech is expected to wear full pads Monday for the first time this preseason.
Practice #3: Tech got just a slight break on the heat and humidity by hitting the Rose Bowl Field practice facility at 9:45 a.m. for a two-hour session. The Yellow Jackets remained in shorts but added shoulder pads for the first time.
Anxious: Rules prohibit teams from full contact until full pads are allowed next week, yet it is evident the players are anxious. During 7-on-7 passing drills it was very tempting for defensive backs to wrap-up receivers.
A Long Day: Following a two-hour practice, lunch and meetings, the Yellow Jackets were in Bobby Dodd Stadium from 4-6 p.m. signing autographs and taking photos at Fan Day.
Kicking Game: Tech will use a Sunday afternoon practice to concentrate mostly on the kicking game.
Practice #2: The Jackets took the field for Day Two of preseason practice, working for two hours in shorts and helmets on Friday at Rose Bowl Field.
Weather: Temperatures remained hot at Rose Bowl Field, reaching hi's in the mid-90s.
Just in time: Heavy rain and severe thunder hit campus just minutes after the team concluded practice.
"The experience was even better than I had imagined," said freshman cornerback Louis Young when asked about his first collegiate practice.
Leaving a lasting impression: Former Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, a 2010 First Round NFL Draft Pick, may indirectly be helping the current Tech receivers even after his departure.
"We watch all of his film and see how he ran his routes and made his blocks," said junior receiver Tyler Melton of former teammate Thomas. "I can sit there all day and learn from what he did because he is just an incredible receiver."
Congratulations! To linebacker Anthony Barnes and wide receiver Correy Earls for graduating from Georgia Tech Friday. Head coach Paul Johnson granted both seniors permission to leave practice early to attend the 7 p.m. graduation ceremonies at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Also congrats to senior offensive lineman Austin Barrick, who graduated Friday as well but has chosen to walk in December.
Next practice: Saturday at 10 a.m. (closed)
Don't forget: Saturday is fan day at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The fun begins at 3 p.m. with music, inflatables, games and more on Callaway Plaza. We will open the gates to the stadium at 4 p.m. and fans will have the opportunity to meet and greet our 2010 football team and coaches. They'll be signing autographs and posing for pictures from 4-6 p.m.
Thursday, August 5
Practice #1: The Yellow Jackets practiced for two solid hours at Rose Bowl Field in shorts and helmets. Weather: You can probably copy and paste this for the next few weeks... it was sunny and hot, with temperatures in the mid-90s. Missing: Almost every true freshman, who missed practice to fulfill a required academic activity scheduled for mid-afternoon. Quote:: "It's always great to start the fall camp in shorts and helmets and you don't have anyone on the injured list," Paul Johnson said. What?: "When it's hotter than 10 fire ants in a skillet, you have to decide whether to man up or punk out," Anthony Allen lamented. Next practice: Friday at 3 p.m. (closed)
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The Georgia Tech football team has arrived on campus and checked-in for 2010 preseason practice Wednesday. The Yellow Jackets held a team dinner before heading to team orientation meetings. Tech will hit the field for the first time this season with a practice session at Rose Bowl Field Thursday afternoon. All practices are closed to the public.