Georgia Tech Football - GTCamp17


 
THE FLATS -- Georgia Tech football wrapped up its 2017 fall camp with a 92-play scrimmage on Saturday morning at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Practice Details:
Georgia Tech's second intrasquad scrimmage of the of the season lasted about an hour and 15 minutes. The offense and defense both had bright spots, as the offense scored four times (three touchdowns and a field goal) and the defense forced two turnovers (fumble and interception) and four three-and-outs.

Plays of the Day:

  • Georgia Tech's first touchdown of the day came on a acrobatic 13-yard touchdown catch by senior wide receiver Ricky Jeune. Jeune adjusted to the back-shoulder throw, went high over a defender, hauled in the pass and kept control of the ball as he fell to the ground for the terrific touchdown reception.
  • The first takeaway of the day came courtesy of a big hit from junior linebacker Brant Mitchell. Senior defensive back Shaun Kagawa recovered the fumble that Mitchell jarred loose.
  • A 38-yard run by junior quarterback TaQuon Marshall highlighted the Yellow Jackets' second touchdown drive of the day.
  • One series later, the defense gained its second takeaway when junior Zach Matthews, a former walk-on who was awarded a scholarship earlier this week, picked off a pass on the left sideline.
  • Sophomore A-back Omahri Jarrett capped a 14-play, 70-yard touchdown drive with an eight-yard touchdown run a little more than midway through the scrimmage.

Video: Head Coach Paul Johnson Post-Practice Press Conference



THE FLATS -- As has been the trend over the past several days, Georgia Tech football practiced in hot, steamy conditions at Rose Bowl Field on Thursday afternoon.

Practice Details:
With temperatures once again in the 90s, the Yellow Jackets donned full pads but scaled back Thursday's practice from 23 to 21 periods for the third-straight day. The practice lasted a little more than two hours and was Georgia Tech's final full-contact workout before it holds its second intrasquad scrimmage of the fall on Saturday. Friday's practice will be conducted in shells (helmets, shoulder pads and shorts).

Plays of the Day:
Georgia Tech worked on its late-game (or late-half) offense and defense over the final two periods of Thursday's practice, with the offense getting the ball on its own 35 yard line with just 1:09 on the game clock.

The Yellow Jackets' defense recorded stops on the first three series, highlighted by a pair of sacks by senior defensive end Antonio Simmons and interceptions by redshirt freshman lineman Josh White and senior cornerback Lance Austin, which ended the second and third series, respectively. White hauled in his interception with a terrific diving effort on a deflected pass while Austin's thwarted a scoring threat for the offense at the goal line.

The offense marched 65 yards for a score on the final series, highlighted by 20- and 12-yard receptions by senior Antonio Messick and redshirt freshman Jair Hawkins-Anderson and capped with a five-yard touchdown run by sophomore A-back Omahri Jarrett.

Video: Head Coach Paul Johnson Post-Practice Press Conference

Audio: Head Coach Paul Johnson Post-Practice Press Conference



THE FLATS --Georgia Tech football endured the hottest practice of the season and saw four Yellow Jackets rewarded for their dedication to the program on Wednesday.

Practice Details:
With temperatures in the 90s and a heat index creeping into triple-digits, Georgia Tech cut practice back to 21 periods for the second-straight day. Wednesday's two-hour workout was conducted in full pads after the team donned shells on Tuesday.

Plays of the Day:
In the first 11-on-11 period of the afternoon, things started out well for the defense when junior linebacker Victor Alexander forced a fumble that was recovered by senior safety Shaun Kagawa on the very first play. However, the offense controlled the action for the much of the rest of the period, highlighted by long runs by sophomore B-backs Dedrick Mills and Quaide Weimerskirch and redshirt freshman quarterback Lucas Johnson.

Practice concluded with an 11-on-11 red-zone period that featured the offense starting with the ball on the defense's 20 yard line. Junior quarterback TaQuon Marshall ran for a touchdown during the period but thanks to big tackle by junior defensive lineman Anree Saint-Amour and a third-down sack by sophomore defensive back Christian Campbell, the defense forced back-to-back field goals to close the afternoon.

Audio: Head Coach Paul Johnson Post-Practice Press Conference

Scholarships Awarded
During Wednesday evening's team meeting, head coach Paul Johnson awarded four Georgia Tech walk-ons with scholarships. The Yellow Jackets' newest scholarship recipients are:


THE FLATS -- The Yellow Jackets returned to just helmets and shoulder pads for practice on Tuesday afternoon, as Tech continued its second week of full practice of fall camp. 

Practice Details:
On another hot afternoon that saw some clouds from time to time throughout the practice session, the Yellow Jackets practiced a total of 21 periods for just under two hours and 15 minutes. With the team wearing just helmets and shoulder pads, the practice consisted of a lot of position work, skill work and offensive and defensive unit group work.

Plays of the Day:
In the 7-on-7 pass skill drill, Tech freshman quarterback Tobias Oliver threw a great deep ball to the right sideline which hit fellow newcomer and A-back Josh Blancato over the shoulder on a corner route for a 35-plus yard gain. However, the defense answered back in the 11-on-11 drills, as junior linebacker Brant Mitchell stepped in front of an offensive pass to the running back out of the backfield to break up the play and almost pull off the pick-six for the guys in navy blue.

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Audio: Head Coach Paul Johnson Post-Practice Press Conference




THE FLATS -- Georgia Tech football returned to work on the practice field on Monday afternoon after an intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday and a day off on Sunday.

Practice Details:
On a hot and humid Atlanta afternoon, in which the heat index reached over 100, the Yellow Jackets returned to work in full pads after taking Sunday off. The practice went a total of 23 periods and lasted close to two and a half hours long in duration.

Plays of the Day:
In the 11-on-11 drills midway through the practice, junior quaterback TaQuon Marshall hit a streaking Qua Searcy in stride down the center of the field for a long touchdown pass that sailed some 30-yards in the air and over top of the defense.

However, the defense returned the favor in the 7-on-7 period, as senior nickel back Lawrence Austin beat a wide receiver to the ball on a slant pass over the middle to record an interception on the play.

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Video: Head Coach Paul Johnson Post-Practice Press Conference


THE FLATS -- Georgia Tech football held its first intrasquad scrimmage of the season on Saturday morning at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Practice Details:
Georgia Tech ran 91 plays with the offense scoring five touchdowns and not committing any turnovers. Three of the four quarterbacks vying to replace three-year starter Justin Thomas under center -- junior TaQuon Marshall and redshirt freshmen Lucas Johnson and Jay Jones -- led scoring drives. Junior Matthew Jordan, the front-runner to fill the starting role entering fall camp and the Yellow Jackets' most experienced signal-caller, saw limited action in the first scrimmage of the year.

Plays of the Day:
Head coach Paul Johnson spoke highly about the play of true freshman B-back Jerry Howard following Saturday's scrimmage. Howard was on the field for three of Georgia Tech's five touchdown drives. He set up one score with a 20-yard run to the five yard line and found paydirt from three yards out later in the scrimmage.

Defensively, junior end Anree Saint-Amour was a regular presence in the offensive backfield throughout the scrimmage and notched an 11-yard sack on the final series of the morning.

Video: Head Coach Paul Johnson Post-Scrimmage Press Conference



THE FLATS - Georgia Tech football's annual Fan Day presented by UnitedHealthcare, is set for Saturday, August 12 at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Admission is FREE.

Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson and the 2017 Yellow Jackets will be on hand to sign autographs and pose for photos with Tech faithful during Fan Day. Other Fan Day activities include Wreckfest, featuring inflatable games, face painting and other fun activities for the whole family, as well as the opportunity to take photos with Georgia Tech cheerleaders and Buzz.

SCHEDULE
Noon
- Wreckfest begins at Callaway Plaza
1 p.m. - Bobby Dodd Stadium opens (enter via the north tunnel, which can be accessed via Callaway Plaza)
2:30 p.m. - Fan Fest concludes

AUTOGRAPH POLICIES
In order to allow for as many fans as possible to receive autographs, fans are asked to limit autographs to one item per student-athlete/coach. Also, any apparel that fans wish to have autographed should be in hand, rather than worn. Autographs obtained from Georgia Tech student-athletes and coaches are for personal use only. Resale of an autographed item is prohibited and the sale of any item with a student-athlete's signature could jeopardize his NCAA eligibility.

PARKING
Fan Day parking is available in the Klaus Deck (E40), on Fowler Street (ER51), in the Peters Deck (E52) and at McCamish Pavilion (E65). Click HERE for campus parking map.


THE FLATS -- Georgia Tech football closed the books on its first full week of fall camp on Thursday afternoon.

Practice Details:
For the third-straight day, Georgia Tech wore full pads for Thursday's practice, which consisted of 23 periods and lasted a little less than two-and-a-half hours. As has been the case for nearly every practice this week, a steady rain fell for about 30 minutes midway through the workout. When the rain subsided, humidity settled in, making it perhaps the most uncomfortable of the Yellow Jackets' seven practices to date, weather-wise. On Friday, Georgia Tech will practice in shells (helmets, shoulder pads and no contact) in anticipation of its first intrasquad scrimmage of the season on Saturday morning.

Plays of the Day:
While the consensus was that the offense got the better of the defense for much of Thursday's practice, there were a pair of defensive highlights during 7-on-7 drills when cornerbacks Lance Austin and Lamont Simmons intercepted passes on back-to-back plays.

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Video: Post-Practice Press Conference Recap

Fan Fest
Georgia Tech football's annual Fan Day, presented by UnitedHealthcare, is set for Saturday, August 12 at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Gates open at 1 p.m. for the general public and admission is FREE.

Click HERE for full Fan Day information.


THE FLATS -- On what felt like a brisk fall day in late September on The Flats, the Yellow Jackets returned to the practice field in full pads once again for their sixth practice of 2017 fall camp.

Practice Details:
Georgia Tech donned full pads for the second straight day on Wednesday afternoon, as the sixth practice lasted 23 periods and just at two and half hours. The practice wrapped up with an 11-on-11 full-contact red zone drill - defense versus the offense.

Plays of the Day:
Defensive highlights stood out in the first 11-on-11 session midway through practice, as junior defensive tackle Desmond Branch was able to chase down a ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage to set the tone for the defense early in the drill. However, the offense responded a few plays later when sophomore B-back Dedrick Mills burst through a hole on the left side of the line and ran untouched to pay dirt before the whistle stopped the play. The defense had an answer to finish out the 11-on-11 period, as junior linebacker Victor Alexander busted through the offensive line to make a big play on the quarterback behind the line of scrimmage before the siren sounded to end the period.

The offense made some plays in the 7-on-7 passing drills, as redshirt freshman Jay Jones had one completion go close to 30 yards down the left side line to a leaping Stephen Dolphus and then later on in the period hit fellow redshirt freshman A-back Xavier Gantt with a deep ball down the hash marks that sailed over 40-plus yards in the air before finding the hands of Gantt near the goal line.

Not to be outdone, the defense came up big in the 11-on-11 red zone drill by forcing and recovering a fumble on the two-yard line on one of the first series of the final period.

Post-Practice Press Conference


Post-Practice Press Conference Audio


Fan Fest

Georgia Tech football's annual Fan Day, presented by UnitedHealthcare, is set for Saturday, August 12 at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Gates open at 1 p.m. for the general public and admission is FREE.

Click HERE for full Fan Day information.



THE FLATS -- The sound of pads popping returned to The Flats for the first time in more than three months on Tuesday when Georgia Tech football held the first full-pads practice of its 2017 fall camp.

Practice Details:
Georgia Tech donned full pads for the first time since spring practice ended in April on Tuesday. The Yellow Jackets' fifth practice of the season consisted of 23 periods, including extended 11-on-11 drills to close out the two-hour-and-15-minute workout. Like Monday, heavy rain moved over Midtown Atlanta during practice, which led to some good, old-fashioned football in the mud on Rose Bowl Field before practice was moved entirely into the John and Mary Brock Football Facility as the rain intensified and field conditions worsened.

Plays of the Day:
Offensive highlights punctuated the 11-on-11 periods at the end of Tuesday's practice, including:

  • a perfectly executed screen pass from junior quarterback Matthew Jordan to sophomore B-back KirVonte Benson, who was sprung by a key block from junior tackle Jake Stickler for a long gain;
  • a terrific throw and catch from redshirt freshman quarterback Lucas Johnson to redshirt freshman Alan Bussoletti, who used his 6-4 frame to go high over a defender for a big pickup down the right sideline;
  • a long touchdown run by Johnson on an option play over the right side of the offensive line.

Defensively, true freshman Kelton Dawson turned in the biggest play of the 11-on-11 drills when he ripped through the line to take down a runner for a big tackle for loss. Post-Practice Video: Jr. DL Kyle-Cerge Henderson and the Voice of the Yellow Jackets Andy Demetra

Fan Fest
Georgia Tech football's annual Fan Day, presented by UnitedHealthcare, is set for Saturday, August 12 at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Gates open at 1 p.m. for the general public and admission is FREE.

Click HERE for full Fan Day information.


THE FLATS -- Georgia Tech football continued its 2017 fall camp with its fourth practice of the year on Monday afternoon.

Practice Details:
Georgia Tech practiced for nearly two-and-a-half hours in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts for the second-straight day on Monday. The 24-period workout lasted nearly two-and-a-half hours. The first several periods of practice were held inside the John and Mary Brock Football Facility due to a heavy rainfall over Georgia Tech's Midtown Atlanta campus. However, the rain cleared in time to allow for the majority of the workout to be held outdoors at Rose Bowl Field. On Tuesday, the Yellow Jackets will be able to strap on full pads for the first time, per NCAA regulations.

Quotes of the Day:
"Today during 1-on-1s, he caught an 'OBJ'-type, one-handed catch."
-Junior quarterback Matthew Jordan on true freshman wide receiver Adonicas Sanders.

"We feel kind of silly now. It didn't really catch on."
Sophomore offensive guard Parker Braun on he and fellow guard Will Bryan shaving their heads for fall camp.

Post-Practice Video Report

Head Coach Paul Johnson Full Post-Practice Audio

Fan Fest
Georgia Tech football's annual Fan Day, presented by UnitedHealthcare, is set for Saturday, August 12 at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Gates open at 1 p.m. for the general public and admission is FREE.

Click HERE for full Fan Day information.


THE FLATS -- Donning shoulder pads for the first time this fall, Georgia Tech football held its third practice of the season on Sunday afternoon at the John and Mary Brock Football Facility and Rose Bowl Field on Sunday afternoon.

Practice Details:
Per NCAA regulations, Georgia Tech was able to strap on shoulder pads for the first time and add some light contact (but still no tackling) for Sunday's practice. The Yellow Jackets worked out for a little less than two-and-a-half hours. The outdoor portions of the first 30 minutes of practice were held in a light rain and temperatures remained in the low 80s for much of the workout. With pads added to the equation, Georgia Tech held its first 11-on-11 drills of fall camp during the final few periods of practice.

Plays of the Day:
Plays from a pair of true freshmen stood out during 7-on-7 drills midway through practice. Early in the period, wide receiver Adonicas Sanders got behind the secondary on a post route and easily hauled in a long touchdown pass. Several plays later, Kaleb Oliver jumped a pass route on the left sideline, picked off the pass and had nothing but green grass in front of him for what would have been an interception return for a score.

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THE FLATS -- The Yellow Jackets returned to the John and Mary Brock Football Facility and Rose Bowl Field for practice No. 2 on a sunny Atlanta afternoon on Saturday.

Practice Details: 
Saturday's practice consisted of 24 periods and lasted just under two-and-a-half hours. Like Friday's first practice, Saturday's workout had no contact with the Yellow Jackets again wearing helmets, jerseys and shorts (no pads).

Plays of the Day:
The plays of the day on the offensive side of the ball came by way of junior Qua Searcy as he made a leaping catch between two defenders on a pass thrown by redshirt-freshman Lucas Johnson deep across the middle of the field in the seven-on-seven drills. Searcy then topped that play with a 17-yard catch across the middle in which he dove to lay out for the pass just before hitting the turf two series later. The defense set the tone early in the seven-on-seven drills as senior defensive back Corey Griffin broke up not one, but two passes over the first five plays in the period. The closed out the drill with an interception at the goal line by junior safety Josh Selembo on a deep ball down the middle of the field.



THE FLATS -- Exactly one month before the highly anticipated season opener versus Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Georgia Tech football officially opened preparations for the 2017 campaign with its first practice of the season at Rose Bowl Field.

Practice Details: 
Friday's practice consisted of 24 periods and lasted nearly two-and-a-half hours. Per NCAA rules, the the first workout of the season had no contact with the Yellow Jackets donning helmets, jerseys and shorts (no pads).

Plays of the Day:
The plays of the year to date occured during a seven-on-seven period midway through practice. The first came on the first play of the period when junior safety A.J. Gray made a great read on pass, jumped the route, made the interception and ran uncontested up the right sideline for a touchdown. Just a couple plays later, the offense got some revenge when junior quarterback TaQuon Marshall made a perfect back-shoulder pass to redshirt freshman Stephen Dolphus, who hauled the ball in despite tight coverage and made his way down the left sideline for a long gain.

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Post-Practice Press Conference Video

Post-Practice Press Conference Audio

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