Pro Day

Before we get to Tech’s Pro Day, a couple of basketball updates:

Tech gets Clemson in the first round of the ACC tournament (2:30 p.m. Thursday, Georgia Dome). There aren’t a lot of good matchups when you’re 2-14, but Clemson is a particularly bad one. The Tigers have an abundance of good shooters, starting with K.C. Rivers and Terrence Oglesby. They excel at forcing turnovers. And in the last meeting, forward Trevor Booker dominated inside with 21 points and 12 rebounds, 7 offensive.

Booker and Gani Lawal, who had 11 points and 9 rebounds, are the ACC’s top two rebounders. For Tech to pull off an upset, Lawal probably has to win that matchup.

On the other hand, the Tigers have lost three of four and are averaging 17.3 turnovers of their own in that stretch.

Tech’s top two recruits, South Atlanta power forward Derrick Favors and Miller Grove point guard Mfon Udofia, have reached the Final Four in their respective classifications.

Favors scored 28 in the Hornets’ 90-67 win over Washington County, right around his state tournament average. South Atlanta plays Columbia at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Macon Centreplex. Most people feel this is the de facto Class AAA championship.

Udofia poured in 35 in the Wolverines’ 96-87 win over Fayette County. Miller Grove plays Richmond Academy at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Gwinnett Arena.

Ken filed these quick hits on Tech’s pro day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at Rose Bowl Field:

I’d expect all of Tech’s NFL hopefuls (except Vance Walker, see below) – including Michael Johnson, Andrew Gardner, Jahi Word-Daniels, Darryl Richard, Tony Clark, Elris Anyaibe and Bret White – to participate. They’ll do the combine drills (if they want to – see below) and some scouts and coaches may put them through position drills.

Michael Johnson will probably take part in some, but not all drills, his agent Richard Kopelman said. He’ll likely skip the drills – broad and vertical jumps – that he did well at the combine.
“I don’t think it’s necessary for him to do anything other than position drills to give the folks what they want to see,” Kopelman said.
Kopelman said Johnson might run the 40, even though his time was satisfactory.
“It’s more for himself than anything,” he said.
Kopelman said Johnson was to have dinner Sunday night with officials from the Miami Dolphins, who have the No. 25 pick in the draft. Don’t read too much into the Fins getting face time with Johnson – they got it because they were the first ones to ask.

Kopelman also represents defensive tackle Vance Walker and linebacker Tony Clark. Walker won’t participate in the pro day drills because he pulled a hamstring at the combine.

Offensive tackle Andrew Gardner will be able to do everything at the pro day except for the bench press, according to his agent Lester Archambeau, the former Falcon.
Gardner, you’ll remember, tore his labrum last season and missed the final four regular season games and the bowl game. He wasn’t able to do any drills at the combine but has healed sufficiently.
Archambeau said he sent a letter to all 32 teams saying Gardner will be ready to participate in NFL mini-camps after the draft. Archambeau said last week he’d heard from about 12 teams that they planned to be there to see him.
“This is just a confidence builder for (teams), to touch him, feel him, see him, confirm what they suspect, let him show the athlete that he is,” Archambeau said. “Teams will probably be a little surprised at how well he moves outside the pads.”
I asked Archambeau if playing in Paul Johnson’s spread-based option would hurt Gardner’s stock. He made an interesting point about how it’s actually to Gardner’s benefit (though, of course, an agent’s job is to present his client in the best possible light).

Archambeau said that Gardner showed his versatility by excelling in two different offenses. He also said that in typical zone-blocking schemes, it’s easier for a player to hide, but that a lineman couldn’t do that in Johnson’s offense. Teams could see him doing a lot of different things – getting to the second level, cut blocking, blocking one on one.

22 comments Add your comment

Hey Keith in Midtown

March 9th, 2009
9:18 am

Thanks for the heads up. Got something for ya…it’s called…45-42. If only your team would have beaten their rival this year you wouldn’t sink as low as gay jokes on your rival’s blog. Is that all you got? I got something funnier. 409 RUSHING YARDS! Gotta love it! Jacksonville State didn’t even give up that much to us. I’m so glad you guys kept Willie Martinez. He’s our MVP. He couldn’t figure out the option with a BYE week. HAHAHA! Anyways, “keith” if your gonna show up to the Blog with trash talk at least be clever and original. November 29th is in your brain and you can’t stop thinking about it. Hey “keith” – i’ll bet you didn’t even go to UGA huh lil’ buddy?…..don’t worry in 200 something more days your team will have a chance to make this pain go away for you…problem is THEY WONT…2 in a row to Paul Johnson ( you know they guy you have nightmares about)

Seya Loser

Hey - Huh?

March 9th, 2009
9:20 am

I know you are reading this since you read the Tech BLOG every minute of every day because it is part of your sad sad life.

Still scared to answer my question aren’t ya lil’ guy? Don’t be nervous. Just open up to us. Why are you on a TECH Blog every day of your life? Insecure about your own team. Don’t like their blog? Does it make you feel better after the loss in November to rip Tech fans a new one via your scary mean computer in your mom’s basement? Did you get beat up in school so you throw a tough guy image around blogs? Either way…don’t ignore me again…this time really open up to us…Did daddy leave at an early age? What’s the real problem going on here? Why are you here and what would you like us to say to make you feel better? I’ve always told you that it’s ok if you want us to say UGA IS THE GREATEST TEAM IN THE WORLD. We all know you feel that way…you’ve made that point very clear on numerous occasions. Let us know how we can help you lil’ guy. Cause right now it’s just downright sad to see you on here every day since NOVEMBER 29th!

Keith in Midtown

March 9th, 2009
9:30 am

Yellow is the new pink.


March 9th, 2009
11:49 am

UGA the greatest team in the world? Um, okay. I’m not sure I’d go that far, but whatever floats your boat. I’d say UGA is a consistant top 10 program that wins 80% of its games under its current head coach. That’s what I’d say UGA is. Not bad really. I’ll take it. Its a heck of alot better than the in state alternative, “45-42″ and all. I will say that much.


March 9th, 2009
12:13 pm

Maybe we can get some pay back for the lady jackets against Clempson. I doubt it, but maybe.

Eventhough we lost to BC, it was actually a good game and worth watching. I wish I could have said that for the other 15 games.

Hey - Huh?

March 9th, 2009
12:25 pm

Great point. Point taken. Still somehow you avoid my question. Are you too scared to answer it? Does it bother you deep down that you are on here every day? Are you addicted to reading what’s going on with Tech? You’ve got to help me out here…what is your obsession with Tech all about? Why are you on this blog every day of your life?

Hey - Huh?

March 9th, 2009
12:27 pm

P.S. Isn’t it funny how I knew you were reading this blog about OUR Pro day?!?! Why would you be reading that? What is the point of you following Tech so closely if you’re not a fan? Why are you here every day at all times writing on a TECH blog if you’re such a die hard UGA fan? What do you get out of it? Does it make you feel better?


March 9th, 2009
12:55 pm

Listen I don’t care if the whole team is gay as long as we can beat FSU more than once a decade.


March 9th, 2009
12:58 pm

Is the Nesbit vs. Jaybo issue creating a racial divide in the locker room like soom have suggested? That is the last thing we need.


March 9th, 2009
1:26 pm

I LOVE the fact that UGA d-bags post on here as GT fans trying to create something to hurt our team. Nesbit is the overall favorite to be starting QB and even Jaybo knows that. nice try though. How about your team come up with on the field stuff to beat GT instead of some fake headlines…..

Hi BuzzBuzz

March 9th, 2009
1:39 pm

Did you cry when Staffy and Knowshow left?

Huh? is a scared little punk

March 9th, 2009
1:40 pm

He loves to talk trash but can’t take it when someone talks back. Hide behind your computer sissy. How awesome is it living in mom’s basement?

Huh? NEVER attended the University of Georgia

March 9th, 2009
1:41 pm

But he sure acts like he did….BAND WAGONER!


March 9th, 2009
1:55 pm

thought it was interesting that Stephen Hill had 20-something points in that b-ball game.


March 9th, 2009
2:38 pm

I love these blogs but hate the mindless drivel posted afterwards.

The AJC should just cancel the posting feature.


March 9th, 2009
3:24 pm

Yeah, anyway, so about Tech’s Pro Day…

…I would really, really like to see Michael Johnson in a Falcons jersey. It’s pretty apparent to this observer that Jamaal Anderson is not the answer at DE, and I think Johnson would excel playing opposite Abe. You can’t double them both, so when either has a one-on-one matchup, that opposing QB is going to be in for a tough time. I feel Johnson could be available at 24, as apparently the Dolphins brass does as well. The Birds just let a GT Pro Bowler go to Dallas; add a GT Future Pro Bowler to anchor the defense for the next decade.

Keith in Midtown

March 9th, 2009
3:40 pm

Listen it is well known in the “community” that Travis Bell and Bret Write are…really close friends. Its OK guys. We don’t bite.


March 9th, 2009
3:58 pm

KEITH IN MIDTOWN, you might not bite, but in the words of Andy Dufresne, “Anything you put in my mouth you’re going to lose…I hear the bite reflex is so strong they have to pry the victims jaws open with a crowbar.”


March 9th, 2009
5:02 pm

I would like MJ to go the falcons as well, but I also wanted Brooking to stay with the Falcons….so I all ready hate that big question is where will Vance and Andrew go in the draft, they were good players and I think they could make pretty good NFL players someday, maybe not the best of the best but still top tier players…Also for those of you who are talking about Jaybo…he is not a great player, I have a feeling he will be 3rd string before the end of the season with the only reason he was second string because I mean BOOKER his backup if any of you remember the Gardner Webb game haha


March 9th, 2009
6:51 pm

OMG, Michael Johnson’s arms are so fabulous! I have to meet this guy. Michael, if you’re reading this I have two words that describe you: SUPER-STUD.


March 9th, 2009
7:10 pm

What’s this Nesbit vs. Jaybo race stuff all about? I’ve heard they don’t like each other, but it has nothing to do w/ Race.

Hi Tony Shumpert and PJ

March 10th, 2009
11:29 am

Quick reminder to you two….45-42 losers!