Roddy Jones on ziti, The Run, and espanol.

Georgia Tech A-back Roddy Jones sat down with me for a few minutes on Tuesday to talk about last season, this summer, and what’s coming up for the Jackets. 


AJC: Are you taking any classes right now?

Jones: Yep, I’m taking three classes right now: Math, Spanish and Management Science.


AJC: Which one is your favorite?

Jones: I’m probably the best at math, but Spanish is my favorite. It’s just a fun class. The teacher’s real light and it’s a small class. So, it’s pretty fun.


AJC: How do you say “We’re going to beat Georgia” in Spanish?

Jones: [In English] We’re going to beat Georgia. I don’t know what ‘beat’ is, but I can say ‘we’re’ and ‘Georgia.’


AJC: What are you going to do with the rest of your summer?

Jones: Take classes. Try and go home every couple of weekends. I want to spend as much time with my brother before he leaves for the Air Force Academy.


AJC: You’re not the kind of son who brings home five or six duffel bags of clothes are you?

Jones: I usually keep it to 1 or 2. I usually come home with a little laundry and an empty stomach. I usually give my mom about 10 minutes notice.


AJC: What’s your favorite meal that she cooks?

Jones: It changes a lot but right now I’m in a baked ziti phase. She makes excellent baked ziti. You can ask anybody who has had some.


AJC: You cook at all?

Jones: I try. I cook a little bit. I usually grill more than anything else.


AJC: What’s your specialty?

Jones: I can do it all. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, ribs, steak. Most of the time it’s ribs and chicken.


AJC: What are you working on football-wise this summer?

Jones: Really want to improve my hands, so that’s something I’m working on.


AJC: How do you do that?

Jones: Just catching balls. Every time you catch you got to really focus on the little things in catching. When you are out on the field you don’t have time to focus on that stuff. It’s got to become second nature. Little things like looking at the point of the ball.

Other than that it’s pretty much getting bigger, faster, stronger, like every summer.


AJC: What was your personal best moment last season?

Jones: Scoring the touchdown against Georgia. The run down the sidelines. Jus because of the situation that it was in. And because of who it was against. Play that maybe comes once in a lifetime.

It was just a great moment.


AJC: Up in the press box, where I was, we thought Reshad Jones had the angle and that he was going to push you out of bounds.

Jones: If you go back and look at the tape I think one of our guys, Nick Claytor, tries to cut him and maybe gets a hand on him a little bit. That little push threw him off balance enough to make it happen.

That’s what coach says, you never really know what will happen until you get after a guy.


AJC: From where we were, we couldn’t tell where the line was and where he was. It looked really tight.

Jones: It was, it was. Honestly I thought I had stepped out of bounds, just because I was so close. You never really know once you get that close. I always remember my old coach saying finish the play until they blow the whistle. That was my coach in middle school. Now it paid dividends because I finished the play and it turns out there was no call.


AJC: The team’s best moment?

Jones: Beating Georgia. To break the streak was just great. To be in the lockeroom after the game. To see the joy and relief on the senior’s faces was just great. It was their last chance. It’s something that every class that comes in here wants to do for their senior season is beat Georgia.


AJC: Tough schedule; Jackonsville State followed by back-to-back Thursdays against Clemson and Miami. What’s going to be the key to a good start for yall?

Jones: Really camp is going to be the key. Making sure we lay a great foundation during camp. But really just taking it one game at a time. We’ve got to treat Jackonsville State like Clemson, just like we are going to treat Miami, just like we are going to treat Georgia at the end of the year. So you’ve just got to treat it one game at a time. Especially because we don’t have a bye week in their until the end of the season. It’s going to be a week-to-week thing and just focus on that team and just go 1-0 every week.


AJC: Who should Tech fans expect to get a surprise from this season?

Jones: I don’t know if it’s much of a surprise from these two guys after seeing them in the spring but Anthony Allen and Marcus Wright are really going to be real good players for us this year.

As far as new guys that you’ll see a surprise from, on the defensive side of the ball I think Robert Hall is going to have a great year. He looked great in the spring and was darn near impossible for us to block. Those guys are really poised to have a great year. They’ve always been great players but they’re going to get a really good chance to shine this year.


AJC: Anything you want to say to Tech fans reading the blog?

Jones: Thanks for your support all the time. To hell with Georgia and ‘Hi Mom.’




56 comments Add your comment


May 28th, 2009
3:26 pm

Great interviews Doug. Really enjoying them.

Justin"By Golly" Vess

May 28th, 2009
3:55 pm

Roddy Roddy is going to be the man. Dwyer and Roddy are going to be a pair to play against. BUt, that Dwyer is a better looking guy, and has a great smile, great body, and a pretty face. But, anyway, I like the chances of GT this year

Justin"By Golly" Vess

May 28th, 2009
3:56 pm

Great Interview Dog..

Big B CH 99

May 28th, 2009
4:04 pm

Roddy’s got a great sense of humor. Go Jackets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


May 28th, 2009
4:10 pm

Nice job Doug


May 28th, 2009
4:10 pm

Honk if Roddy Jones has scored again!


May 28th, 2009
4:15 pm

Nice interview. Youre speling…not so nice. But really enjoyed the read.

Carolina Jacket

May 28th, 2009
4:19 pm

I surely don’t think A or B backs will be a problem this year. Without injuries we are loaded. Keep working hard boys, this could be a great season.

Jaded Jacket

May 28th, 2009
5:03 pm

I’m enjoying the interviews as well. It’s rare we get to see a players point of view on things. Most of the time it’s coaches and sports writers.


May 28th, 2009
5:04 pm

I hate Mr. Jones!!


May 28th, 2009
5:22 pm

Roddy Jones >>> Reshad Jones


May 28th, 2009
5:38 pm

I think Roddy just went another 16.9 yards.

Dawgy Boy

May 28th, 2009
5:47 pm

Seriously? I don’t think your spelling is any better (”Youre speling…”).

Typos Galore

May 28th, 2009
5:49 pm

Nice interview, Doug. Much longer than most interviews go. However, is there an editor in the house? There are a number of typos, capitalization issues, and the like…

Jaded Jacket

May 28th, 2009
5:52 pm

I agree, Typos Galore. I hope Doug’s high school English teacher doesn’t read it. If so, he/she may have coronary failure.

Tokyo jacket

May 28th, 2009
6:10 pm

Keep ‘em comin’ Doug. It’s nice to hear how Jones talks. Very much an everyman. I like that we have that in our program. If our A-backs start catching the ball this year, with consistency, this goes from a potent offense to a lethal offense.

One of the great things about the spread option is that if a guy catches the ball 10 yards past the line of scrimmage, he’s probably only got one man to beat to the end zone. I like Jones’ chances of going through by a cornerback. I like Allen and Dwyer’s chances of going through a cornerback.

Coach Alex

May 28th, 2009
6:32 pm

Gentlemen, better to die a young child than to fumble this football.


May 28th, 2009
7:05 pm

I can’t type good and I can’t good but I can spell THWG. This was a good story spelling or not.


May 28th, 2009
7:06 pm

comment is missing “Spell”

Not Disappointed

May 28th, 2009
7:11 pm

Great interview Doug. No comment on the spelling, but we get the point. Ramble Wreck!


May 28th, 2009
7:59 pm

Yes, the key to winning all the games this year is no more fumbles and no more going for it on 4th & long at mid-field or worse…..keep possession and field position and the games will be much more fun for all.

Damon Feldman

May 28th, 2009
8:49 pm

Roddy, thanks for your support (, To Hell with Georgia, and Go Jackets!

Doug Roberson

May 28th, 2009
8:55 pm

I apologize for the errors. I was going fast, running between the athletic offices and the baseball diamond, and I was sloppy. Not cool.
I’ve cleaned up the errors.


May 28th, 2009
10:04 pm

Well here we are thinking about UGA again.When your fluke is realized tek it will be to far into the season to smile.UGA is coming to your funeral,and will stomp the gt off of your rear ends.Man I can’t wait.GO DAWGS,AND TO DEEP HELL WITH tech!


May 29th, 2009
5:41 am

I’ve watched that play dozens of times (the game is still on my Tivo) and it sure looks like Reshad Jones was knocked completely to the ground. He did a really good job of getting back up and almost making the play. I don’t think I’d be as complimentary if he actually had.

superDawg, “when the battle is over Georgia’s head will be found with the Yellow Jackets swarming ’round”.

Helen Shepherd

May 29th, 2009
9:15 am

You go Roddy… Always lookin out for and lovin you. go on and do your thang. We Chamblians got your back!!!!!

Saint Simons

May 29th, 2009
9:16 am

45-42!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahaa


May 29th, 2009
9:41 am

“Play that maybe comes once in a lifetime.”

LOL. You can say that again Roddy.


May 29th, 2009
10:07 am

Wait, he is taking math, spanish, and management science? And you clowns claim that there is nowhere to hide athletes at Tech.


May 29th, 2009
10:34 am

As apposed to under water basket weaving and, hort 101 (grow a plant all semester) and turf management??? Yeah, finite calculus, spanish, and management science are on the the same level….Idiot


May 29th, 2009
10:35 am

Georgia is better than Tech


May 29th, 2009
10:57 am

Uh, where did it say he was taking finite calculus big guy? It says he’s taking “math.” If you Techies were half as smart as you thought you were you wouldn’t seriously think you can get away with the lies that you try to spread. That’s all I have to say about that.

All this focus on Georgia by Tech players is honestly flattering. But those rings weren’t about Georgia at all were they? Sure thing clowns.


May 29th, 2009
11:06 am

45-42!!!!…admit it leghumpers, its still killing you!!….hahahahhahahahaha



May 29th, 2009
11:24 am

You’re right. On paper Georgia should be way better. They had better recruits, more money, a bigger fanbase… tech had a new offense, new coach, 3-4 star players, NCAA probation.

Our QB ran for more yards than Knowshon Moreno. We put 45 points on you guys.
Unfortunately, Huh?, games are played on the field. Not on paper.

Sarcasm to Dawgy Boy- hello?

May 29th, 2009
11:44 am

I guess you don’t know blatant sarcasm when you read it, huh big guy? And to those who are on Roddy for using “math” instead of the course name, why is it such a big deal? There’s nothing less than survey of calculus and finite math at GT- period. Those are the minimums required for the colleges of management and ivan allen (the more liberal arts majors). I know you’re upset that UGAy asked how many points a 3 point basket was worth in its nothing classes, but it’s true when we say there is nothing anywhere close at GT to take as electives or majors. The management degree (most athletes take it) is probably the closest there is- and it was #22 in the nation. Try again.

Baba O'Riley

May 29th, 2009
11:50 am

Tech’s kicker is taking finite calculus. That’s what he was referring to. Is there a bigger troll anywhere than huh? Shouldn’t you be celebrating Ealey reportedly making the MINIMUM to get into your cow college?


May 29th, 2009
11:50 am

UGA is the Greatest College and Greatest Football team in the country.
You Nerds play too much world of warcraft to understand that.
I hate Tech more than anything in the world. Why do you think I’m here day in and day out. Because you Techies bother me with your annoying rants about my Team….THE DAWGS! Get ready to get beat down by Cox this year!


GT Rich

May 29th, 2009
11:52 am

Doug, keep the in depth interviews coming. I’d be curious to hear from some players who will be replacing the few departing seniors, like Hall, T.J., Clayton, Tarrant. Also nice to get some updates on the spring injuries.

Hey Huh?

May 29th, 2009
11:58 am

In regards to your quote:

“All this focus on Georgia by Tech players is honestly flattering”

You know what’s more flattering. You UGA fans showing yourself on the TECH blog every day! It means you can’t stop thinking about Georgia Tech for some reason. If Tech “doesn’t matter” and is the worthless school you think it is then why are you reading the TECH BLOG every day??? and why are you so worried about Tech Football and it’s fans and what they are saying??? Why do we bother to you so much?? Why did you let that loss effect you like it did? If you lose this year will you still be on here every day to talk trash? Take a step back a second and look at it from an outsiders perspective….

Kinda sad that you’re on the TECH BLOG everyday isn’t it?

Kinda sad that the address bar on your computer always says
“georgia tech sports” right?

Have you saved the Tech section in the AJC as a favorite yet?

Something tells me you have….

Sad sad stuff my friend….

Good luck next year…I hope you guys win for your sake or you might just go insane…


May 29th, 2009
12:03 pm

Doug, you’re finally getting some meat on here. I really appreciate these interviews. It’s definitely your finest work. Keep ‘em up and I’ll keep the pitchforks and torches put away… for now! Just kidding.


May 29th, 2009
12:06 pm

Screw you huh, or whatever the hell you are. You must be the proto type ugay fan. Stupid, fat, inbred, redneck, trailer park ninja, idiot. Go bother someone else. what a freakin joke, ugay the greatest this and that. What the hell are you smoking boy?? BTW, I hate ugag way much more that you could ever hate Tech. BITE ME>


May 29th, 2009
12:32 pm

Huh? Is the epitome of UGAg fans, sore Losers who have never accomplished anything. That’s why they are known everywhere they go as the most obnoxious fans in the country.

I’m sure he makes the fleabag nation proud. He represents them well.

I do wonder though, if his GT Boss fired him, or if he was slapped by a GT fan for running his mouth. LOL.

I bet he was slapped in front of his buddies and cowered down like that little Sally he is.

Only jealously breeds that much hate.


May 29th, 2009
1:26 pm

“Only jealously breeds that much hate.”

Pot or Kettle Ramble On? Which would you prefer?

Baba O'Riley

May 29th, 2009
1:28 pm

Huh? is actually Randy Hickey. He has more time on his hands now that My Name is Earl has been cancelled.

Hey Huh?

May 29th, 2009
1:54 pm

What an internet tough guy you are….


May 29th, 2009
3:52 pm

Geogia Rocks!

Go Dawgs!


May 29th, 2009
4:28 pm

Why don’t you guys just ignore “Huh”? He is obvioulsy some 16 year old that is popin zits on his monitor.


May 29th, 2009
4:34 pm

I’m a lover, not a hater.



May 29th, 2009
6:16 pm

Uh, baseball team hosting a regional…..first game in 45 minutes. Hello?


May 29th, 2009
6:27 pm

Los vamos a ganar a los perros.