Barrick talks about the yard

Austin Barrick has played many positions at Georgia Tech: wide receiver, tight end, special teams blocker, offensive tackle, and done each of them fairly well, as he modestly says.

Despite his ability to change positions and all that comes with it — different assignments, routines, terms, skill sets — he’s perhaps most known for the thing he wasn’t able to do: get three feet against Georgia in last year’s 45-42 win.

Barrick, who is 6-3 and 275 pounds give or take a baked potato, took a lateral on the play, and as he neared the first down marker, tried to do a little shimmy that didn’t quite work. He came up one yard short.

But, Barrick laughed it off in an interview on Monday, and promised a different result should he get another chance.

AJC: You’ve played, like, six different positions. Which has been the hardest position?


AB: Hardest position? They’ve all had their challenges. Tight end was a tough transition for me because I came in as a receiving tight end. I basically played slot receiver in high school and I never really had to block.  So the transition from receiver to blocking primarily was a really tough transition.

Now getting into this system and learning o-line has been tough because it’s a totally different from traditional blocking. You’re running downfield and cutting legs. They’ve all had their challenges, but I think I’ve done fairly solid.

AJC: Which has been the most fun?


AB:Tackle, actually. You’d think touching the ball is more fun. But I really like playing with the guys I play with on the line and the camaraderie is great. Pretty rewarding whenever you run up to a guy two times your size and cut him to ground. I love it.

AJC: What did you weigh when you got here?


AB: When I got here I weighed 248-250. Fluctuated the whole time I’ve been here, as to what position I’ve been in. Now I weigh about 275-280. Like to stay somewhere around there to play. It gives me the weight to hang in there to hand with the bigger guys, pass blocking and what not. Also keeps my speed advantage over most lineman.

AJC: How did you put on that much weight?


AB: Pretty natural. I can gain just about as much weight as you need me to. I was basically starving myself to stay at 250. Eating again has been nice.

AJC: What do you like to eat?


AB: Anything and everything. I’m a basic steak and potatoes kind of guy. I like good country food. Mom makes a great meat loaf. I love that. I’ve never really been one to turn food down.

AJC: I was doing some reading about Moody. Is there no one famous from Moody? All the schools are named Moody. Moody, Moody, Moody, Moody, Moody.


AB: I really don’t know if there’s been anyone from Moody that’s been famous. I just graudated from there. I just went there one year. Moved there one year. I grew up in Albertville. Had a guy called Rusty Greer from there. Pretty big name in baseball. Also the Hannahs. Couple of famous guys from there.

AJC: How did you not score against Georgia?


AB: Let me officially get this out there. This is my official statement: It had been three years since I caught the ball in a game. I was nervous. I was worried about catching the ball. It sounds bad, but down and distance was totally beyond me at that point. You’re in Georgia’s stadium. Biggest game of my life. And they call my number to catch the ball. If I could do it again, I’d lower my shoulder. If I knew I was one yard away, I would lower my shoulder.

I thought Dan Voss was coming up on my left side, and I was going to follow him, but the extra 30 pounds thought different. Maybe if I was still 250 I could pull it off. I know if they call my number again, I’ll lower the boom next time. You can take that to the bank, Georgia Tech fans.

AJC: Who was the toughest player to block last year?


AB: (LSU’s) Tyson Jackson is a great player. He went third overall in the draft. Great player, great combination of size, speed. Used his hands very well. Played hard. He was probably the toughest player for me to block.

Another one would be Allen Bailey from Miami, just because he’s so unbelievably strong. His arms looked like legs, and it looked like a roadmap of Atlanta, he had so many veins. I’d say those two guys are the toughest, but Tyson Jackson takes the cake, by far.

AJC: Could you see it on the film, and expect it? Or was it different when you were actually against it?


AB: They looked great on film. Obviously you can’t hide athleticism like that. They definitely were ready for us. The extra time they had. There were rumors they flew a guy in who specialized in the option. When you have that much time, and you have that kind of caliber of an athlete, he’s obviously going to play up a level. And especially with the NFL Draft looming on his mind, he’s going to put on a good show.

AJC: Back to the Georgia play for one second. Did you know before the game that the play was likely going to get called?


AB: We had run it in practice. We were having fun with it. I took it seriously but I didn’t really know if it was going to get called. Coach Johnson would play around with me, saying “Be ready if we are going to call the play.” I was like, “Ha! Ha! Yeah right.” When they called it, I was pretty nervous. It was a pleasant surprise. It was nice to touch the ball again. I wouldn’t be against them calling the play a couple more times this year.

AJC: Where are you working this summer?


AB: Druid Hills Golf Club.

AJC: What are you doing there?


AB: The past couple of weeks I’ve worked security, normally at the front gate. Normally me and (basketball player) Brad Sellers, who works there, work banquet staff. It’s typical, working wedding receptions, banquets they have, busting tables, running food. It’s some grunt work, but it’s a good summer job.

AJC: Haven’t had any issues out there with anyone, right? Haven’t had to shoo anyone away?

AB: No. No. I was trying to talk them into letting me carry a nightstick around. Most we get is a set of keys and a walkie. So, not too many rowdy folks out there.

AJC: Y’all are the only team in the country playing three SEC teams in your non-conference schedule. What does that mean to you?

AB: Well, it’s an opportunity. People always talk about the SEC and how they are one of the most prestigious conferences, if not the most, in the nation. It’s definitely an opportunity to go out there and show what we can do against some of the best competition. Also, if we win out, it will help in our favor with the BCS standings, the rankings.

I can find no negatives. There’s some really big, physical, well-coached teams. It’s definitely going to be a challenge. I think everyone is fired up to play some teams in the SEC and really prove that Georgia Tech is for real. Just really kind of put any naysayers to rest.

AJC: So what are you looking forward to most this season?

AB: Just getting back out there, hitting other people. Playing with my teammates. There’s always trials, tribulations. But there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. I can’t wait to see what we can do. We’ve been working the whole summer, the offseason, getting ready for this upcoming season. I’m looking forward to hopefully reaping the rewards of what we are doing doing. ACC championship, big bowl game, maybe national title. I don’t know. I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I’m just looking forward to seeing what we can do this year.

Running the system a lot more efficiently than we were last year. Looking forward to seeing what we can really do with it.









81 comments Add your comment


July 6th, 2009
11:15 pm

I think you mean Brad Sheehan, but great writeup and interview.
Go Jackets

Go Tech2

July 6th, 2009
11:19 pm

Great example of Coach Gailey’s recruiting and Coach Johnson’s coaching.


July 6th, 2009
11:25 pm

I am LOVING the attitude in these CPJ coached players! Not to belittle players from the past, but these kids seem to REALLY want to play every team on the schedule!!! They’re hungry….this is GREAT for Tech and it’s fans! GO TECH!!!


July 7th, 2009
12:02 am

Definitely Brad Sheehan, lol


July 7th, 2009
12:05 am

Lower the shoulder, we beat UGAg by 20 and have Samford and Son Stadium all to ourselves for the 4th Q.

BS Patrol

July 7th, 2009
12:47 am

This year is going to be so much fun it will be illegal! Fun to play in. Fun to watch. Opponents will be playing two hand touch in the 4th!

richard cranium

July 7th, 2009
1:29 am

Nice to finally see a GT blog… I hope we run some more fun stuff for Austin this year.

Tokyo jacket

July 7th, 2009
6:25 am

Good blog…agree with Dick Head. It’s been a while since we get a GT post, now three all at once.

Alabama Jack

July 7th, 2009
7:11 am

Uh, Ramble, on, UGAG comes to our house this year.


July 7th, 2009
7:48 am

Seems like a nice guy, can laugh at himself, works a real job in the offseason…I don’t like Chan Gailey as a coach but he did leave Paul Johnson with some good players to work with.


July 7th, 2009
8:15 am

Mr Austin Barrick! That play was awesome. Its been a while since I’ve seen offensive tackles try to throw moves on a defender. I can not wait to see you guys this season. Sting em’!

Brewer for GT President

July 7th, 2009
8:25 am

arp arp Gay arp arp Nerds arp arp Crime arp arp SEC arp arp arp arp…
There, I think I covered it. No need for pointless input from UGA fans. Classy UGA posts are always welcomed. Yeah, I know ‘m posts on our blogs blah blah blah’.

Nice interview Doug.

Brewer for GT President

July 7th, 2009
8:27 am

Also, Thank you Doug for not calling that a ‘tackle eligible play’ or some other silliness. It was a LATERAL. It is too complicated for most TV Sports Geniuses to understand.

Doug Roberson

July 7th, 2009
8:37 am

Yes, Sheehan, not Sellers. Apologies to Brad and to y’all.

to Alabama Jack

July 7th, 2009
8:39 am

he was talking about last year

Doug Roberson

July 7th, 2009
8:41 am

Well, crud. I assumed it was Brad Sheehan, but it may have been Brad Sellers. Let me see if I can get this clarified.

Too Easy

July 7th, 2009
8:44 am

‘Busting’ tables?

Doug Roberson

July 7th, 2009
8:50 am

it sounds like sellers on tape.


July 7th, 2009
9:28 am

Brad Sellers is a football player. Actually, he is one of Barrick’s OL teammates.

Wow…that’s pretty bad, Doug. Especially since you referenced him in a follow-up question as the “tall, skinny guy”. You’re the GT “beat writer”, huh?


July 7th, 2009
9:40 am

there are no GT beat writers at the ajc, they are dawg writers pretending to be gt beat writers, come on everyone knows that

Too Easy

July 7th, 2009
9:48 am

Funny comments about gt beat writers at the ajc. Today, 2 front-page articles about gt golfers, 1 about gt basketball, and 1 about gt football. Not a single article – not 1 single mention at all – in today’s whole sports section about UGA. Quit whining.

Saint Simons

July 7th, 2009
9:51 am

45-42!!!!!! hahahaahahahahahahahaha


July 7th, 2009
9:52 am

Also, Barrick’s shimmy didn’t come up 1-yard short of “paydirt”. He came up one yard short of a first down. I think we were closer to the 30-yard line, not the endzone, as you have described.

Did you watch the clip?


July 7th, 2009
9:54 am

Too Easy-

This is my first time posting. And I am not complaining about lack of coverage. Just dissapointed at lack of knowledge.

But don’t worry, I doubt I’ll be back.

Doug Roberson

July 7th, 2009
9:56 am

Serously: From my fuzzy memory, I thought that had he gotten by the last player, he had an open field in front of him.
As for the Sheehan/Sellers thing. I apologize. I see Sheehan walking around the Athletic offices quite frequently, and when Barrick said Brad Sellers, Sheehan popped into my head, hence the followup question. I’ll take it out of the Q&A so as not to confuse anyone anymore.


July 7th, 2009
10:03 am

I remember CPJ saying Barrick told him he was “trying to set up a block”… hilarious…

Can September get here already? I’m ready for some football!


July 7th, 2009
10:23 am


No problem. Your explanation makes sense. And I notice that you have revised your blog to make the appropriate changes, so my comments are moot.

In the future, some of the “stereotypical AJC blogger” comments may be avoided by doing the homework pre-interview.

Doug Roberson

July 7th, 2009
10:37 am

I did homework before, and I’ve just done more. He got to the 11, needed to get to the 10, and had an open field in front of him if he had avoided the CB. But, he was trying to get the first down, so perhaps saying he could have scored was a bit harsh.


July 7th, 2009
10:55 am

All he needed was a first down. Two plays later, Roddy Jones would sweep in from the eight and the fleabags would be heading for the exits.

Final score GT 55 UGAg 34


July 7th, 2009
11:47 am

55-34 huh? now youre making up would be scores had some lineman maybe scored a TD? tech beats uga once in eight years by three points and yall act like you’ve never lost. thats funny!

see you this november nerds!

51-7!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

1-7 the last eight years! hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!


July 7th, 2009
11:56 am

I remember that play. I couldn’t believe he didn’t just barrel through to get that first down. It’s understandable that he wasn’t aware of it because he didn’t get the ball for a while, but that play had me on the edge. A 3 point margin of victory is a victory, but 7 points is just better, obviously.


July 7th, 2009
12:16 pm

Really it probably would have been 56 to 34, but our kicker would have shanked the extra pt., due to fatigue.


July 7th, 2009
1:59 pm

I worked with Austin last Summer at DHGC. He’s a nice, down to earth guy, as is shown in this interview. Just show’s how great of a job CPJ is doing at recruiting! Good luck this year, bud. I have my season tickets this year, so I won’t be needing your UGA tickets again.


July 7th, 2009
2:01 pm

And by the way, it is Sellers, because I worked with him at the country club last summer too.


July 7th, 2009
2:05 pm

Jacketsareretarded…. Hahahahah. The day you honor anything that gives that toilent bowl stadium any tradition. Vd gets a statue and you bring larry munson on the field hahahahahahha you get beat by freshman and somphs and first year coach. Hahahahahahahaha. You guys are so funny. No nothing at uga. Ugly ass stadium. Herschel walker. Years. But I guess Kemp shut that down. Honor the only thing you have and you lose to Tech. Hahahahahahahah. Keep the 7 yrs before that. 1st draft pick. Best game and loses to Tech. Richts haircut and tan isn’t gonna work anymore. Don’t act like ga tech hasn’t had the players. Gailey is gone hahahahhahaha. Richts a baby no passion.


July 7th, 2009
2:06 pm

He didn’t get in because the jackets are WEAK. Payback is coming nerds. Can’t wait to get to ATL and party on your turf the whole second half. It will be over by then.


July 7th, 2009
2:09 pm

We will keep the seven years to your one. Get ready for another streak bumble bees, now you made Richt angry. You wont like him when he is angry.

Not Disappointed

July 7th, 2009
2:15 pm

I’m with Melinda, “Cant September get here already! Great interview. I recall seeing that play and wondering why he didn’t lie down the Boom! Oy!” Sounds like a great player that can do well at the Flats! Ramblin Wreck!

Not Disappointed

July 7th, 2009
2:20 pm

Hey, bruffmutt, does coach St Richt get angry when Florida have they way on and off the field ugag?
Now, back to work and get the Ketchup. My fries are getting cold!

GT Rich

July 7th, 2009
2:35 pm

Barrick was a recruit under Gailey; however, Giff was the recruiting coordinator back then as well. One of Johnson’s best personnel decisions was to keep Giff on board. Giff deserves much of the credit for the players that Johnnson is coaching now. The O-line is young through all three levels of depth. Should be interesting to see how they continue to adapt to the cut blocking techniques. Also look forward to seeing the passing plays become more efficient (and a little more frequesnt).

Phil McCrotch

July 7th, 2009
2:45 pm

Richt looks like Helen Hunt when he’s angry.

Not Disappointed

July 7th, 2009
3:19 pm

ROFL Phil!!!

Heaven b/t the hedges/Lets be honest

July 7th, 2009
4:34 pm




Stay off my blogs and I’ll stay off yours.


July 7th, 2009
6:12 pm




July 7th, 2009
7:32 pm

You guys are piling on Doug like the media piles on Sarah Palin. Give Doug a break. He’s a good sport to put up with everyone’s crap. Isn’t there enough trash talk on this blog already?

Lets be honest

July 7th, 2009
8:09 pm

5-14 vs the DAWGS since 1990!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

How pathetic.

GT Grad

July 7th, 2009
9:17 pm

Good write-up Doug.


July 7th, 2009
9:39 pm

BruffDawg, you keep your seven wins to our one….we’ll keep OUR eight wins to YOUR one! WE own THE streak! Let’s be honest, 5-14 since 1990?!….. where’s the national championships in these dominating times? 1990…. the year we won one of our four National Championship!

lets be real honest

July 7th, 2009
9:43 pm

dawgs are 3-16 against florida since 1990!!! Tech is better at beating you than you are beating the gators!

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