Archive for November, 2009

Seven Jackets make All-ACC in football

Seven  Georgia Tech players  made the All-ACC football team that was announced on Monday.

Five players on offense and two on defense were honored. Six of those players made the first team in a vote conducted by 40 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Quarterback Josh Nesbitt, B-back Jonathan Dwyer, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, center Sean Bedford and guard Cord Howard were honored on the offensive side of the ball.

They helped the Jackets lead the ACC in scoring (35 points per game), total offense (440.5 ypg), rushing offense (305 ypg) and pass efficiency (160.7 rating).

Defensive end Derrick Morgan was honored on the other side for his  12.5 sacks. Safety Morgan Burnett made the second team

Clemson, Tech’s opponent in the ACC championship game on Saturday, had three players on the first team: C.J. Spiller, Atlanta native and tight end Michael Palmer, and safety DeAndre McDaniel.

FIRST TEAM

Offense

QB–Josh Nesbitt, Georgia Tech (50)

RB–Jonathan …

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Monken hired to be Georgia Southern’s coach

The spread option is coming back to Statesboro.

Georgia Southern has hired Georgia Tech special teams coordinator Jeff Monken to be its next  football coach.

Monken said he’s always wanted to be a head coach, and to get the chance to coach at a school like Southern, was too good to pass up.

“Anybody that coaches there realizes that … Ga. Southern is a school that people hold in high regard among FCS schools. The last couple of decades, it’s one of the most successful programs in the country,” Monken said.

“Tremendous to be considered and grateful for the opportunity.”

A press conference will be held in two weeks, after Tech plays in the ACC championship game against Clemson on Dec. 5. Monken said his first priority is to help Tech win the title game. He said he and Johnson will discuss if he’ll stay on after the title game.

“Having worked for coach [Paul] Johnson for 13 years, it’s agonizing to know that I’ll be on a different career path, but it’s a tremendous …

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Tech drops to 12 in AP

Georgia Tech dropped five spots to. 12 in the AP and USA Today Coaches’ polls after its 30-24 loss to Georgia on Saturday.

Clemson, Tech’s opponent in the ACC championship game on Saturday, dropped to 25 in the AP and fell out of the coaches’ poll.

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Paul Johnson transcript from Tuesday’s presser

From the fine folks in Georgia Tech’s sports information department, a transcript of Tuesday’s press conference:

Opening Statement:

“Good morning. I think the week off last week came at the right time. I was encouraged by what I saw in practice yesterday. The guys were excited to be out there after a few days off. We’re a day ahead of schedule getting ready for the game because we put a lot of work in yesterday. We’re excited to have the opportunity to play at home on Saturday night against a Georgia team that is very talented.”

On Georgia:

“I’m sure they’re going to come in here and play one of their best games. I would expect nothing less. We’re going to try and get ready to play one of our best [games]. They’ve got a lot to play for and so do we. It ought to be a good game.”

On the Georgia Tech-Georgia Rivalry:

“I know the game’s important, because it’s important to our fan base and the school and everyone else. Honestly, I get ready for this game as I get ready for any …

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Good practice on Monday

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson seemed to be pretty pleased with the team’s effort at practice on Monday.

Lest anyone has forgotten, the team has played 11 consecutive games, on top of a full month of practices in August.

They were off Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the first three-day stretch since after playing Miami, I believe.

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The finalists for the Doak Walker Award were announced. Jonathan Dwyer wasn’t among the three.

Alabama’s Mark Ingram was. Stanford’s Toby Gerhart was. No problems there.

Clemson’s C.J. Spiller was. Problem there.

Gerhart has rushed for more than 1,500 yards, with 23 touchdowns.

Ingram has rushed for 1,400 yards, with 15 touchdowns.

The key word is RUSHED.

Spiller has rushed for 894 yards, with seven touchdowns.

How does he fit in with the other two?

I can see Spiller for the ACC player of the year. I can see him for the Heisman. Both reward overall contributions. I can see that. Can’t see him for the Doak.

There are at least 45 players who have …

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Bye week, bye-bye. It’s game week, baby

Alright folks, it’s game week.

Questions abound:

Can Tech’s offense pick up were it left off against Duke?

Can Tech’s defense pick up were it left off against Duke?

Should Duke be the measuring stick? Don’t answer that.

The point is Tech’s offense, and its defense, was rolling (other than the Wake clunker) before the bye.

Here’s the good news.

Last year’s bye came on Sept. 27. Tech came back and smoked Duke 27-0. It had another Saturday off Nov. 15 and came back and smoked Miami 41-23 in a Thursday nighter.

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Coach Paul Johnson said he thinks everyone who got dinged up against Duke will be back for Georgia, including starting center Sean Bedford. Robert Hall, who had once said he hoped to be back in time for Georgia, likely won’t be back until the spring.

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As colleague Tim Tucker reported earlier, Georgia coach Mark Richt said he hopes that wide receiver A.J. Green and safety Baccari Rambo will be able to play on Saturday. Both were injured against Auburn.

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A few …

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Jackets for All-American

Georgia Tech’s sports information department put out a snazzy release touting the accomplishments of a few key players for All-American honors on Wednesday.

Here are the stats and a few of the notes from the release:

DERRICK MORGAN

2009
P-A    TKL        TFL        Sck        FC   FR Int PB BK

31-14 45    17.0-95 12.5-81    0      2    0     1   0

Career

P-A     TKL        TFL       Sck        FC   FR Int PB BK

66-39 105 28.0-153 19.5-131 0     6   0     5    1

• Has 12.5 sacks, which ranks first in the ACC and are the second-most nationally.

• Has 17.0 tackles for loss, which ranks first in the ACC and tied for the seventh-most nationally.

• Has six career fumble recoveries including two this season.

• Named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week (Sept. 14) and the Lott Trophy National Player of the Week for his performance against Clemson.

• Had three sacks in a game twice this season — …

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Switching to hoops

The Tech men’s basketball team will get its first test of this young season when it takes on Dayton at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Should it get by the flyin’ Flyers, George Mason or Villanova await the next day.

So, coach Paul Hewitt should find out fairly quickly what is working well, and what needs to be worked on in December before the conference season begins on Dec. 20 against Florida State.

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Back to football:

On CNNSI.com earlier today they posted their weekly Heisman watch, which is being dominated by running backs. Of course, Jonathan Dwyer’s name isn’t on there, despite the fact that his stats are easily comparable, and in one case, surpass the favorites.

Summarizing a few of their favorites:

Alabama’s Mark Ingram

194 rushes  1,297 yards  10 TDs

25 receptions  225 yards  3 TDs

Stanford’s Toby Gerhart

262 rushes  1,395 yards   19 TDs

8 receptions   87 yards

C.J. Spiller, Clemson

153 rushes   836 yards   6TDs

24 receptions     382 yards    3TDs

6 …

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Howard, Anderson honored by ACC

Georgia Tech offensive lineman Cord Howard and defensive tackle Ben Anderson were honored by the ACC on Monday for their performances in the Yellow Jackets’ 49-10 victory against Duke on Saturday.

Cord Howard

Cord Howard

Howard, a senior who received his second ACC award this season, helped Tech generate 519 yards of offense, including more than 300 yards rushing.

Anderson, a junior, picked up his first weekly award after posting two sacks and helping limit the Blue Devils to 25 yards rushing.

Ben Anderson

Ben Anderson

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Let the smacktalk begin

I’ll be taking a short blog break because Tech is off this week. I’ll be picking it back up again when the team resumes practice on Wednesday.

However, I open it to you to bring your best smack to UGA fans. A few caveats: no cursing, no personal insults, nothing unnecessary. Keep it clean, but make it fun.

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