Quotes from Dominique Reese

While the 2009 season ended with an ACC championship, Dominique Reese says it was the hardest season he’s had in four years at Georgia Tech.

Nagging injuries to his shoulder hampered him throughout the season. He would try to hurry back, but couldn’t play like he wanted to. The Vanderbilt game may have been his lowest point, when he was beaten a few times, left laying on the ground, slapping the turf in frustration.

But Reese says he’s healthy and ready to go in this, his fifth and final season at Tech.

He took time on Wednesday to sit down with the media and talk about a few topics. Questions and answers have been paraphrased.

Can you believe this is your last year?

It’s gone by fast.

Seeing the incoming freshmen, I remember when I did that give years ago.

You came as a quarterback, but moved to cornerback and then safety. This year you are back to cornerback. Do you have a preference?

Just being on the field really. I just want to play.

How was the switch with you and Jerrard Tarrant in the spring, with Tarrant moving from corner to safety and you the other way?

Switch is working out well. Jerrard looks comfortable. I felt comfortable at corner.

Is this the deepest secondary Tech has had since you’ve been here?

Definitely the deepest secondary. We’re going to miss Morgan [Burnett]. He’s going to get his six picks.

But the guys listed at third string, they could start.

How are the injuries?

I definitely feel like I’m 100 percent…finally.

The hardest part was trying to fight through the injuries, seeing my teammates out there without being able to help.

As a senior, are you being more of a leader?

I’m just playing my role. Brad’s the real senior leader. Im just trying to do my role.

Last year, we knew who..Derrick [Morgan], Brad, Morgan.

We’ve got the same group of guys playing with each other for three years now. All you have to do is do your job.

We might not be ranked high going into this year. We’ve been playing together so long, we know what we can do.

Have you seen the all-ACC team?

I saw Sean Bedford was on it.

Does that bother you that more Tech players weren’t on it?

I’m self-motivated so I don’t pay attention to the media, not to knock you guys. All we can do is go out there and play. It’ll take care of itself at the end of the season.

Have you been watching film of the Pittsburgh Steelers (and their 3-4 defense)?

Talked to D-Rich [Darryl Richard] and Gary Guyton [of the New England Patriots], we’re running someof the same stuff they are doing.

They were trying to prep me on some of the defense before coach Groh got here.

Which receivers impressed you in the spring?

Those DBs, they better get out of their backpedal fast with Stephen Hill. He’s a blazer. TMel (Tyler Melton) will catch anything. This year they are really going to have cover everybody.

What about the secondary all having the same coach?

I’m really excited about that. Last year we were split up, not knocking last year. But a couple of times last year we were not on the same page.

I like Coach Kelly. Coach Kelly expects a lot. If you don’t get it, you won’t play.

What have you learned from the coaches that have been here?

I’m glad that coach Gailey was here when I first got here. He focused on everybody doing things the right way. Kind of a father off the field.

Coach Johnson has an open-door policy, we can express our feelings and express what was wrong. Coach Johnson talks to everybody. It’s easy to talk to him.

Coach Johnson has said many times that one of the reasons he hired coach Groh was that he knows the defense and can make fixes if people find a weakness. Many of the guys have said last year the defense would change from week to week and within the game. How frustrating was it?

It was kind of difficult. We would change defenses from week to week to stop what our opponents were doing instead of what we would do best. That’s our main goal going into this year, limit points and limit big plays.

Coach Groh has said he likes to coach from the field because he can look the players in the eye. How will that be?

Right when we come off the field we can go talk to him. He can get us in a huddle and we can go to the chalkboard and draw it up.

Did he encourage that during the spring scrimmages? For y’all to tell him what was working?

During the spring he wanted us to know the defense in and out so we could tell him what was going right.

Coach Groh comes across as very energetic, do y’all like that?

Coach Groh is like [former]  coach Tenuta on the field. The difference is you can talk to him. I was scared to talk to coach Tenuta, maybe because I was young.

You take after your coach. If your coach is firey you are going to be firey.

What are your goals for August?

I just want us to improve as a defense. I know the offense is going to do what it can do. I feel like if we do how we’re coached to do we can stop teams.

How have the young cornerbacks looked?

I worked out with Louis [Young] and Ryan [Ayers]. We’re working out with them they so won’t be behind. Ryan has good footwork, he’s natural. Louis is a hard-worker.

How’s Taylor looked?

Have you seen Cooper? Cooper’s 225. He’s huge. He still has that speed. I think we’re going to see Cooper used a lot. You could see him in the box. He’s the size of a LB and can run like a deer. I’m excited to see him.

148 comments Add your comment


July 29th, 2010
5:09 am

I’m ready for Jackets football.Go Tech

Golden Tornado

July 29th, 2010
5:35 am


July 29th, 2010
7:00 am

Hopefully some great things happening on D this year. Go Jackets!


July 29th, 2010
7:27 am

should have ask him what happened in the GEORGIA game.


July 29th, 2010
7:35 am

SD,….upsets happen,…it made your season. You ended up in Shreveport,…la de freakin’ da. You ignorant nadlikers just don’t get it,…ugag is is headed to a 3rd place finish in the SEC-east.


tech man

July 29th, 2010
7:37 am

i’m excited to see what this Al Groh defense can do! Go Jackets!!

Burdell, PhD

July 29th, 2010
7:39 am

Run, Coop, Run!



July 29th, 2010
7:46 am

It is soo nice to see that we have these LOSER Georgia fans posting on our boards. Haha they have nothing better to do than post on our boards. Y’all need to worry about your own PATHETIC team this year. Yall are losing at least 5 games this year AS USUAL! Go JACKETS!!! and maybe y’all need to concentrate more time into hiring an A.D. who doesn’t ride drunk around Atlanta with a hooker in his car and red panties in his lap. That would serve you better than posting all day on the TECH blogs. Now get back to work………My pizza is late!!


July 29th, 2010
7:53 am

I’m really excited to see cooper taylor play now both AA and now Dominique have said that he is looking pretty amazing.


July 29th, 2010
8:35 am

I think the tech defense is the key to your season. If they are much improved tech should have a good season although I don’t think you repeat as acc champs. I also still like the Dawgs in november. Good luck until that game!

Jacket Backer

July 29th, 2010
8:40 am

Getting close!

Go Jackets!!


July 29th, 2010
8:53 am

If the defense can go from completely horrible to just bad, we’ll win a lot of games this year.

Animal control Officer

July 29th, 2010
9:06 am

37 Days until kickoff!!!


July 29th, 2010
9:06 am

I like our old ball coach :
*1st priority after winning ACC championship game & going to Orange Bowl- he brings in a new Defensive Co -ordinator (Al Groh)
its all about winning and will do whatever it takes to mold a championship caliber program at TECH….I see us going 9-3 or 10-2 with losses to VT,Miami and maybe uga…uga HELL NO , we go 10-2 !!!

Bromariyus Thomas

July 29th, 2010
9:18 am

I’m excited to see Cooper play… Anthony Allen was like, “Man, I need to get some heart surgery!” It sounds like Taylor has become a really scary safety on paper, and I’m excited to see him get into the mix. His forced fumble against FSU a couple of years ago was one of the most exciting sports moments I’ve witnessed live.


July 29th, 2010
9:24 am

Should be a great year. I’m excited to see what the secondary can do now that DB’s don’t have to play ten yards off a receiver. As a group as deep as a position as Tech has, save maybe RB’s.


July 29th, 2010
9:27 am

can you imagine if the defense is as good as the offense?? it’s always been one or the other.


July 29th, 2010
9:34 am

Bring it on!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Jackets!!!!!!!!

Lets play and see!!!!!!!!!!

The Bees Nees

July 29th, 2010
9:38 am

Does anyone know if there has been any talk about moving Cooper to outside linebacker? With this new weight and height, he seems to be exactly what Groh has expressed he was looking for at that position.


July 29th, 2010
9:49 am

I love hearing from guys who have been around for 5 years. You can get a since of how the program is evolving. Great interview. Go luck to Dominique and the entire D-Fence. Go Jackets!!!!


July 29th, 2010
9:51 am

Superdawg- should of asked him why I’m going to punch some Georgia fan in the face at Samford after we rip your hedges out (again)?


July 29th, 2010
9:54 am

The bees nees- Thats a great question, I was thinking the same thing.


July 29th, 2010
10:00 am

I remember these AJC Q&A’s with Tech players last year and the Georgia game was a hot topic. Thus year, not so much. What’s going on Techies?


July 29th, 2010
10:07 am

By the way, wasn’t Reese the guy who got his jock handed to him on the opening drive by Joe Cox? Joe lowered the boom on one of Tech’s sissy linebackers near the sideline and knocked him flat on his arse. I think it was Reese. He probably thought to himself, “Can’t we just play Wake Forest every week?”

Paul in RDU

July 29th, 2010
10:19 am

dawgfan – If you check the stats from the GT-UGA game, you’ll see that Joe Cox had 1 run for 1 yard in the first half. Mustn’t have been much of a “lowered boom”.


July 29th, 2010
10:27 am

B. Thomas….I agree about the Coop-forced fumble against FSU in ‘08. After all the trials and tribulations and blown leads during the 90’s with FSU and up until that game…then they started that late march down the field for the win. What a play…what a game…best win of ‘08 imo. By far one of my top five in person sports moments similar to the VT game last year.



July 29th, 2010
10:29 am

Nice interview. Gotta love these Cooper Taylor rumors. AA talked about him like he had heart surgery and turned into the Hulk. Now Reese just says “Have you seen him? He’s huge”, like he’s a legend. Haha. Defense should, at the very least, be more lively than last year.


July 29th, 2010
10:38 am

Actually that’s was mike peterson dawgfan.


July 29th, 2010
10:45 am

Couple things, dawgfan. Your obsession with Tech is staggering. Second, Reese plays DB. Read the article next time. Lastly, if you want to talk about QBs decking people, say what you want, but Reggie Ball decked Bruce Thornton…


July 29th, 2010
10:53 am

dawgfan, why it’s not the hottest topic with us right now is due to our feeling that we are now AT LEAST on the Dawgs’ level…so that old fear and frustration our media coverage used to display is gone. We know we can beat you guys. Yall still feel superior because of the all-time series and the 8 of 9 stat, and that’s earned. Kudos. But to us Tech fans..the real record stands at 1-1. That’s the CPJ era so far. And the loss last year hurt, but it was winnable for us all the way down to one dropped pass. So again, we don’t feel the Dawgs are better by a large margin anymore, we feel waling into Athens this November and pulling off a win is not looking any harder than doing the same in Blacksburg, Clemson or even Chapel Hill. And it definitely isn’t harder than playing and winning in Charlotte or the Orange Bowl – all of which are what we are ACTUALLY focused on. It’s not the rivalry doesn’t mean anything. We still hate Georgie everyday and twice on Sunday, but the fear is gone. We feel the teams are as equal as they have ever been. In a sense, that should make the rivalry even better in the long run, but don’t expect us to whine like we used to when Gailey threw yall 7 straight.


July 29th, 2010
11:02 am

you GT fans on here predictig 10-2 are wrong. CPJ and this team will look at 10-2 as failure. They are too focused and too driven to settle for that. I asssure you the goals are set much higher, fans need to buy in and believe. GO JACKETS also look forward to seeing Dominique on the Tron again leading the fans in cheers


July 29th, 2010
11:08 am

Since the UGA game, we have won a conference championship game, went to a BCS bowl, hired a new DC and completely changed our defense, and had 4 players go to the NFL. It makes sense to ask UGA about that game because it was the highlight of their season and really the only positive thing that happened for them last year. It doesnt really make much sense to ask Tech about it. It was just a small bump on last years great season.


July 29th, 2010
11:18 am

Since the UGA game, Tech beat an 8-5 team and lost its 5th bowl game in a row.

All a matter of perspective isn’t it?


July 29th, 2010
11:24 am

Dude, get a life dawgfan. We don’t even really care what you say because it’s tired and predictable.


July 29th, 2010
11:42 am

Dawgfan – Those pizzas are getting cold. You won’t get any tips…..

Delbert D.

July 29th, 2010
11:53 am

Cooper Taylor was a 4.35 40 guy when he was under 200 lbs. I wonder what he runs now. Force = mass X acceleration.


July 29th, 2010
11:55 am


July 29th, 2010
12:00 pm

Is it just me, or is Bill King the stupidest UGA fan ever? My God, get a clue Bill….Everyones laughing at UGA for all the trouble they’ve been getting in, red panties, Zack Mettenberger….the list goes on and on and Bill King’s sitt’n here writing about the Georgia football helmet and how it’s the best helmet ever. LOL….What a joke! I guess if it takes the bad press away, then so be it. hahaha

“Best helmet ever” hahahahaha….right!


July 29th, 2010
12:17 pm

Yes, all 30,000 UGA students and hundreds of thousands of alumni have been getting in trouble. Not a few individuals, but all of UGA. Whatever takes away the pain of your joke program getting its arse clocked by UGA year in and year out, right Techie?

Notice how we UGA fans very rarely mention Tech players getting DUI’s (Joe Hamilton), trafficking narcotics (Reuben Houston), or beating up a girl (Robert Hall). Know why? Because we don’t freaking have to. That’s why. We’re winners. You’re the losers. We don’t have to stoop that low. You do. God it must suck to be you.

8 outta 9
15 outta 19
23 outta 30

And the beat goes on…

This is Dawg fans life

July 29th, 2010
12:27 pm

that’s the point!
Football is not trivial entertainment, to some. Sadly it’s self image and self esteem. If it weren’t so important, criminals wouldn’t be recruited to state U campuses and there would be no, test questions life how many halves………..
Dawg fan isn’t going to Gator articles to comment, for obvious reasons, and she won’t be back here if Tech wins this year.

Will I make more money and get more respect....

July 29th, 2010
12:30 pm

I’m a high school senior and just moved to this state from Montana. Will I make more money and get more respect if I graduate from Georgia Tech or the U of Georgia?

OK Dawgfan you win again!

July 29th, 2010
12:35 pm

On the arrest scoreboard you’ve got Tech for 3, in a 3 year time period?
How many you got for THE DAWGS, in the last 3 years? How bout 3 months?
And for a bonus round, how many Jan Kemps and Jim Harrick Jrs does Tech have? You’ll obviously NEVER be able to get into Tech.


July 29th, 2010
12:43 pm

DAWGFAN, it seems as though the Tech fans cant stand reding the facts…..we cant come to their blogs either….waaaaaaaahhhhhhhh……..although they show up on ours constantly…..don’t flatter yourselves techies, we have no infatuation with you guys at all, there are many more good teams to worry about……23 out of 30 against tech has made them an afterthought, probably the same way Fla looks at us……..just worry about finally winning a bowl game, having back to back good seasons,of which I can’t remember the last time you did, and try to win more than once a decade against UGA……..By the way, who is Dominique Reese…….never heard of him……

supersize that order, mutt

July 29th, 2010
12:51 pm

mcmutt, if you have no infatuation (I prefer to call it an obsession) with Tech, then why do you even bother to read our blogs and post on them? And don’t tell me that Tech people post on your blogs. That has nothing to do with why you post here. If you do it hoping to gain some sense of revenge, then that just shows how childish you are…adults I know don’t engage in such immature behavior. That only leaves one possibility—you hate Tech, and the fact that you hate anybody or anything means that you can’t get it out of your mind. That, bubba, is obsession, and you stand convicted.


July 29th, 2010
12:53 pm

lol at dawgfan comparing GT’s arrests to UGA’s. Lets check the Fulmer cup standings.

UGA 1st
GT 37th

All time Fulmer cup standings:

UGA 3rd
GT 52nd

Yeah, you are right. Its pretty comparable.

OK Dawgfan you win again!

July 29th, 2010
12:56 pm

McDawghna, did you mean reading? or reding?
I think I know you, we were in Jim Harricks PE class together!

Al Groh's Disease

July 29th, 2010
12:57 pm

Same sorry players from last year on defense!


July 29th, 2010
1:01 pm

dawgfan IS the biggest Tech fan. Why else would he/it/she be on here every day!! I”m not saying once in a while. Every time a Tech based article is written he/it/she has to come on here and say what? nothing that matters. Stop responding to this puss and he/it/she will go away.


July 29th, 2010
1:02 pm

Looking forward to another great season on the Flats. For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!


July 29th, 2010
1:04 pm

Supersize!…….Nope, don’t hate Tech at all……too me this is all in fun……if we could’nt fire off on each other then the summers would be terribly boring leading up to the main event!…..If Tech were to play against some of my teams biggest rivals I’d probably pull for the bugs……You guys win and we win too then its good for both parties……..