Archive for October, 2010

Nesbitt inches closer to record

If Joshua Nesbitt does half of what he normally does when Georgia Tech plays Clemson, he’ll carve out a spot for himself Saturday in the ACC record book – displacing a Tiger.

Tech’s senior needs 44 rushing yards to become the leading rusher among quarterbacks in conference history. Former Clemson star Woody Dantzler had 2,761 rushing yards from 1998-2001. Nesbitt has 2,718.

This is the second note on the Tigers’ football information package, where it points out that Nesbitt has averaged 90.3 rushing yards per game against Clemson in three games. He had totals of 91 and 103 in games against the Tigers last season.

Nesbitt said, “It wouldn’t mean that much more if I get it at Clemson or anywhere else. It means a big deal me going in the history books, but I’m just worried about the defense they play. I doubt they’re thinking about the record right now; they’re thinking about the last couple years.”

Getting healthy

Injured tackle Phil Smith (ankle), who did …

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ACC coaches’ quotes, Week 8

Here is a transcript of the quotes from the weekly ACC coaches’ teleconference, courtesy of the ACC:



COACH GROBE: Thank you. We got worn out pretty good this past week with a Virginia Tech team that is playing great football right now. I couldn’t have been more impressed with their football team. I was very disappointed that we didn’t play very well, and at the same time though, I think we played a heck of a team in Virginia Tech.

Q. Coach Grobe, last week at this time, I said it appeared Tyrod Taylor was flying under the national radar. You commented he wasn’t flying under your radar. Now that you’ve had a chance to face him and see him, your thoughts on Virginia Tech’s quarterback, please?

COACH GROBE: Well, I thought we took his best shot on Saturday. He has shown significant improvement from the start of the year. He’s very comfortable throwing the football right now. He made some great throws against us Saturday. But the thing that he’s doing a …

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Special teams need to be special

Georgia Tech’s chances of defending its ACC title will likely be determined in the next four games, starting with Saturday’s trip to Clemson.

Many of you remember the contributions that the Yellow Jackets’ special teams made in both of the team’s wins over the Tigers last season: Scott Blair with seven field goals and a touchdown pass.

Coach Paul Johnson noted last week that special teams is going to be a factor in a game at some point during the stretch.

Well, it seems that Tech’s special teams are rounding into shape at the right time.

Aside from Blair’s missed field goal on Saturday, he was a perfect 9-for-9. He’s now 9-for-10.

Punter Sean Poole has also been producing, putting four punts inside the 20-yard line against Middle Tennessee State, and had another two weeks ago in the win against Virginia.

Coach Paul Johnson said he would like to see Poole become more consistent — he’s had a 10-yard and 23-yard punt this season, but hopes he can do it on fewer attempts. He’s …

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Cord Howard will start for Buffalo

While things haven’t been great for Tech’s rookies in the NFL this season, Cord Howard got a piece of good news this week.

Howard, who signed with Buffalo as an undrafted free agent, will make his first start in the league in Sunday’s game at Baltimore, according to the Buffalo News.

Though Howard played guard at Tech, he will start at right tackle for Chan Gailey’s team.

Howard is one of five players from last year’s ACC champions who are now in the NFL. Defensive end Derrick Morgan (Titans) and safety Morgan Burnett’s (Packers) promising seasons ended prematurely because of knee injuries. Jonathan Dwyer has yet to carry the ball.

But Demaryius Thomas has 14 catches for 178 yards and two touchdowns.

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It’s not the size, it’s the noise

Many of you have expressed concern that Georgia Tech’s new basketball arena, Hank McCamish Pavilion, may not have as many seats as Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

AMC seats roughly 9,200. The Hank will seat approximately 8,900. It’s really too early to tell if that approximation will be correct. After all, the arena isn’t scheduled to reopen until the fall of 2012.

I’m not sure why there’s concern about the seating … or the lack of suites for that matter. Tech had an announced attendance of more than 9,000 in just three of its 16 home games last season.

A look at the other basketball-only arenas in the ACC shows that the Hank’s capacity will be similar:

Boston College’s Conte Forum seats 8,606.

Clemson’s Littlejohn Coliseum seats 10,000.

Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium seats 9,314.

Miami’s Bank United Center seats 7,900.

Those are a few. Others range from 10,000-14,000.

Of course, there are a few exceptions…North Carolina seats 21,750.

[those figures come from wikipedia]

Plus, look …

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Johnson not sure how injuries can be avoided

With the recent news that the NFL will suspend players for violent hits, coupled with the paralysis of a Rutgers player following a tackle, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said he’s not sure there’s anything else that can be done to minimize the chance for injuries.

“It’s football, they are going to hit each other,” Johnson said. “I don’t think anybody goes out there and intentionally tries to hurt anybody.”

He noted that there are already rules in place against helmet-to-helmet hits, as well as for hitting defenseless players.

“I don’t know what else you can do,” he said.

Johnson said that he hadn’t spoken to the team specifically about Scarlet Knights defensive tackle Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed from the neck down after a hit in a game against Army last weekend. LeGrand appeared to duck his head as he went in for a tackle.

But Tech’s coaches emphasize every day the need to maintain proper techniques in an attempt to minimize injuries.

“We still work on fundamentals …

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Quotes from Dabo Swinney

A transcript of Clemson coach Dabo Swinney’s quotes, courtesy of the ACC.

The Tigers will host Georgia Tech at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Opening Statement
“If there’s a team we should know something about, it’s Georgia Tech. They’ve won three in a row against us (against Swinney, four in a row overall) and are starting to play their best football. We have to focus on playing a complete game against these guys. That’s something we’ve yet to do.
“It’s come down to the final play in our last couple of matchups with these guys. In the championship game, we played about as well as you can offensively. We just haven’t quite put it together with a complete game.
“We’re going to need solid contribution in all three phases. Although we didn’t play a great game offensively this week against Maryland, we made critical contributions at times to put the game away.
“Georgia Tech has six starters back on offense. Anthony Allen was the A-back last year and now he’s the …

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Quotes from Paul Johnson’s press conference

Here is a transcript of Paul Johnson’s weekly press conference, courtesy of Georgia Tech’s sports information department:

Johnson’s Opening Statement

“It will be good to get back into conference play this week. I thought that we made some progress last week in the game against Middle Tennessee. Certainly everything is not where we would like for it to be, but all you can do is keep working on it, keep trying to get better and I think the last couple of weeks we have made some progress.”

“Going up, historically, and even since I have been here, the three times we have played them, all of the games have gone right down to the end. Historically, they have all been close. It is a tough place to play, it gets really loud and it ought to be a great college football game.”

Johnson on the progress of the team

“You would like to be more efficient in all areas. We got some turnovers in the last game and that is an area that we talked about. The points per game (on defense) has …

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Daniel Miller, Nate Hicks out

Georgia Tech basketball player Daniel Miller is out three weeks and Nate Hicks may miss two weeks because of injuries and ailments.

Miller, a 6-11 center from Loganville, contracted mononucleosis. A redshirt freshman and one of the team’s few big men, Miller is being counted on this season to provide rebounding.

Hicks, a 6-10 center from Panama City Beach, Fla., sustained a concussion in practice on Sunday. Hicks is a true freshman.

Neither will be able to participate in Friday’s scrimmage at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Their status for the exhibition game against Clark Atlanta on Nov. 5 hasn’t been determined.

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Johnson wishes Taylor the best

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson wished Cooper Taylor all the best on Tuesday after it was announced last week that Taylor had decided to leave the team.

Johnson said he didn’t put in place any restrictions on where Taylor could transfer other than, “Hopefully he’ll find a place where he gets his desire back. He’s a good athlete.”

Taylor was once one of the team’s top safeties, starting three games last season and this season’s opener against South Carolina State. But in recent weeks his role has been reduced to the point that he barely played in the win against Virginia.

“That [the decision] just didn’t happen in one game,” Johnson said. “It’s been an ongoing deal that’s been coming for a long time. I think Cooper is a good person and a good guy. He’s had to got through a lot, medically and with everything else.”

During the third game of the 2009 season against Miami Taylor began experiencing an increased heart rate. He was later diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White …

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