Catching up with Dominique Reese

Dominique Reese lines up opposite Steve Smith. AARON MAY/SPORTS SPECTRUM

Dominique Reese lines up opposite Steve Smith. AARON MAY/SPORTS SPECTRUM

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  — Dominique Reese lined up against Steve Smith, one of the NFL’s premier wide receivers, ready to show what he has learned.

The first time they matched up, Smith caught a short pass that Reese couldn’t have stopped. The second time Reese covered his man (albeit Smith was wearing sneakers) he forced an incompletion.

Reese was one of several NFL draft hopefuls, including former Georgia Tech teammate Joshua Nesbitt, working out with current and former NFL players in Charlotte, N.C.

“I’m just trying to learn as much as I can,” Reese said.

After playing safety as a sophomore and junior, Reese moved to cornerback last season and led the team with 10 pass break-ups. Though his agent, Robert Walker, said Reese could play either in the NFL, Reese said he’s enjoyed focusing on cornerback during this training camp, which started the second week in January and will end the first week of March.

“It’s been a huge help,” Reese said. “I’ve been taking some of the stuff coach Groh taught. He taught me so much in that one year. I’m thankful for him. He coached in the NFL, so he knows what they are looking for.”

Reese wasn’t invited to any of the senior games or the NFL combine. His best chance to catch a scout’s eye will come at Tech’s pro day in March.

“I expect him to run around 4.4 40 [yard dash],” trainer Darin Tyson said. “He’s one of the guys that wants to do the right thing, he’s easily coachable. You just have to slow him down [sometimes] to put him in the right position.”

Helping his training has been that he’s finally healthy. He played with a shoulder injury that so bad he couldn’t bench when he arrived in Charlotte. After working with their medical staff, he said he’s now throwing up 225.

Reese graduated with a degree in management. He wants to play the professional football so badly, he turned down two job offers so that he could come work out to give it a shot.

“It’s always been a dream, always been a dream,” he said.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

Note: I apologize that I haven’t had a new blog in a few days. On Wednesday I drove to Charlotte to interview Nesbitt first thing Thursday morning. When I arrived, there stood Reese. Thursday afternoon was spent driving back, and then I came down with a nasty sore throat and body ache that forced me to bed for the past two days. Sitting in my hotel in Durham, N.C. Sunday afternoon was the first chance I’ve had to work on stuff with a somewhat clear mind.

80 comments Add your comment

William Satterwhite

February 20th, 2011
1:53 pm

It’s not that important but it might be useful to clarify which Steve Smith Reese was lined up against, there are two Pro Bowl WRs with that name- one is smaller and quicker, the other bigger and more physical.

5150 UOAD

February 20th, 2011
2:01 pm

Man to turn down a job sounds hard, but he has to try for his dream of the NFL.

Coach(sic) Paul Johnson

February 20th, 2011
2:15 pm

Georgia Tech has lost 5 of their last 6 football games, only beating Duke.

Georgia Tech only graduates 43% of their football players.

KillBuzz

February 20th, 2011
2:26 pm

Job Offer #1: Receptionist at low-end Engineering Firm

Job Offer #2: Waterboy for Georgia Tech women’s tennis.

“Management”…….. I thought all your boys were “helluva engineers”????

Duke

February 20th, 2011
2:34 pm

What time is the daily “Fire Paul Hewitt” discussion??

Bzzzzzzz

February 20th, 2011
2:38 pm

Killbuzz at least we now know Dawgs can actually think (always doubted that), even if it is wrongly, as you admitted by your question.

KillBuzz

February 20th, 2011
2:43 pm

Not a Dawg fan. Sorry.

I know it’s hard to fathom, but not everybody that hates your athletic teams is a UGA fan.

Tech Forever

February 20th, 2011
3:03 pm

I’ll bet money both Reese and Nesbitt do not perform well at their pro days, to no fault of their own really. Anyone want to bet?

Paul in RDU

February 20th, 2011
3:05 pm

“he’s now throwing up 225″
That must make quite a mess.
Doug – I doubt that the AJC expense account will cover dinner at the Magnolia Grill in Durham. Try Tyler’s Tap Room in the old American Tabacco warehouses, next to Durham Bulls Park – good food and about 100 beers to choose from.

Biff Pocoroba

February 20th, 2011
3:06 pm

Doug, you can just stay in bed and go ahead and file your story for tonight’s game since it will be so ugly. “Coach” Hewitt postgame: “We just had a tough night and couldn’t slow down their big guys. We worked on it in practice but they just didn’t do what they were supposed to. We just have to get back in the gym and get ready for Virginia.” Shumpert: “My arm got tired after taking that 25th shot and I didn’t have much left in the second half.”

OBSESSED

February 20th, 2011
3:07 pm

These are hilarious!!!!!!!

http://www.stingtalk.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=5

Somebody showed me this a little while back. Look how ABSOLUTELY OBSESSED Tech fans(sic) truly are over UGA.

It’s quite unhealthy to obsess over a team that OWNS YOU.

42-34

Vad Lee Show Forthcoming

February 20th, 2011
3:08 pm

Vad Lee is a young Tyrod Taylor. “You couldn’t catch him in a phone booth.”

Vad Lee highlights

http://www.athletevault.com/index.php?id=2122

RambleOn84

February 20th, 2011
3:12 pm

12 comments thus far, 5 of which come from dog fans…who’s obsessed with who?

ToeMeetsLeather

February 20th, 2011
3:24 pm

Sounds like KillBuzz probably got his application for admission to our great INSTITUTE turned down or could not cut it while there.

KillBuzz

February 20th, 2011
3:27 pm

ToeMeetsLeather,

you are another great example as to how somebody hating your athletics instantly becomes an academic issue.

Take your argument to the Academic Blogs…. people here want to smack talk sports.

RambleOn84

February 20th, 2011
3:29 pm

Quite pathetic when people can’t be happy for their own team and instead live only to insult others.

Tech will rebound this year and all you internet bullies will be eating your words.

KillBuzz

February 20th, 2011
3:30 pm

And RambleOn……

Who said all the posters smack talking your schools athletic programs are “Dawg fans”.

You are more hateable than your realize.

You actually make yourself sound extremely paranoid.

27-13

RambleOn84

February 20th, 2011
3:32 pm

I don’t care who you claim to be…you’re a loser for obsessing over our program. Enjoy the hell that is your life.

KillBuzz

February 20th, 2011
3:34 pm

RambleOn,

I have seen you comment on Dawg blogs talking smack.

So you are also a hypocrite.

Just get over the fact not everybody looks up to Georgia Tech as some “holier than thou” institution.

ToeMeetsLeather

February 20th, 2011
3:39 pm

BuzzKill, take your smack to an SEC blog, where the only thing that matters in life is wins and losses.

KillBuzz

February 20th, 2011
3:40 pm

I would but I am not an SEC fan. I agree with you on that jab.

collegeballfan

February 20th, 2011
3:49 pm

So Reese graduated? Has his degree. Good for him.

I do not blame him for giving the NFL a shot. The NFL minimum is more than he will make the first few years he is in a regular job.

dawgfan

February 20th, 2011
3:50 pm

Wins and losses don’t matter to Tech fans because their football program is historically on the losing end of the stick. Very convenient isn’t it? They put the score of the Georgia game on rings when they win it but then turn around the next year and claim it doesn’t mean anything to them when they lose it. Tech fans are an absolute embarrassment. They are the biggest bunch of sore loser crybabies in all of the sporting world. I know a lot of people think I’m just on here flaming, but I honest to god believe that. They are a total disgrace.

KillBuzz

February 20th, 2011
3:55 pm

Amen dawgfan.

27-13

ToeMeetsLeather

February 20th, 2011
4:01 pm

dawgfan, I hate like he** being 1-9 the last decade, but I’ll take that over having 13 out of 85 scholarship players arrested in one year! Athens-Clarke County had to put in a new order for orange jumpsuits for the 2011 season.

Hey and I’m a little slow, but I just figured out KillBuzz is either Clem or Clem’s son.

Paul in RDU

February 20th, 2011
4:07 pm

Wow – We have a Clemson troll on the blog.
Clemson – A team who hasn’t won the conference since 1991. A team with a record of 23-49-2 against GT.

KillBuzz

February 20th, 2011
4:07 pm

ToeMeetsLeather has now pulled the Georgia Tech fan “double-whammy” of using academics and off-field issues as a point of smack talk for an Athletic argument.

KillBuzz

February 20th, 2011
4:09 pm

and a team with a 27-13 score of the last meeting against Tech.

Remember how dawgfan called you out for putting the score of the 08′ GT/UGA game on rings? Remember how you guys flooded EVERY blog on the ajc with that score??

How is it any different than me smack talking you for beating you last year.

I guess it really isn’t a big deal when everybody else beat you too.

ToeMeetsLeather

February 20th, 2011
4:15 pm

KB,I don’t post smack on other team’s blogs, but if you come on ours you better be ready for the truth.

27-13, congratulations, Dabo is now 1-3 against CPJ

KillBuzz

February 20th, 2011
4:16 pm

And what is Paul Johnson’s record against UGA?

Yet you still smack talk those guys.

Outside Observer

February 20th, 2011
4:22 pm

I figured out who KB is!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYcsjSshlv8

I hope you don’t mind a little good-natured ribbing. Although, I’m intrigued your first comment focused on Georgia Tech academics, yet you get call out ToeMeetsLeather about academics.

RambleOn84

February 20th, 2011
4:25 pm

Dabo is an absolute joke, a great fit for Clemson. Clemson brings in top talent every year, yet underperforms on a consistent basis. Your team straight up sucks…which is why you won’t even claim them staright up. Your handle signifies your hate for Tech, a team which has beat you like a drum (save for the most recent game, but even a blind squirrel eventually finds a nut), rather than your love for your program. If my team was as crappy as Clemson, I wouldn’t claim them either.

KillBuzz

February 20th, 2011
4:32 pm

It’s a Tech blog.

I hate your athletics.

So while I am here I will make my name a disrespectful name toward your athletics.

And RambleOn, it’s funny how everything you just said about Clemson sums up EXACTLY how UGA fans feel about you……. except Paul Johnson finally got all his players in place and went 6-7.

RambleOn84

February 20th, 2011
4:37 pm

Actually, the seniors on this team (and redshirt juniors) were Gailey’s recruits. Johnson’s first class was in their third year this year and considering how many of them were redshirted, almost all of them were in only their second year of on-field experience.

I guess that doesn’t fit with the myth the Tech haters perpetuate of Gailey being some kind of super-recruiter, huh? Gailey brought in a couple of very good players in 2007, but most were not good at all and his judgment in compiling depth was atrocious.

And…Clemson still sucks hard.

Outside Observer

February 20th, 2011
4:39 pm

KillBuzz- hatred for Tech, RambleOn- not hatred for UGA or Clemson… Paul Johnson- not an absolute joke, Dabo…. still up for debate…Bringing in top talent- not true at all about Tech, very true for Clemson and UGA…
I submit my disagreement with your final statement…

dawgfan

February 20th, 2011
4:53 pm

Tech fans love to point out how other teams supposedly bring in top talent but do nothing with it, as if bringing in mediocre talent and doing nothing with it is somehow more impressive. These clowns win the ACC once in 19 years and act like they are the freaking Hoosiers and somebody is going to make a movie about their heroic story of overcoming great odds. They don’t make movies about 6-7 teams that beat their biggest rival once in 10 years Techies. If they made a movie about Tech football it would go straight to video and come on Comedy Central at 2 in the morning.

Thanks.

Doug Roberson

February 20th, 2011
5:01 pm

I appreciate the dining tips, but I’ve spent the afternoon in the room, slurping throat syrup and trying to watch the Daytona 500.

RambleOn84

February 20th, 2011
5:08 pm

And if they made a movie about dog football, it would be packaged with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour Too Hot for TV video.

RambleOn84

February 20th, 2011
5:11 pm

Doing nothing with less talent is not more impressive than doing nothing with more talent, but doing nothing with more talent is more disappointing than doing nothing with less talent.

Clemson is consistently one of the most disappointing programs in the country…the dogs are working hard to catch up to their level, but I have faith they will.

5150 UOAD

February 20th, 2011
5:12 pm

Don’t forget the Girls Gone Wild dvd collection and a 6pack of PBR.

RambleOn84

February 20th, 2011
5:13 pm

I was at first thinking Cops, but that was just too obvious. Anything in the $1 bin at Wal-Mart would work.

KillBuzz

February 20th, 2011
5:16 pm

SO what do all these assessments make Georgia Tech?????

RambleOn84

February 20th, 2011
5:19 pm

Tech is our school, and we will be there to support it We have a very good coach who hates losing and will get our program back on track.

I don’t really care about other programs, and I am always regretful after having brought myself down to your level and talking negatively about other schools.

GO JACKETS!

5150 UOAD

February 20th, 2011
5:21 pm

It makes Tech a great school that has to get kids from other states.The school system in GA doesn’t teach enough math and science for most Ga kids to stay in TECH.

5150 UOAD

February 20th, 2011
5:23 pm

I love It!!!! Dale Jr wrecks at the end of the Daytona 500.

5150 UOAD

February 20th, 2011
5:32 pm

The Wood Bros with a 20 yrold rookie wins the DAYTONA 500. Freaking crazy.

dawgfan

February 20th, 2011
6:24 pm

“Clemson is consistently one of the most disappointing programs in the country…”

This from a guy whose team hasn’t won a major bowl game since the 50’s or any bowl game whatsover in 6 freaking years.

Congratulations to Georgia Tech football for doing absolutely nothing with less talent.

RambleOn84

February 20th, 2011
6:31 pm

But…… but….. um……. um…… we beat UGA in 2008!!!!!!!

GoJackets

February 20th, 2011
7:16 pm

Hey, dawgfan – speaking of doing nothing, have you gone to the Butt-Smear building to check out that trophy you guys got for being preseason #1?

gtfanfrom1951

February 20th, 2011
7:43 pm

Trash talk from UGA fans. Its all they have. Last season is over with…thank the Lord. Both teams had very bad seasons and are best forgotten.