Archive for February, 2011

A few numbers after Tech’s loss to Duke

Here are a few stats from Georgia Tech’s 79-57 loss to Duke on Sunday:

3 3-pointers made by the Yellow Jackets.

12 3-pointers missed by the Yellow Jackets. They were last in the ACC in 3-point shooting coming into the game. They are now hitting 28.8 percent.

20 shots made by the Yellow Jackets.

40 missed by the Yellow Jackets. They were last in the ACC in shooting percentage coming into the game. They are now hitting 40.4 percent.

21 second-chance points for Duke, including 16 in the first half.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

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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 …

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Four Jackets honored for grades by ACC

Four Georgia Tech football players were named to the All-ACC Academic team today.
Roddy Jones, Scott Blair, Logan Walls and Will Jackson were honored. It was Jones’ third time being honored.
Players must earn at least a 3.0 grade point average in the previous semester, and maintain a 3.0 cumulative avaerage to be considered.
– Doug Roberson, AJC

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Postgame quotes following Tech’s win over Chattanooga

PAUL HEWITT

On Shumpert’s performance:

“I thought Iman did a good job of bringing us home tonight, especially when they got it to 39-37, I thought he settled us down, made some pretty good plays, made some free throws and of course Glen shot the ball very well.”

On if Tech played down to Chattanooga’s level:

“In the first half, we missed some makeable shots. They were 0-for-10 for the first 10 threes; there were some long rebounds we didn’t convert. They were hustling. They were getting back. I won’t put it on that. I would hope we’re more mature than that at this point in the season.”

On giving Lance Storrs his first start of the season:

“He practiced well….I put Nate (Hicks) and Lance on the gold team with starters. Nate played well, but he didn’t breath well. He got winded very quickly, so I got him out of there. By the end of the game, he couldn’t breathe at all… He’s got some sort of congestion going on

On attendance being down:

“All we can …

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Catching up with Tyler Marcordes

It may one day be one of those stories of legend:

Kid shows up at Georgia Tech’s football offices, hoping to impress the coaches.

Coaches look at his smallish size (200 pounds) and his average film, are polite but it’s obvious to the kid that they aren’t interested.

Kid thinks, “I can be better.”

Kid begins working out.

Kid puts on 30 pounds and grows a couple of inches.

Kid shows up months later at Tech. Kid is now 6-4, 230 pounds with film that went from “Just Go With It” average to “The King’s Speech” excellent.

Tech offers him a scholarship. Kid takes it.

The kid is Tyler Marcordes, one of the Yellow Jackets’ 22 recent signees.

Like his father, Marcordes said he was a late bloomer. As a freshman, he was 5-9, 140 pounds. But once he bloomed he developed into an all-conference quarterback and safety at Normal Community West High School in Normal, Ill.

He is projected to play outside linebacker at Tech. To do so, he has been eating seven meals a day — “bunch of grilled …

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The 2011 ACC schedule

There are quite a few interesting games in the ACC this season, with Sept. 17 being THE DAY for many teams.

On that day, Florida State will host Oklahoma on Sept. 17. Clemson host Auburn and Miami will host Ohio State.

Here’s the entire ACC schedule, with home games in caps:

BOSTON COLLEGE

Sept. 3 NORTHWESTERN

Sept. 10 at UCF

Sept. 17 DUKE

Sept. 24 MASSACHUSETTS

Oct. 1 WAKE FOREST

Oct. 8 at Clemson

Oct. 15 OPEN

Oct. 22 at Virginia Tech

Oct. 29 at Maryland

Nov. 3 FLORIDA STATE (Thursday), ESPN, 8 pm

Nov. 12 NC STATE

Nov. 19 at Notre Dame

Nov. 26 at Miami

CLEMSON

Sept. 3 TROY

Sept. 10 WOFFORD

Sept. 17 AUBURN

Sept. 24 FLORIDA STATE

Oct. 1 at Virginia Tech

Oct. 8 BOSTON COLLEGE

Oct. 15 at Maryland

Oct. 22 NORTH CAROLINA

Oct. 29 at Georgia Tech

Nov. 5 OPEN

Nov. 12 WAKE FOREST

Nov. 19 at NC State

Nov. 26 at South Carolina

DUKE

Sept. 3 RICHMOND

Sept. 10 STANFORD

Sept. 17 at Boston College

Sept. 24 TULANE

Oct. 1 at FIU

Oct. 8 OPEN

Oct. 15 FLORIDA STATE

Oct. 22 WAKE FOREST

Oct. 29 …

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Georgia Tech’s 2011 schedule

Georgia Tech has two Thursday night games on the 2011 football schedule released today.

The Yellow Jackets will host ACC champs Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. on Nov. 10 in the teams’ second consecutive Thursday night meeting. The game will be on ESPN. Georgia Tech will open its schedule against Western Carolina with a Thursday night game on Sept. 1 at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

The Yellow Jackets went 6-7 last season, losing to Air Force in the Independence Bowl. The team has a challenging schedule featuring games against eight teams that played in bowls last season.

The Yellow Jackets will open ACC play by hosting North Carolina on Sept. 24. Its first road game will come the next week at N.C. State. The team has just one set of back-to-back road games, at Virginia and then at Miami on Oct. 15 and 22. It has a bye on Nov. 5.

GEORGIA TECH (home games in caps)

Sept. 1 WESTERN CAROLINA (Thursday)

Sept. 10 at Middle Tennessee

Sept. 17 KANSAS

Sept. 24 NORTH CAROLINA

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ACC schedule is coming out today

The 2011 ACC football schedule will be coming out at 2 p.m. today.

Here’s what we already know about Georgia Tech’s schedule:

After opening with a Thursday night Sept. 1 home game against Western Carolina, the Yellow Jackets will play at Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 10 and then will host Kansas on Sept. 17. Tech will end the regular season at home against the Bulldogs on Nov. 26. That completes Tech’s non-conference schedule.

The rest of Tech’s schedule:

  • ACC Home: Clemson, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia Tech
  • ACC Away: NC State, Virginia, Miami, Duke
  • The Yellow Jackets went 6-7 last season.  Tech lost several standout players from last year’s team, including quarterback Joshua Nesbitt, B-back Anthony Allen and middle linebacker Brad Jefferson. The team must also replace three starters on the offensive line and the entire secondary.

    Here is some info on Tech’s non-conference opponents:

    Western Carolina

    Sept. 1 at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

    2010 record: 2-9 overall, …

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    How can Tech turn things around?

    BLACKSBURG, Va. — Georgia Tech lost its fifth consecutive game, 102-77, on Sunday to Virginia Tech. It hasn’t beaten an opponent on its court in more than a year, a stretch of 14 games.

    Other than by winning the ACC tournament, the Yellow Jackets have no hope of playing in the NCAA tournament. Even the NIT tournament seems a long shot at this point.

    While the postseason seems a long way away — there are still six regular-season games remaining — what Tech do to avoid a losing season for the second time in three years?

    Getting off to better starts might help.

    During its past six losses, the Jackets have found themselves behind by at least eight points in the first half of each game. The Hokies had an unfathomable 25-point lead with 7:41 remaining.

    When a team is having trouble scoring, like the Jackets are, that’s not a recipe for success.

    FSU was able to race out to a 20-4 lead with 10:37 remaining in the first half. Clemson had an 11-point lead with 2:58 left. That came …

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    Numbers in Georgia Tech’s loss

    0 times in his career that Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt had been ejected before Sunday’s game at Virginia Tech.

    2 technicals called against Paul Hewitt in the first half, resulting in his first ejection.

    5 consecutive double-doubles for Virginia Tech’s Jeff Allen, who scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

    5 consecutive losses for the Yellow Jackets.

    6 technicals called in the game, including two separate ones against Glen Rice. He wasn’t ejected because the first was called after he hung on the rim.

    14 consecutive losses on opponent’s courts for Georgia Tech, stretching back to Jan. 16, 2010 when the Jackets defeated North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

    30-point lead for the Hokies with 9:45 remaining in the game.

    33 points, a season-high, for Virginia Tech’s Malcolm Delaney. He hit 9 of his 14 field goals, including 3 of 4 3-pointers. He hit 3 of 11 field goals and missed all three of his 3-pointers in Georgia Tech’s 72-57 win in Atlanta.

    55-percent shooting for Virginia …

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