More from Holton


Hope you had a good weekend. I have some stuff left over from the story I wrote for Monday’s paper about Georgia Tech safety Fred Holton, a hard-working guy who will make a run at one of the starting safety jobs.

1) Holton managed to get a spot on special teams last year as a true freshman despite arriving on campus in August. The scholarship normally freshmen arrive in the summer – this year’s class arrived last week – enough time to take part in the offseason strength and conditioning program and get adjusted to college. For personal reasons, Holton had to stay behind in Thomasville and as a result was behind. Still, Holton was on the field for Tech’s opener against South Carolina State. To me, it says a good about his instincts for the game, as well as his physical maturity.
“I just came in, I did what I was asked, I worked hard,” Holton said. “I just went along and eventually it worked out.”
Said secondary coach Charles Kelly, “Anytime you’re that physical and you can run, that gives you a chance to get on the field in special teams.”

2) Holton will have a shot at both safety positions. He’ll push both presumptive starters, Isaiah Johnson and Rashaad Reid. Kelly doesn’t like to distinguish much between the free and strong spots. “The way our safeties play, both wind up being strong and free,” he said.

3) Holton has switched his jersey number from No. 39 to No. 15. Holton said, when he was a high school freshman at Thomasville High, that whatever number he got, he would wear all the way through high school and college. When he got to Tech, wide receiver Correy Earls had No. 15, so Holton took 39. After the season, Holton requested 15 and got it after the spring. Cornerback Louis Young has switched numbers, from 16 to 8.

4) Apparently, linebacker Julian Burnett is the strongest player on the team, pound for pound. I asked Holton who it was, and he said Burnett, although he’s partial. Holton likes working out with his fellow South Georgian (along with B-back Charles Perkins).
Said Holton, “I thought I was strong, but that guy’s really strong.”
I asked strength coach Neal Peduzzi if Holton was among the strongest, pound for pound. Peduzzi said he’d know better after this week, when the team conducts mid-summer strength testing.
“Julian Burnett’s going to be hard to beat, but he’s definitely going to be up there,” Peduzzi said.

5) According to Holton, two players putting in good work in 7-on-7 drills are Young and wide receiver Chris Jackson, who is on track to be re-instituted to the team before fall camp begins after leaving the team last fall.
“In fact,” Holton said of Jackson, “he’s out there individually sometimes working against the DB’s, trying to get a little extra work in. We’ve got a lot of guys who are kind of [working extra] and getting that mentality.”

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June 27th, 2011
9:43 am


June 27th, 2011
9:50 am

Good to hear that about Chris Jackson, too.

Keep up the good work GT!!


June 27th, 2011
9:59 am

We clearly can’t recruit and Climpsun can. Look at all of those espn 150 athletes they get every year. All that says is they’ve got a bunch of Prima Donnas with a pet rock. We’ve got football players

Lumpkin Bumpkin

June 27th, 2011
10:00 am

Sweating, Young, Horton, Johnson. These 4 are going to rock our secondary.


June 27th, 2011
10:06 am

If it had not been for Gaileys last class with Dwyer, Nesbitt, Morgan, Burnett, etc. those numbers would have been even more favored toward CPJ. Gailey had that one great class, otherwise many of his recruits were actually 2star recruits. CPJ is going to right the ship. He knows what he is doing. Go Jackets!!!

GT Girl

June 27th, 2011
10:24 am

Go Jackets! Looking forward to great things from Holton and friends!


June 27th, 2011
10:37 am

He’s listed at 6-1 and over 200 lbs. His recruiting profile says he has great hands. If he’s this strong, why are we not trying him out at receiver? He doesn’t have to be 6-4 to make those behind the line catches and runs we all loved from Bay Bay and with experience at safety I’m sure he could close out the end for an A-back sweep pretty well.

Jackets jacket

June 27th, 2011
10:44 am

If it had not been for gaileys last class with Dwyer, Nesbtt, Morgan, Burnette etc 2008 and 2009 would have looked very similar to the end of 2010.1-5


June 27th, 2011
10:46 am

If he get a little bigger maybe he can play linebacker!!

GT BBall

June 27th, 2011
10:46 am

Can’t wait for this season to start!! GT fans get to watch our new QB’s and improved defense get off to a good start. UGA loses to Boise State and South Carolina.

so are guys aint getting almost

June 27th, 2011
10:53 am

free plane fairs to an from la ? wtf.

speakin of which what is it with the uga guys n their blogs? they can come on our blogs and trash the hell out of us. they can trash the hell out of us on there blog but …. let one of us post trash talk back an you get banned?

always thought the dawgs were sissies and the fact that they can dish it out but cant take it proves as much.

Jason how dare you call the

June 27th, 2011
10:58 am

clumpson coach a pet rock.

he maybe dumb as a rock but he is no pet.

it sounds like we have leaders

June 27th, 2011
11:00 am

on our team this year. not ‘ring leaders’. congrats guys.


June 27th, 2011
11:15 am

Well, I guess I’ll have to post this over here because UGA-homer Chip Tower
doesnt like ANYONE writing “unflattering” things about anything UGA-related.

So, we have the former City of Columbus Parks & Recreation Director Tony Adams and at least 2 others that have been ARRESTED, for using MUNICIPAL funds to pay for the personal travel expenses of a UGA-bound recruit, Jarvis Jones.

It’s noteworthy that Mr. Adams did not use PERSONAL funds.
He used MUNICIPAL funds.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Very Very Bad.

On November 18, 2010, the same Columbus newspaper wrote that Mr. Adams
and Herman Porter were dimissed after it was discovered that Mr. Adams
had “mis-appropriated” $200,000.

Folks, this isnt about $800 airfare and $200 cell-phone bill.

It’s about a $200,000+ “slush fund” operated by former employees of the
City of Columbus Parks & Recreation Department.

So, where did $200,000 go ??

The better better question is: To WHOM did $200,000 get paid to ??

So, whats the REALLY INTERESTING link in all this ??

Here it is: Municipal money was used to pay airfare for a UGA-bound recruit, Jarvis Jones.

Anyone want to guess WHERE Jarvis Jones played high school football ??

Thats right: Jarvis Jones played for Dell McGee at Carver-Columbus High School.

Yes, that UGA-designated hot-bed of un-eductated football talent, Carver-Columbus.

Folks, this story has been building for the past 12 months.

The R-E-A-L-L-Y dangerous question that will be asked is this:

Have there been ANY OTHER UGA-bound recruits from Carver-Columbus
that have ALSO received illegal benefits from this “slush fund” ??

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Folks, this Columbus-Slush Fund story has M-A-S-S-I-V-E implications
for UGA as it unfolds.

Stay tuned.

Major Implications , OK

June 27th, 2011
11:49 am

404 nice national enquirer version of the story


June 27th, 2011
11:53 am

404…time will tell if any of what you suggest is true…however, go back and read your post with ‘the movie guy’ voice in your head. Add the old theme song to The People’s Court and you’ve got a REALLY good preview!


June 27th, 2011
11:58 am

While quite a dramatic writer, the word is 404 is dead on. There is trouble brewing from Columbus to Athens.

Delbert D.

June 27th, 2011
12:06 pm

New motto for the safeties: “Strong and Free.”

Major Implications , OK

June 27th, 2011
12:16 pm

Dramatic or OCD?

run & shoot every now & then

June 27th, 2011
12:44 pm

An efficient passing game will compliment the GT rushing attack.


June 27th, 2011
1:23 pm

great news about the players working hard.


June 27th, 2011
1:25 pm

404, you’re just stirrin the pot bud. Nothing but smoke out there right now. Time will tell if there’s a fire or not.

As for Holton, this kid is going to turn out to be a stud if he can stay on his coverages. Watch out for him to pop some kids when he’s out on the field.

404.... if you are as spot on

June 27th, 2011
1:32 pm

about the uga blogs being able to dish it out but not take it (i for one have been banned from all 3 blogs) than i have to suspect you may be right about what is going on at carver.

Dream Teamer

June 27th, 2011
2:09 pm

Nothing to see here. Move along.


June 27th, 2011
2:51 pm

JasonGT – Well put. And I think CPJ has it heading the right way. He cannot control the conversations and cliques at night, but I think he was aware of some of it last year…….and evidence is that that crap is gone. Just some guys who wanna play ball ! Oh, yeah…Climpson has a dabo, too…………..

Georgia Tee

June 27th, 2011
3:46 pm

Why be concerned about the dawg’s blog….. the Jackets need to beat the dawg do out of them on the field!! Wins speak louder than blogs!!!!

Ken Sugiura

June 27th, 2011
4:31 pm

JasonGT – interesting question. i don’t have an answer for you except to say that, if the coaches thought he could do it, i’m sure he’d be over there giving it a shot.

Jacket Man

June 27th, 2011
5:01 pm

Fred and Julian are what you call “country strong”. These kids from below the gnat line got their strength the old-fashioned way; they earned it.


June 27th, 2011
5:04 pm

Im with Ga. tee on this one. I don’t give a crap whats going on with Columbus to Athens. Lets worry about our house Tech fans. This teams looks like they are coming together with no egos and just wanting to prove everybody wrong! Thats a good attitude to have going into the season guys. IMO this season comes do to two question marks. First, do we have a QB to run this offense and second, do we have the offensive line to allow our backs to run the TO. Defense will be much better this year. Schedule is in Tech’s favor with tough games at home. Come out and support this team during the season! Let the mutts worry about the mutts.

Ramblin Man

June 27th, 2011
5:54 pm

I am actually really looking forward to seeing how this defense has progressed, September cannot get here fast enough.
I asked before and I am sure you have looked into it, so is there any news on McCoy?


June 27th, 2011
9:02 pm

UGA and cheating, hmmmmmmmm, imagine that….


June 27th, 2011
9:07 pm

hey, 4, glad you remembered who the real enemy is………..”don’t wash the dirties in public”


June 27th, 2011
9:23 pm

didn’t know Griffin-Old School, hope we never lose all of that-saw Lo’s dunk, best of the new , living the reality, if not the dream….God bless you both……

Outside Observer

June 27th, 2011
10:09 pm


just ignore the FACT that when all these allegations ensued, Jarvis Jones was committed to USC, and had just spurned UGA. That FACT may get in your way.

You and your techies truly do have a unhealthy obsession with coming up with lies about UGA and preaching them until you begin to believe them.

I feel sorry for you.

Outside Observer

June 27th, 2011
10:13 pm

Also, 404

Tgnore the FACT that the lady employed by the Parks and Rec who accompanied Jarvis Jones to Los Angeles to meet with his new coach and teammates at USC was also given power of attorney to act as Jarvis Jones’ mother and guardian.

On that topic, feel free to ignore the FACT that the NCAA disallows special benefits from anybody who you do not have a prior relationship with before becoming a popular recruit….. yeah…. that whole power of attorney and guardian FACT may blow up your dream as well.

you poor, poor little man.

Mark Richt owns you.


June 27th, 2011
11:59 pm

I would like to see Tech go back to the traditional uniforms speaking of numbers but maybe it’s too late for this season…..Think of a skillest on offense that has WR’s Calvin Johnson, Bam-Bam Thomas, Slot back-Dez White, FB Jonathon Dywer, HB-Joe Burns, QB Joe Hamilton and that can run triple, double or single option, pass the ball and run power and counter plays.


June 28th, 2011
8:01 am

Re: run & shoot every now & then thread…Tech needs shoot & run; recall NC State last year lining up in shotguns until the red zone, then lining up like Tech lines up at the los every down; all NCAA teams now shoot & run, gambling like desperados that their passes on first and second downs will be completions for new first downs, thus moving them down field in an aggro way to rattle defenses; when is the last time we’ve seen Tech this aggro aggressive? actually never; Tech is the most conservative offensive team in the NCAA; FSU is the only team that comes to mind for a successful shoot & then run offense, and the better teams are catching on to their style


June 28th, 2011
8:20 am

Re: Surfrider thread of traditional uniforms for this year…I agree; wearing of black goes way off on a tangent and Tech does not know how to wear it; they always have known how to wear the traditional ones, though; wearing of black alienates the alumni, of which I am one; I would like to see a return to the uniforms worn when I was there- the old gold jerseys, white helmets and white pants, with no black socks or 80% solid black side stripes on the pants(80% is considered black, and “black is out” at Tech); I also cannot stand those audaciously loud, gaudy, flashy bw shoes worn with or w/o traditional uniforms; and plz, no powder puff pink socks inside of flashy shoes for a Bozo the clown look for Tech players

supersize that order, mutt

June 28th, 2011
9:09 am

Since when does wearing black alienate the alumni. All the alumni and old time Tech fans I know HATE blue. I don’t care if somebody 5 years ago decided blue was an official secondary color or not, blue is North Carolina and Duke, NOT Georgia Tech


June 28th, 2011
10:20 am

Any update on Jemea Thomas? He is another ‘head hunter’ who is a PLAYER!! But it seems he is not in the two deep at DB?


June 28th, 2011
10:52 am

July 1st = Budget Doomsday in Georgia.

The State Budget ends this Thursday, June 30th and the 2012 State Budget begins.

What NO ONE is talking about is that ALL of the local municipalities in Georgia are dependent
on very high levels of State funding in order to fund their ongoing operation for EVERYTHING.

The State budget is going to slashed dramitcally beginning next week.

There’s an AVALANCHE of local/municipal and state employee layoffs
coming VERY SOON.

And, since its well-known that the OVERWHELMING MAJORITY of State & Municipal employees are UGA fans/grads, you can see how there is going to be a MAJOR collapse in alumni donations to UGA.

Stay tuned. You’re going to see it real soon.


June 28th, 2011
11:10 am

I live in Columbus and this coach at Carver is a crook. He has been in trouble locally a few times and guess who his neighbor is…you guessed it, the old head of parks and rec.

Major Implications , OK

June 28th, 2011
12:58 pm

404= OCDD Obsessive Compulsive Dawg Disorder


June 28th, 2011
2:03 pm

lOOKS LIKE THE DEATH PENALTY FOR THE DAWGS. The Homers don’t like me posting this on UGA sites either. Sometimes the truth hurts. LMAO.