Georgia Tech guard Omoregie Uzzi was named to the preseason All-ACC team Wednesday, the only Yellow Jackets player on the squad. Uzzi, a second-team All-ACC selection last fall, received 21 votes out of 51 ballots turned in by media members at the ACC football kickoff event earlier this week in Pinehurst, N.C.
Uzzi was just one of four non-seniors on the team and the only Tech player selected. A junior, Uzzi helped Georgia Tech lead the nation in rushing last season. He was also recently named to the watch list for the Outland Trophy, which goes to the outstanding interior lineman in the country.
Uzzi has become a leader for Tech’s young and inexperienced line.
“Omoregie’s a guy with more experience than anybody else (on the line),” coach Paul Johnson said Monday. “Hopefully, he’ll lead by example.”
Also, former Tech quarterback Joshua Nesbitt is close to signing with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted rookie free agent. The Bills are coached by former Tech coach Chan Gailey, who recruited him to Tech. A year ago, Gailey signed former Tech offensive lineman Cord Howard as an undrafted rookie. Howard made the team and ended up starting four games in 2010. Former Tech defensive back Mario Butler has joined the Dallas Cowboys.
Other possibilities include safety Jerrard Tarrant, offensive tackle Nick Claytor, linebacker Brad Jefferson and running back Lucas Cox.