Tech’s first day report, more on McCoy

The Yellow Jackets' efforts to protect the ball began on the first day. JOHNNY CRAWFORD/jcrawford@ajc.com

The Yellow Jackets' efforts to protect the ball began on the first day. JOHNNY CRAWFORD/jcrawford@ajc.com

Greetings-

I think most everything I learned Wednesday went into my notebook, starting with defensive lineman Denzel McCoy’s career apparently ending due to an undisclosed medical condition.

He had a chance to be a good one. He turned down offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Notre Dame, Penn State and Stanford, among many others, to play for Tech. It’s unfortunate, obviously, but I think he’ll be fine. We had a brief Twitter conversation in which he said as much, and from what I was told about McCoy, he has a great attitude and is a good kid. His best days are ahead of him.

“He came here to get a degree and he’s hopefully going to do that,” coach Paul Johnson said. “He’s got his whole life to live. He’s going to live a normal life, it’s just not in the cards for him right now to play college football.”

A couple things: Ultimately, it’s a good thing the condition that has sidelined him was discovered last summer before his Tech career began.

“No question,” Johnson said. “Our team doctors and training staff, they do a real thorough job and they detected it early, so he was never really put in any danger.”

McCoy will miss this season and “unless something drastically changes after a year or so, his football career is over.”

Second, Johnson said McCoy will remain on scholarship and work as an assistant to Liam Klein, the director of player personnel. The scholarship won’t count against the NCAA 85-player limit. That will put Tech three under the limit when his scholarship status changes. (The transfer of Ryan Ayers to Liberty and Albert Rocker’s decision to skip his final year of eligibility to take a job with Microsoft put the team two under.)

One may go to walk-on offensive tackle Tyler Kidney. Johnson said he’ll receive one at the end of the season if he wins the starting job. The other two may be held for 2012 recruits who want to enroll early.

A couple other notes:

- Players are staying at a nearby hotel. They checked in Tuesday. Johnson: “We’ve done that before. Last year, we didn’t do it because we had them all in the same housing here (on campus), but we couldn’t get them all in the same place, and I think it’s important in camp to have them all together.”

- The team started practice with punt and punt return, which is typical. “We work on it every single day,” Johnson said. “It’s big this fall. We’ve got to get much better in that area, no question.”

- Johnson on the incoming class. “Overall, there’s some big, lean, athletic-looking kids. Like I said when we signed them, we’re excited about them. It’ll be interesting to see if any of them can help us this year.”

- Another 3 p.m. practice Thursday and another Friday. The team will practice at 9:45 Saturday morning, followed by fan day at 4 p.m., and a kicking scrimmage Sunday. All practices are closed to the public.

- Photographer Johnny Crawford has an excellent photo gallery from practice, which you can see here.

176 comments Add your comment

We_Run_This_Country

August 4th, 2011
8:01 am

sounds like a great start to 2011….Go Jackets!

Rduck

August 4th, 2011
8:23 am

work, work and work some more boys. keep that work ethic going and get ready for what we hope to be a special season.

GTATO18

August 4th, 2011
8:26 am

Ken- What’s the temperature like inside the new indoor practice facility? Does is feel cool to you or does the dome create more humidity for the players?

Ol' ball coach

August 4th, 2011
8:36 am

Another year of Yech fans predicting championships only to barely finish at .500 and finding themselves in their beloved Smurf Bowl getting waxed off the field by a mighty WAC team. Love it.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 4th, 2011
8:38 am

Boy the troll is up early, or are you just getting off the graveyard shift at Waffle House?

Supersize that order, mutt

August 4th, 2011
8:45 am

Ken, from the photos, it looks like most, if not all, of the practice was held outside, instead of inside the new practice facility. Is that true?

Supersize that order, mutt

August 4th, 2011
8:46 am

troll says the same ol’ crap that he does under all the other names he uses. how original.

Ol' ball coach

August 4th, 2011
8:48 am

So still no links that discuss the ACC defenses being better than the SEC’s? Didn’t think so ;)

NESBITT FOR HEISMAN!!!!!

August 4th, 2011
8:49 am

This is the year this season boys, I really mean it this time!!! Can’t wait to get all my free hotdogs, cokes and Playboys!! Go Tech!!!

THWG!!!!

Supersize that order, mutt

August 4th, 2011
8:51 am

I have no idea which conference has the better defenses. I do know though that both Tech’s and THUGa’s defense has sucked the past 3 years–THUGa’s probably even longer.

Casey

August 4th, 2011
8:55 am

The conference with the best defense has won the National Championship for the past 5 consecutive years, moron.

Find a single commentator on ESPN that says otherwise.

Jacket 4 life!!

August 4th, 2011
8:58 am

Wees the best!!! Wees gonna win it all again this year!!! No one can stop us!!

Ken Sugiura

August 4th, 2011
8:59 am

Supersize – I don’t know the temperature, but i know it’s a lot cooler and i don’t think humidity is an issue. from what paul johnson said (practices aren’t open to media), just about the whole practice was run outside. i think he wants to use it mainly when there’s lightning, though he allowed that if they’re in pads and it’s brutally hot, he might conduct more of the practice inside.

Ashville Rambler

August 4th, 2011
9:00 am

Hopefully this new crop doesn’t humiliate the school with their post games interviews. I have been very shocked by the dimwittedness displayed by our athletes as of late.

albanyfan

August 4th, 2011
9:02 am

You mutts can’t find any stuff about your own team to read(if you can read)?

Supersize that order, mutt

August 4th, 2011
9:04 am

Thanks, Ken. I’m sure they will get plenty of use out of the facility. You can only stand so much of this weather, and when they put on those pads, it’s really going to be brutal. But, it’s going to be hot for those first few games too, so no sense pampering them. Now I wish you could do something about all the trolls who post on here all the time. It would be nice to be able to actually talk about football without putting up with all their crap. The AJC needs to have some kind of registration and login mechanism for these blogs—-FREE, of course….lol

Supersize that order, mutt

August 4th, 2011
9:07 am

Ashville, I think there are enough guys like Roddy Jones and Albert Rocker and Sean Bedford (although the last 2 of them are gone) to make up for the ones who can’t communicate very well. And I doubt we have any more dimwitted football players than any other school in the country.

midtown vegas

August 4th, 2011
9:07 am

I doubt we even make a bowl game this year. The ship is sinking fast. The Johnson experiment is officially over with the majority of serious Tech fans.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 4th, 2011
9:08 am

midtown, you couldn’t be more wrong

headley lamar

August 4th, 2011
9:28 am

4 Tickets 4 Hotdogs 4 Cokes 4 Programs

4 Years on probation

Cheaters

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

August 4th, 2011
9:30 am

I agree with Supersize … midtown vegas is definitely wrong. I don’t view Paul Johnson’s tenure as an “experiment”. He got off to a fast start … faster than virtually anyone might reasonably have expected. His recruiting classes have consistently ranked ahead of Gailey’s (with the exception of the 2007 class), and I believe that our best seasons are still ahead. I expect that we’ll compete for the Coastal Division championship every season, and I look forward to returning to the Orange Bowl very soon.

headley lamar

August 4th, 2011
9:31 am

The ship is sinking fast. The Johnson experiment is officially over with the majority of serious Tech fans.

You might be right. We will see how well they do this year.

The gimmick offense in by far the weakest BCS conference allowed Johnson to win some but if the ACC gets stronger Tech is dead.

Burdell

August 4th, 2011
9:31 am

Hey Ken–

You have access to IP addresses right? Call these name changing trolls out for what they are…Chip Towers used to do it when he ran the Recruiting Blog. It helps to control the riff-raff.

GO JACKETS!!

Supersize that order, mutt

August 4th, 2011
9:32 am

Flowery, I think the majority of truly serious Tech fans are excited as hell about the future.

St. Richt

August 4th, 2011
9:33 am

Yep, this die hard Jacket fan backs our coach 100%. Trolls go away..

Supersize that order, mutt

August 4th, 2011
9:34 am

headley, back with more of the same crap I see. Too bad the mutts don’t have a gimmick; they might have a chance this year. Too bad, you’re not even relevant in the SEC east.

JasonGT

August 4th, 2011
9:35 am

That Photo gallery needed some pics of Vad Lee working out at QB… I mean they even had Demontavious Smith in there

headley lamar

August 4th, 2011
9:36 am

Too bad, you’re not even relevant in the SEC east.

We won the second most games in the SEC last decade 90. LSU had 91

And have the third most SEC titles all time.

We will always be relevant in the SEC. And win 9 out of 10 against you.

juvenal

August 4th, 2011
9:38 am

headley, you’re late, hope you are feeling ok……Super, blog success=hits…..wish they would hold picture day indoors……the potential millionaires in the 07 class ended up more trouble than they were worth, may be easier to play without 1st rounders……then this system works to our advantage….O, that is, this is a pro style D…..

headley lamar

August 4th, 2011
9:42 am

Q: Name the program in Georgia that is currently on Major Probation with the NCAA after just recently coming off probation for knowingly using ineligible players ?

A: Georgia Tech

Q: Which program is not on probation and hasn’t been under its current coach ?

A: Georgia

Suck on that for a second when you guys get into your holier than thou mode.

Its hard going through the tech record book to get an accurate W-L record because of all the scandals and “vacated” games.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 4th, 2011
9:42 am

headley, it may interest you (and I am sure shock you) to know that when Tech left the SEC in 1964, we had more SEC titles than the mutts. Overall, 2009 notwithstanding, we still have more conference championships than the mutts, and that includes all the years we were both in the same conference, even before the SEC, However, headley, the mutts haven’t done anything in 5 years now, and don’t expect them to this year either.

headley lamar

August 4th, 2011
9:42 am

headley, you’re late, hope you are feeling ok

Im fine. Ready for cooler weather.

BYRDDAWG

August 4th, 2011
9:43 am

Super, you’re right about the heat being rough…..my 7 yr old son has had 2 hr practices everyday this week so far & it’s been hard for me to keep my little man’s 65 lb body hydrated since he’s the starting fullback & outside LB!!!!!

Supersize that order, mutt

August 4th, 2011
9:45 am

headley, as bad as it is (and it WILL be appealed), I don’t think Tech’s probation can in any way be called MAJOR. Hell, we didn’t lose any scholarships or potential bowl invitations. And there has only been ONE vacated game in Tech’s history, and that will be appealed. As far as scandals, Jan Kemp and Jim Harrick far outweigh anything that has ever happened at Tech.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 4th, 2011
9:45 am

And let’s not forget Wally Butts trying to buy off Bear Bryant.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 4th, 2011
9:46 am

BYRD, I feel for him. I don’t even go outside unless I have to.

headley lamar

August 4th, 2011
9:48 am

Overall, 2009 notwithstanding, we still have more conference championships than the mutts,

Umm no you dont.

SEC Titles

UGA 13

Tech 5 + 2 ACC titles you are allowed to keep = 7

You are right though tech had 5 to UGA 4 when Dodd made his huge blunder.

Notre Dame of the south my a**

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Southeastern_Conference_champions

Supersize that order, mutt

August 4th, 2011
9:49 am

headley, overall in out shared history, Tech has 18 titles to THUGa’s 16

headley lamar

August 4th, 2011
9:50 am

However, headley, the mutts haven’t done anything in 5 years now,

We finished # 2 in the Nation 3 years ago

Supersize that order, mutt

August 4th, 2011
9:50 am

3 years ago would be 2008, and you lost to the Jackets

headley lamar

August 4th, 2011
9:51 am

headley, overall in out shared history, Tech has 18 titles to THUGa’s 16

Wrong

UGA has 13 SEC Titles

Tech has 5 and 2 ACC titles.

13 > 7

Big Ol Stinger

August 4th, 2011
9:52 am

Personally Headley (and all your other screen names), I wish Casey Anthony was your momma. You may have turned out better.

Thanks.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 4th, 2011
9:52 am

headley, read the history. Tech and THUGa were in the same conferences before the SEC was even founded…..first the SAIC, and then the Southern.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 4th, 2011
9:57 am

headley, I’m waiting

Mike

August 4th, 2011
10:04 am

SEC…best football money can buy !!

Add up the NCAA penalties for SEC schools and compare them to the NCAA pernalties of ACC schools, and even with Clemson, FSU and UNC staining the record, we don’t come CLOSE to the antics at Auburn, Bama, LSU etc

We actually care about academics! (Imagine that, if you can Dawg Fans)

Supersize that order, mutt

August 4th, 2011
10:05 am

Sorry, that was the SIAA, not the SAIC

Supersize that order, mutt

August 4th, 2011
10:06 am

Mike, don’t confuse them with facts. I just stated facts about the history of Tech and THUGa conference championships, and headley has totally ignored me

marco

August 4th, 2011
10:13 am

Actually super, GT sucks so bad that Va. Tech, FSU, Clemson and even Maryland, UNC, NC State and freakin’ Duke have more ACC titles than your cheating thugs. Heck, Va. Tech has onky been in the ACC for 5 minutes. Yech is as irrelevant as a team could possibly get.

As usual, choke on it.

juvenal

August 4th, 2011
10:18 am

only fact that matters, per Phil Steele-NC’s, GT 4, uga 2……

hahaha!!!

August 4th, 2011
10:18 am

Hey Mike -

Is this coming from a miserable fan of a school that was forced to vacate the last championship they will ever see? Lol!!!