Please read at your leisure the notes for Thursday’s paper. The big news is that it looks like B.J. Bostic is likely going to redshirt. The sophomore A-back had yet to play this season with a right arm injury. Coaches will have to make a decision in the near future regarding Vad Lee, also. Thanks for reading.
1. The Andy McCollum reunion tour concludes Saturday in Raleigh with Georgia Tech’s game against N.C. State. Georgia Tech’s defensive line coach returned three weeks ago to Middle Tennessee State, where he was head coach 1999 to 2005 and an assistant several years prior.
He was N.C. State’s linebackers coach 2007-2009 before Tech hired the Marietta High grad to be line coach and recruiting coordinator. It’ll be his first time back at Carter-Finley Stadium since leaving.
“Some of the greatest people I’ve been around,” McCollum said. “I know how passionate their fans are and I know what kind of enthusiasm it’s going to be.”
With his state ties, McCollum recruited several N.C State players from Georgia, including three starting offensive linemen that he’ll be coaching his players to beat – guards Duran Christophe (Woodstock High) and Zach Allen (Tift County High) and center Camden Wentz (Lassiter High). McCollum said he’s stayed in touch with players that he either recruited or coached.
“It’s a good bunch of kids,” McCollum said.
McCollum’s other previous employers – UTEP, Baylor and the Tennessee Titans – do not figure to come up on Tech’s schedule anytime soon.
(McCollum is a guy anybody would enjoy talking to. Good storyteller and very personable. I can see why he’d be such a good recruiter.)
2. Friday, coach Paul Johnson said he thinks A-back B.J. Bostic will redshirt. Bostic, who figured to be in the rotation coming into the season, suffered a right arm injury in preseason camp and has yet to play. Having played as a true freshman a year ago, Bostic will have three years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2012 season.
Johnson also said the time is approaching to decide on a redshirt for freshman quarterback Vad Lee.
“Hopefully we can go through the year like we’re going right now with him, and he can take reps and learn and be able to compete in the spring,” Johnson said.
The kickoff return team will have new personnel in the back, possibly including Tony Zenon as a replacement for returner Orwin Smith.
“Just to see if we can get something going,” Johnson said.
Four of Tech’s last nine kickoff returns have not gotten past the 19-yard line, prompting the change.
(The Bostic move makes sense, and I won’t be surprised if/when Lee gets redshirted, too. We’ll see how the kickoffs fare on Saturday. Another big concern for Tech is containing N.C. State return man T.J. Graham. See below.)
3. Kicker Justin Moore said it has been frustrating not being able to transfer good weeks of practice kickoffs into the games.
“The game is just a whole different story, especially the opening kick,” he said. “You’re just so jacked up that you just have to get back there and take a few deep breaths and calm yourself.”
Moore, who has made three of his last four field-goal attempts and all 28 of his point-after tries, has had trouble getting distance on the kickoffs. Moore said he thought he was having trouble with timing and the steps in his run-up to the ball.
“But I think I’ll get there very soon, because I know I have to,” Moore said.
(Perhaps Saturday will be the breakthrough game for Moore, yet another Yellow Jacket from Marist.)
4. A-back and team captain Roddy Jones said he has monitored the team for signs of complacency or satisfaction after starting 4-0 and earning a No. 21 ranking in both polls. He hasn’t detected anything, which he partly attributes to strong leadership in all of the position groups.
Jones said that “the group of guys that we’ve got right now is a group that just works hard.”
(A good point by Jones. The receivers have Tyler Melton, the backs have Jones and Tevin Washington, the offensive line has Omoregie Uzzi, the defensive line has Jason Peters and Logan Walls, the linebackers have Steven Sylvester and Julian Burnett, both of whom are captains, and the secondary has Michael Peterson and Rashaad Reid. There’s only six starting seniors, but they’re dispersed almost evenly. Uzzi, Burnett and Washington are not seniors, I realize, but are often talked about as leaders.)
5. Guard Omoregie Uzzi, who has been named the ACC offensive lineman for the past two weeks, has not escaped the attention of N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien.
“He comes off the ball, he’s low, he gets into his blocks and he stays on his blocks and he knocks people down,” O’Brien said on the ACC coaches teleconference Wednesday. “He’s an impressive guy.”
6. Johnson on a reported crime wave of T’s being taken from campus buildings: “I don’t have any of them.” … Mike Patrick and Craig James will broadcast Saturday’s game for ABC and ESPN.
Thanks for reading. Will have something up Thursday morning. I think a Q&A with Jason Peters.
By Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech beat