Tech’s Will Jackson on bowl practice

Greetings-

Sorry for the delay. I have been down for the count with some sort of bug. Just a few notes from an interview with guard Will Jackson.

1. After a week break, Jackson was eager to get back to practice, to start preparing for Utah and ending Tech’s six-game bowl losing streak.

“It’s kind of a known fact that Georgia Tech’s lost ‘X’ number of bowl games in a row,” he said. “The Orange Bowl my first year and last year losing to Air Force, both of those were pretty embarrassing. You work three weeks, put a lot of time and effort into it and you go down and get beat, it’s not a lot of fun.”

2. Jackson said that run and pass blocking technique got a little sloppy towards the end of the season, which is why the line is trying to polish it up early on in bowl practice.

3. Jackson gave a nod to a few younger linemen, specifically Shaq Mason, Trey Braun and Errin Joe. Of Mason, he said that “I think he’s going to be a phenomenal player.”

Jackson also mentioned a member of the scout-team defense that I imagine many of you have never heard of – Xavier Lewis. Lewis transferred from Savannah State and I believe has two years of eligibility remaining. He’s a walk-on.
“He plays hard,” Jackson said of Lewis. “That’s the big thing. Sometimes those guys on the scout team, they get a little discouraged, they’ll go half-speed, not really care, but he’s going full-go every time. Whether it’s trying to give us a look or to prove himself, he definitely makes an impression.”

4. Jackson has a great aunt who lives in El Paso, who he said has lived there her whole life. She married his grandfather’s brother.

“So, kind of a weird connection,” he said. “Still family nonetheless.”

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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SORRIEST EVER CONFERENCE

December 7th, 2011
4:18 pm

whats the word on CPJ going to Penn State, heard it’s between him and Skip Holtz?

Nom Nom Nom Chuck's Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

December 7th, 2011
4:23 pm

CPJ to Penn State? Don’t worry, he ain’t going anywhere

Nom Nom Nom Chuck's Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

December 7th, 2011
4:23 pm

Sorriest Ever Conference? LAME

5150 UOAD

December 7th, 2011
4:26 pm

I’ll help him pack

Jacket Man

December 7th, 2011
4:33 pm

I understand Mark Richt has contacted Texas A&M about their opening.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 7th, 2011
4:33 pm

I don’t believe that’s the real 5150 UOAD.

OkieDawg

December 7th, 2011
4:35 pm

Why is Tech practicing for a bowl? I thought they were on PROBATION. I don’t think you can go to a post season bowl game while on probation.

Saban

December 7th, 2011
4:35 pm

Richt will be going to Honduras to convert a band of Cannibals.

Believe Crowell and Choakdawg are coming along.

dagnabit

December 7th, 2011
4:36 pm

I won’t help him pack, but if he goes I want Tech to go after Jeff Monken.

19

December 7th, 2011
4:38 pm

OkieDawg, go back to the UGA blog and drool over the next Crowell. You’re such a mook.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 7th, 2011
4:39 pm

OkieDawg, not that you want or deserve an explanation, but Tech’s probation carries no restrictions or limitations on scholarship, bowl-game participation, or anything else. It is a totally unwarranted probation which is in name only. The only thing it carried with it was a fine.

Buzzy

December 7th, 2011
4:39 pm

Vad Lee is back on twitter and dismissed the transfer rumors! Now go get the starting job next year Vad!

Supersize that order, mutt

December 7th, 2011
4:40 pm

Buzzy, I read that earlier today on Ken’s bowl blog. I sure hope that’s true

Buzzy

December 7th, 2011
4:47 pm

Supersize that order mutt, He said “It’s amazing what type of rumors that people can start as if they know me but I have to say it’s a blessing to be in the mind of so many!” He tweeted some teammates later and was back to his cheerful self tweeting about staying positive. I hope its true cause we will need him badly for the next 4 yrs

GT45

December 7th, 2011
4:48 pm

Okie, Thanks for ratting us out. Looks like we’ll have to stay home, now.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 7th, 2011
4:49 pm

Buzzy, that’s what tn jacket posted on the other blog. Unless you read that there and are just requoting it, then I am taking your post as confirmation.

Old gold and white in my veins

December 7th, 2011
4:50 pm

great stuff as usual ken, feel better soon and as always….. win lose or draw, it’s great to be a Yellow Jacket. And good luck to our boys up in Athens tonight.

spider

December 7th, 2011
4:56 pm

i sure wish we could get out of that trip to BYU in 2013..that will be a sure loss as they will CHEAT in the game too make sure they win. they have cheated before and will do it again.

Nom Nom Nom Chuck's Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

December 7th, 2011
4:58 pm

Spider…do tell of BYU’s deep seeded cheating ability.

Seriously. I have no idea what the deal is.

Buzzy

December 7th, 2011
4:58 pm

I just looked at his twitter so its just confirmation, i didn’t see the other blog. Tech also has a 4 star corner commit from A&M who just reopened and is taking an official to Tech this weekend. sign him, shumate, tomlinson, ekatikie, and fuller and that might be the best class we’ve ever had!

Supersize that order, mutt

December 7th, 2011
4:59 pm

Buzzy, if all those indicating an interest in Tech DO commit and sign, you’re right, it could indeed be the best class EVER

Buzzy

December 7th, 2011
5:03 pm

I think we have a good shot to atleast get two of those not including kallon. But it all starts with a bowl win. its great for the program, recruiting, the offseason, and helps the preseason ranking

spider

December 7th, 2011
5:03 pm

they had their own people in the replay booth with the replay officia and did not show the replay official the replay of a clear fumble at the end of the game that the tv was showing..it was clearly a fumble as the MWC people confirmed the next day, by not giving the replay official the right angle, byu went on to win the game and gave them a 6th win which put them in a bowl game..the MWC people slapped their hands, NCAA did nothing…FYI BYU is no longer in the MWC so they do not have too follow the new MWC rule of not having their own people in the replay booth.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 7th, 2011
5:04 pm

DEFINITELY, Buzzy. Are you going to El Paso? I know 4 regular bloggers (including myself) who are going

spider

December 7th, 2011
5:07 pm

norm this happend in the last 1 1/2 minutes of the game and SDSU would have ran out the clock and won the game.

Buzzy

December 7th, 2011
5:11 pm

Supersize that order mutt, I plan on going. I’m looking for tickets and a flight

I Can't Wait!

December 7th, 2011
5:16 pm

Until Vad Lee unleashes hell against our opponents next year. That kid is ready to explode just waiting on the sideline this year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q2k95TtTdk&feature=related

Supersize that order, mutt

December 7th, 2011
5:20 pm

Buzzy, email me at the following TEMPORARY address—–supersizeorder@yahoo.com. Maybe those of us going can meet up while out there. If you do email me, just try to give me some proof that you are legit

bgdawg

December 7th, 2011
5:28 pm

So Mr. Lee is gonna be back next year huh? Cool maybe we can get a good game outta you techies yet!

Tokyo jacket

December 7th, 2011
5:33 pm

Buzzy, if we get all of those, I’d say the class will mirror the 2007 recruiting class. The difference though is that we have the pieces in play to win 8-10 games per year right now. Those kids could push us over the top.

It seems like we’ve finally built depth on the Flats. If we were to get most of those kids, along with the ones we’ve got, we’d have experience and talented youth. That would be a very winning combination. Add to that the fact that nearly every player on our roster is a redshirt and you get something very special. Talent plus fifth-year seniors was something that got JoePa and Bobby Bowden championships (not to mention a staple of Beamer Ball). It’s a tried and true model. Hopefully we can replicate that model.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 7th, 2011
5:37 pm

Great points, Tokyo

Supersize that order, mutt

December 7th, 2011
5:51 pm

According to a post on the Hive today, Vad Lee posted a congratulations message to Marshall on his Facebook page and said that he would see him on the field next year. Sounds like he is definitely staying at Tech

Delbert D.

December 7th, 2011
5:53 pm

Browsing the Big Ten blogs, I found this. During the down time in this part of the season, Michigan coach Brady Hoke has been dropping in on his players’ classes.

“The class was a Department of Afroamerican and African Studies course, and the lecture centered on the impact of British marching music in the Caribbean.”

During the year that I was an anthropology major, the courses were considerably more difficult. Analyzing the significance and effects in minutiae of the cowrie shell trade among otherwise hostile Melanesian island cultural groups, for example. What is the effort required in courses these days? Maybe I should go back to school and get a few more degrees. I could replace some of my paint by number masterpieces that I did as a kid that are hanging in the garage.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 7th, 2011
5:56 pm

LOL @ Delbert

Vad Rumors

December 7th, 2011
6:05 pm

Vad is staying at Tech.

The rumors had some weight; like all of us, young and old, that have gone through the freshman experience, it is a trying experience – but nothing Vad can’t overcome!!

Go Jackets!

Delbert D.

December 7th, 2011
6:08 pm

Super – I hope you guys take some photos of the El Paso trip. It ought to be a lot of fun. I checked out the ranch that 1 4 GT posted about with the great restaurant. Lots of movies were made there.

Delbert D.

December 7th, 2011
6:19 pm

Maybe I’m being overly critical. Marching music (pipes and drums) played significant roles in medieval warfare. Steel the troops for battle and demoralize the enemy. I’m not sure if today’s college marching bands do that.

Buzzy

December 7th, 2011
6:20 pm

supersize that order mutt, Vad is not only staying but he’s recruiting for us too! I would love to sign Marshall too. We definitly need depth at QB for the upcoming years

All I remember is

December 7th, 2011
6:26 pm

just win for the hell of it.

Delbert D.

December 7th, 2011
6:26 pm

Marshall has given his troth to Georgia. It’s not official until February, but I’m just as glad he didn’t choose Clemson. That young man looks to be another CJ Spiller.

andre

December 7th, 2011
6:29 pm

ive read some things about Xavier Lewis and Aquez Willis but i dont see them listed on gt roster whats up with them

1 4 GT

December 7th, 2011
6:29 pm

Supersize….I sent you an email.

1 4 GT

December 7th, 2011
6:32 pm

LMAOOL at Delbert. Hope you’re feeling better!

Delbert D.

December 7th, 2011
6:34 pm

andre – Lewis is #73

Delbert D.

December 7th, 2011
6:37 pm

1 4 GT – Better, relatively speaking. I need to get checked out for secondary pneumonia, I think. Just doesn’t want to go away.

GT GRAD

December 7th, 2011
7:00 pm

Great new about Vad Lee……he is in a superb position to become a solid 4 year starter; I would have been shocked if he actually decided to transfer. I attended GT from 1985-1990, so I know how difficult the first year is at GT (as a student)……..each year gets better and better at GT!!

I think GT will have a solid recruiting class this season. Maybe we can land 3-5 studs late in the process and end up with a stellar class; only time will tell. I just wish the AJC would provide better coverage of the happenings with regard to recruiting efforts. I will clarify with this statement: I would rather have no GT recruiting coverage than the negative coverage designed to hurt/hinder the GT recruiting efforts (as we had for 2-3 years in a row recently!).

Supersize that order, mutt

December 7th, 2011
7:02 pm

Buzzy, drop me an email if you get the chance

Supersize that order, mutt

December 7th, 2011
7:05 pm

1 4 GT, got it and responded

Supersize that order, mutt

December 7th, 2011
7:06 pm

Rice off to a good start.

UGA = Yawn

December 7th, 2011
7:12 pm

Vad? Tevin? Big deal. We need the QB from VA Tech. He would be great at GT. That is what we need. A monster that can throw. We’ve had a monster (Josh N) but he couldn’t throw. Tevin is not a monster and also can’t throw. So I say, find one just like the QB at VT and we will be good. The ones we have are not going to ever amount to anything.