Uzzi, Sims questionable for Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech’s top offensive lineman and its starting B-back will be game-time decisions in the Sun Bowl Saturday.

Guard Omoregie Uzzi and B-back David Sims both have injuries that have limited them in practice. Coach Paul Johnson said they are questionable to play against Utah.

Sims appears to be the more likely to play than Uzzi, a first-team All-ACC pick and a second-team All-American selection by si.com.

The injuries follow two other starters who won’t be in uniform for disciplinary reasons, offensive tackle Phil Smith and cornerback Louis Young. Johnson said that Morgan Bailey will be in a three-tackle rotation with Tyler Kidney and Ray Beno. Bailey, however, has had the flu this week and hasn’t practiced, Johnson said. If Uzzi can’t play, he would be replaced by Shaquille Mason, who has split snaps with Will Jackson at the other guard spot.

Against a defensive line that includes All-Pac-12 nose tackle Star Lotulelei, Tech could potentially field an offensive line with three sophomores (center Jay Finch, Jackson and Kidney or Beno) and two freshmen (Bailey and Mason).

Johnson, speaking at a Friday news conference, also commented on the suspension of Smith, who was sent home for violating team rules. Smith also was suspended for the first two games of the season for violating team rules.

“It was disappointing, more than anything else, (given) the nature of what happened and how it happened,” said Johnson. “We’ll address it later on.”

Asked if Smith could face more discipline, Johnson said, “There’s a lot of possibilities.”

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HighTech

December 30th, 2011
2:38 pm

That’s a very young offensive line. Step up young men and get after them!

Go Jackets!

Jacket Backer

December 30th, 2011
2:48 pm

Ken — Were Uzzi and Sims hurt in bowl practice, or are these lingering injuries from the season?

carolinajacket

December 30th, 2011
2:50 pm

What is going on here? Who are we going to have left if this keeps up? On the other hand, at times, adversity brings out the best in people. FSU’s freshmen linemen turned from being complete goats for three quarters into being excellent for the last, and good enough to beat ND.

carolinajacket

December 30th, 2011
2:51 pm

PS Is Uzzi coming back next year?

Technically Correct

December 30th, 2011
2:52 pm

Looks like a strong possibility of 7 in a row… :-(

collegeballfan

December 30th, 2011
2:54 pm

This makes a GT win unlikely. Three maybe 4 starters out of the game does not equal a win.

ghost

December 30th, 2011
2:54 pm

Big difference in the talent level between FSU freshmen linemen and Techs.

FL Jacket

December 30th, 2011
2:58 pm

Ken (or should I say Gilbert)…

What’s the 2-deep look like on the O-line without Uzzi and Smith? Are there some guys (Errin Joe, Trey Braun) in danger of possibly losing their Redshirt?

GTGreg

December 30th, 2011
3:00 pm

Did Philthy Smith sneak into Juarez? This sort of crap always happens to the other team… they lose all of their best players before our game, then we get blown out. Hopefully the opposite will happen this time. I have a good feeling about this game. Time to reverse the streak started by Utah in ‘05.

Go Tech!

Rduck

December 30th, 2011
3:00 pm

sounds like Mr. Smith may be on a one way road to splitsville from Tech. Sounds like CPJ has had his fill of him. Hopefully these guys will bw able to go, especially Uzzi. The OLine is gonna have to be strong in the run game for a win tomorrow….

GTKurt80

December 30th, 2011
3:01 pm

Potentially 4 starters out, I’ve opted to drink bourbon instead of beer watching the game.

carolinajacket

December 30th, 2011
3:03 pm

I’ll probably with you GT.

BigTimeTechFan

December 30th, 2011
3:09 pm

Maybe Charles Perkins can get carries.
OL should be ok

Remarkable

December 30th, 2011
3:13 pm

It’s going to be a long game. I doubt anyone will be watching by the second half. It’s hard to win without your o-line being 100%.

WnE

December 30th, 2011
3:16 pm

Where in the hell did the “phantom injuries” come from?

Sims was running like Earl Campbell when we played Muttville and now he ’s questionable for the Bowl Game?

Uzzi played the entire Game and didn’t miss any snaps to get checked on during the game, an now he’s questionable.

Something is very fishy.

I’m wondering did they violate some sort of Team Rule and GT/Coach Fish Fry is playing the Injury-Card to try and cover up disciplinary issues?

Something is very strange for this to come out ONE DAY before the Bowl with no mention of Injury for the Month leading up to the Bowl Game.

Italian_29

December 30th, 2011
3:16 pm

Good Luck guys, the blows just keep coming, but you guys can overcome the adversity. Hopefully the Dawgs will be able to pull out the win too, but I am not as confident about that one, MSU is a good team. They better play like they did against you guys and Auburn or it is going to be a bad start to 2012 for us.

GTKurt80

December 30th, 2011
3:26 pm

WnE, I’m with you on this, does seem odd.
However, I’m betting both play, they’re both tough kids, they won’t want to sit on the bench.
If Sims is out, Lyons will probably get the start. He can do the job, but I hope Perkins comes to play.
I don’t see how we can handle being w/o Uzzi, he’s just too important. Triple tape him and let him go to work.

JM

December 30th, 2011
3:28 pm

The Yellow Jackets just can’t catch a positive.

RambleOn84

December 30th, 2011
3:31 pm

In other news: the person who posts under the name “WnE,” among others, cyber-stalks high school boys.

Jacket Man

December 30th, 2011
3:34 pm

Uzzi has the flu and David Sims is banged up but improving. Personally, I don’t expect to see Phil suit up for the Jackets again. It will be Coach Johnson’s decision, and I just don’t see him allowing Smith to remain with the team after being suspended twice in one season, especially if he’s supposed to be one of the leaders in the locker room.

Mama Says

December 30th, 2011
3:35 pm

Guys just because you just heard about the injuries doesn’t mean they are new. And please explain why CPJ would send one home and then lie about the others, that is the thing that would be odd.

RambleOn84

December 30th, 2011
3:38 pm

Jacket Man,
I tend to agree with you regarding Smith, but it depends on what the violation was. For all we know it might have been something minor which would usually be let off with a warning. In that case, a suspension would be a suitable punishment for a second offense.

If it was something major, however, I agree that he is probably gone.

spider

December 30th, 2011
3:50 pm

i try very hard to be a GT fan, god its tough

Italian_29

December 30th, 2011
3:52 pm

I hope you guys are wrong about Smith, he seems to have alot of potential and big play ability. I think that CPJ will at least give hime 3 strikes before he is out, but like you said RambleOn84, I guess it will depend on the severity of his violation. Good Luck in the Game tomorrow and Happy New Year to ALL. Go DAWGS beat MSU!!!!!

Italian_29

December 30th, 2011
3:55 pm

hime????? LOL, sorry typo.

5150 UOAD

December 30th, 2011
4:11 pm

I am mad at Phil and since he will be a Sr next year i figure he is gone. CPJ will have a talk but IF Phil gets to stay he will be on a leash as short as a pair of handcuffs.

George Stein

December 30th, 2011
4:20 pm

Ok. Let me see if I have this right. Wrexy thinks Johnson publicly suspended two players already but NOW he’s covering up additional suspensions of Uzzi & Sims(neither of whom have ever had a hint of trouble surrounding them)?

That makes COMPLETE sense.

gt4ever

December 30th, 2011
4:32 pm

Your right George, probably a freak injury…

GT1

December 30th, 2011
4:33 pm

Smith missed curfew and was sent home on Greyhound. Heard today that VT’s kicker did the same thing and was also sent home. That will be one hell of a ride for Smith and should be punishment enough!

Paul Hewitt

December 30th, 2011
4:33 pm

Lost to Fordham? I could have done that.

5150 UOAD

December 30th, 2011
4:36 pm

Paul Blewitt you Did do it for too damn many years for too damn much money.

5150 UOAD

December 30th, 2011
4:37 pm

Paul Blewitt you COULDN’T win in Athens EVER!

gt4ever

December 30th, 2011
4:37 pm

missed curfew, and was sent home….. Hmmmmmm… I hope it was more than just missing a curfew…..

GT1

December 30th, 2011
4:44 pm

gt4ever….this info is from a a very reliable source, Rules are rules…what surprises me is that Beamer did the same thing.

Rocket Surgeon

December 30th, 2011
4:49 pm

O-line getting thin…more knee divers needed.

HighTech

December 30th, 2011
4:50 pm

Fordham is no Winthrop.

5150 UOAD

December 30th, 2011
4:59 pm

HT don’t start that again today. LOL
I figure Supersize is somewhere in Louisiana or just over the Texas line about now.

Really?

December 30th, 2011
5:03 pm

More north avenue trade school thugs that have to punished after several infractions, players unable to play because of poor strength and conditioning and a coach that is best known for being a loud mouth jerk that coaches his players to play dirty.

It must be time for the bugs to lose another bowl game.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 30th, 2011
5:17 pm

Greetings from El Paso. Lots of Tech fans on the flight from Atlanta this morning. Those I know don’t get here for 4 more hours though, so nothing to do here now. Anybody know how to sign OUT of yahoo messenger on an iPad. I am new to iPad and got signed in, but don’t see a sign out option. Guess I am not a total computer geek yet. LOL

Supersize that order, mutt

December 30th, 2011
5:19 pm

Get a life, really?

GT Man

December 30th, 2011
5:23 pm

Picture Al Grohs defense against either Baylor or Washington last night—do you think PJ would have fired him on the spot? Wished we’d played one of them, loved to have seen Grohs 3-4 against those offenses.

GT65

December 30th, 2011
5:24 pm

Just win GT!

Hewitt just keep on trucking away from here…
GT Basketball will be ok. I like the new coach and the players, next year will be alot better.

GT65

December 30th, 2011
5:26 pm

Really..what a idiot you are!

5150 UOAD

December 30th, 2011
5:28 pm

Damn SUPERSIZE did you see my post? I figured you just got in Texas. What did you wear Depends and just stop for gas? LOL

Supersize that order, mutt

December 30th, 2011
5:29 pm

UOAD, duhhh, I flew. LOL

5150 UOAD

December 30th, 2011
5:31 pm

I thought you were driving My bad. LOL

Go Make some noise and have fun.

GT Man

December 30th, 2011
5:31 pm

I was stationed at Fort Bliss, only excitement was Juarez, so hopefully Smith’s suspension paid off with a visit across the border. $10 can get alot over there.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 30th, 2011
5:33 pm

So nobody knows how to sign out of yahoo messenger on an iPad? Seriously, I am new to iPads and I got signed in but don’t see a way to sign out. UOAD, I uses ff flyer points so I flew for free

Supersize that order, mutt

December 30th, 2011
5:36 pm

Used ff points, that is. Typo

William Casey

December 30th, 2011
5:41 pm

For those of you worried about suspensions/injuries and bowl games, I’ll give you a name and two numbers: Jim Stevens, 31-30.