Uzzi staying at Tech

The deadline for early entry into the NFL draft passed Sunday night without an announcement from Georgia Tech guard Omoregie Uzzi, meaning he will return for his senior season with the Yellow Jackets.

It was not unexpected. While Uzzi had requested an NFL draft evaluation in December, he was leaning towards staying at Tech all along and gave indication that he planned to come back. The return of the first-team All-ACC guard means that every Tech offensive lineman will return next season.

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January 16th, 2012
9:34 pm

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January 16th, 2012
9:35 pm

wes

January 16th, 2012
9:53 pm

Sweet.

He’s Georgia Tech’s best player.

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George Stein

January 16th, 2012
10:05 pm

This is good news for Tech and, I hope, for Uzzi too.

Has he received his degree yet?

How bout them BEES!

January 16th, 2012
10:07 pm

Great news. Smart man. Very wise decision.

How bout them BEES!

January 16th, 2012
10:13 pm

I still can’t figure Hill’s thinking. That kid has his head in the clouds. He may, and I repeat ,may make someones practice squad.

DesignerJacket

January 16th, 2012
10:38 pm

Finally! The whole O-line returns intact! This group paved the way for the #3 rushing offense in the country with some young guys on the line. They will all have more experience and another year in the weight room for next season. This is good news! The O-line’s ability to “jel” is an X-factor in this offense.

kshizzle

January 16th, 2012
10:39 pm

Smarter then Steven Hill for sure. I guess I understand a lack of commitment for finishing the drill of actually graduating but seriously. If Steven Hill is not drafted it was a bone headed move on his part.

GTGreg

January 16th, 2012
10:54 pm

Woohoo! Good for Uzzi, good for Tech!

Go Jackets!

January 16th, 2012
11:02 pm

Great news! Go Uzzi Go!

Go Jackets!

January 16th, 2012
11:05 pm

I don’t actually mean “Go”, just thanks for staying and providing the leadership and stability Tech needs. Thank you

pcb mike

January 17th, 2012
12:44 am

Uzzi, delighted to hear you are staying. You will be the anchor of a veteran offensive line next year, and wish you the best in the pros in 2013.. Right down the street playing with Vance Walker would be nice.

Buzzzed

January 17th, 2012
12:47 am

Guys, we don’t know Hill’s story. Maybe he couldn’t return to Tech. I’d lay off the guy. After all, he may pull a Shumpert and go first round. Best of luck to him.
Uzzi, blessing to have you for another season.

31 years and counting

January 17th, 2012
1:45 am

awesome, now can Uzzi give Stephen a call a call and talk some sense into him. If he stayed one more year, he would go no worse than 2nd round. Why the rush? If it’s grades, then just go to summer classes.

I wish these idiot agents would go blank themselves. Funny how Nesbitt made the active roster but Claytor, Tarrant did not. They should have held on.

a-son-sir

January 17th, 2012
2:13 am

TVFan

January 17th, 2012
4:43 am

gtfanfrom1951

January 17th, 2012
6:16 am

great News!!!!!!!

ToeMeetsLeather

January 17th, 2012
6:32 am

Looks like we know who one Team Captain will be next year! He already has his degree and will follow Roddy Jones’s lead and start on his Masters Degree next season. TECH just keeps on producing role models.

ron

January 17th, 2012
7:23 am

FYI…two different mock drafts ( I realize these are someone’s opinion and can be way off) have Hill going in the late first round and third round. He will do well at the combine due to his athletic ability.
I don’t think true GT fans are as critical of him as the anonymous bloggers on here have been.

OldSchoolTechFanatic

January 17th, 2012
7:28 am

FANtastic !!!

GT21

January 17th, 2012
7:46 am

Is Hill the only Tech player invited to the combine?

SansWorld

January 17th, 2012
7:46 am

Great news Uzzi, Best Wishes Hill.
Hill could benifit from another year on the Flats, he could have a breakout year like Thomas had and he could rise in the draft, but lets face it, He really is not going to develop his stills as a receiver at GT. He is a guy with a NFL body, and will be a project in eihter case. I think that GT needs him next year more than he needs GT. Best wishes to him.

I'm a CBG fan

January 17th, 2012
7:51 am

It’s not about the individual – it’s about the team. And unless we can win a few in a row against VT, UGA and in a bowl – who really cares? Maybe it’s not about the team either – about the coach??

go42

January 17th, 2012
8:28 am

Glad to hear it and I don’t blame him one bit for checking out the draft. Tech needs him desperately next year not only as a returning all-everything caliber offensive lineman but as a senior and mentor and role model for the youth of the line. Tech has some good young guys stepping up next year and having an older hand like Uzzi around will be a great benefit to them and their progress. Good job 77!

JM

January 17th, 2012
8:52 am

I hope he has an outstanding senior season.

John V

January 17th, 2012
8:54 am

He graduated this past December. I guess he’s going to enroll in a masters program. It was kind of cool seeing Charlie Blackmon graduate too. I guess he finished up his degree. He was playing well before he got hurt. Good for both of them.

gt4ever

January 17th, 2012
9:13 am

Great, glad to see Uzzi back… Hill is having academic concerns otherwise he would be back… imho…

BigTimeTechFan

January 17th, 2012
9:28 am

Awesome, Uzzi is back.
Uzzi and Shaq Mason will lead best OL in the country next year. Very deep OL. I hear some that started last year will really be pushed for starting job by some who redshirted. Braun, Joe, Chamberlein.

Hill, will do fine, nice size and still putting on weight, nice speed, can jump. Makes hard catches but sometimes will drop easy ones.

DesignerJacket

January 17th, 2012
9:29 am

2012 could be a really good season for us. While we have to go play our rivals at their places, we have the revenge games against Miami and UVA at home. Think about this as well – Al Groh’s defense usually has its most marked improvement in the third season of installation, and at the same time we’ll return an experienced O-line. An experienced O-line can make breaking in a new QB much easier (so maybe we can go with Synjyn or Vad if they beat out Tevin.) In the secondary we get Fred Holton this season, and we get to see what these other receivers can do. I know it’s way too early to preach about 2012, but I’m seeing at least 8 wins next season. I’m leaning toward 9 wins if we can get special teams to improve.

@bigtimetechfan

January 17th, 2012
9:32 am

LOL , Uzzi and smith the only D1 caliber players on the offense. Which ones would see PT anywhere but Tech?

GT Dude

January 17th, 2012
9:35 am

Don’t have this first hand, but from what I hear Steven Hill is having some difficulties in the class room which is why he is looking to leaving early…

collegeballfan

January 17th, 2012
9:35 am

Good for GT that Uzzi is back. But the OL will still be a year away from being a mature OL. Still to many young players there.

Hill will catch on with a team. He is a solid blocker and a pretty good special teams player. Most college wide outs cannot block their grandmother much less an NFL LB or DB.

RedandBlackDAWG

January 17th, 2012
9:38 am

Continuity is important to an offensive line, since it takes a while for the line to work in coordination with each other. Good move for the kid and Tech.

GT GRAD

January 17th, 2012
9:47 am

Glad to hear Uzzi decided to stay! I truly hope he ends up being drafted at a higher spot next year than he would have this year.

Stephen Hill made a mistake……….he is simply not ready and should have stayed at GT for his senior season. Good luck to him.

NC Jacket

January 17th, 2012
9:47 am

Don’t insult Uzzi by comparing him to Hill. Completely different kids, completely different situation. One can stay in school the other one can’t. The O line will be better and deeper….but how much? We need the defensive line to either get better or coaches to recruit better players there.

Jacket Backer

January 17th, 2012
10:01 am

Good news for Tech. He has already graduated so I thought he was gone.

Go Jackets!

Techman

January 17th, 2012
10:13 am

YES!!!!!!!!!!

Buffalo Bills Await

January 17th, 2012
10:32 am

Uzzi staying is nothing but good news for Tech, but with the LSU receivers decalring for the draft, Hill better start hoping he can find a home in the most GT friendly place in the NFL… the Buffalo Bills practice squad. No slight to Nesbitt. I still hope he makes it in the secondary, but Hill could be looking at a Reggie Ball-ish NFL career.

Ramblin Man

January 17th, 2012
10:34 am

This is great news for GT. Need Uzzi there to mentor Joe, Braun, Chamberlain, Mason, and the incoming guys.
For those bashing Hill we have no idea why he has made his decision, but he has been projected as a third round pick on some boards without even going to the combine.

DesignerJacket

January 17th, 2012
10:40 am

I agree with the idea we need to lay off of Stephen Hill. We can’t know the situation or his reasons. What we can do is just hope he drafts highly and then continues the kind of NFL success that Calvin and BeyBey are having. Heck, even Kevin Cone made an NFL roster this season! Tech can use all of that to go get another big receiver or two. To replace Hill on the field we have Chris Jackson, Jeff Greene and Darren Waller. They won’t be as big, but they can catch. Someone will step up to catch the deep ball for Tech.

Buffalo Bills Await

January 17th, 2012
10:43 am

Despite my opinion of Hill’s chances, I wish him the best. I just hope he did not jump prematurely for his sake. Go Tech!

Teddy Roosevelt

January 17th, 2012
11:02 am

Glad to hear he’s coming back, it should be beneficial to all parties involved. Ken, do you know how Hill’s grades were? If he was going to be academically ineligible this year it makes perfect sense for him to go pro.

Teddy Roosevelt

January 17th, 2012
11:03 am

And I wish Hill all the best in his future

Delbert D.

January 17th, 2012
11:04 am

Cone made the Falcons’ active roster late in the year. He’s a blocker, and blockers with speed are valuable on the KO and punt return teams. That’s how Weems made his mark his first few years.

GT fan

January 17th, 2012
11:08 am

Glad to see Uzzi is staying. But his replacement (Fr, E. Joe I believe it was) in the bowl game did a pretty darn good job (until the last 2 drives of the 4th qtr) vs. the #7 rushing DEFENSE in the nation. Depth, depth, depth is great thing on the OLine. Now need to build on the DLine.

Now People…
Please quit bringing up Calvin Johnson when you talk about GT’s offense & S. Hill. Calvin didn’t play for PJ. Now D.Thomas is another story…he left after his Jr season, and was the 1st WR taken in the draft. I sure hope Hill isn’t thinking the same is going to happen for him. He’s a year early for that.

BeBe had 46 rec 1154 yds his Jr season, and his Fr & So seasons were very similar to Hill’s So & Jr season’s. If Hill had stayed, bulked up just a tiny bit, and worked with his QB in the offseason, I believe his Sr season would’ve been similar to BeBe’s Jr season. Hill made a mistake by coming out early.

YES, he has physical skills (i.e. size & speed) that will make NFL OC’s drool. Those skills will help him at the combines. As a GT fan I hope I’m wrong, but some NFL team is going to make a huge mistake drafting him based on his combine.

Jacket Man

January 17th, 2012
11:15 am

Phil Smith won’t be back.

Technically Correct

January 17th, 2012
11:24 am

That “whoooosh” sound you hear is CPJ exhaling a sigh of relief!

RWRECK77

January 17th, 2012
11:30 am

Been kinda out of the loop lately,,,,,,,,,,,, Anybody know what the status or end result of the NCCA sanctions appeal was against the football program?

Supersize that order, mutt

January 17th, 2012
11:39 am

RWRECK77, no decision has come down yet. Not sure when one can be expected