P. Smith won’t return to Tech

After two separate suspensions this past season, offensive tackle Phil Smith will not play for Georgia Tech in the 2012 season.

“(After) his violation of team rules at the bowl game, I think he and Coach (Paul) Johnson decided that it’s probably best for him to concentrate on his studies,” associate athletic director Wayne Hogan said.

Smith, a redshirt junior from Tampa, Fla., was a starter for the Yellow Jackets in the 2010 and 2011 seasons and started a total of 20 games in his career. He helped the Jackets lead the nation in rushing in 2010 and finish No. 2 this season.

Smith is on track to earn his management degree this semester and would be immediately eligible to play his final season at another FBS school if he enrolled in its graduate school.

Johnson suspended Smith for the first two games of the 2011 season for violating team rules. He sent him home from the Sun Bowl for breaking team rules in El Paso, Texas. At the time, Johnson called Smith’s actions “disappointing” and said that he would address further discipline after returning to Atlanta.

Smith split snaps with tackles Tyler Kidney and Ray Beno this past season. Those two players will return, along with every other offensive lineman on the roster.

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Todd

January 18th, 2012
3:50 pm

Last.

And good riddence!

GTJason

January 18th, 2012
3:57 pm

Clears up some scholarship space, especially with the OL from Australia visiting this week. Some legit freshman and redshirts who will be trying to get a spot on the line. Sims will have some big holes to run through next year.

ToeMeetsLeather

January 18th, 2012
3:59 pm

Sorry to see this. Smith looked like he was “all in” when it came playing football for the Institute. Maybe it will make for a better man down the road. Good luck Phil, that diploma will open a lot of doors.

wes

January 18th, 2012
4:01 pm

Todd is proof that we need more English classes at Tech.

lol, english

January 18th, 2012
4:02 pm

The english classes at tech are already a joke; please don’t add more.

Jacket Man

January 18th, 2012
4:05 pm

Defensive Lineman from Australia.

FL Jacket

January 18th, 2012
4:07 pm

Just hope this doesn’t jeopardize the pipeline to Tampa Jesuit HS…

GT Fan

January 18th, 2012
4:07 pm

Good. He has caused enough problems for us. This opens up a scholarship for a more deserving respectable young man!

Jacket Man

January 18th, 2012
4:08 pm

By the way, before anyone asks, no, he’s not a punter or a kicker, too. ;)

Dirt Bag

January 18th, 2012
4:10 pm

Well, they did call him Philthy.

George Stein

January 18th, 2012
4:10 pm

Would have been nice for ONCE to have had the entire offensive line return, but Smith probably needs a change of scenery. I’m happy he’s going to graduate.

GTBob

January 18th, 2012
4:10 pm

Can’t say this is very surprising.

GT GRAD

January 18th, 2012
4:12 pm

I wish him well and I also wish he had followed the team rules as expected; we could use a player with his ability and experience (as a senior he would bring strength, size, leadership, experience, etc.) on the OL.

Paul Johnson once again proves he has standards (he says what he means and he means what he says!). As a GT fan, I really like his approach! The younger players will simply get more playing time…….football teams must have players ready and prepared to step in to the starting line-up when needed.

GTJason

January 18th, 2012
4:15 pm

The Aussie is projected as OL but can also play DT. Looks like a lock as long as everything is in check with his parents and all: http://www.gridironvictoria.com.au/news/victorian-recruited-to-georgia-tech/

GT Pride

January 18th, 2012
4:18 pm

My respect for CPJ just went up.

5150 UOAD

January 18th, 2012
4:21 pm

many of here said he would not be back after the El Paso thing. CPJ gave him the chances, but he couldn’t get whatever right. Sorry for the young man. He can finish is degree and still play so good for him.

SansWorld

January 18th, 2012
4:21 pm

Glad he graduateed. Best wishes. Saw him on the field after the Clemson Game with his father, who was yelling “This is my Son!” Sort of touching, but it is over now i guess.

Dawg Fan

January 18th, 2012
4:27 pm

I respect CPJ for this. These young kids that get into trouble need to know they are not in charge.

Jackedjacket

January 18th, 2012
4:29 pm

Quick question on the Aussie lineman. It said that we are paying for the air fair and hotel for he and his family on his official recruiting trip in that link. I’m PRETTY sure that is illegal!!!! Clarification Someone Please!!!,

albanyfan

January 18th, 2012
4:32 pm

Tech is paying only for HIS air fare, which is permissable. the parents are paying their way.

George Stein

January 18th, 2012
4:36 pm

I wouldn’t mind one of those Aussie punters like LSU has.

Ramblin Man

January 18th, 2012
4:38 pm

Not surprised by this at all. Phil I appreciate all that you have done while at Tech and wish you the best in your future.

Fitten Resident

January 18th, 2012
4:40 pm

Phil is awesome and a nice guy. He’s fun to be around.

Dawg Fan

January 18th, 2012
4:42 pm

Fitten Resident: Don’t fool yourself. If you were head coach, Phil would break your rules and cause you headaches too.

DesignerJacket

January 18th, 2012
4:44 pm

Fitten = girls dorm at Tech. Someone is standing up for her man!

HighTech

January 18th, 2012
4:44 pm

That’s funny they call football Gridiron in Australia.

Ramblin Man

January 18th, 2012
4:46 pm

I would like to see something concrete for Gotsis’s size. Rivals lists him at 604 290 while the Australian link I found puts him at 604 245. That’s a big difference. I know nothing of american football in Australia, but this kid gets invites to what looks to be all thier top tier games and will play for them against USA on Feb. 1st against team USA. Will be interesting how this all plays out.

HighTech

January 18th, 2012
4:46 pm

Adam Gotsis of the Monash Warriors is being recruited by Georgia Tech to play Gridiron.

DesignerJacket

January 18th, 2012
4:47 pm

George Stein, I share your sentiments regarding Australia’s punting talent. Unfortunately for an athlete like that we’d have to stop looking at players of “Gridiron” and contact some players of “Footie” instead. Only then could another shrimp be thrown (punted) onto the barbie!

Supersize that order, mutt

January 18th, 2012
4:47 pm

Doesn’t surprise me, but disappointed none-the-less. I can’t figure out how he could apparently apply himself well enough in class to be able to graduate, and yet he couldn’t or wouldn’t abide by team rules. Pretty sad. I wish him the best, and I hope he grows up.

Fitten Resident

January 18th, 2012
4:48 pm

1. I’m not a head coach, I’m his friend.
2. Fitten is a co-ed dorm, get your facts straight.

Fitten Resident

January 18th, 2012
4:49 pm

Phil’s not dumb by any stretch. He just likes to party.

DesignerJacket

January 18th, 2012
4:51 pm

Ramblin Man, I think the consensus is generally international teams playing American Football rarely rise to the level of FBS college teams. The exception MIGHT be the pro teams of Canada…but I wouldn’t want to see what a mid-tier NFL team would do to one of them! There are lots of countries that play football, but their best of the best might not beat out a top FCS team in America. At least, that’s how it was put to me when I inquired about Sean Bedford’s experience playing pro “gridiron” in Spain.

I think Europeans would probably say something similar about American soccer teams, though, so it only seems fair.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 18th, 2012
4:52 pm

I live in Augusta, and the Augusta State Jaguars basketball team (twice in the Div 2 Final Four) has had several Aussie players on the team over the past few years. Those guys gave it their all and were fun as hell to watch. If they are any indication of the talent and determination of Aussie athletes, Tech could have a winner with this kid.

DesignerJacket

January 18th, 2012
4:53 pm

I’m sorry Mrs. Philthy Smith. Fitten must have changed since this Wreck was Ramblin around in Glenn. Go Goatmen! (Gods of the Quad)

Fitten Resident

January 18th, 2012
4:54 pm

All the single sex dorms are on east campus.

DesignerJacket

January 18th, 2012
4:57 pm

Wait, am I getting Fitten confused with another one? Maybe I’m thinking of Brown…because I was totally picturing the “freshman quad” dorms on East over by the stadium. If so, my bad. I definitely was well aware that those were all single sex dorms and West had the co-ed ones.

Fitten Resident

January 18th, 2012
5:00 pm

Fitten is definitely not on east, it’s across from the Couch building.

DesignerJacket

January 18th, 2012
5:01 pm

Anyway, I’m sure Phil’s a nice guy that just needs to mature a bit. Sad to see he’ll be doing it somewhere other than Tech.

SansWorld

January 18th, 2012
5:03 pm

Thanks for your input Fitten Resident, everyone else here is 10, 20, 30 or more years out of school, and somewhat slanted in our opinions about what kids should or should not do. Hope Phil is ok whatever he does next.

Go Jackets!

January 18th, 2012
5:03 pm

Well that’s too bad for Phil. I wish him the best. It does open up the position. Time for the young guys to step up.

I would say having any Australian rules football player would be good for any college football team. He’d need coaching to prevent fouls. Remember the Aussies don’t wear pads…

DesignerJacket

January 18th, 2012
5:06 pm

Oh right. My bad. Definitely not the one I was thinking of. Sorry dude.

5150 UOAD

January 18th, 2012
5:06 pm

Aussie players shouldn’t get Face Mask or Helmet to Helmet penalties. LOL

Supersize that order, mutt

January 18th, 2012
5:06 pm

Go Jackets, based on the link provided earlier, he doesn’t play Australian Rules football; he evidently plays their version of American football. He is definitely wearing pads in the picture provided in the link.

Always a Jacket

January 18th, 2012
5:06 pm

Good Luck Phil. I saw your parents at the games they are proud of you. We all did stupid things in college, hope you learn from them.

It’s that time of the year when we hear about the players not returning. Who’s next?

Supersize that order, mutt

January 18th, 2012
5:08 pm

Always a Jacket, since school started back up last week, we can only assume that everybody else will be coming back. I’m sure we would have heard already if any of them had not started the winter/spring semester.

DesignerJacket

January 18th, 2012
5:09 pm

Go Jackets, the player we’re recruiting plays American Football (which they call “gridiron”) in Australia but does not play “Footie” (what we call Australian Rules Football.) Now, when it comes to talented punters, Footie does produce some of the best since they are used to kicking around an oblong ball which is a lot like an American football. This is why LSU’s punter is so good, but our recruit is not from that sport. He’ll be playing the same sport with the same gear…just in our country.

DesignerJacket

January 18th, 2012
5:15 pm

Here, guys. This is “Footie/Footy” (Australian Rules Football to us Americans), it is not what our O-line recruit plays.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqymJpIhpPY

WnE

January 18th, 2012
5:15 pm

Wonder if his parents are proud of this?

Go Jackets!

January 18th, 2012
5:17 pm

Sorry, posted before reading the link.