Archive for April, 2012

Farmer named ACC pitcher of the week

Georgia Tech pitcher Buck Farmer was named the ACC pitcher of the week for a complete-game, 11-strikeout shutout against Duke last Saturday.

It’s the second such award for Farmer, and first of the season. Behind Farmer’s no-walk shutout, the Yellow Jackets beat Duke 1-0 and preseason All-American pitcher Marcus Stroman.

Tech followed Farmer’s win with an 8-0 win as Luke Bard and Alex Cruz combined for a two-hit shutout. It was the first time in school history that Tech won consecutive ACC game with shutouts.

Tech plays Kennesaw State Tuesday at 6 p.m. and has a three-game home series against Florida State, ranked No. 2 in the country in the USA Today coaches poll. Tech is 18-11 overall and 6-6 in the ACC.

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How Walkosky ended up at Georgia Tech

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Hopefully you read the David Walkosky story that I wrote for Sunday’s paper. As I think I said earlier, time will tell how this hire works out, but he sounds like a good choice for Georgia Tech. A few details that I couldn’t fit into the story:

1. When he heard from Minnesota Vikings special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer that Tech might be hiring a special-teams coach, Walkosky said he wasn’t looking to leave his job as defensive coordinator of the Calgary Stampeders. As he put it, he doesn’t “chase logos.”

However, Priefer’s endorsement of coach Paul Johnson (the two worked together as assistants at Navy, and Johnson called Priefer “a really close friend of mine”) made a difference, as did Walkosky’s guiding philosophy on choosing jobs – “who you coach with, who you coach for and a chance to win. Other than that, nothing really matters.”

Priefer found it noteworthy that several of Johnson’s assistants have stayed with him several years at different jobs. …

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Tech secondary young but experienced

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These are notes from Saturday’s spring practice, which included some scrimmaging.

1. Like last season, Georgia Tech has one senior starter in the secondary. This year, it’s cornerback Rod Sweeting.

Unlike last season, when all four starters were new, the Yellow Jackets have three starters back and a fourth, cornerback Jemea Thomas, who played heavy minutes.

That experience gives secondary coach Charles Kelly and defensive coordinator Al Groh room to advance the backfield this spring. Kelly and cornerback Louis Young both mentioned the same notion of the game slowing down after practice Saturday morning.

“I guess maturing in the defense becomes a little bit easier,” Young said.

Safety Isaiah Johnson “made some checks and did some things [Saturday] that he hadn’t done before,” Kelly said, because he could see the field better and process information more quickly.

Young and Johnson have been working with the first group of five defensive backs – corners Sweeting, …

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