Tech notes: Uzzi returns as practice begins

1. The opening practice was the first for Georgia Tech guard Omoregie Uzzi since the end of last season. Uzzi missed spring practice to heal from injuries suffered during the season.

“He did well,” coach Paul Johnson said. “I watched him a lot in practice. He did well, moved around pretty good.”

Having participated in summer workouts with the team after being cleared to practice, Uzzi didn’t feel the need to use caution.

“I was excited, excited to get back out there with the guys,” said Uzzi, a two-time All-ACC selection.

Uzzi is entering his final season at Tech and is already the owner of a degree. He is debating between taking graduate level classes or pursuing a second major in the school of public policy. Regardless, he is eager for the season to arrive.

“Everybody here is expecting big things this year,” he said.

2. Defensive line coach Andy McCollum liked what he saw Friday out of his returners.

“I think (strength and conditioning) Coach (John) Sisk and his staff have done a tremendous job with them,” McCollum said. “You can see the changes in [players’] bodies.”

Nose tackle T.J. Barnes and defensive end Emmanuel Dieke have won widespread praise from teammates for their summer workouts.

Barnes “worked as hard as he’s ever worked,” McCollum said. “You can see his body has changed. He’s ready to go.”

McCollum also has four incoming freshmen – Roderick Chungong, Patrick Gamble, Adam Gotsis and Francis Kallon. McCollum was asked if Gotsis, who played club football in Australia in high school, and Kallon, who has only played one year of football, face a steep learning curve.

“Yeah, but all of them do,” he said with a laugh.

3. Quarterback Synjyn Days practiced a lot at A-back Friday, Johnson said. Coaches want to get the backup quarterback on the field and, with Tevin Washington holding down the starting job, A-back is the most likely spot.

“He’s been [practicing at A-back] since spring,” Johnson said.

Quarterbacks and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon called the management of Days’ position “a day-to-day kind of deal right now.” Johnson has said that Days will continue to get work at quarterback.

“What we’re trying to do, as we’ve always said, is get our best 11 on the field,” Bohannon said.

4. B-back David Sims and guards Trey Braun and Thomas O’Reilly wore gold jerseys signifying their status as injured players. Johnson said they should be back Monday or Tuesday.

“We’re just kind of easing them into it,” he said.

As it was a non-contact workout, Sims took part in the whole practice and said the gold jersey was a precautionary measure. Sims, who had surgery over the summer to repair a shin splint, expects to be fully involved in Monday’s practice.

5. Bohannon had praise for the center-quarterback exchanges from Friday’s practice.

“Usually on the first day, there’s balls everywhere on snaps, but they actually did a pretty good job of that [Friday],” he said.

Quarterback Justin Thomas and B-back Marcus Allen, both incoming freshmen, “both showed some signs of what we expected from them just out there running around,” Bohannon said. Thomas and Allen are at positions where Tech has depth and figure to be redshirted.

6. Tech will hold fan day Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Festivities begin at 3 p.m., followed by autographs and photos at 4 p.m. … Players are again staying in a hotel not far from campus. Roommates were assigned randomly.

18 comments Add your comment

Lee R.

August 3rd, 2012
9:35 pm

Nice writeup Ken, as usual, I’m so ready for the season to get started.

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

August 3rd, 2012
9:42 pm

Can’t wait to see what this group can accomplish.

5150 UOAD

August 3rd, 2012
9:49 pm

Uzzi working hard.


August 3rd, 2012
10:07 pm

Keep the updates coming, Ken.


August 3rd, 2012
10:16 pm

No word on the new DT/NTs redshirting? I know it’s early but would really like that information. “after all they are all so small and puny”. LOL

I’m looking forward to this season! Can’t wait for my tickets! Go Yellow Jackets!


August 3rd, 2012
10:19 pm

I know we won’t know the redshirts for weeks but with our defense it seems we’d keep all the weapons available. Just my opinion…

5150 UOAD

August 3rd, 2012
10:30 pm

Kallon & Gotsis just have a lot to learn about the Speed in college. IMO


August 3rd, 2012
10:31 pm

Good updates. I want this from every practice.

Tech dropout

August 3rd, 2012
11:12 pm


August 3rd, 2012
11:47 pm

If Gotsis and Kallon live up to their billing, they should see some playing time this year.


August 3rd, 2012
11:51 pm

Sweet Jesus football season is here!


August 3rd, 2012
11:56 pm

If Syngin Days is so good a runner, and at 220, why are’nt we looking at B-back for him? What I’m reading, is a brusing runner, with that power and speed, it seems like a good fit. Swyer was that big, Anthony Allen was maybe that big, what about Days?? He’s still in the QB rotating because of his running ability, which is good, that alone may probably win all games. If he is such a stud as all say, can’t he beat out Sims and Perkins for the spot? He certainly knows the offense.
Sorry, “Dwyer”, loved him, such a threat and fun to watch.


August 4th, 2012
12:05 am

“Sweet Jesus football season is here!” Amen and pass the gravy!


August 4th, 2012
12:06 am

Doing the 3 game package, I hope section 202 is a decent section to sit in.


August 4th, 2012
12:20 am

Clyde, google BD stadium for the seat location. From experience most/all seats are good. No matter where your seats are they provide a good vantage point to the field. Might want to bring a seat cushion.


August 4th, 2012
12:26 am

Thanks for the info, last time I was much closer to the field. I recall the metal benches being a little unfriendly.

Marine Jacket

August 4th, 2012
10:01 am

@GTKirk80 if you read Ken’s article about conditioning, it was stated that Synjin was seeing time at A&B back and a previous article stated he was also taking rep at WR (and was good ad his route running and catching)

Go Jackets!!!

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