You’ll find T.J. Barnes, Izaan Cross, Tevin Washington and Jeremiah Attaochu in this post, taken from media day interviews on Saturday. I’ll have notes and a story posted later today.
1. Barnes has improved his flexibility, thanks to a yoga class attended by a number of players over the summer. (This will be part of the story posted later today).
“I never knew stretching would be that hard,” he said. “I’m already flexible, but being in those type of positions is, like, really tough.”
There was one challenging pose, in particular, Barnes said, that stretched his back.
“I don’t know the name of the position, but it made me want to not come back, but I kept on coming,” he said.
It goes without saying (and yet, I’m saying it anyway) that, for a big guy like Barnes, who plays a position where leverage is so crucial, any help in staying low will be of immense value.
2. Washington’s personal goal for the season: “I just want to make my family proud. That’s the no. 1 personal goal I’ve got for me. As long as I make my family proud and I can look back at the end of the day and say I put my best effort forward and put my whole self in it and I did all that I could do, I’ll be satisfied. I’ll be smiling ear to ear.”
Asked to pick a breakout player, Washington named the wide receivers and A-backs Robbie Godhigh, Tony Zenon and Deon Hill and then safety Fred Holton, who is coming back from a redshirt year to rehab a torn Achilles.
“I know he’s ready to go play,” he said. “I think he’s going to have a good year. This year, I think he’s going to be exciting to watch.”
3. Cross, on what the defense can do to improve the pass rush: “Make a conscious effort all during the offseason like we did. Put in extra work. We watched more film. … Just collectively as a group having to make up our mind that we’re going to be better pass rushers.”
Cross took the double whammy in summer school, computer science and calculus. He passed both. With a laugh, Cross said he had been “putting it off as long as I could.”
4. Attaochu on his outside linebacker counterpart Brandon Watts: “He’s a fast guy. He’s the self-proclaimed fastest dude on the team. He has the biggest confidence in the world. … But he backs it up, though. He’s a good player.”
Watts played situationally last season, his redshirt sophomore freshman year.
“It’s not going to be like putting in a new guy on the field,” Attaochu said. “He’s a veteran with a lot of talent. He’s ready to break out this year.”
Attaochu’s roommate for camp is offensive tackle Ray Beno: “He’s the coolest dude ever.”
(I’ll have to investigate further to see if Attaochu ascribes superlatives to everyone.)
Thanks for reading.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog