Practice notes from Wednesday.
1. A day after getting chastised, Georgia Tech got ice-cream bars and popsicles.
To celebrate the final two-a-day practice, coach Paul Johnson surprised the team mid-practice by bringing an ice-cream truck onto the Rose Bowl practice fields Wednesday afternoon. Players swarmed the truck for their frozen treats. Even the head coach partook.
“Look at me,” Johnson said. “You think I missed out on ice cream?”
Former team member Logan Walls, seeing pictures posted on Facebook, wrote, “Where was this the past 5 camps?”
The 90-minute afternoon practice was conducted without pads, focusing mostly on special teams. The Yellow Jackets went in full pads in the morning practice, which followed a Tuesday afternoon practice that irritated coaches for its lack of energy. Johnson called the morning practice “a little better.”
The Jackets had three double sessions and will have single practices Thursday and Friday and a closed scrimmage Saturday to close the camp portion of the preseason. Players will check out of the team hotel Saturday and begin classes Monday, at which point the team will adopt its standard afternoon practice routine.
“I’ve had no issues with them overall,” Johnson said. “They’ve worked hard for the most part.”
Cornerback Rod Sweeting was held out again Wednesday after trying to practice Tuesday. Guard Omoregie Uzzi also was kept out of the afternoon practice. B-backs David Sims and Charles Perkins and offensive tackles Ray Beno and Morgan Bailey did not practice again.
(I don’t know more about Uzzi’s status. I learned about it after Johnson spoke. If the way he was walking back to the locker room is any judge, I don’t suspect it’s serious.)
2. Quarterback/A-back Synjyn Days spent the entire morning practice working at A-back. He has spent much of camp at that position to try to acclimate himself. With Days backing up quarterback Tevin Washington, coaches want to get him on the field to use his playmaking ability. Johnson believes he could make it into the rotation.
“That’s why we put him there,” he said. “We didn’t put him there to be a backup.”
3. Johnson spoke well of Tech hall of famer and former Tech coach Bill Curry, who announced Wednesday that he will retire from coaching Georgia State at the end of the season.
“I’ve never had a close relationship (with Curry), but always respected him from afar,” he said. “I think he’s a guy that’s tried to do things the right way.”
There is no media availability until Saturday’s closed scrimmage. I’ll have some notes I didn’t get to Thursday and Friday.
Thanks for reading.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog