1. His girlfriend transferred to Georgia Tech from Georgia over the summer. He was put on scholarship at the start of the preseason. Tuesday, kicker David Scully’s run continued. He’ll be the starting kicker in the season opener against Virginia Tech Sept. 3, coach Paul Johnson said.
“I guess karma,” Scully said. “Hard work pays off. God’s smiling on me, I guess.”
Scully beat out Justin Moore, who handled field goals and extra points last year while Scully took most of the kickoffs. That playing experience guided Scully’s improvement since last season.
“Just becoming comfortable with my body, with my leg, what I can do just kind of made the offseason completely different,” he said.
Last season, Moore made all 56 of his extra-point tries –setting school single-season records for most extra points and most consecutive extra points – but was 11-for-17 on field goals. Scully said he was never told that he’ll start, but has been anticipating it since he has been working with the first-team kicking unit. He didn’t hide his excitement about the possibility of literally kicking off the season against the Hokies in Blacksburg, Va.
“All summer, that’s how I’ve been planning it,” Scully said. “That’s how I’ve been seeing it. That’s what I want.”
Scully said that he’s been able to place his kickoffs consistently, but declined to offer information on his distance.
“I’m going to let Virginia Tech wait till Monday night to figure that one out,’ he said.
2. A day after finding the team’s practice performance “unacceptable,” Johnson said Tuesday’s practice was “a lot better. The tempo was better, the intensity was better. We got some things done.”
B-back David Sims participated for the second consecutive day. Johnson called it his best practice of the preseason, though Sims has only practiced a handful of times in his return from surgery to repair a stress fracture in his shin. Offensive tackle Morgan Bailey was in a walking boot Tuesday. Bailey, pegged to start at right tackle, suffered a concussion in the first full week of camp and then returned Monday only to leave practice with a different injury. Also held out was B-back Zach Laskey, who has strep throat. Johnson didn’t know when he might be expected back. Laskey was one of the stars of fall camp, moving up to No. 2 on the depth chart with his playmaking.
3. Aside from Scully, Johnson offered some insights into a couple other lineup decisions for Virginia Tech. He said that punter Sean Poole will probably start ahead of freshman Ryan Rodwell and inside linebacker Jabari Hunt-Days will probably fill in for Daniel Drummond, who will miss the game as part of a 1 ½-game suspension. Anthony Harrell would be the other possibility. Both Hunt-Days and Harrell are redshirt freshmen who will be playing their first career games. Poole was the starter last season and part of the 2010 season.
Cornerback Jamal Golden figures to be the third cornerback behind Rod Sweeting and Jemea Thomas with cornerback Louis Young out because of a suspension. Defensive coordinator Al Groh praised Golden’s facility in understanding defensive concepts and mentioned that he worked at three different positions in Tuesday’s practice.
“I’m sure he’ll see the most plays from scrimmage that he has since he’s been here,” Groh said of Golden, a sophomore.
4. Quarterback Tevin Washington will hold a live question-and-answer session on Twitter Wednesday for 30 minutes starting at 6:45 p.m. He’ll take questions on the Tech Twitter account @GTAthletics. … The team will hold its annual kickoff luncheon Friday at the Cobb Galleria. Tech grad and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough will be the keynote speaker. Information is available at ramblinwreck.com and by calling 1-888-832-4849.
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Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog