David Scully wins Tech kicking job

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.

Monday’s practice report

Former UGA cheerleader transfers to Tech

Sims gaining confidence at B-back (from the spring)

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

91 comments Add your comment


August 21st, 2012
9:37 pm

Mike Bell

August 21st, 2012
9:39 pm

Supersize that order, mutt

August 21st, 2012
9:47 pm

Don’t tell WnE that TW will be posting on Twitter. We all know about WnE and his tweeting Tech people. SHEESH

Goose Godsey

August 21st, 2012
9:47 pm


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9:48 pm


August 21st, 2012
9:56 pm


August 21st, 2012
10:05 pm

I’m a Georgia fan but congratulations to David for a job well done.


August 21st, 2012
10:13 pm

Congrats David!
Im up for your field goal being the winner on 9/3!
Cook the Turkey!


August 21st, 2012
10:18 pm

Nice job David Scully! When toe meets leather, you’ll be there!

George Stein

August 21st, 2012
10:27 pm

Has Johnson indicated when they will start to dial down the contact, Ken?

1 4 GT

August 21st, 2012
10:34 pm

I like that CPJ puts ethics & integrity first. I know it hurts Young & Drummond to miss the opener on national TV. But they learned a valuable life lesson & will be better men for it.

Ramblin Man

August 21st, 2012
10:36 pm

Thanks Ken. Starting to think Bailey needs to be in a bubble.

FL Jacket

August 21st, 2012
10:40 pm

If Harrison Butker signs and Scully retains a scholarship in 2013…that will mean 3 scholarship Kickers plus Rodwell…need to see dividends in the kicking game.


August 21st, 2012
10:43 pm

He won’t be starting next year. The kid from Westminster is top rated kicker in the country.


August 21st, 2012
10:44 pm

These blogs keep manfunctioning


August 21st, 2012
10:45 pm

I’ve seen him kick. He is a phenom!

FL Jacket

August 21st, 2012
10:47 pm

Buzz…that crow-hop he does after he kicks off is pretty cool

Jacket Time

August 21st, 2012
11:04 pm

1 4 GT I agree. I think there is some star Michigan player who got a DUI who I think isn’t going to sit the whole game vs Alabama. To add to that from a conference sandpoint, our game is more important.


August 21st, 2012
11:09 pm

Ken, you’ve done a great job keeping us informed on players and coaches. Now I believe we’re all ready for some outstanding football. ” LET’S GO YELLOW JACKETS “


August 21st, 2012
11:09 pm

Congrats David
We alumni are ready to cheer you on and can’t wait for kick-off


August 21st, 2012
11:20 pm

Oh…and Ken,
Thanks for writing…I’ve been reading! Keep ‘em coming!

1 4 GT

August 21st, 2012
11:31 pm

Jacket Time—-while the punishment is kinda harsh for, to me anyway, a minor infraction, I think it is important to teach. That is what sports used to be about. Teaching teamwork, leadership & character. The games were supposed to be fun and secondary to learning.


August 21st, 2012
11:44 pm

Success Step 2 (8/21/12): TEAM CHEMISTRY is created when every individual player commits to being the best at his position and never looks to others to make a play, but becomes a play-maker himself.


August 22nd, 2012
3:07 am

play drummond and young….


August 22nd, 2012
3:22 am

I don’t know much about Young, but Drummond is one of the worst linebackers in college football. He’s terrible. And, if Hunt-Days hasn’t beaten him out then he can’t be much better.

Alabama Jack

August 22nd, 2012
6:10 am

Go Jackets !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Beat Hokies !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You may now resume the blog


August 22nd, 2012
6:52 am

Thanks for the input Mulk, now go sulk.

Congrats Scully, with the change in kick off location combined with his leg, we shouldn’t see to many returns attempted this year.

I was very impressed with Golden at the spring game, there won’t be a big drop off from Young to Golden. Then when Young makes it back we will be loaded in the secondary.


August 22nd, 2012
7:01 am

mulk…….great insight, you should be a college coach with that kind of knowledge and wisdom. I’ll bet your glass is always half full! Your fellow Tech fans must love your support of the team!


August 22nd, 2012
8:25 am

For David to oust the incumbent (Justin Moore) means Scully is significantly better.

“Scully said that he’s been able to place his kickoffs consistently” – That is huge. Tech’s KO coverage should be vastly improved.

Thanks, Ken! The feeding frenzy is at full froth – 12 more days!

fine, I'll say it

August 22nd, 2012
8:40 am

I want to believe…in GT Special Teams

Upstate jacket

August 22nd, 2012
8:44 am

Sometimes “starters” never get their job back after a suspension. We’ll see about Drummond and Hunt-Days. Chances are we’ll need both of them to step up if the D is going make strides this year.


August 22nd, 2012
8:49 am

Laskey better get himself healthy, I’m looking forward to watching him run between the tackles on 9/3!


August 22nd, 2012
8:59 am

max you’ll be watching him get stuffed at the line against vt.


August 22nd, 2012
9:06 am

How many times is the AJC going to point out that this guy’s girlfriend transferred to Tech from UGA? This is at least the 3rd or 4th time that I’ve seen it. It must be one of the top sports stories of the year I guess. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about it as the end of November approaches. We get it AJC. She’s good at math and wants to root for a mediocre football program. Point conceded.



August 22nd, 2012
9:20 am

Got a feeling Walkosky’s impact as ST coach will pay important dividends this year.


August 22nd, 2012
9:21 am


I think that Drummond was brought over from the offensive side of the ball… I could be wrong but, I don’t think he will make the transition… He was terrible last year. Maybe he has adjusted some for this year… I can dream…

Ken Sugiura

August 22nd, 2012
9:22 am

George Stein – they’re done with scrimmaging, if that’s what you’re asking. but they keep practicing in pads through the season, at least once a week.
1 4 GT – for whatever it’s worth, I think Drummond’s suspension was automatic as a violation of the student-athlete code of conduct.
regarding hunt-days, it sounds like he’s got a ways on the learning curve to go. remember, this is his first college game.
FL Jacket – it could actually be five kickers/punters on scholarship next year – Butker, Scully, Moore, Poole, Rodwell. Plus a long snapper. (two on the roster this year).
dawgfan – i believe it was the second time, and i don’t think it was gratuitous. i was making the point that he’s had a pretty good summer, and his girlfriend’s transferring to tech was part of it.
thanks for the kind words. it really means a lot.


August 22nd, 2012
9:22 am


I would have to agree …. Enough of the transfer story. We all know where, why and how she has come to GT…

Yeller Bug

August 22nd, 2012
9:48 am

Dawgfan: The cheerleader incident will probably be talked about for a while for there use to be a saying at Tech (perhaps no longer applicable now): What do you call a beautiful girl on the GT campus? —A visitor. And the other reason we’ll be talking about it is because if we can’t beat you in football, then we can at least steal your women.

headley lamar

August 22nd, 2012
9:57 am

When does CPJ go for a FG anyway ?

After all no one has ever stopped his offense.


August 22nd, 2012
10:02 am

Yes, GT did attempt 17 FGs last year…. how many did UGA attempt…. 37?!?! Hmmmmmm… The trolls are making themselves look stupid today.


August 22nd, 2012
10:07 am

You know me Ken. I’m always looking to lift everyones’ spirits. Don’t mention it. And I have seen it more than twice but whatever. Maybe other writers brought it up.


August 22nd, 2012
10:30 am

How many times is the AJC going to point out that this guy’s girlfriend transferred to Tech from UGA?

You cry an awful lot, but to cry because of one pretty meaningless line in a blog is pretty pathetic.


August 22nd, 2012
10:36 am

Congrats to Scully! May there not be a reason for him to lose his position this season. In other words, I hope he delivers and doesn’t give the coaches a reason to reconsider.


August 22nd, 2012
11:06 am

Let me guess….and the holder’s name is Mulder….lol

GT Lee

August 22nd, 2012
11:07 am

“You know me Ken. I’m always looking to lift everyones’ spirits.”

By being a troll? dawgfan you really are a moron.


1 4 GT

August 22nd, 2012
11:54 am

God, you just gotta love ‘em. Little puppies are so cute & funny. Until they leave a mess on the floor!!

Supersize that order, mutt

August 22nd, 2012
12:04 pm

Looks like even Ken is sick of the trolls. LOVE his sarcasm. Of course that goes over the heads of most of the trolls…..like dwagfan

Jacket Man

August 22nd, 2012
12:37 pm

Great job, as usual, Ken. Looking forward to your next installment.

IL Jacket

August 22nd, 2012
1:14 pm

Great article as usual, Ken. We appreciate all you do to keep us informed-particularly us out-of-towners.

Congratulations to Scully. As someoen who was critical of our kicking game and special teams last year, I have optomistic expectancy for this year’s kicking game. Hopefully, this is a sign David’s leg is stronger. If so, it would go a long way toward helping our kickoff return game. Seemed like every time we had a big score, the opponents would come right back and be set up on at least the 40 yard line (and in the case of the Miami game even worse).

Bring on the Hokies!!!