1. After starting in the first three games of the season, Georgia Tech wide receiver Jeremy Moore left the team Tuesday, citing personal reasons. Moore will remain in school, coach Paul Johnson said Wednesday.
“He had some personal reasons, said that he’s struggled with it before,” Johnson said. “It’s not the first time he’s thought about it. I just wished him well.”
Moore had had a challenging career at Tech. After redshirting as a true freshman, he missed his redshirt freshman season with a torn knee ligament. Injuries played a role in limiting him to three games last season. Moore, from Austin, Texas, earned a starting job out of fall camp and had caught three passes for 64 yards in Tech’s first three games.
Moore was in a three-player rotation with Jeff Greene and Darren Waller. His departure moves true freshman Anthony Autry up the depth chart, although Chris Jackson will return next week after a four-game absence due to an academic matter regarding his credit hours. Also, defensive back Corey Dennis was moved over to wide receiver, which may preclude Johnson from having to play another true freshman, either Micheal Summers or Travin Henry. It’s possible one of the two, probably Summers, may still play this season.
2. In his Tuesday news conference and on the Wednesday ACC coaches teleconference, Miami coach Al Golden had high praise for Tech, perhaps not a surprise as his team will face the Yellow Jackets Saturday.
“The biggest difference right now in Georgia Tech is how physical they are and how rugged they are on both sides of the line and how mature they are,” Golden said.
He noted Tech’s size at various positions, such as linebacker, defensive line and wide receiver. He called outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu “one of the best players, clearly, in the conference, if not the country.” He said center Jay Finch “is as relentless as any center we’ll see.”
“Both sides of the ball have the personnel the way they want,” Golden said. “When you turn on the tape, they look like it.”
3. Cornerback Louis Young said he hopes to have the wrap on his right hand off in a week. Young fractured his right thumb during the preseason. He has played in the past two games with the thumb heavily wrapped.
He said it hasn’t bothered him in games, even when he made an interception last Saturday.
“You kind of forget about it when you’re playing,” he said.
Young said that Miami has the “best receivers we’ve seen so far.” Wide receiver Allen Hurns is on the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s top wide receiver. He has 10 catches in two games for 113 yards.
Offensive tackle Ray Beno said that “all I can remember from last year is (Miami) being very big upfront and speedy. We’re just going to be trying to attack that this week.” He’ll spend some time against Hurricanes defensive end Anthony Chickillo, one of the top freshmen in the ACC last year.
“Very talented player, very aggressive player,” Beno said. “He definitely got after it.”
4. Johnson said he thought inside linebacker Daniel Drummond will play Saturday. Drummond is recovering from a high ankle sprain and sat out last Saturday’s game. Johnson said he wasn’t sure how much time Drummond will receive. Jabari Hunt-Days has started in his place.
Safety Fred Holton will not play again with a foot injury. Holton, a projected starter, has not played yet this season. Offensive tackle Morgan Bailey, like Holton a projected starter in the preseason, did not practice Wednesday after suffering an injury Tuesday. He dressed last Saturday, but has yet to play. Johnson didn’t know if Bailey would be available for the game.
5. Johnson: “Miami has handled us fairly easily the last couple years. So we have to see if we can’t put our big-boy pants on and play a little better against them.”
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