1. Georgia Tech defensive back Chris Milton first caught special-teams coordinator David Walkosky’s attention as a member of the scout team.
“Everything he did, he gave unbelievable effort,” Walkosky said. “He was full go and then he was making plays against the [first team].”
He hasn’t stopped. Milton has been named the Yellow Jackets’ special-teams player of the week for the past two games. He was perfect on his assignments against Presbyterian College and then 16 of 18 against Virginia, including a touchdown-saving tackle on a kickoff return.
“I feel like you’ve just got to want to do it,” said Milton, a redshirt freshman from Charlton County High.
That was the most noticeable play, but there have been plenty of others. He came within inches of blocking a Virginia punt, and probably would have had the punter not been directing the ball away from Milton’s side. Against Virginia Tech, on a punt return in which Jemea Thomas bobbled the catch, Milton had blocked Virginia Tech’s gunner into the end zone, giving Thomas space to fall on the ball.
“That was every play on punt,” Walkosky said. “The (Virginia Tech) guy was never a factor in the game. [Milton] just really dominated his guy.”
Milton plays on all of the “big four”– the kickoff, punt, kickoff return and punt return teams, sharing the field with several Tech starters like safeties Isaiah Johnson and Jamal Golden, wide receiver Darren Waller and Thomas.
“He studies his opponent, he practices at an unbelievably high level,” Walkosky said. “There’s no question why it happens.”
2. B-back David Sims, last year’s starter, is expected to play Saturday against Miami, but Zach Laskey will start according to the depth chart released Thursday.
Offensive tackle Morgan Bailey, safety Fred Holton and B-back Charles Perkins are listed as out. With wide receiver Jeremy Moore having left the team Tuesday, the starters are Jeff Greene and Waller. Their backups are Anthony Autry and Corey Dennis, who was moved from defensive back this week.
4. The athletic department will host an open house at McCamish Pavilion Saturday before the game, from noon to 2 p.m. There will also be open houses prior to the three home games after that, Middle Tennessee State (Sept. 29), Boston College (Oct. 20) and BYU (Oct. 27). Members of the ticket sales department will be available for those interested in purchasing season tickets.
The Allstate Tailgate Tour will be stationed at the corner of Bobby Dodd Way and Fowler Street. The station will have giveaways, interactive activities and a chance to sign up for a sweepstakes in which the grand prize is a trip to the BCS championship game.
5. Guard Omoregie Uzzi was named one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. It judges players in four categories – community, classroom, character and competition.
Uzzi is already a candidate for the Outland Trophy, which goes to the country’s top down lineman.
6. Laskey on the impact his 70-yard touchdown catch has made on his life: “It’s kind of been the same. I guess I got a couple extra friend requests on Facebook.”