Uzzi named to first-ever coaches All-ACC team

Guard Omoregie Uzzi was the lone Georgia Tech player on the first-ever coaches All-ACC team, released Wednesday.

Uzzi was also the lone Yellow Jacket on the media All-ACC team. On the coaches’ team, he received 14 out of a possible 22 points. The 12 coaches were allowed to vote for two players at each position, two points for first team and one point for second team. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.

The selections were similar to the media All-ACC team. The player of the year (Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd), offensive player of the year (Boyd), defensive player of the year (Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner) and coach of the year (Duke’s David Cutcliffe) were all the same.

Tech players receiving honorable mention status were outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu, nose tackle T.J. Barnes, center Jay Finch, specialist Jamal Golden and  A-back Orwin Smith. Coach Paul Johnson received one point in the balloting for coach of the year. Quarterback Vad Lee received one point in voting for offensive rookie of the year.

ACC Player of the Year (votes in parentheses)

Tajh Boyd, Clemson, QB, 6-1, 225, Jr.-R, Hampton, Va. (7)

ACC Offensive Player of the Year

Tajh Boyd, Clemson, QB, 6-1, 225, Jr.-R, Hampton, Va. (7)

ACC Defensive Player of the Year

Bjoern Werner, Florida State, DE, 6-4, 273, Jr., Berlin, Germany (9)

ACC Rookie of the Year

Duke Johnson, Miami, RB, 5-9, 183, Fr., Miami, Fla. (8)

ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year

Duke Johnson, Miami, RB, 5-9, 183, Fr., Miami, Fla. (8)

ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year

Ronald Darby, Florida State, CB, 5-11, 176, Fr., Oxon Hill, Md. (5)

ACC Coach of the Year

David Cutcliffe, Duke (7)

2012 Coaches All-ACC Football Team

Offense

First Team

QB—Tajh Boyd, Clemson, 6-1, 225, Jr.-R, Hampton, Va.  (22)

RB—Giovani Bernard, North Carolina, 5-10, 205, So.-R, Davie, Fla. (22)

RB—Andre Ellington, Clemson, 5-10, 190, Sr.-R, Moncks Corner, S.C. (21)

WR—DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson, 6-1, 200, Jr., Central, S.C. (22)

WR—Conner Vernon, Duke, 6-1, 195, Sr., Miami, Fla. (14)

TE—Brandon Ford, Clemson, 6-4, 235, Gr., Wando, S.C. (17)

T—James Hurst, North Carolina, 6-7, 300, Jr., Plainfield, Ind. (14)

T—Oday Aboushi, Virginia, 6-6, 310, Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y. (13)

G—Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina, 6-3, 295, Sr., Wilmington, N.Y. (21)

G—Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech, 6-3, 300, Sr.-R, Lithonia, Ga. (14)

C—Dalton Freeman, Clemson, 6-5, 285, Gr., Pelion, S.C. (17)

Second Team

QB—EJ Manuel, Florida State, 6-5, 245, Sr., Virginia Beach, Va. (12)

RB—Chris Thompson, Florida State, 5-8, 190, Sr., Greenville, Fla. (13)

RB—Duke Johnson, Miami, 5-9, 183, Fr., Miami, Fla. (10)

WR–Alex Amidon, Boston College, 5-11, 186, Jr., Greenfield, Mass. (11)

WR–Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest, 5-10, 190, Jr.-R, Clarksville, Md. (10)

TE—Eric Ebron, North Carolina, 6-4, 235, So., Greensboro, N.C. (13)

T—–Brandon Thomas, Clemson, 6-3, 300, Jr.-R, Spartanburg, S.C. (10)

T—–Emmett Cleary, Boston College, 6-7, 313, Sr.-R, Arlington Heights, Ill. (9)

G—–R.J. Mattes, NC State, 6-6, 313, Sr.-R, Concord, N.C. (11)

G—–Tre’ Jackson, Florida State, 6-4, 310, So., Jessup, Ga. (9)

C—–Bryan Stork, Florida State, 6-4, 299, Jr., Vero Beach, Fla. (9)

Honorable Mention (2 or more points)

Offense—QB Mike Glennon, Sr.-R, NC State (2); RB—Orwin Smith, Sr., Georgia Tech (2); WR—Sammy Watkins, So., Clemson (5); Rashad Greene, So., Florida State (3); Jamison Crowder, So., Duke (2); Marcus Davis, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech (2); TE—Nick O’Leary, So., Florida State (4); T—Cameron Erving, So., Florida State (7); Brennan Williams, Sr., North Carolina (5); Menelik Watson, Fr., Florida State (3); Morgan Moses, Jr., Virginia (3); Seantrel Henderson, So., Miami (3); Vinston Painter, Sr., Virginia Tech (2); G—Josue Matias, So., Florida State (7); Brandon Linder, Jr., Miami (4); Michael Via, Sr., Virginia Tech; C—Cameron Wentz, Sr., NC State (3); Shane McDermott, Sr.-R, Miami (3); Jay Finch, Jr., Georgia Tech (2); PK—Ross Martin, Fr., Duke (3); Casey Barth, Sr.-R, North Carolina (3); SP—Duke Johnson, Fr., Miami (8); Jamal Golden, So., Georgia Tech (2).

Defense

First Team

DE—Cornellius Carradine, Florida State, 6-5, 267, Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio (22)

DE—Bjoern Werner, Florida State, 6-4, 273, Jr., Berlin, Germany (21)

DT—Joe Vellano, Maryland, 6-1, 285, Sr., Rexford, N.Y. (20)

DT—Sylvester Williams, North Carolina, 6-3, 315, Sr., Jefferson City, Mo. (16)

LB—Nick Clancy, Boston College, 6-3, 232, Sr., Plainfield, Ill. (18)

LB—Jack Tyler, Virginia Tech, 5-11, 230, Jr., Oakton, Va. (13)

LB—Kevin Reddick, North Carolina, 6-3, 240, Sr., New Bern, N.C. (13)

CB—Ross Cockrell, Duke, 6-0, 180, Jr., Waxhaw, N.C. (18)

CB—Xavier Rhodes, Florida State, 6-2, 215, Jr., Miami, Fla. (17)

S——Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State, 5-9, 204, Jr., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (18)

S——Earl Wolff, NC State, 6-0, 207, Gr., Raeford, N.C. (14)

Second Team

DE—James Gayle, Virginia Tech, 6-4, 250, Jr.-R, Hampton, Va. (10)

DE—Kareem Martin, North Carolina, 6-6, 260, Jr., Roanoke Rapids, N.C. (5)

DT—Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest, 5-11, 260, Jr.-R, Wylie, Texas (9)

DT (Tie) Timmy Jernigan, Florida State, 6-3, 297, So., Lake City, Fla. (6)

DT (Tie) Everett Dawkins, Florida State, 6-2, 295, Sr., Spartanburg, S.C. (6)

LB—Christian Jones, Florida State, 6-4, 240, Jr., Winter Park, Fla. (12)

LB—Steve Greer, Virginia, 6-2, 225, Sr.-R, Solon, Ohio (12)

LB—Demetrius Hartsfield, Maryland, 6-2, 240, Sr.-R, Raleigh, N.C. (9)

CB—David Amerson, NC State, 6-3, 194, Jr., Greensboro, N.C. (12)

CB—Antone Exum, Virginia Tech, 6-2, 219, Jr.-R, Glen Allen, Va. (8)

S—–Walt Canty, Duke, 6-1, 220, Sr., Roebuck, S.C. (8)

S—–Brandan Bishop, NC State, 6-2, 205, Sr., Boca Raton, Fla. (7)

Honorable Mention

Defense—DE—Kenny Anunike, Sr.-R, Duke (4); A.J. Francis, Sr.-R, Maryland (4); Anthony Chickillo, So., Miami (3); Mallaciah Goodman, Sr., Clemson (2); DT—Anthony Hopkins, Sr-R., Virginia Tech; Anthony McCloud, Sr., Florida State (3); Grady Jarrett, So., Clemson (2); T.J. Barnes, Sr.-R, Georgia Tech (2); LB—Jeremiah Attaochu, Jr., Georgia Tech (6); Bruce Taylor, Sr., Virginia Tech (5); LaRoy Reynolds, Sr., Virginia (4); Kenny Tate, Sr.-R, Maryland (4); Kevin Pierre-Louis, Jr., Boston College (2); Darin Drakeford, Sr., Maryland (2); Denzel Perryman, So., Miami (2);  CB—Kevin Johnson, So.-R, Wake Forest (4); Kyle Fuller, Jr., Virginia Tech (4); Tim Scott, So., North Carolina (3); Demetrious Nicholson, So., Virginia (3); S—Rashard Hall, Gr-R, Clemson (6); Tre Boston, Jr., North Carolina (6); Jonathan Meeks, Sr., Clemson (4); Vaughn Telemaque, Sr.-R, Miami (4); A.J. Marshall, Jr., Wake Forest; P—Gerald Levano, Sr.-R, Boston College (5).

Special Teams

First Team

PK—Dustin Hopkins, Florida State, 6-2, 190, Sr. Houston, Texas (20)

P——Will Monday, Duke, 6-4, 200, Fr.-R, Flowery Branch, Ga. (17)

SP—-Giovani Bernard, North Carolina, 5-10, 2-5, So.-R, Davie, Fla. (13)

Second Team

PK—Chandler Catanzaro, Clemson, 6-2, 200, Jr.-R, Greenville, S.C. (9)

P——Tommy Hibbard, North Carolina, 5-10, 195, So., Charlotte, N.C. (14)

SP—Stefan Diggs, Maryland, 6-0, 185, Fr., Gaithersburg, Md. (11)

Player of the Year Voting

  1. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (7)
  2. Giovani Bernard, RB,  North Carolina (3)
  3. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson (2)

Offensive Player of the Year Voting

  1. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (7)
  2. Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina (3)
  3. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson (2)

Defensive Player of the Year Voting

  1. Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State (9)
  2. Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State (2)
  3. James Gayle, DE, Virginia Tech (1)

Rookie of the Year Voting

  1. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami (8)
  2. Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland (3)
  3. Eddie Johnson, LB, Miami (1)

Offensive Rookie of the Year Voting

  1. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami (8)
  2. Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland (3)
  3. Vad Lee, QB, Georgia Tech (1)

Defensive Rookie of the Year Voting

  1. Ronald Darby, CB, FSU (5)
  2. Eddie Johnson, LB, Miami (4)
  3. Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia (2)
  4. Eli Harold, DE, Virginia (1)

Coach of the Year Voting

  1. David Cutcliffe, Duke (7)
  2. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State (2)
  3. Tom O’Brien, NC State (1)

Al Golden, Miami (1)

Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech (1)

63 comments Add your comment

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December 5th, 2012
11:32 am

congrats to uzzi.

5150 UOAD

December 5th, 2012
12:04 pm

Great for Uzzi……We need to get the D to step up big time. C’mon coaches recruit some Great D players.

juvenal

December 5th, 2012
12:07 pm

beats anything journalists vote for(sorry Ken-you are an exception, not the rule)…

juvenal

December 5th, 2012
12:09 pm

maybe folks knocking the recruiting have a point……..

bb

December 5th, 2012
12:13 pm

I’m guessing the vote for Vad in the Offensive Rookie of the Year category came from Larry Fedora.

Gus in Marietta

December 5th, 2012
12:13 pm

25 players picked first team all-ACC (off, def, special). GT has one of them. Either we aren’t recruiting well, we aren’t coaching them up well, or both. Anybody that says otherwise is kidding themselves.

Gus in Marietta

December 5th, 2012
12:15 pm

Oh, and by the way, VT had exactly one all-conference pick also (and they played like it)…

wrecked

December 5th, 2012
12:22 pm

Only goes to show the ineptness of PJ recruiting.Congrats to UZZI.

Uh, Gus...

December 5th, 2012
12:28 pm

…you are correct – and GT and VT both had the same record, I believe…

Uh, Gus...

December 5th, 2012
12:29 pm

..regular season record, that is…

Reebok

December 5th, 2012
12:35 pm

Congrats to Uzzi. Our recruiting is horrible. But we do have a true option QB now in Lee, and that’s something to build on…

5150 UOAD

December 5th, 2012
12:38 pm

I just talked with J Thomas and A Gotsis and told them that they are the best RECRUITERS the TECH D has and they need to be talking to High School kids they know that are GOOD and get them to come to TECH. Gotsis needs to keep up with his Aussie Blokes and get that Pipeline going.

Bring Back Tenuta

December 5th, 2012
12:48 pm

Way to go, Uzzi was a bright spot on an awful D squad this year.

5150 UOAD

December 5th, 2012
1:00 pm

Bring Back Tenuta
December 5th, 2012
12:48 pm

Way to go, Uzzi was a bright spot on an awful D squad this year.
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Go away TENUTA cause you are too DUMB to be a Tech fan. UZZI is a GUARD on the O-line.

Glory, Glory to manface Courtney

December 5th, 2012
1:35 pm

What is most surprising to me is the lack of players from the state of GA on this list.

dry dirt road

December 5th, 2012
1:45 pm

What coach voted for CPJ if CPJ elects to kick off first if win of coin toss, uses the shotgun only for catch up, runs option pitch outs to the narrow side of the field, failed to innoculate the team for the flu during breast cancer pink GT girl month and caught the flu himself, and lost to MTSU by a blowout at BD?

5150 UOAD

December 5th, 2012
1:57 pm

Glory, Glory to manface Courtney
December 5th, 2012
1:35 pm

What is most surprising to me is the lack of players from the state of GA on this list.
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WHY?
Have you seen the Pathetic Scores of the Georgia Public Schools students?
Most Georgia Public Schools don’t do well enough in Science and Math for Football Players to stay in TECH. If Tech were like most SEC schools and had 70+% special admits then the Student Athletes wouldn’t stay eligible at Tech long enough to play. Truth be told most GEEKS are not 6-2 180 to 6-7 340 and play football. LOL

wrecked

December 5th, 2012
2:52 pm

Stop using academics as an excuse, great scholars like Reggie Ball seemed to be able to maintain eligibility for 4 years, albeit without graduating but that’s the case for the majority of Gt football players. Most Tech players wouldn’t gain admission if not for football.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 5th, 2012
3:38 pm

@ wrecked……then why is it that we have so few scholarships to offer every year. We haven’t had any kind of scholarship reductions, so that means that all the players that are on scholarship are still in school—–meaning they haven’t flunked out, been kicked off the team, or had their scholarships pulled to open up other spots (like, for example, Bama, on that last one). It would appear that we have a pretty representative bunch of STUDENT-athletes at Tech, which is apparently more than many other schools can say.

5150 UOAD

December 5th, 2012
3:41 pm

wrecked
December 5th, 2012
2:52 pm

Stop using academics as an excuse
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Not an EXCUSE…..a FACT……Theses KIDS are called STUDENT athletes for a reason but that has been LOST.

5150 UOAD

December 5th, 2012
3:47 pm

What the AJC needs to do is do a WHERE ARE THEY NOW with players from the LAST 5 -6 years. Did they get degrees? Did they go PRO? Did they FINISH a degree. Pick all the Div 1 schools in GA and player from GA that went to ACC or SEC or whatever conference and see what they are doing now.
Cover EVERY player recruited to BIG TIME COLLEGES for the last 6 years. What kind of support do they get from Alums and Fans when their playing days are over. What Companies are offering these same recruits a future after Football.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 5th, 2012
3:50 pm

@ UOAD……GREAT IDEA. I would love to see Ken do an article like that. I doubt that he has the time, but it sure would be an interesting compendium of facts.

wrecked

December 5th, 2012
4:21 pm

Super , How many would be accepted as students at Tech if they didn’t play football?

wrecked

December 5th, 2012
4:22 pm

Football Graduation Rates: ACC
Duke 95%
Boston College 90%
Wake Forest 81%
Miami 81%
Virginia Tech 79%
North Carolina 75%
Virginia 75%
Florida St. 64%
Maryland 64%
Clemson 60%
North Carolina St. 56%
Georgia Tech 49%

5150 UOAD

December 5th, 2012
5:13 pm

wrecked………….check the MAJORS those players are graduating from.
Please CHECK the Classes those players are taking and the GRAD Rate.
I can tell you for sure Clem&sons and Miami push the Athletes to the EZ””Rocks for Jocks”’ classes. FSU and VT offer the dumbed down degrees for players.
UNC was shown to have Tudors and other students writing papers for the players.

5150 UOAD

December 5th, 2012
5:20 pm

wrecked……..if you are from Georgia did you see the AJC article about students getting the HOPE? DID you see how different the level of education is between the ATL Metro County schools/GPA’s/SAT/ACT scores compare to the South Ga High School Honor graduates? The Southern States Government School Schools SUCK and the grads are STUPID, but hey UGa loves Fake Blonde Drunk White Chicks to fill their Plantation College to keep the Plantation Worker Black Athletes coning to the Cesspool of the South.

Alabama Jack

December 5th, 2012
5:24 pm

According to the school, only 41% of all incoming freshmen in 2007 graduated in 4 years.Of the 2006 freshmen only 34% graduated in 4 years, but after 5 years, the rate was 72%.

http://factbook.gatech.edu/content/graduationretention-rates

Supersize that order, mutt

December 5th, 2012
5:34 pm

@ wrecked……you just don’t get it, do you. Of course Tech has some dumb jocks, but the difference at Tech is that, among all those schools you listed, Tech is the only one that is NOT A UNIVERSITY. That means that the dumb jocks at Tech don’t have those fall-back majors like “general studies” and a wealth of other meaningless programs that ALL those other UNIVERSITIES offer. And, since the trolls on these blogs like to point out schools like Stanford and Purdue and a few others, those are ALL UNIVERSITIES, and they offer the same meaningless degree programs to athletes that all the other universities offer. What is the graduation rate of scholarship athletes at MIT or Cal Tech? Oh, that’s right, neither of those schools have a scholarship athletic program. If they did though, those would be the ONLY schools to which you could compare Tech. Tech is hard as hell for all students, and what Alabama Jack just posted pretty much says it all. The 49% of Tech’s student-athletes who do graduate in 4 years, or even longer are very much to be commended and admired, whether you do or not. So take your meaningless UNIVERSITY degree and shove it.

5150 UOAD

December 5th, 2012
5:50 pm

5150 UOAD

December 5th, 2012
5:53 pm

another link about how GREAT TECH is ……………. http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/high-achievers-admitted-to-georgia-tech/nQSFY/

dWag Nation is the state of Georgia and TECH is WORLD WIDE

5150 UOAD

December 5th, 2012
5:54 pm

Now the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has gone ahead and quantified that by comparing average SAT scores and grade-point averagesGPAs of athletes with the rest of the college’s student body. Not surprisingly, football and men’s basketball players came out on the bottom, and some averaged hundreds of points lower on SATs than their classmates.

The Journal-Constitution studied 54 public universities, “including the members of the six major Bowl Championship Series conferences and other schools whose teams finished the 2007-08 season ranked among the football or men’s basketball top 25.”

We all suspect that big-time student athletes sometimes aren’t the best and the brightest academically.

Some highlights:

Football players average 220 points lower on the SAT than their classmates. Men’s basketball was 227 points lower.
University of Florida won the prize for biggest gap between football players and the student body, with players scoring 346 points lower than their peers.
Georgia Tech had the nation’s best average SAT score for football players, 1028 of a possible 1600, and best average high school GPA, 3.39 of a possible 4.0. But because its student body is apparently very smart, Tech’s football players still scored 315 SAT points lower than their classmates.
UCLA, which has won more NCAA championships in all sports than any other school, had the biggest gap between the average SAT scores of athletes in all sports and its overall student body, at 247 points.
Some “universal truths,” according to the Journal-Constitution:

All 53 schools for which football SAT scores were available had at least an 88-point gap between team members’ average score and the average for the student body.

Schools with the highest admissions standards, such as Georgia Tech, the University of Virginia, the University of California-Berkeley, UCLA, and the University of North Carolina, had the biggest gaps between the SAT averages for athletes and the overall student body.

Football players performed 115 points worse on the SAT than male athletes in other sports.

The differences between athletes’ and non-athletes’ SAT scores were less than half as big for women (73 points) as for men (170).

Many schools routinely used a special admissions process to admit athletes who did not meet the normal entrance requirements. More than half of scholarship athletes at the University of Georgia, the University of Wisconsin, Clemson University, UCLA, Rutgers University, Texas A&M University and Louisiana State University were special admits. . . At Georgia, for instance, 73.5 percent of athletes were special admits compared with 6.6 percent of the student body as a whole.

At a glance, here are the top 10 highest and lowest schools based on the average SAT scores of football players (out of a maximum 1600 score):

http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/paper-trail/2008/12/30/athletes-show-huge-gaps-in-sat-scores

SansWorld

December 5th, 2012
5:56 pm

“25 players picked first team all-ACC (off, def, special). GT has one of them. Either we aren’t recruiting well, we aren’t coaching them up well, or both. Anybody that says otherwise is kidding themselves.”

There were 8 teams with 1 or fewer players. Odd that UNC has the most players on the list, with six. and Duke has three. Together these 10 teams incompase the mediocraty that is ACC football this year.

Seems that UNC is alway flush with all confernece players, but usually have little to show for it.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 5th, 2012
6:03 pm

@ UOAD……GREAT POST !!! Don’t have time right now to check those links, but I will when I get back later tonight.

wrecked

December 5th, 2012
6:33 pm

Techs talent problem isn’t the result of rigid academic standards its PJ ,this coaching staff and the style of football played. If you don’t see it you”re not looking.

Toadster

December 5th, 2012
6:40 pm

For those that trash the Service Academies I suggest you watch a program on Showtime called “A Game of Honor”. It’s on channel 858 right now ATT (SHOEXT). Please continue your previously scheduled trashing of each other. GO USA!

Ice eater 1969

December 5th, 2012
7:47 pm

long term solution
The board of regents calls tech a research institute and Uga a university. Our admin needs to get the bor to name gt in away to broaden the ciriculum like ND and Stanford, what a sports management program (hiesmam,dodd,broles,rice = legends in coaching and sports management. athletes would come

Buford T. Pusser

December 5th, 2012
7:52 pm

Let’s deal in reality here. The reality being that the quality of your players is determined by how many are drafted by the NFL. Although I am a supporter of CPJ, this stark reality shows that he has not recruited the level of athlete that CCG brought ito Tech.

He has yet to bring in a single 5-star and very few 4-stars. Not a big fan of recruiting rankings but either his evaluation of talent is sorely lacking or his ability to recruit athletes into the Institute is the root cause of the problem.

For those that disagree, look at what he did with players he inherited from CCG; the records, and the players drafted in the NFL. Tech has not had a player drafted in two years yet had four drafted in his debut season, i.e., Gailey’s players.

Still support CPJ but just a reality check. Think he is a great tactician operating with lesser players by his own doing. It was apparent to me in the UGA game that they fielded superior athletes as much as it pains me to say that.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 5th, 2012
7:57 pm

@ Ice eater…..I doubt that you live in Augusta or are familiar at all with the situation there with the Medical College of Georgia and Augusta State University, which have been merged and, against the wishes of ALL the people and contrary to the results of a national poll, has now been named Georgia Regents University, with a good portion of the (former) Medical College of Georgia being moved to Athens. The BOR will do NOTHING….NOT A DAMN THING….which does not benefit in some way UGA. So don’t expect them to broaden the curriculum at Tech. It ain’t gonna happen.

Ol'JacketFan

December 5th, 2012
7:59 pm

@Ice Eater 1969, that would be a good thing but the GA BOR is NEVER going to allow Tech to broaden its curriculum in any way that would be a benefit to Tech’s athletic program. There are a number of degree programs that would good additions but it would also open up Tech to more SAs and that would not benefit UGA so it will not happen.

Ol'JacketFan

December 5th, 2012
8:12 pm

@ Buford, it’s hard for atheletes recruited by CPJ and his staff to be drafted before they’re eligible to be drafted by the NFL. Uzzi was in CPJ 1st class(put together late in the recruiting window) and he will be drafted. Stephen Hill was in the 2nd class and was drafted early. O.Smith, in my opinion, will be drafted. This team has only 6 senior starters and I can see Barnes, Cross getting looks depending on there workouts with Sweeting maybe having a shot at a FA tryout. Looking at next year’s SRs Watts, Dieke, Attaochu,Thomas, Young and Johnson all have the potential to be drafted depending on their improvement and play in 2013. If the defense had been a good as mediocre this year the team would have had 2-4 more wins. I do feel the D will be much improved in ‘13 with the O showing more and more diversity with V.Lee at the helm and an experienced and talented O line in front of him.

Buford T. Pusser

December 5th, 2012
8:33 pm

@ Ol’JacketFan. No players drafted last year when his first recruits were eligible. And probably only one drafted this year (Uzzi). The point being, there has been a huge dropoff from just four years ago when Dwyer, Burnett, Thomas,and Morgan all declared early and were drafted.

These were all juniors. Now they have no one declaring early and will have only one senior drafted. His classes have been eligible dating back to last year. See a trend here?

Ol'JacketFan

December 5th, 2012
9:29 pm

@Buford if Uzzi had declared last year I feel he would have been drafted along with Hill. As I stated there are only 6 Sr starters and with Uzzi, Smith, Cross & Barnes having the potential to be drafted I feel that’s a good start for draft eligble players. Next year’s class has the potential (2nd full class) to be even better from a draft perspective.

I am by no means touting the 1st or 2nd round potential of the Tech players but for folks to say there are NO NFL prospects is just wrong.

Ol'JacketFan

December 5th, 2012
9:31 pm

and the 4 players you mentioned were the 4 best players in all of Gailey’s years :-)

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

December 5th, 2012
9:54 pm

Congrats to Uzzi. Well deserved indeed. What makes it a special achievement is to also have endured his head coach all these years. It seems not many make it for the duration with CPJ and I fear Attaochu may be the next victim – it would be understandable based solely on the way Johnson threw him under the bus after the VT game. The good news is that if you can survive until your senior year, he will put you in his good graces then as he obviously did with Tevin this year. And perhaps Tevin’s high character alone was enough for him to deserve all the pt he got. Unfortunately some have put him in the Reggie Ball category which I don’t think is fair. Tevin’s character is much better than Reggie’s whose priority was to talk trash first before all else. I admire Tevin for his approach though the result was too often disappointing. Still this is about Uzzi, who also displayed a very fine character and deserves the recognition he has now received. Good luck and I hope it leads to a fine pro career.

WnE

December 5th, 2012
11:23 pm

re:
Gus in Marietta
December 5th, 2012
12:13 pm

25 players picked first team all-ACC (off, def, special). GT has one of them. Either we aren’t recruiting well, we aren’t coaching them up well, or both. Anybody that says otherwise is kidding themselves.
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It is not a coincidence that our LONE All-ACC player (Uzzi) was a 4* Recruit and was initially contacted by Chan Gailey as a HS Junior while still at Chamblee HS.

BTW if you look at the 2nd Team All-ACC squad you will find Tre Jackson-OG from FSU that was headed to GT until CPJ ran his mouth off and threatened him with the “don’t get on that plane speech”.

He played meaningful minutes as T-Fr. and now he’s 2nd Team All-ACC as a T-Soph. and looks to be a future NFL guy if he can avoid injuries.

How much better would GT’s OL have done on those critical 4th-and-short situations with another All-ACC caliber player in the middle of our OL, remember the Miami game, UGA game, other games?

CPJ might have won the meaningless “battle” with Tre Jackson by getting in the last word, but in the end his big mouth only hurt GT FB.

How many other times on the Recruiting Trail does CPJ hurt GT FB, but the details never come out in public?

WnE

December 6th, 2012
12:35 am

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Ol’JacketFan
December 5th, 2012
8:12 pm

@ Buford, it’s hard for atheletes recruited by CPJ and his staff to be drafted before they’re eligible to be drafted by the NFL. Uzzi was in CPJ 1st class(put together late in the recruiting window) and he will be drafted. Stephen Hill was in the 2nd class and was drafted early. O.Smith, in my opinion, will be drafted. This team has only 6 senior starters and I can see Barnes, Cross getting looks depending on there workouts with Sweeting maybe having a shot at a FA tryout. Looking at next year’s SRs Watts, Dieke, Attaochu,Thomas, Young and Johnson all have the potential to be drafted depending on their improvement and play in 2013. If the defense had been a good as mediocre this year the team would have had 2-4 more wins. I do feel the D will be much improved in ‘13 with the O showing more and more diversity with V.Lee at the helm and an experienced and talented O line in front of him.
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Orwin Smith won’t be drafted, Bryce Brown that plays for the Eagles this yr. as a Rookie is a physical beast and he was only drafted in the 7th round.

Orwin will be lucky to get invited to camp as an UFA.

Cross and Barnes are very unlikely to get drafted also, there are too many example of NFL guys that are better than them that started out as FAs.

Vance Walker was tons better than Barnes & Cross and he was 7th rounder with “great film” coming out of College.

Cross & Barnes have poor film, MTSU, BYU, etc, no that an NFL teams risks using a draft pick on one of those guys.

Maybe Sweeting will run fast and turn in a great vertical leap and someone with take a chance on him, he’s a 6-0 CB and guys like that get extra long looks no matter how much they get burned in College.

CPJ’s Recruiting has decimated the talent level in our Program, go back to 08 & 09 and remember how the GT vs. Mutts games used to look and now look at the same 2 teams, it looks like we play in a different classification (D1-AA) when compared to UGA, Bama, Texas A&M, LSU etc .

JM

December 6th, 2012
9:21 am

Congratulations to Uzzi. Thanks for all the hard work over the years. I am looking forward to cheering for you one more time this season!

11 of 12

December 6th, 2012
10:25 am

Nice honor and award for the kid.

Hedgewhacker

December 6th, 2012
11:14 am

Congrats to Uzzi. It’s always nice to see a Tech athlete get an award.

By the way, Paul Johnson as new HC at Tenn. If offered, he’d be the one candidate who wouldn’t pass.

1 4 GT

December 6th, 2012
11:54 am

Please tell everyone that stops by……”When has Tech ever had a boatload of NFL draftees?” Please! Onee every blue moon, maybe! We’ve seen lots of kids come thru Tech (I started paying attention to Tech football while in elementary school in the ’50s) that were really good and gave us lots of thrills on the Flats. But how many had an NFL career worth bragging about? HUH?? SHEESH!!