Tech fired up by USC bowl pairing

1. Georgia Tech’s opponent in the Sun Bowl may be finishing a down season, but USC has caught the Yellow Jackets’ full attention regardless.

Wide receiver Darren Waller said he was pumped up when he learned that Tech would be facing the Trojans, who began the year ranked No. 1 before going 7-5, in El Paso, Texas.

“Just when I was growing up, USC was, like, the program in the country,” he said before naming a string of Trojans stars past and present. “Getting a chance to play Georgia, FSU and USC in three (consecutive games), that’s pretty much why I came here, for opportunities like that.”

Outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu had a similar reaction. He said he grew up watching the Trojans, admiring their standard of excellence.

“I was excited,” he said. “I mean, it’s a great opportunity, a program with so much history like ours. It’s just great to play against that type of competition.”

2. Safety Jemea Thomas declined to answer a question about whether he will submit his name to the NFL draft advisory board for an evaluation of his draft status. Thomas, a junior, has had a standout season playing both corner and safety for the Jackets, recording a team-high four interceptions and making 82 tackles, second most on the team.

The board, comprised of NFL scouts and executives, offers players with remaining eligibility on where they might get selected if they declared for the draft. Submitting one’s name does not bind a player to enter the draft. Attaochu said last week that he would seek an evaluation.

Thomas’ most recent play was a head-turner, a diving one-handed interception of Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel near the end of the ACC Championship game. The reason it was a one-hander?

Thomas’ right shoulder was so banged up that he couldn’t move his right arm. After seeing the replay, Thomas said it was “kind of hard to believe how I caught it.”

3. Center Jay Finch practiced Thursday and Friday after missing the end of the ACC Championship game, as did A-back Orwin Smith, who missed the Georgia and ACC title games with an ankle injury. Finch pronounced himself “A-O.K. 100 percent” but declined to specify the nature of the injury.

Said Smith of his absence from the title game, “I felt like I wouldn’t be able to make the plays that I was capable of, so they just held me out.”

Offensive tackle Ray Beno underwent surgery this week to repair a finger broken in the Georgia game. Beno played in the title game and said he expects to play in the bowl game.

4. Tech practiced Thursday and Friday and will continue Saturday. The team will be off for most of final-exam week (next Monday through Friday) and practice Thursday through Saturday again. The on-campus portion of bowl practice will continue Dec. 17-21 before players will be released until they reconvene in El Paso. … As with the media All-ACC team, guard Omoregie Uzzi was the only Tech player to make the first-ever coaches All-ACC team. He was a first-team selection. Return specialist Jamal Golden, nose tackle T.J. Barnes, Attaochu, Finch and Smith were all honorable mention. Quarterback Vad Lee received one vote for offensive rookie of the year.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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210 comments Add your comment

Ekim56

December 8th, 2012
8:23 pm

“Didn’t we have to forfeit an ACC title because nobody was going to class?”

No, it had nothing to do with students going or not going to class. Do you just make stuff up, figuring that a certain percentage of folks will take it as truth? You should be a political consultant.

Skeptic

December 8th, 2012
8:27 pm

GSUStud

December 8th, 2012
8:04 pm
I just hope they would not embarrass the state of Georgia.

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I assume your “the state of Georgia” is a political statement, since a state body is considered political. In my opinion, the State of Georgia has been embarrassed since Carter. Busbee, Harris, Miller, and Barnes are just guts on the burnpile. And even after that, Sonny Lied.

5150 UOAD

December 8th, 2012
8:28 pm

Douglas
December 8th, 2012
8:21 pm

You guys obviously have no pride at all. If UGA finished 6-7, we would never vote to go to a bowl game.
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Hahhaha you are so full of crap. You for got 2010 when you were 6-6 and went to a bowl game and ended up 6-7.

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December 8th, 2012
8:37 pm

Enter your comments here

Sometimes, POAD...

December 8th, 2012
8:38 pm

….you are really a piece of work…and that is not a compliment…

Skeptic

December 8th, 2012
8:40 pm

Touchdown, Shawn Jones!

5150 UOAD

December 8th, 2012
8:40 pm

….you are really a piece of work………

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And I should care what you think because?

Mainly, POAD...

December 8th, 2012
8:46 pm

…because Ken asked us not ot call each other names so I did not do that – but you mistake being a smart arse with trying to put others down, when the reality of th situation is that you miss the point completely by trying to be a smart arse

“Nat Northington, who attended the University of Kentucky, was the first African American to play in a football game for an SEC school. The year was 1967 and the game was against the University of Mississippi. I think Bear knew about Black players before the USC game.”

The point, which you missed, was not being the FIRST black player, which was not said or intimated previously, but that BEAR BRYANT, at the time larger than life, finally admitted that HIS team need black athletes in order to compete with teams like USC and others –

But, nevermind the point – just continue in your parents’ basement with the low, lonely life you lead – a GT supporter at his/her finest – always off target yet sanctimonious to the end…

Skeptic

December 8th, 2012
8:50 pm

the “you’re on your mama’s basement computer” insult is so doggone old you must have to key-punch it into a card-reader

GT Fan

December 8th, 2012
8:50 pm

Rick James,

I think I’ve seen you commenting on THIS GT blog 5-6 times. Wow, all that interest from a guy who claims he doesn’t care about GT.

Yes … I busted you up on a UGA blog a couple of months ago, and your witty comeback was, “I don’t care about GT” Yet here you are again on another GT blog.

Cats hav fleas 2

December 8th, 2012
8:51 pm

This team is a joke. They’ll lose the Bowl game….AGAIN!!

Mountain Dawg

December 8th, 2012
8:52 pm

Tech sucks. Always has – always will.

What is...

December 8th, 2012
8:53 pm

…a “key punch card”…

And, for that matter...

December 8th, 2012
8:54 pm

…what is a skeptic?

GT Fan

December 8th, 2012
8:56 pm

And for those on here that think Todd Grantham is even close to being as good as the past 2 season’s W/L would indicate, you’ve had too much of grandpa’s cough syrup.

His D is 1-6 vs. the 7 good teams UGA has played. Teams providing those Ls had 32+ pts each. And UF had 6 TOs. Tell me how many times ANY team wins when they have 6 TOs?
Didn’t UT score 44 this season?

So, TG’s D is 20-0 vs. all the teams it’s supposed to beat.

Thanks for playing, Rick James.

5150 UOAD

December 8th, 2012
8:59 pm

dWag fans must have nothing to do to be on a Tech blog.

Bear knew he needed Black players he was just scared to be the First SEC school to have them play. Do you know who the first Black Starting QB played for?

5150 UOAD

December 8th, 2012
9:00 pm

JOHNNY FOOTBALL”””””””””””””””Johnny Football………………. Finally No luck of the IRISH……………..

Rick James

December 8th, 2012
9:07 pm

@GT Fan

Rick James,

I think I’ve seen you commenting on THIS GT blog 5-6 times. Wow, all that interest from a guy who claims he doesn’t care about GT.

Yes … I busted you up on a UGA blog a couple of months ago, and your witty comeback was, “I don’t care about GT” Yet here you are again on another GT blog.
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Busted?! I read and post on Tech realated AJ blogs often.I’m not a Tech fan I’m a Georgia fan but just like you can read and post comments on Georgia blogs I can can do it on Tech blogs..I just dont hide behind fake handles nor do I need your permission.I’m sure quite a few Tech fans will agree that your program is in the toilet right now.And no I dont care.Do you have anything better to do than stalk me?

Skeptic

December 8th, 2012
9:10 pm

Mountain Dawg

December 8th, 2012
8:52 pm
Tech sucks. Always has – always will.

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Hey, what mountain are you the dog of?

break, break. Did Manziel win? I’m weaned off the espin’s

Rick James

December 8th, 2012
9:10 pm

@GT Fan
And for those on here that think Todd Grantham is even close to being as good as the past 2 season’s W/L would indicate, you’ve had too much of grandpa’s cough syrup
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Like I said earlier you can keep your DC I will keep ours.The last Tech/Georgia game was over at halftime thanks to both DC’s

Rick James

December 8th, 2012
9:16 pm

@5150 UOAD

Hahhaha you are so full of crap. You for got 2010 when you were 6-6 and went to a bowl game and ended up 6-7.
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Did Georgia have a losing record and need an NCAA waiver to accept that bowl bid? No, they were 6-6. It was Georgia’s most awful season in ten years yet they managed to beat the ACC champs.And who won the ACC that year? Georgia Tech!!

Skeptic

December 8th, 2012
9:26 pm

@Rick James

Please acknowledge me, also. I, too, use bulldog split-leather hide to bind the pasture-drag.

5150 UOAD

December 8th, 2012
9:26 pm

Rick James the dwag said.

Douglas
December 8th, 2012
8:21 pm

You guys obviously have no pride at all. If UGA finished 6-7, we would never vote to go to a bowl game. Bowl games are for teams that have a successful and rewarding season.
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other teams have had the waiver. 6-6 is not SUCCESSFUL & REWARDING season but UGa took a bowl bid. So DOUGLAS is full of crap.

Rick James

December 8th, 2012
9:31 pm

@Skeptic

You’re acknowledged..

Rick James

December 8th, 2012
9:35 pm

@5150 UOAD

Let’s you and I agree that Georgia stunk that year.

NtheNo

December 8th, 2012
9:35 pm

TECH’s already bad season is just going to get worse by adding another loss to the record book.

Skeptic

December 8th, 2012
9:39 pm

Rick James

December 8th, 2012
9:31 pm
@Skeptic

You’re acknowledged..

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I salute you, sir. THAT’s the way one should respond to troll bait, folks.

Not that I’m always a troll.

Skeptic

December 8th, 2012
10:03 pm

Heisman for Manziel

RIP, TAMU

HAHA

December 8th, 2012
10:07 pm

Jackets fired up to get their arrses kicked! Got to love it.

[...] Notes: Tech fired up by USC pairing [...]

I'm Glad, I'm Glad, I'm Glad

December 8th, 2012
10:25 pm

TO ALL DWAG TROLLS – you’re NOT playing for the Nat’l championship, in fact you’re mot even playing for anything relevant, anymore…look, it wouldn’t matter if you idiots lost to Bama by a half-point, you STILL lost, so go away…maybe next year, right??

5150 UOAD

December 8th, 2012
10:31 pm

I’m Glad, I’m Glad, I’m Glad……………………..they are printing T-shirts in Athens…..”This was Supposed to be The Year, but alas it wasn’t Again.”

Delbert D.

December 8th, 2012
10:35 pm

It is not preordained that Georgia Tech will lose to the mighty Men of Troy. I suspect that the team will want to play the game in spite of negative comments from rival fans. Just as Georgia (the university, not the state) will want to play hard against whoever it is that they are playing. Anyone who believes in predestination are fools, unless they are Mayan.

I'm Glad, I'm Glad, I'm Glad

December 8th, 2012
10:37 pm

@5150…this is what, the 31st edition of that T-shirt? Oh well, CMR is still a nice guy…like Goff.

gt40pinhd

December 8th, 2012
11:59 pm

Mainly, POAD, sorry i got in on the conversation late (not late in socal), but bear buthead wanted blacks but wasn’t allowed. so he scheduled sc to play in alabama since sc was natl champs recently. they played and sam bam cuningham (sc) ran for about 150 yards.
that’s what changed football in the south. even adolph rupp tried to get a black into kentucky. no luck there either. got his pocket picked by utep.

Stringer2

December 9th, 2012
12:21 am

I agree with ‘xx.’ WHY are we going to a Bowl with a LOSING RECORD ?????

5150 UOAD

December 9th, 2012
2:10 am

If you don’t UNDERSTAND WHY you go to a bowl game then you need to find another sport to be a fan of.
Swag
More time on TV
Money
Trip for the Seniors
More Practice for the underclassmen
just to name a few resons

Yes, POAD...

December 9th, 2012
9:17 am

…Eddie McAshan at Tech – from Gainesville High School Purple Hurricanes, Gainesville, FL – I actually lived in Gainesville and saw him play in HS there…

Al Bundy

December 9th, 2012
10:23 am

After the losing the FSU game I hoped we would decline our bowl invitation and stay home. But now I’m glad we are going. I think this will be an excellent opportunity for CPJ to once again show a national audience he doesn’t belong at this level. If USC stops us, CPJ will continue to run the same plays over and over again no matter how many times they stop us. He will blame the loss on lack of focus or execution. If he is as smart as he thinks he is and if his offense is so revolutionary don’t you think with all the coaching vacancies someone would be after him? I haven’t heard his name as a possible candidate for a since position. I would love to see us beat USC, but my gut tells me CPJ will lead the team to another bowl game loss. It’s what he does and he does it well.

GT will win

December 9th, 2012
11:06 am

The real USC will lose to a hapless GT squad, because they never heard of Tech and they will party in El Paso ( thuggy town) and the triple option will allow GT to control the ball. GT scores 31-22 USC.

The key will be no respect at all for the ACC or GT and that will work in Tech’s favor. Late in the game, SC will show major frustration and they might quit. Blame Kiffen will tell them that they will win easily. All working to GT’s gain and ultimate victory.

UGA man here..Class of 71&73.

U of Southern Mississippi

December 9th, 2012
11:11 am

S.Miss needs a coach. That school could in 8 or 9 and WIN their lil conference with the triple option.
U of Southern Miss will not contact CPJ, because he has NO MARKET value, as even a small college coach now. CPJ is entering 2013 as the HOT SEAT POSTER BOY for ESPN.

dr.dawg

December 9th, 2012
11:18 am

how could any team be ‘fired up’ going to one of the worst bowls, with at 6-7 record, with a dispensation to even be in a bowl, and against a usc team that just got its qb back? bet lots of techies show up, huh? to see a team that lost to uga, byu, mtsu, vt, clemp, fsu, and one other i cannot even remember. and had glorious victories over presbyterian and that ilk. i’d be ‘fired up’ to go to bed and hibernate.

dr.dawg

December 9th, 2012
11:19 am

Enter your comments here

Empty Seats

December 9th, 2012
11:32 am

Some reporter should ask pj where he sees his defense and special teams in 2016.

roughrider

December 9th, 2012
12:29 pm

I constantly hear griping by Tech fans about UGA fans posting on here. Are you such idiots that you think we don’t pull for Tech when they aren’t playing for UGA ? Any native Georgian should pull for the teams in the state.

5150 UOAD

December 9th, 2012
12:47 pm

roughrider……I pull for UGa players to break their legs, go to jail and get kicked off the team. That is how I PULL for UGa and 80% of the dWag fans. Can’t stand them.

xx

December 9th, 2012
4:16 pm

Milk Farts all around

Tech is a joke

December 9th, 2012
4:25 pm

@5150

Real classy post @12:47 today. You are a disgrace to mankind!!
If I post the same thing about Tech players or fans I would get banned but that’s ok I know how the game is played.

BTW…..11 out of last 12 and in case you forgot the score this yr. 42-10!!!!

5150= pathetic,sad loser

xx

December 9th, 2012
4:27 pm

Tech has Milk farts for players

gt40pinhd

December 9th, 2012
5:20 pm

if this team needs ANY motivation, they should read this article on the bleacher report: comparing a ferrari to a ford pinto. guess which team is the ford pinto.
http://bleacherreport.com/users/124141-rick-mcmahan