Classes Begin, Practice Continues On The Flats

Aug. 18, 2008

ATLANTA – Some good news came out of the Georgia Tech camp Monday afternoon as sophomore quarterback Josh Nesbitt, senior offensive tackle Andrew Gardner and true freshman B-back Richard Watson all returned from injuries.

The Yellow Jackets practiced for two hours Monday afternoon with minimum contact and a focus at the end on conditioning. The number of players sitting out of practice because of injury is down to five – the smallest number since late July.

There are still a number of starting jobs up for grabs, according to head coach Paul Johnson, with the season opener just over a week away (Aug. 28 vs. Jacksonville State).

“At positions like A-back and wide receiver, I’m not sure it’s all that important who starts anyway,” Johnson said. “We’ll probably play four or five players at each of those positions.”

Monday’s practice, conducted in temperatures hovering in the low 90’s, was the first of the year closed to the public.

SIX WALK-ONS JOIN THE FUN
With the beginning of classes, six non-scholarship players were able to practice for the first time. Long-snappers Michael Ray and Levi Walls, offensive lineman Michael St. Denis, quarterback Doc Coppage, kicker Tyler Davis and A-back Jason Davis will be permitted to wear full pads later this week.

TRIVIA QUESTION (Answer below)
Who was the last coach to lose in his first game as Georgia Tech’s football coach? Extra credit: Who was the opponent and what was the score?

DREAM JOB? OPINIONS VARY AMONG JACKETS
There is a large number of Georgia Tech players whose dream job would be in the NFL – but not necessarily as a player. Some want to be the commissioner. We asked the Yellow Jackets to list their dream job and the answers varied from professional paintball player to being the head football coach at Georgia Tech.

Question: Your dream job would be what?Owning my own business  Clyde YandellFinancial advisor       Mohamed YahiaouiLottery winner or R&B singer        Jahi Word-DanielsPlaying in the NFL      Willie WhitePro golfer or Augusta club pro  Bret WhitePro paintball player    Logan WallsStockbroker or coach    Levi WallsStockbroker     Lance WallsDesigning video games or drawing the art concepts       Vance WalkerOwner of my own franchise       Osahon TongoNFL player      Demaryius ThomasCoaching Georgia Tech football  Michael St. DenisFinancial analyst       Luke SniderNFL Commissioner or high political figure       Andrew SmithGeneral manager of an NFL team  A.J. SmithVenture capitalist      Brad SellersNFL player      Albert RockerOwner of an NFL franchise       Darryl RichardProfessional golfer     Paul ReeseNFL player      Dominique ReeseSports car test driver  Michael RayMusical artist  Steven PowersPhysician       Jason PetersWorking for the Red Sox Alex PaquettePlaying in the NFL      Josh NesbittNFL player      Derrick MorganSports agent    Tyler MeltonProfessional golfer     Jonathan MaloneNFL Commissioner        James LiipfertCEO of Ferrari  Jeff LentzHead engineer for an international firm Zach KrishA head professor        Quincy KellyOwner of a pro sports franchise Roddy JonesWorking with kids       Michael JohnsonTelevision host DeRon JasperPro football    Kyle JacksonLawyer  Chase HudsonPlastic surgeon Cord HowardGeorgia Tech head football coach        Jim HenryA singer        Robert HallSports agent    Sedric GriffinNFL lineman     Joseph GilbertOwn a gym       Troy GarsideBillionaire venture capitalist  Andrew GardnerNFL executive   Martin FriersonCharter boat captain    Andrew FolknerCEO of Fortune 500 company      Tyler EvansDoctor  Anthony EgbuniweTraveling the world     Correy EarlsReal estate owner       Jonathan DwyerOwning a company        Tyler DavisGiving speeches Jason DavisOwn a tiki bar on an exotic island      Kevin CrosbyHead coach of a Super Bowl team Lucas CoxCEO of an engineering company   Doc CoppageTo watch movies all day and get paid for it     Kevin ConePGA Tour        R.B. ClyburnA psychologist  Nick ClaytorWorking three days a week and making lots of money      Tony ClarkOpening a sports bar    Travis ChambersReal Estate     Mario ButlerPlaying in the NFL      Morgan BurnettTo own franchises and make lot of money David BrownInvestment Banker       Drew BrannonWork for ESPN   Matt BramanWork for ESPN   Shane BowenOwn the Atlanta Hawks   Calvin BookerBeing retired   Scott BlairProfessional golfer     Jake BlackwoodPresident of the United States  Sean BedfordOwn my own business     Austin BarrickWorking for Lockheed Martin     Tyler BarrettTo sit behind a desk and do nothing     Anthony BarnesVideo game designer     Elris AnyaibeA dentist       Chandler AndersonDoing fishing charters  Ben Anderson

ANSWER TO TRIVIA QUESTION
Bill Curry is the last Georgia Tech head coach to lose in his Yellow Jacket debut. Curry, however, had his work cut out for him. Tech played against the nation’s No. 2-ranked Alabama team in Tuscaloosa, losing 26-3.

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