Classes, Opener Approaching Quickly For Tech

Aug. 13, 2008

ATLANTA – Two-a-day practices at Georgia Tech are almost over, which means classes begin soon (Monday) and the August 28th season opener against Jacksonville State is just 15 days away.

The Yellow Jackets practiced twice Wednesday – full pads in the morning and shells in the afternoon. The Tech players caught a break on the Atlanta weather with temperatures in the mid- to high 70’s and cloudy skies.

Tech spent two periods Wednesday morning working on 3rd-and-5 situations. Back-up safety Troy Garside intercepted a Bryce Dykes pass as one of the highlights. Later in practice, senior quarterback Calvin Booker connected with sophomore Demaryius Thomas on a 35-yard touchdown completion.

On the injury front, sophomore quarterback Josh Nesbitt injured his shoulder when a teammate fell on the shoulder during drills. Nesbitt was held out of Wednesday’s afternoon practice and is listed as day-to-day. Also out is senior All-American candidate Andrew Gardner, the starting left tackle, who is also day-to-day.

There was some good news regarding injuries. A-back Greg Smith and offensive linemen A.J. Smith and Alex Paquette all returned to action.

The Yellow Jackets will practice once on Thursday (3 p.m.) before holding their final double session Friday (9:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.). Saturday’s practice will be in Bobby Dodd Stadium at 9:30 a.m.

TRIVIA QUESTION (Answer below) Which current Yellow Jacket was selected in the Major League Baseball Draft out of high school?

OFF-THE-FIELD TALENTS VARY AMONG JACKETS We asked the Georgia Tech players to list one talent or skill that they can do better than almost anyone. Two players said “Getting hernias”. Ouch. The most common answer: some type of video game. Below is a complete list of answers:

Question: What is the one thing you can do better than almost anyone?Be big  Clyde YandellSpeak French    Mohamed YahiaouiPlay solitaire  Jahi Word-DanielsCook Ramen noodles      Willie WhiteLong snap       Bret WhitePlay FIFA 2008 on X-box 360     Logan WallsLaughing at my own jokes        Dan VossMotivate        Andrew SmithBench press     Brad SellersPlay NCAA 2008  Albert RockerPlay Spades     Dominique ReeseWakeboarding    Michael RayGet away from the defense       Josh NesbittPlay Madden     Derrick MorganGet hernias while doing plate raises    Jonathan MaloneTalk about the Falcons  James LiipfertMediate Roddy JonesBalance my diet Michael JohnsonSing    DeRon JasperArgue   Kyle JacksonDress   Cord HowardGeorgia Tech trivia     Jim HenryImprovise       Robert HallMemorize song lyrics    Joseph GilbertGet a sports hernia     Troy GarsideSleep   Martin FriersonTiger Woods Golf        Andrew FolknerTiger Woods Golf on X-Box       Tyler EvansRun     Correy EarlsPlay soccer     Tyler DavisRemember quotes from movies     Lucas CoxHit a long golf tee-shot        R.B. ClyburnPlay Madden     Tony ClarkAnticipate plays        Travis ChambersMake people laugh       Mario ButlerGuitar Hero     Drew BrannonPutt-putt       Shane BowenPlay basketball Calvin BookerKick    Scott BlairBench press     Jake BlackwoodPublic speaking Sean BedfordBlitz on Nintendo64     Austin BarrickSnowboard       Tyler BarrettPlay text twist Anthony BarnesJump offsides   Elris AnyaibeVideo games     Chandler AndersonMovie Quotes    Ben Anderson

ANSWER TO TRIVIA QUESTION Redshirt freshman A-back Roddy Jones was drafted out of high school by the Chicago White Sox.

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