Dodge Ball, Anyone?

Aug. 8, 2008

ATLANTA – Just when the grind of two-a-day football practices appeared to be taking a toll on the players, Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson found a way to energize the Yellow Jackets.

Dodge ball.

Georgia Tech practiced for two hours in full pads Friday morning, then were mid-way through an afternoon practice in shells when Johnson divided the Yellow Jackets into teams for a good old-fashioned game of dodge ball. Even the coaching staff got involved, giving the players an opportunity to fire back at their position coaches.

“The guys have been working pretty hard, so this was a little break from the monotony,” Johnson said. “I mean, this should be fun, right?”

Aside from kids’ games, Tech did get in some serious work on Friday. The Yellow Jackets ended the morning practice with some late-game clock-management situations, for example.

More work will be done Saturday morning when Tech will scrimmage in Bobby Dodd Stadium at 9:30 a.m. Johnson expects around 120 snaps on Saturday.

“We’ll have a better idea of who can play after tomorrow (Saturday),” Johnson said. “We’ll have some type of working depth chart early next week.”

Georgia Tech has one more full week of practice before classes begin on August 18th.

The Yellow Jackets open the 2008 season Aug. 28 at home against Jacksonville State (7:30 p.m.)

TECH TRIVIA QUESTION (Answer below) What two former Georgia Tech players are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

NO BASKET-WEAVING FOR THE YELLOW JACKETS We asked the Yellow Jackets to list the favorite class they have taken at Georgia Tech and their answers are listed below. You know, I’m suddenly feeling guilty about the time I took Introduction to Film and Golf in the same semester.

Question: What is your favorite class taken at Georgia Tech?Business Law    Clyde Yandell 
Investments Mohamed Yahiaoui
All management classes except for accounting Jahi Word-Daniels
Computer science Bret White
Microeconomics Logan Walls
International political economy Levi Walls
Business law, international business Lance Walls
Emerging technologies Vance Walker
Introduction to Russian Dan Voss
International business Osahon Tongo
African-American history Demaryius Thomas
Introduction to psychology Michael St. Denis
Constitutional issues Andrew Smith
Personal selling A.J. Smith
Microeconomics Brad Sellers
Management of financial institutions Darryl Richard
Best practices of residential property Paul Reese
Physics Michael Ray
Philosophy Steven Powers
International affairs Jason Peters
Poetry Alex Paquette
Psychology Derrick Morgan
Personal selling James Liipfert
Computer science Jeff Lentz
African-American history Quincy Kelly
Business law Roddy Jones
History Michael Johnson
Business law DeRon Jasper
Information technology Cord Howard
Accounting Robert Hall
Sociology Sedric Griffin
Personal selling Andrew Gardner
Business law Andrew Folkner
International business Tyler Evans
Calculus Anthony Egbuniwe
African-American history Correy Earls
Personal selling Tyler Davis
Marketing 3300 Jason Davis
International business Kevin Crosby
Calculus III Doc Coppage
Chemistry R.B. Clyburn
History Nick Claytor
Personal Selling Tony Clark
Management Travis Chambers
English Mario Butler
Personal Selling David Brown
Information Tech Drew Brannon
International Business Matt Braman
International Business Shane Bowen
Management of Financial Institutions Calvin Booker
Advanced Macroeconomics Jake Blackwood
Statistics Sean Bedford
International Business Austin Barrick
Thermodynamics Tyler Barrett
Computer Science, International Business, Statistics Anthony Barnes
Science Fiction Elris Anyaibe
Technical Communications Ben Anderson

ANSWER TO TRIVIA QUESTION Joe Guyon and Billy Shaw. Guyon was inducted in 1966 and was a standout professional in the early 1920’s. Shaw, inducted in 1999, was one of the Buffalo Bills’ all-time greats and was the first Hall of Fame inductee who played his entire career in the AFL.

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