Season Opener Just Two Weeks Away For Georgia Tech

Aug. 14, 2008

ATLANTA – The short passing game on offense and stopping the run on defense were two of the priorities at Georgia Tech’s single football practice Thursday at Rose Bowl Field.

As it increased preparations for the season-opener against Jacksonville State on Aug. 28, the defense continued to work on stopping the run. The Yellow Jackets also spent some time at the end of the day working on goal line situations. Some of the highlights on the offensive end included a seven-yard run on a pitch by redshirt freshman A-back Roddy Jones, redshirt freshman Bryce Dykes hitting freshman receiver Quentin Sims in the corner of the end zone for a four-yard touchdown, and freshman quarterback Jaybo Shaw running it in from four yards out.

Some other highlights of practice were freshman receiver Tyler Melton breaking a 20-yard run on an end around, Jones scoring from 30 yards out on a pitch, and redshirt senior quarterback Calvin Booker busting a long run on an option keeper. Sophomore B-back Jonathan Dwyer had some good runs as well.

On the injury front, sophomore Josh Nesbitt and redshirt senior Andrew Gardner were both out of practice for the second straight day. Both are listed as day to day.

“We are much calmer out there now,” redshirt sophomore linebacker Anthony Barnes said. “With each day, we are becoming more and more comfortable with each other. Practice is very intense and guys are going all out every play.”

Tech will hold its final two-a-day on Friday at both 9:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. at the Rose Bowl Field. The Yellow Jackets will then hold their second scrimmage of the pre-season on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Bobby Dodd Stadium. That will be the last chance for fans to see the Jackets in action until the season-opener as beginning Monday, Aug. 18 practices will be closed.

TECH TRIVIA QUESTION (answer below)

Georgia Tech has been to 11 straight bowl games and 36 in its history. Which bowl game have the Jackets won the most?

WHAT THE JACKETS ARE SAYING

We asked the Yellow Jackets to give us one thing people might not know about them. Some gave us some good information, such as “I have a twin sister” or “I was born in Algeria”. Then there is one player who dropped this bombshell on us: “I put ice in my chocolate milk.” Thanks for the scoop.

I love music and arts in general Clyde Yandell

I was born in Algeria Mohamed Yahiaoui

I can play the drums Jahi Word-Daniels

I like to fish Willie White

I’m engaged Bret White

I’m fluent in Spanish Levi Walls

I’m an artist Vance Walker

I was home-schooled Michael St. Denis

I am an insomniac Andrew Smith

I led the city in technical fouls in HS basketball A.J. Smith

I love art Albert Rocker

I am musically inclined Darryl Richard

I have a fear of heights Paul Reese

I whitewater kayak and muay thai kickbox Michael Ray

I want to be a musician Steven Powers

I was born in Germany Alex Paquette

I can talk a lot Josh Nesbitt

I have family in Jamaica Derrick Morgan

I play golf Tyler Melton

I’m a pretty good golfer Jonathan Malone

I’m from the smallest town of anyone on the team James Liipfert

I used to play lacrosse Jeff Lentz

I’m shy Michael Johnson

I am a talented saxophonist DeRon Jasper

I’m a silly guy Cord Howard

My uncle is a federal judge in Georgia Jim Henry

I was born in Europe Robert Hall

I love golf Sedric Griffin

I’m married Andrew Gardner

I hate shrimp and lobster Martin Frierson

I have webbed toes Tyler Evans

I love to sing R&B Anthony Egbuniwe

I have a twin sister Bryce Dykes

I’m Jamaican Jonathan Dwyer

I tore my ACL Tyler Davis

I have relatives from the Bahamas Jason Davis

All the males in my family played fullback Lucas Cox

I’m a huge Carolina Panthers fan Doc Coppage

I was really good at golf R.B. Clyburn

I am flexible Nick Claytor

I’m obsessed with Harry Potter Tony Clark

I’m goofy at times Travis Chambers

I have lived in Korea and Canada David Brown

I love golf Drew Brannon

I can play guitar Scott Blair

I was a receiver in high school Jake Blackwood

I lived in the British Virgin Islands Sean Bedford

I put ice in my chocolate milk Austin Barrick

I’m shy Anthony Barnes

I have a creative mind Elris Anyaibe

I play Guitar (Hero) Chandler Anderson

I’m very relaxed Ben Anderson

ANSWER TO TRIVIA QUESTION

The Sugar Bowl. Georgia Tech has beaten Tulsa (1944), Mississippi (1953), West Virginia (1954) and Pittsburgh (1956) in the Sugar Bowl.

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