Spring Practice Update #2

March 27, 2013

Date: Wednesday, March 27

Practice: No. 2 (of 14)

Dress: Shorts and helmets

Practice notes: The Yellow Jackets practiced for two hours under much-improved weather conditions Wednesday afternoon… Tech will wear shells on Friday before donning full pads for the first time on Saturday morning… the offense shined in 7-on-7 drills even though there were only two healthy scholarship players at wide receiver (Correy Dennis and redshirt freshman Micheal Summers)… Paul Johnson said that senior Will Jackson is currently playing OG, but could play OT as well… Tech has two transfers who are eligible this season after sitting out last year under NCAA transfer rules – OL Thomas O’Reilly (Auburn) and QB Tim Byerly (Middle Tennessee State)… when graduate assistant coach Paul Rice left Tech earlier this year for a full-time coaching job at his alma mater, Yale, Johnson hired former Tech standout Steven Sylvester as a graduate assistant… Sylvester, who was a part of Johnson’s first recruiting class at Tech, played linebacker for the Jackets, but is helping coach the B-backs this spring.

Position battle: Sophomore Ryan Rodwell is the only experienced, healthy punter in camp as senior Sean Poole is recovering from shoulder surgery. Poole initially injured his shoulder trying to make a tackle against Miami last September, but held off on surgery until the off-season. Poole and Rodwell, who had identical 39.7 averages in 2012, should compete deep into August for the starting job.

By the numbers
FIVE former assistant coaches under Paul Johnson are now collegiate head coaches:

Jeff Monken (Georgia Southern)
Brian Bohannon (Kennesaw State)
Ken Niumatalolo (Navy)
Craig Candeto (Capital)
Kevin Kelly (Georgetown)

FOLLOW THE COACHES ON TWITTER
@GTPaulJohnson
@CoachTedRoof
@OwenLamar
@CoachBuzzPres
@RamblinSpeed

THOMAS JUDGING DUNKS
Former Yellow Jacket Demaryius Thomas will be one of the judges at next Thursday’s Slam Dunk & Three-Point Championship at McCamish Pavilion. Thomas will be joined by Harry Douglas, Julio Jones and Roddy White.

SEASON TICKET RENEWAL DEADLINE IS SUNDAY
The Georgia Tech Ticket Office will be open special hours this Saturday to assist with customers renewing football season tickets for the 2013 season. The deadline to renew is Sunday, March 31. The Ticket Office will be open regular hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with additional hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 30. Season tickets may be renewed in person at the Ticket Office (located at 150 Bobby Dodd Way), by calling 888.TECH.TIX or online at ramblinwreck.com/tickets.

Due to construction, Bobby DoddWay is currently closed to all motorized traffic. Pedestrian access is still available to Callaway Plaza and the Georgia Tech Ticket Office.

New 2013 Season Tickets are now on sale starting at just $190. The 2013 home schedule features seven home games, including matchups against rival Georgia, ACC-foes Virginia Tech and North Carolina and ACC-newcomers Pittsburgh and Syracuse.

Next practice: Friday at 3:45 p.m. (closed)
Spring game: Friday, April 19th at 7:30 p.m.
On social media: Facebook.com/gtathletics; @gtathletics; youtube.com/ramblinwrecktube
Ticket information: 1-888-TECH-TIX or RamblinWreck.com/tickets

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