Tech Freshmen Arrive, Begin Practice Wednesday

ATLANTA — Georgia Tech’s freshmen football players arrived on campus Tuesday and will begin practice Wednesday.

The newcomers, including 20 scholarship freshmen and nine walk-ons, moved into the dormitories, underwent physicals and took care of other administrative procedures Tuesday.

IMPORTANT DATES
Aug. 2-3 Freshmen Practice
Aug. 4 Varsity Report
Aug. 5 MEDIA DAY (4 p.m.)
Aug. 7 First full squad practice
Aug. 27 Season Opener
at Virginia Tech

Freshmen workouts are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The varsity arrives Friday, and the first full squad practice is slated for Monday, Aug. 7.

“Having the freshmen come in is an exciting day for our program and an exciting day for them as they start a new career,” said Tech head coach George O’Leary, beginning his sixth season. “We’ll see if and what we recruited is what they really are when we get them on the practice field.

“What they did in high school will be forgotten and what they do in college is what’s important now.

The class of scholarship freshmen, Tech’s most highly regarded in recent memory, includes two quarterbacks, three receivers, one tailback, one fullback, two tight ends, two offensive linemen, three linebackers, three defensive backs and three defensive linemen. The 21st member of the class, center Matt Graviet (Lewes, Del.) will report with the varsity because he was enrolled for spring practice.

“We’re really anxious to get them going,” said O’Leary, whose Yellow Jackets open the season Aug. 27 at Virginia Tech. “Today will be just an organizational day. Tomorrow we’ll start practice, and we’ll work Wednesday and Thursday. Friday the freshmen will have academic orientation.

“I use those first two days of double sessions to see if there are any freshmen who don’t act like freshmen and have a chance to help the varsity this year. I usually come up with anywhere from seven to 10 who can step in and give us a hand, from a depth standpoint.”

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