Aug. 18, 2008
ATLANTA – Some good news came out of the Georgia Tech camp Monday afternoon as sophomore quarterback Josh Nesbitt, senior offensive tackle Andrew Gardner and true freshman B-back Richard Watson all returned from injuries.
The Yellow Jackets practiced for two hours Monday afternoon with minimum contact and a focus at the end on conditioning. The number of players sitting out of practice because of injury is down to five – the smallest number since late July.
There are still a number of starting jobs up for grabs, according to head coach Paul Johnson, with the season opener just over a week away (Aug. 28 vs. Jacksonville State).
“At positions like A-back and wide receiver, I’m not sure it’s all that important who starts anyway,” Johnson said. “We’ll probably play four or five players at each of those positions.”
Monday’s practice, conducted in temperatures hovering in the low 90’s, was the first of the year closed to the public.
SIX WALK-ONS JOIN THE FUN
With the beginning of classes, six non-scholarship players were able to practice for the first time. Long-snappers Michael Ray and Levi Walls, offensive lineman Michael St. Denis, quarterback Doc Coppage, kicker Tyler Davis and A-back Jason Davis will be permitted to wear full pads later this week.
TRIVIA QUESTION (Answer below)
Who was the last coach to lose in his first game as Georgia Tech’s football coach? Extra credit: Who was the opponent and what was the score?
DREAM JOB? OPINIONS VARY AMONG JACKETS
There is a large number of Georgia Tech players whose dream job would be in the NFL – but not necessarily as a player. Some want to be the commissioner. We asked the Yellow Jackets to list their dream job and the answers varied from professional paintball player to being the head football coach at Georgia Tech.
Question: Your dream job would be what?Owning my own business Clyde YandellFinancial advisor Mohamed YahiaouiLottery winner or R&B singer Jahi Word-DanielsPlaying in the NFL Willie WhitePro golfer or Augusta club pro Bret WhitePro paintball player Logan WallsStockbroker or coach Levi WallsStockbroker Lance WallsDesigning video games or drawing the art concepts Vance WalkerOwner of my own franchise Osahon TongoNFL player Demaryius ThomasCoaching Georgia Tech football Michael St. DenisFinancial analyst Luke SniderNFL Commissioner or high political figure Andrew SmithGeneral manager of an NFL team A.J. SmithVenture capitalist Brad SellersNFL player Albert RockerOwner of an NFL franchise Darryl RichardProfessional golfer Paul ReeseNFL player Dominique ReeseSports car test driver Michael RayMusical artist Steven PowersPhysician Jason PetersWorking for the Red Sox Alex PaquettePlaying in the NFL Josh NesbittNFL player Derrick MorganSports agent Tyler MeltonProfessional golfer Jonathan MaloneNFL Commissioner James LiipfertCEO of Ferrari Jeff LentzHead engineer for an international firm Zach KrishA head professor Quincy KellyOwner of a pro sports franchise Roddy JonesWorking with kids Michael JohnsonTelevision host DeRon JasperPro football Kyle JacksonLawyer Chase HudsonPlastic surgeon Cord HowardGeorgia Tech head football coach Jim HenryA singer Robert HallSports agent Sedric GriffinNFL lineman Joseph GilbertOwn a gym Troy GarsideBillionaire venture capitalist Andrew GardnerNFL executive Martin FriersonCharter boat captain Andrew FolknerCEO of Fortune 500 company Tyler EvansDoctor Anthony EgbuniweTraveling the world Correy EarlsReal estate owner Jonathan DwyerOwning a company Tyler DavisGiving speeches Jason DavisOwn a tiki bar on an exotic island Kevin CrosbyHead coach of a Super Bowl team Lucas CoxCEO of an engineering company Doc CoppageTo watch movies all day and get paid for it Kevin ConePGA Tour R.B. ClyburnA psychologist Nick ClaytorWorking three days a week and making lots of money Tony ClarkOpening a sports bar Travis ChambersReal Estate Mario ButlerPlaying in the NFL Morgan BurnettTo own franchises and make lot of money David BrownInvestment Banker Drew BrannonWork for ESPN Matt BramanWork for ESPN Shane BowenOwn the Atlanta Hawks Calvin BookerBeing retired Scott BlairProfessional golfer Jake BlackwoodPresident of the United States Sean BedfordOwn my own business Austin BarrickWorking for Lockheed Martin Tyler BarrettTo sit behind a desk and do nothing Anthony BarnesVideo game designer Elris AnyaibeA dentist Chandler AndersonDoing fishing charters Ben Anderson
ANSWER TO TRIVIA QUESTION
Bill Curry is the last Georgia Tech head coach to lose in his Yellow Jacket debut. Curry, however, had his work cut out for him. Tech played against the nation’s No. 2-ranked Alabama team in Tuscaloosa, losing 26-3.