Aug. 19, 2006
ATLANTA–Now just two weeks from the start of the season, the Georgia Tech football team concluded preseason camp with Tech’s annual Fan Day, followed by a final scrimmage Saturday afternoon.
The Yellow Jackets open the 2006 season two weeks from today, hosting second-ranked Notre Dame Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. at Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field (8 p.m., ABC-TV). Tech takes a much-needed day off Sunday before beginning fall semester classes, as well as game preparations for the Fighting Irish, on Monday.
Please note: Georgia Tech’s practices are now closed to the media and the public.
The Jackets welcomed a record crowd to Fan Day Saturday morning at Bobby Dodd Stadium as the Tech players signed autographs for nearly three hours.
One of the highlight’s of Tech’s brief scrimmage was a catch by redshirt freshman wide receiver Greg Smith, battling for a spot in the Jackets’ regular rotation.
On fourth-down-and-11, Smith took a short pass from Taylor Bennett over the middle and cut outside and down the sideline, making several defenders miss as he turned the play into a 14-yard gain and a first down.
“He’s made a really big jump,” Tech head coach Chan Gailey said of Smith. “If he keeps getting reps out there, he’s going to play a lot. He could be in the first three [receivers] before it’s over with.”
The scrimmage concluded with a red zone segment in which tight end Michael Matthews caught a two-yard touchdown pass from Reggie Ball and freshman Demaryius Thomas hauled in a 19-yard scoring pass from Bennett.
“I’m very pleased with where we are at tailback right now,” said Gailey.
“And Rashaun [Grant] has been really running well, too. He’s got a bruise so we just kept him out today.”