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Practice Heats Up As Opener Nears

Aug. 19, 2008

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech continued its preparation for next Thursday’s football season-opener against Jacksonville State by practicing for two hours Tuesday afternoon in full pads. The Jackets spent time focusing on Jacksonville State, and closed the session working on the two-minute drill and conditioning.

“I think we had a much better tempo today,” head coach Paul Johnson said. “We were more focused than yesterday with it being the first day of class. Everything is in place now; it’s just a matter of execution. All I can do is coach them hard and do what it takes to win. We will practice again in pads tomorrow, have a scrimmage on Thursday and then refine things on Friday.”

The Jackets are nine days away from the season-opener August 28 against Jacksonville State. Kick-off at Bobby Dodd Stadium will be 7:30 p.m. and the Jackets continue to work their game plan into practice.

“We got a better look at the scout team today,” Johnson continued. “We need them to play hard. We can’t accomplish anything if they are just standing there. They’re a big part of what it takes to win a football game and I saw a much better effort today.”


The first-ever Paul Johnson Radio Show hits the airwaves Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The one-hour show, co-hosted by Wes Durham, will be carried in Atlanta on the Georgia Tech flagship station, 790 The Zone, as well as selected affiliates throughout the state.

The first two shows – August 20 and August 26 – will originate from the studio. Beginning September 3rd, the show will air live from Fox Sports Grill in Atlantic Station and fans are welcomed to attend. Each show airs from 7-8 p.m.


About 1,000 students are expected to line-up on Calloway Plaza Wednesday at 5 p.m. to join the SWARM – Georgia Tech’s student fan group.


Under first-year head coach Paul Johnson, quarterbacks running the ball are a big part of the offense. Which former Yellow Jacket signal caller holds the record for most rushing yards in a game?


We know that the Jackets are talented on the field, but how about off of it? Here are some of the things that Georgia Tech players consider their best non-athletic talent:

Playing the guitar Clyde Yandell

Investing money Mohamed Yahiaoui

Chess Jahi Word-Daniels

X-box 360 Logan Walls

Speaking Spanish Levi Walls

Arm-wrestling Lance Walls

Spades Vance Walker

Arguing Alex Walker

Karaoke Dan Voss

Singing Demaryius Thomas Comedy Michael St. Denis

Video games Luke Snider

Tenor sax Andrew Smith

Sleeping and eating A.J. Smith

Playing Guitar Hero Brad Sellers

Working with kids Albert Rocker

Playing music Darryl Richard

Playing spades Dominique Reese

The violin Michael Ray

The guitar Steven Powers

Sewing and drawing Michael Peterson

Driving Josh Nesbitt

Making a ridiculous squeaking noise with my mouth James Liipfert

Calculus Zach Krish

Math Matt Kamp

Playing the harmonica Roddy Jones

Ability to sleep upright Michael Johnson

Checkers Brad Jefferson

Presentations Kyle Jackson

Singing Cord Howard

Trivia Jim Henry

Checkers Robert Hall

Drawing Sedric Griffin

Tetris Joseph Gilbert

Math Troy Garside

Video games Andrew Gardner

Video games Martin Frierson

Cooking Tyler Evans

Singing Anthony Egbuniwe

Juggling Correy Earls

Sleeping with my eyes open Jonathan Dwyer

Eating Tyler Davis

Public speaking Jason Davis

Blowing bubbles off my tongue Lucas Cox

Playing Madden football Doc Coppage

Freestyling Nick Claytor

Air hockey Travis Chambers

Rapping Morgan Burnett

Singing Matt Braman

Playing guitar Shane Bowen

Math Calvin Booker

Playing guitar Jake Blackwood

Grilling Sean Bedford

Video games Austin Barrick

Playing the drums and guitar Tyler Barrett

Patience Anthony Barnes

Sleeping Elris Anyaibe

Studying Chandler Anderson

Fishing Ben Anderson


Reggie Ball…Ball rushed for 130 yards against Troy on Sept. 16, 2006.

Correction To Yesterday’s Trivia Question

David Friedlander of the Gwinnett Daily Post pointed out a technical error in yesterday’s trivia question

Yesterday’s question:

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?

Yesterday’s answer:

Bill Curry, vs. No. 2 Alabama, 26-3. However, as David pointed out, George O’Leary actually lost his first game when he took over as interim head coach on Nov. 12, 1994 vs. Clemson.


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