April 6, 2007
ATLANTA–After 14 practice sessions, the Georgia Tech football team concludes spring practice with a final scrimmage on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field. Tech’s scrimmage headlines Spring Sports Day as Yellow Jacket fans are invited to a full day of activities on the Tech campus.
Food and children’s games will be available in the Callaway Plaza outside Bobby Dodd Stadium beginning at 10 a.m. Following the scrimmage, fans are invited to see Tech’s nationally-ranked softball team take on Florida State in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. at Glenn Field, and the Yellow Jacket men’s tennis team against 11th-ranked Wake Forest at 2 p.m. at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
Junior Taylor Bennett will quarterback Tech’s first-team offense as he continues his ascendance into the starting role. Among his targets will be promising redshirt freshman Demaryius Thomas, who caught two touchdowns in last weekend’s scrimmage. The ACC’s reigning rushing leader, senior Tashard Choice, paces the Jackets’ running attack, along with senior Rashaun Grant and sophomore Jamaal Evans.
The Tech defense returns eight starters, led by senior middle linebacker Philip Wheeler.
A number of key players will be held out of the scrimmage due to injury, but all are expected back for the fall, including free safety Djay Jones, fullback Mike Cox, defensive ends Adamm Oliver and Michael Johnson, wide receivers James Johnson and Greg Smith, tight end Colin Peek, offensive tackle Cord Howard and cornerback Jahi Word-Daniels.
While the offseason is a time for players to add weight and strength in Tech’s strength and conditioning program, one Yellow Jacket who is now a little lighter is backup center Trey Dunmon. The sophomore from Hawkinsville, Ga., was nicknamed “Fabio” by his fellow lineman because of his long, curly blonde hair. But this week Dunmon cut off all his hair–more than 10 inches–and donated his tresses to Locks for Love, a program that uses donated hair to make wigs for children with cancer.