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Tech Practices In Shells; Great Jacket Encounter Is Saturday

Aug. 1, 2008

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech went through two solid hours of team and 7-on-7 drills Friday afternoon, the Yellow Jackets’ third practice of 2008 at Rose Bowl Field.

Tech donned shoulder pads for the first time this preseason but will not put on full gear until Sunday. And, until the Jackets endure a few full-pads practices, don’t expect head coach Paul Johnson to point out anyone emerging as candidates to start.

“Right now our depth chart means nothing,” Johnson said. “We haven’t even been in pads yet. I have a suspicion we will have some freshmen in there (on the depth chart), but we don’t know because we haven’t seen them practice in pads.”

The current depth chart posted on is from the preseason and will not be updated until later this month. That particular depth chart does not include players who were injured in the spring or true freshmen.

Only one player – senior offensive lineman David Brown – was absent from Friday’s practice. Brown is enduring an emotional week, missing practice because of a death in the family. He also graduated from Georgia Tech on Friday, meaning he’ll play the 2008 season as a graduate student.


– The Yellow Jackets have gone relatively injury-free through the first three days of practice. Juniors Tyler Evans, an A-back, and Matt Kamp, a B-back, are expected to miss all of 2008 because of previous injuries.
– When asked about the NCAA ruling that shortens the play clock to 40 seconds this year, Paul Johnson said this: “It’s not going to affect us. We’ve never had a problem getting plays off. It should actually make things more consistent.”
– Tech will practice at 9:45 a.m. Saturday. The Great Jacket Encounter begins with festivities on the plaza area at 2 p.m., followed by the players signing autographs beginning at 3 p.m. There is no charge for admission.

TECH TRIVIA QUESTION (Answer below) Georgia Tech plays Mississippi State on September 20th. Other than Georgia, which the Yellow Jackets play annually, what was the last SEC team that Tech has played in the regular season?

THAT’S MUSIC TO MY EARS From Louis Armstrong to Metallica. From Journey to Tupac. That’s the range of answers we received when we asked the Yellow Jackets to name their favorite musical artist. Below are their answers:

Question: Who is your favorite musical artist?

Chiodos                                                                                 Clyde Yandell

Linkin Park                                                                           Mohamed Yahiaoui

Ludacris, Lupe Fiasco                                                        Jahi Word-Daniels

Lil’ Boosie                                                                             Willie White

Brad Paisley                                                                         Bret White

Angels and Airwaves                                                          Logan Walls

Kenny Chesney                                                                   Lance Walls

Kirk Franklin                                                                        Josh Wallace

Lupe Fiasco                                                                          Vance Walker

Lil’ Wayne                                                                            Alex Walker

Bruce Springsteen                                                                Dan Voss

Lupe Fiasco                                                                          Osahon Tongo

Lil’ Wayne                                                                            Demaryius Thomas

Kenny Chesney                                                                   Luke Snider

Louis Armstrong                                                                  Andrew Smith

S.K.                                                                                        A.J. Smith

Slim Thug                                                                              Brad Sellers

Young Jeezy                                                                         Albert Rocker

George Strait                                                                       Paul Reese

T.I.                                                                                          Dominique Reese

Dave Matthews Band                                                        Michael Ray

Incubus                                                                                 Steven Powers

Lil’ Wayne                                                                            Michael Peterson

Maxwell                                                                                Jason Peters

Fergie                                                                                     Alex Paquette

Young Dro                                                                            Josh Nesbitt

Biggie                                                                                     Derrick Morgan

Slim Thug                                                                              Tyler Melton

Young Jeezy                                                                         James Liipfert

Red Hot Chili Papers                                                          Jeff Lentz

Journey                                                                                  Zach Krish

Kanye West                                                                          Quincy Kelly

Tenacious D                                                                         Matt Kamp

Lupe Fiasco                                                                          Roddy Jones

Erykah Badu                                                                        Michael Johnson

Plies                                                                                        Brad Jefferson

Stevie Wonder                                                                      DeRon Jasper

Lupe Fiasco                                                                          Kyle Jackson

REO Speedwagon                                                               Chase Hudson

Usher and John Legend                                                      Cord Howard

Guns N Roses                                                                       Jim Henry

Lil’ Wayne                                                                            Robert Hall

T.I.                                                                                          Sedric Griffin

Flogging Molly                                                                     Joseph Gilbert

Pillar                                                                                       Troy Garside

311                                                                                         Andrew Gardner

Andre 3000                                                                           Martin Frierson

Casting Crowns                                                                    Zach Fisher

Garth Brooks                                                                        Tyler Evans

Lil’ Wayne                                                                            Correy Earls

George Strait                                                                         Bryce Dykes

Lil’ Wayne                                                                            Jonathan Dwyer

Tom Petty                                                                             Tyler Davis

T.I.                                                                                          Jason Davis

Boston                                                                                   Lucas Cox

Angels and Airwaves                                                          Doc Coppage

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony                                                    Kevin Cone

Josh Groban                                                                         R.B. Clyburn

Lil’ Wayne                                                                            Tony Clark

Lil’ Boosie                                                                             Travis Chambers

Lil’ Boosie                                                                             Mario Butler

Young Jeezy, T.I.,Young Dro,Rocko                               Morgan Burnett

Metallica                                                                               Drew Brannon

Luther Vandross, Natalie Cole, Korn, ICP                     Matt Braman

Counting Crows                                                                   Shane Bowen

Lil’ Wayne                                                                            Calvin Booker

Lifehouse                                                                              Scott Blair

The Black Crowes, Jack Johnson                                     Jake Blackwood

Metallica                                                                               Sean Bedford

Dave Matthews Band                                                        Tyler Barrett

T.I., Lil’ Wayne, Piles                                                          Anthony Barnes

Tupac                                                                                    Elris Anyaibe

Metallica                                                                               Chandler Anderson

Kid Rock                                                                               Ben Anderson



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