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Tech Secondary Taking Shape

Aug. 16, 2006

ATLANTA–As Georgia Tech continues its preseason preparations, a trio of defenders have performed well at the cornerback position opposite returning starter Kenny Scott.

Sophomore Jahi Word-Daniels and junior Pat Clark have spent time with the first unit, as has junior Avery Roberson, who is also working at safety.

“All of those guys are doing a really good job right now,” said Tech head coach Chan Gailey. “Pat, Jahi, Avery – they’re all playing well right now. I don’t know where that will end up, but it’s a good situation because they’re all playing well.”

Tech will have three new starters in the secondary along with Scott, the senior from Daytona Beach, Fla. Juniors Djay Jones and Jamal Lewis are the starting safeties.

David Brown, a sophomore from Madison, Ala., has moved from defensive line to offensive line and is now working at right tackle.

“He’s very smart, he’s strong and he’s hunting a home,” said Gailey. “He just couldn’t find a home on defense. He wants to play and this is the next best fit. He needs to put some weight on, but a year from now, who knows?”

Brown is already working with the second team with three starting linemen sidelined by injuries and several backups also out.

“Right now it’s a little tenuous, and that’s probably being positive,” said Gailey.

“We went into the season thinking the depth on the offensive line was a strength and now all of a sudden we’re scrambling. We’ve got guys playing on that second offensive line who have only been there for two or three days.”

Georgia Tech, which opens the season Sept. 2 against third-ranked Notre Dame, has its final day of two-a-days Thursday, with workouts scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.

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