Aug. 3, 2003
In addition to Georgia Tech’s freshman class, two other newcomers who could make an impact for the Yellow Jackets this fall are a pair of transfers from Morris Brown.
Offensive lineman Kenton Johnson and running back Chris Woods are eligible to play this fall because Morris Brown, a former NCAA Division II athletic program in Atlanta, no longer fields a football team.
“Both of those players contacted us about transferring,” said Tech head coach Chan Gailey Sunday following Tech’s second practice. “We evaluated them on film just like we would any other prospects, and they showed they had some ability that might be able to help us.”
Johnson, who attended South Broward High School in Hollywood, Fla., has excellent size at 6-6 and 305 pounds and is working as a backup tackle. Woods, a 5-11, 190-pounder from College Park and Mays High, has good speed. He is working behind returning tailbacks Ajenavi Eziemefe and P.J. Daniels.
“Kenton is a big man, and he’s a very hard worker, very conscientious,” said Gailey. “He hasn’t played at this level, and he’s got to continue to learn to play at a very high tempo, but he’s got some tools to work with.”
After Tech completed the second of five mandatory non-contract practices, Gailey cited the play of the defense.
“I thought the defense flew around pretty good today,” said Gailey. “They’ve got quite a bit in, and I thought they made a lot of things happen.
“The defense got a lot of turnovers today. When you practice against each other, somebody leaves the field happy and somebody leaves the field sad.
“That’s two days in a row that Reuben Houston has gotten his hands on a ball.”
Tech continues preseason drills Monday at 5 p.m. The Jackets first practice in pads, and first two-a-day, is Thursday.