Aug. 20, 2008
ATLANTA – Unlike the majority of college football teams around the country, Georgia Tech is already in a game-week mode. The Yellow Jackets open on a Thursday night, which means their typical game-week preparation is about to begin.
Tech practiced for two hours Wednesday afternoon in full pads. On Thursday, the Yellow Jackets will practice in a closed Bobby Dodd Stadium, where head coach Paul Johnson will try to throw a number of game-type situations at his young team.
“It (Thursday’s practice) will be more for game operations and just getting a feel for the game,” said Johnson, who celebrated his 51st birthday Wednesday. “We still have a coupe of positions where guys are fighting for spots, but mostly it’s just a matter of who can play and who is healthy.”
“Coming out of camp you are going to have some bumps and bruises,” Johnson said. “A lot has been made out of our injuries, but actually, knock on wood, we’ve been fortunate. We’ve probably been more fortunate than most teams.”
– Johnson indicated that senior Troy Garside, a reserve safety, may get a look at the A-back position beginning Thursday. – The practice schedule for Friday-Sunday has not been determined at this point.
TRIVIA QUESTION (answer below)
Name two teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A) nicknamed the Bulldogs that Georgia Tech does NOT play in 2008.
PAUL HEWITT, DANNY HALL… ARE YOU LISTENING?
We asked the Yellow players, if they could play another sport at Georgia Tech, what would it be. Few surprises here, especially Roddy Jones, who was drafted out of high school by the Chicago White Sox. One note: survey was taken before Michael Phelps’ recent Olympic success.
Question: If you could play another sport at Georgia Tech, what would it be?Golf Clyde YandellBasketball Mohamed YahiaouiBaseball Jahi Word-DanielsBasketball Willie WhiteGolf Bret WhiteBasketball Levi WallsTennis Lance WallsShot put/discus Vance WalkerTrack and Field Alex WalkerGolf Osahon TongoBasketball Demaryius ThomasBaseball Michael St. DenisGolf Luke SniderBaseball (center field) Andrew SmithGolf A.J. SmithTrack and Field (discus) Brad SellersBasketball Albert RockerGolf Darryl RichardBasketball Paul ReeseSwimming Dominique ReeseBaseball Steven PowersTrack and Field Michael PetersonBasketball Jason PetersTennis Alex PaquetteBasketball Josh NesbittBaseball Derrick MorganBaseball Tyler MeltonGolf Jonathan MaloneBaseball James LiipfertGolf Zach KrishTrack Quincy KellyGolf Matt KampBaseball Roddy JonesBasketball Michael JohnsonTrack Brad JeffersonBasketball DeRon JasperGolf Chase HudsonBaseball Cord HowardGolf or baseball Jim HenryTrack Robert HallBaseball Sedric GriffinBasketball Andrew GardnerTrack Martin FriersonGolf Andrew FolknerTennis Zach FisherGolf Tyler EvansBasketball Anthony EgbuniweBaseball Correy EarlsBaseball Bryce DykesTrack and field Jonathan DwyerBaseball Tyler DavisBasketball Jason DavisBaseball Kevin CrosbyBaseball Doc CoppageTrack and Field Kevin ConeGolf R.B. ClyburnBaseball Nick ClaytorBaseball Tony ClarkTennis Travis ChambersBasketball Mario ButlerBasketball Morgan BurnettTrack and Field (shot put) David BrownGolf Matt BramanBaseball Shane BowenBasketball Calvin BookerSoccer (if there was a team) Scott BlairBaseball Jake BlackwoodTrack and field (discuss) Sean BedfordBaseball Austin BarrickBasketball Anthony BarnesTrack and field Elris AnyaibeGolf Chandler AndersonBaseball Ben Anderson
ANSWER TO TRIVIA QUESTION
Georgia Tech is already playing the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Georgia Bulldogs in 2008. In fact, the Jackets also play the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs, a Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA) team. Still, there are two teams nicknamed the Bulldogs not on Tech’s schedule: Fresno State and Louisiana Tech.