It was hardly a weekend to remember for Georgia Tech fans. Beesball dropped a must-win series to Maryland and social media had a field day with the strange spring game, but fear not-- it's all over and a new edition of TT is here to brighten up your Monday. Here we go!
Just ten days after assistant coach Josh Postorino announced that he would not return to Tech in order to pursue other coaching opportunities, Brian Gregory has found a new right hand man in the form of Mamadou N'Diaye. N'Diaye, a former Auburn standout, spent the last three season as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina and helped lead the Chanticleers to one of the most successful seasons in school history, including a berth in the NCAA Tournament. If N'Diaye really does excel in the area of player development (as is suggested in the above article) he should be a welcome addition to the Tech staff which has struggled to develop some of the talent in the program over the past few years; neither Robert Carter, Jr. nor Marcus Georges-Hunt seemed to show a lot of improvement this year and Chris Bolden regressed from his role as a starter to a bench role late in the season.
While neither Travis Custis nor Justin Thomas took a snap in the annual spring game on Friday, there were still plenty of observations to be made about those players who did. The game featured its share of broken plays and the ball was on the ground quite a few more times than it was in the end zone, but Tech fans should still be encouraged by the results. Tim Byerly showed how capably he could run the offense, flashing both his arm and legs, and the return of Isaiah Johnson and Jamal Golden should do wonders for the Georgia Tech secondary which struggled badly at times last season. You can watch the highlights from the game here.
Just in case you didn't hear, there were reportedly only 117 fans at the game and that has led to some serious heckling by pretty much everyone in the country. Just watch the video above-- I guarantee that there were more than 117 people there, and I am convinced that whoever did the counting got his or her degree at uga. Whatever the case was, Joey put it best in the tweet below.
Just amazing how the #gatech spring game attendance was so low IN THE MIDDLE OF A MONSOON ON GOOD FRIDAY.
— Joey Weaver (@FTRSLilBroey) April 19, 2014
Jeremiah Attaochu had a meeting with the Redskins a few days ago as his draft stock continues to climb, and while I am not going to go in depth about Attaochu like I did a few editions ago I will remind you that the Redskins play in a 3-4 scheme in which Attaochu would play as a linebacker as opposed to a defensive end in a 4-3. Pass rushers such as Attaochu could be one of the hottest positions in the upcoming draft, and the Redskins are just one of many teams to express interest in the Georgia Tech product. The field also includes the Colts, Chargers, Lions, and Eagles, all of which have scheduled Attaochu for a visit.
Despite the terrible weather at the spring game, a few potential Georgia Tech recruits came out to watch the Jackets prepare for the upcoming season. Most of the recruits were from the 2015 and 2016 classes of their respective high schools, including Kawon Bryant (3-star RB, 2015), Nick Polino (3-star G, 2015), and Harland Howell (3-star WR, 2015) among others. There were also quite a few players who are already committed and were scheduled to be there but due to the inclement weather a few didn't make their way to Bobby Dodd in the rain and cold. ESPN 3 works just as well, right?
The Chick-fil-A Bowl is planning to put the "Peach" back in the newly named Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl starting this year. The Peach Bowl/Chick-fil-A Bowl, which is played in the Georgia Dome every year, will be one of the six rotational sites for the new playoff format which will be integrated this year.
Thanks for reading and have a great Monday!