The biggest news from last week was is the decision by Paul Johnson to release top recruit Myles Autry from the letter of intent that he signed on National Signing Day just months ago. Contrary to what his twitter says, it is very unlikely that Autry's future plans include Georgia Tech -- I'd be surprised if he even has an offer on the table from Paul Johnson anymore, seeing as how CPJ has a clear disdain for anything that could potentially cause problems in the locker room. In the meantime, Anthony Autry (to whom Myles is tethered) will play next season at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, the same place that now houses former top Tech recruit Travis Custis. There is now absolutely no reason for them not to win the championship of whatever league/division/conference they are in. All that would-be Tech talent better be made use of.
Louis Young is one of many Jackets to sign deals as undrafted free agents, but he could be the one in the best position to make an NFL roster right away. He has impressed everyone at the Broncos camp so far, tallying two picks in two days to go along with a fumble recovery. Young finished 2013 with a career-high 29 solo tackles (40 total), 2 of which were for a loss, two interceptions, and five pass deflections on the season. If he keeps up his solid performance throughout camp and preseason ball I wouldn't be surprised to see him on the 53 man roster for the Broncos when week one rolls around; I feel like he has a lot more untapped talent than he showed at Tech.
Football Fan Day on the Flats will go down on August 2nd at Bobby Dodd Stadium; it's an event that you definitely don't want to miss. Attendees with get to do all sorts of cool stuff, everything from getting autographs from players (and CPJ) to getting their pictures taken with some of Georgia Tech's most famous football trophies. I will honestly be first in line for a picture with the 1990 Championship trophy; that sounds too cool to miss out on. The event is totally free, so you honestly have no excuse to miss out on all the awesome stuff going on (you know, unless you live outside Georgia). I'll likely be there and you should be too. Seriously, I'll cry if I don't see you there.
Please sit back and enjoy this article about why Georgia Tech will win the Coastal Division in 2014. Sure, it's an article series in which every team is considered for why it could win, but I'll take the sentiment anyway. I think that it should be relatively easy feat for the Jackets to win the division this season; their only competitor (in my eyes) is Duke, which retained just about all of it's talent from last season. If you tally some wins over defenseless Miami, should-be-basement dweller UVA, offensless Virginia Tech, and Pitt then I could see it all coming together for Tech in 2014. I really like Justin Thomas as an impact player at QB; he should be running through the legs of opposing defenses all season long. He can wreak some serious havoc in 2014, especially if the OL does it's job.
What are Tech's odds like to win the Coastal? What teams are the main competitors in the chase for the division crown? Which Tech UDFA's do you expect to see crack NFL rosters?
Have a great Monday!