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Technical Tidbits 8/15

Because everyone needs a slow jam every once in a while.

Scott Barbour

Georgia Tech A-Back Tony Zenon has a goal to start for the Jackets this season, and he is slowly but surely reaching that goal one play at a time. Zenon is currently in possession of the second starting spot at A-Back (per the most recent depth chart), but fellow rushers B.J. Bostic and Deon Hill could give him a run for his money during the season. The most valuable thing that Zenon brings to the table for Tech's offense is likely his ability to catch passes out of the backfield; we all saw how helpful Robert Godhigh's receiving abilities were last season, and Zenon's should be a bit better because of his size (Vad Lee constantly overthrew the vertically challenged Godhigh in 2013). While Zenon is only an inch or so taller, it can really make a big difference with those passes that just seemed to brush Robbie's fingers last season.

Former Georgia Tech ace Buck Farmer made Tech fans proud during his first ever MLB start on Wednesday night, finishing his outing with a line of 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, and 4 K's after throwing just 83 pitches to the Pittsburgh Prates. The outing leaves a fair amount to be desired, but it is still a great way to start for the immensely talented right-hander. Farmer was actually in winning position at the beginning of the third inning; he didn't allow a hit through his first two frames and led 1-0 after two. The big blow came on a fourth inning three-run homer by the left fielder Travis Snyder that gave the Bucs a 4-1 lead. Farmer was just one year removed from pitching at the Rusty C when he was called up by Detroit.

In case you missed it, Georgia Tech decided to take a step in the right direction by adding Auburn to their 2014 BASEBALL (as in NOT football for people like me who can't read) schedule, renewing a rivalry that has been dead for all too long. It will be a two game home-and-home series that will pit two solid programs against each other for the first time since 2005. If you were ever going to make a trip to an away game for college basketball, this would be it. It should be  a lot of fun.

There are plenty of DI programs with a lot to be hopeful for this season. Unfortunately, there are even more with absolutely nothing to live or watch for come football season, and those teams at least deserve something, right? What better tribute to a struggling than heart-tweaking slow jam that says "Hey, it really can't get any worse from here." There's only one way to go for most of those teams, and it's up; why not celebrate your errors from last season? Note: When I said that the only way was up, I had forgotten that West Virginia and Purdue were in that article. Have fun!

Which Georgia Tech A-Back vying for a starting role this season has the best chance of being an impact player? Will it be Zenon's pass-catching ability, Bostic's speed, or something else?

Have a great weekend!