Georgia Tech’s first couple of practices took place over the weekend. Football is less than 1 month away! Paul Johnson sounded content with the team in general. He seemed generally happy with the team’s fitness level, though as usual he was very reserved in any praise. Matthew Jordan was back in his first practice as presumed 2017 starter and Johnson described his play as “fine” and “OK”. Let’s hope that he quickly gets back into the swing of things. The Yellow Jackets will spend the next two weeks working on their general offensive and defensive schemes before spending the final two weeks starting to prepare for their first opponent, Tennessee.
This is a great article with a lot of quotes from players regarding the summer workouts. In general, players were very positive saying that this team was way ahead of the point they were at last year in large part because the team isn’t learning a whole new system and most players are already familiar with Josh Pastner. Josh Okogie mentioned the big difference it is when older players can answer questions instead of just Pastner. One more tidbit, according to Pastner, Sylvester Ogbonda is the most improved player. That would be huge if we could get a true backup center this season.
Last season Georgia Tech had serious trouble on the pass rush and improving that is key, especially with the graduation of several key defensive lineman from last season. This season, the team looks to fourth year starter Keshun Freeman to lead a new and improved pass rush. Is he up to the challenge?