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Technical Tidbits 8/2: Lots of News from Georgia Tech Preseason Camp

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In non-surprising news: Basketball loses out on another recruit.

NCAA Football: Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech Lee Luther Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

This article takes a rather pessimistic view about Tech’s chances against Clemson on August 29. I mean it’s nothing new, as many Tech fans and pundits are taking that view besides the players and coaching staff. The good thing about Tech starting off against Clemson is that the game is over with early in the season. The article in the WAPO also discusses the new culture under Geoff Collins and the way he responded to Brandon Adams’ death. By the way WAPO, it’s Jordan Yates, not Tyler Yates.

It’s been said many times, Georgia Tech is undergoing a major offensive transition this season, and Dave Patenaude will be the man putting together the change. It will be very interesting to see what he creates for the first game against Clemson, and for the rest of the season. I would definitely expect a lot of option-type plays for the next couple of seasons, and a lot of designed QB runs. If anything, Patenaude has been shown to adapt to the personnel he’s had at Coastal Carolina and Temple, so let’s hope he keeps that good pattern up here.

James Graham came into Tech as a pretty highly touted recruit who was initially committed to Virginia Tech as a wide receiver, but flipped to come The Flats to play quarterback. He only played in three games this past season as a true freshman, recording five carries for 27 yards and completing one pass for 22 yards. Prior to the Quick Lane Bowl, it was announced that Graham was academically ineligible, and according to the AJC, had a significant amount of credits to make up. 14 to be exact. However, he apparently has gotten it together and looks to be traveling with the team to play Clemson on August 29. Let’s hope so, as he will be a big help this season.

Fan day is always a great way to get out and meet the players and coaching staff. This season it should be especially fun as it’s the first fan day for Collins & co. There’s also an open practice, which will provide fans their first true insight into the program since the Spring Game, and will get Jacket fans more chances to look at something called a tight end. I’ll believe that they’re a thing when I see one catch a pass during an actual Tech game.

Volleyball often gets lost in the shadow of football, especially considering that they both start around the same time. This article is one of many that does a great job detailing Tech student-athletes’ internships. As a golf fan, this one was an especially neat one to read, as GolfNow is something I hear a lot about. Sam Knapp clearly did a great job for the company and is setting, (do you get the volleyball reference?), herself up for a successful career after she graduates.

Josh Pastner needs to get a big recruiting class after swinging and missing last year. Let’s just say that recruiting for 2020 is not “big” yet. The Jackets didn’t even make the top-five for 3-star center Eddie Lampkin. Western Kentucky made the top-five but Tech didn’t. Let that set in, Western [Queen] Kentucky. I’m about sick and tired of the constant scandal that has come with Josh Pastner and the constant disappointments in recruiting. This is setting up to be a make or break year for his job status, and he needs to deliver.

Question of the Day: How do you feel about WKU making a recruit’s top-five over Tech?