We caught up to preview the entire ACC with Georgia Tech legend (and now ESPN sideline reporter) Roddy Jones. He gave us one of the best Paul Johnson stories I've ever heard, a look at how the dismissal of Dedrick Mills affects Georgia Tech's standing in the Coastal Division, his picks for who will represent the conference in Charlotte, and much more!
Former All-ACC center (and current color commentator for Georgia Tech radio broadcasts) Sean Bedford joined us with a lot of awesome insights as we preview the Yellow Jackets' 2017 campaign. The Jackets bring back a ton from the 2016 team that finished 9-4, but has some key pieces to replace -- namely at quarterback after the graduation of Justin Thomas. Can Paul Johnson and his staff keep the momentum going after a strong finish?
According to KQ. I would've rather had UA or Nike.
In a post-practice press conference last night, Paul Johnson addressed the media, talking primarily about the dismissal of Dedrick Mills that was announced earlier that day. The biggest things that he mentioned were holding onto his guns in terms of team rules and a quick look at replacing him (which I'll be taking a more in depth look at later).
Going into his sophomore year, B-back Dedrick Mills will be looking to improve upon an immensely successful freshman season, where he led the Yellow Jackets with 771 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. Clearly, people are starting to notice as Mills was one of 85 names selected for the Maxwell Award Watch List, which goes to the best player in college football. Semifinalists will be announced October 30 and the three finalists will be announced November 20. The winner will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 7.
Four-star defensive back Quindarious Monday named Georgia Tech one of seven finalists for his services over the weekend, releasing his list via Twitter on Saturday morning. Tech will vie with the likes of Clemson, Florida State, Auburn, UGA, Tennessee, and Florida for Monday's commitment. A top player in the state of Georgia, Monday is a member of the 2018 recruiting class out of Carver High School in Atlanta.
The Yellow Jackets finished the 2016 season really well, winning 6 of their last 7 games. Going into 2017, they bring back almost everybody...but can they replace Justin Thomas?
Tech had two representatives make the team.
Open records requests reveal that President Peterson ensured The Institute and GTAA stepped up and paid up for Todd Stansbury. Is it evidence of a new athletic investment ethos from The Hill?
For those wondering about the public temperature is on Tech's decision to go with the gold tops and color-v-color against UK in the Taxslayer Bowl, here's a longform article from Uni-Watch on all the bowl uniform choices. Key quote: "Love, love, love how the bowl forever known as the Gator Bowl went color vs color. Really loved Tech going white/gold/white, picking a great time to break out the rarely used gold tops. UK seemed to compliment that very well with their blue/blue/white set, making it a damn good looking game in Jacksonville." Before you say this blog is small time, understand they are now affiliated with ESPN. The staff opinions get a certain amount of airplay and are a decent representation of public opinion (if not necessarily those of recruits.) Looks like Tech did a good thing in the court of public opinion (it also reveals that Uni-Watch writers prefer our throwback look as much as we do!)