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Georgia Tech Football: 2015 Spring Practice Week 3 Wrap-Up

As the Yellow Jackets approach their final week of spring practice, let's see how Spring Game preparations are going.

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Practice #9 (Monday, April 6)

Format: Full pads, 23 periods

Highlights of the Day

Safety Demond Smith delivered a huge hit on as a back ran right and tried to turn the corner in 11-on-11 drills. Later in the same drill, Justin Thomas connected with Dennis Andrews deep down the middle for a long touchdown

Quote of the Day

"A lot more is expected of me this year. Any time I get a snap this year, a lot of production should be expected. Big plays should be produced."

–- Senior Quarterback Tim Byerly

Post-Practice Interviews

Head Coach Paul Johnson

Quarterback Tim Byerly

Practice #10 (Wednesday, April 8)

Format: Full pads, 23 periods

Highlights of the Day

A-back JJ Green made a nice over-the-shoulder catch down the right sideline in 7-on-7 drills. The 11-on-11 drills featured a number of big hits by both offense and defense, making it one of the more intense sessions of the spring.

Quote of the Day

"Some days it's good, some days it's not. We'll know when we start playing in the fall, but it's something I've really tried to emphasize."

-- Coach Paul Johnson, on the team's third down defense

Post-Practice Interviews

Head Coach Paul Johnson

Defensive End KeShun Freeman

Practice #11 (Friday, April 10)

Format: 20 periods, helmets and shoulder pads

Highlight of the Day

Tim Byerly hit Austin McClellan deep over the middle in tight coverage for a touchdown in 7-on-7 drills.

There was no media availability following practice.

Practice #12 - Scrimmage (Saturday, April 11)

Format: Full pads

Highlights of the Day

Redshirt freshman A-Back Clinton Lynch took a pitch and raced 47 yards for a touchdown down the right sideline. Junior Kicker Harrison Butker was perfect on three field goal attempts, including one from 48 yards.

Quotes of the Day

"If we call a pass right now, we might as well be ready to punt or kick it, because we're not going to be successful."

-- Coach Paul Johnson, on his quarterbacks, A-Backs, and wide receivers in the passing game

"We moved the ball (today) better than we have been in scrimmages. We just didn't finish well. That's the main we have to work on now, just finishing drives."

–- Quarterback Justin Thomas

Post-Practice Interviews

Head Coach Paul Johnson

Quarterback Justin Thomas

News & Notes

  • All 3 centers have been dealing with injury issues for the entirety of spring practice. Returning starter Freddie Burden has played some at offensive guard, unable to snap the ball due to a cast on his hand. Andrew Marshall has been out for all 3 weeks recovering from surgery. Nick Brigham has been intermittently out at times as well. In their absence, walk-on players have served as center, including Niko Anderson and Michael Muns.
  • OL Shamire Devine took his first contact reps this spring on Wednesday.
  • OL Bryan Chamberlain has also been dealing with an injury of his own.
  • BB Quaide Weimerskirch had surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his foot. The coaches are hopeful that he'll be ready for fall practice.As the Yellow Jackets approach their final week of spring practice, let's see how Spring Game preparations are going.
  • OL Trey Klock has been starting at left tackle in the absence of Chris Griffin.
  • DE KeShun Freeman is up to around 245lbs and says he plans on playing at that weight this fall.
  • Coach Johnson spoke highly of DT Adam Gotsis and DT Jabari Hunt-Days, calling them "unblockable" right now.
  • Former LB Marcus Allen has moved to B-Back to add some depth after Quaide Weimerskirch's injury. Justin Thomas said Allen has been running the ball well, considering he's only worked there for three days.

Up Next

Georgia Tech will practice on Monday and Wednesday before hosting the "Friday Night on the Flats" spring football game this Friday night, with kickoff at 7pm.