Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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Stanford graduate transfer Patrick Skov was named Georgia Tech's starting B-back.

We all remember linebacker Shayne Skov at Stanford, and Patrick is his younger brother. The B-back is the battering ram of the run-based option offense, so expect to see plenty of runs from quarterback Justin Thomas.
Aug 31 - 11:25 AM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Georgia Tech graduate FB Patrick Skov "may be making his move on the starting job."

Skov is a graduate transfer from Stanford, so he's competing for playing time while learning a drastically new system. "I thought Patrick played well," coach Paul Johnson said after Saturday's practice. "That’s his best performance to date, I think." Skov is competing with incoming freshmen Marcus Marshall and Mikell Lands-Davis and junior Marcus Allen for the "B-back" job in the Jackets' option offense. "Marcus (Marshall) did O.K.," Johnson said. "I mean, he didn’t do bad. But it was good to see Patrick be physical and finish runs forward."
Aug 15 - 7:02 PM

Georgia Tech redshirt senior DT Jabari Hunt-Days has been "a wrecking ball" during preseason camp, according to Chase Goodbread of NFL Media.

Hunt-Days missed last season due to academic issues and gained weight to play inside after previously lining up on the edge. Tony Pauline and Dane Brugler have previously talked up Hunt-Days. He now reportedly weighs closer to 300 lbs instead of his listed weight of 261 lbs.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 12 - 11:12 AM

Georgia Tech redshirt senior Jamal Golden is a playmaker who will excel on special teams, believes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"Displaying special-teams acumen with that sort of playmaking ability again this year should earn him high marks from scouts," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot, 193-pound Golden had four interceptions and three forced fumbles last year. He's also one of the country's most skilled returners.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 11 - 12:08 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter postulates that NFL teams "looking for agility and intelligence over pure brawn will value [Georgia Tech senior G Trey Braun] in the middle of the draft."

"Braun has fit in well in Paul Johnson's offensive scheme over the past season and a half, showing mobility and excellent technique to fire off the ball low and hard from the left guard spot," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-5, 294-pounder started all 14 games at left guard last season for an underrated Yellow Jacket offensive line which paved the way for the best rushing offense in the nation.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 9 - 3:45 PM

Georgia Tech senior OL Bryan Chamberlain's "movement skills and technique give him a chance to be solid pass protector as well as a run blocker in the NFL," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"The honorable mention All-ACC pick by league media last season was a big part of Tech's success in the run game (led the NCAA with 342 yards a game)," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Chamberlain could play left tackle or left guard for the Yellow Jackets this fall.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 9 - 1:24 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that "a number of teams" think Georgia Tech senior CB D.J. White is the best senior corner in the nation.

"Several scouts grade White as a middle round pick but there a number of teams that have stamped him as the top senior at the position," Pauline wrote. "Though I like his upside White struggles making plays with his back to the ball, which is always a red-flag for me." Himself, Pauline stamps White as a preseason 4th-to-5th round prospect. The 5-foot-11, 188-pounder was an honorable mention All-ACC pick last year.
Aug 7 - 4:30 PM

Georgia Tech senior CB D.J. White "could possibly land ... a mid-round draft spot next spring," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"White made one of the more impressive plays of the 2014 season when he used his speed to chase down Pitt's star running back, James Conner, on a 74-yard run to knock the ball out just before they reached the end zone," Reuter wrote. "That sort of hustle combined with his ability to make plays in coverage turned White into a honorable mention All-ACC selection as a junior." The 5-foot-11, 188-pounder had four interceptions and eight pass breakups last year.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 7 - 3:30 PM

Georgia Tech redshirt senior Jabari Hunt-Days is a prospect "really flying under the radar screen," TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes.

"Keep and eye on Jabari Hunt-Days, who missed last season with injury. I’m told he’s looked terrific as a pass rusher in the early going," Pauline writes. The Georgia Tech prospect failed to meet NCAA eligibility requirements, and was forced to sit out last season. In 2013, Hunt-Days recorded 45 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks, with one interception and one forced fumble as a sophomore.
Aug 6 - 2:42 PM

Per NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, Georgia Tech junior DL Adam Gotsis "possesses the quickness and motor to succeed as an NFL five-technique."

The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Australian has played far more Australian rules football than American pigskin, but boy has he taken quickly to our favorite sport. "[Gotis] is still raw, and plays out of position as an interior lineman for Tech's defense considering his lack of bulk," Reuter wrote. "He'll continue to learn the game while filling out his frame in a professional strength and conditioning program." Gotsis recorded 36 tackles, 6.5 TFL, three sacks and two blocked kicks last year and was a consensus second-team All-ACC pick.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 3 - 4:54 PM

The media picked Georgia Tech to win the ACC's Coastal Division.

"I hope they finally got it right for once," Yellow Jackets HC Paul Johnson cracked. Georgia Tech has never been picked by the media to win the division, but has anyway four times since Johnson's hiring in 2008.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 10:10 PM

Former USC redshirt freshman DB Lamont Simmons transferred to Georgia Tech.

The former three-star recruit redshirted last season and now must sit out the 2015 season. Starting next year, he will have three years of eligibility left. Simmons was buried on the depth chart at USC.
Jul 16 - 5:59 PM

Georgia Tech junior DL Adam Gotsis "still has plenty of room to grow as he refines his game," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Australia native remains raw, though the talent is obvious. Prior to moving to America, his on-field experience came primarily from playing Australian Rules Football. "Gotsis emerged as an impact player with 14 ½ tackles for loss in 2013, then became the focal point of opposing offenses as a junior last year," Brown wrote. "The attention resulted in diminished stat-sheet production with 36 tackles and 6 ½ tackles for loss, but that doesn't mean he didn't make a significant impact." The scribe ranks Gotsis as the No. 13 defensive tackle in the country.
Jul 12 - 7:32 PM

Georgia Tech junior DL Adam Gotsis "has the build and the skill set to be a 3-4 defensive end in the pros, but he plays in both odd and even fronts for Georgia Tech," according to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Gotsis plays with great coordination between his hands and feet and is able to free himself from blocks to get the win," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Australian recorded 36 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 3.0 sacks and two blocked kicks last year. He needs plenty of fine tuning, but we like the flashes we've seen on the field.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 10 - 5:41 PM

Last year, Georgia Tech junior QB Justin Thomas "developed into a star as a perfect fit for Paul Johnson's option attack," wrote Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Thomas (5-foot-11, 189 pounds) had 190 carries for 1,086 yards last season and threw for 1,719 yards with a 18/6 TD/INT rate. "As always, the passing game revolved around downfield throws to complement the option game, which is why he averaged 9.2 yards per attempt with a 51.3 percent completion rate," Brown wrote. "Thomas also played some of his best football against quality defenses, with over 100 rushing yards vs. Virginia Tech, Florida State and Mississippi State in the Orange Bowl." The expert grades Thomas as the No. 11 quarterback in the NCAA.
Jul 7 - 4:41 PM


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