Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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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

Georgia Tech redshirt senior Jamal Golden "has proved to be a terrific athlete on special teams and he's put those traits to use as a rising star at safety," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The analyst ranks Golden as the No. 19 safety in the country. "His development was put on hold thanks to a shoulder injury that limited him to three games in 2013, but he returned last season to post 61 tackles, four interceptions, four tackles for loss and three forced fumbles," Brown wrote. In 2012, the dynamic Golden returned two kicks for touchdowns and averaged 14.6 yards per punt return. The 6-foot, 193-pound Golden is far more valuable on defense.
Jun 28 - 10:41 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein notes that Georgia Tech junior QB Justin Thomas "lacks prototypical size and passing talent but he has a huge heart and the playmaking ability to ring up touchdowns on the ground and in the air."

"Few will be as fun to watch on Saturdays this season," Zierlein wrote. We second that notion. Though Thomas isn't likely to play quarterback in the NFL, he is a favorite of this section for his mastery of the triple-option offense and joystick agility in close spaces. Thomas (5-foot-11, 189 pounds) had 190 carries for 1,086 yards last season. If he improves his mediocre completion percentage (51.3) and Georgia Tech contends for the conference title, Thomas could enter the Heisman race as a sort of new-age Eric Crouch.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 22 - 11:05 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Georgia Tech redshirt senior Jabari Hunt-Days "has the physical makeup to be a disruptive force."

"The Georgia Tech coaches have been impressed with his move inside, a position that better fits his skill set, according to defensive coordinator Ted Roof. Hunt-Days has the physical makeup to be a disruptive force, but also the instincts and quick-thinking approach to the game that will serve him well moving forward," Brugler wrote. As a sophomore, Hunt-Days recorded 45 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks, with one interception and one forced fumble. Unfortunately, the 6-foot-3, 261-pound Hunt-Days was unable to play last season, because he did not meet NCAA eligibility requirements. However, he should be eligible to play if all goes well with summer school. Brugler adds that Hunt-Days "added 35 pounds over the last year and is making the transition to defensive tackle."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 11 - 3:32 PM

Georgia Tech redshirt senior Jamal Golden "has terrific play recognition off the ball with the read/react skills to diagnose," observes CBS Sports'Dane Brugler.

"He is an adequate size/speed specimen for the position, but he will have trouble when asked to man up with tight ends and bigger targets, struggling to gain body position and find the ball. However, Golden has terrific play recognition off the ball with the read/react skills to diagnose, bait and close with burst to make a play at the catch point," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot, 193-pound Golden suffered a shoulder injury three games into the 2013 season and was forced to miss the rest of the year. In 2014, Golden returned, recording 61 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and seven passes defended, and tied for a team-lead four interceptions. Golden is also the Yellow Jackets' primary kick returner and punt returner. In 2012, Golden ranked in the top 10 nationally in both kickoff returns and punt returns.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 11 - 2:47 PM

Georgia Tech junior DL Adam Gotsis'"hustle and smarts allow him to be active and a headache for offenses," according to CBS Sports Dane Brugler.

The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Australian recorded 36 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks, with two blocked kicks on his resume in 2014. Gotsis has made an impact on the Yellow Jackets defense since his arrival as a freshman, and is headed for his third year as a starter. The Georgia Tech prospect has developed into one of the ACC's top pass rushers.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 11 - 2:08 PM

NFL Media ranks Georgia Tech junior QB Justin Thomas as the ninth-most versatile player in the nation.

"The triple-option quarterback who gave Florida State's defense fits last year in the ACC title game is back to confound defenders once again," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. Thomas, one of the most gifted running quarterbacks you'll ever see, had 190 carries for 1,086 yards last season. This year, bumping up that mediocre completion percentage (51.3) could put him in line for postseason awards.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 9 - 8:24 PM

USC redshirt freshman DB Lamont Simmons could be targeting Georgia Tech as a transfer destination.

"Georgia Tech is the main school of interest for Simmons with Rutgers and North Carolina rumored as other potential destinations," beat writer Ryan Abraham reports. Simmons was not a part of USC's summer conditioning program.
Source: Scout
Jun 7 - 11:09 AM

USC redshirt freshman Lamont Simmons "has initiated the process of transferring to another program before the 2015 season," according to Scout.com's Ryan Abraham.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Simmons was the No.43 cornerback coming out of high school, but was unable to land a role in USC's secondary and redshirted his freshman season. Moving forward, the USC prospect still has to meet with USC officials to go over the transfer and his options.
Source: Scout.com
Jun 4 - 4:02 PM

Georgia Tech dismissed redshirt junior RB Dennis Andrews from the football program.

Andrews ran for 106 yards on 16 carries last season. This year, he was expected to see playing time behind primary A-back Broderick Snoddy, who is still on the mend from a broken leg suffered last season. Now, it appears that Snoddy will split time with walk-on Isiah Willis. Redshirt freshmen Clinton Lynch and Qua Searcy are slated to back them up.
Jun 2 - 9:11 PM

Georgia Tech junior QB Justin Thomas is "the most capable passer [HC Paul] Johnson has had as Yellow Jackets coach," writes ESPN's Jared Sanker.

Johnson, a wizard with the ball in his hands, posted 1,086 rushing yards last season as a sophomore in the triple-option scheme. But don't forget about his passing ability: Thomas boasted an 18/6 TD/INT rate and averaged 9.2 yards per attempt. "The Yellow Jackets are among the favorites to win the ACC in 2015 in large part because of Thomas, as the Jackets are rebuilding at the other offensive skill positions," Sanker wrote. Thomas, 5-foot-11, 189 pounds, very likely won't be an NFL quarterback, but he should be able to carve out a niche in the pros due to his tremendous running ability.
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 9:13 PM


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