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Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets guard Omoregie Uzzi has been out of action since the teams Sun Bowl appearance and also sat out spring practice due to various injuries. On Thursday, Uzzi announced that he is back and will be ready to play this season, and during his time off Uzzi has dropped down to 307 pounds and is looking good.
Uzzi was also named to the 2012 Outland Trophy watch list that is handed out to the nation's best interior lineman:
"I really appreciate the attention and support that people give me for [awards]," he said, "but I'm a guy that tries to take things step by step, little by little, one drill at a time, one play at a time, one series at a time and hopefully that'll turn into winning games, championships, all the things that we all want to get."
Georgia Tech's Dan Radakovich denies being targeted for the Texas A&M job.
Georgia Tech's incoming recruiting class is scheduled to report to campus on Wednesday to begin becoming acclimated to college life and to start preparing for the upcoming season. Players will be moving into their dorms and getting fitted for equipment while also preparing to start school. Summer-session classes are scheduled to begin on Monday.
All of the Yellow Jackets 2011 recruiting class are expected to report besides running back Dennis Andrews who enrolled in January and defensive lineman Adam Gotsis who is coming from Australia. Tech anticipates Gotsis being cleared and arriving later this summer.
Once the freshman arrive they will be allowed to participate in the offseason strength and conditioning program as well as seven on seven passing sessions.
Georgia Tech football coach Paul Johnson expects to have his entire 2012 recruiting class on campus by the time fall practice starts and doesn't anticipate having any academic issues.
The Yellow Jackets signed 17 players last February with Dennis Andrews enrolling early. Johnson expects 15 members of the class to be on campus by the time summer school starts on June 20. The lone exception being defensive tackle Adam Gotsis who is in Australia and is still being processed by the school.
"Yes, I think everybody is good to go with admissions," Johnson told the AJC. "We may have an issue with [Gotsis] because of all the paperwork with him being an international student. Georgia Tech normally doesn't allow foreign students to come in early. They usually come in when school starts, so we're working on that. [Gotsis] will be here when camp starts for sure. He just may not be here in summer school."
Looking to avoid the sweltering late summer heat Georgia Tech requested some night games for the early portion of its 2012 season. The ACC granted the request by setting the first three games of the Yellow Jackets' season for at least 3:30 p.m. starts.
The Yellow Jackets will open the season on Monday, September 3 in Blacksburg against Virginia Tech in a nationally televised matchup on ESPN. Tech will open the home portion of its schedule five days later against Presbyterian which is now scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.
The only game in September that kickoff hasn't been announced as of yet is the September 22 matchup with Miami.
Here is a look at the early portion of the Yellow Jackets' schedule:
Monday, September 3 - At Virginia Tech - 8 p.m. ESPN
Saturday, September 8 - Presbyterian - 7 p.m. ESPN3
Saturday, September 15 - Virginia - 3:30 p.m. ESPNU
Saturday, September 22 - Miami - TBA
Saturday, September 29 - Middle Tennessee State - 7 p.m.
Former Auburn offensive lineman and Pope High product Thomas O'Reilly transferred to Georgia Tech and officially enrolled on Wednesday. O'Reilly picked the Tigers over the Yellow Jackets originally but cited "playing opportunities and scheme changes" as his reasons for deciding to transfer.
O'Reilly will sit out the 2012 season and then have three years of eligibility remaining. At 6-foot-3, 325 pounds, he will fit nicely into Tech's picture on the offensive line starting next season. He is a former AJC Super 11 selection and the first to enroll at Tech since 2009.
O'Reilly's transfer continues a wave of good news for the football program who landed a commitment from 4-star offensive lineman Shamire Devine on Wednesday. Devine is regarded by many as the top offensive lineman in the state.
Things could be picking up for the Yellow Jackets on the recruiting front after they landed a commitment on Wednesday from Tri-Cities High School product Shamire Devine who is regarded by many as the State's No. 1 prospect at offensive line. Devine is a 4-star recruit and is ranked as the No. 19 offensive line prospect in the country.
Devine cited academic opportunities as Tech as the deciding factor in his decision. He wants to pursue a degree in Computer Engineering and Programming.
"Florida State was ranked in the top 10 in computers, while Georgia Tech was in the top three. So I chose the school with the best academics. I don't really care about the football part. I just want the best degree I can get, as far as the field I want to study. That's Georgia Tech."
Devine will reportedly still take two more official visits to other schools which could make Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson cringe. He plans to visit Kentucky and Florida State but says he is 100 percent committed to the Yellow Jackets. Johnson in the past has frowned on committed prospects continuing to visit other schools so stay tuned on that front.
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Dublin Ohio's Donovon Wilson became Georgia Tech's second football commitment for its class of 2013 on Tuesday. Wilson is a 3-star running back and also had offers from Purdue, Boston College and Ohio.
Wilson had taken an unofficial visit to Tech earlier this month and was waiting for a scholarship offer. That offer finally came on Tuesday and it took Wilson a mere three hours to pledge his commitment.
"This was the offer I had been waiting on, I went through my practices, thought about it hard, talked to my parents, and made the decision to commit."
Both of Georgia Tech's commitments for the 2013 season are running backs with Wilson joining Lovejoy High's Travis Custus. Those worrying that the Yellow Jackets are way behind in recruiting this offseason should recognize that they are only expected to sign about 15 recruits this season due to roster limitations.
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The conference becomes the latest to cash in on the growing popularity of sports broadcast rights on TV.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets continue to train and prepare for their 2012 football season. It now appears as though they may have an unexpected addition to their team by the time fall rolls around.
According to Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Auburn Tigers offensive lineman Thomas O'Reilly has decided he will transfer away from the school this year. One of his potential destinations is Georgia Tech. O'Reilly attended Pope High School and would likely play offensive guard if he were to become a Yellow Jacket.
O'Reilly was injured during his freshman season and was unable to play in the 2011 season. Per NCAA rules, O'Reilly will be ineligible to play in the 2012 season no matter what school he decides to transfer to. He would have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2013.
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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are going to have a really impressive running game with their combination of a sound offensive line and defensive backs Orwin Smith and David Sims running behind them. But will that be enough to put them in the top 25?
The National Football Post thinks so. It does pose the question, however, of how the Yellow Jackets will replace wide receiver Stephen Hill who left for the NFL this season. After Hill, Georgia Tech's next productive receiver was Smith, who caught the ball out of the backfield as a running back, meaning the Yellow Jackets effectively had no second option or No. 2 receiver at all.
This from the Post, ranking Georgia Tech at No. 20:
The Yellow Jackets will be dominant offensively once again next year with quarterback Tevin Washington and backs Orwin Smith and David Sims working behind an intact offensive line. But who will replace big-play receiver Stephen Hill? Al Groh's defense must continue to make strides.
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Tyler Kidney has been disciplined by head football coach Paul Johnson for his involvement in a fight at a tech fraternity house. Kidney is to complete 25 hours of community service, complete extra conditioning work and write letters of apology to the students involved said Johnson in his statement.
"I am extremely disappointed in Tyler Kidney's actions on the night of April 13 and have spoken to him about the consequences of his poor decision-making," Johnson said in the statement. "This is an unfortunate incident and is not reflective of Tyler's attitude and actions during the time he has been in our program."
Kidney is listed as a 6-foot-2, 262 pound offensive lineman who walked on to the Tech football team and earned a scholarship last fall. He started six games last season and is in competition for a starting job this season.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets put an exclamation mark on spring practice Friday night bringing things to a close with its annual spring game. The White team exploded in the second half to win 31-7.
The first-half was uneventful with the White team taking a 3-0 lead into the break on a David Scully field goal. Safety Corey Dennis started the scoring in the second-half by scooping up a fumble and returning it for a touchdown. From there the offense got in gear with each of the Yellow Jackets' three quarterbacks playing a role.
Tevin Washington led the White team to a 17-0 lead with a one yard touchdown run. Redshirt freshman Vlad Lee led the White team on its next drive mostly with his arm. Lee hit Deon Hill with a 47-yard pass to put the White team in business again. Later in the drive Lee hit Tony Zenon across the middle for a touchdown and a 24-0 lead for the White team.
Synjyn Days was questionable to play but ended up leading both teams in rushing with 79 yards on 15 carries. Davis scored the only touchdown for the Gold Team on a quarterback keeper to make the score 24-7. The White team answered back with another touchdown pass from Vlad Lee this time to senior Chris Jackson to make the score 31-7.
Washington rushed for 67 yards and threw for 46 more. Lee completed 9 of 17 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns in the game. Days was 5 of 15 passing for 71 yards and had that team-high 79 yards rushing.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will wrap up spring practice on Friday night with their annual spring football game.
Georgia Tech backup quarterback Synjyn Days was slated to receive the bulk of the snaps during Georgia Tech's spring football game Friday evening, but could miss the entire game with a wrist injury suffered in Wednesday's practice, according to the AJC.
That doesn't leave the Jackets wanting in the QB department, though - If Days misses the game, Tevin Washington, Vad Lee, early enrolee Dennis Andrews and walk-on transfer Tim Byerly could all see additional time. Days saw limited action as a redshirt freshman in 2011, rushing for 100 yards and scoring two touchdowns, but is expected to push Washington for the starting job come fall.
Guard Shaquille Mason could also miss the spring game (undisclosed injury), dropping the available number of linemen to ten total for both squads.
Imagine this: a Georgia Tech offense coached by Paul Johnson in which a quarterback takes a snap from several yards behind his center, as in from the shotgun formation. Sounds crazy, right?
Perhaps not as much as you would think.
The entire Georgia Tech offense is working to diversify its look this offseason, and that includes the exploration of, yes, shotgun snaps.
Johnson admitted as such, saying, "We've been working on it all spring. It's something we put a lot of it in for the bowl game. We just didn't do it."
The Yellow Jackets have been amongst the nation's top running teams since Johnson assumed the role as head coach, although the implementation of shotgun sets could help maximize the talent at receiver the program has been able to produce despite its ground game focus.
Georgia Tech finished 8-5 in 2011.
Custis is a local product who stars at Hampton (Ga.) Lovejoy high school, the alma mater of former Yellow Jackets running back Tashard Choice - now of the Buffalo Bills.
He'll line up as the B-Back in Johnson's flex bone offense, and Bud Elliott of SB Nation compares his running style to Jamaal Anderson - the former Atlanta Falcon who played collegiately at Utah.
The first Georgia Tech recruit for the class of 2013, Custis claims to have also had offers from Boston College, Michigan State, Miami, Mississippi State and South Florida, while receiving additional interest from Clemson, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.
As a junior, Custis posted season total of 1,870 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Georgia Tech's defensive unit may be without one of its most counted on contributors as it appears that a neck injury could end the career of Yellow Jackets' linebacker Julian Burnett. Head coach Paul Johnson confirmed the news following Tech's opening spring practice.
"He's a heck of a competitor and a good football player, but there's bigger things in life than football," Johnson said. "You've got to be safe."
Burnett suffered the injury against Utah in the Sun Bowl at the end of the 2011 season. Johnson also indicated that Burnett would be placed on a medical scholarship which means he will be ineligible to play in the upcoming season. He is expected to remain with the team and be involved in some capacity.
Burnett led the Yellow Jackets in tackles during the 2011 season and was a second-team All-ACC selection.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets opened spring practice on Monday and already may have lost one of their key defensive players for the upcoming season. WSB's Zach Klein reports that Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson said after the first practice that linebacker Julian Burnett would probably miss the entire upcoming season due to an undisclosed injury.
After 1st spring practice #tech hc Paul Johnson said LB Julian Burnett is "probably not going to play" this season. Medical/injury— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) March 26, 2012
As a junior, Burnett had 120 total tackles while playing in all 13 games for Georgia Tech. He is expected to be one of the leaders of the defense as a senior in 2012. Burnett had 10 total tackles in Tech's loss to Georgia and had seven more in the Sun Bowl against Utah.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets begin spring football practices on Monday, with their spring game scheduled for April 20. That's a Friday, making Tech one of only about a dozen teams to conclude spring action on a day besides Saturday. Friday night in Atlanta, y'all.
The biggest story this spring centers on whether Vad Lee (or Synjyn Days) can unseat Tevin Washington as starting quarterback. While Washington feasted on lesser competition last year, he seemed to take quite a beating as the year went on, and his arm all but vanished. Days' numbers in mop-up duty were superior to Washington's last year, while Tech fans have been excited about Lee for years now.
Does Tech have another receiver like Stephen Hill, who was capable of capturing even the ugliest passes (and, well, dropping some pretty ones)? It's quite literally impossible to even guess, since Tech returns zero receivers with any catches from last year. The four returning players with catches are all running backs. At least Orwin Smith is pretty good at football in general.
On defense, Al Groh still needs to find a true nose tackle. If T.J. Barnes can finally assume the role, then life would be easier for Tech's solid crew of linebackers led by Julian Burnett and Jeremiah Attaochu. The secondary, like the offensive line, should also finally enjoy a little depth, as four of last year's top five defensive backs return, including Rod Sweeting and Isaiah Johnson.
Paul Johnson has never been accused of refusing to think outside of the box, and he did it again Thursday, as Georgia Tech hired Dave Walkowsky, whose last job was a defensive coordinator for the CFL's Calgary Stampede, to be their new special teams coach.
While the CFL has a very distinct set of rules, particularly on special teams, Walkowsky shouldn't have too hard a time adjusting, as he has spent most of his 20-year coaching career south of the border.
A walk-on who became a starting safety at Toledo, he's spent most of his career in the collegiate ranks, coaching every unit on the defensive side of the ball as well as special teams in stops at Washington State, Toledo, Tennessee-Martin, Waynesburg College and Memphis.
He was the head coach at Tiffin University, a Division II school in Ohio, for three seasons before joining the Stampeders' staff last season.
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After an almost interminable series of delays that resulted from the latest batch of conference re-alignment, the ACC finally released its 2012 football schedule Monday.
Once Georgia Tech's game against Virginia Tech was moved up to Labor Day for TV purposes, the Yellow Jackets held up the schedule's release so they wouldn't have to face Middle Tennessee State in a non-conference game the week after.
Instead, they moved the MTSU game to Sep. 29 while playing a home game against Presbyterian College, an FCS team from South Carolina, on Sep. 9.
The curse of the even year strikes again for the Yellow Jackets, as they are playing Virginia Tech, Clemson, and Georgia on the road.
Their most intriguing home date could be their Oct. 27 non-conference game against BYU. The Cougars, despite becoming an independent after leaving the Mountain West in 2010, have been one of the most consistent non-AQ programs in college football under Bronco Mendenhall.
ACC football fans in the Atlanta area will be treated to two ACC/SEC clashes to open the season in the Georgia Dome, with NC State playing Tennessee on August 31 and Clemson facing Auburn on Sep. 1 as part of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff.
The ACC might possibly release its 2012 football schedule this week, as early as Monday. No, seriously you guys, they absolutely mean it (kind of) this time.
Georgia Tech's associate athletic director Wayne Hogan confirmed to the AJC that the Jackets had finished off their schedule by finding an opponent for the Sept. 8 date, but he ain't telling who. Tech was involved in one of two delays that's kept the ACC schedule at a Guns & Roses studio effort's pace this winter.
First, West Virginia backed out of a game with Florida State on Sept. 8 to join the Big 12, and then Georgia Tech's game against Virginia Tech was moved to Labor Day to accommodate TV requests, throwing a monkey wrench in their previous plans to play Middle Tennessee State the following week. GT preferred to play a FCS opponent on the short turnaround.
As of now, the Labor Day game at Virginia Tech is public, as is Tech's home game against BYU on October 27. The rest is a mystery, but maybe for not too much longer...
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If the 2012 ACC football schedule isn't released soon, it's going to have more release dates than Dr. Dre's "Detox" album, which has been "on the way" since 2002. According to the AJC, the latest hold-up comes from Georgia Tech, who need to delay the schedule at least one more week in order to figure out their non-conference opponents. Tomahawk Nation also reports that the schedule won't be released until next week.
If the Yellow Jackets play Virginia Tech on Labor Day, they don't want to face a non-conference opponent who can take advantage of the short week following a Monday night game.
The list of acceptable opponents apparently does not include Middle Tennessee State, the Sun Belt team Georgia Tech initially scheduled, and who are coming off a 2-10 season in 2011.
It's been reported that the Yellow Jackets are trying to either move the MTSU game or schedule a second non-conference game against an FCS team in its place.
To be fair, it's understandable why Paul Johnson wants to ensure a second guaranteed win out-of-conference given that his team is facing both Georgia and BYU in 2012.
Still waiting on your favorite ACC team's 2012 football slate to be revealed? Blame Big Eas... er, Big 12 member West Virginia, who could still face a lawsuit after bailing on Florida State for a non-conference series scheduled to begin in September.
The league is either being super nice to the Seminoles, or just a little gun shy in not revealing its 2012 schedule with a simple "TBD" included for the non-conference game on FSU's schedule (similar "in-progress" reveals have been done this offseason for new SEC members Texas A&M and Missouri, as well as the "new" Big 12).
The likeliest situation for FSU is that they'll plug in an opponent from what's left of the 2012 Big East, which will feature only seven teams (and WHAT an Orange Bowl it's gonna be!). Those schools are scrambling to replace the Mountaineers among others, and would likely take a high-profile series with the 'Noles. Louisville played a one-and-one FSU in recent years.
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In a press release Thursday, the ACC indicated they understood fan's frustrations with the delay in the release of the 2012 football schedule, but things beyond their control, i.e. conference realignment, have made finalizing the schedule difficult:
We at the Atlantic Coast Conference realize that there's tremendous anticipation for the release of the 2012 ACC Football schedule. The conference office and member institutions are equally in anticipation and are taking steps to expedite finding appropriate solutions. As has been documented, there are a number of unusual circumstances beyond the control of the ACC and its member schools that have directly impacted a number of our school's nonconference schedules, which in turn effects the development and completion of the overall schedule. Please know that all parties are working diligently and we appreciate everyone's continued patience.
But while fellow Big East refugee West Virginia paid a huge settlement with the conference in order to join the Big 12 for the 2012 season, it doesn't appear right now that either Pittsburgh or Syracuse will be making a similar jump to the ACC this season.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will host BYU on Saturday, October 27 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.
BYU recently released their pending 2012 football schedule and there are a couple of potential dates that Georgia Tech could look to host the Cougars later in the Fall. BYU currently has four weeks of open scheduling available between the week of October 24 and November 24, and the Cougars only have games between the Yellow Jackets and the Idaho Vandals left to schedule for the season.
Couple BYU finishing with a 10-3 record last year along with Georgia Tech finishing with an 8-5 record with relatively young teams, and this could look to be a marquee matchup between two ranked foes. Lets keep our fingers crossed.
Georgia Tech awaits word from the NCAA on recruiting violations committed by now former offensive line coach Todd Spencer.
The addition of Pittsburgh and Syracuse means a nine-game conference football schedule and a rotating "group" system for basketball.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets received letters of intent from 17 different players on Wednesday but come in as part of the bottom half of the ACC conference according to Rivals.com. The Yellow Jackets class is currently ranked No. 10 out of the 12-team ACC conference ahead of only Boston College and Wake Forest.
Tech suffered a major blow when it lost offensive line recruit Will Adams to Auburn and defensive end prospect Dalvin Tomlinson to Alabama. Rivals rated Tech's class as having two four-star recruits and 13 of the three-star in the 17 man class.
Florida State took top honors in the conference and is followed Miami's huge 33 player class. Clemson checks in at No. 3 and is followed by Virginia Tech and Virginia in the top five. North Carolina comes in at No. 6 and is followed by Maryland, Duke and North Carolina State as teams all in front of the Jackets.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets finally got some good news in the afternoon, with the addition of three-star linebacker Beau Hankins making up for at least a part of the loss of Will Adams to the Auburn Tigers and the miss of local four-star Dalvin Tomlinson, plus the loss of co-offensive line coach Todd Spencer due to a NCAA recruiting violation.
Tech has 17 letters of intent in the bag, with the defensive front seven getting perhaps the biggest boost. Four-star defensive end Francis Kallon leads the new defensive linemen, while four-star athlete/quarterback and Alabama decommit Justin Thomas may be the biggest name.
Via Georgia Tech blog From the Rumble Seat, a list of the 2012 class as it stands at the moment:
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According to the Georgia Tech official athletic site, the Yellow Jackets annual spring football game will be played on Friday, April 20 in Bobby Dodd Stadium. The game has been on Saturday afternoon for several years and the Friday-night game is somewhat of a break from tradition, but athletic director Wayne Hogan says that the players are looking forward to playing under the lights.
"We anticipate this being a great event for our fans," associate athletic director Wayne Hogan said. "With activities being planned for both pre- and post-game, this will be a mini-festival that should be a lot of fun for our fans, alumni and students.
"The feedback from our players is that they will be excited to play a game under the lights at Bobby Dodd Stadium."
The pre-game activities are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on Callaway Plaza and the game, which doesn't have an official start time yet, is expected to start at 7:30 or 7:45. There will also be post-game activities, including a fireworks display.
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Last week reports surfaced that the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets could square off in a Labor Day duel as a new way to kickoff conference play. According to reports, the schedule has been locked in and the two tech schools will face off on September 3rd.
The Jackets will play their first game on Labor Day at Virginia Tech. — @TheHiveGT via Twitter
The first game of the season now adds an extra layer of importance and preparation that Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson will have to deal with. Both teams should be ranked prior to the game so look for this battle to be placed right in the middle of college football's opening weekend prime time schedule.
After being dismissed from the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team on the heal of two suspensions for undisclosed violations, offensive linean Phil Smith is transferring to the University of Central Florida Knights football team, where he is expected to play right away. Smith missed the first two games of the 2011 season due to a suspension, and he was sent home before the team took the field in the Sun Bowl for another violation before the team decided to pull the plug. Neither violation has been made public.
Due to NCAA rules, a player who graduates from one school and transfers to another to pursue a graduate degree that isn't offered in at the first school is eligible immediately. Smith plans to graduate from Georgia Tech this spring and then enroll at UCF in May.
"I wanted to go to place where I'd be able to play, had the graduated programs that I was interested in, which for me was marketing, sports management, [health care management]," Smith said.
The two teams have a completely different style of offense. Georgia Tech runs an option-based offense while the Knights run a pro-style offense. Still, Smith believes he's athletic enough to fit in and make an impact this season.
"I feel like I'm athletic enough to make the change and I don't think that will be the issue," Smith said. "I feel like the issue will be learning the playbook."
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The extent of the injury to the Macon product, which occurred during the first half of the 2011 Sun Bowl, is still unclear at this point.
After being sent home from the Sun Bowl, Phil Smith's time as a Yellow Jacket is officially over.
Georgia Tech and the ACC are in talks to potentially move the Jackets' game against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg to Labor Day Monday.
NFL draft analysts may disagree, but Georgie Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill, who announced he would be leaving the Yellow Jackets for the 2012 draft, believes he can raise his stock and become one of the top wide receivers in upcoming draft.
This season, Hill caught 28 passes for 820 yards and five touchdowns. He averages 29.3 yards per catch, which shows he has the big play ability that many NFL teams look for in the draft, especially if the receiver has Hill's 6-foot-5, 206-pound frame. However, Hill also dropped a few passes this season.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Hill's scouting report says he doesn't have the potential to be selected in the first three rounds of the 2012 draft, but Hill believes he can raise his stock in the coming months.
"With my size and my ability, I know I could raise my stock," he said.
One good place for him to do so would be the NFL Combine where he should showcase his size and speed. Hill has until Jan. 18 to withdraw his name from the draft, but after talking it over with his parents and his coaches at Georgia Tech, he says that's not going to happen.
Stephen Hill is leaving Georgia Tech and entering the 2012 NFL Draft.
For Paul Johnson, these are the type of distractions that you never want to deal with going into your final game of the season. Yet, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head coach has sent home another one of his players due to "violating team rules."
Redshirt sophomore tackle Tyler Kidney would be next in line to start for the Georgia Tech offense.
Louis Young would be also held out of the Sun Bowl for "disciplinary reasons" and that punishment could extend into next season. Smith could face a similar fate going into his senior season in 2012.had announced that Yellow Jackets starting CB
At his press conference Monday, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson announced that Yellow Jackets starting CB Louis Young will be held out of the Sun Bowl for "disciplinary reasons", although he declined to elaborate what exactly that meant:
"We’ll see," Johnson said. "For now, he’s not eligible for the bowl game."
The 6'1 201 sophomore was a highly regarded national recruit, racking up 51 tackles and 1 interception for the Yellow Jackets this season.
He'll be replaced in the starting line-up by Jemea Thomas, a 5'10 190 sophomore who had 3 interceptions this year.
Young's absence should not be a huge deal against Utah, a team that relies primarily on their ground game offensively. The Utes starting QB, Jon Hays, threw only nine touchdown passes all season.
However, Johnson left open the possibility that Young's punishment may extend into next season as well.
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