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BYU Vs. Georgia Tech: Yellow Jackets alter Tuesday practices

Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson has altered Tuesday practices for the first time this season. How are the players reacting to the change?

Kevin C. Cox

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are trying something different at practice this week. On Tuesday, rather than practicing in full equipment at full contact, head coach Paul Johnson had the team practice in shells. Practicing in shells means wearing helmets and shoulder pads with shorts.

Up until this week, Tuesday practices for the Yellow Jackets have been in full equipment and full contact. Johnson has also been shortening the practices as the season has gone on. In an interview with Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, A-back Orwin Smith believed that the players needed the break and that practicing in shells helped pump up the energy level.

The Yellow Jackets are scheduled to play the BYU Cougars on Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta with kickoff scheduled for 3 p.m. The game will be broadcast in the Atlanta area on the ACC's regional sports networks, so check local listings. The game will also be live streamed on

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