Monday, May 02, 2005

Around the Hive

Athlon has ranked the Jackets #25 in their pre-season poll, which they are revealing a day at a time. Here's the recap:

When the nation last saw Georgia Tech, quarterback Reggie Ball was running roughshod over Syracuse in the Champs Sports Bowl. The talented signal-caller is back, and he has some quality skill position players to work with. The Yellow Jackets figure to be tough in 2005, which is good because they have a daunting schedule.

By: Athlon Sports
Published: May 2, 2005

In quarterback Reggie Ball’s most recent outing, he captured MVP honors in Tech’s 51–14 victory over Syracuse in the Champs Sports Bowl, passing for 207 yards and two TDs and running for another score in three quarters of work.

Ball could use some help in the offensive line, and he gets it with the move of defensive tackle Mansfield Wrotto to offense. At the skill positions, Ball couldn’t ask for more.

There’s Calvin Johnson, ACC Rookie of the Year, and Damarius Bilbo in the receiving corps. Running back P.J. Daniels ran for 1,447 yards and 10 TDs two years ago but was hampered by injuries much of last year. Oklahoma transfer Tashard Choice could be a factor.

All-ACC defensive end Eric Henderson enters 2005 with 51 career tackles for a loss. Middle linebacker Gerris Wilkinson led Tech in tackles with 119 and in tackles for a loss with 17. Chris Reis, with 15 tackles behind the line last season, is just as disruptive as Wilkinson and switches from linebacker to safety. Tech boasts a stellar three-man cornerback contingent.

The Yellow Jackets open the season at Auburn and close at home with Georgia. In between are trips to Virginia Tech, Miami and Virginia.

That's not all. Calvin Johnson was named to their pre-season 1st team all-American list and all-ACC team...... E-Henderson is named to the 1st team all-ACC, while PJ Daniels, Brad Honeycutt and Gerris Wilkinson are named to the 2nd Team ACC, and Reggie Ball, Reuben Houston and Travis Bell are named 3rd team all-ACC.

The Jackets took game 3 against the Clemson Tigers, taking the series 2-1..... More from the AJC..... Wes Hodges was named ACC Baseball Player of the Week after going on a tear on the road last week..... Here are the updated standings, as the Jackets hold a slim 1/2 game lead.....

Bobby Cremins talks about the hire of Larry Hunter at Western Carolina:

"Larry Hunter was without a doubt the top assistant coach in the ACC and is a proven head coach. His offensive philosophy helped turn North Carolina State around. He knows the `Princeton' offense as well as anybody and he does a great job with it. He will implement an offense at Western Carolina that will be hard to defend." - Bobby Cremmins, former Georgia Tech head basketball coach and Television Analyst

Are you feeling sorry for Duke? Of course not. What a silly question, particularly looking at their prospects for next hoops season........ On the recruiting front, here's an article about the talented Oak Hill duo Tywon Lawson and Kevin Durant, both of whom are being recruited by the Jackets.

GT gets 4 players named to the ACC Men's All-Conference team - Chan Song, Nicholas Thompson, Mike Barbosa and Roberto Castro. Very impressive considering it's only a 13 person team....