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Thursday, April 19, 2012
Spring game preview: Georgia Tech

By Matt Fortuna

The ACC spring game lineup concludes this Saturday with three teams in action. Georgia Tech, meanwhile, will get a head start on the weekend fun on Friday night.

The Yellow Jackets moved their spring game a day early this year to add to the atmosphere, as "Friday Night on the Flats" will feature pre- and postgame concerts and a fireworks show. The game, which is free, will kick at 7:45 p.m.

The Yellow Jackets might be without quarterback Synjyn Days and guard Shaquille Mason, as both suffered injuries this spring, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Days hurt his left wrist on the last play of Wednesday's 14th and penultimate spring practice. He led three touchdown drives during Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage.

"We couldn't tackle him," coach Paul Johnson said. "He had a good day. He made a lot of people miss. Synjyn is good with the ball in his hands, he just needs to improve on his throwing."

More pressing than protecting the signal caller might just be protecting those who usually do protect quarterbacks, as the offensive line could be down to 10 healthy bodies if Mason is out. Guard Omoregie Uzzi has been out all spring, and J.C. Lanier was nicked up Saturday.

Georgia Tech will also be missing linebacker Daniel Drummond, who has suspended for 1.5 games to start the season after pleading guilty Wednesday to boating under the influence. The incident took place last July, and it will keep the likely starter out for the team's 2012 opener against Virginia Tech.