ACC: Daniel Drummond

Georgia Tech released its post-spring depth chart on Wednesday without a whole lot in the way of big surprises.

Nothing is set in stone of course, as the Jackets use this chart as a starting point for the start of practice come Aug. 1. Among the highlights:

ACC injury reports: Week 3

September, 14, 2012
Here are the injury reports from the schools who emailed them this week:






  • Billy Schautz (lower extremity)

Out for Season

GT has no problem with Presbyterian

September, 8, 2012
Playing five days after a heartbreaking loss to Virginia Tech was not the ideal situation for Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson and his Yellow Jackets.

But they had no problems putting away Presbyterian on Saturday night, easily winning 59-3. Presbyterian was not much of a test, but there were some highlights for the Yellow Jackets.
  • Tevin Washington had a career-long 58-yard carry en route to 97 yards rushing and 161 yards passing, with two total touchdowns.
  • B-back Zach Laskey had a terrific game, running for his first career touchdown and leading all rushers with 116 yards on 12 carries.
  • Brandon Watts blocked a field-goal attempt, the team's first since Daniel Drummond blocked a Miami attempt last October.
  • Backup quarterback Vad Lee made his career debut and had some pretty impressive highlights. He posted the sixth-longest pass play (82 yards to Jeff Greene) and the 11th-longest running play (79 yards) in school history.

One thing Johnson will not be happy with -- three lost fumbles. In all, Georgia Tech had 469 yards rushing and 712 total yards of offense. Next up: Virginia.

Spring game preview: Georgia Tech

April, 19, 2012
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.

ACC injury reports: Week 6

October, 7, 2011
Here are your weekly injury reports, from the ACC schools that reported them:


WR Ifeanyi Momah (knee)
DB CJ Jones (knee)
DL Connor Wujciak (shoulder)
TB Montel Harris (knee)
DL Kaleb Ramsey (foot)

RB Andre Williams (leg)

OG Nate Richman (back)
OG Ian White (foot)


DE Joe Gore (knee)
PK Spencer Benton (shoulder)

RB Andre Ellington (hamstring)
RB D.J. Howard (hamstring)
RB Mansa Joseph (hamstring)


Willie Haulstead (head)
Henry Orelus (head)
Josh Gehres (knee)
Darious Cummings (hand)
Jarred Haggins (hand)

Nick Moody (leg)
Garrett Faircloth (head)
Andrew Datko (shoulder)


S Fred Holton
DL Jimmie Kitchen

LB Brandon Watts

LB Jeremiah Attaochu
LB Daniel Drummond


DB Matt Robinson
TE Dave Stinebaugh

DL Justin Anderson
LB Darin Drakeford
OL Justin Gilbert
LB Garrett Lederman
DL Andre Monroe
DL Isaiah Ross
LB Shaquan Virgil


PROBABLE PK Nick Ferrara
TE Matt Furstenburg


Luther Robinson (lower extremity)
Jalen Grimble (lower extremity)
Thurston Armbrister (upper extremity)

Marcus Forston (lower extremity)
Ramon Buchanan (lower extremity)
Corey White (lower extremity)
Curtis Porter (upper extremity)
Eric Lichter (upper extremity)
Blake Ayles (upper extremity)



PK Casey Barth (thigh)
OT Kiaro Holts (wrist)
FB Devon Ramsay (knee)


WR Josh Adams (illness)
RB Matt Kolojejchick (thigh)
LB Norkeithus Otis (foot)


RB AJ Blue (ankle)
C Cam Holland (back)
OT TJ Leifheit (ankle)
LB Ebele Okakpu (ankle)
LB Kevin Reddick (ankle)
CB Terry Shankle (knee)
SS Jonathan Smith (ankle)


Kwamaine Battle (knee)
Antoine Hopkins (knee)
Dyrell Roberts (arm)

Eric Martin (shoulder)
David Wang (foot)
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Michael Tureski/Icon SMILuke Kuechly leads a deep group of Boston College linebackers.
1. Boston College: Luke Kuechly is one of the best in the country, but he’s not alone. The Eagles also have Kevin Pierre-Louis, who ranked second nationally among all freshmen in tackles per game last season with 7.15 -- ninth in the ACC. It won’t be easy to replace Mark Herzlich, on or off the field, but Steele Divitto played in 11 games last season, and Nick Clancy and Will Thompson both saw time on the second team.

2. Florida State: The Noles had to replace two starters, including Kendall Smith, the team’s second-leading tackler, last season, and Mister Alexander, but the upcoming talent could be even better. Nigel Bradham led the team with 98 tackles and five pass breakups last season, and Christian Jones, Jeff Luc, Telvin Smith and Vince Williams will also be competing for playing time.

3. Miami: Sean Spence, who has 30 career starts, should be one of the best in the country, and Ramon Buchanon, another senior, also returns. The Canes have five other linebackers with experience in Kelvin Cain, who started seven games, Jordan Futch, who had a great spring and will see the field, Tyrone Cornelius, Shayon Green and C.J. Holton.

4. North Carolina: Kevin Reddick, who led the Tar Heels with 74 tackles last season, returns for his third season as starter. Zach Brown is also a returning starter with game-changing capabilities, and there is plenty of depth with Dion Guy, Darius Lipford, Ebele Okakpu and Herman Davidson. Junior college transfer Fabby Desir could also have an impact.

5. NC State: Audie Cole and Terrell Manning have combined for 39 career starts, and Cole fared well this spring moving to the middle to replace Nate Irving. With the return of Sterling Lucas, Dwayne Maddox and Colby Jackson, there is plenty of experience, but not quite as much depth as some other programs.

6. Georgia Tech: The Jackets return both starters in Steven Sylvester and Julian Burnett. There is no shortage of depth with Jeremy Attaochu, Quayshawn Nealey, Brandon Watts, Albert Rocker, Malcolm Munroe and Daniel Drummond.

7. Clemson: This group has a lot of potential, especially if true freshmen Tony Steward and Stephone Anthony make an immediate impact. There’s no question they’ll be given a chance, but the Tigers already have a good group with Corico Hawkins, Quandon Christian and Jonathan Willard.

8. Virginia Tech: It seems like this rotation has been in flux for a while now. The Hokies’ leading tackler returns in Bruce Taylor, Barquell Rivers had 96 tackles as a starter in 2009 but was injured last season, and there are several young players adding to the competition. Chase Williams, Tariq Edwards, Telvion Clark and Jack Tyler are only a few. Whip linebacker Jeron Gouveia-Winslow will have to earn his spot back over Alonzo Tweedy, Dominique Patterson and Nick Dew.

9. Maryland: The Terps were hit hard here with the losses of Alex Wujciak (381 career tackles) and Adrian Moten (14.5 career sacks). Demetrius Hartsfield returns with 20 career starts, and there are four lettermen returning including Darin Drakeford, Isaiah Ross, David Mackall and Bradley Johnson.

10. Wake Forest: Kyle Wilber’s move to outside linebacker will give this position a boost, as he led the Deacs with 14.5 tackles for loss and six sacks last season. His backup is Gelo Orange (22 tackles). The Deacs also have Tristan Dorty, Joey Ehrmann, Mike Olsen, Scott Betros, Riley Haynes and Justin Jackson.

11. Virginia: Starters LaRoy Reynolds and Ausar Walcott both return, but neither has started more than 11 career games. Junior Steve Greer has prior starting experience but played mainly as a reserve last season. Adam Taliaferro, Conner McCartin, Tucker Windle and LoVante Battle are also in the mix for playing time.

12. Duke: Kelby Brown is the lone returning starter, but he’s a promising young player who led the nation last season as a freshman in fumbles recovered. He missed spring ball while recovering from a knee injury, but is expected to start with Tyree Glover or Kevin Rojas.

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ACC breakout players: Georgia Tech

May, 24, 2011
The series continues today with Georgia Tech ...

A reminder of how we're defining breakout players: Players who haven't seen the field yet but showed they could be major contributors this fall; players who have seen limited time but could earn significantly bigger roles this season; and players who have started but could blossom into stars. The top candidates at Georgia Tech:

Daniel Drummond or Quayshawn Nealy, ILB: One of them will start at inside linebacker this fall, but it's up to them to determine which one. Drummond, who came to Tech as a running back, made the switch to linebacker in the spring and ran with the first unit most of the spring. Nealy, however, showed great athleticism and played very well in the spring game while Drummond sat out with an injury.

Charles Perkins, B-back: Anthony Allen's old position will likely be filled by committee, but expect Perkins to get his share of carries. He has the potential to become a 1,000-yard rusher, but it might not happen this fall. He's only a redshirt freshman, but he has good size and speed, and he has learned both A- and B-back positions.

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The window in coach Paul Johnson's office overlooks Grant Field at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Because of the ongoing construction on the practice field, the Yellow Jackets have spent the offseason doing their individual workouts in the stadium -- in full view of their head coach.

This offseason, Johnson liked the view more than usual.

“I think that the whole attitude is better," he said. "A lot of the little things, from breakfast checks to class checks, extra lifting, extra workouts that they are putting in on their own. I can see out my window and there are always people out there working.”

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Nelson Chenault/US PresswirePaul Johnson says the more modest expectations for his team can be "a good thing."
The players didn't have much choice if they have any hopes of improving upon last year's 6-7 season. Georgia Tech's season was derailed the second former quarterback Joshua Nesbitt broke his forearm against Virginia Tech, but the Jackets' troubles ran deeper than that last year. The offense couldn't hold onto the ball, the special-teams units were filled with blunders, and the defense under first-year coordinator Al Groh?

It was just like everything else, Johnson said, "just kind of so-so. We weren't really good at anything."

With only 11 starters returning, competition will be the theme this spring. Georgia Tech returns just 37.9 percent of its points from a year ago (128 of 338). The Jackets are in search of their next 1,000-yard rusher at B-back, and still in need of a go-to receiver. The good news is that the top two receivers return, the A-back position is deep, and all three starters return on the defensive line. There are also a few position changes to watch, including Daniel Drummond's move from B-back to linebacker, sophomore J.C. Lanier moving from defensive line to offensive line, and quarterback David Sims switching to B-Back.

One of the more intriguing position battles will be at B-back, where Preston Lyons, Richard Watson and Sims are all competing for the majority of the reps. Redshirt freshman Charles Perkins practiced last year with both the B-backs and A-backs. Johnson said he's not worried about the position, but knows everyone will be watching the quarterback battle, where it's Tevin Washington's job to lose.

“He is the starter coming in, and I think that he has earned that," Johnson said. "It is very similar to a lot of the positions, the depth chart is always fluid. He has been taking snaps. This is why I try not to get too hyped up on the freshmen. We are excited about a group of them, but until they do it on the field consistently, I don’t know that you hype them all that much. Synjyn [Days] has a lot of ability, but he has to beat Tevin out. It’s Tevins’ job.”

Johnson said the players worked a lot on team building and chemistry in the offseason -- "probably more so than we have in the past" --and as a result, the work ethic has been better. Johnson said it's still too early to tell how much better this year's team will be.

"We'll have a better idea coming out of spring," Johnson said. "I like our athleticism. I think we're going to be all right. I think it's going to be good to be kind of -- nobody has very high expectations for us, and I think that's a good thing. It's kind of the way we were the first year I was here."

In 2008, Johnson's first season, the Yellow Jackets finished 9-4 and tied for the Coastal Division lead, despite critics who said his spread option offense wouldn't work at the BCS level. He has since won an ACC title and has proved it can.

The next challenge is to do it again.

ACC position superlatives: Georgia Tech

March, 5, 2010
It's time for a closer look at the Jackets ...

Strongest position: B back

Key returnees: Anthony Allen, Preston Lyons, Lucas Cox

Key departures: Jonathan Dwyer

The skinny: Allen is penciled in to take over for Dwyer and was the team's third-leading rusher last year. Cox moves from A back, making this an even deeper group despite the fact Lyons will miss spring drills after surgery. Richard Watson, who was a third-string B back last year, returns, and the staff likes the potential of true freshman Charles Perkins, who’s already in school. With sophomore Daniel Drummond, the Jackets go five-deep at the position.

Weakest position: Wide receiver

Key returnees: Stephen Hill, Tyler Melton

Key departures: Demaryius Thomas

The skinny: Hill has potential before he graduates to be as good as Thomas, but Melton is the returning starter. Georgia Tech last year completed a total of 78 passes, and 46 were caught by Thomas; 20 other receptions were caught by A backs and B backs. Hill, Melton, Daniel McKayhan and Quentin Sims combined to catch 12 passes last year.