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Must-see (Georgia Tech) TV

August, 13, 2010
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Georgia Tech works hard and plays hard.

These guys can make you laugh.

Please check out Steven Sylvester's imitation of his coaches. Having heard some of the coaches, Sylvester is spot-on. It's pretty funny. And Lucas Cox as Lou Holtz? Dr. Lou can teach you a thing or two about the triple option. Enjoy. I did.

Famous fathers in the ACC

June, 18, 2010
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On Monday, NC State quarterback Russell Wilson buried his father. Our thoughts and prayers are with him this weekend as our fathers are celebrated. Wilson’s father, Harrison, died on Friday after a long illness, but at his funeral, his son remembered fondly what an impact he had on his athletic career. Russell’s father played football at Dartmouth and then made it to the last cut for the San Diego Chargers AFTER completing his law degree.

According to school spokesman Annabelle Myers, Russell and his brother spoke at the funeral and told countless stories about their dad waking them to throw baseballs to them, and how the three of them would go out and one would play quarterback, one would play wide receiver, and one would play running back.

These are the moments and memories our dads deserve a big thanks for this weekend. In honor of Father’s Day, here’s a look at some of the ACC’s ‘Famous Fathers,’ and the players who share their legacies. Thanks to the sports information directors in the league and Mike Finn in the Greensboro office for making this post possible:

BOSTON COLLEGE
  • Redshirt freshman defensive end Max Holloway’s father (Brian) played 10 seasons in the NFL (with Patriots and Raiders). His maternal grandfather, Johnny McKenzie, played 19 seasons in the NHL, winning two Stanley Cups with the Boston Bruins.
  • Junior wide receiver Chris Fox’s father (Tim) was an All-American at Ohio State under Woody Hayes and played 10 years in the NFL (with the Patriots, Chargers and Rams).
  • Redshirt freshman wide receiver Hampton Hughes’ father played for six years for the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Junior linebacker Mike Morrissey’s father (Jim) played nine seasons in the NFL for Chicago and Green Bay.
CLEMSON
  • QB Mike Wade, LB Chris Richardson and Landon Walker: Their fathers, Mike Wade Sr., Chuckie Richardson and Gary Walker, played on the national championship team in 1981.
DUKE
  • Kicker Paul Asack’s father Phil Asack was a 1971 Duke graduate who lettered for three seasons before joining the San Diego Chargers.
  • Redshirt sophomore offensive tackle Conor Irwin’s father Tim Irwin played football at the University of Tennessee and in the NFL from 1981-94 with the Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins. As an aside, his uncle, King Irwin, played football at Georgia Tech.
  • Wide receiver Matt Pridemore’s father Tom Pridemore played at West Virginia and for the Atlanta Falcons.
  • Receiver Brandon Braxton’s father David Braxton played for the Minnesota Vikings, Phoenix Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals.
FLORIDA STATE
  • QB Christian Ponder's father, David, was a defensive lineman at FSU from 1980-83.
  • Redshirt freshman defensive end Dan Hicks’ father is former FSU standout and NFL veteran Dan Footman.
  • Incoming freshman linebacker Christian Jones’ father, Willie Jones Sr., was a standout defensive end for the Seminoles (1975-78) and a second-round draft choice of the Oakland Raiders in 1980 and returned to FSU as a graduate assistant football coach in 1988.
  • Quarterback Clint Trickett, who enrolled as a freshman in January and took part in spring practice, is the son of FSU assistant head coach/offensive line coach Rick Trickett. Travis Trickett, another son who has been a videographer in the FSU football program, will be the graduate assistant on offense this season.
GEORGIA TECH
  • Junior safety Cooper Taylor’s father, JimBob Taylor, played quarterback at Tech.
  • Senior wide receiver Kevin Cone’s dad, Ronnie, played running back at Tech.
  • Senior running back Lucas Cox’s brother, Michael, was a three-year starter at fullback for Tech and now plays for the Kansas City Chiefs.
MARYLAND
  • Defensive lineman Joe Vellano’s father, Paul, played for Maryland (1971-73). He was an All-American defensive lineman in 1972 and All-ACC in 1972-73.
  • Defensive back Austin Walker and defensive lineman Alex Walker are the sons of Doc Walker, who starred at UCLA from 1974-77 before being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals. He also started at tight end from 1980-85 for the Washington Redskins, playing for the 1982 Super Bowl championship team. Their father is currently a local sports-talk radio host for Sportstalk 980 and also covers ACC football for Raycom television.
  • Running back Davin Meggett’s father, Dave, played in the NFL for three different teams -- the New York Giants (1989-1994), the New England Patriots (1995-1997) and the New York Jets (1998).
MIAMI
  • Backup quarterback A.J. Highsmith’s father, Alonzo Highsmith, and running back Damien Berry’s father, Kenny Berry, played for Miami. Highsmith played at Miami from 1983-86 and in the NFL for seven years. Berry was at Miami from 1987-89.
  • Backup quarterback Spencer Whipple is the son of assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Mark Whipple.
NORTH CAROLINA
  • Punter C.J. Feagles’s father, Jeff, is currently the New York Giants punter and has played 21 seasons in the NFL.
  • Backup quarterback Bryn Renner’s father, Bill, was a punter at Virginia Tech and for the Green Bay Packers.
  • Offensive tackle Brennan Williams’ father, Brent, played in the NFL from 1986-93 with the Patriots, Seahawks and Jets.
  • Linebacker Shane Mularkey’s father, Mike, is the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons.
NC STATE
  • R.J. Mattes' father, Ron, played at Virginia, where as a senior in 1984 he was an all-ACC defensive tackle for George Welsh. He also played offensive tackle in the NFL for the Seahawks, the Bears and the Colts. He is now coaching at Virginia as offensive line coach.
VIRGINIA
  • Wide receiver Jared Green is the son of Darrell Green, who was a standout cornerback for the Washington Redskins and a 2008 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Jared gave his father’s induction speech at the ceremony.
  • Cornerback Chase Minnifield is the son of Frank Minnifield, a Pro Bowl cornerback for the Cleveland Browns, playing from 1984-92.
VIRGINIA TECH
  • Zac Evans is the son of George Evans, who was a starter on the Hokies’ offensive line and lettered from 1979-82.
  • Kenny Lewis, Jr., is the son of Kenny Lewis, Sr., a standout running back for the Hokies who is enshrined in the Tech Sports Hall of Fame.
  • Beau Warren’s father, Donnie Warren, played 14 years in the NFL for the Washington Redskins.
  • Freshman linebacker Chase Williams, who entered school in January, is the son of Gregg Williams, the defensive coordinator of the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints.
  • Linebacker Jeron Gouveia-Winslow is the son of Kurt Gouveia, who was also a starter for the Redskins.
  • Wiley Brown’s father, Chuck Brown was deemed the Godfather of GoGo music.
WAKE FOREST
  • Quarterback Brendan Cross is the son of former 49ers center Randy Cross.
  • Linebacker Joey Ehrmann is the son of Joe Ehrmann, who played for the Colts and Lions.
  • Center Chance Raines’ father, Mike, was an All-American at Alabama under Bear Bryant.
  • Quarterback Ted Stachitas’ father, Len, is vice president of the National Football Foundation and the executive director of the NFF’s Play It Smart Program, a highly successful youth development program.

ACC's lunchtime links

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ACC position superlatives: Georgia Tech

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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.

REWIND

Georgia Tech still looking for separation in loaded backfield

August, 25, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Georgia Tech B-back Preston Lyons grew up in Atlanta just three or four exits up the highway from Georgia Tech. In fact, he was closer to the Jackets' campus than he was his own high school, the Marist School. Lyons, a redshirt sophomore who had been going to Tech games his whole life, was offered a spot on the roster as a preferred walk-on, but he chose to try something new and went to Colgate for a year, where he was a walk-on in 2007.

Now he's back, and he's one of about a dozen running backs competing for playing time this summer.

Georgia Tech fans know who Jonathan Dwyer is, but not even the coaching staff knows right now who his backup will be, or how the depth chart will shake out at A-back. Two of the players who are in the mix for playing time -- Lyons and Anthony Allen -- are transfers who sat out last season and are eager to get back on the field.

"I've got some good guys in this group with me," said Allen, who transferred from Louisville. "There's 12 of us, and we go balls to the wall every play, we try to be the 12 toughest guys on the field, so the competition is real intense, but I hope I come out on top."

When asked how bad he wanted to get back on the field after sitting out 2008 because of NCAA transfer rules, Allen said: "It's like they're holding a piece of meat over my head. They've got me chained to the ground, and I'm trying to get it."

The good problem for the Jackets is he's not the only one.

"It's real exciting," said Lyons, who is competing with Richard Watson to backup Dwyer. "We've got a bunch of good guys in our backfield, and I haven't played in a while, so I'm definitely hungry and excited to get back out there and start playing again."

Lyons was on the scout team last year, so this was his first spring going through the offense while competing for a spot on the two-deep. Considering Dwyer has so much talent around him, it's possible he actually gets more time to rest and less carries this year, which leads Lyons to believe Dwyer's backup would have a "pretty realistic" shot at seeing some playing time.

There's no better player to learn from than the ACC's reigning player of the year.

"He's really helpful to me," Lyons said of Dwyer. "He's been helping me with different schemes and techniques. It's really nice being able to watch such a good player like him."

At the A-back position, there are about five or six players competing for two spots. Roddy Jones, who made a name for himself last season with 311 rushing yards over the last two regular-season games, will probably be listed as questionable for the season opener after dislocating his wrist lifting weights in June. He's been limited to non-contact this whole month, but it's possible he might finally get his cast off this week.

In addition to Jones and Allen, Lucas Cox, Embry Peeples, Marcus Wright and Orwin Smith are all still competing for starting jobs.

"I'm a lot more comfortable," said Allen. "I'm light years ahead of where I was at the beginning of spring. I'm feeling pretty confident right now in my reads, my counts and my ability on the field right now. Hopefully it carries over to game time."

Regardless of how much he plays, Lyons wants to win, and he said he's in the right offense to do that.

"I think this is home for me," Lyons said. "I think I found a spot and I'm definitely satisfied with where I am. I'm happy."

Hope and concern: Georgia Tech

June, 23, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Biggest reason for hope -- Deepest backfield in the ACC

Forget 1-2 punch. These guys have a 1-2-3 punch in ACC Player of the Year Jonathan Dwyer, Roddy Jones and Louisville transfer Anthony Allen. Jones, an A-back, was Mr. November last year, with 97 yards on seven carries and 148 all-purpose yards against Miami. He then made a name for himself nine days later with 214 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries against Georgia. Those guys will be in good company with Lucas Cox, Embry Peeples and Marcus Wright. Here's a stat for you: Georgia Tech ran for 881 yards in the last two regular-season games combined. And everyone who accounted for them is back. Sure, ACC defenses might start to catch on, but these players will execute it better this fall, too.

Biggest reason for concern -- Getting beat up front

Yes, Georgia Tech had one of the most productive ground games in the country last year, leading the ACC and ranking fourth nationally with 273.2 rushing yards per game. But that's the foundation of coach Paul Johnson's offense -- running the football, and he'll be the first to tell you it could have been executed better last year. That stems in part from some breakdowns up front, as the offensive line was arguably the weak link of the offense. Tech could be deeper this year, but it has to replace both starting tackles in Andrew Gardner and David Brown. And the defense loses three talented starters from its line, leaving junior Derrick Morgan the veteran of the group. The defensive line lost three starters who combined for 100 career starts and 100 tackles for loss.

Georgia Tech's Wright making a push at A-back

April, 14, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

At 5-foot-8, 175 pounds, Georgia Tech A-back Marcus Wright is the smallest player on Georgia Tech's roster.

After a downfield block on Saturday that freed teammate Anthony Allen for a 15-yard burst, those within the program seem convinced the speedy back can play much bigger that his stature might indicate.

"Oh, he's playing so high right now," coach Paul Johnson said, according to the Macon Telegraph. "He's a little fireplug, and he's pushing to get out and start. He's really getting after it."

Wright, who grew up playing football in San Antonio, where cut blocking wasn't only allowed but encouraged, has used his blocking skills to help separate himself from an otherwise crowded backfield this spring. Wright ditched the redshirt in the sixth game of last season and served as the No. 2 A-back and a primary kick returner.

One of the most important things Wright said he learned from last year was the blocking scheme -- and that's been an emphasis for the A-backs this spring.

"I think we've gotten a lot better at that," he said. "We came in here having to cut block. Most people here weren't even allowed to cut in high school ball. We had to learn how to block a totally different way than what we're used to. The athletes you're trying to cut are a lot better. You got from cutting 190-pound linebackers to 250-pound grown men. Some of 'em even have kids and stuff. You've gotta put your face in the dirt."

Both Lucas Cox and Roddy Jones, who started every game at A-back in 2008, return, but Wright said he said he's hoping his playing time could increase this year and has been getting reps with both the first- and second-team offenses this spring. Allen is also competing for a spot there and facing high expectations.

"I hope it changes," Wright said of his role, "but that's for the coaches to decide after the spring. We still have the summer and a long ways to go. Hopefully I can make that transition."

Wright said this time around, he's got a much better grasp on the offense.

"Once you learn the offense, you can play a lot faster than what I was last fall," said Wright, who had just four carries but averaged 9.2 yards per carry. "It's a tricky offense to learn. You can study and watch film, but you have to go out there and play."

At this rate, odds are he'll be doing more of that this fall.

Tech's Johnson talks spring ball, expectations

April, 1, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Last year, expectations were moderate to low for Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson, who brought a new offense and a new defense to Atlanta for a young team to digest quickly. After winning nine games and tying for the Coastal Division title, the bar has been raised for 2009.

The Yellow Jackets return almost every skill position player on offense and the bulk of the linebacker and secondary units. Still, it's a young group expecting to contend for the Coastal Division title.

With spring practice now underway, Johnson shared some thoughts on this year's team. Here are the highlights of our interview:

 
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  Paul Johnson won nine games in his first season at Georgia Tech.

When you win nine games your first year, you set the bar pretty high. What does this team need to do this spring and summer to take it to the next level and win 10 or 11?

Paul Johnson: We've got to continue to do all the same things we've been doing, work hard and certainly there are a lot of areas we can improve in. We need to be more consistent. There were times last year that we played very well and times we didn't show up. We've got to become more consistent that way. I think most of our guys are going to be a year older, so hopefully they know what we expect from them, and I've been encouraged by the way they're working.

Do you think some of that inconsistency might have stemmed from the fact you had so many young kids?

PJ: Probably some of that is the case, maybe, but it's time to grow up now. We're still going to be young. We still only have six scholarship seniors on the team.

Wow, I didn't realize that. Was from attrition or what?

PJ: There just weren't that many guys in the class when we came. We have lost a few out of the class, probably three or four that would've been in the class, but there just wasn't very many of them. We've actually only got two of them that play.

What's the biggest difference you've noticed heading into your second season?

PJ: I think the attitude and the expectation level. I think everybody understands now what we're asking and what we're trying to do. It's a lot smoother that way. We can go a lot faster.

For those of us who can't break down film, how much better could the offense have been executed last year?

PJ: I think we could've done a lot better. Not just in offense, but in most categories. We certainly have to get better in special teams. I mean, that was awful. We're working hard on that this spring, the return game specifically. We left a lot of things out there offensively that we need to be able to take advantage of. We have to protect the passer better, we need to throw and catch better, the option part of it should get better, too, as we do it more. We've got all those guys coming back, we need to get better.

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ACC Mailblog: GT vs. VT

February, 24, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Matt in Baltimore writes: Heather, You forgot to mention in your discussion of the best backfield in the ACC a few key Virginia Tech Football players: Kenny Lewis Jr. - who will be back from an injury and was the opening day starter last year Greg Boone - Even though he is technically a tight end, he took a lot of snaps running the ball towards the end of the season. And by the way, he is an athletic 280lbs. David Wilson - If he isn't redshirted, he will be an absolute stud at Virginia Tech. I find it hard to believe that after all these players you and I mentioned that GT's backfield is better. 

Heather Dinich: You're right, Matt, my bad. But wait, there's more! (That's my SlapChop reference) ...

Ben in Carrolton, Ga. wrote: Heather, I thoroughly enjoyed your article on GT's 2009 backfield with quotes from Anthony Allen. I just wanted to point out that 2 significant contributors were missing from the article: Marcus Wright and Embry Peeples, both of whom got playing time as true freshman at the A-Back position. Cox and Dwyer are bruisers who are more natural B-Backs, but due to Jonathan Dwyer being entrenched at B-Back will see extensive time at the A-Back spots. Wright and Peeples are more in the mold of PJ's A-Backs at Navy - smaller, but extremely fast. Marcus Wright may very well be the fastest player on the GT roster, and would have to be in the discussion when talking about the best blocker at any of the RB positions.

Heather Dinich: I can't wait until Oct. 17. This needs to be settled on the field.

Matt in Atlanta is worried about the backs in College Park: Give some respect to maryland. Da'Rel Scott ran for over 1133 and Davin Meggett had 457 as a backup. The only reason both techs (GA and VA) had more is because they were more run based. We also had D.H.B. and also the only of the three aforementioned teams that had a QB that could actually pass. Also, DJ Adams is coming and Ive seen him play in person. He's a straight up beast. Just thought I'd try to sell you a little, maybe.

Heather Dinich: It worked, a little, maybe. But what did Darren Evans do to Maryland last year? And didn't the Terps rush for minus 12 yards against the Hokies? I think they did. I think I was there for that.

Somebody in Raleigh wrote: Heather, who will be the team to beat this upcoming '09 season and what team has the most to prove?

Heather Dinich: Until somebody proves otherwise, Virginia Tech is the team to beat. They're the defending ACC and Orange Bowl champs. Miami has the most to prove. It will be Randy Shannon's third season, and their five-game winning streak last year was evidence the talent is there to contend for the Coastal Division. It's time to take the next step.

ACC ready to run in '09

February, 23, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

I made a small mistake during my recent interview with Georgia Tech running back Anthony Allen, who also happens to have a black belt in taekwondo. I confessed I was having a hard time deciding who would have the best backfield in the ACC this fall -- Georgia Tech or Virginia Tech.

Whoops.

"You say what?!" he asked, incredulously.

"It's a toss-up."

"A toss-up? How are you gonna talk to me on the phone and say it's a toss-up?"

"Well, gimme a reason."

"I'll give you one reason for one player," he said. "We have the ACC Player of the Year right now. Then we have a guy who holds records at another Division I college."

(Allen set the single-game rushing record when he was at Louisville, and ACC Player of the Year Jonathan Dwyer led the ACC with 107.3 rushing yards per game last year).

Fair enough.

Allen and Dwyer, not to mention Lucas Cox, Roddy Jones, Josh Nesbitt and Richard Watson make six good reasons why Georgia Tech will have the best backfield in the ACC next season. Virginia Tech will make a strong case with the return of quarterback Tyrod Taylor, Darren Evans and rookie Ryan Williams. Despite much of the hype, though, Williams is still unproven, and there is a lot of experience returning elsewhere in the ACC.

In fact, eight of the top 10 rushers from 2008 return. Four of them, though, are Dwyer, Nesbitt, Taylor and Evans. The two seniors were Virginia's Cedric Peerman, and Antone Smith at FSU.

With so much experience returning, the running game appears to be an early strength of the ACC -- Duke included. As of right now, though, it's hard to argue against Allen -- Georgia Tech looks the strongest.

Georgia Tech welcoming higher expectations in '09

January, 29, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson and B-back Jonathan Dwyer were honored Wednesday morning at the state Capitol, where they visited the House and Senate chambers, and were commended for their 9-4 season in 2008.

It only took one season for Johnson to turn skeptics of his offense into believers (some of the congressmen are Georgia alumni).

 
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  Jonathan Dwyer has no problem with higher expectations heading into the 2009 season.

The mystique surrounding Johnson's offense has been replaced by higher expectations, and Georgia Tech should earn a top 20 ranking heading into 2009. It's quite a turnaround from last season, when the Jackets were picked to finish fourth in the Coastal Division, and many outside the program didn't know what to expect from new offensive and defensive schemes and a new coaching staff. Dwyer said the increased expectations are a welcome change during winter conditioning as they prepare for 2009.

"All that does is motivate us," said Dwyer, who averaged 107.3 rushing yards per game and was named the ACC's Player of the Year. "We want to live up to the hype and realize the opportunity we have if we do what we're supposed to do and win games. I'm excited about how much respect now we're getting. We have to feed off that and just keep earning respect 'til we reach the top and realize the opportunity we have as a team going in if we're nationally ranked. All we have to do is win all of our games and maybe we'll have a shot to be in the national championship and win the ACC."

Georgia Tech had a shot to win the ACC in Johnson's first season as the Jackets finished in a tie for first place in the Coastal Division with Virginia Tech at 5-3. It was an extremely young team that returns the bulk of its offense in Dwyer, A-back Roddy Jones, B-back Lucas Cox and quarterbacks Josh Nesbitt and Jaybo Shaw.

"Everybody will know what's going on more and be under the same system from last year," Dwyer said. "They haven't changed anything, so I think we'll have a lot more leadership coming back. We lost some important leadership last year, but being young and starting early and everybody being real close as a family, and playing for each other, that will help us next year."

There is more depth at the running back position, which should allow Dwyer to take a few plays off. The incorporation of Anthony Allen and Richard Watson into the lineup could allow for Dwyer to have some company in the backfield. It's also possible he could see some time at the A-back position, which is more like a slot back instead of a fullback.

"It's something I experienced a little bit this year, and something I'm willing to do and willing to learn," Dwyer said. "It will probably make me more versatile and get everyone more playing time. If that's what they want me to play, that's what I'll have to adjust to and do my best to help my team win."

The Jackets relished their role as underdogs in 2008, but the accolades and attention the team received after beating rival Georgia and heading into the Chick-fil-A Bowl might have contributed to their flat performance in the 38-3 loss to LSU. Dwyer said that game was a very humbling experience.

"It changed what we thought about what we needed to do," Dwyer said. "I think it changed the whole program, us and the coaches, knowing what our strengths and what our weaknesses are, and knowing what we have to improve on going into next year."

Miami's defense forced to surrender

November, 21, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

ATLANTA -- As Miami defensive back Anthony Reddick looked around at his fellow Canes in the team hotel before the game, he sensed there wasn't the kind of focus they would need to stop Georgia Tech.

 
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 Jonathan Dwyer (128) was one of three Georgia Tech players to rush for more than 90 yards against Miami Thursday night.

It didn't even take three full quarters for his hunch to be confirmed.

Georgia Tech rushed for an astounding 472 yards, the fifth-most in school history and the most since 1978. The Yellow Jackets got more yardage on the ground than Miami did all night. Pick a back, any back -- fullback, A Back, B Back, slot back, quarterback -- whatever you want to call them, Miami couldn't stop Georgia Tech's old-school offense. Four different players ran for at least 75 yards in a 41-23 drubbing of Miami.

"It's miserable," Reddick said. "Especially at the University of Miami. We're a great defense. I can't tell you what happened out there today. We did not get the job done."

Quarterback Josh Nesbitt, who only returned to practice for the first time this week since spraining his ankle in the Nov. 8 loss to North Carolina, said he was in "a lot of pain" the whole game. And he still ran for 93 yards and one touchdown. Jonathan Dwyer got his 100-plus yards for the eighth time this season, finishing with 128 yards and two touchdowns.

"We hit them in the mouth first," Dwyer said. "That's what coach [Paul] Johnson asked for us to do; get on them early and hopefully they quit at the end."

It was more like surrender. The "whiteout" in Bobby Dodd Stadium turned into the white flag.

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Georgia Tech's Wright may burn redshirt Saturday

October, 8, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Georgia Tech true freshman A-back Marcus Wright could burn his redshirt this weekend against Gardner-Webb. This is obviously a move out of necessity, as backup A-back Embry Peeples hurt his ankle in the Duke game, and B-back Quincy Kelly, the backup to Jonathan Dwyer, is out with an undisclosed medical condition.

When Kelly doesn't play, the staff has to use Lucas Cox, one of the starting A-backs, at No. 2 B-back behind Dwyer.

Wright will be a speedy addition who is eager to play, and he might also end up returning kicks before the season is over. He would be the seventh true freshman to play for the Yellow Jackets this season.

Quick but neat 'family' notes

September, 18, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

According to each school's sports information department ...

CLEMSON

For those of you who didn't know this, Clemson starting safety Michael Hamlin will be playing against his two brothers -- defensive backs Markee Hamlin, a junior, and Marquais Hamlin, a freshman -- this weekend when the Tigers host South Carolina State.

Michael was tied for the team lead in interceptions a year ago with four, while Markee led South Carolina State with five. Michael was second on Clemson's team in tackles last year with 97, while Markee led South Carolina State in tackles last year with 51.

This year both players are second on their respective defenses in tackles.

GEORGIA TECH

Mike Cox started at fullback for Georgia Tech from 2005-07 and now plays for the Kansas City Chiefs after signing as an undrafted free agent. Even though Mike started for three years at Tech, he only carried the ball a total of 10 times for 63 yards and no touchdowns. His primary role was as a powerful blocker for Tashard Choice.

His brother, Lucas, is starting at A-back as a sophomore for the Yellow Jackets this season. Through three games, Lucas has rushed seven times for 85 yards -- 22 more yards than big brother did his entire career.

Check out these freaky family travel ties:

  • Lucas and Tech played at Boston College Sept. 6. Mike and the Chiefs flew to Boston Sept. 6 to play the Patriots the next day.
  • Last weekend, Lucas was on the receiving end of a 2-point conversion against Virginia Tech. The next day, Mike caught a two-point conversion in the Chiefs' game against Oakland.
  • On Saturday, Lucas and Tech play at Bobby Dodd Stadium. That same day, the Chiefs fly to Atlanta and will play the Falcons on Sunday.

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