Today the team, along with many fans and media, had to weather the elements before enjoying Georgia Tech’s first fall practice. The practice was put on hold for 20-30 minutes while driving rain and lightning forced the team off the field and running for cover. But just like that, the sun was back out and the guys were back on the field. After some quick stretching to re-loosen up, it was back to business.
The players were in helmets only and conducted the usual run of drills. It is tough to glean too much from these types of practices but there are still many interesting things to report. Admittedly a lot of my focus was on the incoming freshmen, most of whom I was seeing live for the first time. My impressions are below…
1. Linebacker offered me several surprises. First off, highly prized recruit Darrell Robertson is at LB and not DE (I have to eat crow to GT J.T. now… yuck!). He called it. Darrell may just not have the frame to be a DE. He looks like a good fit at LB though. Also, many thought KaMichael Hall would be a starter but on day 1 he was replaced in the starting role but Nick Moore on the outside. This will probably be an ongoing battle up until the first game. Travis Chambers is going to take some adjusting before he’s completely ready to go out there. I think though that’s he’s one of those guys whose stock will rise once the hitting starts. The real man-child at LB is Gary Guyton… what a beast! This guy has the body to play right now, and I’m sure he’s a top candidate for playing time at LB early and often this season. Certainly he looks the part physically. I will say though that he and Chambers got chewed on some today. It appears there is a sense of urgency to get them two ready for possible early PT.
2. As for current LB’s, Chris Reis had two interceptions today: 1 in drills covering Darius Williams and the other in 11-on-11. Nice start for Chris as a starting LB!
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