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5 observations from Georgia Tech’s first practice of the preseason

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Georgia Tech began practice for its 127th season Wednesday and its first with coach Geoff Collins.

Under clear skies and in temperatures in the mid-80’s, players worked out in helmets, jerseys and shorts as they begin the acclimatization process to practicing in full pads.

Five observations from the opening periods of practice that were open to the media.

1. Senior Nathan Cottrell was with the running backs after spending most of the spring at slot receiver. Cottrell played A-back in coach Paul Johnson’s offense. Players at the position have transitioned to both running back and receiver.

He is at a position with no shortage of competition, with Jordan Mason, Jerry Howard, Christian Malloy and Dontae Smith (another former A-back) among the returnees, along with freshmen Jamious Griffin, Devin Ellison and Tony Amerson.

Cottrell moved to slot receiver later in the practice, Collins said.

2. As was the case in the spring, practice moved at a brisk pace. In an 11-on-11 session, the ball was being snapped about twice every 60 seconds, and there were two groups running plays at either end of the practice field. Coaches have stressed the importance of getting a high volume of practice repetitions for players in order to evaluate them and get them trained in the schemes.

3. Quarterback Tobias Oliver was not present at…



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