Before Georgia Tech took to the practice field for its first preseason practice Wednesday, players got a message from coach Geoff Collins about taking care of other. Then, they were shown a video with the inspiring words of Derrick Moore, the team’s character-development coach.
“We all sat up,” safety Juanyeh Thomas said. “We were, like, OK, ready to practice now.
With the energy and liveliness that has been a defining characteristic of Collins’ young tenure, the Yellow Jackets sped through practice on the run-up to the season opener against Clemson on Aug. 29.
Collins said that, on first days of practice, he looks for players moving fast, with energy and intensity.
“I thought they had that,” he said. “Obviously, first day, there’s going to be some sloppy times, but I thought as a whole, they came out there and they did a good job flying to the football, protecting the ball on offense and running around, communicating on defense.”
Collins was himself heavily involved. At the start of practice, he launched kickoffs from the Jugs machine. He later barked out calls for the field-goal block unit and spilled balls onto the ground, simulating blocked kicks.
In a period for the defense, he made option pitches to cornerbacks coach Jeff Popovich.
“It’s been a dream come true,” Collins said. “I’m…
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