Moves confirmed in meeting with fans in Atlanta
By COLEY HARVEY
ATLANTA -- Coach Paul Johnson may have wanted to wait to make the announcement, but it slipped out anyway.
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Speaking to a gathering of about 100 Georgia Tech fans Wednesday morning inside the Institute’s Edge Athletic Center, Yellow Jackets B-backs and quarterbacks coach Brian Bohannon confirmed rumors that sophomore running back Daniel Drummond will be moving to linebacker.
Bohannon made the statement as fans inquired about the depth at B-back following his introduction of one of the Yellow Jackets’ newest signing day signees. Johnson hadn’t formally announced the switch, although he hinted last month that position changes could be coming in the spring for several players.
Drummond will be making the switch after sitting out all of the 2010 season for testing positive for steroids the year before. He redshirted two seasons ago.
One of the biggest names of the Yellow Jackets’ 2009 recruiting class, Drummond was expected to be a key backfield contributor throughout his career. In high school at Flowery Branch, where he played alongside current Yellow Jackets defensive end Izaan Cross and South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw, Drummond helped lead the Falcons to the GHSA Class AAA state championship game. They lost.
Drummond currently is listed 6-foot-3, 236 pounds. He likely will work to gain a little more muscle weight to play linebacker.
While it was rumored for some time, his switch is now the second confirmed one for the Yellow Jackets. Last month, Johnson said quarterback David Sims would play some at B-back.
The goal for him, Bohannon said, will be to use him as a “slasher;” a versatile running quarterback who could also line up anywhere in the backfield.
Tickets on sale
Season tickets for 2011 are officially on sale.
Fans can now purchase them online at ramblinwreck.com/tickets or by telephone at 404-894-5447 or 888-TECH-TIX.
The packages include games against rival Georgia, Kansas, Western Carolina, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Maryland and North Carolina.
The seven-game schedule outpaces last season’s six-game schedule. As a result of the additional game, the season ticket packages will go for an average $50 per game. That’s $6.67 more than last season.
Johnson said one or two players “might” be out for practice this spring. He gave no indication who they were. … The Yellow Jackets still have Monday, March 28 as their tentative starting date for the spring workouts. That is subject to change. … The annual T-Day spring game will be held April 23.