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Georgia Tech starting OL suspended for bowl game

Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:19 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 12:20 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

One of the most important aspects to finding success in Georgia Tech's flexbone offense is strong play along the offensive line. That unit took a hit this week with Phil Smith's suspension from participating with the Yellow Jackets in the Sun Bowl.

Head coach Paul Johnson announced Wednesday the starting left tackle was suspended for violating team rules. Johnson did not elaborate on what rule Smith broke, but the 6-foot-5 292 pound redshirt junior was sent home from El Paso.

The Yellow Jackets will face Utah in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31, and Georgia Tech's offensive line must be prepared to face a seasoned front seven that has had plenty of time to prepare. Two of the Yellow Jackets' three conference losses this season came against teams that had at least 10 days to prepare for Paul Johnson's complex scheme.

Not only do the Utes have 24 days to prepare for Georgia Tech, but they also have faced a similar scheme from Air Force in the seasons prior to joining the Pac-12. Utah did not face the Falcons this season, but won their final three regular season meetings before leaving the Mountain West Conference.

Smith is the second discipline-related casualty for the Georgia Tech starting lineup. Starting cornerback Louis Young did not make the trip with the team for undisclosed disciplinary reasons. Smith started in eight games this season, and will likely be replaced by a combination of Ray Beno and Tyler Kidney.

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Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 6:12 pm
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Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2011 4:36 pm

Georgia Tech starting OL suspended for bowl game

It does no one any good when a player(s) breaks the team rules and are sent home from a Bowl game. The player, team, fans and school all lose when things happen like this. You've got to respect the head coaches who enforce the rules with games on the line, because we know some coaches have turned their heads when a good player would break the team rules.  Last year at the Orange Bowl, Virginia Tech sent six players home when they were about 10 minutes late for the team curfew. Kudos to coach Johnson for placing the rules above the game.

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