Georgia Tech Football: Awards, Injuries, and Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate

Seth HaynesContributor INovember 20, 2009

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 29:  Georgia Bulldogs mascot UGA VII sits on the field before the game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Sanford Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Athens, Georgia.  The Yellow Jackets defeated the Bulldogs 45-42.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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Uga VII. Rest in peace, buddy.

Before I get to some Georgia Tech news, let me first say that it breaks my heart to see Uga VII pass away at such a young age.

He was only four years old, and all indications are that he died of a heart attack at his home in Athens, Ga.

It was just a few weeks ago I was watching him on television, on a scorching day in Athens, laying on a huge bag of ice in his house on the sidelines. Very sad, indeed.

And listen, Tech fans, I have seen many of you posting cruel things about Uga VII's passing on the blogs and message boards today, and this garbage should immediately stop.

Not only was he the Dawgs' mascot, but he is also a beloved pet of the Seiler family, the folks who have bred Ugas for the University since the very beginning of the tradition. So grow up guys, and show some class; you're acting like Georgia fans.

Anyways, on to some Tech stuff:



I don't know how many of you noticed, but Georgia Tech played their best game of the season at Duke.

They absolutely dominated both lines of scrimmage; manhandling Duke on offense and getting a ton of pressure on Thaddeus Lewis on the defensive side.

Due to the domination in the trenches, two Tech players were given weekly awards by the ACC: Junior DT Ben Anderson won Defensive Lineman of the Week, and Senior Guard Cord Howard snagged Offensive Lineman of the Week. 

Congrats, guys.



As far as injuries are concerned, Georgia Tech has certainly had their fair share this season.

First is was Jaybo Shaw's collarbone and Roddy Jones' wrist.

Then many defensive players began to miss significant time, and the offensive line was recently described by Paul Johnson as being "pieced together."

That being said, the Yellow Jackets will likely go into the Georgia game as healthy as they have been all season, especially on defense.

However, there are a few causes for concern: starting C Sean Bedford has an injury to his foot/ankle, and likely will not play in the UGA game. If he is not able to go backup C Dan Voss will take his place.

On a better note, backup G Omoregie Uzzi is likely to play in the next week's game against the Dawgs after missing the Duke game with a sore back.


Rivalry Game News

Next week's game against the Dawgs certainly figures to be another good one.

Any Tech fan worth his or her salt knows that, without a doubt, the Georgia game is the biggest one of the year.

Not the ACC Championship, not the Orange Bowl, not the Virginia Tech win. The only thing that matters is beating UGA.

The kickoff time for the game has recently been set for 8 p.m. on ABC; a prime-time matchup, and the Yellow Jackets will likely open on Sunday as the early favorites.

UGA still has injury issues of their own, with A.J. Green being out for the Kentucky game Saturday and his status still unknown for the Tech game. FS Bacarri Rambo is likely out for both games, as well.

This is certainly a worrisome game for Tech, however, as Georgia possesses a plethora of playmakers on offense, and Willy Martinez's sieve-like defense performed much better last week against Auburn.

A win over UGA would give Tech 11 wins for the first time since 1990, and possibly vault them up even higher in the BCS rankings.

A loss would, well, I don't even want to talk about that.

Let's just hope Paul Johnson and Dave Wommack can iron out some of the defensive kinks (especially pass coverage) before the 28th, or else I'm afraid it could be a long, high-scoring affair.

Either way, it's shaping up to be an exciting installment of Clean, Old Fashioned Hate.