ATLANTA — For a stretch of days last week, the constant sight of red jersey after red jersey walking down Yellow Jacket Alley toward Bobby Dodd Stadium was enough to make any unsuspecting passerby rub his eyes and do double-takes.
But no, he wasn’t seeing things.
And no, the Georgia Bulldogs did not secretly infiltrate Georgia Tech’s Midtown Atlanta campus and replace the Yellow Jackets with their own players. The red jerseys involved were those of the injured, the hurt, the semi-walking wounded.
After going through one of their toughest preseason camps in recent memory, the Yellow Jackets could have started calling their training room “Little Hartsfield,” for seeing the large number of players walking in and out of the room probably made trainers feel like they were working instead at a concourse at Atlanta’s busy airport to the south.
Getting patched up and sent on their way, the sore bodies and pain-filled joints and aches were but a microcosm of what all was happening at Rose Bowl practice fields.
“This has been one of the toughest camps I’ve been a part of, and it’s crazy because when I first got here it wasn’t as rigorous,” said senior cornerback Mario Butler, one of the few Yellow Jackets who survived camp without donning a red no-contact jersey.
Georgia Tech ended camp last Saturday and began game-planning for its Week 1 opponent, South Carolina State, on Monday.
These keys have long been the hallmark of head coach Paul Johnson’s preseason training regimen: work the players hard, give them live action early and condition them to be in better shape than any opponent they will face.....
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