Georgia Tech

Monday Taste: Uzzi takes long-used advice, turning it into fuel on field

ATLANTA — Omoregie Uzzi paused, then looked away before reflecting on one of the many memories he will always cherish.

It is a memory that accompanies him in Georgia Tech’s pregame locker rooms, and is one that goes with him whenever he takes the football field.

“My dad used to always tell me just to always do things the best I can and to the best of my ability. Or, if not, there’s no reason to do it at all,” Uzzi said.

So far, Uzzi’s best has been better than just good in his teammates’ opinion.

It has been close to great.

“I love having Uzzi out there,” Yellow Jackets senior center Sean Bedford said of the sophomore offensive guard. “Uzzi is as consistent as a guard you could hope for, but he brings to the table a lot more than just consistency.”

Specifically, that includes bigger-than-life strength against big, bulging defensive linemen and a virtually unrivaled high football IQ, Bedford said.

But ask the usually soft-spoken Uzzi about said attributes, and a cautious smile will follow, accompanied by a response that sounds something like this: “Truthfully, I just go out there and do the best that I can and whatever happens, happens.”

That sounds very much like the advice he received so long ago, and continues to repeat to himself often.....


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