Friday, September 23, 2005

Gaither Gets Start

So I was one game off? I predicted Jared Gaither would start after three games and the staff waited till the fourth game to give him the nod. At 6-9 and over 300 pounds he is a scary physical specimen. Once he learns the position he may be a dominant player. The real question is his commitment and his smarts. His commitment is said to be there...

A hilarious anecdote in the Washington Post about Gaither from his former high school teammate Trey Covington:

Covington watched with interest on the first day of practice two years ago, when coaches immediately matched Gaither up against one of the Raiders' strongest linebackers in a tackling drill.

"Jared grabbed him by the head and threw him, and we all thought he was dead," said Covington, now Gaither's teammate at Maryland. "And we said, 'Well, that'll do.'"

Other News

No rest for the weary. Boston College and Clemson, both reeling from home losses to ACC heavyweights FSU and Miami face each other this weekend. The loser will be faced with the harsh reality of playing well so far this season but already saddled with 2 conference losses. Look for BC to win at Death Valley.

Georgia Tech travels to Blacksburg to take on the Gobblers, that's Virginia Tech for the uninitiated. We all know the real "Tech" is the one in Georgia, but this will be for the title of Coastal division frontrunner. The Gobblers haven't really played any truly difficult games, though they did struggle badly against NC State before pulling out a late win, and they haven't been really challenged in the last two games against Duke and Ohio. Tech won't be intimidated by Lane Stadium, having already gone down to Auburn and dominated the Tigers. The Jackets will sock you in the mouth and are extremely aggressive. I have a feeling that Tech will also feel that they owe Goiter Boy some payback after they squandered a game they should have won at home last season. The real Tech pulls an upset on the turkeys.

Think Matt Lienart regrets not entering the NFL draft?

Ah, yeah. Plus he is dating a starter on the women's basketball team.

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