Tech notes: Edwards, back at home, returns to Blacksburg

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech rover Mario Edwards made the decision to return to his native metro Atlanta when he transferred into the Yellow Jackets' program over the summer.

However, Saturday's game against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., will also be a homecoming of sorts for the 6-foot-1, 210-pound redshirt sophomore.

Edwards spent two years at Virginia Tech before transferring after last school year, appearing in four games for the Hokies as a redshirt freshman last season.

Normally, someone in Edwards' situation would've had to sit out a season, but he was granted an exemption by the NCAA and the ACC because the reason for his transfer was to be closer to his College Park home to help deal with a family illness.

Edwards, however, is still friendly with many of his ex-Virginia Tech teammates and is looking forward to renewing acquaintences Saturday at Lane Stadium.

"I still have a lot of friends on the team and at the school," Edwards said. "I'll be rooting for those guys real hard 11 times out of 12 games this year."

First time's the charm

Tech's 19-16 win over Boston College last Saturday was a milestone for first-year coach Paul Johnson.

The win made Johnson the first of the Jackets' six coaches who have guided the team in ACC play to gain a win in his first conference game.

Tech's win over Jacksonville State on Aug. 28 also made Johnson the ninth of the school's 13 coaches to win his debut with the team.

Conference openers have also been good to Virginia Tech as the Hokies have won all four of their previous ACC openers since joining the league in 2004 and are 16-1 overall in conference openers dating back to their days in the Big East.

Miss. St. TV time still on hold

Tech fans will have to wait a little longer to find out the kickoff time for the Jackets' game against Mississippi State at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Sept. 20.

The ACC's television partners announced earlier this week they had opted to use their one-time, six-day window to choose the starting time of the game.

One thing is certain - the game will be televised, either on Raycom (locally shown in Atlanta on WUPA-TV) beginning at noon or as part of the ACC's regional package on ABC (WSB-TV in Atlanta) with a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.

The time and TV outlet will be announced Monday. The time for all other Tech games will be made 12 days in advance of those games, with the exception of the game against Miami at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Nov. 20. That Thursday night game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and be telecast on ESPN.