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Reese no longer with Yellow Jackets; P.J. excited about Deerfield's Zenon

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

MACON -- Wondering

what happened to former

Deerfield-Windsor star, Paul Reese, who was a receiver at Georgia Tech the last two years?

"He decided to quit the team,'' Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said Tuesday at the Peach State Pigskin Preview. "He didn't want to play football any more.''

Reese just wanted to move on, according to his high school coach, Allen Lowe.

"Well, he felt like he'd been working real hard for three years there, and while he did get into a few games here and there, he (ultimately) decided he'd given it his best shot and just wanted to spend his remaining time (at Tech) focusing on his graduation, working on his classes and just being a student," Lowe said Tuesday. "That's what it all boiled down to. He feels he's answered his questions about (his football career) and he's leaving there with no doubts and no ill feelings at all."

While one Deerfield star leaves Tech, another one will enter this fall, and there's a lot of anticipation on whether Tony Zenon -- The Herald's 2010 Player of the Year -- will play as a true freshman. Zenon led Deerfield to the GISA Class AAA state title as a junior and back to the state title game as a senior, gaining 2,268 yards and scoring 27 touchdowns last fall -- both records.

"We'll see,'' Johnson said of Zenon's chances of playing right away. "We will evaluate all our freshmen when they come in, and we will give them an opportunity, and if they can help us win games we'll play them. And if not, we'll look at redshirting them.''

That said, Johnson thinks the world of Zenon.

"Tony is a great kid overall,'' he said. "He's got good quicks. He had great productivity in high school. He's got good speed, so hopefully he can come in and be a big play guy.''

Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt has told the world from now on he wants to be called Joshua, which is just fine with Johnson.

"If he will play as well as he did last year I'll call him anything he wants,'' Johnson said. "He's a very valuable player to our football team. I think he was the most valuable player in the league, really. It's good to have him back.''

Nesbitt didn't practice in the spring drills as he recovered from offseason ankle surgery.