September 16, 2009

Munroe going home Thursday

One of the younger members of the Georgia Tech football team has been looking forward to the Miami game since he signed in the spring of 2008. Linebacker Malcolm Munroe got his first taste of playing time last week against Clemson and he is hoping to help on special teams in his hometown of Miami on Thursday night.

"I am going back home and planning for a lot of people. It is going to be a show," he said. "I am not a Miami fan at all and when I was growing up I was an Florida State fan and my brother plays for the Gators, so now Florida is the only team I like in Florida."

Munroe was never a Hurricane fan growing up unlike many of friends, but he expects many familiar faces to be in the crowd on Thursday cheering on the Jackets.

"I do not like Miami and I never have," he said. "I probably have 30 to 40 people coming to the game. Pretty much everyone I know will be there. I have been talking a little smack to my friends down there, but I am not much of a trash talker. I told my teammates we need to represent in my hometown."

As a child, Munroe had a chance to play in Landshark Stadium and he is looking forward to playing there as a young adult with his college teammates.

"I played football in the stadium there for little league football. I think it was the Extreme League Championship," Munroe said. "I cannot wait to run out of the tunnel. I got a chance to play in the Clemson game and that was amazing, so it should be similar."

Currently, Munroe is backing up Sedric Griffin and Steven Sylvester at the weakside linebacker position. Munroe has been trying to work his way into the rotation and he is trying to position himself to succeed when linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary calls his number.

"Things are going okay and I am trying to get better everyday," he said. "I am working hard everyday to be the best player I can be. Right now I am behind Sed and Steven and it is going well, but it is a tough competition and very close competition."

After watching from the sidelines in 2008, Munroe is hoping to help the team in anyway he can this season as well as spending time building his body up for 2010 when he hopes to compete with Sylvester for a starting job.

"I am really excited to help after having the redshirt year. I have been waiting to get out there especially after all the work you put in," Munroe said. "I still need to get bigger and work on my reads. Right now, I weigh around 223 pounds and I want to get to 233 pounds



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