Shaw’s injury could be huge blow for Georgia Tech

 

 

There have been a bunch of significant scrimmages and developments since last we met. Nobody asked me, but:

 

The injury to Jaybo Shaw is a huge blow for Georgia Tech: While you can’t say it will have the impact of Virginia Tech losing running back Darren Evans, the broken collarbone by Jaybo Shaw, Georgia Tech’s backup quarterback, could very well be a factor in the ACC Coastal race. Shaw, the sophomore from Flowery Branch, isn’t as athletic as starter Josh Nesbitt, but he was very reliable. He could come in for a series or two if Nesbitt got dinged up. And if Nesbitt couldn’t go at all, Coach Paul Johnson felt confident that Shaw was probably not going to make the big mistake that could cost Georgia Tech a football game. When you run this offense, you have to have confidence in your backup quarterback because he is going to play meaningful possessions. Could Tevin Washington or David Sims ultimately be just as effective as Shaw? Absolutely. But it isn’t a given. Tech knew what they had in Jaybo Shaw.

 

The Alabama offensive line is going to be fine: Coach Nick Saban, as he likes to do from time to time, shook things up after Saturday’s scrimmage by saying: “We don’t have any starters on the offensive line-not one.”

The fact is that Alabama’s offensive line is going through a transition. Three starters from last season are gone, including Outland Trophy winner Andre Smith, and Antoine Caldwell, an underrated center. A year ago a lot of Alabama’s offense ran through Smith. The offensive line was so powerful and so good that most of the time the Crimson Tide could just steamroll people and wear them down during the course of the game. This offensive line won’t be able to do that, but Alabama has recruited well and there is plenty of talent. It may take a few games but Alabama will have a good offensive line. But it will be different.

 

Clemson QB? My money is on Kyle Parker: Head coach Dabo Swinney was not ready to name a starting quarterback after Saturday’s scrimmage but I believe it will be Kyle Parker, the redshirt freshman from Jacksonville. Parker, who is also an outstanding baseball player, has an incredible arm. He also has a presence about him when he’s on the field. One of the things that Swinney wants to do as Clemson’s head coach is improve the overall athleticism and play making ability on both sides of the ball. Willie Korn was a highly recruited quarterback coming out of high school. He’s solid.  Parker is a better athlete and can make more plays. There is another Clemson scrimmage on Tuesday. Look for an announcement to probably come this week.

 

Haden could be one more headache for Florida opponents: When I was in Gainesville this spring there was a lot of talk about who would fill the role of Percy Harvin, the talented all-purpose player who drove opposing defenses crazy. Everyone assumed it would be one of the many speedsters on the offensive side of the ball like Jeff Demps, Chris Rainey, Brandon James, or maybe even a freshman. But word came last week that junior Joe Haden, one of the best cornerbacks in the country, has been taking some snaps out of the shotgun, or “Wildcat” formation. Haden, from Fort Washington, Md., set a state high school record when he threw for 7,371 yards and 80 touchdowns in his career.

This is yet another interesting tweak of the Florida offense. Haden won’t get many snaps back there but when he lines up, there will be both a run and pass threat. It is yet another thing defensive coordinators in the SEC will have to think about when putting together a game plan.

 

Mitch Mustain looks like he’ll be a victim of bad timing:  When highly-recruited quarterback Mitch Mustain left Arkansas after the 2006 season, it was suggested that Southern Cal would probably not be the best place to go if he wanted playing time. Now it appears that the former Gatorade Player of the Year from Springdale, Ark., is going to be a victim of very bad timing in his college football career. Mustain started eight games as a true freshman at Arkansas and won them all. But he lost the starting job and never regained it. The reasons behind it could fill several books. We won’t rehash all that history here.

Mustain sat out the 2007 season. In 2008 he could not beat out Mark Sanchez, who led the Trojans to the Rose Bowl. When Sanchez passed up his senior season to turn pro, it looked like Mustain would get another shot last spring as he competed with sophomore Aaron Corp. But true freshman Matt Barkley, one of the nation’s best high school quarterbacks, enrolled early and finished No. 2 behind Corp with Mustain third.

Corp suffered a cracked bone in his left leg last week and Barkley immediately moved into the No. 1 job. Corp is getting X-rays today to see if he can get back on the field this week. If not, it appears Barkley will become the first true freshman in USC history to start an opener at quarterback. He is clearly the Trojans’ quarterback of the future.

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146 comments Add your comment

Voice of Reason

August 17th, 2009
3:37 pm

excuse me, **couldn’t make chicken salad….

Voice of Reason

August 17th, 2009
3:41 pm

wow. dogcrap is a fine example of the supreme anger issues and inferiority complex that comes with being beat by you rival 7 out of 8 times you play. It’s just football big guy. You are wanting people’s bones broken. You are a sad person.

Saint Simmons

August 17th, 2009
3:43 pm

38-3 Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

The bowler

August 17th, 2009
3:43 pm

Jaybo actually wasn’t a very good QB for the offense. He made a lot of mistakes that led to turnovers (watch FSU game 08 1st play threw an interception when he came in). I don’t think the backups could be any worse; however, if all the other QBs are injured, we may end up needing Jaybo (i.e. Garner-Webb last year).

superDawg

August 17th, 2009
3:48 pm

paddy take your so called red and black off you are not worthy.

reservoirDAWG

August 17th, 2009
3:50 pm

Is ti 09/05 yet?

superDawg

August 17th, 2009
3:53 pm

reservoirDAWG

August 17th, 2009
3:55 pm

Wow, that dogcrap fellow is a hostile little terrorist/nerd.

question

August 17th, 2009
4:01 pm

I have a question for some of you uga fans on here. How come when Tech gets shut down offensively (LSU game) you like to beat your chests and say that now everyone knows how to stop PJ’s offense? But when teams like yours that run a “pro-style” gets shut down, nobody says that they found out how to stop you. It doesn’t make sense. When Ole Miss beat Florida last year did you hear anyone saying that now there is a blueprint for beating Florida? I’m trying to help you out because I hear this a lot on here and from rival fans at work at stuff and it really makes you sound pretty stupid and naive.

Pi$$onaDawg

August 17th, 2009
4:12 pm

COX is the next UGA god and he was what Jaybo is. After Willie the whimp’s D is down by 14 do you really think cox can make a comeback? I am not sure so I will wait and see. I will say Stafford looks like the first UGA QB in 30+ years that can actually play week-in week-out in the NFL. PS just to make fun. A TECH QB did as much in the Supperbowl as a UGA QB. FRAN the MAN and Hines Ward for UGA and Coach Ken Weisnhunt. I will call that equal on UGA vs GT QBs in the Super Bowl.

truth

August 17th, 2009
4:16 pm

Utah smacked alabama around, more to come this year. stay inside the overrated over-hyped sec 4-6 versus ACC

truth

August 17th, 2009
4:24 pm

38-3

38-3

LOL, it never gets old!

Navigator

August 17th, 2009
4:49 pm

Jaybo was window dressing, and was never going to start again at Tech. Why would you imply their season was in jeopardy? PJohnson likes those big fast QB’s that can run his system, and Shaw is too frail to last (hurt twice last year).

DaddyDawg

August 17th, 2009
4:52 pm

Say what you want GT fans, but the point is that PJ hasn’t been playing against the big boys of college football with his offense, but neither have the big boys played against PJ’s offense. Watch and see if teams, by and large, do better against PJ’s triple option (running) attack the 2nd time around. PJ realizes that he’ll need to throw the ball more this year…. he can’t afford to stand pat. In the same way, the Falcons couldn’t sit back and think that they could duplicate their offensive performance from last year with everyone returning. That’s why it was so important to add Gonzalez at TE because it gives the Falcons a new weapon that keeps them one step ahead of opposing defenses.

Give the Miamis, FSUs, Georgias, VT’s (not the typical teams played by Navy) etc., with some of the best athletes in the country, an opportunity to gain some PLAYING experience with the triple option (an offense these teams just don’t see with the teams they normally play), and they’ll slow it down to where Paul Johnson will have to throw the ball to stay ahead of these athletic defenses, and that will require a QB who is just as effective throwing the ball as well as running it……

Voice of Reason

August 17th, 2009
5:07 pm

question- this is because teams that run a pro-style offense or even a spread have a very large assortment and many different types of plays in their playbook and because the plays that were run on a particular day were stopped, you don’t know that those very same plays will be run the next time. With GATech’s offense there is a very limited number of plays (i believe they ran the same play almost 50% of the time against UGA) so therefore when you learn to stop that play, you have taken away a significant portion of what that offense does.

Pi$$onadawg- In 2006 Willie’s D was down by 13 and Joe Cox came in to lead a 4th quarter comeback so there is your proof that he can handle that. Also, you say that a GT QB has done as much in the SUPERbowl? Huh? first of all, ken whisenhunt played TE, not QB and he won a superbow as an assistant coach, not as a player.

Pi$$onaDawg

August 17th, 2009
5:48 pm

Voice, Coach Ken was the QB against Notre Dame and that was how he was asked to help TECH. Curry found another QB. So, Ken said I will play anything you need me too. Ken was the Coach with the Steelers and then a year later he was the HEAD Coach in the Super bowl with the Cardinals. I never said Coach Ken won the RING as a player, but he Game Planed a whole season to get his team in the Super Bowl Game 2 years in a row. Boy that sounds so easy to me. I think if you check the QB of the 1980 GT vs Notre Dame game you might be looking the fool. PS if Coach Ken did’t lead Tech to Tie Notre Dame 1980 UGA would most likely not have played in the Sugar Bowl for the National Championship. You can argue that, but many experts and even UGA fans know that to be true.

superDawg

August 17th, 2009
5:52 pm

question,LSU used ole miss as a blueprint.You did’nt notice the defensive line adjustments,blitz, and tight end containment.tek will be in a world of hurt if they don’t produce some kind of passing game.nesbit is not the man for that job.good luck.

Pi$$onaDawg

August 17th, 2009
6:00 pm

I did say 14 did I not? 13 is not 14 is it? Las Vegas understands the difference between 13 and 14. I hope you can understand that fact too. Who did Cox come back to beat? Truly I don’t know who he played to do that. I just know he did lead a come back. As any player will tell you Starting is different than being put in. As the Starter you expect to do well and be prepared for the game because of all the weeks practice and game preperation. As a back-up you want to play but even if you don’t make a come back happen it is not your fault because your team was losing already. Now, if you come in and you have the lead and lose it then you are marked as a GOAT. Is that a true statemnet or not?

Arob

August 17th, 2009
6:14 pm

Jacketfans: Do not dismay. PJ new what he was doing when he put Jaybo in as backup last season. The only reason Shaw played last year was so that Washington could be redshirted, because he is our future at QB after Nesbitt leaves. Yes, Jaybo came in and handled the option well for a true freshman, but it was inevitlble that Tevin would overtake him this year. Washington has had a year to mature and gives us much more athleticism and passing than Shaw ever will. The key will be to get him some reps and confidence early on.

Pi$$onaDawg

August 17th, 2009
6:16 pm

SuperDawg jou can’t be a Georgia Bullgog fan. I have never seen an English Bulldog that was in shape. SuperDawg maybe if you are at the Buffet. Bulldogs are fat stupid and lazy and that is a fact. Now a Pit or Boxer is a dog that can get off their fat azz and not have their gut drag the ground unlike most UGA fans and their mascot.

Ramblin.wreck

August 17th, 2009
6:18 pm

Get Well Jaybo, we look forward to seeing you back!!! I sure hate that happened and I’m sure you’ll have a chance to make your mark on GT football.

snapshot

August 17th, 2009
7:05 pm

We will see.

snapshot

August 17th, 2009
7:10 pm

It’s funny how the leg-humpers bring up the LSU game. I guess because of lets see what was the GT-ugay score last year?

MiltonDawg

August 17th, 2009
7:27 pm

snapshot: we’ll take a 45-42 loss after a 7yr winning streak over a 38-3 drubbing to a national audience anyday…that’s why its funny. That being said, for mature people now, here’s to a healthy recovery to Shaw, Bama’s Oline will stay have issues this year, Clemson??, and ol’ Mitchy wishes he was 18 again and do it all over. See you in UFL next year buddy!!!

clickdawg44

August 17th, 2009
7:40 pm

hey m, don’t leave out the highlights fromthe LSU game.

clickdawg44

August 17th, 2009
7:51 pm

tech should put moe emphasis on winning than worrying about UGA and they’d probably be more successful. 38-3, 38-3, 38-3, hahahahahahaha.

clickdawg44

August 17th, 2009
7:55 pm

Joe Cox

August 17th, 2009
8:21 pm

6-8 weeks means only 4-6 weeks of theseason, so jaybo could be back assuming he isn’t redshirted.

Nate

August 17th, 2009
9:43 pm

Voice of Reason, you make Joe Cox out to be the greatest thing ever. He has one great comeback against the mighty powerhouse Colorado and that’s about it. First of all, your comparison to GT QBs is stupid because obviously Joe Cox would never start for Tech because he is a pro-style offense quarterback. We are comparing apples and oranges bro. Personally, I would have started one of those freshmen, but we’ll just see. I just think their is a reason he’s been on the bench this long, because Stafford was never the great college quarterback he could have been. NFL wise he’s looking good but college wise no.

GT Rich

August 17th, 2009
9:52 pm

Per GT’s latest roster, Nesbitt is 6-1 and 217. Very solid. In a previous article this monnth it was reported that Nesbitt now benches 450. I think it is safe to say he can take some hits this year. The way CPJ sets up practice, the nos. 1 and 2 take the same number of snaps. Since Jaybo had a concussion last week, Tevin has been taking more snaps already. Tevin will be just as ready to back up Nesbitt as Jaybo was last year at this time.

Pi$$onaDawg

August 17th, 2009
9:57 pm

Ooooh, I’m so clever, comparing UGA fans to the mascot! I really should do the world a favor and go play in traffic.

Sam

August 17th, 2009
10:15 pm

With Jaybo down, who will the GT chapter of the Chip Rogers hood and robe club have to cheer for?

Sam

August 17th, 2009
10:18 pm

snapshot

August 17th, 2009
7:10 pm

It’s funny how the leg-humpers bring up the LSU game. I guess because of lets see what was the GT-ugay score last year?

It damn sure wasn’t 38-3 now was it?

Yabba Dabba Dabo

August 17th, 2009
10:26 pm

Kyle Parker will be the QB at Clemson! He is the real deal. This kid is light years ahead of all UGA QBs combined. Parker and Heisman canidate CJ Spiller are gonna be a PAWSITIVE experience for the mighty TIGERS this year! GOOOOO TIGERS ! ROAR! ROAR! ROAR!

GT fan ...

August 17th, 2009
10:46 pm

DaddyDawg …. are you serous? In case you haven’t noticed PJ did NOT bring his players with him from Navy. Only his playbook, a few coaches, and one helluva football mind.

If you don’t believe he’s one helluva coach then take some time to research the teams he’s either been the OC, HC or both for, and notice how well they did under PJ relative to their history and his time away from the school (i.e. GSU & Navy where he was both OC & HC).

Your logic, like so many others, suggests only teams GT plays will get better at stopping the offense while GT will get no better or even regress at running it. That’s just backward thinking. Now go back and look at your research of PJ’s teams, and notice how well they didn’t in their 2nd season vs. their 1st season.

Hint: he’s got D-1 talent running this offense, and they didn’t do too bad LEARNING it in year one. With all 11 starters returning on offense, and more depth being built throughout, I can see why you’d think GT will not progress at running this offense.

Just wait until PJ gets a Tracy Hamm or Jamel Holiway running it …. it’s gonna be really scary then. And he might have one in true Freshman David Sims???

Lady Luck

August 17th, 2009
10:50 pm

GT is irrelevant huh? Irrelevent enough to beat the DAWGS. They are a legit team to reckon with, so deal with it. Yes, some GT fans are delirous when it comes to expecations, but this team is a solid 8 or 9 win team right now and when Nesbot and Dwyer are seniors, I would expect them to make a serious run. THEN, CPJ’s recruiting skills will be challenged. But until then Dawg fans, you have to respect a team that beat you last year…by 3 or by 30. You better prepare and respect.

DaddyDawg

August 17th, 2009
11:36 pm

I never said or suggested that PJ wasn’t a good coach…… in fact, he’s a very good football coach. But GT will need a passing game to keep the athletic teams GT will face honest or talented defenses from top D. 1 teams will slow down the triple option the more they play against it. GT can get better running the triple option, but the real improvement will be made by teams defending against it after they have seen it a time or two. The reason why the service academies adopted the triple option attack many years ago is that they needed something to help them deal with the disparity in talent that usually existed when the academies played schools with bigger, stronger, faster players. The triple option largely enables the service academies to attack bigger, stronger, faster defenses by using deception and forcing the defense to play assignment football, rather than allow more athletic defenses to pin their ears back and attack the offense by relying on their athleticism. The triple option thus forces the defensive players to think, rather than just rely on their athletic ability, and by doing so, it helps to equalize the usual disparity the service academies encounter when facing large D.1 programs.

But if you restrict the triple option to just the run, you allow defenses to focus on stopping just that aspect of the game, and in doing so, you make yourself one dimensional and easier to stop. Yes, there will be some teams you can beat just by running the ball down their throats. But if GT wishes to play and win at the highest level of college football, then it needs an effective passing game. PJ knows this because of the championships Georgia Southern won with the passing of Tracy Ham. In fact, PJ calls his offense the SPREAD triple option. The name comes from the fact that the triple option spreads you out horizontally and the passing attack spreads you out vertically (i.e., vertical passing game), thus forcing a defense to defend the entire field. If PJ truly wants to take the Jackets to a championship level, he’ll have to develop the passing game to his offense to add the vertical challenge to the defense. Without that, GT will be one dimensional with their attack, and superior defensive teams GT will regularly face will learn to slow down the triple option. I will let history over the next few years serve as the judge………..

TC

August 18th, 2009
5:30 am

Boy that Paul Johnson must be a total idiot having Jaybo listed #2. Obviously you tech fans know much more than PJ ever could about football talent.

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

August 18th, 2009
7:58 am

Every year Clemson has found the real deal at QB, every year they suck.

Mr. College Football, Chuck Oliver is the King of College Football. That would make someone that really knew college football like Herbstreet the God of College Football,

Cincinatti Bowtie

August 18th, 2009
8:36 am

GT…we won 10 games last year in the best conference in the land and it was considered a HUGE dissapointment; you went 9-4…in the ACC…..QUIT TALKING SH!T, YOU ARE NOT BACK IN THE RACE.

Voice of Reason

August 18th, 2009
8:59 am

Nate- when Joe Cox came out of high school Chan Gailey was the coach for Ga Tech and ran a pro style offense so therefore he could have started for them then, and if you would have read my post you would see that I said if Joe Cox had gone there then Chan Gailey may still be there as well. I do not make him out to be the greatest QB ever, just not the second rate QB that all of you try to make he seem like.

Pi$$onadawg- it is sad when you have to go to a coach that played for you in the 80’s to find anyone who has done anything of relevance in the NFL. How many superbowl mvp’s have come from Ga Tech again? UGA? And your reference to the difference between 13 and 14 and starting versus coming in is hilarious. You should try watching some real football and not just ACC and learn what it is all about. Tried playing ever?

If CPJ is “the greatest coach since Bear Bryant” as most of you claim, why would he have Jaybo as the #2 QB if this Tevin Washington, et al are so much better than him? Either CPJ is a moron, or you all are. I’m guessing the latter.

Coach

August 18th, 2009
9:47 am

You nailed it Voice of Reason. I think the latter as well. Their mouths seldom back up their brag. But after all it is Tech we are talking about. What else would you expect?

Dwyer for H

August 18th, 2009
1:23 pm

MiltonDawg – “we’ll take a 45-42 loss”… i guess you’re pulling for the right team if you like losing

GT fan ...

August 18th, 2009
10:17 pm

Cincinatti Bowtie,

ANY team that began the season ranked #1, then proceeded to finish 10-3 would consider their season a HUGE disappointment – duh.

On the other hand, ANY team that was bringing in a new HC with a TOTALLY NEW system, with players not exactly suited to run it, who were predicted by many to win NO MORE than 3-4 games would say that finishing 9-4 was pretty darn good – duh.

So again, in 2009, if UF finishes 10-3, and let’s see …. Miss St. finishes 9-4, just what does your common sense tell you about how their respective fan bases will look at their team’s season? – duh.

GT fan ...

August 18th, 2009
10:29 pm

DaddyDawg,

Your argument is becoming contradictory. Above, you said:

“The reason why the service academies adopted the triple option attack many years ago is that they needed something to help them deal with the disparity in talent that usually existed when the academies played schools with bigger, stronger, faster players. The triple option largely enables the service academies to attack bigger, stronger, faster defenses by using deception and forcing the defense to play assignment football”

So if service acadamies, with inferior talent, can use this offense to give them an advantage against superior-talented teams, then what happens when PJ uses superior talent at GT? You’re suggesting now that only inferior talent can be effective at winning with this offense vs. more talented teams. Think about it, your logic ain’t stirring the kool-aid.

And it’s been just one season, with at huge passing game vs. Duke, and the winning TD vs. Clemson comming via the pass. In the VT game (game #3) if Nesbitt was just a foot or two shorter late in the 4th, Roddy Jones has a wide-open TD catch (not run) for a 24-20 lead. I’m hearing really good things about incoming FR WR Stephen Hill as well. So sit back and see if the passing game gets CONSISTENTLY better in ‘09. I think it will.

Football Expert

August 20th, 2009
1:46 pm

DaddyDawg; If UGA is an “elete” football program, why no Nat Champ in 30 years? You trash GT but at least they had one in the last twenty. I think Lou said it best:

“I just realized that 30 years is a veryyyyyyy long time. Reagan had not started his Presidency, Berlin Wall was intact, Soviet Union was intact, Chipper Jones was 7, No internet, Nobody knew Bill Clinton,Sadat was alive, A-Rod was 2,The ONLY Bush anyone cared about was the War Hero Bush, No ESPN, Was there a CNN??. Man!!!! 30 years is a very long time for an “elite” football program to go without even playing–let alone winning–for a National Championship. Shouldn’t it be about time??