The Bret White draft update

Good morning-

I talked recently with long snapper Bret White about his preparations for Tech’s pro day, which is next Monday. I think I’m going to write about it for the paper, so I don’t want to give away all of it, but I’ll share some of what he talked about.

He’s been working out with strength and conditioning coach Eric Ciano since Jan. 2 to get his body in better shape for the drills he’ll have to do at the pro day. He realizes that no one is going to give him a shot because he runs a blazing 40 or has an off-the-charts vertical, but better an average 40 than a slow 40. He’s been getting help from former Tech punter Durant Brooks, who is now with the Packers. Brooks finished the season on their practice squad and and was signed to their offseason roster.

White said Brooks has helped him with learning the different footwork required for NFL snappers. (The roles are slightly different, he explained, because linemen can run downfield right after the snap in college but have to wait until the ball is kicked in the NFL.)

“It’s kind of making sure you’re getting a stable base to block,” he said. “You’re asked to block a lot more in the pro game.”

Perhaps the most interesting thing to me – and I confess I kind of find long snapping interesting – was that he was trying to get used to snapping the NFL ball. Said White, “It flies a little bit different. It’s kind of like throwing a basketball and then throwing a beach ball.”

It’s tough to assess White’s professional chances, although I will see if I can do that in the next few days. He was a little shaky at times this past season, but had two solid seasons in 2006 and 2007. He’s on the small side. According to this list of NFL snappers (I’m not sure how current it is), he’d be the smallest in the NFL, at 5-11, 240. (The list includes, by the way, former Jacket Andrew Economos, who just finished his third season with the Buccaneers.) But if he can get into a camp, there’s no reason he couldn’t unseat someone and win a job. It’s just the matter of getting a chance.

As for his replacement at Tech, he noted that Brad Sellers was his backup last season and that Jeff Lentz was competing for the backup job in camp last year before he tore his ACL.

“They’re probably the most experienced, I would say,” White said of Sellers and Lentz, “but it’s easy enough to teach. I’ve had a couple guys call me and say, ‘You’ve got to teach me how to snap.’

By the way, I am going to try to line up the next Q&A to continue our series. If you have any suggestions on who you’d like to hear from and any particular questions you’d like asked, let me know. So far, we’ve talked to Roddy Jones, Kyle Jackson and Morgan Burnett. We won’t be able to get to everyone, but we’ll certainly take suggestions under advisement. Obviously, the position groups we haven’t gotten to are quarterbacks, receivers and offensive and defensive lines.

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Sharecropper

March 4th, 2009
7:27 am

You know, I think I would like to hear from Paul Johnson in a Q& A: which phases, in which order, does Tech have to improve on most to get to the top level of college football? I assume that would be all phases of the kicking game, special teams and, certainly, the passing game. If so how does he plan to avoid another fiasco as with LSU, which moved nine guys up into the box and dared Tech to pass, which it couldn’t do. We hear very little from him in the pages of the AJC.

gt_blume

March 4th, 2009
8:09 am

Derrick Morgan as the only returning starter on DL would be an interesting interview.

Darius Thomas would be as well. Does he feel that being a WR in this offence prepares him for a possible future in the NFL? What can we expect to see this season from the passing game? Why didn’t they get more of it in last season?

griffdawg1

March 4th, 2009
8:25 am

How about improvement in not yanking scholarships from kids ! Here’s an idea. How about your head coach do a better job of not being a self-centered hypocrite !!!

Thrash223

March 4th, 2009
8:31 am

Perhaps you should interview Roddy Jones; he might have more insight on GT stuff than the Falcons WR, Roddy White.

HIAWASSEE

March 4th, 2009
8:31 am

DO WE OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS TO PUNTERS AND KICKERS? IF NOT, WHY NOT. SEEMS LIKE SOMEONE’S FOOT USUALLY WINS OR LOSES ONE OR TWO GAMES OUT OF THE 12 EACH YEAR.

griffdawg1

March 4th, 2009
8:33 am

Where are all the techies? i guess you are all on the Bulldawg blogs acting like beahhhhhches!!!

Jerry

March 4th, 2009
9:10 am

I would like for you to ask Coach Johnson just how bad he is going to lay a butt whipping on the UGA Bulldogs this year. If you would please ask him if he plans to even throw one pass on those candymen. Why throw it when you can run it right down their pansy throats!!!

Go Jackets!

KC Kid

March 4th, 2009
10:53 am

Hey GT66 – you know you were (are) to stupid to get in to Tech.

GFY.

And I agree – THWG!

Ken Sugiura

March 4th, 2009
11:22 am

thanks for the suggestions. I was thinking about talking to Morgan.

GT66 – let’s try to be a little more responsible in what we write. i’ll encourage you to only say things you would say if we all knew who you were. to do otherwise is cowardly.

Hiawassee – most schools don’t offer scholarships to kickers and punters out of high school. for one, a lot of good ones are willing to walk on, so colleges won’t spend a scholarship when they can get a good kicker or punter for free. they’ll usually give a scholarship to a kicker once he proves himself. travis bell, for instance, walked on and then was rewarded with a scholarship. i’ll check in on if tech has recruited any preferred walk-on kickers or punters to challenge scott blair.

i don’t know how i fudged roddy’s name.

Buzzard

March 4th, 2009
12:45 pm

GT66, you are a real piece of work. I know Bret personally and he is a stand up guy. You sir, are not, and you should be ashamed of yourself.

Kyle

March 4th, 2009
12:47 pm

Nesbit would be a good Q&A I would think.

GT66

March 4th, 2009
12:48 pm

Listen, I think I deserve a little more respect. I am a 65 year old Tech Alum and have donated thousands to our program. Some imposter has used my name with the gay talk. I do however have multiple sources in the program and thought I should pass on what I know.

bluecole

March 4th, 2009
12:54 pm

GT66

If you’re an alum, you must have more d@mn sense than that. Even if you know it for a fact, why would you bring up a guys past? For what purpose? Just say you’re proud of him and be done.

B.

GT66

March 4th, 2009
1:03 pm

remember when your dawgs gave up 409 rushing yards? hey griffdawg – why are you on a TECH blog?

GT66

March 4th, 2009
1:18 pm

Maybe I was wrong to bring up his past, and for that I am sorry. However, he is no longer part of the program and I thought it would be OK to pass on the info I know.

Too Easy

March 4th, 2009
1:58 pm

GT66: remember when your famed defense gave up over 400 passing yards? Our defense was only slightly less crappy than yours. Senile moron.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 4th, 2009
2:16 pm

griffdawg1, it really takes gall to call another coach a hypocrite when Saint Mark not only allowed, but encouraged, his players to break a written rule (i.e., the storm the field gimmick against Florida in 2007). No matter how petty or ridiculous a rule may be, it is not there to be broken, and especially by a coach, who is supposed to be setting standards for his players AND his fans. Clean up your own house before you start tearing down others.

Ramblin Wrecker

March 4th, 2009
2:19 pm

I want to know more about TJ Barnes. I’ve heard he was a beast on the scout team and could be a starter this year at DT.

GT66

March 4th, 2009
2:56 pm

I was just emailed from one of my sources. He said that Nesbit is looking to transfer to a Division 2 program, possibly Jax St. Apparently his grades aren’t good and he is upset with sharing time with Jaybo. I will pass on more info when i get it.

Hey - Too Easy

March 4th, 2009
2:57 pm

If only your team would have actually won the game then you’d have something to talk trash about besides the past. Tech beat your team…get off our blog and go focus on your fleabags.

KC

March 4th, 2009
3:18 pm

Josh Nesbitt (the man behind our Trip Option)… What happened with the passing game next year? Are you studying film to get better this year? How was going home after beating UGA last year?

TJ Barnes: The guy is a practice field legend. Introduce him to the fan base. I heard he has a low body-fat % and still weighs 350 lbs at 6′7″.

Dwyer: He is one of the best RBs in the nation. He should get as much coverage as Moreno got this past season.

Sed “The Hitman” Griffin:

Too Easy

March 4th, 2009
3:27 pm

HeyTE: What did I say that was wrong? No trash, just fact answering gt66. And I am focused on the Dawgs, just like you.

Travis Bell

March 4th, 2009
4:00 pm

GT66, I do not know who your sources in the program are, but I myself was in the program for the past five years. Bret White has never had a drug problem whatsoever!! He has been a very close friend of mine since he came to Tech. I appreciate your donations and your loyal support to the program but for you to say those things without knowing for sure is offensive to myself as well as Bret’s family and friends. I hope in the future you are more careful with what you post about current or former players.

Kyle

March 4th, 2009
4:46 pm

It is obvious that GT66 is a UGAy fan that has nothing better to do than make up fake news. How about you go to Walmart and find another T-shirt to wear to support “your” team that you probably have never even seen in person. Gotta love that UGA Walmart fanbase.

SavannahJacket

March 4th, 2009
4:52 pm

I would like to see an interview with one of the O-Linemen. How about Nick Claytor. He is going to be looked upon to anchor the O-Line for the next three years for an offense that he wasn’t recruited for. How are the linemen adjusting? How are things different the second year? Are they implementing more techniques for those guys? What his take is on the changes. The big uglys never get any attention, it would be interesting to hear their side.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

March 4th, 2009
6:25 pm

I shouldn’t even answer GT66, especially since he is most likely making this stuff up, but Nesbitt transferring to Jax St. makes no sense. He would be behind Perrilloux, and that would only leave him one more year of playing time?

Makes no sense!

vidalia's bubba

March 4th, 2009
6:59 pm

I would like to hear from AD, on basketball program. What is he gonna do about this bad situation, he inherited. We need a Coach. Our Coach can recruit, but can’t win. He got to understand, that the centers and forwards, maybe be great, but you need to keep the outstanding point guard, that can run the team on the court. Maybe he needs to change his whole scheme of hurrying and shooting, and throwing the ball away. Maybe he needs to sit the “star recruits” if they don’t play good. He (PH)needs to change his methods, because they aren’t working. Shame on him, for taking all that money, and letting the proud program fall so low. Radokovich needs to stand up on this matter.

Ken Johnson

March 4th, 2009
7:23 pm

I would like to see Q&A with Josh Nesbitt. I live in Greene County, and am a BIG Ga Tech fan.

Is he looking forward to more passing this year, more shoot and run, and keeping the defense off balance more?

Arob

March 4th, 2009
7:30 pm

AWreck,
You were right. AS Kyle said above, GT66 is a Dawg fan making up garbage about Tech players. The stuff he says is so out there it’s ridiculous!

RamblinWreck

March 4th, 2009
7:30 pm

Ken
Thoughts on who you should interview.
Out of the receivers: Everyone loves Thomas, but I would like to know more about the Freshmen S. Hill. He has really spurred a lot of talk from the fans potential Johnson’s throwing game.
D-Line: Derrick Morgan. The only returning starting DL.
O-Line: One of the seniors. Since they have played under 2 totally different offensive schemes.

But in the end I will still read whatever players are interviewed.

RamblinWreck

March 4th, 2009
7:32 pm

*the fans on Johnson’s potential throwing game

techfan

March 4th, 2009
8:51 pm

You should interview the three redshirt freshman o-line men, uzzi, smith, and mcrae. Ask how the progression from highschool to college is and what not.

The Big Bug

March 4th, 2009
9:32 pm

If GT66 is a Tech fan my butt’s a WMD.
45-42 Dork!

Hey - Too Easy

March 4th, 2009
10:30 pm

I’m not “focused on uga” lil’ buddy. I’m on a TECH blog. Same with you for some odd reason. Why are you here. To talk trash about the past? It certainly aint to talk about the present. Because presently you lost to your rival and lost your star qb and rb to greener pastures. Life got you down? Do you think you’ll catch some insight on here to take back to Willie Martinez or something? Go back and focus on your fleabags. Why are you mutts always on here? It’s kinda sad.

Tokyo jacket

March 4th, 2009
10:52 pm

I’d go with CPJ and Nesbitt. CPJ: Would you like to see LSU scheduled if given the chance? Will this year be full implementation of the offense or will it be in the third year? What do you have to say about the comments made about Johnson taking plays off or not playing hard all the time?

Nesbitt: What are you working on most this offseason? How are you going to surprise people next year? Do you think you could run for 1,000 and pass for 2,000 in this offense? How is passing timing affected by running the option, what are you doing to counteract that for next year?

By the way, GT66, giving money to the program doesn’t afford you the right to speculate on a player’s personal life (w/ some very serious accusations), regardless of truth. That would be like me saying “I’ve got some connections with older people and heard that GT66 has had some serious, even dehabilitating problems with ED over the years. But, he’s been taking his meds and I think he’s beating the ED now.”

wreckmaniac

March 8th, 2009
11:39 am

We definitely have a problem if Nesbitt leaves. He knows how to run the
PJ offense very well. PJ needs to mix in some quick passes, standup and throw short stuff, etc, to keep defenses honest. Nesbitt can throw if the team prepares the right plays. I think we need to appreciate our
QB a little more and I certainly hope he is not having academic issues.