More from first day of spring practice

Some observations

1) For what it’s worth, the first-team defensive line was Derrick Morgan and Robert Hall at ends and Ben Anderson and Jason Peters at tackles. Line coach Giff Smith said they worked with the first team because they are the returners with the most experience. He said the depth chart is “subject to change” every practice.

2) There were a fair amount of center-QB exchange fumbles, which is partly due to some new parts of the puzzle. Without Dan Voss, who’s out for the spring rehabbing his shoulder, Sean Bedford stepped in with the first unit and Nick McRae played on the second line.

Speaking generally, coach Paul Johnson said, “It’s going to be a lot of guys playing this spring that haven’t played, but that’s what spring’s about.”

3) Some of the backs ran out of the A-back and B-back spots, including Jonathan Dwyer, Anthony Allen and Lucas Cox. I’m thinking we’ll write about this more later on in the spring. And I am most likely going to write about Allen after Wednesday’s practice, by the way. I even saw Dwyer and Allen line up in the slot (not simultaneously) during a passing drill.

Said B-backs and quarterbacks coach Brian Bohannon, “We’re just trying to see where we can get the best guys on the field.”

4) I concur with Larry in the notebook that quarterback Josh Nesbitt threw with accuracy and decisiveness in passing drills.

Some Paul Johnson soundbites:

“First day in shorts and helmets, there were a lot of guys that had some retention. We were really rusty, like you would think. We’ve got a lot of guys who haven’t played, so it’s going to be an important spring for us.”

(difference from first day of last year’s spring practice) “I think it’s going to be light years different than a year ago in some facets, but in others, it may be eerily similar. We’ve got two of the offensive linemen who are out for spring in Nick Claytor and Danny Voss, so we’ve got some new guys playing center. The ball was on the ground a lot with some snaps today. We’ve got to get that fixed.”

“When you leave spring, you’d like to know kind of what the two-deep is going to look like. There’ll be some freshmen that come in that’ll help us, but we can’t rely on that.”

(on what he’s looking for on the first day) “You’re looking at some of the guys that haven’t played, to see where they’re at, knowledge-wise and retention-wise and schmes and that kind of thing. You’re just looking guys out there that make athletic plays.”

You might take a look at these fan blogs for two other perspectives.

Also, the No. 9 seed women’s basketball team plays top-seeded Oklahoma tonight (Tuesday) in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The game tips at 9:30 on ESPN2. You may have heard that Oklahoma star Courtney Paris said she would return her scholarship money if the Sooners don’t win the national championship. You can read stringer John Riehl’s game advance for the AJC here. A columnist for the Oklahoman wrote about Tech and called the game “somewhere between gargantuant and colossal.

The baseball team plays Georgia State tonight and Georgia Wednesday. Larry and I will be covering both.

Finally, Vance Walker is scheduled to have his workout for scouts Wednesday. He pulled his hamstring at the combine and couldn’t perform there, or at Tech’s pro day. I believe Darryl Richard will also perform for scouts, as he wasn’t fully able to participate in drills at Tech’s pro day, also because of a lingering injury. Hopefully for them, they’ll be able to draw some scouts. I saw Vance and Elris Anyaibe walking off the field just before the spring practice started.

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March 24th, 2009
9:40 am


Atlanta Jackets

March 24th, 2009
9:52 am

Sounds like the Robot is throwing the ball well early. That accuracy is usually the last thing to come around. Sounds good.

Now if he can just get the snap from center. Yikes! LOL!

Atlanta Jackets

March 24th, 2009
10:11 am

Hey where are those Gaytor fans from the other day that were talking about how great the academics were at Florida? Pervy Harvin scores a 10 on the wonder test and they all vanish! LOL! A 10! ROTFLMAO!! Even a mutt can do better than that.

But don’t get too excited mutts, you’re still delivering pizzas! Burn! LOL!


March 24th, 2009
10:29 am

spring practice? more like tickle piles for losers…



March 24th, 2009
11:11 am

-yawn- yellowblood time to get a new joke.

The Robot Nesbitt

March 24th, 2009
11:32 am

This is the Robot Nesbitt. Virus Yellowblood has been detected and eliminated. System clean.

Robot prefers McRae at center. Robot will work best with McRae. Fumbled snaps are result of user error and will be eliminated.

Robot out.


March 24th, 2009
11:55 am

I’m surprised to hear that Stafford may have scored a 38 on the Wonderlic. He wasn’t much of a scholar in high school and I don’t have any reason to believe that changed at uga.


March 24th, 2009
12:32 pm

If there is anyway possible you could report on the D-Tackles as things pick up, that would be awesome because I feel this is the spot where the biggest suprises will show up…Great reporting though good to hear Nes is working out the kinks. Also have you seen any big showings for the new number 2 reciever?


March 24th, 2009
12:37 pm

I’m surprised that Georgia Tech’s football players don’t score a perfect 50 on the Wonderlic. They have to take calculus and major in management for gosh sakes. They should ace the thing blindfolded.


March 24th, 2009
12:57 pm

The good news is Chan Gailey was nowhere to be found. Thank God and Greyhound that the worst coach in Tech history is gone forever.

Ken Sugiura

March 24th, 2009
1:07 pm

Minnesota Jacket- the defensive tackle spot will definitely be a spot we’ll follow. I’m not sure which No. 1 wide receiver you’re referring to – Kevin Cone, the transfer from Shorter College? I didn’t get a look at him. I will try to have an answer after Wednesday.

It looked like Tyler Melton was mostly running with the 1’s yesterday, along with Demaryius Thomas. But I think that who is in which group right now doesn’t mean a whole lot on the first day, particularly in positions where there will be significant competition.

Larry Hartstein

March 24th, 2009
1:31 pm

Minnesota Jacket — At one point, D-line coach Giff Smith got on T.J. Barnes pretty loudly for taking the wrong angle. After practice Smith said he was pleased with the overall effort by the massive redshirt freshman.
“He’s a lot smarter football player than most freshmen coming into this situation,” Smith said. “He’s learning how to play with his body and I really thought his effort was improving. I’m going to stay on him, but overall I was pleased.”


March 24th, 2009
1:55 pm

Your right for once Huh? Quit while you’re ahead.

They probably did ace it.


March 24th, 2009
2:59 pm

Jump on in the tickle pile you NERDS!

Georgia’s going all the way this year…What ya gonna do? Probably go play in your dumb tickle pile….right loser heads?



March 24th, 2009
2:59 pm

tickle pile!!!!


March 24th, 2009
3:00 pm

tickle pile time!!!!


March 24th, 2009
6:45 pm

Wonderlic tests are really stupid. They are not a true measure of anything. Not good measures of IQ, nor good measures of much else.

Ken, you and Larry are doing a great job. Keep up the good work. Just wish the AJC forced logging in, so someone like yellowblood could be banned.

Also, do these posts have an RSS feed? That would make it much easier to access all your blogs and articles…


March 24th, 2009
7:37 pm

The Yellowblood on this board is obviously a Techie, imitating a UGA fan. Which is ironic, considering the original yellowblood is really a UGA fan imitating a Techie. How is that for deep analysis? ha!

It will be really interesting to see how CPJ opens up the offense this year, particularly the passing game. If Nesbit can stay accurate, and has decent protection, ACC lookout. BTW, I like that “The Robot Nesbit” character. Funny stuff to someone of my low IQ. I scored a freaking 5 on that Wunderlick test the AJC was giving!


March 24th, 2009
8:35 pm

War the triple option beating Georgia’s defense into submission again this year.

Minnesota Jacket

March 24th, 2009
9:38 pm

Hey sorry for not being more descriptive…I meant Bebe is obviously our go to go (number one receiver) so just try to stay on who is really stepping up to be a go to Number two guy for Nes this year…(hope that helps)
D-Tackles fans is where were going to win games this year more than people imagine…if these guys step up and plug the gaps and allows Ced to roam east to west….it will be amazing