Spring practice, Day 6

Clever headline, eh?

Got some nuggets from Georgia Tech spring practice and a couple links to share.
A few things from the A-backs story I wrote for today.
1) Jeff Monken, the A-backs coach, took time to show me some film Tuesday from last season. He was pointing out what I wrote about in the story, A-backs pushing and shoving linebackers and defensive backs rather than cutting them to the ground. It was pretty obvious that several of the plays he showed me could have gone for far longer if the A-back in the play had gotten his man on the ground.
One of them, actually, was the play against Mississippi State when Josh Nesbitt tweaked his hamstring. It was a 21-yard run, but could have easily been a touchdown if a lineman and A-back had put their guys on the ground.

Of course, it’s very easy for me to sit here at my laptop and point this out. It isn’t so simple as throwing your body at a player’s legs and 10 times out of 10, he’ll fall to the ground. There’s technique to it, and also, as Roddy Jones said, it requires a vicious attitude. Monken called it part of being a “blue-collar football team.” This second-year development – players getting more adept at different facets of the offense – is one reason why I think the offense should be better.

2) If you’re going to watch the scrimmage Saturday, the best play to watch this on is the triple option. Look for the playside A-back going downfield. Two players to watch are Marcus Wright and Lucas Cox. Wright, all 175 pounds of him, might be the best blocking A-back. Cox, meanwhile, was called out a little bit by Paul Johnson yesterday when I asked him about it.
Said Johnson, “Lucas needs to be a better blocker. If he’s going to be play there, he’s going to have to be. He’s not the fastest guy and all that, so he needs to have a calling card. Blocking needs to be his calling card.”
3) I mentioned Zerbin Singleton, a former Navy player. If you don’t know about him, he is an unbelievable story.

Notes from Wednesday’s practice
1) The team started with some kickoff return work. Among those on the first team were Brad Jefferson, Lucas Cox, Robert Hall, Austin Barrick and Anthony Egbuniwe. The returners were Jones and Wright. Scott Blair was kicking and did a pretty decent job. On maybe seven or eight kicks, he put one at or just inside the goal line and another well into the end zone that were both angled to the sideline.
2) Some members of the Norcross football team watched from the sidelines.
3) In position groups and in 11 on 11, the offense worked on a play that I don’t remember seeing last season. It looks like it has the potential to be pretty effective.
4) With Cooper Taylor missing practice (he was sick), Mario Edwards took his spot on the first team in the “Wolf” position. It’s kind of a hybrid linebacker/defensive back spot. Larry will write more about that and Taylor for Sunday. (Buy a paper! Or buy two and give one to a friend.)

Some links:
Heather Dinich of espn.com has a very good Q&A with Paul Johnson.

Coley Harvey’s story in the Macon Telegraph about Tyler Melton and Demaryius Thomas.
A Tampa Tribune story that says that AD Dan Radakovich, in terms of salary as a percentage of the athletic department budget, is fifth among all AD’s at BCS conferences.

Tech recruit Derrick Favors won MVP honors in last night’s McDonald’s All-American Game in Coral Gables, Fla. A quote from an opponent: “You can’t leave the game in the hands of a player like Derrick Favors. If you do, you see what happens.”

In case you missed it, Larry reported that Georgia Southern, whose basketball coach resigned Monday, is interested in Tech assistant Charlton Young.

Johnny Crawford’s photo gallery from practice Wednesday.

Lastly…

The track teams from Georgia and Georgia Tech (weather permitting) will be running against each other in a dual meet Thursday night (tonight) at Tech’s track. It’s the first time the two have faced each other in a dual since 1992. Should be fun. I will be out there covering it.

54 comments Add your comment

DDT=dumbdogturd

April 2nd, 2009
8:37 am

Thanks for the links Ken, great one on Melton & Bay bay

m

April 2nd, 2009
8:47 am

Do any of you mediocrity tolerators miss Chan now? Thank God and Greyhound that he is gone forever.

RAMBLE ON!!!

April 2nd, 2009
9:08 am

m, no coffee this morning?

Buzz29

April 2nd, 2009
9:15 am

I would love to buy a paper but the AJC isn’t sold in my area anymore but the Macon Telegraph is and they believe in life outside of the “metro’. Good stuff from ya’ll Tech beat writers though.

Todd

April 2nd, 2009
9:52 am

“RAMBLE ON!!!” – LMAO…

Buzz

April 2nd, 2009
10:37 am

We hate you too yellowblood, but THE SOONER YOU COME TO TERMS WITH 45-42 AND WHEN YOU CLOWNS WANT TO BRING UP THE PAST, WE POINT TO 4 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS TO YOUR 1! That’s what teams lineup for on saturday’s isn’t it moron? Heck we have more sec championships than ugay had when both were in the same conference! I don’t know of anyone who would want to be like you unless i wanted to give myself a heart attack from stress from being so worried about my rivial and spending countless hours on the other teams board! {See yourself example a} Maybe they don’t like you over their either? Do you need a hug youngblood? Did you have your lunch stolen from you when you were a kid? What’s amazing about you rednecks is you have to live your fantasy through the eyes of lsu fans since they did something that you couldn’t. 45-42, get the picture!! That’s pretty sad youngblood. FACTS..
A} WE BEAT YOU ON YOUR OWN HOMEFIELD AND LISTENED TO YOUR FANS CRY ABOUT US DESTROYING YOUR HEDGES? [Take your pacifier out and remove your bibb} Good grief
B} We have 19 starters back to your 12 and those players who beat you were freshman & sophmores! You have no stafford or moreno to bail you out. I see a qb who has a ton of splinters in his a** and a RB coming off a serious leg injury? Should tech fans be scared???
c} We have cpj. ACC coach of the year and a .731 career winning percentage with two national championships on his resume. The man wins everywhere he goes, and look at what he has done to his rivals in his career.
D} WILLIE MARTINEZ?? Need i say more? Are tech fans really pisting their pants for your arrival in atlanta? I hardly think so!!

Look at the facts and just know that you can come on these blogs running your mouth but the facts remain the same. We are licking our chops to get you in atlanta this year and i would bet my house that you will be the underdog and chasing us in the polls all year as well. You guys better start getting used to these changes, and Keep that 2nd place state trophy shiny and get some more room cleared out next to it, there will be plenty more 2nd place finishes for you before cpj is done!

THWG 45-42

RAMBLE ON!!!

April 2nd, 2009
11:04 am

Why waste your time with yellowblood, clearly it’s strives for attention it never got growing up. Remember the one on the playground who was always pick last…

All you do is fuel its fire.

m

April 2nd, 2009
11:34 am

Ramble on, not a coffee drinker. Just trying to make sure that these medicrity tolerating Gailey fans never get to destroy our beloved program again. Maybe you should buy Hewitt a bus ticket??? Thank God and Greyhound that the worst coach in the history of mankind (that should NEVER have been hired in the first place) is gone forever. In other words, mediocrity has left town…in football, at least.

m

April 2nd, 2009
12:00 pm

And THANK GOD AND GREYHOUND I REMEMBERD TO WEAR PANTS TODAY! Martha always hates it when I leave the house without pants or my dentures. Thank God And Greyhound for my trusty reliable dentures. Couldn’t eat without ‘em! THANK GOD AND GREYHOUND THAT I’M STILL BAT SH*T CRAZY! YAY!

yellowblood

April 2nd, 2009
12:05 pm

yea, you beat us once in 8 years so what!?!?

GO DAWGS!

gtfan

April 2nd, 2009
12:14 pm

m…. i have to disagree with you. phew is by far worse than chan ever was.

phew is so bad i refuse to refer to him as a coach. at least chan was able to work as a pro and he does a reasonable job in the nfl. nobody can say the same for phew.

phew would be a much better fit for the ga southern coaching position that his assistant.

its a shame that phew is not honorable or he would do the right thing by gt and resign. phew doesnt even deserve to sniff bobby cremins’ dirty jock let alone walk on HIS court.

Reebok

April 2nd, 2009
12:14 pm

reading articles like this convinces me of something that i strongly suspected last year…in sharp contrast to the chan gailey/patrick nix/jon tenuta era (error?), tech is now a much better-coached team than uga. imho as always, of course…

gtfan

April 2nd, 2009
12:21 pm

yellowblood your a clown like the rest of the ugag fan base. And the funny part about it is that you KNOW it and admit it.

45-42.

we not only beat you last year but we beat you during a season when you were picked to win the nc AND we beat you at home.

i loved it when the ugag fans started leaving midway through the fourth quarter. i guess they had seen enough ‘vicious’ tackles by your panzy-a$$ed D to know which team was going to win that game.

45-42

what stick are you going to use when we beat you two in a row buckwheat?

Supersize that order, mutt

April 2nd, 2009
1:06 pm

m, give it a rest. you’re boring. And like I said yesterday, Bill Lewis lost 51 zip to FSU, the WORST SINGLE LOSS BY A TECH TEAM TO ANYONE SINCE 1904. I am NOT defending Chan; I am happy as hell that we got rid of him. But don’t let whatever emotional hangup you have over the man blind you to the facts. Chan was BAD. Lewis was UNBELIEVABLY BAD!!

DDT=dumbdogturd

April 2nd, 2009
1:17 pm

Does it seem to anyone else like we have the same arguments on here every single day? Just fueled by y/b and m. Ignore them both, who cares. Losers

Supersize that order, mutt

April 2nd, 2009
1:35 pm

you’re right, DDT=, and I guess I add fuel to the fire too. I just get so sick of reading that same crap day in and day out. I always ignore yellowblood, because he’s obviously a stupid mutt, but m, being a Tech fan, just gets under my skin. I’ll try to heed your advice and ignore them both. Don’t know if you were posting yesterday or not, but we actually had quite a few really good and informative posts, and not once interrupted by a stupid dawg fan.

ugablows

April 2nd, 2009
2:14 pm

i think that “m” is a doggie…..no tech man could be that danged stupid

Zach

April 2nd, 2009
2:22 pm

m is a dawgie or he’s 12 or under. No one alive during the Bill Lewis era would consider Chan Gailey the worst coach ever.

RAMBLE ON!!!

April 2nd, 2009
2:32 pm

IE'66

April 2nd, 2009
2:33 pm

What is this nonsense that Tech is playing the Norcross High football team? Outrageous. Even if it is a game for charity. Those high schoolers may get hurt. Please tell me this is an April Fools Day joke.

Nate

April 2nd, 2009
2:34 pm

Oh my gosh this yellowblood thing is getting really funny. Wow, some seriously crazy freaking people around here.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 2nd, 2009
2:49 pm

zach, my point exactly.

Oops, sorry, I said I wouldn’t get back into this argument again. lol

Buzz

April 2nd, 2009
2:58 pm

DDT, I mean STD….Your back!! What do us tech fans owe to this honor? You taking anything for that 7 year itch yet? You may want to met girls at a church or something, not over there in that trailor community man. Wise up std, that stuff is the gift that keeps giving, you know!!!!

Buzz

April 2nd, 2009
3:02 pm

I had to take a shot at ddt, even though he may not have posted, that guy is a piece of work!

DDT=dumbdogturd

April 2nd, 2009
3:04 pm

Im not the DDT uga fan there Buzz…notice my name. Come on buddy. I was calling y/b a loser, not everyone for responding (even though i wonder sometimes).

Yes, Supersize, yesterday was surprisingly well mannered for the AJC boards. Good conversations around.

If Blair can become as good a kicker as he is tackler, then we will be in business. Kid made some game saving tackles last year (hopefully he won’t have to this year, those were kinda scary). It would be nice to not have to panic everytime the special teams is on the field (both kicking and catching)

THWG

April 2nd, 2009
3:37 pm

^^ We know ^^

Hello IE'66

April 2nd, 2009
3:41 pm

In regards to your question below:

“What is this nonsense that Tech is playing the Norcross High football team? Outrageous. Even if it is a game for charity. Those high schoolers may get hurt. Please tell me this is an April Fools Day joke.”

“You’re sources were wrong. It’s actually UGA that’s playing a highschool team…Marist I belive. Turns out they schedule many cupcakes on the same level as highschool teams so it’s really nothing new …

Examples of past 5 year (high school level) foes listed:

Georgia Southern (a regular powerhouse on UGA’s tough out of conference schedule)

Tennessee Tech (these guys bring it parkview style!)

Central Michigan (chippewa’s are scary)

Western Carolina (no comment)

Western Kentucky (watch out for these guys!)

UAB (stands for University of Ass Beaters!)

Louisiana-Monroe (the real deal from the bayou!)

Marshall (Thundering Herd Rollin into Athens)

P.S. Why not just say “GO DAWGS” on your next post? Come out of the (ugay) closet already! you don’t have to hide behind fake names…no one’s gonna beat you up lil’ guy. I mean what I gather from your comments is your a Dog fan hiding behind a computer screen talking trash…yet your too scared to admitt it so you act like a tech fan? Why? Is it cold and lonely in your mom’s basement?

m

April 2nd, 2009
4:06 pm

I repeat…any of you tech fans that support chan now or EVER supported him…you SUCK to the nth degree. You deserve a lifetime of chan’s mediocrity. Thank God and Greyhound that Chan is gone forever and idiots like you didn’t hire the new coach.

Huh?

April 2nd, 2009
4:32 pm

Hey internet tough guy, will Tech be inflating its win total with two D-1aa’s this year like it did last year?

Oh, and by the way: GO DAWGS!!!!

m

April 2nd, 2009
4:46 pm

Huh? If you count ugag it probably should be 3 D-1aa wins last year.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 2nd, 2009
5:14 pm

m, I promised myself I wouldn’t get into this with you again, but dammit, man, NOBODY in here is defending Chan. Can’t you read? Chan sucked. But the rest of us, who apparently have been around longer than you and suffered more, KNOW that Bill Lewis was the absolute worst every coach at Tech. But they are both gone now, and good riddance to both. So how about we just TOTALLY drop it, and all reference to either of them. We HAVE a coach now, and the future is GREAT. Screw the past and anyone or anything connected with it that diminishes the future. Let’s put all our comments about the past on that greyhound bus and never see them again.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 2nd, 2009
5:21 pm

Huh? Remember Ga Southern and Central Michigan? Who are you to talk about schedules? And GW wa only on the Tech schedule last year because a division 1 team dropped Tech at a point too late to schedule anybody better. Meanwhile, I see you have, if I remember correctly, Tenn Tech on your schedule next year. Real powerhouse there.

superDawg

April 2nd, 2009
5:39 pm

Hey buzz UGA has 5 national champions title. UGA claims 2 1942/1980.Unlike you needle dick bug f’ers who claim 4 that really are nothing more than speculation at best.UGA’S TITLES ARE UNDISPUTED!all of yours are from early and i mean early 1900’s.1990 split with colorado.That is the truth.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 2nd, 2009
5:54 pm

superDawg, refer to the following link.

http://www.ncaa.org/champadmin/ia_football_past_champs.html

It seems to be the most all-inclusive list of national champions around, listing polls I never even heard of before. If you look through the list, you will see that UGAG is given at least a share of the national championship in 5 different years. Tech is listed with at least a share in 6 different years. Most of the polls listed for all of those years are pretty insignificant. The list of champions actually recognized by the NCAA lists Tech with 3 (1917, 1928, and 1990). UGAG appears on the list ONCE, for 1980.

GT

April 2nd, 2009
5:59 pm

Bluecollar is what I like to hear.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 2nd, 2009
6:05 pm

Oops, typo: In 1952, Tech went 12-0. My bad. LOL

Jimmy

April 2nd, 2009
6:19 pm

Getting back to the subject of this post, of course the Tech A and B Backs are having a naturally tough time learning how to cut block. It’s a chicken $hit way of playing football, usually used by the physically weaker teams. The teams who usually use cut blocking are the military schools. These guys are not suppose to be as huge as a house. They are suppose to be future soldiers. Slim and fit killing machines. I know SEALS who go about 5′7, 155 who could kill you w/ their finger nails. Any team who uses cut blocking(besides the military acadamies) are just physically weaker. They play mind games by going for their opponents knee’s. This gets their opponents to think about their safety rather than trying to make a tackle. It’s proven successful(it even works in the NFL), but IMO it’s still a bullcrap way to play football. It fits right in at Tech though, since it is a BS school to begin with.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

April 2nd, 2009
6:32 pm

Jimmy:

Only thing that matters: Just win baby!

The last time I looked, the goal was to win within the rules. That is what CPJ will do a lot, and UGA can get used to it.

Go Jackets!!

gtfan

April 2nd, 2009
6:39 pm

Superdawg…. your a great example of what we talk about when we say the uga fans = sad joke.

look no further than 1968 uga’s claim that they won the nc that year.

‘1968
Georgia: Litkenhous
Ohio St.: AP, Berryman, Billingsley, Dunkel, FACT, FB News, Football Research, FW, Helms, National Championship Foundation, NFF, Poling, UPI’

THE osu was undefeated that season having defeated preseason no 1 purdue. having crushed michigan and having beat uscw in the rose bowl in california.

meanwhile them dangerous dogs went 8-3 and were declared nc’s by that reknowned lesbian organization Licktenhous. was that the start of the ugay connection?

45-42

my next question is… why are you dawgs even on our blog? we now have dawgs declaring ‘first to post’ on our own blogs. dont you guys have your own blogs to worry about? shouldnt you be worrying about your defense and your offense and such questions as…

are the dawgs going to learn how to tackle by the end of next year?

are the dawgs going to overcome the loss of their best ever qb and herschel jr?

are the dawgs going to lose to gt yet again an make it tiar baby?

go baaaaaaaaah ck to your own blog their little goat. go baaaaaaaaaaaah ck.

JacketFanAthens

April 2nd, 2009
8:02 pm

I have the good fortune to work/ golf with many Dawg fans. Most of these guys were afraid of losing to us last year, but were confident that they could pull out a win because of all the big time talent/ game in Athens. As sweet as 45-42 was, even better is seeing it in my co-workers/golf buddies eyes that they know the GT game is one they won’t be looking forward to. Way less “smack”, nothing to brag about. Life is GOOD.

m

April 2nd, 2009
8:26 pm

Remember these dawgies are slow. They don’t realize that Chan is gone. Reggie Ball is gone. They don’t realize yet that Paul Johnson is planning on kicking their sorry arses year in and year out just like O’leary did. Richt needs to watch his back or he will end up like Donnan.

Brewer

April 2nd, 2009
9:35 pm

Thanks to Penn & Teller, I have found the solution to ‘em Dawgs getting neutered by CPJ last year: Neuticles! Yes, little prostheses that will fool the average dim witted dog into thinking his nuggets never left him! Maybe then the doggies can go back to licking, uh, ‘their wounds’, get off our blog and start preparing themselves for a brutal beating again this year.
**45 pts fum dat dadjum hi skool awfance, dadjum bugs!!!!**

Tokyo jacket

April 2nd, 2009
10:18 pm

Ken, that was some of the best journalism I’ve seen from the AJC as far as talking about breaking down game film. I’d love to hear more. Even though many would argue that they know everything about the TO, very few of us know that what happens off the ball. If you guys educate us on film and the way the offense is really run, that would be great.

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say I support m. That dude has fire and conviction. I don’t agree with him, but I wish all Tech fans were as dedicated as he is. I will agree with him on one thing though, CPJ is going to make a habit of coaching this team to more wins than the talent should dictate. As we start getting more top-25 recruiting classes, that means top-10 finishes.

Also, I do agree that Richt could be out of Athens at the end of the 2011 season; especially if he loses three in a row to GT.

RAMBLE ON!!!

April 2nd, 2009
10:44 pm

gtfan, can I copy and paste that?

LMAO!!!

Supersize that order, mutt

April 2nd, 2009
10:47 pm

Tokyo, I obviously don’t agree with everything m says either, but I am with him 100% on his last post. I too think Richt will be chased out of Athens in a couple more years. Superior talent doesn’t perform for mediocre coaching; the honeymoon is over in cow town.

Tokyo jacket

April 3rd, 2009
5:37 am

Yeah, as I recall a lot of Donnan’s troubles began after year two of losing to GT and his fate was sealed on Godsey’s 35-second 20 yard naked bootleg right.

Ken Sugiura

April 3rd, 2009
7:17 am

I’d take the over on RIcht being gone after the 2011 season. I think we can all agree that UGA underachieved last year, but I wouldn’t say he’s done so repeatedly in the way that Donnan’s teams did. If UGA has a few more years like this past one, then yes, but I think his record speaks pretty well for himself.
Tokyo Jacket – thanks for the kind words.

yellowblood

April 3rd, 2009
7:23 am

I am really a closet Gator fan. I think the Gators are cool and fit my no frills man-loving lifestyle. If all my g@y UGA buddies found out they would not let me back in the trailer park or attend any of the tickle piles after the UGA games. My boyfriend Lawrence told me to be brave and tell them, but I am afraid…afraid that I may no be accepted as a g@y UGA fan…and I would have to leave the trailer park and give up my job at Burger King!

m

April 3rd, 2009
7:33 am

Ken, if you think the pitiful pups will tolerate losing 3 in a row to Tech then you are smoking something good.

cluett peabody

April 3rd, 2009
11:44 am

m, please don’t forget to put tgag at the end of all your post. It is just too funny not to mention. By the way, I have to agree with some of the others on B*** L**** as the worst ever.

Ken, good post. Keep them coming.

tgag.