Marcus Wright emerges

Good morning.

At Saturday’s scrimmage, the starting lineup changed: Marcus Wright started at A-back instead of Lucas Cox. (Cox played mainly at backup B-back and ran hard up the gut, breaking tackles).

It’s too early to project Wright will actually keep that spot opposite Roddy Jones. But Wright is making a strong case.

Coaches have praised the 5-8, 175-pounder out of San Antonio for his blocking. He’s one of the fastest players on the team. And he showed great burst during the scrimmage. Wright took one toss for 20 yards, keeping his balance despite taking a clean shot.

I was more impressed with another play, one he messed up. Wright fumbled a pitch from Josh Nesbitt and it looked like DE Derrick Morgan was going to fall on it first. Wright came up with it despite being crushed by Morgan and someone else.

“Marcus has had a good spring,” coach Paul Johnson said. “I tell you, he’s a physical guy. I think he’s made a lot of improvement. I’m excited about Marcus, I think he can help us.”

Tech took the redshirt off Wright in the sixth game last season. In spot duty he had a 29-yard run against Florida State and a 47-yard catch against LSU. He returned nine kickoffs for a 22.2-yard average.

Remember, this is the same guy who scored 45 TDs as a high school senior while rushing for 3,374 yards. That’s one season. I think this is the most incredible stat: in eight straight games, he had one carry that went at least 70 yards.

Now, it seems, he’s grasped the offense enough to put that speed to use.

“I think he’s getting a better feel for where he’s going and what he’s doing and now he can play fast,” CPJ said. “He didn’t play fast last year. He’s got good speed and I think now he’s playing a little faster.”

Other scrimmage notes that didn’t make it in Sunday’s report:

Backup defensive tackle T.J. Barnes played more reps than most. With mixed results.

“He was just rolling with the ‘2’s, and at some positions there aren’t a lot of guys,” CPJ said. Then he added: “We need to get him a lot of reps so he can drop his weight. He needs to play harder.”

Lucas Cox ran well at B-back, so did Embry Peeples at A-back. Backup guard Omoregie Uzzi got some props from CPJ.

“Uzzi caught my eye a couple times coming off the ball, so that’s good,” the coach said. “We need him to be a player for us.”

89 comments Add your comment

Carolina Jacket

April 6th, 2009
7:23 am

Its great to have such depth at running back. There are some real studs whose names are not even being mentioned. And remember last year? All we read about was the fundbles. Not so much this year. Things are looking good. How is the passing coming along?

m

April 6th, 2009
7:58 am

It is oh so nice for Tech to have a real college football coach after so long. Thank God and Greyhound for that.

MinnesotaJacket

April 6th, 2009
8:52 am

I agree with Carolina I remember last year when PJ was forced to take the redshirt off Wright because we had no depth at all. Carolina I think from what I have read Nesbitt is still doing well but he has been very spotty where he is very off and on so hopefully he cleans that up a little bit with more reps.
Hey Larry so when PJ sais he needs to play harder is that “coach talk” for he has not been playing to the level that he can and just coasting through practice?
m….how about you say something non coach related because it is getting pretty fn annoying reading your dumb*** comments on this blog

GA Tech Insider

April 6th, 2009
8:52 am

m;

It’s time to give it a rest, son.

Larry Hartstein

April 6th, 2009
9:39 am

Minnesota – Regarding T.J., they want him to get in better condition so he can go all-out on every snap. The kid is working hard, according to all accounts. We’re going to write this week about the key redshirts from last season, including T.J., and D-line coach Giff Smith had some interesting things to say about him. One thing is certain: he may not start, but they are counting on T.J. to play a lot of meaningful snaps.

MinnesotaJacket

April 6th, 2009
9:55 am

Larry can you gray out your posts in the future [you might have and my explorer just sux haha]
I really really want T.J to be a man beast and be able to be on the first team by next fall so I am hoping he is doing everything possible to get there. Who all is playing well for the other D-Tackle right now?
Also have you been hearing solid reviews about our linebacker play so far this spring, because in the end I think they will be the key to our defensive sucess. I say this because if Morgan and Taylor don’t have to come up to be so run heavy it helps our secondary become even stronger this year.

Larry Hartstein

April 6th, 2009
10:05 am

Minnesota – Jason Peters and Ben Anderson are starting at DT right now, and as I mentioned in Sunday’s article, Peters made an impressive interception. LBs Sedric Griffin and Brad Jefferson are looking good, especially Griffin. Taylor is playing close to the line now in the “Wolf” position (another Sunday article talked about that switch). Burnett and Dominique Reese are the starting safeties.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 6th, 2009
10:45 am

Has m ever actually said anything about football in here? All I can remember is the greyhound crap. He must be a really boring man to live with (I ASSUME it’s a man).

MinnesotaJacket

April 6th, 2009
10:46 am

I do find it funny how it looks like we have such great depth on the defensive line but lacking on offensive line right now haha…
I read the article on Taylor but I am saying that if our linebackers can stop the run it allows Taylor and Burnett to be more pass ready that is all. I like hearing about great plays being made though on the D-Line, especially Peters who I like a little more because he has a little bit more size than Ben.
Let me tell ya though SED is going to be a great player for us this year, and I believe with him and Brad holding down the fort it will allow our d-line time to get comftorable.
Larry great job covering along with Ken, and thanks for graying out your stuff!

Sharecropper

April 6th, 2009
10:46 am

Mr. Hartstein: I really wish you would ask Johnson about the influence, if any, that Dodd’s belly series had on his spread option offense, and particularly the triple option, which seems to me a knockoff of the belly series. It is made more fascinating because of Johnson’s affection for and reliance on the pony backs: smaller, quicker, faster, and downfield blockers, whether at A back or wide receiver. That, together with the deception, was Dodd’s stock in trade. In a long ago life former LSU great Jerry Stovall once told me that just to look across the field and see Dodd on the sideline was intimidating, because “We knew he was a great offensive coach, and we never knew what he would pull.”

MinnesotaJacket

April 6th, 2009
10:47 am

Supersize good to hear ya on the blog, sorry for leaving you and fellow Jacket fans hanging this past week, my bro was getting married and I was busy with that haha.

GOTECH2

April 6th, 2009
11:31 am

Didn’t Wright recover the fumble on the Georgia kick off? He also threw a great block on a middle linebacker from the A Back position.

Larry Hartstein

April 6th, 2009
11:36 am

GOTECH2 — You’re right, Wright recovered the fumble on the kickoff at 28-28.

m

April 6th, 2009
11:57 am

The reason that I have to keek reminding you idiots that supported Gailey, is because you are apparently too stupid to realize that the coaching change ITSELF is what has revitalized Tech’s program. It is mediocrity tolerators like you Gailey lovers, and Dave Braine, that destroyed our beloved program that O’leary worked so hard to build. And now that Paul Johnson is quickly undoing the 6 long unnecessary years of damage that Chan Gailey did to the program, it is my job to make sure that it NEVER happens again. Because you IDIOTS were so willing to wallow in mediocrity FOREVER…and to be honest that is what you all deserved. But our beloved Tech program did not deserve it. Therefore, I thank God and Greyhound EVERY DAY that Chan Gailey, the worst coach in Tech history, is gone forever, and that you idiotic mediocrity tolerators did not get to wallow in Chan’s mediocrity forever like you were oh so willing to do. It is just too bad that Chan didn’t take you idiots with him.

ragu

April 6th, 2009
12:00 pm

tony

April 6th, 2009
12:11 pm

m….I thought those other guys comments on you were unnecessary….until I read your recent rant. YOU are clearly the IDIOT. I’m pretty sure that your daily greyhound comment will have no effect on CPJ’s tenure at GT. Get over it.

PS, since I just slammed you, I must have been a Gailey fan, right? I must embrace mediocrity, right? Get a life, dude.

V8 Cat

April 6th, 2009
12:11 pm

M, there is no bigger Tech fan than I am over a half a century, and I can tell you Chan was not the worst coach. He had the ability to spot recruits that were not four star ones and coach them up except at the most important position – quarterback. There was a lot of talent on the field last year that was brought to Tech under Gailey. Thank goodness Gif Smith was retained by Johnson. Am I glad we got a new coach? Yes, because we could not beat UGA, but there is no need to continually call Gailey the worst coach we ever had because he was not.

Yankee Transplant

April 6th, 2009
12:14 pm

m, Chan did leave you with the talent that CPJ won with last year. What happens when that talent is gone? Until CPJ is playing and winning at this level with HIS guys, the jury is still out on his ability to turn HIS recruits into winners.

m

April 6th, 2009
12:35 pm

V8 Cat..you are nuts. Chan didn’t coach anyone up…he held everyone back. Chan was and is a truly pathetic college coach. Paul Johnson may be the best college coach in America…notice the difference? Paul is a winner and did it mostly with Chan’s recruits but will do even better with his own recruits. Any recruiting success we had under Gailey is due to Giff Smith, who Johnson retained anyway. Bottom line is you Gailey lovers are the stupidest people I have ever encountered on this earth. Sit back and enjoy the success under Paul Johnson, even you though you idiots don’t deserve it. Thank God and Greyhound, EVERY DAY, that the worst coach in the history of the world is GONE FOREVER.

MinnesotaJacket

April 6th, 2009
12:45 pm

It is pretty bad when one of your supporters is now calling you an idiot…and first of all you must know nothing of football if you are going to sit there and say worst coach in Tech history, because it was HIS recruiting that did bring in some big talent which was AIDED by Giff. Second of all don’t you sit here on the blogs and start calling out TRUE FANS loyalty to the program, and say we were fine in mediocracy because Im pretty sure it was those loyal fans who WERE tired of it, because I for one don’t like having to listen Georgia fans…but you sitting here and talking about is miserable to listen to and you just prove UGA fans wrong when they say we are like them in their stupidity.
No offense (and I love PJ) but officially we had a MEDIOCRE season last year so I guess you like dwelling in mediocracy as well right m….stop your miserable smut and actually act like a true fan and enjoy the here and now and not the then and there

m

April 6th, 2009
1:06 pm

Minnesota Jackarse, did you move to Minnesota to be closer to Chan? Last year’s season was better than any season that Gailey had at Tech. And Gailey was too busy watching Little House on the Prairie reruns to do any recruiting. Like I said, you mediocrity supporters just plain suck. But you will have to go to Kansas City to find mediocrity now, because Thanks to God and Greyhound and DRAD, it has been eradicated at Tech. Hallleeeeedamloooyah, chan is gone FOREVER!!!!!

ArkyTech

April 6th, 2009
1:11 pm

Marcus Wright (AKA Little Bit) made some big time blocks in the Miami and UGAg games. Completely sealed off linebackers and safeties leading to some big plays. Not surprised he is making a push for playing time.

Brewer

April 6th, 2009
1:13 pm

Thank God and Greyhound that ‘GA Tech Insider’ is posting again. There’s been a real lack of posts worth reading in the comments section for way too long. It is usually the same old brain dead crap on most days from the puppies.

GOTECH2: Wright not only recovered the fumbled kickoff in the UGA game, he also laid down many beautiful blocks last year, especially in the FSU game. He was a real menace to the opposing LBs. They had to keep an eye on him every play to keep from getting cut down like bowling pins.

Greyhound

April 6th, 2009
1:15 pm

M, was gailey worse than Bill Lewis? We are all glad gailey is gone and johnson is here but its old news. you state that its “your job to remind us all of this fact” really? who made it your job? are there also aliens living inside your teeth? do you hear voices?

we are all excited about CPJ and tech but what does gailey have to do with anything aside from the fact that he could not have left a cupboard more stocked with offensive pieces that, ironically, fit CPJ’s system to a T. Nesbitt, Dwyer, Roddy and not to mention he brought in Burnett and Morgan on the other side in that same class. Giff Smith or not it was still on his watch.

That said, his departure was way over due. As is your. Now get on that greyhound (bus) you keep yammering about and get a one way ticket to KC or where ever gailey now resides and stalk him in the grocery store.

yellowblood

April 6th, 2009
1:24 pm

Now boys stop fussing. We’re winning in football, beating UGAG and having wonderful Tickle Piles. What mor can we want.

swampjacket

April 6th, 2009
1:29 pm

m…keep on keepin’ on Brother!! I happen to appreciate your sentiment and devotion. No, I don’t need anyone to remind me of the last 6 years of the Gailey Purgatory, but it certainly doesn’t bother me. And as far as Bill Lewis goes..at least with his “Hell” you really had no hope..But Gailey’s team had such talent it was far more torterous!

BLAZER

April 6th, 2009
1:30 pm

BILL LEWIS WAS THE WORST COACH, PERIOD!!!!

gt fan

April 6th, 2009
1:32 pm

i am with m on this one. while chan was not the worst fb coach we have had (bill lewis was) he was a close second.

if anything, chan held the program back by keeping his good ol boyz around such as former head of recruiting dave wilson and the former wide recievers coach. chan had absolutely nothing to do with our defense btw as our ad recommended tenuta. matter of fact chan had been out of college coaching so long the only coaches he knew about were his washed up nfl good ol boys.

it you look at our recruiting for instance, it did not pick up until DRAD made chan fire wilson. we had our best recruting seasons under giff. chan just happened to be the head coach.

if chan was such the evaluator why did pj daniels lanquish on the bench until injuries forced chan to play him. if chan was such the evaluator we would not have been quaterback p-eewww for his entire tenure at gt. surely such a ‘keen’ evaluator as chan would have spotted a great qb.

remember when chan went looking at the nfl on a whim? that was NO whim. drad told chan that he HAD to fire some of his assistants or he could go pound salt. chan went to find a salt co that would hire him but none did.

so i agree with m in that those chan lovers helped keep chan at gt for far longer than he should have been here.

i just dont understand it. why would a school alum feel so much love for a coach over the health of a program? in my mind the coach is never ever bigger than the program. this brings phew to mind.

imo phew is every bit as bad if not worse than bill lewis ever was. period. yet we have fans and alumni who are so enamored with phew that they would allow the program to become such as it is because they LOVE phew.

what is funny though is that phew could give a rat’s a$$ about gt. if phew really cared about gt he would have resigned 2 years ago. he should have resigned this year and offered to help us keep our recruiting class.

that being said, m you need to let chan go now. he is gone. thank god.

put your efforts into helping us embarass phew enough so that he resigns. phew is a cancer on what used to be a good basketball program.

he needs to be cut out.

MinnesotaJacket

April 6th, 2009
1:40 pm

I agree with ya’ll about Wright against the Miami game with the blocks he was throwing…it is funny that it is though small things that usually go unnoticed but it is those small things like getting guys on the ground which lead to Dwyer and Roddy down the sideline…and this year the blocking on the o-line will be the key in order to give Nes time to throw the ball.
Does anyone else remember the huge hits in the first quarter of the Miami game which set an amazing tone…I can’t remember ( I think it was Burnett with the one on D) but I remember another one..

m

April 6th, 2009
1:55 pm

gtfan, thanks for your comments. Bill Lewis screwed Tech for less than 3 years….chan screwed us for 6 long horrible years and it would have been a 100 years if these idiotic chan loving mediocrity tolerators had been allowed to have their way. Dave Braine and all the other chan lovers ought to be in jail for what they did to our beloved tech program. Thank God and Greyhound that Chan Gailey and Dave Braine are gone FOREVER…too bad they didn’t take these IDIOT mediocrity tolerators with them.

Old Gold In a Cup

April 6th, 2009
2:08 pm

Nerd fans; losers in life that got there team colors from their pee stained bed sheets. Back to the cellar, you bunch of perennial losers. UGA OWNS U!

wth

April 6th, 2009
2:17 pm

Why is it called GT? I thought the name of the school was the Georgia Institute Of Technology (GIOT) and you know what a “GIOT” is Don’t you? http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Giot

crs

April 6th, 2009
2:33 pm

As a UGA fan, I am acutally glad to see Tech coming along, it only helps to bring the rivalry back. Paul Johnson is a GREAT coach and you all are lucky to have him.

I do think you all are very vulnerable early in the season, practice can never simulate real game speed particularly with the option and I also think you are vulnerable after extended periods of time off as was the case with LSU.

You all have a tough schedule next year so keep your expectations in check.

RAMBLE ON!!!

April 6th, 2009
2:41 pm

I just wish m cared about basketball.

m

April 6th, 2009
2:46 pm

ramble on, I’ll make a deal with you. If Tech doesn’t make the Final Four next year, with this great recruiting class, I will see about getting a Greyhound for Hewitt….if you will help round up these gailey mediocrity tolerators and load them on the Greyhound too. Deal?

MinnesotaJacket

April 6th, 2009
2:52 pm

amazing how quick a blog can turn to crap haha…
m shut the F*** up you are literally miserable to have to read…I mean if you were work for Greyhound this isn’t a great place to advertise.

m

April 6th, 2009
2:55 pm

ramble on….minnesotajackarse should be the first gailey medicrity apologist that you round up.

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 6th, 2009
3:09 pm

Can’t we all just get along? M let it go and This ain’t Paul”Bear” Bryant yet. We are looking for a small let down this year because of the schedual. Make it through October with no major INJURIES and this could be a good year again. Coop and Morgan are looking GREAT. Get the young O-Line players time now and in the Fall get the rest of the O-Line healthy and we will be OK.

MinnesotaJacket

April 6th, 2009
3:21 pm

Pi$$ my question will be can our o-line gell in time for the season opener…I mean Clemson is going to have some talent and then Miami…thats two rough games for us and we will need our line working as a unit, not individuals.

GA Tech Insider

April 6th, 2009
3:37 pm

I’m sitting back, reading all of this nonsense, all started by “m,” imagining all of the Bulldog faithful sitting back behind their keyboards laughing at most of you. Grow up. This is a sports blog.

m, I’ve been a GA Tech fan probably longer than you’ve been alive. Don’t call into question my loyalty to the program. I ask you…Do you even have season tickets? Then I would ask you, how much more, if any, do you contribute to the athletic program every year, assuming you’re even a season ticket holder? Do you just “talk the talk,” or do you “walk the walk” like me?

Good lord, people, here it is, an exciting time to be a Jacket fan, Spring practice; the Team preseason picked anywhere from 10 to 15 in the Country; three top tier recruits already pledging the program, we’re getting great stories from the AJC and for once, no insults from the UGA fans but fighting amongst ourselves. Are you kidding me?

How about everybody trying to get along and enjoying what we’ve got to be proud of. There aren’t too many programs in America that can say they offer this standard of higher education and high level of college athletics than GA Tech.

MinnesotaJacket

April 6th, 2009
4:13 pm

true true…(student here so officially I am paying a SH** ton for my season tickets hahhaha)

ShutUpMutt

April 6th, 2009
4:37 pm

M, you and yellowblood are complete morons, but as long as you buy tech tix you’re ok in my book.

MoDawg

April 6th, 2009
4:43 pm

GA Tech Insider, I am a Dawg who happened to come to a Tech blog, just to get some insight on what’s going on and held off on commenting, but I’ll be the first to admit that reading all of the Tech folks on here “in-fighting” is pretty funny to me, but has to be hard to take from a level-headed Tech fan perspective.

We have “ours” on the UGA side, as well. Sorry to interrupt.

m

April 6th, 2009
5:07 pm

You Gailey mediocrity tolerators just don’t get it. Gailey destroyed our program for 6 long years while y’all sat on your hands and did nothing. I have spoken out against Gailey since day one. Even if you were deaf, dumb, blind, and stupid when Gailey was hired, surely after 6 long horrible years you could finally see the light. We now have a GREAT coach. The future is so bright we all need to wear shades. And it’s all thanks to God and Greyhound and DRAD for getting rid of Gailey. And you Gailey mediocrity tolerating fools were and still ARE part of the problem because you are too stupid to be part of the solution. And how we can tell…because you are still defending Gailey…and Gailey would still be here if was up to some of you…and anybody that EVER supported Gailey in any way…or heaven forbid stupid enough to still support him…you SUCK to the nth degree.

GA Tech Insider

April 6th, 2009
5:17 pm

Frankly, m, the only person who seems to be obsessed with Chan Gailey is you. I’m really surprised that you’re still allowing this man to have this man to have so much power and control over your life.

While there are so many great things going on with the GA Tech program, m, you are allowing Chan Gailey to continue to have power over the program by feeding your anger. It’s time to let it go. We’re all Yellow Jackets.

m

April 6th, 2009
5:30 pm

Insider..you are clueless. I am going to make sure that we NEVER have another Gailey debacle. You mediocrity tolerators may not have minded what he did to Tech…but I do and I say NEVER again. Thank God and Greyhound that Chan Gailey is Gone forever…too bad he didn’t take his idiotic supporters with him.

Cuttysark

April 6th, 2009
5:33 pm

Leave “M” alone. I’m in agreement that Chan was an awful coach. When Chan had an opportunity to turn the corner back in 2006, what he did was crawl into a shell and played not to lose at Georgia, which was a loss. Then did the same thing in the ACC championship game against Wake, ending with another anguishing loss. Then stayed in that crawl space shell and delivered yet horrible loss in the Gator Bowl to WV. Should have been canned right there on the spot in Jacksonville.

Look at his meager nine (9) point a game field goal kicking offense in Kansas City. Much like the other NFL retread who was at Southern California and ran that program into the ground, Paul Hackett. Gailey and Hackett should have never been given a college job. CPJ is, and will always be, A COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACH!!!

While he might not have been the absolute worst coach in the history of football (I vote for Gerry Faust at Notre Dame), that three (3) game stretch in 2006 was easily the WORST stretch of coaching I have ever witnessed!! Thank God he is gone!

ragu

April 6th, 2009
5:33 pm

38-3, geeeaaauuuxxxxx tigers,,bust that …… you know what jackets!!

Supersize that order, mutt

April 6th, 2009
6:01 pm

Minnesota, I’m glad you’re back, and happy you weren’t gone for any negative reasons. I was enjoying our back-and-forth’s last week, and I missed them while you were gone. I’m glad too to see that you (as well as I) are one of m’s SO-CALLED mediocrity lovers. Hell, I don’t recall either of us ever saying that we liked Chan or the way he coached. The problem is that m is just totally obsessed with it, and he had NEVER said one insightful thing about the football team in general. The mediocrity, thank God, is GONE, but it is also gone from my list of priorities. I choose to move on, as have the vast majority of all the Tech faithful. I really think m needs to see a shrink to find out why he can’t leave the past behind and move on to the future.

In a word, m, you are B O R I N G !!!

GA Tech Insider

April 6th, 2009
6:03 pm

“m”;

I have tried to be understanding and supportive of your position, even give you an out, but at this point even a “m”ule needs a good kick every now and again.

Everybody is well aware of your position by now, and there is no need for you to waste anyone’s time with your “m”oronic comments. If you want to talk GA Tech football, this is the proper forum. If you don’t, then take your childish tantru”m”s somewhere else.

And if you want to get down to it, son, Chan Gailey to GA Tech to consecutive Bowl Games every year he was on Campus, he recruited great kids for the Program, and the Team was never called into question for any NCAA issues under his tenure, after problems stemming from an earlier regime.

This isn’t to say Chan Gailey was the best Head Coach in the World, because he wasn’t, but when you look at his record against someone like Bill Lewis, as an example, you’d keep your “m”outh shut.