Roddy Jones injury, don’t despair Tech fans

A-Back Roddy Jones did indeed hurt his right wrist earlier this week. Our story can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/nx2clw

Now, everything seems a bit up in the air as of today whether Jones will play in the season-opener against Jacksonville State. Frankly, I’m not sure he’ll be needed for that one, but I would bet the odds are slim that he’ll miss the next one, a Thursday nighter five days laster against Clemson.

You only need to watch film from last year’s wins over Miami and Georgia to see what Jones means to coach Paul Johnson’s spread-based option offense (which needs a new nickname by the way, but that’s a blog for another time). His speed on the edge gives the offense the home-run threat that keeps those safeties back a step or two while the play develops.

So, who will get the call in the A-back positions if Jones were to miss the first game? Marcus Wright and Anthony Allen come to mind. Both are unfairly fast. Wright “saw the elephant” last year, while Allen had to sit out after transferring from Louisville. And there’s Embry Peeples. All three had some decent plays in the T-Day game. It remains to be seen if they are good at catching the ball out of the backfield. None of the three are particularly tall (at 6-0, Allen is the giant of the bunch), but whenever Tech did throw last year you usually didn’t see defenders consistently smothering the intended targets. So their size probably doesn’t matter much.

So, while Jones’ injury isn’t good kharma, I wouldn’t be too despondent, Tech fans. RC Giff Smith (fellow Pebblebrook HS alum; go fighting Falcons!) has done a good job in a short time filling the critical positions in CPJ’s offense.

63 comments Add your comment

TechDan

June 20th, 2009
1:04 am

Steve. The offense is called Steve.

Or the Wreckbone, depending on the formality.

SlimG

June 20th, 2009
2:24 am

Ouch, just the beginning of many problems that will develop from this high school offense. All the backs including the QB take way too much punishment. And with this weak offensive line, watch the injuries mount. Doug, it will be all your fault come November.

Old Gold

June 20th, 2009
7:19 am

Doug, re: your comments regarding a height issue for Anthony Allen, Marcus Wright, and Embry Peeples… how tall is Roddy Jones? Roddy brings leadership to the team, not height. A great player with lots of heart, but he ain’t tall.

Tommy Wildfire Rich

June 20th, 2009
7:41 am

SlimG- It was a weight room issue. He’s more likely to get hurt there than from the arm tacklers in Athens. And GT fans aren’t the ones to use injuries as an excuse. Guess which school that might be.

m

June 20th, 2009
8:17 am

Listen up dawgie:

Mr. Paul Johnson calls it the spread option.

Enough said.

45-42…just the beginning.

The Grinch

June 20th, 2009
8:17 am

On a serious not, I’m glad to hear he isn’t hurt bad. I don’t like to see anyone be injured.

Now to the lighter side. RAMBLE ON has such a man-crush on Roddy he’d probably have a stroke if he had to miss the season. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Tommy "Calculus" Rich

June 20th, 2009
8:18 am

I give up. What school would it be?

Max Sizemore

June 20th, 2009
8:22 am

The offense needs no new name. It’s a triple-option offense. Using the term “spread” — in the context of today’s pass-oriented offenses — is a misnomer.

Larry

June 20th, 2009
8:44 am

Remember the “Run and Gun” or “Red Gun” offense?

This is the “Run and Run” offfense!

GT

June 20th, 2009
10:00 am

AFLAC….I mean Georgia Tech!

Phil McCrotch

June 20th, 2009
10:09 am

slim- nice try. Read before you post.

rainman

June 20th, 2009
10:31 am

I think that once CPJ developes the passing aspect of his offense, that it will fall somewhere between Florida’s spread and the all run of last year.

m

June 20th, 2009
10:41 am

Max…you are just plain wrong according to Paul Johnson.

He says the triple option is just ONE play that he runs out of his offense that HE calls the spread option.

45-42….just the beginnning.

Burdell

June 20th, 2009
11:09 am

Wow. Wreckbone DOES have a VERY nice ring to it.

VIRGIL MURRY

June 20th, 2009
11:30 am

WE SHOULD CALL IT THE “RAMBONE” BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO BE RAMMING IT TO THE REST OF THE ACC,AND WE ARE ALSO AFFECTIONATELY AS THE RAMBLING WRECK

Buster

June 20th, 2009
11:41 am

SlimG,

You are an idiot. Come on up to Carolina country and I’ll show you some real pounding. After I rip your head off, I may slide something long and “slim” down that pencil-neck gizzard of yours.

Buster

macrotech

June 20th, 2009
12:00 pm

SlimG, you DO realize that this is football…..right?!

Pi$$onaDAWG

June 20th, 2009
12:50 pm

People, I am guilty of it too, but lets keep the personal attack out of a Football Blog. Roddy will be fine if given time to heal and we do have enough backs to rotate and keep fresh legs or wrists in the game. Happy FATHER’S DAY to all that post even the dawg fans.

Engy

June 20th, 2009
3:25 pm

Would it really kill the guy who does this blog to learn a little HTML coding or have the web designers use some additional scripting code? That way you wouldn’t have to bother using the tinyurl link and degrade the quality of the online AJC…

LOL Hypocrisy

June 20th, 2009
3:59 pm

“lets keep the personal attack out of a Football Blog”

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

ben

June 20th, 2009
4:15 pm

All I know is I’m a lot more eager and excited than I ever was with Chan and his lack of offense.

rainman

June 20th, 2009
4:38 pm

Does anybody have any personal knowledge about J.C. Lanier, the freshman DT? I know his height and weight, but has anyone seen him play?

2BT

June 20th, 2009
5:13 pm

The offense’s name is Steve. It’s been duly noted on The Hive!
http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=140&f=2938&t=4341089

Bust this

June 20th, 2009
5:24 pm

Hey Buster Fu…Tell us your real name and we will come find your sissy ars. Sackless piece of Sheeot!!!!

StingerSplash

June 20th, 2009
5:35 pm

The offense doesn’t need a name.
PJ calls it the spread.
Good enough here.

Grady

June 20th, 2009
6:41 pm

Actually, even Paul Johnson doesn’t refer to it as the triple option or spread option offense. He only runs that play a handful of times. Youtube Wes Durham to find out more about that. I like the wreckbone as a good nickname. And whoever called this a High school offense needs to learn the history of it. High schools only ran it after Paul Johnson made it famous at Ga. Southern. Just like in Texas, where everyone is running the Spread of UT now. It was in the Mag a few weeks ago.

YouKnow

June 20th, 2009
7:18 pm

I think Eric Zier called Tech’s O a “high school offense.” Right before the levee broke.

TDone

June 20th, 2009
7:19 pm

To Mr. SlimG,

Truth be known, all offenses are high school offenses, if they are run in high school.

Gailey ran an pro-style offense in college and it did not work too well, did it?

It’s all about blocking, tackling, and execution.

Go Jackets!!!

Top Dawg

June 20th, 2009
7:41 pm

I am sorry the playa got hurt. Trust me – us dogs know how that can be.

misterwax

June 20th, 2009
7:54 pm

Doug – you need to work on proof-reading your work before you submit it for publishing…..content would get a A- and spelling would rate an F….five days laster???? and good kharma? public schools need lots of help….

GOJACKET5

June 20th, 2009
9:19 pm

hey slim g , he hurt his wrist working out not from our offense dumb sh*t! Oh are you gonna call ugas offense a high school offense because i know tons of teams that run the pro style offense in high school! Oh and by the way that high school offense beat uga and racked up 409 yards rushing, the only reason you call it a high school offense is because you have a high school education and cant understand that this offense gives defense of coordinators nightmares keep calling it a high school offense but your not the one preparing for it each week.

Not Disappointed

June 20th, 2009
10:01 pm

Thanks Top Dawg! I hope Roddy Jones recovers soon. We have the best backs in the college football and a Darn Good Coach! I like Rambone too. LOL! “Happy Fathers Day All!” Ramblin Wreck!

Tech football is cool

June 20th, 2009
10:08 pm

I really like the Wreckbone. That is unique to Tech and sounds really cool. If they make T-Shirts lik the Perfct Option T’s made last year I would buy one. Thought nothing was better than the “Perfect Option” but I like the Wreckbone even better.

Wreckbone! Just feels good to say it!

Tokyo jacket

June 20th, 2009
11:10 pm

Top Dawg, classy post keep it up. Roddy should be fine. Had he broken his arm, he’d be back in time for opening day if he had to. This injury gives him 8 weeks to focus on speed training and leg drive…not all bad. Best of luck Roddy!

Doug, we don’t need a new name. What’s USC’s offense called? What’s OSU’s offense called? What’s Texas’s offense called? Their called “offense of a top-5 team.” Elite teams don’t need to name their offense – they just put the stats out there for all to see.

I can’t wait to see how Tech adds new passing wrinkles into this already highly potent offense. Tech will surely be better this year.

superDawg

June 21st, 2009
12:15 am

I am willing to have all the people on this and other blogs come to a tailgate party for the uga tek game.Please wear a name tag so we will know who to hit.Bring a friend.

chuck allison

June 21st, 2009
8:17 am

Sure wish you guys would drop that “STEVE” stuff. It makes us look really dumb. A name derived from an inside joke is never going to catch on. Let others worry that our offense has no name; it is just our offense.

RAMBLE ON!!!

June 21st, 2009
9:25 am

He’ll still run for 16.5 yards a carry when it comes time for the UGAg game.

maybe more.

Paddy

June 21st, 2009
10:12 am

SlimG… you don’t understand football do you? CPJ is a wonderful coach with a great offense. The truth be known, they are fun to watch. I can’t lie. But I wanted to.

Go DAWGS

gtfanfrom1951

June 21st, 2009
1:17 pm

The offense should be called flexbone…winner because thats what CPJ has done with this “high school offense.” Eric the “who” could not find his own offense players.

Paddy

June 21st, 2009
2:24 pm

WOW Buster…that was really Einstein like in the way you phrase things. You must be an engineer, doctor or lawyer. Could you teach me how to communicate in higher academia? You are my new hero….

rainman

June 21st, 2009
6:04 pm

Nobody hates on Florida for running a one dimensional offense. They run alot of options with the QB getting his share of carries, but they obviously have a good passing game that provides the needed balance. I can see CPJ developing the passing game (and it must be a threat), but he seems to lean more towards the run than Florida — personel, of course, has a bearing.

So, call Florida a ’spread offense’ and call Tech from last year a ‘triple option offense’. Once Tech developes a passing game, they will fall somewhere in between.

I guess we should call it the ‘triple spread’

Wreck7

June 21st, 2009
7:37 pm

The official Georgia Tech name for CPJ’s offense is the Option-Based Spread or OBS.

Obviously, no one on these blogs understands what a spread offense is. It has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with passing the ball. The name is meant to emphasize the offense’s ability to SPREAD OUT THE DEFENSE with the way the OL/WR/RB line up. It doesn’t necessarily mean spreading the ball around the field through passing. It means spreading the defense out to create opportunities for one-on-one plays. This virtually always gives the edge to the offensive player.

Spread offenses create mismatches and forces the defense to have to play assignments rather than the ball. This makes the game-planning more difficult.

Tech just spreads out the flexbone formation.

Wreck7

June 21st, 2009
7:40 pm

This should explain things a little bit better

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spread_offense

superDawg

June 21st, 2009
8:41 pm

Hey all you tech people be careful around campus you have a terrorist among you.

dogsux

June 21st, 2009
8:44 pm

To hell with you stupid dog posters who come here to show their ignorance. Go Oklahoma State. Just the first ass kickin the mutts are going to enjoy this fall. May an atomic bomb be dropped on the hellhole of athenia, ga.

SlimG

June 22nd, 2009
12:11 am

Ouch, the nerves are already shattered in that wrist and the spines of jacket backers. Look for the fumbles to increase with jones.

mike the tiger

June 22nd, 2009
7:54 am

your high school offense is a joke, we crushed you wimps. play some big boy football. your fan base is a bunch of pimple faced geeks i noticed at the dome.

Tommy Wildfire Rich

June 22nd, 2009
8:27 am

seems REAL LSU fand would be on the LSU blogs in the New Orleans paper instead of the Tech blogs on the AJC website.

Tommy Wildfire Rich

June 22nd, 2009
8:27 am

fans, not fand

RAMBLE ON!!!

June 22nd, 2009
8:55 am

Wildfire, if anyone is due a spelling break, it is you.