First day in the books

Well, it was a hot one, for sure.

But, all the players made it through, with what looked like just one player, linebacker Brandon Watts, suffering from what looked like cramps.

The defensive linemen and special teams units beat the others out. Defensive line coach Giff Smith was fired up with his players, some of whom didn’t do a drill the way he wanted. So he made them to do it all over again.

The quarterbacks looked shaky at times, but it was just the first day. At one point the two freshmen qbs had fumbles on six of eight possessions, mostly on the snap. Overall, passes fluttered, passes bounced, passes went a few yards too far, but again that’s the be expected on the first day of practice. As I wrote in the print story, there were some nice plays too.

The other news, which was posted on, is that Kamaron Riley has left the team, and that Kyle Jackson hopes to be back in time for the season-opener. 

Roddy Jones, wearing a don’t-you-dare-touch-him-gold-jersey, was out there catching option pitches and running.

In all the players looked excited to be out there, as did the coaches. There isn’t much news to report, other than that. 

Frankly, I was a bit surprised, as were others, that there weren’t more fans out watching practice. Practices will be closed in about two weeks, so now’s the time if you want to watch.

Appreciate y’alls thoughts on what the team needs to work on in August. We seem to be thinking along the same lines. The most-discussed areas were the passing game, and the defensive line. I’m not as worried about the defensive line. I’m not a football coach, but it seems like that’s the one position that’s the easiest to fill, unless you fill it with people who can neither stop the run, nor get to the QB. I don’t think Tech has many of those players in its two-deep, based upon what those players did last year.

The passing game will be helped by the running game. The better everyone gets at it, the easier it will be to pass. 

If you were out at practice, send me your thoughts. If you weren’t, but have questions, shoot them my way.

And, as always, follow me on twitter @ajcgatech

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August 3rd, 2009
9:16 pm

Roddy White? I think you are thinking about the wrong team as he plays for the Falcons. Really not expecting much from you Mr Roberson.

Not Disappointed

August 3rd, 2009
9:17 pm

Drop passes concern everyone, but being the first day it’s expected. I will try to make it out tomorrow afternoon to watch the team workout.

CPJ and staff will have them ready this September.

Thanks for the updates, Doug. Ramblin Wreck!

Minnesota Jacket

August 3rd, 2009
9:30 pm

Agreed Gary….come on Dough I was on your boat but Roddy is one of those players you should never mess up. I was not at practice this week but I plan on being out there next week…also Dough you can’t expect a lot of people out there when summer semester just ended and fall semester doesn’t start for another 2 weeks (just saying there might be 1000 people on campus and that is really pushing it)

Alabama Jack

August 3rd, 2009
9:33 pm

Yeah, now we know why Roddy White was a no-show at the Falcons camp. He got lost trying to get to Flowery Branch. Seriously, I got to see him play at UAB as a collegian, and would love to have seen him in gold and white rather than gold and green.

In the meantime, Roddy Jones was scoring another TD down the right sideline against the dawgs.


August 3rd, 2009
9:36 pm

Haha. I was wondering why in the heck roddy white would be practicing with tech… Its good to hear that Roddy Jones is still in action, though.

Its a bit more refreshing to know that a lot of the “shaky qb play” came from the freshmen. I would expect them to be scared their first day of practice. Nesbitt will be a better passer than last year, im not too worried. I doubt Luallen or Sims will see any playing time this year at all. We already have a three-deep depth chart at qb.

Im really hoping the defensive line will step up, and i think they will. We just need TJ Barnes to take a starting spot to add some size to the middle. I really wish Kyle Jackson could run through drills like roddy… oh well. Hopefully Sed and Jefferson can stay healthy until Kyle is back to 100%.

Hayseed Dixie

August 3rd, 2009
9:41 pm

Roddy Jones is *still* inbounds.

go tech

August 3rd, 2009
10:09 pm

Doug, you are doing a good job, thanks!
But is it fair to ask, seeing as how you’re a UGA grad, when the Tech practices are closed, will you use your position of being close to the jackets program and provide closed information to the bulldog coaches? Or is that an unfair question to ask?


August 3rd, 2009
10:13 pm

Well everyone beat me to the typo (there are few other in your last paragraph…like changing “man” to many….just to help you out because I know you don’t have an editor). Thanks for the fairly quick practice report…keep them coming!

Can you keep tracking the completion percentage throughout the practices….that really will help by putting a barometer on how our QBs are progressing (especially if you can key in on how Nesbitt progresses) ?

How does Tarrant look in the punt return game? I heard the punters were awful so it was hard to tell…

Also can you keep track of J.C. Lanier, Stephen Hill, and any True froshes that actually stand out in practices?

It would also be nice if you could try to record TFLs and by our DL later on when they do scrimmages.

Whatever you end up doing…thanks for the reports!


August 3rd, 2009
10:14 pm

Doug: It must have been a loooong day for you. There are several “oops” in your blog, but I do appreciate all of the updates.

GT fans and alumni generally have jobs and important things to do during the week. The ones that can will make it to the practices and “fan” day, but it is not like UGA in that regard, and it never will be. I promise you that the Tech fans are proud and excited with this 2009 Paul Johnson team. And I believe that you will see interest in and around Atlanta grow over the next couple of years, and who knows, sellouts may be a common occurrence at BDS down the road.

Go Jackets!!


August 3rd, 2009
10:14 pm

Can’t wait to see what an NFL Pro-Bowler looks like catching passes for the Jackets this season.


August 3rd, 2009
10:16 pm

Not the first time “Roddy White” has made an appearance on this blog. I think the AJC sports spell check software knows who roddy is better then the beat writer.

42-45 a fluke!

August 3rd, 2009
10:58 pm


August 3rd, 2009
11:06 pm

I was wondering who Roddy White was. Not being a big NFL fan left me in the dark on that one.

Not too worried about the quarterbacks fumbling snaps. These guys probably won’t play at all this year so it’s not a point of concern, like it was at, oh, the 2007 spring game.

If I was in the Atlanta area right now I’d stop by the Rose Bowl and watch some of practice, as I am simply a jobless student. Alas…


August 3rd, 2009
11:15 pm

Because their all still in denial you see names like 45-42 a fluke. Now I wonder what the muts will say after we beat their faces year in and year out. Fluke? Yeah probably.

Cuz in Minnessotta

August 3rd, 2009
11:32 pm

(((59-39-5))) HAHAHAGA

GT Rich

August 3rd, 2009
11:45 pm

Previous reports were that the fall practices would be closed to the public, so good to hear that we can show up. Is there a schedule posted? I am also curious to know how the QBs progress in their completion percentage and the battle for 2nd string QB. Please do clarify between the Roddy White falcon hold-out and our injured Roddy Jones, both of whom should be in a keep-away-from-me jersey…

The Dude

August 3rd, 2009
11:52 pm

I’m with AlabamaRamblinWreck… there is a buzz attached to the upcoming football season I never felt as an undergrad. We’ll be there when it counts.

who is gt?

August 4th, 2009
1:57 am



August 4th, 2009
3:51 am

listen you guys are getting fired up for nothing.GO CLEMSON!


August 4th, 2009
6:38 am

The first few days of practice are in shorts, so it means nothing until the players put on the pads. Dropped passes are not a concern until we start going live in scrimmages. Ay any rate, this is the process leading up to the first game. Go to from more Georgia Tech Football postings. Doing a good job Doug despite the Roddy error.


August 4th, 2009
7:56 am



August 4th, 2009
7:57 am

Beat the rush hate tech early.


August 4th, 2009
8:00 am

First day in the comic book.

Too Easy

August 4th, 2009
8:13 am

go tech: Not an unfair question – just a stupid one. Until proven otherwise, assume Mr. Roberson has ethics. And the rest of you regarding the Jones/White mistake, keep casting stones.


August 4th, 2009
8:17 am

Sorry super dawgie…the wheels fell off your number 1 ranking the beginning of last year…its up on blocks in the backyard just being an eye sore of what “could’ve been.”

Ramble On

August 4th, 2009
8:18 am

man are we in trouble what are we going to do.GEORGIA is going to put the pile driving smack down on us and we will be totally defensless.


August 4th, 2009
8:37 am

doug, don’t worry about the typos. i work in print, too, and there’s nothing people like more than telling other people that they made a mistake. childish, really.

i think the things to watch in practice are the d-line and the special teams. we’ve GOT to have more from our special teams. i think tarrant could be a huge addition to the punt return game.

and i really love jaybo, but he looked wide-eyed at times last year, filling in for nesbitt. i hope he’s a little more comfortable this year because the boy’s got game…he just needs to settle down. i guess that comes with experience.

GO JACKETS! i’ll be there this week.

Doug Roberson

August 4th, 2009
8:37 am

Dang it, I knew I was going to do that one day. My apologies to both Roddys. For the record, I can’t spell Detroit either. It always comes out at Detriot.
Made a few small changes to the blog as well, to fix errors and clarify thoughts.

Fresno dog

August 4th, 2009
8:55 am

remember us techie boy.


August 4th, 2009
9:08 am

That’s alright Doug, I can’t spell patotoe.

Did Roddy Jones average 16.5 yards a carry yesterday?

Midstate Jacket Fan

August 4th, 2009
9:26 am

Doug, does the coaches have a since of urgency to improve Scott Blair’s accuracy on kicks or distance on punts? He is what he is and that’s not a great special teams guy. Maybe they need to hold tryouts for kickers. Call the soccer coach and see if he’s got anyone or do something. What happened to Mohammed Yahawioui?


August 4th, 2009
9:33 am

For The Record…. Most Tech Grads have trouble spelling. I am one that does. And Doug I have to say that I have enjoyed your past few articles. You have really stepped up and I for one appreciate it. Being 4 hours away from Atlanta I won’t be able to attend any practices, but I have season tickets and will be there bright and early for every game.

Can you tell us anything about the Kamaron Riley situation? How is the O-Line looking? I read the article saying that all were healthy, but are they really? Were they moving like it.

Keep up the good work. Go Jackets!

Saint Simons

August 4th, 2009
9:53 am

my 12 year old son can do better than Doug!!

old gold engineer

August 4th, 2009
9:59 am

Why no mention of the third string QB from the spring? I think his name is Tevin Washington or something similar.


August 4th, 2009
10:23 am

remember these are my recruits.

Phil of Playaz Ball

August 4th, 2009
10:57 am

I’m curious as to how we handle fumbles/dropped snaps. This was our biggest weakness on offense last year. Would like to know in future practice reports whether we’re putting the ball on the ground as much.


August 4th, 2009
12:10 pm

Starting just like last year, quarterbacks can’t hold the ball. We’ll never win 9 games if we fumble the football. Defense is also suspect. If we can’t keep folks unde 30 points with three defensive linemen that went to the pros what’s gonna happpen this year. Could be ugly.

Trade School Junkie

August 4th, 2009
12:30 pm

Sorry, I have been spending all of my time on the UGAY blog making sure they know how jealous we are of their program. I told them how delusional they were last year and this year and they’ll probably only win 5 games if they are lucky. I really corked that bunch of imbiciles. Georgia sux don’t you think? I really represent all tech fans well by spewing on the dawgs.
Now what was the subject?


August 4th, 2009
12:33 pm

Hey I just got back from the Georgia blog. What a bunch of idiot dawg fans. They don’t know sh#$ about anything. Some stupid poll rated them number 6. After being rated #1 last and losing 3 games they’ll probably lose 6 games this year. They are pathetic. I just want all you tech fans to know how well I reflect on tech fans in general. How about a hand.


August 4th, 2009
12:51 pm

I hate reading these blogs now. Mostly just a bunch of adolescent boys sniping at each other with nothing of substance to say. Is there a real blog where actual discussion of GT football takes place? A blog that is actually monitored so it doesn’t become this drivel.

Doug, I’m sorry you have to endure this stuff. You are doing a fine job and i will continue to read your reports.


August 4th, 2009
2:11 pm

Who is Gt?

August 4th, 2009
2:38 pm



August 4th, 2009
3:21 pm

yep!, that’s how they beat Geogia last year.


August 4th, 2009
4:51 pm

I think the kicking game is what I’m mostly concerned about. Good to know they were out there early-they need it! How do you think they did, Doug?

saint simons mom

August 4th, 2009
5:30 pm

eugene you and opie come to dinner.Your dad brought chicken home from work today.bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaha.


August 4th, 2009
7:05 pm

Tech will go 10-2, crush ugay again, win the ACC, go the Orange Bowl, and have the same team back again next year.


August 4th, 2009
11:51 pm

I know i’m in the minority, but I for one am not worried about the passing game. If Josh Nesbit improves his option reads to about 85-90% the passing game should take care of itself. I hope Josh remembers one other thing, when in doubt give the dive to that big azz freight train wearing #21.