Day 2 in the books

Well, day 2 is over and it would seem that everyone is anxious to put on some pads and start hitting, coach Paul Johnson especially. Not that he’s going to hit anybody, but you get the idea.

The first two days have been mostly about giving the coaches opportunities to view the players, particularly the freshmen. Other than defensive end Emmanuel Dieke, who enrolled at Tech in the spring, none of the new players have been at Rose Bowl field practicing until Monday. The coaches want to see what they’ve got to work with. It’d be like getting 20-something Christmas gifts, but not being able to open them until Memorial Day. 

The quarterbacks looked much smoother in the drills on Tuesday. Josh Nesbitt made some very strong, laser-like throws, as did Jaybo Shaw (who has a nice touch) and Tevin Washington. 

There hasn’t been too many position switches yet, other than the one documented in the story in Tuesday’s paper.

Coach Johnson was asked if anybody stood out and he basically said that everybody looks good in helmets and shorts.

It’s hard to tell which freshmen are impressing because there are so many things going on and there’s a lot of mixing and matching of units. Stephen Hill had a nice catch today that I documented in the print story, but he also had a drop on what looked like a sure catch. I’ll say this: Hill looks smooth. 

Good news is Roddy Jones (yeah, I got it right this time. Apologies again to Roddy White) remains the only player wearing what could be considered a no-contact jersey. Two days, no injuries. Always a good thing.

And now on to something completely different:

I assume y’all saw esteemed colleague Jeff Schultz’s take on the college draft on ESPN today.

It got me to thinking about which players would you draft in a fantasy league devoted entirely to the ACC. And to make it fun, this isn’t based on potential. Let’s base it on your predicted results. NOTE: THIS IS JUST FOR FUN. TO QUOTE DAVID LETTERMAN: THIS IS ONLY AN EXHIBITION, NOT A COMPETITION. PLEASE, I BESEECH YOU, NO WAGERING.

Basically, it’s your preseason all-ACC team. You can pick two quarterbacks, two running backs, four wide receivers, one kicker and one defensive player. And, as always, tell the board why.


69 comments Add your comment


August 4th, 2009
9:19 pm

QB: Wilson/Ponder: 2 multi-dimensional QBs with real passing ability. I think the kid from Miami will pass Ponder by year’s end. I really like him but he hasn’t ‘DONE’ anything yet.

RB: Dwyer/Nesbitt: Dwyer is a no brainer. I put Nesbitt here because he’ll be top 4 in rushing this year. Teams will get burned over and over by a healthy Josh Nesbitt this year. I couldn’t put him over Russel or Ponder, but had to get him on the field.

WR: Bebe (GT bias)… who knows the other 3.

Kicker: FSU kicker

Defensive player: Morgan Burnett


August 4th, 2009
9:36 pm

I’ll go with Josh Nesbit and Russell Wilson at QB; Jonathan Dwyer and C.J. Spiller at running back; Bey Bey Thomas at receiver given that all of the other good receivers in the ACC were drafted into the NFL last year; and Morgan Burnett as the defensive player of the year. I don’t do kickers! Good work Doug, I enjoy your stuff. Also don’t forget to go to for more Georgia Tech Football postings. Go Jackets!

Not Disappointed

August 4th, 2009
10:07 pm

Nesbit and Wilson at QB; “The Diesel” Johnathan Dwyer and CJ Spiller at Running back; BB Thomas and the young man from FSU at WR. I’m at a lost for Kickers & Morgan Burnett as defensive player!

Keep it up Nesbit and Jaybo. We believe you guys! Ramblin Wreck!


August 4th, 2009
10:34 pm

CPJ publicly set a goal of 2000/1000 for Nesbitt. If he comes anywhere near that mark he will vie for best fantasy QB in the ACC under the most common scoring rules. Did an SEC/ACC fantasy draft last week, took Dwyer with pick 3 and was able to get Nesbitt very late, I think the sixth round.

I like Nesbitt/Wilson at QB, Dwyer/Spiller at RB, Thomas/Ford/Spencer/Little at WR, and the VT D/ST’s.


August 4th, 2009
10:40 pm

Thanks for the updates Doug.


August 4th, 2009
10:58 pm

((((((7 in a row!!!))))))))))


August 4th, 2009
11:20 pm

((((((45-42)))))) against the preseason #1 (choker)!! oh and 8 in a row and still holding RETARDDDD!! isn’t it time for you to change the grease in the fryer.

Minnesota Jacket

August 4th, 2009
11:38 pm

hummm good post Dough…I would actually go with Tyrod Taylor and Wilson at NC State because Wilson will be the only offensive play maker for NC state and Tyrod Taylor is going to be the key in making VT a quality team.

Running Back: Definately would have to go with Dwyer and C.J as being two dynamic players who will be the key to both teams seasons this year

Kicker (who knows)

Recievers: Bebe will be the main reciever for Tech, North Carolina is going to replace the ones they lost so I say they will probably have an outstanding freshmen this year, Miami always has athletes so one of their receivers, and then probably would go with an NC state receiver bc they are known to pass.

Defensively: have to go with Burnett with his playmaking capability always present in every play it seems.


August 5th, 2009
2:22 am

Doug…..I really appreciate your reports and I’m finally going to say (after seeing posts for the past weeks) I don’t care where you went to school (my brother is a journalist) I don’t see any bias in your writing…and all these “Tech Fans” giving you grief…well..they are the minority! I do think the AJC covers UGA little bit more..but hey..that’s capitalism…and WHEN you move on to bigger and better things ..I don’t want you to have a bad impression of us Tech guys/girls. Keep it up!
To answer
QB: Skinner/Wilson
RB: Dwyer….no one even close so I’ll list one
WR: Little and Thomas
Kicker:….have no clue
Defense: The predator….Morgan Burnett!

Saint Dawg

August 5th, 2009
3:31 am

(((( 59-39-5 )))) (((( 7-1 )))) hahaha

Saint Dawg

August 5th, 2009
3:32 am

(((( 38-3 )))) (((( CHICKEN BOWL )))) hahahaha

Dawg Roberson

August 5th, 2009
6:48 am

Roddy White just scored again!!

Midstate Jacket Fan

August 5th, 2009
7:35 am

QB: Wilson & Nesbitt
RB: Dwyer & R. Jones
WR: Thomas, Ford, Little, & R. Jones (again… made some nice catches last year)
Def: Derrick Morgan or Morgan Burnette
K: Don’t care, I’d go for it on 4th down so it doesn’t matter


August 5th, 2009
7:41 am

Saint Dawg…It really hurts, doesn’t it? We’ll whip your sorry arses again in ATL in November!!! GO JACKETS!!!


August 5th, 2009
7:46 am

Mr. Roberson: I sure would like an explanation for the “34 freshmen” reference. I am guessing that means 15 or more walkons, as I seem to remember about 20 scholarships were given for this class. And if they are walkons, how many of them were asked to walk on by coaches, dangling the possibility of a scholarship later?

Dwyer for H

August 5th, 2009
7:51 am

QB: Wilson & Nesbitt
RB: Dwyer and VT’s RB (Evans?)
WR: Thomas & R. Jones (A-backs count as WR, right?) & A. Allen & M. Wright
Def: Derrick Morgan
K: Me


August 5th, 2009
8:54 am

Doug another good article, keep it coming.

QB – Russell Wilson & Josh Nesbitt
RB – Jon Dwyer & Darren Evans
WR – D.Thomas, Jacoby Ford, Greg Little & Travis Benjamin(Miami has about 4 guys that could break out, they could be scarey. Lets hope the coach keeps stinking it up.)
Defense – Morgan Burnett
Kicker – Matt Bosher

Saint Simons

August 5th, 2009
8:56 am

(((((45-42))))hahaha and we had a great Tickle Pile!!!!

Hey Dawg Roberson...

August 5th, 2009
9:19 am

…even after Doug gave you a clue you still cannot differentiate Roddy JONES from Roddy White!


August 5th, 2009
10:00 am

QB – Wilson (NC State) & Skinner (WF)
RB – Dwyer (GT) & Spiller (CU)
WR – BeBe (GT), Ford (CU), Williams (WF), J. Williams (NCSt)
K – whoever VT’s is?
D – VT’s D…or if it’s a single player M. Burnett (GT)


August 5th, 2009
10:11 am

QB- Wilson and Skinner: both should have pretty nice stats this year (especially in efficiency)

RB- Dwyer and Evans: CJ is completely overrated as a RB. If you asked for a specialist, he’d get it though.

WR- Thomas, Ford, Johnson (UM), not sure of the 4th- maybe Spencer from NC State?: The first two are no-brainers. The rest are very young and could be a handful of guys.

D- M. Burnett: Just no question from this fan. Maybe Oghobaase or Watson will be as good at their positions, but I think Morgan can really lead a defense by himself from the safety spot.


August 5th, 2009
10:13 am


Since you like ancient history, how about

(((8 in a row!!!!)))


Chamblee Bo

August 5th, 2009
10:13 am

Hey Dawgfanatic24-7. Here’s a number for you: 15,000. That’s the number of empty seats in Athens during the 4th quarter of Tech game last year. Wait! One more number for you: 18. That’s the yards-per-carry for Roddy JONES in Athens.


August 5th, 2009
10:27 am

GT 45 UGA 42

Dawg Roberson

August 5th, 2009
10:37 am

Ronny who? Also do you guys have any info on Jake Nesbitt? My sources indicate he could have a breakout year at the defensive forward position.


August 5th, 2009
10:37 am

Let’s stay healthy and injury free boys!! THWG!!


August 5th, 2009
10:45 am

Ticket sales up price of hot dogs down.The uga smackdown over tech priceless.The nation will be watching not because of gt,but because UGA will be on the field that is what eats at you tekies so much.Get over it nerd.THWgt


August 5th, 2009
10:59 am

The nation will indeed be watching, superDawg…they’ll be watching Tech whip UGA’s @$$ again as the balance of power continues to shift in the state of GA to the good guys.


August 5th, 2009
11:39 am

Everyone doesn’t seem to know about the kicker….I say just give Graham Gano lifetime eligibility!


August 5th, 2009
12:17 pm

45-42..maybe some of those jail inmates as football players you have couldve helped yall..atleast they can make a tackle but from only behind


August 5th, 2009
12:20 pm

choke-a-cola official sponser of UGA football..have fun getting thrown for 500 yards by a big 12 offense in Stillwater

Doug Roberson

August 5th, 2009
12:27 pm

34 is scholarships plus walk-ons.

How many of you are new season-ticket buyers?

And how many will be at the Great Jacket Encounter this weekend?

Anytime there's a Georgia Tech article.....

August 5th, 2009
12:38 pm

1 million Dawg fans read it….


What a bunch of sad lonely douchebags. Go worry about your team….You know…the one that just gave up 400 rushing yards to it’s instate rival…


August 5th, 2009
12:48 pm

Tech has superior academics and athletics… does that feel DAWG fans.


August 5th, 2009
12:50 pm

…..and stay off of our blog. We don’t hang around all day on yours.

Blind Side

August 5th, 2009
12:58 pm

Season ticket sales are up from last year at Tech because of the location of the UGA/Tech game. UGA fans account for at least 5000 of the packages they sold. I bought a couple.

Reality Check...

August 5th, 2009
12:59 pm

Tech fans need a reality check….November is coming boys!!!


August 5th, 2009
1:03 pm

Great Blind Side. You’ll get to see your boys get their arses whipped in peron.


August 5th, 2009
1:11 pm

November is coming, we don’t loose to the tickle pile nerds 2 years in a row! Wait a minute weren’t we saying all this same crap this time last year? About how tech sux and we’re #1 and we will be national champs? Oh what the heck we’re DAWGS were always number one in August!
Also it’s been a great year, no arrest and only one kid can’t qualify, yahoo!

Another day in paradise

August 5th, 2009
1:27 pm

26,000 season tickets, and your AD is excited?? Does he realize that there are high schools in Georgia that sell close to that number every home game? What’s the problem with the Tech fan base? Is it a lack of interest or lack of time?

Blind side moron

August 5th, 2009
1:48 pm

um…. no………. No packages this year with uga tix…..sorry….. All those tix were bought by GT season tix holders. If you could read you would know that of course. NOW CUT MY GRASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!


August 5th, 2009
2:03 pm

Hey Dawgfanatic24-7. Here’s a number for you: 15,000. That’s the number of empty seats in Athens during the 4th quarter of Tech game last year. Wait! One more number for you: 18. That’s the yards-per-carry for Roddy JONES in Athens.One more number 69, thats how many hedges I trimmed for our players after we whooop those arses like yard dawggies should be whooop….45-42 whos crying the loudest now , the hydrant humpers…

Hypocrisy FTW

August 5th, 2009
2:04 pm

“…..and stay off of our blog. We don’t hang around all day on yours.”

LOL, good one.

Alfred Neuman IV,Summa Cum Laude,UGA'90

August 5th, 2009
2:06 pm

Our stadium is so BIG! It’s HUGE!

Alfred Neuman IV,Summa Cum Laude,UGA'90

August 5th, 2009
2:08 pm

Our stadium is the John Holmes of stadiums!


August 5th, 2009
2:09 pm

Good blog topic Doug. I’ll admit I haven’t done enough homework yet on the ACC to participate, but it looks like most of the Tech fans are right on putting Dwyer and Burnett in there with some of the other standouts from around the league.

My main point for being here is to implore people like DawgFanatic, 78 Dawg, etc. to stop acting like fools just because Saint Simons, Ramble on, etc. do it on the UGA blogs. With practice having started, there’s plenty to talk about without being mindless, insult throwing twits. I would also ask that a couple of the more rational Tech guys head over to our blog and ask the same of your lunatic fringe. I for one am glad that the rivalry is heating up again and look forward to a great game this year.

Go Dawgs!

Another day in paradise DUH. WHUDA U KNOW

August 5th, 2009
2:09 pm

The question you should be asking is why the lack of uga student interest???? How bout them apples!

Tech /
12,744 (Fall 08 Undergrads)
47,489 (08 Avg FB Attendence)
FB attendence is 3.73 times undergrad enrollment

25,163 (Fall 08 Undergrads)
92,746 (08 Avg FB Attendence)
FB attendence is 3.69 times undergrad enrollment


August 5th, 2009
2:12 pm

Duh – FYI, UGA’s students have to purchase tix through a lottery system now, because their allotment is oversold for the entire season….


August 5th, 2009
2:25 pm

i think they should worry about finishing second in the sec east again

Another day in paradise DUH. WHUDA U KNOW

August 5th, 2009
2:36 pm

Tech student tickets will also be done in lottery format this year. We just have more students willing to pony up the money for season tickets.