Day 3 in the books

Well, there was some hitting today, as documented in the print story in Thursday’s paper. Not a lot, but the players were excited.

Dominique Reese said he was glad to do some hitting because he didn’t feel like the defense played well in the T-Day game back in the spring.

Josh Nesbitt was glad to see others get hit. The quarterbacks made several good plays in 7-on-7 drills on the afternoon, and the defense made some interceptions as well. Nesbitt said he felt more relaxed on Wednesday in the passing drills than he did the previous two days. He had one very pretty pass down the seam to Marcus Wright that had perfect touch on it.

Toward the end of practice it seemed that Paul Johnson had seen enough and brought the players together for an 11-on-11 drill. It was getting fairly rowdy. No tackles were supposed to be made, so when someone knocked down Jonathan Dwyer on a run up the middle voices were raised.

In stuff-that-was-cool-to-see-but-may-not-mean-much-department:

Mammoth defensive tackle T. J. Barnes just about broke a one-man tackling sled during one drill. He almost pushed it all the way over.

Freshman wide receiver Stephen Hill made another outstanding catch, going up high to pull down a pass.

Defensive back Jerrard Tarrant ran across the field to make an interception during a drill.

Jordan Luallen threw a pretty bomb during an early drill. He seems to not be letting loose with his throws, though. Of course, I’m no quarterback, so what do I know?

Middle linebacker Brad Jefferson got in Jaybo Shaw’s kitchen during the 7-on-7 drills, eventually forcing the coaches to put in another quarterback. To be fair, I could have totally been misinterpreting why Shaw was temporarily taken off. You could hear Jefferson yelling “Jaybo” over and over, though. Folks on the hill watching practice got a chuckle out of it. Shaw bounced back on his next turn and completed a pass.

There’s a feature in Thursday’s paper on the offensive line and the competition that happening there.  It’ll be interesting to see who starts the season opener on Sept. 5 against Jacksonville State. There’s so much depth and so much experience back. What are your predictions for the line? Who would you like to see, well, line up?

How many of you are going to the Fan Day on Saturday?

43 comments Add your comment


August 5th, 2009
7:42 pm

Sounds like Hill is living up to the hype. If he’s anything like Calvin he needs to be on the field. I’m confident that PJ won’t waste a talent like Gailey did. Also, if someone loses their spot on the OL, my guess would be Austin Barrick. He got pushed around all season last year.
Doug- who’s returning kick-offs?


August 5th, 2009
7:59 pm

JAYBO! just housed a 76 yarder with you on ncaa 10. you the man. So fired up for the season! it is a great time to be a Tech fan! to hell with UGA


August 5th, 2009
8:08 pm

J Adams- nobody talks about video games here.


August 5th, 2009
8:09 pm

Competition on the O-line…that’s nice to hear…last year it seemed we barely had 5 healthy guys to put out there at any given time. We are loaded with offensive playmakers…if the O-line clicks this offense is going to be a terror.


August 5th, 2009
8:41 pm

This what it’s all about. Putting on the pads and playing some football. Really appreciate the reports from fall camp Doug. Keep up the good work despite what a few people always seem to be sniviling about regarding your thoughts on this blog. Can’t please everyone. I’m hoping TJ Barnes continues to operate like a bulldozer so he can spend lots of time uprooting offenses this coming fall. Go to for more posts for Georgia Tech Football. THWG!

Terry Redfearn

August 5th, 2009
9:08 pm

The O line is a really really big issue to GT’s season. I hear about alot of depth but how good are they??? anyone that can rate our o line as compared Georgia’s or Va Tech’s please speak up. I have great concern especially how LSU manhandeled us.
Also, I still have big concern about Nesbit’s ability to pass consistently. Our running game will go wild if we can pass the ball and the o-line can meet expectations. Is our o-line average? Good? Great? Below average? Some one not guessing but has knowledge — speak up.


August 5th, 2009
9:15 pm

It’s good to keep hearing the defense’s enthusiasm. If the D steps up, we should have a very successful season.

Blind Side

August 5th, 2009
9:19 pm

Dwyer is good… CPJ’s system is good but suspect…O-line sucks… Defense sucks… Tech will lose at least 3 every year under CPJ because he will never be able to recruit into his system. Sorry, it’s the truth.

North Ave Pimp

August 5th, 2009
9:21 pm

NCAA 2010 video game is the only time you will see JAYBO throw anything 76 yrd. Nesbitt is the MAN on this here team. As far as the line goes I just want to see UZZI start for sure. GT cant get pushed around like they did against LSU and even ugay in the first half.

North Ave Pimp

August 5th, 2009
9:35 pm

Blind side ???? Defense sucks? what a meat head! O-line has talent on the way, but CPJ cant recruit?? duh-ok


August 5th, 2009
9:36 pm

Actually blindy, Johnson has it easy as some of the players he recruits into his system don’t fit other systems. For example, many athletic QBs perfect for running the option will not be given an opportunity at QB for a pro-style offense. Also, CPJ needs a more mobile OL, therefore passing on the 300+ lbs OL recruits. Furthermore, look at the success he has had this year in the state of GEORGIA!


August 5th, 2009
9:42 pm

Also, didn’t CPJ just sign Stephen Hill at WR, who Richt went all after earlier this year when his first and second choice shunned him? Wouldn’t WR be the most difficult position for CPJ to recruit for in his system (outside of TE of course)? Why would a WR choose CPJ over St.richt? hmmm


August 5th, 2009
9:44 pm

North Ave….he threw an 88 yard Td to Bebe during the Duke game….

Blind Side…thanks for the laugh :)

I just want the best five out there. I agree, I would like to not get pushed around (LSU…that wasn’t embarrassing….GW was embarrassing…3rd String QB Booker making bad reads, not withstanding). However, I just want an OL that makes their assigned blocks at the first and second level and will give Nesbitt more than 0.5 seconds in the pocket or lack there of.

It’s amazing how well we did with bad OL play. That’s what gets me so excited about our offense next year. As deep as we are in the backfield, if we can get OL pay up to par, I highly believe we will average 30 pts per game and 400+ yards per game.

I am really liking what I here about how great our secondary is so far in the Fall Camp practices. When next week is over, we should really get a good feel on how the DL and OL are progressing.

Also, from all of the practice reports I’ve seen, the passing game is getting better each day. It’s not good (barely over 50%)…but, hopefully, by the end of next week, Nesbitt and Jaybo can hit the upper 50% and get many more TDs than INTs (that might be hard to do with the Burnett, Tarrant, Reed, Riese, and Butler looking for some of their own TDs of the “pick 6″ variety).

Oh…I should stop saying “we” and instead say “they” since I’m not part of the team :) .

Can’t wait for Homecoming to be back in the ATL!


August 5th, 2009
9:55 pm

it was a 76 yrd run and nesbitt was hurt. i think you should play the game AA and maybe you will learn something about football


August 5th, 2009
10:02 pm

Hey BetweenHerHedges, since you are interested in the Georgia Tech wide receivers and Stephen Hill, go check out the “wide receivers” posting at for a very thorough discussion of the position and the recruiting at that spot for the upcoming season. Go Jackets!

T-Rav and the Eastside Grainger

August 5th, 2009
10:43 pm

Blindside…..what does that even mean?

Savannah Jacket

August 5th, 2009
10:54 pm

Doug I have to give you credit for a guy that isn’t a big football fan you are putting together a lot of good articles. This one is good, but the O-Line article is great! That was exactly what I have been hoping to hear. It is great news to hear that we have 12 healthly guys competing for 5 spots.

Now Bring on Friday and Full Pad! Thats when we will see what we have and get the competition out in the open. I believe Claytor, Voss and Gilbert are a lock to start, if they stay healthy. There should be some really good competition for the right side of the line. Maybe we even let some guys split time to keep fresh legs… most linemen aren’t used to running down field to block every play.

unrinates on Dawgs

August 5th, 2009
10:58 pm

BetweenHerHedges, Our system doesn’t have TEs, And yes..maybe it will be slightly harder if the WRs CPJ recruits look at stats only…but if they want to be physical, lay people out, beat their in state rivals year in and year out, be on national television, challenge for an ACC championship every year, then…. They’ll come to Tech. If they don’t think all of that sounds good….Chances are CPJ knows they won’t make it on this team and will not recruit them in the first place.

And l know what you’re going to come back with so let me save you the 1 1/2 hours it will take you to type those 20 or so words…… “1 out of 8 ain’t bad Nerds”…

Let me give you the stat that matters at this point:
Mark Richt= 0-1

Get used to it my furry friends….Get used to it


August 5th, 2009
11:02 pm

51-7 hahahahahahaha


August 5th, 2009
11:54 pm

O-line will be fine, with 12 guys competiting for 5 spots. I am most worried about Blair and the punting. Special teams cost us the bowl game and really put us in the hole in many games. We could have won more with better play. No one wants to discuss these issues, but I’d like to see some more attention on them. The D-line will be fine, lots of depth and stud players, no one is challenging Blair or its not being reported. Very worried about Special Teams!

Not Disappointed

August 6th, 2009
12:49 am

I cant wait for College Football to start. It’s going to be alot of excitement on the Flats. The O-Line and D-Line come together and we can contend for the ACC title and more. Go Jackets!


August 6th, 2009
12:52 am

I think special teams are going to be rocky at first but then they’ll be fine. Doug said they were the first unit out there on Monday and I’m sure they’ll continue that trend all throughout fall. CPJ knows he messed up slacking on special teams play last year and he payed for it. They’re going to work they’re tails off now.

Tokyo jacket

August 6th, 2009
1:04 am

Blindside, according to, we currently have the 12 highest average ranking per commit at 3.5 stars. How is it that we can’t recruit, I’m confused?

Remember that this is a system for the O-line that takes three years to fully grasp. They’ll be better, but the stars will align in 2010 if everyone (Dwyer, Burnett, Morgan, and Bebe) stays.

Special teams will be better this year right off the bat. They might not be great, but they’ll be solid or cease being a liability. With our offense, that’s what we need: Great Offense, ST and Def being neutral not a liability. Don’t you think we would have won a National Championship if we had even half of Tenuta’s D during the Joe Hamilton / Ralph Friedgen Era?


August 6th, 2009
1:52 am

Dawg4Life, going PRETTY far to find a beat down…. I know it’s not a beat down, but there was one in the third quarter….45-43! How did you end your post? Oh, yeah! With a middle schoolers exclaimation, “Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha”

Tech fan in California

August 6th, 2009
3:12 am

Hey Doug,

Keep up the good work. Coach Johnson has said and others have hinted that he only used 40% of the playbook last year. I realize he would never show you a playbook, but what does it look like has changed? I assume from the Navy and Hawaii video available online there will be more play action, a few new option looks, and some screens. Anything surprising? A more diverse 2 minute/full field passing package?

getting by on UCLA mediocrity,

Tech fan in California

Saint Simons

August 6th, 2009
5:36 am

(((( 45-43 )))) hahahaha

Dawg Roberson

August 6th, 2009
6:18 am

Roddy White just scored again!!

William Casey

August 6th, 2009
6:42 am

Paul Johnson is the real deal and that’s what matters. It will take him a little while to develop depth on the OL and DL but it WILL happen. The DB’s are far ahead of where I thought they would be considering GT doesn’t throw that much. Watch Stephen Hill. He will be the break-out freshman.

Cuz in Minnessotta

August 6th, 2009
6:51 am

Stephen Hill is the next Willie White or James Johnson. Great legacy of receivers you have there at Tech! BWAHAHAHAHAHA

B'Ham Jacket

August 6th, 2009
8:18 am

Ready for some football?????
Bring it on!!!
Goooooo Jackets!
To Hell with Georgia!!!!


August 6th, 2009
9:36 am

“51-7 hahahahahah”

45-42 hahahahahah

We don’t have the beatdowns, but we’ve got the longer streak, more national titles (and the most recent title, at that), and more conference titles than UGAy. I’ll take that over more points in a game any day.

To Hell with Georgia

college ball fan

August 6th, 2009
9:59 am

On the OL – how does Uzzi fit into the picture? I recall him being the most highly recruited lineman Tech as signed in several years.

Doug Roberson

August 6th, 2009
10:31 am

Answering your questions, from last to first:
I assume Uzzi is one of the 12 guys fighting for the 5 spots on the line. There has been a lot of mixing and matching in practice the first three days, so there’s not much point in guessing depth charts right now for the line. Uzzi was second-team on the depth chart that came out a month ago.

CPJ has said the 40-percent playbook is a myth, and that they used most of the playbook last year. As I’ve said and will say again, I’m no football coach. I have no idea how many plays are in the book. But, thinking back to the games I attended last year, it seems like there are a few basic run plays, but the variations come into play based upon what the QB and B-back see. So, most of the running plays start the same way, but could morph into one of six plays, for example, as the reads are made. That’s what makes the offense so difficult to defend. Unlike pro-style offenses, in which the defense can guesstimate what the play will be based on formation, down and distance, etc, that’s much tougher to do in CPJ’s offense. The formation is usually the same. The fun begins after the snap.
I wouldn’t begin to guess on the passing part of the playbook.

I’ve never said I don’t like football. I enjoy watching most sports, including football.

I wouldn’t say it was bad offensive line play. I would say it was pretty good, based upon the results. It’s more that sometimes the guys were ad-libbing, for lack of a better word, as they learned the system. You don’t roll up 275 yards rushing yards a game with bad line play.

I’m not a recruiting expert, but I don’t get this theory that CPJ won’t be able to recruit into his system. Recruiting at Georgia Tech is a far cry from trying to recruit at Navy. I guess you could say that WRs may not like it, but ask an NFL team how much value they place on downfield blocking with their guys? Thomas caught, what, 39 passes last year? That’s not too bad. And the passing game is likely the area where you will see the most improvement this year.
The defensive side of the ball is not affected. The offensive line isn’t affected, other than CPJ favors linemen who are more athletic than the behemoths that some other coaches prefer. Small and quick worked out pretty well for the Denver Broncos for a lot of years.
I would say the same thing about a run-and-shoot offense, as well. There are enough good high school players out there for coaches to find guys to work within their offenses and defenses. Plus, everyone wants to win. If you can go somewhere and have a chance to win, and a chance to have fun, what difference does a system make?

Taint Simons

August 6th, 2009
11:28 am


Its your twin Taint. Please come home. Mom is making meatloaf tonight. We are watching the GT highlight tape. It should last around 5 minutes. Dont forget to wear your helmet when crossing the street.


August 6th, 2009
11:32 am

GT-45 UGA-42


August 6th, 2009
11:51 am

Mr. 45-42 suggested me here the GT blog. O my! you guys are wild keep busy praising yourselves. Plus you got Saint Simons too. Wow let me get out of here, I need to go back to the football blog not a Pee Wee flag ball.

The way its done

August 6th, 2009
11:59 am

I ran this exact offense in high school, my coach is the father of one of the GT graduate assistants, I was 5′ 9″ and 215 playing offensive tackle. I was able to block 300lbs All Americans because these blocks are almost ENTIRELY technique. It takes time to get it down but once they do this line will be outstanding. The system is set up so they do not even block all of the d linemen. Two defenders are almost always unblocked, allowing double teams. It is a tricky system, just give it time.


August 6th, 2009
5:27 pm

The offensive line will be fine, but whoever said Claytor is a shoe in to start is not correct. After his back surgery this spring he has had a long recovery and is still not a 100%. Not saying he couldn’t, but I think PJ will hold him until later in the season.
As for special teams, they have problems, although we do have a punter, that is doing(or so they tell me) pretty good. so some of the pressure will be taken off of Blair.
People think that the defense will be problematic, but those guys are getting it done and whoever cannot spell their names correctly its reid and reese.
And they won’t stay… burnett and dwyer especially, they have great years and they are gone. But since this team is made of mostly juniors and lots that are the key to this team, not sure a lot of them will not be leaving. It would be a shame but its the truth.


August 6th, 2009
5:48 pm

Doug, have you heard about a potential lawsuit from Coach Johnson’s secretary at Navy?

Scooby...yeah that one

August 6th, 2009
7:18 pm

Stephen Hill will give Ga Tech more of a threat than Calvin Johnson did because his vertical is better. Hill is a beast and it will show this season if he isnt red shirted. Then, the track team needs to get him out there to do the LongJump……25′4″ is all they need to see…


August 6th, 2009
7:41 pm

Hey, here is an article about Georgia Tech from (A Virginia Tech website). Thought some of you all would be interested.

Toot of the Whistle

August 6th, 2009
8:11 pm

If I were a wide receiver recruit I might consider the possibility of lots of playing time early at Tech & the fact that I will be open all the time with no one between me and the goal line.


August 7th, 2009
7:56 am

Thanks Toot of the Whistle, I love the golden shower. That’s my yellow girl. Remember, I don’t like blow job, we will just blow the Yellow Bugs away.