Day 4 in the books

Alright, Techsters. Some things that you might be interested in happened today during practice:

The quarterbacks, to this untrained eye, looked very good. Though the receivers had some problems holding onto the ball, the QBs were hitting them throughout the drills.

On to special teams: Chandler Anderson was crushing punts during drills. Lots of hangtime. I have no idea about the distances because we were watching from the back, and not the side. But, they looked good. 

Of course, it must be pointed out that kickers were going without a rush coming at them. As Paul Johnson says, the games gets a bit different when live bodies start flying around.

One of the fun drills of the day is when a receiver lines up on either side and runs straight down the sideline. The quarterbacks throw the ball downfield and the receivers try to make a play. Stephen Hill and Quentin Sims were snaring passes in that exercise. Demaryius Thomas did, as well. 

No injuries today. Antonio Foster injured his shoulder yesterday, but Johnson said he should be OK. Foster  did a lot of conditioning drills today.

The players will put on pads tomorrow, which will be interesting. They seem pretty amped up already, but in a controlled way.

There is still a lot of mixing and matching along both lines. Because we asked about the offensive line yesterday, who would you like to see start along the defensive line? I assume Derrick Morgan is a lock. And, as always, tell the board why.

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Blind Side

August 6th, 2009
9:09 pm

Tech’s O-line will suck this year so their offence will not dominate like you expect. Their defense will suck so they will lose 5 this year. FSU, Miami, V Tech, UGA, and you always blow a game you should have won… Bank on it.

Cuttysark

August 6th, 2009
9:10 pm

Thanks for the update Doug. I for one appreciate your efforts covering the team. Looks like the passing game is starting to develop, and will become a factor as the offense personnel start to understand what they need to be doing on every play. Can’t wait for the sweat to fly once the pads go on this week. Keep up the excellent reporting.

For more Georgia Tech Football posts to satisfy your Tech needs, go to isportsweb.com to see the preview and breakdown of the team position by position. THWG!

superDawg

August 6th, 2009
9:15 pm

eat more chicken.

42-45 a fluke!

August 6th, 2009
9:27 pm

EEJacket

August 6th, 2009
9:36 pm

Like the way the punts are looking, lets hope they hold onto this good streak when bodies start flying. Kind of unsettling that the recievers have trouble, but I’m sure that will resolve itself soon!

Blind Side

August 6th, 2009
9:38 pm

It’s sad, or funny, to see how proud Tech fans are of a 9-4 record.

AA

August 6th, 2009
9:40 pm

Throwing the ball downfield and letting the receivers try to make a play. I like it !
There’s a new sheriff in town
THWG !

T-Rav and the Eastside Grainger

August 6th, 2009
9:44 pm

Blind Side: our offensive line sucked last year and our offense dominated. Why wouldnt we expect it?

miles

August 6th, 2009
9:45 pm

Morgan, Hall, Anderson, and maybe Barnes

jadams

August 6th, 2009
9:48 pm

AA we run the option! throwing is a way to open up the option. this isnt Oklahoma or texas, GT runs the football and we do it well

AA

August 6th, 2009
9:53 pm

Jadams-
If you knew anything about PJ’s offense you would know that going deep is an option. You know nothing about football

buttcutmutt

August 6th, 2009
9:56 pm

uga fans trolling this blog do not have penis envy.

richt is awesome and he is ours forever! look out meyer, saban and johnson! richt is the mayan

BS Patrol

August 6th, 2009
10:03 pm

Let’s not go slinging the ball all over the place. With the studs Tech has we should make sure the pass is open before we use it.

jadams

August 6th, 2009
10:04 pm

passing is the 4th option altough nessary at times. do you even know what a football is? if you answerd yes to the previous question you should know GT runs it

Oldbush

August 6th, 2009
10:12 pm

I am happy to see the dawg fans bad mouthing Ga. Tech. To me, it means they are
running scared. The offense will be improved and more expanded from last year.
It will be more difficult to defend. So let them shoot their mouth off. They will be eating
crow before the season ends. Tech will roll and be better than last year.
PJ is one heck of a coach and motivator. He learned under the best!

AA

August 6th, 2009
10:17 pm

Bspatrol- you and your conservative mindset should have left town with the worst college football coach in history. Sneeking a deep ball in to Thomas or Hill in man to man coverage is very realistic and you will see it this year. Moron

AA

August 6th, 2009
10:20 pm

Jadams- you and bspatrol must be brothers

BS Patrol

August 6th, 2009
10:33 pm

AA, If you think Tech should be slinging the ball all over the place when they are controlling the game & the clock by running then you are an idiot.

42-45 a fluke!

August 6th, 2009
10:37 pm

A little less than four months and Tech starts their losing streak again.
In five months Notre Dame will make a visit to either Atlanta or Gainesville.

KC

August 6th, 2009
10:38 pm

My DL would be “Morgan-Peters-TJ Barnes-Robert Hall”. I would rotate DTs every 3 plays or so to keep them fresh. JC Lanier would be in the early rotation inside as well. I think we’ll see a lot of TJ and JC in the near future.

Saint Simons

August 6th, 2009
10:38 pm

(((((45-42)))))hahaha The fleabags don’t like it but they’re just jealous of our Tickle Piles!!!

voice of reason

August 6th, 2009
11:32 pm

It’s really quite obvious and humorous that all these leg humper “fans” are just whistling through the graveyard. They are starting to see what’s coming and they can’t stand it.

JACKETfan

August 7th, 2009
1:55 am

I know this has nothing to do with this article, but has anyone checked the roster on ramblinwreck.com? Its updated with current weight.

Daniel Drummond weighs 253 lbs. at 6′3! Thats like a defensive end playing b-back. My gosh.
Izaan Cross is up to 272 lbs. He gained 20 lbs since hes been at tech this summer… he is the exact same weight and height as Derrick Morgan right now as a freshman… this kid will be a beast and i think will suprise a lot of people this fall.
Robert Hall is up to 259. Emmanuel Dieke is still only at 248…. but he has room to grow.
The thing that is disappointing is that Jason Peters and Ben Anderson are still between 270-275 after summer weight training… that is still quite a bit undersized for tackles… hopefully Lanier (334 lbs.) and TJ (341 lbs.) will step up…
I know I am just listing weight… but one reason we just couldnt perform well against LSU besides TO’s was that they were just bigger, faster, and stronger. I was hoping to see some size added to our D-line, and Robert is up to about 260 which is solid. I just dont think that Jason Peters and Ben Anderson are big enough to be our starting defensive tackles… but then again, im not the coach. CPJ knows best…

GT Rich

August 7th, 2009
2:57 am

Agreed with JACKETfan, we need to have at least one of the big ‘uns plugging up the middle. I hope TJ has the conditioning to be a starter, with Lanier giving him breaks. Also disappointed that the older guys havent packed on more muscle in the offseason. We need one of the big guys to pull double teams (so that Derrick Morgan can get in 1 on 1s). I watched a few of Drummond’s games. I wouldn’t be surprised if he switches over to the D. He had speed at 230 in high school, but I can’t imagine he’ll make the cut at B-back with that much added weight.

Tokyo jacket

August 7th, 2009
3:37 am

Jacketfan, good comments.

Doug, are you able to see a noticeable difference in practice between the drills we’re running and what last year looked like on tape? Are you seeing evolution yet? Or is it too early to tell? Also, from just a layman’s perspective, do the guys look “bigger” like they tend to look at LSU, FSU, UF, etc? Do you get the feel that the players are trying to be controlled or more attacking?

JAdams, I think you’re actually wrong here. We do run the ball, but not a ball control, 3 yards and a cloud of dust style. We run a very high risk, high reward offense. Throwing the long ball to a wide open B-back or WR is very much in line with our offensive philosophy.

In fact, at UH, when CPJ was there, they led the nation in passing. CPJ does not care to try and win games by scoring 24 points and holding the other guy to 14 or 17. He wants to score 35 plus a game. He believes in home runs. That’s what makes this team so fun to watch. We hit home runs, but the opposing D is still tired in the 3rd and 4th quarters. I’m not saying we’re going to abandon the run, but a 60/40 percentage will be a little better than an 80/20 percentage.

Not Disappointed

August 7th, 2009
6:29 am

Good insight Tokyo Jacket as usual.

Doug, You’re really giving us some good information about the jackets.
Glad to see the QB’s are making connections. I’m sure the receivers will come together.

On defense, I like Morgan, Barnes, Halls and you pick the other one. They appear to have the most experience.

Ramblin Wreck!

Alabama Jack

August 7th, 2009
6:39 am

Run it, throw it, don’t even matter so long as the Jackets win, which they are going to do a lot of. CPJ has the plan and probably for the first time in his coaching career, has a complete set of tools. Lets just enjoy.

BTW, dawg fans suck.

Baba O'Riley

August 7th, 2009
7:32 am

Any news on “the other Burnett”. I’m talking about Julian, the freshman LB.

Dawg Roberson

August 7th, 2009
8:30 am

Roddy White just scored again!!

Dawg Roberson

August 7th, 2009
8:31 am

btw hi to AA, or should i say m

Headhunter

August 7th, 2009
9:06 am

The comment from Blind Side means he is a Georgia fan of course. Bulldog fans are really worried about this coming season as they should be. Tech’s offensive and defensive lines are just fine. Tech might lose two games this year, but Georgia is not one of them. Georgia fans know that things have changed. Tech is going to dominate football in Georgia as long as Coach Johnson is there. He wins without athletes as he showed at Navy. He is going to win big with good athletes. Sorry Blind Side but you just have to get out your crying towel.

juvenal

August 7th, 2009
9:09 am

after last year, why are they still predicting?

GT FOOTBALL

August 7th, 2009
9:11 am

A great new blog that does a good job and keeps you up to date with fall practice. http://jacketbuzz.com/

Paddy

August 7th, 2009
9:17 am

Blind Side… you are the most negative GT fan I have ever run across. Don’t worry, your team will win 10 games this year, have hope.

Cuttysark

August 7th, 2009
9:29 am

Some very insightful comments once you get past the dumb ones. For some additional information for those fans that are truly interested in Georgia Tech Football, go to isportsweb.com. THWG!

jadams

August 7th, 2009
9:41 am

Tech is a big play threat on the ground. the air opens up because of this. tokyo jacket who said anything about a cloud of dust other than the one in your head.

EVERYTIME A GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKET ARTICLE IS POSTED

August 7th, 2009
9:44 am

EVERY DAWG FAN IN TOWN WANTS TO READ IT!

I LOVE IT!

EVERYTIME A GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKET ARTICLE IS POSTED

August 7th, 2009
9:47 am

Hey Dawg fans…check your address bar….see where it says “georgia-tech-sports”….??

Why do you keep reading and commenting on these articles? You hate tech….remember douchebags?

Kinda makes you look sad…

Doug Roberson

August 7th, 2009
9:53 am

Tokyo, I really couldn’t say if the players are as big as those at LSU or FSU. But remember, Tech was rolling against FSU before Nesbitt got hurt, if memory serves.
The players are going faster. They are very excited about showing what the offense can do this year. You’ll (hopefully) read a story I’ve written that will be in our college football preview section (free plug) that documents the progress that CPJ’s teams have shown in year 2 at Ga. Southern and Navy, and how it may translate to this season.

Trade School Junkie

August 7th, 2009
10:01 am

We are gonna be…BAAAAAAAAAADDDDDDDDDDDDD…AAAAZZZZZZZ
this year.

BobbyGodd

August 7th, 2009
10:13 am

TokyoJacket must be a little under the rice wine/beer influence. No Way Tech approaches a 60/40 split between run and pass. Tech is loaded at both A-back and B-back and of course Nesbitt will get his share of runs through the option as well. Johnson has stated he will not throw for a 5 to 10 yard gain when he could simply run the ball for that yardage. Thus, Tech only passes in the mid to long range to open up the defense or on down/distances where that is the only option. 70/30 is about the highest percentage we’ll see unless we fall way behind games this year. If we have success we’ll pass less.

gte268p

August 7th, 2009
10:27 am

As always, uga fans, please tell me how did winning 7 games in a row against Tech help uga last year?

BLAZER

August 7th, 2009
11:14 am

if a fluke is a win we will take it ! did fla. fluke the 49-10?

Trade School Junkie

August 7th, 2009
11:44 am

In 1997, Ralph Friedgen came back to GT after following Bobby Ross to San Diego. 1997 was Joe Hamilton’s Sophmore year.
In 1997, GT scored 30+ points in 5 games.

In 1998, GT scored 30+ points in 9 games, with 6 of those 9 at 40+ points. The GT offense had become a SCORING MACHINE.

Folks, get ready, because in 2009, GT’s offense is again gonna be a SCORING MACHINE.

The Offense will likely average 35-40 points per game this year.

I dont think Dave Wommack’s defense is gonna give up 35-40 points per game…TO ANYONE.

This GT team has a real shot a going 12-0. Believe it.

Cuz in Minnessotta

August 7th, 2009
11:50 am

7-5 + a date with la tech in boise

Perimeter Jacket

August 7th, 2009
12:04 pm

My ideal D-Line would be Morgan-Peters-Barnes-Hall, but I’m pretty sure Anderson will start over Barnes. Barnes will the key to this year’s run defense. If his endurance can hold up, and he brings consistently good energy for every snap he plays, he’s going to be a big factor. Also, I want to see if Jason Hill can contribute anything, since he’s also on of the bigger guys on the DL this year at 299 lbs. If at all else, a five DT rotation (Peters, Anderson, Walls, Hill, Barnes) would make me feel better about playing alot of lighter tackles on the roster.

I would much rather see Lanier redshirt this year……we have no idea what his stamina and technique are like at this level, so it would probably be wise to let him sit and watch. No need wasting a year of eligiblity unless disaster strikes the DL and we absolutely need him.

North Avenue Wreck

August 7th, 2009
12:06 pm

Your D Line will Morgan, Anderson, Peters and Hall. Unless Morgan leaves early that will be your starters next year as well. They will play with a chip on their shoulders because even their own fans have overlooked them for the new blood. The love affair over the big guys is retarded. T.J. Barnes will be good for short yardage and that’s it. J.C. Lanier will not be ready because of his youth to the system. People talk about Peters and Anderson being to small which is crap. It’s about leverage, toughness and game. They have it all and the blue collar ethic to help us win. J.C Lamier could pass T.J. Barnes on the depth chart shortly. Nobody talks about Anderson and Walls even though one of them has the approval of Giff Smith to start thus far. Is it a “white” thing?

WADE

August 7th, 2009
12:07 pm

TO ALL DAWG FANS,GEORGIA TECH HAS BEEN OUT OF THE SEC SINCE 1966 AND STILL AS MANY SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS.IF I AM COUNTING CORRECTLY IT’S BEEN 29 YEARS SINCE A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.NEED I SAY MORE

Another day in paradise

August 7th, 2009
12:12 pm

I love the “child like” euphoria exhibited by the Tech faithful as you enter this season after a magical 9 – 4 2008 campaign including huge wins against J. State, Miss. St., Duke and the always powerful junior college team of Gardner Webb (hehehehehehe). Please don’t lose your enthusiasm once the beat downs start. Boise and Shreveport will always welcome the few hundred that travel for the bowl game.

JACKETfan

August 7th, 2009
12:27 pm

North Avenue Wreck-

I understand that its all about toughness and leverage. That is why Ben Anderson would start before Jason Peters would at this point, because he has a high motor and is a very tough kid. But I cant see either one of them holding up well against a big o-line with 300+ pound guys. Like I said, obviously the coaching staff is going to start whoever will give us the edge to win, and I trust that they know best, but its hard to keep size off the field. I think that Lanier will start next year (his sophomore year). And no… race has absolutely nothing to do with it lol. I could just see both Peters and Anderson getting pushed around by a big, strong offensive line. If the other team is trying to block 340 pounds at one of the defensive tackle spots, it would free up Derrick Morgan a lot more. My ideal line would be Morgan and Hall at DE with Peters backing them up (his original position was DE) and Anderson and Barnes starting at tackle with Lanier rotating every couple of plays with Barnes… But like I said, I trust the coaching staff will make the right moves and play the best guys.