Day 6 in the books

Well, it was another hot one, this time at Bobby Dodd.

Tech ran an extended 11-on-11 drill on Saturday, in front of a few hundred fans (unofficial count).

There were some interesting moments:

Josh Nesbitt had a crafty touchdown run: he took the snap, took a step back and stood up looking left for what seemed like a second. He then tucked the ball and weaved his way to the end zone.

Tech ran a reverse pitch, in which the QB runs right or left, and then pitches to a wide receiver heading the other way, with great success throughout most of the day. Finally, the defense figured it out and stuffed the play.

Speaking of the defense, it was putting some licks on some players. Jaybo Shaw seemed to take the brunt of it. Sedric Griffin and Jerrard Tarrant really stuck their facemasks into his chest. His helmet popped off four times (unofficial count).

It’s still hard to tell how the depth chart is shaking out.

For example, this is who started on either side of the line on Saturday:

WR

Tyler Melton

Demaryius Thomas

QB

Josh Nesbitt

A-back

Embry Peeples

Anthony Allen

B-back

Jonathan Dwyer

Offensive line

Joseph Gilbert

Dan Voss

Cord Howard

Brad Sellers

Phil Smith

But, then the coaches started mixing and matching and pretty soon you couldn’t tell which players were working with which team. As Johnson explained later, they pretty much know who is first- and (perhaps) second-string, but they still want to evaluate.

On defense

Secondary

Morgan Burnett

Mario Butler

Dominique Reese

Rashaad Reid

Cooper Taylor

LB

Brad Jefferson

Sedric Griffin

DL

Robert Hall

Derrick Morgan

Ben Anderson

Jason Peters

But the coaches also started mixing and matching at all positions. Since you’ve asked, yes, Barnes and Lanier were in a package at one point, along with Emmanuel Dieke, who recovered a fumble on Saturday. 

In short, I think most of you can guess who may be starting the season-opener on Sept. 5, but the improved depth means that any dissatisfaction by the coaches could mean others moving in sooner, rather than later.

As he did in the T-day game, Johnson got aggravated with his special teams and let them know it. You can read more about that in the story in tomorrow’s paper, or later today when it is posted on ajc.com.

An off-the-top-of-the-head-list-players-who-looked good:

Wide receiver Stephen Hill, wide receiver Quentin Sims, A-back Robert Godhigh, A-back Orwin Smith, B-back Daniel Drummond, LB  Sedric Griffin, LB Brad Jefferson, DE Derrick Morgan, A-back Anthony Allen, S/LB Cooper Taylor, A-back Marcus Wright….

Players-who-may-need-more-time-with-the-coaches: 

To be honest, I really couldn’t say, other than the special teams units. The pass-blocking seemed shaky at times, but Johnson didn’t seem too worried about it afterward. And, from where I was sitting (first row), it was hard to find the ball most of the time, much less take a stab at who missed a block, tackle or assignment.

Unofficially, Nesbitt and Shaw completed more than 50 percent of their passes, with Shaw hooking up with Preston Lyons for a touchdown on a screen pass.

There was some problems with the center-snap exchange for the freshmen quarterbacks, but Johnson didn’t seem too worried about that, either.

98 comments Add your comment

et

August 8th, 2009
2:57 pm

Things are shaping up for a good season. As a 30 year ago grad, I know not to get too excited too early. Here in Virginia, all we hear about is to put it in the books that Va Tech will win the ACC. That’s good so that Ga Tech wont get overconfident. All Tech needs to do is win every game they play. That will be hard if the special teams aren’t a lot better …. and the defense too. If you took Ga Tech offense and Va Tech defense special teams and defense, you’d have a legit BCS contender.

Steady GT Fan

August 8th, 2009
3:22 pm

They looked good today. Not on every play but taken as a whole. Wow, the depth is much better than last year. The second and third stringers can really play. That gives me comfort. If the occasional pass can open up more defenses for our run game, watch out. I really liked the size and quickness of our defensive line. I think they have real potential to turn some heads this year.

GT GRAD

August 8th, 2009
3:35 pm

I thought I was ready for College Football to get started already; however, it sounds like the offensive line and special teams need a little more time before the GT Football team is ready for the season.

I have complete confidence in the coaching staff, but I am somewhat concerned based on the reports we keep reading. I have high expectations for this season and even higher expectations for next season, but GT will have a difficult time meeting or exceeding the coaches, players and fans expectations if the offensive line and special team players do not mesh and start playing lights out!

GT68

August 8th, 2009
3:44 pm

Doug,
Nice article. By the way I read a writeup by Tower on UGA’s Jones being on the Thorpe watch list. Did I miss the article on Burnett being named to the watch list also? Jones is destined to finish behind Morgan I believe if Morgan can get some hype too (read as need articles Doug.)

BS Patrol

August 8th, 2009
3:50 pm

We don’t need no stinkin’ VPI defense!

Mike

August 8th, 2009
4:13 pm

Coach J will have them ready. He is a perfectionist and knows exactly where to panic with anger. The Dawg graduate leaning UGA writers in the AJC won’t ever cover GT properly (ref Burnett & Thorpe). Too early anyway. Burnett’s play will speak for itself if he does well. UGA’s not one of Tech’s biggest threats this year anyway. We need to focus on beating up on the ACC (especially VT) … and ice the cake by “b” slapping that other Ga team @ end of season. UGA is gonna get it handed to them all season – ACC teams are where to focus and biggest rivals this year. Gonna be a great year.

Up with the white and gold

August 8th, 2009
4:22 pm

Good write up Doug. The Jackets looked darn good today. Special team seems to remain a sore
spot on the team – it’s beyond me that they still play shaky. PJ was furious after the blocked extra point.

MyWhiskeyClear

August 8th, 2009
5:16 pm

This year will see a much tougher ACC than in the last few years. Tech will play some legitimate Southern football this year. The atmosphere in the ACC will be electric and the play will be gritty. I personally can’t wait for the White Out versus Clemson, Thursday night lights in Coral Gables, and then the deciding games hosting the Hokies and the Heels. The Tallahassee trip will be telling as well. Forget MSU, Vandy and UGA…they will be ranking-boosters but ACC games will be where the biggest shows are this year. I like it when the heavyweights have to come to the Dodd. It cannot get here fast enough!

Innocent Bystander

August 8th, 2009
5:24 pm

Nice job, Doug. Any walk-ons to keep an eye on? Thanks!

Doug Roberson

August 8th, 2009
5:38 pm

The Burnett news came across after the blog was written. It’s in the notes for tomorrow’s paper and should be online soon.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

August 8th, 2009
5:42 pm

Thanks for the great report, Doug.

Do you think Drummond will be red-shirted? What about Hill?

Please provide updates on the injuries when they are available.

Go Jackets!!

Doug Roberson

August 8th, 2009
5:54 pm

Johnson said again at today’s media day that the injuries weren’t serious. Jordan Luallen’s X-rays came back negative, so he won’t miss any extended time.

If I had to guess, I would say yes, Drummond will be red-shirted. There’s a lot of depth at this position. Drummond said after the game that if he’s redshirted this year, that’s OK with him. He wants to play, but understands if it happens.
I think Hill will play.

Courtesy of Dean Buchan at Georgia Tech, here are a ton of quotes from today’s media day. You’ll see some of these in upcoming stories. But I figured you’d enjoy them.

Opening Statement from Paul Johnson:
“We’re excited to be getting started here on the second season. We
have a good nucleus of players back and I’ve been encouraged by the
way that we have started out camp in terms of our work ethic. Everybody
has good focus and attention to detail. It can certainly get better and
has to get better, but it is way ahead of where we were a year ago at
this time. We’ve managed to get through six practices now and a couple
of them were pretty physical. We had a nice scrimmage this morning
without any serious injuries. I don’t think we are in danger of losing
anybody we are counting on playing this year for any length of time so
knock on wood. A big thing about camp is trying to stay healthy and if
you can do that, then you have a chance to do some good things.

“The schedule is awfully tough to start with, which can be good or
bad. We’ll know where we stand in the ACC by October, so it’s a big
challenge to get ready early on. I think the guys are just looking
forward to having a chance to get better and start a new season.
Expectations are high and I think their expectations are high.”

On the expectations for the season:
“I think the expectations are more for everybody outside the program.
As a football team and coach, you always have high expectations.
Everybody starting out in fall camp has high expectations. Nobody comes
into fall camp hoping they can win five games. Everybody thinks they are
going to win all their games, a conference championship, etc… I don’t
know that it’s any different for the players than it’s ever been.
The difference comes from the fan base and the media. They (the players)
need to learn how to handle that a little bit, but we are six days into
camp. Somebody asked me yesterday what the players thought about the
preseason (national) ranking and I can honestly tell you that no one has
mentioned it. I have never heard a player mention it and we are just
going out there in practice and moving on.”

On the high expectations placed on Jonathan Dwyer:
“Jonathan [Dwyer] is such a gifted young man and he’s a great
player, but I’m going to be on him to be as good as he can be.
Potentially, the sky is the limit for him. There are some things that he
can do better and it’s just my nature to tell him when he does
something good, but if he does something that it not so good then I’m
going to let him know about that a lot harder. Because he has so much
ability and can be a great player, we are going to push him and make him
be his best. His weight is up a little bit from where he played last
year, but if you watched practice this week then you would see he can
still go through there pretty well. It’s not like he’s slowed down a
great deal, but I just know he could be that much faster if he would
drop a few pounds. That’s where I need to push him to be in the best
condition he can be and challenge him on his blocking. Those are areas
where he is not as good at as running the football. When I challenge
him, I don’t want to take away from the fact that he’s a great
football player. He’s earned all of the accolades that he has gotten.
He’s pretty good right now, but I think he can be better.

On the play of the freshman so far, especially Stephen Hill and Izaan
Cross:
“These guys are just getting a chance to play. I think Izaan [Cross]
is very mature for his age and strong. Will he play this year? He might.
We are still just six days in and we’ll know in a couple weeks. He’s
got a chance. In a perfect world, all of those guys would be a lot
better if you could red-shirt them and then rest them for next year. If
they can help us win games and good enough to get into the rotation and
play meaningful snaps, then we’ll play them. A big part of what we
tried to do this morning was get those kids a lot of reps. Whenever
Stephen Hill came in (today), I was trying to look for him, get him the
ball and give him a chance to make some plays. He didn’t disappoint.
He made some plays, so if he continues to do that then he’ll probably
play.

“Several of the freshmen stood out this morning. I thought Orwin
Smith stood out when he got out there and had the ball in his hands. As
a walk-on, Robert Godhigh got some people on the ground. Now if he
continues to do that, I can guarantee you we’ll find a place to use
him. Jemea Thomas was running around and shows up a lot. If he continues
to learn and do that, we may be able to use him. You just don’t know
right now. Some guys we will play and some we’ll hold onto, but we
won’t make that decision for a couple of weeks.”

On the depth this season compared to last year:
“We’re in a better position this year depth-wise than we were a
year ago, no question. We’re still under our scholarship limit by
three or four and still may need to have some of the guys I would rather
red-shirt play to get through the season. After this year, I think
we’ll be around where we want to be depth-wise. We still have a
really young football team. As I’ve said, there are only six seniors
on scholarship. Next year, we should catch up and be back at our 85
scholarships.”

On the preseason poll:
“I don’t pay any attention so that’s why I don’t vote. I think
it’s crazy to have a poll before the season starts. There shouldn’t
be one until three weeks into the season. It’s really unfair. The way
the process is right now, a team that’s one through six or seven can
afford to lose a game and still stay in there. If a team that’s 12-20,
if they lose, then they have no chance of getting back up to the front.
It would make far more sense to me to do it three weeks into the season
then you would have a better idea of who was who.”

On the strength of the ACC this year:
“I think the conference was strong last year. Overall, we (the ACC)
had the best won-loss record of any BCS conference against BCS
conferences. Sometimes perception is reality and all you hear about here
is the SEC. Head to head last year, the ACC beat the SEC. What happens
is the ACC has not had the marquis team at the top. The SEC has Florida
or LSU who have won the national championship recently so it tends to go
that way. We played three SEC teams last year and went 2-1. Wake Forest
beat Ole Miss, Duke goes to beat Vanderbilt and I could go on and on.
Clemson kills South Carolina, but all you hear about is what would
happen if you had to play in the SEC every week. That’s why it
doesn’t matter how many times you do that. It’s still going to be
the perception unless you have somebody at the very top.

“I think the ACC will be very balanced again this year. I don’t
know if there is one team better than everybody else. That’s what the
SEC has had. That one or two teams who are better than all the rest and
we haven’t had it. There is more parity. Everybody has good
players.”

Is there as big of a focus on beating Georgia this year as there was
last year?
“We had six team goals last year and one of them was to beat Georgia.
We didn’t talk about Georgia all year, however. It’s a rivalry game
and what I wanted to do was embrace it and not shy away from it. Does it
mean more than another game? Yes, playing Georgia means more than
playing (some other teams) probably. In a perfect world, they all should
mean the same, but to our fans they have different meaning. To them
it’s more important, until you lose to (one of those teams). I
wanted our guys to understand that it was a big deal, but it was the
last game of the year and we honestly didn’t talk about it until it
was time to play them. We made some plays, were fortunate to get some
breaks and won the game. They (Georgia) could have won just as easily as
we did, but we found a way to win the game and you move on. Nothing
would be better than for both teams to come into the game this year
undefeated. It would be great, but we have a lot of big games before
that one. Our team set our goals the other day and we keep them private
in the locker room, but we want to go undefeated at home. Georgia is
playing here, so yes we’ve got that as a goal.

“I’m big on letting the team set its own goals. Each team is going
to come up with something a little different. I appoint one guy at each
position to be the spokesman. They meet with the team and then we all
come together and they tell me what’s important. I get their six or
seven goals and then put them up in the locker room. I talk more about
how you achieve these goals than about the goals themselves.”

On the tough beginning on the conference schedule:
“It’s not just Clemson, Miami and North Carolina. The next two are
Virginia Tech and Florida State. Those are our first five conference
games. It’s tough, but the thing you have to do is get ready to play
Jacksonville State and then we’ll worry about Clemson. You can’t
worry about them all at once. You worry about beating Jacksonville State
and then we’ll have five days to worry about how to beat Clemson. If
you’re successful as you go down the line, then each one becomes
bigger and bigger. Our goal is to be playing for something meaningful in
November. If you can get to that point, then that’s all you can ask
for. What will that take? I don’t know, but we’ve got enough guys
that have played and hopefully they understand that. That was one of the
things we need to be better at this year is consistency. We threw some
clunkers in there last year where it was like we didn’t give our best
effort at times. Sometimes you can say that’s a young team and
sometimes we need to find that hot button to push so we don’t have the
clunkers.”

On playing Clemson right off the bat with less preparation time because
of it being a Thursday night game:
“It’s not ideal, but Clemson is in the same boat. We both play
Saturday and then turn around and play on Thursday. I think as long as
both teams have the same deal, then we have no qualms. The one that’s
tougher is the next Thursday night when we play Miami. They play on a
Monday and then get all that extra time to get ready for the following
Thursday night. We have to turn around from a Thursday to a Thursday.
It’s no different than if they had a bye the week before. It is what
it is and you just have to get ready to play.”

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Georgia Tech Player Quotes
August 8, 2009

#21 Jonathan Dwyer, RB
On different expectations this season:
“I do not think the expectations are very high; I think they are the
same for us. We have a target on our backs, but I do not think we did
the best that we could last year. We messed up on some games we should
have won. I still think we can surprise some teams this upcoming
season.”

On staying grounded with all the hype:
“Actually, I do not think any of us have paid attention to it.
Especially at the beginning of the summer, listening to what people
thought of us. Some people still doubt us and don’t believe that we
can have a good season after last year. This summer we have just been
working out and going hard; just competing. Being ranked 15th is all
good, but it is better to be higher. We are just trying to get to that
point and win the ACC Championship.”

On being more comfortable in the offense:
“We have had a lot more time to expand the offense, instead of just
worrying about certain plays. Now, everybody is very up-tempo with the
offense and knows what is going on. We are going to try and expand the
things we can do, and show how athletic this team really is.”

On individual accomplishments being motivation:
“They motivate me to go out there and play for my teammates. All the
awards are great and everything but I will not be satisfied until we win
the ACC Championship or if we are a BCS contender.”

———————

#9 Josh Nesbitt, QB
On the defensive line:
“We have a great team and a great defense. I think they are picking
up the slack that everybody thinks we are going to have on that side of
the ball. They are doing a very good job this year so far.”

On being more comfortable in the offense:
“Last year, I really did not know what I was doing. Now it is about
taking things from the film room and going out and executing on the
field.”

On being comfortable with the reads:
“Yes, I am comfortable with the reads. It is just the defense that we
face during camp; they throw different things at you. You have to be on
your feet and adjust accordingly.”

On pressure going into this season:
“We feel no pressure at all, because we control our own fate.
Whatever we do, we just have to take everything from the film room and
put it out on the field.”

—————

#8 Demaryius Thomas, WR
On bigger passing game this season:
“Maybe it will be, but it was not really that bad last year. I hope
there is more this year, but I really do not care right now. I just want
to win. If we do that, I will be fine. And if we do pass, I will just
have to capitalize on that.”

On freshman wide receiver Stephen Hill:
“He is a good player; he just has to learn the offense more. I think
the coaches like him a lot. I took him under my wing because I just want
everybody to get better. So I got to help them out and watch film with
them. I just want everybody to be on the same page.”

rainman

August 8th, 2009
5:55 pm

Hey Doug, I was planning on making it to the scrimmage today, but something came up. Any tidbit you could provide concerning the defensive tackles would be appreciated — Anderson, Peters, Barnes, Walls, Smith, Lanier….- did any of them look impressive to you? I really think Hall will be solid at DE opposite Morgan, having said that, It seems like there is alot of quality depth at DE.
One last thing — keep us posted on the progress of the passing game.
Thanks

EEJacket

August 8th, 2009
6:00 pm

I don’t get what the special teams problem is. If kicks are getting blocked it sounds like the line isn’t coherent, and that worries me a bit. If that line can’t get it together than lets hope our real line can.

Fuzzy bee

August 8th, 2009
6:05 pm

How can you not love this coach?

jadams

August 8th, 2009
6:06 pm

Great! Great article!(including second post). AA you were down at bobby Dodd stadium and grant field today to socialize with the coaches and players, Can you give us some insight on the diffrent personalitys

AlabamaRamblinwreck

August 8th, 2009
6:13 pm

Thanks, Doug. I appreciate all of the great information.

Do you think Jaybo will end up being the 2nd string QB? What do others who have seen practices think? It will be hard for Josh not to get dinged up some during this tough schedule, and we have to have production (with zero turnovers) from the backup QB.

Go Jackets!!

11-11 today

August 8th, 2009
6:45 pm

Stephen Hill is going to be a stud, I would be really surprised if he was going to rs. Sure glad he did not sign with Georgie. Great report Doug!

AA

August 8th, 2009
7:37 pm

Theres a new sheriff in town and I got my picture made with him today.

Blind Side

August 8th, 2009
7:47 pm

It’s funny how expectations are concidered high at Tech this year and low at UGA this year… UGA is pre-season ranked higher! Just shows what a pathetic program you have. Tech fans are about to have a dissapointing season.

Blind Side

August 8th, 2009
7:49 pm

AA, you sound like you have a man crush on your coach. Every time you say “There’s a new sherriff in town” (I corrected your theres mistake) you sound like a complete putz.

Cuttysark

August 8th, 2009
8:07 pm

Looks like we are finally getting some quality depth that will be needed as we go through the season. Get your tickets now since this will ba a special season in year two of the Paul Johnson era. Go to isportsweb.com for more Georgia Tech Football Postings. Go Jackets!

AlabamaRamblinwreck

August 8th, 2009
8:21 pm

Blind Side: As you continue to dwell in the GT blog, I realize you are in real need of some attention. UGA is on the way to being second fiddle in GA, as long as CPJ is at the helm. UGA is ranked higher based on their continued recruiting advantages, but those won’t mean much when you get out-coached again!! As someone said about Bobby Dodd, (I paraphrase) “he can take yours’ens and beat you or he can beat you with his’ens.” The master is at the helm, and it is going to be fun to watch.

Go Jackets!!

AA

August 8th, 2009
8:22 pm

Blindslide- Call it what you will. If It takes me having a man crush on CPJ to win football games then ok. All the hype around Tech right now is because of CPJ. I was at Tech today and he had the longest line of anyone. We’ve got one of the 10 best coaches in the country so I’m giving credit where credit is due. How about talking Tech football instead of someone spelling a word wrong. I guess you can subtract 5 points from my blog. Nobody wants to read about you correcting a blog. When you do, you sound like the prick that you are. But I will be examining your post from here on out.
Guess what?
There’s a new sheriff in town

AA

August 8th, 2009
8:41 pm

There was a buzz at Tech today that I haven’t seen since the O’Leary era. Jaybo looked like he’s put on about 20 pounds. JC Lanier and TJ Barnes are huge. The only players not getting attention today were kickers and punters. From what I heard about the morning scrimmage, that explains why. Everyone was very upbeat. You can tell the players are very confident and anxious toy get the season started.

TDone

August 8th, 2009
8:50 pm

What gets me about the Muttlanders is that though they are “ranked” 13th and Tech 15th, they continue to post here.

In spite of the fact they have Florida (1st), LSU (9th), and OSU (11th) on their schedule before they even play Tech, yet they post here.

In less than a month, you people have to go to Stillwater and perhaps face the best offense in the nation (outside of Tech’s), but you post here.

Quite frankly, we should be the least of your worries, issues, and concerns. In the words of Collective Soul’s December:

“Why drink the water from my hand?
Contagious as you think I am.”

“Why follow me to higher ground?
Lost as you swear I am.”

The OSU game will either make or break you, yet you post here.

You people never cease to amaze me…

11-11 today

August 8th, 2009
9:01 pm

“Concidering” the fact about UGA’s “dissapointing” 08 season I feel for you blind nut. Ouch.
Go Jackets!

UGA GUY

August 8th, 2009
10:54 pm

I have read the quotes about special teams from another article and some comments here. Over the past 2 years I have seen comments made about CPJ’s approach to coaching special teams by committe of coaches vs one coach as before. It is obvious from his comments that he will not change his approach. No problem here, as he is the man. However I am not 100% sure that our special teams problem is only a special teams player problem as most of us appear to accept. Here are a few things to consider:

1. 2 years ago our kickoff defense was ranked # 1 IN THE COUNTRY before the bowl game…finish # 2 after the bowls. Same kickoff guy last year, bascially the same kickoff guys defending, but a year older and more experienced. Yet our kicker makes 8-10 tackles and we finish 3rd in just the acc???
2. We begin the season last year 1-5 in FG’s. Even CPJ states we have snap/hold issues. He changes holders only and we go 12-15 the rest of the season. Yet we go in the spring game, and on 4 FG attempts we go 1-4, using 4 different holders and 3 different snappers. Today we kick 3 xp’s and 1 FG using 3 different holders and at least 2 snappers (maybe 3).
3. Punting last year was very good after the 6th game of the season, actually # 2 in acc and # 10 nationally, then went down hill after that

Just seems to me that something is missing and it is not all talent??? I just think it works a lot like a QB/Center exchange….we do not see Nesbit working with 3 different centers. When Voss got hurt last year the first thing I saw was our QB run to the sideline and get some quick snaps from Brdford before he came in. When Nesbit goes down, Jaybo quickly gets a few snaps from Voss before going in.
It just does not seem to be rocket science to me. Maybe part of the problem is consistency/timing of the snap/hold/kick. Why do we use so many snappers and holders???? Seems like when we settle on one, we are ok????
I think we are going to be fine. I just hope the obvious is really that.

Blind Side

August 8th, 2009
11:11 pm

Tech fans,
I’m all for you saying “There’s a New Sheriff in Town”, or “((((45-42)))”, or “Thank God and Greyhound” because we actually won 9 this year, but listen… You are a second rate program, CPJ will never recruit the best (you are still playing with Gomer’s recruits), and you will not beat UGA on a consistant basis… You are pathetic!

expectations

August 8th, 2009
11:16 pm

It’s really funny to be preseason #1 in the nation and cannot even win the state title! And speaking of pathetic, how is it every year ugay has a top 5 recruiting class but is unable to get to the national champ game? Is it that the tallent isnt as good the coaches think or is it the coaches you have arent good enough to get to the big game, and before you go talking how your puppies beat tech for 7 years in a row, just remember tech beat ugay 8 years in a row, that’s all history now, all that matters right now is this year, and tech will beat ugay again, and when we do lets see how fast puppy nation will turn st. richt?

expectations

August 8th, 2009
11:27 pm

hey blind side, why dont you ask the Florida fans what a second rate program is, you both recruit even classes tallent wise, but get your ass’s handed to you each year, or is a second rate program a team that gives up over 400 yards rushing to our gomer recruits and 45 pts?

The Price is Right

August 9th, 2009
12:08 am

Doug – really great post today – this is exactly the kind of insight i’m interested in.

I think it’s interesting how Jaybo seems to be getting singled out by some of our defensive players. There have been a couple days now where people have been getting in his face, and now that they’ve got a chance to lay some licks on him, they’re not holding back. I bet he’s walking around the locker room with a little too much swagger. It’ll be good for him in the long run – we need to have a backup quarterback with some toughness.

I think the only thing that can really derail us from having a special season is if Nesbitt goes down (I’m assuming Dwyer is impervious to injury – ala Superman). I like Jaybo as a passer, but the dropoff in talent between him and Nesbitt is very large when running the triple option. Hopefully, with a more experienced offensive line, along with a closer pass/run ratio, his body won’t have to take the amount of abuse that it did last year.

Keep up the good work Doug – I haven’t seen it addressed much, but how has the triple O looked in practice? Do any of the quarterbacks stand out in their execution?

Not Disappointed

August 9th, 2009
12:28 am

Doug, you really out did yourself. I was there today with 2 thousand other fans. The line for Coach Paul Johnson wasn extremely line as others. It was hot as well, but worth it. I saw other Tech fans tailgating etc. It really was a good day on the Flats.

I’m glad that we are ranked below the pups. Ranking the Jackets in the lower 15 doesn’t bother me at all. It gives us alot more to strive for this year.

I feel sorry for you “Blind Side.” You spend so much time downing my Jackets and stating how much Georgia is better, etc. My brother is die hard pup fan. He read you remarks tonite and laughed. He like myself want both teams to succeed, We only differ in opinion in November.

Ramblin Wreck!

AlabamaRamblinwreck

August 9th, 2009
12:35 am

Blind Side: You may want to invest in a spellchecker; that makes 3 easy words you have now misspelled. Consistent, not “consistant”.
I attended UGA and graduated from GT. UGA’s academics are not even in the same league. It would be like comparing jr. high football to the NFL!! Did you graduate UGA, or are you one of the fans who never set foot in a college class? By the way, I have nothing against people who have not set foot in a college class, but I do get a laugh out of arrogant UGA fans with no real connection other than it being the homestate team.

Your point about CPJ not being able to recruit is already laughable, since CPJ is having a tremendous recruiting season (all kids from GA) this year. He will not even need 4 or 5 star players to beat UGA, but he will have a few anyway!!

Go Jackets!!

dburns2100

August 9th, 2009
12:48 am

where is Roddy Jones? The best A-Back on the team!!!! He did a great job as a red-shirt freshman and now I don’t hear anything.

Ethel Fleming

August 9th, 2009
1:19 am

Where is Nick Claytor? Read about this kid! He played his heart out with a herniated Disk the entire season and he get no press. He is back working his heart out and gets nothing!! What is going on?

WPinAZ

August 9th, 2009
2:18 am

Good article. Any news on Richard Watson? I read once he may be 2nd behind Dwyer at B-back, but have heard little of anything recently about him, or whoever is to back up Dwyer?

nerd

August 9th, 2009
2:36 am

don’t git over confident we still can’t hold a candle over any opponant you know what i mean.go clempson.

percey harvin

August 9th, 2009
4:20 am

go gada, go jakus

Cuz in Minnesota

August 9th, 2009
6:16 am

Enjoy players like Nesbitt and Dwyer while you can bugs! Once the gomer recruits are gone, i-aa scrubs like jaybo will be the best you can do! hahahaha

Cuz in Minnesota

August 9th, 2009
6:18 am

Just wait til NESBITT bites the dust halfway through the year. The dawgs will MOLEST your puny i-aa Qb JAYBOW

Jaybow Shaw

August 9th, 2009
6:52 am

YOU GUYZ!! Stop picking on me!

m

August 9th, 2009
6:58 am

It is so nice to have a REAL college football coach at Tech.

For six long years we had the worst coach in the history of college football. And many of you Tech fans supported him and defended him. You should be ashamed.

We could have had Paul Johnson, instead of chan gomer gailey, even back then. Just think of the difference.

Thank God that we now have the best coach in college football.

And Thank God and Greyhound that the worst coach in history is gone forever. Hallleeeedamloooyah. And even though the bulldawg fans are stupid by definition, you are really gonna miss chan gomer gailey.

There is a new sheriff in town. His name is Paul Johnson. He IS the real deal.

45-42…only the beginning.

UGASUX

August 9th, 2009
7:37 am

dburns2100…Roddy Jones has an injured wrist (I think). He’ll be back after he finishes scoring TD’s in Athens….I believe he just scored again!!
THWG!!

m

August 9th, 2009
8:28 am

PJ is winning with gomers recruits. Just imagine if we had to start Shaw last year instead of Nesbitt. There will be no players of Nesbitts caliber who want to play in this o. Enjoy it while it lasts!

TDone

August 9th, 2009
9:00 am

To UGA Guy, you forgot to change your moniker before you posted as a Tech fan. Nice technique.

q

August 9th, 2009
9:11 am

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Arob

August 9th, 2009
9:39 am

Cuz, You obviously have no clue what your talking about. The reason Shaw played last year was that PJ was redshirting Tevin Washington, who is an option QB cut out of the same mold as Nesbitt. Shaw was the sacrificial lamb, and he performed well because he knew the system. Unfortunately for oppponents, there will be multiple options behind Nesbitt this year as opposed to last…..Bad news for you… and yes, we will enjoy watching Nesbitt, Dwyer, Jones, and others run all over your Dawgs for MANY years to come! Admit it, Cuz, your just afraid its a rivalry again now.

Bo Williams

August 9th, 2009
10:01 am

Is Donnovan Tate going to play fb in college or pro bb?

Saint Simons

August 9th, 2009
10:33 am

(((((45-42)))))hahaha And we had a Tickle Pile on Herty Field!!!!!!