Day 7 in the books

Hey, folks-

Coming to you from the well-appointed media room at the Edge Athletic Center. Sitting in again for Doug.

The Jackets had a practice dedicated to special teams work Sunday afternoon. They split up into blue and white teams, and did a lot of field goal and punting work. Coach Paul Johnson made it into a game, white vs. blue, with points awarded for successful plays. They ran a bunch of trick plays to varying degrees of success.

A couple things that came to light, some of which are in the notebook. You can pencil in Jerrard Tarrant at punt returner. I think the coaching staff probably had this in mind already, but I think his efforts today may have sealed it. If you’ll remember, Tech didn’t do so hot returning punts last year, at times having trouble just holding onto the ball. Cooper Taylor, Stephen Hill and Daniel McKayhan also took turns at punt returner.

The kick returning job is not settled. Tarrant, obviously, is a candidate, and you’ll remember Roddy Jones (who is still out), Marcus Wright and others did some work there last year.

Also, it looks like Scott Blair will handle kickoffs and field goals (and PAT’s) and either Chandler Anderson or Sean Poole will do the punts. Blair should benefit from not having to do all three. Whether it happens or not depends on if Anderson or Poole can win the job. Both looked pretty good Sunday.

The long-snapping job is up in the air. Brad Sellers is the No. 1, but didn’t get to snap today because of a head injury. Johnson said he is day to day. Jeff Lentz and Tyler Morgan did most (if not all) of the snaps Sunday. A few were high, but nothing horrendous. Morgan is a true freshman from Whitewater High in Fayette County whom I talked to a little bit after practice. He was invited to walk on after sending in his tapes. Tech thought enough of him that two assistants, Mike Sewak and Buzz Preston, and Johnson came to his house to encourage him to come. He said coming to Tech is “probably the best thing that’s ever happened.” I assume he meant it was the best thing that had ever happened to him, but, regardless, I appreciated his enthusiasm.

This is neither here nor there, but whenever I write about Sellers, I think about Brad Sellers the basketball player. Played at Ohio State, was a bust with the Chicago Bulls.

Anyway, that’s about it. Thanks for reading!

55 comments Add your comment

GT2002

August 9th, 2009
9:08 pm

Good blog Ken, any update on how the practices have progressed from day 1 until today? We have gotten a lot of good info from Doug but it would be nice to see how you would rate day 1 of camp compared to day 7. I am sure we have progressed in most aspects but all in all, how would you rate the camp so far? Sounds like a lot of freshmen in the mix with a chance to contribute with the focus on keeping the starers healthy. This is the most excited I have been about GT sports since I played for coach Cremins as a walk-on in 1998. THWG!

AA

August 9th, 2009
9:31 pm

Anything on Anthony Allen? Hadn’t heard his name lately, he was a beast at the spring game.

Tokyo jacket

August 9th, 2009
9:43 pm

Ken, good stuff…agree with 2002. Nice to hear that Blair won’t have to practice two different things this year. Should make a huge difference. If our punt coverage is there, I’ll trade 2 or 3 yards per punt if we get 10-20% better in the field goal game.

Also, are you seeing progression? I know you’re filling in for Doug, but what progression are you seeing or have you maybe discussed what you’re seeing with what Doug saw?

Tokyo jacket

August 9th, 2009
9:44 pm

Also, what are the chances that we see any of these Freshmen (other than Hill) actually play? You guys are talking them up now, but it seems like we have the same two deep back from last year. Do we really think that the guys coming in are going to take the jobs away from last year’s guys that had one of our best years in recent memory?

Cuttysark

August 9th, 2009
10:08 pm

There has never been a successful dual punter/kicker on any football team. You need to split those duties to have any opportunity to get it done with any degree of effectiveness. Hopefully Tarrant will be able to concentrate on punt returns only, and let two other candidates handle the kick returns. That is way too much to stuff onto one player’s plate, especially since he will see plenty of action in the defensive secondary this season. Even Neon Dieon only returned punts. Good update Ken.

Go to isportsweb.com for more Georgia Tech Football Postings. Go Jackets.

Ken Sugiura

August 9th, 2009
10:12 pm

2002, i’m going to have to defer to Doug on judging improvement over the course of camp. I saw a small bit of practice Thursday, then all of Friday and then today’s practice was all special teams.

AA, I don’t remember any specific plays I saw Allen make, but generally, he looked good Friday, like he did in the spring. I think he could be a real playmaker for Tech. One of the sports information guys today was saying that he thought that Allen was going to have a game this season where he just goes off and gains 200 yards. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if that happened.

Tokyo Jacket, Doug wrote a story that ran Sunday about freshmen with a chance to make an impact. He mentioned J.C. Lanier, Emmanuel Dieke, Rod Sweeting, Jemea Thomas and Hill. Thomas is playing behind Morgan Burnett, so even if he doesn’t redshirt, he likely won’t see a ton of snaps.

There’s a lot of competition at corner, so that lessens Sweeting’s chances. I’d say Lanier and Dieke. They’ve got a good chance to make the two-deep, and DC Dave Wommack rotates the d-line a good bit.

But I generally agree with your sentiment. Most of the starters returned, and now there’s depth from the redshirt freshman class, guys like B-back Richard Watson, wide receiver Quentin Sims, guard Omoregie Uzzi and others. At wide receiver, for instance, there’s returning starters Demaryius Thomas and Tyler Melton. Beyond that, Hill and Quentin Sims look like they’ll challenge for playing time, and then Zach Fisher, a walk-on who played a good bit last year, and Kevin Cone, a transfer walk-on who played well in the spring.

Obviously, coaches would want Thomas on the field as much as possible, so that doesn’t leave a ton of snaps for everyone else.

Ken Sugiura

August 9th, 2009
10:14 pm

cuttysark – thanks for the comments. i wouldn’t say there has never been a good kicker/punter – johnson pointed out that jason elam did both at hawaii – but point well taken.

Not Disappointed

August 9th, 2009
11:35 pm

Ken great blog as usual. I really could’ve done without the remark about Brad Sellars. But must agree that he was a bust regardless.

Ken, you recall the progress of the Jackets last summer. I know it’s early, but how would you compare this year’s team progress?

Blog on my friend, “Ramblin Wreck!”

Cuz in Minnesota

August 10th, 2009
1:15 am

Jemea Thomas: TECK snags the commit over VANDY, TROY, AND WESTERN FREAKING KENTUCKY

Cuz in Minnesota

August 10th, 2009
1:24 am

Daniel Mckayhan: ** Star with offers from MEMPHIS and VANDY

Cuz in Minnesota

August 10th, 2009
1:26 am

Cant you NERDS see? PEE JAY is DESTROYING the talent base of your program. This is TECK not GEORGIA SOUTHERN PEE JAY

Cuz in Minnesota

August 10th, 2009
1:30 am

PEE JAY is doing well with STUDS like NERDBOT and DWIER, but what will he do with a team full of DANIEL MCKAYHANS and PRESTON LYONSES

AlabamaRamblinwreck

August 10th, 2009
3:08 am

Cuz: YOu got issues.

hedgepruner

August 10th, 2009
5:06 am

encouraged to hear that CPJ is focusing on kicking game, this was our weak sister last season and a big concern for being successful this season, our coach will leave no stone unturned.Good article keep it up , it looks like were staying free from injuries so far, my biggest fear is Nesbitt’s ankles, we couldnt afford to lose him , Jaybo did an adequate job as fill in but our conference schedule is a bear and Josh needs to stay healthy for us to be a serious contender.

Baba O'Riley

August 10th, 2009
5:59 am

Ken- Can you tell us how Fr Julian Burnett is looking early in camp?

lakerat

August 10th, 2009
7:53 am

I am dating myself here, but wasn’t Tech’s own Billy Lothridge both a placekicker and punter while at Tech – and didn’t he excel at both (I know he only punted in the pros)?

Saint Dawg

August 10th, 2009
8:09 am

(((((7-1))))) (((((38-3))))) (((((CHICKEN BOWL)))))

rainman

August 10th, 2009
8:14 am

Lothridge was the starting QB and punter, I don’t think he did any place kicking.

Cuz in Minnesota

August 10th, 2009
8:25 am

ORWIN SMITH: ** STAR offers from UAB and VANDERBILT.

Cuz in Minnesota

August 10th, 2009
8:26 am

When PEE JAY wants em PEE JAY gets em!!

Saint Simons

August 10th, 2009
8:41 am

45-42 And we had a great Tickle Pile on Herty Field!!!!

GT Rich

August 10th, 2009
9:04 am

Sam Swank did all the kicking duties at Wake and set records along the way. It can be done, just not common to do so with success. Can we figure out a way to bring back Luke Manget? With the helmet on, who could tell?

William Casey

August 10th, 2009
9:18 am

A little education for the dumb-bunny crtics: the recruiting service’s “star” rating system is vastly over-rated. Here is why. Young men develop at a vastly different pace. Some guys hit puberty early and are as about as good as they will ever be as sophs or juniors in high school. Others develop late. I coached in high school for 25 years and saw hundreds of examples. Also, football is a game of “heart” and takes a tremendous toll on a player’s body. Some great guys “burn out” and simply lose their enthusiasm for the game. Others keep coming on. And, there is this factor known as “coaching ‘em up” as well. GO JACKETS!

air conditioned gypsy

August 10th, 2009
9:23 am

Cuz,,I bet you and Rosie Palmer get allllllllll “excited” reading about UGA’s prized recruits.We’re very happy with our players and we’ll see you on Saturday afternoons.

Cuz in Minnesota

August 10th, 2009
9:38 am

EMMANUEL DIEKE: Only other offer WESTERN CAROLINA. LMFAO

Cuz in Minnesota

August 10th, 2009
9:42 am

1AA-BOW SHAW: Offers from MTSU and JACKSON STATE

JS

August 10th, 2009
9:46 am

We will beat tech.JACKSONVILLE STATE that is.Goofy offense very weak defense no fans yea that is gt.

Who is Gt?

August 10th, 2009
9:56 am

Gt is IRRELEVANT!!!

Tech82

August 10th, 2009
10:17 am

Cuz – I can’t wait to read your excuses after we pound your precious mutts in November with all of these substandard players. Of course, last year’s “5-star” mutts – you know, the ones that were pre-season #1 – didn’t fare too well against our poor 2-star recruits. You are correct about a college program in Georgia heading down the road of irrelevance but it’s not the team playing in Atlanta.

Cuz in Minnesota

August 10th, 2009
10:45 am

We were MOLESTING you bugs and forgot to play the second half. Thats what happens when youve OWNED a team for 7 straight years.

Cuz in Minnesota

August 10th, 2009
10:48 am

You got away with one last year, but rest assured we have your game circled this year. GET READY for 51-7 PART 2, FOLLOWED BY 7IAR PART 3

UGAsRuffYear

August 10th, 2009
10:56 am

Whenever I think of Ken Sugiura…I think of some literary wannabe in Athens.

Stupid comment about Sellers….Stupid, Stupid, Stupid.

No resemblance, different sport, nothing at all to do with covering NCAA football.

Cuz in ATL

August 10th, 2009
11:16 am

Dieke had offers from Auburn and UNC early on. He committed in early Feb his JR. year and made it clear that he wasn’t changing his mind so he stopped getting offers. But since he is 6-6 253 I’m sure you would make fun of him to his face.

Volman

August 10th, 2009
11:26 am

Looks like we won’t be seeing “Cuz in Minnesota” anymore today. High school classes just started.

Get a life.

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 10th, 2009
11:28 am

haha, 51-7, 38-3, 1-7 are so pathetic, the only thing even more will be coming in early Dec. 2009 from the fleabags.

51-7, and 2-8. Simple minds are so predictable.

air conditioned gypsy

August 10th, 2009
11:29 am

Cuz..when we lost ,we took it,,and now you can say anything you want but the only thing that matters is Tech spanked you in your own back yard,,so suck on that untill you come to Atlanta in November.We’ll be ready and waiting and you know it.

Cuz in Minnesota

August 10th, 2009
11:38 am

ROBERT GODHIGH: NO OFFERS, though he did get interest from FURMAN

wreckmaniac

August 10th, 2009
11:43 am

Enter your comments here

wreckmaniac

August 10th, 2009
11:44 am

Some of these new guys should have a real shot on defense. We lost some
top talent and the defense in their last two games last year were overwhelmed. There’s room for change.

Cuz in Minnesota

August 10th, 2009
12:06 pm

PEE JAY and his PEE WEE GIMMICK offense and 1AA RECRUITING will rain DESTRUCTION on the flats. It will take your program YEARS to recover from the DOWNGRADE in TALENT.

Cuz in Minnesota

August 10th, 2009
12:08 pm

In fact TECK may drop to IAA given its huge decline in TALENT

Dawghater

August 10th, 2009
12:11 pm

Hey Cuz in Minnesota. First, enjoy your freaking winter, eeh! Next, get a life and finally you clearly don’t notice Tech has
- 4 players ranked in the nations top 200 players
- has a back ranked #2 back in the nation

Your rants about players that aren’t starting are boring! Enjoy Stillwater, Oklahoma. Cox sat on the bench for a reason! Because he’s awful!

Cuz in Minnesota

August 10th, 2009
12:32 pm

DAWGHATER, PEE JAY is living off Gaileys recruits, particularly guys like NERDBOT, DUHWYER, BURNETT, MORGAN, AND THOMAS. There will be no NERDBOTS or DUHWYERS from PEE JAY. Only J-BOWs

Justafan

August 10th, 2009
12:33 pm

Cuz in Minnesota- No *******’s. Recruited only by his mommy.

superDawg

August 10th, 2009
12:37 pm

Man you nerds are churpy.what we need to do is schedule one full season of UGA and gt twelve games,after that you nerds will have had enough.

TOptionSpread

August 10th, 2009
12:42 pm

Cuz is worried that his precious puppies are on the down side slide. I think he’s right. 2008 State Chanpions, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 45-42. Tech scored more points on UGA the second half than Alabama did in their first half. The puppies are done. Stick a fork in them.

GO JACKETS!!! ,……..THWG

Dawghater

August 10th, 2009
12:50 pm

He Cuzzy and Super Puppy. How did that preseason ranking work for you last year. And after the beating you’ll take in Stillwater you won’t hold on to your preseason ranking this year either. Keep trying to convince yourself that Mr. Cox who collected splinters on the bench for the last 4 years is the QB of the year. And your complaining about our athletes? And Super Puppy Dog, it would be “boss” to you!

Dawghater

August 10th, 2009
12:56 pm

Hey Cuzzy, I see your out of class for lunch. By the way, how are all those stellar recruits doing for the puppy dogs. And was that a National Championship you claimed before the season even started last year. How did those non student athletes work for you? I was in Jacksonville last year and so enjoyed that beat down! Again, enjoy Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Cuz in Minnesota

August 10th, 2009
1:14 pm

UGA: 6 10 WIN SEASONS UNDER RICHT NERDS: 2 10 WIN SEASONS IN 50 YEARS!! LMFAO

Dawghater

August 10th, 2009
1:19 pm

It’s a new twist. Puppy Dogs are now gauging their programs success over the six years strictly based on their record vs. Tech. Wow, how the so called mighty have fallen. Yes, we know you don’t want to discuss the joke of a 2008 season! The embarrasment of being on the cover is SI magazine and then flopping! And now the frustration knowing your starting QB is Joe Cox! Check out Cox’s ranking of QB in the SEC. Keep on ranting Cuz. We will see you in Bobby Dodd this year.