Day 9 in the books…..breaking news

Before we get into what I just finished writing a few minutes ago, it appears that Virginia Tech running back Darren Evans is out for the season with a torn ACL.

This affects the ACC in ways too numerous to mention. The most obvious is that the Hokies are no longer the prohibitive favorite. I think that mantle may fall to Georgia Tech. What do you think? How does this affect the race?

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Now onto what I had written

 

 

First, a confession. Because of a commitment at work, I was only able to watch the last five periods of football practice. 

So, I won’t have a lot to say about it, and for that I apologize.

Coach Johnson did say that he was happier with the effort the team gave, and that was during what felt like the hottest day so far. A few of the highlights are in the print notebook, which has already been posted on ajc.com.

I appreciate the thoughts you provided last night and today on the areas that need the most improvement from last year’s team.

As, hopefully, you’ve read, improving pass-efficiency is what I led the three-part series with. It’s posted now on the Tech channel on ajc.com.

As I noted, the stat itself is odd, for sure. To be honest, I’m not even sure how someone could have come up with it. But the theory is pretty easy to understand. 

Johnson doesn’t seem like a coach whose too big on stats. As he points out, you can manipulate them to say just about anything. But, you’ll only find two teams among the NCAA’s top 25 in that stat that had a losing record last season. Don’t confuse total passing with passing efficiency. For example, there are  seven teams among the top 25 passing leaders that had losing records last season.

Of course, flipping it around there are six teams among the to 25 rushing leaders that had losing records last season. There is no rushing efficiency stat (which stuns me). It would be an interesting exercise to come up with one. Anybody figures that one out, I owe you a coke.

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Saint Simons

August 11th, 2009
8:25 pm

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

GT-Jake

August 11th, 2009
8:35 pm

Doug,

Thanks for the reports.

How is the offensive line pass-blocking?

Are you seeing pocket pass protection and play action, or are the QBs rolling?

I just can’t imagine the O-Line we had last year pass blocking. They were awful.

GT-Jake

August 11th, 2009
8:40 pm

I think it’s awful that young man tore his ACL. That sucks.
Won’t make 1 bit of difference. Tyrod Taylor is there #1 RB.
If we play good on special teams and don’t put the ball on the ground, we beat VT this year.
Anything less, we will be playing to beat Georgia to make 2009 rememberable.

TiftonJacket

August 11th, 2009
8:48 pm

Hate it for the kid and the VT program.

Now can we get an injury update on Kyle Jackson and what he has been doing or not doing in practice. I saw the update on Roddy that he is probably two weeks out from returning. When do the coaches believe Sellers or Barrick will return as well. Getting through Sat without major injuries will be something to watch for over the next few days

JJ

August 11th, 2009
9:00 pm

I believe our blocking schemes are unchanged whether we are passing or running. Drive forward, cut block, get your man to the ground – basically make life miserable for the defense on every play.

Give ‘em HELL Tech!

GT GRAD

August 11th, 2009
9:03 pm

I truly wish Darren Evans had not hurt his ACL and I hope he has a full recovery. He is a very talented player and I am sure he is hurting (emotionally & physically) right now.

Good Luck to Darren.

Doug Roberson

August 11th, 2009
9:04 pm

Kyle attends practice every day, but all he can do is wait at this point on his foot to heal. There’s no timetable.
As for Sellers and Barrick, concussions and knees are odd things. But Johnson has said no injuries that have occurred should keep the players out for too long.
The pass-blocking looks mostly solid in practice, but I think the coaches are looking for better than just solid. As many of you saw on Saturday, there’s still room for improvement.

Tokyo jacket

August 11th, 2009
9:05 pm

Tifton and Jake, classy comments, especially compared to people like Dawghater. I felt bad for him too. I actually would have rather played an undefeated VT with Evans than a VT team that lost to Alabama without Evans. I hope they’re able to overcome it as a team. Remember, the key to our rankings success this year will be to play and beat highly ranked VT and UGA teams.

Doug, glad to hear the comment about effort. If CPJ is pleased with the effort, I’m sure we definitely will be.

GT66

August 11th, 2009
9:08 pm

My sources tell me that Morgan Burnett failed a drug test over the Summer. Not good.

GT Rich

August 11th, 2009
9:12 pm

Doug, thanks for the detailed daily updates, I can’t get enough!! Too bad for Evans. What I’ve read is that VT is loaded at RB with a true FR who is expected to wow people. More a shifty Moreno, less of a power guy like Evans was. Not sure what this means for VT. With a lot of time left before Sept 5, I imagine they will adjust.

GTPUG

August 11th, 2009
9:21 pm

Never like to see a player (Darren Evans) go done with a injury but the Jackets would of won their side of the conference with him healthy – with all the players fighting for a starting spot on the offensive line this is going to be the key to the success of the Jackets – passing game will be better because CPJ demands it

“TO HELL WITH GEORGIA”

Tokyo jacket

August 11th, 2009
9:28 pm

GT66, didn’t your “sources” falsely defame another of our players a few months back?

BS Patrol

August 11th, 2009
9:35 pm

My “sources” tell me Agelina Jolie is hot for my body.

Tokyo jacket

August 11th, 2009
9:35 pm

I would like to have BS Patrol’s sources!

The Price is Right

August 11th, 2009
9:36 pm

I feel really bad for Evans – hopefully he will comeback and play as well as he did last year. As a Yellow Jacket fan, i’m disappointed that we don’t get to beat VT at full strength. I can already hear the excuses from VT fans about how we were given the ACC championship due to injuries.

As far as the Rushing Efficiency formula:
1) multiply yards per attempt by 13.8
2) multiply touchdown percentage by 8.7 and add to total
3) Subtract fumble percentage, multiplied by 8.1

Dwyer (2008)
7.0*13.8 + ((12/200)*100*8.7) – (0/200)*100*8.1 = 96.6 + 52.2 = 148.8
Tashard Choice (2007):
5.5*13.8 + ((10/261)*100*8.7) – (0/200)*100*8.1 = 75.9 + 33.3 = 109.23

Knowshon (2008):
5.5*13.8 + ((16/250)*100*8.7) – (0/250)*100*8.1 = 75.9 + 55.68 = 131.58

AlabamaRamblinwreck

August 11th, 2009
9:36 pm

Hate to see any young man (or old man for that reason) go down with injury. I’m not sure it changes much. If GT plays efficiently, we should win our side of the ACC.

Doug: Did Jaybo have a slight concussion or was he out for another reason?

Go Jackets!!

Cuttysark

August 11th, 2009
9:36 pm

Always sad when any kid gets a season ending injury. Hopefully he will be able to return next year and step right back into competing for the Hokies. I’m getting a little concerned with the concussions that seem to be afflicting Jaybo. Those tend to become recurring which is not good from a health standpoint for him, playing football becomes secondary at that point. Thanks for the updates Doug.

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

AlabamaRamblinwreck

August 11th, 2009
9:39 pm

Sorry, Doug. Just read that Jaybo’s problem was a concussion. The young man is having too many of these at a very early age!!

North Florida Jacket

August 11th, 2009
9:39 pm

Doug I know you said that Jaybo was out with another concussion, but is their any word on how serious it may or may not be. This concerns me some since he had one last season and he already has one before the first game.

RAMBLEON

August 11th, 2009
9:46 pm

Doug will you ask Jaybo why he is so into anal bleaching? Thanks.

Joe Schmoe

August 11th, 2009
9:58 pm

Classy dog fans as usual trolling on Tech blogs. Typical.

you guys are wrecked

August 11th, 2009
10:04 pm

Listen up, Dorks. You’ve got one more year to try to fill the dump on North Avenue before Georgia State embarrasses you by getting and retaining football fans who actually are excited about their team and showing up for the games. The nerds are done. 2 for 1 plus a hotdog and coke is an embarrassment to all of college football.

Cuz in Minnesota

August 11th, 2009
10:05 pm

Whoever posted at 9:46 is a small piece of fecal matter.

macrotech

August 11th, 2009
10:10 pm

Hate to hear of anyone getting knocked out for the season…hope he can heal as quickly as possible. He’s a big loss for the hokies. They’ll be less without him, but they’re still a tough team to beat!

GTPHISH

August 11th, 2009
10:13 pm

Doug,
Thanks for the update, as always, you efforts are appreciated. I am really excited for the season!! Please keep the updates on Anthony Allen coming….

Loved yesterday’s pic of CPJ leading the team on a run

Joe Schmoe

August 11th, 2009
10:17 pm

And by the way having your anus bleached is not so bad.

Dawghater

August 11th, 2009
10:21 pm

Great reports on the team. For those who feel compelled to trash “kids” get a life. These are “kids”. An assessment of a players skills is fair game if it a fact based assesment of their ability. When you read this blog or UGA’s comments should be fact based not based on emotions. Right “fake Cuz”! I hate it that Jabow stole your girlfriend.

The Grinch

August 11th, 2009
10:21 pm

Our stadium is so big I just wet my pants!

gtforever

August 11th, 2009
10:46 pm

GT66 is an IDIOT!

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 11th, 2009
11:13 pm

Thanks Cuz…couldn’t agree with you more. I hope things are well in Minn. with Bailey.

Tokyo, you are correct…GT66 sources said Lawal hadn’t been to class all semester and was going NBA.

He’s a fleabag imposter of the lowest kind.

ggodsey

August 11th, 2009
11:14 pm

Hello girls, why don’t you support your team this year and at least fill half your stadium, toolbags.

College football fan

August 11th, 2009
11:32 pm

Doug,

Please consider disabling comments. Its just not worth it.

Tampa Wreck

August 11th, 2009
11:52 pm

They really ought to ban anyone under age 9 or with an IQ less than 9 from these blogs. Some of the stuff you see on here is straight out of grade school. Thanks to all that keep this on point and make at least part of this worth reading.

Very sorry about the VT kid. That’s a tough break and hurts not only VT, but our whole conference. Don’t know much about their backup RBs, but Evans was a good one. Hope he comes back strong next year.

Lady Luck

August 12th, 2009
12:01 am

Everyone is over looking a very talented UNC. Granted they have some holes to fill on offense, their defense (talent wise) is comparable to the LSU “D”. According the ESPN’s top 200 players to watch this year, UNC had 4 or 5 from their defense alone, so I wouldn’t rule out UNC and Butch Davis sneaking up and shaking things up a bit in the ACC…especially if GT slips up and VT cannot roll w/ out their star RB. I wish him the best of luck recovering and that he can overcome this and get back on the field in 2010. Bad break I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

Tokyo jacket

August 12th, 2009
12:10 am

Dawghater, I retract my previous statement. Good post.

I think UNC is good, but GT is lucky. We have the toughest part of our schedule early on. I don’t know that UNC’s offense will be synched up by 26 September or that Clemson/Miami will be ready to tear us up in early September. That leaves VT and FSU to play in mid-season form. Oct 24 to Nov 14 should produce a nice reel of wins and a rankings boost. Who knows what happens on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

GT66

August 12th, 2009
12:44 am

Listen guys, why do you think Gani was so close to going to the NBA? He made a deal to go to Summer school so that he wouldn’t get kicked out. My sources are accurate. Burnett is fine so long as he passes the drug test in the fall.

percey harvin

August 12th, 2009
1:24 am

go jackus go gada

Not Disappointed

August 12th, 2009
2:04 am

Evening all… “It’s so sad to hear anyone goes out for an injury. I’m really sorry about Darren Evans. Speedy recover young man.”
I too would like to beat Virginia Tech at full strenght.

Thanks for the update. Go Jackets!

Not Disappointed

August 12th, 2009
2:09 am

excuse the typo…

Tech Fan

August 12th, 2009
2:55 am

w00t! dareen evans out of the way! god must be a JACKET. NOTHING stopping us now. 2009 ACC CHAMPS BABY!

Tech Fan

August 12th, 2009
2:58 am

I’m gonna have to go talk some smack on the VT board now. their website is techsideline.com. lol!!

Cuz in Minnesota

August 12th, 2009
3:11 am

Did BIG KADE WESTON sneak onto the Teck campus and reassert his OWNERSHIP of J-BOW with the ONE ARM BODY SLAM? Little p**** b**** J-BOW has a wittle headache. TOO BAD shake it OFF or go back to 1AA where you(and most of PJ’s recruits) BELONG.

Hedgepruner

August 12th, 2009
6:53 am

the only BODY SLAM I recall CUZ is the 45-42 SLAM we put on the mutts over in ATHENS GA. back in November….and your hotdog back “Moreno” getting only 90 yards against our defense…and their was also your BIG 4-Star Recruit D-back “Jones” waving to Roddy Jones down the sideline on his way to 214 yards rushing, just climb back in your hole CUZ and keep your mouth shut cause you dont know squat…

Alex H.

August 12th, 2009
7:11 am

I hope Darren recovers quickly. Virginia Tech’s D should still be a dominent unit and Tyrod Taylor is still healthy. They still seem like the team to beat.

Reality Check

August 12th, 2009
7:22 am

Tech’s best strategy for winning should be not to get behind because they can’t catch up if they do. This CPJ offense is not that hard to stop. See Gardner Webb, North Carolina, Virginia, LSU etc. Aside from the Georgia win the season was no different than a Chan Gailey season. Nesbitt can’t hit the broad side of a barn. So you can forget about passing efficiency. This year the defensive ends will close faster to force him to pitch sooner so the defensive backs can commit early on the pitch man. This will be a very ordinary offense this year and another 4 loss season. Typical Tech performance.

GulagCarpaccio

August 12th, 2009
7:30 am

GT66 should add another “6″ to the end of his screen name – those numbers would me more appropriate for someone with his propensity for evil

reebok

August 12th, 2009
7:39 am

Sorry about the young man’s injury…I never wish that on anyone, division rival, state rival, or whoever…As far as impact on the G-Tech vs V-Tech game, I expect it will have no impact…V-Tech’s O-line will still block the same way, and the Hokies are deep and talented…they will plug in the next guy and not miss a beat.

The Truth

August 12th, 2009
7:52 am

Knee injuries suck, but to paraphrase O’Leary, “GT will beat VPI with or without Evans”.

GTPUG

August 12th, 2009
8:05 am

Drinking coffee this morning and the first thing that comes to mind after reading some of the comments (see below)

1) People are very scared of Tech this year
2) TO HELL WITH GEORGIA

radfordhokie

August 12th, 2009
8:15 am

Losing Evans is a big blow – he is a tough between the tackles type runner and proved though out last year he could get the job done. Having said that – VT is loaded at the RB position this year. Josh Oglesby is the only returning back with any carries (38) last year, but he turned in a very impressive spring/summer – earning VT’s super iron hokie status. The real hype has been around redshirt freshman Ryan Williams, and true freshman David Wilson – both of which are were rated in the top 5 nationally coming out of HS. These guys are different type runners.. Williams is a slasher, make you miss type back – and Wilson is a flat out burner (posted the fastest 40 on the team in spring drills).. both of them are in the 205lb range.