Day 11 in the books

Well, it was yet another hot one.

The good news: A few injured players returned: quarterback Jaybo Shaw and offensive lineman Brad Sellers. 

The rest of those on the beach this week were still on the beach.

The team started a couple of new drills: including one for kickoff returns, and one for the hurry-up offense.  

The first two segments of the last drill seemed to go well, with the defense making a good play and the offense making a long drive that finished with the defense making a good play.

But, in the end, coach Johnson wasn’t at all happy with the consistency of the effort, repeating a theme from throughout the week.

It’s always interesting talking to Johnson after practices. He’s an honest man, which is appreciated (I would think) by all. And you can see why he’s had so much success. He’s driven and doesn’t settle. Today he remarked that the players walk around like they’ve already won something, when in their last game they were beaten soundly by LSU. It’s all about the last game.

Josh Nesbitt made some good throws today, as did Tevin Washington. Both seemed particularly good with long throws, something that the coaches and players want to see more of this year.

Rod Sweeting has made some solid plays during the past few days, as has Jerrard Tarrant. The competition at defensive back is going to be very interesting over the next three weeks.

That’s it for now.

106 comments Add your comment

Joe Cox

August 13th, 2009
9:15 pm

Tech Fan Since 1950

August 13th, 2009
9:28 pm

Doug:

You are doing a great job with these practice reports and I for one greatly appreciate it!

Reality Check

August 13th, 2009
9:49 pm

To my friends god and greyhound, stinger, yellow fuzz, trade school junkie, saint simons et. al….

Can you say CPJ = Chan Gailey? 2009 yellow jackets… great running back, no offensive line, no defensive line = 4 legitimate losses plus 1 loss to a team tech should have beaten. You guys forget, this is Georgia Tech. It doesn’t matter who the coach is.

You all will be out of the stadium before the third quarter is finished when you get your UGA payback in NOV. Cheer up… you’ll get lucky again in the next 7 or 8 years.

CPJ for Prez

August 13th, 2009
9:55 pm

It sounds like we’re gonna have to lose a game real early this season for this team to have a chance at reaching its full expectations. I hope these guys understand the opportunity we have this year, hope its not wasted.

CPJ for Prez

August 13th, 2009
9:57 pm

All I know is, CPJ will figure it out

Brewer for GT President

August 13th, 2009
9:58 pm

Thanks for the updates Doug. I do have one request. Can you give us better detail on how the passing thing is coming along? The phrase “made some good throws” sounds good, but it could also mean that you are just trying to find something positive to say. I could go out there and throw all day and “make some good throws”, but overall I’d be awful. I want to know what to expect next month, instead of being surprised if a QB is missing wide-open passes against Jacksonville State.

gtfan82183

August 13th, 2009
10:11 pm

Dude, Reality Check, seriously…. you might be the dumbest commenter in the history of AJC Blogs. Comparing Paul Johnson to Chan Gailey is like comparing Vince Dooley to Jim Donnan…. CPJ has been successful everywhere he’s been, Chan was not even close to being as successful. Everyone last year pegged us to win no more than like 4 or 5 games, and even with a below-average, no depth O-line, a young, shaky secondary, and thin LB corps, we STILL won 9 games, including beating UGay’s butt. We lost no one of concern really this past offense, our O-line is deeper and more experienced, and the offense as a whole is now comfortable with the playbook.

Your team lost 2 1st round draft picks, to include your starting QB and RB, and valuable players on your defense. And you think somehow you have a prayer’s chance in winning more than 8 games this year?? You are a typical, ignorant, delusional UGA fan that continues to give your fanbase a bad name. I GUARANTEE that Tech will beat UGA by at LEAST 2 TD’s.

Your team hasn’t won a NC in coming up on 30 years. 30 YEARS!!! You consistently bring in top-tier talent in recruiting, which I give you props for, but ya’ll ALWAYS squander it. The only thing you can manage to win was a SEC title recently. You were ranked #1 last year, had all the talent to get to the NC, and your team CHOKED. Please… My favorite part about beating you guys last year was that Willy Martinez prepared for our offense by treating it like the wishbone. How’d that work out for ya? Get used to being OWNED in the rivalry with Tech for as long as CPJ is here. His record against rivalries speaks for itself. Peace…

Brewer for GT President

August 13th, 2009
10:12 pm

Joe Cox: Still having problems with protection up the middle?

Reality Check: “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.” Also, if you think Chan Gailey and Paul Johnson are equals, then you are hopeless. Trying to explain the difference to you would be like explaining electromagnetism to a jack russell terrier. I’ll throw this out there for you: Next time you put on your old UGA 1980 National Champs T-shirt, remember that CPJ ran Erk’s offense at Georgia Southern.

GT Rich

August 13th, 2009
10:20 pm

Brewer, I was there yesterday for 7on7s and 11on11s. Josh and Tevin made mostly good throws, with only a few that were off target. A few should’ve been caught by receivers. I’d guess somewhere around 60% completions. Dwyer had a nice one, so did Peeples, Allen, Hill caught several, Thomas one, Cone one, Orwin one, Wright. The drops were by Orwin, MacCahan(sp?), Peeples, Drummond. On some of the incompletes, it was because of the defense breaking up passes. Jemea had one, Reid and Burnett of course. Nothing but passing plays for the 90mins I was there. Nesbitt has a rocket arm and needs to ease up on those 5 yard screens. Tevin puts a little too much arch on his deep passes, Nesbitt a little too much laser. Hill has the hands of Calvin, but not nearly the strength when fighting for space on the jump balls. Good thing he can jump through the roof!!

ExecutiveStinger

August 13th, 2009
10:28 pm

Brewer for GT President: I think you’re getting the extent of what can be delivered via this media outlet. For better info, visit better sites.

TechGrad/FlaDad

August 13th, 2009
10:36 pm

Doug …. has Monroe gotten any reps at Wolf? The starting DTs are a little underweight for the position; is there a marked difference in the OL push when Barnes and/or Lanier are in at DT?

Brewer for GT President

August 13th, 2009
10:36 pm

GT Rich: Thanks for the info. I would like to see Hill take a redshirt, but if he can make a significant impact this year, let him play.

ExecutiveStinger: I know… But I’m on a business trip and really don’t have time to dig through posts where people whine about the uniforms or what song will be played with the starting line up on the MegaJacketTron or whatever. Know what I mean?

Toh3llwithgeorgia

August 13th, 2009
10:46 pm

Hey Reality Check I’m back, and your still an idiot. Come on what stupid s#*t do you have for me this time?

Toh3llwithgeorgia

August 13th, 2009
10:47 pm

Oh I almost forgot, go Jackets and to Hell with Georgia.

ExecutiveStinger

August 13th, 2009
11:37 pm

I hear ya Brewer….

I’m one of the goofy ones that pays for my information so I don’t have to sift through much of that, but I understand what you’re saying. I would affirm what GT Rich said, and the individual performances he mentioned from Thursday have been similar throughout camp. Consistency is becoming key and we’re starting to see who is and who ain’t. I have been at practice 3 times, and there have been some great and some not so great. Too many drops to this point, many because of strong defensive pressure. Needless to say, our secondary is STOUT. I would say when Nesbitt has time to throw, he rarely misses his target. The majority of his incompletions that I have seen have been the fault of the receivers or the good pressure by the D. There is a drop off between he and the rest of the QB’s. For every AJC report that Tevin is making “good throws”, he also has his share of poor throws that are off target due to an odd throwing motion and poor mechanics. Simply put, he is less consistent and balanced. I would say he’s improved however. The WR’s all look pretty good, but the A-backs really need to step it up with their hands and their routes in order to make our passing game really effective. I saw Coach Bohannon verbally testing some of the WRs and Abacks about their options on different plays the other day. Some still don’t seem to be clear about all that they’re supposed to do in the passing game. Hopefully we hear of those players starting to make solid progress in the next 3 weeks as practices are closed to the public and the coaches really start to plan for Jax St. I would say that some new plays in the passing game will help us a lot. I am not going to speak of them in detail here, but some new wrinkles in the playbook will be fun to watch this fall. Hope all that info is helpful. You can thank me later, Doug.

Cuttysark

August 13th, 2009
11:59 pm

Georgia Tech has a great COLLEGE football coach. Paul Johnson has no interest in coaching at the professional ranks. He is where he wanted to be as evidenced by the fact he turned down more $$$ from Duke. Let’s start showing up this year and support our team as they embark on a very successful season.

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

Tokyo jacket

August 14th, 2009
3:59 am

Exec, good info. I’m really not sure why the AJC isn’t presenting that type of analysis on what’s going on during practice, no offense Doug…I think you’re trying to do well but presenting the info as a reporting vs a football fan.

I think Nesbitt is going to be the most improved player at Tech this year. He was a major passing QB in college and has already come a long way. This is going to be fun.

Reality Check

August 14th, 2009
6:50 am

I see we have the usual line up this morning…delusional tech fans that want to talk about everything except what is obvious to even the casual observer… CPJ =Chan Gailey; one win in 8 years over Ga = Tech is now great (commemorative ring LOL); spankings by VT, NC, Virginia and humiliation by a 5 loss SEC team in a nationally televised bowl game = Tech is still Tech. This year will be worse not better( 5 losses). You have no OL and no DL and you can’t win in any league without winning in the trenches.
Dwyer will go pro after this dismal year. No need to stay. Tech is still Tech… mediocre to the core.

Saint Simons

August 14th, 2009
7:14 am

UGA is ranked # 171 on Forbes magazine of America’s best colleges and universities – GT is # 501 – hahahahaha, oops, I mean, wah, wah,wah…

Hey, Tokyo jacket...

August 14th, 2009
7:17 am

…I know you meant to say that Nesbitt was a major passing “high school” QB (since he is still in college and in a running offense), but please, you have been up for hours (if you are still in Japan) – so you have no excuse in not getting it right!

Big G

August 14th, 2009
7:32 am

Reality Check:

Your banter means squat until we have played the games. Ignor the ignorant my Tech Brothers.

reebok

August 14th, 2009
7:35 am

Guys, do you normally read these blog comments…? I only ask because Reality Check is nowhere NEAR the dumbest commentator ever. I mean, seriously, there are lots of folks out here who can’t even SPELL.

That being said, Mr. Check, I think you are dead wrong on the Jackets’ prospects this year.

Regarding Tech’s offense, I think we will score lots and lots of points. Regarding our defense, I just hope we can stop somebody. The defensive backfield is stacked, but I’m worried about our linebackers. Our D-line will not hold up w/out much better linebacker play than we had last year.

To the UGA fans on this blog, good luck against Okie State and see you on the Flats in November!

GTPUG

August 14th, 2009
7:49 am

Doug,

Thanks for the report – - – this is a great way to keep up with the progress of the team – - – keep it up

“TO HELL WITH GEORGIA”

HuntsvilleJacket

August 14th, 2009
8:00 am

Saint Simons- That was based on quality of education, professor stature, research opportunities, or any other meaningful statistic right? No? It was based on how much the student’s liked the college? Oh, well, I didn’t know too many people who loved E-Mag at 8 am either. I bet I would have enjoyed drinking til 3 am and then going to my “Bermuda Grass 101″ class too! THWG.

Not Disappointed

August 14th, 2009
8:02 am

Keep it up DOUG!!!! Lovin It! The Jackets Catch the Fever of Today and Tomorrow! Go Jackets

Paddy

August 14th, 2009
8:25 am

Reality check….I am not a delusional Tech fan. I am a long time Dawg fan. There should be a law for people like you. You must have first seen a football game before you can comment on football. There is no reality in your posts. Just mindless words. Hope you are not a Dawg fan. It would not make any of us proud.

Good lord

August 14th, 2009
8:27 am

Reality Check = Saint Simons = loser with nothing to do other than troll blogs.

Congrats for being one of the best Tech blog trolls though!! It really makes us feel like we scared you a little bit last year, otherwise you wouldn’t bother. Is it worth talking smack to a team that is “mediocre” to the core? Do you troll on Duke and Vandy blogs too? Thought not.

Stinger

August 14th, 2009
8:30 am

Reality Check has a very short memory. He forgets that the Dawgs were rated # 1 preseason last year with all the 4 and 5 star players and yet got their AZZ kicked by Tech, not to mention Alabama and the annual thrashing by Florida. They usually find a way to lose to either Vandy or Kentucky or both every year. Coach Paul Johnson can win with Chan’s players. Just think what he will do with his own players. As some of you have mentioned Paul Johnson has won every place he has been. He has never had the talent anywhere close to what he has at Tech. Make no mistake, he will win a National Championship at Tech and it won’t take him 30 or 40 years to do it like it has taken UGA and they still can’t win one. Paul Johnson coaches up this 2 and 3 star players. Mark Richt coaches down his 4 and 5 star players. You may start as a 5 star player at UGA, but you will end up as a 1 or 2 star and collecting garbage at the end of your career.

gte268p

August 14th, 2009
8:37 am

I wouldn’t have liked EMAG at 8AM, however, it wasn’t so bad at 9AM ….

Saint Simons

August 14th, 2009
8:50 am

(((((45-42)))))hahaha and we had a great Tickle Pile on their campus!!!!!!

Huntsville Jacket, if you think...

August 14th, 2009
8:54 am

the Forbes rankings were based on how much the students “liked” their college/university then that STILL casts a bad light on GT.

Do you really think the West Point Cadets LIKED that environment? You need to put down whatever it is you are smokin’, drinkin’, or that calculator and realize that one of the most respected business periodicals in the U.S. did not base the rankings on student likes and dislikes – rather, as they reported, the reason place like West Point was number one was the quality of the teaching (based on the fact that the professors at West Point are not concerned with “publishing or perishing” research as most university professors. They spend their time TEACHING, and that is why West Point ranked so high – you did notice that Harvard and Yale and Princeton still ranked highly.

Just face it, while both UGA and GT are good schools, and yes, Tech is better academically, at least from a historical perspective, there is not that much difference now – they just have different curriculums in which to excel. And, UGA has (or had, since he killed himself) a murdering professor, while Tech has a scum bag pervert still on the payroll, so the creepiness is a wash when it comes to faculty comparisons!

Cuz

August 14th, 2009
8:54 am

Stinger: On the contrary! The reason the great PEE JAY is winning is precisely BECAUSE of gailey’s recruits! Guys like NERDBOT, DUH-WYER, and BEE BEE thomas are guys PEE JAY would NEVER be able to recruit into this system. PEE JAY’s guys are 1-AA rejects like J-BOW, Quentin Sims(chose tech over BUFFALO), and your new backup to Dwyer PRESTON LYONS, who is a walk-on transfer from COLGATE(LMFAO). Don’t forget about the great ROBERT GODHIGH, another walk-on who looks to get playing time on this talent depleted roster. He wasn’t even offered by 1-AA schools!!!

Next season when DUHWYER, BEE BEE, BURNETT, AND MORGAN are off early to the NFL, the true talent level of this roster will become apparent. Can’t you NERDS see? PEE JAY is DECIMATING the talent level of your team! Three years from now when you are 1-7 in the ACC and PEE JAY is out the door, Tech may well contemplate dropping to 1-AA, as it will take YEARS to bring the talent level back up to par with even the worst BCS schools.

PEE JAY is like RALPH FRIEDGEN on RADIOACTIVE TWINKIES. He will win a few games with Gailey’s players, then once that meager talent filters out Tech will be the DOORMAT of the ACC, getting the tar beat out of them by DUKE!!

Stinger

August 14th, 2009
9:22 am

CUZ, You are really worried about the Jackets aren’t you. I can tell you must do an awful lot of reading about us. You are proving my point. If PJ can coach up a walk on to be better than your 4 and 5 star players, LOOK OUT. Some of those walk on players are better than any running back on your team. By the way, I have one question I’d like to ask you. How is the garbage business?

Jesus and Amtrak

August 14th, 2009
9:25 am

Next time ya’ll fire a coach at Tech, better send him out on the train. It’s a lot quicker.

Cuz

August 14th, 2009
9:26 am

Stinger: PEE JAY is not coaching anyone UP. His talent is so POOR he needs these Colgate transfer types to FILL OUT HIS ROSTER. It’s hilarious! And to think a couple years ago you guys finally got a halfway decent recruiting class. What a shame!

Tom

August 14th, 2009
9:27 am

Poor lil’ Cuz…..whatever helps him sleep at night, I guess.

GT 68

August 14th, 2009
9:27 am

Thanks Doug. Tech was a surprise last year in terms of won-loss. While it is true we won’t sneak up on anybody this year, I believe that with CPJ we will be better in all aspects of the game. Now whether that will translate to more wins or not only playing the games will determine. You can’t deny that there is renewed interest and enthusiasm among the Tech faithful and team and renewed loathing among our “friends” to the east – we really seem to have the Dawgs howling right now.

Stinger

August 14th, 2009
9:32 am

Cuz, You never answered my question about the garbage business. Do you still work for PULPWOOD SMITH collecting gargage?? it must really hurt to know that even as bad as all our players are, we kicked your AZZ last year.

Cuz

August 14th, 2009
10:05 am

Stinger: As I’ve said before, the DAWGS were MOLESTING your insect behinds until we stopped caring in the 2nd half and your PEE WEE GIMMICK offense took advantage. That’s what happens when one team DOMINATES the other for SEVEN YEARS IN A ROW. On the other side, you guys haven’t beaten us without CHEATING since 1990.

You have our attention again now BUGS. This year will be 51-7 Part II down at the JOKE BY COKE this November.

Boss Hogg

August 14th, 2009
10:15 am

Cuz: How about worrying about beating Florida more than once a decade?
The GATORS own your trailer park trash redneck selves. You are really sick talking about molesting people. Did it happen to you in your youth? If Tech’s offense is a gimmick, why couldn’t the almighty UGA stop it?

Melinda

August 14th, 2009
10:16 am

I think we should lay off Cuz and Reality Check. After all, is it fair to engage in a battle of wits with unarmed people?

GT Rich

August 14th, 2009
10:20 am

As much as PJ is reminding the team about the LSU loss, I can’t help but wonder if he deliberately set them up for a lopsided loss. Does anyone really believe that PJ woul’ve chosen to do that fake punt which failed miserably? He could’ve quit calling passing plays and went back to the bread and butter option plays if he really wanted to be competitive in that game. The consipracy theorist in me thinks that he handled that game non-challantly because he wanted to use the loss for motivation this year. Just a theory….

Saint Simons

August 14th, 2009
10:21 am

Reality Check monkey see monkey do !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

reebok

August 14th, 2009
10:27 am

I love the remark Coach Johnson made about how his team got killed in the last game and they are acting like they’ve done something already…impossible for me to imagine Saint Richt ever saying anything like that, no matter how deserved…for the first time since Chan Gailey rode into town, Tech is better coached than the Dogs.

Never, Ever

August 14th, 2009
10:34 am

Sorry Tech. Cuz and Reality Check are correct. The Bulldogs are better. Always have been. Always will be. Tech can not compete with the talent and quality of players Georgia gets every year. Sure Tech may win one every 8 years or so but you will never, ever bet Georgia consistently.
That’s just the way it is. Look at the history between these two teams. Tells you all you need to know.

ThatGuy

August 14th, 2009
10:36 am

GT Rich- I don’t think PJ ever wants to lose. He can use the game as a positive in the future, but it would have certainly been better to win. If you listened to his interviews after the game, the fake punt wasn’t actually supposed to happen. They were supposed to audible out of it to a regular punt if the defense wasn’t aligned properly (which they weren’t), but the guys didn’t audible out.

He took the blame on it saying lesson learned that of course the guys would want to try it and not play conservatively. But it wasn’t him “giving up” and trying to not be competitive.

ThatGuy

August 14th, 2009
10:39 am

Never, Ever- I guess your history isn’t too great. UGAy has been better recently, sure. But they haven’t always been and won’t always be. That’s like saying UF has always and will always be better than the nut lickers because they’re been owning the series as of late. Every program will have up and down times- GT’s was with Chan. Now they’re on the way back up and it has puppy fans scared.

Sting 'em Buzz

August 14th, 2009
10:59 am

CPJ is still using CPOS’s recruits. He did with Chan’s players what Chan could not do. Beat UGA. I think Tech has a great shot of winning two in a row over the boys from Athens.

Reality Check

August 14th, 2009
11:09 am

Now that I have your attention… Stinger I think you must be the most imparied of your Dawg blog stalking, low life brethern. You can’t stay on the subject. The subject is CPJ = Chan Gailey. 2009 Jackets = no OL and no DL = 5 losses. Please explain to everyone how the bees will not lose 5 this year. College Football news rated the bee offense #23 and the defense #29. The reason they rated so low was because the OL was rated 33 and the DL was rated 38. If you lose a couple of starters off either line you will be toast. Please refute.

Reality Check

August 14th, 2009
11:14 am

Tohellwga… I’ll get to you later nit wit. Gotta a lunch meeting. Go spit, scratch your ass and see if you can come up with something clever.