Saturday’s practice in the books

Backup quarterback Jaybo Shaw’s broken collarbone is by far the most significant injury the team has sustained this young season.

Yes, Shaw was second-string, but many of you saw how valuable he was to the team last year as a freshman.

Shaw hasn’t been able to participate in all of the practices this month because of a concussion, but he has looked good when he has been in there.

However, don’t despair Tech fans. Tevin Washington doesn’t have any game experience, but he has looked very good in practices throwing the ball, well at least he has to this untrained eye. He had a very pretty touchdown pass in Saturday’s scrimmage as well, throwing a high pass into the corner.

Of course, that’s a small part of Tech’s offense. Can he make the right reads running the ball? That’s a question I hope to ask and get an answer to this week. Last year’s Gardner-Webb game proved that you’ve got to have a QB who can run with the ball, and not just pass the ball.

Should Shaw miss six weeks, as Johnson guessed, that would put him back to practice for the week of the Mississippi State game. If he misses eight weeks, I would guess he’d likely redshirt, but that’s just a guess.

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Jonathan Dwyer says he’s still working to get into football shape. Those at Thursday’s, Friday’s or Saturday’s practice likely saw him running a few sprints afterward, as he tries to drop a few pounds. He said after Saturday’s practice that he wants to to do it to be a bit quicker and more explosive. He looked strong and fast on Saturday, bulling his way for a touchdown.

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Freshmen Stephen Hill, Orwin Smith, Izaan Cross and Robert Godhigh all looked good on Saturday. Hill had two catches, Smith had a long run, Cross made at least two tackles, and Godhigh put some people on the ground again with blocks. Emmanuel Dieke spent some time with the first-string defensive line, or what looked like the first-string line. Redshirt freshman T.J. Barnes did as well.

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Does Shaw’s injury change your outlook on the season? If so, why?

And, as always, you can follow me on twitter @ajcgatech

88 comments Add your comment

dawgstephen

August 15th, 2009
1:06 pm

Injuries were rampant last year on our team. Here’s hoping for a speedy healing, and get that young man back out there. He’s a gamer. Good luck to him.

http://www.dawgstephen.blogspot.com

Cuttysark

August 15th, 2009
1:07 pm

This is why you have a team and also create depth at all positions. Tevin Washington is going to be a very good player in this offense, now we just have to see what he can do in a game. Looks like David Sims will need to step it up as will Jordan Luallen once his ankle gets better. I’m being realistic and accepting that Shaw will redshirt this season. A collarbone that doesn’t have the time to heal properly becomes chronic injury.

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

KC

August 15th, 2009
1:07 pm

Jaybo being out makes Nesbitt even that much more important. He has to enter the season healthy. We go 11 straight weeks without a bye. W

On Jaybo, he was decent last year. I was hoping to see more from him. I think a redshirt year would do him well, but I’m sure GT can afford to not redshirt.

dawgstephen

August 15th, 2009
1:08 pm

Yes I am a Bulldog. No I dont like Tech. I just hate to hear when someones player is hurt. And I know when a good coach and good player, make a great rivalry even better. Just wanted to wish him well. Get Well Jaybo. See you all in November.

http://www.dawgstephen.blogspot.com

Clay

August 15th, 2009
1:09 pm

If I were a Tech fan, I would be hopeful that this doesn’t start a string of bad luck for the team. Even more worrisome is the following about Dwyer:

“he’s still working to get into football shape. Those at Thursday’s, Friday’s or Saturday’s practice likely saw him running a few sprints afterward, as he tries to drop a few pounds.”

The fact that Dwyer isn’t committed enough and taking football seriously enough to let him get out of shape–and allow himself to be out of shape this close to the season–tells me there is no discipline on this team or from the coaching staff. I heard Dwyer say in a radio interview on 680 The Fan that the tough early schedule would allow the nation to see the real Georgia Tech. I thought he was too busy drinking the Kool Aid and not busy enough working when I heard that–now it sounds like he was too busy hitting the buffet, as well!

Cuz

August 15th, 2009
1:11 pm

TECK will drop AT LEAST two games this year solely because of INJURIES TO NERDBOTT. Probably three. You won’t be able to keep NERDBOTT healthy running that PEE WEE GIMMICK offense. Imagine GARDNER-WEBB happening two to three times this year! HOW DELICIOUS THAT WILL BE. And how PATHETIC AN EMBARRASSMENT you’ll be to the ALMOST COMPETITIVE CONFERENCE.

J-BOW’s career may be DONE. That little 1-AA FRAME just isn’t going to cut it– he’s had THREE CONCUSSIONS already. He may end up like MUHAMMAD ALI before it’s said and done at TECK. BETTER KEEP LOOKING FOR A BACKUP. I hope David Sims is able to FINISH A DRILL and doesn’t get kicked off the team. Y’all may be starting a WALK-ON by the time you get to late November.

STAY HEALTHY BUGS! HAHAHHAHAHA

GT-'93

August 15th, 2009
1:18 pm

If your goal is winning the ACC championship, the injury makes ZERO difference.

Josh Nesbitt is the only one under center that was ever going to make that happen.

Sure, Jaybo could have played and won us games against Miss St., Vandy, Jax St.

No disrespect intendted, but we weren’t going to beat FSU, Va Tech and UNC with Jaybo. Probably wouldn’t beat Georgia either.

There is a big, big difference between #1 and #2 on our QB depth chart.

Joe Cox

August 15th, 2009
1:19 pm

It is too bad for Jaybo. He has been taking the hardest hits in practice for the last two years. But Luallen as a fourth string is twenty times better than booker at third. There is a lot of depth at all the skill positions, and since Shaw will likely redshirt this season, Tech will have four sophmore QB’s next year. Johnathan Dwyer is also the top NFL running back prospect next year. He is not out of shape. I wouldn’t call a 550 lb squat out of shape. He just isn’t in beast mode right now. When he gets there, he will bulldoze his way through every secondary Tech plays.

JACKETfan

August 15th, 2009
1:20 pm

Clay- Dwyer is one of the hardest workers on the team… he bulked up in the offseason to 235 pounds and is still very explosive, but he is trying to lose the weight he doesnt need (mainly his gut). Not to say he is fat and out of shape, but when a player goes on a bulking program, they are always going to have a little extra weight. Dwyer will be just fine and will be just as fast as last year.

On Jaybo, that hurts a lot. Tevin is a very fast qb with a decent arm, but like Doug Said, its all about making the right reads. Jaybo sometimes had difficulty knowing whether to pitch it or keep it himself. I think Tevin is just as gifted as Jaybo, he just needs experience. Maybe redshirting last year helped him and he will turn out to be a solid backup afterall. We wont know until Jax State (Im guessing he will play a lot that game).

GA Tech Insider

August 15th, 2009
1:23 pm

Clay;

Before you start to speak about someone else’s commitment or discipline, son, maybe you need to look the words up in a dictionary instead of spouting off your mouth.

Have you ever heard about a Head Coach, or even a player for that matter, not being satisfied with their progress, even if the player is being called an All American, like Jonathan Dwyer is by several groups, most recently ESPN?

This is what drives the player towards continued growth; what separates them from the others. This is why they make the All American Teams.

On the other hand, Clay, there are people like you who sit back and have nothing better to do than try to hurl insults at a player all of the experts think is the best running back in the Country.

Now I ask you, Clay, who are we most likely to believe; the experts, or you? I’ll also ask you Clay, if we were interested in reading anything about Jonathan Dwyer because we thought it would be factual, who do you think we might believe; the experts, or you?

Go crawl back under your hole, Clay.

Go Tech

August 15th, 2009
1:30 pm

In the ACC chess game, VT lost a bishop (RB Evans), and GT lost a knight (backup QB Shaw). Both teams can still win the match.

Maybe GT should just go without a QB, using only the wildcat. It would save a handoff. UGA knew we were going to run every play, which we did, and we still whipped the DAWGS!

JACKETfan

August 15th, 2009
1:33 pm

Doug- Jaybo’s injury definately changes my outlook on the season simply because of my fear now if Nesbitt goes down. Jaybo proved last year that he is a solid backup as a true freshman, and now coming into year two, he would have been even better. This will be Tevin’s second year in the offense as well, but he has no game experience. If I were Paul Johnson, I would play Nesbitt for the 1st and 3rd quarters of Jacksonville State and let Tevin do most of the work in the 2nd and 4th as well as throwing Sims and Luallen in there a bit. Tevin needs some gametime experience before we hit the tough ACC stretch. Im sure CPJ knows what hes doing, but it will be interesting to see how Tevin performs when called upon, because im sure Nesbitt will go down at some point this season, maybe not a serious injury, but he is always getting banged up. Tevin has good tools, he just needs experience.

Herschel Talker

August 15th, 2009
1:33 pm

GA Tech Insider likes men

Reality Check

August 15th, 2009
1:34 pm

Sorry to hear about Jaybo. Hope he recovers soon. He is my kind of player.

willie

August 15th, 2009
1:49 pm

Yes, that is a big loss. This offense is brutal on QBs. Nesbitt is constantly banged up. Let’s hope they can get Washington ready because he will definitely see the field.

Reality Check

August 15th, 2009
1:54 pm

CUZ impersonator…. it is one thing to get after each other on this blog and have a little fun. It is altogether another thing to take pleasure in someone getting hurt. No real man would do that. Only an immature ill mannered jackass would do that. Now apologize to redeem yourself then let the acceptable insults fly.

GTMidtown

August 15th, 2009
1:54 pm

thanks dawgstephen, wish all dawg fans had the same perspective as you…

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August 15th, 2009
2:09 pm

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Sting 'em Buzz

August 15th, 2009
2:19 pm

Get well soon Jaybo. Go down and see Robby on Sunday if you can get back up to Gainesville tomorrow.

percey harvin

August 15th, 2009
2:37 pm

go jakus, go gaduh

AMG

August 15th, 2009
2:54 pm

I wish Jaybo all the best getting back healthy. I think Tevin is a far more gifted player. As long as they get him up to speed in the first game, we will have a very good second string QB. Net loss is very little. This is not last year. We have 5 guys that can come in and play QB if needed. GO JACKETS!

just facts

August 15th, 2009
3:01 pm

take it to the bank that nesbitt will miss some time due to injuries. he was soft last year and has shown nothing has changed this year. for the genius who said the difference in our #1 and #2 is huge…it aint nothing like the diff in #2 and #3. and for the idiot who goes by the name “shaw’s broken collarbone” shaw is one of the toughest kids on the team…just ask his team mates. oh and by the way collarbone, since you are obviously pretty tough yourself, who do you play for?

Pi$$onaDAWG

August 15th, 2009
3:11 pm

CUZ be nice. How is your daughter? I hope to see her walking around the Varsity this November.

juvenal

August 15th, 2009
3:11 pm

it ain’t chess…

Pi$$onaDAWG

August 15th, 2009
3:17 pm

Damn Kim Basinger is Hot even as a Cougar. Love them Georgia Peaches.

snapshot

August 15th, 2009
3:20 pm

Sorry to hear about Jaybo. He is a good QB and a great young man.

Pi$$onaDAWG

August 15th, 2009
3:24 pm

Tevin looked good today and I just hope he can take the hits at real game speed. I wish more people were at the last open practice before Sept. 5th. Welcome back to school students and hit the books not the UGA crack pipe. I do love me some Ga. Peaches but the Asian-American Peaches look good too!

Jeff

August 15th, 2009
3:32 pm

I think it’s a huge blow to the Jackets. As we saw last year two QB’s are a must. Whether Washington looks good passing the ball is very minor. The reads are what’s important. Shaw probably should go ahead and redshirt. With the concussions he’s had and once you’ve had one you are more prone to have another one he needs to sit out a year. All the team really needs to step up.

T

August 15th, 2009
3:36 pm

DawgStephen.. you are a class act !! Wish there were more like you

Clay

August 15th, 2009
3:37 pm

Wow, GA Tech Insider, that’s a lot of concern coming out of you over your overweight running back. Dwyer said he is out of shape and the season starts in 3 weeks. You would think he would take better care of himself if he knew he was being expected to carry such a heavy load.

YellerSkeeters are PeterEaters!

August 15th, 2009
3:42 pm

“Does Shaw’s injury change your outlook on the season?”

No, you sucked before, and still suck. But at least you can claim to have an excuse … “yes, we sucked, but if our QB hadn’t gotten hurt …”

I hate you!

Pi$$onaDAWG

August 15th, 2009
3:49 pm

Clay you are stupid. Dwyer is not out of shape. He is not in the shape he would like to be. To be faster and quicker he would like to lose a few pounds he gained from eating and lifting, but you just keep thinking he is not the same back he was last year. Dwyer had fewer touches and more yards than No-Show. He also didn’t take himself out of the game when the team was in the red-zone. Oh I for got he broke so many 20+ yrd runs he didn’t get in the red-zone so much.

Cuz

August 15th, 2009
3:53 pm

Only two obnoxious posts by my doppleganger, I expected more.

Here is hoping Jaybow has a speedy recovery. Go Jackets.

Pi$$onaDAWG

August 15th, 2009
3:54 pm

And the DAWGS BI*CH we are on their blogs! HAHAHA. Many Tech fan are on UGA blogs and talk football until the dawgs start name calling and HOMO crap like HERschel talker. I know this can’t be the real CUZ because he is respectful. Real CUZ if you are reading I hope your daughter is well and I really want to she her walking around and having fun this Nov. in Atlanta.

Cuz

August 15th, 2009
3:55 pm

POAD, you should know that was not me posting, just the guy who likes to make you mad by using my name. Baylie is recovering from her surgeries well and we are back home now. Thanks for asking.

Pi$$onaDAWG

August 15th, 2009
3:59 pm

Side note: “NASTY” Nastia LUKIN is one hot Gymnast.

2BT

August 15th, 2009
4:00 pm

Losing Jaybo hurts, only if Josh goes down. Somehow, methinks we’ll be fine.

macrotech

August 15th, 2009
4:00 pm

Reality Check, you beat me to calling ‘cuz’ out. NO WAY would the real cuz sound as middle school as the imposter! I agree that it is classless to cheer on an injury….for a second….we were on the same team….AMAZING! ;o)

Pi$$onaDAWG

August 15th, 2009
4:01 pm

God Bless CUZ and even from a Jacket give her a Hug and Kiss and tell her she is in my prayers. Good luck DAWG and see you in Atlanta.

macrotech

August 15th, 2009
4:04 pm

Cuz, look forward to hear from you once Bailey fully recovers!!! I continue to keep your family in my prayers!!!

Pi$$onaDAWG

August 15th, 2009
4:09 pm

Watching the Coons against the kitty cats of Stafford and Johnson. How do you cheer? For Johnson to look good Staford has to get him the ball.

Hey Clay

August 15th, 2009
4:12 pm

If you saw Dwyer today you would realize he’s not “out” of shape. In fact, nothing in the article suggests that he’s out of shape. As Doug noted, he looks both strong and fast. He’s working to get into what he feels is “football” shape – and judging by what he looks like he wants to win a Heisman. This isn’t LenDale White we are talking about here. I saw him after practice up close and he looks like he’s more ripped than he was last year. The fact he is trying to cut whatever smidgeon of fat he has left on his body goes to show he is more dedicated than anyone else in the country – NOT that he isn’t dedicated at all.

Don’t twist Doug’s reporting around into something its not. You either are just trolling on the website or have a reading comprehension problem. For your sake I hope you are just a troll.

Djack0062

August 15th, 2009
4:41 pm

Get well Shaw…Doesn’t change the outlook on the season yet – just means Washington and Sims need to step up. Would’nt be surprised to see Jamea Thomas start taking some snaps. How long is Luallen going to be on the sidelines?

Cuz

August 15th, 2009
4:50 pm

Thanks macrotech, those prayers really helped. Baylie is doing much better, thanks also POAD. Once again I hope Jaybow has a full recovery. Go Jackets, win the ACC and every game except for the one on Thanksgiving weekend.

Thanks for having my back Reality. Go Dawgs.

Pi$$onaDAWG

August 15th, 2009
5:04 pm

We have enough Thugs in Atlanta. Can we please stop with the MV7 crap? Until the NFL has a real drug policy I will not think a single player is worth the monies they are paid. MV7 can’t put down the POT long enough to write a check. If he passes drug teat then the drug tests are a joke.

StingerSplash

August 15th, 2009
5:34 pm

Are you named Cuz because your father happens to be your uncle as well?

If Washington is as good as he is alleged to be, Shaw’s injury won’t be that disconcerting. Shaw’s tough and knows the offense, but Washington may give Tech an element Shaw doesn’t possess — a gamebreaker under center. I hate it for the kid. But this may give Washington a chance to get more reps and a chance to show what he can do, too.

Alabama Jack

August 15th, 2009
5:41 pm

Good luck to Jaybo. Hopefully his recovery will be swift and relatively pain-free.On another note, did anyone notice that No-show Moreno collected $13.125 million from Denver, then went down on his third pre-season carry. Hopefully, he will also have a full recovery, but that is the nature of the game.

Cuz

August 15th, 2009
6:12 pm

No Stinger, I get my nickname from my cousin. My father is not my Uncle. Thanks for asking though. Have a good evening.

JACKETfan

August 15th, 2009
7:06 pm

Honestly, guys, UGA and Tech blogs have gotten to where there is hardly any talk about the article itself… its just fans stabbing back and forth at each other. If UGA fans would stick to their blogs and Tech fans would stick to ours, we could actually have some constructive conversation. Sad thing is, most of the childish comments are probably just immmature high schoolers..

Born2Buzz

August 15th, 2009
7:08 pm

Jaybo is a back up and will be so his entire career. A good back up that can step in when needed and execute an intricate offense. But he will be 2nd string even after Nesbitt leaves with Washington taking over. Hate to see the guy hurt cause it pushes Tevin up a notch before he’s really ready. Need Josh to stay healthy for this to be a special season.