Sorry for the delay in posting post-practice. I’m pinch hitting for Doug and wasn’t sure of the protocol, particularly now that practice is closed to media. As such, can’t offer much in the way of observations, other than that the team returned safely from Rose Bowl Fields to the locker room.
A lot of the stuff is posted in the notebook I wrote for Tuesday’s paper. The main highlight is that Paul Johnson said that quarterback Jaybo Shaw’s return from a broken collarbone should be six weeks, which means that he’d miss Jacksonville State, Clemson, Miami and North Carolina.
Also, former Tech commit Chris Jackson (who later de-committed when Chan Gailey was fired, went to Alabama and then left Alabama this summer) had his first practice Monday, along with several walk-ons.
First, Shaw. Having Tevin Washington as the No. 2, at least right now, looks like a fairly significant downgrade. Shaw knows the offense well and has proven he can run it. Washington is getting there – he’s made significant improvement since last year, his redshirt year – but is steps behind Shaw.
Quarterbacks coach Brian Bohannon said Washington needs to be more focused and more consistent in his play. He described it in an interesting way. With Shaw and Josh Nesbitt, for instance, Bohannon knows what he’s going to get – what they do well, don’t do well, etc. With Washington, because of his play-to-play inconsistency, Bohannon isn’t sure what he’s getting.
Second, Jackson. Interesting how things turn out. Gailey recruited him to play wide receiver, then Jackson decided to go elsewhere when Johnson’s run-oriented offense came to town, and now Jackson is back after he didn’t get much playing time at Alabama. It’s interesting that Johnson was O.K. with Jackson coming back after he spruned them two years ago. I imagine some coaches might have taken a different approach. But, I think among other things, Johnson is a pretty practical guy.
I think you could certainly say that Jackson had reason to de-commit from Tech – after all, he wasn’t Johnson’s recruit, and it was within his rights to be wary of how much he would get the ball at wide receiver in this offense – and perhaps Johnson recognized as much.
Also interesting is that Jackson will be an A-back, not a wide receiver.
Guess that’s about it. Talk to ya later, Tech fans.