Bits from Monday

Greetings-

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.

58 comments Add your comment

AlabamaRamblinwreck

August 17th, 2009
10:57 pm

Thanks, Ken. Could you or Doug get a better update on Jordan Luellen’s condition? Seems like he has been out a long time with an ankle injury; it must have been pretty severe??

Go Jackets!!

miles

August 18th, 2009
12:17 am

Not much happening

Texas Rambler

August 18th, 2009
12:28 am

Here is a great analysis of the scrimmage from saturday, it is on rivals.com and is free right now: http://georgiatech.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=976333

JACKETfan

August 18th, 2009
12:32 am

Not much happening because the practices are closed, so we wont know what is going on in practice, really. Good article for what you have to work with, Ken.

I think Tevin will suprise people. He is more athletic than Jaybo and has as much or more God-given talent fot the quarterback position, he just needs more reps. That inconsistency is due to his lack of experience. Hopefully he will get some time with the 1st string O in the next two weeks and get a considerable amount of snaps in the Jacksonville State game… Hopefully Nesbitt wont go down, though, during the Clemson game. Inconsistency will get us beat against Miami or UNC.

It’s exciting to hear about Chris Jackson. He has very nice speed and would make an excellent run/catch threat at A-back. He doesn’t quite have the speed that Percy Harvin has, but he is that type of player that would make a good A-back/slot reciever because of his ability to run and catch. Maybe CPJ can use him a lot like Meyer used Harvin. Rivals had him at a 4.45 forty time in HS, so im guessing he got a hair faster since he has been at Alabama for a year.

GO JACKETS

Big Eye

August 18th, 2009
12:39 am

Maybe Bohannon didn’t see the same spring game I saw an the two Saturday scrimmages. Washington truly has out performed Shaw and would have overtaken him. Perhaps Bohannon had better learn how to praise this kid since he is now the backup. Shaw is Mr. Fublitis. Washington has looked terrific this summer but Bohannon has yet to praise the kid. Never heard him say Shaw needed to improve on anything. Seems strange. Maybe that’s why Bohannon isn’t a coordinator. Washington can flat out play.

goldentornado

August 18th, 2009
12:55 am

Hey Big Eye, it’s called motivation through doubt. Smarter than you think. Washington needs to feel the urgency and prepare with something to prove. Stroking his ego isn’t going to get him ready. The kid will be ready when the time comes, and the praise he receives from his game play, will be that much sweeter. Go Jackets!

Cuttysark

August 18th, 2009
1:14 am

Now we have a couple of weeks to get everyone back from their dings and dents and start establishing the starters and back-ups. Paul Johnson teams rotate in lots of players on both sides of the ball. We will be fine with Tevin as the back-up quarterback. We need to see what Sims can do in the JSU game since we only need to play Josh maybe the first and part of the 2nd quarter so we can see what our depth looks like on the offensive side of the ball.

Go to isportsweb.com for a real interesting article on Coach Paul Johnson, as well as other articles on the Georgia Tech Football Team heading into the season. Go Jackets.

Ed-Covington

August 18th, 2009
1:44 am

Big Eye:

Are you Tevin Washington’s Mom? Bohannon probably sees the Spring game in his sleep he’s seen the film so many times. I’m sure that Brian Bohannon knows more about judging and motivating QB talent that any of us civilians here on the blog. And I’m certain that he wouldn’t be making those statements publicly unless Paul Johnson agreed. Shaw started and won the Duke game last year and that means more to the coaches than potential.

Ed-Covington

August 18th, 2009
2:02 am

Anyway, Big Eye, why are you insulting and degrading Bohannon for not being a coordinator? Don’t you think that his views are those held by the rest of the staff? You think that his OC and CPJ would not agree?

G. Burdell

August 18th, 2009
4:01 am

Did ’spruned’ really pass your spell-checker?

Michael

August 18th, 2009
6:36 am

G. Burdell, do you run a spell-checker before you enter your comments? Do you cut and paste from this text box into a spell-checking word processor, check the text, then cut and paste back into the blog before hitting the submit button? If so, I am truly impressed.

WOW...

August 18th, 2009
6:56 am

…the reason Big Eye is criticizing Coach Bohanon is because Brian went to UGA and, just like those of you who criticize Doug Roberson because he went to UGA, Brian could not possibly know anything about coaching or be able to see who plays better because he went to UGA and really does not want Tech to succeed!

Who is gt??

August 18th, 2009
6:58 am

GT IS IRRLEVANT!!

SatchelBuzz

August 18th, 2009
7:27 am

45-42 is relevant!

GTPUG

August 18th, 2009
7:52 am

Washington will be OK – Nesbitt is going to hve his break out year so the back-up probably will not see the field that much any way – lets say Washington does get into the Jac. State game – this is the best game for him to play and get snaps

Brian Bohannon and I are from the same home town (Griffin – Go Bears) – - he knows a lot more than you guys are giving him credit for

“TO HELL WITH GEORGIA”

KG

August 18th, 2009
8:04 am

The whole situation with the second string QB isn’t as bad as it seems. Washington will be fine, and although I’m a flowery branch homer, Washington has a better arm and more ability than Jaybo. I don’t agree with the Bohannan bashing but “Big Eye” is right on the money with his point on Washington. Lueallen will take over and eventually be the starter after Nesbitt anyway but for the time being, Washington will be fine.
All in all, this coaching staff isn’t going to blow up anything in the media and if we went the next five seasons undefeated that wouldn’t change!
Ed and Big Eye, get to know your coaching staff and the personalities within the program so that you’ll be able to see through the horrible TECH media coverage by the AJC.

KG

August 18th, 2009
8:07 am

Worry about the OL, that’s the only real problem!

Tony Shumpert

August 18th, 2009
8:14 am

Is Doug covering Basketball this year as well?

Reality Check

August 18th, 2009
9:14 am

Sorry fellas but I go on TB and the Dawg blog and the first thing i see are insults from teck fans… I’d prefer that each group stick to their own blogs but doesn’t look like that is fonna happen… so one good insult deerves another.

By the time Jabo is ready to play again teck will be 2 and 2. You’ll beat Jax and Clemons and lose to Miami and NC. There will be much wailing and nashing of teeth in the teck nation. What happened? We thought CPJ was the reincarnation of Bear Bryant. No one can stop the triple option… bla, bla, bla. Instead of hanging out on these blogs you guys should be out helping the AD sell tickets so you can fill up that big stadium. But knowing teck supporters, by the 5th game with 2 losses you won’t be able to give the tickets away. Tech will always be teck no matter who the coach is. Brilliant mediocrity.

Jethro Boudine

August 18th, 2009
9:21 am

I ain’t sure why the Gawja Tech Jackettes practice at all. No body can stop the triple option cept Gardner Webb and they don’t play them this year. They have such rich football tradition… they win at least 7 games a year and once in a decade they win 9 and give themselves a ring.

Maybe some day, if they were to start practicing real hard they’d win an ACC Championship and a bowl game. They might even be able to sell some tickets to the games too. I’m gonna buy me a ticket and get those free hotdogs and cokes, weeee doggie….

Geori

August 18th, 2009
9:27 am

So, after losing no major contributors on offense and returning 75% of the D, how again will this team be worse than last year?

Southside GT Fan

August 18th, 2009
9:39 am

Any repoarts on Kyle Jackson’s injury & when will Chris Jackson be eligible? Did Alabama release him from his commitment?

GT Rich

August 18th, 2009
9:50 am

GTPug, I disagree on one point. If Nesbitt has a break-out year, then the offense will start adding more points to the scoreboard, therefore buying himself a seat on the bench in the 3rd or 4th quarter allowing Tevin to take the remainder of the snaps. Break-out means blow outs, means playing time for the back-ups….unless of course the defense allows the games to turn into shoot outs. CPJ rarely compliments the players, so I would expect his other coaches to follow suit. Heck, CPJ said that Dwyer needs to lose a few pounds and get better at blocking on pass plays. Everyone, including Tevin, can expect at best a back-handed compliment followed by what they still need to work on.

BobbyGodd

August 18th, 2009
10:31 am

Stupid article and clearly ignorant of where the direction of this spread offense is heading.

The A-back position is a hybrid running back and slot receiver. Someone has already posted that 4 out of 5 previous seasons it was an A-back that had the most receptions in Johnson’s offense. Thus, it seemed very likely that Jackson would wind up in that position. Your article seems to ignore reality and misdirect the obvious.

Beernutts

August 18th, 2009
10:35 am

I guess Big Eye turned his one big Eye when Tevin fumbled all those times. The 2 scrimmages this fall, he fumbled the ball about 5 times. THAT HAS GOT TO STOP. Even Coach Bohannon noted he has to be more careful with the ball. All the athletic ability in the world means squat if you turn the ball over too much.

Ramblin Wrecker

August 18th, 2009
11:17 am

Can we get some more specifics about why Chris Jackson is moving to A-Back from WR? It seems to me that A-Back has much more depth right now on the roster than WR. You’ve got Roddy Jones (RS Soph), Anthony Allen (RS Jr.), Lucas Cox (RS Jr.) Marcus Wright (Soph) & Embry Peeples (Soph) that have experience and shown signs of productivity and the current freshmen like Orwin Smith and Robert Godhigh. But at WR, you have Demaryius Thomas (RS Jr.) and Stephen Hill (FR) and maybe Tyler Melton (Soph) when he’s not injured, and after that a whole lot of guys who we don’t hear boo from in practice, much less in games. I’d think Chris Jackson would step in and be one of the top 4, if not top 3 WR’s on the roster. Just my opinion.

King of Sandy Springs

August 18th, 2009
11:33 am

Sorry Reality Check, you’re logic is not very well thought out. I see you haven’t passed the second grade yet, “They’re doing it, so I’m gonna do it, too”. Yeah, way to show ‘em nerds. Plus your stadium is so big, therefore you must be cool. Even U(sic)GA makes Alabama look like they have class. You guys doing a black out this year? Very scary.

King of Sandy Springs

August 18th, 2009
11:44 am

Ramblin Wrecker,
I think Jackson may have the ability to be a great dynamic runner and receiver. So CPJ would like put him in a position like A-back. Last year we saw our A-backs take a lot pitches, but CPJ really likes to pass to them, too. Once CPJ feels comfortable with our passing game, you’ll see the A-backs getting thrown to more. CPJ likes to get the best 11 on the field, so there could be a day 3 of those 11 include Jackson, Hill, and Thomas.

Southside GT Fan,
Jackson can’t play this year, he played last year, so he can only practice. Which means he’ll be on the scout team, much like Allen last year.

JM

August 18th, 2009
11:54 am

I’d love to hear a little more about David Sims.

King of Sandy Springs

August 18th, 2009
11:55 am

Tevin definitely is a better athlete than Jaybo with respect to the tangibles, but the mesh is not second nature to him. Some second half game experience will help. He’s definitely better than last years 3rd stringer.

Gerald Ball

August 18th, 2009
12:08 pm

Ramblin Wrecker:

Well, keep in mind that Chris Johnson will have to redshirt this season, so he won’t be able to help Tech. So, Anthony Allen and Lucas Cox will be gone after this season, and next season Roddy Jones, Anthony Allen and Marcus Wright will be seniors. Also, if Johnson is better at A-back, play him at A-back. Also, may not be much of a WR … he couldn’t crack Alabama’s rotation at WR and was moved to DB, and beyond Julio Jones Alabama didn’t have very much at that position.

So if Chris Johnson will help GT at A-back down the line more than he will at WR, him stay at A-back and recruit better WRs. GT doesn’t have any WRs in this class, and I wouldn’t be surprised if 2 of their last 3-5 slots aren’t dedicated to that position. But in order for that to happen, GT is going to have to throw the ball this season to get guys interested. But it only appears that GT only offered 2 WRs before the season, both of those 4 star prospects. So apparently GT’s view of their WR needs isn’t as great as your estimation.

gtechfan

August 18th, 2009
12:09 pm

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gtechfan

August 18th, 2009
12:12 pm

beernuts, how many times did Nesbitt put the ball on the ground last fall camp? Just askin….

Regarding Jaybo and our new number two, a very important insider with the program suggested on Saturday that Tech might go into “wait until next year” mode….

Topp Dogg

August 18th, 2009
12:25 pm

This blog is a joke just like GT football!

King of Sandy Springs

August 18th, 2009
12:27 pm

Gerald,
Jackson was a true freshman, plus Julio may the best in the nation and the other WR’s had more experience. He was good enough to get special teams action as a true freshman. Saban and co. obiviously thought he was worth more than a redshirt. Cox and Allen have 2 years left. Wright, Peeples, and Jones have 3 years left. Jackson will have 3 years left starting next year. As for the WR offers, I have no idea.

Stinger

August 18th, 2009
12:34 pm

For those so hung up on Star Ratings, Rivals has Georgia Tech’s 10 commitments averaging 3.5 stars, while UGA’s 17 commitments are averaging 3.47 stars. Based on this, our commitments are better players than UGA’s. We just don’t have many scholarships to give because we are still a very young team.

School TOTAL
Commits
Commits
Commits Avg Stars
Points
1 Texas 19 0 16 3 3.84 2,128
2 LSU 21 0 14 6 3.52 1,970
3 Oklahoma 21 0 11 10 3.52 1,843
4 Florida 15 1 11 3 3.87 1,688
5 Alabama 18 1 9 6 3.50 1,594
6 Georgia 17 0 8 9 3.47 1,492
7 Texas A&M 20 0 7 13 3.35 1,475
8 Penn State 15 0 10 4 3.47 1,339
9 Notre Dame 14 1 5 8 3.50 1,178
10 Michigan 18 0 5 13 3.28 1,177
11 Stanford 23 0 4 15 3.00 1,076
12 USC 11 0 7 4 3.64 1,047
13 Clemson 17 0 4 12 3.18 970
14 BYU 24 0 4 12 2.50 968
15 Tennessee 13 0 5 8 3.38 959
16 California 11 0 6 5 3.55 921
17 Virginia Tech 17 0 3 13 3.12 909
18 Florida State 11 0 5 6 3.45 843
19 Michigan State 12 0 4 7 3.25 768
20 Ohio State 11 0 6 3 3.18 767
21 Georgia Tech 10 0 5 5 3.50 762

King of Sandy Springs

August 18th, 2009
12:36 pm

Top Dog, well, er, you’re a joke! Oh yeah, burn. (sizzle sound). Is there a two drink minimum on this blog?

Beelogic

August 18th, 2009
12:54 pm

BIGEYE quote; “Shaw started and won the Duke game last year and that means more to the coaches than potential.

You are darn right a Duke win means more than potential. Potential = you ain’t done crap yet. Tevin may eventually be a servicable QB but he is not close to Shaw at this point. But you love Tevin and dislike Jaybo. Nothing wrong with favorites except it clouds your perception of reality.

superDawg

August 18th, 2009
12:56 pm

queen of s.s. whomp.(mallet sound)your a joke.

Reality Check

August 18th, 2009
1:13 pm

King o Sandy Springs…. I have seen you on Georgia blogs so why are you pretending to be above the fray? Any way have you sold your allotment of tickets yet?

Have you seen CPJ walk on water yet?

Have you see the quality and size of your OL and DL? It ain’t pretty and you’ll feel the full impact of it starting in Miami. You boys got some payback coming in Miami. If you have any injuries on either the OL or the DL or Nesbitt gets hurt, which he has been prone to do in the CPJ offense, the season will unravel overnight. I hope you don’t have any injuries so you’ll have no excuses in November. I didn’t realize there were so many dreamers amongst the engineers. They are ususally more data driven and pragmatic.

Reality Check

August 18th, 2009
1:18 pm

Stinger, you couldn’t have possibly gone to teck because any self respecting engineer would know the difference in the UGA recruits stars and the tech recruits stars is not statistically significant. Anyway I’d rather have 18 3.47 recruits than 10 3.5 recruits.

too of the whistle

August 18th, 2009
1:23 pm

August 18th, 2009
12:34 am
Dogs are going to take the big tumble down the toilet back to the bottom of the SEC where they rightfully belong and have always dwelled. No QB, no RB, no defense. Ga is where alledged recruits go to dissappear & never be heard from again. It’s a good thing they play a cupcake SEC schedule. Ga doesn’t even have respectable academic credentials. Gymnastics maybe.

Jethro Boudine

August 18th, 2009
1:26 pm

Jethro Boudine

August 18th, 2009
8:58 am
I ain’t sure why the Gawja Tech Jackettes practice at all. No body can stop the triple option cept Gardner Webb and they don’t play them this year. They have such rich football tradition… they win at least 7 games a year and once in a decade they win 9 and give themselves a ring.

Maybe some day, if they were to start practicing real hard they’d win an ACC Championship and a bowl game. They might even be able to sell some tickets to the games too. I’m gonna buy me a ticket and get those free hotdogs and cokes, weeee doggie….

Jethro Boudine

August 18th, 2009
1:29 pm

Naught plus naught = Ga. Tech football logic… no one can stop our triple option offense (except maybe Gardner Webb Virginia, NC and LSU), having an experienced backup QB is no big deal (even though our excuse for being played close or losing last year was our QB was hurt). A three point win is a beatdown. A 9 and 4 season deserves a commemorative ring. One win over Georgia every 8 years means we are ready for an ACC Championship. CPJ is the next Bear Bryant. We don’t count any games when Chan Gailey was the coach.

Kelly's a Dawg

August 18th, 2009
1:54 pm

“GA TECH – Full Steam Ahead”

Ha. Wow, nice slogan. Too bad LSU made a “how to destroy the Tech offense” video last season at the bowl game, even with it’s struggling defense. I imagine the Dawg’s defense has had enough time to learn from it’s mistakes at the last meeting. And everyone will study how to shut down Tech’s offense for the rest of this season. So good luck to all you “Rambling Wreckers.”

Buzzed

August 18th, 2009
2:43 pm

Hey Kelly’s a Dawg. You hit the nail on the head. Now that teams have seen the GT offense for a year it will be stopped by all. It’s widely known that the GT offense gains zero yards in practice and scrimmage games for the exact reason you state. The GT defense has seen the offense for a year now and stops it every single play for a loss. The offense doesn’t score any touchdowns or long plays in scrimmage games.

NOT!!!

Jethro Boudine

August 18th, 2009
2:43 pm

ATLANTA — Derrick Morgan tipped a 43-yard field goal attempt by Gardner-Webb’s Ryan Gates with three seconds left, helping Georgia Tech squeak out an unexpectedly difficult 10-7 victory on Saturday over an FCS opponent.

Despite boasting a ground game that ranked fifth in the nation, the Yellow Jackets (5-1) rushed for just 79 yards, nearly 210 under their average as third-string quarterback Calvin Booker struggled with his timing in coach Paul Johnson’s triple-option attack.

Starter Josh Nesbitt was in uniform, but took no snaps for the second straight game because of a strained hamstring. Second-string quarterback Jaybo Shaw, who passed for 230 yards in Georgia Tech’s 27-0 win over Duke last week, did not dress after suffering a concussion against the Blue Devils.

Booker had to make his first career start, but at 6-foot-4, 234 pounds, the senior from Atlanta’s Mays High School is hardly a good fit in the Jackets’ first year using Johnson’s triple-option.

The lumbering quarterback ran a team-high 19 times for just 35 yards, and his difficulty pitching on the perimeter seemed to affect the timing of Jonathan Dwyer, who had only 27 yards on 16 carries despite leading the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 109.6 average.

And Booker was unable to make up for his problems in the running game by passing. He went 3-for-11 for 120 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Early in the second quarter, Dwyer caught a ball in the left flats that he ran untouched for a 79-yard TD.

Scott Blair gave the Jackets a 10-0 lead one possession later with a 29-yard field goal, but Gardner-Webb (2-4) kept the score close despite losing quarterback Stan Doolittle to a broken thumb right before halftime.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs turned to Devin Campbell, who completed 10 of 13 passes for 116 yards, and the senior reserve hit Jamal Patmon for a 26-yard gain on the left sideline and Dobson Collins for a 12-yarder to set up Gates’ chance to force overtime.

Morgan, a defensive end, pressured from the left side to get his arm high enough to tip the field-goal attempt.

The play was an appropriate ending for Morgan, who teamed with right end Michael Johnson and tackle Vance Walker to combine for five sacks, 17 solo tackles and 51 yards of lost yardage.

Johnson was penalized, however, for a personal foul midway through the third quarter that negated a 34-yard field goal attempt that Gates missed wide left.

The officials said Johnson jumped before the snap, a setback that resulted in a new set of downs for Gardner-Webb at the 8. On the next play, Brandon Jackson ran left and dove over the pylon for the Bulldogs’ touchdown.

Georgia Tech added Gardner-Webb, its second FCS opponent this year, to the schedule after Army canceled its home game against the Yellow Jackets.

Gardner-Webb 7 Final
Georgia Tech 10

Dawghater

August 18th, 2009
3:06 pm

Hey “Kelly Looks Like a Dawg” would that be anything like Alabama, Florida and GT destroying the puppy dawgs defense last year. You mean something like that!

Ken Sugiura

August 18th, 2009
3:40 pm

Sorry to jump in late. I think most of the questions have been answered, but Chris Jackson will redshirt this year and be available in 2010. He is indeed going into a position that’s pretty deep. I don’t know his reasoning, but I’d have to guess that it was his choice.

Position choices seem to work one of two ways with players that can play different spots. A) They choose to play there; B) Johnson asks them if they’d like to move to a certain position, the reason generally being that the team is light at that position. That said, he’ll have plenty of time to switch if he wants.

I’d trust Brian Bohannon’s knowledge of Tevin Washington specifically and quarterbacks in general. If he was as poor a coach as Big Eye suggests, something tells me Johnson wouldn’t keep him around.

Bobby Godd – True, A-backs catch a lot of passes in this offense. But, by extension of your logic, you’d think Stephen Hill and Demaryius Thomas should also play A-back and not wide receiver because A-backs catch a lot of passes.

Tony – Doug will be covering basketball this year.

King of Sandy Springs

August 18th, 2009
4:06 pm

Reality Check,
No, you have not seen me on U(sic)GA or the real nerd, Mrs. King’s blog. You think the other blogs are U(sic)GA just because so many of you post on them. They’re not. I’ll always point out to Tony Barnyard that his articals are a blatant man-boy love between him and the SEC. Plus, nothing high and mighty about my post, either. Just your point was really lame, “they do it, so do I.”

superDog,
heeyyyyy

Jethro Boudine,
Cheer up, I think preseason number 1 deserves a ring too.