You say it’s your …

birthday.

Ok, well you didn’t say that. But I did. 

For those who didn’t know, and sure most of yall did, coach Paul Johnson turned 52 on Thursday.

So, before we get to other stuff, I wanted to ask yall about cool gifts related to your favorite team. What’s the coolest Georgia Tech-related gift you’ve ever received or given, and why?

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And, on to other stuff. In the practice report you may have read that Demaryius Thomas missed practice with a couple of injured digits. I wouldn’t sweat it. He’s been playing with since injuring it at the start of August. He’s just being held out as a precaution. 

In other news, Kyle Jackson got to do some conditioning drills with the team today. I believe it was his first day getting to participate.

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Somebody asked for an update about Roddy Jones in the previous blog. Johnson said today that Jones’ cast will be coming off Monday.

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Someone also asked for an update on J.C. Lanier. He missed at least one practice earlier this week. To be honest, I didn’t get a chance to see if he was back today. 

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Also in the practice report I wrote about the possibility of Tech having two 1,000-yard rushers this season. Jonathan Dwyer raised the possibility of three, but that’s more the power of positive thinking, I think. But who knows?

Anyway, I wanted to get yall’s take on the possibility that Tech could have two 1k dudes this year. Nesbitt and Jones each came within 10 yards of 700 last season. Who’s to say another year in the offense couldn’t produce another 1k rusher?

123 comments Add your comment

AlabamaRamblinwreck

August 20th, 2009
8:49 pm

Doug: Jordan Luallen condition?

aint simons

August 20th, 2009
8:59 pm

Question?

August 20th, 2009
9:02 pm

I know it is off topic… Why did teachers work at school on furlough days but college coaches are not allowed to come on campus on theirs. Since you aren’t allowed in practice right now, do some digging on this topic Doug. Thanks.

TechSenior

August 20th, 2009
9:04 pm

Its hard not to be optimistic. But CPJ said Nesbitt should be 1k running 3k in the air. If he is anywhere near that we are NC’s.

droberson

August 20th, 2009
9:16 pm

Luallen is still out. Other than Jaybo Shaw, any player who is out will not miss significant time, according to cpj.

teachers weren’t supposed to work at school on furlough days. I couldn’t being to tell you if they did.

droberson

August 20th, 2009
9:17 pm

That should say begin to tell you. Sorry about that

Question?

August 20th, 2009
9:31 pm

Just FYI, at least 80% of teachers worked on the furlough days… At the open schools. I guess coaches are just going to not show up for a few days at work during the season? That won’t happen.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

August 20th, 2009
9:36 pm

Any idea when Luallen might be able to practice? I figured he was still out or you would have reported that he was back!!!

Pi$$onaDawg

August 20th, 2009
9:55 pm

I took a 4ft. length of Railroad Track to CJP last year. The note was “Laying Track to the top of the ACC”. I don’t know if he got it or saw it, but I hope it was a piece of last years team heading to the top of the ACC.

Pi$$onaDawg

August 20th, 2009
10:09 pm

Years ago I made a walking cane that was painted and covered with all of Joe Hamilton’s wins. I delivered it to the coaches office a few days before Joe went to New York. I played Eddie lee Ivory and Don Bessillieu i a game of horse at Pepper Rogers football camp. I think I won, but they may have thrown the game. I was given Don’s game jersey for the 78 Peach Bowl. Tech lost to Purdur, but I wear that jersey on throw-back games. Don did play for the Fins for a few years too.

Rhino`

August 20th, 2009
10:27 pm

My ex mother in law gave me a GT football helmet mail box. It was a large helmet with a face guard around the front. I’ve never seen another like it GT or any other team.

CitrusBowlKodachrome

August 20th, 2009
10:28 pm

Doug, years ago I received (and I still have) a marble paper weight with a swatch of the artificial turf that had been taken up and replaced at Grant Field. What I’d like to find is one of the photos that they sold with ads in GT publications after the 1991 Citrus Bowl – the one that was a shot of the endzone with scoreboard showing the GT 45 – Nebraska 21 score and the Tech fans in that section which included our seats. Anybody know of a source?

GTcleveland

August 20th, 2009
10:43 pm

This last birthday I got a nice GT hoody, a book on the history of GT Football, and the marque gift…a sweet model of the Ramblin’ Wreck. Needless to say, I was all smiles :) .

Sweet to see that it looks like that PRP procedure for Jackson seems to be working!

JACKETfan

August 20th, 2009
11:17 pm

Dwyer will get anywhere between 1,000 and 1,300 yards… I dont think his numbers will improve that much because of the increased passing game and addition of Anthony Allen. I think if we were to have another 1,000 yard rusher it would be Roddy Jones or Anthony Allen. Nesbitt will run for 700-900. Marcus Wright 400-500. Embry 300-400. I could see Anthony Allen and Roddy Jones running for 1,000+ for one of them and 800 or so for the other.

Hayseed Dixie

August 20th, 2009
11:36 pm

The best Tech gift I gave was to my whole family: finally getting my own durn season tickets. Now we have eight.

Go Jackets!

GT Rich

August 20th, 2009
11:54 pm

Dwyer definitely. Given that there are 12 regular season games, hopefully an ACC championship game and a bowl game, I think that either Roddy or Allen should be able to join Dwyer above the 1000yd mark. Towards the end of the season Nesbitt was pitching the ball to A-backs more than he was running it himself. I expect that trend will contune….

StingerSplash

August 21st, 2009
12:14 am

Best gift?
45-42!

Saint Simons

August 21st, 2009
12:30 am

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

GT 07

August 21st, 2009
1:07 am

The best gift I got was an autographed sack of weed from Joe Hamilton.

Cuttysark

August 21st, 2009
2:06 am

With the stable of running backs on the roster who will be rotating in and out, together as a team, the numbers should be around 4,000 yards for the season in year # 2. How it is broken down between the individuals players is of no consequence. The passing game needs to be between 140 to 160 yards per game. With those numbers, and the returning defense, that will put Tech into the ACC Championship game.

Go isportsweb.com for more Georgia Tech Football Posts, and a feature article on the yellow jackets Coach Paul Johnson. THWG

Not Disappointed

August 21st, 2009
4:33 am

It would be nice to see Nesbitt, Dwyers and Jones get over 1000 yards, but I rather have the win.

Last Christmas my Ga Dawg brother gave me a Present wrapped in Geogia Bulldog paper. I immediately threw it in the fire place. Just a first response and he yanked it out quickly; nevertheless I opened it to find Georgia Tech Clock, two glasses, shot glasses, throw blanket, tags, key ring, and season tickets. Pure love from a brother that doesn’t pull for me Jackets. Way to go bro!

Ramblin Wreck!

TC

August 21st, 2009
6:11 am

TechSenior

August 20th, 2009
9:04 pm

Its hard not to be optimistic. But CPJ said Nesbitt should be 1k running 3k in the air. If he is anywhere near that we are NC’s

LMAO!!!

TC

August 21st, 2009
6:13 am

Tech goes 7-5 in 09.

GT65

August 21st, 2009
6:21 am

GT could very easily come out of September 1-3. 2-2 at best.

Jim Rockford

August 21st, 2009
6:54 am

Someone is worried. The 2 above fans belong to our rivals in the SeemsEverybody’sCheatin’ conference.

Smitty

August 21st, 2009
6:55 am

GT65 could very easily come out of September still a virgin.

third quarter fan

August 21st, 2009
7:39 am

I’d like to have an orange for Christmas…

TechDan

August 21st, 2009
7:54 am

2-2 at best, GT65? which games do you think are guaranteed losses? Jax State at home? Clemson at home for the white out? UNC at home? Miami at Miami, who we’ve owned the last four years? 4-0 is more likely than 1-3, and maybe slightly more likely than 2-2, which is hardly the best case.

Baba O'Riley

August 21st, 2009
8:22 am

TechDan- GT65, just like GT66 are fans of the team in Athens. They just like to yank chains. Please don’t list ‘Clemson at home for the white out” in your argument. “Clemson at home” is fine, but we all remember what can happen when teams think they can chalk up a win because of a BLACKOUT, or in this case a whiteout.

Hey Dogtards

August 21st, 2009
8:23 am

Best Gift – tickets and a trip to see GT basketball play LSU (w/ Shaq) in (I believe) the round of 32 in Tennessee back in 1990/91. Tech fell behind by about 20 early on, then dug in and clawed back. Lethal weapon three!!!

Doug Roberson

August 21st, 2009
8:27 am

One thing I forgot to include, is that the idea for the two 1k rushers came from one of yall. He emailed it to me on Wednesday. So, thanks for that, and keep ‘em coming.
And, as always, follow me on twitter @ajcgatech.

Seriously?

August 21st, 2009
8:33 am

CPJ’s birthday was Thursday (8-20)…
http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/johnson_paul00.html

Nice read on the 2 1,000 yard rushers. Thanks for your work Doug.

Alabama Jack

August 21st, 2009
8:49 am

Re: Citrus Bowl poster. I saw that one in the office of the owner of a Chattanooga Ford dealership in 1996. Like you, and me, he was there.

Check your quotes TechSenior

August 21st, 2009
9:07 am

CPJ said one of Nesbitt’s goals was rush for 1000 and throw for 2000. I don’t know where you got 3000 from…

old gold engineer

August 21st, 2009
9:31 am

A few years ago, I received a beautiful GT snow globe for my birthday. My 2-year old daughter wanted to play with it in the living room and I thought that would be fine. Minutes later, she walks into the kitchen, drops it on the tile floor, and shatters the globe. Anybody know of a good snow globe repair shop?

Funny!

August 21st, 2009
9:35 am

If there is a team in the state that comes out of September 2-2 or 1-3, it will be UGA! Oh, and then another loss the first game of October.

yellowman

August 21st, 2009
9:37 am

What is a Tickle Pile. I heard about Tickle Piles when I was on campus but never attended attended. What exactly happens?

wyldbill

August 21st, 2009
9:41 am

Tech gifts: I’ve had many fine Tech related gifts given to me over the years, but the best by far is a piece of the goalline from the 1991 Citrus Bowl. It’s a handfull of turf with a little white paint showing. I keep it in a plastic bag. Looks like a stash of weed. Second best, the wishbone from our tailgate picnic fried chicken in the rain on the UGA campus in 1974.

AMG

August 21st, 2009
9:45 am

UGA will lose 5 or six games this season and will not be in the top 25 for the first time since CMR arrived in athens. This be said, I feel your pain UGA fans and I understand why you have to lash out at GT, who will compete for a BCS bowl every year for at least the next three. THWG and how sweet it is to listen to you guys wine like the swine you are.

Zzzzzzzzzzzz

August 21st, 2009
9:55 am

If GT could play UGA 4 or 5 times this season, there’s no question GT would have a MINIMUM of TWO 1,000 yard rushers.

Go Gators

August 21st, 2009
9:56 am

The U.S. News & World Report college ratings are out today, and Georgia schools retained their rankings from last year for the most part.

I think the rankings influence where students go to college. (I also think many students are influenced by the “Colleges that Change Lives” franchise.)

Many people dismiss college status as a factor, but there’s evidence that where you go to school impacts how much you earn.

PayScale Inc., which compiles compensation data, says the median starting salary for Ivy League graduates is about 30 percent higher than that of liberal-arts college graduates. However, the study doesn’t address whether that pay differential is the result of a better education, or simply because the Ivies attract higher-achieving students in the first place. (I would also ask whether the Ivies attract better connected kids; it’s easier to end up at Goldman Sachs if your mother worked there.)

In its 2009 report, PayScale says the median starting salary for a University of Georgia graduate was $43,900, compared to $60,00 for a Harvard grad, $58,900 for a Georgia Tech grad, and $50,600 for an Emory grad.

I am sorry to report that PayScale also lists degrees that pay you back and teaching and journalism offer some of the lowest returns. The big money is in the STEM fields; science, technology, engineering and math.

Mutts-R-Stupid-especially-journalism-majors

August 21st, 2009
10:08 am

Teachers should not be allowed on campus on furlough days because I can just see the coming legal action to require that we pay them for that time. Teachers already get a 12 month pay check for working only 9 months, plus they get two weeks off at Christmas, a week each for Fall and Spring break, and all the other little holidays like Thanksgiving. If they want to compare their pay with what TAXPAYERS make in 12 months, then they should work 12 months, and not fewer than 9.

BankerDawg

August 21st, 2009
10:10 am

Three may be stretching, but it’s not entirely impossible, I guess.

I agree with a previous poster who alluded to the 4,000 yard mark as a target for this year (I believe you guys were closer to 3,300 or so last year, but not sure and I am too lazy to look it up right now).

If everyone stays healthy, I think it’s likely that Nesbitt and Dwyer each have 1,000 + yard seasons, with likely Roddy Jones and Anthony Allen with the bulk of the rest.

The 3,000 yard number passing for Nesbitt is extremely aggressive. I would expect a more reasonable breakdown to be 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 rushing from him.

Regarding Jackson, that would seem to be huge loss for your group of linebackers if he can’t go.

How is your depth at LB? Does the scheme, with the Wolf position, make this less of a big deal than it would ordinarily be if you ran a more traditional 4-3?

GOOOOOOOOO DAWGS!

CitrusBowlKodachrome

August 21st, 2009
10:18 am

Bro, if u have facebook, the pic of the scoreboard that you are looking for where GT beats Neb in the Citrus Bowl is on the following link:

http://apps.facebook.com/georgiatechfootball/?page=viewtoprated&pg=82354

Cheers…

JACKETfan

August 21st, 2009
10:25 am

Bankerdawg-

We still have pretty good depth at LB, but the loss of Kyle Jackson does hurt tremendously because he was a backup that had the skills of a starter. The wolf position is just designed to create havoc and to be able to adapt to different defenses without changing the scheme. The 4-2-4-wolf, i guess you could call it lol, can lign the wolf up at LB against a traditional offense or lign him up as a 3rd safety against a spread offense. Cooper Taylor will start at wolf and will be backed by Mario Edwards. The two deep is pretty solid at that position. The third wolf would have been Anthony Barnes, a converted true linebacker. He was on track to start last year as a LB but got injured for the majority of the season. Now he is healthy, so I would imagine with the quality depth at wolf and the loss of Kyle Jackson, the coaching staff will move barnes back to the LB rotation. Jackson wont be out for the entire season, tthough. Hes already back at practice. We also have Steven Sylvester and Malcum Monroe, both of whom are very athletic LB that were solid recruits out of HS, they just lack experience. But I think they will do just fine as backups because they are talented, we just havent seen them yet.

JACKETfan

August 21st, 2009
10:28 am

BTW, regarding Kyle Jackson, i mentioned he was back at practice, but hes not in playing capability yet. He had surgury and is wearing a prrotectice boot and ran through some conditioning drills but isnt allowed for contact yet. So i would imagine he would be out for Jax State just to have him heal up even more, but im not sure of how long into the season he will be out. If he is already out there, I would think that we will see him very soon, of course it may take him atleast a game to get back into it.

VT´s schedule 2 easy! :(

August 21st, 2009
10:32 am

Has any of you guys checked out VT´s ACC´s schedule? It´s by far easier than GT´s… So even though we should (and must) win against VT @ home… we better take care of the rest of our ACC games or we could lose the Coastal Division…

VT could easily go 7-1 (losing to GT) and maybe UNC (but don´t think so since they play in Blacksburg… Check this out!!!

9/05 vs. Alabama
9/12 Marshall
9/19 Nebraska
9/26 Miami (FL)
10/03 @ Duke
10/10 Boston College
10/17 @ Georgia Tech
10/29 North Carolina
11/05 @ East Carolina
11/14 @ Maryland
11/21 North Carolina State
11/28 @ Virginia

Wow!

August 21st, 2009
10:35 am

If only all UGA fans were like Banker Dawg!

GT Insider

August 21st, 2009
10:36 am

Just heard that PJ’s people are talking to Notre Dame reps through a back channel. I will check further but lets hope this is not fact.

GT Insider

August 21st, 2009
10:37 am

Just heard that PJ’s people are talking to Notre Dame reps through a back channel. I will chek further but lets hope this is not fact.