A few changes

Summing up what I wrote for the notebook that is now on ajc.com, there were a few personnel changes that have occurred on Tech’s team: 

Freshman defensive tackle J.C. Lanier looks like he’s going to redshirt this season because of his injured shoulder. Coach Paul Johnson said that he was likely going to redshirt anyway.

Freshman defensive end Izaan Cross has made the two-deep depth chart at defensive end. Defensive line coach Giff Smith said that, as of right now, Cross would be the only freshman to play on the line. I’m not sure what that means right now for Emmanuel Dieke, who was on the first two-deep depth chart released a few weeks ago, or Euclid Cummings.

 Lastly, and interestingly, Quentin Sims has moved over to quarterback in the wake of the injuries to Jaybo Shaw and Jordan Luallen. The team needed another quarterback considering they were down to three, but Sims was expected to compete for playing time at wide receiver this season. He ran the offense during the playoffs his senior year in high school.

Jemea Thomas was moved earlier this season from A-back to safety to give him a chance to get more time on the field. I don’t know if that thought is true in Sims’ case.

So, how do you see these moves?

58 comments Add your comment

Not Disappointed

August 24th, 2009
9:02 pm

Wow Doug! Quentin Sims starting to play quarterback. He’s fast and quick, does anyone know about his arm strength? Interesting news at the flats. Ramblin Wreck!

Don

August 24th, 2009
9:19 pm

Doug, when will Luallen be back?

reebok

August 24th, 2009
9:20 pm

With this offense, the quarterback is going to get hit on nearly every play…I sure hope we get Jaybo back quickly…because we are going to need him at some point in the season. FSU, especially, is known to go out and attempt to knock QB’s out of the game…Tevin Washington, you nee to pick this offense up quick, because you ARE going to see significant time…GO JACKETS!

Don

August 24th, 2009
9:24 pm

Quentin Sims at QB, that is an interesting turn of events. Wonder if it had anything to do with him dropping to easy passes in the 8-15 scrimmage at Bobby Dodd? For more info on Tech football check out http://www.bbuzzoff.com

Not Disappointed

August 24th, 2009
9:25 pm

Okay, I will say it first tonite, “Jaybo get well soon! Oy!”

Go Jackets!

Doug Roberson

August 24th, 2009
9:29 pm

No idea on Luallen. He’s still wearing a boot.

Don, I wondered the same thing, but didn’t put a lot of stock in it. Seems like a move that made sense because of Sims’ history with the offense.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

August 24th, 2009
9:32 pm

I really don’t understand why an ankle sprain would still be keeping Luallen out. It must of been a doozy!!

I hope your understanding was incorrect about Dieke. From everyone is saying, he should really help the line now with some needed athleticism and depth.

Doug: Do you have any better idea about what other freshmen might play this year? Is he going to start the season trying to redshirt almost all of them and play it as necessary depending on injuries?

Go Jackets!!

jacketnation

August 24th, 2009
10:05 pm

Is it true that the son of Kenya is the first Muslim we’ve ever had in the White house?

Andrew Sherwin (The Dude)

August 24th, 2009
10:26 pm

“jacketnation”, Dude, take your ignorance elsewhere. This blog is about football, specifically the latest up date from Doug Roberson about what’s taking place in Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket football practice.

Doug,
Thanks for the updates. I like the idea of red-shirting as many kids as possible. That’s how you build team depth and leadership. I’m very curious about which receiver will start opposite of D. Thomas. Any word yet? I’ve got to believe it’s going to be S. Hill with Sims moving over to QB for the interim. I can’t remember all the names in the A/B-back depth chart, but does PJ intend to maintain a 3-deep backfield or will some of the athletes lining up in those positions in summer practice be moved/red-shirted?

Tech82

August 24th, 2009
10:30 pm

AlabamaRamblinwreck – If it’s a serious high ankle sprain, it can take MONTHS to fully heal. Depending on the severity of the sprain, it can be worse than a fracture.

The Good Word

August 24th, 2009
10:31 pm

Jacketnation, how about we leave it at football ok.

FSU will be interesting because Bobby Bowden has said that he never want to play against our offense again, but the will be gunning for Nesbit. Few people remember that the only reason the FSU game was so close last year was because Nesbit went down. If our QB can make it through the game FSU will not be that big of an issue

jaybo

August 24th, 2009
10:41 pm

i want my quarter back.

jaybo

August 24th, 2009
10:43 pm

i said i want my quarter back.quit stealing my lunch money.

jaybo

August 24th, 2009
10:45 pm

i’m telling your mamma.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

August 24th, 2009
10:53 pm

Thanks, Tech82. I just remember that CPJ said when it happened that it shouldn’t be a big deal, but being out for going on 3 weeks is a pretty big deal in my opinion. He probably said that because he intended to red shirt Jordan anyway.

Never Ever

August 24th, 2009
11:15 pm

You guys get a taste of the injury bug now. This type of offense can be effective however it will take its toll on the primary ball carriers. Especially at the BCS level of college football. It works at the FBS level because they don’t have the line backers and safeties that can hit hard like they do at this level. Good luck and hope you are undefeated come November.

Tony Shumpert

August 24th, 2009
11:46 pm

Doug,
Ken mentioned you will be covering basketball this year as well. Have you talked to Coach Hewitt? I would like to know if Iman’s role will change with the addition of Derrick Favors.

halfmetaljacket

August 24th, 2009
11:58 pm

Never Ever . . .

So “the injury bug” is what kept UGA’s deep talent from winning? Sonofagun, I thought it was lack of team discipline, whether on late hits (most penalized team in D-1?) or LOSING POISE, as in the third quarter against Tech.

And now, as you would have it, Tech’s HS offense will have to face (shudder and shiver) REALITY! You had plenty of time in ‘08 to prepare for it, It’s just that Allen and Ellerbe and Jones gave limp effort in the 3rd quarter. Coaching. Not the scheme. COACHING!

Also looking forward to November.

hmj

GoodWord

August 25th, 2009
12:17 am

The Good Word, you gotta change your handle bud. You’re crimping my style bro.

Doug, nice article on the DL earlier. Thanks for the info. I think we will see solid play from the DL. Especially considering that we are stronger and more experienced with the back 7.

I am interested who will be playing special teams this year. Do we play starters? combo of 1st and 2nd teamers? All 2nd teamers?

StingerSplash

August 25th, 2009
12:28 am

Never ever,

Teams PJ faced while at Georgia Southern …
Georgia, with Richard Seymour and Marcus Stroud.
Oregon State (with Houshmanzadeh and Ochocinco on offense, to give an example of their level of athletes at the time)
Western Illinois and Illinois State (schools that had produced former NFL stars Bryan Cox and Rodney Harrison and had an all-Big 10 freshman defensive tackle, Damian Gregory, who played for the Dolphins)
Appalachian State (home of Dexter Coakley, longtime Cowboys linebacker)
William and Mary (where Darren Sharper played).

I wouldn’t worry too much about the players in this offense getting beaten up because they’re facing BCS level competition now. Who do you think they face in practice, Savannah High?
Every style of offense exacts punishment on its primary ball carrier. Running out of the I doesn’t?
In fact, I’ll suggest that this offense is better for the health of the ball carriers. Instead of one guy getting 20-25 carries a game, you have three or four getting touches, meaning the hits are spread around rather than concentrated on one or two people.

ben

August 25th, 2009
12:31 am

Tony,

Iman should be vastly improved if they let him play shooting guard and don’t put so much pressure on him. No doubt the kid has talent, he was just asked to do too much as a feshman. This year should really say a lot about Hewitt as a coach.

Cuttysark

August 25th, 2009
12:33 am

We need to prepare with a solid 3rd quarterback option going into the season. As far as the quarterback getting hit on every play, it tends to toughen you up as a player. Just ask the rest of the players on the team who are getting smacked on every play.. I’d rather have a quarterback who is used to getting hit, than some pansy sitting back in the pocket and then once he gets sacked, he limps off the field. There is an abundance of running backs and options on this offense. The Sims kid was running the option in a state playoff game back in Ohio after their regular quarterback on the team was unable to play. He is an athlete.

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

Cuttysark

August 25th, 2009
12:38 am

This is to Stinger Splash, Finally sombody who can see the reality of this offensive system and get past all of the misinformation being spoon fed to all of the uninformed on this site. Nice comments, and well researched. Looking forward to a tremendous second season under Paul Johnson.

Go check out the Coach Paul Johnson article on the isportsweb.com Georgia Tech Football postings. Go Jackets!

LET THE BIG DAWG EAT

August 25th, 2009
6:29 am

none of these changes will affect the 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 cokes, offer will they?

Doug Roberson

August 25th, 2009
7:36 am

I’ve spoken to Hewitt briefly, but we haven’t discussed this year’s team. I hope to talk to him later today when the ACC hoops schedule comes out, I believe.

As for other true freshman, I can guess who may play: Izaan Cross, Rod Sweeting, Robert Godhigh, Emmanuel Dieke (if injuries occur to the other DE’s), Jemea Thomas, Orwin Smith……but I’m sure there are others. But that’s just a guess.

Paddy

August 25th, 2009
7:41 am

When will the next depth chart be available?

Saint Simons

August 25th, 2009
7:58 am

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

GT Alum

August 25th, 2009
7:58 am

Luallen has a high sprain from my understanding. I had a similar one in high school running track and 10 years later if I turn wrong on it I can reactivate the sprain. They are being very cautious with him. I believe after Nesbitt is Washington. Assuming we can make it with those 2 quarterbacks for 3 games Shaw will be back (minimal talk of medical redshirt has been heard about Shaw). That means Luallen is redshirted. No need to rush his injury.

ankle sprain

August 25th, 2009
9:24 am

Since Luallen is still wearing a boot, I’d bet he has a severe high ankle sprain (which I have had). He’ll only be effective as a pocket passer if he plays this season (no running). He’ll be 100% in 6 months and should wear a good brace for at least another 6 months after that since that ankle will be weaker.

He’ll be able to slap a brace on it in a month or two and will be able to run in straight line but that won’t do anybody any good. Count on him getting a red shirt.

Wonder what kind of arm Sims has??

1Jacket7

August 25th, 2009
9:25 am

Lord please provide a hedge of protection around our players and keep them safe from all hurt, harm, injury and danger. In your Son Jesus Christ name I pray..Amen. The more reps our players get the better they get. Injury, not only prevents you from playing, it prevents you from getting better. This is going to be one of the greatest years in ACC Football. I believe the team that earns the ACC crown this year will be a very solid team. I pray that team is GT. I haven’t seen a opportunity like this since 1990 that afforded GT the opportunity to develop a program that could consistently perform in the Top 10 year in and out. Tech is such a unique program that contrary to the thought process of the masses is very intriguing to top recruits. Its just that top recruits want to win. When we start winning consistently the talent will flood in and the recognition as we are seeing, will grow exponentially. This is why those that are wearing the Old Gold and White are a class bunch. And the man leading this bunch is Top of His Class. Stay humble and hungry Jackets and your National Championship Hardware will be waiting for you at the end of this journey.

GA Tech Insider

August 25th, 2009
9:27 am

With a few injuries and some minor moving around after players get back:

OFFENSE

Quarterback

9 Josh Nesbitt 6-1 214 Jr. Greensboro, Ga.

13 Tevin Washington 6-1 198 Fr.-R Wetumpka, Ala.

16 David Sims 5-11 229 Fr. St. Matthews, S.C.

23 Quentin Sims 6-3 195 Fr.-R Cincinnati, Ohio (emergency QB in training)

B-Back

21 Jonathan Dwyer 6-0 235 Jr. Marietta, Ga.

46 Preston Lyons 6-0 213 So.-R Atlanta, Ga.

32 Richard Watson 6-1 228 Fr.-R Tallahassee, Fla.

A-Back

24 Embry Peeples 5-10 173 So. Orlando, Fla.

17 Orwin Smith 6-0 206 Fr. Phenix City, Ala.

3 Marcus Wright 5-8 173 So. San Antonio, Texas

A-Back

18 Anthony Allen 6-0 231 Jr.-R Tampa, Fla.

36 Lucas Cox OR 6-0 232 Jr.-R Lewisberry, Pa.

3 Marcus Wright 5-8 173 So. San Antonio, Texas

Wide Receiver

8 Demaryius Thomas 6-3 229 Jr.-R Dublin, Ga.

5 Stephen Hill 6-4 196 Fr. Lithonia, Ga.

Wide Receiver

82 Kevin Cone 6-2 206 Jr.-R Stone Mountain, Ga.

84 Tyler Melton OR 6-0 206 So. Houston, Texas

23 Quentin Sims 6-3 195 Fr.-R Cincinnati, Ohio

Tackle

60 Brad Sellers OR 6-2 257 Sr.-R Grand Prairie, Texas

75 Nick Claytor 6-6 284 So.-R Gainesville, Ga.

Guard

70 Joseph Gilbert 6-4 280 So.-R Cartersville, Ga.

62 Omoregie Uzzi 6-3 308 Fr.-R Lithonia, Ga.

Center

77 Dan Voss OR 6-4 296 Sr.-R Cherry Hill, N.J.

79 Sean Bedford 6-1 274 Jr.-R Gainesville, Fla.

Guard

71 Cord Howard 6-5 308 Sr.-R Phenix City, Ala.

74 Zach Krish OR 6-5 293 Jr.-R Snellville, Ga.

76 Nick McRae 6-4 286 Fr.-R Dublin, Ga.

Tackle

73 Austin Barrick 6-3 284 Jr.-R Moody, Ala.

61 Phil Smith 6-6 285 Fr.-R Tampa, Fla.

Kicker

14 Scott Blair 6-0 198 Jr. Calhoun, Ga.

6 Tyler Rawlings 5-8 150 So.-R Spalding, Ga.

85 Chandler Anderson 5-11 193 So.-R Columbus, Ga.

DEFENSE

End

91 Derrick Morgan 6-4 272 Jr. Coatesville, Pa.

41 Anthony Egbuniwe 6-4 255 Jr.-R Greenville, S.C.

Tackle

92 Jason Peters 6-4 273 So.-R Baton Rouge, La.

96 Logan Walls 6-2 286 So.-R Dawsonville, Ga.

Tackle

98 Ben Anderson 6-2 275 Jr.-R Aiken, S.C.

90 T.J. Barnes 6-7 341 Fr.-R Enterprise, Ala.

End

97 Robert Hall 6-3 259 Jr.-R Hawkinsville, Ga.

94 Izaan Cross 6-4 272 Fr. Flowery Branch, Ga.

Wolf

26 Dominique Reese OR 5-11 198 Jr.-R Auburn, Ala.

28 Rashaad Reid OR 5-10 185 So. St. Augustine, Fla.

33 Mario Edwards 6-1 216 Jr.-R College Park, Ga.

Inside Linebacker

51 Brad Jefferson 6-2 237 Jr. Wrightsville, Ga.

40 Julian Burnett OR 5-10 221 Fr. Macon, Ga.

58 B.J. Machen 6-1 233 Fr.-R Hilliard, Ohio

Outside Linebacker

54 Sedric Griffin 5-11 225 Sr. Blair, S.C.

34 Steven Sylvester 6-2 233 So. McDonough, Ga.

Cornerback

2 Mario Butler 6-1 182 Jr. Jacksonville, Fla.

28 Rashaad Reid 5-10 185 So. St. Augustine, Fla.

6 Rod Sweeting 6-0 174 Fr. Locust Grove, Ga.

Rover

1 Morgan Burnett 6-1 210 Jr. College Park, Ga.

38 Jemea Thomas 5-10 178 Fr. Fitzgerald, Ga.

Free Safety

22 Cooper Taylor 6-4 208 So. Atlanta, Ga.

29 Jon Lockhart 6-0 191 Fr.-R Blountstown, Fla.

Cornerback

37 Jerrard Tarrant 6-0 202 So.-R Carrollton, Ga.

10 Martin Frierson OR 6-2 215 Sr.-R Columbia, S.C.

35 Michael Peterson 5-11 198 So.-R Tampa,Fla.

Punter

85 Chandler Anderson 6-0 191 So.-R Columbus, Ga.

3 Sean Poole 6-1 161 Fr. Tallahassee, Fla.

Injured

11 Jaybo Shaw (QB) 6-0 191 So. Flowery Branch, Ga.

20 Roddy Jones (AB) 5-9 195 So.-R Stone Mountain, Ga.

59 Kyle Jackson (LB) 6-0 230 So.-R McDonough, Ga.

GA Tech Insider

August 25th, 2009
9:45 am

That depth chart was as of yesterday, and is, of course, subject to change at any time.

GA Tech Insider

August 25th, 2009
9:48 am

Oh, and don’t read too much into some of last year’s starters not being in this year’s starters roles just yet – if they were injured, they may just be getting back into playing shape.

GTI

Buzzman

August 25th, 2009
9:49 am

Cutty – you keep hyping isportsweb.com, but every time I visit lately, there is no new content.

WUWT!!!

Hey Dogtards

August 25th, 2009
10:16 am

Hey GT Insider -

Is it really true that our guards, on average, are bigger than our tackles?

James

August 25th, 2009
10:52 am

GTI,

Just a question–I thought Cooper Taylor was supposed to be the wolf?

Roll Dawgs

August 25th, 2009
10:57 am

To 1jacket7,
This is going to be one of the greatest years in ACC football. Pa-lease! You must not have much to compare it to. When was the last time the ACC had a great year? Take away FSU and Miami and that leaves Wake Forest as your top contender. Now thats a joke. And by the way, what did GT do with the momentum from the 1990 season, they went into the tank.Dont get to high on your horse yet, you have’nt done enough against any team yet to prove your any kind of consistent contender.

AthensJacket

August 25th, 2009
11:37 am

When I was young, back in the 50″s, my momma worked for Coach Doddd and I would’ve rathern seen Tech lose than Georgie win. I’m feeling much better now…Ironic where I live. We get little or no news of Tech accept in late November, humble pie, or when they beat us. I didnit know Roddy Jones was hurt. How bad is it. SptSth showed last year’s game and he was great. Also, what is the background on tne second team QB. I saw he is from Ala., what else can anyone tell? Go Jackets, To Hell with Ga!

AthensJacket

August 25th, 2009
11:41 am

oh, one more thing, then I’ll shut up. I sing Rambling Wreck to my nineteen month old grandson. He picks up on certain parts of it pretty well now. I don’t thing my daughterinlaw approves…

Ramblin Wrecker

August 25th, 2009
12:00 pm

Doug Roberson,

What’s the deal with Marcus Wright being listed third at both A-Back slots? And that doesn’t even include Roddy Jones, who is listed as injured so theorhetically he’d be fourth in the depth at that one spot. Orwin Smith is listed ahead of Marcus at one spot. I don’t recall you guys reporting on Orwin Smith lighting it up, I do remember stories on Robert Godhigh and his excellent blocking, but nothing on Orwin. Can you shed some light on the A-back depth chart situation and on Roddy Jones’ injury condition? Thanks.

Also, why is Cooper Taylor not listed at the Wolf position? They have Dominque Reese OR Rashaad Reid listed as the starter at Wolf, with Mario Edwards as the backup. Taylor is the starter at FS. I thought the Wolf was supposed to take advantage of the unique skills of Taylor, while getting more of their depth in the secondary on the field. Don’t get me wrong I think Reese and Reid should play and play often, but I’m just confused because Taylor is much more physically imposing than Reese or Reid, and since the Wolf is the hybrid safety/LB, I thought that was the idea, to have a physical guy play it. Care to find out some more about the reasoning?

With all that said, I love the back 7 of this defense (however they line them up) and the depth of this group. If they can get anything up front from Hall, Peters, Anderson and Barnes (we know Morgan will produce), I think opponents will find it tough going trying to pass against this secondary.

GA Tech Insider

August 25th, 2009
12:23 pm

James; You’ll see Coop slide from Safety to Wolf along with Reese and Reid on different rotations; there’s a lot of depth that’s interchangeable back there, depending on the team Tech is playing and the particular game circumstances.

Also, watch out for Jemea Thomas, the true Freshman – that kid’s going to be tough to keep off the field. He’s backing up Morgan Burnett right now, but he can play like a missile and you’ll see him on special teams. My guess is Jemea will be in the mix for that safety spot when Coop moves to the Wolf position before the Season’s over.

GA Tech Insider

August 25th, 2009
12:27 pm

Ramblin Wrecker; The Coaches are looking at getting the best 11 on the field at the same time, again, depending on the Team being played and the circumstances of the game. Don’t get caught up in position names right now as there’s going to be a lot of rotations with the guys – they’re being cross-trained because of they’re depth. The Defensive Backfield is one of the strengths of the Defense this year, and Coach Wommack is working at ways to bet utilize them, I can assure you.

GA Tech Insider

August 25th, 2009
12:37 pm

Ramblin Wrecker; Forgot the question on Orwin. Not many people knew this, but at last year’s Alabama High School All Star game Orwin was the most valuable player, not all of the guys recruited by Alabama and Auburn – there were some mighty unhappy fans in the stands at that game when they heard he was a GA Tech commit.

Orwin sneaked up on a lot of people with his initial burst, his ability to make people miss, his ability take a hit, his ability to catch ball out of the back field, and his ability to block.

Orwin doesn’t have Jonathan Dwyer’s blazing speed, but at the end of the day, how many other running backs really do?

Gordon

August 25th, 2009
12:40 pm

I know this is way off topic, but has anyone heard when Hewitt is going to fill Charleton Young’s position on his staff? He said earlier this summer that someone would be in place by the time school started. Some have suggested Deane Keener would return, but I would think that would have happened by now if it was going to happen.

GA Tech Insider

August 25th, 2009
12:45 pm

Hey Dogtards: Regarding your question about the sizes of GA Tech’s Guards being bigger than our Tackles, I’m assuming you meant on the Offensive side of the ball so here you go:

Tackles

60 Brad Sellers OR 6-2 257 Sr.-R Grand Prairie, Texas

75 Nick Claytor 6-6 284 So.-R Gainesville, Ga.

73 Austin Barrick 6-3 284 Jr.-R Moody, Ala.

61 Phil Smith 6-6 285 Fr.-R Tampa, Fla.

Guards

70 Joseph Gilbert 6-4 280 So.-R Cartersville, Ga.

62 Omoregie Uzzi 6-3 308 Fr.-R Lithonia, Ga.

71 Cord Howard 6-5 308 Sr.-R Phenix City, Ala.

74 Zach Krish OR 6-5 293 Jr.-R Snellville, Ga.

76 Nick McRae 6-4 286 Fr.-R Dublin, Ga.

JoeV

August 25th, 2009
12:54 pm

Dude, keep god out of football. He doesn’t care.

Doug Roberson

August 25th, 2009
1:25 pm

I wouldn’t read a whole lot into the depth chart. There’s still more a than week left before the first game.
There are so many A-backs, you’ll see Marcus is third on one spot, but second on the other.

I did a little item about Orwin after the first 11-on-11 exercise a few Saturday’s ago. He looks like the real deal.

With school having started and practice right around the corner, I would bet there will be some movement soon on the last basketball assistant coach.

Taylor moved back to free safety last week. I’m not sure if it’s a permanent move, or what.

Everything’s still very fluid at this point.

gtvegas

August 25th, 2009
4:02 pm

Anyone notice the number of seniors on that depth chart? Three on offense and two on defense. Excited for the year to start, but wondering what 2010 will bring as well…

Saint Simons

August 25th, 2009
4:41 pm

((((45-42)))) hahahahahah!! Now im gonna use this post to officially come out of the closet and begin my life as a gay man. Thats why im keep talkin about the Tech players having a tickle onthe field. Its such a yummy thought!!!

Pi$$ on a dawg

August 25th, 2009
4:44 pm

“Dawgteard” in the triple option the tackles are almost always smaller than the guards, usually converted players because the tackles have to get on linebackers and safeties more than d linemen for the most part.