Your GT report card

Hopefully you’ve read the Georgia Tech report card I’ve written. I’ve love to hear your thoughts based upon the categories:
rising star
falling star
enigma
what’s going right
what’s going wrong
prognosis for second half
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Roddy Jones says he’s not disappointed that his numbers aren’t what some may have expected. His longest run this season is less than 20 yards and his yards per carry average is 3.7, among the lowest of the most active A-backs. He said as long as the team is winning, everything’s cool.
Keep in mind, he didn’t come on last season until the final two regular season games when he had more than 300 yards rushing.
On a side note, Jones, a big baseball fan, said he’s rooting for the Dodgers in the playoffs now that the Rockies have been eliminated. And, if not the Dodgers, then anybody but the Phillies.

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Kickoff for Saturday’s game will be 6:01 sharp. As you know, Georgia Tech likes to start fast….

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CitrusBowlKodachrome

October 14th, 2009
10:17 pm

what’s so great about being first?

GTJacket

October 14th, 2009
10:30 pm

nothing. roddy jones needs help

StraightJacket

October 14th, 2009
10:59 pm

Rising Star: Marcus Wright. Makes good blocks, and is so sneaky fast that defenders take the wrong angle in their pursuit.

Falling Star: Robert Hall. Hard to be a star when an unfortunate injury hits and you can’t play.

Enigma: More like a mystery. How do ACC refs keep their jobs?

What’s going right: Josh’s option reads. Result is more yards, more time of possession, fewer fumbles, and more points.

What’s going wrong: Inexperience on defense seems to have players out of position on passing plays.

Prognosis for 2nd half: This team will be in every game. Could win ‘em all, or could lose a couple, but not out-matched in ANY game.

-SJ

jadams

October 14th, 2009
11:03 pm

4th like UGAy football in GA, GNR!!

AlabamaRamblinwreck

October 14th, 2009
11:31 pm

O.K. I’ll play

rising star – Josh Nesbitt/BayBay Thomas (Tie)
falling star – Morgan Burnett
enigma – amount of space between receivers and our defender & between our pass rush and QB’s
what’s going right – CPJ’s ability to adjust from game to game and within games
what’s going wrong – Defense
prognosis for second half – If GT can win this weekend, improve the defense and special teams, and maintain consistency on offense, they win the ACC. (not really going out on a limb, am I?)

GTMike

October 14th, 2009
11:37 pm

I’m with StraightJacket on Marcus Wright… I’ve really like the little guy since I saw him in the spring scrimmage. He’s crazy quick and he makes nice blocks.

This Saturday’s game is going to be defining. I really like our chances for the upset… and I’m not the only one. The Bleacher Report’s game prediction is GT 42 – VT 38.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/272215-georgia-tech-prepares-for-their-game-of-the-year-against-4-va-tech/poll_results#poll

This will be the game of the year for us. Hopefully our D will step up and make important stops when we need them.

Go Jackets!!!!

Jackets Keep Rollin

October 14th, 2009
11:46 pm

Rising star: Bay Bay
Falling star: Defensive coaching staff
Enigma: Do we have a legit 2nd option for receiver?
Whats going right: Offense has kept defenses guessing (at least since the Miami game)
Whats going wrong: Injuries piling up.
Prognosis for 2nd half: 5-1 + 5-1 = 10-2. No room for error in the Coastal, I’m afraid we may not claw back into the race.

JACKETfan12

October 15th, 2009
12:25 am

RISING STAR- JOSH NESBITT. The guy has willed our last three wins. He is showing consistency passing, and has been a beast running the ball. He is our true leader we have been looking for.
FALLING STAR- MORGAN BURNETT. He is still a stud, but he has been quiet besides the UNC game. He MUST step up if tech wants to keep winning down the road.
ENIGMA- Will our defense step up this saturday? VT has been on fire on offense, and their defense is the best we will face this year, so I dont think it will be a game where we rack up 40+ points and 500 yards total offense. We will more likely score in the 20’s. So, our defense must step up, or we lose.
WHATS GOING RIGHT- Our entire offense. Our passing game is now a threat, Dwyer seems to be getting more openings, Nesbitt is a warrior when he runs the ball, and we have four solid A-backs. Oh yeah, Bebe is a BEAST.
WHATS GOING WRONG- One word: Defense
PROGNOSIS FOR 2ND HALF- I think GT pulls the upset this weekend, but goes on to lose one more game afterwards. Im not trying to jinx us, but im calling Wake a loss. Then we come back and pound Duke and beat UGA by a TD in a shootout.

Cuttysark

October 15th, 2009
12:28 am

Rising Star-The entire offensive team. The whole concept of a football team is that everyone does their job to achieve the ultimate goal of winning a game. Statistics are overblown! The bottom line is are the players in the game getting their jobs accomplished. Making the blocks and running off the cornerback by going hard on that route even though it is a running play. As far as the defense, yes we got shredded in the first half, but we came out and made the adjustments and got a couple of stops in the second half. I’m also tired of hearing that if we don’t improve that Virginia Tech will just beat us to death. They might be getting the love from the press, but guess what, every team holding the #4 ranking the past several weeks has gotten beat! Ole Miss, LSU, and Virginia Tech on Saturday will make it three.

Go to http://isportsweb.com for more Georgia Tech Football articles including a feature article on how Virginia Tech’s mastermind at safety says he will stop the triple option. As well as how to properly cheer at a game. Go Jackets, Hokies Going Down!

Tokyo jacket

October 15th, 2009
1:33 am

If we can go 5-1 in the second half, I’ll be satisfied. I’ll be happy if we go 4-0 in remaining ACC games and ecstatic if we go 6-0. If we end the year and Tech’s only two losses are to top 10 teams, life has been pretty good. It would also really set us up for a potential championship run next year. Of course, there’s an outside shot that we win out and go bigtime bowling. I still think there’s a reasonable chance that the ACC could send two teams to BCS bowls this year.

As for the comments, I agree with straight jacket.

Born2Buzz

October 15th, 2009
1:58 am

Rising Star- Nesbitt. He’s taken over as the leader of the offense. I’d say he does as much for this team as Tebow does for Florida. BayBay is a close 2nd.
Falling Star-Cooper Taylor. He’s been hurt, right? But he was supposed to be the key to this 4-2-5 D scheme that has been scrapped. Morgan B needs to do for the D what Nesbitt has done for the O, take over as the leader. But he needs some guys up front to step up. .
Our secondary has been torched because we are not getting pressure on the QB. We lost 3 D-linemen that are playing professionally now and nobody has asserted themselves to fill those voids. Coach has got to get more aggressive with blitzes to get the pressure and force some bad throws. Look for that this Saturday.
If we win this game there is no reason we can’t run the table. Need a huge effort from the D because VT is going to be tough to score on. It will be another close game won in the 4th Qt.

gt47

October 15th, 2009
5:18 am

rising star:Paul Johnson, He is proving all the negative talk about his offence to be in error. falling star:Dave Womack, He hasn’t had an answer all season. If Paul Johnson can take a “rag-tag” bunch of offensive lineman and run over and around teams and pass the silly, why can’t our defensive coach be 1/2 as creative? The defence will have to be 80 percent inproved in order to beat Va Tech.Beamer is a genius, and will do a better job on or offence, so the defence must carry their share. After this game I look for us to win out and go toi the gator bowl again. go jackets!

PLAYEDNONEYETEXCEPTMIAMI

October 15th, 2009
7:18 am

THE PRESEASON IS OVER AT LEAST THREE LOSES COMING!!! VT,WAKE,UGA
HURRICANES RULE GEEKS DRULE!!!

Nate

October 15th, 2009
7:27 am

Classy Miami fan. You have to love it when they write in all caps. What an idiot.

WTH

October 15th, 2009
7:30 am

That’s right Miami fan, actually probably a UGA fan, hope that Tech loses three more games, that should help your chances of getting in the ACC championship and help your strength of schedule in the BCS. If you had a brain, you should hope that Tech wins the rest of their games.

MAL

October 15th, 2009
7:38 am

What is going on in the Secondary?? They don’t look like they know where they are suppossed to be? I have never seen so many wide open receivers in my life.

Burdell

October 15th, 2009
7:43 am

Wow, I see the children have logged on this fine morning…

GT FAN PA

October 15th, 2009
8:16 am

Amen to that Burdell…I hope to see the offense continue to make progress every week-if they do that and the defense can do half what the offense does-this team will be fine- I wish Josh would start getting more confidence with Hill at the other slot the kid has shown he can catch-also we have not saw any short passing game? If you noticed the plays in the last game were basically the same the whole game-normal plays we see in this offense we did not see last game ie-a back in motion behind JD before the snap and quick sweep-not one time-the guy went in motion buy straight down the line-it will be interesting to see how many wrinkles CPJ puts in- like the “old Timer” Bobby B said nobody does this offense better than CPJ and then he adds something no team has seen-Bobby even said in his press conference all the tape they had the formations and plays Tech ran they had not seen! Go Jackets- THWG!!!

Tech 06

October 15th, 2009
8:19 am

rising star: easily Josh Nesbitt, he could approach legendary status by the end of his career
falling star: Dave Wommack
enigma: Roddy Jones
what’s going right: blocking on the edge and Josh’s option reads
what’s going wrong: defensive secondary
prognosis for second half: hopefully win out and it could easily happen, but I don’t think we drop more than 2 at the most. 9-3 going to the Gator Bowl at minimum

AtWork

October 15th, 2009
8:25 am

Rising Star – Offensive Line
Falling Star – Defense
Enigma – Kick Off Team
What’s going right – The play calling and the offense
What’s going wrong – Defense and Kick off unit
Second Half – If we get by VT hopefully we will see these boys take off and want to destroy the remaining opponents. If we beat VT, we have got to keep pouring it on because a loss on the back end of the schedule diminishes what we would or could have accomplished.

Go Jackets! Beat VT!

PJ Fan

October 15th, 2009
8:26 am

I was listening to the Paul Johnson Show last night and he was asked if the defensive problem was a coaching problem. He responded saying that he believes that neither the players or the coaches are doing a good job right now and that he controls the whole team and if the defense is not performing than it is his fault. It was good to see him take responsibility for all aspects of the team (not just the offense that is running on all cylinders right now). We have a good thing in Paul and I am confident that our defense will turn around.

Baba O'Riley

October 15th, 2009
8:36 am

The clown posting above @ 7:18 is a UGA fan. What would a Miami fan be doing on our boards? Funny how UGA fans are now ashamed to show their allegiance now that they’re a .500 team.

GT Rich

October 15th, 2009
8:43 am

Doug,
I think that return yards stat is misleading. We score a lot of points and therefore have a lot of kick offs. It is the average of return yards that matters more. Please check against that stat and report back. If we were winless 0-6 and only kicked off once per game, our return yards would be best in the conference….

Tech Man

October 15th, 2009
8:46 am

Roddy has averaged less than 4 carries per game.

Tech 91

October 15th, 2009
8:52 am

We have no chance at winning the ACC unless Miami loses somewhere. The pollsters will not vote us higher than them since we lost to them and that’s really what makes up the bcs.

SRF

October 15th, 2009
8:54 am

Report card is just average – inconsistent offense, inconsistent special teams and horrible defense.

VT will kill GT Saturday and UGA will kill Vandy and then the angst / hype will switch
and all we will hear is how bad Tech is and how great UGA is.

Unless Tech can recruit some defensive studs – it will not matter how good/bad the option is – if you have to
score 49 to win every week – you will end up with a .500 record.

SRF

October 15th, 2009
8:55 am

Tech 91 – did you graduate in 1991 ? I graduated EE in 1991

Sunshine

October 15th, 2009
8:58 am

Typical dog fans. Inferiority complex roaring its ugly head!

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

October 15th, 2009
9:00 am

GT Rich

Based on the statistics provided at ncaa.com, Tech gives up slightly more than 24 yards per kickoff return, ranking 102 in the country … and that doesn’t include all the kicks that were not returned because they went out of bounds. Doug is right, this is definitely an area that needs work.

Tech82

October 15th, 2009
9:03 am

Straight Jacket – I agree whole-heartedly with your comment regarding the officiating but I don’t think it’s limited to the ACC. I have seen horrendous officiating in several games this year from a variety of conferences. As a former college basketball referee, I don’t get it. Officials are graded on their performance after each game. Like you, I wonder how many of them are able to keep their jobs.

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

October 15th, 2009
9:03 am

SRF … you’ve got to be kidding! You think that, just because UGA beats Vandy this weekend, people are going to suddenly think Georgia has a great football team? When did a win over Vanderbilt become the measuring stick for greatness in southern football?

Sea Island

October 15th, 2009
9:14 am

Can’t sellout homecoming vs. #4 team in country … hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahah ………………….

Sea Island

October 15th, 2009
9:19 am

I like guys, especially those UGA guys! They are so soft!

nerd 1

October 15th, 2009
9:42 am

You people need to actually watch the games before you start dissing Morgan Burnett. I must admit that I watch the replays, no I study the replays every night on the DVR. Not sure why I do. Burnett has made 3 or 4 game saving plays in every game. He is the best tackler on our team and hands down the best player on our defense. Just because he does not have a pick six in every game does not mean that he is not playing well, and before you start spouting off about how many passing yards we are giving up let me remind you that about 50% of pass defense is pass rush of which we have zero maybe less than zero….

You know dawg fans always say that we have the most un-educated football fans in the country and as bad as I hate to I have to agree with them….I would recomend all you Tech fans posters who never played football before to read at least one of the Bears books before you start posting…

Hokies Fan

October 15th, 2009
9:46 am

I am really looking forward to the game Saturday, this is as good as ACC Football gets right here

GT Parent

October 15th, 2009
9:51 am

Rising Star: Defense – They sucked it up in the second half and stopped FSU, rather than quit like losers. D will get better and better, mark my words.

Bill

October 15th, 2009
10:11 am

SRF
Are we anywhere near .500 this year? I agree the defense needs vast improvement. But it’s not something a few adjustments can’t fix. We certainly played better in the second half against FSU. 9 points and about 130 yards. I think the defense comes out with something to prove against VT and we beat them in a sleeper.

Alan

October 15th, 2009
10:15 am

TML

October 15th, 2009
10:27 am

rising star – Josh Nesbitt, with Anthony Allen right behind him.
falling star – Roddy Jones, though I wouldn’t necessarily call him “falling”.
enigma – Scott Blair. How can he look so good against Clemson and look so bad against Miami and North Carolina?
what’s going right – The spread-based triple option. The offense is starting to kick in and get the kinks worked out at the right time in the season for the stretch run.
what’s going wrong – The defense. We can’t settle on a defensive philosophy and it’s maidway through the season. 5-2 with a “wolf”. 4-3. 3-4. What are we doing? Why is the playbook in need of “simplification” every other week? wommack has his work cut out for him. We cannot continue to give up 40+ per game and lean on the offense to just score more points.
prognosis for second half – Beat VT, and the rest set up like that run in 1990 after the Virginia game. There’s no one on the schedule left that we shouldn’t beat. With that said, I predict we won’t lose – we will be 11-1 after we beat the Mutts and possibly looking at the ACC title game.

BIG GAME – probably the biggest in 10 years – on The Flats Saturday. Strut into Bobby Dodd wearing your “Toe Meets Leather” StinGTees t-shirt! Wear your love of Tech OVER your heart as well as IN it! Now available at http://www.stinGTees.com!

SRF

October 15th, 2009
10:35 am

Yep – I think that the dawg nation is neurotic enough to start smack talking again after the Vandy win.

Are we .500 – no not now but we escaped a few – over the long run things tend to average out unless you
can bias them. I am just saying that unless we can get some defensive talent like we sent to the NFL last
year – we are going to look back at some ugly games. Maybe .500 was harsh – maybe a little higher than
that – but the point is we need a defense to match our offense because with a fumble here or dropped pass
there – we could have easily lost to Clemson, MissState and FSU

GA Tech Insider

October 15th, 2009
10:41 am

Everyone seems to have forgotten that the season began by GA Tech trying to replace three defensive linemen who were drafted by the NFL and the loss of a starting linebacker. We knew coming into our first game that our defense was going to be an achilles heel.

Then, GA Tech began to lose other defensive starters and key players, like Cooper Taylor, Rashaad Reid, and Anthony Egbuniwe, for several games, due to various injuries/illnesses, etc, so defenders who were not anticipated to play much, or play in their normal position were called into duty. Naturally, GA Tech’s defense was going to suffer. Is that the defense’s fault’ how about the defensive coordinator’s fault?

When the cupboard’s bare, sometimes you just have to make due with what you have left and try to stretch out your “resources” as best you can until you can “restock”. Sometimes a recipe works, sometimes it doesn’t. With a limited number of ingredients, however, you only have a few options on products you can manufacture, and depending on who you’re trying to feed that week, the meal just might not be enough.

We can look at GA Tech’s offense like a fine restaurant – lots of options and all well prepared. You’ll have an occasional slip up with service/execution, but for the most part, the food will be there and it satisfy almost everyone’s food choice. There will be other restaurants in the area, some will be successful; some not successful; etc.

So, with all of that, I would say that I would have to say that Josh Nesbitt has to be the Star at this point of the season. It is obvious other teams’ defenses have decided to try to take Jonathan Dwyer out of the equation, and Josh has made them pay with his correct reads, including his own ground game; and let’s not forget Josh’s improved passing game.

Ga Tech’s biggest disappointment to me is T.J. Barnes. I had really hoped that he would have been able to step up big this Fall and take more pressure off of the defensive line. I realize that he’s only a red shirt freshman, and that was a lot to ask of the young man, but I had really high hopes for him coming into the season, and I expect that he’ll meet them before he leaves campus.

My enigma is Scott Blair; where has hi kicking game gone; need I say more?

What’s going right? The offense.

What’s going wrong? The defense.

Prognosis for the second half – very exciting football and several nail biters due to GA Tech’s defense. I expect that GA Tech will win the ones that they’re supposed to win and go to another Bowl game, keeping their streak alive. Anything beyond that is anyone’s guess; that’s College football at its best.

old gold engineer

October 15th, 2009
10:41 am

rising stars – Embry Peeples and Egbuniwe have made some good plays recently. Will look for more.
falling star – haven’t noticed much from Lucas Cox recently. I’ll look for him Saturday.
enigma – Why did we have to wait for the beatdown in Miami to finally get this team focused after the UGA victory last season.
what’s going right – passing game is starting to look pretty effective
what’s going wrong – I’ll agree with kickoff coverage, which seems worse since we’ve kicked off a lot recently
prognosis for second half – every game is winnable if the team stays focused. Can not afford to lose focus versus Virginia, Duke, or Wake Forest

juvenal

October 15th, 2009
10:55 am

incomplete-wait till he has his own players..

juvenal

October 15th, 2009
11:13 am

sea island, the more fans you got, the more you can dissapoint..

Trade School Junkie

October 15th, 2009
11:14 am

Here’s the record for VT-GT games:

1990: GT:6 VT:3 (Scott Sisson delivers)
2004: GT:20 VT:34 (VT 25 pt 4th Qtr rally)
2005: GT:7 VT:51 (Reggie Ball spends 5 days in hospital before the game)
2006: GT:38 VT:27 (GT dominates the game, even with 2 INTs)
2007: GT:3 VT:27 (GT without all 3 starting RBs, and 5 GT INTs)
2008: GT:17 VT:20 (3 bad GT TOs)

2008 stats:
GT: 387 Total Yds; 278 Rushing; 109 Passing
VT: 247 Total Yds; 199 Rushing; 48 Passing

FSU: 35 GT:28 in 1st half
FSU: 9 GT:21 in 2nd half

So, GT not only made adjustments, they made the CORRECT adjustments.

So far, MissSt has put up the most rushing yds vs GT-D, with 209.

I think the 2nd half adjustments on D in the FSU game
tells the biggest story.

FSU scored 35 pts. And then, could only score 9.

Maybe the D finally found their “groove.”

collegeballfan

October 15th, 2009
11:32 am

Defense, defense, defense. We cannot continue to depend on scoring 40+ points in order to win a game. The defense wholes the entire season in their hands.

Statue for CPJ

October 15th, 2009
11:54 am

The reason the secondary is getting picked apart and Morgan B. is not having a good season is b/c the pass rush stinks. The QB has all day. Pressure the qb and Morgan makes an interception.

GT4Ever

October 15th, 2009
12:37 pm

Good thing is we’re getting Reese and Egbuniwe back. They both will be starting at their respective positions. CPJ has said before that there have been many injuries that haven’t allowed the defense to jell. This could be part of the reason the players have looked so bad and out of position. Also, CPJ has admitted that the coaches are part of the problem as well.
I am confident the coaches will get this thing straightened out and have some starters back should help.
Man it’s great the offense has started to roll. That’s one thing we don’t have to worry about. GO JACKETS!!!!

GT4Ever

October 15th, 2009
12:56 pm

Is it just me or is VT’s defense not as fierce this year? They just don’t seem as dominate as in year’s past. There defense is only giving up 75 yds less a game than ours. I know our defense is looking pretty rough right now. I’m still not imressed with Taylor. Sure he’s looked good the last two game but who wouldn’t against them. Now Williams is another matter. We will definitely have to stop their running attack. Stop or slow it down and we will win. I do think our offense can score on their defense.

GT76

October 15th, 2009
12:56 pm

I disagree a little about how bad the defense is and has been. I played a great game vs. UNC, coming back from a lousy game vs. MIAMI who had a pretty good offense. They also made a good 2nd half comeback vs. FSU.

Now, if they lay an egg vs. VT this Saturday (30 or more points?) and look like the defense others think we have, then I’ll agree with the idea the defense is bad.

Personally I expect the coaches to come up with a good game plan on both sides of the ball and I expect Morgan Burnett to step it up!
GT35, VT28