Nick Claytor previews spring practice

Nick Claytor shakes hands with Jacksonville State players.

Nick Claytor shakes hands with Jacksonville State players.

Nick Claytor with a special guest blog ahead of today’s spring-opener:

What are you most looking forward to in spring practice?

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 Spring break is coming to a close and it’s time to strap on the pads. There are many questions to be answered. How will we replace key pieces in an ACC Championship run? How will we adjust to our two-deep at quarterback being gone for the spring? The answer is one practice at a time. Just like our previous springs the learning curve will be steep and the foundation for the upcoming season will be established.

There are many plot lines for the upcoming spring. Excitement surrounds installation of the 3-4 defense along with new wrinkles in the offense. The race for the number 2 QB position is wide open between Tevin Washington, David Sims, and Jordan Luallen. Position battles abound on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. One of the most important factors going into spring is the establishment of leadership. The 2010 team needs an identity and spring ball is where it begins.

There is a lot of work to do before the Spring Game on April 24. What we do now will determine how successful we are on the run for another ACC Title and bowl win. As Coach Johnson says, “Last year is over, you haven’t done anything yet!”

Here are my 5 storylines for spring: http://www.ajc.com/sports/georgia-tech/georgia-tech-spring-football-410465.html

Mike Mayock says Falcons will take Bay-Bay: http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-blog/2010/03/29/mike-mayock-georgia-tech-wr-thomas-headed-to-falcons/?cxntfid=blogs_atlanta_falcons_blog

84 comments Add your comment

come on

March 29th, 2010
9:17 am

Stinger

March 29th, 2010
9:28 am

National Championship BABY !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Techman78

March 29th, 2010
9:30 am

Im interested to see who steps up as Nesbits backup. When the jackets were recruiting Lewallen I read a lot of good stuff about him and watched some videos and he was pretty impressive. Sims was also impressive but he didnt looked more like an A back type player. Either way I think they will both do a good job. I havent seen or heard much about Washington but im interested to see what hes got. I think Stephen Hill has all the tools to be the next BayBay or Calvin. He had some real flashes last season. Everyone seems to think we will not be as good this season with the losses of our big guns but I think that we will be as good if not better. The team will have a better grasp of the overall system, Nesbit will be in his 3rd season running the offense, and Allen will do a great job taking over where Dwyer left off. Lets not forget the new brain running our D. I think this is going to be another happy fall for Tech fans. Go Jackets! THWG

Smash

March 29th, 2010
9:32 am

People always fail to mention how good of a blocker Thomas is. He is absolutely devastating when he’s cracking back on a safety. The Falcons run the ball enough to take Thomas at 19.

Tech75

March 29th, 2010
9:55 am

I’m looking forward to what some of the second-year players look like and how they perform – the ones that CPJ recruited…

Would love to bury that last worry… “yeah, but can he recruit enough talent to compete with the big boys?”

Tech fan

March 29th, 2010
9:56 am

I agree Smash. Thomas will be the biggest loss, no doubt about it. Go look at every big run we busted on the outside the last couple of years. It was always Thomas knocking someone down, sometimes multiple players on one play. We don’t have a player like that at wideout right now who is that physical. Everyone is high on Hill right now, but he has a lot of work to do. He only had 6 catches last year for a reason. He has speed but he isn’t going to scare any safeties when he’s cracking down.

5 Questions of GT Football

March 29th, 2010
10:01 am

5 Questions that need to be answered during spring football:

1. Will Coach Johnson be able to coach?
2. Will GT defense contain UGA rushing attack to under 300 yards?
3. Will GT be able to stay within 3 touchdowns against UGA?
4. Will GT be able to stay out of last place in the ACC?
5. Will GT fans take advantage of the 4 free hot dogs and cokes campaign during the pathetic home schedule?

UGA 30 – GT 24!

WE RUN THIS STATE!!

LOSERS!!!

Alabama Jack

March 29th, 2010
10:17 am

dumb delusional dawgs are irrelevant

We_Run_This_Country

March 29th, 2010
10:20 am

Dear UGA fan,
You have made your one post…you may now go back to being irrelevant.

Techman78

March 29th, 2010
10:34 am

I do agree that Hill has some work to do and there was a reason that he only had 6 catches last season. With that being said, I think the reason Hill only had 6 catches last season was because Nesbit obviously had more of a comfortable connection with Bay Bay and we dont exactly sling the ball around 40 times a game so its hard for any one to have a lot of catches if your not the primary reciever. Even before CPJ came to Tech when we ran a more “pro style” offense our secondary recievers were not very productive then. If Hill can bulk up some and work on his blocking skills some I really think that he can put up some eye popping numbers. If we are able to run the ball like we have the past 2 seasons im very sure that we will be able to hit the big pass plays again. Its great to be a Tech football fan…wish I could say that about Tech basketball! Go Jackets! Lets get another ACC title.

devildawg

March 29th, 2010
10:34 am

Your jet pilots almost ran their jets into your stadium and now they are running a desk job. And if you guys really do run this country, you are doing a terrible job.

Its a play on words you nerds: We Run This State! Like we ran all over your team in your back yard. Get it! A play on words. Kinda like: A Hot Tech Girl! See thats a play on words because in order for that to be true you would have to light one of those red dots on fire. See, a play on words.

GT Fan...

March 29th, 2010
10:40 am

Hey “5 questions” GA fan …… in case you haven’t noticed over the past 10-15 years, hot dogs & cokes at sporting events are not cheap.

And I’m sure in 3 or 4 more years, after Paul Johnson’s teams average 9-10 wins a season, you’ll still be spewing the same “can PJ coach,” “will GT finish out of last place,” “that high school offense won’t work” etc, etc rhetoric.

the truth

March 29th, 2010
10:41 am

Dawg fans are liberals

GT Fan...

March 29th, 2010
10:44 am

devildawg ….. PJ & Mark Richt’s teams are 1 & 1 in the “we ran all over your team in your back yard” statement. Maybe it’s GT’s turn to go up 2-1 in that category …..

Robert

March 29th, 2010
10:54 am

We run this state- That would require you to have two brain cells that occasionally work at the same time. We enjoy reading the never-ending immaturity of our beer swilling, moronic, dawg fans who continue to attempt to live vicariously through their athletes. You may want to funnel more energy into staying in shape for your local uga softball team.

GT Fan...

March 29th, 2010
10:58 am

Spring football ….

I’m interested in the QB race, O-line, new D, WR.

Concerned that Nesbitt won’t get 4 weeks of reps with NEW B-Backs, and reading pass routes.
Heard about the “potential” of RS O-linemen, but how will they perform.
Yes it’s a new D scheme, but I believe the D will be better. Groh is D coord before a Head Coach.
B/C passing is used so little in PJ’s offense I’m confident he’ll find his guys to play WR. He’s been doing it for dam*-near 30 years.

Road schedule is tough in 2010 (UNC, Wake, Clemson, VT, GA). And a tough 3-game stretch – 10/23 @ Clemson, 11/4 @ VT (Thurs), 11/13 vs Miami, but the silver lining is the extra day between each game.

Home schedule nothing to be excited about, but I’m a true GT fan, and WILL be renewing my season tix, as I believe many others will be doing.

Ted M

March 29th, 2010
11:18 am

who is going to be GT’s nose tackle?

Saint Simons

March 29th, 2010
11:18 am

(((((((((((((((UGA 30 – GT 24))))))))))))))))))))))))))))!!!

HAHAAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!!

((((((((((((UGA 73 – GT 66))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))!!!!!

HAHAHAAHAHAHAHHAAHAHA!!

ATL XMAN

March 29th, 2010
11:19 am

i wonder what new wrinkle he could add that would actually work? i thought he was supposed to add new wrinkles last year. all he did was add a 360 turn to nesbitt and run the other way..very lame and boring and the offense will be even worse this year with thomas gone. no threat of passing and no big back to help out nesbitt..get ready for a 7 win season

Techman78

March 29th, 2010
11:48 am

ATL XMan, wow what a fan, we only finished 2nd in the nation in rushing and top 5 in passing efficiency and top 15 in total offense. Thats real boring football. I suppose your a Paul Hewitt supporter too huh? Yeah your right, probably 7 wins next season…in the first 8 games. Get a freakin clue man. Times have changed at Tech in football, now if we could just get that no coaching Hewitt out of town and get REAL basketball coach.

Odw

March 29th, 2010
11:52 am

ATL XMan – He said last year that the average fan would not notice most of the wrinkles that were added. Based on the results it produced, I wouldn’t question it.

Sorry that the top scoring offense in the conference didn’t excite you. We have a 4 star WR in Hill to replace Thomas. We’re fine there. From a WR standpoint, Hill will be a better WR in the long run. Hill just isn’t as good a blocker.

As far as RB is concerned, we’ll be fine there. Having the leading rusher in yards per carry in the nation in Allen carrying the load for us this year, I think we’ll be ok there. (He’s the same weight as Dwyer and actually a bit taller by the way)

Techman78

March 29th, 2010
12:04 pm

If the O-line comes together like they should, I believe Anthony Allen is capable of putting up better number than Dwyer. He is really explosive and made some BIG plays for us last season. This COULD be another special season. Never doubt Paul Johnson!

gt in sc

March 29th, 2010
12:37 pm

last football poll: GT-13,ugag-no where to be found; current baseball poll: GT-3,ugag- no where to be found;ncaa bb : GT- #10 seed, you guessed it,ugag not in any postseason activity. and yes, you won the last football game ,but you were NINE point underdawgs. it must suck to be a bulldog fan!

gtfanfrom1951

March 29th, 2010
12:39 pm

If a dawg makes a comments does anybody care?

Cuttysark

March 29th, 2010
12:40 pm

Looking forward to see how everything comes together this spring for the Yellow Jackets with the new defensive staff.

For more Georgia Tech football article go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

GT Rich

March 29th, 2010
12:50 pm

Hill may have great hands & speed, but he is not nearly as strong as Demaryius. I’m most curious to see who steps up to be the #2 QB. Tevin looked better last spring than Jaybo but didn’t get much of a chance in the season. Luallen missed most of last summer with his ankle injury, so this spring is his first real chance to take triple-option reps instead of being the scout QB.

Are the practices open this year?

Rt in NC

March 29th, 2010
1:02 pm

Xman- Your assessment is a little extreme, but I would like to see a “new wrinkle” too. Nesbitt is a great run option QB. He is not a great passer. Strong arm-no accuracy. I’d like to see some screens, quick outs, etc. Make the D watch more receivers. You don’t have to pass 40 yards in the air to have a pass threat. If we can keep the secondary 7 yards deep, the option will work that much better.

Dixie Clear

March 29th, 2010
1:11 pm

u(sic)ga is a girl’s school…..

GT12

March 29th, 2010
1:43 pm

ATL XMAN

There were a lot of wrinkles added to the offense this year. Plenty of different formations and movements. Just gotta look closely.

50 Ways to Leave Your Hewitt

March 29th, 2010
2:03 pm

If Coach Johnson can lead this team to 8 wins this year he should be the Coach of the Year. I’ve predicted they would do well the last two years but with the schedule, circumstances at quarterback and the loss of four NFL prospects and other quality players it is clearly a reloading/rebuilding year. I have no qualms about the longterm success of the program under CPJ, but I am already weary of my fellow Tech fans promising another big season and championships like a la UGA fans. This is about a 7-8 win season (WITH CPJ) at best, and without CPJ it would be about a .500 year give or take a turnover/big play. We’re good, but most of the league is rising, too, and the other newer coaches have a couple of years head start in recruiting over CPJ. UNC, Miami, FSU, and VT are all either formidable or getting there, and don’t expect O’Brien at NCSU and Wake to stay down for too long.

50 Ways to Leave Your Hewitt

March 29th, 2010
2:05 pm

Spring Game in a couple of weeks. Bring your Hewitt protest signs so we can give him a proper welcome if he shows, and at least let DRad see we haven’t forgotten him, either.

50 Ways to Leave Your Hewitt

March 29th, 2010
2:09 pm

Short of bringing signs, it would be great if someone would suggest another, subtler form of protest against Hewitt. I say “subtler” because it doesn’t look good from a PR standpoint for Tech, and yet we ought to let DRad and the GTAA see that we do NOT accept Hewitt’s mediocrity, nor approve of his retention. Black caps (still with Tech logos of course), for example, though I suspect there is something better.

50 Ways to Leave Your Hewitt

March 29th, 2010
2:13 pm

Hewitt and DRad are of course counting on Spring Football practice to distract disgruntled fans and take the spotlight off of the basketball program. Sending a strong anti-Hewitt pro-Tech message at open practices and the Spring game is important. One more thing, to those wealthy individuals making the 30-45 million dollar AMC renovation possible: why don’t you make your pledge contingent on Hewitt’s removal?

50 Ways to Leave Your Hewitt

March 29th, 2010
2:14 pm

I know we “have” the money for the renovation, but I doubt we “have” the money in DRad’s pocket yet. Don’t waste it.

FullMetalJacket

March 29th, 2010
2:19 pm

Good job, Nick. This will be an exciting season, I believe, but not necessarily as successful record-wise as last year. Fans need to be braced for some disappointment by just being outmanned at times. No doubt we should be able to run the ball, but the fluidity of the offense depends so largely on Nesbitt’s health and on the O-Line working together. Defense is going to be a work in progress and dependent on some transcendent nose-guard play by someone. Coach Johnson will do a great job but he doesn’t have nearly as much to work with as the last two years.

FittyWaystoFireHewitt

March 29th, 2010
2:56 pm

Really, dog.

FittyWaystoFireHewitt

March 29th, 2010
2:57 pm

Way one: Fire Hewitt’s rear for sending Javaris “Quickdraw’ Crittenton into the world and the NBA with “Georgia Tech” on his resume even tho’ it only say ‘underclassman’.

FittyWaystoFireHewitt

March 29th, 2010
2:58 pm

We may only go fitty-fitty in the ACC next year with a tough schedule, but if we beat down the dawgs in Sanford & Son Stadium next year I’ll be happy.

Spike

March 29th, 2010
3:00 pm

We all know what dogs eat eh.

atl xmen

March 29th, 2010
3:28 pm

im telling you guys there is nothing more to add to this lame, and boring offense. the only thing pj can add to this offense is more smoke and mirrors to try and hide the fact that he is not running up the middle. hill is more suited for a pro style offense and thus he will not be as productive as bey bey..not as strong. allen is no where near the runner dwyer is..he might be close to the same weight buts that it. he is also more suited for a pro style offense. being so close to the line is only hurting him because he will not have time to get his legs moving like he did when he was the pitch man. he is another player that pj didnt recruit and is stuck in an offense tha twill hold him back. he wont last 5 games without getting hurt aswell. the O-line is too small and weak aswell. the only reason this offense was ranked as high as it was is because of gaily’s players and when all of them are gone after this year..tech will be in real trouble. winning the acc is nothing these days when most off the acc loses to out of conference teams. the acc is just not respected right now and wont be for a while. tech had a good two years and thats it..look for 7-wins and another loss to uga as they have more talent and a better coach who actually played football. johnson is great for a program like GSU or Navy..but i dont think he will win much longer at tech when his players start coming in..tech plays way better teams than Navy and GSU. no way does tech beat UGA unless UGA just gives them ball on the UGA 15 all game…

Dan

March 29th, 2010
4:06 pm

The Truth: awesome post.

mwh6767

March 29th, 2010
4:17 pm

5 Questions for Ugag spring practice:
1. Can Richt keep our qb’s sober?
2. Did all car keys, moped keys, truck keys etc get taken up before the start of practice?
3. Make sure everyone understands that any player that gets in trouble will be put on North campus trash detail during the season.
4. Can Grantham coach our defense better than he coached the Browns defense?
5. Can our offensive line walk to the practice field without getting hurt this season?

mwh6767

March 29th, 2010
4:21 pm

hey atl axemen, check your facts buttsniffer. Allen WAS brought here by Paul Johnson. Its a SI mag from last year. Allen was making visits to different places when he decided to transfer from Louisville. He can to visit tech PJs first summer. Sat down with him and decided tech was the place. He will have at least 1200 yrds and 10 TDs Bank on it.

Gatorman

March 29th, 2010
4:26 pm

Excuse me while I look for them dawgs, you see the stink they give off when they see a Gator is what we used to single them out. Also when we get close they pee in their pants, another way to find them. Have a good season my little bee buddies.

dawgfan

March 29th, 2010
4:51 pm

11 sizzling questions for Georgia Tech spring practice:

1. Who the hell cares?

2. What are our goals this year or should we wait until the end of the season to define them like the loser candy azzes that we are?

3. What will be our excuse when we lose to Georgia for the 9th time in 10 years and how can we distract everyone from this humiliating record?

4. What will be our excuse when we lose our bowl game and lose it badly to a so so team from another conference?

5. Can we make Jack State, Gardner Webb, Vandy, and Miss St permanent OOC opponents?

6. Are we allowed to throw things on the field again this year if things don’t go our way or will Anthony Allen write another pathetic letter begging us not to?

7. Will we ever be able to crack 200 yards rushing against a defense with a pulse?

8. Why can’t we just play Duke, Wake Forest, and Virginia and call it a day after that?

10. Where is my mommy when big fat meanie Georgia fans are talking trash?

11. Seriously though, who the hell cares?

mwh6767

March 29th, 2010
5:14 pm

5 questions for the UGAG football season.
1. Is Willie Martinez still covered under the Obama health care as Mark Richts “life partner”???
2. Did one of the grad asst. put new bulbs in Richts tanning bed? (heard he gets PISSED if its not done!)
3. Has someone prepared a state to try to explain how tough SC STATE and IDAHO STATE are???
4. Have the all pink uniforms for the florida game been picked up yet?
5. Will anyone stop Roddy Jones at the Athens City landfill this year?

Honest Frank Discussion

March 29th, 2010
5:16 pm

Best block I ever saw Thomas make was first game of this season against Jacksonville. Looked like he picked the poor CB up off his feet and threw him 10 feet into the air.

FittyWaystoFireHewitt

March 29th, 2010
5:36 pm

dawgfan: We know that as a fan you blow (that’s what fans do, blow) and we know you blow dogs, but what we don’t know is why you are here on a Tech blog site? Granted, there is little of interest in Athens these days as another spring practice comes and goes and you still don’t have a sober qb. But just as Gatorman was saying earlier, we can always smell you dogs coming and it isn’t pleasant.

FittyWaystoFireHewitt

March 29th, 2010
5:41 pm

Anthony Allen and Roddy Jones will do fine running the ball next year and Nesbitt will be a tank again as long as he stays healthy. Hopefully there will be some opportunities early in the season for the backup QB to get some game time to spell Nesbitt and to replace him when he leaves. The big questions are on the O-line and D-line, both of which are going to be green and relatively smaller than most of the competition.

FittyWaystoFireHewitt

March 29th, 2010
5:45 pm

UNC, Miami, FSU, Clemson, UGA, and Virginia Tech will all be threats to dominate the line of scrimmage next year on both sides of the ball. We’ll be lucky, even with CPJ’s & Groh’s leadership and strategizing, to win 2 of those games….if we win 3 of them then CPJ will deserve a medal.