Tech Friday practice review

Brad Jefferson now has a partner in the jungle: Steven Sylvester.

Sylvester has been moved from outside linebacker to inside linebacker in Georgia Tech’s new 3-4 defense.

Instead of patrolling the edge of the line with room to space, he’s smack in the middle of the field, the area that fellow middle linebacker Jefferson calls “the jungle.”

“I like it a lot more,” Sylvester said. “It’s a lot more hands on than it was outside. I’m taking on blocks more directly than filling in and seeing what’s going on.”

Jefferson is used to patrolling the middle after playing in what’s termed the “Mike” the past two seasons. He said it’s nice to have someone beside him.

“I told him he’s got to be a like a lion or tiger in the jungle and be the king,” Jefferson said.

Sylvester and Jefferson said the biggest difference between playing the 4-3 last year and this year’s scheme is that guards get a free shot at them now. They’ve watched a lot of film and worked on improving their technique with their hands to shed blockers.

“You’ve got to get rough with them,” Jefferson, a junior from Wrightsville, said.

Tech coach Paul Johnson said he thinks the switch is going to benefit Jefferson.

“He can be a really good downhill player I think,” Johnson said.

Double duty

One person joked that Roddy Jones should change his name to Bo. Deion Sanders may be more fitting.

Sanders once helicoptered from a practice with the Falcons to play in a game with the Braves.

Jones didn’t have to travel quite so far on Friday. But like Bo Jackson, who played for the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Royals, and Sanders, Jones did the double Friday. He practiced with the football team at Rose Bowl field on Friday afternoon and then walked over to Russ Chandler Stadium to join the baseball team for its weekend-series opener against Duke.

Jones said he doesn’t remember ever doing the two sports in the same day.

“We’ll see how it goes,” Jones said.

He should hope that he likes it. He’s going to do it again on Saturday when the baseball team hosts the Devils at 6 p.m.

Friday review

Johnson called Friday’s practice ragged. He joked the team is too young to be rusty. … There were a few big plays:

• Defensive end Jason Peters almost took quarterback Tevin Washington’s head off when Washington left the pocket and tried to scramble up the field.

Anthony Barnes got Washington a few players later for a sack.

• B-Back Richard Watson found a crack and went up the middle for a long run.

• Washington bounced back to find Tyler Melton in a hole in the coverage in the middle of the field with a tight pass.

David Sims hit Daniel McKayhan on a sideline comeback route with a hard throw.

Malcolm Munroe picked off Jordan Luallen, a couple of series after Rod Sweeting dropped an interception from Luallen.

Etc.

Josh Nesbitt has taken off the protective boot he was wearing after having minor surgery on his right ankle. He was wearing a small support brace. … ESPN’s Desmond Howard attended practice. … The team will practice in pads at 9:15 a.m. at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday.

41 comments Add your comment

2BT

April 2nd, 2010
7:09 pm

is the Saturday 9:15 practice open to the public?

Jackets2010

April 2nd, 2010
7:10 pm

Defense to be much better even without Burnett and Morgan.
A good coach makes a huge difference.

2BT

April 2nd, 2010
7:10 pm

and first for whatever it’s worth!

2BT

April 2nd, 2010
7:13 pm

I can attest to this………….. Morgan Burnett was a great player. I did not see him in high school. However, I did see Jamea Thomas from Fitzgerald defeat Henry County in the playoffs and that man hit a D-1 calibur WR so hard, I thought it killed him! I’m a big J. Thomas fan and hope that he takes his game to the next level THIS YEAR! He was not redshirted last year to my knowledge as I know he had a quite a few special teams contributions but that kid is SICK! Get him comfortable, and get him on the field!

GT65

April 2nd, 2010
10:02 pm

Fire Paul Hewitt….

droberson@ajc.com

April 2nd, 2010
10:14 pm

the practice is open to the public

Jacket Backer

April 2nd, 2010
10:35 pm

i agree with above comments on Jamea Thomas……i thought he should have played more last year…..

Go Jackets!!

lucky21

April 2nd, 2010
10:45 pm

Were the pass completions mentioned above run out of the shotgun or Tech’s regular set?

cabjacket

April 3rd, 2010
1:41 am

man i’m a good nerd.

dagtbuzzman

April 3rd, 2010
8:59 am

Anyone know if ” M ” is still around ? I miss his ” Thanks for God & Greyhound ” . If he was around, my guess he would have willing to spring for ticket to New York for CPH & family.

Jesse Stone

April 3rd, 2010
10:48 am

Can anyone give me info on Julian Burnett? He seems to be the forgotten man.

Gt4ever

April 3rd, 2010
11:14 am

JACKETS2010 I sure wish I could be that sure about the defense….. Our defense has been NON existent for a LONG time…. It has been the difference in a average to good time at times, when we could have been a special team…. The bottom line is this, if we don’t have the horses, we will be NO better, maybe a little more motivated with a new coach, but that motivation only goes so far. Without good talent we are doomed for what we have done in the past, when we play good teams, we get BEAT, and when we play mediocre teams(UGA) we LOSE….. Enough is enough, if we are going to play with the big boys, we need to make the jump to big boy football and recruit the BIG boys. We need to quit blaming everything on academics or whatever and bring our A game!

Cuttysark

April 3rd, 2010
11:33 am

Looks like some of the newer players are starting to assert themselves and stepping up by making some big plays. Looking forward the spring game.

For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets

JOSH NESBITT 2010 HEISMAN CANDIDATE

April 3rd, 2010
12:51 pm

have a good weekend jackets

St Simon

April 3rd, 2010
1:32 pm

(((((((((((((UGA 30- GT 24)))))))))))))))))))))))!!!!

Learn how to play defense!!! Ealey and King are still running!!

WE RUN THIS STATE!!!

Delbert D.

April 3rd, 2010
4:25 pm

Roddy Jones is quite a guy. Football + baseball, and two-time Academic All-ACC.

Stinger

April 3rd, 2010
6:18 pm

National Championship here we come. Top 35 here comes UGA.

Stinger

April 3rd, 2010
6:20 pm

I can see it now. Our defense runs a 3-4 defense now. UGA will run a 3=4 defense. We practice every day against a 3-4 defense. We score 50+ on UGA in Athens this year and shut down their one dimensional offense. Stingers prediction 51-9 stomping of UGA.

Cecil34

April 4th, 2010
11:26 am

Stinger, I wish I had your optimism, and I would love a good old fashioned humiliation of the dogs, but unless we get some real “meat” on the defensive line, they will run at will again.

I feel a 3/4 is what the doctor ordered with the defense, and no one is better to teach than Groh, but you got to have the “meat” and you need depth on the d-line as well as your linebacking corps.

I really don’t have a good feel for what we have for ‘backers, and I was less than impressed with Jefferson last year.

However, I will say that any improvement at all in the defense this year will definately pay dividends.

CPJ can downplay UGA all he wants, but if we don’t whip them at least every other year, it will cause problems with the alumni, and you know who they are – the purse string pullers….

In order to take UGA, it will take “meat” – and a lot of it.

The fact is this:

the recipe for beating UGA next year is stuff the run – we do that and no freshman QB is going to beat us.

Caveat:

No poor play by offense or turnovers.

Stan

April 4th, 2010
11:49 am

St. Simon- you, my friend, don’t even run your on household. Relax and go back to playing video poker.

FittyWaysto LeaveYourHewitt

April 4th, 2010
1:11 pm

We love the Jackets and are looking forward to football season come August and the Spring Game next week. I don’t think we’ll win quite as many as last year (the competition and schedule are tougher and we have a lot of new players and coaches to gel together) but I know that CPJ will put a quality product on the field and the team will play with Yellow Jacket pride and prowess.
On the other hand, we still have CPH as a roundball HC and Radakovich, despite all his rah-rah-John-Lennon-come-together talk still encourages substandard performance on and off the court by not firing CPH. No, we haven’t forgotten. Yes, we still need to fire Hewitt. As the comedian says, “you can’t fix stupid” and in CPH’s case, we can’t fix incompetence and pathological excuse-making.
IN the meantime, until we inevitably fire him (after paying him more millions in addition to the 5-years of payoff we’ll have to pay regardless of when we fire him), I’ll cheer on the Bat Bees to the CWS and watch intently the progress of football Ramblin Reck. As for Tech hoops, I could care less until they get a leader worthy of the white and gold.

FittyWaysto LeaveYourHewitt

April 4th, 2010
1:14 pm

Stinger, man, I love your prediction and hope it comes true. In the meantime, can you spare me a little of whatever “happy pills” you’re taking? Go Jackets.

Stumpknocker

April 4th, 2010
9:29 pm

Give the Dawgs a little more time and they won’t have anyone left to play football. Six guys brushing with the law in two weeks. Thug nation is keeping up with tradition.

True, Stumpknocker

April 5th, 2010
7:17 am

…but they still have a long way to go to match Reuben Houston and his histrionics – unless you count quantity more than “substance”….

UGAisyesterdaysnews

April 5th, 2010
12:23 pm

You PJ fans need to step back and relax and proceed with caution. His loss, at home, when favored, to UGA still does not sit well. The Bowl game. . . D-I-SASTER! He is 1-1 vs UGA. Who’s to say after 6 years he won’t be 1-5? Not much better than Chan. That his tema 2009 goals nowhere mentioned beating UGA still is a puzzle to me. I have not renewed my three (3) club seats this year. Mainly because of the weak and boring home games but also because of the loss to UGA. Beat UGA on a more regular basis – and the seats will be filled. Don’t even get me started on basketball and Hewitt . . . . P – U!

hey UGA is yesterdays news

April 5th, 2010
1:46 pm

Overreact much? Scoring points is NOT the problem. This team could NOT stop anyone the entire 09 season. Sometimes a loss is a good thing to a rival. Its not like they blew us out. If they had a passing game with Green healthy, they could eve had a feild day throwing the ball on the weak secondary.

Beating UGA on a more regular basis should not impact you going to the games. Its the whole expereince, but you fail to realize that. I understand how much those seats are, but you go to support the team and you enjoy football. Though Atlanta is a fair weather sports town so i guess we will see what happens in the fall.

Go Jackets!

set the RECORD straight

April 5th, 2010
1:52 pm

Hey DOUG and CARROLL,

The record of Georgia Tech last year was 11-3,

…….NOT 11-2.

St. Simon runs Shreveport

April 5th, 2010
2:03 pm

The only thing UNRANKED UGA runs is beating a 6-7 team in the armpit of the south, Shreveport

messin with sasquatch

April 5th, 2010
2:25 pm

yougaggers=criminoles

SILLY UGA FAN

April 5th, 2010
3:27 pm

If GT has a winning season with all the new players I will be happy. I will be at the spring game and opening game and can’t wait to see what the new team will look like. I just hope the new QB’s and center get this fumbling thing under control, that was hard to watch during the first year. Surprised to see Jordan had the most picks though when Iv’e read he was believed to be the best passer. Only the first week though, still plenty of spring and fall to work it all out.

Tech Forever

April 6th, 2010
1:31 am

After looking at the scheduel I quickly realized Tech in an offesive rebuilding year gets some HUGE as Wake Forest and Clemson are doing the same. Difference is Tech has better overall talent that Wake and better coaching than Clemson. So based on that my prediction is……

9-3 overall, 4-2 in the ACC finishing tied with UNC and Miami for 2nd in the Coastal Division

Losses @Virginia Tech, @ UNC, and @ Georgia

Another prediction? Virginia Tech will go undefeated and play for the National Championship. They have a lot to replace on the OL and the defense took a bit of a hit. But their schedule sets up nicely for a title contention run, and if they can avoid a mental fart in Raleigh they SHOULD roll into Miami 10-0 with a share of the Coastal Division Title possibly on the line. Miami and Harris will not sneak up on anybody this year and after losing @ Ohio State will stumble early in ACC play against either Clemson or Florida State and then lose to Tech on the road by combining Tech’s improvement over the course of the year with their looking ahead to the Hokies.

Then Mark Whipple will take a HC position somewhere else and Miami will be back to their 2006/2007 form. Yea.

To top it all off

April 6th, 2010
9:45 am

Tech will be fine once they get some ball payers. To top it all off, they will eventually defeat a mid tier team in a mid level bowl. This will be nirvana for tech. To dream abot anything beyond this is folly. Iowa and LSU and UGA are simply second tier programs ……..nothing to be ashamed of but that is the level to which tech strives ………on a year in and year out basis.

Remember, the ACC was DUMPED by the Gator going forward as a venue for the second place ACC team and it was replaced with the Independence Bowl …………….I do believe. You win the ACC ( like winning the Mid America Conference ) or end up like UGA in the Weedeater. Id you are not second place in the ACC ……………..wow! That puts Tech in the Micron Bowl or worse.

GT Fan

April 6th, 2010
9:52 am

Coach Johnson and his Team will be Good.

Forget he!!, Paul Hewitt and his friend DRads singing basketball love agreement sucks…Come together,La La la Come together. Get a damn good Coach and we will Come together. Fire that #$@ Paul Hewitt.

Reality

April 7th, 2010
5:16 am

The only thing UNRANKED UGA runs is beating a 6-7 team in the armpit of the south, Shreveport. Oh yeh, and GT.

POAD

April 9th, 2010
11:58 am

Ready for some football now.

rainman

April 10th, 2010
11:53 am

They have this blog listed under latest news? It’s over a week old — where is Doug? It doesn’t seem like we are getting much info on spring training. I especially want some news on the defensive front seven in Groh’s new scheme.

UGA ALL THE WAY

April 10th, 2010
11:55 am

So what are you all goin to do when Nov.27th comes???? I will admit, the rivalry is starting to get interesting, FINALLY!!! Time will tell i guess, the balls in ur court with the offense you got. But that Stinger guy on here is delusional or something, dont forget ((((30-24))) 8 out of 9 bout to be 9 out of 10…. AND this yr you wont be able to even touch the hedges!!! WHO RUNS THIS STATE??? Apparently EALEY and KING, dats who!!!!!

GTechsta

April 12th, 2010
9:32 pm

Doug, this is a week and half old. Let’s go!

POAD

April 12th, 2010
10:45 pm

Caleb King, he may go – 75 yards untouched! Touchdown, Georgia!

Raheen J.(north ave bound)

May 6th, 2010
8:06 pm

you want to win championships,put the ball in the air.as well as run,just a known fact.lets see what these Qb’s and wideouts made of.

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