Saturday practice review: Washington, Wright and Peters looked good

The good news from Saturday’s scrimmage is that Georgia Tech’s run game looked solid and the under-construction defense limited big plays. The bad news, according to coach Paul Johnson, is that if this were a game and he had to call a pass he wouldn’t have.

Though using only one coverage scheme because new coordinator Al Groh said he prefers repetition as a teaching tool as they install the 3-4 defense, the Yellow Jackets picked off three passes.

Safety Jemea Thomas read David Sims as he was rolling out and stepped in front of a pass along the right sideline. Safety Mario Edwards did the same to Tevin Washington on a similar play in a similar spot. Linebacker B.J. Machen intercepted Sims again, though he was hit as he threw, which caused the ball to float.

“We really struggled with it,” Johnson said.

But Tech did use the running game to score four touchdowns with Washington leading three drives andJordan Luallen the other.

The running game was sparked by B-back Lucas Cox up the middle and A-back Marcus Wright on the outside. On two plays Washington read the defense correctly and pitched to Wright coming around the end for big gains. Cornerback Rod Sweeting chased Wright down at the goal line on the first play, and Wright slipped in the open field on the other.

“I would like to see him finish those,” Johnson said.

Washington added a 40-yard run on a scrambling play up the middle. Washington, battling to be the No. 2 quarterback behind injured starter Josh Nesbitt, said the passing game will improve as the players practice more. He said he’s worked hard on improving that aspect of operating the spread-option.

“I’ve got big expectations,” Washington said. “I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself to get some playing time.”

Final, but unofficial stats for the offense: Four touchdowns, three interceptions, six false starts and one holding penalty. There were also several fumbles on the center-snap exchange.

Seven-day critique

After one week of installing the defense, Groh said he’s pleased with his charges’ progress.

“We’re trying to put an emphasis on takeaways,” Groh said. ” We got our hands on some balls today so that was a positive.”

One of the defensive players who stood out on Saturday was defensive end Jason Peters.

He almost decapitated one of his teammates during Friday’s practice with what looked like a inadvertent clothesline wrestling move. He nearly did it again on Saturday.

“It’s hard-nosed football,” Peters said. “That’s what the defensive coaches are stressing right now is being a hard-nosed defense that can beat anybody, dominating the whole way through.”

Peters was recruited as an end but was moved to defensive tackle last season. His size (6-4, 273) is such than he can play inside or outside, but he said he’s enjoying the challenges of  being out on the edge again.

“I’ve got to do a better job of beating blocks, make sure I recognize things,” Peters, a redshirt junior from Baton Rouge, La., said. “What we do, we’re a react kind of defense. You’ve got to be able to control people.”

Middle linebacker Brad Jefferson had a good day, snuffing out several run plays to the defense’s right, including standing up B-back Anthony Allen on one play. Johnson said that redshirt freshman middle linebacker Brandon Watts caught his eye today, as well.

“He can really run,” Johnson said.

Unofficial stats for the defense on Saturday: Four touchdowns allowed, four turnovers, one encroachment penalty and one pass-interference penalty.

“We judge it on four days and not one,” Groh said. “It’s a process to put this in. All things considered we’ve made good progress.”

Etc.

The offensive line saw two players added on the injury list after Friday’s practice: Offensive tackles Austin Barrick and Zach Fraysier. Barrick said he hurt his toe but should be able to return in a week. Fraysier was wearing a brace on his left ankle. Offensive tackle Phil Smith, who injured his ankle last year, has been doing some conditioning but hasn’t been able to participate in drills. Other players who missed the first week of practice include defensive tackle Ben Anderson, defensive end Robert Hall, B-back Preston Lyons, linebacker Kyle Jackson and Nesbitt.

No players were injured during Saturday’s practice.

126 comments Add your comment

Diamond Dog

April 3rd, 2010
1:15 pm

ATL XMAN

April 3rd, 2010
1:15 pm

haha..too bad for tech fans that techs offense cant play against techs defense all year..cant pass because you have running backs back there instead of a true qb..get used to all the fumbles and ints when nesbitt is gone, thats all you guys will see. again..i feel so sorry for you tech fans but will love reading the blogs..=)

Small Johnson

April 3rd, 2010
1:17 pm

Techman78

April 3rd, 2010
1:17 pm

Spring football is here! Just a few more months before we defend our ACC championship. Excited to see the new D. Also ready to see Anthony Allen take over for the Diesel. If Nesbit can improve his passing some he can be a legit contender for the Heisman. Cant wait for September. Go jackets

gt

April 3rd, 2010
1:18 pm

Phil Smith broke his ankle in the Tampa against Clemson.

Small Johnson

April 3rd, 2010
1:19 pm

4th

Goes to show you Tech fans suck

There are more bulldogs on their own blog

Just like there are more bulldogs in their home stadium during the UGA/Tech game at historic Bubba Dump Stadium

ATL XMAN

April 3rd, 2010
1:20 pm

dont worry tech fans ..you will always have basbeball to watch..they seem to be winning more than they are losing..

Small Johnson

April 3rd, 2010
1:22 pm

Techman78

Nesbitty contender for the heisman

Are you on your playstation I hope.

Seriously I thought the education at Tech was better than Fulton County High

Obviously not with a stupid statement like that. The guy can barely complete a past 15 yards

BIG BEE

April 3rd, 2010
1:29 pm

ATL XMAN, Is UGA bringing in some other D players to practice against? I was under the assumption that all schools play against their own guys in practice. Seems UGA will be playing raw QBs and they have had some ints. also.

BIG BEE

April 3rd, 2010
1:32 pm

SMALL JOHNSON, what the H333 are you and the other UGAs doning on the bolg anyway? By the way, you will always be third.

Buzz1990

April 3rd, 2010
1:32 pm

Small Johnson –

Nesbitt had a 148 passing efficiency rating last year (you know, the stat created to compare qb’s who play in different style offenses and would otherwise be hard to compare).

Cox had a 136. Nesbitt’s 148 would have been top 15 in the country, if he threw enough passes to qualify.

So he put together that 148 without every getting into a throwing rhythm (like other qb’s do) and also while getting hit on every play.

Not bad for a guy who can “barely complete a ‘past’ 15 yards”.

Also, if I were you, I would stick to talking football, and not bring up education.

BIG BEE

April 3rd, 2010
1:33 pm

WOOPS, A TYPO in my blog.

St Simon

April 3rd, 2010
1:36 pm

Those linebackers are still having nightmares about Ealey and King!!!

Don’t be scared GT. 400 yards in November!!

UGA 30 – GT 24!!!

JOSH NESBITT 2010 HEISMAN CANDIDATE

April 3rd, 2010
1:41 pm

GT 2010 Ultimate Road Warriors, going to be some serious roadkill this season, look out dogpoops, va polydenture tech, and clempsum

Techman78

April 3rd, 2010
1:41 pm

Small Johnson (im sure your referring to your body part below the belt) bot so fast. Learn to read buddy. I said “if” Nesbit improves on his passing he could be a legit Heisman contender. As far as barely completing a pass over 15 yards, you must have not watched many Tech games or apparently you are just another one of the leg humping inbreds that never learned to read (if you can read this blog I will send you a copy on hooked on phonics to your trailerpark and you can share it with all your cousins) because Nesbit actually barely completed a pass “less than 15 yards”. Do you remember Demarious Thomas? He averaged 25.1 yards per reception. As a matter of fact all Georgia Tech recievers last season had a combined average of 22.7 yards per catch. All but 73 of those passing yards came from Nesbit who actually had a 148.7 quarterback rating with 10 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions, so…you are making yourself look stupid. Hey, im just stating the facts. If Nesbit improves his completion percentage (46.3%) to around 55 or 60% and continues to run the ball with the effectiveness he has he WILL be a contender for the Heisman. Look its fine to have your opinion of Tech or Nesbit or whatever, but at least make true statements you will not look half as inbred. THWG!

ATL XMAN

April 3rd, 2010
1:42 pm

I beat my wife!

Tech Fan through and through

April 3rd, 2010
1:45 pm

ATL XMAN, You might want to take a look at Navy. If thier success is any indication of what Tech will do under CPJ. Then the Dawgs are in trouble. He has run the same offense for 27+ years with different personal, at different schools, and no one has figured it out. It is a system that works at all levels.

Techman78

April 3rd, 2010
1:48 pm

Small Johnson, another thing, if history has taught us anything over the past 2 seasons Nesbit has made significant improvements in his all round game

2008 43.9% completion 808 yards 2 TD 5 INT 693 Rushing Yards 7 TD
2009 46.3% completion 1701 yards 10 TD 5 INT 1037 Rushing Yards 18 TD

Im sure this stuff means nothing to you anyway since you probably cant read anyway, but I just wanted YOU to know the facts.

Techman78

April 3rd, 2010
1:57 pm

Techs 3rd leading rusher Anthony Allen scored more rushing touchdowns last season (6) than Georgia’s leading rusher Washaun Ealey (3). Just more facts for you Small Johnson

Small Johnson

April 3rd, 2010
2:01 pm

Techman78

By the way My name is your coach

And who needs hooked on phonics I think its you

Your 25.1 yards per reception doesn’t say where the pass was caught dork.
He could have thrown the pass over to the sidelines with the ball traveling forward 1 or 2 yards and the reciever gained 40 same or with a shovel pass of 3 yards with the player gaining 20 yards. In that instance the 3 yard pass would have gone in the books as 20 yards.

Your offense allows for such big gains on short throws especially in that sorry league called the ACC

Again my point is the guy sucks throwing down field greater than 15 yards which he did no where near the amount of throws nor completions as cox did past 15 yards.

And BUZZ 1990

thats a great passer rating for someone who throws a majority of 3 and for yard passes

AND I WILL STICK TO TALKING FOOTBALL AND EDUCATION BECAUSE BOTH OF YOU TRAILOR PARK TRASH WISH THEY HAD A BRAIN TO QUALIFY FOR YOUR SCHOOL WITH YOUR FOOTBALL KNOWLEDGE

Hmmmmmm!

April 3rd, 2010
2:04 pm

Wasn’t UGAs head coach only good enough to be an assistant coach in the ACC?

GTSteve

April 3rd, 2010
2:09 pm

Obviously not with a stupid statement like that. The guy can barely complete a past 15 yards

and you can’t complete a sentence

Techman78

April 3rd, 2010
2:09 pm

Hey looks like we made the trailor boy mad. Hey Idiot, your still wrong! Go back and look at some of the replays from games (oh wait you probably dont even have your own TV) ive heard that in the trailor park they share those. If you could go back and see some of the replays once again you would see that 9 out of 10 of those passes Nesbit threw actually were long downfield passes of 40 yards or more. In fact, the only time that Nesbit hit a pass for a long TD that was a catch and run was against Georgia. Im not gonna lower myself and say that Georgia sucks or make other remarks about the school, teams, or players because they dont. They are a bunch of good kids trying to make something of themselves just like the Tech players but you on the other hand really take the cake. Typical inbred, white trash, redneck with no class. You really make Georgia look bad. Its ok though, there are plenty of classy Georgia fans to cancel your idiot self out.

Small Johnson

April 3rd, 2010
2:11 pm

Hmmmmmmmmmm

Doesnt say to much when that assistant coach is what was that 8-1 against the drunken wreck from GT

Oh Technut78

The talk was about Nesbitty not your running back who had 29 yards and 000000000000 TOUCHDOWNS against UGA a real opponent from a legitimate conference punk

J Dog

April 3rd, 2010
2:14 pm

Techman78, It’s good to dream & hope, but it’s also good to be rational. I’ll agree Nesbitt is a good QB for your system, but I’m sure even he would snicker if he read your comment.
Also if your going to play the “we’re smarter than you” card, you should avoid similar comments in the future.
Sorry Techies, just had to check out a Tech Blog. Wanted to see why so many of you show up at UGA sites.

I understand now.

Good Luch Next Year. May the ACC stay down and Tech dominate the ACC for years to come.

GO DAWGS!

Mike Bobo Offense

April 3rd, 2010
2:16 pm

Jackets D taking shape? The Jackets have a D? Wow, that’s breaking news.

GTMike

April 3rd, 2010
2:18 pm

Tell him Techman78… You might wanna try breaking up your replies into smaller bits so that Small Johnson can understand.

I think it should also be mentioned that Nesbitt threw quite a few really nice passes (mainly to A-Backs) that were dropped. If they were able to hold on to those Nesbitt’s numbers would have shot up… I’m guessing that his comp. percentage would have been over 50%. Hopefully the coaches work on this during the offseason so Nesbitt can put up some Heisman-like numbers this fall.

J Dog

April 3rd, 2010
2:19 pm

Luck.

Lot’s of venom TM78. I guess it’s stressfuf being so smart.

Small Johnson

April 3rd, 2010
2:21 pm

Techman78

Whats the matter got your feelings hurt because your tooooooo stupid to know how football is played

I don’t need to go back and watch replays of those 20 yard lame ducks thrown in the air, I saw plenty of those incompletions with a sprinkle or two of completions now and then.

My point is you retards from Tech think because you beat UGA two years ago out of nearly a decade of loosing you think your going to dominate, you also think that you win the ACC and next year Your in contention for the BCS championship as heard on Rivals Radio the other day from one of your delusional fans, even Bill King laughed at that

Stop reading Tall Tales from the library or quit playing playstation and come to reality your program is a second class citizen in this state and always will be.

And cmon over to my house, my toilet needs to be repaired and I heard told tech graduates some of the best JANITORIAL ENGINEERS in the U.S

J Dog

April 3rd, 2010
2:22 pm

I can’t spell today,
Should I buy a trailer?

Techman78

April 3rd, 2010
2:23 pm

Good point Small Johnson Anthony Allen didnt score a touchdown against your beloved Dawgs last year, however, our leading rusher who I suppose you are reffering too (Jonathan Dwyer) yes he was held in check but he did score a 5 yard touchdown. I know we werent talking about running backs though. I was just giving you a little bit of knowledge that im sure you care nothing about. Dont be pissed because Tech is going to have a Heisman contender, UGA will have another contender one day too. Just to let you know, its 2:22 you may want to get off the computer and get ready for your second shift job at Burger King.

Techman78

April 3rd, 2010
2:32 pm

Hey Small, dont put words in my mouth I never mentioned a BCS championship. All I said was we were ready to defend our ACC championship. I was making a case that Nesbit could be a contender for the Heisman.
Feelings, I have no feelings only weak people have feelings.

I actually never even mentioned anything about Tech beating Georgia 2 years ago, so why are you classifying me as talking about that? I realize that Georgia has owned this series, I was very happy we won 2 years ago but its not the most important thing going on in my life. I am a Tech fan and always will be, if we beat your Dawgs, great if not life goes on. Im not gonna bash your team just because I have nothing better to do.

Plumbing? Why dont you call your momma im sure she can fix it.

Small Johnson

April 3rd, 2010
2:34 pm

Techman78

Obviously you must work at Burger King since its 2:22 and the first shift, which must be yours, since you know the times of the shifts is comming to an end. Were you the guy in the back office mopping the floor and sneaking on the computer, your shift is now over thats good for you. Maybe you can stay on here some more and continue to be schooled into reality that your program sucks

Techman78

April 3rd, 2010
2:40 pm

Wow, I must have really got some of you leg humpers pissed off by saying that Nesbit could be a Heisman contender. Whats really funny is the fact that you leg humpers get so wound up on a Tech blog. You must really care about Tech, its really pretty pathetic that you all dont want to read your own blogs because your to busy reading Tech’s

Small Johnson

April 3rd, 2010
2:46 pm

Techman78

Why don’t you cast a spell on your Team to play better and for Tech fans to fill your Bubba Dump stadium instead of wasting a spell on me and dreaming about NESBITTY for heisman

Oh and obviously I must be talking to a 12 year old playing Dungeons and Dragons since you want to cast spells

Guess that explains your previous make believe comments on this blog about Tech having a heisman contender

Techman78

April 3rd, 2010
2:50 pm

OH!!!

And I still have 2 magic acorns that will turn you into stone I got from the Willow convention!!! Come to my mother’s basement and I will use one on YOU!!!

GT65

April 3rd, 2010
3:11 pm

Fire Paul Hewitt……….

I Hate UGAY

April 3rd, 2010
3:19 pm

UGA to be closed for FAILURE TO PERFORM. ALL STAFF AND FACULTY ARE TO BE FIRED IMMEDIATELY, GIT OUT YOU DEAD BEATS.

Bringing it back

April 3rd, 2010
3:24 pm

I hear HBO is in Athens today. They’re filming a new episode of TAXI CAB CONFESSIONS.

Set It On Fire

April 3rd, 2010
3:27 pm

UGA, their players, and their fans should all be set on fire.

UGA89

April 3rd, 2010
3:29 pm

UGA fans need to get off of the Tech blog and go clean up around Sanford Stadium. UGA fans = trailor park trash –and the proof is in the pictures of the campus after a game.

I Hate UGAY

April 3rd, 2010
3:32 pm

Fire Mark’s Rectum…

Small Johnson

April 3rd, 2010
3:44 pm

UGA89

Yes we trash the place but thats why we hire the best sanitation engineers in the nation to clean up.

The Drunken Wrecks from Ga Tech. They have done a phenominal job keeping our campus clean the last 100 years

macrotech

April 3rd, 2010
4:08 pm

I feel dumber for reading these pup lines….. I’m going to go read label or something!

Large Johnson

April 3rd, 2010
4:14 pm

Funny how the guy named “Small Johnson” is a UGAG fan. Why are the dawgs so worried about Tech.? It seems to me they are more worried now (in the last couple of years) then they have ever been. It’s humorous…and sad.

Dave In Tampa

April 3rd, 2010
4:15 pm

Atn Tech people.
Please ignore the idiots that claim to be Dog fans here. Not one has stepped foot in a classroom in Athens I bet. I’m an Alumnus of UGA. I enjoy reading to see how your spring practice is going. There are complaints about some tech fans on our blog speaking garbage as well. Now I see why. There are jerks on boths sides that ruin it for the majority. I little trash talk, sure why not, but some of this is garbage. I wish these blogs can be screened for intelligent conversation only and eliminate the morons.

See you guys is Novemeber!

BigDawg

April 3rd, 2010
4:16 pm

Where did that loooozer yellow fuzz go?

Small Johnson

April 3rd, 2010
4:26 pm

Dave In Tampa

You must have had to transfer to UGA because it was too boring for you at Tech. I bet your the fan that sits behind me that cheers wildly when the band comes out to play.

Give me a break

Techies asked for the Trash Talk by comming onto our blogs last year talking a bunch of crap because they beat us for the first time in a decade.

Pay back time

LARGE JOHNSON

Im your coach, don’t be making fun my name.

My mommy gave me that name for a reason which you shouldnt laugh at that hurts my feelings and could be detrimental to me and my middle school option veer play calling this season.

So stop Tech fans and stand by your coach and not make fun of him

MuttH8tr

April 3rd, 2010
4:31 pm

Isn’t a mutt fan named SMALL JOHNSON a bit redundant?

MuttH8tr

April 3rd, 2010
4:35 pm

Tampa Dave,

If it is truly the sidewalk UGA fans that are representing your fine University so poorly on blogs, at games (crude is too good of a description) and by sh@ting on your lovely campus, I would reccommend you folks get them under control.

Good luck.