After what could be described as an uneven performance during Saturday’s practice, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson challenged his players to pick one thing and work to improve it during next week’s final spring practices.
The offense scored eight touchdowns, including a 70-yard run by B.J. Bostic, and the defense scored three of its own during a scrimmage on Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Not satisfied, Johnson wants improvement before next week’s T-Day game.
“We did enough to lose on both sides,” Johnson said. “We’ve got to do better to be more consistent and more focused.”
Johnson was pleased to see a few individual players make improvements on Saturday, including Bostic, an early enrollee from Jefferson County.
Toward the end of Saturday’s practice, Bostic took a pitch to the right from his spot at A-back and saw a crease between the cornerback and the linebackers – he said it’s the first one he’s seen in a while – and scored the offense’s last touchdown.
“I think I helped to show the coaches to see that I can be a weapon,” Bostic said. “Overall, I’m just trying to get better. Coach [Lamar] Owens and the older guys are helping me out.”
Other players that Johnson said stood out included quarterback Tevin Washington, B-backs Lucas Cox and Anthony Allen, middle linebacker Brad Jefferson and defensive end Jason Peters.
Highlights and lowlights from the scrimmage, which unofficially had six penalties:
“It’s coming along,” Jefferson said of the transition from the 4-3 to the 3-4. “We’re still trying to get the defense as a whole down. It’ll just take time for us to get it all in.”
Jefferson said some of the mistakes made on Saturday were because players forgot to change their responsibilities from the pro-style offenses they face during practice to the spread-option offense Tech uses in scrimmages.
“That’s the big thing we’ve got to work on,” Jefferson said.
Middle linebacker Brandon Watts missed Saturday’s practice because of a mild stinger. Johnson said he will be fine. Middle linebacker Julian Burnett didn’t play on Saturday. Johnson said on Friday that Burnett’s participation would be decided on Saturday by the trainers. He may return next week.
Tech will not practice on Monday, as originally scheduled. Instead, the team will practice on Wednesday and Friday. The T-day game will be at 12:30 p.m. at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday.