Tech coach Johnson wants to see improvement next week

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:

  • Inside linebacker Steven Sylvester came in untouched to sack Washington on the first play.
  • Peters stopped A-back Roddy Jones for a loss with another big hit, something he’s done consistently all spring.
  • Wide receiver Tyler Melton made a circus catch over cornerback Mario Butler to sustain a drive on a fourth down. It was one of the few down-field throws that Tech’s quarterbacks attempted.
  • There was a bad snap on a field goal attempt, but on the re-kick Scott Blair hit a field goal of approximately 40 yards.
  • A reverse to wide receiver  Stephen Hill was called back because of a penalty, the first of three big plays that were called back because of flags. Peters stopped Hill on a reverse to his side later in the day.
  • A-back Orwin Smith took a pitch left, broke a tackle and scored the offense’s fifth touchdown of the day. Smith has looked better at A-back as the spring has progressed.
  • Outside linebacker Anthony Egbuniwe put a big hit on Washington as he rolled away from Egbuniwe’s side.
  • Tech experimented with some unbalanced lines on offense, and used the 4-3 on at least one play on defense.
  • The defense returned three turnovers for touchdowns.

“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.

Injury update

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.

Practice switch

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.

65 comments Add your comment

POAD

April 17th, 2010
12:42 pm

12:30 Dad, Me, and My Dog will be there.

POAD

April 17th, 2010
12:44 pm

Zo-Zo loves football. Well, he loves Footballs and likes to eat them and chase them. He will be on a leash.

wesleywhatwhat

April 17th, 2010
12:48 pm

looking forward to T-day.

Cuttysark

April 17th, 2010
1:28 pm

Looking forward to seeing the personnel on both sides of the line of scrimmage, as well as the new 3/4 defense being implemented this spring. Afterwards lets go fill up the stadium for the baseball team who have really been playing well and are ranked in the top 5 in the nation.

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

AA

April 17th, 2010
1:32 pm

Wow ! Two good articles in a row, I’m stunned. Sounds like Bostic could be a real weapon for us. Glad to hear that Hill is getting some touches, I’m expecting him to fill Thomas’ shoes with no problem. As for the QB’s, be thankful for Nesbitt cause these guys have got s long ways to go. I want to say more but I’m so blown away about having 2 articles in a row that I can’t concentrate. I would say more, but I can’t.

jadams

April 17th, 2010
1:36 pm

I want to belive that we have two updates that are decent in a row but, I Can’t

goatD

April 17th, 2010
1:51 pm

CPJ will get us there. He has twice already. As a coach, he’s a pessimist in practice. That’s just his way, and he gets results. CMR over at Athens is more of an optimist, and that’s OK; it works for him. Johnson will have this team ready to go come September.

POAD

April 17th, 2010
2:06 pm

Luallen is going to me #2 IMO He can take the hits. Washington can avoid hit but what happens when he does get hit. Waiting for T-Day.

POAD

April 17th, 2010
2:11 pm

Give’m Hell Baby BULL. Like seeing Cox doing well. Lucas make you bro proud and you alreadt have more TD’s at TECH then he does. HAHHAHAH

vahokie

April 17th, 2010
2:52 pm

This team just flat out sucks.i dont want to be a jerk but i am just not impressed with anything they do.(overrated and under penalized for there shady blocking)

GTMike

April 17th, 2010
4:16 pm

vahokie, still sore about us serving it to you guys in BDS last year? Quit your whining you sore loser…

vahokie

April 17th, 2010
4:51 pm

im sorry but i just dont think that GT is any good.there are at least 3 other teams in the ACC that are better.its a gimmick offence that has been exposed twice now.

Paddy

April 17th, 2010
4:56 pm

vahokie……you don’t understand football, period. It shows when you make outlandish statements like you just did. Heck, I am a dawg fan. I just don’t care for pompus folks much.

vahokie

April 17th, 2010
5:00 pm

Sorry, we just choke!

lexdog

April 17th, 2010
5:02 pm

maybe he should just fry some fish and hit them in the mouth 30-24 haha

4 jacks

April 17th, 2010
5:13 pm

What the hell has VT ever done outside of a good defense. The only time they were any good on offense was when that pot smoking thug Vick was there. VT is classless, and you can thank your sorry governer for forcing the ACC to take you, as no one, and I mean NO ONE wanted such a classless fan base and school in the ACC. What a bunch of whiners.

AA

April 17th, 2010
5:54 pm

Hey vahokie- since you don’t think Tech is any good then you must think va tech sucks because that gimmick offense ran all over the great Bud Fosters awesome D. I loved watching our little a-backs chop down big bad Cam Chancellor. By your comments it tells me you know nothing about college football. Maybe Tech did get exposed but it wasn’t by VT. Maybe Foster isn’t great after all. Paul Johnson schooled him for 4 quarters. Ask Cam if his knees still hurt.
Hokie hokie hokie !!!
Go mike vick!!!

vahokie

April 17th, 2010
6:21 pm

you guys are a waste GT and UG have just as many thugs in there schools .enjoy your crappy team because you wont make it out of Lane Nov 4 .and 4jacks the Hokies have carried this lame conference since we got here .

dawgfan

April 17th, 2010
6:41 pm

The “T-Day” game? Awwwww, that’s cute.

GT Fan...

April 17th, 2010
6:52 pm

vahokie ……. although just 1-1 vs VT since PJ’s arrival, GT was obviously the better team in BOTH games, gimmick offense and all. In 2008 a costly turnover just before halftime (on their own 40 yd line, by THEIR OWN doing – bad handoff) led to a VT td. And a couple costly penalties late in the 4th securing VT’s game-winning FG.

But this season will be tough for GT. Not b/c VT is better, but b/c their whinning HC started putting the refs on notice about illegal blocks after the 2009 loss to the Jackets; which weren’t illegal. I’d be willing to bet he’ll start mothing off about it leading up to the game this season to try and get a bogus advantage.

vahokie

April 17th, 2010
7:01 pm

Gt fan its called the rules.your blocks are illegal .you guy have to learn to play with the big boys

rainman

April 17th, 2010
7:10 pm

So far… it looks like we have plenty of running backs and secondary players, both for this season, and in the pipeline for the future.
We are all good with Joshua running the show this season, but if he goes down, or when he’s gone next year, we don’t currently have a QB capable of taking us to an ACC championship — let alone a national championship. Maybe one of the backup trio will emerge and become that guy – we’ll see. I do hope, that some point, the passing game can become a little more of a threat.
On defense – Groh needs to develope ‘impact’ players at DE and OLB.

Diamond Dog

April 17th, 2010
8:27 pm

Yeah GinaHokie…. The Vick boys are fine representatives of VippySue.

Alabama Jack

April 17th, 2010
8:32 pm

Dumb delusional dawgs (and hokies) are irrelevant.

Bo

April 17th, 2010
8:37 pm

vahokie, I credit you with having balls (or is it hubris?). If Tech’s blocks are illegal, why aren’t they a highly penalized team? Why hasn’t the ACC disciplined them?

I’m constantly amazed at how 9 guys can block like that on every play. It comes down to discipline and technique.

4 jacks

April 17th, 2010
8:39 pm

It’s funny…Mr Football from VT doesn’t know the difference in a cut block and chop block. However, I do agree that VT has carried this conference for the most part. Still doesn’t change the fact that NO ONE wanted them in the conference, and the ACC was railroaded into having to take them. Also, I haven’t seen VT make any kind of a statement against the “big boys”. They sure talk a big game when they are winning and whine like baby girls when they get beat. Your still classless, and everybody knows it. Thats why NOBODY wanted you, and that is a FACT. So whine some more.

Diamond Dog's pea brain

April 17th, 2010
8:43 pm

pea brain to Diamond Dog’ “Do you ever talk about what happens on the field?”

messin with sasquatch

April 17th, 2010
11:21 pm

didn’t know the hokies were such wuss whiners. don’t think bud would go along with your pathetic drivel.

vahokie

April 18th, 2010
12:00 am

ill make sure i set my alarm because, i cant wait until Nov 4 when we put you back in the basement of the ACC.maybe you can still get reggie ball to help out with the team im sure he is pumping gas some where .

JB

April 18th, 2010
12:30 am

Why do these always have to turn into internet troll conversations? I was at the scrimmage today, and I was most impressed with the ability of the backup QBs to cut through blocks and both Allen and Cox. Cox really is a powerful downhill runner

vahokie

April 18th, 2010
12:40 am

yeah and i saw a good high school team today too

vahokie is such a loser

April 18th, 2010
12:45 am

hey vahokie,

I believe right now you’re in no position to have this blurred point of view. AFTER Nov 4 maybe we can talk, but I bet Frank’s not gonna be running this conference anymore now that Paul’s in town. Keep drinking the koolaid troll

vahokie

April 18th, 2010
12:53 am

cool name what are you 12 .i cant wait until you all are eating your words.PJ couldn’t carry frankie B’s head set

whatever

April 18th, 2010
1:15 am

vahokie- you made a statement that “we carry this lame conference”. Seems so lame that your team couldn’t win it all last year. So you are so superior that you can’t win in a “lame” conference? The guard has changed for now. Whether that will be for the long run is to be determined..I’m not going to blow hot air and say that GT will dominate from here on out…but VT is currently playing second fiddle to the Jackets. And until that changes…you should go back to reading the Blacksburg Times and stay off the big boy’s blogs. Gander over to UGA’s blogs and let those Dawgs chew you a new one.

vahokie

April 18th, 2010
1:28 am

lol count our rings .enjoy your one .i wont even waste my time on UG .UG love the hokies so much they tried to steal Bud.You GT fans are pathetic .

good blog

April 18th, 2010
7:41 am

Looking forward to sitting down and watching the spring game next weekend! Go Jackets. The turkey is better when its fried. Sure your team won the ACC twice out of the last 3 years, but you didnt beat the national champs week one and thats a big time program lol.

Expect the costal division to go through the hokies if we get to North Carolina for the ACC title game again.

Burdell

April 18th, 2010
8:08 am

vachokie—

Beamer traded in his lunch pail for a man purse…go back to the hills Billy.

messin with sasquatch

April 18th, 2010
8:10 am

vahokeypokey is actaully a closet dogg

William Casey

April 18th, 2010
8:17 am

Virginia Tech is a good football program but there is one undisputed fact: GEORGIA TECH is the current ACC champ and VT is NOT.

mwh6767

April 18th, 2010
9:23 am

To the dawfan- Yeah the G-day game is so much better, wait, it is for you bc you didnt realize the alphabet went to T. Sit down, shut up and plug in CMR’s tanning bed leghumper.
To vahokie- Nov. 4 is Nov. 4. If you beat GT then you can run your pie hole. But right now sit down and shut up right beside dawgfan. GT is the champs and ran over your butts in the game last year. You can cry chop block or whatever but I didnt see your “great” rbs or NIMROD Taylor do anything against or defense last year. AND OUR DEFENSE BLEEEEWWWW!!!! Defense will be better for gt this year and the offense wont miss a beat. The game on Nov. 4 will be tough, VT always plays much better at home. Cant wait for this season.
To JB- You said you had been at practice? If so how is the offensive line doing? Does it look like they are coming together? And how about the LBs? Are they grasping the scheme well?

Spike

April 18th, 2010
10:13 am

I Love Popeye.

Bulldawg

April 18th, 2010
11:03 am

GT can lick my dawg nutzzz

vahokie

April 18th, 2010
11:12 am

It must make GT fans sick that you won the ACC last year and even the experts still say the ACC runs through Blacksburg

Tokyo jacket

April 18th, 2010
11:43 am

Vachokie, I gotta say that VT is actually my number two team. I root for you guys all the time, when not playing GT or playing a game that will hurt GT’s shot at a conf championship since I lived in Tidewater for about 5 years. Last year I got to root for you every single game other than GT since you had no shot at an ACCCG after losing to Tech.

That said, you’re a troll. Spreading hate and discontent. I won’t even say wait until Nov 4. I say see if you can event beat a non-BCS team in Boise St before you talk trash to us. Beamer is right up there with the Vest in terms of winning big games out of conference. Let’s see if you can do that first. Then come talk smack!

Tokyo jacket

April 18th, 2010
11:45 am

Oh, by the way, good blog. I look for our offense to make as many big plays as last year, but not as many as to one single WR. Hill will get his touches. Bostic is making a STRONG case to get on the field early. Imagine him and Terrant returning kicks? Scary!

vahokie

April 18th, 2010
11:55 am

tokyo jacket sorry you had to leave the 757 to watch that horribly excuse for a team .Don’t worry about us and Boise .Im willing to bet my 401k you guys don’t even beat South Carolina .you guys are not use to winning so take your one ring and your and enjoy .GO HOKIES

JB

April 18th, 2010
12:13 pm

@ mwh6767: it’s hard for me to judge o-line and linebackers since they’re on the same team facing each other, but i can tell you that the defense seemed to perform better than the offensive line. I’d say it was because of the loss of the two starting guards, and because i think the 3-4 defense fits tech’s athletes better. also, the secondary wasn’t missing tackles like it did all last season

WreckHorn

April 18th, 2010
12:17 pm

Seven wins would be a good year, eight would be wonderful, given losses on O-line, D-line, and at skill positions. CPJ will never admit to a “rebuilding” year (that’s why we love him so) but this would seem to qualify. High expectations are OK, but unrealistic expectations will result in disappointment this season. By the way, we still want Hewitt to be fired.

The Dude

April 18th, 2010
12:30 pm

“vahokie”, we don’t play South Carolina. You’re not real smart.

vahokie

April 18th, 2010
12:41 pm

the dude -south carolina state. I cant wait until the season starts im willing to bet i wont be able to find any of you homers when you lose 6 games