A look at Georgia Tech’s offensive line

I felt bad leaving you without a blog for two weeks, so I cobbled this together, using colleague Tim Tucker’s capsule on the Georgia blog. A few more will be coming.

THE OFFENSIVE LINE

  • Returning starters: T Phil Smith, C Sean Bedford, T Austin Barrick.
  • Others to watch: Guard Omoregie Uzzi and the versatile Nick Claytor saw lots of snaps last season. Guard Nick McRae looked very good in the spring and there are many redshirted players, including Will Jackson and Ray Beno, waiting in the wings.
  • Key losses: All-ACC guard Cord Howard graduated and  is now with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. The other starter, Joe Gilbert, will graduate this summer and has transferred to Georgia State. Starting tackle Brad Sellers graduated.
  • Key fact: The Jackets led the ACC by averaging 295.4 rushing yards a game last season. They were 87.2 yards ahead of the next-best team, Virginia Tech.
  • Key fact II: The Jackets were second in that category in the NCAA, behind Nevada (344.92 ypg).
  • Key question: Will the two new guards be able to step in and play as well as last season’s did? Coach Paul Johnson has said the line played well, but there is lots of room to improve.
  • Recent developments: Other than the transfers of Gilbert and backup Clyde Yandell, not much.
  • Outlook: Should be fine, but we will see. It’s tough to lose that many starters on the line.
  • Your turn: What say you about the offensive line?

249 comments Add your comment

bluecole

June 15th, 2010
6:14 am

glad you’re back doug. . . .bring any horns with you?

Hopefully, the o line can continue to improve in the TO. . . as more of PJ’s recruits come it, we ought to continue to see the system evolve.

THWG!

B.

legaleagle

June 15th, 2010
6:46 am

Maybe we can keep the UGA folks off today.

Is the one that Keeps referring to Georgia tech University that stupid or just trying to see what will be said.

This is year three and things should go better with blocking.

THWG for life

Urban Meyer

June 15th, 2010
6:56 am

Florida owns Georgia and Georgia owns Tech! Do your math!

tdb123

June 15th, 2010
7:36 am

Thanks Doug – can our offensive line ever really be measured by rushing yards, at least in comparison to other schools. Even with a subpar offensive line we will/should outrush all ACC teams. Are there other metrics to evaluate the O-line? Or, should we just compare year-to-year and with Navy?

Reality

June 15th, 2010
7:57 am

The offensive line will be just fine. Roddy Jones doesn’t need much daylight to run like he did in Athens in 2008. Go Jackets!! 45-42!! THWG!! Nesbitt for Heisman!!!

The Perfect Option

June 15th, 2010
8:01 am

O-Line will be much improved this year over last….remember, we are still using some of Gailey’s recruits. I expect this year and next year to be the measuring stick for CPJ since he will have his own recruits in there. It’s great to be a Yellow Jacket!

AA

June 15th, 2010
8:01 am

O-Line could be a problem this year. We should be able to do well in ACC but untill we get bigger we will struggle with the larger D Lines as LSU, Iowa and ugay showed. Getting beat by LSU and Iowa had nothing to do with them having extra time to prepare it was only because of our O-Line getting man handled.

Butts Wagner

June 15th, 2010
8:05 am

And GT owns your daughter, Urban.

Thank God for Ga. St. football

June 15th, 2010
8:11 am

I see another faux Yech “student” athlete beat the ever living sh*t out of his gf. What an embarrassment to the great city of Atlanta.

AA

June 15th, 2010
8:16 am

Ga State football? Please. Just remember, if Curry gets the chance to leave, he will.

Jim

June 15th, 2010
8:22 am

I ask CPJ about the O Line at the Spring Caravan in Lagrange GA. He said after 2 years of evaluation that we had very poor O Lineman Recruited by the previous coaching staff. He said if a guy could not play very well at his position the previous staff just put the guy on the O Line. He said that he is in the process of Recruiting big Lineman that are quick on their feet..I look for the O Line to improve each and every year under a real Football Coach. He said that our O Line from the previous 2 Seasons really over achieved considering the situation. Coach also said this is why they were man handled versus LSU and Iowa.. Coach CPG has a plan to improve our game in the trenches. He also hired Al Groh to make us a better team defensively. Lets keep our coach very happy Dan Radakovich. Thank you for bringing him here and turning this program around. 20 wins in 2 Seasons, 2009 ACC Football Champions, 2008 & 2009 ACC Coach of the year ” which has only happened 3 times in the history of the conference”, BCS Bowl Berth, 2 wins in a row versus FSU, 2009 victory versus a top 5 apponent at home, 3 in a row versus Clemson, 2008 over UGA in Athens…..ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC……..Go Jackets!

GT=Georgia Toilet

June 15th, 2010
8:35 am

Screen door on a submarine, lol!
How come no decent HS QB wants to play in that hambone offense?
Why does GT, aka the Georgia Toilet, football team have so many transfers this year? Rats jumping ship maybe? So with one more year left or should I say 6 more games, that’s how long I see Nesbit playing before claiming injury. How will the football team with more potential pizza delivery drivers and loyal Clearasil users fare this year, and the bigger question in 2011 when all of Galilees players are gone?
Year one exceeded expectations, hell they finally beat the Georgia football team after what, nearly a decade? Year two wasn’t too bad, won the Aye She She, but got embarrassed by the WORST Georgia football team in a decade. Then got totally pummeled by Iowa on the National Stage, ouch! Maybe that’s why Georgia Toilet footballers are defecting, and to Georgia State of all places, LOL, OUCH!

Georgia Tech, the natural birth control! LOL!

Reality Stinks

June 15th, 2010
8:37 am

Coach Terrible
O line Terrible
D Terrible
Fans Terrible

TECH TERRIBLE

Reality Stinks

gsueagle&gtfanfrom1951

June 15th, 2010
8:38 am

the o-line will be better this year because they should know the system by now and its all about the system not the players that left. CPJ system has worked for years and I do not see it falling apart now!

gsueagle&gtfanfrom1951

June 15th, 2010
8:40 am

Realy Stinks is Dawg or a Tiger

CrackDaddy

June 15th, 2010
8:48 am

AA, you failed to mentioned how Tech will do against the UNC defense in Chapel Hill. I know you have done well the past two years. How do you rate UNC’s defense for 2010?

Paul in RDU

June 15th, 2010
8:48 am

GT will find early on how well the OL is meshing – on September 18th in Chapel Hill. UNC is loaded on the defensive side of the ball.

Robert

June 15th, 2010
8:51 am

You know, you Ga fans are really a bunch of sickos. I wonder what percent of you clowns ever attended UGag, mush less graduated. I am so glad to be a Tech grad and I am so glad to have Coach Johnson. It is so much more to be proud of when you win with real student athletes.

Chuck Allison

June 15th, 2010
8:53 am

I hope JIm is reporting facts. It would be wonderful to have an really good Offensive LIne again like we used to have under Coach O’Leary. Many things about O’Leary I did not like but he did recruit big, talented offensive linemen and coach them well.

Reality Stinks

June 15th, 2010
8:54 am

Robert

And I wonder how many of you Tech fans attended GT
I have 3 Tech friends and none of them attended GT. One attended Mercer, the other, GSU, and the other never went to college

Whats your point

Flagboy....

June 15th, 2010
8:59 am

Robert… I will graduate from the Institute in ‘11…. Want to meet for a drink??? Somewhere in Midtown??.. Toodles…Flagboy….

Jacket Backer

June 15th, 2010
9:01 am

they’ll be fine…the offense will be as good or better than last year….if the D can step up it will be another fun fall….

Go Jackets!!

Bungle Bee

June 15th, 2010
9:02 am

Have you seen the new GT student repellent? Its two packs of Yu-gi-oh cards and a XL size Clearasil, you throw it on the ground and any and all approaching GT students will instantly stop in their tracks, to fight over the cards and Clearasil.

1st down

Jacket Backer

June 15th, 2010
9:03 am

by the way, i attended Tech, my dad attended Tech, and i have 3 kids currently at Tech….does that qualify?!?

Brian

June 15th, 2010
9:05 am

How do you clear out half of Sanford Stadium?

Require at least a GED.

Luke

June 15th, 2010
9:05 am

RS – His point is, outside the alumni/student base, there are few people who like Georgia Tech. Think about it, unless you have some sort of family member who went to Tech or you personally went to Tech, why not cheer for Georgia? Everyone else and their redneck grandma does.

spectator

June 15th, 2010
9:07 am

This blog proves once again that dog fans are the stupidest people you can find. My god, what a pathetic group of losers…all that mouth and their sports teams are nothing.

Hedgeplague

June 15th, 2010
9:10 am

Freedom of speech is wasted on Dogs

Buzz

June 15th, 2010
9:17 am

Ol’ Offsides Gilbert probably isn’t that huge of a loss.

Flagboy....

June 15th, 2010
9:18 am

Robert Hall slapped me too…. But I liked it…. Toodles, FLAGBOY…GT’11…

GT Rich

June 15th, 2010
9:20 am

CPJ’s teams at Navy seemed to always do well in spite of the obvious recruiting limitations. One has to believe that CPJ knows how to pick the kind of linemen that fit his system. The only questions are whether he can get bigger guys to also fit the system and whether his first crop of recruits are ready to fill those guard spots…

Great City of Atlanta???

June 15th, 2010
9:24 am

Wow!

Georgia State has not even run a real play against anybody and is already talking smack.

Your undefeated record should last about 1 game.

chatter

June 15th, 2010
9:31 am

Reality stinks you have friends? By the way I know a lot of ugay supporters that don’t know where athens is. So your point is worthless just like you.

Reality Stinks

June 15th, 2010
9:38 am

Brian

How do you fill Bubba Dump Stadium at Historic and High crime North Ave

You lie and advertise in 10 foreign languages that a world cup soccer game will be played there during the UGA GT game

The rest of the empty seats will be filled with UGA fans

30-24 Ha ha ha ahaha haahaahahaha

4 jacks

June 15th, 2010
9:38 am

Reality, the point is that sad sacks like you and alot of your brethen that are dog fans would rather come here to try and tear something down than to be on your own board talking about your great recruiting so far this year or anything positive. You and your ilk are always negative and mostly just rude and nasty. You show no class because you have none, just ask the fans of say Clemson, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina and some others who have traditionally had very little good to say about you and your uneducated fan base. I have some friends that actually graduated from UGA and even though they can be irritating they are nothing like the uneducated masses that you are. Your life must be sad when the only pleasure you take is ripping on someone else. Most studies will show that pesonalities such as yours, come form you either being lazy, uneducated or a failure in your own eyes. No I did not graduate from GT. I graduated from Tulane, but my father went to GT therefore I have always been a fan. You to have a right to root for whoever you choose, and you also have a right to be classless, and so far that is the only trait I see that you are successful in…that is the point. Now bark away about how successful you are, but if you were truly successful and had any class at all, you would not be so negative, and would not have to find your happiness on some other teams blog. Hope before you die, you get a clue, a grip and find some positive reinforcement in your pathetic life. Good luck, I am sure you, and many like you will need it.

Why???

June 15th, 2010
9:50 am

What will it take to have a GT blog not ruined by UGA idiots? I know, all you dogs will point out that their are Tech fans on the UGA blogs, I’m sure they are there. They are idiots as well. Both programs have their fair share of idiots and it’s real easy to identify them. If you would like to talk football in a reasoned and rational manner, welcome. If you just want to talk smack and sling insults at your rival to feel better about yourself and your program, well then we have found our idiot. You are really making these comments unreadable.

RambleOn84

June 15th, 2010
9:52 am

4 jacks,
Best post I’ve seen on here.

Reality Stinks

June 15th, 2010
9:56 am

4 jacks

Thanks Dr. Phil

Hate to break to you but you Tech fans started it by comming on our blog all last year with your Paul Johnson will now rule UGA crap

With that said sorry I upset your little blog but you Techies need to learn, you want to make your comments then man up and learn to take them back

But as usual you have nothing to say but UGA fans like me are uneducated, poor, redneck loosers, with no degrees.

Ok well since that is true in your eyes then tell me why you brilliant minded, so smart, ivy league educated, tea sipping punks are 8-9, 60-39 against UGA

Says a lot about your education and brilliance with a loosing record to a bunch of dumb backwoods hillbillies, doesnt it.

P.S Coach Paul is invited to our fish fry this November as our honored guest

Lucky we play in ACC

June 15th, 2010
9:59 am

Perhaps CPJ is doing a good job recruiting players for his system, but his system doesn’t work against bigger, better teams.

Reality Stinks can't spell

June 15th, 2010
10:02 am

Thanks for proving 4jacks right there, Reality Stinks. “looser”. your day is “comming”.. LOL. You just can’t hide stupid.

Lucky we play in ACC

June 15th, 2010
10:11 am

We are small and lack depth we have a 263 lb starting center and a 254 lb starting tackle. According tour depth chart 4 second team back ups are true freshmen.
http://georgiatech.rivals.com/cdepthtext.asp

Why???

June 15th, 2010
10:12 am

Reality,

Your very existence and continued venomous postings prove our points. Stay classy. Now respond with a poorly spelled, grammatically flawed post about how we are just scared to hear the truth, or some such nonsense about us just being jealous. You are a truly pitiful individual.

kingster

June 15th, 2010
10:19 am

Please, Please can we go one day without all this negative chatter about each other’s football team, I must admit there are more than enough Georgia Univ. in GT’s Blog, why is this, whats wrong with these people, do they wake up just to jump on Tech, its kinda funny on how much smack they talk, when every year at least one or two players have to go to Jr College (see, now its me talking smack, please forgive me, GT fans have better class than that)

Reality Stinks

June 15th, 2010
10:25 am

Tech Fans

Im sorry boo hoo did I hurt your little feelings, Im sorry

Good grief no wonder your a bunch of pansies on the field and cant outright win the lousiest conference every year.

UGA

June 15th, 2010
10:26 am

They should be fine. Two years ago they had no experience with this offense so the drop off should in no way be that bad. As you mentioned the backups have had experience in games with this offense. Uzzi and Claytor have played a lot. The question is how the 2nd team develops.

GT should be fine offensively if they can find more receivers. Don’t understand why their A-backs do not run more routes into the flats or crossing the middle.

RambleOn84

June 15th, 2010
10:33 am

UGA,
Regarding A backs running more routes, that has been a point of emphasis for Johnson.

But I don’t think we will see many routes in the flats, as Johnson has repeatedly said he’d rather run than throw a short pass.

We will see more intermediate routes from the A-backs, though. Probably starting this year, as Johnson has wanted more WR types at A-back, who can get to the edges and catch the ball out of the backfield. We will also have Chris Jackson, former Alabama WR, at A-back this year.

Why???

June 15th, 2010
10:34 am

Thanks reality, you never disappoint. No hurt feelings, just amazement watching a moron entertain himself.

Buzz29

June 15th, 2010
10:35 am

Thanks for the vacation blog Doug. Hope you’re enjoying your time off.

Go Jackets!

RambleOn84

June 15th, 2010
10:35 am

kingster,
I agree totally, but I don’t see it happening. I am a fan of Tech first and foremost, but I do pull for UGA when they are not playing us.

My wife is a UGA grad and many of my friends went to UGA. Besides, they are a state school, and I love my home state dearly.

However, it gets hard to pull for them when I read a lot of the classless, annoying posts on here by dumb UGA fans.

Apparently, many dumb Tech fans do the same on UGA boards, but I wouldn’t know as I do not visit their boards.

It would be nice if everyone could be just positive, but there are too many losers out there who just want to annoy others.

Why???

June 15th, 2010
10:38 am

Well said Rambleon84.