Nick Claytor answers your questions

From Nick Claytor, who took time to answer the questions that you posted on the blog a few days ago.

I’ll exit, stage right.

Mr. Claytor, you have the floor…

This season marks the third year in the Paul Johnson era for Georgia Tech. We have had a lot of success coming off an 11-win season and an ACC Championship. This offseason we have dedicated ourselves to getting bigger, stronger, and faster in order to push for an even better season. With that being said the AJC has given me a chance to answer questions from you all. Thank you for the questions and we hope to see your full support this season! Go Jackets

Nick, how do you feel the competition for starting positions on the OL will be this fall at camp? Will a lot of the new guys be pushing for playing time?

It will be fierce, competitive, and make us a better line overall. I feel the spring really brought out the best in the O-line, these guys want to get on the field and stay there.

Hey Nick! Fans are always hearing coaches harp on the need for our OL to “stay low” and I’m sure the OL does countless drills on this point to “stay low” even when fatigued. My question is: In our offense, is there actually a physical advantage for GT Offensive Lineman to be shorter (rather than taller) since a shorter lineman will typically have a lower center-of-gravity? That would “seem” to make it “easier” for an OL to “stay low”. Thanks, and have a great season!

I am a bit taller so at times it may be more difficult for me to bend and stay low, but that is why we do the drills over and over. Also, my flexibility and athleticism allows me to utilize my size while doing what I am asked. If you look at players like me, Phil Smith, and Andrew Gardner you can see how effective a taller lineman can be in this offense. As for centers and guards, I feel a body type like Sean Bedford’s is perfect for center. You just need to find someone with half the worth ethic he has.

How would you compare this year’s O-Line to last year’s. We know that we lost a lot of experience, but is there an improvement in power, speed, knowledge of the blocking assignments???

This offensive line has been growing together for about three seasons now. We lost some good players, but after this spring I have complete confidence in my O-line. In the film room you can see that players are starting to “get it”. This means knowing the option in and out, not just lineman assignments. This summer has shown growth throughout the line as well. We are bigger, faster, and stronger. In terms of redshirting linemen, that is up to the Coach Johnson. I am happy to say that we have much needed depth going into camp now.

Tell us how it is practicing against the Groh’s 3-4 defense?

After practicing against Groh’s version of the 3-4 I cannot wait to play against it in games! My teammates say they ran base all spring, so when we see the real playbook offenses better look out.

Hi Nick. How is your back feeling this season and are you ready to go? Also, is Phil Smith ready to play after breaking his leg early in the ACC Championship Game?

I believe Phil broke his ankle. Phil has fought back hard after his injury; I think he is going to standout in camp. As for me, this is the first off season since high school that I have had a chance to work out and I took full advantage. I am going into camp healthy and geared up. Expect to see Josh running people over down field and Ant’s dreads flying!

Nick do you feel healthy? I know last season and the season before you were dealing with a nagging injury. Are you back to 100 percent health? We all know you are talented and a vital asset to the line. Is this the year that you hold down a full time starting job? Do you see yourself as a leader on the line? Also what freshman do you see pushing for playing time this year?

My goal is to fully start and be a leader on the O-line. We all lead in different ways and its more by committee from the older guys.

Nick, what besides the change to 3-4 defense is the biggest difference you see from last season to now on defense?

You never know where the blitz is coming from and upfront the D-linemen are playing strong and violent.

What has been your best football memory so far at Tech?

Any personal/team goals for the season?

Favorite place to eat on campus/in Atlanta?

How do you feel about practicing some shotgun back in spring? How is the pass protection looking this season (I figure yall have the run locked down)?

Do you have a favorite play to run?

Any good movies you have seen recently?

Thanks and good luck this season.

Great questions!!!

1. Best memory has to be beating UGA at UGA, and winning the ACC Championship in the haze of pain I was in. (lol)

2. Personal goals are to start and have a healthy, stellar season. As for the team, it is about time we won a bowl game. Not just any bowl game either but THE bowl game.

3. I thought my O-line coaches were messing with me when we first talked about it, I personally love the shotgun. Pass protection is looking a lot better as we are all getting better in technique and more proficient in assignment. I am not sure how much shotgun we will run.

4. As soon as they figure out a fumble-rooski play where the tackle can score THAT will be my favorite!

5. I am a self-proclaimed movie buff and if anyone reading this has not seen Inception I demand you stop what you’re doing and run to the theatre. Now!

Have you played NCAA 2011 yet, and if so do you agree with your player ratings or not?!?!

I was actually featured on Fox 5 with Tyler Melton, Dominique Reese, and Anthony Allen playing an advanced copy of NCAA 2011. It was a great experience being on TV and hamming it up. Seeing as how “I” got rated pretty high I love the rating, but I mean that’s not me right? If it is I need to see a check!

What Tech Defensive Linemen gives you the most trouble in practice?

Have you ever done Oklahoma drills with Joshua Nesbitt, If so who won?

Head to head Jason Peters is a monster. Joshua isn’t allowed to do Oklahoma for fear of killing one of his teammates. Save it for the season!

1) How has the transition from underclassman to more experienced veteran been?

2) What does Nick think about the younger talent that redshirted last year. Are they more prepared for this option offense than he was?

3) Who are his primary motivators (coach, self, other players, etc.)

4) What does he find to be the most difficult part of adapting to CPJ’s offense.

1. Like all things time progressed, faces changed, the game hasn’t. I do consider myself an “oldhead” now.

2. I feel like we have some great talent that cannot wait to play. After being held back from doing what you love for a year all you want to do is be successful and produce.

3. My family drives me to be better than I ever thought I could.

4. Staying low took a lot of practice!

Nick, is there any big difference between playing LT and RT?

The major difference is how you set your feet and balance your weight. Besides that the assignments and techniques are the same.

55 comments Add your comment


August 5th, 2010
6:08 am

First here?

Thanks Nick, you are a great representative of the Institute.
Survied Maw Tech and got out in 84′.
Good luck w/ the season and your future endeavors!


August 5th, 2010
7:00 am

God how I just love football!

Tokyo jacket

August 5th, 2010
7:07 am

LOVE LOVE LOVE hearing that we’re going to run shotgun. Nick, I hope you have fun this year. You’ve earned it and worked hard.

Alabama Jack

August 5th, 2010
7:16 am

Awesome, dude. Best wishes for a healthy and successful season. Go Jackets.

Golden Tornado

August 5th, 2010
7:42 am

Thanks Nick…….GO JACKETS!!!!!!

Lumpkin Bumpkin

August 5th, 2010
8:13 am

You didn’t answer my question…. sadness…

KC in Smyrna

August 5th, 2010
8:13 am

“Joshua isn’t allowed to do Oklahoma for fear of killing one of his teammates. Save it for the season!”

Great quote.

Jacket Backer

August 5th, 2010
8:17 am

Have a great season Nick and GO JACKETS!!!


August 5th, 2010
8:27 am

Great insight into the upcoming season. Great job Nick. Here’s to a another great season on the Flats for the Jackets. Giv’em Hell boyz!!!!!!


August 5th, 2010
8:37 am

Great blog Nick extremely well written. Thanks!


August 5th, 2010
9:02 am

Much better questions this time around and some fine answers from Nick. The only thing I would have liked to know from Nick; Does CPJ walk to work or carry his lunch?


August 5th, 2010
9:08 am

It’s august now ,Nick, and I am so high.


August 5th, 2010
9:23 am

Appreciate the time and answers Nick. Have a great season and GO Jackets.


August 5th, 2010
9:28 am

Every Tech fan is delusional……your team is average at best…average!….You can’t even beat a Georgia team that everybody knows was down last year….Looks like another down year on the flats…and a beat down in Athens…because Georgia Runs This State!….Always has…and Always will!

The Bees Nees

August 5th, 2010
9:28 am


August 5th, 2010
9:50 am

Great answers Nick! Its almost time…Go Jackets!


August 5th, 2010
9:55 am

Techwreck…I believe Tech would take another down year like last year. (ACC Champs)

When will you kids learn; you can’t pop-off until you win something! It makes you look, well, stupid!
Go Dawgs!

Doug Roberson

August 5th, 2010
9:55 am

For those of you not on twitter, it’s supposed to feel like 102 degrees today when practice starts, with 30 percent chance of rain during practice.


August 5th, 2010
10:08 am

When you read your rival’s blog and comment daily it begins to be a little harder for you to deny your secret fanship. Just put on your gold and cheer “To Hell With Georgia!” already…we’ll take converts!


August 5th, 2010
10:25 am


Athens, Georgia

August 5th, 2010
10:28 am

.Nesbitt for Heisman

Savannah Jacket

August 5th, 2010
10:50 am

Nick – Thanks for taking time to address our questions. Just reading your answers has me more pumped up about September 4th. Can’t wait to see you guys in Bobby Dodd. Good Luck and Stay Healthy.

Go Jackets!!!!!!!


August 5th, 2010
10:53 am

Nice blog, Nick.

Looking forward to another great season on The Flats. Got my parking pass email earlier in the week (individual for each game this year). Tickets should be arriving soon!!

Go Jackets!!

south eastern chumps

August 5th, 2010
11:10 am

hahaha, uga saying tech fans are delusional…what a joke..before running your mouths how your number one in this or the best at you first think you could beat Fl? If not, then how bout Ky or TN? Just wondering


August 5th, 2010
11:10 am

Awesome blog. Thanks Nick!

Vegas Jackette

August 5th, 2010
11:13 am

thanks Nick for the great comments, hope to see the team go 14 and 0 and play in Glendale, that’s right, not Miami but Glendale, then the party is in Vegas afterwards


August 5th, 2010
11:14 am

Hey Dogtards

August 5th, 2010
11:14 am

Thanks Nick!! Best of luck this year.

I loved this line “Joshua isn’t allowed to do Oklahoma for fear of killing one of his teammates.”


August 5th, 2010
11:19 am

not finished yet…

preseason rank #1 two years ago
coach on the hot seat
not even on the preseason top 25
the most delusional fans anyone has ever seen
laughing stock of college football (if you dont believe me, just turn on espn)
fans still living in 1980
uga is the new miami (if you dont believe me, turn on espn)
fans cant except gtech is getting better and is higher ranked then georgia


August 5th, 2010
11:20 am

* sorry, the word is accept


August 5th, 2010
11:24 am

Calm down GT BABY…they actually have a pretty decent program in Athens…turn on ESPN. It’s just the fans that



August 5th, 2010
11:38 am

GT BABY you could very easy turn into one of those idiots if your not careful. You are way into the grey area of going overboard!

Doug Roberson

August 5th, 2010
12:00 pm

GT Baby, you crossed the line with one of your posts. It has been deleted and you’ve been banned.


August 5th, 2010
12:06 pm

techwreck- and didn’t teck beat ga when they were preseason #1. It happens, get over it. You’re are the only one obsessing over the fact.


August 5th, 2010
12:07 pm


August 5th, 2010
12:11 pm

And one time, at banned camp, I ran into Gt baby. :)


August 5th, 2010
12:12 pm

BOOM! Roberson taking ‘em down.

GT BABY has been on here saying stupid stuff for days now. Glad we get a break from it.

Great idea and a great blog Roberson!


August 5th, 2010
12:18 pm

Man this heat stinks. I’ll be glad when fall gets here.


August 5th, 2010
12:19 pm

id like to see more of this…very interesting


August 5th, 2010
12:20 pm

thanks nick for getting us pumped up for another year! awesome to see our boys giving us a little insight on whats goin on….so freaking excited i cannot wait for sept. 4 to get here let the beatdowns begin! Go Tech!!! THWG


August 5th, 2010
12:30 pm

Like the answer to my question on the Oklahoma drills – That’s in line with what I thought he would would say.

Thanks Nick, hit em hard and stay healthy, beat Georgia.

Doug Roberson

August 5th, 2010
12:33 pm

Teddy, that’s pretty funny.


August 5th, 2010
1:23 pm

what an articulate young man…he represents the institue well, both on and off of the field. That is yet another reason we are all proud of GT and the young men on the team.


August 5th, 2010
1:47 pm

“banned” camp…nice.

Doug, someone needs to find a way to necessitate registration for commenters but keep page hits at the normal level. That would keep AJC advertising dept. happy and keep idiots like GT Baby and all of the trolls that play both sides of the fence just to get people riled up.

We could still argue back and forth but it would limit the “anonymous” nonsensical posts.

Anyone have any ideas?

North Ave Drone

August 5th, 2010
2:22 pm

Hi everyone! What’s everyone doing today?

On High

August 5th, 2010
2:33 pm

Burdell, believe me, we in Athens would love to keep the obnoxious jackets off our sites. They seem to post more than we do on them. See, I said nothing negative about Tech.


August 5th, 2010
3:08 pm

Yeah, the sad thing is that I used to actually root for the Dogs before I started reading these blogs. A lot of my really good friends are UGA alumni and I have always loved hanging out in Athens. I moved to Atlanta from New England in 1980 when I was in 5th grade…needless to say I fell in love with college football and Herschel was my hero. But as a Tech alumnus and now employee, the vitriol spewed by the fringe UGA “fans” makes me sick…literally. I have tried not reading the comments sections but like it’s like a car accident–I have to look. And I know that there are equally reprehensible Tech “fans” that troll the UGA blogs. I just wish the AJC wasn’t in such a dire financial situation that they refuse to clean up these comments with registration.

GO JACKETS!! September can’t get here fast enough.


August 5th, 2010
4:11 pm

kick booty this season. it’s your last. ENJOY AND MOVE MAN, MOVE!!!!!!!! 12-0!!!


August 5th, 2010
4:37 pm

Nick, Great answers so well staated and written. You make me proud to be a
Tech man.

Damon Evans

August 5th, 2010
5:53 pm

The greatest story ever told:

::Police car pulls over man and tranny hooker::

Hi ossifer, how is you?

I is great, whats is da problem?

Oh, these red panties, they is not mine ossifer. I is just holding them for this tranny hooker.

You know, I is the AD at that place called uga down the road, we have high standards yous know?

Hows about you just join us and we eifel tower this tranny?

No ossifer, please don’t take me to jail, I is important!

I has a WIFE AND CHILDREN ossifer, this will really hurt dem!

Can I SNIFF the panties while you take me to jail ossifer?

::cries all the way to jail::

Holy Christ, how embarassing. uga is a JOKE. Also, “Party in the UGA” looks like 5 monkeys made it with an I Phone.

Really guys, alumni of that school should be ashamed, and I imagine that the “fans” are too stupid to understand that its embarassing. You can’t make this stuff up, what a freakin joke.