Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson wants to see better blocking on the edge and down the field from his offensive linemen, A-backs and wide receivers in Saturday’s game. Tech has five rushing plays and two passing plays of at least 20 yards in two games this season, compared to 11 (four running, seven passing) last season.
Not having wide receiver Demaryius Thomas on the edge has been a factor in attempts to spring the B-backs and A-backs for long runs this season. Johnson said the line also needs to work on sealing the ends and linebackers to create cutback lanes for option and toss plays.
There were times against Kansas that the A-backs couldn’t cut back and tried to outrun defenders to the corner. A screen play from Joshua Nesbitt to Embry Peeples ended after a long run when Peeples tripped over wide receiver Stephen Hill as he was running down field trying to block. Anthony Allen also got tackled on a 48-yard rushing play because some blocks behind him broke down, allowing Kansas’ defense to catch him.
“There’s no question it’s got to get better,” Johnson said.
Back from injuries
Cooper Taylor, a safety who started the season opener against S.C. State, said he was held out of last week’s loss to Kansas as a precaution and that he’s ready to go this week. He declined to go into the specifics of his missed week because he said it’s complicated, though he did say it’s not related to the Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome he was diagnosed with last season.
Taylor didn’t return after halftime of the season opener with what Johnson later said was a heat-related illness.
Guard Will Jackson, who started against the Bulldogs before leaving with a sprained ankle and knee, also returned to practice.