Earls, Melton provide a boost for Tech

Georgia Tech wide receivers Correy Earls and Tyler Melton provided two bright spots, as well as a reason for hope, in last week’s 45-28 loss to N.C. State.

With Stephen Hill showing the inconsistency that comes with being a sophomore, Earls and Melton had three receptions for 39 yards. There was also an important touchdown for Melton, a junior who struggled in games earlier this season with dropped passes.

“Hopefully, that’ll help his confidence,” Tech coach Paul Johnson said.

Earls, a redshirt senior, is working his way back into the rotation. After starting eight games as a wide receiver in 2007 and ‘08, he was moved to defensive back last season. He was moved back to his natural position during the spring, at Johnson’s suggestion. Earls said he was glad to be moved, culminating in his first reception in 20 games, a span stretching back to the win over Miami in 2008 when he caught one pass for 7 yards.

“It was great to have my hands on the ball for the first time in a while,” Earls said. “I enjoyed every minute of it, every second of it.”

Earls has worked his way back through his play on special teams, where he showed the effort that the coaches have been wanting to see.

“Hopefully, he’ll continue to work,” Johnson said. “He’s got the ability, there’s no question about that.”

59 comments Add your comment

YJ Fan

September 28th, 2010
4:43 am

FIRST

September 28th, 2010
4:45 am

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GT can sure use more bright spots and reasons for hope.

Buzz29

September 28th, 2010
7:01 am

Good for C. Earls. Maybe he can get some more receptions and be remembered as a reciever and not “the kid who almost had his neck broke at Virginia his freshman year”.

Go Jackets!

Munson's Toupee

September 28th, 2010
7:22 am

BEAT GEORGIA!

Earl

September 28th, 2010
8:37 am

Does anyone know what the team hotel for the Orange Bowl will be?

Reality Stinks

September 28th, 2010
9:27 am

If want a bright spot

Get a new coach that coaches something other than 1920’s football

Reality Stinks

September 28th, 2010
9:30 am

and get a QB thats a QB not a running back

GT Sambo

September 28th, 2010
9:38 am

Earl
September 28th, 2010
8:37 am
Does anyone know what the team hotel for the Orange Bowl will be?

Yes, in a strange twist of fate, it is right next to the hotel UGA will be using at the Sugar Bowl.

GTechsta

September 28th, 2010
9:39 am

Also, could we set up a personal meeting, one on one between Reality Stinks and Joshua Nesbitt. I’d like to see that happen.

Mr. Webster

September 28th, 2010
9:42 am

Doug- Any chance we see more of the Burnett kid on defense?

Have You Heard

September 28th, 2010
9:43 am

Rumor has it that :

Gene Bleymaier, Boise State Athletic Director, telephoned McGarity this morning to inquire about scheduling UGA as a football opponent for the next 5 seasons. The reason he gave was that Boise State wanted to soften their football schedule a bit. They’re interested in playing UGA and dropping a FCS school off their schedule.

Doug Roberson

September 28th, 2010
9:45 am

Burnett played a lot last week

Geez

September 28th, 2010
9:47 am

Leave it to nerds to have lame jokes. I thought you guys always say you’re so much smarter.

Coach Alexander

September 28th, 2010
9:56 am

Groh and Johnson are great football coaches. I don’t think either one of them could block or tackle me, but the sad part is that some of the players on the field Saturday couldn’t either.
Corey Earls, keep working hard and good things will happen. Georgia Tech players got out toughed by NCST Saturday. I do not know how coaches with 85 players on scholarship can toughen up their players without getting them hurt in practice. That was the good part of having 160-200 guys on scholarship; make practices hell, lose a few to injury, but at least the survivors who played were tough.
You experts out there stop criticizing the coaches: until the players realize that it is their Georgia Tech playing careers that will be defined by wins and losses, Lombardi couldn’t win with this lineup.

Reality Stinks

September 28th, 2010
9:57 am

Gtechsta

I would too, I would enjoy watching him being carried off the field like he did against UGA when he faced a real conference opponent

Burdell

September 28th, 2010
10:03 am

Willie Martinez congratulated his defense after injuring Nesbitt in last years UGA game…that is absolute fact. Not an excuse for the loss but a fact. I heard it directly from the mouth of one of the officials that works the sidelines on the visiting team’s side.

Burdell

September 28th, 2010
10:04 am

This unnamed official is married to a UGA grad and is not a Tech fan… a necessary requirement for working the game. Unbiased…or if anything biased towards UGA. He was appalled.

juvenal

September 28th, 2010
10:17 am

last 2 years, had no back-up;now have 1 who got #1 reps in spring…starter completig 20% less than last year, willnot be back next year-maybe 1-2 seies on the bench/game wud b gud motivation,has problem beating “D”’s tho i’m sure he kud beat me…

Reality Stinks

September 28th, 2010
10:19 am

Burdell

Your full of crap

And if you want to go there then let me remind you that your player rolled Eric Zeir during the Tech game, I was sitting right in front of it when it happened

So shut your mouth

Roger

September 28th, 2010
10:23 am

if only someone could throw it to them they would be good. Still do not like this offense and never will. If we ever get behind we are sunk.

Burdell

September 28th, 2010
10:26 am

At least it wasn’t condoned by the DC.

Regardless of what you say I believe the ACC official. He has no “dawg” in the fight.

Ver

September 28th, 2010
10:34 am

Reality Stinks –

Your teams blows donkey balls, how about you try to get a win over a BCS opponents first, then come back here and talk trash.

crackbaby

September 28th, 2010
10:37 am

Doug,

Was Correy Earls injured during a game at UVA a few years ago? I seem to remember a scary injury (maybe head or neck) on a special teams play. If it was him, glad to see him back in the fold. Our receivers must have sticky fingers – no drops as there are very few looks in CPJ’s system.

CB

crackbaby

September 28th, 2010
10:38 am

Ooops – sorry. Buzz29 got it above…

Ramblin Man

September 28th, 2010
10:41 am

reality stinks,
Maybe instead of using your great football knowledge on GT so much you could help those boys in Athens put together that great pro-style UGA runs. I guess we can thank Miss. St., USC, and Arkansas for showing everybody how to beat it.
You might want to look at that play where Nesbitt got hurt again as well. I can’t comment on what Martinez might have said, but the players were yelling and cussing at GT staff when they came to attend to Nesbitt. I’m not sure why that surprises you.

Burdell

September 28th, 2010
10:46 am

Indeed Ramblin Man…everyone must remember that Mark Richt is a disciple of Bobby Bowden and one time coordinator there. Those ’90’s FSU teams were filled with some of the nastiest, dirtiest, cheap-shot taking players in recent history…good ole Bowden Ball.

Ramblin Man

September 28th, 2010
11:01 am

Reality Stinks

September 28th, 2010
11:12 am

you want to talk about offense, the reality is everyone now has been to their local library and has checked out the book entitled “Coach Your Kids 1920’s Style Offense in Minutes” Copywrite 1938.

Reality Stinks

September 28th, 2010
11:13 am

When NC State beats you and Kansas beats you your now at the level of Albany State football.

Reality Stinks

September 28th, 2010
11:13 am

I hope you TV oed your Orange Bowl appearance because the next one wontl be another 40yrs with the current coach you have

Reality Stinks

September 28th, 2010
11:14 am

Also you want to talk about dirty coaches, your own arrogant pompous Small Johnson goes around and tells fans to punch a UGA fan in the mouth

Reality Stinks

September 28th, 2010
11:17 am

Dont worry Richt doesnt turn the ship around by next yr there will be a new sheriff in town

Reality Stinks

September 28th, 2010
11:17 am

We dont wait 7 yrs to make a change

Reality Stinks

September 28th, 2010
11:18 am

Hey Doug

Fix your blog so someone can post more than a sentence

juvenal

September 28th, 2010
11:20 am

4 LINES OR LESS USUALLY GOES THRU

GT Fan...

September 28th, 2010
11:21 am

Providing a boost? How do you figure?? Nesbitt can’t pass with any consistency! There’s never enough time, either by the O’s design or the line’s crappy protection, for Nesbitt to look for more than his PRIMARY target of the play being run. I see more than 1 receiver open, and I mean wide open, on most of GT’s pass plays. But Nesbitt just uncorks the pass to his first option.

He [Nesbitt] makes some very good throws (Allen for 50yds, then Melton for 30yd TD on the same drive), but a HUGE miss was a WIDE OPEN Orwin Smith on the 3rd & 9 play just before the BLOCKED PUNT – TD for NCSt. That 3rd down completion would have gone at least 50 yds if not all the way to the house, and a pitiful throw by Nesbitt put NCSt up 7-0.

PJ said it perfectly – Jeckyl & Hyde.

Former Player

September 28th, 2010
11:32 am

The problem with GT is that the AA/Coaches spend too much time promoting a select group of players instead of encouraging an all around team. This is divisive because it makes other team member lose confidence in their abilities or creates jealousy. The fact of the matter is that few players in college football are that much better than the others, it’s just a coaching decision. For me, it makes no sense to hype up Hill to be the greatest player when you have proven starters on the bench. The best teams play the best players, when players know the best players are playing it fosters more of a team!

CJramblinrecluse

September 28th, 2010
11:41 am

boost comes from shotgun o’s unless in red zone- “shotguns r us” if from years of sawed-off shotgun used exclusively by “The Rebel”, Nick Adams, and the old rebel restaurant Johnny Reb’s in Atl; Tech needs reb offense

Gene

September 28th, 2010
11:43 am

Enter your comments here

Burdell

September 28th, 2010
11:44 am

LOL…former player. Sounds like sour grapes to me. Sure you didn’t sit behind some of Richt’s “tenured” seniors up in Athens??

“The fact of the matter is that few players in college football are that much better than the others, it’s just a coaching decision.”

Good one.

Gene

September 28th, 2010
11:52 am

Corey Earls is one of the fastest WR in the ACC why isnt he returning kicks, punts, running reverses or something? When you have a player who can change the course of the game as soon as he touches the ball, give him the ball. Last year BeBe was the go to game breaker, Earls is just as capable and has better hands and speed than BeBe had. It would make Tech games alot more exciting to see a passing attack and a fast guy like Earls with the ball in his hands. Right now its just the Josh Nesbitt left, Josh Nesbitt right show. And if yall can’t tell already, they are on to that one so whats plan B? Pass the ball….This is why Jaybo left

Gene

September 28th, 2010
11:59 am

Give Correy the ball more

joeygt

September 28th, 2010
12:01 pm

for all the ga bloggers get off our blog dont you think your own ga teams has enough problems for you to worry about then to be on here

gt87

September 28th, 2010
12:19 pm

Doug,

Where are all the linemen from the state being recruited to?

Linemen are always needed yet we are so weak here, and the team to the east also seems to lack linemen.

Isn’t this a recruiting opportunity?

GTRich

September 28th, 2010
12:29 pm

Reality Stinks – Try this on for size – 10 – number of players arrested. 0 – number of SEC wins.
Reality does stink.

Reality Stinks

September 28th, 2010
12:35 pm

GTPoor

Try this on for size 8-9 against a washed up pro-style offense thats getting drummed right now in the SEC

Reality Stinks doesnt it

Systemic

September 28th, 2010
12:43 pm

Least Tech can handle Miss. State. See you in Nov. sunshine.

Born2Buzz

September 28th, 2010
12:53 pm

gt87, look at our roster. there are many underclassmen linemen on the team. PJ has been recruiting lots of them the last 2 years, they just need to mature. Chan may have had a few good recruits but he didn’t leave a lot of beef in the cupboard.

Can Earls and Melton play D? That’s where this team needs help.

Reality Stinks

September 28th, 2010
12:54 pm

Systemic

WOW at least Tech can hand Miss State really

You couldnt even handle Kansas who lost to who was it now South Dakota State

BLAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Reality Stinks

September 28th, 2010
1:03 pm

Reality . Stinks

Wow are you at a loss for comebacks or do you really feel that way?