Line improving, but work to do

Though Georgia Tech’s offensive line features three new starters, and may have four for Saturday’s 7 p.m. game at Wake Forest, it is performing (mostly) well.

With redshirt sophomore Omoregie Uzzi at one guard, redshirt freshman Will Jackson at the other and redshirt sophomore Phil Smith at a tackle, Tech’s rushing attack is averaging 320.5 yards per game this season. The glue to the line, center and senior Sean Bedford, may miss Saturday’s game after he was kicked in the shin in last week’s loss to N.C. State. He didn’t practice on Monday and won’t practice on Tuesday.

There’s a chance that another redshirt freshman, Ray Beno, could start in Bedford’s place against the Deacons.

Assistant coach Mike Sewak said you can see the progress the line is making, though the consistency is lacking.

“Watch the first snap [against N.C. State], Omoregie Uzzi knocks the heck out of his guy. He knocks him back,” Sewak said. “And then you see Will Jackson knocking his guy back.

“If we can consistently do that …”

Jackson said he feels that the line is much improved from the opener against S.C. State. He said he was so hyped it felt like he was playing the New England Patriots, rather than a FCS (formerly Division I-AA) team.

There has been some discontent from some fans, saying that the line is getting manhandled. Sewak, who coaches the guards and center, disagrees, saying that sometimes the line catches a blitz that bends them back.

Pass protection is an issue. Johnson said on Tuesday that too many times Joshua Nesbitt is running for his life instead of having time to survey the field.

25 comments Add your comment

Buzz29

September 28th, 2010
1:28 pm

I didn’t realize the line was so young.

I hope Bedford can get healthy. Its to the point now where anytime I see a lineman on the ground after a play I just assume its #79.

Go Jackets!

Systemic

September 28th, 2010
1:30 pm

When you stop to reflect, you realize how young this line really is. The trajectory is positive though. Patience Jackets, we’ll have something special in a couple of years!

5150 P.O.A.D

September 28th, 2010
1:31 pm

We could not run to the Left against NCSU.

Reality Stinks

September 28th, 2010
1:38 pm

Doug

Your column should instead be titled

“Line improving, but change needs to be made on offensive play calling”

Reality Stinks

September 28th, 2010
1:41 pm

Systemic

I like your optimism now turn to page two, the final page of the book

“Coach Your Kids 1920’s Style Offense in Minutes” Copywrite 1938.

albanyfan

September 28th, 2010
1:41 pm

By next year this line will be a strength of the team! And as much as I love Nesbitt, whomever gets the QB job will be a “real” option QB who can also throw. Next year is our year!

joeygt

September 28th, 2010
1:45 pm

to me the o line and d line have gotten manhandles this year blocking has been horrible. if techs o and d line were anybetter we would be 4-0 right now not 2-2

joeygt

September 28th, 2010
1:48 pm

in coach pj system you dont need the most talented players he proved that at navy.. heck navy almost beat ohio state last year
gt lacks execution of the offense an defense

Hayseed Dixie

September 28th, 2010
1:52 pm

The play calling is fine.

The defensive schemes are sound.

It’s the old adage: “We’re just not getting it done, execution-wise”.

Our line got beat and QB Russel was better than our defensive execution.

That’s about as 101 as it gets in football, there’s no big mystery to it.

juvenal

September 28th, 2010
1:56 pm

wait! he surveys the field? does it without changing his body position…

egregious spelling

September 28th, 2010
1:56 pm

Reality Stinks, it’s copyright.

Student Athlete

September 28th, 2010
2:47 pm

Coach what is the OL progressing towards?

Last week was the worst OL performance since you got here. Where are you progressing to, your next job, cause if this continues you need to progress on out of town……..

Chuck Allison

September 28th, 2010
2:55 pm

JOEYGT, Punctuation, grammar, and capital letters! Please quit making us look bad.

GTinNC

September 28th, 2010
3:03 pm

Look at the replay of the game – the line did pretty good. Actually Anthony Allen and several A-backs were the ones missing blocks or blocking the wrong person especially those plays in which Joshua was stuffed at or behind the line. Number 73 missed his block big time on the reverse play to Hill – he would have gone another 30 yards if 73 had just stood in front of his man instead of driving at his feet and missing the block completely.

KeiththeJacket

September 28th, 2010
3:04 pm

It’s like the old saying goes: It’s not the X’s and O’s but the Jimmys and Joes. Our Jackets have to work hard M-F, and man up on Saturday. We may not win the ACC this season, or even the Coastal Division, but we will not be .500 or less.

TDone

September 28th, 2010
3:18 pm

It may be the same for any team, but I think our scheme works against any team as long as we execute.

Tuckerman

September 28th, 2010
4:01 pm

The Institute screwed the program by not admitting the two graduating seniors into grad school. Big blow to the O-Line.

TechDude

September 28th, 2010
4:36 pm

Tuckerman, this isn’t UGA, we actually have to be able to get into grad school before we apply!

wesleywhatwhat

September 28th, 2010
4:37 pm

i’m guessing that “student athlete” is neither a georgia tech student nor much of an athlete.

and no, madden 11 doesn’t count.

Not so fast

September 28th, 2010
6:22 pm

Jaybo Shaw was an option QB and what did he do? Not much and off he went, so saying it will get better with an option qb is not necessarily true.

Not so fast

September 28th, 2010
6:23 pm

your right Tuckerman, that never did get explained why that happened? One of them playing for Ga St. who started for us last year and helped win us the ACC. Noone is giving the real reason behind any of that.

Vegas Jackette

September 28th, 2010
6:25 pm

D, any mention I guess not of just trying Allen back at Aback and see if Orwin or Bostic could handle some BBack duties? We need more blocking from Allen. Even switch Allen and Roddy.

Jonathan

September 28th, 2010
10:39 pm

I agree with Reality Stinks… we need to ditch our 1920’s offense that has over 20 wins and ACC championship…. you know we really should consider what they do in Athens… there are some bright minds up there running that pro style offense.. Scoring TD’s is overrated right Dawgs?? it must be because you didnt do it against USC or MISS ST

Jonathan

September 28th, 2010
10:42 pm

Vegas Jackette… I agree with you about putting Allen back at A-Back but only for him to be more productive out there… like he was… IMO he runs a little soft to play B-back the other guys you mentioned are to small to play in the middle… We should let Lucas Cox have a solid look at some playing time at B-back… look at Navy they use a similiar guy to Cox… and have success.. you have to be able to pound the middle of the field to the point the LBs just dont want to come down and stop it…

Jay

September 29th, 2010
8:50 am

People who say this is a “1920’s Offense” do not know football. You know what is a 1920’s offense? The wildcat. People were doing crap like that forever ago and now its the new craze. Fan’s dont understand football. This offense is about as innovative as you can get. That is why coaches come from all around to watch Tech practice in the spring. I was there. I know. People run the same plays out of the gun (Michigan, Florida, Oregon, Nevada, Miss St) and they are considered offensive geniuses. Tech’s problem is the lack of consistency in the offensive line and Nesbitts ability to complete passes that the defense gives them. He has to be able to complete the simple passes. And as an offensive line coach let me tell you, the offensive line the past two years has been terrible. If Tech had Navy’s offensive line things would be different. When this staff gets their type of linemen in and they are all Juniors and seniors instead of freshman and sophomores, then you will notice a huge difference.