Bedford is back

At Georgia Tech, the value of All-ACC center Sean Bedford’s return to practice Wednesday can hardly be overstated. He figures to help the Yellow Jackets Saturday night at Wake Forest.

He left last Saturday’s loss to N.C. State when his right shin was leg-whipped by the shin of a Wolfpack player on the Yellow Jackets’ second possession.

With backup center Jay Finch out with a hamstring injury, Tech went with redshirt freshman Ray Beno. His college debut took him through the first possession of the second half and senior Zach Krish – a former walk-on – finished the game. Tech rushed for a season-low 247 yards, 96 yards below average.

Finch returned to practice as well, and coach Paul Johnson said, “They both went and looked good.”

Beno and Krish had their hands full. It is the center’s job to call blocking schemes for all of his linemates, often audibilizing at the line of scrimmage. Beno said after the game he didn’t change many calls.

Making matters worse for the offense, N.C. State middle linebacker Nate Irving became the ACC defensive player of the week after registering 16 combined tackles and assists, 4.5 tackles for lost yardage and two sacks. In the Wolfpack’s first three games, Irving had 11 combined tackles, half a tackle for lost yardage and no sacks.

Bedford is wearing a soccer-style shin guard on his heavily wrapped leg.

“There was definitely some bruising down their fairly deep. All I know is it hurt . . . a lot,” he said. “On any given play, the tackles will have to relay information to me and the quarterback so we can make our calls and figure out what we’re doing. We need that communication. I think Beno did a very valiant job for his collegiate debut.

“But ultimately to expect somebody to know the intricacies of playing center after a handful of days on the job, it’s just unreasonable. I’ve been playing this long enough that on any given play, I don’t have to think about my assignment. It’s second nature and I can make sure we’re aligned correctly, and in the best position to succeed.”

– Matt Winkeljohn, for the AJC

15 comments Add your comment


September 29th, 2010
9:31 pm

welcome back Sean

GT Fan

September 29th, 2010
9:44 pm

I hope Bedford is ready for Saturday. Things really fell apart for the Jackets when he got hurt on Saturday. Beno could not fill Bedford’s spot at all, but given the fact that it was his first time out there, I’ll cut him a break. I’m ready to see my Jackets from 09 show up in 10! Go Jackets!


September 29th, 2010
10:09 pm

Get well and kick some deacon butt.

Stephen CC

September 29th, 2010
10:14 pm

It’s good to have Bedford back.

Sean, hope the leg heals quickly. Also, start passing along your knowledge of the offense so that those after you can play as well as you have.


September 29th, 2010
10:19 pm

This is really good news. Thanks, Matt.
Rip ‘em up, Sean!

Delbert D.

September 29th, 2010
10:33 pm

Very good news for the Jackets.


September 29th, 2010
11:06 pm

Thank Jesus… That was a HUGE loss in Saturdays game. Big deal to have him back out on the field this weekend. Gonna run the 3-O alot smoother with him helpin Joshua read the defense and adjust.


September 29th, 2010
11:06 pm

Thank Jesus… That was a HUGE loss in Saturdays game. Big deal to have him back out on the field this weekend. Going to run the 3-O alot smoother with him helpin Joshua read the defense and adjust.


September 29th, 2010
11:07 pm

Cmon now… Lets get it Jackets! Thrash some defenders this weekend Sean!


September 29th, 2010
11:33 pm

Unlike many of you who love to trash talk any article on UGA, good luck this weekend. See you in a few weeks….


September 29th, 2010
11:37 pm

This is huge. I don’t want to lay this at Bedford’s feet (not his fault he went out), but him going down, combined with our overall lackluster performance put the game out of reach quickly. With an amateur center in, the dive was easily defeated. If you can’t make them respect the dive, the option will not work! Just sucks that Finch was already out. It was one of those perfect storm situations.


September 30th, 2010
12:51 am

and one that I will preclude that NCSU is overrated… living in Raleigh and hearing their praise on the many radio stations of fans enjoying the 4-0 start, but lets put it into perspective, losing bedford and losing focus made the pack look really good. Then listening to PJ radio conference that 85 plays were busted and seeing it for myself on the replay only solidifies my arguement about the pack. I’m hoping VT comes into Carter Finley and wins big! I’m hating the pack party, especially since it came after destroying Georgia Tech.


September 30th, 2010
4:58 am

Anytime Tech is “Supposed” to win, they do not play.
Guess they think they are so good the other team will not show up.

bob horner

September 30th, 2010
5:17 am

A center in this offence is very important.It was a matter of timing and blocking assignments that was messed up, and boy could you tell it was messed up! The defence has no excuse,except for still learning, but that is a real stretch. You have to have tough linebackers to play this defence, and that is one problem, along with missing assignments. Things will get better this week, I hope. Ga. State could run all over us at this point.

Ramblin Man

September 30th, 2010
10:19 am

Let’s just hope for a better all around effort. I truely believe this team can win and correct the mistakes that are made. This defense needs to shore up problems fast though. Washington really needs to get some playing time so he can lead this team next year and CPJ is not going to put him in unless we have a 2 TD lead and a D that can atleast slow down opposing Os. Most offenses can afford to use a inexperienced QB if the lineman, backs, and WR can compensate for it but that just is not the case with GT.