Allen is working harder on finishing

As badly as he wants to score a touchdown, Georgia Tech B-back Anthony Allen said he’s not worried that he hasn’t yet this season.

Coach Paul Johnson said on Sunday that Allen needs to finish runs when he’s in the secondary. Allen agreed on Monday.

“I’m definitely frustrated in myself that I’m getting tackled by one guy down field when I could have put a move on a guy and scored a touchdown,” the redshirt senior said.

Allen is Tech’s second-leading rusher this season with 330 yards on 61 carries. When Jonathan Dwyer left early and was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL draft, many Tech fans assumed that Allen would move over from A-back and rip off another 1,400-yard season. Dwyer hit 1,395 as a sophomore (13 games) as well as a junior (14 games), while rushing for 26 touchdowns.

One of the differences in Allen’s stats and Dwyer’s is that he dominated the B-back carries the previous two season. This season, the carries are being split more between Allen, Preston Lyons and Lucas Cox. They are still on pace to surpass 1,000 yards as a group for a 12-game season.

Perhaps the biggest difference, though, is the lack of big plays. Dwyer broke 11 runs of at least 30 yards last season. Allen has two this season, including a 30-yarder against Wake.

“It’s something that I need to work on,” Allen said. “I’m getting tackled by one guy. That shouldn’t happen. You go back and look at the tape last year and the year before that, Jon was breaking those long runs. It may be why I haven’t gotten a touchdown yet.”

59 comments Add your comment

bob horner

October 5th, 2010
5:07 am

He has to have blocks before he can break runs…If cpj would run more slants and pitches for Allen, and not up the middle all the time he will get the yards. We all know that Allen is a great runner. Our o-line is nonexistant….the only way Josh can complete s pass is while running for his life.

Jerry Davis

October 5th, 2010
6:06 am

Bob Horner -

Please leave the study hall crap where it belongs. Geez dude.

dagnabit

October 5th, 2010
6:16 am

I’l bet Allen knows if Georgia Tech does a flea-flicker.

dagnabit

October 5th, 2010
6:18 am

Has anyone ever seen a sorrier bulldawg team than the 2010 team?

dagnabit

October 5th, 2010
6:21 am

I’ve been watching college football since 1958 and I’ve never seen a team that managed to get in their own way.

juvenal

October 5th, 2010
6:23 am

speak of the devil, & he comes……..AA & O-line are in transition, be patient, they used to give coaches 4-5 years to install their philosophy…

5150 P.O.A.D

October 5th, 2010
6:59 am

Time for Johnson to go! He doesn’t look like a genius now!

Munson's Toupee

October 5th, 2010
7:32 am

Allen SHOULD be working harder at keeping his helmet strapped on, and cutting that ridiculous hair. Maybe if he did both things he could see the holes in front of him.
Time for him to finally step it up and be a team leader, and player, that he can be.

GT Hammer

October 5th, 2010
7:50 am

He’s certainly not Dwyer.

But poor guy is running behind offensive linemen that wouldn’t make the 3rd depth chart at Bama or Ohio State or LSU

michael

October 5th, 2010
8:03 am

it’s what you do not what you say if you’re not part of the future than get out of the way!

Dude

October 5th, 2010
8:05 am

I know this is off the subject, but has Will Jackson left every game this year? I think he has. Is it the same injury??? Is he injury prone??

RogersParkRob

October 5th, 2010
8:34 am

I think the offense would execute better if CPJ puts Allen back at A Back. He is a better blocker downfield and seems to run better in space.

Eastof A1A

October 5th, 2010
8:43 am

Nice catch for a TD last week by Embry Peeples, but Peeples needs to not fall down on every carry as soon as someone touches him. I’m pretty impressed at how tough Bostic throws his 165 lbs around.

Ray Ray Goff

October 5th, 2010
8:48 am

Gotta work harder to get better.

T3

October 5th, 2010
8:57 am

Allen is afraid of contact. Its that simple.

He runs scared.

He ALWAYS slows down when contact is coming from ANY direction,
rather than “run through” the contact.

He blocks scared.

He wiffs on MOST of his blocks. Its pitiful.

He PLAYS like a “show pony” rather than a “workhorse.”

His “act” is getting “stale.”

I would seriously rather see Cox at B-Back and Allen at A-Back.

Cox doesnt play with the “hesitation”
that Allen displays…EVERY…SINGLE…GAME.

Come on Coach. Time to raise the expectations at B-Back.

Obviously, T3...

October 5th, 2010
9:05 am

…you have never played a down of high level football in your life – but nice try at criticizing a guy laying on the line everyday in practice and during every game…

Sammy Dawg

October 5th, 2010
9:21 am

As sorry as the Dawgs are this season. Tech will find a way to poop themselves and lose in November. Tech will be 6-5 coming into Athens in hopes a decent bowl (Independence or maybe Blue Turf). UGA will be 4-7 or 3-8 with nothing to lose. The pressure will be all over tech and coach Johnson. The Dawgs win by 7-10 points, save what little is left in their season and tech will be passed up by any bowl because tech fans do not travel well. This geographic (not competetive) rivalry will move to 9 of the last 10 to the Dawgs with tech hanging onto their only victory by 3 points. Good luck the rest of the way.

Bobby T

October 5th, 2010
9:31 am

Allen, Cox, and Lyons are all no different. TRUE FULLBACKS! To be successful at B-back in this offense is to be a Tailback like Dwyer was (big play caliber, and athletic). Allen, Cox, Lyons are all dreadfully slow with no ability to finish a run when in the secondary.. that is IF they can get to the secondary. All three run with their head down right into their own lineman or a defender. Hardly any of Techs RB’s beat the first defender. The only one I see do that is the QB Nesbit! There is some promise though Tech has a RB on their roster of Dwyers caliber if not better but they have them red-shirted. Perkins a 2010 top recruit I’ve seen first hand daily in practice humiliate Grohs starting defense! If CPJ wants to save his season becuase the 2nd half is going to get ugly he would put Perkins at B-back and move Allen back to A along with Orwin Smith creating a much bigger and scarier backfield with the threat of big targets for Nesbit to pass too and run the option any which way!

5150 P.O.A.D

October 5th, 2010
9:43 am

cute comment Fake POAD @7 am.

juvenal

October 5th, 2010
9:51 am

sammy, it’s not that hard to get on Tony’s site today-yeah, it’s tough losing a bunch of games by less than a touch’ but that is no rational person’s idea of non-competetive…conversely, we do amazingly well against Clemson, who won a nat’l champ more recently than uga….5150, glad to see that was not you…Doug, what is the age on our O-line?

Tokyo jacket

October 5th, 2010
9:56 am

Why are we knocking Allen when he’s averaging over 5 ypc? Seriously? His issue is carries. Our system has three reads and right now teams are closing down the middle. It’s working out really well for Nesbitt and Bostic and the rest of our A-backs. As a team, we’ve kind of choked on the run the past couple of games, but Allen is getting yards when he gets touches. As our outside game heats up more and more, they’ll have to stop selling out to the middle.

Burdell

October 5th, 2010
9:57 am

I agree Bobby T…if we could have Orwin Smith, Bostic and Charles Perkins (all 3 the future of GT backs) on the field at the same time we will be scary good!

Maybe its time to burn the redshirt…

spectator

October 5th, 2010
9:58 am

Sammy dog…I hate to break the news to you, but GT won’t be playing on the “Blue Rug”. That is now an SEC bowl, not ACC. Your dawgs may be on the blue rug if they can even win enough games to qualify, or if they are really lucky could be Shreveport again.

Tokyo jacket

October 5th, 2010
10:00 am

Sorry, two reads and three options. Either way, I’m not worried about this offense will do. Just hitting a rough patch right now. Things will definitely be jelling over the next couple of weeks.

Burdell

October 5th, 2010
10:03 am

spectator…Independence (Shreveport) is now an ACC bowl…

Burdell

October 5th, 2010
10:04 am

Mountain West #3 vs. ACC #7

West Coast Two Stars

October 5th, 2010
10:15 am

Doug, Same results as last week, why even write the stories? Anthony is busy making video’s or his tweet page, or getting his hair done, geez get some football players on the team.

Tech75

October 5th, 2010
10:23 am

The problem is in how the opposing defenses are starting to play in the middle of the D-Line. Teams are seeing something there that is giving us problems that our guards and center can’t handle.

You can’t run this offense if the center of the line is getting blown up every play; it takes a certain amount of time for Joshua to take the snap, make his initial turn, make his read, etc.; if there’s somebody already grasping his legs or distracting him he’s not going to execute well.

For sure CPJ knows what these teams are doing to blow it up. Now the question is: how long before the solution appears?

Sammy Dawg

October 5th, 2010
10:38 am

Thanks for the clarification on the bowls, but I think you made my point. Nobody cares about those low end bowls, which I fully expect GT to be competing for when they role into Athens at 6-5. I also expect UGA to be fighting for its 4th of 5th win of the season. No bowls this year. Just the end of the year, count it as a lock, win over our geographic rivals from the ATL. Once again, I think tech is the better team this year, just not going to win. Too much pressure on your players and coaches on that one game. The idea of losing and going 1 for 10 is already floating in the fans, players and coaches heads.

Bobby T

October 5th, 2010
10:40 am

If you watch the film Allen misses way to many holes because his head is down instead of being up to see and make cuts. I have not seen the shiftiness Dwyer displayed constantly. So to put all the blame on the line would be unfair because there is big play opportunity not taking advantage of by these FULLBACKS. Like I said if CPJ was smart he would just play his future.. being Orwin, Bostic, Perkins. Let’s face it Roddy, Allen, Lyons, Cox, Peeples, Wright etc. are nowhere near next level potential. It would be a joke to even consider it!

Burdell

October 5th, 2010
10:40 am

I liked the wrinkle during the second to last drive of the 4th when AA got his long run…instead of taking the dive straight up the middle (A gap) into the LB he went between the guard and tackle which allowed him to break past the LB and get into the secondary. It’s those small adjustments that CPJ can make that win us the games. Haven’t see a lot of that this season compared to ‘08 and ‘09.

Burdell

October 5th, 2010
10:41 am

Sammy…you’re bragging about not going to a bowl this season. Loserville.

blazer

October 5th, 2010
10:50 am

i think nesbitt was trying to throw it to stephen hill on the peebles t.d. pass!

Captain Obvious

October 5th, 2010
10:53 am

AA is no Dwyer and this season’s O-line is not last season’s O-line. Burning redshirts after 5 games is stupid. That decision has been made. Forget about it!

Sammy Dawg

October 5th, 2010
10:58 am

Burdell, the tech game will be our bowl game. Heck, when tech poops themselves again and we win, I say make rings for the team for salvaging something of a rotten, broken down season. We could put the score on one side and a big pile of dog poo on the other side comemerating both our seasons. We can start a new 9 out of 10 run in 2011. Good luck the rest of the way this season.

Wow, Burdell...

October 5th, 2010
11:10 am

…I was just getting ready to give you kudos for pointing out that the Independence Bowl is now an ACC bowl when you went and showed some questionable insight about the “wrinkly” involving running in the guard/tackle gap rather than the center/guard gap – in basic football parlance this is what as known as another in the “belly” series, with the play practiced and practiced (in my day it was called 31/32 dive in the c/g gap, and 33/34 if in the g/t gap) just a basic call that whoever is calling the play has to make when he sees how the dive back is being handled so that blocking schemes can be adjusted…

And Sammy was not bragging, just making an observation…

JW

October 5th, 2010
11:10 am

Sammy Dawg

If GT rolls in at 6-5, you better believe that the UGA game will be our bowl game too. GT has played better on the road than at home this season. UGA has sucked on the road and at home. The last time GT was in Athens, CPJ handed UGA a L. The same will happen again this year.

Vegas Jackette

October 5th, 2010
11:17 am

Allen has always looked good in short passes, the O line has something to do with his inept ability to break through on runs but I did see something different about him in the 4th quarter that I haven’t seen before this season, intensity. I hope that momentum carries over the rest of the season. Allen does block for the others and is a team player. Go get ‘em Ant, let’s go Jackets

Sammy Dawg

October 5th, 2010
11:40 am

JW, good point, but in that game, tech really did not have much pressure in that game. They were having a great season, a good bowl was certain, they were not favored, they were down 16 at the half and played great in the second half. I would also pont to another piece of evidence in last year’s game. Tech favored, at home, playing a UGA team that just lost to Ky. Crappy bowl was certain for UGA, Tech was going on to be the ACC champ in Jax the following week. When UGA showed some fight in your house, tech players (and coaches) pooped themselves with poor execution and poor play calling at the end of the game. All you had to do is run the ball to win and your coaches wouldn’t. I wonder why.

West Coast Two Stars

October 5th, 2010
11:50 am

Don’t worry UGA fans, Tech will hand this game over to you the way they are playing this year, i would be embarrassed to win if i was UGA

Jan Kemp's Advisor

October 5th, 2010
11:50 am

We have so many coaches on here, it is a wonder thay are not coaching somewhere. They must be opposites of Chan Gailey and not inrerview well. How is that working out for Buffalo? By the way, for our flea-bitten fan’s from wher my client used to be employed, have you ever seen anybody do lees with so many “5STAR” recruits and mythical top 5 classes. As a professional advisor who has advise some of the best, let me offer some sound advice. When you are 1-4, DO NOT BARK!

Colts

October 5th, 2010
11:54 am

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GTGUY109

October 5th, 2010
11:56 am

Allen is a great back…maybe not the best at b-back and definitely not a John Dwyer but he will still have a good season..And i know this season has been frustrating but we cant shoot down CPJ just yet we still have hit a lot of his recruiting classes maybe in think next couple of years we will see great improvement and even this season isnt lost we can still win the ACC if we want it

JW

October 5th, 2010
12:11 pm

Sammy Dawg

Good points. Who knows how the season will play out for both teams? UGA may go on a 7 game winning streak; perhaps GT will do the exact opposite in which case, UGA will be highly favored and GT will have nothing to play for except beating UGA. I don’t foresee either of those scenarios playing themselves out that way however. It will probably be a pick’em game and the game will be won or lost on the last play of the game. Neither defense (GT or UGA) can have ANY confidence that they will be able to stop the opposing team’s offense at this point.

in short…we’ll just have to wait and see.

Of course, GO JACKETS!! & and I’m hoping CPJ goes to 2-1 in the GT v UGA series.

Matt

October 5th, 2010
12:17 pm

Sammy, you keep calling tech your geographic rival and not your competitive rival. First of all that doesn’t make sense because every game except for one in the 8 out of 9 streak has been a competitive game. Secondly who would you consider UGA’s true rival then, South Carolina? And please, please don’t embarass yourself and say Florida!

ThatStingHurts

October 5th, 2010
12:27 pm

Sammy Dawg – You are making some very good points. Nice to have a rival on here who isn’t all full of trash. But I think the rivalry game will depend more on how the two teams do the rest of the way this season. My Gator friends are well aware that UGa is a dangerous team. And I have to believe that GT will keep improving. If UGa stops making stupid mistakes, that game could be a nut-buster.

Sammy Dawg

October 5th, 2010
12:52 pm

Matt, our competitive rival at this time… good question. Not Florida! At this time it has to be Tennessee with South Carolina right in there. Maybe we can make the Auburn game close, I don’t know. I hope someday we can consider Florida and GT our competitive rivals. I brought this whole rival thing up as a bi-product of the way our scheduling will change here soon. Scheduling more like Florida has some good points, I would rather go out and scedule home and homes with other AQ schools. If we are not in the future, I was stating my opinion that if GT is going to be the only AQ OofC game UGA plays, maybe we ought to rotate playing GT home and home every 8-10 years and insert Clemson, VT, FSU, NCSU or others into that mix GT could isert there old rivals like Tenn, Auburn and Notre Dame. WVU and Marshall do it that way, why not GT and UGA?

Turner Gill

October 5th, 2010
1:36 pm

Georgia Tech sucks, they could barely beat Wake Forest even with the injuries to their quarterbacks. We beat them with a team that couldn’t beat Southern Miss.

Kapps

October 5th, 2010
2:03 pm

Allen sucks. No td’s against some bad offenses in 5 games. We should put someone else in his place.

Burdell

October 5th, 2010
2:41 pm

Hey wow, Burdell…

You obviously don’t follow Tech’s offense very closely. But at least we agree that it was an adjustment made by our coach that resulted in big yards on a scoring drive late in the 4th quarter which led to a victory for the Jackets. How did UGA’s last drive work out in Boulder? How about against Arkansas? Mississippi State?…oh that’s right you were already down by two scores anyway….