Who will win the return battles?

Georgia has a good punt returner and kick returner.

Georgia Tech’s kickoff-coverage team has been mostly solid this season. Its punt-coverage teams….not so much.

The Yellow Jackets can’t afford to give up big plays in either area in Saturday’s game.

Georgia’s Brandon Boykin is the school’s leader in kickoff return yards (1,708 in 62 attempts). He has returned four for touchdowns in his career, including three that covered 100 yards. He’s averaging 25.7 yards per return this season.

Tech has allowed one return for a touchdown this season, the 90-yard game-winner at Virginia Tech. For the season, the Jackets are limiting teams to 19 yards per return.

Dominique Reese, a member of the kick coverage team, said the key to stopping Boykin is to get to him quickly.

“You have to get him stopped before he can get started,” he said.

Tech’s issue this season covering punts fall to penalties and missed tackles. The Jackets are allowing 10.8 yards per return. Georgia’s Branden Smith is averaging 16.1 yards per return.

“You just have to go back to keep practicing what you do, practice the basics, the fundamentals and hope you can execute,” coach Paul Johnson said. “They have great athletes, returners with great speed. It presents a challenge.”

18 comments Add your comment

CT_Jacket

November 26th, 2010
2:41 pm

Our ST aren’t horrible, but they have had a few letdowns this year. With UGA’s speed and roster depth, they are probably better in this area. I am impressed with the way that Blair has turned his performance around.

mo

November 26th, 2010
4:27 pm

Jarrard will have a big game, go 37 Julian Burnett will too

Buzz29

November 26th, 2010
5:42 pm

I’ll post here since there isn’t a basketball blog.

I bet there will be more GT turnovers than asses in the seats in the Atlantic City Legends Classic.

Mike Singletary

November 26th, 2010
6:46 pm

Tech fans don’t seem to care about anything but football, and they don’t care if their players are enrolled in silly majors that no parents who are paying the bills would send their kids to Tech for. The very few football and basketball players who graduate have no job opportunities and end up unemployed or working in menial jobs that hardly require a college degree.
UGA is a real school with serious academic standards, and that includes scholarshipped athletes. Tech has a long history of being a nerd school, where parents send their kids to get picked on by bullies, even if the degree itself is practically worthless.

Brian

November 26th, 2010
8:26 pm

@mike you are right-UGA has real academic standards-maybe they should add “how to stay out of jail” to the class selection next year-that way most of the team wont get arrested and bring shame to the school.

"nerd"

November 26th, 2010
8:31 pm

Perhaps, Mr. Singletary, you could enlighten us about the jobs that await “graduates” holding degrees with “serious academic standards”. Refresh my memory, just how many points is a three-pointer worth? What good are pre-journalism, housing, leisure studies, turfgrass management, or some-such other nonsense. Are employers beating down the doors for someone who can run a mower on a golf course? Hopefully those diplomas are the size of a blanket so they’d be some use on the bed/park bench of the future.

InsectInside

November 26th, 2010
10:12 pm

Surely Mike Singletary is projecting sarcasm. Surely.

bugsquacher

November 27th, 2010
3:46 am

from the words of the great Larry Munson……… Man oh Man, are there going to be some bugs squashed tonight…..

bugsquacher

November 27th, 2010
3:48 am

beat down ah comin’………..get ready Nerds……. its that time of year

bob horner

November 27th, 2010
6:38 am

Mike, What are you smoking? The players from gawga that graduate, join the fan base of unruly, trailer trash drunkards, that somehow manage to buy tickets and stand up in the stadium barking and howling at the moon.

NoHoliday

November 27th, 2010
8:26 am

All this whining about Tech’s curriculum versus football players. GA seems to excel in recruting thugs, drunks and drug users. How many have gotten arrested or suspended this year? You can’t spell Drug Addict without U…G….A…..

destin dawg

November 27th, 2010
9:21 am

traffic tickets ???? there are rivalries.. but everybody hates the nerd Techies… ask Clemson, Auburn, FSU, fans ????

layinlow

November 27th, 2010
9:30 am

Boggs, you ran from the criticism of that last blog. Even Tech fans turned on you over that trash. Tell us from what college did you matriculate?

layinlow

November 27th, 2010
9:46 am

My bad. Just realized this is a Doug Roberson blog. oops.

Eastof A1A

November 27th, 2010
10:09 am

destin, I don’t know where you do your polling, but Clemson, Auburn, and Tech fans usually show a lot of respect and comraderie with each other. Even including before AND after ACC Championship game last year. I live in Florida and discuss college teams with my FSU friends all the time. Most admire Tech for the school it is, and its occasional superlative team. The one school everyone seems to think is a redneck bastion of ignorance is UGA, which creates a strong common ground for the rest of the educated world.

Dawgtards ruin this state

November 27th, 2010
11:04 am

@destin dawg – thUGA fans are hated equaly by all SEC programs ask Auburn and Clemson (ACC)fans – they hate you. All the hot air coming from Athens is a joke, just like your degree.

If you gonna talk smack and least get ONE thing correct you thUGA moron!

Old Tech Dude

November 27th, 2010
12:23 pm

Why did no one listen to me back in September. We are what we are. We have less talent than most of the ACC and . We are having a terrible recruiting year. We can’t win if we don’t get better players.

Bulldog Fan

November 27th, 2010
11:28 pm

Told you GT Fan that Georgia was going to win!!!!