B-back update: Lyons, Watson still out front

A quick update on B-backs. I’m planning on writing something for the paper either later this week or next week.

Preston Lyons and Richard Watson are getting most of the reps with the first unit, David Sims and Charles Perkins with the second group. They have been switching them a little bit to give Sims and Perkins a chance to run behind the first-string line, though Paul Johnson noted Wednesday that apparently hasn’t done them a lot of favors.

Sims is having some trouble getting out of the stance, as might be expected of someone in his first two weeks at the position. He and Perkins both are struggling with the pass-blocking aspect of the position. Perkins, a rising redshirt freshman, didn’t block at all in high school as a tailback at Collins Hill and worked with the scout team last fall. Sims has spent most of his time at Tech at quarterback.

“I know what I can do when I have the ball in my hands,” Perkins said. “It’s the whole blocking aspect and all that” that has been difficult.

Preston Lyons didn't have to block on this play, but his ability to do it is setting him apart thus far. (Johnny Crawford/AJC)

Preston Lyons didn't have to block on this play, but his ability to do it is setting him apart thus far. (Johnny Crawford/AJC)

Lyons can relate. You have to know the assignment – what to do, who to block – and then also technique – angles and different types of blocks.

“Some of the cut blocks, it’s not just going out there and diving at someone’s feet,” Lyons said. “There’s a lot more to it than that.”

B-backs coach Brian Bohannon sounds encouraged by some of what he’s seeing, but is still waiting for someone to take the job.

“We haven’t got a lot going at that position, not a lot of big runs,” he said.

96 comments Add your comment

awwww

April 14th, 2011
3:43 pm

forty-two > thirty-four

yellowfever

April 14th, 2011
3:46 pm

Doesn’t appear to be much speed in the backfield this year, we better get used to 3 and 4 yards at a time.

yellowfever

April 14th, 2011
3:47 pm

Enter your comments here
oh yea, first

GT GRAD

April 14th, 2011
3:47 pm

I feel confident we will be fine at B-Back & both A-back positions. I also think we will be just fine at WR this season.

I am somewhat concerned about the O-line and QB on offense as well as the ENTIRE defense and most of the special teams! It is early and the coaches/players have plenty of time to get it going.

Thanks for the information about GT football.

yellowfever

April 14th, 2011
3:48 pm

my bad, didn’t know awwww had already beat me

Collins Hill Alum

April 14th, 2011
4:01 pm

Perkins is going to be good. A very explosive runner, who will be a nasty ballcarrier one day. Watching him in high school, he looked a lot like Dwyer in speed, quickness, and power.

dawgfan

April 14th, 2011
4:26 pm

My God what a boring read. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

No knock on you Sugiura, just the subject you are covering. I feel sorry for you pal.

McPants

April 14th, 2011
4:31 pm

Gotta love those ugag trolls! Slow day cleaning toilets, eh?

THWG

ManUp...

April 14th, 2011
4:40 pm

Lyons can do it, but I really hope he can get holes. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen his open field speed. There’s a reason he was relegated to spelling Dwyer and then Allen. Perkins was supposed to be the next big thing here. Here’s hoping someone becomes the clear answer here! If so, we’ll be in decent shape when the O-line jels. Gotta have the ability to get at least 3 yards on the dive every play to make this offense hum. I think the guys can do that for sure. Learn in the spring, practice and workout all summer, and fine-tune it in the Fall. It’ll get there, especially if the attitude of hard work and hunger are there. They certainly should be!

Go Jackets!

Buzz 2011

April 14th, 2011
4:40 pm

The Dawgs are only dreaming of a dream team. The Jackets are getting set to put
it on the field..

Crimestopper

April 14th, 2011
4:42 pm

Hey Dawgdooo….lets talk about all of the pending arrests at UGA….much more interesting.

ToeMeetsLeather

April 14th, 2011
4:43 pm

Hey Dawgfan, at least he gets to interview players that speak in complete sentences.

Ken Sugiura

April 14th, 2011
4:44 pm

GT Grad – i think the defense will be better, but it has a lot of improving to do. i would agree quarterback and o-line play are significant variables.
sorry, yellow fever. maybe next time.

Do What?

April 14th, 2011
4:45 pm

@McPants – speaking of cleaning toilets, what’s the current status of former Tech basketball great Sammy Drummer? Last I can recall, as reported by this newspaper, he was a janitor at Ball State working in the basketball facility. A fine representative of Georgia Tech’s Sanitation Engineering program. Perhaps the Tech beat writer can do a follow up, I’m sure all Tech fans would be interested in the status of a former great and stellar representative of Tech.

Nadlicker

April 14th, 2011
4:48 pm

Not boring enough for your dumbass to post here.

ToeMeetsLeather

April 14th, 2011
4:50 pm

Do what? you bring up one guy. How about the 1980 UGA Chumps. Not one of the starters graduated on that team. Remember Jan Kemp big guy? That’s where the house of cards fell in and Vince the prince was exposed.

fljacket

April 14th, 2011
4:55 pm

Do What? – Get a life! FYI, Sammy Drummer was a friend of mine when we were at Tech together. Regardless of your opinion of him, Sammy had many positive qualities, and some faults as we all do. Sadly, Sammy is no longer with us, as he passed away some 15 years ago.

fljacket

April 14th, 2011
4:58 pm

Ken, any update on Asst. Bball coaches?

uga is last in the sec

April 14th, 2011
5:02 pm

My motto is to fire a uga grad a day….now all tech grads after me…”You are Fired, Mutt, git out.”

wrecked

April 14th, 2011
5:03 pm

The talent level keeps dropping , From Dwyer to Allen slight, from Allen to Lyons/Watkins/Perkins significant.PJs recruiting rearing its ugly head.

ManUp...

April 14th, 2011
5:07 pm

wrecked, you’re serious? You’re going to lump Perkins and Sims in there? I think you’ll be eating those words by November.

Go Jackets!

Reggie Ball

April 14th, 2011
5:09 pm

I went to a fine school for smart people like Tech, but I can’t count downs or years of eligibility so I think I may have another year. I can play A-back coach!

ManUp...

April 14th, 2011
5:14 pm

(can’t see my comments, so I’ll try to reword this one last time)

To everyone making fun of Tech athletes: What makes U(sic)GA or any football factory confident making fun of GT athletes?! Yes, they have higher SAT’s out of highschool than your players ON AVERAGE, but no one said “oh look, Reggie Ball and every GT athlete is just a normal Tech student! They’re going to succeed in life just like a well-rounded engineering major!” That would be stupid since it is VERY rare to see football and basketball players take their education and non/post-sports career that seriously. So does GT have a few guys short on brains? Of course. But how many does your school’s team have? Fewer? Doubt it! Very very highly doubt it, and you’d never prove that anyway. D-1 football is just that way. Yes, even at Tech.

Go Jackets!

Quincy Carter

April 14th, 2011
5:20 pm

I went to a great school too, but I could never beat Tech, so I went and did cocaine instead. Put me in Coach!

ManUp...

April 14th, 2011
5:21 pm

And for what it’s worth, it seems like for every Joe Hamilton or Reggie Ball there’s a Kevin Cone or Sean Bedford taking life a lot more seriously winning academic awards and athletic honors. I say that’s great for ANY team. We should all choose to celebrate them and encourage that outlook rather than rag on the unfortunate ones.

Go Jackets!

M.D.

April 14th, 2011
5:22 pm

Can’t wait to see Days at the T-game. He’s going to light up the score board with his arm….

M.D.

April 14th, 2011
5:25 pm

Or maybe it will be Washington instead lighting up the scoreboard. He sort of reminds me of Andrew Luck. Both are in a league of their own…

dawgfan

April 14th, 2011
5:29 pm

Crimestopper, let’s talk about how many UGA football players need to be put behind bars before your joke program can actually beat us. We always seem to have enough guys out on bond to lay the wood to that crybaby Techie arse time and time again.

Toemeetsleather, does the school that claims Joe Hamilton and Reggie “its just a game dawg” as alums really want to get in to a discussion about speaking ability? Please let me know if you are really this dense.

Thanks.

Stinger 2

April 14th, 2011
5:30 pm

Intresting comment from the B backs coach on this blog.
He says we don`t have much going at this position…not a lot of big runs.
His boss CPJ was quoted a few days ago as saying that he was not worried aout the B back position, we will be fine there. Who do we believe?

ManUp...

April 14th, 2011
5:32 pm

dawgfan, does ANYONE from UGA really want to have a discussion about intelligence with Tech fans…on their own blog…which is about sports, not academics, anyway?! Amazing….

Are all athletes smart? No. Are yours probably any smarter on average than the ones at Tech? No way!

Discussion over, back to football. And GO JACKETS!

Tech Man

April 14th, 2011
5:35 pm

Can’t criminal mutts stay on their own blog? Go talk to Quitsey Carter, he’s currently giving advice to JaMarcus Russell……that 600 average SAT score of the football team is really something to be proud of. Can Washaun Ealey even spell his name? He can’t see parked cars so who knows.

It’s spring practice. Lets just not lose our OT to a 3rd ACL tear. Fall is when the real stuff happens.

ManUp...

April 14th, 2011
5:36 pm

Stinger 2, I think the reason for that is because CPJ knows the B-back is always fine as long as the line does good work up front. Just 3.4 yards per dive is enough to slowly move downfield and will in theory serve to open up the keep and pitch game on the edge. Except for ball security and passing, the CPJ run game is almost plug-and-play in some ways. B-back is kind of that way. Was Allen so special to get 1000 yards? I’d argue he wasn’t that special compared to Dwyer. I kind of think the B-back’s coach should be the hardest on the B-backs. It’s his job to be.

Go Jackets!

kb

April 14th, 2011
5:54 pm

Tech man, Why does PJ keep offering players who sign with UGA 32 on this years roster had offers from PJ. PJ offers the more elite players they sign elsewhere.

Stinger 2

April 14th, 2011
5:57 pm

Good insight ManUp. Thanks. I hope you are right in that
B backs coach is just doing his job to make sure all of his guys give everything they have on every play.

ManUp...

April 14th, 2011
6:06 pm

Stinger 2, I mean, I’m no coach, but I do also believe a really special B-back could get better figures than Dwyer did. I know it was 1300+ for two seasons, but I think that could be surpassed by a running back who really took the explosiveness and run-finishing (yards after contact) aspects seriously. The thing is, they need to be a nasty blocker too. So you basically need to walk a fine line, in my opinion, between shifty speedsters and a wrecking-ball fullback. Who do we have that’s perfect for that? No sure. I’m hoping a youngun can step up and show fans something new and exciting. If not, I don’t think we’ll step backwards necessarily….but we might fail to step forward.

Go Jackets!

ManUp...

April 14th, 2011
6:07 pm

Man Man

April 14th, 2011
6:14 pm

Once Broderick Snoddy get there,im sure the job will be his

J W

April 14th, 2011
6:29 pm

IMHO – David Sims might be better suited for A-back position. (Lyons can handle B-back but definitely needs relief fromo time to time, and that can be provided by Watson.) With Sims outside, he’ll get better look at overall field and determine running lanes. Any, and all, backs will only be as good as the offensive line in front of them so let’s hope this unit jells quickly.

Paddy

April 14th, 2011
6:34 pm

Even being a Dawg fan, I am disgusted about the reference to Sammy Drummond! Bring up the past of someone who has past away is beoynd reprehensible. ” Do What”, you are a disgrace to the human race. I hope you are not a Dawg fan. You are way past contempt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GIVE ME A BREAK

April 14th, 2011
6:44 pm

During this time of the year, it’s all about ” SMOKE AND MIRRORS.”

gt

April 14th, 2011
6:49 pm

Blocking is what we didn’t do much of last year. Got the feeling that is what CPJ is concentrating on most this spring, even before he saw what he had.

Hold up

April 14th, 2011
6:51 pm

I’m curious, Tech owned UGA in football for a long time. Then around the mid 60s, uga started winning, more and more. Like Tech couldn’t get a win hardly at all. I smell something foul. You just don’t start losing time after time again to you’re rival. I think it’s funny all the UGA grads that are in the capital don’t want to give Tech more majors but give uga engineering? Something smells fishy. I’m going to investigate. Until next time……

Ron

April 14th, 2011
6:53 pm

Tech’s 3-4 Defense this year will trump UGA’s 3-4. Al Groh and company are getting their second wind. Just wait and see!

michael

April 14th, 2011
7:29 pm

just throw more please !

GT hulk

April 14th, 2011
8:00 pm

At least PJ recruited a long snapper, so guess he plans on punting alot

Ozzy

April 14th, 2011
8:16 pm

Add Hold up to that list of screen names too.

kb

April 14th, 2011
8:19 pm

Holdup, Tech has 15 wins against UGA since 1957. before 1957 Tech led the series 23-19-4. Since 1957 UGA leads 38-15.

original ole yeller

April 14th, 2011
8:39 pm

Any of you dawgs want to talk baseball? I think not. In my opinion you probably need to drop the sport, since you have not yet learned to play it. How many runs have you guys given up to Tech in the last two seasons. Now you are getting your butts whipped by freshmen. It does not look good for you guys in the near future.

gt4ever

April 14th, 2011
9:34 pm

I just hope to be competitive…..

RunningDog

April 14th, 2011
9:40 pm

You find me underestimating Tech. Maybe the Jackets won’t have the breakaway potential that Dwyer brought 2 seasons ago or Allen from last year, but they will pound you at B-back. Smith, Jones and Peeples are A-backs with dangerous speed too.