Tech spring practice No. 14 in the books

Greetings, all-

A few quick tidbits, mostly from a story I’m working on for Saturday’s paper in advance of the T-Day Game, largely about the defense.

1. One thing I’ve heard Paul Johnson and Al Groh mention a few times just in the last week and a half is “situational awareness.” Basically, it’s knowing the down, distance, score, field position and other factors and adjusting play accordingly. An obvious example is a wide receiver running beyond the first-down marker on third down rather than pulling up just short of it to catch a pass.

I don’t doubt Johnson has coached it every other spring, but I’ve heard it a good bit.

“We’re in a one-minute drill, the defense gets a sack and the ball goes loose,” Johnson said last week. “They know the situation that’s on the board. (Evidently, in this situation, the defense’s team was leading.) There’s a minute, 30 (seconds), one timeout, they try to pick it up and score with it. Fall on it, the game’s over. Now, he did pick it up, but that’s a great teaching moment right there.”

2. Where Johnson was less than thrilled in his assessment of spring practice after 14 practices – “we got some things accomplished,” he said. Granted, no one will ever mistake Paul Johnson for Dick Vitale – Groh was not.

Said Groh, “We got about as much out of these 14 days so far as we could.”

3. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve probably read something similar before, but outside linebacker Steven Sylvester feels much more confident in his understanding and ability to execute Groh’s defense. He said last year, players wanted to play fast but didn’t want to make mistakes.

“In the back of your mind, you’re thinking, ‘Do I have to be here or do I have to be here on this play?’ in the midst of the play going on,” he said. “Instead of focusing on the play, you’re trying to figure out your assignment. Now, being in the second year, it’s kind of like muscle memory. You’re just going.”

A good explanation, I thought.

4. I saw this on a couple other websites, but the Ramblin’ Wreck (Reck, if you will) has made it into EA Sports’ NCAA Football 12. They put out a promotional video for the game, which will go on sale in July. If you look at it closely, though, you’ll notice that the Wreck apparently comes out of the wrong tunnel (unless it’s circling back, I guess.)

There’s a few players (or at least characters in the game that bear an uncanny resemblance to actual players) in it – B-back Preston Lyons, A-back Orwin Smith, wide receiver Stephen Hill, offensive tackle Phil Smith and a fan wearing Julian Burnett’s jersey, as well as Uga and Georgia running back Washaun Ealey — in the ad. Lyons wasn’t terribly interested.

“I’m not a big gamer,” he said.

The real thing. I'll give someone a dollar if they can tell me who the person wearing black is, and how she managed to score a ride. That'd be a pretty good fund-raiser - auction off a seat on the Wreck, although perhaps the Wreck is a little too sacred for monetization. You  listening, Wayne Hogan? (Curtis Compton/AJC)

The real thing. I'll give someone a dollar if they can tell me who the person wearing black is, and how she managed to score a ride. That'd be a pretty good fund-raiser - auction off a seat on the Wreck, although perhaps the Wreck is a little too sacred for monetization. You listening, Wayne Hogan? (Curtis Compton/AJC)

62 comments Add your comment

Tech girls are ugly

April 21st, 2011
10:46 am

Isn’t Mark Richt required to pay the yearly Tag Fees on the “Wreck”, since he is the true OWNER.

9-1

Buzz

April 21st, 2011
10:53 am

Buzz

April 21st, 2011
10:54 am

First Tech Fan!!!!!!!

D A DoubleU G

April 21st, 2011
10:56 am

I want everybody to take note in the picture of that UGLY, UGLY car, the “to hell with georgia” flag flying on the front left fender……..

and you nerds get so offended whenever UGA fans say ANYTHING negative about you……

OBSESSED.

hey....

April 21st, 2011
10:59 am

Joe Cox UNDEFEATED vs tech

April 21st, 2011
11:00 am

D A DoubleU G

April 21st, 2011
11:06 am

HAHA!!!

Thanks Joe!

I really do like Tech people. They are smart, and at times witty. I just hate their sports teams, since it is a rivalry and I attend the University of Georgia.

They are about to get offended though, and begin their ad hominem rebuttal of our sports rivalry with an academic debate.

So I am taking my football and going home.

Gary

April 21st, 2011
11:31 am

Yeah and spurrier zook and meyer and soon to be muschamp own everything uga.

D A DoubleU G

April 21st, 2011
11:33 am

GARY PROVES MY POINT FIRST!!!!!!

Hot Dawg Heaven

April 21st, 2011
11:36 am

Georgia Tech Football: Vicariously living through the University of Florida since 1991.

404

April 21st, 2011
11:39 am

No surprise that so many UGA fans have LOTS of spare time to hang aroung a GT blog.

Thanks for caring so much about GT.

D A DoubleU G

April 21st, 2011
11:42 am

404 with another ad hominem rebuttal.

juvenal

April 21st, 2011
11:44 am

D A, thwg means that for most things, most of the time, we don’t care that you exist…….

706 > 404

April 21st, 2011
11:46 am

UGA fan: “We are better than Tech”

Tech fan: “Well, um…. Florida beats you!”

UGA fan: “They are suppose to. But we own Tech”

Tech fan: “Well, um…. i mean….. we build rockets!!!”

UGA fan: “OK…. we still own you in football”

Tech fan: “um…. um….. um…. we like math!!!!”

404

April 21st, 2011
11:47 am

D A DU G:

Thanks for confirming my point…Again.

D A DoubleU G

April 21st, 2011
11:59 am

Any time 404.

I am a full time UGA student. My glory days are still in their prime. The fact that you think being able to comment on a blog mid-day means you are unemployed exhibits your complete and total ignorance.

GTBob

April 21st, 2011
11:59 am

D A DoubleU G, if you are going to talk smack then quit being a pansy and making excuses for why you are talking smack. You seem to explain yourself in every blog you troll in when you don’t really need to. You can learn a lot from dawgfan. He trolls and really just doesn’t care about the reaction. In an odd way I respect that.

juvenal

April 21st, 2011
12:02 pm

D A, post whenever i want to-it’s my company……still, seldom post on the darkside, don’t waste my time & little over there that concerns me..

juvenal

April 21st, 2011
12:04 pm

now, back to topic-gotta love the GROHfness, bot rr found out at um they can only spend so much time on $port$…let’s get out there Sat………

Tastes like chicken

April 21st, 2011
12:06 pm

Don’t know who that lady is, but I do know the approach has paid off big time in the past. Remember Mrs. Lee Candler left $22MM for GTAA in her estate, the largest ever individual gift to an athletic association at the time (about 11 years ago).

Though neither Charles or Lee Candler matriculated at Tech, they were close to many people at the school through their fondness for Yellow Jacket sports. Sawyer said the Candlers loved to attend games at the Institute. “They were great fans of Bobby Dodd and really enjoyed coming to his games,” Rice said. “Lee Candler enjoyed wearing the colors of Georgia Tech. I even took her on a ride one year in the Ramblin’ Wreck car. She just loved her association with Tech in her later years.”

http://alt.gtalumni.org/StayInformed/techtopics/win99/campaign.html#football

404

April 21st, 2011
12:12 pm

D A DU G = Full Time student = Unemployed

As I stated before, Thanks for confirming my point…Again

And, thanks for caring so much about GT

JM

April 21st, 2011
12:15 pm

It has been an interesting spring practice. The o-line still seems to be the group that’s furthest behind. I hope they work hard between now and September.

Love seeing the Wreck in EA Sports!

We Hit and Run This State

April 21st, 2011
12:20 pm

ugag trolls – why? nothing else better to do?

I guess not…all you guys have is sports. no wonder you fight so hard and pester all the Tech fans. if east ga community college didn’t have sports, what would yall have? an arch with an unnecessary third column?

One of these days, you pup fans will learn what really matters. But, if you wanna stick with sports, here’s a stat for you. Tech: 4 national titles. east ga community college: 2. 4 is greater than 2, last time i checked (sounds like a Jim Harrick Jr test question!)

Go Jackets and THWG

D A DoubleU G

April 21st, 2011
12:40 pm

and THWGT!!!!

Footballrules

April 21st, 2011
12:46 pm

DA…what do all Tech fans, and 98% of UGA fans have in common? They didn’t go to UGA. Heck, most UGA fans I remember from years ago in south GA had never been to college ANYWHERE.

DawginLex

April 21st, 2011
12:46 pm

WOW!

And to think I came over here to get an update on the QB competition and the running back situation…………………

I can fight like this over on the UGA blogs with the gators and the tide.

ManUp...

April 21st, 2011
12:56 pm

So…ignoring the irrelevant rivalry talk…I think the game intro is a great nod from the sporting world that this state has two fo the best mascots and traditions of pageantry in all of college football. At least they’re showy enough to sell a game with! Both schools should take the compliment, give a quick cheer, and leave it at that.

Go Jackets!

George Stein

April 21st, 2011
12:58 pm

This degenerated rapidly.

Funny. I would have thought the blog about Johnson talking about Nesbitt’s injury would have brought out the nonsense more quickly.

Here’s an idea: all Tech folks are nerds, UGA folks are necks, we run a high school offense, UGA recruits all-world players but doesn’t win as much as they should with them, etc. Have I covered everything? Can we now talk football?

bb

April 21st, 2011
12:58 pm

It is always fun seeing a ugag fan say that Tech fans are obsessed with uga … on a TECH BLOG. Who is obsessed with who??? Also, ugag fans are always among the first to post on every Tech blog (is the opposite true? Since I never read the UGA blogs I have no idea – it may be).

Obsessed is 10 post in 2 minutes, Double DA

April 21st, 2011
12:59 pm

Enter your comments here

George Stein

April 21st, 2011
1:00 pm

Sorry. Johnson has a turkey neck and Richt spray tans. There. Now I’ve covered everything.

Outside Observer

April 21st, 2011
1:20 pm

Jesus, no debating going on except for the incessant arguing about why it is acceptable to berate the other school. This does get annoying after a while, especially considered there is no reason to argue right now. DawginLex, no competition yet, I believe. It is still Tevin’s to lose. As far as the running backs, we have Lyons and Watson with low ceilings but good understandings of the offense, and Sims and Perkins still learning. Nothing will change until later in the year.

gtfanfrom1951

April 21st, 2011
1:21 pm

If the defense improves and the offense cuts the number of fumbles we will win 9 or 10 games. Stay on them CPJ.

Hayseed Dixie

April 21st, 2011
1:34 pm

UGA lives vicariously through Florida, Auburn and Alabama waaaay more than Tech fans ever could.

I mean, what else could you guys mean every time you thump your chest and say “it’s the SEC, man!”

Because y’all certainly aren’t bringing any NC bacon home.

BYRDDAWG

April 21st, 2011
2:05 pm

Now these posts are really humerous! Both UGA & tech had better improve in their 2nd yr with the 3-4 or NEITHER of us will be in a big bowl other than the TOILET!!!!

juvenal

April 21st, 2011
2:23 pm

Lex, takes 2 2 fite.don’t hate anyone…..whole country’s goin’ to hell, D A, nuttin personal…y’all have a blessed Easter…

GT Anchorage

April 21st, 2011
3:23 pm

juvenal, things are actually going really well up here in Alaska, although I’m not sure people consider us part of the country…

By they way, does it seem to anyone else that 90% of all the posts on here are from children? There are only a few comments on here that aren’t extremely childish. I would say one of the only regular commenters that have anything intelligent to say in DawginLex….

Baby Baldino

April 21st, 2011
3:38 pm

juvenal

April 21st, 2011
4:00 pm

you might be better off seceding,Anchorage…i hope by regular, you meant uga posters, supersize always a good read & Paul in RDU a must……as dawgs go, BYRD’s o.k.-

juvenal

April 21st, 2011
4:03 pm

& Lex knows i agree with you……….

BYRDDAWG

April 21st, 2011
4:04 pm

Thanks juvie, sometimes I get caught up in the moment too….but when you have Jesus in your life it’s much easier to not be a hater!!!!

No way

April 21st, 2011
5:34 pm

There is no way in hell that Double DA has ever attended any higher learning insitution/university after he got his GED. Not possible, zero chance.

bgdawg

April 21st, 2011
5:38 pm

look at that ugly bulldog….. I LOVE IT!!!!

destin dawg

April 21st, 2011
6:20 pm

GT has a classy student body… great education.. hey it’s a Georgia University !! hope you win ‘em all until UGA… because I think we might ??? watch the 1st 2 games.. Go Dawgs !!!!

Who Cares

April 21st, 2011
6:20 pm

Does it really matter if Tech’s players feel comfortable in the defensive scheme? The answer is no. Players with no talent feeling comfortable doesn’t mean they will be any better. It all comes down to talent, and Tech doesn’t have enough especially in the front 7. No talent in D.L will get you killed against good teams that run and are balanced. As far as the linebackers, ther is no depth and very little talent there as well. One day Johnson will figure out that you win with defense, and if you don’t recruit top talent on defense you don’t win. Really not impressed with either school Tech or UGA when it comes to defenses. UGA has the players now to run a 3 -4, but do they have the coaches to coach them up. Seriously doubt it. Both schools brought in new defensive coordinators out of desperation, and neither of them seem to be the answer.

Stinger 2

April 21st, 2011
6:26 pm

Nice to hear that GT got some things accomplished.
They had and still have a lot to do according to CPJ`s teleconference comments today.
He said no one has stepped up as a kicker. Does this mean a punter or FG/PAT or both? Anyone know?

Dog Gone Crooks

April 21st, 2011
6:30 pm

Instead of spending your time reading about Tech football why not teach Washaun Ealey HOW TO READ. Or, you might be better off spending 750k on something better than that idiot Todd “Who?” Grantham…..oh, and “Who Cares”, your inbred puppies just lost the only talent they had on defense in Justin Houston.

Sting'em!

April 21st, 2011
6:40 pm

The girl in the Wreck wearing black looks like the former Kim Krabe, Class of ‘84, and a former GT cheerleader…….where’s my dollar?!?!

GTFan478

April 21st, 2011
7:44 pm

Wow! What is up with all the love for Tech on the video. Tech was shown almost more than anyone else in it. Gotta love NCAA football games.

Honest and Frank Discussion

April 21st, 2011
8:37 pm

Most of the posts on these sites are childish. Must be a lot of Tech AND uga fans out there with a lot of time on their hands and little things to spend it on.

GO JACKETS!!!