T-Day game thoughts

Greetings, all-

I think this is going to be quick, because it appears I’m the last one in Bobby Dodd Stadium and I’d like to get home. But, anyway, a few takes from the T-Day game.

1. Don’t get too worked up over Tevin Washington’s performance. True, it was pretty lousy. He threw three interceptions and led the offense to one touchdown in 10 possessions. First, he’s played better over the course of the spring than he did Saturday, and he was, as Paul Johnson put it, running for his life. If you were at the game and got on the Synjyn Days bandwagon because of the way he played, there’s probably a pretty good chance you would have been of a 180-degree different mindset last Saturday.

It doesn’t say very hopeful things about the quarterback position that the two top guys swapped dreadful scrimmages in consecutive weeks, but, as I said, Washington has been better than he was Saturday.

(I don’t think this means that Vad Lee should start, by the way. As I’d mentioned before, he’d have to be pretty spectacular in fall practice, and really in just the first couple weeks of it before they start preparing for Western Carolina, to win the job, and that doesn’t seem likely. Possible, certainly, but not likely.)

Johnson said something interesting after the game after saying those two and the two incoming freshmen, Lee and Demontevious Smith, will all have a shot in the fall.

“Sometimes winning the game is not losing it, being able to manage it and do those kinds of things.”

2. Johnson likes the B-backs. Preston Lyons ran 11 times for 50 yards, Richard Watson ran hard with 6 carries for 48 with a touchdown, David Sims was 7 for 33. Charles Perkins seemed to have the misfortune of running smack into the line multiple times and was 7 for 11.

But, as he’d said the other day, Johnson thinks the B-back spot is the deepest and that any of them could play.

"O.K., fellas, let's make sure we get our share of the calls today..."

"O.K., fellas, let's make sure we get our share of the calls today..."

3. Inside linebacker Quayshawn Nealy doesn’t look like a backup. He was, to me, the most impressive player on the field Saturday. He had 7.5 tackles, a fumble recovery, a sack and he tipped a Washington pass that was intercepted. He is playing behind Daniel Drummond and Julian Burnett, though. Defensive coordinator Al Groh said it’s a little early to say he’s ready to be a capable backup, saying that Nealy relies too much on his speed and needs to learn to take on and defeat blocks.

“But he’s really bought into it and certainly done better with it and seemed to have some success with it today,” Groh said.

Non-sequitur fact: Nealy said he was named by his aunt, who got the name from a television show. He and I are sort of similar in that way. I think my mom named me after W.S. Gilbert of Gilbert and Sullivan fame. No joke. (My first name is Gilbert, which, as I like to say, is why I go by Ken.)

4. Kicking game – not so hot. Justin Moore missed from 49, David Scully from 47 and Andy Elakman from 28. Last week, Moore, the only kicker on scholarship, missed two inside 40. I asked Johnson if he learned anything new Saturday about his kickers, and he said no, which I don’t take to be a good thing. It sounds like Moore and Scully will be competing for the job in the fall. No preferred walk-ons are coming in as freshmen, by the way.

5. A link to Johnny Crawford’s excellent slideshow.

Were you there? What do you think?

117 comments Add your comment


April 23rd, 2011
6:25 pm

Jackets win 10 this year. Dawgs win 4.


April 23rd, 2011
6:26 pm

Good game. Johnson is a fox. He hid a lot more than was on the field.


April 23rd, 2011
6:29 pm

could be a long year.


April 23rd, 2011
6:35 pm

if Days did not do enough to impress CPJ and this is the best you are going to get out of Tevin, than move Sims back to QB. Sims is built like Nesbitt.

YOu know, there is nothing new about using two QB’s when running the option anyway with all the tackling and pounding going on.

Lumpkin Bumpkin

April 23rd, 2011
6:55 pm

Where is this link you speak of?

Lumpkin Bumpkin

April 23rd, 2011
6:57 pm

As for football. If the defense keeps playing at this high level, do you think that more high profile linebackers and defensive linemen will want to play at Tech because of our 3-4 scheme? If we can make 0 to 3 star athletes look good I can only imagine a blue chipper or two out there

Old Gold and White Fan

April 23rd, 2011
7:09 pm

Who the heck is Tony Zeno and why haven’t we heard anything about him before today. He’s got 4.3 speed and was down right impressive today! How’s his spring gone so far. Haven’t heard of him before and haven’t read anything about him from anyone. He’s a PLAYER!

Ramblin Man

April 23rd, 2011
7:21 pm

There was some really bad play from the o-line still and that needs to get fixed fast, but overall I witnessed some good play from the defense and a few trick plays that were a nice wrinkle on the O. Always hard to get to excited or bummed after a spring game though. You want to see the O score but then that means the D is messing up and vice versa. Still time to fix the wrinkles and who knows maybe some of these incoming freshman can impress enough to compete on the line.

Private School

April 23rd, 2011
7:25 pm

Zenon was redshirted last year, but came in with B.J. Bostic and that group. I think he is originally from LA, but was displaced by Katrina to Albany. He went to a private school there and is small in size, so he wasn’t heavily recruited. There used to be some film on Youtube of him. Tech offered him at the last minute when they a had a couple of spots open, so maybe they found a gem.

Ramblin Man

April 23rd, 2011
7:25 pm

Old gold,
Zenon has been talked about more than once over the spring. Redshirted last year and has good hands to go along with that speed. I don’t see him beating out Smith, Bostic, or Jones but he will see playing time this year.

Ramblin Man

April 23rd, 2011
7:38 pm

The good news for me was I overheard that some prospects were impressed with the whole experience and that Nick Tompkins is a lock and several defensive guys walked away impressed with what Groh had to say and how they would fit in.


April 23rd, 2011
9:06 pm

Don’t mean to offend anyone, but 2 notices: 1. Didn’t think it would take too much to actually have a real American flag raised during the national anthem. Boy Scouts or ROTC members would probably loved to have done that. 2. Do not understand why the Coach and players cannot put their hands over their hearts during the national anthem. Just little things, I know, but sometimes little things do mean a lot!

Old Tech Dude

April 23rd, 2011
9:09 pm

Should I wait a week or so before I panic? Defense looked vastly improved – mostly because the offense was offensive. If we don’t get the OL fixed we are in trouble.

Lumpkin Bumpkin in a word – nope. We will always have to take the 3 star or less and get more out of them. But IMHO the stars system is over rated hype designed to generate web hits for the respective sites.

All in all not much to get excited about and our kickers – good grief.

Old Blind Dawg

April 23rd, 2011
9:37 pm

I get it now. I could never figure out why all the tech trolls spent so much time over on our blog but it is clear now there ain’t nothing going on over here LMAO


April 23rd, 2011
9:52 pm

Washington sucked today and sucked last year. He’s god awful and I hope he gets pushed to second string. Not jumping on the Days wagon, but anyone is better then Washington.

@Old Blind Daw,
You UGA fans are so boring and so stupid with your comments. You put me to sleep reading it.

GT 07

April 23rd, 2011
10:09 pm

I was there..Had a good time but the O line really looks bad. I think Shaq Mason and Erinn Joe will compete for playing time!


April 23rd, 2011
10:18 pm

Old Tech dude,

We are In DEEP do do…..

Ken Sugiura

April 23rd, 2011
10:47 pm

sorry about that lumpkin.
tony zenon is an a-back who’s gone a little under the radar. he does have some potential.
i think the line will get a little better. there were some injuries, like ray beno.

Old Blind Dawg

April 23rd, 2011
11:17 pm

GTFan LOL better to be boring than delusional. GT won’t compete for the ACC in the next 10 years and most likely will only luck up and beat the Dawgs once in the same time period. But hey you do have good looking women running all over the campus LMFAO.

Old Blind Dawg

April 23rd, 2011
11:20 pm

Just punch me in the snoot like old turkey neck suggested.


April 23rd, 2011
11:26 pm

I’m just glad the offense didn’t hang 50 on the defense . Defense has been the problem all along so why would anyone think this was a bad day ?


April 23rd, 2011
11:27 pm

Old blind dawg: How would you know what the women look like ?

30,000 empty seats in a 55,000 seat stadium

April 23rd, 2011
11:39 pm

50,000 empty seats in a 55,000 seat stadium,

WOW….. you guys suck.

706 > 404

April 23rd, 2011
11:41 pm


I used to give you nerds the overall doubt when you played Virginia, Wake Forrest, Kansas, etc……

But I just don’t know anymore.

I truly think you dorks have reached rock bottom of the A-She-She.


supersize that order, mutt

April 23rd, 2011
11:42 pm

and 70,000 empty seats in a 92,000 seat stadium last week. Which is really worse?

the real Old Gold

April 23rd, 2011
11:52 pm

Days will start. Washington will be at GA Southern next year to replace Shaw. And that’s fine with me.


April 24th, 2011
12:07 am

This team will beat the dawgs by 30 points. YOU HEARD IT HEAR FIRST. Our defense will kill smurf Murray and the offense will average 58 per game, so look out .

Old Blind Dawg

April 24th, 2011
12:31 am

Wow Stinger 30 points average 58 a game. Did Turkey Neck find some magic excelsior for his undersized slow footed below average players or have you simply lost your mind?

You heard it here second GT won’t score 58 points in its first 3 ACC games. Your defense looked stout because your high school offense sucks. Your QB’s had more interceptions and fumbles in a mock game than Murray had all year. Yeah your prolific offense just needs a few tweaks LMFAO.


April 24th, 2011
7:51 am

Nealy was the player of the day. Seemed to me JC Lanier and McRae looked bigger and stronger and had more push than did the starting ol. Not sure about Days yet. Very raw and looks for lanes to run instead of to pass as Johnson said in post game. He does have some taent though and really I think we will have to go with him unless one of the freshmen come in and play. Defense is promising with talented secondary and better inside linebackers. Still need another Ouside linebacker. Wonder if Nealy could play there? Offensive line needs a lot of work as well as the receivers.

We are in TROUBLE

April 24th, 2011
8:44 am

Is it just me, or did I miss the big play where an A-back, B-back, QB, or WR has a break away run for 50 yards? Did anyone notice the majority of our completed passes were to the A-backs, B-backs? I think Hill is a dud.

We are in serious trouble this season. Days and Washington are not ACC level QB’s. Our field goal kicking is atrocious! What else do I need to say…


April 24th, 2011
8:47 am

Old blind dawg, you are as ignorant as you are blind. You will be lucky to field a team by the end of summer unless you have an early release program arranged with the Clark County Sheriff Dept. One more word out of you and I will punch you in the face until you are deaf too. You have already proved that you have no brains.

distant echo

April 24th, 2011
8:57 am

It maybe unfair to say this, but to my untrained eye, though I’ve watch Tech football for fifty-three years and bleed lately a great deal of gold & white blood, Washington reminds me of good ole reggie. I pray PJ will not hang his hat on Washington out of hardheadedness the way Gaily did with good old reggie.



April 24th, 2011
9:05 am

We will lose 50% of our games due to missed FIELD GOALS!

Do you realize how many games last year where Blair was the only one putting points on the board?

Help from GT Soccer Team

April 24th, 2011
9:12 am

CPJ needs to contact GT’s soccer coach and ask for a walk on to help with our kicking game.

distant echo

April 24th, 2011
9:19 am

PJ, doesn’t seem to think extra points, field-goals, kick-offs, & punts are important enough to his game to offer scholarships to those specialists. He’s so offensive-minded, PJ can’t seem to bring himself to actually coach these units. As I recall, one assistant said they all have imput. Sounds like a bunch of blindfolded monkeys using darts. I don’t care if GT leads the nation in rushing if they’re gonna loose games by one point or threee points. Its part of the game, Coach and recruit it!

distant echo

April 24th, 2011
9:22 am

“Help from GT ….. Team” please, no help from the kickball team.


April 24th, 2011
9:26 am

Offense lacks play makers and I don’t see much coming in…Lee maybe? Defense should be sound. Kicking game is not to promising. We’ve got to recruit better players. The talent level has definitely decreased in the past few years. I see more of the same as last year. I hope not.


April 24th, 2011
9:29 am

I don’t see how we can afford to keep Vad Lee off the field this Fall. He is the only playmaker we’ll have at the QB position.


April 24th, 2011
9:34 am

We’ll be asking true freshman to step up on the O-Line next fall. Write it down.

CPJ is Getting Lazy

April 24th, 2011
9:41 am

My observation is that CPJ seems to be getting lazy. It seems he’s counting on Al Groh do all the work on the Defensive Side, building GT’s D into an iron curtain.

Then, he can afford to relax with his responsibilities of putting major points on the board. Heck, if our defense has shut out games, CPJ would only have to put 1 field goal on the board to win.

Wait a minute – can we make a field goal?…

A Fan

April 24th, 2011
10:08 am

Zenon is a special player and good kid. He played on my son’s team in high school and was a good leader. He will make good grades and if given the chance will break long runs. I would think it would make great sense to have him returning kicks. He has 4.3 speed.


April 24th, 2011
10:16 am

GT lacks a true NG. Someone like a MT. Cody or the kid UGA signed this year John Jenkins. You need a skilled 340 pound guy in the middle of the DL or it is going nowhere fast. TJ Barnes does not count because he lacks the skills for the position. Walls is under sized and can’t take on more than one guy like a 3-4 NG should.


April 24th, 2011
10:24 am


I can’t believe how far GT has fallen due to coach Kung Fu Panda’s poor Recruiting!

The FACT that Charles Perkins is MIRED in a 4-way race with an Ivy League transfer, a former QB, and Richard Watson (come here I need you) should tell the GT fanbase that Perkins is NOT a Dwyer-esque talent and that the Recruiting Services were spot-on to NOT give him that 4th star and keep him as a 3*.

Perkins graduate EARLY from HS so not only has he had a RS yr. he also had Spring Practice LAST YR. and yet he cannot distance himself from that slate of unimpressive RBs.

It looks like the GT-run of NFL-caliber RBs might be coming to an end, Tashard Choice, Dwyer, and A. Allen have spoiled GT fans in recent yrs., BTW, 2 of those 3 were transfers and not home grown and ALL 3 were initially contacted and Recruited out of HS by “you-know-who”.

Does anyone HONESTLY believe that CPJ has recruited an NFL Caliber B-Back or A-Back during his 4 yrs. at GT?

At this point the Charles Perkins-types and the Zack Laskeys of the world aren’t gonna cut it in a Off. that can’t pass worth a lick.

If we were 6-7 with an NFL caliber RB in Allen, what are we gonna be with a worse passing game and NO NFL-types at either B-Back or A-Back?

Those two 340+ pound NGs up in Muttville are licking their chops (barring injury) waiting for next Nov.

Thanks to CPJ’s poor Recruiting GT has a lot of question marks going into next season.

Just MAYBE Coach Stubborn should have let Dontae and those other players “get on that plane” and kept their schollies, GT sure could use that extra depth right about now.

Old Blind Dawg

April 24th, 2011
10:32 am

Stinger why the venom? When the truth makes you see red you retort to simplistic insults and show a total lack of reasoning. You seem to think writing childish drivel somehow makes GT a better team NOT. Oh yeah bring it on and I’ll smack you in the face just like Old Turkey Neck suggested.

Face the facts Stinger. GT is a cellar dweller in the ACC. Write it down so you don’t forget GT will finish no higher than 3rd in the division and 6th or 7th in the conference. Turkey Neck did well with the recruits he inherited but the program is now racing backwards while the rest of the ACC is loading up.

In closing let me add a few things for you to consider over the summer
1. UGA will field a team and it will once again humiliate GT (a given just like the sun rise).
2. GT’s defense looked superb………..going against what will likely be the worst offense in the ACC.
3. Many GT fans are hanging their hat on Vad Lee……….a huge mistake and an indicator of how far the program has fallen.

I suspect you will come back with either lame immature drivel or some nonsense about academics. Speaking of which do you realize GT has NEVER had a higher APR than UGA?

@Old Blind Dawg(sic)

April 24th, 2011
10:57 am

So, I guess that means with all of the UGA fans hanging their hats on Crowell, that is also a mistake and an indication of how far YOUR program has fallen… Right? Oh, it’s different when it’s your team…

QB Dickey

April 24th, 2011
10:58 am

True sign GT is in SERIOUS trouble. QB Dickey got play time in the spring game. That kid played like he was in pop warner league.

Old Blind Dawg

April 24th, 2011
11:45 am

@@Old Blind Dawg(sic) ah not really. Crowell is probably going to be a stud but we have a roster full of studs. Crowell won’t do much if the OL doesn’t develop and one or two of the WR’s step up. But there is a big difference………..UGA has a bunch of talented kids so the future is bright without hanging it all on one kid. GT on the other hand has limited talent and the fan base (not all but many) are hanging their hat on a 3 Star QB. Have you failed to notice two RB’s currently on the UGA roster that ABSOLUTLY SHREADED the vaunted GT defense? Tell me your wouldn’t love to have just one of the 5 or 6 RB’s on the UGA roster.

If you really want something to use as a measuring stick look at the offers for the kids GT signed………for the most part they weren’t targeted by the big name schools in the SEC or even the ACC but I bet they are just smart as whips :-)

Get a clue GT is a middle of the road ACC team.

Old Blind Dawg

April 24th, 2011
11:50 am

Oh yeah it is different to hang your hat on a 5 Star RB recruit that EVERYONE wanted as opposed to hanging it on a 3 Star QB that most teams recruited as a DB or Athlete.

But hey whatever floats your boat is OK with me. See you guys in November for the annual beat down :-)


April 24th, 2011
12:46 pm

I watched the game and if this is best that the North Avenue Trade School can muster, then to all you Tech fans good luck. Some fan from tech says 10 games for Tech and 4 wins for the “DAWGS”, you have lost your mind.


April 24th, 2011
3:05 pm

I am most disappointed and concerned with the lack of development at the QB position. I trust CPJ overall and feel he is an excellent coach for us, but I wonder if we need a QB coach dedicated to that position. Tevin Washington seems like the option equivalent of Reggie Ball — no development or improvement and not that good to begin with — and heralded freshmen won’t likely learn the offense in months, much less weeks. Of course, the O-line could help out any QB a lot but they aren’t.