Tech two-deep released

Greetings-

Sorry for the absence for a couple days. A couple of assignments took me away from filing stuff.

Anyway, the two-deep depth chart was released Thursday. A few observations below.

OFFENSE

QB    Tevin Washington  Synjyn Days

BB    Preston Lyons         Charles Perkins

AB    Orwin Smith           Embry Peeples

AB    Roddy Jones          B.J. Bostic

WR    Tyler Melton        Jon Lockhart or Jeremy Moore

WR    Stephen Hill         Daniel McKayhan

LT    Phil Smith               Catlin Alford

LG    Will Jackson          J.C. Lanier

C     Jay Finch                 Nick McRae

RG    Omoregie Uzzi     Trey Braun

RT    Tyler Kidney        Ray Beno

DEFENSE

DE    Jason Peters                      Anthony Williams or Euclid Cummings

DT    Logan Walls                       T.J. Barnes

DE    Izaan Cross                       Emmanuel Dieke or Christopher Crenshaw

OLB   Jermiah Attaochu       Malcolm Munroe

ILB   Julian Burnett                Quayshawn Nealy

ILB   Daniel Drummond       Albert Rocker

OLB   Steven Sylvester         Brandon Watts

CB    Rod Sweeing                   Ryan Ayers

S     Rashaad Reid                   Lance Richardson

S     Isaiah Johnson               Fred Holton

CB    Louis Young                  Michael Peterson

SPECIALISTS

K     Justin Moore                 David Scully

P     Sean Poole                      Chandler Anderson

LS    Tyler Morgan

A few thoughts

1. I suppose very rarely is a position ever “sewn up” in the world of Paul Johnson, but most of the positions have, at the least, strong leaders for starting jobs. I’d say the most competitive position battles will be at B-back, both offensive tackle spots, punter and kicker.

2. You’ll notice none of the incoming freshmen are included. Johnson said about a week ago that 10 or 11 could play this fall. The incoming wide receivers will probably make the strongest push.

3. One of those freshmen who’ll play almost certainly is backup right guard Trey Braun. He was the only freshman to enroll in January and is behind Omoregie Uzzi.

4. Notable player not on the two-deep: A-back Tony Zenon, who made a strong push in spring practice and caught Johnson’s attention.

5. Deepest group: Defensive line, with three returning starters and a lot of experience among the backups. A-back would be a close second.

6. Thinnest group: Offensive line. The right tackle candidates, Tyler Kidney and Ray Beno, have played in a combined nine games. Three of the No. 2 linemen have never played in a game either on the line (J.C. Lanier) or at all (Braun and Catlin Alford). Beno has played in three games.

7. Three starting seniors on offense, four on defense. Five seniors on the defensive 22, four on offense (none on the offensive line).

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BobChicken

May 13th, 2011
9:53 am

ManUp...

May 13th, 2011
10:04 am

Very interesting. This will probably be shaken up after Fall Camp. I’m encouraged by the starting A-backs and the depth behind them. Unsure about Lyons at B-back, but he got through a mess at the line many times on T-Day and if he’s not great the backups at B-back are solid. That O-line needs to figure it out, but something tells me that CPJ as a line-centric offensive coach will have them ready to go after a little tune up against Western Carolina. I look for a good season.

Go Jackets!

Ken Sugiura

May 13th, 2011
10:22 am

nice work, Bob Chicken.
ManUp — the season may hinge on o-line’s performance.

GT Fan ...

May 13th, 2011
10:23 am

Two AG recruits starting. One (JA) getting tons of praise from PJ. Nice.

AG will get some VERY good players on the D side. He did it at VA (remember Chris Long, for one), he’ll do it at GT too, and probably better.

NYC Dawg

May 13th, 2011
10:26 am

Write this down GT fans –

You’ll have a losing season due to your pathetic KICKING game! Makin’ you nervous CPJ? I don’t even need to ask – yep, you’re shakin’ in your boots!…

Bahhhhahhhaaa!!!!!!

Delbert D.

May 13th, 2011
10:36 am

Lyons has performed pretty well over the last 2 years (#2 both years, allowing Cox to move back to A-back). A lot of his carries were in regular game situations, spelling Dwyer and Allen). 4.3 yards per carry last year, 4.6 in 2009 in twice as many attempts. I expect Perkins will move into the #1 spot this year.

dawgs are trash

May 13th, 2011
10:36 am

NYC Dawg, you might better worry about uga having enough players eligible (academically and legally) to field a team. Just how dumb do you have to be to become academically ineligible at uga? Can’t spell “cat” even when they spot you the “a” and the “t”? Also, write this down – this year’s “next Herschel Walker” Crowell will turn out to be a major disappointment. Injuries, attitude, character – all will be an unpleasant surprise.

J.P.

May 13th, 2011
10:38 am

As for the QB race, it is far from over. The differentiator will be 1 key element that’s been missing…

Passing!

We’ve seen Tevin and Synjyn – not impressive. If Vad Lee can hit open receivers, he’ll have the edge. True Freshman or not…

J.P.

May 13th, 2011
10:41 am

Buzz Me

May 13th, 2011
10:41 am

Was CPJ watching the same spring game we were?

J.P.

May 13th, 2011
10:47 am

LIke I said – its about passing. While Tevin and the White Team lost, Tevin showed more skills passing than Synjyn.

CPJ knows that we are in for a long season if we don’t have some sort of passing threat…

GT Trumpet

May 13th, 2011
10:51 am

Yes he was Buzz Me, but he also saw all the closed practices we didn’t. I can only assume CPJ isn’t dumb and knows what he’s doing.

GT BBall

May 13th, 2011
10:54 am

I agree that DLine and A-back are deepest, B-back and LB are shaping up nicely. OL and Kicking will be the issues to figure out in the first 3 out of conf games. Very young secondary, too hard to predict. Questions:

Why play Uzzi and Braun at the same position? They might be the 2 best OL on the team.
WR still looks weak, which freshman will compete in the fall at WR?
What are the chances Vad Lee picks up the offense fast enough to be considered in the opening game QB rotation?

Delbert D.

May 13th, 2011
10:55 am

J.P. – Pretty good footwork on the dropbacks, and good throwing on the run. With Nesbitt especially, most passes were off his back foot, moving back on rollouts. That tape shows Lee moving forward and throwing well on rollouts.

J.P.

May 13th, 2011
11:00 am

The Western Carolina game would be a great game for Vad to “cut his teeth on”.

Don’t know if he would start this game, but if there’s one game that we are sure to win by a huge margin it’s this one! If I was CPJ, I might start Tevin, get a large lead and then rotate Vad into the mix around half time.

T3

May 13th, 2011
11:07 am

That starting roster at ILB/OLB is a serious “hit squad.”

Probably the best starting LB roster in the ACC.

D is going to show dramatic improvement this year.

Delbert D.

May 13th, 2011
11:07 am

J.P. – I’m not so sure about the “sure” part. The openers (and some of the later season games) against lower division opponents have not been particularly pretty. 2008 vs. Gardner-Webb, with Shaw starting for example.

CoolBreeze

May 13th, 2011
11:11 am

I sure hope CPJ puts a SHORT passing game in the plan. Haven’t seen it yet. Most of our passes are 30-yard arcs, and last year, they got dropped most of the time. I can’t see us leading the nation again in rushing, so we will need some variation. Sure hope the D steps up this year.

J.P.

May 13th, 2011
11:17 am

CoolBreeze: I sure hope CPJ adds some more variety in play calling from last year’s offensive strategy.

Whether it be SHORT passes or anything really – to keep the defense on their toes and off balance!

J.P.

May 13th, 2011
11:20 am

Delbert D. – Agree with you, nothing is a “sure” thing. But if there was one game on our schedule that I’d bet my next paycheck on, it would be the Western Carolina game.

Sports Fan

May 13th, 2011
11:35 am

Where is Jamea Thomas? I thought he was lock for one of the starting spots on D.

J.P.

May 13th, 2011
11:39 am

Sports Fan: Rumor is Jamea has had some academic struggles.

Ken Sugiura

May 13th, 2011
11:39 am

J.P. I might temper your enthusiasm about Lee. As important as it is to pass well, the far more important skill is being able to run the triple option. In that regard, obviously, Washington and Lee both have a considerable advantage.
i won’t be surprised if lee ends up redshirting.
for what it’s worth, delbert, calvin booker started against gardner-webb, not jaybo shaw.

i don’t think i’d call trey braun one of the two best linemen on the team, at least not yet.

Buzz

May 13th, 2011
11:39 am

All of you a delusional if you think CPJ will “change” anything about his boring offense!!! I also would like to see some more passing but it’s not going to happen!!!!

Buzz

May 13th, 2011
11:40 am

are not a….

Jacket Man

May 13th, 2011
11:53 am

Expect Chris Jackson at Wide Receiver by the end of summer across from Stephon Hill.

Jacket Man

May 13th, 2011
11:56 am

And yes, he’s been reinstated to the team and is eligible.

Hayseed Dixie

May 13th, 2011
12:03 pm

Most impressive part: tie between backs and LBs.

Most worrisome part: O Line. Can’t do a whole lot without a solid one of those.

BigTimeTECHFan

May 13th, 2011
12:08 pm

ILB Daniel Drummond 1st team, that was quick, he must be doing real well switching over from RB. Watts will make a move for 1st team also.

Calhoundawg

May 13th, 2011
12:08 pm

Who cares …?

George Stein

May 13th, 2011
12:09 pm

Well at least NYC Dawg believes it won’t be our high school offense (which his team has shown no propensity for stopping) that causes us to lose. Kudos for originality, I guess. I don’t think we’re shaking in our boots though. By the way, is there some rule that Tech fans are not aware of that requires all UGA fans to be a Location Dawg?

Why would he change anything, Buzz? He’s been tremendously successful with his offense and he likely will be in the future, too.

collegeballfan

May 13th, 2011
12:12 pm

Football is still a game of blocking and tackling.

The blockers appear no better than last year and the tacklers look to be a little better than last season.

Looks to be a .500 season.

Buzz

May 13th, 2011
12:13 pm

Successful that’s that’s still in question…. But it’s torture to watch Tech when we get behind by 10 pts or more…. GAME OVER!!!!!!! or inside 2:00 mins to go!!!

J.P.

May 13th, 2011
12:15 pm

Ken Sugiura: interesting perspective..

You seem to have an opinion about the QB situation. Who do you say is the best right now to run the offense. Washington or Days?

Jacket Man

May 13th, 2011
12:15 pm

By the way, expect Tony Zenon on the field for a lot of 3rd down plays because of his ability to catch the ball (whether it be downfield or a quickhitter) and Tony’s breakaway speed if he gets a pitch on a running play.

Also, at this time, Tony is going to be a key player on the return teams.

George Stein

May 13th, 2011
12:17 pm

How you can question his success is beyond me, Buzz.

As far as the 10 point thing, it’s not based in reality. But let’s say it is. Do you find many teams coming back from 10 point deficits? And 2:00 minute drills are more often than not unsuccessful. But let’s not let facts get in your way.

GT BBall

May 13th, 2011
12:18 pm

Braun – Enrolled early, good size (300 lbs), wrestling background and hasn’t been flagged for movement yet! Just seems like alot of upside to be backing up Uzzi.

J.P.

May 13th, 2011
12:20 pm

Agree GT BBall about Braun. I’m also anxious to see big ol’ Erin Joe!

Delbert D.

May 13th, 2011
12:22 pm

Misc. info on some of 2011 the 2-deep players:

Preston Lyons – ACC Academic Honor Roll 2010
Logan Walls – grad student, ACC Academic Honor roll past 2 years
Omoregi Uzzi- US Army All-American, #9 guard (Scout) 2007
Roddy Jones – grad student, 2-time All-ACC Academic team
Trey Braun – No. 1 wrestler in Florida, #3 heavyweight AAU Nationals; parents are West Point grads
Emmanuael Dieke – Biomedical Engineering major
Will Jackson – ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2010
Ray Beno – Engineering major
Daniel McKayhan – National Honor Society at MLK
Malcom Munroe – National Honor Society, Coral Reef HS, Miami, FL
Albert Rocker – ACC Academic Honor Roll 2010
Quayshan Nealy – Computer Science major
Jeremy Moore – Academic Honor roll at LBJ HS, Austin, TX
Marcus Wright – Parade and US Army All-American
Chandler Anderson – Biology major
Jason Peters – member of Ga. Tech Student-Athlete Advisory Board, Academic All-State in HS
David Scully – Biochemistry major

Dickie

May 13th, 2011
12:23 pm

Hey BUZZ – Short memory. Guess you were happy with 7-5 Gailey

We_Run_This_Country

May 13th, 2011
12:23 pm

Vad Lee will R/S….stop talking about him….he will be on the Scout team this year.

J.P.

May 13th, 2011
12:25 pm

We_Run_This_Country: Maybe your right about Vad Lee. One thing for sure, whenever CPJ finally puts him in the game, he’s going to unleash fury on those dirty DAWGs!!!…

scdawg

May 13th, 2011
12:25 pm

What happened to David Sims, the kid from Calhoun County SC??? Was a QB, moved to A back?? Is he in the doghouse??

J.P.

May 13th, 2011
12:27 pm

Can’t stop talking about Vad though. He’s the future of GT. It’s hard not to be excited about this kid!

GStateBen

May 13th, 2011
12:29 pm

Really, really rough look there. Outsiders opinion with no dog in the fight (as you’ve give my team two starting OL already).

-Defensive Front 7: Your projected weight is 1782lbs. You have no DL that’s 300lbs in the starting rotation. Go look at Miami, Clemson, North Carolina and Georgia’s Front 7. See why I think it’s going to be a 7 win campaign in 2011?

-Offensive Line Youth: 3 Freshman & 2 Sophomore along to O Line.

Big trouble for Tech. You heard it hear in May. I’ll keep saying in September, October and November.

Be happy with a bowl trip in 2011.

Buzz

May 13th, 2011
12:32 pm

George Stein…. Are you serious or is this your sarcasm????

BigTimeTECHFan

May 13th, 2011
12:33 pm

Braun, Joe, and Mason may all be playing this year

Jacket Backer

May 13th, 2011
12:34 pm

Go Jackets!!

George Stein

May 13th, 2011
12:36 pm

Thanks, Ben, for you feedback.

Forgive us if we aren’t impressed with UGA’s, UNC’s, or Clemson’s defensive line as none of those teams have done much to slow us down. Miami has, though. They must have the option figured out!

Also, 1,782 divided by three is 594. I don’t believe we have anyone with that weight on our team but I think that’s greater than 300.

ManUp...

May 13th, 2011
12:38 pm

GStateBen, you’d have an excellent point if we ran more “normal” schemes. But looking at size vs. opponents and comparing that to win records in 08 and 09 tells me we do not rely on that to beat other teams. Notable exceptions where line size was a clear issue: 08 LSU and 09 UGA and 09 Iowa. Most of the time execution with good pad level and the right blocking/tackling scheme has gotten us our “push” despite size where we didn’t have it.

Youth, however, is an issue. I think that’s what we saw in the Spring Game. O-line needs experience and to be able to do what Coach asks of them.

I will be happy with a bowl trip of any kind, but at least 9 wins (going 2 of 3 over the rivals – VT, CU, GA) would exceed my expectations and give me no choice but to party.

Go Jackets!