More from Orwin Smith on Chris Jackson, A-backs


The second part of my interview with A-back Orwin Smith includes his observations of wide receiver Chris Jackson, who left the team in November, and the A-backs, as well as his explanation of how he found a workout device on Youtube.

1. You likely know that Jackson committed to Georgia Tech out of Henry County High School in 2007, but then de-committed and signed with Alabama when Tech fired Chan Gailey and hired Paul Johnson. However, he transferred to Tech after one season at Alabama, redshirted in 2009, but then injured his knee in the offseason and missed 2010 spring practice. He left the team last fall after violating a team rule.
However, Johnson has allowed him to return to the team in the fall if he meets certain conditions, including getting his GPA to 2.0 or above. Jackson has been working out with the team, and Smith has noticed a change.
“You can see him going hard,” Smith said. “Some guys come in with that, ‘I’m the guy’ mentality. I can see him being real humble now. He doesn’t talk the way he used to talk. He doesn’t look the way he used to look.”
Jackson could give the wide receivers group a lift. Jackson is a physical player and a gifted pass catcher whose blocking ability would help the running game. Smith said Jackson has been taking reps with the first string in 7-on-7 drills.
“I’ve looked at what Chris could do in the past,” Smith said. “That would be a great plus out there at receiver.”

2. Smith gave his scouting report on a few of the younger A-backs, redshirt freshmen Deon Hill and Tony Zenon and sophomore B.J. Bostic.
Smith said Zenon is one of the quickest and fastest players on the team. “We need to get the ball in his hands,” he said. Bostic runs well and can maintain top-end speed for long distances, and his blocking has gotten considerably better. “We need to get him out on that edge,” he said. Hill is close with Smith, as the two have known each other since childhood. Both attended Central High in Phenix City, Ala. He said he thought Hill was the most improved of the three since the end of the season. “I want to get him out there on the field, let him represent,” Smith said.
Smith said he’s more than happy to share snaps with those three, not to mention three-year starter Roddy Jones and backups Embry Peeples. Marcus Wright and Jamal Paige are also in the mix.
“I feel when guys aren’t playing, they’re not going to have a good attitude,” Smith said. “If we can get the other guys better and step up, it’s better on me and Roddy. It’s a lot of running.”

3. To get ready for that running, Smith has been working out on his own on top of team workouts with a contraption called the Flex nimbo, a speed and strength training aid. It’s a vest with rubber-band attachments to the hands and legs. The bands provide resistance, so any motion is made against tension. You can learn more here.
“It’s just a suit that makes you fight every movement of the body,” Smith said.
He uses it to run stairs, do push-ups and sit-ups and agility drills. It doesn’t look like a lot of fun.
“I just want my body to be quicker at doing what I want to do,” Smith said. “Right now, I can run, I can catch. I’m a little quick, but I want to do all those things even faster. I can be even more of a threat.”
Smith averaged 9.7 yards per carry last season, with four of his 53 carries going for touchdowns. The best part is how he found it. He went to Youtube and typed in “how to get faster.” Some Flex nimbo videos came up and he investigated further.
“I saw a lot of videos of guys boxing and UFC fighters talking about it,” he said. “It seemed legit.”
He’s not positive it works, but he thinks so.
“It makes you feel lighter after you do a drill with it on,” he said.

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June 29th, 2011
6:43 am

Interesting info on Jackson. If CPJ let him back on the team he must have worked hard to earn it.

Sammy Dawg

June 29th, 2011
6:44 am

Does all this information matter. Bugs get splattered in November.


June 29th, 2011
6:57 am

I’m glad the team is working so hard and the attitude has changed. That should add about three more wins this year…Beat Georgia!!!!


June 29th, 2011
7:37 am

If Chris Jackson is fighting to get his GPA above a 2.0, maybe he needs a new school or needs to concentrate on something other than football for a little while.

super fan

June 29th, 2011
8:15 am

I heard he just recommitted himself to academics and training. seems to have a new appreciation of being a college athlete and especially a Jacket!


June 29th, 2011
8:16 am


Football can be as much as a distraction as it can be a way to get away from worse distractions. I am glad he walked away and came back to football. The discipline he learns will help him throughout life.

I am glad to see that it appears attitude is changing. CPJ must have really gotten into them about that, which he should have. These kids need to want to win more than who is lining up across from them. Stats will fix themselves if you do that.

Go Jackets!


June 29th, 2011
8:16 am

Wow, Smith really seems to have a good head on his shoulders and he is really attuned to what is going on with his teammates. He might make a good coach in the future.

Jacket Backer

June 29th, 2011
8:36 am


June 29th, 2011
8:39 am

I think this year will be much better than people are predicting. It’s pj’s 4th year and things should really fall into place. The defense will be much improved and qb is the only position where I am a little uncertain but I think someone will step up and run things well.


June 29th, 2011
8:57 am

We didn’t have a true leader on O or D, last year. It sounds like we may this year. The attitude reminds me of year one and two under CPJ. That was when noone expected us to be much!


June 29th, 2011
9:04 am

good luck to Jackson. Hope he can reach his goals.

Mr. Magoo

June 29th, 2011
9:12 am

Does it concern anyone else that we have resorted to YouTube videos for our quickness training? It does not do much from my confidence.


June 29th, 2011
9:17 am

“Does it concern anyone else that we have resorted to YouTube videos for our quickness training?”
No. The extra effort impresses me.

Mr. Magoo

June 29th, 2011
9:25 am

You, sir, are easily impressed.


June 29th, 2011
9:41 am

I am pulling for Jackson……….it sounds like college football is motivating him to be a better person and develop the work ethic/skills to be successful (in college classes and life!).

Second (and third) chances can sometimes provide the opportunity to get priorities and attitudes in line; his athletic ability has afforded him this opportunity and the second/third chances………I sincerely hope he finds a way to eventually graduate with a degree from GT!!!!!

Good luck to Chris in all aspects of life.

North Ave Killer Beez

June 29th, 2011
9:59 am

Geez!! glad Chris Jackson isn’t a QUITTER like you CJ


June 29th, 2011
10:15 am

2.0 GPA ??!! Paul Johnson, you disciplinarian!


Who cares (the original)

June 29th, 2011
10:20 am

@Mr. Magoo. Either you have never had to work hard for anything or you never managed/lead a group of people. Those who excel do things that others do not, they take the extra steps to become better on their own. The fact the Smith is locating training videos on his own to work out is not different than him working out or doing 7 on 7 drills in the offseason when the coaches are not around.

You don’t rise above average by waiting for someone to tell you what you need to be doing.

Go Jacktes!!!


June 29th, 2011
10:21 am

Why are people jumping on the poster CJ?

Chris Jackson is most likely not going to be playing professional football. He is probably best suited to play somewhere where he can get good grades and a degree so he can get a job someday.

It is sad that you care more about touchdowns than this young man’s future.


June 29th, 2011
10:48 am

I agree with DZ and CJ…being a student-athlete means being a student first, especially if you’re injury-prone. Getting a degree from Georgia Tech is a golden ticket to a bright future…remember that, folks!

Georgia Sports Report

June 29th, 2011
11:12 am

How is it possible he’s still in school at GT if his GPA is under 2.0?

Mr. Magoo

June 29th, 2011
11:12 am

@ Who Cares: You are wrong on both counts. But you are missing the point. I applaud OS for his effort and I hope his teammates are on the same page. But should our ability to get stronger, faster, and quicker, during out summer workouts depend on the success of a rubber band suit from YouTube? I would have hoped our S&C staff could have developed a better method from improving quickness.


June 29th, 2011
11:30 am

If Jackson commits himself then he can easily have a GPA above 2.0. If you maintain a GPA below 2.0 for too long you will get kicked out of school anyways. This will be a good growing experience for him and he will end up with a great degree that will open a lot of doors for him. He is making the right choice by sticking it out.


June 29th, 2011
11:34 am

Georgia Sports Report…I’d imagine he’s been put on Academic Probation. He’d have a reasonable amount of time to get his grades up.

Mr. Magoo, this technique is not ALL that new. There are a number of things coaching staffs use to strengthen and build up players level of speed. I assure you that CPJ’s staff instills what they believe to be best. This kid just went out and added to his own options. Ya GOTTA love his willingness to go beyond expectations!


June 29th, 2011
11:34 am

Mr. Magoo, you even hear about NFL players doing stuff like this on their own to give themselves an extra edge. I don’t see anyone questioning the S&C programs of those organizations. CFB fans are the most know-it-all people in the world, it seems.


June 29th, 2011
1:02 pm

Mr McGoo, I’ll bet that you bark when you are happy. You may even sniff butts.

I'm just saying

June 29th, 2011
1:07 pm

Sammy…don’t you have fries to cook?

Ken Sugiura

June 29th, 2011
1:29 pm

Senor Magoo – I don’t know that I’d be that concerned. If it were the strength and conditioning coach doing that, then maybe i would be, and even then, I wouldn’t fault him for trying to do whatever he could to increase his knowledge.
and i wouldn’t say the team’s ability to get quicker/faster/stronger “depends,” as you say, on this device. players train with the strength and conditioning coach. smith is doing extra work on his own.
and, yes, the device itself sounds a little wacky. it doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. thanks for posting!


June 29th, 2011
2:36 pm

Some people thought the scolly given to Zenon was a mistake. I believe he will prove those and others wrong.

Mr. Magoo

June 29th, 2011
2:58 pm

Robert, wrong again. No barking here. ME’82. Bought season tickets as soon as Chan was canned. Been to Citrus Bowl, Gator Bowl (3), Peach Bowl (2), Orange Bowl and Independence Bowl.

Ken, thanks for all of your blogs. Look forward to it daily. Heard all the talk last year about all the hard work during the summer and how our passing game was going to be improved with all of the time Josh was spending with the receivers and now we hear how nothing was done last summer so color me skeptical. Talk is cheap. Prove it on the field.

See you 9-1-11.

Go Jackets!!


Curious to Know

June 29th, 2011
3:40 pm

Ken – have you filed the “Open Records” request with the GTAA for all NCAA correspondence, along with the coach’s salaries? What’s taking so long, Chip Towers filed his with the Georgia Ath Dept and published the report within three days. What’s taking so long?


June 29th, 2011
3:54 pm

I like O Smith’s observations on his teammates and who cares what else he’s doing on his own to try to get better. At least he’s not breaking into locker rooms and stealing stuff.

Ken, tell Mr. Smith to read “Dress Her in White & Gold : A biography of GT”, especially the part about John Heisman. The whole team needs to take his quote to heart – “Tis better to die a young man than to fumble the football.” Fumbling the ball 37 times, losing 20 of them, absolutely killed this team last year. And if I recall Mr. Smith had a few costly ones himself. He’s got the speed and ability, just hold on to the ball.


June 29th, 2011
4:11 pm

Few remember that after Bill Curry left GT, Bobby Ross had MANY players on the roster
with HUGE attitude problems.

Many of Curry’s recruits didnt respond well to Ross’s
very disciplined, authoritarian, and take-no-crap expectations

Curry is one of THE finest men there is. However, his coaching record wasnt that great.

Bobby Ross won a National Championship in 1990.


June 29th, 2011
4:12 pm

Oh, and BTW, Bill (EFN) Lewis completely wrecked what Ross had built.

Big Macon Dawg

June 29th, 2011
4:22 pm

Not too late for some of you to convert, and hop on board with a winner.

We’re picked by many as a dark-horse for this years NC.

Get past our first 2, we’ll be in the top 5, and well on our way.


June 29th, 2011
4:22 pm

Every college team has a packet they give to players before summer that includes weight training goals and speed training. Don’t worry Mr. Magoo. Smith is obviously just trying to do something on the side to get better.

Ramblin Man

June 29th, 2011
4:34 pm

Maxon dawg thanks for confirming UGA has and recruits bandwagon fans.


June 29th, 2011
4:58 pm

Cj… are not much for guys busting their a– at he school he wants to be at and graduate. Geez, give the guy a break. Maybe things don’t come as easy for him as they seem to be with you. Smugness like yours is a terrible disease if it is seen in public.

Ken Sugiura

June 29th, 2011
5:04 pm

curious – i filed it last week and am waiting to hear. thanks for your inquiry.

mr. magoo – thanks. trying to keep it up.


June 29th, 2011
5:27 pm

The 2013 chick fil a kick off game is set bama vs va tech! As I said before tech fans have more faith in the football team than the coach does. Cpj had his chance and he RAN away from bama.

GT 1

June 29th, 2011
5:30 pm

If Smith averaged 9.7 per carry, why wasnt he running the ball at the end of the Georgia game instead of Washington? If he can average that much, let him run more instead of the fellow that averages 3 yards a carry !!!!

The Dream

June 29th, 2011
6:43 pm

Well, a 2.0 at GT is about a 3.5 at UGA, so get that GPA up every semester from here on out and you’ll have a crew of UGA fans and grads working for you someday. Best of luck.


June 29th, 2011
7:20 pm

@football365, Might be Drad trying to avoid the embarrassment of not selling tickets.

230gr Full Metal Jacket

June 29th, 2011
7:34 pm

Big Macon Dawg, how ’bout passing me some of that stuff your smoking? It’s apparently WAY stronger than anything I’ve ever found! UGA winning the NC? Now THAT’S funny, I don’t care who you are! Try winning your subdivision of your conference first, THEN you can talk delusionally and at least not look like a TOTAL idiot! But then again, the SEC east is shaping up to be about as challenging as Conference USA or the MAC, so perhaps the trembling Chihuahuas might pull that one off. Then again, UF is still in the East, so nah…….ya’ll have absolutely ZERO chance (even with the “dream team” ROTFLMAO!).
This season is gonna be FUN to watch!!!!!

Big Macon DAWG

June 29th, 2011
9:02 pm

@Full Metal Jacket

Think about it, dude.

No one had Auburn winning the NC last year.

They won because of 1) playing in the SEC and 2) easy schedule

Both of those apply to us, this year.

Surely, as a southern college fb fan, you’ve kept up with recruiting, and know we have the roster to do it.

Only challenging game left on our schedule, after Boise and SC (both at home), is Bama in—- ATLANTA!!! Nother’ home game!

You guys will do as you always do, in November and play us closer than you should on paper. But, no dice. Certainly not, in what will be a rebuilding year for your program, with no proven QB or WR…. Or defense.

2011: The (unexpected) YEAR OF THE DAWG!!!

Big Macon DAWG

June 29th, 2011
9:09 pm

And don’t tell me UF will be a difficult game.

They will struggle to make a bowl this season. And that’s not just my opinion. Pick up any pre-season magazine at a grocery store.

We won’t dance in their end-zone. But we will win with authority in Jax this year. And the Florida fans will reference decades of domination, just like we did when you guys beat us in Athens 2 years ago…

Paul in RDU

June 29th, 2011
11:21 pm

Big Macon DAWG

June 29th, 2011
9:02 pm
@Full Metal Jacket

Think about it, dude.

No one had Auburn winning the NC last year.

They won because of 1) playing in the SEC and 2) easy schedule

Hell has obviously frozen over, I never thought I would live long enough to read a post from a UGA fan saying that having 8 SEC conference games and an SECCG equaled an easy schedule. I have read many posts about how ANY SEC schedule – even one that avoided Alabama and LSU was one of the toughest in the nation (second only to playing in the NFC East) and how a bottom feeder in the SEC (i.e. Vanderbilt) would be 0.500 in any other conference in the nation.
Now Big Macon DAWG has admitted the truth. A conference schedule of @Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, @Ole Miss, @MSU, UGA, @Kentucky, S, Carolina (2x) is easy – as is playing Clemson and Oregon out of conference.


June 29th, 2011
11:56 pm

If remember Jackson was Gailey’s first recruit that year and excited then we had the coaching change. That’s why I would like to see recruits look at the school as much as the program. Jackson was recruited originally I believe because he had the size, speed and hands for Gailey’s offense. Hopefully he and the rest of the wr’s can pick it up and take Tech to the next level.


June 30th, 2011
1:49 am

typical uga %^ posts, but that’s ok. Jackets will finally break out of slump and beat the stumpwater out of uga and start a new tradition ( beating canines)


July 5th, 2011
3:37 pm

BIG MACON DAWG, whatcha gonna do; slap the other team in the head with your roster? You are one of those guys that does not believe the game has to be played before the final score is known. Some of the UGA players won’t know who won until someone tells them.