Melton offers up his summer MVP

Greetings –

The countdown continues. Two days until fall practice opens. Aiyee. Today, I’ve got some insights from wide receiver Tyler Melton. I spoke with him a couple weeks ago, before ACC media days. Bright, funny and full of insight, he had plenty to say about the offseason work the team has put in. Without further ado:

1. Melton’s MVP for the summer: Cornerback Louis Young. “He’s so competitive. He pushes everyone around him, whether that’s workouts or runs. Then on the field, he’s got the mindset that he’s the best out there.”

2. Surprise player this fall: A-back Tony Zenon. “You haven’t really seen him, but once you see him on the field, you’ll understand. You’ll be a witness.”

Melton called him “incredibly shifty.” He’s a redshirt freshman from Albany who’s the rare in-state player out of a GISA (as opposed to GHSA) school. Melton’s not the only one who’s talking about him. Coach Paul Johnson has talked him up in the past.

“What’s that movie, ‘Shifter,’ where they disappear and go over there?” Melton asked. “That’s what he does. He’ll blink and he’s on the other side of the field. It’s crazy.”

Melton said in a 7-on-7 drill this spring, Zenon caught a pass over the middle fully extended with a safety coming down in coverage, a linebacker coming at him and possibly another defensive back trailing him. Melton said he caught the pass, hit the brakes, “jumped sideways and then just took off. It was one of the most unbelievable things I’ve ever seen.”

Melton was befuddled.

“I was just like, That doesn’t make any sense. You can’t do things like that,” Melton said.

3. The de rigueur question about incoming freshman quarterback Vad Lee: “I think Vad’s going to be very good. He’s got all the intangibles that you look for in a quarterback. He’s someone who stands strong, has a presence about himself, he has all those intangible things.” He noted that Lee, like all of the incoming freshmen, have yet to take a hit, so any evaluation is incomplete, but, so far, so good.

“He’s a quick learner. He shows that he really wants to be in the forefront. He’ll take the time to watch film, do the little things that you have to do to be a great player.”

4. The difference between Tevin Washington in 2010 and 2011: “I’d say the last four, five games (of last season), he was kind of thrust into the spotlight. Now I’d say he’s ready for it. He kind of tripped into it, in that Josh got hurt and he was forced into action. Coming up through spring and going into the fall, now he knows it’s his position. It’s his job and he’s approaching it that way.”

5. On the game he’s looking forward to most: Virginia Tech, Nov. 10. Last year, trailing 21-14, on a 2nd and 1 from the Virginia Tech 16-yard line with 14 seconds left, Washington threw a jump ball to Melton on the left sideline of the end zone. The ball was a little underthrown and Hokies cornerback Rashad Carmichael intercepted the pass the play to seal the game.

“I had it in my hand,” he said. “I was able to get one hand on it so I had it like this (he demonstrates the play) in my hand. But I couldn’t bring it back up.”

That play is why he can’t wait for the Hokies to come to town.

“It’s not eating at me, because I don’t hold onto those kinds of things,” Melton said. “But I would love to make amends for it.”

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85 comments Add your comment

Sarge1

August 1st, 2011
6:33 am

Toe meets leather…….go Jackets!!!

gtfanfrom1951

August 1st, 2011
6:40 am

Ready for some football! Just catch the ball.
What about the kickers? Are we going to be good enough there?

gtfanfrom1951

August 1st, 2011
6:42 am

Special teams need to improve a lot. Will we use the best players like Meyer did in Fla.?

Tokyo jacket

August 1st, 2011
7:05 am

It’s gonna be fun!

Paddy

August 1st, 2011
7:14 am

Why can’t all player interviews be that interesting?

Tech fan

August 1st, 2011
7:19 am

Finally it’s back :)

Burdell

August 1st, 2011
7:24 am

I have been interested to hear what Stephen Hill has to say about the upcoming season but word is that during the interviews he keeps dropping the microphone. (rimshot)

Here’s to going up and getting those down-the-field heaves….GO JACKETS!!

reebok

August 1st, 2011
7:36 am

can’t wait for 9/1 at Bobby Dodd!

Old Gold Britches

August 1st, 2011
7:53 am

Let’s keep it positive……………….This is going to be Stephen Hill’s year!

Burdell

August 1st, 2011
7:56 am

I know…I sure hope so. I (along with a lot of other people) had such high expectations for him last year that I like the fact we are hearing little to nothing about him this summer.

Looking forward to 9/1 but a little bummed that I can’t park in the AMC lot due to construction of the new “Pavillion”…now I have to sit in post-game traffic like the common folk!

piss boy

August 1st, 2011
8:25 am

Tech will surprise this year.

The Bees Nees

August 1st, 2011
8:52 am

I’m ready for this season to get up and going. I really believe the Jackets are going to surprise some folks out there.

BigTimeTechFan

August 1st, 2011
8:54 am

Would like to see Tony Zenon get a shot a B-Back, he’s smaller then the past few B’Backs but he would be explosive, he stong and shifty.

JM

August 1st, 2011
8:59 am

Go Jackets, we can’t wait to see you play in 2011.

Doug

August 1st, 2011
9:06 am

New season, new attitude…but…PLEASE….everyone Yellw Jacket player MUST be focused on HOLDING ONTO THE FOOTBALL! Take care of that issue and this team will roll!

Buzzwax

August 1st, 2011
9:11 am

Nice video showing Coach Johnson at Cobb County Football Kickoff

http://mdjonline.com/pages/mdj_video/

CoolBreeze

August 1st, 2011
9:58 am

We need: (1) A SHORT passing game; (2) Stephen Hill to catch a ball; (3) everyone to hold on to the ball; (4) special teams improvement. If that happens, the O and the D will be good enough to have a great season. (Of course, you could say this about almost any team, but it’s especially true with the Jackets……..

Paddy

August 1st, 2011
10:07 am

Doug you are right……hold onto the rock! And complete some difficult pass plays eary in the game. And special teams can’t get any worse, can they?

5150 UOAD

August 1st, 2011
10:12 am

Glad they are ready to start hitting and getting their heads ready for the games. I think the Jackets win 8 games and possibly 9. I don’t think with a new QB we can win the Coastal.

GT Dude

August 1st, 2011
10:58 am

Almost time to get excited!

wrecked wreck

August 1st, 2011
11:04 am

Jacket Backer

August 1st, 2011
11:07 am

Ready for some football!!

Go Jackets!!

Ramblin Man

August 1st, 2011
11:09 am

Looking forward to the season and we will see by game three if we are in for an exciting season or not. Feel good about the defense, I’m just waiting to see how the offense and special teams will look.

threetrone

August 1st, 2011
11:21 am

I believe teams with white shoes and socks are more fleet of foot on the field. Florida is one. Sometimes Clemson. This is why I implore Tech to wear white shoes and socks. Recently I saw a Georgia Southern highlight ad on tv, and they wore black socks, like PJ, formerly at GS, has allowed Tech to wear. My Gymnastics coach at Tech in Winter Quarter ‘70, went to GS, Coach Houser, but the two colleges are only the same in their first names, not should not also be the same in their colors of socks for the football teams.

Steady GT Fan

August 1st, 2011
11:33 am

Can’t wait for Yellow Jacket football. Hope to see everybody there.

threetrone

August 1st, 2011
11:40 am

who in the Hell is scrambling my text? cut it the Hell out

threetrone

August 1st, 2011
11:41 am

quit making me loook like DA

threetrone

August 1st, 2011
11:41 am

this proofread is bust, I to close

T3

August 1st, 2011
12:34 pm

GT was making it a BLOWOUT in 2010 until Nesbitt got hurt.

GT will BUHH-LAAAAAST VT this year.:

My Predication: GT:42 VT:24

All Dawg

August 1st, 2011
12:51 pm

Not a bug fan, but I do respect and admire your coach. If UGA had a hard-nosed, stubborn SOB like Johnson, we’d be unstoppable! Your offense gives us and everyone else fits and those who say it have been figured out are fraking idiots and do not know much about football…if you guys only had a decent D. Joe Hamilton era all over again.

hokie

August 1st, 2011
12:56 pm

T3, Too bad games last 4 quarters, and is nesbitt playing this year? wake up PJ couldn’t beat Hokies if he had Beamers players much less the bunch he’s recruited.Typical GT if , if, if………….if nesbitt hadn’t gotten hurt, if we hadn’t turned the ball over, if we had a defense or special teams , if our receivers could catch a pass, if we had a Qb who didn’t play like he was coached by paul hewitt and throws bounce passes.

Johnsons Lawyer

August 1st, 2011
1:38 pm

I hope Paul has time to practice. These legal briefs are giving him fits.Western Carolina keeping him up at night. Why, who knows.

GT Fan...

August 1st, 2011
1:45 pm

Can’t wait to see Louis Young and Zenon …. Melton is the 3rd or 4th player I’ve read quoting high praise on both of these guys.

Also looking forward to Holton & Jema Thomas at DB, and Drummond & Attaochu at LB, as well as Snoddy at A-back. Just hope AG can find a DL that’s servicable.

Hey “hokie” …… tell us all your “IFs” that kept your Roosters from going 14-0 last season.
Here are 3 quick facts in PJs 3 games vs. VT:

1. GT has outplayed VT each game, but have lost 2 of the 3 where it counts, the scoreboard.
2. I have much respect for Bud Foster, but his Ds have not stopped PJ’s Os
3. A variety of TOs, costly penalties, special teams, and one BIG injury doomed the Jackets in the 2 Ls

ed

August 1st, 2011
1:58 pm

one thing for sure, a GT WR has plenty of time to talk to reporters.

gt4ever

August 1st, 2011
2:12 pm

T3, Yikes man, don’t drink your whole life away……

sucker fish

August 1st, 2011
2:27 pm

ATLER Ramblin Wreck

August 1st, 2011
2:42 pm

I think Tech will surprise a lot of teams this year. Looking forward to seeing the team make up from last year.

hokie

August 1st, 2011
2:46 pm

yea no one ever stops the tech offense but they lose, it will get stuffed this year if, if, if………………..
big difference 11-3 6-7 , Pj ’s a minor league coach will be back in d1aa soon enough.

gt4ever

August 1st, 2011
2:49 pm

hokie,

We have one of the easiest schedules in the country this year…. We could win more than lose…. The defense will dictate how many we win… If we have NO defense, as we have had for the last 5 years, it will be a very LONG year….

I think your right about PJ, back to d1aa…

hokie

August 1st, 2011
2:50 pm

if …………………..Pj could recruit

Johnsons Lawyer

August 1st, 2011
2:57 pm

Johnson driving Tech off a cliff. The smart Tech folk know it. The “gruff” talk turns some at Tech on, but his last two classes have been in the mid 40’s at Rivals….so “coach’em up” has never been more important. Other than a plum or two, the talent is heading toward aa…… Which will get you killed in the ACC….much less the SEC.

T3

August 1st, 2011
2:58 pm

The fate of college football in its current form is being
determined RIGHT NOW in a Dallas conference room.

Big 12 ADs are meeting to discuss the Texas launch of the Longhorn Network.

If Texas drop its plans for the Longhorn Network, its curtains for whats left of
the Big 12 as Texas A&M and probably Oklahoma will bolt to the SEC.

gt4ever

August 1st, 2011
2:58 pm

He Can’t recruit! Period!

T3

August 1st, 2011
2:58 pm

hokie = UGAG troll

T3

August 1st, 2011
2:59 pm

Make that:

hokie = gt4ever = UGAG troll

gt4ever

August 1st, 2011
3:00 pm

Your crazy T3…. I just don’t have my head buried in the SAND….

George Stein

August 1st, 2011
3:11 pm

Excellent story on Rocker, Ken. I’m certain our friends to the east have similar ones. Please tell your editor that this Tech fan would love to Chip report a similar story there, too.

hokie

August 1st, 2011
3:19 pm

Sorry T3 the ACC is laughing too.

George Stein

August 1st, 2011
3:33 pm

We’ll see who’s talking in November, hokie.

GT Fan...

August 1st, 2011
3:49 pm

I’m with you T3 … I think hokie & gt4ever are quite possibly a UGA fan.

If the only think GT does better in 2011 than 2010 is committ fewer (less than 20 or fewer; 27 total in 2010) they win 8 games.

If PJ coaches them to .500 or less in 2011 & 2012 then I’ll agree with UGA fan above that PJ’s style is for no higher than FCS football.