Burnett on defense, B-backs

Greetings-

Had a little bit of time to offer you some insights from a few folks I talked to after the scrimmage and Monday. Forthwith…

Julian Burnett

On what he saw in watching the scrimmage that he can improve on:

“Just making more of an effort to be on every play, running to the ball, even if it’s a 40-yard pass down the field. You never want to get caught loafing. I don’t think I had a loaf, but I don’t want t it to be close. I kind of saw some loafs on my own, but the coaches didn’t. They kind of overlooked it, but I don’t even want to see it myself.”

Two cents: What Burnett is referring to is that coaches, in reviewing game video, watch each player’s effort on each play and gives him a “loaf” if he didn’t hustle the whole play. It’s a pretty common practice. Burnett, it would seem, is harder on himself than his coaches are, which is what coaches love to have from the best players on the team.

On if the defense biting on play-action plays was a result of it being the first scrimmage:

“I would say [the play action] worked well. Maybe it did have something to do with it being the first scrimmage and a lot of plays coming at us at once. Usually, we probably do situational stuff, just runs some days or passes some days. For them to throw it all at us at once, we probably weren’t as prepared as we should have been.”

Two cents: Makes some sense. It’ll be interesting to see how the passing game works on Saturday.

On the defense’s play overall:

“We did extremely good on the run. Like I said, we could’ve done better on the pass. As a defense, I think we did pretty good. Seventeen points in 100-some plays, that’s pretty good.”

Two cents: Options plays were defended well, particularly quarterback and A-back runs.

On the four B-backs:

Charles Perkins: “Charles, over the offseason, he worked real hard. He’s gotten pretty big. He’s just a hard runner. It takes a lot to get him down sometimes.”

Preston Lyons: “Preston hits the hole better than anybody, I think. He just gets up in the gap so quickly that you’ve just got to be down on your read.”

David Sims: “David’s got so much balance like, even if you can wrap up, hit him from all sides, some kind of way he stays on his feet and just keeps running. David’s a good runner, too. I think that was a good move for him, going from quarterback to B-back.”

Richard Watson: “He kind of like charges, hard to bring down. Just a hard runner.”

Two cents: Great observation about Sims. He’s likely the most improved player from spring. I figured the B-back competition was a two-horse race, but Sims has changed that.

Inside linebackers coach Joe Speed

On Daniel Drummond: “He’s coming along nicely. He invested a lot of time over the summer, opened up the playbook and doing work on his own. He’s got the physical tools. As long as he knows where to go and what his assignment is, he’s going to be just fine.”

Two cents: Some work to do, apparently, but I think the pairing of Drummond and Burnett on the inside could be punishing.

On Jabari Hunt-Days: “Physical tools, picking up the defense. A lot of verbiage for him, so I’m sure it’s fast for him right now, but once he picks it up, he’s going to be able to have a clear mind so he can play faster.”

Two cents: Coaches are looking for true freshman linebackers to play this season. Hunt-Days’ best chance to get on the field, as it is with the others, will be special teams.

Center Jay Finch

On changes in pass protection: “I think we’ve finally found something we like and we’re going to stick to it. It was a lot better today once we solidified exactly what we’re going to do. Last year, we used to have a call that we don’t even use anymore. A lot has changed.”

Two cents: It looked like it worked Saturday.

On watching video of the 2009 Virginia Tech game, a 28-23 win over the then-No. 4 Hokies, with the line:

“Kind of a little bit of motivation. We had ‘Shredder‘ (Brad Sellers), who is, you know, 250 (pounds), Sean (Bedford), who was a former walk-on. We were just talking about, if we can have the same mentality, fire out every play as a unit. It’s one thing we’ve been talking about. That’s the thing you’ve probably heard, the so-called ‘Goon Squad,’ just come out and fight every play. That’s what we’re trying to do.”

253 comments Add your comment

headley lamar

August 16th, 2011
12:00 pm

4 Tickets 4 Cokes 4 Hot Dogs 4 Programs 4 Completed Passes

4 Years on Probation

superDawg

August 16th, 2011
12:16 pm

good one lamar!

superDawg

August 16th, 2011
12:18 pm

and 4 fans in the stands.

T3

August 16th, 2011
12:19 pm

2011 GT Defense is gonna be…

BAAAAAAAAAADDDDD

AZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

The Truth

August 16th, 2011
12:23 pm

UGA’s going down in the Atl in September and November. Bank on it!!!!!!

Why are there so many UGA fans on Tech blogs

August 16th, 2011
12:26 pm

Why don’t y’all worry about your RB situation and worry less about tech. If we are so irrelevant why do uga fans always go on tech blogs. Like it’s 70% uga fans on here! Always bashing us even if we are good. So go do something else. Like go to uga blogs. Peace!

Love GT hypocrites

August 16th, 2011
12:30 pm

“Always bashing us even if we are good????” And when was this?

Tech fan

August 16th, 2011
12:32 pm

Ignore it guys. They want y’all to get riled up. Looking forward to this season. CBSSports, ESPN, Fox, are all writing Tech off. Good! Can you say 2008 again :)

Jacket Man

August 16th, 2011
12:37 pm

Question for you Ken, why do you let your terrific blogs get ruined by comments like the ones you received so far? All they do is generate a back and forth juvenile waste of time for your readers who actually enjoy your blogs and want to make comments on the great points you’ve made.

Can you please filter these people and keep this a sports blog and not a kindergarten playground?

Marxist Jackets

August 16th, 2011
12:43 pm

In typical Socialist fashion, the Jacket faithful wish to shut up any opposing view since they are well aware the facts are never on their side and they can never win a single debate.

Somewhere Jimmy Cater is applauding. Kudos

final score > total rushing yards

August 16th, 2011
12:47 pm

Jacket Man’s translation:

“WAAAAA!!! WAAAAAA!! These big bad Dawgs won;t stop talking trash!!! WAAAA!! We hate them and talk trash about them 90% of our time, but they come on here and talk trash back!!! WAAAA!! Guess we will have to hit them with the academics and Florida comebacks since we certainly cannot trash talk them based on our head to head games with them. WAAAA!!!”

Get over it dude. College football is great because of the trash talk. And you guys are the self proclaimed kings of it. BUt when it comes back….. “Ban thse hooligans!!”

To HELL with georgia tek

are you serious??

August 16th, 2011
12:49 pm

Ken probably doesnt filter because he wants readers and he realizes its a SPORTS blog that only friendless, lifeless loser tools would take to heart. I know you techies are social pariahs, but get a grip dude, along with A LOT of hobbies.

macrotech

August 16th, 2011
12:57 pm

Oh…let the pups bark…in the end, that’s all they ever do! Two National Championships in over a hundred years? DANG…Tech has more than that and WE’RE “irrelevant”!!!

DDPO

August 16th, 2011
1:00 pm

Don’t worry Jacket Man. The leg humper nation is always more confident and talkative in August than any other time of the year. But don’t worry, the season starts in less than 3 weeks and they’ll soon start spouting excuses as to why there are no longer undefeated. And then how they can salvage the season by beating Florida.

After they fail to beat Florida, we can start hearing how their 32nd consecutive top 5 recruiting class is “fixin to” dominate the SEC and win the National Championship. We’ll hear “GATA” and “Damn Good Dawg”

As much as things change, they still stay the same. Six SEC teams have won at least one NC since the Herschel days, but according to UGA they should be mentioned in the same breath. Hilarious

GTFan

August 16th, 2011
1:00 pm

Hey UGA Goons,

You forgot 4 National Titles!!!!! How many do you have ? Oh and How long ago was that?

GTFan

August 16th, 2011
1:01 pm

I’m sorry how long ago was that 1?

Ken Sugiura

August 16th, 2011
1:03 pm

This is a public forum. There are limits to what can be said here, but generally the non-Tech fans haven’t reached them. It’s pretty simple – you don’t have to respond to them.

are you serious??

August 16th, 2011
1:04 pm

Oh yes, the ever hilarious “4 national titles” card. 2 of which belonged to other teams that shameless tech tried to leach on to.

How many during YOUR lifetime? One? Thought so. Next!!

are you serious??

August 16th, 2011
1:05 pm

DDPO –

We are pretty confident every Thanksgiving weekend too

final score > total rushing yards

August 16th, 2011
1:08 pm

You cannot spell gA TECH without a C-H-E-A-T

Talk about all the pre-WWII “National Titles” and shared “National Titles” all you want.]

I will talk about RECENT DOMINANCE over your little club on the football field.

You will talk about Academics and vicariously live through a team from North Central Florida.

9-1

GT Anchorage

August 16th, 2011
1:10 pm

I think everyone should take Ken’s advice and not respond to the trolls. They are just trying to get a rise out of you. If you don’t respond to any of their idiotic remarks, they will eventually go away. You have to remember, these are teenagers.

HAHAHA

August 16th, 2011
1:12 pm

A man in a Porsche 911 stops at a stoplight and Ray Drew pulls up next to him on a scooter. Drew leans over and takes an admiring look at the inside of the Porsche and tells the driver that he has a really hot car. Well, the light turned green so the driver of the Porsche decides to show off and peels out and leaves Drew in the dust. Then, all of a sudden, he sees the scooter zip on past him. So, being a little cocky, the Porsche driver floors it again and blows past Drew on the scooter. A few seconds later, he again sees the scooter zip on past him. So now he’s a little irate as well as a little mifted that that scooter keeps passing him so he floors it until he is going over 100 mph. He thinks to himself that there would be no way that scooter could catch him now, but then looks in the rearview mirror and sees that scooter starting to catch up. He then decides to find out what that scooter really is and slams on his brakes. Then the scooter crashes into the Porsche. After the dust settled, the Porsche driver sees the Drew lying in the road and goes over to him and asks how he could go as fast as the Porsche on a little wimpy scooter… Drew replied, “I can’t really, but my suspenders were caught on your side mirror….”

GTFan

August 16th, 2011
1:12 pm

It’s still better than 1. Always will be no matter how many ways you want to look at it. You guys started with the numbers game and I liked my number 4 better. I’m sorry it hurts you to know that you still only have 1.

Good article keep them coming! I’m stoked for some football!!!!! Go Jackets!!!!!!!!!!

final score > total rushing yards

August 16th, 2011
1:15 pm

Great idea GT Anchorage!!

Let’s just ignore them, pretend we are better than them, and wear our little “RAT hats” with pride and keep screaming “To hell with Georgia”, and get our little feelings hurt when one of them actually talks smack back.

Ready…. GO!

Lets discuss

August 16th, 2011
1:16 pm

GT’s only outright national title was won as recently as 1917.

Tech tries to claim USC’s title of 1928, Michigan St.’s of 1952 and Colorado’s of 1990.

The only one Tech can claim without cracking a smirk is the 1917 title when all their professors were still trying to get accustom to life without slaves.

So yes, congrats, tools.

RamboDog

August 16th, 2011
1:18 pm

I’ll keep it very simple. I read some of the Tech blogs so that I can see how good Tech fans think they will be, then use the idiotic comments on my Tech buds when it hurts them the most. They dish it out when they win (which is not often), and I beat them down when we win….MOST of the time. It’s all good…I have to listen to Fl until we are able to beat them more than 1 time in a row….Tech, same thing. Win 2 in a row and show some class when you do win, I know how BIG a deal it is, but try to act like men, if you can. Last thing, get off the blogs and support your team “AT THE GAMES”….it is pitiful to not be able to sell out that small stadium.

Dooley

August 16th, 2011
1:18 pm

Superdawg….finished with my oil change?

Headley….cut the Bermuda grass a little shorter time, will ya?

final score > total rushing yards

August 16th, 2011
1:20 pm

You guys really do act all big and bad on an anonymous blog, where your names can be changed without any registration.

But in reality NONE of you little nerds would EVER say the things you say about UGA fans and players to their faces. NONE OF YOU!!

The other week i gave out my email address to you nerds who were demanding that the Ken should email these big mean dawg fans and make them stop”, and not ONE SINGLE person had the eggs to send me a hate email, knowing that I would have yours in return.

Keep talking behind your computer, little bugs. It’s all you have in life. Because whe you step out of your little techie dorms, you are nothing but social rejects.

Good day.

GT Anchorage

August 16th, 2011
1:21 pm

Wish I could RamboDog, 3500 miles is a long way to travel. I am hoping to get back to Georgia for the North Carolina game though.

GTJACKETS

August 16th, 2011
1:25 pm

The pups will be calling for Richt’s head come September 11th (3rd year in a row they will have done so)…mark your calendars. As for GT we will be 2-0 at that point. Can’t wait for Toe Meets Leather! 16 days!!

Supersize that order, mutt

August 16th, 2011
1:30 pm

Good news, TRUE Tech bloggers (and I posted this on one of the other blogs too). A post that was directed at me on one of the other blogs was just deleted, obviously for its content. I had made one too that is “awaiting” moderation, as it actually probably should be. It’s good to know that somebody at the AJC is finally checking these posts for content. So let the trolls rant and let’s ALL just ignore them, and even if they don’t go away, maybe their posts at least will be deleted. Oh, and by the way, it was a post by “Love GT hypocrites” that was deleted.

JM

August 16th, 2011
1:31 pm

Good comments from the players and coaches. We’ve heard them before. It is time to prove the comments true. The only way to do that is execute on game day.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 16th, 2011
1:31 pm

EXCELLENT article, Ken. Keep up the good work

The Bees Nees

August 16th, 2011
1:34 pm

Final Score was so cool in 5th grade. You posted you e-mail address and nobody responded. You are so tough. I’m sure you have tons of class and real pleasure in person. haha

Supersize that order, mutt

August 16th, 2011
1:34 pm

Ken, why are my comments to you being blocked?

Supersize that order, mutt

August 16th, 2011
1:38 pm

trolls can say anything they want, but I can’t compliment Ken for a job well done. What’s up with that?

Lets discuss

August 16th, 2011
1:38 pm

GT JACKETS -

Please, tell us about GT’s first 2 opponents, will you?

Kind of sad....

August 16th, 2011
1:40 pm

Supertroll still isnt able to take the hint as to why he is always the ONLY one getting blocked on here…..

Ramblin Man

August 16th, 2011
1:40 pm

Ken,
Was wondering if you could find how many times GT has proposed to the board of regents to expand the majors offered and the vote total turning them down? Tried to find it myself with little results and thought maybe you had access to info I can’t find. Thanks again for the great coverage.

GT Anchorage

August 16th, 2011
1:41 pm

Supersize, you probably got caught by the auto filter. Who knows what key words they are looking for.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 16th, 2011
1:42 pm

Ramblin Man, the most egregious example of that was in the 30s, when Tech wanted to add a school of commerce. The mutts absolutely refused to let Tech add any program which would let us have a possible edge in recruiting.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 16th, 2011
1:43 pm

Anchorage, I only used words that are used in everyday conversation. I have no idea what word or words might have caused it. Like I said, it was merely a compliment of Ken’s work

Supersize that order, mutt

August 16th, 2011
1:45 pm

Regarding the filtering of words though, I complained to Ken via email a few weeks ago about a highly derogatory and offensive term used by the trolls to refer to CPJ. I assume that Ken agreed, since that term has not appeared anywhere, either in a troll’s name or a post since I complained.

Honest and Frank Discussion

August 16th, 2011
1:46 pm

Must not be a lot going on in Athens right now with the number of dogs trolling the board. I guess its tough when you can’t go talk trash on the South Carolina, Florida, or Auburn boards.

Actually

August 16th, 2011
1:46 pm

Yet Yech fought tooth and nail to keep UGA from expanding their engineering program?

Supersize that order, mutt

August 16th, 2011
1:48 pm

Momentarily setting aside my new policy of ignoring the trolls, there was a need for a school of commerce in the state of Georgia (UGA didn’t have one either), but there is NO NEED WHATSOEVER for an additional school of engineering. The only reason that passed was because of the mutts in the Georgia legislature. But if some poor deluded kid wants a 5th tier engineering education, because he can’t get accepted anywhere else, then so be it.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 16th, 2011
1:49 pm

And THUGa wasn’t EXPANDING their engineering program; they didn’t have one to begin with.

DawginLex

August 16th, 2011
1:52 pm

Supersize

You complained about somebody calling your coach a name?

If I did that, we would have no blog posts on the UGA blogs

final score > total rushing yards

August 16th, 2011
1:53 pm

If the Techies begin their season at 4-0, which looks likely with the quality of cupcakes and combination of pathetic ACC teams you play,

they will still be ABSOLUTELY distraught if UGA is 4-0 as well.

Tell me all you want about “how UGA won’t because you don;t have a running back”, but IF it happens, it truly is pathetic how much it will bother you nerds.

Jacket Man

August 16th, 2011
1:55 pm

I, too, have had a large number of my posts blocked and I try to be respectful to everyone, even people I disagree with and act the fool. I never use profanity or allude to things that are perverse, etc, so with all of the trash that’s being spewed on the blogs, I must admit I’m confused as to why my comments are regularly blocked. Ken, can you help me, and some of the other “regular” people on these blogs understand how we get censored for nothing and the others can say virtually anything they want? I have no idea what your “standards” are anymore… Thanks.