This is the same content as the notebook that should be posting soon, but just wanted to give you a chance to comment on how much on it or, you know, what little regard you hold for Georgia or Georgia Tech.
Is Vad Lee mentioned? You know he is.
1. After a strong start to the preseason, Georgia Tech is wobbling a little in the camp grind. Coach Paul Johnson termed Tuesday’s practice “suspect” and “not very good” a day after calling one of the Monday practices “sluggish.”
Johnson found fault with the team’s intensity Tuesday. At the end of the two-hour practice, he said “the offense kicked the fool out of the defense” in third-down drills. Last Wednesday, it was the opposite. To Johnson, it didn’t reflect one unit’s superiority, but a lack of mental toughness from one side.
“We started out good,” Johnson said. “We’ve got to get back to that point. It’s the middle of camp and everyone’s a little tired and they’ve got to learn to push.”
Over the offseason, Tech players spoke often about the team having greater accountability, unity and drive than the 2010 team that started out the season ranked No. 16 but finished 6-7, Tech’s first losing season since 1996.
Said Johnson of the team’s intensity and focus, “If it doesn’t get better, it’ll be a big concern.”
Johnson did say a few players caught his attention, naming wide receiver Stephen Hill, B-back Charles Perkins and A-back Tony Zenon.
B-back David Sims has been having a strong camp, Johnson said, and ”Charles decided to come along for the ride. We know it’s in there. Today, I saw it a little bit.”
The Yellow Jackets will have their final two-a-day practice Wednesday. Camp will break Saturday following the second scrimmage.
2. Four walk-ons, including starting right tackle Tyler Kidney, were put on scholarship Monday. The other three were A-back Robert Godhigh and linebackers Robert Hogan and Matt Serpico. Kidney, Godhigh and Hogan joined the team in 2009. Serpico is a freshman.
Tech had four available under the 85-player limit. Johnson said the four have the understanding that the grants may not be extended beyond this academic year. Teammates applauded when told the news after Tuesday’s practice.
“Georgia Tech has done a great job with me and other walk-ons with treating us with respect, as much as you would hope to get coming in as a non-scholarship player, but it just feels great,” said Kidney, from Northview High.
3. Quarterbacks Tevin Washington and Synjyn Days have been splitting repetitions with the first team while freshman Vad Lee has been getting all of the reps with the second team. Johnson said it doesn’t necessarily mean Lee is getting more snaps than the other two, but acknowledged he probably is.
Johnson has split the practice time that way to evaluate Washington and Days against each other for the starting job.
“Vad’s not in that picture right now,” Johnson said.
Johnson was asked his timetable for making a decision on whether or not to redshirt Lee.
Said Johnson, “December.”
4. Offensive tackle Phil Smith said the reason for his two-game suspension was not due to a legal matter, but declined to specify. “Not in any trouble, just with the coaches,” he said. Johnson said last week Smith will sit out the first two games of the season for breaking team rules. … True freshman wide receiver Jeff Greene has continued to impress. With wide receivers such as Hill and Tyler Melton having missed practices, Greene has been working with the first string. … The B-back competition between Preston Lyons, Perkins and Sims has tightened. While Lyons entered camp as the starter, Johnson called them “interchangeable.” … Melton (strained calf) and B-back Richard Watson (concussion) were among players held out of practice Tuesday.