Tech offensive line making progress

Greetings-

Hope you’re well and read the notebook from Tuesday’s practice. Evidently, the heat and toil of preseason camp has sapped Georgia Tech’s will a little. Not entirely surprising, given that coach Paul Johnson isn’t the easiest person to please and football practice is no joyride. Still, the last few days of camp could be insightful into the team’s character.

It’s not Tech-related, but I’d recommend reading the Yahoo report about alleged malfeasance at Miami. Pretty troubling stuff for the Hurricanes. Predicting NCAA penalties is not exactly my thing (my thing is eating Pringles and gummy bears), but I think the folks at the Committee on Infractions will eventually take a healthy whack at the program and dock scholarships. If North Carolina also is hit with a scholarship loss, that would work out rather well in Tech’s favor.

Kind of crazy to think that half the ACC Coastal Division may soon be under NCAA probation. Better get your house in order, Duke.

Anyway, offensive line coach Mike Sewak answered several questions Tuesday about his unit. I’ve included the highlights.

1. The pass blocking is working better. Generally, quarterbacks had time to throw in Saturday’s scrimmage, which center Jay Finch attributed to a scheme alteration. Sewak acknowledged the same, although he put some of the improvement on better individual performance.

“What we’ve done is, I think we’ve done a better job with our pass sets and I think we know where our pressures are coming from, and our guys are getting themselves in position better,” he said. “That’s probably (the difference) as much as anything.”

As long as this holds up, this is obviously an important development. It’s cliché, but you can’t throw the ball effectively, particularly with a first-year starter like Tevin Washington, if the quarterback is facing consistent pass rush pressure.

2. The run blocking needs some more coaching up, though. Sewak said out of 109 scrimmage snaps, the line had a “couple plays” where it came off the line properly. It doesn’t mean the line play was awful – the running game wasn’t punishing, but at times it moved the ball – but it can be significantly better, evidently.

“Our guys have to come off the ball and change the line of scrimmage and everything’s downhill,” Sewak said. “If you can get downhill, that’s great, but we still go laterally. We still try to read it on the run and that’s not a good sign because the fullback, he’s trying to hit it fast and if he starts to slow up, everything kind of chain reacts on it.”

3. Trey Braun, a true freshman guard who was the lone early enrollee of the 2011 class, is doing well, particularly in comparison with the other freshmen. He’s a virtual lock to play this season, probably as the No. 3 guard behind Omoregie Uzzi and Will Jackson. Considering Jackson has had tough luck with injuries, Braun may even see a good bit of time. Sewak called his play in the scrimmage “a pleasant surprise.” Being able to participate in spring practice was a difference maker.

“He’s showed a sense of maturity for a kid his age,” Sewak said. “He takes aggressive coaching well and he’s done a good job of trying to respond to what you ask of him.”

(As an aside, I’m pretty sure I would not take “aggressive coaching” well. Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m a loose cannon.)

4. Speaking of Jackson, he’s come back well from a shoulder injury that kept him out part of last week. He played all of the snaps he was supposed to in the scrimmage, 49 out of 109, and did well.

5. Lastly, as I mentioned in the notebook, offensive tackle Tyler Kidney was one of four walk-ons to be put on scholarship Monday. A-back Robert Godhigh and linebackers Robert Hogan and Matt Serpico were the others. I have a lot of respect for anyone willing to walk on and grind it out as a scout-teamer, and even more for someone like Kidney who can elevate from that station into the starting lineup. As a sophomore, no less.

Kidney follows two players who have offered examples to follow, namely All-ACC center Sean Bedford and offensive tackle Brad Sellers, who started for the 2009 ACC championship team.

Like Bedford, Kidney came to Tech as a walk-on. Kidney was recruited by Navy at Northview High, but Navy passed after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament before his senior season. Kidney said Sellers has been his inspiration because they were similarly undersized.

“I was like, if he can do it, then I know I can do it,” Kidney said.

As for Bedford, Kidney said, “it’s kind of hard to live up to the All-ACC and rocket scientist. I’m trying to get my name up there with those two guys. That’d be a great honor.”

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By Ken Sugiura, AJC.

127 comments Add your comment

ramblingbuzz

August 17th, 2011
7:45 am

Somewhat troubling that if the lack of pass blocking is a system type thing instead of personnel that it’s taken this long to correct.

Jacket 56

August 17th, 2011
8:07 am

Ken, what’s going on with Broderick Snoddy? Haven’t heard any comments from you about him when mentioning the backs. Is he redshirting?

Reggie

August 17th, 2011
8:08 am

So the line needs coaching up…. “Dive at the ankles boys! Chop block!”

This is going to be a bad, bad football team…

T3

August 17th, 2011
8:13 am

Well, with UNC in turmoil and Da U on the ropes,
its looking more and more likley that GT goes 10-2.

Maybe even 12-0.

Al

August 17th, 2011
8:16 am

Thanks Ken for the update ken. Uga’s orson charles, their best receiver left, is also mentioned. They are in trouble. No running game and now no one to pass to.

RambleOn84

August 17th, 2011
8:28 am

I’m glad Greene is playing so well.

He was actually the guy I was most excited about in this year’s recruiting class.

He has great size, and had good catching numbers in high school, despite playing with a broken hand for most of his junior season. If you can learn to catch one-handed, then you should be that much better when it heals.

RambleOn84

August 17th, 2011
8:31 am

I was following up on the IP addresses on some of these dog fans that come on here constantly and I found this picture of one of them:
http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20101124091258/uncyclopedia/images/6/6a/Computer_nerd.JPG

This guy’s known as “Handsome Mike” in the dog blog circles.

WnE

August 17th, 2011
8:34 am

A serious question that the GT fanbase needs to ask is:

Is our OL better or, are they going against one of the worst pass-rushing DLs in the ACC?

We’ll have to wait until the regular season to find out what we really have on our OL.

BTW CPJ-boot-licking-toadies, his own actions have proven you guys wrong, you guys have claimed that he has recruited pretty well his first 3 yrs., yet he is likely to play 11 true Fr. this season mainly on STs.

If Coach Fish Fry had recruited better he’d save those RSs for this yrs. Recruits(T-Fr.), and he’d have T-Sophs. or FR-Fr. in line to play on STs.

When you’re in your 4th year on campus and have had 4 recruiting classes, you should NOT have to use T-Fr. as punt returners, unless they have Peter Warrick or Deion Sanders-type ability, none of CPJ’s recruits are of that ilk so that means he must have recruited horribly for those first 3 Recruiting classes.

Anytime you’re burning RS-years to play T-Fr. on STs, then that means you are covering up for Recruiting mistakes from earlier recruiting classes, i.e. “dead-weight Recruits”.

CHOP BLOCK U!!!!

August 17th, 2011
8:36 am

Yeah, I bet they are making progress. Not only is Yech the dirtiest program off the field, but they are also the dirtiest on. Hence why they are the most despised fanbase and program in the nation.

RambleOn84

August 17th, 2011
8:37 am

I’ve got a serious question:
Do people who stalk and harass teenage boys do so because it excites them or because they are so pathetic they want desperately to bring down talented young people?

gt4ever

August 17th, 2011
8:51 am

I have been called everything in the world on these blogs…. Because, I find myself rationally thinking about how good we may be every year. WnE has been called every name in the book as well, but his analysis is good and to the point…. He may be a UGA troll, but the truth hurts… In almost every comment he/she makes there is truth… It would be easy for me to just give this coach a pass on his recruiting, but the fact is this, except for a few good football players, his coaches have failed in the recruiting game…. Again, this is my opinion, yours will probably be different….

ramblingbuzz

August 17th, 2011
8:52 am

Hey Chop – You’d better hope Orson Charles didn’t get $312 in clothing from that guy in jail or your doggies will be on probation too.

gt4ever

August 17th, 2011
8:53 am

Ramble,

I look nothing like handsome Mike…..

BigTimeTechFan

August 17th, 2011
8:53 am

@WnE – Let’s see

Projected starters
Washington or Days at QB Both Red Shirted
Lyons or Perkins at BB Both Red Shirted
R Jones at AB Red Shirted
Phil Smith, Will Jackson, J Finch, Uzzi, Kidney OL All Red Shirted

that’s just on offense

Plus CJP was smart enough to play Fred Holton as Frosh last year, now he can R-Shirt him this year.

Look out

August 17th, 2011
8:57 am

lol WnE really hates Tech but also knows very little about them.

T3

August 17th, 2011
9:01 am

WnE:

SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP FOR YOUR DISFUNCTIONLA MENTAL CONDITION.

SERIOUSLY.

GO.

NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gt4ever

August 17th, 2011
9:02 am

Chop block u,

Chop blocks are illegal…. We have smaller OL, so we have to come off the ball lower, and our fundamentals have to be sound… There is a specific way these coaches teach the run block, and it’s not Chop blocks… Please research before you blog, it just makes you sound silly…

WnE

August 17th, 2011
9:07 am

re:
BigTimeTechFan
August 17th, 2011
8:53 am
_______________________

A few examples to support your position still doesn’t explain why a HC after 4 Recruiting classes has to use a T-Fr. to return punts, this coming after he LOST a bowl game because he didn’t have one guy on his roster to catch a punt after 3 Recruiting classes.

If he has to burn RSs by playing this yrs. T-Fr on STs, then one HAS TO ASK where are the T-Sophs. and RS-Fr. from previous recruiting classes, are they that bad that they can’t help on STs?

And if they are that bad, what impact will that have on the FB Program for the next 2 or 3 seasons with so many dead-weight players on scholly?

M. Richt

August 17th, 2011
9:08 am

Coaching up? WTF is that? Do I need to coach my dream team?

RambleOn84

August 17th, 2011
9:10 am

No, “gt4ever,” it’s actually NOT a good point.

You see, when you make a statement, you need some actual PROOF to back it up if you want people to take you seriously.

Yes, every idiot and their moms say Johnson has “failed” at recruiting, but where is the EVIDENCE of this?

Evidence would require looking at the players he has brought in and deem how many of them have faltered, defected, or not worked out otherwise. Then compare that to past Tech teams, or similar current teams (such as Vanderbilt) over the same span of time.

I suppose you could use “star rankings” if that’s your thing, but if you want to be critical of Johnson, that would be unwise.

Yes, some players have not worked out as well as Johnson might have hoped they would. Find me a program that can’t say the same about their own recruits…

But, now in Johnson’s fourth year there are some definite bright spots. Omoregie Uzzi, one of Johnson’s first recruits, is widely regarded as an excellent OG and is All-ACC.

Tevin Washington, also in that first class, might work out well. We don’t know yet. He seemed to do better than expected given the circumstances last year.

From 2009 class:
Izaan Cross is seen by more than a few “experts” as about to blow up, and he looked impressive last year. Sweeting was really good last year and will get to prove more this year. Burnett is a great player. Hill was a big-time recruit, but obviously struggled last year. He’ll get to redeem himself this year. Lanier, Finch, Drummond, Thomas, and Sims will get their chances this year.

From 2010 class:
Lots of promise from many players. Johnson, Attaochu, and Young are all budding stars on the defense. Holton is another one, but due to injury he’ll be redshirted this year. Bostic was explosive when he got touches. Green sounds promising but we’ll see him a bit this year to see what he’s made of. Ditto for Days, Williams, and Zenon.

And the 2011 class seems to have a number of possible contributors.

RambleOn84

August 17th, 2011
9:12 am

Forgot to mention Perkins in 2010 class. We’ll all see what he can do very soon.

Hedgepruner

August 17th, 2011
9:19 am

all you mutt fans are kool aid drinking fooools talking about Paul Johnson using
T-Fr on STs, then one HAS TO ASK where are the T-Sophs. and RS-Fr. from previous recruiting classes, are they that bad that they can’t help on STs?

one name “Isiah Crowell”, what a bunch of idiots you are , Richt is putting all his future on this one T-Fr and you have the audacity to talk about our coach….go back to your blog and talk about winning a National Championship you tools….

headley lamar

August 17th, 2011
9:20 am

Well, with UNC in turmoil and Da U on the ropes,
its looking more and more likley that GT goes 10-2.

Maybe even 12-0.

Vegas says 6 wins. They will be glad to take your money …. I mean bet.

BigTimeTechFan

August 17th, 2011
9:48 am

@WnE
August 17th, 2011
9:07 am

I’m still not getting it, just give me an example of who you think is a good coach, that recruits so well he never playes freshmen over upperclassmen

KJ

August 17th, 2011
9:49 am

and Vegas had Cam Newton at 50/1 odds of winning the Heisman last year, so what’s your point headley lamar?

headley lamar

August 17th, 2011
9:55 am

and Vegas had Cam Newton at 50/1 odds of winning the Heisman last year, so what’s your point headley lamar?

My point would be they dont get it right every time but most times they do.

You cant take an exception and try to make it the rule.

juvenal

August 17th, 2011
10:02 am

Ken, hope you are not eating chips & gummis at the same time-yuk!

Dawg Fan

August 17th, 2011
10:03 am

What is Vad Lee? He is a joke.

You Techies have yourself another Athlete who can play corner or safety, but certainly not QB.

Go Dawgs!!!!

KJ

August 17th, 2011
10:09 am

ok the headley…Auburn was 100/1 odds to win the 2010 BCS title, Newton was 50/1 to win the 2010 Heisman, 2010 total win odds, tech 8, uga 9, auburn 8, alabama 4/1 to win the bcs, etc etc etc

1jacket7

August 17th, 2011
10:14 am

A couple of things guys. 1) The academic curriculum has always been a factor when it comes to recruiting. More often than not TECH has to do more with less especially when it comes to OL & DL positions. Coming off of scholarship restrictions and moving from a pro set offense to option style you had the wrong type players on scholarship adjusting to the new system. I might add that they did a good job. Now Tech is building up it’s roster to support this system. This will take more than four years. 2). Continuity is strength and with players ltransferring, or getting injured and coaching changes, ie CPJ and AG and 3 others, and NCAA restrictions. This will shake up any program which is why TECH and the ACC and programs like Michigan ND, USC Texas, Okl, are ihaving challenges. The Top 5 teams in the country the Top 3 teams in any league have continuity.

headley lamar

August 17th, 2011
10:14 am

ok the headley…Auburn was 100/1 odds to win the 2010 BCS title, Newton was 50/1 to win the 2010 Heisman, 2010 total win odds, tech 8, uga 9, auburn 8, alabama 4/1 to win the bcs, etc etc etc

Like i said. It isnt perfect. but usually they are pretty close.

Either way if you feel Tech will win more than 6 they will be happy to take your bet.

Since you are a Tech fan i’m sure you work at NASA and can afford it.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 17th, 2011
10:14 am

Guys, just ignore the trolls You can’t win any arguments with them, because they don’t listen to facts or reason, and they call their own lies and distortions facts. Seriously, they are not worth your time…..NONE of them. They have accomplished their purpose when they get us riled. SO IGNORE THEM. Let’s talk football….TECH FOOTBALL

KJ

August 17th, 2011
10:20 am

Dawg Fan if you haven’t noticed and ATHLETE is what Tech needs at QB…figured you’d have noticed that watching Techs offense roll up 1280 yards in offense on your Dawgs over the part 3 years(and yes i know 2 of those games were losses), offense will never be CPJ’s problem, any problems Tech has will always be defense…even if you recrute well on the defensive side they never get to practice against a “pro style” or spread offense so when they see it they struggle…the very same reason people struggle with the triple option, they never see it

headley lamar

August 17th, 2011
10:21 am

The academic curriculum has always been a factor when it comes to recruiting. More often than not TECH has to do more with less especially when it comes to OL & DL positions

It would be easy for me to just give this coach a pass on his recruiting, but the fact is this, except for a few good football players, his coaches have failed in the recruiting game….

It has to be because as we all know academics at Tech are soooooo hard.

I mean Reggie Ball, Reuben Houston, and Stephon Marbury just barely got in.

Not sure whether they finished and got their ahem “Management” degree

KJ

August 17th, 2011
10:24 am

LOL no sir i do not work with NASA nor do i gamble, i just love college football and the ignorant comments people like you make…im sure you’re a UGA fan…im curious since you know talent so well and your coach recruits so well what happens to all that talent when the get to UGA?

KJ

August 17th, 2011
10:24 am

LOL no sir i do not work with NASA nor do i gamble, i just love college football and the ignorant comments people like you make…im sure you’re a UGA fan…im curious since you know talent so well and your coach recruits so well what happens to all that talent when the get to UGA?

1jacket7

August 17th, 2011
10:24 am

Vad Lee will be the truth in 2012. Dawg fan knows this and so does everyone else. Awful try Dawg Fan. Check this out. UGa has no room to talk. Every year the SEC Champ plays for the Natl Championship except for the years UGA won it. So just like Tech you guys have done nothing since 1980 and Tech since 1990. Shut your mouth.

Delbert D.

August 17th, 2011
10:27 am

“Chop blocks are illegal” – Actually, they are not. The term is synonymous with “cut block”. When it is not done by the rules, the official’s call is “Illegal chop block.” The common usage has morphed into cut block being legal and the chop block being illegal.

A block below the knees from behind is illegal. A block below the knees when the defender is engaged with another blocker is illegal.

When I played in high school, our blocking scheme my senior year was the “crab block”. It is based on the blocker maintaining contact with the defender at or below the knees, and continuing the block by “crabbing” with both hands and both feet on the ground, moving the defender away from the play.

headley lamar

August 17th, 2011
10:27 am

offense will never be CPJ’s problem

It is when the other team has time to prepare for the gimmick. See Iowa.

CPJ offense works only because it is rare and teams just dont see it much.

Another little factoid.

UGA average 32.1 ppg last year. Tech averaged 26

And Georgia did that in a much tougher conference.

George Stein

August 17th, 2011
10:29 am

Funny comments, WnE. The only problem is that you’ve said many times before that red-shirting the players is proof that Johnson isn’t recruiting well enough. I’ll set aside the idiocy of the line of reasoning for a moment to ask why you are now complaining about actually playing true freshmen. I mean, could you just pretend to be a little consistent?

headley lamar

August 17th, 2011
10:29 am

im curious since you know talent so well and your coach recruits so well what happens to all that talent when the get to UGA?

They win 90 games over the past 10 years. Second most in the SEC ( LSU had 91 )

2 SEC titles over that period. 90 Wins is 7th most in the NCAA over that period.

9-1 vs Tech

In other words they do quite well

Delbert D.

August 17th, 2011
10:30 am

The SEC East record against the SEC West in 2010 was 3-16. Part of the conference was definitely tougher.

George Stein

August 17th, 2011
10:31 am

Right, Headley. That same tough conference where they have scores like 65-43? Is that the one you’re talking about?

gt4ever

August 17th, 2011
10:31 am

Proof….. ?? The proof is a 6 and 7 season in a very weak league. Proof is a team who couldn’t beat UGA two years in a row. UGA had probably two of their weakest teams in years… Proof is that our succesful bowl wins have trending down(losses) for years….

I don’t believe any of that star business, but we are not usually in the running for these type recruits, and we have never really competed for these recruits… What we have had in the past are coaches who evaluate talent a whole lot better… They also have a system that they have a better chance of selling to these talented high shool players… IMHO….

Bottom Line is this… The quality of play has been trending down, and the play on the field is the best indicator of how well we have recruited… Not the amount of stars a kid gets from some recruiting Guru…

I hope your RIGHT Ramble, but I have played at this level and my gut instinct says we are digging ourselves a HOLE, that it will take years to rise above…

Dawg Fan

August 17th, 2011
10:32 am

If Vad was the real deal, he’d be starting every game this season b/c Washington and Days aren’t all that…

1jacket7

August 17th, 2011
10:36 am

@headley Lamar even in Mgt you have to take Biology or Chemistry. Calculus and core classes like Finance, Accounting, and Economics. None of these courses by the way are required at UGA for a Arts and Lettering or Parks and Recreation or General Studies degree. Wait please share the majors of the players on the roster at UGa and tell us how much more demanding they are than the Mgt major at Tech. Mgt is not Business Administration. Get it right smart guy.

30 years of frustration

August 17th, 2011
10:37 am

Welcome headley, what took you so long? This story has been up for almost two hours before you posted a comment. Your pathetic obsession still burns brightly I see. Do you actually enjoy UGA football or just enjoy hating Tech? Not a very healthy obsession you have. Now post about you are only giving back to Tech fans what we give the UGA blogs every day.

headley lamar

August 17th, 2011
10:39 am

@headley Lamar even in Mgt you have to take Biology or Chemistry. Calculus and core classes like Finance, Accounting, and Economics. None of these courses by the way are required at UGA for a Arts and Lettering or Parks and Recreation or General Studies degree.

Which one did Reuben Houston major in?

headley lamar

August 17th, 2011
10:41 am

Welcome headley, what took you so long? This story has been up for almost two hours before you posted a comment.

Had a meeting this morning. Back at my desk now.

Sounds like you missed me. Awwww

Coach

August 17th, 2011
10:44 am

Coach Sewak, is that “fullback” or B-back? I’ve finally come around to the GT terminology- don’t change now!