Tech’s form returns in final two-a-day


In a bit of a rush. These are the notes from Wednesday’s practice. Sounds like it went better.

1. For the last of its four two-a-days of preseason camp, Georgia Tech mustered its reserves and showed more energy than in previous days.

“I thought it was the best [two-a-day] we’ve had, as far as effort and people flying around,” coach Paul Johnson said Wednesday. “It was pretty good.”

Monday and Tuesday’s practices did not meet Johnson’s expectations and he said Tuesday that it would be a big concern if the team did not begin to show more effort and intensity. The Yellow Jackets conclude preseason practice Saturday morning with a scrimmage at Bobby Dodd Stadium and will begin preparing for the Sept. 1 season opener against Western Carolina on Monday.

Wednesday, the team practiced in full pads in the morning and then helmets and shoulder pads in the afternoon, working out in the indoor practice facility for the later session.

“It was a little cooler, so they bounced around pretty good,” Johnson said.

2. Coaches are toying with their offensive-line options for the first two games, in which Tech will be without Phil Smith, who was suspended for breaking team rules. Ray Beno and Catlin Alford have been competing to fill in for Smith, but, Johnson said, “I don’t think either guy’s won the job.”

Johnson tossed out the possibility of moving guard Will Jackson to tackle and using true freshman Trey Braun at guard. Braun, who enrolled early and participated in spring practice, has held his own in camp. He worked briefly last week with the first team when Jackson was out with a shoulder injury, was a pleasant surprise in the scrimmage and looks to have won the No. 3 guard spot.

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

3. While the roster is more than 100 players deep, no one is wearing No. 9. It is not in homage to the last bearer of the jersey, quarterback Joshua Nesbitt. It’s because Johnson doesn’t know who should wear it. Johnson said about 12 players requested it.

“I told ‘em we’d get through camp and we’ll see who’s going to play, and whoever plays has the best chance to get it, because there’s no way to determine all the different guys who wanted it,” Johnson said.

Equipment manager Tom Conner said it was the most requested available jersey number.

Said Johnson, “Everybody wants a single digit.”

4. Johnson said he expects freshman wide receiver Corey Dennis and B-back Richard Watson (concussion) to return to practice Thursday. Wide receiver Tyler Melton is still nursing a strained calf muscle. Offensive lineman Morgan Bailey has been out since last week. Dennis and Bailey’s injuries are undisclosed.

5. Backup center Nick McRae’s willingness to practice despite a variety of bumps and bruises has earned Johnson’s respect. “I can’t say enough good things about him,” Johnson said. …Johnson said “maybe” to a question about changes in the depth chart, but said he would make them public the week of the Western Carolina game.

28 comments Add your comment


August 17th, 2011
8:37 pm

might i be first???


August 17th, 2011
8:51 pm

I’m really ready for some GT football—bring on the season!!

The Grinch

August 17th, 2011
8:55 pm

Putting the in-state rivalry aside (GO DAWGS), wouldn’t you hate to be in Miami’s shoes right now?

The Grinch

August 17th, 2011
8:57 pm

I heard Miami may be on a potential “death penalty” list if those allegations are proven. Hookers, cash, booze, abortions? good grief!!


August 17th, 2011
9:08 pm

The Grinch……UM is in a no-win situation. Poor Coach Golden. This may cost them 10 years of recovery time if it is proven to be true.Can’t imagine recruits will be returning many UM recruiting calls or putting them on their official visit list. It is going to be terrible!!!!!!!!!!!


August 17th, 2011
9:14 pm

Also heard

Jeff Greene is co-No 1 at WR, Tech will have very nice size at WR
Also sounds like Days is back in the running to start at QB

Ken, is Sat scrimmage open to public again?


August 17th, 2011
9:21 pm

I am SO ready for this season to get started!!! Lovin’ what I’m hearing from CPJ…he’s ALMOST giddy!!!

The Grinch…I hate what I’m hearing from the “U”…if we had to give a Championship back over $312…I can ONLY imagine what’s going to happen to Miami!!!

duece coupe

August 17th, 2011
9:27 pm

The NFlL will never be too tough for Josh Nesbitt.

duece coupe

August 17th, 2011
9:29 pm

. . . the NFL will never be tough for Josh Nesbitt . . .

GT Rich

August 17th, 2011
9:32 pm

It’ll be interesting to see who earns no 9….


August 17th, 2011
9:32 pm

I think they should keep the no.9 jersey vacant for a season or two until they find someone worthy of wearing it. Kinda like they did with 21 last year.

final score > total rushing yards

August 17th, 2011
9:33 pm

“Tech’s form returns”

Does this mean they LIED and CHEATED throughout the practices??

Supersize that order, mutt

August 17th, 2011
9:49 pm

478, I agree with you


August 17th, 2011
10:05 pm

They didnt keepy 21 vacant. Charles Perkins assumed the number as soon as he came in as a freshmen after Dwyer left. He was just redshirted.

Paul in NH (formerly RDU)

August 17th, 2011
10:31 pm

A good practice from the team? It sounds as if CPJ got the message over after the last couple of days. It also sounds as if this year’s team is responding more positively to coaching than last year. Having said that, who knows how they will come out of the gate when the games count.


August 17th, 2011
10:55 pm

Perkins came in with a lot of hype out of high school. Is he for real? This should be his year.


August 17th, 2011
11:12 pm

QB PLAY QB PLAY QB PLAY. This is where we need the help most. To have a QB with the heart of nesbitt and the arm like Joe Hamilton and the feet like Sean Jones will return Tech to prominence this year and the years to come. Someone step up and take your place.

Ken Sugiura

August 17th, 2011
11:19 pm

BTTF – no decision yet.
Perkins is beginning to turn it on. CPJ thinks David Sims’ push for the job has gotten him going.
Grinch – I don’t think we’ll see the death penalty again. SMU still hasn’t recovered and that was more than 20 years ago. My guess would be they’d be docked a lot of scholarships. USC lost 30; Miami could well be more.

Stinger 2

August 18th, 2011
3:57 am

Glad to see some GT fans getting excited. I hope to join them soon. Right now I am day to day. My expectations are not high….just want us to win as many as we can.


August 18th, 2011
7:23 am

I know the NCAA said they wouldn’t give out the death penalty again.

BUT, we haven’t had a scandal like this in forever either.

Miami is just a dirty, dirty program. It has been since the 80s with Luther Campbell and it apparently never stopped.


August 18th, 2011
8:37 am

Stinger 2, you gotta get excited, not a “I think Tech will win every Game” excited but more of “I can’t wait to just see them play” excited.

Tech will be breaking in a lot of new players, so this season could go good or bad, but the players should get better for the years to come. Also chance they may be pretty good this year.

I think NCAA and Miami knew what was going on all along, not until the dude went to press on his own did anyone care. Same with Ohio St, not till the Fed go involved.

NCAA has it’s favored programs it will not touch, but if Teachers, Press, Fed or State law get involved they will do something.


August 18th, 2011
9:10 am

“Tech’s form?”

You mean of losing but yet taking away a “moral victory” since they had a lot of yardage? No thanks.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 18th, 2011
10:19 am

Michael, sounds like you’re talking about all that major “moral victory” THUGa has claimed over the past 10 years — lots of wins, but still no NC to validate them. So I guess y’all have a “moral” NC. WOO HOO.


August 18th, 2011
12:40 pm

How does stating how many wins you have equal a sad fan base claiming having more yardage means you are the better team even tho you lost your butt?


August 18th, 2011
1:59 pm

Headley –

Sounds like supertroll wants to stalk you down via the web with the help of gt4ever. Be careful. Maybe a horror movie have began with a lonely old man getting angry and jealous with his internet “friends.” ;)


August 18th, 2011
6:41 pm

I am so fvcking excited about georgia tek this year!!!! I hope they lose as many as possible, that is what tek alums deserve

230gr Full Metal Jacket

August 19th, 2011
3:11 am

You can always count on classy commentary from GDBurdell.

Anyway, from what I’m hearing Perkins is really coming on strong here at the end of camp and starting to show what all of the hype was about. Ditto for Zenon. I actually think we are in the rare situation of having some serious depth in the offensive backfield. The Tech offense will never be the problem as long as there is enough of a potential passing threat to keep the D-backs on their heels a bit.
The Defense is what will decide whether Tech is a mediocre team, or a good team. Last year the D stunk in several games and seemed to have red zone issues. This year looks much more promising and there is MUCH greater depth at LB and DB, but it’s still a question mark until the games begin. I conservatively expect 8 wins, based on the schedule, but if the Defense really steps it up a bit, then they may surprise folks and pull a couple more wins (10 is feasible, given the schedule, plus what’s happening at UNC and Miami). Call me an optimist, but I truly think we have a legitimate chance at making it to the CCG if the defense gels.

Johnny at Southlake

August 23rd, 2011
12:06 pm

Tech has a light schedual this year, so let’s take advantage and CONCENTRATE on one game at a time. Payback time for Kansas