More from Johnson, Sims

Greetings-

Most of the news from Wednesday’s practice was contained in the notes, which were up on the previous blog. A few things that didn’t make it…

1. B-back Charles Perkins is starting to turn on the jets. David Sims churning up the waters in the B-back competition has brought out the best in Perkins, which is exactly what coach Paul Johnson wanted.

“I think he’s just playing harder, running harder, hustling around, doing those things, trying to match David’s effort,” Johnson said of Perkins. “Charles is a talented kid. If he wants to go hard, he can look pretty good.”

2. Johnson’s said he didn’t know much about the mess in Miami, but said he felt badly for Hurricanes coach Al Golden.

“It’s tough,” he said. “It’s disappointing. I’m sure he had no idea.”

3. The team sounds ready for the season.

“You always worry about things you haven’t covered (in camp), but you also need .an opponent,” Johnson said. “It’s been a long time. They’ve been out four weeks in the spring and now two weeks of camp beating on each other. I think they’re ready to have somebody else to shoot at.”

4. Some stuff from Sims that I couldn’t include in my B-backs story.

On if he does have good balance, as trumpeted by inside linebacker Julian Burnett:

“I think so, because I have a low center of gravity. I do have some type of leg strength, a little bit. It helps me break those tackles that maybe a smaller back can’t. It helps and also the mindset that I feel like no one man should ever tackle me. That’s how I feel. That’s what we always, in practice, tell each other: No one tackler ever brings you down.”

How he came to switch positions:

“It was actually the second day of bowl practice last year. [Johnson] called me and he suggested a position change. … I talk to my mom, I thought about it, it made sense if that was the best chance I had to get on the field. Sitting on the bench for two years, I was willing to take it.”

On when he felt comfortable at B-back:

“I think maybe two practices before the scrimmage, I think I started reeling off a couple good runs and I was doing it without hesitating or thinking. In the spring, I was always thinking. I would break a couple of tackles and a couple of runs, but I was still thinking at the same time. [Johnson] said, ‘Just hit it’ and that’s what I’m doing.”

Sims sounds like he has the right attitude for the position and I gather that he’s gained maturity and practicing a lot harder than he used to. I imagine coaches are loving what this is doing for the B-back competition.

5. I dug this up a few weeks before camp began about how different Navy teams divided up carries. At Tech, the B-back has gotten most of the carries and yards, but it doesn’t have to be that way. I’ll preface this by saying I don’t know to what degree injuries played a role in the proportion of the carries.

In Johnson’s six years at Navy, the B-back led the team in yardage four times. The other two years, it was the quarterback. (In 2005, it was Tech A-backs coach Lamar Owens, who ran 213 times for 880 yards with 11 touchdowns.)

2002: Leading rusher: quarterback Craig Candeto, 177-775 yards. B-backs: Kyle Eckel, 144-510, Michael Brimage 39-391, Bryce McDonald, 47-292

2003: Leading rusher: B-back Kyle Eckel, 236-1249. Second: quarterback Craig Candeto, 271-1249

2004: Leading rusher: B-back Kyle Eckel, 235-1147. Second: quarterback Aaron Polanco, 246-980

2005: Leading rusher: Quarterback Lamar Owens, 213-880. B-backs: Adam Ballard, 109-668; Matt Hall, 99-493)

2006: Leading rusher: B-back Adam Ballard, 154-792. Second: A-back Reggie Campbell, 99-706. Other B-backs: Matt Hall, 45-229; Eric Kettani, 53-229

2007: Leading rusher: B-back Eric Kettani, 152-880; Second: Quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, 180-834. Other B-backs: Adam Ballard, 141-665.

Conclusions: While in some years, it appears one B-back got more carries for one part of the season and another got more later whether due to injury or other reasons, Johnson has no problem splitting the B-back position between two players and, at the least, doesn’t feel compelled to ride one horse the way he did Jonathan Dwyer or Anthony Allen. From a cursory look, it appears 2007 was the best example of this, when Kettani and Ballard both played each game. Some games, Kettani got more carries and Ballard got more in others. You can look it up here.

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By Ken Sugiura, AJC

237 comments Add your comment

Al

August 18th, 2011
7:33 am

Thanks Ken. Looking forward to kickoff in 2 weeks!

Simon Bar Sinister

August 18th, 2011
7:35 am

Just over two weeks! I can’t wait!

Burdell

August 18th, 2011
7:39 am

Thanks for the updates Ken. Keep up the good work…maybe the Jackets play up (or down) to the effort of the beat reporter. That would explain last year’s misery. I’m expecting good things this season.

Looking forward to finally seeing some football. Two weeks from tonight. Sweet.

GO JACKETS!

Ramblin Recluse Road

August 18th, 2011
7:48 am

CPJ said “It’s been a long time”. It hasn’t been as long as when Tech wore white helmets during the ‘71-2 seasons.

Sting'em!

August 18th, 2011
7:49 am

Go Jackets! Sting’em!

GT to the Big Ten…..ASAP!

Ramblin Recluse Road

August 18th, 2011
7:55 am

Aggro coaching must mean a coach hopping on a lineman’s sled wanting a ride, or when O’Leary had a couple of linemen double team the biggest Tech lineman, at about 6′8″ and over 300 lbs, and say to the two “Don’t hurt him”, but it did hurt his feelings, and caused him to quit the team and take the train home out of state, or, when, back in about ‘71-2, I was walking by the flats and RB field during a practice, and heard Coach Glanville say to Rock Perdoni “Come on Rock”, pushing him to work out harder.

RambleOn84

August 18th, 2011
7:56 am

Roll On

August 18th, 2011
8:12 am

David Sims is really hard to tackle. If he can find a crease through the defensive line, he’ll average 5 – 7 yards on every play.

Harvey D. Pooka

August 18th, 2011
8:21 am

Is anybody else READY!

“Toe meets leather ,,,,,”

Ramblin Recluse Road

August 18th, 2011
8:22 am

Now I remember how the lineman on O’Leary’s team got his feelings hurt. He screwed up somehow, and O’Leary was punishing him by having a couple of linemen double team him on RB field during practice. The double team knocked the guy on his back. Maybe he was knocked out or something. Then he quit the team. This was an example of aggro coaching that caused him to quit.

Ramblin Recluse Road

August 18th, 2011
8:31 am

I don’t want to see the black and white high top US Keds-style football shoes worn any longer by the team. I want to see white shoes, socks, helmets, pants and jerseys, like Auburn, and with old gold/dark blue side stripes, arm stripes and center helmet stripes, and dark blue numbers, carbon copying Auburn except for old gold instead of orange, ergo not plagiarizing Auburn, and dark blue jerseys for alternate field games, just like Auburn. Don’t worry about it. A few years ago Tech found dark blue in a long lost manuscript as a Tech color. I know this b/c I’m a Tech grad of ‘73.

Buzz 2011

August 18th, 2011
8:32 am

We may end up with a ” Dream Team” on North Avenue.. Go Jackets..

Ramblin Recluse Road

August 18th, 2011
8:35 am

We gotta compete with Auburn better, b/c they had Pat Sullivan, Bo Jackson and Cam Newton win the Heisman, and we had nobody. Also, their uniforms are consistent, and don’t change all the time like ours does. They have Heisman tenure the same as us, but they are beating the Hell out of us by being National Champs and having Ted Roof not wearing black.

BigTimeTechFan

August 18th, 2011
9:01 am

@Ramblin Recluse Road

Good stuff, you like a Tech media guide.

Ken, Any thoughts on why the B-Backs always seem to be smaller? My guess is to keep the D-Line honest and have to cover the inside run.
Seems like if you had a couple of these big guys at B-Back, say Lyons and Perkins, then a speedy B-Back like Bostic/Snoddy would be effective, as long as they hit the inside runs strong, Snoddy on film seems like a good fit for BB. It would be almost like a 2 TE set. B Back could block the edge better.

Has he ever had a lineup like that at Navy?

gt4ever

August 18th, 2011
9:02 am

GT to the SEC! That’s where we belong…. Sting’em…

gt4ever

August 18th, 2011
9:03 am

Ted Roof should be our DC! I’m out….

headley lamar

August 18th, 2011
9:06 am

GT to the SEC! That’s where we belong…. Sting’em…

No thanks. Don’t want you back.

You wouldn’t be nearly as competitive over here anyway.

Either way Vegas has you guys winning around 6 games this year.

They will be happy to take your money …. I mean bet.

Michael

August 18th, 2011
9:09 am

If the coward Bobby Dodd didn’t bolt the SEC in fear of Bear Bryant just think nerds, you wouldn’t be stuck in the worst conference in sports history right now.

Wait a sec

August 18th, 2011
9:13 am

Bobby Dodd coward? I don’t think so. Tech tried to get back in but low and behold, that brave man Vince Dooley didn’t want any of that! Now who’s the coward? Rednecks!

gt4ever

August 18th, 2011
9:14 am

headley,

You may be right in the short term, about how competitive we would be in the SEC…. In time we would be very competitive with the right coach and system… Hey, we are already competitive with UGA, of course that’s not saying much, because you guys SUCK as well… I have us winning at least 6 this year, so I agree with Vegas! We may win some we are not expected to win, but overall we are struggling talent wise… I could be wrong and your opinion will probably be different… (Thank God!)

Roll baby Roll

August 18th, 2011
9:16 am

Wouldn’t be nearly as competitive? Tech would be a whole lot better than UGA’s horrible team. UGA is doesn’t even play LSU or Bama every year. How sad is that? And then they want to beat there chest lol. UGA sucks

T3

August 18th, 2011
9:37 am

Day after day, evidence continues to suggest that 10-2 or even 12-0
is looking more and more likely.

Mark this down: Sims & Perkins will both run for more yards than Crowell.

blueridgegt

August 18th, 2011
9:43 am

Please–white shoes an white socks cant stand those black socks an white shoes

gt4ever

August 18th, 2011
9:49 am

T3,

Anything can happen…. The odds are TOTALLY against 12-0, not much better for 10-2…. But hey, stranger things have happened… I just wouldn’t put any money on the bet… :)

Supersize that order, mutt

August 18th, 2011
9:54 am

Looks like threetrone is using a couple of new names but still spouting that garbage about colors. I don’t care what anybody found about blue being one of Tech’s colors, it is NOT a Tech color, and we lose every time we wear it. And who cares what color shoes, socks, and stockings they wear. That has absolutely nothing to do with the way they play on the field. Of course wearing blue doesn’t have anything to do with it either, but they sure seem to lose whenever they wear it.

But to the topic at hand, I loved watching Simms come in at QB in the early games last year. He always seemed to have a hunger for yards that none of the others had. When he kept the ball, once he turned up field, he was a monster to tackle. I was actually hoping he might be the next QB, but since he’s now at B-back, I look for more of that same hunger every time he runs the ball, and I hope he blocks with that same intensity.

Thanks for the laughs Techies

August 18th, 2011
9:56 am

GT to the SEC ha!

10 – 2 or 12 – 0 Ha Ha!

Sims & Perkins Ha Ha Ha!

I’ll drop by later to read more delusional gibberish – 12 – 0 indeed

juvenal

August 18th, 2011
9:57 am

blue ridge ga?…..switch to adidas, we could have gold shoes….

cluett peabody

August 18th, 2011
9:57 am

T3, what about Lyons – are you writing him off.
Wait a sec, vince didn’t vote against tech’s return to the sec it was the folks at ole miss.
I wonder what the odds are on tech winning more than 6 games – i’ll take that bet.

RamboDog

August 18th, 2011
9:58 am

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

Now then, I have had my morning laugh.

GT = 7 and 5, pretty good year on the flats. Muggings up 22%, Obama will blame it on the Arab Spring, not your nasty city.

Just in case, better bet the “under” , stock market is very volatile and you guys can’t afford to lose any more $$$, job market tough for you.

George Stein

August 18th, 2011
9:59 am

A bit off topic, but I’m concerned about the investigation into Miami by the NCAA now. It was reported that NCAA investigators just showed up on campus last week. However, their AD has already made public statements about the pending investigation. I thought the NCAA said that things like that could potentially damage their ability to question current players. Or is that just an excuse they use when their feelings get hurt?

blazer

August 18th, 2011
10:12 am

UGA-31st N.C. in a row SEC Champs Ha! HA!

3rd in the mighty sec east-lose to Fla. Hee Hee

Supersize that order, mutt

August 18th, 2011
10:12 am

cluett peabody, sorry, bubba, but Vince Dooley DID vote against Tech’s re-entrance into the SEC. He sided with the Mississippi schools. Had he not done that, Tech would have been back in the SEC 35 years ago.

BigTimeTechFan

August 18th, 2011
10:17 am

@George Stein

Right, Tech will win appeal easy.

Paul in NH (formerly RDU)

August 18th, 2011
10:18 am

George – According to Miami, the NCAA has been investigating them for over 5 months and according to Yahoo Sports, Shapiro has been “singing” for 11 months. I think the possibility of there being a “double secret investigation” vanished the moment that Yahoo published.

BTW – You have to think that Al Golden feels badly treated by Miami’s AD and President.

gt4ever

August 18th, 2011
10:20 am

Thanks Supersize,
I thought it was common knowledge that our Buddy Vince voted us out….

BigTimeTechFan

August 18th, 2011
10:22 am

Yea, I feel bad for Al Golden, If Miami knew for 11 months and did not tell him, that’s real bad.

Gregory at Tech was told before he was hired so maybe Miami told Golden.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 18th, 2011
10:23 am

gt4ever, I thought it was too. I don’t know what his reasoning was; I guess he was scared that Tech would steal his monopoly of coverage, recruiting, and dollars in the state of Georgia. He knew from history that Tech had been the number one school in the state, both academically AND athletically.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 18th, 2011
10:25 am

If Golden didn’t know in advance, he should just walk out the door on them now. But I guess he has a family to feed, plus I’m sure (or hope) he has a sense of loyalty to his players.

gt4ever

August 18th, 2011
10:26 am

Bingo,

That’s exactly what it was… He didn’t want the competition… Period! He as such a scum bag,,, Talk about a coward, and a cheater…. Look up the words and you see a picture of Vince Dooley!

Supersize that order, mutt

August 18th, 2011
10:27 am

gt4ever, you have FINALLY said something I agree with you on. LOL

Gorilla Biscuit

August 18th, 2011
10:28 am

You guys….are in big trouble. By game six you’ll be calling for Fishfry’s head.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 18th, 2011
10:29 am

And by game 3 preacher Richt won’t even have a head

headley lamar

August 18th, 2011
10:29 am

Mark this down: Sims & Perkins will both run for more yards than Crowell.

Probably so. Tech will rush for allot of yards every game.

They have a gimmick offense that will do that.

Unfortunately they will lose allot and if they ever get behind in a game they are in deep trouble.

Either way UGA’s offense will average more points per game in a much tougher conference.

Last year UGA averaged 32.1 ppg . Tech averaged 26.

Its called the forward pass people. You should try it sometime.

gt4ever

August 18th, 2011
10:30 am

LOL, sorry to hear that…. I just don’t share the same optimism that some of you share about our current coach… My family bleeds GT! I am sorry to say that we may hit lower lows that were hit when Bill Lewis was coach… Hope I am wrong… But it’s not looking good for the Home team..

gt4ever

August 18th, 2011
10:31 am

Headly.

UGA Still Sucks…. Even with all those DREAM team players!

Supersize that order, mutt

August 18th, 2011
10:32 am

gt4ever, I know how you feel; you have made that very clear. I really don’t understand it, and I not only HOPE you are wrong, I BELIEVE NOW that you are wrong. Let me ask you this—-what COULD happen this season that would change your outlook?

Gorilla Biscuit

August 18th, 2011
10:32 am

Even shoes with wings on ‘em wouldn’t help you poor little fellers. Is Al Groh still kicking?

Kb

August 18th, 2011
10:32 am

@wait a sec, It was Ole Miss, Miss State and Auburn that Voted NO to tech coming back to the SEC , you can’t give credit for that to UGA.Georgia abstained.

Not Disappointed!

August 18th, 2011
10:33 am

Nice read Ken! Go Jackets!

Supersize that order, mutt

August 18th, 2011
10:33 am

or let me put it this way—–what would have to happen this season that might change the way you think?