Tech scrimmage observations

Greetings-

A few quick observations from Saturday’s scrimmage.

1. Passing game looked good again, after a solid showing last Saturday. A lot of short throws to the A-backs flaring out. Tevin Washington was pretty accurate and the quarterbacks got time to throw from the line.

Paul Johnson: “I thought Tevin threw the ball fairly well again.”

2. Run defense was fairly strong. The B-backs didn’t produce much, nor did the A-backs. Quarterback runs and draws were effective. Washington scored on a 36-yard run in which he faked the pitch to Embry Peeples and had a clear lane to the end zone.

3. Defense controlled the scrimmage early, not allowing a score for the first six possessions, starting at the opposing 30-yard line. Offense scored on three consecutive series (led by Synjyn Days, Vad Lee and Washington), then defense held on the last five. All stats unofficial.

4. Inside linebacker Quayshawn Nealy played with the first string in place of Julian Burnett, who was rested with some bumps and bruises. He made several plays and showed good quickness.

5. True freshman wide receivers Jeff Greene and Darren Waller got a lot of time with the first string. Stephen Hill played early but not much after. I don’t believe Tyler Melton practiced. Greene caught a fade-type pass from Lee for a 17-yard gain.
Johnson: “Jeff’s played pretty well in camp. I think he’s played himself into a position where he’s certainly going to play.”

6. Defensive end Izaan Cross had a productive morning, including a forced fumble on a mesh between Days and Preston Lyons. “On that one play, I just wanted to get off the field,” Cross said. “I just did whatever I could to do that.”

7. True freshman guard Trey Braun started at left guard in place of Will Jackson, out with an injury. I couldn’t tell much, but it seemed like he held his own.

8. A-back B.J. Bostic is out for about four weeks. Johnson wouldn’t specify the injury, but his right arm was in a sling. Johnson said redshirting him (he played last year as a true freshman) is a possibility.

9. Guard Errin Joe and Lyons both hobbled off the field with injuries, but Johnson said he didn’t think either injury was serious.

10. To me, no B-back stood out. I’ll have to add up the stats.

11. More fumbles, errant pitches and botched center-quarterback exchanges. Johnson did not sound concerned, attributing it to different combinations at the two positions.

12. Saturday was Johnson’s birthday. The team sang to him after the scrimmage.

250 comments Add your comment

WnE

August 20th, 2011
12:51 pm

WnE

August 20th, 2011
12:51 pm

GT Baller

August 20th, 2011
1:06 pm

Ken I was at the scrimmage and it seemed to me that CPJ made a consertive effort to pass. With that said it would be difficult for the B backs to stand out.

GIVE ME A BREAK

August 20th, 2011
1:07 pm

Looking forward to getting it started.

GIVE ME A BREAK

August 20th, 2011
1:08 pm

Sounds like we’ll mix it up this year. Exciting.

Ken Sugiura

August 20th, 2011
1:18 pm

Congrats, WnE – didn’t know you were the firstie type.
GT Baller – I’d agree there was a lot of passing. i’m saying the B-backs didn’t make big gains when they had the opportunity (which could be for reasons beyond the B-backs’ play). There was a lot of passing last week, too, but I’d say David Sims stood out then.

PerimeterCenterJacket

August 20th, 2011
1:19 pm

Short passing? I’m in.

final score > total rushing yards

August 20th, 2011
1:22 pm

Any word on the amount of LIES and CHEATING going on within the program??

4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 cokes, 4 years of probation.

PerimeterCenterJacket

August 20th, 2011
1:23 pm

Ken, are you saying the B-backs’ play might have been alright, but the “Goon Squad” was not getting the holes for them? Reading into the one play by Uzzi, it’s not a good reflection on the O-line when the mesh can be disrupted. But maybe everyone’s just tired. It’s been a long and gritty camp this year with nothing to feel good about from last season. I can’t wait to see them out against progressively better opponents the first four games. Maybe these A-back passes will give defenses something else to worry about.

Ken Sugiura

August 20th, 2011
1:32 pm

Perimeter Center – i’m not going to venture a guess whose play was lacking. it’s tough to tell. it could be a lack of holes, the defense playing well, a mis-read on the triple option or the B-backs not getting the yards when they were there.
To the poster complaining about the russell uniforms, please choose a different handle. and i don’t think russell’s going anywhere. they’ve got a long-standing deal with tech.

techengineer

August 20th, 2011
1:38 pm

I still can’t get last year’s Kansas game out of my mind….

Would anyone say that Washington has improved since last year? Is he making better reads and better pitches? Running harder? Throwing more confidently?

GTFan478

August 20th, 2011
1:39 pm

Ken just a question but, what are thoughts on the recent rumors on the blog of Days starting over Washington?

TechMate

August 20th, 2011
1:42 pm

final score – your inbred mama keeps squealing your name to get off the computer and fix the hole in the roof of your trailer.

dawgfan

August 20th, 2011
1:44 pm

Tech scrimmage observations: Nobody cares.

I feel for you Ken.

IHATEUGA1990

August 20th, 2011
1:45 pm

I HATE RUSSELL……..START VAD LEE

Reggie Ball

August 20th, 2011
1:46 pm

Can someone help me figure out how to count to 4?

My degree from Tech means a lot to me.

Jerry

August 20th, 2011
1:47 pm

You must not have been watching number 7. David Sims was running like Sherman Tank in therre. He was moving the pile 3 to 5 yards every time he ran the ball. He also showed some good hands catching a couple of passes. I don’t think anyone is going to walk away after tackling Sims. They might stagger away but not walk. He was punishing some defenders.

Go Jackets!

Mark Richt

August 20th, 2011
1:48 pm

Did the defense practice laying down so Tech can lose by 8 again to UGA?

Acc Champs

August 20th, 2011
1:49 pm

Maybe Tech can win the ACC and lose to UGA again. What great memories.

Jason

August 20th, 2011
1:51 pm

What’s the dealio with Marcus Wright? A few years ago, he looked pretty explosive then just disappeared. I think he got injured in a scooter accident. I know he’s on the team, but it seems the once promising back has disappeared. What’s the word?

PerimeterCenterJacket

August 20th, 2011
1:52 pm

Russell Uniforms is an Atlanta connection with ties to GT. Morehouse uses them as well for a similar reason I’ve heard. Both schools get loads of money (which at the end of the day is what makes the decisions) for doing so. Also, GT gets new unis every season to boot. This year’s will look especially classic if the jerseys worn on fan day are any indication. Gold numbers and the helmet logo on the collar instead of Buzz. Is Russell popular with recruits when compared to deals with Nike, Under Armour or Adidas? Well, not so much, but at the end of the day we have so much else to sell to recruits that I’m not sure it matters. On a halfway serious note, if we ever switch from Russell (not likely) we should pick another unique company – I say go with Polo as the sponsor and see what happens. There’s your snob appeal!

PerimeterCenterJacket

August 20th, 2011
1:56 pm

I hope Jerry’s right about Sims. I’d love to see a dominant punishing B-back, and with Sims much has been made of his balance and the fact that it takes multiple tacklers to bring him down. That would be especially good against the bigger D-lines waiting for us in the back half of our schedule.

IHATEUGA1990

August 20th, 2011
1:58 pm

WHO CARES ABOUT THE MONEY..THE PLAYERS HATE IT AND THATS ALL THAT MATTERS!! Get the KIDS SOMETHING THEY WANT!! THEY DESERVE IT

PerimeterCenterJacket

August 20th, 2011
2:06 pm

Really? Do they really hate it? I’ve known plenty of GT football players in the last few years, and they mostly strike me as they type to calmly say something like “hey, it covers my [butt] while I win games, so…” Sure, these kids have swag off the field (D. Thomas especially, no?…Hah, too soon? Yeah, too soon.), but they’re football players – they wanna make plays and get to the NFL, but they can do it wearing anything or nothing (don’t picture that.) Swag is swag. They’ll have plenty of that if they either go to the NFL or turn that Management degree into some internships and a good job (Shout out to Albert “Microsoft” Rocker and Tevin “Lawfirm” Washington.) Russell’s not a big issue.

PerimeterCenterJacket

August 20th, 2011
2:07 pm

Also, this shows what you know about the team “IHATEUGA1990.” The players help design the uni’s every season. The gold #’s and the GT logo instead of Buzz for this year were their choices. I assume that means they like it just fine.

Acc Champs

August 20th, 2011
2:09 pm

Don’t High School teams where Russell?

Techman78

August 20th, 2011
2:10 pm

Who gives a crap about the uniforms? The uniforms dont win or lose games for us. The players making the plays wins the games. I dont care if we come out in pink with orange bow ties on as long as we are in the WIN column at the end of the day!! With that being said, those Nike Pro Combat jerseys the inmates are gonna were when they take their beat down in the dome are GOD AWEFUL UGLY!!THWG

Acc Champs

August 20th, 2011
2:10 pm

Management Degrees? I thought Tech was an engineering school.

Reggie Ball

August 20th, 2011
2:11 pm

Did Tech grads install the fencing on the 17th street bridge?

IHATEUGA1990

August 20th, 2011
2:13 pm

THE PLAYERS HATE IM NOT GOING TO SAY WHO! i can tell you atleast five player that will make a impact this year have said “everybody hates russell” SO DO YOUGUYS GO TO WALMART TO AND GET CLOTHES FOR YOUR JOB INTERVIEW?? um No you dont..The players want nike or under armor

Reggie Ball

August 20th, 2011
2:14 pm

Keep the tradition alive by throwing the ball away on 4th down!

dawgfan

August 20th, 2011
2:15 pm

Techman78, too bad we have to go all the way to Idaho to find a team that can beat us in Atlanta.

Georgia Tech=JOKE.

PerimeterCenterJacket

August 20th, 2011
2:15 pm

Acc Champs, visit this please: http://mgt.gatech.edu/programs/under/index.html

This is our football degree. What’s the football degree at your school? Probably not anything so highly ranked.

GT Fan

August 20th, 2011
2:16 pm

Looks to me like VL is getting too many reps for PJ to RS him.

Like last week’s scrimmage, and after this one today, I still see TW as the #1, but honestly I don’t think PJ can go wrong with either SD or VL as the backup. Nice to have some quality depth at this position.

RS Bostic! Too much depth at AB to waste him until Kansas at the earliest. And, b/c of PJ’s rule, if you don’t practice you don’t play, BJB will be out longer than Kansas since he can’t practice in a sling.

IHATEUGA1990

August 20th, 2011
2:17 pm

RUSSELL SUCKS

dawgfan

August 20th, 2011
2:18 pm

What’s the football degree at your school?

We offer a highly esteemed degree in waxing Techie azz. 9 of 10 and counting nerd.

Reggie Ball

August 20th, 2011
2:19 pm

You tell em PerimeterCenterJacket! Stephon Marbury and myself are very proud of our GT degree.

WnE

August 20th, 2011
2:19 pm

GT’s running game is in serious trouble if Perkins cannot distance himself from Preston Lyons, III and David Sims a former QB that has been playing B-Back for 4+ months.

Perkins was supposed to be “our next Dwyer”, since he’s NOT(at least not YET), then we go into this season with no “NFL-Caliber-guy” at B-back, something we have relied on for the last 3 seasons.

This decrease in talent at an important position like B-Back will definitely show up in the W-L Column, not to mention we return the fewest #s of starters of all teams in the ACC, we only have 11-starters back form last season.

The only thing that can save our season is a weak crappy ACC, a weak crappy OOC Schedule, and NCAA-turmoil at UNC and Miami.

It looks like Coach Kung Fu Panda might get bailed out by good fortune rather than his own ability to coach this team up.

WnE

August 20th, 2011
2:19 pm

GT’s running game is in serious trouble if Perkins cannot distance himself from Preston Lyons, III and David Sims a former QB that has been playing B-Back for 4+ months.

Perkins was supposed to be “our next Dwyer”, since he’s NOT(at least not YET), then we go into this season with no “NFL-Caliber-guy” at B-back, something we have relied on for the last 3 seasons.

This decrease in talent at an important position like B-Back will definitely show up in the W-L Column, not to mention we return the fewest #s of starters of all teams in the ACC, we only have 11-starters back form last season.

The only thing that can save our season is a weak crappy ACC, a weak crappy OOC Schedule, and NCAA-turmoil at UNC and Miami.

It looks like Coach Kung Fu Panda might get bailed out by good fortune rather than his own ability to coach this team up.

PerimeterCenterJacket

August 20th, 2011
2:20 pm

Ok ok, IHATEUGA1990, what would you like us here on the AJC blog to do about it? If you’re inside the football program and have heard 5 players say this, then why don’t you go take some action on it? I’d assume you must know someone in the GTAA who can consider it and try to get something done. And if you’re a player then I’m sure the coaches and AD will at least hear you. But you’re probably just a kid with no connection to Tech complaining on a blog about something you can’t change. Also this: Hating UGA is not the same as loving Tech.

Reggie Ball

August 20th, 2011
2:20 pm

I wouldn’t have thrown the ball away on 4th down if the coach had called a time out before the 4th down. I forgot, he did call a timeout. I guess my GT degree doesn’t look all that great right now based on my actions.

PerimeterCenterJacket

August 20th, 2011
2:22 pm

Reggie Ball is not a recent player. Albert Rocker, Sean Bedford, Rashaad Reid, Tevin Washington and the others with recent internships under CPJ are. Bringing up people from 4 + years ago in a discussion about players under a coach who wasn’t responsible for their academic and athletic success then is silly.

PerimeterCenterJacket

August 20th, 2011
2:23 pm

Also, which GT fans have you met really liked Reggie Ball by even his Junior season?

Paul Johnson

August 20th, 2011
2:24 pm

We are still ACC champs even if the NCAA says were not. I can’t believe we won the ACC buy lost to UGA.

By the way, our defensive “Flop” play is working great in practice so we will be ready for UGA this year in Atlanta to lose by 8.

GT Fan

August 20th, 2011
2:25 pm

G-D guys!! Let’s not revert to a “keyboard p*ss-match” with these low-rent UGA fans.
STAY ON TOPIC PLEASE!!!! And it ain’t uniforms.

Unless DAWGINLEX posts, just IGNORE these dorks…it’s really easy, you should try it sometime.

Ramblin Man

August 20th, 2011
2:25 pm

Now the guys get a little rest and start to practice for the season. Can’t wait till September. Dawgfan just finished cleaning my pool so I am off for a swim with the family.

Reggie Ball

August 20th, 2011
2:26 pm

I thought I was a Tech man for life. You didn’t like me when I was at Tech?

PerimeterCenterJacket

August 20th, 2011
2:26 pm

Ok this is just a wrestling match with a pig in the mud at this point. My time is better spent elsewhere.

Ken, thanks for the good reads lately and all the news from camp! You’re doing so much better than we’ve had from a GT fan’s perspective in a long time.

Go Jackets!

fan of shorter passes

August 20th, 2011
2:28 pm

completed passes = poetry in motion

IHATEUGA1990

August 20th, 2011
2:28 pm

your the reason our fans base sucks! RUSSELL SUCKS WE WANT NIKE