From the scrimmage: Washington, Cross, Days

Greetings-

Preseason camp is finished and we’re less than two weeks from the first game of the season. Not much doing, but I had some leftover stuff from the scrimmage that didn’t make it into the notes.

1. Quarterback Tevin Washington made one of the highlight plays from Saturday morning, faking an option pitch to A-back Embry Peeples to create an open lane and score on a 36-yard touchdown run. To me, it shows a comfort with the option and that perhaps the speed of the game is slowing down for him.

Washington used an option term I was unaware of: “slow playing.” It refers to a linebacker assigned to the quarterback who overplays the pitch. In such a situation, a fake pitch is an ideal move. Washington said the defense had been slow playing the offense a lot.

“They’re trying to really play the pitch, but they’re trying to string it out, (and) give the inside linebacker time to run and make the play,” Washington said.

(A-back Tony Zenon used another term: “Pitch relationship,” meaning the proper distance and angle between quarterback and A-back on an option play.)

Washington’s most improved defensive players of fall camp: Safety Jemea Thomas, cornerback Louis Young, inside linebacker Daniel Drummond and defensive tackle Logan Walls. (More on Walls in a minute)

2. Defensive end Izaan Cross had a productive day, with one forced fumbles and other disruptive plays. He said he has been focused on playing each snap with effort. You might remember that he came into camp lighter than last season and was one of the team’s best-conditioned players.

“I struggled in [consistent effort] last year,” he said. “I’d do three or four good ones and then you wouldn’t see me for another quarter.”

Also, Cross said backup end Euclid Cummings has progressed “tremendously” and that end Emmanuel Dieke and tackle T.J. Barnes are getting better. I may have mentioned it before, but I think defensive line depth is one of the more important factors of the season.

“We’re definitely going to need them all to contribute,” he said.

I asked Cross who was the defensive line MVP of camp and he demurred, but acknowledged that “Logan’s our warrior in the middle” and the group’s leader.

Walls is a guy that likely won’t make a lot of tackles, but if he’s playing well, it’ll free up linebackers to get to the ball. I imagine if coaches made a list of players they’d least like to lose to injury – somehow I’m guessing such a list doesn’t exist – he’d be close to the top.

An interesting observation from Cross about the offense:

“They’re just clicking a little bit more, have more chemistry. I feel like Tevin’s a lot more comfortable in what he’s doing.”

3. Backup quarterback Synjyn Days ran well with the ball. His running, a lot of it on quarterback draws, fueled his only touchdown drive of the day. He had a few fumbles, though, some on center-quarterback exchanges, which has been his downfall in the past. In response to a question about where he needs to improve, he replied, “Ball control, just keeping control of the ball,” he said.

To his credit, he accepted all of the responsibility for fumbling the exchanges.

“We should know each other by now,” he said, “and that’s on me, me, me alone, really.”

That’s it.

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By Ken Sugiura, AJC

126 comments Add your comment

Golden White

August 22nd, 2011
6:18 am

Get it all ironed out in these last two weeks and let’s go kick some butt !

Cmon man

August 22nd, 2011
6:30 am

Two wks before the first game and they are still having problems with the qb-center exchange? How can you win if you cant get the basic things right?

GT71

August 22nd, 2011
6:44 am

Guy named Euclid on the Tech team. Now that’s fitting.
Now we need a Calculus Jones. Or a T. Square Johnson.

mp

August 22nd, 2011
6:56 am

@cmon man–that was ONE QB having issues with the exchange. the starter was 9 of 12 passing with a highlight reel move. let’s not skip that fact, too.

Cmon man

August 22nd, 2011
7:08 am

@mp that ONE qb is your backup and if you know anything about football than you know that at any given moment he is ONE play away from being the starter!

Paddy

August 22nd, 2011
7:19 am

I agree qb snaps should not be a problem. Days will either get it right in the next 2 weeks or he will not be the #2 qb when the season starts. CPJ don’t play those games from what I have observed.

Al

August 22nd, 2011
7:19 am

Keep up the hard work and don’t neglect your education. Looking forward to next thursday!

wolfpack

August 22nd, 2011
8:13 am

……..and the arrival of P-I-T-A headley lamar in…5…4…3…2…

Tokyo jacket

August 22nd, 2011
8:21 am

@cmon – you’re right. He’s the backup. Within two weeks, he may not even be 2nd string as much as 3rd string. Either way, Tevin is the clear starter and he’s doing the things that will make this team win. The bottom line is that this unit, all around – A-backs, O-line, quarterback – appears to be playing more in unison. That is what makes CPJ’s offense click. If everyone executes, we pick up yards, often in big bunches.

Personally, I REALLY REALLY REALLY like what I’m hearing about Washington’s accuracy – 75% in the second scrimmage and 60% in the first one. I touched on it in previous posts that I think he showed a lot of touch last year on end of game drives except for the two passes that ended those games. If he can be a polished short game passer, our offense can be that much more effective. Remember, except for the penalties, our longest 3rd down we usually face is 5 yards. That is PERFECT for passes to the A-backs in the flat.

final score > total rushing yards

August 22nd, 2011
8:25 am

Tech LIES and Tech CHEATS.

9-1

threetrone

August 22nd, 2011
8:40 am

I’m a Tech grad from the early 70’s, and I’m not gonna be able to support watching Tevin Washington this year. In my opinion he doesn’t have the right look for the starting QB, doesn’t have the right name, doesn’t have the right hometown state. Days looks right enough, and outplayed Washington in the Spring T-Day game. Vad Lee I would support watching, and I have no idea how he looks, but I liked his YouTube video of countless long bombs out of a shotgun, reminding me of Eddie McAshan passing long bombs out of the pocket.

Tokyo jacket

August 22nd, 2011
8:42 am

By the way, I didn’t mean to imply that Days isn’t good. I think he is. He just needs a little more time to be able to really use his athleticism. I think we’re really blessed to have all three of the QBs we do have.

bud

August 22nd, 2011
8:49 am

hey final score get over it

Jacket Man

August 22nd, 2011
8:50 am

Ignore the trolls and be prepared to enjoy the season.

T3

August 22nd, 2011
9:00 am

The primary question is: AT THIS POINT, who runs the offense the best ?

Of the 3, its clearly TW.

BigTimeTechFan

August 22nd, 2011
9:18 am

QB – T Washington
BB – D Sims
AB – O Smith
AB – R Jones
WR – S Hill
WR – J Greene

Starting skill players, The backups are real good so Tech has some good depth
QB – Days / Lee
BB – Lyons, Perkins
AB – Zenon, Bostic (hurt 4 games), Peoples,

What ever happend to Chris Jackson, will he get playing time?

RambleOn84

August 22nd, 2011
9:38 am

As long as we can hang on to the ball, I like the way our offense looks right now.

Ten days and counting…GO JACKETS!

Jacket Backer

August 22nd, 2011
9:50 am

Thanks Ken….Go Jackets!

headley lamar

August 22nd, 2011
9:53 am

……..and the arrival of P-I-T-A headley lamar in…5…4…3…2…

…1

As long as we can hang on to the ball, I like the way our offense looks right now.

Ten days and counting…GO JACKETS!

Right because as we all know Tech never loses a game.

If they do it was all those pesky fumbles we made.

The other team didn’t win. We just fumbled too much.

This is Tech 101.

The other team is never just better.

Rocket City Jacket

August 22nd, 2011
9:57 am

TW is by far the best QB at this point. Days/Lee have higher ceiling, but TW is the man. You have to remember how much Nesbitt progressed from year-to-year in this offense. If we can get even some of that from TW, we are going to be fine at the QB position. Sims seems to have BB for now and by all accounts he has the breakaway speed and the ability to break tackles that we like to have at that position.

@BigTimeTechFan, Bostic looks like he will likely RS and Jackson looks like he is 3rd string WR as of right now.

@Cmon man, almost all of Days center-QB exchange fumbles came from the 2nd string center and the 3rd string, walkon center. I’m not too worried about that.

Tokyo jacket

August 22nd, 2011
10:19 am

From what I’ve been hearing about Sims, I really hope he gets the nod. Although, Perkins appears to potentially be something special with a Dwyer-like ceiling.

Can’t wait to see the game next Thursday! Why won’t it get here faster?!?!?!

GTJason

August 22nd, 2011
10:31 am

I’m thinking Melton will still be a first string receiver with Green and Jackson coming in off the sidelines. After the first couple of games if Hill and Melton don’t do anything then Green and Jackson will have their chance to start.

@threetrone – Uncalled for on the Washington comments. I agree he’s not a great QB but we have a system and he’s running it pretty well. I think this is going to be his last year as a starter, but as long as he puts on the old gold and white I’ll support him. CPJ is the coach and I guarantee Washington wouldn’t be a QB if Johnson didn’t think he gave the team a chance to win (see David Sims, Also Jaybo Shaw)

Supersize that order, mutt

August 22nd, 2011
10:40 am

The new THUGa uniforms make them look like fire hydrants.They’d better not get too close to UGA or Smokey

headley lamar

August 22nd, 2011
10:42 am

Georgia Tech’s ranking, or the lack thereof: Forty-eight teams drew votes in the AP survey, the Jackets not among them. Heat index: A cold front has settled over the Flats.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 22nd, 2011
10:49 am

I don’t believe Tech received any votes in 2008 either, and that was the year that the mutts were pre-season number 1. So much for the validity of pre-season polls, huh? The Jackets might suck this year, but nobody has a clue until they play the games.

juvenal

August 22nd, 2011
10:58 am

Ken, they ever show any shotgun?

GT Fan

August 22nd, 2011
11:01 am

Headley…..entertain all of us GT fans with your wisdom & reliance on the AP……where did the AP have Auburn ranked last season? Oh, and while you’re at it, tell us where the Dawgs were ranked as well.

How’d the AP 2010 pre-season “opinion” (aka poll) work out for just those two?

Oh, and your good friend “Vegas” that you put so much stock into ….. What were the 2010 over/under win totals for GT & UGA? I’m “betting” Mr. Vegas had both higher than 6.

headley lamar

August 22nd, 2011
11:06 am

I got so mad about some clown mocking my Fashion Merchandising degree,
that I whined to Ken to ban that cyber bully, and allow me to
continue to wreck the GT blog.

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Ken Sugiura

August 22nd, 2011
11:09 am

T3 – i think you hit it.
threetrone – i imagine washington would love your support, but i think he’ll just have to make do without it.
BTTF – Jackson got time in the scrimmages, though that was partly due to injuries. I’d think he’s behind Stephen Hill, Jeff Greene, Tyler Melton and possibly Darren Waller. hopefully he’ll find a place to make an impact.
i’m fine either way if headley posts or not, but something tells me that falsely posting under his name isn’t going to achieve anything except giving him the satisfaction that he’s gotten under your skin. i removed the posts, as i did the ones posted over the weekend with supersize’s handle.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 22nd, 2011
11:09 am

I’m thinking that headley now has a “poser” posting under his name. If so, welcome to the club, bubba. But since I also have one, I think it speaks of the immaturity of those doing the fake posts, no matter which school they side with. So whoever is posing as headley, GROW UP AND GET A LIFE, and the same goes for whoever has been posing as me lately.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 22nd, 2011
11:10 am

Ken, thanks for doing that. I wish you would block that person from these blogs, since I know you have access to his email address.

Ken Sugiura

August 22nd, 2011
11:12 am

juvenal – no, they didn’t. possibilities: 1) they aren’t using it; 2) they’re keeping it under wraps.
it’s possible that it’s not something you want to put on the plate of a new starting center.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 22nd, 2011
11:13 am

Maybe that’s why CPJ recruited a long snapper. LOL

GT Fan

August 22nd, 2011
11:14 am

I think the only reason many of us respond to headley is because he posts some of the most idiotic & ludicrous comments that just beg for a response.

We need to IGNORE him. Think about it …. He’s a loser. The guy is a UGA fan who makes it a big part of his daily routine coming on to GT blogs early and OFTEN throughtout the day to show his stupidity & immaturity.

How many of you GT fans make it part of your daily routine to spend so much time on the UGA blogs?

If Ken won’t ban the idiot you & I can by simply just IGNORING him.

Ken Sugiura

August 22nd, 2011
11:35 am

supersize – ha ha.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 22nd, 2011
11:38 am

Ken, I assume the “ha ha” was in reference to my “long snapper” comment. But what about doing something about the “posers”? I can tolerate most of the daily trolls by just ignoring them…..at least most of the time. But when somebody uses my name and not only says things I would never say, but (at least in one instance) makes a racist remark, then that pisses me off. Isn’t there something you can do about the posers?

Supersize that order, mutt

August 22nd, 2011
11:41 am

I just noticed that headley couldn’t even come up with an original remark on his post about the pre-season rankings. He copied word-for-word what Mark Bradley posted on his most recent blog. I guess that confirms what I should have known all along: headley doesn’t have an original thought in his head.

BigTimeTechFan

August 22nd, 2011
11:41 am

Maybe that’s why CPJ recruited a long snapper
Is Sean Tobin going to be the starting long Snapper?

BigTimeTechFan

August 22nd, 2011
11:42 am

headley may be Mark Bradley?

Gorilla Biscuit

August 22nd, 2011
12:14 pm

Ken Sugiura

August 22nd, 2011
12:28 pm

supersize – i’m going to talk to one of our web folks about it.
bttf – that would be very funny if headley were mark bradley. i’m going to go out on a limb and say he’s not.
and i don’t know about tobin. it might be split field goal/punter like last year.

ATL Sports Fan

August 22nd, 2011
12:30 pm

From the looks of it, Vad Lee will be redshirted this season.

DawginLex

August 22nd, 2011
12:37 pm

Interesting about Vad Lee. Looks like the same for Lemay. Sets up nicely for the next 4 years. Both from NC, playing in Georgia

I went to fan day in Athens. No I didn’t drive just for that. We had a death in the family and we were already there.

Aaron Murray is every bit of 6′1″. All the talk of the midget stuff is wrong. He is not 6′5″ like stafford or Mallett but he is tall enought o get it done. I had my picture made with him and I am 6′4″ and he was right there with me height wise.

And let me tell you something else, he is as gracious a kid as I have ever met. I know I’m a Dawg and most of you don’t care but I can tell you that is one kid that doesn’t fit the profile most often referred to.

Hutson Mason is 6′3″ BTW and looks the part of a QB too.

Now back to Tech

fan of shorter passes

August 22nd, 2011
12:44 pm

I agree with Tokyo…if Washington can complete 50+% passing this season, WOW!
If that happens, I would assume VLee would redshirt. But Coach Johnson is the guy knowing what to do. I just pull for the Jackets and love it when they win.
Passing/rushing yardage does not matter.

311GTFan

August 22nd, 2011
12:48 pm

DawginLex….why do you post on a GT blog? No GT fans care about UGA except 1 day a year! Please take your posts somewhere else. Preferrably somewhere where people actually care about UGA. Your best bet would be a port a john!

RambleOn84

August 22nd, 2011
12:52 pm

Leave DawginLex alone…he’s A-OK in my book.

RambleOn84

August 22nd, 2011
12:53 pm

Just my observation…

Washington doesn’t have the cannon Nesbitt had, but he seems to be a more accurate passer. If we are truly emphasizing the short and intermediate passing game this year, then he should do just fine passing the ball.

DScottGT91

August 22nd, 2011
12:54 pm

DawginLex,

I have some UGA friends who also laud Mr. Murray’s personality. I think if he can find someone besides OC to throw to, and the offensive line doesn’t get him killed, he could be the SEC player of the year.

DawginLex

August 22nd, 2011
12:56 pm

311

Thanks for the advice. I’ll take it under advisement.

I have to disagree with your statement. You care about UGA 365 days a year as do most Tech folks. That’s why one of your main goals every year is to beat Georgia isn’t it?

Supersize that order, mutt

August 22nd, 2011
12:57 pm

Ken, thanks for your efforts; I DO appreciate it. Regardless of what your web folk say though, I wish you would send an email to that guy letting him know he is being monitored. I bet that would shock the hell out of him.