Sims has inside track on B-back job

Greetings-

I’m posting notes from Tuesday practice. I will have fresh stuff up in the afternoon. Been kind of a nutty week.

Georgia Tech’s season-opening lineup is shaping up. Perhaps the most notable insight that coach Paul Johnson provided Tuesday is that B-back David Sims holds the edge to start less than five months after taking his first snap at that position.

“He worked his tail off,” Johnson said. “He earned it.”

Tech opens the season Sept. 1 against Western Carolina at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Sims played quarterback for his first two seasons but switched to B-back before spring practice, believing it would get him on the field quicker. Sims worked hard over the summer and rose from fourth on the depth chart behind Preston Lyons, Charles Perkins and Richard Watson to the top spot, for now.

“He just runs hard,” Johnson said.

The order, though, is subject to change and the backs have been getting rotated in practice between the starting unit and backups.

“I think the competition’s going to be tight all throughout the season,” Lyons said.

After Sims, Johnson said he wasn’t sure how Perkins and Lyons compare, and said game situations would dictate their use. Johnson offered a stern assessment of Perkins.

“His idea of working hard and mine aren’t the same,” Johnson said.

More lineup news

While no surprise, Johnson said that Tevin Washington will be the starting quarterback. He came into the spring and the preseason as the starter and has maintained his status over backup Synjyn Days.

“I would suspect that at least two of them will play, maybe more,” Johnson said.

More would be true freshman Vad Lee, who has earned praise from Johnson for his ability to absorb the offense.

Wide receiver Tyler Melton, who came back Monday from a strained calf injury, is trying to fend off true freshman Jeff Greene for his starting spot.

Coaches are leaning toward starting guard Will Jackson at left tackle in place of Phil Smith, who has been suspended two games for violating team rules. Jackson, a freshman All-American last season at guard, is a bright player who should be able to make the adjustment. True freshman Trey Braun would start in Jackson’s spot. Another possibility is to start either Ray Beno or Catlin Alford in Smith’s place and keep Jackson at guard.

“For the time being, we’re trying to get our best five on the field,” Johnson said.

The lineup would elevate one of two true freshman linemen, Errin Joe or Shaq Mason, into the No. 3 guard spot.

Practice report

Johnson liked the intensity of Tuesday’s practice better than Monday’s, though he said it still wasn’t where he’d like it to be. The offense and defense practiced against scout teams at the start of practice.

“It’s been about the same [as preseason practices)]” Lyons said. “The only difference is we’re not here all day, but practice itself is still pretty intense.”

Lyons has been wearing a knee brace after injuring his knee in Saturday’s scrimmage, but he doesn’t want to deal with it for long.

“Hopefully not, because I don’t like it at all,” he said.

Etc.

The kicking jobs have not been determined. Justin Moore is competing with David Scully for the placekicking position. Moore, Scully and Chandler Anderson are competing to take kickoffs. … A new team auditorium is almost complete. “I’ve tried to poke my head in, but they keep it covered up with a tarp,” Lyons said.

114 comments Add your comment

AtWork

August 24th, 2011
9:12 am

I just want to see a desire to win every game. Don’t get down because something didn’t go your way…make it go your way the next time. I’m really excited because of the way our schedule shaped up. The early games give us a time to get valuable reps in and make sure the 2nd and 3rd’s are ready if needed.

Go Jackets!

William Casey

August 24th, 2011
9:16 am

I sure liked Sims’ apparent toughness and athleticism in the few game opportunities he’s had. Seems to have some “Josh Nesbitt” in him and that’s always a good thing. Would like to see him get at least ten carries vs. Western Carolina.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 24th, 2011
9:18 am

So Perkins is not a hard worker, huh? That’s not good news

T3

August 24th, 2011
9:19 am

Saw Sims play at QB vs MTSU in 2010.

He’s bigger, stronger and faster than Nesbitt or Dwyer ever were at either position..

At B-Back he’s going to “truck” a lot of LBs & DBs.

Going to be VERY TOUGH to bring him down.

Burdell

August 24th, 2011
9:20 am

Oh boy…am I ready for some football. TML in 8 days…

GO JACKETS!!

Supersize that order, mutt

August 24th, 2011
9:20 am

William Casey, I agree, and I was somewhat surprised that he wasn’t in the mix to replace Nesbitt. I thought in those early games last year he was far more productive than Washington.

Burdell

August 24th, 2011
9:21 am

T3…..No way Sims is faster than Dwyer was…and I thought those predictions of yours made you look a little silly…this takes the cake.

GT Fan

August 24th, 2011
9:29 am

I was concerned by Perkins’ demeanor at Fan Day … was just kinda “sitting there” with a look like he really didn’t want to be there. Not the case with other 5 guys sitting in the B-Back tent.

The guy is a physical specimen, and he’s got talent – saw it in a couple runs in the scrimmages.

Johnson offered a stern assessment of Perkins.
“His idea of working hard and mine aren’t the same,” Johnson said.

Looks like Perkins may have to learn quickly that PJ doesn’t play the “every kid gets a trophy” game, and that he [Perkins] is not entitled to anything! This ain’t high school anymore Mr. Perkins!

DawginLex

August 24th, 2011
9:32 am

So no redshirt for Vad Lee?

Interesting stuff. Either he is that good or Johnson doesn’t think the two ahead of him are that far ahead.

If the defense is not improved, Johnson might decide to go with the younger kid. Problem is, you aren’t going to know much after your 1st 2 games because of who you are playing.

Even though we might start 0-2 or 1-1, we will know what we have pretty quickly. That’s why I hate playing cupcakes but the reality is a game like the GT game for Western Carolina represents a large % of their athletic budget and is a lifeblood for the program.

GT Fan

August 24th, 2011
9:32 am

From what I’ve seen in the scrimmages, Perkins looks like the fastest B-Back. Dwyer was crazy fast…might be a while before you find another one with his top-end speed.

jack ey

August 24th, 2011
9:33 am

honestly, Sims could be your qb and should have been last season, why the coaches are just now catching on to this is beyond me, DAVID SIMS IS THE MAN

DawginLex

August 24th, 2011
9:34 am

Sounds like Perkins might have a little bit of Washaun Ealey in him.

I am amazed this kid is not starting. Kudos to your coach for not giving the job to him based on size and speed alone.

juvenal

August 24th, 2011
9:34 am

once again, many stars sometimes = prima donna…..Boise gets by with solid kids….

Ramblin Man

August 24th, 2011
9:38 am

Surprised about Perkins. Will be interesting to see how this plays out. No problem with Sims as the starter though as he always looks good running the ball.

GT Fan

August 24th, 2011
9:39 am

This doesn’t surprise me. I know Perkins is a great Athlete, but that is what got him noticed in High School, not his work ethic. At the collegiate level, it’s athleticism AND hard work. Lord knows how good he would be if he actually gave 110% all the time. It’s really up to him if he wants to take his game to the NFL. He should know that all NFL running backs expend this type of energy. Otherwise, they won’t be on the team very long.

Ramblin Man

August 24th, 2011
9:40 am

Dawginlex,
I agree but just because of all the new guys GT really needs these type of games early this year to get timing right. I HOPE

Supersize that order, mutt

August 24th, 2011
9:44 am

I hate these division 2 openers too, but maybe this year it’s a good thing.

Lagrange Jacket

August 24th, 2011
9:45 am

Perkins. What a disappointment…

Supersize that order, mutt

August 24th, 2011
9:45 am

Where is Perkins from? I don’t remember

DawginLex

August 24th, 2011
9:47 am

Pretty sure he played at Collins hill?

Supersize that order, mutt

August 24th, 2011
9:48 am

Is that in the Atlanta area?

DAWG Man

August 24th, 2011
9:50 am

You guys are being a little too hard on Perkins. Perhaps he has no interest in going to the NFL, but just wants to get a good degree courtesy of a football scholarship. Either way, I’m fine with CPJ wasting a scholarship. Just means GT will continue to get spanked by the DAWGS!….

Go DAWGS!!!!

DawginLex

August 24th, 2011
9:56 am

Upstate Jacket

August 24th, 2011
9:57 am

How about all true GT fans lay off of Perkins for now? He still has 4 yrs of eligibility and some of you may be drooling over him in a yr or two if he becomes the starter. He’s young and in CPJ’s opinion needs to kick it up a notch, but how many of you would like to have your entire future judged by your first year in college?
Work hard Charles and we, the fans, will keep pulling for you!

Supersize that order, mutt

August 24th, 2011
9:57 am

Supersize that order, mutt

August 24th, 2011
9:59 am

not writing him off, Upstate,but he had better learn soon that you got to work if you want to reap the opportunities……or rewards

DawginLex

August 24th, 2011
10:02 am

y’all better be glad you have healthy options

Come on man

August 24th, 2011
10:03 am

51-7 was the only spanking we got. Thank you DAWG man.

Techie

August 24th, 2011
10:06 am

People think that Tech is just going to just plain out suck. Can’t wait to prove them wrong. 2008, here we go again.

Simon Bar Sinister

August 24th, 2011
10:06 am

I’m sure my idea of hard work and Paul Johnson’s aren’t the same, either.

Getting his degree is going to be hard work.

juvenal

August 24th, 2011
10:10 am

would have loved that game against ‘Bama vt got, but as i’ve said, the ADs don’t poll the fans…..

BigTimeTechFan

August 24th, 2011
10:31 am

Don’t look to much into the Perkins comment, just last week Johnson was praising Perkins for stepping it up

J.D.

August 24th, 2011
10:34 am

When I think of the great names that will go down in Football History, they all seemed dedicated to the game. Every snap, every practice and every game.

I’m not sure if Charles Perkins is dedicated to the game.

BigTimeTechFan

August 24th, 2011
10:34 am

Man, wonder if Lyons will be the 1st 2nd/3rd string RB to win the Heisman trophy?

gt4ever

August 24th, 2011
10:37 am

Yeah, typical “coach” talk about Perkins……. Coach is just trying to motivate…. No need to worry about Perkins…

GT Alum

August 24th, 2011
10:41 am

After last year’s problems with complacency, there should be no place on this year’s GT Football squad for this kind of lackadaisical attitude.

I sure hope Perkins finds some drive. Not just to be the best RB on the team, but rather to be the best RB in the country. The talent is there. Is the drive?

Not Disappointed!

August 24th, 2011
10:45 am

Don’t give up on Perkins just yet. Maybe this is the boost that he need. Let’s go Jackets!

CPJ doesn't give

August 24th, 2011
10:47 am

every kid a trophy…………….but he does give them a ring for beating UGA once a decade LMAO.

Perkins may have realized he made a huge mistake signing on for this H.S. offense. I shudder to think what he could do in a real offense.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 24th, 2011
10:49 am

and the ignorant trolls return. wondered where they all were. too bad they don’t have s**t for brains

Rduck

August 24th, 2011
10:57 am

I really think that CPJ is just trying to motivate Perkins to step his game up to the next level. It wasn’t long ago that he was talking the same way about J Dwyer when he came in out of shape and just going through the motions. He also had the same things to say about AA early last year when he felt he wasn’t finishing off runs tough enough. Well, we all saw how that turned out. Just be patient and let’s see if it lights a fire under the kid.
Really impressed that Greene is pushing for a starting position already. Good to see some competition at a position that has really been lacking. Keep up the hard work guys, and this season could be a good one.
Go Jackets!!!

Hayseed Dixie

August 24th, 2011
10:58 am

Hey DawgInLex,

Did you just have a recent bereavement in your family? Or am I thinking of another poster?

Rduck

August 24th, 2011
10:59 am

Amen Supersize…

Ignorant ? S**t Brains? Really!

August 24th, 2011
11:02 am

I thought you were on the side of not calling folks names!

Pot to Kettle you need a life.

Do you have a job? If so how do you keep it?

Out of curiosity I counted your post on a single thread last week – nearly 50 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM – you really need a life son.

1Jacket7

August 24th, 2011
11:03 am

This has been the challenge of our Boys on the Flats. They need to understand that 99.5% won’t due. To be good it takes 110% to be great it takes 110% everyday.

Rduck

August 24th, 2011
11:03 am

And before I forget… Congrats David Sims on your hard work and dedication paying off. The kid is tough as nails and could have easily just wallowed in his sorrows when taken out of the QB race and started out 4th string BB. Just shows the kid’s will and work ethic to get on the field. Great job Sims! Keep it up and can’t wait to be there Sept.1st to see you in action!

110 % ?

August 24th, 2011
11:12 am

How does one accomplish 110 % effort? Techies – good grief.

WnE

August 24th, 2011
11:14 am

Perkins’ lack of separation from Lyons & Sims is going to hurt GT FB in the W-L column.

Perkins was supposed to the “next Dwyer” for GT FB, especially since the B-Back is at the center of our Offense.

I posted these comments a few days back, and now after reading Coach Kung Fu Panda’s Comments, I feel I was correct in my assessment.

Just because Sims is beating out Perkins, that doesn’t mean that he is of the same ilk as Dwyer and to a lesser extent A. Allen.

With no proven WR (like Bey Bey) and any step back at the B-Back position, it will be hard to improve on last yrs. record, even with NCAA turmoil at UNC and Miami.

Here are my Nostradamic Comments from a few days ago:
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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.

DawginLex

August 24th, 2011
11:14 am

Yeah we did, on my wife’s side. thanks

ASL from 50's

August 24th, 2011
11:17 am

I’m confidence we can win 8-9 games with our talent and Johnson’s system. In order to do that we must not lead the nation in fumbles. We gave up 57 points on fumbles, how many more games would we have won last year?
I thinks we will see big difference in effort this year.

Hayseed Dixie

August 24th, 2011
11:21 am

DawginLex- sorry, that’s always difficult.

I think CPJ is just keeping Vad Lee’s feet on the ground. If you don’t have any mountain to climb, you’re not gonna bring your A-game.

If Tevin ends up being any good, it’s a win/win.

Either way, like any system on the planet, it comes down to our O-line. If they can get their blocks and create the edge, that’ll mean longer possessions.

Longer possessions equals fresh legs on the D. Fresh legs on the D means consistent pass rush. I could go on.