Tech depth chart out, lineup notes

Greetings-

Some quick notes from coach Paul Johnson’s Monday news conference in advance of Georgia Tech’s season opener Thursday against Western Carolina.

1. Johnson said A-back Roddy Jones is doubtful (undisclosed injury). Jones has appeared and started in all but one game in his Georgia Tech career. Johnson said he was “dinged up.” Embry Peeples would start in Jones’ place. Backup A-back Marcus Wright is also on the injured list.

2. B-back David Sims will start. The depth chart lists Preston Lyons and Charles Perkins as No. 2. After saying last week that Perkins was not working hard enough in practice, he and Johnson met. “I think we’re on the same page,” Johnson said.

3. True freshman guard Trey Braun will not start, after all. Coaches considered different combinations, but decided to keep Will Jackson at guard and make Braun the No. 3 guard. Either Catlin Alford or Ray Beno will start at left tackle in place of Phil Smith, who is suspended for two games. Braun will play, as will fellow true freshman Shaq Mason. Coaches had tried Jackson at left tackle with Braun at left guard. The Beno/Alford decision likely won’t be made until Tuesday. Johnson said the team will use several different combinations Thursday.

4. Wide receiver Tyler Melton will start. True freshman Jeff Greene will be the No. 3 and will play. Johnson indicated Melton’s senior standing was a factor in the decision.

5. Johnson said of the 64 players going to the team hotel Wednesday night, about 20 are either true or redshirt freshmen.

6. True freshman Zach Laskey will return punts. Johnson said he caught the ball naturally, which was the first priority, and has shown some ability as a returner. He’ll also play on other special teams units.

7. Justin Moore has won the placekicking and kickoff jobs over David Scully. Sean Poole will punt, with Chandler Anderson backing him up.

DEPTH CHART

OFFENSE

QB Tevin Washington Synjyn Days

BB David Sims Preston Lyons or Charles Perkins

AB Orwin Smith Robert Godhigh

AB Embry Peeples Tony Zenon

WR Tyler Melton Jeff Greene

WR Stephen Hill Daniel McKayhan

LT Catlin Alford or Ray Beno

LG Will Jackson Shaquille Mason

C Jay Finch Nick McRae

RG Omoregie Uzzi Trey Braun

RT Tyler Kidney Errin Joe

DEFENSE

DE Jason Peters Emmanuel Dieke

DT Logan Walls T.J. Barnes

DE Izaan Cross Euclid Cummings

OLB Jeremiah Attaochu Malcolm Munroe

ILB Julian Burnett Quayshawn Nealy

ILB Daniel Drummond B.J. Machen

OLB Steven Sylvester Brandon Watts

LCB Rod Sweeting Jamal Golden

LS Isaiah Johnson Lance Richardson

RS Rashaad Reid Jemea Thomas

RCB Louis Young Michael Peterson

SPECIAL TEAMS

K Justin Moore David Scully

KO Justin Moore

P Sean Poole Chandler Anderson

LS Tyler Morgan Sean Tobin

H Chandler Anderson

KR Orwin Smith Stephen Hill

PR Zach Laskey Tony Zenon

187 comments Add your comment

jeb84

August 29th, 2011
12:28 pm

Jacket Fan

August 29th, 2011
12:32 pm

Where is Morgan Bailey?

MJC

August 29th, 2011
12:35 pm

Looks like we have a solid front 7 with decent depth. Defense should be able to hold its own.

Rduck

August 29th, 2011
12:39 pm

hate it for Roddy that he may not play. congrats to Sims again for his hard work paying off with the starting BB job. looking forward to seeing Zenon on the field. looking forward to seeing Drummond at LB in his first game on the Flats. suprised a little with Hill being a kick returner. i thought maybe Zenon would be opposite of Smith. can’t wait to be there Thurs night for the opener. gonna be a fun season IMO.

GT86

August 29th, 2011
12:39 pm

Wonder what happened to Roddy? Sucks he won’t play opener. I know that hurts him. Shouldn’t affect team. Can’t wait to see Laskey, Burnett and Co at LB and the whole backfield!! GO JACKETS!!

Jacket Man

August 29th, 2011
12:45 pm

Broken hand…he’ll be back soon.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 29th, 2011
12:47 pm

Broken hand??? That doesn’t sound like the kind of injury an A-back can come back from soon. Hard to catch those pitches if one of your hands is bandaged up.

jacket

August 29th, 2011
12:48 pm

I think we have a really solid top 44 players.

My lone worry is if Tevin W. can make a play at the end of the game when needed, or will he be a “deer in the headlights” ?

That’s why I think Vad Lee should get early PT. If he is a playmaker, then he can get us over the hump in those close games at the end (barring any freshman mistakes…)

Enough is enough

August 29th, 2011
12:51 pm

A Yech thug murdered a mother of 4. Is anyone shocked? Just a year after FBI drug Lord Houston held his gf at gunpoint. Yech trash and their “student” athletes at their finest.

I suspect if they get a search warrant and looked through the rooms of all their “student” athletes they could solve their weekly on campus muggings as well.

How much shame and embarrassment will this cesspool of an institute bring to this state?

GIVE ME A BREAK

August 29th, 2011
12:51 pm

I’m very optimistic about these guys. ” LET’S ROLL JACKETS “

Supersize that order, mutt

August 29th, 2011
12:52 pm

how much shame and embarrassment can you mutt trolls bring to the school you claim to support but probably never even visited, even for a game? Get some class, you pathetic loser.

techfan

August 29th, 2011
12:56 pm

I’m really looking forward to seeing Sims at BB. To be 1st on the depth chart this soon after switching positions means he has made some incredible progress at the position.

GIVE ME A BREAK

August 29th, 2011
12:58 pm

Sims runs strong and tuff. He’ll be fun to watch.

Enough is enough

August 29th, 2011
12:59 pm

So instead of justing beating women senseless and putting them in the hospital like they did in the 80’s they are now killing them. Between that and being asked to vacate wins every 5 years I its past time to shutdown this criminals paradise.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 29th, 2011
12:59 pm

me too, techfan. I liked the way he played when he came in at QB in the early part of last season. He seemed to have a helluva lot of determination to gain yards. I look for that same intensity, maybe more, with him at BB

yeller bug

August 29th, 2011
1:00 pm

Everyone should see some playing time—-good warm-up game under the lights. Need 500+ yds of offense with 200 yds passing would be a good start. First offensive play will be a pass. Bets?

The Truth

August 29th, 2011
1:06 pm

I agree yeller. It will be a good tuneup game. These guys will play with a chip on their shoulder all year. probably 10 wins with a beatdown of the Dawgs in Nov.

Too much is too much

August 29th, 2011
1:06 pm

Enough, why don’t you tell us about the UGA professor who murdered his wife in public and in front of their own children? or the former UGA coach who has bilked thousands of people in a Ponzi scheme? or the current member of the UGA football team who threw his gf to the ground? Or the former UGA QB who plead guilty of sexual battery? Or the countless number of arrests of players for DUI, hit and run, etc, etc. Or the staff members at UGA who bilked students there for hundreds of dollars each? Or the former UGA AD caught in an adulterous act with a hooker? Or the former basketball coach who rigged tests so that his player might have a chance of passing? Shall I go on? There are plenty of other law-breakers from UGA I could mention; I have barely scratched the surface.

NiquePhotog

August 29th, 2011
1:07 pm

Ken, please ban “Enough is enough”. It’s disturbing to know that human beings like him exist.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 29th, 2011
1:07 pm

yeller, I bet it will be a pass too.

NiquePhotog

August 29th, 2011
1:09 pm

Too much, please don’t get into an argument about this sort of stuff. These matters are serious and NOT THINGS TO JOKE ABOUT.

There’s bad eggs everywhere, like “enough”, and colleges get them as well. Let’s leave it at that.

Too much is too much

August 29th, 2011
1:10 pm

Nique, you are absolutely correct. I just get so PO’d at those jerks, I sometimes stoop to their level. However, I DO think it is appropriate that jerks like Enough know ALL the facts, even if they choose to ignore them.

Eric

August 29th, 2011
1:15 pm

Didnt Tech just have a professor busted with child porn too? What is wrong with the joke by coke???

BG

August 29th, 2011
1:17 pm

Tech Sucks!!!

Eric

August 29th, 2011
1:18 pm

Super is the same a%&hole that lies on here daily and excuses tech players when they beat women. You sir need some serious help. Own your trash, do not continue to excuse it.

Chicken Farmer

August 29th, 2011
1:20 pm

It just irks me that the only manner I’ll be able to catch this Thursday night game is on the internet. Living in Southwestern Georgia, our am. Radio station can’t get the signal out of their parking lot after 7:00 pm and no fm station in our area will be carrying this game. I still can’t understand our scheduling this game on a Thursday night when the only time any school should do that is when there is TV money at stake. A Thursday night game with no TV coverage isn’t very good scheduling if you ask me. Forget driving from this part of the state and then having to drive back the same night when Friday is a work day and an early one to boot! Just doesn’t make any sense…………………………………..

Buzz

August 29th, 2011
1:21 pm

Johnson doesn’t pass when were behind much less on the first play of the year!!!!! I’ve been waiting for this so called short passing attack for years now…. It’s not coming, Johnson wants to win running the ball.

huh??

August 29th, 2011
1:24 pm

Did a tech POS really jusy try to compare driving without a seatbelt on with murdering a mother of four? You tools are freaking sick.

NO GAMES IN THE CITY

August 29th, 2011
1:24 pm

Enough is Enough, thats about enuff out of you ya HillBilly, Budwieszer drankin tard, you bring your UGA lovin, wife beating in-bread self down here to the city, we might shoot you to Sonny Boy. We don’t play no games in the “ATL” You stay our butt outside the perimeter ya hear?

Buzz

August 29th, 2011
1:26 pm

MORONS troll this blog!!!!!!!!

Jacket Man

August 29th, 2011
1:27 pm

Remember last year when Roddy was out a few games with a hand issue? It will be okay.

Wreck 'Em

August 29th, 2011
1:28 pm

Can someone remind me why Phil Smith is suspended? Thanks for the update Ken…I’m looking forward to seeing the Jackets in action this Thursday.

GT-UT

August 29th, 2011
1:29 pm

I’ll take it. My bet is first play to David Sims.

Delbert D.

August 29th, 2011
1:30 pm

Starters: 2 seniors on offense, 4 on defense.

spider

August 29th, 2011
1:39 pm

watch out GT when you travel out to BYU in a couple years, they will cheat on the field in the game. they really screwed san diego st last year and NCAA did nothing to them…NCAA is more concerned about off the field cheating than on the field cheating which actually affects the outcome of a game.

techfan

August 29th, 2011
1:43 pm

Can someone remind me why Phil Smith is suspended?

Violation of team rules. What rules he violated are still a mystery though.

gt4ever

August 29th, 2011
1:44 pm

Scheduling Western Carolina is a JOKE! Period…

GT Fan 1

August 29th, 2011
1:47 pm

Just as long as we have someone that can catch a ” fair-catch” like the kid couldnt do twice against Air Force!!!

spider

August 29th, 2011
1:47 pm

i agree gt4ever, they should have scheduled oklahoma instead of w carolina

Supersize that order, mutt

August 29th, 2011
1:47 pm

A murderer is a murderer no matter whether he is a FORMER student or an CURRENT professor. And a FORMER student who murders someone IS much worse than a CURRENT student who has DUI’s, BUT no school has any control over what a FORMER student does. THUGa, however, SHOULD have control over what their CURRENT students do. And don’t kid yourself if you think that habitual misdemeanors won’t eventually lead to something much worse. This was not Crittenton’s first “mistake”, and the habitual misdemeanors by mutts will probably not be their last “mistakes” nor their worst ones. God help all of them, whether it be Crittenton of Mettenberger (remember him), or whoever.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 29th, 2011
1:49 pm

gt4ever, unfortunately, when you have an AD (otherwise a pretty good one) who comes from the SEC, you know we’re going to schedule OOC patsies. That’s the SEC style.

UGAX

August 29th, 2011
1:49 pm

Does anyone know if this game is going to be televised?.

I think Roddy Jones is in line for a monster year. I’ve been impressed with him from the day he ran over my Dawgs in Athens a few years ago as a freshman.

I also think the QB position is in good hands with Washington. He’s not as bad as people make him out to be.

At any rate, College Football is here- Finally!!

Supersize that order, mutt

August 29th, 2011
1:50 pm

Braine, as BAD an AD as he was, did at least schedule some good OOC opponents for Tech.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 29th, 2011
1:50 pm

UGAX, the game will be on ESPN3, which is their internet transmission

Delbert D.

August 29th, 2011
1:51 pm

I doubt that Crittendon’s core values were affected by his 6 months at Georgia Tech.

UGAX

August 29th, 2011
1:52 pm

Cool. Thanks Supersize. As usual, I’ll be pulling for GT all games but one this year.

headley lamar

August 29th, 2011
1:54 pm

Hard to say these days whether i’m looking at a Tech team picture or an FBI most wanted list.

How did Mr Crittenton slip by Tech’s unbelievable academic standards for its student athletes?

Delbert D.

August 29th, 2011
1:54 pm

Boise St.-Georgia is on ESPN3 as well. That will be good if you are stuck in an airport in in South Dakota or someplace. All you need is WiFi and a fast laptop.

DawginLex

August 29th, 2011
1:55 pm

Where is my post?

juvenal

August 29th, 2011
2:02 pm

Super, just remember why we say THWG! spare your contempt, they are beneath it…..