Bohannon on Sims, Lee, part II

Greetings

I said I’d post the rest of the Brian Bohannon Q&A Wednesday and I never did, for which I apologize. It ended up being a little busier than expected. Hopefully you saw some of the stuff that went in the paper online, including coach Paul Johnson’s latest public appraisal of Vad Lee and a story on B-back David Sims. Also, this is not football-related, but former Tech tennis player Irina Falconi won the biggest match of her career Wednesday at the U.S. Open. Monday, she became the first women’s player from Tech to ever win a singles match in a grand slam tournament.

Anyway, onto the Q&A, a continuation from Tuesday.

Q: Is David working harder than he has in the past?

A: I don’t know if he’s working harder. I just think he saw a window of opportunity and he’s really jumped on it. David’s one of the smartest football players in that (meeting) room. If you were to ask any of those guys in that room to ask who would know the answer to a question that any of the coaches put up, he would be one of the guys that everyone would point to. He’s a pretty smart football player.

Two cents: Not sure I have anything to add. But it’s an interesting observation.

Q: Do you mean on the whole team?

A: I mean the quarterbacks and B-backs are always together, so they hear all that, but David knows what’s going on. He’s a smart football player. Obviously, being a quarterback has helped him a little bit with that. But yeah, he’s done a good job. We’ll see.

Two cents: This goes back to the first question, I guess, but the image of someone going into the quarterbacks and B-backs meeting room, looking at a question on a white board and asking, “O.K., who knows the answer to this?” and then everyone looking at Sims is kind of amusing.

Q: Were you aware that he had considered transferring?

A: I’m sure that goes through a lot of their minds. He’s had some growing pains here that hopefully, when he looks back on this, it made him a better person. These young men are the life of their town and their school and all of the sudden they come to college and all of the sudden they’re just another guy in the mix. It’s a tough adjustment.

I give him credit to this point. He’s followed through. It’s easy to bail. Sometimes the hard thing to do is fight it and he’s fought it, and hopefully it’s going to pay off for him.

Two cents: I have to think that for a lot of the “elite” prospects that fail to pan out, a lot of times it’s probably not a matter of not being good enough but more situations like this one that keep them from reaching their potential. It’s cliché, but a player’s inner drive is so crucial to how he turns out. There are only a handful of players at the college level, and even fewer in the NFL, who are clearly better athletes than the rest.

Q: How has Vad Lee been doing?

A: He’s done O.K. He hit a little bit of a wall just being a freshman and all the information overload. So he’s just got to stay to there, keep competing, keep working, because every day he’s going to learn something. Every day he’s going to get better. He had a lot of success early and then it kind of plateaued for him a little bit, which is fairly common, but I’m still pleased with the improvement he made. I just want to see it continue. I don’t want him to back off. He’s got to keep working.

Two cents: Comments like this, and what Johnson said Wednesday, lead me to believe Lee won’t play Thursday. I think to not redshirt, he’ll have to have another development spurt in practice and probably also Tevin Washington and Synjyn Days would have to struggle. I’d think that Johnson would play if the team needs him. If Washington is doing the job, the need for Lee decreases.

Q: Has a yes-or-no decision been made on him?

A: No. That’s Coach Johnson’s call. That decision can’t be made and won’t be made for awhile. We’ve got three quarterbacks.

Two cents: In a way, Lee is about to go through what Sims went through and most every other FBS player does. He’s going to have to fight his way up the depth chart and keep grinding even though it’s possible that significant playing time may be two years away.

Thanks for reading, and please comment respectfully and responsibly. Please follow on Facebook and Twitter.

By Ken Sugiura, AJC

81 comments Add your comment

michael

September 1st, 2011
6:07 am

first……………is lee the real deal

Old White and Gold

September 1st, 2011
6:09 am

I was at the last scrimmage and overall I saw more production from Synjyn and Vad then with TW. Also, has Coach Johnson considered playing Synjyn and Tevin. Because in my opinion Synjyn is way better then TW when he holds on to the football.

michael

September 1st, 2011
6:11 am

seriously? what’s my defense doing. i live on an island and am out of touch.

Jim Bob Taylor

September 1st, 2011
6:35 am

It sounds like Vad is not as far along as some had hoped….not surprising to realistic fans who understand that there is no substitute for experience and that the key to learning the TO is repetition. Consider also that Vad came from a true spread offense and worked out of the shotgun.

Golden White

September 1st, 2011
6:45 am

Go Tech ! Win tonight .

chief osceola

September 1st, 2011
7:00 am

does anubody know how tech’s recruit francis kellon is doing?

Emerson

September 1st, 2011
7:17 am

I kept looking for Georgia Tech in Newsweek’s recent list of the country’s most beautiful colleges but they were nowhere to be found? On a related note, I did see Tech in another publication’s list of the nation’s most dangerous college campuses. They said they were too scared to visit Tech to take pictures for the story so instead they just showed some still clips from “Boyz in the Hood.”

Pat

September 1st, 2011
7:20 am

If we come out with turnovers and sloppy play like last year, he will get in. Hold on to the ball tevin if you want to hold on to your starting position!

Jason

September 1st, 2011
7:28 am

Emerson,

If your worried about the Tech campus, then stay away from Athens. The football team in Athens commits more crimes than the gangbangers in downtown Atlanta.

Mitch

September 1st, 2011
7:41 am

Um ken Falconi won her second match on Wednesday.

Emerson

September 1st, 2011
7:56 am

Oh yes, driving on suspended licenses, great point. Tech has had two former players in less than a year tracked down and arrested by federal officers for pointing a gun at a woman’s head. One of the two actually committed murder.

No, between the thugs and all the would-be terrorists Tech proudly trains in bomb making (occasionally setting them off on campus) I think I will take my chances in Athens. Besides, you don’t have a weekly report of students getting mugged while walking to class there either.

Mike Lum

September 1st, 2011
8:15 am

Hey Jim Bob, realistic fans saw TW’s “experience” last year and Synjyn’s inability to hold onto the ball. If TW and SD falter (as they have in the past) we hope Vad’s promise and talent are allowed playing time to salvage the season.

Tevin’s passing has supposedly improved, but it couldn’t have gotten any worse. I’d rather Tech run on EVERY play. Last year CPJ passed too much for me. With Vad running the offense, either the run or pass will be open on every play.

I’d much rather play Lee this year than redshirt him. CPJ has a few years to recruit another QB to play in 2015. Guess that makes me an unrealistic fan.

newbie

September 1st, 2011
8:22 am

WTF are you talking about!?!?! The neighborhood in Boys in the hood is far more safe than anything at or near Tech!!!

Ron Burgundy

September 1st, 2011
8:26 am

Stay classy Emerson and keep your pansy ass suckled up next your mama’s nipple

GT Fan

September 1st, 2011
8:33 am

Ken,

I love the information you are giving us every day and applaud your efforts to keep the blog troll free, but I think it is time to ban bloggers like Emerson and newbie for a week and see if they get the message.

GT Fan

September 1st, 2011
8:37 am

For those who inquired on how Francis Kallon did in his first football game, the Central Gwinnett defensive end and GT commitment had 10 tackles, 3 for losses, 1 sack, 3 QB hurries, 1 blocked punt. We will take that or more than that every week for 4 years…

Harvey @ Docs

September 1st, 2011
8:38 am

Will y’all just ignore people like Emerson? He contributes nothing.

DawginLex

September 1st, 2011
8:47 am

Ken I just sent you an e-mail.

I would appreciate you reading it.

malcolm

September 1st, 2011
8:47 am

I love the sheer, unadulterated Nazism the loser Tech fans have now adopted. Obviously it is only a handful of them of on multiple names, but this pure act of cowardice and totalitarianism really tells one all they need to know about the state of mind of the fan “base” of Tech. Sad, but it definitely puts a smile on my face knowing just how miserable they are and they would be desperate enough to resort to such unAmerican tactics.

Be sure to put a muzzle on ESPN too this season boys, because they aren’t going to be telling you any lies either like you do with each other on here in your little circlejerk.

Stay classy and communist guys.

collegeballfan

September 1st, 2011
8:48 am

I do not get a vote but if I did I would redshirt Vad Lee.

As someone pointed out a few days ago, if Gailey had redshirted Nesbitt, Nesbitt would be the starter tonight.

GTVegas

September 1st, 2011
8:51 am

Emerson contributes nothing and knows far less.

As for the real subject at hand, I would not be too disappointed to see Vad Lee redshirt. I think it is in his best interest and in the best interest of the team.

As for Sims, there is no better motivation than to reward for hard work. Congrats to him and just hope he and others do not decrease their focus and hard work.

Above all, execute.

malcolm

September 1st, 2011
8:51 am

Ken, please read my e-mail as well.

ramblingbuzz

September 1st, 2011
8:53 am

I don’t get the negativity about T. Washington. While we lost most of the games he started last year, aside from the Miami game, GT was competitive.

DawginLex

September 1st, 2011
8:53 am

Later guys.

Malcolm/emerson/DawginLex is a Tech Troll/Obama boy wins.

Until Ken and Bill King get the cajones to do something about cyberstalking, baiting and taunting, no one is going to be able to discuss college football.

ramblingbuzz

September 1st, 2011
8:55 am

Malcolm won’t be so smug after Ugag starts 0-2. Talk about miserable.

malcolm

September 1st, 2011
8:56 am

Actually, I do not need blogs to feel relevant, but I understand some of you do. You have my sympathy, and for that, I am gone. I hope you all get whatever it is you need from your postings.

Enjoy!!

malcolm

September 1st, 2011
8:57 am

ramblingbuzz,

If UGA starts out 0-2 I will come back and eat crow, deal? ;) Both you and I both know that will not happen. Enjoy the holiday weekend

ramblingbuzz

September 1st, 2011
9:01 am

Put Sept 11 on your calendar Malc and don’t forget.

DawginLex

September 1st, 2011
9:07 am

malcolm does not need blogs to feel relevant yet he has changed his blog handle and personally attacked me over the past 3 days?

Talk about delusional.

He can’t post on blogs as a normal person. He has to take personal shots at me to feel relevant.

What a sad pathetic person.

spjacket

September 1st, 2011
9:13 am

Ken, really like the added “two cents” Again, you are doing a great job covering the Jackets.

DawginLex

September 1st, 2011
9:17 am

Hey malcolm

I noticed you conveniently neglected to respond to my offer to meet me in person at the UT game in Knoxville.

Scared?

Afraid I might make you “relevant”?

Gorilla Biscuit

September 1st, 2011
9:29 am

DawginLex, don’t go beatin’ up that nerd. It proves nothing and besides you might damage his Star Wars costume.

damngooddawg!

September 1st, 2011
9:32 am

I want to wish Tech good success this season except for our yearly get together, and freedom from injuries, etc. It’s going to be an interesting season and I’ READY!

damngooddawg!

September 1st, 2011
9:40 am

It’s a football season, gang. We’re not talkin world peace here. Lighten up and get your egos under control. In other words, get a life.

JM

September 1st, 2011
9:43 am

Congratulations Falconi on winning your 2nd US open match. Keep playing hard.

BigTimeTechFan

September 1st, 2011
9:43 am

I’m tailgating, the only one here, hurry up folks
Orange Juice and ribs does not go good together.

macrotech

September 1st, 2011
9:48 am

DawginLex, of COURSE malcolm is scared…stepping out from behind the internet?! malcolm will come up with a lame excuse…but, malcolm IS scared! Perhaps, malcolm can buddy up with emerson…emerson is scared of the Tech campus! Gotta have some cajones to attend Tech…apparently, we’re a dangerous campus!

Gorilla Biscuit, I BELIEVE DawginLex is talking to a pup fan…wait! Are you suggesting that uga has nerds, TOO?!

macrotech

September 1st, 2011
9:49 am

damngooddawg…good luck to you guys, as well! With the exception of that last game of the season!

DawginLex

September 1st, 2011
9:52 am

just to clarify

no threats involved here. Just a discussion in person about UGA football outside of Neyland stadium.

I’ll also give you tips on how to be relevant

Ken Sugiura

September 1st, 2011
9:54 am

Thanks for the comments. I’ll read the e-mails. and thanks for the catch, Mitch. that’s what you get for writing at 12:30 a.m.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 1st, 2011
9:55 am

malcolm is just po’d because one of his fake names got banned.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 1st, 2011
9:57 am

macro, have you seen the mutts’ new uniforms? They look like comic-con costumes. So of course, they have nerds.

GTJason

September 1st, 2011
9:57 am

What a tambourine banging, tofu eating hippie. Nazism? We’re fans who support our team, kind of like you guys had to do last year when your team didn’t do as well as you hoped. Our high expectations lead to disappointment sometimes but you guys have the same deal. As you dawgs love to point out, winning the ACC is a lot easier than winning the SEC so our goals are more realistic.

Vad won’t play until an important game where we need a big play. No reason to waste the few plays he knows on the likes of Western Carolina and give other coaches scouting video on the guy. I’m predicting NC state, we’ll be down late and he’ll come in with a deep toss to Chris Jackson.

DawginLex

September 1st, 2011
9:58 am

just had mcdonalds for breakfast and was served by a louisville fan.

It’s everywhere

Supersize that order, mutt

September 1st, 2011
9:59 am

If Vad hasn’t played by the NC State game, he won’t be coming in just to bail us out. The only reason he will come in anytime after the MTSU game (if he hasn’t previously been used) is if one of the other 2 goes down to injury.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 1st, 2011
10:05 am

Boy you got to love Schulz’s take on things…..and I quote (well, cut and paste) -

“Georgia and Boise State both will be wearing new uniforms, designed by a 16-year-old on a Nacho-Cheese-Dorito-and-Red-Bull high. Players will look like escapees from ‘Rollerball.’

Otherwise, it should be a good game. Georgia will be better than 6-7 this season, if for no other reason than most of the schedule looks like Wofford on steroids. But there are too many questions. The offensive line, the defense, a freshman running back, no A.J. Green.”

Wofford on steroids…..I LOVE it

chief osceola

September 1st, 2011
10:41 am

hey tech fans, I don’t have a dog in your fight with Ga fans( I’m a Seminole) but you are attempting to argue with people who get down on their hands and knees and bark like dogs. nuff said.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 1st, 2011
10:50 am

chief, the sad thing about that is it’s actually true.

BigTimeTechFan

September 1st, 2011
10:53 am

@chief osceola

How’s FSU looking for this year?
Think they can win the ACC?

I’m thinking (guessing) is going to be GT verses Clemson in title game.

S'paw_99

September 1st, 2011
11:10 am

I would RS Lee unless he’s gonna get significant playing time this yr. and he’s not going to as the 3rd string QB. But as PJ has said even if Red-shirting he can be on the travel squad and dress every game.

Unlike most guys red-shirting I would have him take some reps in practice, in case we need him (if TW or Days go down).

I say to RS him b/c I don’t want another situation like Gailey & Josh. There’s no need to burn a yr if he’s only going to play less than 50 snaps all year.