Georgia Tech’s Jason Peters Q&A

Greetings-

I was supposed to talk with Georgia Tech defensive end Jason Peters immediately after practice Monday, but due to some sort of mistake I missed him and he later came by to the office of sports information director Dean Buchan for an interview, which worked out well because we could talk for longer than I would have otherwise.

I had some questions related to the defense and the N.C. State game, which made up part of Tuesday’s notebook, but also had some “get to know you” type questions that make up this Q and A. No two cents with this one; the answers speak for themselves. As you’ll read (hopefully), Peters is bright, interesting and talkative – an interview triple threat. Thanks for reading.

Q: What’s your favorite website?

A: My favorite website is stumbleupon.com. So basically when you first go on and log on to it, it’ll ask what are your interests and you fill all that information out and you’ll click a button that says ‘Stumble.’ Basically, it finds websites for you or just interesting stuff that you like and it just pops up for you and you just click ‘Stumble’ when you’re done with that web page. You just go to the next one, the next one, the next one. You  just keep hitting ‘Stumble’ and it’ll keep bringing stuff up for you. I recommend that you try it. You can lose a lot of hours on that website, I promise you.

Q: How much do you pay attention to other teams in the league or around the country?

A: A lot. Just because you know who your competition is, so you always want to see what they’re doing, how they’re progressing, what’s going on with them and around the league, just because I’m a competitive kind of person but I also really like the game of football.

I like seeing how other teams do it, how other conferences do it, how the game change. Say, if you play in the Pac-10, say, if you play in the Big 12 – or the Big 10 now (after losing Colorado and Nebraska) – or say, if you play against a team like Notre Dame, different leagues have different characteristics.

Say, if you play in the SEC, you may not be playing the same kinds of schemes, so it may be different kinds of players. I just like seeing how it all fits together, how different schemes work, how people are playing, how techniques work. It’s just something that kind of interests me.

Q: So do you try to watch games or just watch highlights or what?

A: I watch games, but the funny part is, the way I watch games is I’ll look for techniques. I’ll look for how people fit on plays, how people are playing things, what the offense is running, how it affects the defense. Unfortunately, I can’t just watch a game just to watch it anymore. I always watch it critically, making comments on how people are doing, stuff like that.

Q: Describe the ultimate play you want to make.

A: It’s the fourth quarter, we’re up by 3, the other team is driving down the field, there’s a minute left in the game, they throw an incomplete pass, they’re on, let’s say the 40.

Q: Your 40 or their 40?

A: They’re on our 40.

Dean Buchan, who was sitting at his desk working on his computer: That’s pretty vivid.

A: I’ve relived this many times in my head. Everybody in the stands, everybody knows it’s a pass play. They hike the ball, I come off, I give ‘em a move, I’m coming, I’m coming, strip sack, recover the ball, game over. That’s one of my ideal plays if I ever have one.

Q: Has that happened yet?

A: Not yet. Hopefully it’ll come.

Q: Who’s a true freshman player who’s caught your eye?

A: Actually, there’s two guys that have really caught my eye. (Linebacker) Kyle Travis and (guard) Shaq Mason. Even though Shaq still has a lot to learn and stuff like that and he doesn’t get as much playing time as Kyle, because Kyle’s on special teams right now, I think both of them have done an excellent job when they’ve gotten a chance to get in the game to actually really do something. I think they will be big-time players and big-time leaders on the team when their time comes.

Q: What’s the funniest thing that’s happened on the practice field lately?

A: I would say some of the funniest things that happened for us now, not necessarily on the practice field, but say, in meetings, is Coach (Al) Groh’s jokes. Once in awhile, Coach Groh – and some of them are a little less appropriate than others – but he’ll always hit you every once in awhile with a joke or something, randomly, really, really funny. It’ll just be hilarious and we’ll be rolling laughing.

It’s kind of unexpected because, usually he’s more serious and very professional, but every once in awhile he’ll hit us with a joke and we’re all just kind of blown back by it. But it keeps the energy up. It keeps everything kind of fresh for us.

Q: Like, he’ll start off a meeting with a joke?

A: It’ll come out of nowhere he’ll be saying something about a play or something at the end of film, and he’ll just come out of left field with it and it’s kind of like you’re sitting there and you hear it, but you’re not really paying attention, you think like, Did he just say that?

Q: Like, ‘A man walks into a bar’ kind of a joke?

A: He’s done it all. He’s had those he’s had funny clips to show us. It’s pretty funny.

Some links:

A Stan Awtrey about outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu in the Macon Telegraph.

George Henry filed this piece on quarterback Tevin Washington for the AP.

After losing Syracuse and Pittsburgh out of his conference, Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino offered his thoughts on the ACC’s expansion on his blog, as noted here in the Raleigh News & Observer. (Maybe Coach Pitino can reciprocate and mention my Brian Bohannon Q&A on his blog.)

N.C. State cornerback David Amerson has four interceptions, second in the country.

An update from AJC recruiting guru Michael Carvell on Georgia Tech prospect Dalvin Tomlinson from Henry County High.

Tony Parker from Miller Grove High, one of the top-rated basketball prospects in the country, paid a visit to Tech and coach Brian Gregory last weekend.

Kind of a busy day ahead, but I should post a CineSport video interview previewing Saturday’s game up late afternoon.

Thanks for reading. Please follow on Facebook and Twitter.

By Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech beat

137 comments Add your comment

Andrew

September 29th, 2011
8:44 am

Could it be?

Hit REAL Hard

September 29th, 2011
8:48 am

Make it 5-0 this weekend.

Ken Sugiura

September 29th, 2011
8:49 am

Congratulations, Andrew.

GT

September 29th, 2011
8:52 am

I think we need more deeper discusion on the Defense week in and week out.. Starting with Al Groh…

I am telling from what I have seen so far from this year I don’t think thtere is any improvment on Defense from last year… I think we are foolin our self’s with this..

T3

September 29th, 2011
9:10 am

@ GT at 8:52AM = D-A

You must be deaf, dumb, and blind…if you can cant see the TREMENDOUS improvement in Groh’s defensive performance.

The stats tell the story.

The D is SUBSTANTIALLY better than 2010, and is getting better with each game.

Will

September 29th, 2011
9:13 am

What link Ken? The one on this thread? The one that’s 3 days old and is more a point on many schools. Which is fine as that is what recruiting news should be. My point is almost every headline topic he has is about Uga. Look at the one this morning. And the fact I question him about this and the fact he bans me from posting and doesn’t answer it tells me all I need to know. You can’t be fair and balanced when you are a graduate from a school and a big sports fan. And he proves this. Chip was the same way. I questioned him too and he blocked me when he was the recruiting guy and look what he does now. It’s a joke. And the fact one school in this state is ranked and the one on a downward decline gets 90% of discussion is a joke. I think you do a great job Ken and hope you stay covering Gt sports for as long as we can have you. You’re much better by leaps and bounds than the previous guy. I compare the Carvell situation to that of the abc news reporter guy saying his political pollsters were concerned about Obama’s polling numbers. They are suppose to be unbiased and not pick a side. But we all know how the mainstream media is. Sorry to interjeck politics but I am just tired of seeing UGA headlines every morning on the recruiting news and it’s almost always skewed to a positive for them. It seems the only time tech gets a front page headline, it’s something negative for us.

doc

September 29th, 2011
9:21 am

you are spoiling us big time ken, plenty of nuggets every day. keep up the good work as for me it is just you and the falcons to read about, now that the nba has shot itself higher than its own foot.

i just hope this feel good story continues. i quaked a bit as you were saying stuff like 7-0 start, top ten last week. dont want them too peak too early both in the polls and on the field, if you understand my concerns.

Hayseed Dixie

September 29th, 2011
9:39 am

Ken, I know we’ve all told you this before, but your coverage on the team is really making this season 3 dimensional. Very enjoyable/informative.

@GT

This D is significantly better at playmaking. We still haven’t seen them put together a complete game yet, but I think they absolutely will, and that will truly be the story of the season.

Those sacks against UNC were complete domination, and I haven’t seen a Tech team do team defense like that in a while.

Hoopster

September 29th, 2011
9:44 am

Well played, Will. Well played.

5150 UOAD

September 29th, 2011
9:47 am

Have any Tech players asked to Transfer?
Things are good and hopefully getting better.

If you TECH students want a Challenge Try to get one of the T’s off the tech Tower.
Go BIG or go home you wimps.

Ken Sugiura

September 29th, 2011
9:49 am

Will – you’re entitled to your opinion, but i generally am going to disagree. e-mail me if you want to continue the discussion.

Ken Sugiura

September 29th, 2011
9:50 am

doc and hayseed dixie – thanks. i really appreciate it.

RamblingReck

September 29th, 2011
9:52 am

5150 UOAD

September 29th, 2011
9:53 am

Will Chip and Bradley have banned me too. Bradley sucks for the most part anyway.
Doug used to do TECH. Doug is a UGA grad and a Huge European Soccer Fan. His passion isn’t even Football or College Football.

Not Disappointed

September 29th, 2011
9:56 am

Keep Winning Jackets!

T3

September 29th, 2011
10:24 am

Roberson was pathetic.

I compained LOUDLY & FREQUENTLY to the GTAA about his pathetic GT reporting.

We now have Ken, who is doing a decent job.

PerimeterCenterJacket

September 29th, 2011
10:27 am

Jason Peters seems like a fun dude. This team generally seems so upbeat this season when I see them in interviews with Wes Durham (which, if yall are missing his interviews they’re great…I think they’re all on ramblinwreck.com ) and in the Q&A’s here. It kind of helps me just enjoy the great start to this season for what it is – a lot of FUN!

Go Jackets!

ItsHammerTime

September 29th, 2011
10:30 am

First time commenting on a newspaper forum but just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your GT updates. I check the AJC everyday for your posts now compared to never checking the AJC at all before you were the beat. Keep up the good work!

Jackets 2011

September 29th, 2011
10:34 am

Decision time last spring.
Braves season tickets or Yellow Jackets season tickets.
(I’ll pat myself on the back.)
Great call 2011 (my new handle).
The silver lining to Braves loss.
All the crying dawg/braves fans.
Must have been a fun drive home about like the Jacksonville drive home after another beatdown by Gators.
Until we beat the dawgs more, I could care less about Atlanta’s pro teams.

Tech Fan Since 1950

September 29th, 2011
10:34 am

We took care of the demons (not Wake Forest) with the make-up victory over Kansas. Now we have N.C. State (who beat us last year too) on the road. Jackets, stay focused. This will be a tough game in a hostile environment. Yes, I know the Wolfpack is having a bit of down year, but they manhandled us last year (with Wilson, who is no longer there). The old fashioned one-game-at-a-time is certainly appropriate this year. We have that kind of team. Just stay focused guys and pay attention to the coaches.

Jackets 2011

September 29th, 2011
10:36 am

Ken
You may be with us for a number of years as all Tech fans will protest any move.
Well I guess we won’t mind an upward move in a year or two if you stay here and write about Tech.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 29th, 2011
10:36 am

Will, you think it’s bad for Tech at the AJC, you should try living in Augusta where the ONLY thing ever about Tech in the paper is from AP sources—-NEVER any kind of interview or in-depth article about the Jackets, even after a game. The Augusta paper sent somebody to Ole Miss to cover that game, but the only report on the Tech game IN ATLANTA was a wire report. And the day the three Tech players won conference honors for their play against UNC, one of the local stations didn’t even mention it, but covered those from UGA, Clemson, and USC who also won honors. Tech is TOTALLY ignored by the local media in Augusta.

Jackets 2011

September 29th, 2011
10:37 am

Good advice 1950.
Start to assume Ws will get u beat every time no matter the foe.

Jackets 2011

September 29th, 2011
10:41 am

The jumping off the bad ship Bulldawg has reached an alarming rate.
Well alarming if they cared at all about the young men who play for them.
Has the rate reached an all time high of a bulldawg a day?
I guess those who transfer figure their stair stacking degree won’t get them a job anyway.

DEK

September 29th, 2011
10:42 am

The web site is stumbleupon.com, there is no ‘d’ in the middle.

all I remember is

September 29th, 2011
10:45 am

ESPN’s Heather Dinich picks GT to win 38-28.

gt110215

September 29th, 2011
10:46 am

Keep up the good work Ken! I really enjoy your posts!

5150 UOAD

September 29th, 2011
10:47 am

The Best part of waking-up is NO Richt Koolaid in My cup. Go Jackets.

5150 UOAD

September 29th, 2011
10:49 am

all I remember is………….Heather Dinich was just picking the Waist size she is trying to get to

Jackets 2011

September 29th, 2011
10:52 am

Malcomn leaving too?
You know I have to wonder if some dawg players think Crowell got the job without having to earn it.
Maybe they beat Bosie with an experienced back.
Spurrier too.
Nice fumble just as the dawgs were getting control of the game.
Opps.

juvenal

September 29th, 2011
10:56 am

Ken, my favorite website is YOU! Doug great on stats, really only an arsenal fan(that’s gotta hurt), never would talk Buendesliga or DFB…..Ken, the weakest part of our D is the DL, several r-Fr listed there in program, Lanier was moving, effort irrelevant in relation to productivity….???

Delbert D.

September 29th, 2011
11:05 am

Ken – I really enjoy your Q&As with the players. It adds an insight to the way this team has been put together.

Jackets 2011

September 29th, 2011
11:10 am

The difference in attitude between 2010 and 2011 teams is pretty amazing.
What a great group of guys we are fortunate to have representing Georgia Tech.

ttown

September 29th, 2011
11:11 am

Thanks Ken, keep up the good work!

BigTimeTechFan

September 29th, 2011
11:19 am

I just hope the Jackets don’t close out the season like the Braves

Ken Sugiura

September 29th, 2011
11:19 am

Dek – thanks. i was figuring the site i had was it, but didn’t stay on long enough to realize it wasn’t. i’ll switch the link.
Delbert – glad you liked it. i was thinking about making something like this part of the weekly routine, and will try to do so.
juvenal – you do worry about that d-line. i don’t know the precise reason why lanier switched, but, obviously, if coaches thought he could help there, they would have kept him.
two backup ends, emmanue dieke and euclid cummings, are coming on. t.j. barnes has some work to do still.

5150 UOAD

September 29th, 2011
11:52 am

Well it is working out great. Braves out of the Playoffs so no need to watch Baseball. The NBA I could careless about, but looks like they will not be eating up TV time with that Crap………..It is all College Football. The Falcons are looking bad too. Right now it is not good to be Wearing Red & Black.

T3

September 29th, 2011
11:54 am

Ken:

Since Heather D reads YOUR posts, and then
copies & pastes it to her blog, then I will use this post to give “props” to you.

Here’s what she wrote this morning about the GT-NCState game this weekend:

“Georgia Tech 38, NC State 28: If you think this is going to be a blowout, think again. No, NC State’s defense isn’t very good, and there are too many injuries to keep track of, but the Wolfpack will play with a purpose and Georgia Tech will be fortunate to leave Raleigh with a win.”

GT will be “FORTUNATE” to leave Raleigh with a win ?!?!?!?! WTH ?!?!?!

Folks, NCState’s Defense is in complete tatters.
And, the NCState players have “given up” on HC Tom O’Brien.
That was plainly obvious watching the NCState-Cincy game.
NCState has had 10 days off. They are DREADING playing GT.

This could be a COLOSSAL BEATDOWN by GT.

Think: GT:56 NCState:17

Thanks for reading, Heather.

macrotech

September 29th, 2011
11:56 am

Ken….you SIR, are DA MAN!!!

GT, our D has gotten SO much better from last year! We’ve made the stops when they were most needed! We have a ways to go, but Groh said that it takes 3 years to get this defense up to speed! I believe that we’re ahead of schedule on knowing where we’re to be and how we’re to react…our youth and size will have to develop….in time, I believe that they will!

juvenal

September 29th, 2011
12:05 pm

Ken, only because the 3-4 requires a good NT as a foundation, everything else kind of builds on that……but thanks, will wait patiently for your further analysis…….

Reality

September 29th, 2011
12:13 pm

Didn’t heather predict GT to lose to Middle Tenn State?

Ramblin Man

September 29th, 2011
12:33 pm

Ken again thanks for the great coverage.
No offense to Peters, but I have no problem with it if his dream play never happens at GT. Those games are fun to watch but tough on the ole ticker.

Ken Sugiura

September 29th, 2011
1:06 pm

Juvenal – i agree with you. it’s a crucial position and tech does have to find replacements for the future.
T3 – i appreciate the props, but it’s not necessary to resort to namecalling of someone you disagree with, or even disapprove of. i edited your post.

Ramblin Man

September 29th, 2011
1:07 pm

For those that were unaware GT actually sold out the ticket allotment for this game. I will be one of the happy GT fans in the stands with a buddy who is a huge NC State fan. He may push me down the stairs if GT gets the pay back game I hope is coming as I will be an arse like he was to me last year.

Tom

September 29th, 2011
1:11 pm

Does George Henry happen to know where Wally Yappo ended up?

Ramblin Man

September 29th, 2011
1:16 pm

Juvenal,
That is why I pray GT can land Dalvin. I like Gamble and Chungong, but GT needs some real competition at NT. Not even sure if the coaching staff is looking at Chungong as a DT even though some sites have him listed as one. His size says DE to me.
By the way Ken maybe I missed it, but what kind of injury does Jimmie Kitchen have?

Ace

September 29th, 2011
1:21 pm

Go ech, S ing Em’

KB

September 29th, 2011
1:39 pm

Worse competition or improved team?

AlabamaRamblinwreck

September 29th, 2011
1:43 pm

Ken: I’m sure you are already somewhat aware of this, but I did want to communicate this just in case. As you have come to realize, engineers (and most GT fans/alums are engineers) tend to have negative and critical natures. Throw that into the mix with the way we generally have a chip on our shoulder about how much attention UGAG gets, and it really gives us an abrasive disposition sometimes with the local press folks. Again, we appreciate the work you are doing here, and please do not let our critical nature turn you against us as a group. It is just who we are. By the way, that is why we have the PERFECT head coach in PJ, because he lives with a “chip on his shoulder” also, and he fits our personality beautifully. Lastly, I realize that many of my brethren will probably not see the facts/truth behind some this post, but sometimes it is tough to look in the mirror and honestly evaluate yourself. I used to be that way, but after spending so much time on these blogs with my fellow Techsters, it is easy to see the constant negativeness and criticism we exude.

juvenal

September 29th, 2011
1:55 pm

c’mon, guys, it’s not like we are ever going to have many alums in the media(Barry, Luginbill, who else?)…Ramblin, just seems like we could try a few different things at NT NOW, esp. if we get a big lead, main NT won’t be here next year….sorry, Ken, but you are the best stone for me to grind this ax on……