Attaochu, Drummond don’t practice

Greetings-

Practice notes from Tuesday. As you may have deduced from the headline, Jeremiah Attaouch and Daniel Drummond did not practice again Tuesday with leg injuries and are still questionable. More notes below.

1. The fiercest competition of preseason camp has re-ignited.

B-backs David Sims, Preston Lyons and Charles Perkins will determine who will start in Saturday’s game against Maryland through their work in practice this week, B-backs and quarterbacks coach Brian Bohannon said Tuesday.

Bohannon said Sims didn’t play well against N.C. State last Saturday (”nobody played well,” he added) and that Lyons didn’t distinguish himself, either. Perkins did not play any snaps at B-back, according to Bohannon.

“They’ve kind of hit a plateau where they don’t have that same kind of competition level,” Bohannon said. “We’re fortunate to have some (capable) guys there, so we’ve kind of opened that thing back up this week.”

Bohannon said he and grad assistant Shane Bowen will judge the players and make a suggestion to coach Paul Johnson. In camp, Sims rose from fourth on the depth chart to first and has remained with the first string through the first five games. Sims is averaging 6.4 yards per carry and 69.0 yards per game.

(I am going to write something for Thursday about the practice last week. It was evidently not very sharp. I think this was partly a reaction.)

2. In his opening comments at his weekly news conference, Johnson called on the student body to support the team in Saturday’s game.

“Hopefully we can get the students out there loud this week,” he said. “We need them.”

While 9,100 tickets were distributed to students for the North Carolina game Sept. 24, only about 5,600 showed up, many arriving after kickoff. Ticket office staff met with student leaders to get feedback. The most common explanation was that the noon start was too early and too hot. Saturday’s game is also at noon.

About 43,000 tickets have been distributed for the game. Tickets are available at 1-888-832-4849.

(In my day, we didn’t care how how it was. If my team had a game on the surface of the sun, you’d better believe we were there, an hour before kickoff, slathered in sun block. We suffered slight dehydration, but we didn’t care…)

3. For the second consecutive day, linebackers Jeremiah Attaochu and Daniel Drummond did not participate in practice, both with leg injuries sustained in Saturday’s win over N.C. State. Johnson continued to list them as questionable.

“We won’t know, probably, until later on in the week for sure,” Johnson said Tuesday.

Linebacker Brandon Watts also did not practice with an injury.

(If Attaochu and Drummond don’t play, not having Watts could be a tough hit, too. Watts has been solid on the sub packages.)

4. His fumble near the end of the N.C. State game allowed the Wolfpack to score a touchdown, but backup quarterback Synjyn Days‘ spirits were high Tuesday.

“I felt bad about it, but you’ve just got to learn and move on from it,” Days said.

Days said he feels like he is progressing in practice and has been getting encouragement from Bohannon about getting more playing time.

(Hopefully Days gets his ball-security problems ironed out. Polite young man with an irrepressible personality.)

5. After performing well in practice, true freshman guard Shaquille Mason played about 15 snaps Saturday. Johnson said he was “all hyped up” for the game and did not play as well as he had in practice.

“Nobody played stellar Saturday, but I think he’s got a bright future,” Johnson said.

(I’d expect Mason to play more. If he plays better in games, he could force a rotation with Will Jackson and Omoregie Uzzi.)

6. In an explanation about how a team’s drive has to ultimately come from the players, Johnson said that in 32 years of coaching, he said he’d never seen a pregame pep talk make a difference.

“Western Carolina came in here, you could dig Knute Rockne up, it wasn’t going to help them,” Johnson said. “Sometimes, you’re overmatched.”

Johnson will have the platform for more pearls of wisdom at his weekly radio show Wednesday on 790 the Zone. It airs at 7 p.m. from the Hudson Grille in Midtown.

(I only wish he could have said this in a week when Tech was playing Notre Dame.)

Thanks for reading. I will have something up Wednesday morning. My apologies for not getting the post up that I had promised this morning.

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By Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech beat

230 comments Add your comment

1 4 GT

October 4th, 2011
9:31 pm

Tubby

October 4th, 2011
9:32 pm

1 4 GT

October 4th, 2011
9:32 pm

Sorry Tubby—likely to be my 1 and only

A storm is coming...

October 4th, 2011
9:32 pm

First and THE GOLDEN TORNADO is a coming

Tubby

October 4th, 2011
9:33 pm

@ 14 GT…I want an recount! LOL!

S'paw_99

October 4th, 2011
9:35 pm

I do think one good thing about the NC State game is that it gives coach plenty of things to fix. After the Kansas game, there isn’t much he could say bad about the Offense, we scored at will.

A storm is coming...

October 4th, 2011
9:36 pm

Well 4th…Ken, you are a fresh breath at the AJC…almost Furmonlike…now on to some turtle killin…

MJC

October 4th, 2011
9:36 pm

You can say what you want about the students, but I’ll be out there again yelling my voice hoarse. Go Jackets!!

A storm is coming...

October 4th, 2011
9:39 pm

Ken, You are a fresh voice at the “AJC”…Furman Bishop would be proud…

Tubby

October 4th, 2011
9:39 pm

I would first like to thank 14 GT, Mr. Sugiura, & all the Yellow Jackets fans & announce that I am humbly resinging from my position of fisrt.

Smokey's Backup

October 4th, 2011
9:40 pm

Though I agree with you Ken that there is a game and thus students should show up…try telling that to the fifth of the student body who don’t know what football is, the other fifth who are just starting to sober up from the night before, and everyone else who is trying not to pass out from the heat. Like I said though I do agree that people should be there!

B

October 4th, 2011
9:42 pm

Well it won’t be hot this Saturday so that excuse won’t fly. Get your butts out there students. You have a top ranked team.

Ryan H

October 4th, 2011
9:44 pm

Heat? What a lame excuse. You’re sitting on your rears drinking whatever while guy are decked in pads and running around blocking, tackling, getting creamed and you complain about sitting in the sun? Man what lame-o’s.

gt45

October 4th, 2011
9:45 pm

C’mon folks. Find a seat in BD Saturday! We need it and the boys deserve it!

gt45

October 4th, 2011
9:48 pm

C’mon folks. Find a seat at BD Sat. We need you and the boys deserve it!

Supsersize that order, mutt

October 4th, 2011
9:48 pm

Simms didn’t have a good game against NCSU??? I thought that was Sims’ best game so far

Supsersize that order, mutt

October 4th, 2011
9:49 pm

Tech students are apparently wimps. They don’t like noon starts and the heat? Then why do students at other schools show up EARLY for noon games, no matter what the weather is like?

WhattheHECK?!!!

October 4th, 2011
9:52 pm

Why do people find it so amusing to post “First” (or something of the like) on these articles? WHO REALLY CARES?!! If you don’t have something substantive to say, DON’T COMMENT!!!

Now that I have that out of my system, I REALLY hope that Johnson gets the teams attention this week in practice; because if we had played Clemson, VT, or even UGA this past weekend, we would have been completely embarrassed on the field. It’s time to start dropping the hammer on teams and NEVER LETTING UP! I love the way our offense is playing this year, but I’m a bit worried about our defense, especially without two of our starting LBs this week.

1 4 GT

October 4th, 2011
9:52 pm

Me too Supersize I am figuring out that CPJ will never be satisfied unless they all grade out @ 100%

St. PeteWreck

October 4th, 2011
9:52 pm

St. PeteWreck

October 4th, 2011
9:53 pm

Wow, not even close. I see plenty of other fbs games where the students certainly do not seem to mind a Noon start.

Supsersize that order, mutt

October 4th, 2011
9:54 pm

1 4 GT, that was the first time Sims has busted one, and he almost scored. That’s not good??? LOL

1 4 GT

October 4th, 2011
9:54 pm

I used to hear that the frosh were required to attend and I know they all wore beanies with propellers on top at one time or is my memory that far gone

Supsersize that order, mutt

October 4th, 2011
9:55 pm

1 4 GT, no propellers, but rat caps, yes. Some of them still wear them, but they are not mandatory now.

Supsersize that order, mutt

October 4th, 2011
9:56 pm

1 4 GT, to bring up a dead horse from earlier on the other blog, it wouldn’t be PC to require them to do anything nowadays. LOL

1 4 GT

October 4th, 2011
9:56 pm

yeah I was sitting here bouncing yelling loud enough for neighbors to hear if they were home yelling GO DAVID over & over

Supsersize that order, mutt

October 4th, 2011
9:57 pm

Well, 1 4 GT, you have proved yet again that we are just alike. I was doing the same thing. LOL

1 4 GT

October 4th, 2011
9:57 pm

that what it was little funny looking rat caps

1 4 GT

October 4th, 2011
9:58 pm

I just wish my Dad was here to see’em

Supsersize that order, mutt

October 4th, 2011
10:00 pm

I still have my rat cap from 1962

blocking

October 4th, 2011
10:03 pm

While our offense has SICK statistics, the ones we don’t see are BLOCKING. I’d imagine THIS is how our offensive players are measured on how well they do, not rushing yards or recieving or return yards. Our b-backs success at blocking is no different!!

Don’t get me wrong, there must be some damn good blocking going on but I’m happy the coaches are NOT SATISFIED when a player doesn’t block!!

Still love THESE stats….

http://www.cfbstats.com/2011/leader/national/team/offense/split01/category30/sort02.html

Love the fact that we have more PASSING YARDS PER GAME then these teams….
Alabama
Florida
VT
Miami
Miss St.
UCLA
Auburn
LSU
South Carolina
Nebraska
Michigan
Ohio State

http://www.cfbstats.com/2011/leader/national/team/offense/split01/category02/sort01.html

1 4 GT

October 4th, 2011
10:03 pm

That woulda been my frosh year if Dad could have afforded it. i graduated hs in June ‘62. He loved Tech & it sure rubbed off on me & his dislike of UGA too

Supsersize that order, mutt

October 4th, 2011
10:05 pm

WOW, 1 4 GT, I had forgotten that we are the same age. My dad graduated from Furman, and I probably would have gone there if I had not wanted to go into engineering. My sister married into a family of BIG Tech fans. In fact, her husband went to Georgia, but never turned on Tech.

GT

October 4th, 2011
10:07 pm

The fact that we can’t fill the stadium on saturdays is pretty sad indeed… and complaining about the heat…..WOW..

GTPhenom

October 4th, 2011
10:07 pm

Ah yes, the good old rat cap. Filling it out week by week. If only I didn’t have six four frame and big head that doesn’t support undersized hats . . . nevertheless, the students in my section are always pretty full, and as always I’ll be there yelling and screaming myself hoarse to urge the Jackets onto a victory!!

Supsersize that order, mutt

October 4th, 2011
10:10 pm

GTPhenom, you students who faithfully attend the games need to DRAG if necessary those who are too lazy or wimpy to go. The team deserves much better support than they got for the UNC game.

JM

October 4th, 2011
10:12 pm

It does kinda suck that my fellow students appear to be too lazy to come support the team… It’s not even like it’s that “hot” out there. What’s the highest temp been during a game so far this year? 85? Good grief guys, grow a pair.

Supsersize that order, mutt

October 4th, 2011
10:12 pm

Some guy claiming to be a Tech student posted on here back during the summer, that the games just weren’t exciting. GIVE ME A BREAK. If this offense isn’t exciting to watch, I don’t know what is.

Supsersize that order, mutt

October 4th, 2011
10:13 pm

Actually, it was very nice at the UNC game. It didn’t get hot till after 2PM, and that was only because of the sun; it really wasn’t hot at all.

fuzzybee78

October 4th, 2011
10:14 pm

I would let Attaochu and Drummond sit this one out. There backups have been solid. I would rather have them 100% healthy for the 2 road games ahead.

1 4 GT

October 4th, 2011
10:15 pm

My Dad was a smart man–he just never had a chance to get much education –he had to quit in the 8th grade to help out at their farm–he was in the Army & the only thing that kept him out of OCS was his lack of any advanced math skills..He pushed us to go to school as far as possible and we made him proud even if it took forever going part time–he bought a little gold GT sweater with a white pennant on it that said Class of ‘66 on it and Mom put it on me when we left the hospital. She gave it to me when he died in ‘78 & I kept it until it literally fell apart. That’s the reason I love GT so much.

5150 UOAD

October 4th, 2011
10:15 pm

Shut off the POWER in all the dorms and frat houses during the home Football game. No nerds on the net or playing video games when there is fresh air and football outside. LOL that will fix them.

Supsersize that order, mutt

October 4th, 2011
10:15 pm

OMG, 1 4 GT, that literally brought tears to my eyes

Tech Guy

October 4th, 2011
10:16 pm

When I was there attendance by freshmen (wearing rat hats) was near mandatory – crowded together in one small section. Upperclassmen roamed the dorms half hour before kick off and made sure you were out. Next two years it was all I could do to scrap together enough money for two tickets to homecoming and then at least, SENIOR PRIVILEGES – guaranteed seats for all home games except UGA- who cares they were back rows of upper deck. For one season they were ours.

For away games we had Al Ciraldo on WGST on an am clock radio. In the four years I was there we may have been on TV more than once, but the only TV game I can recall seeing was the Orange Bowl.

Ah, the memories……

JM

October 4th, 2011
10:16 pm

Don’t shut off the power in the dorms!! Then all of my beer will go warm!! (And food would rot, but in terms of importance…)

Supsersize that order, mutt

October 4th, 2011
10:17 pm

Tech Guy, when were you there? Orange Bowl ‘66 or ‘52? I was at the ‘66 Orange Bowl

btgt69

October 4th, 2011
10:18 pm

the Gold Club members in the lower East Stands are more wimps than the students

1 4 GT

October 4th, 2011
10:18 pm

Good ole Al…Toe Meets Leather…………..Larry Munson couldn’t carry his shorts

1 4 GT

October 4th, 2011
10:20 pm

Munson’s voice grated on my nerves…I hate hearing commercials on radio with him or VD……..I turn it to whatever

Supsersize that order, mutt

October 4th, 2011
10:20 pm

Actually, way back then, it was Jack Hurst doing the play by play with Ciraldo as his color man