Tech coaches break down offense

Greetings-

A recap of interviews with co-offensive line coach Mike Sewak and quarterbacks/B-backs coach Brian Bohannon.

Sewak

1. The offensive line didn’t grade out well against Maryland. There were communication problems and Maryland’s line simply played at a higher level than Georgia Tech’s front.

2. Sewak noted that almost everyone on the Virginia defense played last year. (Virginia has eight starters back from last year.) “They know what to expect when we get up there,” he said. He noted tackle Matt Conrath is “a good, solid player.” He’s 6-foot-7, 280 pounds. Of Virginia’s starting defensive linemen, three are seniors and are in the 6-4, 275 range.

(Worth noting: Tech ran for 477 yards against Virginia last year. In fairness, the Cavaliers were dealing with the same issues of learning a new scheme that Tech’s defense was, and presumably also a new way of defending Tech’s spread option.)

3. Sewak said he picked the brain of defensive coordinator Al Groh, who recruited and coached all eight of the linemen in Virginia’s two deep before he was let go after the 2009 season, as he did last year. He said he was mostly interested in the players’ backgrounds and personalities to understand how much drive they have.

“Motivation and desire are ingredients that you can’t see on tape,” he said. “Those are things that happen on the offseason, so you want to know how these guys would have prepared for this season for those coaches and for their defense.”

4. True freshman guard Shaquille Mason has been practicing well and “is getting better each week.” He has been getting some snaps in the past two games and Sewak said he’d have no problem putting him in anywhere on the field. (Meaning field position, not playing position.)

To get more playing time, he’ll have to improve his technique, as right now his strength is not quite there yet. Physical maturity and weight training are two of Sewak’s favorite topics and, perhaps understandably so given how young his line is. Conrath, for instance, is 22-years-old, where Mason is 18.

“Those guys, they’ve been in the weight room a lot more than [a freshman like Mason] ever thought about being in there,” Sewak said.

5. To that end, Sewak said something about freshmen that coach Paul Johnson sort of touched on in the Q&A that we did that is in Wednesday’s paper.

“Really, mental toughness and mental discipline are the two biggest things you have to overcome with freshmen,” he said. “That and leg strength.”

Sewak oversees the field-goal unit. He called kicker Justin Moore “a work in progress.” He said Moore is working on his mechanics, trying, for one thing, to get a little more loft on his kicks.

Bohannon

1. About the Maryland game, he said it was just not an efficient day for the offense. “It was kind of one of those things. We weren’t getting everyone on the same page hitting at the same time,” he said. When quarterback Tevin Washington got the read right, someone missed a block. When the blocking was right, Washington missed a read.

“If we would have just connected on a couple of those pass plays, it would have changed the whole complexion of the game,” he said.

2. On Virginia having an extra week to prepare: “Coach’s philosophy and our philosophy (is) we feel like, this is something we do every day of the year. And if they’ve got three days or five days or six days to prepare, we hope if we’ll go execute at the highest level, that we’ve been doing this all the time, that we ought to be able to execute better than they can adjust.”

3. On B-back Charles Perkins, who, as mentioned in the notes, has been putting in good work: Bohannon said coaches have been working with him on ball security and the other aspects of the position.

“I mean, Charles is a redshirt freshman,” he said. “He hasn’t been at that position that long, so hopefully he’ll continue to work and be more comfortable with it and be a little more consistent.”

4. It doesn’t sound like Bohannon will be surprised if Virginia schemes to make Washington keep the ball, as Maryland did, but he noted that “Coach has always done a great job of finding ways” for other players to get the ball.

Links

Matt Winkeljohn discourses on the praise Johnson gave to Perkins and Richard Watson for Sting Daily.

Not football-related but basketball coach Brian Gregory and his players met with media Wednesday. Jon Cooper wrote about his expectations for the team.

Roanoke Times story on Virginia’s running back tandem.

A Richmond Times-Dispatch story on Virginia preparing for the Tech offense.

Washington Post stories on Tech’s play-action passing game (I think you’ll be seeing some of these quotes in the next day or two in a blog; we were on the same teleconference) and two parts of a story (1 and 2) on Virginia freshman quarterback David Watford.

Note you may not care about: Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor (quoted extensively in the first story about Watford) got a big break when he was hired as a Falcons quality control coach (kind of like a grad assistant) in 2003 for Dan Reeves, a team I covered with Matt. (Not a good team. That was the year Michael Vick broke his leg and the team went into a tailspin.) I guess it means I’m getting old when I can say I knew an established coach when he was an underling.

I’ll have something up after practice this evening.

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GIVE ME A BREAK

October 12th, 2011
10:22 am

Good job,Ken.

GT51

October 12th, 2011
10:23 am

GT

October 12th, 2011
10:29 am

1. We do not have a dominat B back like in the past… Dwyer A.Allen with that big insed run game.
2. Defense still has issues especially in the running game and pas rush 245 yard against MD is WAY to much!!
3. We need open recivers to catch the ball down field… this makes up for the Lack of the B-back in the Option…S Hill HAS to catch that ball or this offense just does not work!! He HAS to catch it!

I am REALLY scared for this UVA game I am telling you…it concerns me greatly..We have gotten wores and wores week in and week out.
I want to see us put together a complete ballgame!!

BigTimeTechFan

October 12th, 2011
10:30 am

Thanks Ken, would like to see Perkins get to play a couple of series, sometimes RB need to get into flow of the game before they can really start to roll. Sims looked good to.

Todd

October 12th, 2011
10:30 am

CPJ will have ways… just up to the players to execute them.

“Physical superiority cancels all theories” – CPJ

GT

October 12th, 2011
10:30 am

Defenes still need to be front and center..Don’t foll your self with justy holding MD to 16 points.. we gave up 245 rushing yards against a poor team…IT NEEDS to improve!!

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 12th, 2011
10:31 am

Connecting on the passes changes the whole game. Let’s get it done, guys. ” ROCK ON JACKETS “

juvenal

October 12th, 2011
10:33 am

just hold on to the ball on passes & pitches……

BigTimeTechFan

October 12th, 2011
10:38 am

On Tech’s defense Maryland only passed for 87 yards and they still avg over 200 yards per game, thats pretty good, they were 6 for 24, plus Tech had two INT’s

Cory

October 12th, 2011
10:39 am

Ken,

Will the Clemson gametime be announced next Sunday? Does ESPN have any 6-day options left?

carolinajacket

October 12th, 2011
10:44 am

Sims is coming along. He is still a quarterback learning a running back’s role. And that very young offensive line will only get better, as long as it can stay healthy.

Please Proofread What You Type

October 12th, 2011
10:47 am

Guys, I know this will seem an insignificant matter to some of you, but the trolls who all too often post on here will have a heyday with some of the posts made here. Some of you either need to go back to school and learn how to spell, or PROOFREAD what you type before you send it. There have been some ATROCIOUS spelling mistakes in the above posts, and they were not hard words. Since they were just ordinary, every day, mono-syllabic words, I have to assume it was just a matter of careless typing. Regardless, I hate to say it, but those mistakes really make you look stupid and present a bad image of all Tech fans. PLEASE, PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPELLING.

That being said, GO JACKETS!!!! and THWG

All Cupcake Conference

October 12th, 2011
11:05 am

ACC = Minor Leagues of College Football

Me my 60 year old dad and my Grandmother could be 6-0 in the All Cupcake Conference

And she has been dead for years.

Observation

October 12th, 2011
11:07 am

Just found the site that people bid on reservations just in case their team makes it to the National Championship – to get a ticket at face value. Apparently, not many people anywhere think that Tech has a chance to compete in it. I still have my fingers crossed though.

http://teamreservation.allstatesugarbowl.org/content/home

All Cupcake Conference

October 12th, 2011
11:13 am

Apparently, not many people anywhere think that Tech has a chance to compete in it. I still have my fingers crossed though.

Tech is a member of the ACC and therefore by definition not allowed to play for the national championship due to the incredibly weak competition in said conference.

juvenal

October 12th, 2011
11:13 am

trivial more accurate than insignifikant….espn saya we’re #5 conference

All Cupcake Conference

October 12th, 2011
11:14 am

juvenal

October 12th, 2011
11:16 am

headless, i said yesterday your ego would keep you from multiple names, say it ain’t so!-sorry, proof, a next to s, in a hurry, should be working….

dekalb county fan

October 12th, 2011
11:18 am

GT, S. Hill leads the team in ALL RECEIVING CATEGORIES. He leads the COUNTRY in yards per catch. He has already surpassed last season’s numbers in all categories (he led the team then as well). He is having a good year and it will only get better.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 12th, 2011
11:19 am

This all coming from a troll from a school that can’t even beat another team with a winning record. Still waiting to hear from one of you trolls when Boise State is going to play a decent team. They sure haven’t face any real competition yet.

juvenal

October 12th, 2011
11:19 am

cupcake-is that you, headly?….sorry, about saya, proof, a next to s…

juvenal

October 12th, 2011
11:22 am

Good morning, Super, up finally? all those late posts-no wonder you hate noon games…….meant ‘84, the game after which Dewberry’s former azzociates squealed on him to the cops……

crackbaby

October 12th, 2011
11:24 am

Thanks for the writeup and links, Ken.

Justin Moore has been disappointing thus far. Hope the kid gets it together. Always thought every team should have a kicking coach who is actually a kicker.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 12th, 2011
11:26 am

juvenal, yes, I am up. I always try to get up by 9:30AM…..LOL I DO stay up too late, and I usually pay the price the following day. When we have noon games, however, I usually get to bed by midnight. Hey, I’m a nightowl; what can I say? lol

Brock

October 12th, 2011
11:26 am

All Cupcake Conference

#1- very original name. Haven’t see that one before. How long did it take you to come up with it?

#2- if your personality is anything like your posts (predictable and boring) your grandmother probably died 2 years too early by spending too much time with you.

My suggestion is to stop talking. You would be a lot more interesting that way.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 12th, 2011
11:27 am

I think the format of cupcake’s post pretty much proves that he is headless lamar. Nobody else uses a format like that. And yet headless insists that he only posts under one name. I guess that proves he’s a liar too. Oh, well…..no surprise there

Supersize that order, mutt

October 12th, 2011
11:29 am

Brock, I bet his dad wished he had gone when his mother (cupcake’s grandmother) went. I’m sure he is pretty embarrassed at the way his son behaves.

Brock

October 12th, 2011
11:32 am

no doubt super

JM

October 12th, 2011
11:33 am

Cupcake, it’s funny you mention the gas leak, because that is the department and building I occasionally work in. Do you even know the kind of stuff they do there? It’s pretty damn advanced.

Brock

October 12th, 2011
11:35 am

Back to football- jeez, I keep forgetting Perkins is RSF. That kid is going to be good. I hope PJ gets him some touches this game. As I said on another blog I feel he has the explosiveness off/through the line that Simms is missing. Reminds me a bit of Dwyer when he initially busts through. Like to see him in the open field to get an idea of how fast he is.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 12th, 2011
11:37 am

JM, you have to wonder why cupcake even brought that up. Based on what I saw in that link, it was much ado about nothing.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 12th, 2011
11:38 am

Brock, I’ve been a little surprised that Sims hasn’t exploded yet. He seems to improve with each game, but I looked for a little more, just based on the way he ran last year the few times he was in at QB. He really looked hungry and determined then. I haven’t seen that yet this year.

RT in NC

October 12th, 2011
11:39 am

The ACC is pretty much the all Cupcake Conference this year. That’s why I predicted weeks ago that GT would be undefeated going into the Clemson game, and with luck could go all the way to an undefeated regular season! That said, we don’t deserve the national championship game, because our schedule is actually pretty weak. I don’t like it when Boise State whines about their ranking and I’m not going to start about ours. I mean, UGA is the best non-conference team we play, give me a break! I’d luv to hang 40+ points on them dawgs.

Explicit

October 12th, 2011
11:41 am

“The building was not evacuated.”

That leak must not have been too serious if they didn’t even evacuate the building…

Supersize that order, mutt

October 12th, 2011
11:45 am

Explicit, my point exactly

juvenal

October 12th, 2011
11:50 am

& i just said yesterday i thot his ego was too big for mutiple aliases…

Ken Sugiura

October 12th, 2011
11:50 am

Super – you’re on your game. All Cupcake Conference is indeed Headley. I must confess I’m a little disappointed in you, Headley. I was hoping you’d be big enough to at least own up to being wrong about the over/under thing.

juvenal

October 12th, 2011
11:50 am

gosh, Ken, harsh today…

crackbaby

October 12th, 2011
11:50 am

Ken – Your Q&A article with CPJ is very interesting. Good read.

juvenal

October 12th, 2011
11:51 am

i said it first…..

Supersize that order, mutt

October 12th, 2011
11:51 am

WOW, you go, Ken !!!

Supersize that order, mutt

October 12th, 2011
11:52 am

that you did, juvenal

Brock

October 12th, 2011
11:53 am

you know super, when Sims broke that long run last Saturday I mentioned how easy it was for Maryland’s D to catch up to him. Dwyer would have scored. I’m not saying he’s not a good B back cause he obviously won the coach over, but I’m just waiting for that big game. Maybe this weekend.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 12th, 2011
11:53 am

Hey, Ken (juvenal too), do you know about the fish fry prior to the VT game?

Delbert D.

October 12th, 2011
11:54 am

Super – Congratulations! Another one bites the dust.

Brock

October 12th, 2011
11:54 am

Supersize that order, mutt

October 12th, 2011
11:54 am

Brock, like I said, he does seem to improve each week. If the line opens up a hole, he’s going to get yardage. After he breaks through it’s up to him as to how much he gets. From what I saw last year, he can be caught, but it’s hard as hell to bring him down. Haven’t seen that latter quality yet this year.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 12th, 2011
11:55 am

LOL, Thanks, Delbert, but juvnal DID catch it first

Ramblin Man

October 12th, 2011
12:11 pm

NICE called out by Ken.
I like many of you are waiting for Sims to have that 100 yard game. Not sure if it is by design but Sims is not getting the ball as much as Dwyer or Allen did. They had around 240 attempts each year and Sims has had it 66 times thus far. He still gets 6.5 per carry and has 432 yards so he has the ability.

Not Disappointed

October 12th, 2011
12:12 pm

I do believe Tevin will have a better game this week! I hope the defense is on a there game as well. Let’s go Jackets and Beat Virginia!

Ramblin Wreck!