Attaochu, Drummond practice for Georgia Tech

Greetings-

Practice notes, along with some stuff you’ve seen if you read the news conference notes. To answer your question, Jeremiah Attaochu and Daniel Drummond both practiced. Read on…

1. Students at Georgia Tech concluded their two-day fall break Tuesday. The Yellow Jackets have a slight reprieve of their own this week as they prepare for Miami on Saturday.

Coach Paul Johnson is easing up on players this week with concerns about tired legs after playing seven consecutive games on top of four weeks of preseason camp.

“I think that might explain a little bit where we’ve been the last couple weeks,” Johnson said, referring to the team’s lackluster play in a win over Maryland and a loss to Virginia.

Tuesday, when they normally practice in full pads for full-speed contact work, the Jackets practiced in shoulder pads and shorts and also had practice time shortened to 18 periods, about five fewer than normal.

Center Jay Finch, nursing an injury sustained in last Saturday’s game, called it “an early Christmas.” Quarterback Tevin Washington said players had more energy in Tuesday’s practice.

There were “a lot of guys flying around, ready to go play this week,” he said.

With no classes Monday or Tuesday, Washington said he slept about two hours later than normal and used the time to catch up on homework and watch extra game video.

“Hopefully we can get to the gate and be a little fresher and play fast like we did early on in the year,” Johnson said.

(I asked wide receivers coach Buzz Preston if he observed players with a renewed commitment at practice. “Well, we’ll find out Saturday,” said the coach. This could be exactly what they need, or maybe the opposite. Who knows?)

2. Linebackers Jeremiah Attaochu and Daniel Drummond both practiced Tuesday. Drummond is expected to be ready to play. Johnson said Attaochu is “75, 80 percent [Tuesday], and we’ve still got time.”

Both players sustained leg injuries in the Oct. 1 N.C. State game and did not play in the past two games.

(Attaochu working in practice is a good sign, but he’s still got some healing to do. I wonder if maybe he’d dress Saturday and be available if necessary, as was the case with Drummond last Saturday.)

3. Defensive coordinator Al Groh’s assessment of Miami quarterback Jacory Harris, who is second in the ACC in passing efficiency with 12 touchdowns and three interceptions:

“He looks like he’s playing the best that I’ve seen him play in the years that we’ve played against him, and we’ve played him every year (beginning in 2008, when Groh was at Virginia). There seems to be a poise and a patience to his play that was (missing, and was) maybe the reason for some negative plays that balanced out the very positive plays that he would have.”

(He’s completing 67 percent of his passes. Pretty danged good.)

4. Johnson said that he will open up the placekicking job this week. After his 52-yard attempt was blocked Saturday, Justin Moore is 4-for-8 this season. Moore has had trouble raising the trajectory of his kicks. One possible challenger is Chris Tanner, who was 14-for-14 on point-after tries in the 2009 season.

“It may be Justin,” Johnson said. “I’m not saying he’s not going to kick, but we need to see improvement this week.”

(Michael Cunningham talked to some of the candidates this afternoon for a story for Wednesday. I doubt any of them used the Pythagorean theorem to explain their kicking, like Tyler Melton did for his downfield blocking, but I know his story is going to have at least one pretty interesting detail that you’ll have to wait till the story is posted late Thursday to find out. I suppose there are plenty of physics formulas that you could use to explain placekicking.)

5. Johnson was asked about the post-game coaching squabbles at the Georgia-Vanderbilt and Detroit Lions-San Francisco 49ers games last weekend. He said that 99 percent of the time, the handshakes are cordial, but that coaches have so much invested, emotions can fly. Johnson said he tries to mind his manners.

“Nobody wants to have, ‘Hey, my guys kicked your [butt], huh?’” he said.

(He sort of went off topic in answering this question and was sharing a pet peeve about how some fans will e-mail him and make suggestions or ask him if he’s thought about a certain strategy. “Yeah, we know that. We watched the tapes,” he said, mimicking his answer. “We’re here, like, 14 hours. ‘Did you think about this?’ I thought about everything that you can think of, I think.” I’ve heard or read North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams say something similar, something to the effect that he feels like someone giving him coaching advice is sort of like him giving a doctor medical advice.)

6. The team practiced in the rain for most of the afternoon but retired to the indoor facility when it turned into a downpour. When practicing in heavy rain, Finch said, “you can’t even hear the guy next to you because all you can hear is the rain thumping on your helmet, so it’s nice to have the indoor facility.” … Johnson praised the play of backup defensive back Jemea Thomas and said that “I think you’re going to see him play more here down the stretch.”

(Finch is a rather quotable young man. Typical offensive lineman. I’m not sure how Thomas gets on the field more than he is unless he’s subbing for one of the safeties, but I think he deserves a chance to show what he can do. He’s a playmaker.)

75 comments Add your comment

George Stein

October 18th, 2011
9:17 pm

I think it’s a good thing that the coaches are trying something different.

Can anyone explain to me why touchdown passes are a useful metric for QBs? It seems to me that they are not really any different in nature than any other pass. Further, wouldn’t interceptions per attempt be more telling than just the number? I mean, Tevin should have among the fewest picks in the nation because we don’t throw much.

yeller bug

October 18th, 2011
9:19 pm

yeller bug

October 18th, 2011
9:27 pm

Thomas is a headhunter—he needs to play on all special teams and get more reps on the regular D especially in run situations. I know CPJ gets his standard Monday morning QBing from the fans, but we need some new pass plays and TW needs to go through the reads—-there’s a little bit of Reggie Ball going on as he watches his primary target the whole time—-check the field. Also, on most 1st downs, opposing CBs were way off the line (like 10+ yds)—the quick pass to Hill would help get a few completions, give TW some confidence and maybe Hill’s athletic ability can break one.

yeller bug

October 18th, 2011
9:34 pm

Interesting observation George. A lot has to do with the “show” or the metric that wins e.g. scoring points although most TD passes are in or near the end zone so perhaps the accuracy required in a confined area—e.g. red zone. The same could be said of rushing TDs. Often the guy that moves the ball down the field isn’t the one who gets it in the end zone. Interception ratio would be a useful stat—not unlike fumbles per carry.

huh

October 18th, 2011
9:36 pm

miami will throw all over this team. it’s back to 2010 all over again. 1-5 finish. blueberry bowl

GT Dude

October 18th, 2011
9:37 pm

Thomas needs to start, he is a play maker and when he tackles an opponent he wraps them up and puts them down!
Stay thirsty my friends

George Stein

October 18th, 2011
9:45 pm

Thanks, huh. Do we still get to play the games?

huh

October 18th, 2011
9:54 pm

of course. but it won’t be much fun.

huh

October 18th, 2011
9:55 pm

just remember, idaho came closer to beating va 2 weeks ago than you did.

George Stein

October 18th, 2011
9:57 pm

Well if the transitive property applied, I’d be worried. But it doesn’t, so I’m not.

Yellow Fan

October 18th, 2011
9:58 pm

If anyone is traveling to the Miami game, the Ft. Laud. Alum group will be tailgating starting about 11:30 in the East 32 section of the parking lot. Enter the stadium at Gate 2, near the turnpike exit, and bear to the right. Come by & see us – be great to see some friendly Yellow in a sea of Orange & Green.

RambleOn84

October 18th, 2011
10:06 pm

Jacory’s a good QB, but I think we find a way to pull out a win this weekend.

George Stein

October 18th, 2011
10:10 pm

I hope so, Ramble.

gt40pinhd

October 18th, 2011
10:21 pm

ken, you didn’t mention anything about how good tw looked practicing his passing. an oversight, i hope…..

huh

October 18th, 2011
10:32 pm

do tech receivers know what a slant route is?

huh

October 18th, 2011
10:32 pm

GO JACKETS

October 18th, 2011
10:54 pm

Who is the idiot in today’s press conference that keeps asking CPJ about Ga Southern and Clemson? Yeah yeah yeah CPJ coached at GaSo. Who cares, this press conference needs to be about GT, these morons needing information about Ga Southern ought to get in the car and drive to Statesboro. What GT does or doesn’t do is not a group thing or a conference thing. GT’s wins, plays and everything else is their own.

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

October 18th, 2011
10:54 pm

Buzz Preston can buzz off with the response he gave….or Ken maybe it’s your interpretation I don’t like. It’s one thing to be in shape but the human body has a need for rest. Going 1000% all week might build some character over the long haul but only leaves an athlete flat on game day. I agree with GS, it should help considering where we’re at.

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

October 18th, 2011
10:57 pm

Yellow Fan – I’m targeting your tailgate party. Don’t forget mine, Friday night at the Oasis Cafe on Ft. Lick’ertail beach. My buddy behind the bar will be serving up some free drinks. Be there or be square.

George Stein

October 18th, 2011
10:58 pm

Why are you asking and answering your own questions?

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

October 18th, 2011
11:00 pm

Play #14 early and often. The guy sets the tone. We need to be physical and over-match the miami’s intensity.

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

October 18th, 2011
11:01 pm

GS – he doesn’t know any better, hence his handle.

George Stein

October 18th, 2011
11:04 pm

Your answer made me chuckle, Fuzzy.

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

October 18th, 2011
11:07 pm

Yeller bug makes a good point. If the defender is playing off of Hill, just zip it to him and let him go vertical. Unfortunately, I don’t believe Tevin can check off at the line of scrimmage, CPJ makes all the calls.

superDawg

October 18th, 2011
11:16 pm

Man Ya’ll get’en ready to get HAMMERED!

1 4 GT

October 18th, 2011
11:22 pm

The only superDawg i ever saw was on a cartoon show on tv……no, wait that was Underdog

1 4 GT

October 18th, 2011
11:24 pm

S&W SS 6″ .44 Magnum……..12 gauge Winchester model 25 pump shotgun…..go on mutts

macrotech

October 18th, 2011
11:24 pm

AND superDump has yelped again….you’ve been gone…since the pups SECOND loss of the season? Is your patience running thin? You almost posted a comment that makes sense….are YOU hammered?

George Stein

October 18th, 2011
11:27 pm

I do like the booze, superDawg, so you might be right.

superDawg

October 18th, 2011
11:34 pm

Gimme yor lunch money nerd!You know who your Daddy is.

superDawg

October 18th, 2011
11:38 pm

I’m pretty good at trailer talk ain’t I.iT ARE TOO>

GeorgeP67

October 18th, 2011
11:38 pm

I attended the UNC – Miami game at Chapel Hill last Saturday. Miami had a hard time stopping UNC’s running game… perhaps this bodes well for the Jackets ground game….Hope so

5150 UOAD

October 18th, 2011
11:39 pm

supperMutt………….come take it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I know who my daddy is cause my mom ain’t a Bi…h.

5150 UOAD

October 18th, 2011
11:41 pm

supperMutt sperm makes kids die young. Ask UGA VII & VIII. LMAO.

5150 UOAD

October 18th, 2011
11:44 pm

HAMMERED? Ain’t that the only way UGA Frat boy rednecks get laid? I used to love the UGA coeds at the 40watt. It was easier than fishing with a long pole in a trout pond. I guess the short pole boys at UGA need all the LEEBURN Liquor in Athens to get lucky.

superDawg

October 18th, 2011
11:48 pm

POAD YOR WERE THE ONE IN THE MIDDLE GETTING MOE LESTED. THAT WAS FOR YOU MACRIOD.

Coach PJ

October 18th, 2011
11:55 pm

I know more about football then all other D-1 coaches. They are idiots to think you need a balanced attack. Our loss to a bad Virginia team this year, and 2010 losses to terrible teams like Kansas, N.C. State, Air Force, the Mutts, along with our 2009 loss to a bad Mutts team and Iowa have nothing to do with my stubbord attitude that we don’t have to pass unless it is 3rd and VERY long. I am glad my Tech friends are drinking the Kool-Aid since I am able to win some games against a terrible ACC league every year. Heck, my best year wasn’t even with my own players. Thank You Chan. I am glad everyone is happy that we will only beat the mutts 1 out of 5 even when they are having one of their worst runs in 40 years.

5150 UOAD

October 19th, 2011
12:02 am

CMR’s best years were with other coaches players too. Why did ALL the best Dawgs leave Richt for the NFL if they were going to win a MNC? Wait they started #1 and FELL like a rock fast. Do I hear the echo of Bobo bobo bobo? he cost UGA a great senior laden team with a shot at the MNC.

George Stein

October 19th, 2011
12:03 am

What’s a “stubbord” attitude?

5150 UOAD

October 19th, 2011
12:06 am

BACK to TECH………………..Still nor FEAR. Either the TEAM works it out and executes or they get executed. Coaches have to do their job, but the players have to deliver MAXIMUM effort towards executing the game plan and plays.

5150 UOAD

October 19th, 2011
12:07 am

George that is when you take an ATTITUDE and stub your toe in the processes. ie see T. grantham.

macrotech

October 19th, 2011
12:23 am

superDufis, you sure don’t sweat much for a fat chic!

Cmon man

October 19th, 2011
6:07 am

Im shocked supersize hasnt chimed in as usual to talk about everything except tech football or the topic at hand!

Golden White

October 19th, 2011
6:32 am

I want a # 14 jersey . He is that good .

Paddy

October 19th, 2011
6:56 am

Jacory has a chance to light up the scoreboard. He also has just as good of a chance to throw an INT at the crucial point in the game. Wait and see!!! It has happened before.

jacket fan

October 19th, 2011
7:15 am

Some thoughts here about Miami game. Appreciate your opinions…we can’t say it’s all about the D anymore after 3 straight miserable offensive games in a row. Both O and D need to show up and play to get a win. I think it’s right for Miami to be favored this game but it can be won.
For the D…Jacory has been phenomenal lately but his history is that when pressured he falls apart. Not sure if he’s grown out of that but seems we need to bring heat early on Jacory. If he is rattled then I think the odds change dramatically.
On the O…in the spirit of going with what they are giving us – the other guy’s D has been giving us the QB keeper and overplaying the B and the pitch. If that’s happening, then why not play sims at QB some? On any given play Tevin can get us 3 or 4 yards but on the same play I’d bet Sims bulls for 8. Those extra yards are precious when the big plays aren’t hitting. And if the other guy figures it out? Well, then the pitch (or the B) has room to run. Man I want to see Orwin or another one of our guys streak down the sideline again.

Chik-fil-A

October 19th, 2011
8:26 am

Miami is not that good. Just play a good game and Tech wins this one easily. Maybe last week’s game was a much needed wake-up call? We have to learn how to handle success.

juvenal

October 19th, 2011
8:58 am

looking at last nights posts, tylenol will be popular this morning……

world beaters!?!?!?!?

October 19th, 2011
8:59 am

Hey cheats, do you already have your tickets to return home to the Smurf Bowl yet? Another 7-5 season for the thugs from North Ave.!!!! And you winners thought running the score up against Duluth High School meant you were great!?!?!? LOL!!!!

Chik-fil-A

October 19th, 2011
9:14 am

@world beaters!?!?!?!?

Todd Grantham…

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