Finch ‘probably out’ for Clemson

Georgia Tech center Jay Finch will likely miss the Yellow Jackets’ Saturday night game against Clemson with a lower leg injury. Coach Paul Johnson said Finch is “probably out” for the game after Wednesday’s practice.

Finch sustained the injury on Tech’s first play from scrimmage in last week’s loss to Miami. He was replaced by Nick McRae, who will likely be Finch’s replacement again Saturday. It will be no small challenge. One of the Tigers’ defensive tackles, Brandon Thompson, could be the first player at his position taken in the NFL draft.

“I think [Finch's injury] affected them a great deal” in the Miami game, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Wednesday. “This is a guy that took all the reps, first-team guy all week and all of the sudden you get in there early like that and you lose kind of your key guy.”

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Paul in NH

October 26th, 2011
7:17 pm

I am sorry to read that Finch is probably out – but the health and safety of the player should be paramount in these situations. Hopefully he’ll be back for VT. He is definitely an important player for GT.

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 26th, 2011
7:19 pm

Jackets need to bow up.

yeller bug

October 26th, 2011
7:20 pm

It’ll be a tougher road up the middle.

i was planning on going to the

October 26th, 2011
7:27 pm

game dressed up as a uga dawg but unfortunately for me i couldnt get my head up my a zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

19

October 26th, 2011
7:30 pm

Get well soon Jay!

Go Jackets!!!

Delbert D.

October 26th, 2011
7:32 pm

Now the O-line backups are 2 rs-sophs, 1 rs-freshman and 3 true freshmen. Lanier is one of the rs-soph backups, and I’m not sure how much he has played. Braun has played behind Uzzi.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 26th, 2011
7:44 pm

LOL @ i was planning

19

October 26th, 2011
7:46 pm

It’s time for Tech to step it up. These young men will have to get it done. Play up to your opponent!

Go Jackets!!!

blazer

October 26th, 2011
7:47 pm

Is M. Wright off the team?

Braun is reshirting i think!

agt451

October 26th, 2011
8:01 pm

Marcus Wright is no longer on the team – that was announced a few weeks ago. I don’t think that Trey Braun has played any yet this year. True freshman Shaq Mason a fair amount for Will Jackson as the 3rd guard.

BankerDawg

October 26th, 2011
8:01 pm

Yes, Marcus Wright is leaving the team, amicably I might add. Good kid.

Ken Sugiura

October 26th, 2011
8:03 pm

Wright has left the team and will likely try to transfer after he graduates. Braun is indeed a redshirt. Johnson said on his radio show that he hopes that Finch will be back for Virginia Tech.

Delbert D.

October 26th, 2011
8:16 pm

blazer – You are right. Braun does not appear on the Participation Report. Lanier appears only for NC State. Anyone recall Vad Lee in the W. Carolina game? He’s on the Participation Report for that one. Looks like an error.

BankerDawg

October 26th, 2011
8:26 pm

Regarding Finch, I agree with CDS…I think that went a long way to causing you guys some serious issues on the offensive side…from a rep standpoint but also from a psychological standpoint with Tevin.

That coupled with the first throw pick pretty much doomed you guys from the get go.

Confidence was gone.

buddyroe

October 26th, 2011
8:27 pm

Ken – are you going to ask Coach why he didn’t throw more short passes despite TW being 5-7 for 63 yards (after the interception) before being yanked? And ask him does he realize TW was 3-3 for 37 yards on our only TD drive (which was 40% of the yards on 3 passes and it took 17 running plays to get the other 55 yards). 30% of our total yards came from the 12 pass plays (and that’s counting the incomplete desperation passes at the end of the game – really, it was 8 passing plays).
Does ANYONE have the balls to point these stats out to Coach Johnson?

buddyroe

October 26th, 2011
8:31 pm

LMAO! If everybody on the team can’t block, the coaches must be doing a poor job of teaching blocking. “We just have to execute.” Well, duh, so does EVERY team. That’s too easy to just say. CPJ is getting dominated and he is NOT putting his players in an position to excel. Plain and simple.

BankerDawg

October 26th, 2011
8:31 pm

Buddy– I’ll give you credit, you are persistent (I’ve been trolling on the Hive and seen multiple posts from you about the same thing).

Not saying you are wrong, just saying that you are not letting this one go!

BTW, if Tevin hits that first pass to OS, it goes for a while…perhaps a different outcome? Who knows.

19

October 26th, 2011
8:37 pm

@BankerDawg, unfortunately I agree with some of your points, but that was last week. Tech needs to focus on Clemson. I would really like a complete game from Tech.

Go Jackets!!!

Supersize that order, mutt

October 26th, 2011
8:42 pm

This is fact, not excuse, but the line is young, relatively speaking. They are still in a learning process. We need to survive this year, hopefully with at least 2 more wins. Next year, they will have a year of experience behind them, and they will no longer be called young, and they SHOULD be able to step it up several notches.

BankerDawg

October 26th, 2011
8:43 pm

19- I agree…got a pretty big game myself this weekend (leaving tomorrow BTW).

The longer the week goes, the more I am convincing myself that Tech can do some good things against Clemmons.

We’ll see.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 26th, 2011
8:50 pm

Hate to say it, but I really don’t see us scoring a touchdown this week. Not trying to be a downer, but this team has been seriously exposed.

kerryb

October 26th, 2011
8:53 pm

Well isn’t that special. The AJC says that Tech football players are last in the ACC in graduation rates and UGA is 5th in the SEC. Who has the so called stupid players now?

AlabamaRamblinwreck

October 26th, 2011
8:53 pm

Sims to QB, Lyons to BB, TW to bench….you know the reasons….

buddyroe

October 26th, 2011
8:53 pm

And about special teams. Coach says he is working hard on special teams and they matter. Well, think about this. If you have a neighbor and his yard is terrible, weeds growing everywhere, no flowers, grass is brown, etc., you just figure he really doesn’t care much about his yard. But then one day he says to you, my yard has some issues, but I do about the same thing as everybody else is doing. Say WHAT?!? Now you are confused because you know there aint NO way he is doing the same as everybody else with the pathetic results he is getting. So, either he just doesn’t know what everybody else is doing, or he doesn’t know how to implement (ahem..coach) what everyone else is doing. I would be EMBARRASSED to tell people that I coached that pathetic ST showing Saturday. And then try to tell everyone we are about in the middle. Maybe in statistics we are. But, I can’t remember seeing a team in years make THAT many mistakes on ST in one game. Come on coach. Make some coaching changes or you will go down with the ship.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

October 26th, 2011
8:55 pm

kerryb: UGAG does

Do you have any clue how hard it is to get a degree from Tech? No, you don’t, and no one else on here does either unless they have attended Tech.

Graduating from UGAG: Easy as pushing the easy button at Staples

Graduating from Tech: Like trying to mow the lawn with a pair of scissors

like comparing apples to oranges

BankerDawg

October 26th, 2011
8:58 pm

Kerry– What that report doesn’t take into account is the grad rates of the typical, non athlete…Tech is a tough school…big into weeding out people. It’s the nature of the beast.

That has nothing to do with football talk, which is the point of this blog.

Supersize, while I don’t particularly care for your handle (nice dig…I can take it!), I can sympathize with your point. But I think you are wrong. This is exaclty the type of game Tech typically gets up for, and Clemson’s defense isn’t necessarily something to write home about

Tech is probably the toughest offensive team they have gone up against this year.

kerryb

October 26th, 2011
8:58 pm

Blah Blah Blah. I’m sure it’s not that different. You still do the same core courses and concentrate on whatever major you want to pursue. Its a university system school just like UGA so it’s not that much harder.

19

October 26th, 2011
9:00 pm

Safe travels BankerDawg and thanks for the support. Good luck to the dawgs!

Can’t imagine Super @ 8:50 pm is really Super!

Go Jackets!!!

kerryb

October 26th, 2011
9:00 pm

No, you cant get away with that. You have Tech trollers coming on the UGA blogs all the time talking about how much smarter their players are than UGA’s. If that was so they would be able to obtain their degrees.

Delbert D.

October 26th, 2011
9:00 pm

Clemson’s pass-rush DE, Branch is having a monster year.12 TFL and 8 sacks. He leads the team in initial hits and total tackles.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

October 26th, 2011
9:01 pm

kerryb: get out of your mobile home and wake up!!

Only 1 out of 4 NON-ATHLETES in engineering that start as freshman end up with engineering degrees. The only other major we have in management, and it is about 1 out of 2 in that group……don’t talk if you don’t know!!

19

October 26th, 2011
9:03 pm

kerryb, how quick did that story disappear? It was a headline until someone actually read the information. Journalism?

Go Jackets!!!

kerryb

October 26th, 2011
9:07 pm

Now we get the mobile home remarks when you dont have a logical answer. No, I dont live in a mobile home. Have owned my own home for 20 years.

BankerDawg

October 26th, 2011
9:07 pm

Kerry– I have two degrees from UGA. But, I am on a Tech blog, so I can reasonably expect that I will take some ribbing about the relative merits of graduating from our fine institutions…comes with the territory.

It’s why it’s a rivalry. It’s fun.

Thanks, 19. I’m much older than I used to be, so the trips down get more and more tame, but it’s still a great time. Could use a win (or two) to get the Florida rivaly going again.

dawgfan

October 26th, 2011
9:08 pm

Well, its Georgia-Florida week and everybody knows what that means: Nobody is talking about Tech.

Thanks.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

October 26th, 2011
9:10 pm

kerryb: You are not arguing the merits of what I have provided for you. I know this because I went to both schools……which did you attend? If you only attended UGAG, then you have no idea. I wish my classes at Tech had been as easy as studying a little and acing the tests, but it wasn’t like that, and it is not like that for our athletes.

Delbert D.

October 26th, 2011
9:12 pm

kerryb – I don’t think anybody on this blog is really proud of the overall academic results under Gailey and Hewitt.

As to your comment, “Blah Blah Blah. I’m sure it’s not that different. You still do the same core courses and concentrate on whatever major you want to pursue. Its a university system school just like UGA so it’s not that much harder.”

You will be pleased to know that Georgia Tech now offers a BS in Business Administration in the College of Management. The core requirements still require 2 semesters of calculus or 1 or calculus and 1 of finite math. Is that required for a BSBA at Georgia? I could call my brother who is retired in Virginia, who got his BS and MBA there in 1982, but things may be different now.

1 4 GT

October 26th, 2011
9:13 pm

Ah, you guys cut kerryb some slack. He can’t help it. I doubt he even “gradeated” from high school.

dawgfan

October 26th, 2011
9:15 pm

2 losses and its back to the same tired, pathetic, sore loser excuses about academics. Funny how you don’t hear all this academic talk when Tech is winning.

Tech fans are an embarrassment to themselves.

BankerDawg

October 26th, 2011
9:15 pm

I took AP Calculus in high school and tested out…that was enough for me!

Also took joint enrollment English and History in high school.

I loved school, but tried to get done with as much as I could, as soon as I could…made those golf and jogging electives that much more fun in college!

buddyroe

October 26th, 2011
9:16 pm

BankerDawg – if CPJ reigns in that first pass to about an 8-10 yarder, it would have been complete and maybe we would have got as many as 15 yards out of it (maybe more if the defender misses a tackle). The benefit would have been the a) positive yards, b) confidence, c) setting a tone to Miami that we could pass. Couple that with the next 5 of 7 that TW hit and we are instead talking about how effective the passing game was. And the more we use the short passing game, the better they will get at it. It could be lethal in this offense.

Instead, CPJ went with the higher risk, higher reward longer pass and paid the price. And this after he just said he was going to let TW throw easier passes to get his confidence up.

Same on the first completion to Peeples. Peeples went out SO far that he almost went far enough that the safety was able to break up the play. He was wide open for yards before he got the pass. And even at that distance, TW had to rush his setup to get the pass off in time. That’s what people don’t understand, pasing requires a delicate timing. Something that doesn’t just happen. It takes practice and game reps to get good at. That’s why TW looks so uncomfortable when he does throw. He does it SO little. That’s why we will never be able to practice passing enough to be good at the long passes CPJ wants to throw – but we can be good at the shorter passes. It’s nice to have another facet to your offense that you can go to on days like LSU, Iowa, and Miami this past Saturday.

What is the difference in an 8 yard pass and an 8 yard toss sweep? Both get 8 yards but the 8 yard pass does so much for your QB in terms of confidence and timing (not to mention mental effect on defense). Why not just use the short pass occasionally in the offense? We should be throwing 12-15 short passes a game just to be efficient at that aspect of the game. But, it is too late now. The time to work on the short passing game was when we were beating the nobodies and showing off the long passes against nothing but air. Wow! We beat our chests then. But we are paying the price now.

Delbert D.

October 26th, 2011
9:18 pm

AlabamaRamblinwreck – “Graduating from Tech: Like trying to mow the lawn with a pair of scissors”

I actually had to do that when I was in Marine training at Quantico.

dawgfan

October 26th, 2011
9:20 pm

I’ve actually been told on this very blog that Tech’s absolutely miserable record against UGA in FOOTBALL is completely irrelevant and I am a moron for bringing it up. But somehow its perfectly okay to talk about calculus and engineering classes around here.

The stupidity of a Tech fan simply shocks the conscience.

1 4 GT

October 26th, 2011
9:21 pm

BankerDawg sounds like my kinda guy. Smart enough to get the hard stuff outta the way ASAP and coast, “so to speak”, the rest of the way. BTW, I understand Ugag now offers a degree in bass fishing. They furnish the boat and other related gear and even have tournaments. What a terrific way to spend our tax dollars!

19

October 26th, 2011
9:23 pm

Kerry, I don’t “troll” on UGA’s blog. I read about Georgia football and occasionally read the dawgblog, it gets old quick. “Keep CMR or fire CMR” seem to be the factions, with the occasional moment of sanity.
Address the issues at the end of the season. Go ahead and play this season.
Good luck dawgs and be careful traveling to Jacksonville.

Go Jackets!!!

Delbert D.

October 26th, 2011
9:24 pm

kerryb is not a typical troll like the nasty ones that post here often. I’ll vouch for him. I’ve blogged with him on several occasions over the past couple of years on Georgia and SEC opponent subjects.

dawgfan

October 26th, 2011
9:26 pm

” I understand Ugag now offers a degree in bass fishing.”

I understand that you just completely made that up and pulled it out of your rear end because you hate losing to UGA in football.

One word: PATHETIC.

dawgfan

October 26th, 2011
9:28 pm

Yeah, WE’RE the nasty ones. We’re the ones making up lies about UGA students majoring in bass fishing. Tech fans would NEVER stoop that low.

Tech fans are as bright as a tree stump. Unbelievable.

BankerDawg

October 26th, 2011
9:28 pm

Buddy– I hear you, but that pass to Smith was WIDE OPEN.

TW has shown he can hit that pass, so there was no trepidation in calling it. Simple as that. I think TW would tell you that he should have hit it, no matter what.

CPJ has said that he will throw it as long as it is effective. The 5/7 is nice, but there was a pick involved, so that negates the completion percentage imo.

I think you would see more short passes if if they can be more effective (i.e. more punitive to the D).

To that point, I’m not sure why we haven’t seen more quick passes out to Hill in the flat. If he beats the DB, he is generally gone for a very large gain. That’s the pass play I would be questioning you haven’t seen more of.

1 4 GT

October 26th, 2011
9:30 pm

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that UGA also gives scholarships for bass fishing.