Tech secondary seeking rebound

Greetings-

Post-practice notes from Monday. The note on Jeremiah Attaochu’s one-game suspension can be found here.

1. Georgia Tech’s secondary wasn’t on its game last Thursday against Virginia Tech, and will have the opportunity to show better Saturday against Duke.

The Blue Devils do not seem to need much excuse to put the ball in the air. Their 44-56 run-pass ratio tilts the heaviest to pass of any team in the ACC.

“We haven’t played very well” in the secondary, defensive coordinator Al Groh said. “We’ve addressed those things. Once again, we have to prove that we’ve moved on.”

Asked the nature of the problem, Groh replied, “Coverage. Too many big plays.”

The Hokies threw just 13 times but completed seven passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns, including a 63-yard scoring pass at the end of the first half. It was the first time Tech hadn’t produced an interception since playing Kansas in the third game of the season. No Tech opponent has matched Virginia Tech’s game averages of 16.1 yards per pass and 29.9 yards per completion in more than 30 years.

Groh said that the secondary also had trouble getting shielded by the Virginia Tech receivers in the red zone. Groh said that players are coached to “undercut” receivers so they’re in front of the target on any pass.

“We got outperformed in the area of getting the undercut,” Groh said.

It didn’t help the secondary that pass pressure against quarterback Logan Thomas was weak.

“Other than Jeremiah (Attaochu), nobody got close to [Thomas],” coach Paul Johnson said.

(Not a lot of pass-rush pressure plus underperformance by the secondary equals Thomas and Danny Coale being named ACC back and wide receiver of the week, respectively. Really the first game this season in which the secondary didn’t deliver some type of big play.)

2. The kickoff for Georgia Tech’s game against Georgia Nov. 26 has been set for noon. The game will be televised either on ESPN or ABC. The Jackets will go the seven-game home schedule without a 3:30 p.m. start. All seven of the games have had noon, 12:30 p.m. or night kickoff times.

(Kind of a strange year for kickoff times, for those of you who like to judge seasons by kickoff times. A noon start for me means I’m returning from Thanksgiving in Columbus a little earlier.)

3. Asked if any players stood out for Tech after watching game video, Johnson named wide receiver Tyler Melton, who caught two passes for 55 yards. He said inside linebacker Julian Burnett, who had a team-high 13 tackles, “was productive, but he usually is.”

Of center Jay Finch, who played after sitting out the Clemson game with a lower-leg injury, “It wasn’t his best game.”

Johnson said the number of “efforts” – demerits given for a player not giving full effort on a play – were in the 20’s for the defense and about 19 for the offense, which was a little higher than normal.

(Melton spoke with reporters after the game, and as he was leaving, he said he had an eight-page paper due Friday that he had yet to start working on. A rough night.)

4. After two primary team goals were dashed in the loss to Virginia Tech – winning the ACC title and going undefeated at home – the Jackets have had to adjust their sights. Burnett vowed that the team won’t let the loss to the Hokies linger.

“There’s only one way to prepare for each game, and that’s like it’s your last one,” he said.

How Tech finishes could shape their bowl destination. Multiple projections have the Jackets playing in the Sun Bowl Dec. 31 in El Paso, Texas.

Said Burnett, “We can still win out, and that’s what we plan on doing.”

(I think a few teams ahead of Tech will have to collapse for the Jackets to not go to El Paso. The Tech football historians among you will know that Tech played in the Sun Bowl in 1970, beating Texas Tech 17-9.)

5. Johnson said that he didn’t think there were any injuries to players that will keep them out of the Duke game. … Groh on Attaochu, regarding his suspension: “Nobody on either side of the field played harder in the game than Jeremiah. We certainly don’t condone that. It is out of character for him.”

(I think a lot of people would be very surprised if Attaochu ever did anything similar again.)

Thanks for reading. Another post Tuesday morning. Not quite sure what about. (Tempting, huh.)

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

52 comments Add your comment

Delbert D.

November 14th, 2011
9:36 pm

It’s too early to jump ahead, but the Sun Bowl would be good. Nice backdrop with that mountain looming over the stadium. Good place to visit.

George Stein

November 14th, 2011
9:48 pm

It’d be nice if we could win the SEC East.

yeller bug

November 14th, 2011
9:52 pm

Safest large city in the USA—ironically across from one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico. I think if we beat the dawgs, we’ll move up to the Gator or Champs

George Stein

November 14th, 2011
9:54 pm

ACC no longer has a tie-in with the Gator. They decided to go with a novel B1G-SEC game instead.

yeller bug

November 14th, 2011
9:54 pm

We must ensure we don’t step in dookie along the way.

George Stein

November 14th, 2011
9:58 pm

Y’all gonna watch this interview with Sandusky on NBC?

yeller bug

November 14th, 2011
10:01 pm

My bad—what’s the 3rd and 4th best bowl after Orange? CHick-fil-a #2? Champs 3? Although FSU may get that since they bring a bigger crowd.

george bailey

November 14th, 2011
10:34 pm

Trolling was really cut down after headley’s alias was revealed.

Do you think playing in tx would be good for recruiting?

Supersize that order, mutt

November 14th, 2011
10:34 pm

Music City, whatever they call the one in Charlotte, and the one in DC are all in the mix

Supersize that order, mutt

November 14th, 2011
10:36 pm

george bailey, the Sun Bowl is the second oldest bowl, if I remember right, and I think some cross-country travel and probably a western or mid-western opponent should help recruiting.

george bailey

November 14th, 2011
10:38 pm

I think we may be too far down to go to Nashville. Would be nice tho

Supersize that order, mutt

November 14th, 2011
10:41 pm

VT and Clemson will split the Orange Bowl and the CFA Bowl. FSU will probably get the Champs Bowl. I would think it would be a toss-up for all the rest.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 14th, 2011
10:42 pm

Nobody’s going to take many to the Sun Bowl, but I would imagine that there are more Tech alums in Texas than any other ACC school has there

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

November 14th, 2011
10:43 pm

Not worried about bowls yet. Get the Dukies first. Bowling will take care of itself after we take care of business. Hoping this team shows some character to bounce back after that emotional loss.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 14th, 2011
10:45 pm

Agree with that, Gr8…… They’ve got to remember that you have to play to win; you can’t just sit back.

gt40pinhd

November 14th, 2011
10:53 pm

they need some emotion like they had in the clemson game. does anyone on the coaching staff try to get them going?

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

November 14th, 2011
11:00 pm

I will say this though – I’ll take a loss to Duke AND a loss in a bowl game over to get a W over the leg humpers!

Wow

November 14th, 2011
11:23 pm

That sounds like something JM would write…racist & tech hate propaganda.

I’m glad I graduated from tech. Your UGA law school graduates think it’s alright to joke about rape LOL

And not only are they that stupid….they post it on a public blog for all the world to see! HAHAHA

Hayseed Dixie

November 14th, 2011
11:37 pm

Talk about a stereotype. Sheesh.

That’s not even clever, it’s just offensive.

George Stein

November 14th, 2011
11:40 pm

UGA does field a team of students (presumably).

Supersize that order, mutt

November 14th, 2011
11:50 pm

Somebody is a racist

Hayseed Dixie

November 14th, 2011
11:50 pm

UGA also seems to field a team of cyber-sociopaths.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 14th, 2011
11:51 pm

Grantham had 10 games to get them ready for Tech’s offense last year, and even though the mutts, won, Grantham’s defense sure didn’t stop us

Supersize that order, mutt

November 14th, 2011
11:51 pm

extra comma snuck in that post. LOL

Old Blind Dawg

November 14th, 2011
11:54 pm

Sun Bowl is not bad – the stadium with the hill looming is really pretty spectacular. Saw the Dawgs play there way back – seemingly before electricity :-)

Supersize that order, mutt

November 15th, 2011
12:00 am

Blind, Tech played out there I think in the early 70s. Played Jim Carlin’s Tex Tech team. I remember that he was really pissed that his old school beat his boys. Then he moved to SC and started playing with the cheerleaders

george bailey

November 15th, 2011
12:00 am

I have been browsing that guy’s blog. He is definitely obsessed with rape.

http://therealjmar.tumblr.com/post/6670488178/what-has-five-balls-and-rapes-poor-people

Supersize that order, mutt

November 15th, 2011
12:02 am

george bailey, it’s best to just leave that alone. He’s a sicko, but we would be better off just to ignore him

george bailey

November 15th, 2011
12:06 am

Hahaha they do field a team of students. That is what people often forget about college teams……they aren’t professionals. They are students.

Freddy Blassie

November 15th, 2011
8:13 am

Tech played in the Sun Bowl in December of 1970 with a kickoff time of 10:30 am to suit television. Some starters missed the team bus to the airport and the team plane. Names are withheld to protect the guilty.

GT

November 15th, 2011
9:59 am

People makeing this Attachoo deal too big a deal!!!

These are reason why we are not able to recruit!!

We lost this game becasue our defense has poor talent point blank..

Genius Jacket

November 15th, 2011
10:09 am

1970 Sun Bowl?

We have to go back earlier than that to find a meaningful bowl Tech won. What has happened to our football program?

Supersize that order, mutt

November 15th, 2011
10:31 am

Genius, if you’re talking about Tech winning one of what were once the 4 major bowls, then yes, you have to go back a ways. But if you are talking about Tech winning a MEANINGFUL bowl, which I assume means a well-known bowl with a reputable opponent, then try the 1999 Gator Bowl against Notre Dame and the 1990 Citrus Bowl. It is true that our bowl record since 1999 has sucked, as has our opportunities to play in many well-known bowl. The ACC bowl contract pretty much sucks as far as which bowls are offered to member schools, so Tech has not had many opportunities to play in decent bowls. Unfortunately, we haven’t won the ones we were in lately either.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 15th, 2011
10:32 am

Genius, try the 1990 Citrus Bowl and the 1999 Gator Bowl. They were not “major” bowls, but there were definitely meaningful wins.

Sun Bowl with UGA 1965 or 66

November 15th, 2011
10:40 am

UGA handled Heisman Trophy receipient Donny Anderson, who played later for the old Packers teams of Vince Lombardi. Texas Tech was the UGA opponent in 66? and UGA won a boring game. The Mexican border venue BACK THEN WAS FUN ………………but now? Can you IMAGINE WALKING BACK FROM OVER THE BORDER NOW????

Eric Holder and Barry O. are running guns and contraban and drug lords come over the border from Juarez and y’all will need armed ATF guys with automatic weapons to guard you. Imagine sitting next to Carlos Medina of Juarez, when he tells you that he is the “local pharmacy rep”. AAAAAAAAHAHAHA, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA

Badges, we don’t need no stinking badges. AAAAAAAAAAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA

Recruting in Texas? Naw ………………….now that A&M is in the big boy SEC why would any kid sign in the silly, sassy ACC? schools? They have Rice and A&M and T Tech and Texas to look at …………………even SMU has a bigger football tradition than GT.

GT fans …………………you have been to three major bowls since the mid 1950s. Sugar Bowl? back in 56 or 57 and two stompings in the 67 Orange and 09 Orange. Get real. You all in in dreamland.

Major Bowls

November 15th, 2011
10:45 am

Fiesta Bowl is relatively new as a MAJOR BOWL ……like possibly 15 or 20 years of being so called “prestigious” offering tons and tons of $$$.

Cotton, Sugar, Rose and Urange are the majors with of course, the Cap One Bowl, very close behind BUT NOT true major. All the rest are for teams that go 6-6 or 7-4. Yes, UGA has been to many of them. UGA HAS ALSO BEEN to THREE SUAGR BOWLS LATELY AND WON TWO OF THEM. This year could be 4 $$ Sugar Bowls in 11 years. Not bad.

GT, counting 1956 and 1967 and 2009 has been to three MAJORS and LOST EM ALL.

vd jacket

November 15th, 2011
10:46 am

love that uga fans want to point out things like this when for the better part of 2 decades their program was irrelevant. herschel walker is coming back though for that last year of eligibility.

vd jacket

November 15th, 2011
10:48 am

why are you so obsessed over ga tech recruiting and bowl appearances? there is no way uga goes to the sugar bowl this year. a beat down by lsu / alabama is awaiting you at season’s end. what’s uga’s record against teams in the top ten this year? 0-2. Tech? 1-0. Thanks.

vd jacket

November 15th, 2011
10:49 am

It ate this comment
why are you so obsessed over ga tech recruiting and bowl appearances? there is no way uga goes to the sugar bowl this year. a beat down by lsu / alabama is awaiting you at season’s end. what’s uga’s record against teams in the top ten this year? 0-2. Tech? 1-0. Thanks.

Hopefully that worked

Major Bowls II

November 15th, 2011
10:50 am

Remember ……………Cotton, Sugar and Rose and Urange are majors along now with the Fiesta and GT has been invtied to three since 1955 or 56. Heck, I’ll give GT another year to be fair. GT has been to FOUR major bowls since Elvis Presley was just starting to be able to afford pink Cadillacs.

GT fans ……key word here is “invited” which means over the 56 years GT has been worthy ONLY 3 or 4 times. Sad.

Bobby Dodd knows the truth

November 15th, 2011
10:57 am

Dodd over his last years coaching and counting 1955 or 56 and 1967, when SEC Florida ran him off to Bitsey Grant Tennis Center with his half pint of Black Jack, knows that he only went to TWO MAJORS after 1955 or 56. ONE SUGAR and ONE URANGE.

MAJOR BOWLS DEFINE A FOOTBALL PROGRAM. The Gator, the Chic Fil A, the Weedeater, The Music CIty, The Sun, the Liberty Bowl and Poinsettia and the Alamo and the Armed Services Bowl or the Charlotte Motor Speedway Bowl ( free mufflers for life) do not define a team’s greatness ………………..they DO DEFINE the opposite.

GT has been to THREE or FOUR MAJORS in 56 or 57 years. Losses all of them, I do believe. UGA has been to THREE in 11 years and just might back into the Sugar Bowl.

The Conductor

November 15th, 2011
11:01 am

This team is headed for the TRAIN WRECK BOWL.DUKE AND UGA WILL LIGHT THIS DEFENSE UP.

wreckbuzz

November 15th, 2011
12:13 pm

My question is, where was Jemea Thomas? He WAS the game against Clemson. But I only saw him on the field a couple of times. He certainly was not the starter at safety. Maybe he should have been. I saw Rashaad Reid and Isaiah Johnson out of position and taking terrible angles all night.

Aaron Murray

November 15th, 2011
12:54 pm

I will torch you guys.

gtfanfrom1951

November 15th, 2011
1:13 pm

CPJ better have them ready to play and beat the dogs or he could be in trouble.

Aaron Murray

November 15th, 2011
7:35 pm

as long as I’m wearing my high heeled cleats!

The Truth

November 15th, 2011
9:24 pm

Wait till Aaron Murray gets a hold of that secondary. They’re in trouble.

It’ll be 10 out of 11 years that Tech has lost to Georgia. Book it.

The Truth

November 15th, 2011
9:26 pm

VDJacket, you probably do have VD….let me throw sumpin at ya…

Tech’s record vs. UGA? 1-9…Thanks. hahahahaha

The Truth

November 15th, 2011
9:51 pm

I have a tee-tiny pen!s which is why I have to have a college team to hang my hat on.

HIgh Heels, panty hose or cleats ..........AM will own GT

November 15th, 2011
9:57 pm

UGA does not miss that punk AJ Green. We were ONE dimensional with him.

Orson Charles or Bruce Figgins or Brandon Smith or Chris Conley or Marvelous Marlon Brown or ( He Comes Back for the ball) ……………..Malcom Mitchell or my 6′3″ 220 lb. white boy from Alpharetta, Mike (Fly Paper Hands) Bennett or Rhett McGowan or Tavarres King or IsraelTroupe. They will TORCH GT for possibly 350 yds in the air with AM humming it.

GT cannot cover one fairly decent guy, much less 4 or 5 wide outs at once. GT will be in deep trouble with Murray either throwing it, keeping it or handing off to one or our three dimunitive backs that will gain 65-75 yds a piece on GT.

GT ……………….like AU ………………….UGA will score a record number of points in the rivalry. Vs AU, UGA easily could have scorded 88 points but Richt allowed Murray to ONLY THROW 2 PASSES in the second half. IMAGINE THAT.

GT ……………..it is coming. Get ready.