Some stuff you’ve probably read, but here are the post-practice notes.
1. It appears that Saturday will be a no-go for Georgia Tech A-back Orwin Smith.
Following Wednesday’s practice, coach Paul Johnson said Smith is “probably out” for the Yellow Jackets’ game against Duke. Smith suffered an undisclosed injury against Virginia Tech last Thursday and has not practiced this week. Smith suffered an additional injury Wednesday in a moped accident, Johnson said on his Wednesday night radio show on 790 the Zone. Neither injury is considered serious.
Johnson said a final decision on Smith will be made Thursday. Embry Peeples would be the likely starter in Smith’s place, with Tony Zenon likely getting additional snaps and possibly Deon Hill and Robert Godhigh. Roddy Jones will probably take Smith’s place on kick returns, Johnson said on the radio show.
A-backs coach Lamar Owens said he told the backups that “you may not get as many opportunities as Embry Peeples and Roddy Jones and Orwin Smith, but when you get your chance, you have to be ready for it.”
Smith is arguably the team’s most explosive offensive player. He averages 10.8 yards per carry and 23.8 yards per reception and has scored 11 touchdowns.
(As Owens said, an opportunity for Zenon, Hill and Godhigh to show what they can do and make a case for playing time. It worked for Quayshawn Nealy. And this is remarkable – this will be the second first time, following Jay Finch’s one-game absence, anyone in the regular starting offensive 11 won’t be available since Phil Smith missed the first two games for a suspension. The same is almost true of the defense, save Jeremiah Attaochu and Daniel Drummond’s games missed with injuries.
2. B-back Charles Perkins will get snaps on offense Saturday, Johnson said Wednesday. Johnson said Perkins “had a pretty good week” in practice. Perkins has played on special teams, but has not had a carry since the fourth game of the season. Since then, David Sims and Preston Lyons have shared the playing time at B-back.
“I don’t know how many (B-backs) we’ll play, but I know Charles is going to play,” Johnson said.
(My thanks for BigTimeTechFan for prompting the question. And good for Perkins for sticking with it.)
3. So long as he avoids mishap, A-back Roddy Jones will tie former linebacker Ricardo Wimbush’s school record for most games started against Duke with his 50th career start. Jones tied former quarterback Reggie Ball for second place by starting in last week’s game against Virginia Tech.
Safety Rashaad Reid will play in his 51st career game, leaving him behind only former kicker Scott Blair (53 games) and cornerback Mario Butler and defensive tackle Darryl Richard (52 games).
(Tech has gotten a lot of utility from the senior class: Steven Sylvester has played 49 games, Michael Peterson 47, Chandler Anderson and Jason Peters 46, Embry Peeples 44, Tyler Melton 43, Logan Walls 40, Preston Lyons 30.)
4. The Tech sports information office sent out an e-mail Tuesday to publicize its All-ACC candidates.
They were Smith, inside linebacker Julian Burnett, guards Omoregie Uzzi and Will Jackson and center Jay Finch, outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu, safety Isaiah Johnson and wide receiver Stephen Hill.
None but Uzzi, a second-team All-ACC pick in 2010, received All-ACC recognition last season, although Jackson was a freshman All-American. Co-offensive line coach Mike Sewak said that Uzzi, a two-time ACC offensive lineman of the week this season, has graded out slightly better this year than last.
None of the mentioned players are seniors.
(Blogged about this earlier today.)
5. The ACC Network will televise Saturday’s game, aired locally on CW 69. It will also be available online on ESPN3. Tim Brant (play-by-play), Dave Archer (color) and Mike Hogewood (sideline) will call the game.
(If you watch the game on TV, you are in for a treat. Archer is a terrific analyst. I’ve heard him do Falcons games with Wes Durham and he breaks plays down with great detail. Nice guy, too.)
Thanks for reading. More tomorrow morning.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog