Opportunity for backup A-backs

Greetings-

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

87 comments Add your comment

1-9 bout to be 1-10

November 16th, 2011
9:41 pm

Nah. Should be a good game. Always is. No matter how good the other team is playing. Dawgs always get Tech’s best game. Best of luck.

1-9 bout to be 1-10

November 16th, 2011
9:47 pm

How serious is Orwin Smith injury? Do you think CPJ is going to hold out until the UGA game on his status? Keep CMR guessing.

GT Joe

November 16th, 2011
9:48 pm

Second! As in second rate in the state!

superDawg

November 16th, 2011
9:53 pm

GTKurt80

November 16th, 2011
10:05 pm

Too bad for Orwin, he’s probably my favorite player. Every time he gets the ball, I feel something big is going to happen. Hope Zenon gets several touches, he could be really good.
Glad to hear Perkins is going to see some action. He may be the breakout B-back we’re looking for. I think he’s had trouble holding onto the ball, hopefully he’s past that and can focus on hitting the holes.
Hate Duke, though mostly in BBall, Go Jackets!

5150 UOAD

November 16th, 2011
10:19 pm

UGA fans sure are all over the Tech blogs? I thought Tech didn’t matter? 4 out of 5 posts are from Mutts.

macrotech

November 16th, 2011
10:28 pm

superDump…you mis-spelled DOOK! We ALL know what a pups favorite snack is…thanks, though!

Hayseed Dixie

November 16th, 2011
10:50 pm

Ken,

Archer *is* awesome, I never mind having to listen to the Falcons on the car.

I listen to Wes Durham on road games, however. A homemade delay made from guitar pedal schematics with an AM radio. Syncs it up perfectly.

Durham’s the best college guy in the biz by a large margin if you discount Brad Nessler (also a Tech fan, his broadcasts are always Tech love-fests).

Write it down.

November 16th, 2011
11:03 pm

@Hayseed,

As a younger man, I wondered why Nessler was kind to Tech football. I did’t realize he did the play-by-play for GT Basketball. I love it when he sneaks in a GT comment at a non GT game. Something like, “This offense is piling up the rushing yards like Georgia Tech,”etc…

jadams

November 16th, 2011
11:06 pm

Tons of young talent

jadams

November 16th, 2011
11:07 pm

and Ken really appreciate your hard work and constant updates something i havent seen from your predicessors

5150 UOAD

November 16th, 2011
11:09 pm

Facebook post today. This is why I like Tech Student Athletes…………Stephen Trevon Hill
This lockout is a prime example of why having an education is so important. Dreams do come true but plans B and C are just important as A.

Delbert D.

November 16th, 2011
11:11 pm

About Jay Finch…I cut this from the end of Kens’ earlier blog because there have been multiple criticisms of Finch being too small at Center in contrast to the other players..

“Criticism of the OL seems to be the center position in 2011. The starter Jay Finch, is 6-3, 283 and backup Nick McCrae 6-3, 291. These 2 players replaced the graduated Sean Bedford, who was 6-1, 281. In 2010, Finch started 3 games 3 games at LG in addition to backing up Bedford.

JACKET LADY

November 16th, 2011
11:12 pm

Ken — you forgot about Finch being out for the Clemson game…and I think he probably should have played less against VT — he was not 100% and it showed. McRae played well against Clemson and even though Finch is more experienced, he couldn’t keep up on one leg.

Write it down.

November 16th, 2011
11:14 pm

If superDump takes a crap on the floor, should we shove his face in it and beat him with a newspaper?

5150 UOAD

November 16th, 2011
11:16 pm

Why shove his nose in it? Dawgs love to sniff butts so it that really punishment?

Delbert D.

November 16th, 2011
11:19 pm

The O-line was hit pretty hard last year and this year. Joel Gibson, a 2-year starting guard left Tech in 2010 with 2 years left to pursue his Masters at Ga. State. Nick Claytor, starting tackle declared for the NFL in 2011 with 10 credits left to graduate. Sean Bedford, 2-time All-ACC center graduated. Starting RT Austin Barrick and his backup Zach Krish both ended their careers as grad students in 2010.

The 2011 replacements for the experienced 2010 O-line As of Nov.9 :
LT – R-So and r-FR (Beno and Caitlin Alfors)
LG – r-So and True-Fr (Jackson and Mason)
C – r-So and r-Jr (Finch and McRae)
RG – r-Jr and r-So (Uzzi and Lanier)
RT- r-Jr and R-So (Smith *or* Kidney)

Ken Sugiura

November 16th, 2011
11:22 pm

Jacket Lady – you are entirely correct. thanks for pointing it out.

Write it down.

November 16th, 2011
11:24 pm

Ken,
Please check the last page of your B-back production blog

5150 UOAD

November 16th, 2011
11:25 pm

Delbert D………..Tech is really young this year at many positions. I hope it doesn’t hurt them in the UGA game.

Ken Sugiura

November 16th, 2011
11:31 pm

Write it down. – referring to your question about Chris Jackson? nothing really to report new. i don’t think he’s doing anything wrong to not be getting more playing time, just behind better players, i think. he does play on special teams.

Ken Sugiura

November 16th, 2011
11:34 pm

1-9 – i don’t think either injury is serious. i’d be a little surprised if johnson is secretive about smith’s status; he’s normally upfront about it. he said multiple times before the virginia tech game that he expected finch and jackson to play before they’d returned to practice.
thanks, jadams.

GT4EVAH

November 16th, 2011
11:45 pm

Been reading some of the blogs about GaTech football. The reporter doing the up front pieces is giving pretty informative info. I see quite a few UGa folks over on this blog instead of their own blog and they are complaining about GaTech guys being on their blogs, plus they are making a lot of noise about nothing to do with football and ranting about a lot of vile goings on. I went to the UGa blog myself to see if they were accurate about GaTech guys doing the same on their blog. I read 3 pages out of seven and saw only 3 GaTech guys anf their comments were much calmer than the UGa guys here. Plus I think 1 of them (calls himself GT Bob over there) is the same as GT Joe over here. I admit the GaTech guys were somewhat insulting to UGa, but nowhere as offensive as the UGa guys on here. Go figure. If you all want to go to each other/s blogs, why don’t you at least talk sports relayed stuff in the spirit of “CLEAN OLD FASHIONED HATE” like UGa & GaTech folk used to do. At least they were more or less cordial to each other back when I was going to school. Just asking for a bit of human decency and civility. You are not politicians after all.

North Ave Killer Beez

November 17th, 2011
12:58 am

What happened to B.J Bostic? I thought he was going to be one of our better A-backs.

If do right, no can defense

November 17th, 2011
1:05 am

BJ Bostic was injured most of this season. He may be redshirting after starting as a freshman, much like JC Lanier.

Reality check

November 17th, 2011
4:42 am

How does perkins have trouble holding onto the ball? He had one fumble in game one! The fumble in game #2 the coaches blamed the qb Days.

GTFan478

November 17th, 2011
6:03 am

@Reality Check I’ve thought the same thing about Perkins. Watching the MTSU game I said it was Days fault on the fumble, but who knows why he hasn’t seen the field since maybe the attitude problem CPJ mentioned before the season has come back. Would love to see more of Lyons though. How Sims has starting job over him I’ll never know. Lyons just seems like the best athlete and the harder worker of the two IMO.

[...] through gritted teeth no doubt, revealed during his radio show last night that Smith suffered an undisclosed injury in a moped accident recently as [...]

Wrecker

November 17th, 2011
6:53 am

Reality — I think Perkins has problems in practice as well. Days has the same problem and it has limited his opportunities (not that we have been fare enough ahead to let him play recently).

Burma Shave

November 17th, 2011
7:18 am

The trolls deserve birds
But there’s nothing you can do
So why do you nerds
Let it get to you

Burma Shave

mycroft

November 17th, 2011
7:21 am

I sure hope the coaches have worked on tackling a back around the legs and not around the chest. It got old watching VT carrying four GT players 5-10 yards. Everyone is trying to strip the ball from the back, first thing is put him on the ground.

GT Joe

November 17th, 2011
7:42 am

There is no fear GT fans, our O can’t be stopped. And there is definitely no way on earth that UGA’s defense can slow down our attack. Our D will hold them to less than 10 points… We can’t lose! We just gave the games to VT, Miami, and UVA to make the polls interesting!

ToeMeetsLeather

November 17th, 2011
7:54 am

That’s true “mycroft”,also if Jeremiah tackles the QB Logan down low from behind instead of jumping on his back, the play doesn’t go on long enough to pick up the personal foul.

Looking forward to seeing Perkins more. This may be his breakout game.

Groh has to get pressure on Renfree if we want to take care of business Saturday.

Burma Shave

November 17th, 2011
7:57 am

You call them mutts
But every year
They beat your butts

Burma Shave

ToeMeetsLeather

November 17th, 2011
8:02 am

Go away GT Joe, you THINK you are funny but I hate to have to inform you that you are, as Buzz Light Year would say, “GT Joe, you are a sad little man”.

ToeMeetsLeather

November 17th, 2011
8:04 am

That goes for you too Burma. Not funny one bit.

GT Joe

November 17th, 2011
8:06 am

Ah, watch cartoons much, do we Toe? FACT: GT is second rate in the state – that is unless you call 1-9 a winning formula. FACT: GT’s defense has more holes in it than whatever you wish to think. FACT: GT’s offense is one-dimensional. Shall I go on? Or are these facts false?

SORRIEST EVER CONFERENCE

November 17th, 2011
8:22 am

GT Joe, FACT-GT gets more out of it’s talent than UGA does. You know it and I know it and anyone with a freaking clue know’s it. Thats why a school like GT needs to run triple option to be competitive with all the 4 & 5 star UGA recruits. I bet if Vanderbilt ran something similar to the triple option they could increase their win total by 3-4 games a year.

GT Joe

November 17th, 2011
8:35 am

Ah, yes. Guess that’s why GT found a home in the All Cupcake Conference and still won’t be visiting the conference championship. Remind us all once again of the bowl stats? Maybe GT should drop to the next level – but then it would have to contend with GA Southern where they would start another losing record. If “thats why they need to run the triple option”, then why play with the big boys at all?

GT Joe

November 17th, 2011
8:42 am

All kidding aside, though. GT won’t ever be a powerhouse outside of the ACC. Someone on here once commented that GT concerns itself more with academics than football, and thats precisely why it would never make it in the SEC. But the grad rates of the athletes kind of befuddles me, though.

WnE

November 17th, 2011
8:57 am

In their 6-0 start, the Yellow Jackets beat teams that now have a combined record of 18-41. While losing three of the past four, Georgia Tech has played squads with a combined record of 30-10.

Let’s see, Coach Punch-em-in-the-mouth goes 6-0 vs. cupcake city and then goes 1-3 vs. “real” CFB teams.

That’s not what I would call a “Genius Performance”.

GT Joe

November 17th, 2011
9:00 am

Careful there, WnE. You will be considered a troll who hurts their feelings and therefore be told on…

WnE

November 17th, 2011
9:14 am

Once again CPJ is throwing players under the bus!

Not too long ago CPJ once said that “anyone he plugged in at B-Back would get 1,000 yds. in my Offense”.

Now that he has no more Dwyers & A. Allens at B-Back, now he comes out and is looking at B-Back production now that HIS RECRUITS are playing the position. BTW Allen was Recruited by Chan out of HS and was intending to Transferring to GT when Chan was the HC, after Chan got fired he stayed with GT, but the initial “contact & recruitment” was made by Chan.

CPJ was really smug an arrogant when he had Chan’s NFL-Caliber Recruits at B-Back, now that HIS RECRUITS are at B-Back now he wants to look at personnel instead of looking at his “System”, after all HE WAS THE ONE that claimed “anybody could get 1,000 yds. in MY System”, now that ANYBODY (i.e. his recruits being the anybodies) are the ones that are not producing in his system NOW he’s looking to change personnel rather than change his system.

Once again, CPJ is throwing the players under the bus rather than stating up front that the buck stops with him.

When you make arrogant claims like anybody can get 1,000 yds in my system, you don’t throw the kids under when times get tough (1-3 stretch after starting out 6-0).

Treb1982

November 17th, 2011
9:18 am

WnE same could be said for UGA their 8 games have come against teams that are a combined 37-43 their two loss against teams that are 16-3. By the way GT wins have come against teams that are 27-42 and if you take away the two non BCS school games that each team has played UGA wins have come against teams that are 27-33 (45% winning percentage and Tech’s wins against BCS schools are 24-26 (48% winning percentage) So neither team has really had to play great competition week in and week out.

TampaShave

November 17th, 2011
9:19 am

Burma rhymes

TampaShave

November 17th, 2011
9:20 am

against both Georgia teams

TampaShave

November 17th, 2011
9:20 am

because a decent team of his own

Burma Shave

November 17th, 2011
9:20 am

I’m a stingerless bee
Who can’t understand
Why everyone’s picking on me

Burma Shave

TampaShave

November 17th, 2011
9:20 am

is only in his dreams

TampaShave

November 17th, 2011
9:20 am