Georgia Tech bowl practice continues

Greetings-

Sorry for the absence. I was taking a short breather and recovering from sort of virus. I’ll be here the rest of this week, be in and out next week and then start it up heading into the Sun Bowl starting the 26th. Onward.

Georgia Tech had its seventh bowl practice Monday. They’ll have three more this week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, taking off for finals Thursday and Friday. Then two more next week Monday and Tuesday and then three more in El Paso.

Players and coaches seemed to be genuine in their excitement about playing in the game, despite the fact that it doesn’t mean a whole lot by itself.

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1. Guard Omoregie Uzzi, who on Monday was named a third-team All-American by Rivals.com and who will receive his degree Saturday in 3 ½ years, said he is “very motivated” to end the bowl losing streak. “I know the last guy that told me he won a bowl game was (former offensive tackle) Andrew Gardner (in his) freshman year (2004). It’d be a great compliment to send these seniors out with a ‘W,’ something that hasn’t been done here in a long time.”

2. Some notes from Paul Johnson’s post-practice interview:

The team is well into bowl-game prep after spending time early last week giving younger players more repetitions.

There were players who’d caught his eye, but none he wanted to name and put a target on their back. What these practices accomplish for younger players, he said, was to give them a base to help them compete in spring practice. “You have your ideas on what people are anyway,” he said. “You’ve watched them all fall, even if they’re on the scout team, so you kind of know what they are.”

The speed will be a bigger adjustment for players who’ve been on the offensive scout team, since they haven’t been going full speed like the scout-team defense has.

I asked Johnson if any loss from the season would eat at him in particular, and he said they all do, but mentioned that the “Virginia Tech game here, we were a couple plays from being in Charlotte. But they all eat at you anytime you lose.”

On what ending the bowl losing streak would mean to him and the program: “Me, personally, that’s something that we’ve got to do here to put an end on the season. I think I was 2-2 in bowl games at Navy. That wasn’t great, either, but you want to win every time you play. We’ve drawn a couple really good teams (in bowl games). We should have won the game last year and didn’t. The first two years, I’m not sure the better team didn’t win.”

(2008 was LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl and 2009, of course, was the Orange Bowl loss to Iowa. Last year’s loss was to Air Force. Interesting answer, I thought.)

3. Bowl ticket sales are predictably slow. As of Friday, the school had sold about 2,000 of its 8,000-ticket allotment. About half of the tickets purchased are being donated to soldiers stationed at Fort Bliss, located outside of El Paso. It’s one of the largest military installations in the country, with more than 30,000 troops stationed.

The team will visit Fort Bliss during its bowl trip and the school is encouraging fans to purchase tickets to donate to the troops that will be presented during the visit. Link here.

(Of some degree of interest to the department also is having fewer tickets to eat.)

Thanks for reading. I’ll have something up Wednesday morning.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

186 comments Add your comment

Technically Correct

December 13th, 2011
12:07 pm

fan of shorter passes

December 13th, 2011
12:11 pm

Glad they seem to be serious about the game. Losing streak in bowls is a bummer.

Technically Correct

December 13th, 2011
12:13 pm

Ken, glad that you are back and hope you are felling better. Now, can you do Tech fans a BIG favor and report on Tech’s football recruiting in addition to your other duties? The Athens Journal Constitution recuiting reporter, Carvell, is so clearly enamoured with UGA that he writes about every burp that comes out of Athens, but pretty much disregards everything else. Thanks.

Vad Lee

December 13th, 2011
12:21 pm

Glad to see Vad Lee is going to be staying at GT. Can’t wait to see him in the spring game and take the field next fall.

Vad Lee Passing Highlights:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q2k95TtTdk&feature=related

GT73

December 13th, 2011
12:22 pm

Ken, ditto on your good service in communicating with us. To the extent that you have observed the team practices over the year, maybe you can speculate which players have caught the attention of the coaching staff and why along with potential position changes. Then, when the coach’s actually volunteer their perspectives, we can see how well you pontificated!

Charles

December 13th, 2011
12:22 pm

They won’t beat utah. Not with tevin running the offense

Charles

December 13th, 2011
12:30 pm

I should say ruining the offense.

JM

December 13th, 2011
12:34 pm

I expect all the players to play their best. They need to finish with a win.

JM

December 13th, 2011
12:35 pm

Ken, I meant to add that I’m looking forward to seeing more basketball posts. Hope you can give us the same great coverage of the hoops programs.

CT_Jacket

December 13th, 2011
12:52 pm

The bowl losing streak is particularly disheartening considering we held the highest bowl winning percentage in the early 90s. We had won 8 of 11 before this bad run.

Ramlin Man

December 13th, 2011
12:53 pm

Thanks again Ken. Glad to read that the team is excited even though it’s not the bowl one would like to play in. Hope they can end the streak. Just curious on one thing concerning Uzzi. It seems like a lot of players are graduating early under CPJ. Not sure if it’s more than usual or just seems that way.

GT Fan

December 13th, 2011
12:54 pm

Charles: I hate to say it, but you are right, Tevin is not the right QB. He just doesn’t have the WOW factor that a D1 QB is suppose to have, making game changing plays. That said, keep your head up. Vad will be playing next year and he is a baller!!

The future is looking really bright for GT football! Go Jackets!!!

dawgfan

December 13th, 2011
1:11 pm

Tech fans, after watching your joke defense get torched all season long doesn’t it concern you that they aren’t facing a full speed scout team during practice? I know Paul Johnson is a total genius and all, but that would raise some red flags for…well, just about anyone with a brain. Maybe I’m reading that statement out of context but that’s what it sounds like is going on to me.

Thanks.

GT

December 13th, 2011
1:15 pm

Pros are running a little of the option. Analysis hate it, they keep predicting losses and making fun of the team using it and the option team keeps winning. In college they miss read teams on purpose to make the markets they want to get viewership from, interested in the product, but the pros now that is a different story.

Jacketdad

December 13th, 2011
1:15 pm

Congatulations to Uzzi for graduating in 3 1/2 years. He is a great kid from a fine family in addition to being an outstanding football player.

dekalb fan

December 13th, 2011
1:23 pm

CPJ, Please open up the offense in the Sun Bowl. Let Hill take advantage of the 1 on 1 coverage on the outside.

Kent

December 13th, 2011
1:29 pm

Congratulations to Uzzi on finishing up quick, I know it’ll take me longer than that to get out of here, even without the extra-curriculars. Ken, do you know if the NCAA Academic Progress Rates are affected positively by players who graduate early? I know the number takes a hit when players leave early for the pros and don’t graduate on time or at all, but I was curious to see if there was a benefit in terms of raising the number, more so than a player who makes the minimum requirement to graduate on time would. I would think that would provide a better evaluation of the overall academic state for that particular program.

Bryan GT04

December 13th, 2011
1:30 pm

@dawgfan – I think CPJ means that the offensive scout team hasn’t had the opportunity to run at full speed within the TO offense, as they have been working primarily as a scout team. It takes a little longer to learn your own teams scheme when you’re spending each week pretending to be another team. The scout defense on the other hand has been playing against the TO at full speed in practice. May not give them the best experience against other teams, but it does help teach them assignment football.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 13th, 2011
1:32 pm

WELCOME BACK, KEN !!!!

And congrats to Uzzi on his honor as well as graduating early. GO JACKETS !!!

dagnabit

December 13th, 2011
1:33 pm

Dawgfan. Do you want to keep CMR now. You sure were angry with Mark after the SC game. BTW, I see where a uga student has made it big in criminal fraud now. Too typical.

DesignerJacket

December 13th, 2011
1:38 pm

Ken, I’ve stopped commenting for a while because things just get too crazy in the AJC Comments warzone, but I’m making an appearance to voice my appreciation for your professional communication. All summer and during this season I’ve enjoyed your thorough reporting and, especially, the honest approach you take toward letting us know what you perceive from short quotes and small tidbits of information from coaches and players. It’s a great sign that you understand the medium through which we’re receiving the information and are all about helping us get an accurate picture of the situations we want to know about. Keep up the good work! I hope your superiors are as happy with you as we are.

headley lamar

December 13th, 2011
1:40 pm

CPJ’s record against UGA, Va Tech, and bowl game

2 – 9

I guess that passes mustard at Tech.

Jacket Man

December 13th, 2011
1:43 pm

Uzzi is a Second Team Sports Illustrated All American.

juvenal

December 13th, 2011
1:58 pm

Ken, great to have you back, i hope your health is good….so now do we have to worry about losing Uzzi? Merry Christmas, headley…..

FL Jacket

December 13th, 2011
1:59 pm

Headley…

Mustard not Muster? Really is that what we’re trying to pass?

A 34-18 record is nothing to be ashamed of…

GT FAN

December 13th, 2011
1:59 pm

@dawgfan – I guess CMR is a genius now. Man all heard at the beginning of the year was Fire Richt.

DesignerJacket

December 13th, 2011
2:06 pm

Mr. Lamar, to understand what matters to Tech fans regarding rivalry numbers you need to add Clemson to that list and make the bowl figure a separate stat. If you do, you’ll see why it’s a little less alarming. The rivalry numbersare more like (6-7), and then the bowl game is the only real chink in the armor at (0-3). Now, granted, some fans will differ on which teams they care about. For some, georgie is the only measuring stick we should use (and those fans have been quite disappointed in that regard) and for others the ACC title matters more (those are the ones who are a little happier because we’ve been very competitive with VT and Clemson.) I don’t think anyone likes the 0-3 bowl stat, though. CPJ’s comments (above) regarding bowls are telling, in my opinion. He clearly thinks we should be winning them, and we Tech fans certainly agree with that. But you’re right that we’re not gonna be talking much hot seat unless we lose the Sun Bowl and then also have a bad year next season. Then it might get ugly. For now, I think a lot of Tech fans feel like the current staff deserves another season or two to see what they do with no change in schemes and a full compliment of veteran players they recruited themselves. The next two seasons will be telling.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 13th, 2011
2:11 pm

headley, you really showed your stupidity in that last post. I guess you must have hamburgers or hot dogs on your mind; maybe that’s why you are worrying about passing the mustard. The phrase is “pass MUSTER.” Of course, with your correspondence degree from Troy and your previously expressed disdain for proper grammar and spelling (read ignorance), I don’t guess we should expect anything different from you.

CPJ 2K11

December 13th, 2011
2:20 pm

Passes mustard? Just how stupid are you, Headley?

Ken Sugiura

December 13th, 2011
2:21 pm

Thanks for the kind words. You guys are great.
To answer some questions – hard to speculate on who’s stood out, as we’re not allowed to observe practice. that said, i asked a lot of players about the scout teams and will be running something later on.
Dawgfan – Bryan GT04 is basically right. As I understood Johnson, the scout-team offense can run its offense basically as fast as it can run it; it’s setting its own speed. the scout-team defense has to match the speed of the first-string offense.
Kent – I’ve never heard anything like that and, I probably doubt it. Interesting thought, though.
i don’t know if i’d say “a lot” of players are graduating early, although i guess it depends on how you define early. uzzi is the only one i can think of who has graduated in 3 1/2 years.
Jacket Man – Thanks for pointing it out. Pretty good week for Uzzi.
Juvenal – I don’t know for sure, but I’d highly doubt it.
please pass the muster and ketchup.

GT Rich

December 13th, 2011
2:24 pm

Nice try Headley — Clemson and FSU are the other two typically ranked opponents for which CPJ is 6-1 which leads to an 8-10 for the important opponents. Having said that, 8-10 is not a great record and needs to start trending the other direction. The bowl game and next year’s opener against a ranked BYU team can bring him to .500 and get us going the right direction…

Supersize that order, mutt

December 13th, 2011
2:25 pm

LOL @ Ken. I love it when you take a few shots at the dolts too.

juvenal

December 13th, 2011
2:26 pm

passing mustard sounds painful……

Supersize that order, mutt

December 13th, 2011
2:28 pm

maybe he meant mustard gas

Supersize that order, mutt

December 13th, 2011
2:29 pm

Enter your comments here

Supersize that order, mutt

December 13th, 2011
2:29 pm

Ken, are you going to El Paso?

Ken Sugiura

December 13th, 2011
2:30 pm

Also – JM – I’ll be jumping on basketball in January.
Technically correct – My job is covering athletes once they get to Tech. I might jump in here and there, but not much. You’re entitled to your opinion, but I think he provides some good Tech recruiting information.

carolinajacket

December 13th, 2011
2:39 pm

Ken, take care of yourself and get/stay healthy.

GT1

December 13th, 2011
2:48 pm

headley….you are a tool and remember….stupid is as stupid does! Woof Woof!

Technically Correct

December 13th, 2011
2:54 pm

Ken, I understand that you must defend your comrade Carvell, but even a cursory glance of AJC football recruiting articles demonstrates the gross disparity. Article after article has decried how the world would end for UGA without the addition of RB Marshall, mused whether UGA could “rally” to get another top-rated class, reported UGA’s massive attempt to jump back into the fray for the Florida RB who decommitted, and on and on and on. Tech generally gets the after-the-fact report that this or that player committed. Just saying…

Steve

December 13th, 2011
2:58 pm

Tech is in a bowl game???

Old Gold Britches

December 13th, 2011
3:05 pm

As always thanks Ken ! I bought some of the bowl tickets and donated for the soldiers. I am told they will receives some GT hats, shirts etc.. All those that can really need to help.

You guys who think...

December 13th, 2011
3:09 pm

…that Vad Lee is going to start in Tevin’s place next year in the first game are in La-La land. Ain’t no way he beats out Tevin for that start – remember how Tevin lit up the passing lanes the first 3-4 games this past year – he could do that agian. plus, he has a year’s experience in running this offense, which Vad does not have. ]

Now, if Tevin starts out like he ended up this year then Vad could be put in somewhat quickly,, but do not expect him to be the starter from day one – it just ain’t gonna happen…

Old Gold Britches

December 13th, 2011
3:13 pm

Ken, What “Technically Correct” is saying is technically correct.

Hey, dagnabit...

December 13th, 2011
3:14 pm

…thanks for bringing up that UGA grad student who created that fraud mess – that allows UGA posters on here to bring up Reuben Houston, one of Tech’s finest

GT FAN IN PA

December 13th, 2011
3:15 pm

Was it not Col. Musturd in the kitchen with the lamp post who killed Headley?

GT FAN IN PA

December 13th, 2011
3:16 pm

Thanks Ken for the outstanding job you do- have a Merry Christmas all-

Actually...

December 13th, 2011
3:18 pm

this filter is way out of whack today…

Stinger 2

December 13th, 2011
3:18 pm

Ken: Given that Washington carried the ball so many times,
I am surprised he did not get injured yet. The B backs did not get near as many touches as in the past. What was the reason? Misreads or did Tevin just want take it himself?

Actually...

December 13th, 2011
3:18 pm

…Technically correct is incorrect…