Georgia Tech spring practice notes

Greetings-

A few notes from the first day of spring practice:

1. Players were in shorts and helmets, and will be Wednesday, as well. I’d guess on Friday they’ll be in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts.

Coach Paul Johnson’s impressions: “I thought the enthusiasm was pretty good. They bounced around O.K.”

He thought the conditioning level was pretty good.

2. Zach Laskey has moved back to B-back from the secondary. Johnson indicated that other players will be moved, but that it’s yet to happen. “You’re not going to do a whole lot of that on the first day,” he said. “Just kind of let ‘em get their feet under ‘em and kind of go from there.”

3. Special teams coordinator David Walkosky went through his first practice with the team. I’m told he was high energy and putting the specialists through a lot of conditioning work.

“I thought he flew around and coached hard, like I thought he would,” Johnson said.

Walkosky said that he’s 100 percent for using starters on special teams and that Johnson told him to use whatever players he needed. (I don’t think this is new.)

He also said he has watched video of every Tech game from the past three seasons since getting hired.

Special-teams coaches are known for having a lot of energy and enthusiasm. I’d never thought about why that is, but he offered a logical explanation.

“You only get one down on special teams,” he said. “You don’t get second down, you don’t get third down. Before the play, usually you have an opportunity to talk to players, so I think it’s important to use some energy to get guys going for those eight seconds.”

4. Defensive coordinator on Al Groh on the top candidates at inside linebacker, Quayshawn Nealy, Daniel Drummond and Jabari Hunt-Days (Synjyn’s brother).

“Quayshawn and Daniel got quite a bit of time in clearly what was a rookie year for both of them. A lot of positives in the year. By the same token, a lot of things that could cause this year, if they’ll take advantage of it, to be an even more positive year. It starts out there.

“In Jabari, we have a player. He’s got a significant set of skills, so we’re looking forward to giving him concentrated coaching here in the spring that was not available to him because of his position on the depth chart last fall.”

Groh also noted that Julian Burnett is doing, “from all indications, a very good job of dealing with that sudden change” of his playing days coming to an apparent end.

5. I’m working on a story for Wednesday about the competition between the quarterbacks, particularly backups Vad Lee and Synjyn Days. It’s scheduled to run Wednesday. A couple quotes from quarterbacks/B-backs coach Brian Bohannon and wide receiver Darren Waller on the first day.

Bohannon said Tevin Washington, Lee and Days were rusty.

“It wasn’t as sharp as I would have expected for three guys who have, whether they’ve played a lot or not, have been in and have an idea of what’s going on. I’d like for them to be a little sharper, so today was a little rusty. I know Wednesday will be a lot better.”

Waller said receivers did blocking drills and worked on timing routes with the quarterbacks for three separate periods during practice.

“Just getting everybody’s brain back into it, get back into football shape for where you’ve got to be,” Waller said.

Thanks for reading. The Days/Lee story should be posted by late afternoon. I’ll plan to have leftover notes from the story on the blog Wednesday morning.

6. Tech is planning to drop its final two games with BYU, at home in 2014 and on the road in 2017. With the nine-game ACC schedule starting most likely in 2013, Tech had to drop one non-conference opponent in 2014 from among Wofford, BYU, Tulane and Georgia.

Should Pitt and Syracuse join the ACC for the 2013 season, Tech won’t have the problem of dropping an opponent, as it has yet to find a fourth non-conference opponent. Tech’s non-conference opponents for 2017 (for now) are Georgia, Ole Miss and BYU. I’m going to guess that Tech would pick up a non-BCS conference FBS team or an FCS team to replace BYU.

Sorry if you already bought your plane tickets for Provo for 2017. Tough break.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

131 comments Add your comment

GT Lee

March 27th, 2012
11:07 am

Maryland-now-Duluth Jacket

March 27th, 2012
11:10 am

I’m not first.

Glad to hear stuff about our Yellow Jackets though!

test

March 27th, 2012
11:19 am

No more Damon Evans jokes

March 27th, 2012
11:20 am

since your guy was raping an unconscious woman while high on weed and cocaine. Thats bad.

Rduck

March 27th, 2012
11:22 am

need the QB competition to be stout and strong. hopefully Lee and Days will push Tevin hard this spring. need Perkins to show up and make use of his potential also. practise hard but also STAY HEALTHY GUYS…

Rduck

March 27th, 2012
11:24 am

No more: totally agree with you that the Evans jokes are old and this coach’s situation is really bad…

HighTech

March 27th, 2012
11:26 am

Would rather schedule BYU than Wofford. More national exposure for playing BYU.

UGA98

March 27th, 2012
11:32 am

My heart and the heart’s of all real uga fans goes out to Julian Burnett. He was a fine player. We wish him success and hope he will use his time to earn a great degree and be successful.

-UGA class of ‘98

lucky21

March 27th, 2012
11:35 am

Spring practice ahhh fall can’t come soon enough

Ken Sugiura

March 27th, 2012
11:39 am

well done, GT Lee.

GT Dude

March 27th, 2012
11:46 am

Wow, it really is spring!
Footballs starting to fly around

Burdell

March 27th, 2012
11:48 am

So excited for Spring practice to be underway…looking forward to hearing all about it!

Hoping CP21 steps up and plays like his predecessors that wore that fine number…

GO JACKETS!! Compete and stay healthy.

Holy Schedule Batman!

March 27th, 2012
11:50 am

Let’s see , Tech has got on the schedule the Mormons (BYU), the Presbyterians, the Jesuits (BC) and Duke who I think was founded by Methodists. This is the schedule that CPJ has been praying for.

Now all Tech needs is a miracle to win them all..

That miracle being changing the schedule and replacing sure losses to Georgia, Clemson, and Va Tech with games vs. Wofford, SMU, and Wake Forest. (The TCU Christians would be too tough). That would lead to one righteous season!

Might even get Notre Dame in the bowl game. Holy Smoke!

Wrecker

March 27th, 2012
12:04 pm

Maybe we can schedule Buffalo, Florida Atlantic, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Ole Miss, and Georgia Southern. There are six guaranteed wins.

FL Jacket

March 27th, 2012
12:05 pm

Batman…

If Brandeis had a football team and we played them, I think we’ll have played them all…

5150 UOAD

March 27th, 2012
12:06 pm

I don’t think Pollack was a Tech grad and administrator. He was an assistant coach for 8 months for Texas A&M. Damon was ALL UGa All the time he was PURE DWAG.

Jacket Fan

March 27th, 2012
12:07 pm

All the triple option plays that we run, only give us the option of running on ONE half of the field because the dive is up the middle and then the QB and A-Back run to one side of the field that has been determined pre-snap.

We do run counter plays, but this play does NOT give us the option after the snap to run the play on either side of the field.

Just trying to give suggestions with the Oregon tape, but I don’t remember seeing anything out of our playbook in the past 2 or 3 years that give the triple option to either edge of the field like Oregon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvM2KDn5yCo&feature=g-vrec&context=G24fb193RVAAAAAAAAAg

Having the OPTION to take either the left edge of the field or the right edge of the field would spread the defense opening HUGE running lanes!

5150 UOAD

March 27th, 2012
12:07 pm

you for got Pepperdine but that would have to be baseball

BGA

March 27th, 2012
12:16 pm

Bet Johnson said the same exact thing about the practice last year. I recall reading the “bounced around” comment last year as well. Nothing changes. Wonder who will be the next receiver to go unused at gt while high on the nfl draft lists!

5150 UOAD

March 27th, 2012
12:26 pm

BGA what does a Receiver Do?

Old Gold

March 27th, 2012
12:30 pm

So we are playing Ole Miss in 2013? Is it gonna be home or away?+

FL Jacket

March 27th, 2012
12:31 pm

BGA…

Why don’t you tell us who that’s going to be? After all, it’s easy to talk out of both sides of your mouth when saying…

A) CPJ doesn’t prepare WR’s for the NFL with this offense

or

B) CPJ underuses top-notch WR talent

So…why don’t you go out on that limb and tell us who you think he’s going to underuse?

I hate it when this happens - to Tech...

March 27th, 2012
12:31 pm

…now get ready for the UGA bugs…

“Tech tennis assistant remains jailed on rape charge”

And I love...

March 27th, 2012
12:34 pm

…the way UOAD says that even though the tennis coach represents Tech, and is employed by Tech, that he is NOT a Tech guy…

FL Jacket

March 27th, 2012
12:34 pm

Must be nice to come to other blogs and Troll when you don’t have to worry about your posts getting removed…

WHAT?

March 27th, 2012
12:37 pm

“he was high energy and putting the specialists through a lot of conditioning work”.

Wow – those guys really need a lot of conditioning work, especially in the spring…

5150 UOAD

March 27th, 2012
12:50 pm

BGA since you didn’t answer I will.
A RECEIVER has to Catch the ball. Hill dropped a few passes. We didn’t have a QB that was great at getting the ball to the receiver very well either.

George Stein

March 27th, 2012
12:52 pm

A story on the backup QBs, eh? Gotta give the people what they want, Ken!

5150 UOAD

March 27th, 2012
12:55 pm

And I Love..that he is convicted of Rape in your mind already. The story she told the police doesn’t add up yet. Where was her Friend during the rape? Did they both pass out or something? She said stop he did and she left. Women NEVER LIE. I also KNOW the guy was a Tech coach but not a TECH MAN. He has been on the job for 8 months. He has NO TIES to tech but a pay check at this time. I will wait on convicting him of Rape for more info to come out. he did have the drugs and he didn’t just start that habit 8 months ago.

dawgfan

March 27th, 2012
12:56 pm

“Maybe we can schedule Buffalo, Florida Atlantic, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Ole Miss, and Georgia Southern. There are six guaranteed wins.”

You forgot another guaranteed win: The Joke By Coke. That gives us 7 wins on the year and enough to qualify for the joke bowl games that Tech gets invited to, and loses, on an annual basis.

Georgia Tech=JOKE.

dawgfan

March 27th, 2012
1:00 pm

LOL @ 5150 UOAD. He’s real quick to defend a heinous rape charge but I do believe he’s been known to pop off at the mouth a time or two about UGA arrests for DUI and stealing a scooter helmet.

Oh what a tangled web we weave….

George Stein

March 27th, 2012
1:02 pm

I’m pretty sure the joke is on you, dawgfan.

5150 UOAD

March 27th, 2012
1:07 pm

DUI is pretty straight forward. You blow and fail you are guilty and waiting to go to court. You have stolen property you are pretty guilty of some crime. You speed don’t go to court and you have a warrant. Rape is a he said she said deal. There is a lot more to discover before quilt can be decided. Read her statements to police and tell me you think that makes him guilty. There is more to this story like Commings hitting his girlfriend or the Treavon Martin case.

Brock

March 27th, 2012
1:09 pm

who did UGA beat in their last 2 bowls?

FL Jacket

March 27th, 2012
1:12 pm

5150…

Don’t bring up the Trayvon Martin case. While there’s likely more to the story…there’s no reason anyone should harrass someone walking down the street in their own neighborhood.

George Stein

March 27th, 2012
1:12 pm

Rape is a serious charge and it’s not something to joke about. I’m not certain it reflects on a school, though. I am certain it reflects on an individual.

Disgusted

March 27th, 2012
1:14 pm

Drop BYU over Wofford and then wonder why we can’t sell enough season tickets.

UNC Charlotte is starting a football team this year. Maybe Tech can get in some games now so they won’t play any seniors for 3 years.

Puuuuleeease!

George Stein

March 27th, 2012
1:15 pm

No one is forcing you to buy tickets, disgusted.

CoachFishFry

March 27th, 2012
1:15 pm

Hmm good thing Rapey McRape coach never got a gander at my moobs!

GT Lee

March 27th, 2012
1:16 pm

troll hard, dwagfan

DamonEvans

March 27th, 2012
1:16 pm

Hey at least I never had to drug my dates!

Pass??

March 27th, 2012
1:17 pm

Hey Ken,
Can any of the QB’s pass on the run?
Will CPJ use the pass if they can?

Digusted

March 27th, 2012
1:18 pm

Looks like no one is encouraging me to buy tickets either George.

GT Lee

March 27th, 2012
1:19 pm

you’re all class, Coach…..keep trollin’

Disgusted

March 27th, 2012
1:21 pm

I’d rather be on a team that played tough and lost to Georgia than one that coasted to a win over the North Georgia School for the Feeble.

GT Lee

March 27th, 2012
1:24 pm

you’re comment makes no sense, disgusted…we play BYU 10-27…..we only added Presbyterian because of moving VT to Labor Day…..what the hell are you whining about?

GT Lee

March 27th, 2012
1:24 pm

that’s your comment…..

5150 UOAD

March 27th, 2012
1:25 pm

Not that I disagree with Disgusted but going to the new 9 game schedule will cause some shifts right now. It has to change for a second and then hopefully we will keep the other big games we have scheduled in the future. I don’t want to pay for the Ga States of the world either.

George Stein

March 27th, 2012
1:26 pm

Speak with your dollars, Disgusted. It doesn’t affect my ability to go and have fun either way, so I don’t really give a flip.