Updating Georgia Tech position competitions

Greetings-

Sorry for the delay. I encountered laptop trouble Tuesday, got it fixed Wednesday morning and then spent most of the rest of the day on the notebook that ran in Thursday’s paper. If you’re wondering, and I know you’re not, it had something to do with the security software locking me out of my laptop.

Anyway, onto some notes.

1. Center Jay Finch said his knee is 100 percent after suffering an injury in the Miami game last year that forced him out of the Clemson game. One of his goals for the spring and summer is to add about 10 pounds of muscle. Coaches had previously set a weight limit of 280 for him, but his cap was raised to 290. He said that at the end of last season, because of a sickness, he got down close to 250 pounds.

Finch also knew the exact number of days to the Virginia Tech game.

2. As I mentioned in the notebook, offensive line coach Mike Sewak is moving guys around a good bit, cross-training and trying to develop depth. Right now, it looks like Ray Beno, Tyler Kidney and Morgan Bailey are the top three tackles. Bryan Chamberlain and Errin Joe, both true freshmen last year, got work this week at tackle. Bailey’s big challenge has been staying healthy.

“That’s been the big knock on him,” Sewak said. “His footwork’s improved, he’s physical and that’s the nice about part about Bailey.”

At guard, Omoregie Uzzi is out for spring, recovering from surgery, and Will Jackson suffered a high-ankle sprain last Saturday that may keep him out for the remainder of spring. In their place are Trey Braun and Shaquille Mason.

3. Wide receivers coach Buzz Preston on Jeff Greene: “He’s coming along. He’s got a long way to go. He’s got to pick up the level of his play and he knows it.”

On Chris Jackson: “He’s had a year of being in it and I think some of [his motivation is because] he knows that it’s the time for him. There’s no tomorrow. I think things are starting to feel a lot more comfortable. Sometimes it takes a year just to feel comfortable because he’d never been a receiver before.”

On Jackson’s transferring and then being dismissed from the team before being allowed back last summer: “I think it’s helped him grow, helped him become more appreciative of everything that is in front of him and realize that, Hey, you’ve got to stay focused on what you want and don’t get lost in the shuffle.”

4. Jackson’s goal for spring: “Going into the summer, I want to know the offense like the back of my hand.

Regarding coaches wanting him to improve his effort, Greene said that when he gets tired, “sometimes on one play, you always want to take that one play off, but you’ve just got to realize you can’t. You’ve got to keep pushing through it and that’ll better you for the next play and the next day.”

5. A-back Orwin Smith has been spending part of the spring practice workouts training with the strength and conditioning staff and the other part staying with the A-backs during their drills, A-backs coach Lamar Owens said.

As mentioned in the notebook, Robert Godhigh is leading the pack, ahead of B.J. Bostic, Deon Hill, Broderick Snoddy and Tony Zenon.

“I’m not as concerned right now with who’s in there with the ones, who’s in there with the twos,” Owens said, referring to the first and second strings. “I’m concerned with who’s doing their job correctly, who’s playing fast, who’s playing like they have a chip on their shoulder, no matter if you’re in the one huddle or the two huddle.”

On Snoddy:

“He’s working extremely hard. I don’t think there’s many people out there that’s going to work as hard as him. I think the learning curve right now for him, it’s decreased a little bit since August, but we still have a ways to go with Broderick. He’s coming along. I told him, my goal for him will be that we can have a space for him where we feel good about getting him in the game because he definitely has some skills that can help this offense.”

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

490 comments Add your comment

BigTimeTechFan

April 5th, 2012
11:03 am

What, is it me

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April 5th, 2012
11:03 am

thanks for the update. looking forward to the april 20 spring game on a friday night under the lights.

BigTimeTechFan

April 5th, 2012
11:03 am

yes, great update Ken

BigTimeTechFan

April 5th, 2012
11:06 am

Sounds like coaches are really pushing Greene, my guess it’s a case where they know he can be a great player and pushing him to be all he can be. I saw him in HS and you could tell he has that special talent.

BigTimeTechFan

April 5th, 2012
11:07 am

Will OL be?

OT Bailey
OG Mason
C Finch
OG Uzzi
OT Kidney

HighTech

April 5th, 2012
11:13 am

“I’m concerned with who’s doing their job correctly, who’s playing fast, who’s playing like they have a chip on their shoulder, no matter if you’re in the one huddle or the two huddle.”

I expect to see a TEAM playing like they have a chip on their shoulders. GO JACKETS!!!!!

HighTech

April 5th, 2012
11:15 am

BigTimeTechFan

April 5th, 2012
11:06 am
Sounds like coaches are really pushing Greene, my guess it’s a case where they know he can be a great player and pushing him to be all he can be. I saw him in HS and you could tell he has that special talent.
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That doesn’t make sense. Didn’t you read where the coaches are kung fu panda failures who can’t coach players to their potential?

Can Greene be the next great one from Wide Receiver U?

BigTimeTechFan

April 5th, 2012
11:16 am

WR Greene

BB Perkins/Sims
WR Greene AB O Smith QB Washington AB R Godhigh WR Jackson
OL Bailey Uzzi Finch Mason Kidney

Supersize that order, mutt

April 5th, 2012
11:18 am

Is anybody else having problems with the AJC site this morning? I can load it, but it takes forever to change pages or get a post through. It could be my browser or even my computer, but this seems to be the only site I am having a problem with. Anybody else???

BigTimeTechFan

April 5th, 2012
11:20 am

HighTech:

People that say CPJ doen’t coach plays up don’t have a clue.
S Hill gave GT coaches a lot of credit on interview on SportsSouth, 30 min show where NFL players interview draft prospects. Hill said he thought he had it all, parents were world class track stars, he came to Tech and had bad soph year when he replaced Thomas, coaches pushed him and taught him how to work.

George Stein

April 5th, 2012
11:22 am

TERRANCE MATHIS TAUGHT HIM HOW TO WORK, BTTF.

BigTimeTechFan

April 5th, 2012
11:22 am

Is anybody else having problems with the AJC site this morning?

No mine is actual working better, use to auto scroll to top when I tried to type. Not today.

deuce coupe

April 5th, 2012
11:22 am

Ken,
try Microsoft Security Essentials security software.
It’s free and never locks you out.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 5th, 2012
11:26 am

Thanks, BigTime. I just tried it on my IPad, and it seems to be ok there. Must either be my browser or this computer.

BigTimeTechFan

April 5th, 2012
11:29 am

TERRANCE MATHIS TAUGHT HIM HOW TO WORK, BTTF

No, Mathis worked with him this off season,
He was talking about expectations, said he been through it before when expected to replace D Thomas, did not do well soph year, then he said coaches worked with him and he had better year last year

GT Lee

April 5th, 2012
11:30 am

Super, I’m having trouble with the AJC site also

BigTimeTechFan

April 5th, 2012
11:32 am

I like Godhigh, may be steady player but Bostic, Zenon seem to be more of big play players

Supersize that order, mutt

April 5th, 2012
11:32 am

Enter your comments here

WnE

April 5th, 2012
11:34 am

Important quotes:
“As mentioned in the notebook, Robert Godhigh is leading the pack, ahead of B.J. Bostic, Deon Hill, Broderick Snoddy and Tony Zenon.”
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Godhigh is playing better or equal to the guys that CPJ recruited to play A-Back and not just one guy but 4 or 5 other Recruited A-backs.

Translation:

Rolling the the dice on undersized “reaches” at A-back is the equivalent of wasting a scholly on a walk-on.

For a walk-on to be better or EQUAL to 4 or 5 Recruited A-Backs means that you have “missed” on a lot of those A-back recruits of which we have too many on the roster to being with!

In the future the best strategy is to find A-Backs with size & talent preferably A.Allen types that helped to put our offense over the top in 2009.

That will be hard to do since any A-Back with the size of an A.Allen will also get recruited by other Colleges as a legit “feature back” is a Pro-Style (or similar) Offense with more touches and more development chances for the NFL.

Basically CPJ’s system has backed GT into corner WRT A-Back recruiting ,and now we have a slew of A-Backs on scholly that are barely better or equal to a walk-on that would normally be a D1-AA Recruit had he accepted a scholly out of HS.

Yet another reason that CPJ’s system hurts GT, it would be better to have those TEs on the roster rather than A-Backs that are occupying schollies that are really glorified D1-AA RBs talent-wise.

This development with A-backs is very bad news for GT Fans!

BTW, GT had pretty good track record with TEs that had a shot at the NFL before CPJ came to GT and changed things so drastically for GT FB.

This is called analysis people, not trolling.

Teddy Roosevelt

April 5th, 2012
11:34 am

Ken dude you gotta steer clear from those websites that mess up your computer

GT Lee

April 5th, 2012
11:37 am

WnE, you know so damn much about college football, why don’t you please go get a coaching job and STFU

George Stein

April 5th, 2012
11:39 am

Godhigh is playing better or equal to the guys that CPJ recruited to play A-Back and not just one guy but 4 or 5 other Recruited A-backs.

Translation:

Rolling the the dice on undersized “reaches” at A-back is the equivalent of wasting a scholly on a walk-on.

Yeah. Or it could mean he was undervalued as a recruit, because as we all know, colleges NEVER miss players.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 5th, 2012
11:40 am

BULL SHEET, WnE

HighTech

April 5th, 2012
11:43 am

George Stein…I think BTTF is on board. He just doesn’t get that we are boot licking toadies.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 5th, 2012
11:44 am

Lee, like I said, I seem to have no problem on my IPad, only on my PC, which seems to indicate it’s either my PC or the browser on my PC. HOWEVER, one difference I have noted between what I get on my IPad and what I get on my PC is that that damn new ad bar down at the bottom of this page does not show up on my IPad. Does anybody know how to get rid of it? Yestahday, I could minimize it, but somebody has apparently changed it, because I don’t even have that option anymore. Ken, if you are still reading this blog, can you have somebody look into that. Besides being a nuisance, I think it’s causing problems.

George Stein

April 5th, 2012
11:45 am

Oh, I know, HT. I was just being facetious.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 5th, 2012
11:47 am

WnE, while you are so busy commenting on things you obviously know nothing about, why don’t you comment on something you DO know something about —

like

WHY DID YOU STALK VAD LEE ???

HighTech

April 5th, 2012
11:49 am

For a walk-on to be better or EQUAL to 4 or 5 Recruited A-Backs means that you have “missed” on a lot of those A-back recruits of which we have too many on the roster to being with!
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It couldn’t possibly mean a walk-on has worked his tail off to improve and earn a position. No walk-on ever does that.

George Stein

April 5th, 2012
11:53 am

Similarly, HT, there has never been any documented evidence that a five star recruit went bust. Wait, what?

BigTimeTechFan

April 5th, 2012
11:56 am

WnE:

Robert Godhigh has been in Tech system 3 years and has 2 rushing attempts for 18 yards

Coach Johnson recruited:
BJ Bostic
13 rushes fo 127 yards as true fresh, plus kick returns.
I actual thought he did real good for a true Frosh and will be good player.

Zenon
15 Rushes for 86 years, plus long TD catch
I think he looked real good, was only R-Frosh

Snoddy was redshirted

WnE

April 5th, 2012
12:02 pm

re:
“As I mentioned in the notebook, offensive line coach Mike Sewak is moving guys around a good bit, cross-training and trying to develop depth. Right now, it looks like Ray Beno, Tyler Kidney and Morgan Bailey are the top three tackles. Bryan Chamberlain and Errin Joe, both true freshmen last year, got work this week at tackle. Bailey’s big challenge has been staying healthy.

“That’s been the big knock on him,” Sewak said. “His footwork’s improved, he’s physical and that’s the nice about part about Bailey.”

At guard, Omoregie Uzzi is out for spring, recovering from surgery, and Will Jackson suffered a high-ankle sprain last Saturday that may keep him out for the remainder of spring. In their place are Trey Braun and Shaquille Mason.”
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Even more disturbing news is the decision to spend any time at all cross-training the OLs.

Pass-blocking is very different from the OG, CTR & OT positions, by doing so much cross-training, this lets me know that CPJ isn’t serious about developing GT’s passing game.

Last Season when Teams knew that GT had to pass, Miami, VT, UGA games, the offensive line became a “sack machine” and Tevin had to run for his life.

If you’re serious about improving your passing game then you have to improve your offensive line’s pass-blocking skills.

The time that CPJ is investing in this cross-training of OLs is to find 5-guys that can dive at defenders kneecaps so that his precious triple-OPtion (surprised ya’ didn’t I) offense running game can keep up if/when there are injured players during the season.

IMO a wiser use of their time this spring would be to have the OTs work more on pass-blocking from the OT-slot and have the OGs work more on pass-blocking from OG-slot, IMO the extra time spent pass blocking will pay a much bigger benefit vs. tough teams on our schedule than making sure that our OLs know which set of kneecaps to dive at from various positions on the OL.

CPJ gives lip-service on the radio call-in shows about how he want to improve our passing game, yet he doesn’t seem to invest the practice time to see that this improved passing actually shows up in games.

Going into CPJ ’s 5th season with a bunch of OLs in their 3rd to 4th season out of HS, the need to cross-train seems to be less important than the need to improve pass-blocking skills, if they spent the entire spring working on pass-blocking and never dived at a kneecap all spring wouldn’t bother me one bit, after all, how hard is it to learn how to dive at some guys kneecaps.

You don’t improve your passing game by telling the players to go and throw it around on YOUR OWN and show me that you’re better at it, you invest practice time and you use you coaching talent to make it better.

Like the old saying goes:

“You’re either coaching it, or you’re allowing it to happen”

Once again, heavy on analysis, light on trolling, actually no trolling at all!

GT Lee

April 5th, 2012
12:07 pm

weenie, how about analyzing why YOU STALKED VAD LEE and explain THAT to us.

FL Jacket

April 5th, 2012
12:09 pm

WnE…

The differences is Zenon, Bostic, and Snoddy were recruited higher because they can FLAT-OUT FLY…whereas Godhigh has average athletic ability but does the little things (like block, know the offense, etc.) you would expect from someone in the system for 3 years.

Zenon, Bostic, and Snoddy are either Sophmores or Freshman. If you honestly think you can draw conclusions about anything because of a Spring practice where half the offense is resting injuries, you must have mystical, magical, Gollum-like powers.

And oh yeah…WHY DID YOU STALK VAD LEE?

BigTimeTechFan

April 5th, 2012
12:10 pm

WnE

“This is called analysis people, not trolling”

I can buy that, but it’s a very negitive analysis.
You could say CPJ did a great job by finding a player (GodHigh) nobody else wanted who can contibute to the fooball program.
You could say Godhigh has advantage by being in Tech system for 3 year as opposed to the others.
You could say CPJ took a kid with no major offers, and coached him up to where he may even start Div 1 football

but you say:

“For a walk-on to be better or EQUAL to 4 or 5 Recruited A-Backs means that you have “missed” on a lot of those A-back recruits of which we have too many on the roster to being with”

Just saying it could mean other things then what you say.

BigTimeTechFan

April 5th, 2012
12:14 pm

@WnE

Tell us a coach you like that does not cross train his OL?

George Stein

April 5th, 2012
12:17 pm

We were sacked twice against Miami last year. Not exactly what I’d call a sack machine.

George Stein

April 5th, 2012
12:18 pm

The sacks were for a cumulative -4 yards.

HighTech

April 5th, 2012
12:18 pm

BigTimeTechFan

April 5th, 2012
12:10 pm
WnE

“This is called analysis people, not trolling”

I can buy that, but it’s a very negitive analysis.
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This is the best you can hope for, BTTF. WnE hates Georgia Tech and he hates Coach Johnson. Hate and jealousy have twisted him to the point that he earned his nickname, Gollum.

On the other hand, WnE loves Coach Richt and is a staunch defender of UGA against negative press coverage by the AJC.

FL Jacket

April 5th, 2012
12:18 pm

“IMO the extra time spent pass blocking will pay a much bigger benefit vs. tough teams on our schedule than making sure that our OLs know which set of kneecaps to dive at from various positions on the OL”

WnE…

JEEZ YOU ARE DUMB for someone to claim to know everything about football. The “diving at kneecaps” as you like to call it is called “SCOOPING”.

Scooping is what seals off contain from the backside LBs and what allows the DT/NT to be blocked by the backside OG…so that the TO can have a schematic advantage with blockers on the playside. It is the most crucial run-blocking technique that any OL will ever learn…and a bit part of why CPJ’s offense is the most explosive offense Tech has had in decades.

Practicing pass-blocking any extra, because we struggled blocking against blitzes, really means we need a QB who can make quicker decisions or scramble down the field. Once again, saying whatever fulfills your delusional pre-conceived narrative.

WHY DID YOU STACK VAD LEE? (WDYSVL?) – I get tired of writing it the whole thing out without a legitimate, heartfelt, or contritional response…

BigTimeTechFan

April 5th, 2012
12:19 pm

GT pass blocking 2012 was 15th in the country at .92 a game last year and WnE wan’t them to spend all spring on pass blocking.

GT Lee

April 5th, 2012
12:19 pm

WeeNiE, shine up your precious real nice now, Gollum. We wants to sees it at a pregame…..

WnE

April 5th, 2012
12:21 pm

re:
It couldn’t possibly mean a walk-on has worked his tail off to improve and earn a position. No walk-on ever does that.
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Sorry High Tech, but there are no walk-ons at Bama that are beating out Mark Ingram & Trent Richardson, the reason that works out that way is that Saban ain’t “missing” on his evaluation of RBs like CPJ is.

Our starting B-Back is a former QB that only had 700 yds. rushing last season vs. the 70th or so toughest schedule in the country, taken away the cupcake games and he isn’t even a BCS-level RB.

Now you add in the fact that walk-ons are just as good as the 4 or 5 guys that CPJ has recruited at A-Back and a smart person would start to see a TREND where CPJ is missing on his evaluation of what level of talent it takes to play RB at the BCS level.

You’re looking for the “needle in the haystack” reasoning that says maybe everyone missed on the walk-on but I’m looking at the more LIKELY answer, which is, maybe our HC & his staff has recruited poorly at RB (A-Back & B-Back) and are not good at evaluating BCS-level RB-talent.

Our RB talent has dropped sharply since Chan’s recruits have left GT, I know about Allen, Chan recruited him out of HS, and he was set to transfer to GT to play for Chan and then CPJ swayed him to stay, yeah I know, but the initial GT contact was made by Chan and Allen was expecting to play for Chan.

It is very hard to explain problems at both A-back & B-Back without questioning the HCs ability to Recruit and evaluate players for THIS LEVEL OF CFB accurately.

Once again, heavy on analysis, lite on trolling.

I guess you could say these blogs are now a troll-free zone!

George Stein

April 5th, 2012
12:21 pm

We were sacked twice for a cumulative -11 yards against UGA. Not what I’d call a sack machine.

FL Jacket

April 5th, 2012
12:23 pm

WnE…

WDYSVL?

George Stein

April 5th, 2012
12:24 pm

Sorry High Tech, but there are no walk-ons at Bama that are beating out Mark Ingram & Trent Richardson, the reason that works out that way is that Saban ain’t “missing” on his evaluation of RBs like CPJ is.

There is absolutely no fallacy in comparing the two.

And actually, Saban misses quite frequently. That’s why he always has so many scholarships to give.

Let’s play a game, WnE, since you seem to think playing in a pro-style offense is so important for recruits. Tell me how many yards Mark Richt-recruited tailbacks have rushed for in the NFL. Hint: I know the answer.

BigTimeTechFan

April 5th, 2012
12:24 pm

@HighTechOn the other hand,

“WnE loves Coach Richt”
Must be because he recruited great player that represent their program so well, Ealy, C King, Nick Marshall.

George Stein

April 5th, 2012
12:24 pm

We were sacked five times against VT, for a loss of 37 yards. Bad day, no doubt.

gt4ever

April 5th, 2012
12:25 pm

WnE

You read way too much into these articles…. First and foremost… These recruiting Stars mean NOTHING…. Alabama has NO idea how a guy is going to do until he gets on the field…. It’s the same everywhere…. I personally have played at this level and it’s always been the same… You either have a coach in place that can evaluate talent or he can’t… I tend to believe that CPJ gets it right sometimes(not many), but his overall system is hurting the program… Godhigh could possibly play 12 years in the NFL… I’m surely not going to believe anything a recruiting site says about any kid, because most of them are BS! I can list hundreds of kids that came in and played college football that were not recognized by the so called experts…. and continued on the next level…

It pains me to say that I agree with some of your rants…. However, I am NOT a UGA fan and NEVER will be a UGA fan… :)

WnE

April 5th, 2012
12:28 pm

re:
GT pass blocking 2012 was 15th in the country at .92 a game last year and WnE wan’t them to spend all spring on pass blocking.
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When you extrapolate that number over the very few passing attempts and then look at how lost our passing game was when we needed to pass and other teams knew we needed to pass, then you’ll see that we definitely need to work on our passing blocking more than anything else.

In other words, vs. the good teams on our schedule, I think that more pass blocking will move our team closer to winning those games than will more triple-OPtion work.

GT Lee

April 5th, 2012
12:30 pm

WeeNiE, please take all your football knowledge and go get a coaching job. I would love to see A) how many games you win and B) how much money you make.