A few notes from Wednesday and Monday.
1. B-back Charles Perkins didn’t take any reps at A-back Wednesday, as he had Monday. Quarterback Synjyn Days took few, if any. B-back David Sims took some turns at A-back, though. Coach Paul Johnson said the cross-training is standard procedure and “wasn’t a big deal.”
“It’s something we’ve done everywhere,” Johnson said. “It’s like when I was at Hawaii – we had one year all four of our skill guys were quarterbacks, both slots and both receivers. Actually, it was five, because we had five quarterbacks playing at one time.”
2. Johnson on the receivers: “They’re working hard. Jeff Greene actually got hurt a little bit earlier. Nothing serious, but he missed most of practice. Darren Waller had a couple nice plays. Jeremy Moore (did, as well). Chris Jackson made a nice catch or two. They did O.K.”
It’s likely one or more of the incoming receivers will play as a true freshman, as he typically plays five or six receivers, and there’s only four scholarship receivers in spring practice. Possibilities are Travin Henry from Cook High, Micheal Summers from Statesboro High and Anthony Autry from Norcross High.
3. One priority for the offense this spring is to drill down on the core plays, to make sure players truly understand their assignments and can execute them against a variety of defensive looks.
Said quarterbacks and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon, “It sounds maybe a little simplistic, but it’s pretty in-depth and, as the scrimmage goes on, they get tired and that’s when things start happening, so that’s been our focus, trying to get our guys on offense better at those things.”
Bohannon said that the decision to emphasize honing the core plays came from review of the five losses from 2011.
“[P]robably three of those, if we were just a little more fundamentally sound at going to the right person and doing the right thing, it would have given us a pretty good opportunity to win the game,” Bohannon said.
He didn’t name them, but I’m going to guess Virginia, Virginia Tech and Utah.
Center Jay Finch has noticed the prioritization.
“There’s a heavy focus on base plays, because if you can’t run the base plays, you’re not going to be able to run the counterpart,” he said. “If you can’t run the triple-option, you’re not going to be able to run anything.”
4. Saturday’s scrimmage will be open. It begins at 9:15 a.m. at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Enter through Callaway Plaza.
Thanks for reading.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog