Shotgun option play shines in scrimmage

Greetings-

Hope all are well. This is the top of the notebook that will go in the Sunday paper. Brief observations of the scrimmage: Offense played better, defense didn’t tackle well. Synjyn Days ran the ball well but had trouble throwing. Vad Lee looked pretty good but had a bad fumble. Enjoy the weekend.

Last Saturday, in its first open scrimmage of spring practice, Georgia Tech unveiled the work it had been doing in the shotgun. Saturday, the Tech offense rehearsed repeatedly what could be a productive play out of that formation.

In a scrimmage at Bobby Dodd Stadium, a read-option play with a motioning A-back routinely broke for big gains against the Tech defense. Quarterback Synjyn Days used it for several productive runs, as he led the offense to three touchdowns on possessions starting on its 30-yard line. He did have a bad giveaway, throwing an interception under heavy pressure.

“They couldn’t tackle him,” coach Paul Johnson said. “He had a good day. He made a lot of people miss. He needs to improve on his throwing, though.”

The offense has been working on the play over the course of spring practice, quarterback Tevin Washington said.

“[Saturday] was the first day we really got work with it,” he said. “It looked good. I think we did a good job of executing and doing what the coaches asked of us.”

On one touchdown drive led by Days, the offense ran it three times for 46 yards. A-backs Robert Godhigh, Tony Zenon and B.J. Bostic had runs of 27, 21 and 17 yards, respectively, off the play.

“It just worked,” Johnson said. “They blocked it correctly most of the time, and if you get the read right, it’s pretty hard to play.”

As has been the case this spring, coaches gave most of the snaps to Days and backup quarterback Vad Lee, who drove the offense to two touchdowns. Lee threw the ball accurately and mixed in a few positive runs. He did have a little trouble on center-quarterback exchanges and ended one drive in the red zone with a lost fumble.

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

329 comments Add your comment

Tech 1998

April 14th, 2012
2:26 pm

Ready for T-Day game Friday! Let’s go Tech!

5150 UOAD

April 14th, 2012
2:26 pm

We KNEW it was coming.

Tech 1998

April 14th, 2012
2:27 pm

Son I’m first :)

5150 UOAD

April 14th, 2012
2:28 pm

Watch what Jones & Johnson did at Hawaii. CPJ knows the passing game. He just needs the QB to do it.

triple option spread

April 14th, 2012
2:28 pm

5150 UOAD

April 14th, 2012
2:28 pm

98 do do that.

triple option spread

April 14th, 2012
2:29 pm

yeller bug

April 14th, 2012
2:45 pm

yeller bug

April 14th, 2012
3:13 pm

The pistol or shotgun would be a nice addition to the Tech arsenal. I think CPJ should have V. Lee practice the most in it and develop a pass first type option attack while TW and Days continue with the traditional TO. This would provide more options (pun intended) for opposing D’s to consider and prepare for. Roll out passes, roll out forward pitches, shuttle passes—there’s a lot of flair that can be created from this offense. As 5150 pointed out–CPJ opened it up at Hawaii. Throw in some no huddle as a change of pace and you will keep the pressure on the D.

chan gailey

April 14th, 2012
3:33 pm

TW will be the best ball boy of all time. He brings back so many memories of Reggie Ball

RocketCityJacket

April 14th, 2012
3:35 pm

Without the passing game, any “good” defense can stop the TO. Just look at our record over the past few years. I can’t wait to see how we do on offense this year, now that we have Vad Lee.
The defense is still a mystery to me. We seem to have had the players over the past few years and we still suck. The only thing that stands out is that we are still hanging on to the 3/4 and we can’t get it working. 3 against 5 just don’t cut it. It’s no surprise to me that our pass rush is nonexistent. The answer appears to be to go back to the good ole 4/3.

HighTech

April 14th, 2012
3:37 pm

yeller bug…don’t forget Vad has shown he can run the ball, too. Could he be the dual threat quarterback that opens up the offense?

dawgfan

April 14th, 2012
3:45 pm

I just want to add that I’m an idiot.

Thanks.

BigTimeTECHFan

April 14th, 2012
4:00 pm

Nice, last weeks Sunday paper did not have a sports page, will this weeks?

AJC Scrimmage report

April 14th, 2012
4:12 pm

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Jacket Man

April 14th, 2012
4:42 pm

Justin Thomas, the player from Alabama who signed with the Jackets and will be coming in this summer, should also be a great candidate to run the pistol, if he doesn’t take a red shirt. He may end up being the fastest player on the team when he steps foot on campus and is very experienced running that offense.

Some things are just too easy...

April 14th, 2012
4:54 pm

“In a scrimmage at Bobby Dodd Stadium, a read-option play with a motioning A-back routinely broke for big gains against the Tech defense.”

Well, duh – AGAINST THE TECH DEFENSE – who didn’t see that coming?(obviously, the defense)…

230gr Full Metal Jacket

April 14th, 2012
4:57 pm

I think it’s a foregone conclussion that Justin Thomas will red-shirt this year. And Rocket City Jacket is correct, imo, it’s time to can the 3-4 experiment and go back to the traditional 4-3. With a 3-4 we’ll never get decent pressure on the QB unless we suddenly materialize about a half-dozen BIG and fast defensive tackles (Which I believe we now have a few of, but nowhere near the size and depth needed to run a 3-4).

Robert the Yellow Jacket

April 14th, 2012
5:02 pm

I like all our QBs.
Many would have a better opinion of Tevin had our special team simply converted the extra point to make the score 35 all in the 2010 arch rival game at Athens.
With the pressure on, maybe a turnover on the kickoff and a W.
Against Clemson with the call not blown when Clemson jumped offsides to cause a fumble, we really have a blow out win instead of just by the 2 TDs.
But it may be tough to keep Days and Lee off the field.
If Days can’t get playing time at QB, I like the idea of having a few plays with him running or even catching a short pass.
As a fan base, we need to stop getting on WRs for dropped passes.
As a number 2 or 3 WR, if u only get one shot at a catch per game, it makes it a lot more difficult.
Learn to be on your players side instead of on their backs.

5150 UOAD

April 14th, 2012
5:05 pm

ARE many of you guys going to the game Friday night? Some of us regular bloggers are going to meet at the game if you make it.

Robert the Yellow Jacket

April 14th, 2012
5:16 pm

BTW we have needed a special teams coach for some time.
Better late than never but early last year, a fan or two was angry when the kick returner tried and successfully picked up the ball and was immediately tackled.
In other words he took an unnecessary risk but in that case there was no fumble.
Later against Miami, not having a ST coach came home to bite us as a similar gamble resulted in a fumble and I think a Miami TD.
It is not great coaching when your fans see something that needs correcting and coaching does not get done.

Robert the Yellow Jacket

April 14th, 2012
5:21 pm

@UOAD
I have usually gone by the handle Jackets and the year and sometimes my full name Robert Barron.
I would like to make the game but doubt I can.
As I just said, I think we need to stop obsessing over dropped passes even if they continue.
On our guys side and not on their backs.

Robert the Yellow Jacket

April 14th, 2012
5:25 pm

If we can just beat VT in the first game, we can have a very good year like 2009 again.
To my surprise, I have liked just about all the VT fans I have met.
Course it may help that I run into them on vacation at Myrtle Beach.

5150 UOAD

April 14th, 2012
5:36 pm

Know a few VT fans and they were former Georgia Power employees and are good people.

yeller bug

April 14th, 2012
5:38 pm

I just hope CPJ breaks the common myth that you need to stick with one QB because of leadership, rhythm, cadence, C-QB exchange etc. As Robert the YJ states we have good QBs and each has a particular skill better than the other. TW is the most complete-all around, Days is a better runner, Lee a better passer, but they all can run and throw. Design sets of plays to their strengths and get them all on the field.

As for the D—that’s a mystery. I think a 3-4 should be EASIER to recruit—you need less big guys and a bunch of athletes in the 210 to 245 lb range to be LBs that can fly to the ball. Those shouldn’t be too hard to find. CAG needs to be a little more Tenuta-like and send the blitz more often. We gave up way too many 3rd and long (> 5 yds) last year. If you can’t stop’em with coverage, then blitz 2 or 3 guys.

5150 UOAD

April 14th, 2012
5:43 pm

yeller bug Groh just has not brought in the BIG UVa type players he was getting. Not sure what DC I want to replace him but we have to make the D strong. With a Good D the Jackets will be in the ACC CG every year.

5150 UOAD

April 14th, 2012
5:44 pm

GT 7 vs Wake 5 Baseball.

HighTech

April 14th, 2012
6:02 pm

The Georgia Tech offense prepared Stephen Hill for the NFL. Read this article and save the link to post later.

http://www.ajc.com/sports/georgia-tech/ga-tech-offense-prepared-1417145.html

RambleOn84

April 14th, 2012
6:29 pm

Our defense is the key to our season this year. With good improvement, we can win 10-11 games this year. Our schedule is not too tough…VPI, Clemson, and Georgie are the only teams that we should struggle with. All the other tough games are at home.

With that said, I wouldn’t worry too much about missed tackles. The offense usually beats the defense in early scrimmages. What is important is showing you can stick to your assignments and get to the QB. It sounds like the D did that pretty well today.

The offensive progress will be fun to watch.

5150 UOAD

April 14th, 2012
6:39 pm

Damn 8-7 GT leading. Let them back in the game.

5150 UOAD

April 14th, 2012
6:41 pm

DAMN what a GREAT catch stealing a double frome DOVE in the top of the 9th.

5150 UOAD

April 14th, 2012
6:55 pm

Letting WAKE back in the game in the 9th. Damn.

5150 UOAD

April 14th, 2012
6:56 pm

8-7 TECH win over Wake.

HighTech

April 14th, 2012
7:00 pm

5150 UOAD

April 14th, 2012
6:56 pm
8-7 TECH win over Wake.
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GO JACKETS!

5150 UOAD

April 14th, 2012
7:04 pm

HT we made it UGLY in the 9th.

HighTech

April 14th, 2012
7:06 pm

The final score, 5150. The final score.

Orwin Smith Fan Club

April 14th, 2012
7:07 pm

dawgfan

April 14th, 2012
7:08 pm

My dawgs won today! We are on the road to yet another National Championship. 1-0 and the season has not even started. Take that Techies!

Thanks.

5150 UOAD

April 14th, 2012
7:09 pm

GT 8 vs Wake 7

HighTech

April 14th, 2012
7:10 pm

A win is a win…

5150 UOAD

April 14th, 2012
7:10 pm

We got a SO with Wake men on 2nd and 3rd to win.

nash

April 14th, 2012
7:29 pm

It is great to hear that Coach PJ has the qb he needs to open it up at tech. This could be a special year for tech and, it’s fans in the ACC. Remember Nessbit took this team to the promise land and he wasn’t the most accurate qb but man could that man rumble

Supersize that order, mutt

April 14th, 2012
7:47 pm

@ dwagfan, who won today? the athletes or the inmates?

Supersize that order, mutt

April 14th, 2012
7:50 pm

@ HT, that was a great link. Thanks !!!

dawgfan

April 14th, 2012
7:51 pm

Both

Thanks.

dawgfan

April 14th, 2012
7:53 pm

We are also in the hunt for a transfer from Maryland. He’s the only elite player from the ACC.

Thanks

Supersize that order, mutt

April 14th, 2012
7:57 pm

is there room in the jail for him too?

5150 UOAD

April 14th, 2012
7:58 pm

dwagfan if he goes to a Special Education Conference school he will graduate in 1 semester and then what?

5150 UOAD

April 14th, 2012
8:00 pm

dwagfan can’t count too good. It seems 20 players are leaving the EDSELL train and plenty are very good.

dawgfan

April 14th, 2012
8:03 pm

Depends on capacity Supersize. We’ll lose many to attrition (AKA: drug use, beating women, DUI, theft, you know the usual).

5150, with a degree in magazines he’ll be a shoe in for a job selling…well magazines.

Thanks.