Days could miss Tech spring game

Greetings

Some notes from post-practice interviews Wednesday.

1. Quarterback Synjyn Days may not play Friday night in the spring scrimmage. Days injured his left wrist on the final play of practice Wednesday. Days and fellow backup Vad Lee had been receiving most of the practice reps and were slated to get most of them in the scrimmage.

Coach Paul Johnson was not specific regarding how Days’ snaps will be allocated if he can’t play. It could be more for Tevin Washington or for early enrollee Dennis Andrews or walk-on transfer Tim Byerly, or all three, as well as walk-on Darryl Dickey.

“As far as the game goes, it’s not a concern as much as it is he’s made a lot of progress this spring,” Johnson said. “You’d like to see him have a chance to play.”

2. Guard Shaquille Mason may not play either with an undisclosed injury. It was hoped he would return for Wednesday’s practice, but he didn’t participate. That would leave the offensive line with 10 available bodies for Friday, including walk-ons. If someone gets hurt Friday, the likely option would be to flip-flop players from team to team.

3. Johnson on inside linebacker Jabari Hunt-Days: “I think he’s had a good camp, a good spring. I think he’s improved, I think he’s worked hard. He’s doing some good things.”

On the likelihood he’ll see playing time in the fall: “Oh, yeah, definitely. He’s going to have to. He’s going to play.”

4. Asked if any A-backs had made progress closing the gap with Robert Godhigh, who has been the top performing A-back in the spring with Orwin Smith out, Johnson said “I think Deon Hill’s done some good things.”

Johnson also mentioned Tony Zenon and B.J. Bostic but said there’s not a lot of separation.

5. Wide receiver Jeremy Moore has pushed his way into the first group, splitting reps with Jeff Greene and Chris Jackson.

“He’s probably been the most consistent, probably had the least amount of efforts and played hard,” Johnson said. “He’s made some catches. He’s done some good things, made some plays.”

Efforts are demerits for not giving full effort on a play.

“I think you’ve got Jeff and Darren (Waller) and Chris and Jeremy competing and we’ll see how it comes out,” Johnson said. “They’ve all got to learn to play harder.”

6. The most improved player on defense? Johnson said several players have improved and added that “(defensive end) Anthony Williams has caught my eye.”

7. Asked the same question, Washington said named outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu, inside linebacker Quayshawn Nealy, nose tackle T.J. Barnes and also the secondary.

“I think those guys are a lot hungrier this year, more physical with our receivers,” he said. “Those guys come out and just compete every day, try to make plays on the ball, put the defense in a position where they feel like nobody can come out and throw on them.”

“Jeremiah, he’s always 100 miles an hour,” Washington said. “Sometimes you want to tell him to slow down. … He’s got a high motor. He’s always going.”

Washington said Barnes’ focus and attention to detail have improved.

“As far as with the defensive line, if they’ve got a stunt on, he’s making sure he’s in the right gap, making sure he’s doing his job, just trying to take a lot of personal responsibility for what he has to do.”

8. In case you weren’t aware, the spring game is Friday at 7:45 p.m. Free to the public. Parking information here.

Thanks for reading. I’ll have another post up later this morning.

Hope you all can make it out to the spring game Friday night.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

790 comments Add your comment

Ramblin Man

April 19th, 2012
6:54 am

That sucks for Days. I really hope to see him in the one of the AB slots if Vad beats him out for the #2 slot, he seems to be too talented a runner to not be on the field. Not sure if all the o-line injuries are cause for concern now, but if this continues through the summer we could be in trouble.
Ken any word on Snoody or C. Joe

Tokyo jacket

April 19th, 2012
6:58 am

Gonna be a good year!

Ramblin Man

April 19th, 2012
7:02 am

Damn the presure of being first got to me and my thumb hit submit before I was ready.
Ken any word on Snoody, Joe, Harrel, or Menacol? I know a lot of guys are getting reps and I have not seen much on any of these guys and was hoping to see something from each. Thanks for the coverage

Spyro

April 19th, 2012
7:09 am

Burdell

April 19th, 2012
7:25 am

Sorry to hear about Days…hopefully nothing too serious that would keep him from working out this summer. Looks like there will be a lot of new names out on the field in the fall…I’m excited to see how this season pans out.

GO JACKETS!

yellowfever

April 19th, 2012
7:55 am

Tech will win the ACC championship IF, the D can hold opponents to 21 points or less and the offense can score 22 or more.. Am I freaking smart or what.

FL Jacket

April 19th, 2012
8:03 am

Thanks Ken…Will the rosters for each squad get posted before the game?

Too bad about Synjyn and the O-Line. If this were a regular season game, I’m sure he could go (if not QB, then AB) but this is Spring and playing anyone hurt is stupid.

Tokyo jacket

April 19th, 2012
8:37 am

I really like hearing about the improved play of TJ Barnes. For this defense, that is player who must set the tone for the whole front. If he’s playing hard and fast, this will be a successful year. Both of our nose tackles this year were 4* recruits coming out of high school. I’d like to see them live up to that this year.

BIrmingham Jacket

April 19th, 2012
8:39 am

Hate that for Days. But the real question is, “Why did we go from Bad-to-Worse from Gailey to Paul Johnson?”

This administration is an embarrassment to a legendary program.

Ralph Friedgen is a fantastic coach and good recruiter.

Fire CPJ NOW!!!

Rduck

April 19th, 2012
8:39 am

Hate to hear that about Days and Mason. Both are great young talents. But I would rather they sit out this weekend and be ready for the fall. Just gives other guys a chance to make a mark. Hope to see a good crowd tomorrow night. It will be my first spring game and I am bringing my 12 year old niece with me. Hope to pass on my love for GT down to her… Go Jackets!!!

Rduck

April 19th, 2012
8:40 am

totally agree Tokyo Jacket… Barnes and Green will set the tone for how well our defense can be this year…

Tokyo jacket

April 19th, 2012
8:41 am

As for Synjyn, that stinks. I really want to see him on the field. I know most of us don’t remember Reggie Ball well, but Synjyn has all of his good qualities (strong arm, fast/strong runner, and fearless) without the negative ones. I tell you though, I don’t think he’s going to beat out Vad Lee. I really want to see Days on the field at A-back in the fall!

BIrmingham Jacket

April 19th, 2012
8:43 am

HIRE THE FRIDGE!!!

Rduck

April 19th, 2012
8:43 am

Birmingham- Please explain to me how we have gotten worse under CPJ. Average 8 wins a year with an ACC title, and finished 1st in our division twice in 4 years. Recruiting averages are about the same if not a little better. Time to let 2007 go…

FL Jacket

April 19th, 2012
8:45 am

Newsflash…Birmingham Jacket is not a Tech fan people

FL Jacket

April 19th, 2012
8:47 am

Tokyo…

Could you imagine an AB rotation of Orwin Smith, Synjyn Days, B.J. Bostic, and Robby Godhigh? Then you throw in the speed of Tony Zenon and Deon Hill?

CT_Jacket

April 19th, 2012
8:48 am

Birmingham – What did Chan Gailey ever accomplish? He only more more than 7 games once, lost the ACC title game to Wake Forest while only scoring 6 points and never beat UGA.

CT_Jacket

April 19th, 2012
8:49 am

only won more

JM

April 19th, 2012
8:53 am

that’s bad for Synjyn. I hope he recovers quickly, maybe he’ll be able to get a few reps. We will see Friday.

I am glad to hear the defensive players improving. Greatly needed.

Captain

April 19th, 2012
8:55 am

Ken – where is your story on GT ILB Daniel Drummond’s DUI? Arrested in Hall Co, appeared in State Court and pled guilty. How many games will he be suspended?

ED

April 19th, 2012
8:57 am

leave it to tech to have their spring game on a friday night. Who else in their right mind would do that?
well, their offence is high school. I guess it makes sense.
I see where teck is tweaking the D.
How bout an overhaul

BigTimeTechFan

April 19th, 2012
9:03 am

Days should rest the wrist, my guess is he stiff armed someone a little to hard, hope the defensive player is ok.
Great update, nice to hear some new names stepping up, Moore, Williams, Jabari The Hunt, Hill.
Like Hill’s size at B-Back, but also like Zenon and Bostic’s speed, hard call.

Coach Johnson has done a great job recruiting, lot of players battling for jobs and that’s a good thing

FL Jacket

April 19th, 2012
9:04 am

“Ken – where is your story on GT ILB Daniel Drummond’s DUI?”

Captain, where’s the link to the story?

HighTech

April 19th, 2012
9:13 am

Days plays with alot of heart. I hate it that he will miss the Spring Game. Based on what I’ve read, I’m thinking the backfield lineup for the game will be:

1st – Washington, Sims, Godhigh, Hill
2nd – Lee, Perkins, Zenon, Bostic

GO JACKETS!

Perfect for Days

April 19th, 2012
9:16 am

Working out of the pistol formation would favor Days. All previous plays can still be run as seen in this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwMInV2RyYg

Jacket Man

April 19th, 2012
9:17 am

B’Ham = WnE

ED

April 19th, 2012
9:28 am

when is the last time a GT player missed PT because of weed?(reuben houston excluded)
Don’t think for a minute the jackets are not firing up the joints over there. If you do not think alot of GT players are smoking weed, you are nuts.

HighTech

April 19th, 2012
9:31 am

I don’t think so. B’ham’s writing style is different from Gollum’s. B’ham reminds me more of Hedley Lamarr or Eff Peejay.

HighTech

April 19th, 2012
9:33 am

ED…and your point is?

Tokyo jacket

April 19th, 2012
9:37 am

FL Jacket…you’d almost have two different teams out there: a size team and a speed team. My personal take is that I prefer a size team because our best rushers seem to have been bigger A-backs. But, Roddy Jones was kind of medium and by far the best at springing other backs (Allen, Peeples, Smith) free for long runs by sealing his side. Whomever can block as good as Roddy needs to be the starter opposite Orwin Smith.

Superxize that order, mutt

April 19th, 2012
9:48 am

I see the trolls are out in force this morning still claiming that Drummond was in court for a DUI, and yet still nowhere online is there anything about it. Ken, can you address that, and if it’s false, permanently block those hate-mongers. Also somebody Monday claimed that Trey Braun broke a leg in the Saturday scrimmage. Any truth to that rumor either?

Superxize that order, mutt

April 19th, 2012
9:51 am

@ Ed, how do you know? Are you selling it to them?

HighTech

April 19th, 2012
9:51 am

Torching a Blunt with the Bulldog Nation.

April 19th, 2012
9:53 am

ED, that has to be stupidest post of the week. (must be a doggie).

Buzzed

April 19th, 2012
9:54 am

“High” Tech is asking ED about his point on weed?

Teddy Roosevelt

April 19th, 2012
9:54 am

If the D line can fill their assignments it sounds like we will be stacked at the LB position to shut down the run. With another year pf experience under their belts the secondary should be able to play some shut down D. I think the defense will be much improved this year

Buzzed

April 19th, 2012
9:55 am

And the comments are closed on the Drummond blog. Hmmm.

Superxize that order, mutt

April 19th, 2012
9:57 am

@ Buzzed, why shouldn’t they be closed. It is what it is. Time to move on.

HighTech

April 19th, 2012
9:57 am

Buzzed

April 19th, 2012
9:54 am
“High” Tech is asking ED about his point on weed?
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Yes I am, “Buzzed”. What point is ED trying to make?

Superxize that order, mutt

April 19th, 2012
9:58 am

@ HT….thanks, I see that Ken just posted it. Not DUI but BUI, but still not a good thing.

HighTech

April 19th, 2012
9:59 am

Buzzed

April 19th, 2012
9:55 am
And the comments are closed on the Drummond blog. Hmmm.
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Don’t feel disappointed. You can troll here.

Buzzed

April 19th, 2012
10:02 am

Superxize (sic): You sure you wouldn’t wonder the same thing if this happened at a certain other school, and would you say the same – “it is what it is; move on”? Right.

gt45

April 19th, 2012
10:05 am

Hate it for Days!

Buzzed

April 19th, 2012
10:07 am

And, HT, I was pointing out the interesting name you chose juxtaposed with your questioning of someone discussing joints. Apparently the irony escaped you. However, I believe that ED was making the point – that Mr. Drummond has proven – that kids do stupid stuff, regardless of where they go to school, and you guys shouldn’t be so sanctimonious as to believe otherwise.

dawgfan

April 19th, 2012
10:08 am

The Drummond thing is interesting for a couple of reasons. First, the incident occured way back in July but the AJC is just now getting wind of it after a guilty plea. Yet, the instant a UGA player gets arrested (let alone convicted) for something the AJC is all over it like white on rice. Second, Paul Johnson did not suspend him until he was convicted. Note that the incident occured in July and Drummond played the entire 2011 season. Mark Richt suspends for just charges almost immediately, no conviction necessary. Last but not least, a DUI is good for a MINIMUM two game suspension at UGA. It looks like Drummond is getting a one game slap on the wrist.

Please keep pretending you are so holier than thou Techies. You are a joke.

Thanks.

Superxize that order, mutt

April 19th, 2012
10:09 am

@ Buzzed, the difference is that I don’t (and NEVER HAVE) troll that other school’s blogs trying to stir up trouble. Can you say the same?

Teddy Roosevelt

April 19th, 2012
10:10 am

Kids make mistakes, and he’ll pay the consequences for it. For those who didn’t read the article he’ll “be suspended for 10 percent of the games” and “be required to attend drug and alcohol counseling in addition to the suspension.” Problem already addressed by the administration. Hope we have enough depth top step at to play.

Superxize that order, mutt

April 19th, 2012
10:11 am

dwagfan, according to one of your “brothers,” the court appearance and plea were YESTAHDAY, regardless of whenever the crime was committed. Blame the Hall County courts, not the AJC or anybody at Tech

nothing wrong with a littler weed

April 19th, 2012
10:13 am

been smoking weed for 43 years. graduated from ma tech with most of the guys that i knew smoking weed. kept us sane. prof kezios even used to joke about his students smoking them left handed cigs on the hooch all the time.

time to kick the war on mj to the curb. it should not be a schedule 1 drug. nothing more than a war on lifestyles.

i also believe that many of the fb players smoke but they are smart enough to pick their spots. most are so lean than instead of taking 6 weeks to clear their system they can do it in a week or 2.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 19th, 2012
10:14 am

dwagfan, I can assure that most of us on here are “holier” than you, because, unlike you, we don’t troll the UGA blogs trying to stir things up. That’s not saying that there are no Tech fans who do that, but I don’t think any of us do that; I know I don’t.

BTW, I just noticed I mistyped my own name. I’m not so holy either. LOL