Georgia Tech: Justin Thomas turns on the jets

Practice report from Tuesday afternoon:

1. Georgia Tech put on the pads for the first time Tuesday. Among the standouts was freshman quarterback Justin Thomas.

“There were some kids that did some good things,” coach Paul Johnson said. “Justin Thomas had a couple long runs for touchdowns, so that was good.”

In his next breath, Johnson played down the possibility of him playing this year. With Tevin Washington, Vad Lee and Synjyn Days ahead of him, a redshirt seems likely.

“He’s lost right now,” Johnson said. “But he’s very quick and fast. He’s got ability like we thought.”

Tuesday was also the first opportunity for coaches to see how Days, who has also been taking snaps at A-back, could block. Johnson said Days took more reps Tuesday at quarterback than A-back and didn’t watch him that much.

“It wasn’t glaringly bad or it wasn’t anything that caught my eye,” he said.

There wasn’t a great deal of full-contact work, defensive end Izaan Cross said, mostly formation recognition work. The most contact was in an option drill.

“We’ve got a ways to go,” Cross said, “but a good start.”

After four practices with no pads or just shoulder pads, “everybody was ready to hit,” said nose tackle T.J. Barnes, who hailed the play of cornerback Louis Young. “I was impressed by what I saw [Tuesday], but we’ve still got to get better.”

Defensive coordinator Al Groh’s assessment of the freshmen: “A lot of them are like a ball in high grass. You know what that is? Lost.”

2. Groh’s breakdown of defensive end Anthony Williams, who is pushing for playing time behind ends Cross, Emmanuel Dieke and Euclid Cummings. “This is Anthony’s third year. He’s certainly got some muscles on him that he didn’t have two years ago, (and) a better sense of the techniques that he plays. That’s the key thing, the development of the techniques, because they’re all fairly similar from defensive scheme to defensive scheme. … In the early going, added on to the 15 practices of the spring, you can see some progress in that area.”

3. It’s been a good camp so far for kicker David Scully. The junior, who came to Tech as a walk-on, was placed on scholarship on Monday. He has taken an early lead in the competition with kicker Justin Moore. And he likes new special-teams coordinator David Walkosky. While he is spending more time with the specialists, Scully and his fellow kickers are actually kicking less.

“He makes it a point not to over-kick us,” Scully said. “I know this time last year, we were all (spending time in the) cold tub, sore, stretching, just dying. And he makes a really good point to make sure, when we start getting fatigued, he shuts us down. Just really kind of taking care of us in general.”

4. Cross’ roommate at the team hotel is walk-on freshman A-back Isiah Willis. It’s seemingly the ideal situation for a senior like Cross to pull rank. He said he has yet to do so.

“I just want to go to bed when I get back to the room,” he said. “I’m exhausted after Coach Groh’s meetings.”

5. The team will have its first double practice session on Wednesday, going at 9:30 a.m. and again at 5:15 p.m. The Jackets have a scrimmage scheduled for Saturday morning. It has not been determined if it will be open to the public.

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

207 comments Add your comment

Gt82

August 7th, 2012
8:40 pm

1st………… too many qb,s, not enough quality defensive linemen and linebackers

TechFanForever

August 7th, 2012
8:45 pm

Justin Thomas: You can’t create speed. You are born with it. Don’t redshirt the guy. We should be able to recruit a “Justin Thomas” every two years easy. Put the young man on the field.

GssiT

August 7th, 2012
8:46 pm

Hey coaches–CPJ & CAG Let’s be upbeat and positive. Two long TD runs–We might have to find a place for that kid Ball in high grass—It’s not in the water! Isn’t there a penalty for that? Go, Jackets!

Big Crimson 75

August 7th, 2012
8:53 pm

Y’all owe us one for Justin Thomas!!
He’s a Player.
To ease my disgruntlement, I’ll think about that TD pass Colin Peak caught in the ‘09 SEC CG!

Supersize that order, mutt

August 7th, 2012
9:00 pm

LOL @ Crimson

NCJacket

August 7th, 2012
9:08 pm

It’s a simple recruiting strategy. We recruit the best athletes by tricking them into thinking they will be the star quarterback. Then, we move them to our most needed skill position.

Ol'JacketFan

August 7th, 2012
9:10 pm

Hey Supersize, did you see wrexie trashing of Coach Dodd?

big gt fan

August 7th, 2012
9:20 pm

when i look at the a backs i see bone o.smith use thomas as a back. cpj is to stuborn to make good decisions that will be his down fall

Ol'JacketFan

August 7th, 2012
9:22 pm

For all the Tech fans out there, here what a so-called Tech fan and an alleged Tech graduate thinks about Coach Bobby Dodd.

WnE

August 7th, 2012
2:37 pm

re:
Tech Troll 13
August 7th, 2012
1:26 pm

The best blockers will start at wide receiver. Melton & Hill were both excellant blockers. That may be harder to replace than catching passes. For the most part, I agree with CPJ and why throw for five yards. To quote Coach Dodd ” three things can happen when you pass and two are bad”
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Coach Dodd?

You mean the same guy that took is OUT of the SEC because he thought we’d be the “ND of the South” and increase our Revenues, and instead almost bankrupted our Athletic Program in the mid to late 70s before Homer Rice “rescued GT sports”?

I don’t think I’d be quoting that guy!

It is one thing to let a Tennessee dropout walk the sidelines and coach CFB, yet another to let a Tennessee dropout become ATHLETIC DIRECTOR and have to make Business decisions that might have an impact for DECADES and involve millions of dollars.

GT is getting what we deserve by being “banished” to a crappy conference like the ACC.

A school that prides itself on “being the smartest guys in the room” allowed a College dropout to basically ruin our Athletic Department.

I’ve never been a fan of Dodd, and believe he is very much over rated.

And this jerk has the guts to call himself a Tech fan???????????????? Un freaking believeable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This explains why the D is so bad...

August 7th, 2012
9:23 pm

“The most contact was in an option drill. “We’ve got a ways to go,” Cross said, “but a good start.”

When all you do is practice full speed against an option attack for 3 weeks in the summer, then when you face the other stuff from our opponents, even though you practice against the “scout” team all week, the speed of the game is so different from the “scout” team that the D is always a half step slow in reacting, and that hurts.

But, on the other hand, the opponents are not used to the speed of the GT option, so we will, again, just have to outscore everyone if we are to be successful and have more than 7-8 wins…

Uh, OlJacketFan......

August 7th, 2012
9:26 pm

…Dodd did NOT “banish” GT to a crappy conference like the ACC; Tech , as you pointed out, was an independent when they tried to be ND – the ACC deal was Homer’s deal, so don’t go blaiming Coach Dodd…

Ol'JacketFan

August 7th, 2012
9:28 pm

and just for good measure…………………..

WnE

August 7th, 2012
4:40 pm

Sorry Steinie that 50 years still haunts GT to this very day.

Also, Dodds record vs. UGA is much better than Chan’s, but it is not nearly as good as the Dodd Mythologists make it out to be.

Dodd pulling GT out of the SEC has to be one of the worst moves in the history of CFB from an Admin standpoint.

Imagine the Crowds we’d have at Grant Field if we were still in the SEC, the Recruits we’d get that would stay at home to play at GT in Atlanta………..in the SEC.

What could have been, but alas, it was all undone by a dropout from Tennessee.

BTW Dodd’s record against GA 12-9, he did lose his last 3 to GA but also owns the longest winning streak in the series at 8. Not bad for a UT dropout. 165-64-8 overall record, 76-39-4 SEC record. Universally respected by his peers. I know wrexie is an idiot but this hits a whole new level of manure.

Uh, OlJacketFan......

August 7th, 2012
9:28 pm

Can you tell I did not go to Tech – blaming, not “blaiming”…

Ol'JacketFan

August 7th, 2012
9:29 pm

Uh, check again, those are WnE aka wrexie’w words not mine!

ToeMeetsLeather

August 7th, 2012
9:29 pm

Always liked Peak, is he on an NFL roster this year?

The QB battle next spring and fall is going to be something else!

Ol'JacketFan

August 7th, 2012
9:31 pm

@ Toe, yep that QB battle is going to be war next year LOL!

North Ave Killer Beez

August 7th, 2012
9:41 pm

Big GT fan: Agree with you about Johnson being to stubborn make good decisions. Also how do you tell the fans if Day’s does not beat Tevin out in the first few weeks, he will probably move to A-back then turn around and tell us you didn’t watch him that much. Nice evaluation formula you have coach. SMH

Supersize that order, mutt

August 7th, 2012
9:43 pm

@ OJF…….that just proves what we have always said—–WnE is NOT a Tech fan. If he can’t even say something good about Dodd, then he is worthless. I am sure he must have negative things to same about Alexander and Heismann too. He is a fool. Granted, Dodd made some BAD decisions as AD, he was one of the greatest football coaches of all time. But to WnE, he is just a Tennessee dropout. WnE is a putz.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 7th, 2012
9:44 pm

@ Uh…..you apparently didn’t read OJF’s entire post. He was quoting what WnE said about Dodd earlier; he was not saying those things himself.

Ol'JacketFan

August 7th, 2012
9:48 pm

SS it’s hard to second guess Dodd’s decisions at the time. Hindsight being 20/20 there are some moves he made that were detrimental to Tech but think about where Tech was at that time. The Falcons and Braves had just hit town, GA was not yet the program they were to become. Tech was number one in GA. I can see why he made the decisions he made and from what I have been told he had the complete support of the administration and the alumni supporters.

Big Crimson 75

August 7th, 2012
9:50 pm

Sounds like Coach Johnson’s in a pickle.
He seems to have all these tweeners @ his disposal.
Where’s everybody gonna line up?
Talent’s wasted if it’s standing on the side-line!!
Seems like their’s 2 back-up QBs that need to see the Field if they can’t beat out Washington.
I’d have Justin Thomas in the Game-plan.

“He’s lost right now,” Johnson said. “But he’s very quick and fast. He’s got ability like we thought.”
Lost!! Find him…..and send him on a fly pattern!!

JacketGuy

August 7th, 2012
9:52 pm

Justin Thomas’ plays likely came against the 2nd or 3rd teamers, so there’s no point in getting excited until we know he’s doing that against the first team defense. Plus he’s gotta know the freakin play book, guys.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 7th, 2012
9:52 pm

@ OJF……it wasn’t just the decision to pull out of the SEC. It was also whatever role he played in the hiring of Carson, the firing of Carson, and the hiring of Curry. I think I remember that he didn’t totally support hiring Carson, but gave in, which he should not have. But at the same time, firing Carson when they did, was probably as much his doings as anyone else’s. I think he fully supported, if not wanted, the hiring of Curry.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 7th, 2012
9:54 pm

@ OJF….also, once out of the SEC, Dodd should have dumped Duke and Tulane, and not Tennessee and Auburn. And if he wanted Tech to be the Notre Dame of the South, he should have started scheduling more nationally known teams.

Ol'JacketFan

August 7th, 2012
10:04 pm

SS wasn’t Bud carson his DC at the time he retire from coaching? And for the most part the TN and Auburn games did continue after Tech left the SEC.

4.25 speed is a killer but let’s have Justin learn the playbook ;-)

Ol'JacketFan

August 7th, 2012
10:09 pm

I’ve always wondered how things would have turned out if Curry had not left for AL, his last team was pretty dang good!

Big Crimson 75

August 7th, 2012
10:11 pm

4.25 speed is a killer but let’s have Justin learn the playbook
———–
that’ll take 4 yrs!!

BIG MIKE

August 7th, 2012
10:12 pm

Just to be fair….GT didn’t pull out of the SEC in the 70″s. It was 1963 and the SEC wasn’t near as powerful then as it is now. There were a lot of successful independents at the time and GT certainly was one of them. Since then the independents that didn’t latch onto a conference have been left hanging ala Notre Dame. FSU university was independent and latched onto the same conference GT did,. Things have changed since then.

Ol'JacketFan

August 7th, 2012
10:15 pm

Big Crimson……………..nah, according to some folks Tech only runs 6 plays ;-)

5150 UOAD

August 7th, 2012
10:15 pm

I want the QB battle to be a war every year.

Ol'JacketFan

August 7th, 2012
10:16 pm

@ Big Mike, Tech’s last year in the SEC was 1963

Big Crimson 75

August 7th, 2012
10:17 pm

ol’jacket — I was always a fan of Curry. He recruited the over-whelming majority of our ‘92 Championship Team. He couldn’t beat Aubie(of course, he was only given 3 shots) & I don’t think the fan base liked the ties to Tech!!

BIG MIKE

August 7th, 2012
10:18 pm

THAT’S WHAT I SAID.

Ol'JacketFan

August 7th, 2012
10:19 pm

@ Big Crimson, you are so right about that, it drove the old guard at AL crazy to have a Tech man as their coach!

Ol'JacketFan

August 7th, 2012
10:20 pm

Big Mike, my bad! I mis read your comment, mea culpa!

Big Crimson 75

August 7th, 2012
10:20 pm

51 — that’d probably good a sign for y’all.

Big Crimson 75

August 7th, 2012
10:23 pm

We parked a U-Haul in front of the Man’s house!!!

Ol'JacketFan

August 7th, 2012
10:24 pm

One nice thing about competition the best player will emerge. At QB whoever it is has to take care of the ball and make the proper reads/decision or no matter how talented/athletic they won’t make the grade with CPJ.

Ol'JacketFan

August 7th, 2012
10:25 pm

@ Big Crimson, I remember that and the for sale sign in the front lawn!

collegeballfan

August 7th, 2012
10:25 pm

“To quote Coach Dodd ” three things can happen when you pass and two are bad”

That is not a quote from Dodd. That is a quote from General Robert Neyland who was Dodd’s coach at Tennessee. Record 173-31-13.with 6 national titles.

5150 UOAD

August 7th, 2012
10:27 pm

Supersize that order, mutt

August 7th, 2012
10:31 pm

@ collegefootballfan…..thanks. I knew it wasn’t Dodd who said that, but I wasn’t sure who

Ol'JacketFan

August 7th, 2012
10:34 pm

@collegeballfan, most of sources I’ve seen cite that quote to Darrell Royal at Texas. Not to disparage Neyland at all!

Supersize that order, mutt

August 7th, 2012
10:34 pm

@ OJF……yes, Carson was DC in Dodd’s last year (1966), and his D was awesome. That’s why there was such a widespread demand to hire him to replace Dodd. I am pretty sure that Dodd objected, but not loud enough. But, although Carson’s first few years were not very good, I think he had turned it around. But the 1971 Peach Bowl 41-18 loss to Ole Miss did him in, and I think Dodd pretty much got his way on that.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 7th, 2012
10:37 pm

@ OJF…..I just checked and found that Darrell Royal said it in 1962, but Neyland had already said it in the 40s. Actually, I thought it went even further back than that. Incidentally, that quote has also been attributed to Woody Hayes and Duffy Daugherty

Ol'JacketFan

August 7th, 2012
10:38 pm

That Peach Bowl loss was my first bowl game as a teenager. I still have the pennant from that game.

Big Crimson 75

August 7th, 2012
10:39 pm

Who’s Duffy Daugherty?

Ol'JacketFan

August 7th, 2012
10:40 pm

SS I knew about Hayes and Daughtery as well as Bob Devaney. I found a couple of cites for Neyland but the majority of what I have been able to find point to Royal. But didn’t someone say there are no original ideas just multiple versions? LOL!

Ol'JacketFan

August 7th, 2012
10:41 pm

@ Big Crimson, former coach at Mich State……………damn you’re young :-)

Ol'JacketFan

August 7th, 2012
10:42 pm

a damn I’m old!!!!!!!!!!!!!!