Competition across Tech depth chart

Greetings-

Some leftover notes from Monday and Tuesday’s media availability (some of which may resurface in today’s practice notes):

1. Special-teams coordinator David Walkosky isn’t in a hurry to name starters at the specialist spots, just the top two players on the depth chart.

“We’ll do that probably this week,” he said. “Now we get pads on and (start) doing some live reps. You’ve got to narrow it down to a semi-travel squad. That’s what we’re going to get to. I don’t care about the starters.”

For kicker, punter and long snapper, that doesn’t figure to be a major undertaking. Kickers Justin Moore and David Scully are at the top of the kicking depth chart, with Ryan Rodwell and Sean Poole at punter and Sean Tobin and Tyler Morgan at long snapper. The returners are less clear, it would appear.

As I mentioned, Walkosky mentioned Jemea Thomas, Jamal Golden, Tony Zenon and Anthony Autry as possibilities.

“Autry is a kid who looks smooth with the ball in his hands,” Walkosky said. “I’m excited about him.”

2. Walkosky would the redshirt off a freshman for special-teams purposes if he plays on the “big four” units – punt, punt return, kickoff, kickoff return – but perhaps not less than that.

“There’s no use to have that person just be on one special team,” he said. “There’s enough players on this football team. We can find guys. But if there’s a guy that can start on all four, I’m sure Coach (Paul Johnson) would be more than happy to bring him along.”

3. Johnson said the competition at wide receiver will “go all the way up to the last week, probably” between the four returners – Jeff Greene, Darren Waller, Chris Jackson and Jeremy Moore – and freshmen Travin Henry, Micheal Summers and Autry.

Robbie Godhigh is at the lead of the A-back competition, followed by Deon Hill. Tech will scrimmage Saturday, which could help shake up the depth chart at that position and others. Interesting fact (to me, at any rate) about Godhigh: He interned this summer with the DeKalb Police Department, where his dad is an officer. Godhigh wants to be an FBI agent.

4. Defensive coordinator Al Groh singled out Golden for his football acumen, praising his ability to pick things up last year as a freshman, which is atypical.

“What stands out is the unusual one that indicates very early that it makes perfect sense to him,” Groh said. “For example, last year, Jamal Golden was a player who came in who’d really never played in the secondary. He was a quarterback in high school, but it was very apparent early that football made perfect sense to him. He had a lot of techniques to learn and recognition of offense to learn, but the concepts that were being put before him, he understood them perfectly. Some of those kids, it just does, it makes perfect sense to them and therefore they have a chance to move forward a little bit earlier in their career.”

I say this not to put undue expectations on Golden, but Groh made the same observation of Lawrence Taylor and Chris Long. Obviously, having the game make “perfect sense” is an incredible asset, but it’s far from the only tool necessary to become a pro football hall of famer or a first overall draft pick.

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

95 comments Add your comment

ward

August 8th, 2012
3:43 pm

ward

August 8th, 2012
3:44 pm

kudos to ward

NCJacket

August 8th, 2012
3:51 pm

what is the origin of “kudos”? I could google it but I’d rather hear from the vast knowledge on the ajc blog.

JAdams

August 8th, 2012
4:20 pm

ready to see these guys in action. Im tired of hearing about experience on the o line. Ray beno has played in games that doesnt mean he is good

5150 UOAD

August 8th, 2012
4:34 pm

UGa fans that now have a reality show on TLC……..
Classic Southern White trash Uga fans.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11T59SdqguQ

5150 UOAD

August 8th, 2012
4:35 pm

Did EVERYBODY say happy Birthday to Supersize?

juvenal

August 8th, 2012
4:43 pm

happy birthday, Super…great job, Ken! this is a make or break year;we esp. need to win a bowl game we are favored in at some point…love the hot springs in Bozeman…

ToeMeetsLeather

August 8th, 2012
4:58 pm

Looks like Mr Godhigh is going with the old motto with UGA of, “if you can’t beat em, arrest em”.

As I’ve said before, sure hope someone steps up and takes the return spot other than Thomas. He is too valuable in the secondary to risk injury on returns. Just my opinion.

Ken Sugiura

August 8th, 2012
5:03 pm

i got it from Mark Bradley. After he posts, there is typically a competition to be the first person to comment (typically, “first!”). mark commends said person with kudos. (another word for congratulations.) i should probably come up with my own word. like, congratulations.

Ken Sugiura

August 8th, 2012
5:04 pm

thanks, juvenal.

NCJacket

August 8th, 2012
5:06 pm

haha I know it means congratulations. I’m wondering where it came from. I know it wasn’t invented by Mark…

5150 UOAD

August 8th, 2012
5:11 pm

Origin:
1825–35; irregular transliteration of Greek kŷdos

Usage note
In the 19th century, kudos 1 entered English as a singular noun, a transliteration of a Greek singular noun kŷdos meaning “praise or renown.” It was at first used largely in academic circles, but it gained wider currency in the 1920s in journalistic use, particularly in headlines: Playwright receives kudos. Kudos given to track record breakers. Kudos is often used, as in these examples, in contexts that do not clearly indicate whether it is singular or plural; and because it ends in -s, the marker of regular plurals in English, kudos has come to be widely regarded and used as a plural noun meaning “accolades” rather than as a singular mass noun meaning “honor or glory.”

Born2Buzz

August 8th, 2012
5:11 pm

kudos – fame and renown resulting from an act or achievement.

You really are a Techy.

Well, NCJacket...

August 8th, 2012
5:12 pm

…it was certainly used here on AJC blogs first by Bradley, though as you so succinctly point out, he did not invent the word – you must have gone to Tech…

5150 UOAD

August 8th, 2012
5:13 pm

Saying 1st or First and not reading the article to make a comment means MORON.
I have been first a few times but don’t say it. I try to read then get feedback, but that is just me. I do like saying 1st on the 2nd or 3rd or 4th page though just for kicks.

TVFan

August 8th, 2012
5:15 pm

Very interesting comment about Golden. The VPI game is huge.

So that is why I was such a great D2 player, on a D1 team......

August 8th, 2012
5:16 pm

…it all made perfect sense to me…what a load of crap – if you can play, you can play. If you cannot play it is because you do not understand – RRRRIIIGGGHHHHTTTTTT….

5150 UOAD

August 8th, 2012
5:16 pm

Well, NCJacket…Sorry but BRADLEY is an SEC puke that graduated from KenSucky!

5150 UOAD

August 8th, 2012
5:19 pm

5150 UOAD

August 8th, 2012
5:19 pm

JM

August 8th, 2012
5:34 pm

great news from the team. can’t wait to see the first game. It’ll be exciting.

Question for Ken

August 8th, 2012
5:52 pm

Hey Ken. Will the scrimmage be open to the public?

Supersize that order, mutt

August 8th, 2012
5:55 pm

@ juvenal……although you are probably gone for the day……THANKS!!!

BLT

August 8th, 2012
6:05 pm

All of you are going to be surprised by Godhigh. I know what the naysayers are going to say. Does not mean a hill of beans to me. I’ve seen him flatten a person twice his size (at least) in high school. He was a man amongst boys at that age. I saw him single handedly win numerous games at Harrison.

WnE, I’d avoid contacting him on social media. He and his dad may pay a visit. Go ahead and make your snide remarks. BTW: THWG!

BLT

August 8th, 2012
6:06 pm

Happy Birthday Super…and many more! Go Jackets!

Supersize that order, mutt

August 8th, 2012
6:16 pm

Thanks, BLT. Dang, I think I’ve received more b’day greetings today than I have all the rest of the years of my life combined. LOL

Big Crimson 75

August 8th, 2012
6:25 pm

Supe — Happy Birthday pal.
Many happy returns!!
Roll Tide.

5150 UOAD

August 8th, 2012
6:37 pm

GT Lee
August 8th, 2012
5:56 pm

keep a fire extinguisher handy if you light ALL the candles on that cake!

5150 UOAD
August 8th, 2012
6:30 pm

The FIRE DEPARTMENT has been on ALERT all day already. That lil kitchen fire extinguisher will not cut it. Super is burning Elephant Dung to keep the DWAGS away from his Birthday Party.

5150 UOAD

August 8th, 2012
6:40 pm

Super just doing my best to help………Blessings and many returns.

Ken Sugiura

August 8th, 2012
6:48 pm

not sure yet about the practice. probably open, but not determined.

GT Lee

August 8th, 2012
6:54 pm

“Super is burning Elephant Dung to keep the DWAGS away from his Birthday Party”

So that’s what that smell is. I thought maybe another sewage pipe had burst and flooded Sanford and Son stadium again.

BLT

August 8th, 2012
6:56 pm

See Super, more info about you. Sorry but this stuff happens.

BLT

August 8th, 2012
7:16 pm

BC 75, I saw a post you made about how Tech fans feel about The Bear. When I was growing up my Dad was a big fan of Bear Bryant and Alabama. He was a retired Seargent Major and did not take any lip. I played football (the only one of his kids that play sports) and he enjoyed the fact I loved it. He seldom went to watch me but was there when I got home. He’d look at my uniform (to see how dirty it was) and ask me “one” question. “Did I knock anyone on their azz?” That’s all that mattered to him. Of course I’d tell him if we won or lost but that was besides the point.

He played when he was a kid and imparted his wisdom:
Sure, play until the whistle is blown but never let your guard down.
NEVER take off your helmet after the game when you meet the opponent (that kid you knocked on his azz might be PO’ed).
Make sure they remember your number!

I still have a soft spot in my heart for Bear Bryant. Since I’ve gotten older I realize his style of coaching and Dodd’s were very different. As for Furman Bisher, maybe he went too far. Other coaches were doing the same thing yet he focused on Bama. BUT, no matter what you say (and the bumper meats) Bobby Dodd was a great coach!

Ol'JacketFan

August 8th, 2012
7:26 pm

Supersize, if you’re still around Happy Birthday!

Supersize that order, mutt

August 8th, 2012
7:28 pm

@ BLT…..the info on me doesn’t bother me at all. In fact I am enjoying all the attention. Regarding UOAD’s remark about burning elephant dung relates to the fact that in Zambia, they burn elephant dung to ward off the tse-tse flies. The Zambian tse-tse flies don’t cause sleeping sickness, but they ARE a nuisance, and they’re everywhere. They burned the dung on the jeeps we rode in on game drives there. It was not the best smelling stuff, although not as bad as it might sound, but it sure did keep the flies away.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 8th, 2012
7:28 pm

@ OJF……Thanks, buddy :)

Paul in NH

August 8th, 2012
7:35 pm

Supersize – Congrats on your birthday – 8/8 is a very lucky number for the Chinese (that is why the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony was on 8/8/08)

Ol'JacketFan

August 8th, 2012
7:40 pm

Paul, anything on the number 12? My birthday this year is 12/12/12 ;-)

Supersize that order, mutt

August 8th, 2012
7:43 pm

Thanks, Paul……I didn’t know that about 8/8

Supersize that order, mutt

August 8th, 2012
7:44 pm

@ OJF….is it really? Wow, too cool

I was 44 on 8/8/88. How does that stack up in China? lol

Supersize that order, mutt

August 8th, 2012
7:45 pm

@ OJF…..isn’t that the day the world will end….according to the Mayans?

Ol'JacketFan

August 8th, 2012
7:46 pm

I knew a bit about the number 8, something to the effect the pronunciation of 8 rhymes with the Chinese word for luck/ I think :-)

Ol'JacketFan

August 8th, 2012
7:47 pm

I think that’s 12/21/12

GT Lee

August 8th, 2012
7:48 pm

Super 12-21-12 “end of the world”

Ol'JacketFan

August 8th, 2012
7:49 pm

But the Mayan calendar didn’t account for Leap Years lol! So I think there date has already come and gone…………..at least I hope so!

GT Lee

August 8th, 2012
7:50 pm

according to the History channel Nostradamus also predicts 12-21-12 end-all

Supersize that order, mutt

August 8th, 2012
7:55 pm

it it hasn’t come and gone already, then we are in deep doo-doo. lol

Ol'JacketFan

August 8th, 2012
7:55 pm

@ GT Lee, well damn then, I won’t to enjoy my birthday all that long then! And we will never know wins the MNC this year!

Supersize that order, mutt

August 8th, 2012
7:56 pm

I was born on 8/8/44, and my sister was born on 8/8/35. The good Lord must have liked the number 8 too. LOL

Ol'JacketFan

August 8th, 2012
7:56 pm

won’t get to…………who wins…………..my fingers are slower than my brain :-(