Updated: Tech’s Vad Lee pushes forward

Greetings-

Updated notes from second practice.

1. He didn’t have much of a scrimmage on Saturday. He began Georgia Tech’s fall camp as the co-No. 2 quarterback with Synjyn Days and is now No. 3. Vad Lee is undeterred.

“As always, you have some great days, you have some tough days,” Lee said Monday following the team’s second practice of the day. “You’ve just got to keep fighting through it.”

Three weeks remain until the Yellow Jackets open against Virginia Tech Sept. 3 in Blacksburg, Va. Coach Paul Johnson noted that the depth chart is constantly changing and that “I wouldn’t read too much into it until you get to about game week.” If his number is called against the Hokies, Lee said he’ll be ready to play.

“I think I got a lot of good things done in the spring,” he said. “I’m just building off that and working this camp and just trying to get ready for Virginia Tech.”

Johnson said that Saturday, “it was just in general, he just didn’t have a good day.”

Lee, whose promise as a passer has made him popular among Tech fans, has had challenges mastering the option. Lee said he feels pretty comfortable with it, but allowed that it’s not second nature.

“Everything happens so fast,” he said. “You’ve got to be focused in on every play.”

The competition between Days and Lee to be No. 2 behind Tevin Washington will continue.

“He’s going to be fine,” Johnson said of Lee. “I’m not worried about him.”

2. One of the most notable changes in the updated depth chart was B-back Zach Laskey moving ahead of Charles Perkins to second string behind starter David Sims. After Laskey’s strong performance in the Saturday scrimmage, Johnson had hinted at the move on Saturday.

“He’s had a really good camp,” Johnson said. “He breaks a lot of tackles. He’s done some good things in the hole, shown some good feel.”

Perkins missed Monday’s two practices with an injury suffered Saturday. With Sims also out, Laskey split first-team snaps with walk-on Matt Connors, while Marcus Allen and Broderick Snoddy worked with the second team. Snoddy, who has also worked at A-back, has been taking snaps at B-back in recent days.

Coaches “just want me to keep my pad level down, make sure I hit the holes hard,” Laskey said. “I’ve kind of just been working on that.”

3. The team practiced in full pads Monday morning and came back in shoulder pads in the afternoon, the Jackets’ second double session of fall camp. When rain began to fall in the afternoon, Johnson moved practice into the indoor facility. Johnson deemed the morning practice “O.K.” and the afternoon session “good.”

The play of the day was turned in by wide receiver Jeremy Moore, who made a one-handed diving catch in the corner of the end zone on a throw from Washington from about 40 yards out.

Among players who were held out: Offensive tackles Ray Beno and Morgan Bailey, wide receiver Jeff Greene, cornerback Rod Sweeting and B-backs Sims and Perkins. Johnson said Sims, who had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his shin over the summer, re-aggravated the injury in practice.

“We’ve got some guys that are bumped and banged, but I don’t think we’ve got anybody that’s questionably out for a long period of time,” Johnson said. “It might be a week or two, but I’m talking about blowing somebody out for the season.”

4. Former Tech All-American safety Ken Swilling, a member of the 1990 national championship team, was named Monday to the ACC Legends class of 2012. Swilling and 11 other greats will be honored at the ACC championship game Dec. 1 in Charlotte.

5. With Greene out for Monday’s morning practice, freshman wide receiver Anthony Autry was part of a rotation working with the first string with Chris Jackson, Jeremy Moore and Darren Waller.

“He’s looking good,” Waller said. “He’s real fast out of his routes. He’ll get after it, too.”

Johnson said he wouldn’t read much into depth-chart assignments until game week. He did offer praise of Waller.

“He’s progressing,” Johnson said. “I’ve been pleased with him in camp.”

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

150 comments Add your comment

GoJackets

August 13th, 2012
7:03 pm

First? 10 wins this year for the Jackets!

North Ave Killer Beez

August 13th, 2012
7:04 pm

So it only takes a few good runs at B-back to move ahead on the depth chart now? How many losses, int’s does it take to get bumped from starting qb???

Lou Piniella's cap

August 13th, 2012
7:06 pm

As long as he’s nowhere near the field when the punt return team runs out there, any news is good news for Laskey. Good to see he’s making good progress. But what happened to Perkins? He seemed to be such a highly touted guy coming out of high school and things just haven’t seemed to click for him since he took that redshirt when he came in.

yeller bug

August 13th, 2012
7:29 pm

Are Allen and Snoddy B-backs? No way for Snoddy—he’s like 5′ 9″ and under 200 lbs.

George Stein

August 13th, 2012
7:37 pm

Might just be a motivational thing with Perk. Johnson has long been hard on all players, but more on those most talented. If, however, Laskey is the man, then so be it; Johnson has to play the best players.

Jacket Man

August 13th, 2012
7:41 pm

Snoddy is really a great fit for the B-Back position; he’s a tough inside runner who can also get outside, and if he gets his crease, he’ll break it all the way just like Jonathan Dwyer used to do. He just has to learn how to handle the mesh handoffs on the option plays and he’ll be good-to-go.

Jack It

August 13th, 2012
7:42 pm

To quote CPJ last season, “Charles Perkins and I define hard work differently.” Some things will never change – you can’t teach work ethic. Charles Perkins will never make the cut in the NFL because of this. Write it down!

What a let down…

1 4 GT

August 13th, 2012
7:43 pm

Amen George!!

George Stein

August 13th, 2012
7:46 pm

Wasn’t David Sims fourth string this time a year ago? Let’s not make any conclusions yet, Jack It.

AtWork

August 13th, 2012
7:48 pm

Hey Ken,
Thanks for the updates! Got a question for you… Does Perkins not look that good or has Laskey been that impressive?

Thanks for the good reads!

Tougher schedule?

August 13th, 2012
7:48 pm

You tell me… week by week TOUGHER TEST (IMHO)

GT v VA Tech or UGA v Buffalo – GT

GT v Presbyterian or UGA v Mizzou – UGA

GT v UVA or UGA v FL Atl GT

GT v Miami or UGA v Vandy Push (though in years past it would be UM)

GT v MTSU or UGA v TN UGA

GT v Clemson or UGA v SC Push

GT v BC or UGA v KY Push

GT v BYU or UGA v FL FL or could be a push

GT v MD or UGA v Ole MS Push

GT v UNC or UGA v Auburn Push

GT v Duke or UGA v GA Southern Push, but only because UGA is playing the option team

GT v UGA or UGA v GT Push

ACC Champ GT v Clemson or FSU or SEC East Cham,p UGA v AL or LSU – UGA

Looks as though both teams have pretty easy schedules – at least I have seen more difficult schedules

George Stein

August 13th, 2012
7:49 pm

Interesting article here: http://deadspin.com/5934392/san-diego-state-head-football-coach-might-just-go-for-it-on-fourth-down-this-season

I hope he’s successful, because going for it more is almost always the right call.

yeller bug

August 13th, 2012
8:22 pm

George S. I think CPJ has been on the leading edge of going for it on 4th down as compared to his ACC peers. The same could be said of Les Miles from LSU and the SEC. I think there’s still more acceptable risk that coaches could take if you consider that mathematics/probability of success.

BLT

August 13th, 2012
8:25 pm

What’s up with Perkins and Snoddy? I guess it’s to early too tell.

BLT

August 13th, 2012
8:26 pm

HighTech

August 13th, 2012
8:31 pm

Maybe Laskey is playing like he has a bur up his butt from his disappointment on special teams. A champion will learn from disappointment and work extremely hard to not let it happen again. I can’t see criticizing Perkins just yet. Last season, I saw him run hard in a game and catch a pass out of the backfield for a big gain.

laskey moves to #2 on depth chart for BB

August 13th, 2012
8:45 pm

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Michael Phelps

August 13th, 2012
8:52 pm

Winners don’t smoke weed.

Champions do.

Big Crimson 75

August 13th, 2012
8:59 pm

Stein — Unless you’re the Atlanta Falcons!!

WnE

August 13th, 2012
9:03 pm

When Perkins signed out of HS with GT only one GT fan at the time told everyone to be very cautious and to not compare him to Dwyer, that would be me, the one & only WnE.

All my detractors called me names, accused me of being a mutt fan, among other things and said that CPJ’s eye for talent was better than mine and that Perkins actually had a chance to be “better than Dwyer” since he played in the same offense in HS.

Fast forward to today and Perkins is a RS-Soph. going into his 3rd yr. out of HS, and he been passed by a former QB without that “gear” that RBs need and by Zach Laskey that was only offered at RB by Service Academies and non-BCS schools.

When Perkins RS’d I warned that my predictions might be true and that if he were really a game breaker he’d gotten on the field at A-back while the B-Back slot opened up in his 2nd yr.

I don’t need any apologies, but remember this when WnE warns you of a possible BUST, please take my warning with caution, I am usually right more than I am wrong.

It official now, CPJ has recruited yet another “bust” at B-Back the most important RB-slot in his Offense.

If RBs have “it”, then they usually show “it” pretty quickly, definitely by their Soph. or RS-Fr. yr., if they don’t show “it” by then, then the most they’ll ever be is “serviceable”.

In the future when WnE says that he has analyzed HS film and gives commentary on a recruit maybe you folks will take me more seriously.

Ken Sugiura

August 13th, 2012
9:06 pm

Updated notes with new top item about Vad Lee.
Regarding Perkins – we’re not allowed to watch practice, so it’s hard for me to judge. i don’t doubt that laskey is having a very good camp, but i imagine some of this is to try to prod Perkins.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 13th, 2012
9:10 pm

Supersize that order, mutt

August 13th, 2012
9:12 pm

Thanks for the update on Vad, Ken.

Ken Sugiura

August 13th, 2012
9:13 pm

BLT

August 13th, 2012
9:14 pm

Who is apologizing? Tell your story walking. On second thought…don’t. Bark!

UOAD!

Ramblin Man

August 13th, 2012
9:18 pm

Ken rumor is somebody switched positions, any truth to that?

Big Crimson 75

August 13th, 2012
9:18 pm

WnE — Thoughts on Justin Taylor…..Player or Bust.
Thoughts on the Triple Option…Old-school smash mouth Football or out-dated gimmick offense.
Thoughts on Rueben Foster……paid or just a co-wink-e-dink he lands with Trooper Taylor.
Thoughts on Mark Richt…does less with more than any coach in Country or it’s all Willie Martinez’ & Mike Bobo’s fault.
Thoughts on Nick Saban….the Best or the Greatest of all time!!!

BlackWatch

August 13th, 2012
9:27 pm

Congrats to Ken Swilling. Well deserved. He was an absolute beast in the Defensive Backfield.

AtWork

August 13th, 2012
9:37 pm

Thanks Ken!

I imagine every coach has to do something to get the players motivated. I hope that it works. Competition can either make your better or make you quit.

Big Crimson 75

August 13th, 2012
9:39 pm

Who remembers Ross inserting Ken Swilling @ RB on short yardage plays following the Championship Season??
I seem to recall several in the Penn St game, which I believe was the first game of the Season that year, and if memory serves, Swilling got stuffed every time!!!

Supersize that order, mutt

August 13th, 2012
9:53 pm

Crimson, I’m sure we would all prefer to forget that Penn State game

George Stein

August 13th, 2012
9:59 pm

With any luck, three weeks from now we’ll be kicking VT’s ass.

Big Crimson 75

August 13th, 2012
9:59 pm

Supe — that game was ugly.

Nice move by Tech today to honor Swilling.
He was the face of that Tech D & y’all had some players on that Team : Marco, C. Rudolph, Clay, Battle, the Williamseses @ LB!!!
Swilling was the man on that team……That was a classic battle with Herman Moore @ Charlottesville.

Dawgs

August 13th, 2012
9:59 pm

WnE — Thoughts on Justin Taylor…..Player or Bust.
“Sounds like this Kid might be something special for yall if Johnson don’t get in his head wrong…”

Thoughts on the Triple Option…Old-school smash mouth Football or out-dated gimmick offense.

The answer….. Yes… This offense seems to cut both ways… it is tough to stop because no one sees it.. but I makes your defense bad because becuase every other ‘normal’ offense to them is gimmick to them as well.”

Thoughts on Rueben Foster……paid or just a co-wink-e-dink he lands with Trooper Taylor.
Thoughts on Mark Richt…does less with more than any coach in Country or it’s all Willie Martinez’ & Mike Bobo’s fault.

Defense has improve sense W Martinez’s departure, How ever it seems to me that this defense came ‘Alive’ when we pick up two Ju Co Nose Guards! Our defense really played better with those guyus..

Thoughts on Nick Saban….the Best or the Greatest of all time!!!

Just the Best right now..

Tech dropout

August 13th, 2012
10:08 pm

Zach Laskey is no slouch. He came to Tech to be the next B Back. Just because he is white doesn’t mean that he is ahead of Perkins because he “works hard”. The kid runs hard and is quick. I think the writing is on the wall for Charles Perkins. Kid needs to wake up before it is too late.

Big Crimson 75

August 13th, 2012
10:12 pm

Thoughts on Nick Saban….the Best or the Greatest of all time!!!

Just the Best right now.
—–
Good enough for me. :-)

Tech dropout

August 13th, 2012
10:16 pm

I think Broderick Snoddy would make one heck of a B Back. Kid is built like a speeding bowling ball. 5′9″, stout, and probably one of the fastest runners on the team. Hit the crease and all you have to do is run straight. Dwyer did that many a times hauling a spare tire to boot. This kids is faster than Dwyer and more fit.

yeller bug

August 13th, 2012
10:43 pm

I think Snoddy is the fastest guy on the team and definitely faster than Dwyer. I thought he was more a “scat back” though than a bowling ball–Dywer weighed 230–Snoddy is only 190—that seems small for a B-back to me. But if he can hit the crease quick and get into open field that could be a great threat.

Paul in NH

August 13th, 2012
11:00 pm

Big Crimson
I wish you hadn’t brought up the GT-PSU game in Kick Off Classic in the Meadowlands. I lived in NE PA at the time and was at the game. They killed us. I went in work late the following morning after not getting home until 2 AM and my colleagues had taped th front page of the sports section on my office door!

big gt fan

August 13th, 2012
11:05 pm

cpj is looking more confused to me he making bad decisions to me if he want to demote somebody let it be the qb or the person call the plays on the sideline

@dawgs

August 13th, 2012
11:51 pm

No dawg, 2 juco nose guards? Kwame Geathers has been at UGA since he was a freshman. Willie Martinez bested PJ in 2009. Why is it no one can supplant TW, TW great kid not a d-1 QB.TW looks to be PJ’s Reggie Ball. There may have been a reason why the SEC schools that recruited VL wanted him as a WR. Laskey was a 2 star recruit with offers from Air force and Navy. Better hope Sims gets and stays healthy , what he lacks in talent he makes up in desire.@big gt fan Pj is in way over his head , back to Southern Conference coaching sooner than later .This tech staff is minor league.Can’t recruit , can’t develop what it recruits.

TheNameThief

August 13th, 2012
11:57 pm

You guys really believe GT will win 10 games, don’t you?

I guess it could happen, although it would be a surprise to me.

Hayseed Dixie

August 13th, 2012
11:57 pm

Hope Laskey gets a shot at redemption. Everyone deserves one.

The Miami game was an avoidable loss.

fuzzybee78

August 14th, 2012
12:01 am

lets get Snoddy back there on kickoff return if he cant get on the field in the backfield. The redshirt is over, to much speed to watch from the sidelines. Catch and jets on!
Cook the Turkey!

gt40pinhd

August 14th, 2012
12:01 am

now i’m discouraged! i expected vad lee to be pressing tw for the starting job. thought he was recruited from a school that ran the option or spread offense. sounds like he is not sure what to do. although after looking over the “if-then” website, i can see why he’s confused: complex offense.

Yellow n Gold

August 14th, 2012
12:19 am

@dawgs..was he that same 2 star RB that outran that 4 star safety from Griffin you have up at Athens now twice to the end zone in a region championship game?

GTfan2012

August 14th, 2012
12:37 am

UOAD!!!! I think this young (yes young) OL and DL are poised to have a breakout year. We have the deepest roster talent wise that we’ve had in years (yes, even deeper than 2007). Although the top end talent may not be there (or may still be young), we are certainly deeper. Again, heavy on the analysis, and no trolling at all…. it’s almost like I’m a better version of another commenter.

The Mask

August 14th, 2012
12:53 am

“Zach Laskey is no slouch. He came to Tech to be the next B Back.”

Whoa, slow the horses down there TD. I agree with you that he’s no slouch, kid works hard and wants to prove he belongs on the field. Wish Tech had more like him, but the next B back? You and I both have a better chance of getting mauled by a polar bear next time we’re in Florida than Laskey does to be the next Jonathan Dwyer.

nobody

August 14th, 2012
2:25 am

Perkins just got engaged. Hope that isnt messing with his head. I went to high school with perkins. He needs to get his stuff together.

Hey WnE

August 14th, 2012
3:02 am

What did you say about Orwin Smith as a recuit? What was he rated out of HS? Who offered him? Thanks in advance