A pretty important week for Georgia Tech in its preparations for Virginia Tech and, more broadly, the season. Tech will have seven practices in five days, followed by the Saturday scrimmage. Scout-team work for the Hokies will begin probably either late this week or at the start of next week, so this will be the final concerted effort to drill fundamentals as opposed to preparing for opponents.
Some notes from Saturday that didn’t get into the post from that day.
The offense worked on pistol stuff, which it did in the spring. Coach Paul Johnson had mentioned that the offense was “was pretty good at what we do. When we started in the auxiliary stuff, not so good.”
I’m not positive that the “auxiliary stuff” was the pistol, but that jibes with something guard Will Jackson mentioned. You will recall that guard Omoregie Uzzi missed all of the spring when the team worked on it and Jackson missed much of it with an ankle sprain, so they both missed a lot of time working out of that formation. Guards Trey Braun and Shaquille Mason also missed time in the spring.
Saturday, Jackson said, “we were kind of getting our feet wet with” the shotgun stuff. But, he noted, “we were killing it” on the fullback dives. “So that’s always good to have to go to.”
Regarding the fullback spot, we’ll see if B-back David Sims will return this week to practice. Johnson called it “day to day.” Quarterbacks and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon was noncommittal about what the prolonged absence will mean for him.
“We’ll just have to see when he gets out there,” he said. “Like I said, there’s some good competition at B-back and I’m impressed with some things that guys are doing.”
Besides Sims, we’ll see about the returns of quarterback/A-back Synjyn Days, cornerback Rod Sweeting, offensive tackles Ray Beno and Morgan Bailey and Sims, all of whom were held out of the scrimmage. Johnson didn’t disclose injuries on any except Bailey (concussion), but didn’t betray concern about any other than that. He said Days should be back this week and that he didn’t participate because “It was just a question of, if he wasn’t 100 percent, there was no use to put him out there [Saturday].”
A couple quotes
Tackling “seemed to be pretty crisp. We had some real good contact plays, really limited open-field misses, which is where the real issues are. You’re going to have some. Look, it’s their job to make you miss. If you don’t miss any, then you’re not playing against a real good runner. It’s their job to make you miss, but I thought overall, up to standard.”
On Vad Lee: “He didn’t really have a great day altogether. Usually, Vad does a little better throwing, and he’s still, as far as making the reads on the option, there’s still a learning process, but he wasn’t efficient back there throwing the ball as we’d like for him to be, which has been the thing.”
On development of coverage and return units:
“Good, real good. We have a ton of work to do. The No. 1 thing is always punt protection. Until that’s solidified, you really can’t move on to other things, but they are really picking up everything. We’ve gotten better on all phases, really, not trying to move forward too much on stuff, but kick return got a little bit already better from the spring. Punt return already got a little bit better, so it’s nice having a spring football with them to have an introduction, because the guys know what we’re looking for and now they’re trying to do it, which is awesome.”
More later today. Thanks for reading.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog