Tech starts second week of fall camp

Greetings

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

Al Groh

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.”

Bohannon

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.”

David Walkosky

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

104 comments Add your comment

Jacket Detective

August 13th, 2012
10:32 am

Good morning, Ken.

Jacket Detective

August 13th, 2012
10:33 am

Walkosky a good hire.
Just wish we had done it sooner.

juvenal

August 13th, 2012
10:42 am

i was impressed how Air Force could run just about anything on offense…it is, after all, a new century…

SmartDawg

August 13th, 2012
10:52 am

“He didn’t really have a great day altogether.”

I thought Vad Lee was the 2nd coming…I thought he was supposed to be this incredible talent that can run and throw. How after two years can he not make good option reads?

Either Vad isn’t as good as we were lead to believe, or CPJ is just not a good coach. I think it’s both.

yeller bug

August 13th, 2012
10:54 am

The thing about a special teams coach is that he must have a split personality. What’s his reaction supposed to be when in scrimmage a punt is blocked? Throw down his clipboard while cheering and smiling? It’s worse than a father having two sons play against each other. It’s like a father of 22 kids playing against each other. I hope we get a punt block or two against our opponents this year and/or return a punt or KO for a TD. Having a respected special teams is a big bonus and I hope that Jacket Detective is right that Walkosky is a good hire—it was certainly worth the try!
Hope Vad Lee gets his mojo back this week. We’re going to need him this year. This offense needs two QBs and having a third to fill in as well isn’t overstaffing the position.

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Tokyo jacket

August 13th, 2012
10:58 am

I still say that I have never heard this many superlatives coming from CAG or CPJ. I think Walkosky is such an upbeat guy, he probably always thinks things are going great. Regardless, the OC, the DC, and the STC saying things are looking good is a GREAT sign. I can’t wait for the game at VT where two of their top players might not even make the game.

Tokyo jacket

August 13th, 2012
11:01 am

SmartDawg – A) after one year, not two, B) off days come for everyone, regardless of experience or skill. I’m not worried about Vad Lee. Maybe you should be.

Wes

August 13th, 2012
11:04 am

SmartDawg = oxymoron poster!

juvenal

August 13th, 2012
11:05 am

Ken, it does not matter if the “auxilliary” plays get stuffed-my point has always been, why not give the other guys D something else to worry about, IF our players really are smarter, they should handle the extra plays…Lithuania played smart, showing Spain what to do, they were at least in those games…

Supersize that order, mutt

August 13th, 2012
11:06 am

@ Tokyo ….. IGNORE THE TROLLS !!!!

That being said, I am a little concerned about Vad. It was obvious in the spring that he wasn’t particularly sharp running the option, but time and experience hopefully will fix that. But for his passing to be not good either; that does not sound good.

Nick

August 13th, 2012
11:12 am

Vad will be fine. He’s had one year in the system, not two. This is the start of the second. He sounds like a smart kid and will be fine with more reps and some game action.

Brock

August 13th, 2012
11:17 am

SmartDawg
August 13th, 2012
10:52 am
Either Vad isn’t as good as we were lead to believe, or CPJ is just not a good coach. I think it’s both.

Well SD, that’s just what you get for thinking and not being used to it. Leave the thinking to people who have experience at it will ya?

Vad will be fine.

hedgepruner

August 13th, 2012
11:17 am

SmartDawg – you just worry about your prisoners over in Clarke Co, seems to me you have some issues with offensive linemen & running backs , if Richard Sammuels is the best you have then you better start hoping your frosh players can produce – laughable schedule by the way !!!!!! THWG !!!!!

DesignerJacket

August 13th, 2012
11:22 am

Vad did a great job throwing in the Spring Game, but it sounds like he was thinking too much about Option Reads here in the first scrimmage of the Fall. Probably growing pains of learning the offense. We’re saddling him with very high expectations, and it’ll do him some good. He’ll be a good QB once the game slows down for him a little – and then he’ll be ready to start.

juvenal

August 13th, 2012
11:24 am

please, guys-like Super says, use the code of silence; other than boosting Ken’s numbers, the posts are boring , redundant…(SD=oxymoron)…

Tokyo jacket

August 13th, 2012
11:28 am

@supersize, I have such a hard time letting drivel pass as conversation. If it happens long enough, it turns into fact. I have to respond to stupid people that argue and purport it to be real. For the trolls who are obviously ritards, I let that fly.

My post was also for guys like you – everyone has a bad day. Don’t get too worried because Lee had the jitters. Now, if the reports don’t change for several weeks, then it’s time to start looking more toward Days/Taylor. Either way, CPJ has recruited enough total talent at QB to win the ACCCG, just not sure who’s next yet.

Tokyo jacket

August 13th, 2012
11:35 am

Remember how long this offense takes to learn. We didn’t run the trap option or weakside handoff to A-back not in motion until year 3 because we couldn’t execute it. I think I remember Matt Winklejohn’s post saying something along the lines of Nesbitt saying “Coach had us running somekind of weird play where I do a 360 and it looks like a ballet move.” That play was Orwin Smith’s 95 yard TD run.

BTW, “guys like you” means dedicated Tech fans that may get worried over a single bad day, nothing negative intoned there.

juvenal

August 13th, 2012
11:39 am

Vad can become the starter in 1 play, just like Tevin…

Supersize that order, mutt

August 13th, 2012
11:47 am

@ Tokyo….I understand what you are saying, but instead of addressing your remarks to the trolls, just tell everybody else online at the time to ignore the garbage that they are posting; that they do not speak for the majority of Tech fans, nor for that matter the majority of true fans of college football. But especially, do not respond directly to WnE. Again, just tell others to ignore him too. Imagine if you were totally ignored by someone. Would you continue to try to push yourself on them, or would you just give up and leave. Ignore the trolls enough, and they will do the same. They thrive off us arguing with them. Don’t give them that pleasure.

BTW, I am CONCERNED about Vad; I am NOT DOWN on him.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 13th, 2012
11:54 am

WnE has been posting on the “Tech offense effective” blog, and so far not one person has even acknowledged his presence. I LOVE IT !!!!

1 4 GT

August 13th, 2012
11:59 am

Ken, was that you last night posting without the blue highlight? And I think the Scout Team needs to copies of the new white VT helmets with the castrated tom turkey tracks on the sides. Do you think they will??

1 4 GT

August 13th, 2012
12:04 pm

Inflated ego??? Claiming sports talk radio commentators are “talking” about the stuff he writes about here AFTER he posts here first. He is now accusing the radio guys of stealing his material. I’d demand payment & credit!!! LOLLOLLOLLOLLOLLOLLOLLLOLOLLOLLOLLOLLOLLOLLOLLOLOL

1 4 GT

August 13th, 2012
12:09 pm

Sorry guys!! When “Carnack” aka WnE wrote that sports talk radio was talking about the same things he was writing here AFTER he wrote here first, I couldn’t help firing back. I really meant my post as info for the blog since most are ignoring him. I got a real good laugh from that. I thought ya’ll would too.

DawginSewer

August 13th, 2012
12:13 pm

Coasch saysses wess all gets krispyss kremes if we beatess these joackettes. Ruffs Ruffgs.

How bout them BEES!

August 13th, 2012
12:26 pm

SmartDawg? I think that’s a classic oxymoron. I’m just saying.

So, Super...

August 13th, 2012
12:33 pm

…why did you acknowledge that guy with your comments – are a “do as I say guy” rather than a “do as I do guy”?

And, why do we Tech guys (see hedgepruner and his “laughable schedule by the way !!!!!! THWG !!!!!” comments) make fun of UGA’s schedule when, in reality, ours is not any better?

Wow, 1 4 GT...

August 13th, 2012
12:36 pm

…not too obsessed with that guy are you? Keep it up and Ken will ban you, too, just as he did POAD – he already warned you to leave that stuff alone…

juvenal

August 13th, 2012
12:36 pm

the same old drivel, like recruiting…scout& rivals have us in about the same level, other than the 1 outlier ccg had with a guy that just had to have some free stuff, dropped a killer of a pass costing us a lot-CPJ at the same level with guys, unlike ccg’s that actually graduate!(ccg cost us some scholies, remember)…at least with our kids, the ranking might not be so high, but we don’t provide the same walk-on op’ as some folks…

Supersize that order, mutt

August 13th, 2012
12:42 pm

Talking about him when he is not here is not quite the same as acknowledging his presence when he is. But you DO have a point.
As far as the comparative schedules, Tech has no control over the quality of the other ACC teams, nor does UGA have any control over their SEC schedule, BUT Tech does play all but one (FSU) of the best ACC teams, and UGA only plays one of the best SEC teams this year (USC). Regardless of that, however, look at the OOC schedules for the two schools……neither are overwhelming, needless to say, but quality-wise, I think MTSU and Brigham Young are better than Florida Atlantic and Ga Southern. Presbyterian (a late addition, I might add) is probably about the same as Buffalo.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 13th, 2012
12:44 pm

@ Wow….Ken hasn’t warned anyone not to “fight” with the trolls and WnE. He banned UOAD for foul language, and he has warned others, including myself, about the same thing.

macrotech

August 13th, 2012
12:45 pm

Our schedule in September ALONE makes for a bit of a gauntlet….other than Carolina…uga doesn’t play any tough teams until the last game of the season. THAT’S why we can call uga out for their schedule.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 13th, 2012
12:45 pm

@ So, Super…..and Wow….., you are obviously the same person. Why don’t you come up with one name and stick with it?

BigTimeTECHFan

August 13th, 2012
12:59 pm

Vad is fine, saw him in the spring game and fall the year before. He drove the team down for a TD in the scrimmage, Had best drive in spring game, He’s good, and if TW was not 4 years ahead of him in knowing the system he would be the starter. Don’t get all hyped over coaches talk

Because I write on too many other blogs...

August 13th, 2012
1:00 pm

…all in a positive manner, I might add, as I have no allegiance to any particular school, though I have season tickets to GT, UGA, and Clemson (my dad attended Tech, my son went to UGA, andmy other son went to Clemson)

BigTimeTECHFan

August 13th, 2012
1:02 pm

If Sat scrimmage is open I may go.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 13th, 2012
1:03 pm

Then come up with one name that will fit on all the blogs.

yeller bug

August 13th, 2012
1:05 pm

Ken, Any details on how Nick Menacal ran down Justin Thomas on Sat? Did he have the angle, did Justin let up or is he that fast? What’s Menacal’s deal? Is he a special teams guy, got potential for playing time, or what?
As macrotech noted, we’ve got a tough Sept—we come through undefeated and we’ve got a great lead on the division crown and should get national notice…but one game at a time—the biggest Sept game is the first one. We gotta beat the Hokies—I’ve got a nephew there now and a niece who graduated there and it’s tough at Thanksgiving to listen to their Turkey talk. It’s time to win again in Blacksburg.

Hey macro...

August 13th, 2012
1:06 pm

if you compare Tech and UGA schedules on a week by week basis, the schedules are pretty much a wash as to who plays the tougher schedule (neither is very hard) – plus, if all goes according to plan Tech will play either Clemson or FSU in the ACC title game, while UGA will play one of those “better” SEC teams (AL, LSU or AR) in the SEC title game – so, again, the schedules (at least for this year) are basically a wash…

Reality

August 13th, 2012
1:11 pm

Hey macro… I don’t think you need to worry about the Dwags playing in a title game.

Speaking of Clemson ...

August 13th, 2012
1:13 pm

…I just got notified that they are increasing their “seat donation” fee (like the Tech Fund) by 57% per ticket for next year…that is quite an increase in required donations in order to have the privilege to by season tickets…

Hey, Reality ...

August 13th, 2012
1:15 pm

…I qualified it by saying “if all goes according to plan” – you can say the same thing about Tech, too, you know, as they may be out of it after just one game…

yeller bug

August 13th, 2012
1:16 pm

UGA should make it to the title game—the only tough conference games are SC and AU….and well, they always have trouble with UF so that’s never a given, but they are talented, should have a great D and Murray is good enough to compensate for a lack of talent/depth at RB. I hope they’re undefeated when we beat them this year! : )

Supersize that order, mutt

August 13th, 2012
1:19 pm

Why don’t we just call you Troll-light? You’re not really a troll, but at the same time, you are sort of one. Besides, that’s easier to type than a different name every time we respond. LOL

Georgia DAWGS

August 13th, 2012
1:22 pm

17 points and yalls defense has improved?

We play in the SEC our schedule is automaticly tougher..

juvenal

August 13th, 2012
1:24 pm

wouldn’t uoad if it was on fire…

Supersize that order, mutt

August 13th, 2012
1:39 pm

@ juvenal…..that’s a great way to keep that term alive till he comes back

William Casey

August 13th, 2012
1:41 pm

If I were CPJ and planning to use a pistol package against VT, I would also be playing down the effectiveness of Vad Lee at this point.

1 4 GT

August 13th, 2012
1:45 pm

Great point that, WC!!

juvenal

August 13th, 2012
1:59 pm

not original, Super, but funny in not too mean a way, as it was the 1st 5150 tribute quip that came to mind…would be more effective to put out something burning with wet manure(use dry if you don’t like them)…i prefer failing at being funny to succeeding at being mean…