Tech drags through 13th practice

Notes from practice. More Wednesday.

1. Georgia Tech’s 13th practice of fall camp brought little good fortune.

A day after a double session and in afternoon heat, the Yellow Jackets dragged through a full-pads practice Tuesday that elicited the ire of the coaching staff.

“I hope that’s not our best,” defensive coordinator Al Groh said. “You have to keep moving forward all the time. If you stall, you’re losing ground. Some players [moved forward], but not enough.”

Coach Paul Johnson said that practices have for the most part been decent, but that the team “hit a doldrum. You have to push through.”

The Jackets will have two more practices Wednesday.

After 13 practices in 12 days, inside linebacker Quayshawn Nealy said that many players’ legs are heavy, “but that’s no reason not to push through, so we’ve got to come back [Wednesday] with our minds set to push through and get better at practice.”

2. A bronze statue of former Tech coach Bobby Dodd is scheduled to be unveiled Sept. 14 on Callaway Plaza outside the stadium that bears his name. A group of Dodd’s former players led the project to honor Dodd, one of only three people to be elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as both a player and coach. The bronze sculpture, which will portray Dodd in his familiar kneeling position, will be dedicated the day before the Tech-Virginia game. At that game, Dodd’s 1952 team, which went 12-0 and shared the national championship, will be honored.

“Not many times in your life do you get to do something like this, and it’s really been very meaningful to all of us,” Tech Hall of Famer Taz Anderson said.

3. Wide receiver Jeff Greene and cornerback Rod Sweeting returned to practice Tuesday after being held out with injuries. Other than that, the list of players out remained the same, Johnson said. That would include B-backs David Sims and Charles Perkins and offensive tackles Ray Beno and Morgan Bailey. Johnson deflected a question about a possible cutoff date for Sims, recovering from surgery to repair a stress fracture in his shin, to return by in order to play against Virginia Tech Sept. 3.

“He can’t practice until he’s healthy,” he said. “We’ll figure it out when we need to figure it out.”

4. Wide receiver Anthony Autry’s play in camp has made him a strong candidate to play as a true freshman. Autry, from Norcross High, is competing with freshmen Travin Henry and Micheal Summers and four returners for spots on the depth chart.

“We’ll decide here after Saturday who’s going to play and who’s going to maybe sit right now,” Johnson said. “I’d say he’s on the probably-going-to-play bubble.”

Thanks for reading. More Wednesday.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

295 comments Add your comment

Gt110215

August 14th, 2012
9:14 pm

gty974e

August 14th, 2012
9:15 pm

Jackedjacket

August 14th, 2012
9:17 pm

A COOL second!!!!!

Jackedjacket

August 14th, 2012
9:18 pm

Or COOL third!!,

Goose Godsey

August 14th, 2012
9:18 pm

Where is Francis Kallon on the depth chart? Are we sandbagging or is he going to get the redshirt?

big gt fan

August 14th, 2012
9:41 pm

kallon will be redshirted with this coaching staff they look for walk ons to move up depth chart rather than 4 starr guys they brought in.

GT1990

August 14th, 2012
9:43 pm

Everybody enjoy CPJ last season at GT. Word is out that if he loses to UGA again he will be fired!

SavannahJacket

August 14th, 2012
10:01 pm

Kallon has played 1 year of organized football as a 18 year old on the high school level. Eventhough he is definitely talented and will be great, he is going to need time to grasp GAG’s Defense.

As for CPJ there is no way that DRad will let him go after this year. GT has been in the hunt for the ACC championship each of his 4 years. If the Defense continues to improve this could be a special year.

Ga Tech Old Timer

August 14th, 2012
10:08 pm

GT1990 – Everybody WILL enjoy CPJ’s season on the flats this year – but certainly not his last – by far. The only word anyone has heard so far about this being his last year is yours – and at this point that doesn’t seem to be too credible of a source.

K

August 14th, 2012
10:09 pm

This is going to be a very special year!

JAdams

August 14th, 2012
10:10 pm

Laskey? really? Kallon is an obvious redshirt but where the crap is Bostic? Really…Laskey? Darn!

Delbert D.

August 14th, 2012
10:27 pm

From the AJC front page:

“What you see tonight is part of changes coming to ajc.com and accessAtlanta.com within the next few weeks that will include:

“And commenters will register before they comment, a feature that we believe will reduce the clutter and spam and raise the level of discussion online.”

Finally!

FL Jacket

August 14th, 2012
10:39 pm

“And commenters will register before they comment, a feature that we believe will reduce the clutter and spam and raise the level of discussion online.”

SOME ACCOUNTABILITY HAS COME TO THE INTERNET!!

1 4 GT

August 14th, 2012
10:49 pm

Damn, Granny was slow, but she had a wooden leg————————————————————————– I asked them why they couldn’t do something about the nonsense (we all know what I mean) about 6 months ago or more. FINALLY!! HOORAY!!!

Jack G

August 14th, 2012
10:49 pm

Well when they unviel the statue of Dodd, there will be one coach on campus

I still dont like paul ball

GO TECH

1 4 GT

August 14th, 2012
10:51 pm

I don’t care much for the new look, though. Guess I’ll get used to it.

1 4 GT

August 14th, 2012
10:52 pm

HMM Had to reenter my email address!

Yellow n Gold

August 14th, 2012
10:54 pm

@JAdams….really? grow up and get over it. CPJ knows better than you.

Goldenrod

August 14th, 2012
11:08 pm

I certainly hope GT1990 is right, if CPJ doesn’t beat the leghumpers this year AND win a bowl game I want him on the first plane out of Hartsfield. We should be ACC Champs year and year out and we can go out an recruit the Sammy Watkins of the world.

I don’t like the idea of registering on here, no not one bit. I like to troll the UGag boards.

1 4 GT

August 14th, 2012
11:18 pm

Well, too bad Goldenrod. Maybe they’ll stay over there & you’ll have to stay here. That’s what us sane guys want, anyway.

Paul in NH

August 14th, 2012
11:20 pm

I was interested to read that Bobby Dodd is one of only 3 people to be elected to the College HOF as both player and coach. I did some searching and found that Bowden Wyatt (Tennessee) and Amos Alonzo Stagg were the others. That is quite an elite fraternity.
I am fairly sure that they will be joined by a 4th – Steve Spurrier is currently in as a player.

Jason

August 14th, 2012
11:25 pm

So how mamy different emails and log in names will the leg humper now have to create?

Supersize that order, mutt

August 14th, 2012
11:32 pm

As one who has personally suffered because of antiquated use of these blogs, I say……ABOUT DAMN TIME !!!!

Supersize that order, mutt

August 14th, 2012
11:35 pm

@ 1 4 GT…..you said something about a “new look.” It’s no different here now than it was earlier.

1 4 GT

August 14th, 2012
11:54 pm

Super—it looks different now than it did this AM on my computer. I had to look all over the page to find where I could click on Sports. In the lower right list of sections.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 14th, 2012
11:55 pm

1 4 GT, it’s the same here that it’s always been

1 4 GT

August 14th, 2012
11:56 pm

That’s odd.

1 4 GT

August 14th, 2012
11:58 pm

Just pulled up the front page. It now looks the same as it did this morning. ODD.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 15th, 2012
12:00 am

Well, as long as change is coming, I applaud it, as long as it’s a one-time registration and it does keep the trolls out.

1 4 GT

August 15th, 2012
12:01 am

FYI—-on the TV news tonite—-Coach Curry has announced this will be his last season at GSU. Too bad for GSU 2 X 4. They’ll take a step or two back.

1 4 GT

August 15th, 2012
12:02 am

I had to enter my email address twice when logging on about 9:00 PM.

1 4 GT

August 15th, 2012
12:03 am

Well, my pillows are calling my name. ttyl

Supersize that order, mutt

August 15th, 2012
12:04 am

mine too. cya tomorrow

GTBob

August 15th, 2012
12:41 am

And commenters will register before they comment, a feature that we believe will reduce the clutter and spam and raise the level of discussion online.

Good. People can quit accusing me of using multiple names.

GTBob

August 15th, 2012
12:43 am

Everybody enjoy CPJ last season at GT. Word is out that if he loses to UGA again he will be fired!

Common sense should tell you to quit listening to whoever is feeding you that garbage.

yeller bug

August 15th, 2012
2:00 am

GT1990: Is the word out about CPJ like Harry Reid’s word is out about Mitt Romney’s taxes? Maybe it’s the same non-existent, anonymous source. CPJ isn’t going anywhere and Tech is going to have a mighty fine year that will begin with a win on 9/3.

ToeMeetsLeather

August 15th, 2012
6:16 am

For all of these folks that think and/or want CPJ off the TECH sidelines, you may want to find another team to root for. He is building the premier program in the ACC(the right way I might add, see UNC) and isn’t going anywhere for a while, unless someone like Nebraska comes knocking. .

OldSchoolTechFanatic

August 15th, 2012
6:52 am

I’m ready for some college football !!!

GT Rich

August 15th, 2012
7:45 am

If Simms and Perkins remain out, who aside from Laskey is getting snaps at B-back? Can’t imagine going to Blacksburg with only one fullback.

WnE

August 15th, 2012
8:23 am

re:
ToeMeetsLeather
August 15th, 2012
6:16 am

For all of these folks that think and/or want CPJ off the TECH sidelines, you may want to find another team to root for. He is building the premier program in the ACC(the right way I might add, see UNC) and isn’t going anywhere for a while, unless someone like Nebraska comes knocking. .
________________

Please share with us your definition of “premier program”?

14-12 the last 2 seasons vs. the 76th & 69th toughest schedule in 2011 & 2010.

1-3 vs. Va. Tech
1-3 vs. Miami
1-3 vs. UGA
0-4 vs. Bowl Games
===================
3-13 vs. the segment of the schedule that “defines” GT FB to the rest of the country.

I know about Clemson, the team that faded down the stretch and gave up 70 to a Big East in their BCS Bowl

I know about UNC a team that has been decimated by NCAA suspensions and late coaching change before last season.

Sorry CPJ apologists, but Clemson & UNC don’t define GT FB to the rest of the world, it is how we do vs. the 4 teams I listed above.

Are you sure CPJ is building a “premier program”?

Five years in and he still hasn’t found a decent passer OR a decent B-Back for his offense.

Doesn’t sound very premier from where I am!

Ken Sugiura

August 15th, 2012
8:53 am

GT Rich – Matt Connors (walk-on), Marcus Allen (true freshman) and Broderick Snoddy (has had time both at A-back and B-back). I think both Perkins and Sims will be back, though.

HighTech

August 15th, 2012
9:02 am

ToeMeetsLeather

August 15th, 2012
6:16 am
For all of these folks that think and/or want CPJ off the TECH sidelines, you may want to find another team to root for. He is building the premier program in the ACC(the right way I might add, see UNC) and isn’t going anywhere for a while, unless someone like Nebraska comes knocking. .
———————————
You are absolutely right, ToeMeetsLeather. CPJ’s had some young players make critical mistakes and get outplayed that have hurt the W/L record, but overall, I agree with you that he is building the premier program in the ACC. I’d say right now Tech is in contention for the ACC title every year. That didn’t use to be the case.

9/3!

Supersize that order, mutt

August 15th, 2012
9:16 am

@ HT —- ABSOLUTELY

and

UOAD !!!

HighTech

August 15th, 2012
9:21 am

UOAD!!!!!

9/3!!!!!

THWG!!!!!!

sean jones

August 15th, 2012
9:33 am

im with WNE—-Im tired of losing all the big games.. You people that have crowned CPJ need to re-evaluate…Al Groh needs to go for sure and if CPJ cant beat UGAG this year—put his ass on a plane too!!!

sean jones

August 15th, 2012
9:35 am

VOTE “groh must go” in 2012

crackbaby

August 15th, 2012
9:36 am

WnE = Johnny Cochran (lies and half-truths). Carefully chosen, biased stats.

Let’s look at GT Head Coach records since Dodd.
CPJ
9-4, 11-3, 6-7 and 8-5 (34-19 so far, 0.641)

Chan Gailey
7-6, 7-6, 7-6, 7-5, 7-5, 9-5, 7-6 (44-33, 0.571)

O’Leary
6-5, 5-6, 7-5, 10-2, 8-4, 9-3, 8-5 (53-30, 0.639)

Bill Lewis
5-6, 5-6, 1-10 (fired mid-season) (11-22, 0.333)

Bobby Ross
2-9, 3-8, 7-4, 11-0-1, 8-5 (31-26-1, 0.544)

Bill Curry
1-9-1, 1-10, 6-5, 3-8, 6-4-1, 9-2-1, 5-5-1 (31-43-4, 0.419)

Pepper Rodgers
6-5, 7-4, 4-6-1, 6-5, 7-5, 4-6-1 (34-31-2, .0523)

Bill Fulcher
7-4-1, 5-6 (12-10-1, 0.545)

Bud Carson
4-6, 4-6, 4-6, 9-3, 6-6 (27-27, 0.500)

in 2012-2013, GT will win at least 8 games and possibly 10+. Paul Johnson is EASILY the the best and winning-est football coach at Georgia Tech since color television.

GTfan 2012

August 15th, 2012
9:37 am

Totally agree with HT! With this young team, GT is on the cusp of being a consistent winner, averaging 9-10 wins a year for the next four or five years.

UOAD!!!
9/3!!!!
THWG!!!

sean jones

August 15th, 2012
9:40 am

who cares abt the record? i wud go 1-10 everyyear to beat UGAG!

gt4ever

August 15th, 2012
9:42 am

I start to wonder about my existence when I agree with anything WnE has to say… Damn you WnE! Premier program, please, he can’t recruit premier players… How do you build a premier program without premier players… Yes, there are exceptions, but to few… IMHO. Your opinion will probably be different.