‘Ragged’ scrimmage closes Georgia Tech camp

1. After two weeks of grinding through preseason practice, Georgia Tech’s players were ready to check out of the team hotel and end fall camp. Evidently, their play in a Saturday morning scrimmage reflected it.

“It was a little bit ragged,” said coach Paul Johnson, who finished his opening remarks following the closed scrimmage with an underwhelming line. “All in all, there were a lot of mistakes.”

The first-team offense turned around its performance after getting stopped by the first-team defense on the opening series, scoring multiple touchdowns on possessions starting from its 30-yard line. The second-team offense showed considerable improvement from last week, Johnson said.

Johnson liked the progress that the team has made over the first 18 practices (11 remain before the opener at Virginia Tech Sept. 3), but not Saturday’s roughly 90-play scrimmage.

“It was good, but I would have liked to have seen it maybe end with a little more energy like the first scrimmage,” center Jay Finch said. “But, I mean, camp’s long and tedious. It’s expected.”

B-back Broderick Snoddy, possibly the fastest player on the team, provided fireworks by going untouched on a 70-yard touchdown run early on, but his fitness level could not sustain him through the whole morning. Snoddy had also been a candidate to play A-back, but has worked at B-back for most of camp.

“He’s more comfortable at [B-back],” quarterbacks and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon said. “That’s what he did his senior year of high school. I think that’s probably going to be home for him.”

2. After a poor performance in the team’s first scrimmage last Saturday, quarterback Vad Lee rebounded by leading multiple touchdown drives with the first- and second-team offenses. Among his highlights were a 38-yard run down the right sideline on an option keeper and two passes to A-back B.J. Bostic, one for an 11-yard score and a 28-yarder over the middle to set up another touchdown. (Scrimmage details were provided by the Tech sports information staff.)

“There’s a lot we can improve on, starting with myself,” Lee said. “But I think we did fairly well [Saturday].”

The backup spot between Lee and Synjyn Days figures to be fluid. They entered camp as co-No. 2, but Lee was dropped to No. 3 after last week. Days, however, has also been trying to earn a spot in the A-back rotation. How much Days figures to play at A-back will be a factor.

“We’ll sit down as a staff and talk about this scrimmage and where things are if something happens to Tevin (Washington), who’s the next guy up?” Bohannon said.

3. Defensive coordinator Al Groh has concerns about his crew of young linebackers. Tech signed seven in 2011.

“We have a lot of young guys who, the developmental cycle has just got to accelerate beyond what would be normal, so every day is part of that,” Groh said. “We still have a lot of competition for those spots. Maybe some of the performances from [Saturday] will dictate the depth chart a little bit.”

As of last week, three of those seven – outside linebacker Tyler Marcodes and inside linebackers Tremayne McNair and Jabari Hunt-Days – were on the second string. Redshirts are possible for sophomores who played as true freshmen last year – Nick Menocal, Kyle Travis and McNair. Groh said he hasn’t seen the type of individual progress to make depth-chart and redshirt choices obvious.

“I think we need to, at this stage, find quality guys to play in the game,” he said. Redshirting “will be another issue.”

4. Johnson said that coaches “kind of know” what the A-back rotation will be, and that, as of Saturday, the starters would be Orwin Smith and Robbie Godhigh. The versatile and explosive Smith has been a given. Godhigh has been competing with A-backs Deon Hill, B.J. Bostic, Tony Zenon and, starting in camp, Days. Godhigh, a former walk-on, came into camp leading the competition. The team will likely use a three- or four-player rotation.

5. “I think the defensive coaches are positively impressed with what the players have been able to handle here during the course of camp. A pretty large volume of stuff.” – Groh

“There’s nothing out here that’s not part of what we do. But we don’t really want anybody to see anything, truthfully.” – Bohannon on scrimmages, often open in the past, being closed

6. Moved up to second string last Sunday, B-back Zach Laskey continued to work with the first string as starter David Sims stayed on the sidelines. Sims had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his shin over the summer. … Wide receiver Jeff Greene, offensive tackle Ray Beno and guard Omoregie Uzzi participated after being held out previously. Cornerback Rod Sweeting and offensive tackle Morgan Bailey continued to be sidelined, along with Sims and Perkins. … Classes begin Monday, Johnson’s 55th birthday.

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

89 comments Add your comment

razorjacket

August 18th, 2012
3:58 pm

Sounds like a good finish to camp. I have a feeling it will be a down season for Sims. Stress fracture in the shin can take awhile to heal and get strength back. BTW, first??

Randy from Macon

August 18th, 2012
4:02 pm

Thanks for the update, Ken. It’s hard to believe we have only 11 practices before VT. This is going to be a great year. GO JACKETS!

BigTimeTECHFan

August 18th, 2012
4:04 pm

nice, sounds like a pretty good scrimmage. Snoddy at B back will be huge in years to come, he’s stong inside and fast enough that he gone if it opens up.

When you say J H Days is second string, is that behind Drummond who will be susended?

BigTimeTECHFan

August 18th, 2012
4:13 pm

My Starting lineup:
QB V Lee
BB B Snoddy
AB Zenon
AB Smith
OT Chamberlian
OG Mason
C Finch
OG Uzzi
OT W Jackson
WR C Jackson
WR J Green

Defense
DE Crss
DE Cummings / Dieke
NT TJ Barnes
LB Watts
LB Neally
LB Hunt-Days
LB Attoachu
CB L Young
CB Sweeting
Nickle J Thomas
S I Johnson
S J Thomas / Bolton

GTfan2012

August 18th, 2012
4:13 pm

BTTF,
I think you are correct. Pretty sure Hunt Days will be on the field as a starter at MLB come Sept 3.

GTfan2012

August 18th, 2012
4:15 pm

That’s Holton, not Bolton…. but you got a good starting lineup there.

crackbaby

August 18th, 2012
4:20 pm

Ken,

Sure appreciate the fast, furious and frequent reports. It’s like chumming the water to create a feeding frenzy!

@BTTF – Everyone is allowed an opinion but seriously, you folks who like Vad Lee, you really want his FIRST start to be against VT at Blacksburg on national TV when he clearly can’t run the offense at speed? I beg to differ and wish y’all would support Tevin Washington who is the leader of this offense.

GO JACKETS!

Yeller Bug

August 18th, 2012
4:21 pm

Snoddy out of shape? Not good. Maybe he can play special teams/return KOs or punts and get a series or two at B-back. With Sims hurt—it will probably be platooned—Laskey, Perkins, Snoddy.

Glad to hear that Vad had a better day.

Got two more weeks to get ready!

Go Jackets!

NOVAJacket

August 18th, 2012
4:35 pm

Louis Young will not play against VT so he can’t start. Golden will be there if nothing changes.

fuzzybee78

August 18th, 2012
4:38 pm

respectfully agree with Crackbaby–
After what TW endured in Blacksburg 2 years ago it would be so sweet to see him pull this off. Vad’s going to play some and I trust CPJ to get him in the mix. Snoddy speed needs to get him some designed plays at BB. That position is shaping up depth wise with 4 guys ready to go. Bostic making plays at AB catching the ball will loosen up the D. Need to see Days in at AB.

Ken, how much did the 1st team D play? I cant tell if our O is that much better or our D is still struggling? Also, coach BB said of Snoddy “thats what he did his senior your in HS” did they run GT offense or was Snoddy a halfback/tailback?

AJC Scrimmage Report 8/18/12

August 18th, 2012
4:49 pm

[...] Scrimmage Report 8/18/12 ‘Ragged’ scrimmage closes Georgia Tech camp | Georgia Tech -Looks like the BB race could have a surprise: Broderick Snoddy! B-back Broderick Snoddy, [...]

Gorilla Biscuit

August 18th, 2012
5:01 pm

VT will outscore GT.

ToeMeetsLeather

August 18th, 2012
5:12 pm

I think we are starting to see that CPJ has now been able to build up enough depth at most spots so we don’t have such a drop off when the first guy goes down for a while. In fact, it probably creates quite a bit of motivation to get back on the field before you lose your spot. Still need to build some depth at NT with Barnes gone after this year. Are there any of the OLine guys that could move over in the spring for that spot.

9/3!

Ken Sugiura

August 18th, 2012
5:14 pm

Snoddy at B-back is an intriguing development. He’s obviously the fastest, but has the most to learn, also.
BTTF – yes, Hunt-Days at second string takes into account Daniel Drummond being first string. I’d think Hunt-Days will start against Virginia Tech, ready or not.
Fuzzybee – not sure, but I’d think they played as many possessions as the first-team offense. as for snoddy and his h.s. offense, looks similar.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPMEJz01apk

Gorilla Biscuit – you’re welcome to offer commentary on the post. i hope you can do better than “VT will outscore GT.”

Poopdawg

August 18th, 2012
5:16 pm

Where is Godhigh from and what year in school?

Yeller Bug

August 18th, 2012
5:18 pm

I doubt it Gorilla if you meant it as an offensive shootout. Of course you could be making just another baseless derogatory comment. However, if VT wins, it will be a low scoring game. If GT scores more than 24, then I think they win the game.

BigTimeTECHFan

August 18th, 2012
5:18 pm

D Noble may start for L Young?
Or it may be J Thomas, Sweeting at CB with Holton and Johnson at S
Tech will be ok wat DB, but sure will miss Young

Supersize that order, mutt

August 18th, 2012
5:20 pm

Gotta love it when even Ken puts the trolls in their place :)

Yeller Bug

August 18th, 2012
5:22 pm

So what’s up with this Ken? Are you challenging the trolls to up their game to provide wit and insightful analysis within their comments? Good luck with that!

82 GT grad

August 18th, 2012
5:23 pm

Not sure if I want Vad starting the opener in Blacksburg, but Tech sure might need his passing should they find themselves behind in the fourth quarter. Tevin has proven he can run the option as well as anyone, but he’s also proven that he’s an ineffective passer.

BigTimeTECHFan

August 18th, 2012
5:23 pm

Thanks for update Ken.
If VT out score Tech, my guess is they will win the game.

I can’t make the call, I’ve got a feeling it going to be a good close game. VT’s well coached team, can beat anybody, at the same time they lose games you think they should win.

fuzzybee78

August 18th, 2012
5:26 pm

Thanks Ken, Snoddy clearly a BB in HS —speed,speed, speed Either ya got it or ya chassin it:)

@TML I think new Aussie Fros DL Adam Gotis looks the part at 6-5 300# . Wait till we get some Southern cooking in the boy! And a little time with the new strength coach too!

BLT

August 18th, 2012
5:31 pm

Godhigh is from Harrison in Cobb. I believe a RS Junior. Tough as nails.

BLT

August 18th, 2012
5:35 pm

I agree with gorilla. If VT scores more points they will win. I thought that was obvious but maybe not for some folks.

SansWorld

August 18th, 2012
5:38 pm

I agree with Ken, “VT will outscore GT” seems down right tepid after reading Gorilla Biscuit’s rather rude comments about Reuben Foster’s mother and sister. It is one thing to attack a player or a program, But a real man goes after the family.

I know he can do better, but don’t really care to see it.

FL Jacket

August 18th, 2012
5:42 pm

So is Vad the #2 or did Days have any drives today under center?

fuzzybee78

August 18th, 2012
5:44 pm

I’ll bet Vad is a “co #2″ again. But I also think he is the one off the bench first at QB.

Fedupwithtech

August 18th, 2012
5:45 pm

Hey ToeMeetsLeather, are you serious about the depth? After thinking about it you might be right. What’s the difference in a player who was offered by Coastal Carolina and one who should be a Presbyterian Blue Hose? What a pathetic few years in recruiting.

OkieDawg

August 18th, 2012
5:50 pm

Not much mention of Tech’s passing attack. I guess it will be about as potent as any CPJ team. And also wishing CPJ a heartfelt 55th birthday on Monday. Where’s the fish fry gonna be?

gt4ever

August 18th, 2012
5:57 pm

Here is hoping that Drummond is much better than last year…. Looking forward to a win at VT!

gt4ever

August 18th, 2012
6:00 pm

@crackbaby

Agree 100 percent about TW… He is the leader and he will be the QB for the year, unless he gets hurt! VL may come in for some wildcat or passing situations…

FL Jacket

August 18th, 2012
6:12 pm

Obviously Fedup knows that our backup OL players (E Joe, T Braun, B Chamberlain, F Burden) have been offered by the likes of FSU, Florida, UGA, and Auburn…

BigTimeTECHFan

August 18th, 2012
6:22 pm

pls one backup Thomas O’Reilly played at Auburn

BigTimeTECHFan

August 18th, 2012
6:24 pm

Watch for Watts and Attoacho and Neally flyng all over the field

chas_jacket

August 18th, 2012
6:38 pm

I think it would be crazy to start vad at VT. Tevin has earned it and we will need his experience to win there. Here’s some more on Vad’s scrimmage today

http://georgiatech.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1398189

ToeMeetsLeather

August 18th, 2012
6:39 pm

No FedUp, I was just kidding. I know our two deep stinks and we will probably only win one game this year, our match up with the Blue Hose since we did win the recruiting battle with them on a couple of our guys. Heck, we may even cancel the season before we start it, what do you think?

chas_jacket

August 18th, 2012
7:03 pm

The rivals story potrays a more positive effort by Vad, including running the first team offense. I’d say he is now alone at the #2 spot.

Kyle

August 18th, 2012
7:20 pm

Another dud season with TW at the helm.
VT 30 gt 23

Gorilla Biscuit

August 18th, 2012
7:37 pm

“Gorilla Biscuit – you’re welcome to offer commentary on the post. i hope you can do better than “VT will outscore GT.””

Sorry, Virginia Tech will gorilla stomp Georgia Tech.

FL Jacket

August 18th, 2012
8:23 pm

Ken…Gorilla obviously failed in his 2nd attempt

GTfan2012

August 18th, 2012
8:24 pm

Days played QB today…. however, there is still talk that he could work himself into the A-back rotation by the start of the season. Getting better at his blocking.

GTfan2012

August 18th, 2012
8:25 pm

his name is Gorilla Biscuit, Ken, I think your expectations are clearly way too high.

Gorilla Biscuit

August 18th, 2012
8:35 pm

It’s unlucky to be behind at the end of the game, and Georgia Tech will be unlucky four or five times this season.

Long Beach Jacket

August 18th, 2012
8:55 pm

I hope and expect Tevin Washington to start and play 90%+ of the offensive snaps in the opener. Any scenario other than that might not mean good things for the Jackets. Say what you want but Tevin has proven his capability to lead the team to victory. I hope he starts and remains the starter for the entire season. Vad Lee — only a FR-RS — should hopefully get to work in situationally and start to build his game experience. He may be hugely talented, but the ideal scenario would be for him to gain experience in favorable situations before getting the entire burden foisted upon him. We’ll see. I expect Tevin to have a real good year, including PASSING the football…. I’m confident he will. Let’s see starting 9/3…..

old tech grad

August 18th, 2012
9:14 pm

Sounds like things are starting to come togeather. I have lots of worries about the D but only some game time will show if the worries are justified. I think the O is going to rock. Orwin is a horse and having Bostic back is a huge plus. If some of the new people like Snoddy, Jackson and Green turn out to be good competitors we may surprise.

Go Tech.

MORGANTECH

August 18th, 2012
9:20 pm

MORE THAN 9 WINS WOULD BE A GOOD SURPRISE

Wal-Mart Retards

August 18th, 2012
9:43 pm

Magilla Gorilla – is there any REASON for your prediction… or are you relying solely on good old fashioned women’s intuition?

GTfan2012

August 18th, 2012
10:00 pm

MORGANTECH,
I’d agree with that. I will say that if we only win 8 but 1 of them is UGA, I’d be happy. If we win 9 or more and one is UGA (and one is a bowl win), I would be ecstatic.

flamboyant defense

August 18th, 2012
10:16 pm

The Hokies were ranked 57th in points scored (27.9)

The Jackets were ranked 21st in points scored (34.3)

Like old tech grad, … worried about the defense.

GT Geoff

August 18th, 2012
10:31 pm

I think we have the most athletic front 7 in the ACC if not the nation. If Uzzi can stay healthy the OLine will be strong too. Hey Gorilla, I guess you forgot what happened last year???