Georgia Tech notes: ‘Unacceptable’ practice for Jackets

1. With preseason camp ending Saturday, Georgia Tech’s first official day of preparation for Virginia Tech did not inspire confidence.

“[Monday] was not very good,” coach Paul Johnson said. “It was unacceptable.”

Asked if the team lacked energy, Johnson said it was “a lack of a lot of things,” then shared responsibility with the coaching staff for not getting the team ready for practice.

“Anytime you come out to practice or to play a game with anything less than [full effort], it’s going to show,” A-backs coach Lamar Owens said. “We’re just trying to get these guys in the habit of (understanding) there is only one speed that you play at. You only play fast. There is no other gear.”

The Yellow Jackets will play Virginia Tech Sept. 3 in Blacksburg, Va. Georgia Tech has 10 more practices before the opener. Johnson said Monday’s practice was “strictly scout-team work.” One of the biggest challenges the Jackets face is stopping quarterback Logan Thomas, who tore apart Tech for 209 passing yards and three touchdown passes on just 13 attempts last fall in the Hokies’ 37-26 win.

Asked who was portraying Thomas on scout team, Johnson responded, “I have several. Justin Thomas. Doesn’t he look a lot like him?

Logan Thomas is listed at 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds. Justin Thomas, the Jackets’ true freshman quarterback, is 5-11 and 169 pounds.

2. Two weeks of fall camp has only confirmed to offensive line coach Mike Sewak the benefits of rotating linemen in games. Sewak said that the plan is for Shaquille Mason torotate with starting guards Omoregie Uzzi and Will Jackson, and that Trey Braun could join the rotation down the road. At left tackle, Ray Beno could share snaps with backup Bryan Chamberlain while Tyler Kidney and Morgan Bailey could split time at right tackle.

Bailey, who was elevated to the first string after spring practice, returned Monday to practice after suffering a concussion in the first week of camp but incurred another injury in the practice. Nick McRae could also sub for starting center Jay Finch.

While most offensive lines play a starting five without rotating, Sewak sees an advantage in keeping players fresh. Seeing that defenses often rotate their linemen, “now we can do the same, especially in that guard box,” Sewak said. “I think that’ll be excellent for us.”

Sewak didn’t know yet what sort of rotation pattern he would use.

“A lot of times, if a guy’s got a good thing going, you let it roll,” he said.

3. B-backs David Sims and Charles Perkins returned to practice Monday after being held out because of injuries, but Tech has another key player out. Cornerback Louis Young was wearing a forearm cast Monday, with his arm in a sling. Johnson did not shed more light on the matter, but confirmed that he is not playing against Virginia Tech. Young, though, was apparently not going to play anyway as part of a two-game suspension for violating NCAA rules by selling his tickets to the Georgia-Tech game last November.

While Tech returns four of its top five defensive backs, the injury to Young could be impactful if he is out for a considerable length of time. Young was a starter and plays a key role in the nickel package. In two-cornerback alignments, Tech is covered with Rod Sweeting and Jemea Thomas, but a nickel package without Young would likely include sophomore Jamal Golden, who mostly played special teams last season.

4. Quarterback/A-back Synjyn Days gave a good report on his work at A-back, where he spent a lot of time during camp. Learning to cut block has been the most difficult aspect.

Days said he stood up in an A-backs meeting and told the players how much he respected and appreciated their work, particularly blocking on the perimeter.

“Because at quarterback, you’d be like, How didn’t they get that guy down?” Days said. “But actually doing it, it’s like, Goodness, that is hard.”

5. There were no significant changes to the depth chart following Saturday’s scrimmage. All of the starters remained the same. … Monday was the first day of class and also Johnson’s 55th birthday. … Sewak said that Mason stood out in Saturday’s scrimmage. “I thought it was definitely one of his better scrimmages since he’s been here,” he said.

Thanks for reading. More Tuesday.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

204 comments Add your comment

George Stein

August 20th, 2012
10:41 pm

Sounded like a pleasant afternoon for the birthday boy.

1 4 GT

August 20th, 2012
10:47 pm

Do I detect a note of sarcasm George?

Frankly

August 20th, 2012
10:49 pm

Probably cpj’s last birthday on the flats.

George Stein

August 20th, 2012
10:50 pm

Just a tad, 1 4 GT.

Unlikely, Frankly.

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biggtfan

August 20th, 2012
10:50 pm

Hoping these injuries slow down. We need everybody rested, healthy and fired up for 9/3!

1 4 GT

August 20th, 2012
10:54 pm

I just imagine CPJ wasn’t in too good a mood if the practice got sloppy. Kinda understandable, though. 1st day of classes. Maybe a little fatigue? The guys readjusting to school & practice routine. Hope Young & Bailey have minor injuries.

Long Beach Jacket

August 20th, 2012
10:56 pm

First day of class on the Flats… Kick it back into gear fellas.. 9/3 just around the corner.

Great reporting Ken. Thanks.. Go Jackets…

GSUStud

August 20th, 2012
10:59 pm

Paul Johnson sounds like he’s about ready to give up and go back to repairing air-conditioners.

FL Jacket

August 20th, 2012
11:03 pm

Did they add a 50-lb weight onto Justin Thomas too to mimic Logan Thomas?

George Stein

August 20th, 2012
11:05 pm

The stilts are heavy, FLJ.

BUZZ Fan

August 20th, 2012
11:06 pm

Morgan Bailey= the “Ferrari” of OL on “jack stands again!”

FL Jacket

August 20th, 2012
11:08 pm

GS…seems like practices have been pretty shut off from the public. Wonder if we’re going to see a different gameplan?

FL Jacket

August 20th, 2012
11:10 pm

I thought they would have had Vad Lee mimic Logan Thomas, but he must be 2nd string (a play away) now.

BUZZ Fan

August 20th, 2012
11:10 pm

Mason will be starting soon, he is the best OL we have; jackson will go down with something, i’d place the over under at three game and Mason will start for the next three years!!!

FL Jacket

August 20th, 2012
11:11 pm

GS…have you checked out FromtheRumbleSeat.com?

FL Jacket

August 20th, 2012
11:12 pm

Buzz…Omoregie Uzzi says hello

George Stein

August 20th, 2012
11:16 pm

Is that where you posted your article last week, FLJ?

George Stein

August 20th, 2012
11:17 pm

Also, I think we’ll have some trickeration in the game plan, FLJ.

The only time we played a game this big this early in the season under Johnson was Clemson in 2009, and we had all kinds of stuff going on. I’d be shocked if we didn’t dip into our gadget bag in two weeks.

FAN

August 20th, 2012
11:18 pm

LOOK FOR ANOTHER BEAT DOWN IN NOVEMBER. TECHIES ARE GOING DOWN

FL Jacket

August 20th, 2012
11:18 pm

yes, curious if you read it? working on a ACC officiatingg piece.

FL Jacket

August 20th, 2012
11:19 pm

GS…what has me scared is our propensity to fumble in openers. And that’s against FCS-level competition.

FAN

August 20th, 2012
11:19 pm

MAYBE TECH CAN ENTER DIVISION 11 FOOTBALL NEXT YEAR. THAT IS WHERE THEY BELONG

FAN

August 20th, 2012
11:20 pm

CPJ IS A JOKE

BUZZ Fan

August 20th, 2012
11:21 pm

FL Jacket = tell Omoregie I wish him the best; THWG!!!!

FAN

August 20th, 2012
11:21 pm

ALL OF YOU ON THIS BLOG HAD BETTER NOT GET YOUR HOPES UP. IT WILL BE IN VAIN!!!!

FAN

August 20th, 2012
11:22 pm

GSU WILLL PUT A WHIPPING ON TECH,THEY ARE LOADED THIS YEAR.

George Stein

August 20th, 2012
11:22 pm

I did read it, FLJ, and I thought it was excellent. Obviously, there is no perfect metric to identify the success of the offense, but W/L is about the worst.

I agree that the fumbling may be an issue, but I think we have more experience all over the offense except WR. I think we’ll be okay. Whether we can stop them is another story altogether.

THE Wrecker

August 20th, 2012
11:24 pm

Techs offense is pathetic,could not compete in acc,much less SEC.

FL Jacket

August 20th, 2012
11:26 pm

GS…I think the personnel on their offense is young. No David Wilson, Danny Coale, and most of their OL from last year. I’ve heard they’re going to run more shotgun spread a la Tebow at UF. Might be their best offensive setup.

THE Wrecker

August 20th, 2012
11:27 pm

Tech is embarassing to the state of georgia. They need to stick to baseball only

1 4 GT

August 20th, 2012
11:27 pm

I smell something fishy & phony, too.

George Stein

August 20th, 2012
11:28 pm

Agree, FLJ. I would like to see us line up four wide in the ‘gun on the first play just to make them burn a timeout.

1JACKET7

August 20th, 2012
11:28 pm

FYI, Fall practices have always been closed to public. Only spring ball practices have been open.

THE gator

August 20th, 2012
11:29 pm

Dont mention teck in the same sentence with TEBOW. You techies are wanta be,s.

FL Jacket

August 20th, 2012
11:30 pm

Haha…just no first-play gimmick play like CPJ annoying does sometimes (UGA last year). Running a single play out of the pistol would be enough before playing more conventional offense. Please no reverse passes…

ignition

August 20th, 2012
11:31 pm

VT will be using pistol and spread formations.. They have really big and tall receivers with each over 6′3 and they have a stable of running backs one being 5′9. VT’s offense will be wide open against the Institute I hope they will be prepared for it.

ignition

August 20th, 2012
11:33 pm

@ THE gator I bet Logan Thomas will not only be a higher draft pick but a better pro than that guy named Tebow..

George Stein

August 20th, 2012
11:33 pm

It would have been fine if Tyler Melton wasn’t the one throwing. But, yes, I agree.

FL Jacket

August 20th, 2012
11:33 pm

Mmmm, I think tomorrow I will put Nutella on my toast in a spread formation

1JACKET7

August 20th, 2012
11:35 pm

There is only one thing that TECH should know for this upcoming season. You have to play bigger and better than your opponent week in and out. If you fall behind and you find yourself up against the ropes. Let’s hope your heart is bigger and better than its been in the past.

FL Jacket

August 20th, 2012
11:35 pm

If VPI runs the spread, our team MVP or LVP will be the DL…espcially Izaan Cross and Euclid Cummings.

THE gator

August 20th, 2012
11:38 pm

ignition dream on. Your whole team put together could not make a TEBOW. You techies live in a fantasy world. The bulldogs own you,much less the gators. I wish we could schedule you all. Every one,every year circles the game with you yellow flies. Automatic win for them

THE gator

August 20th, 2012
11:39 pm

You are losers,no matter what offense you run

THE gator

August 20th, 2012
11:40 pm

You are the laughing stock of georgia

THE gator

August 20th, 2012
11:42 pm

COACH JOHNSON,you are a joke of a coach. Tech will live in the cellar until you are gone. NO GUTS

fuzzybee78

August 20th, 2012
11:42 pm

IGGY–
GT will be using TO and pistol formations. We have really big and tall receivers with each over 6′4″ and we have a stable of running backs many of which are 6ft 200+ lbs. GT offense will be wide open against the Turkeys I hope they will be prepared for it.
Dude its past your bedtime!

FLIE SWATTER

August 20th, 2012
11:46 pm

I can not believe these techies actually think they ahve a team this year. They will get driven in the ground like a stake once the season starts.Gator you hit it on the head,every body circles the date with TECH. GEORGIA OWNS THIS STATE.

FLIE SWATTER

August 20th, 2012
11:48 pm

THE TURKEYS WILL EAT TECHS LUNCH,FUZZY BEE78.

GSU EAGLES

August 20th, 2012
11:50 pm

fuzzybee78 we the eagles would run all over tech. Get your head out of your a—. You are living in fantasy land.