Days to play ’somewhere’ for Georgia Tech against Hokies

1. Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson wasn’t in much of a mood to share details, but allowed this about quarterback/A-back Synjyn Days. He’s in the plans for the opener against Virginia Tech.

“We’ll see where he plays, but I’d be surprised if he didn’t play in the game somewhere,” Johnson said following Wednesday’s practice.

Johnson said he didn’t know if Days, who has spent some of the preseason training at A-back, would play at that position. Coaches want to get Days on the field to make use of his playmaking ability, but he is behind Tevin Washington at quarterback.

Coaches “really haven’t said anything, just that we want the best 11 players on the field and they said I’m one of the best 11,” Days said. “If it’s a special package or something, I’m just trying to do the best for the team any way possible, even if it’s special teams or holding the kick or something.”

Days has worked with the punt return and kickoff return teams in addition to A-back and quarterback. A-backs coach Lamar Owens said that Days is “getting there” as an A-back.

Johnson said he didn’t know how big the A-back rotation will be. Orwin Smith and Robby Godhigh are the expected starters, followed by Deon Hill. Johnson mentioned Tony Zenon, B.J. Bostic and Days as possibilities.

“There could be several guys rolling in there by situation,” he said.

(My guess is Days will play some at A-back. He was something to watch in the spring, though, running the pistol.)

2. Johnson said that Wednesday’s practice dragged. “The defense was a little more up-tempo, probably, than the offense,” he said.

The team was in full pads. Offensive tackle Morgan Bailey, defensive back Lynn Griffin, safety Fred Holton, wide receiver Chris Jackson and B-back Zach Laskey were held out. Bailey was still in a walking boot. Laskey has strep throat. The other injuries were not disclosed, but are not believed to be serious.

B-back David Sims practiced for the third day in a row.

“I think he’s getting back to healthy,” Johnson said.

Tech will practice Thursday, scrimmage Friday and then have the weekend off. Johnson plans six practices next week, Monday through Saturday. The team will fly up to Virginia Tech Sunday.

(Secondary coach Charles Kelly bragged a little on Griffin on Tuesday. “I’m really excited about him,” he said. “He’s big, physical, he can really change directions and run.”)

3. If Bailey is not available for the Hokies game, some adjustments may be made. Johnson said that left tackle Ray Beno has worked at right tackle in Bailey’s place, with Bryan Chamberlain playing left. Backup right tackle Tyler Kidney could play in a rotation.

Nose tackle T.J. Barnes is likely to play no more than 35 or 40 snaps in a game, Johnson said. He is backed up by Shawn Green.

“He’s done well in practice, but we’ll see once we get going game-wise,” Johnson said of Barnes. “I have no reason to doubt him.”

True freshman defensive lineman Adam Gotsis has stayed up with what Johnson calls “the varsity,” meaning he is a candidate to play this season and not redshirt. Gotsis is from Abbotsford, Australia.

(Chamberlain being responsible for Washington’s blindside in his first career game at Lane Stadium is a tall order. With the injuries to Beno and Bailey in camp, he’s gotten a lot of extra practice time. “He’s starting to get a little more comfortable with his own assignments, with his own techniques in a critical situation,” offensive line coach Mike Sewak said. Also, I don’t remember who asked about backup offensive lineman J.C. Lanier, but I asked Johnson about his role. “Right now, he’s a backup offensive lineman. That’s what he is.” I asked if a switch back to defense had been considered. Said Johnson, “I think he’s in the right spot, if he’s going to play.”)

Thanks for reading. There’s no more coach or player access until next Tuesday, so the next couple days I’ll be posting a couple stories that I reported this week on Orwin Smith and Quayshawn Nealy. Also, I need to post the next in the “10 things” series, on inside linebackers coach Joe Speed. Interesting background.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

235 comments Add your comment

GT Rich

August 22nd, 2012
9:18 pm

Glad that Gotsis may DT or DE. Also glad that Synjyn running skills won’t go to waste as a back-up QB…

ToeMeetsLeather

August 22nd, 2012
9:26 pm

Besides TW behind center, we have no clue who will be lining up where on 9/3. And neither will coach Foster, pretty cool. huh?

HighTech

August 22nd, 2012
9:27 pm

9/3!

Go Jackets!

George Stein

August 22nd, 2012
9:28 pm

In 12 days, hopefully we’ll be kicking VT’s ass.

I had a lot of hope for Bostic after his freshman season. Hopefully, he’ll grow into his role as guy with crazy speed on the edge.

Innocent Bystander

August 22nd, 2012
9:31 pm

Thanks Ken! Glad to hear the coaches will work Synjyn into the game plan. He’s a play-maker.

Excited for Labor Day!! Go Jackets

FL Jacket

August 22nd, 2012
9:33 pm

TML…Omoregie Uzzi will be reaking havoc from the RG spot :) . Tell Foster that…

FL Jacket

August 22nd, 2012
9:34 pm

I’m starting to think there will be some Pistol formation in Blacksburg!

BigTimeTECHFan

August 22nd, 2012
9:35 pm

Joe Speed – future head coach when Johnson retires, can’t wait.

Tokyo jacket

August 22nd, 2012
9:38 pm

I like what we’re seeing so far. As deep as this team is, it says a lot about Days’ ability to say that he’ll be playing “somewhere.” He and the Big O at A-back by mid-season will be a serious 1 2 punch with game breaking ability. Can’t wait to see this team play. I got my tickets today and will be in Lane Stadium in 12 days!

Keepin It Real

August 22nd, 2012
9:51 pm

We have a lot of speed!!! So let’s use it. At least once per series, I would love to see CPJ put the burners on the outside and throw the BOMB (that’s a fly pattern for the non-old-school). On subsequent plays (or series), keep sending the speed down field to make the safeties (& nickels) commit; hence, the A-backs can wreak havoc at the second and third levels all day long. When the linbackes start playing soft… you’ve got it, pound them with the B-back. Put it in the air, don’t be scared.

George Stein

August 22nd, 2012
9:56 pm

Totally agree, Keepin It Real. I sure as hell hope we are über-aggressive in that game.

gt40pinhd

August 22nd, 2012
10:03 pm

seems like a lot of nagging injuries. lot of 1st string players hurt. i was really excited about the season before fall practice, now i’ll have to admit, i’m concerned.

WnE

August 22nd, 2012
10:08 pm

re:
Nose tackle T.J. Barnes is likely to play no more than 35 or 40 snaps in a game, Johnson said. He is backed up by Shawn Green.

“He’s done well in practice, but we’ll see once we get going game-wise,” Johnson said of Barnes. “I have no reason to doubt him.”
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All that stuff about yoga & dieting and a new conditioning program and all TJ Barnes can give us is 35-40 snaps per game?

I’m not sure Shawn Green is what we need at NT.

It MIGHT be a long year.

Thanks for asking my question Ken, it was some other guy and WnE that was wondering why Lanier was buried on the depth chart at OL instead of helping us on the DL.

I find it hard to believe that TJ Barnes can only give us 35-40 snaps per game and then CPJ says he still won’t move Lanier over to DL/NT to help with depth issues.

Talk about stubborn.

OkieDawg

August 22nd, 2012
10:24 pm

CPJ on Synjyn Days: “We’ll see where he plays, but I’d be surprised if he didn’t play in the game somewhere,” WHAT..the HC doesn’t know if he will play somewhere? He’s the HC and he doesn’t know?

“Johnson said he didn’t know if Days, who has spent some of the preseason training at A-back, would play at that position.” WHAT…The HC doesn’t know what position Days will play?

“Johnson said he didn’t know how big the A-back rotation will be. Orwin Smith and Robby Godhigh are the expected starters, followed by Deon Hill. Johnson mentioned Tony Zenon, B.J. Bostic and Days as possibilities.” If the coach doesn’t know, who does? Is GT giving CPJ a check?

“Johnson said that Wednesday’s practice dragged. “The defense was a little more up-tempo, probably, than the offense,” Oh really, if the D is ahead of the Triple Sloption..look out! :

“There’s no more coach or player access until next Tuesday”…Well maybe I’m just a little confused…but does that leave the Techerhead World in limbo, or what?

What did I learn from this article?

Long Beach Jacket

August 22nd, 2012
10:24 pm

Looks like things are shaping up. We’ve got enough good players. It’s going to come down to execution. No (or minimal) mistakes.

On offense – Experience at the QB position and O-line helps that alot. For the guys with less game experience at A-Back…hope they keep their spacing on option plays…and catch the pitch…most important…then run..

Plenty of experience on D. Just play hard and smart!

Go Jackets! Again, Ken, great report….

Buzzzed

August 22nd, 2012
10:26 pm

@WnE
You said “it was some other guy and WnE”

Are you using multiple handles or referring to yourself in the the third person?

gt40pinhd

August 22nd, 2012
10:29 pm

okiedawg seems like to me that cpj is waiting to see how effective tw is. it will be better for gta to have days at qb than tw. days is built more like nesbitt, big and strong. let the defense worry about that!

1 4 GT

August 22nd, 2012
10:38 pm

Okie Dwag learned he is a busy body dunder head!!!!!!

Keepin It Real

August 22nd, 2012
10:39 pm

I know this was ‘only’ MTSU, but there are NO linebackers in Div I can run with our A-backs (especially when lined up at B-back). I would run this play 10 times in a row to open the game. Who is going to catch Snoddy/Smith/Zenon/Bostic? If the safety cheats over, you hit the receiver on the post on the other side. By the way, did you notice how open the A-back is open on the pitch with only a LB to beat. Can’t wait…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AI_cZ0AOgY

Alabama Jack

August 22nd, 2012
10:42 pm

Remember the scene from Patton where both the Germans and the British had the same reaction to one of Patton’s successes? Maybe that scene will be repeated 9/3.

Clyde

August 22nd, 2012
10:49 pm

It sounds to me like CPJ doesn’t want everyone to know what’s going on, OkieDawg and WnE. Injuries may or may not be injuries, 35-40 rep’s may or may not be 35-40 rep’s. Why would he want everyone to know his game plan for such a high profile game? Just so readers on AJC have something to bump their gums about? WnE, I’ll join the dozens of other on here in saying that you need to chill a little, dude. Maybe you need to do some yoga, get a hooka.

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Clyde

August 22nd, 2012
10:51 pm

Sorry, I’m joining the ‘others’, maybe try yoga, maybe get a hookah! :D

GT GRAD

August 22nd, 2012
10:57 pm

Ignore WnE…….he is a UGA fan posing as a GT fan that hates Coach PJ.

OkieDawg……….Coach PJ knows exactly what he plans to do on Offense and who will start/play; he is simply answering questions and making certain he does not give any advanced notice to VT regarding the plan.

Ken: We seriously appreciate the details and good reports regarding the team & coaching staff; however, please stop reporting information on a public forum that you know for a fact GT and Coach PJ would prefer to stay private to the GT locker room. Thanks

OkieDawg

August 22nd, 2012
10:59 pm

Okay Clyde…Then why even waste bandwidth on CPJ and GT? Does AJC even need someone to cover GT? Do GT fans like to be little mushrooms in Master CPJ’s world? CPJ plays you Techerheads like a fiddle. He will tell you what you need to know and when…and when to go to the fish fry.

Awesome

August 22nd, 2012
11:07 pm

Oh brother, here we go again with people wanting us to throw bombs that we never complete because our QB can’t throw them and our WRs can’t catch them. Those plays are a dream come true for the opposing DC. It puts GT in a long yardage situation and we rarely complete them so they really don’t have to change their defense any. The short, quick hitting passes are what we need to slow down those linebackers from crashing into the backfield. Put them on their heels a little. That would help the running game even more. Plus we can complete those passes so we actually get yardage as well as the softening effect.

Hayseed Dixie

August 22nd, 2012
11:17 pm

@Awesome

You’re right: look for more passes to the A-back this season. 3-7 yards per. It’s something this offense has been missing.

I am so STOKED that Gotsis is exceeding expectations this season.

Aussies are tough: time to crank up the AC/DC at Bobby Dodd.

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August 22nd, 2012
11:23 pm

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GTfan2012

August 22nd, 2012
11:27 pm

Ignore WnE, since he doesn’t even understand what coach Paul Johnson is talking about. TJ is a big, run-stopping nose tackle. Meaning he will primarily play on 1st and 2nd down!!! On 3rd down, Cross will probably slide inside in a lot of cases or they may bring in another pass rusher.

ole yeller

August 22nd, 2012
11:27 pm

You armchair coaches amaze me with your hypothetical B.S. I Doubt that any critic of Paul Jonson on this blog has ever coached a football game, yet all of the trolls that appear here including, WnE , OkieDawg, Dawgfan, and others think they are the fountain of knowledge of college football. Everyone is entitled to there own opinion, but I will guarantee you that Paul Johnson, has forgotten more about coaching and football than most of you trolls ever knew.

1 4 GT

August 22nd, 2012
11:29 pm

Bark bark! Woof! Eooouuwwwwww!! Pant! How bout a milkbone! Scratch behind my ears!! Then I’ll go over to the corner and lick myself!! Errnnn yip. (oh man that feels good)

1 4 GT

August 22nd, 2012
11:31 pm

AMEN ole yeller!!!

ole yeller

August 22nd, 2012
11:31 pm

By the way why does WnE always disappear at 10:00 each evening. School night?

1 4 GT

August 22nd, 2012
11:33 pm

I guess we’ll just have to endure the leg humping, butt sniffing dwags. If we have a good enough season, maybe they’ll fade away. Maybe???

spider

August 22nd, 2012
11:34 pm

you get em old yeller

1 4 GT

August 22nd, 2012
11:35 pm

He seems to. Maybe he’s 3 days older than dirt and he has to get his beauty sleep. Hah!! Beauty sleep, old or young for “Carnack” is a must.

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

August 22nd, 2012
11:44 pm

I’m also intrigued that CPJ has Gotsis in the fold. Time will tell how good this kid is. Pressure on the qb is big. Tokyo, have fun in Laney, where does your trip originate from? WhinE IS a loser, I don’t even read his drivel.

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

August 22nd, 2012
11:50 pm

So has Days been taking reps as the pk holder? Wouldn’t that be something, doubt it would ever happen but I could see some trickeration out of that formation.

FORMATION 4 SUCCESS

August 23rd, 2012
12:09 am

Success Step 3 (8/22/12): Fumbling, Dropping passes or interceptions, non-aggressive tackling and careless penalties are not part of the game. These things aren’t forgivable. They involve players who have not committed to the game,their teammates or themselves. What champion takes the field of battle with a lack of focus, an inability to make plays and lack of desire to dominate his competition. NONE!!! So how many times do you fumble, drop passes or interceptions and are non-aggressive in your tackling and commit careless penalties. NONE!!! TAKE OWNERSHIP OF NONE. AND A CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE WON.

Clyde

August 23rd, 2012
12:14 am

Ken has written good articles to keep Georgia Tech fans in the fold as to the status of the team. To log onto AJC.com, click on on Sports and then knowingly click on Georgia Tech to find articles and put people down seems a bit childish to me. But, sports do bring out the inner child in us all I suppose. Regardless, I would hope that a good coach would keep everyone in the dark as to his exact game plan. You should know how important this Hokie game is by now, OkieDawg. Stay positive in life!

NOVAJacket

August 23rd, 2012
12:47 am

What CPJ was saying about Lanier was they tried JC at DL to start with and he wasn’t going to ever play there, so now he’s getting a shot at OL.

Bama Boy

August 23rd, 2012
5:17 am

Hey Okiedawg anybody that wins 2 titles in 100 years
Isnt exaxtly a powerhouse,yall play buffalo,F.atlantic,ole miss,kentucky,yea
Youll at least go to the toilet bowl and lose!

Bama Boy

August 23rd, 2012
5:22 am

RTR number 15 is on the way!

GT71

August 23rd, 2012
6:43 am

Sometimes I fear that VPI coaches may read this column…but then I remember it’s VPI and reading isn’t really all that important ‘up there’.

Ken

August 23rd, 2012
7:54 am

Thanks for asking Coach my question about JC Lanier…

I wish the answer were better…It does seem unfortunate that someone with such size and talent coming out of HS didn’t develop into much more than a backupon the OL that doesn’t even get mentioned when discussing the depth chart…

But, let’s not give this kid a total pass and lay everything at the feet of Coach Johnson and his staff… Some kids simply don’t get it and never live up to their potential… Take a look around the SEC and there are plenty of 4 star guys not making it on to the field, getting passed on the depth chart… It’s just that the Jackets don’t get many prospects like that (and probably won’t due to the academic limitations) so when it happens on the Flats, the issue is magnified…

Jacket Man

August 23rd, 2012
8:11 am

DON’t FEED THE WnE TROLL.

dry dirt road

August 23rd, 2012
8:14 am

whether we win will come down to whether we pass out of the shotgun, b/c if we don’t, we lose, and if CPJ cannot undersyand the need for such a pass offense, he has to be let go; also, include what the unis will look like, what they will conjure up in the mind of this Tech grad, which I find significant ever since I’ve been looking at them on black and white tv from the 1965 Gator Bowl year and seeing BD there in Jacksonville; the personnel are there for the player roster as has been mentioned daily by Ken, describing what role they will play on the gridirons this year, who will start, who changes positions, etc.; now get the Tech playbook to correlate with the bounteous personnel, i.e. use the shotgun, and possibly the shovel pass

Goldenrod

August 23rd, 2012
8:18 am

We WILL Run This State!

Go Jackets!

dry dirt road

August 23rd, 2012
8:19 am

borrow some invisible dirt dug up from a dry dirt road for some shovel passing fom a road w/o painted passing/no passing lines, a road with Southern heritage

George Stein

August 23rd, 2012
8:26 am

I agree with dirt road that CPJ should be let go if we can’t establish some resemblance of a passing game this season. He certainly has had enough time and we’ve been through a ton of QB’s and WR’s and still can’t get the ball downfield via the vertical passing game.

I am looking forward to Days earning the starting QB job soon, Washington hasn’t proven one thing to me.

…and Goldenrod we already DO run this state!