B-backs still unsettled for Georgia Tech

1. Georgia Tech’s picture at B-back is cloudy with a chance of clearing in coming days.

Following the Yellow Jackets’ Monday practice, coach Paul Johnson said that coaches will determine the pecking order at B-back Wednesday or Thursday. The Aug. 21 depth chart lists, in order, David Sims, Zach Laskey and Charles Perkins, though Broderick Snoddy has made a strong bid for playing time.

“There’s probably two or three guys, and we’ll probably play by situation, which we’ll see,” Johnson said.

Sims’ health is a complication. He underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his shin in the summer and was held out of several practices.

“David, I don’t know that he’s 100 percent, so we’ll see how that goes as he gets closer,” Johnson said.

Laskey, who missed practice last week with strep throat, returned for the Friday scrimmage. Laskey passed Perkins on the depth chart after the first full week of camp.

(My guess – and this is a guess – is that Sims starts with Laskey and Snoddy getting in.)

2. With the ACC moving to a nine-game schedule starting in 2013 and Tech’s annual game with Georgia, Johnson acknowledged that “it would be hard” for the Jackets to ever play in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game at the Georgia Dome unless they were to play the Bulldogs. With 10 guaranteed games against ACC teams and Georgia, Tech isn’t eager to add games away from Bobby Dodd Stadium or games against BCS conference teams.

“It’s not a big deal to us, because we play here in Atlanta anyway,” Johnson said. “If it worked out, that would have been cool. If it didn’t, to go 500 yards up the road to play is not that big a deal for us.”

Said Johnson of this year’s games, N.C. State-Tennessee on Friday and Clemson-Auburn on Saturday, “Hopefully, N.C. State and Clemson will play well. I think they will.”

(Johnson is saving his bold predictions for later on in the season.)

3. Johnson graded Monday’s full-pads practice “just O.K. It wasn’t real up-tempo like you’d hope to see.” The team had Saturday and Sunday off after a scrimmage against the scout teams on Friday. Johnson wasn’t particularly high on that session, either.

“I think there was some decent things at times,” he said. “The competition level wasn’t as good as I would have liked, especially early on.”

Johnson has not ruled out any players to injury, though he said he probably wouldn’t do that until Thursday or Friday anyway. Safety Fred Holton did not practice again with an undisclosed injury. Regarding his chances of playing Monday, Johnson said, “He’s not out there yet, but we’ll see.”

(Holton should play, though he probably needs to get on the practice field by Wednesday, likely the last padded practice.)

4. The competition between defensive ends Euclid Cummings and Emmanuel Dieke will probably play out into the season, Johnson said. Both will likely play in a rotation with end Izaan Cross.

“It’s just kind of the question of who goes out there first and whoever’s playing the best will probably get the most snaps,” Johnson said.

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Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

Thanks for reading. Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

153 comments Add your comment

Dawgs

August 27th, 2012
10:20 pm

No one compares to Johnathan Dwyer… Not even Caleb King… Wish we would have had him…

So Tech littel feud over who is going to be b back is silly…… They need to figure how in the heck they are going to put pressure on Logan thomas!!

7-5 more like 6-6 this season

Dawgs

August 27th, 2012
10:21 pm

first ….. again…

Ken Sugiura

August 27th, 2012
10:23 pm

well done, Dawgs. just because the b-back picture is muddled doesn’t mean they’re not game planning logan thomas. don’t be silly.

Jackets

August 27th, 2012
10:26 pm

Just worry about beating Spurrier, Dawgs. Tech will surprise this year. They won’t underestimate Logan Thomas again.

Let’s go Tech!

Dawgs

August 27th, 2012
10:33 pm

Here is what’s Laughable yall think that this all that when you compare to your 2009 team lets see…

Who is good as Bebe Thomas???? Who??
Who is as Nesbit???? Washington?? don’t make me laugh!!
What about Dwyer??? Who??

What about Derick Morgan?? Izan Cross?
What about Morgan Burnett? Fred Holton?

The only area that is arguably the same is possibly the O-line… I
every other postion the 2009 players are better….Soooo why do you think this team is going to be all that great?

Nick

August 27th, 2012
10:38 pm

Ken, didn’t realize Holton has been held out. Are there any other starters still on the sidelines in practice?

Dawgs

August 27th, 2012
10:39 pm

Funny thing you read into Johnson’s quotes and you see he is not the Flamboyant type guy he was when he first got there…. I think he see the hand writing on the wall… I think he knows he does not have the horses had 4 years ago from Gaileys class…. I think he see’s what I see….

OkieDawg

August 27th, 2012
10:46 pm

Per CPJ…”With 10 guaranteed games against ACC teams and Georgia, Tech isn’t eager to add games away from Bobby Dodd Stadium or games against BCS conference teams.”

What? Look at Tech’s schedule…Presbyterian and Middle Tennessee State along with the patsies in the Coastal Division…Watch Tech’s strength of schedule plummet. And people talk about UGA’s weak schedule, I would gladly take Tech’s cream puff schedule. UGA is the only legitimate team Tech plays, including VT.

Just my unbiased opinion.

Ol'JacketFan

August 27th, 2012
10:51 pm

Hmmmm and here we were thinking practices have been closed and, yet, we have someone commenting on “what I see”…………….simply amazing, the keen observation powers of a dawg. And knowing what CPJ’s thinks………do we have another Kreskin in our midst??????

Dawgs

August 27th, 2012
10:53 pm

I’d say we would go 11-1 with this schedule and 11-1 with our schedule….they both are cream puff schedules compared to the SEC…
Clemson has the toughest schedule in the ACC still cream puff compared to an SEC west schedule..

Hayseed Dixie

August 27th, 2012
10:57 pm

Wow, more comments from mutt fans than Tech fans.

Don’t you boys have your own board?

TechFanForever

August 27th, 2012
11:06 pm

Last year, GA Southern rushes more effectively against AL than any other SEC team. Game still in question at end of 3rd qtr. Two years ago, AU beats Clemson by a wiggle snap call by ref in overtime. No other SEC team plays AU tougher.

South GA Jacket

August 27th, 2012
11:08 pm

Dawgs,
UGA fans have been following this line of reasoning for 30 years. Every halfback that makes a first down is hailed as the next Hershel.

So let me help you by looking at units rather than individuals.

2009 to 2012
QB – push, they both bring different things
B-Back – 2009?, But remains to be seen if Sims is healthy
A-Backs – 2012, depth
O Line – 2012, depth and experience
D Line – Apples to Oranges here, but I’ll go with 2009
LB – 2012
DB – Push because 2012 has the talent to surpass the 2009 team

GTfan2012

August 27th, 2012
11:11 pm

Trolls Trolls Trolls! Go Jackets! Gonna be a great game… I’ll be there.

OkieDawg

August 27th, 2012
11:13 pm

Hayseed…Gotta get your participators somewhere…4 tixs, 4 hotdogs and 4 cokes didn’t get the job done…I’m just guessing, but GT season ticket sales are less than 25,000 in little BD stadium…So you are surprised that there are more of us mutts commenting than Techerheads?

The modern day GT student population does not have an understanding of American football.

GTfan2012

August 27th, 2012
11:14 pm

I agree with South Ga Jackets assessment. The O may not have the individual talent that the 2009 team had, but the D has the opportunity to be better. Remains to be seen if they will be better, but I’ll note, they aren’t likely to be a lot worse. The defense in 2009 was mediocre at best.

GTfan2012

August 27th, 2012
11:16 pm

Actually OkieDawg, season tix are actually UP from last year, despite not having the home games with UGA, VT, or Clemson on the schedule.

Ken Sugiura

August 27th, 2012
11:16 pm

Nick – Other than Young and Drummond (suspended), I don’t believe so, although we’re not exactly reading an open book.
Okiedawg – i don’t know if this is your intent, but most of your posts come off as attempts to belittle and bait. am i wrong?
if you’re going for friendly banter, i don’t think it’s working.

Ol'JacketFan

August 27th, 2012
11:18 pm

Okiedwag why don’t you tell us why you care about anything that has to do with Jackets other than one game a year? Oh also, why don’t you share your football knowledge with us and tell us how the Jackets will do with their schedule this year?

Ol'JacketFan

August 27th, 2012
11:22 pm

“The modern day GT student population does not have an understanding of American football.” and yet another sterotypical, uneducated satement from a dwag. Why don’t you take the time to check your facts………….oh I forgot a dwag doesn’t need facts to spout off.

dawghater1

August 27th, 2012
11:22 pm

dawgs, your a typical wal-mart idot, do you deliver phone books for a living.

dawghater1

August 27th, 2012
11:24 pm

dawgs, im sorry it was target that i saw your butt crack, my bad

GT fan

August 27th, 2012
11:24 pm

Dawgs & OkieDawg ….

You guys should raise $, campaign, cash-out refi your homes, etc, etc and make sure McGarity never leaves UGA b/c with his wussy OOC schedules (see his tenure at UF too) he’ll guarantee UGA 3 wins every season. No more Boise St, Colorado, Oklahoms St losses.
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Snoody’s the Dwyer-like homerun threat at B-back, maybe even faster. But his 190lbs is an issue. You darn sure better believe opposing Ds are going to HAVE to load up on the dive when he’s in the game. Thus opening huge running lanes for Abacks, which will then open-up much more passing potential with the DBs having to contain Abacks and WRs.

OkieDawg

August 27th, 2012
11:27 pm

I’m very sorry.

dawghater1

August 27th, 2012
11:29 pm

okra dawg, yes you are!!!

Tech dropout

August 27th, 2012
11:29 pm

Our O line is better and has way more depth this year than 2009. GT had a former tight end/A-back starting at tackle and a walk on playing center (a darn good on) in 2009 for crying out loud.

Dawgs

August 27th, 2012
11:32 pm

OkieDawg–

Cool it man!! Be Rational and state facts! Dude! …this is the reason Tech people claim to be smarter than we do…its cause of your comments.

Now back to football…. If you can sit here and say that this 2012 team is as talented as the 2009 team or the 2008 team for that matter your badly mistaken!!
Heck like i said, the 2008 team is more talented than this squad! I even say the 2010 team with Nesbit not being hurt was maybe as or more talented than this 2012 team…
The 2010 team had more big play makers! You had that big B back Anthony allen and Nesbit… I have to say as a GEORGIA fan that combination was kinda nice…. this converted QB sims and this converted passing QB washington just aint cutting it…
For yalls next QB I think by the nature of your Offense Justin Thomas will be better than this Vad Lee kid… I here nothing but hype out of the Durham NC area as far as QBs but nothing from this region ever materializes

Sorry for the truth

Dawgs

August 27th, 2012
11:39 pm

dawghater1,
Shutup!! dude!! you just can’t handle when reality shown to you!!

As Mark twain once stated…”Easier to fool people than to tell them they have been fooled!!”
Unlike Rocket science at GT…. We at UGA study Literature….

.You might build the rocket …. but we will sale it!! LOL

South GA Jacket

August 27th, 2012
11:43 pm

Oh, I now see the error of my ways! My bad, Dawgs. I was badly mistaken.

How could I have not equated your subjective, biased opinion with truth? You’ve made it all so clear and convincing. With your extensive knowledge of (and curious obsession with) all things GT and your multiple contacts and informants from the Durham area, how could I not see you for the expert you are?

South GA Jacket

August 27th, 2012
11:45 pm

You’ll “sale” it? You should probably try to “sell” it, or at least “sail” it.

OkieDawg

August 27th, 2012
11:48 pm

Not to bait or belittle anyone…I know that Bobby Dodd Stadium holds approx. 55,000. Does anyone know how many season ticket holders there are for 2012? Just curious about fan enthusiasm going into the new season. In complete fairness, I will report that the vast majority of the approx. 92,496 seats in Sanford Stadium are sold out.

Fan enthusiasm is a good predictor of how good the team will be. This question is legit, I think.

FL Jacket

August 27th, 2012
11:48 pm

And this is why we Tech fans continue to clamor for a more moderated blog…

Dawgs

August 27th, 2012
11:49 pm

Thank South GA Jacket!!

Always remember when it comes to E= MC^2 yall are the experts… When it comes to Playing Cover 2 with an inside stunt… We are the football experts in this state.. ;)

Dawgs

August 27th, 2012
11:58 pm

OkieDawg,
Listen, man stadium size and ticket sales don’t mean you have a Great football team!! Just look at Clemson they are terrible!!! for the size stadium and talent they have!!

Look at Vanderbilt they have a little stadium and they are an NON party, tough academic school like GT
Vaderbitl with that new coach James Franklin is building a POWER house!! They will be a force to be reckon with in the east MARK my WORDS!!

SC want have it so easy this thursday. I promise you!! and we want either when we play them!!

So OkieDawg get relevant dude!!

GT fan

August 28th, 2012
12:00 am

OkieDawg, if I’m not mistaken, UT has the biggest or 2nd biggest stadium in D1 (Michigan bigger?), but I don’t see how the 110,000 fans that attend Vols games have made them so unbeatable.

Does Oregon, which has a stadium capacity of just under 60,000, have a bad team/program?
If the Ducks were to visit Athens, would the 90,whatever-thousand, rowdy UGA even allow Oregon to score?

GT fan

August 28th, 2012
12:03 am

And I don’t see how GT’s 48,000′ish avg attendance in 2009 kept them from winning 11 games and the ACC championship…..

OkieDawg

August 28th, 2012
12:09 am

GT fan…It has nothing to do with size. The question is the % of season ticket holders relative to the size of the stadium. For example, if a stadium holds 55,000 and is only able to sell 25,000 tickets, then it is only 45.455% sold out. I think that is not only simple math but also an indicator of fan enthusiasm.

FL Jacket

August 28th, 2012
12:12 am

GT fan…why do you even bother?

South GA Jacket

August 28th, 2012
12:14 am

I assume with cover 2, you would play man with your corners and zone with the safeties. If by “inside stunt” you mean sending the middle linebacker, I hope you’ll be running that from your base 3-4, rather than from a 4-3. This gives you the extra linebacker to stunt. Either way, with both safeties playing to the outside, that leaves a nice bubble over the middle in the vacant LB spot. The outside linebackers will need to be keying the A-backs and pitch responsibilities. The B-Back should be able to find that hole. If one of the safeties slides down to cover that spot, then that leaves one of our receivers man-to-man on the outside. But that would be cover 1.

But I suppose by “inside stunt” you could mean that the tackles (again in a 4-3) are crossing or that the entire D-Line is crashing the middle.

OkieDawg

August 28th, 2012
12:21 am

GT fan “And I don’t see how GT’s 48,000′ish avg attendance in 2009 kept them from winning 11 games and the ACC championship…..”

Just for your edification and awareness – Georgia Tech was fined $100,000 by the NCAA, stripped of its 2009 ACC championship in football and placed on four years of probation …

So, in fact, don’t claim the 2009 Championship. Fair and balanced, the spin stops here.

Dawgs

August 28th, 2012
12:22 am

South GA Jacket,

Inside stunt I mean DL Twisting… Cover 2 is susceptible to the run… Can run cover 2 out of a 4-3 or a 3-4… Tech needs to run a 4-3. they can in NO way get the personnel to run a 3-4. This is one of yalls fundamental issues!!

Yall will learn…

we will enjoy our Buffalo win this weekend…

Dawgs

August 28th, 2012
12:27 am

OkieDawg,

Man! stop making my school look bad would you!!
Your sounding like typical Joe sick pack Georgia fan who never even went to the school.

Far as we are concerned they won the freekin ACC and guess wha… we beat them that year so that makes OUR 8-5 team in 2009 the ACC champ

South GA Jacket

August 28th, 2012
12:29 am

You say twisting, I say crossing. Obviously I know cover 2 can be run out of 3-4 and 4-3. I said thus in my post. However, I fail to see why you think we could get the personnel to run a 4-3 but not a 3-4. We have the athletes at LB already. We have the athletes for the ends. I will concede that we’re still looking for that block-absorbing, run-stuffing NT, but I don’t see how you can say there’s “NO way” to recruit that guy.

Thank you for your comments. Anything else you share, I’ll read in the morning. Good night.

FL Jacket

August 28th, 2012
12:29 am

One day this blog will be moderated just like the Chip Towers blog where anything resembling rivalry-based banter is censored while the Dwag fans moan about the AJC being anti-UGA…

OkieDawg

August 28th, 2012
12:31 am

Dawgs…your grammar and spelling is atrocious. “Joe sick pack”? Surely, you were not in my graduating class.

Dawgs

August 28th, 2012
12:40 am

South GA Jacket

It’s Simple… When was the last time you had top quality DL at tech? I can think of 2007 and 2008… Also Joe Annaoi was a good DT in the 4-3 yall ran under Tenuta….. I am telling you after the first 3 games this year you will see what I mean… If I am Wrong and yall win those 3 I will stick my Big paw in my mouth and Bouw wow..

FL Jacket

Except for OkieDawg no one on here is throwing any serious insults at GT. We are just stating how things are. We may throw a crack or two but that about it…. No need to sensor. Yall are bad on my blogs too… I have to say yall are not quite as bad as we are!! :) Hey we run this state what do you expect? :D

LA Jacket

August 28th, 2012
3:24 am

Ken,
Do you know how much Snoddy weighs in at?? He is still listed at 190 lbs… Im sure he has put some weight on..

Nate

August 28th, 2012
5:06 am

Just beat VT and the haters will cease.

Wal-Mart Retards

August 28th, 2012
5:23 am

…alive and well on this blog. These pound puppies need to find a home.

WnE

August 28th, 2012
5:55 am

re:
Johnson has not ruled out any players to injury, though he said he probably wouldn’t do that until Thursday or Friday anyway. Safety Fred Holton did not practice again with an undisclosed injury. Regarding his chances of playing Monday, Johnson said, “He’s not out there yet, but we’ll see.”

(Holton should play, though he probably needs to get on the practice field by Wednesday, likely the last padded practice.)
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With Holton recovering from a ruptured Achilles and missing practice with various dings and being backed up by an under-sized Walk-on, WHY wouldn’t CPJ move Days over to safety a long time ago.

ALL of Days’ BCs offers (other than GT) were as a Safety including schools like Okie State that have been hovering around the Top-20 since Days was recruited out of HS.

Days has too much size, strength, and athleticism to waste at A-back for 3 or so carries per game and to dive at kneecaps as a blocker, he could be a real difference maker at safety and could play either Safety position Free or Strong.

Once again CPJ is mis-managing his roster and the talent on it to prove to the world that his “system” will work on this level.

CPJ needs to give CAG what he needs to be successful.

Our Depth chart at Safety is a huge weakness and will cost this team 1 or 2 games this season.