B-backs remain a question mark for Georgia Tech

notes from Tuesday’s practice

1. Georgia Tech advanced one day closer to its season opener against Virginia Tech on Monday, but its plan for the B-back position remained unclear.

Coach Paul Johnson will not reveal the depth chart until Friday, but it appears that either David Sims or Zach Laskey will start and both will play. Broderick Snoddy and Charles Perkins are candidates for action, also.

Following Tech’s Tuesday practice, quarterbacks and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon said that he and Johnson would meet “in the next day or so” to determine a plan. Sims’ health, as he recovers from a stress fracture in his shin, is a factor.

“I think he’s working in that direction” toward being 100 percent, Bohannon said. “I think he’s missed that much time, it takes a little bit to get yourself back in not only shape but, playing that position, you’ve just got to do it over and over and over.”

Sims declared himself ready to play. “If they need me, I’m here,” he said.

Snoddy, who switched to B-back from A-back at the start of fall camp, has been working on his blocking. His speed gives him the potential to score on any play, but his blocking limitations make it difficult to get him on the field.

“It’s hard to just spot (play) a guy here and there in the course of a game,” Bohannon said. “They’ve got to be able to do everything that’s entailed at that position.”

(Not exactly news, I realize. Interesting about Snoddy, though. It sounds very much like he has home run potential. I’ll write more later, hopefully Wednesday.)

2. Synjyn Days will be the No. 2 quarterback behind Tevin Washington with Vad Lee No. 3. Days has continued, though, to practice at both quarterback and A-back.

“It’s pretty much 50/50,” he said. “If I’m not in at quarterback, I’m in at A-back, so I’m getting my conditioning during actual practice.”

Days expressed confidence in his play at A-back, including his blocking. His work on special teams has been curtailed, although he’s still taking kickoff returns.

“Just for, I guess, if somehow everybody on the team gets hurt, they’ll put me back there,” he said. “I pray to God that doesn’t happen.”

Safety Fred Holton was held out of practice again. While Wednesday was scheduled to be the team’s final padded practice, Johnson said that he will need to return to practice by the end of the week in order to play. The likely replacement in the base defense would be Demond Smith. Jamal Golden could fill in for Holton in the sub packages.

(Even if Holton does play, and I think that will happen, it’s obviously not good for the starting safety who has never started before to be missing reps against the scout team.)

3. Sims switched jersey numbers from No. 7 to No. 20. He helped facilitate number changes for A-back B.J. Bostic and Golden. Bostic had No. 4 but wanted Sims’ No. 7, while Golden was No. 36 but wanted a single-digit jersey. Now, Bostic has No. 7 and Golden is wearing No. 4. Sims didn’t plan to change until Golden asked. The No. 20 jersey was available with the graduation of A-back Roddy Jones.

“That was a very popular question from fan day: ‘Are you going to replace Roddy?’” Sims said. “Nobody can replace Roddy.”

(I imagine some Tech fan is going to be watching Monday night and see No. 20 at B-back and say to himself, Roddy’s still on the team?)

4. Georgia Tech will wear its road white uniforms with blue trim. … Just under 2,000 of the 2,500 tickets allotted to Georgia Tech by Virginia Tech were sold. Georgia Tech returned the unsold inventory back to Virginia Tech.

The Tech AJC home page has a new address, by the way. It’s here.

In case you missed it…

Jeff Schultz’s column on Tech’s defense

B-backs still unsettled for Georgia Tech

Recalling the 2000 Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech lightning game

Ready or not, Jabari Hunt-Days to start vs. Hokies

Quayshawn Nealy buying in to Tech defense

Jeremy Moore’s opportunity arrives

Orwin Smith setting bar high

Days to play ’somewhere’ for Tech

David Scully wins kicking job

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

52 comments Add your comment

Spyro

August 28th, 2012
9:52 pm

Mike Bell 790

August 28th, 2012
9:55 pm

FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

me

August 28th, 2012
10:02 pm

Ken what have you heard of the new “surprise” uniforms?

Brian Johnson

August 28th, 2012
10:04 pm

Wheres the surprise uniforms?

WHITEandGOLD

August 28th, 2012
10:37 pm

So much for the surprise uniforms… leave it to Russell to drop the ball on the biggest college name it has…Cant we switch to Nike, Adidas, or Under Armor already

Paul in NH

August 28th, 2012
10:46 pm

Talking about numbers – who is wearing #9 this year? Zenon? How about 21?

Ken Sugiura

August 28th, 2012
10:52 pm

unless i’ve been hoodwinked, i don’t think there’s going to be surprise uniforms.
Zenon still has 9. Charles Perkins wears No. 21.

GT Football

August 28th, 2012
10:52 pm

#21 is Charles Perkins

FL Jacket

August 28th, 2012
10:54 pm

I really wished I missed S chultz’s column on Tech’s defense…

FL Jacket

August 28th, 2012
10:55 pm

Ken, what is Holton’s injury?

Ken Sugiura

August 28th, 2012
11:04 pm

it hasn’t been disclosed. i’ll see what i can find tomorrow.
what was wrong with the column?

Paul in NH

August 28th, 2012
11:10 pm

I didn’t think there was anyting wrong with Schultz’ column about GT’s defense. There were some of the usual “interesting’ blog posts, but I view most of those as mocking opportunities.

Paul in NH

August 28th, 2012
11:12 pm

Talking about uniform numbers – both Zenon and Perkins have a great deal to live p to.

Ken Sugiura

August 28th, 2012
11:21 pm

Paul – agree with you about the numbers and the column.

wes

August 28th, 2012
11:34 pm

The Georgia Tech constituency obviously hates our jerseys during Paul Johnson’s tenure. He keeps ignoring it because “jerseys don’t win games”. While I agree with that logic 100%, it is flawed logic. HS kids love cool looking gear and we ain’t got it right now.

I do like how CPJ doesn’t give a rip about most things…except for this issue. He says he’s not responsible for it. BS. He can do whatever he wants.

wes

August 28th, 2012
11:35 pm

P.S. I think CPJ is THE MAN for the job at Tech. I just really hate the way we look out there (in case you couldn’t tell).

fuzzybee78

August 28th, 2012
11:39 pm

If we can get an early stop I think we might see a game where our D actually inspires our O to get after it. A well called game by CAG thats gets stops will fire up our Offense. I pretty sure CPJ has something up his sleeve to throw off the Hokies D. Throw in a wrinkle from ST and we got the receipt to–
Cook the Turkey!

GT Geoff

August 28th, 2012
11:45 pm

Awesome job Ken. Great insight with the kids Jersey numbers.

fuzzybee78

August 28th, 2012
11:45 pm

We do need all our horses to beat these guys– missing to many was the difference last bowl game.

yeller bug

August 29th, 2012
12:02 am

Why is it hard to “spot” (play) a guy in the course of the game? CPJ sends in plays from the sidelines via subbing players….you see an opportunity up the middle, you send in Snoddy—he’s one of the fastest guys on the team. If they cheat their safeties up on the line and Snoddy clears the line of scrimmage untouched, he’s gone for 6.

fuzzybee78

August 29th, 2012
12:04 am

Yeller I agree with you, but CPJ aint goin say it in the media even if its only half true–

yeller bug

August 29th, 2012
12:08 am

I forecast a pass by Days from the A-back position—early 3rd QTR and it will result in a TD. Hope Beamer isn’t reading these blogs.

fuzzybee78

August 29th, 2012
12:11 am

He’s getting all his inside info from us Yeller:)

GIVE ME A BREAK

August 29th, 2012
1:26 am

Snoddy will be on the field several times Monday night. ” GO JACKETS “

ToeMeetsLeather

August 29th, 2012
6:22 am

I sure wish we were a little more healthy going into this game. I guess we will see if that depth that we think we have at this point is ready to play “big boy” football. We’ll need to rush for 280+ yards and hold the ball for 35:00+ to win this game. TECH will have to keep the defense off the field being down three starters it appears.

Looking forward to see how Laskey, Hunt-Days and the new receivers respond to the “big lights”. Don’t think we will see Snoddy in this game. He’ll probably get his shot against the Blue Hose.

me

August 29th, 2012
6:49 am

My-Son-Is-An-AllStar

August 29th, 2012
9:25 am

My big question is, what are they gonna do with Justin Thomas? is it too late to redshirt him? i think with some studying of the offense he could be the QB we need

Supersize that order, mutt

August 29th, 2012
9:26 am

Even though that link said that the uniforms would be unveiled at VT, I don’t see the reasoning there. You unveil new uni’s when you are at home. If there really are new ones, look for them to be unveiled again Presbyterian, or maybe UVA, but not AT VT.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 29th, 2012
9:27 am

How can it be too late too redshirt anybody when we haven’t played a game yet. As long as he doesn’t take the field, he can be redshirted at any time, unless there is a final date during the season when the NCAA requires official notification.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 29th, 2012
9:33 am

Although it is Wikipedia, and that is certainly not 100% guaranteed information, check out the following link — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redshirt_%28college_sports%29

GTfan2012

August 29th, 2012
9:33 am

I am slowly coming to the conclusion that Charles Perkins will be the starter. That flies in the face of everything I’m reading here and elsewhere, but it is just a gut I have. The reason I think that it will be CP3, is that Sims injury and the lack of experience from Laskey and Snoddy are pointing to him, BUT CPJ is specifically pointing away from him. That leads me to the conclusion that CPJ was trying to get him to come back from his minor injury faster and to keep him motivated. If Sims can’t go, CP3 is the starter with Laskey as the backup and Snoddy getting a few plays (like a speed option or something).

FL Jacket

August 29th, 2012
9:37 am

GTfan2012…There’s one thing that will keep you on the bench, despite loads of obvious talent, and that is turning the ball over. Perkins lost 3 fumbles in 28 carries in 2011, and didn’t get a whole lot better in the Spring. I think the pecking order is…

Sims (if healthy enough)
Laskey
Snoddy
Perkins

Georgia DAWGS

August 29th, 2012
9:38 am

My-Son-Is-An-AllStar

For your fan base and your Tech Program you have said a MOUTHFULL!! That statement is propebly the most important statement made for this program in 2 weeks!!

FL Jacket

August 29th, 2012
9:39 am

Justin Thomas is the #4 QB, and was promised the opportunity to play QB. It doesn’t make sense to burn his redshirt simply to return kicks, when we could have an extra year of his home-run potential at the QB spot.

My-Son-Is-An-AllStar

August 29th, 2012
9:43 am

Looking forward to the QB battle between Bad Lee and JT next year.

Georgia DAWGS

August 29th, 2012
9:44 am

Say what you want but to run your T_Bow/High school Offense. (that ran over our defense for several year I might add)… You need all the speed and athletic abilty you can get…..
Vad Lee aint a runner … I am sorry…. Vad Lee could be used to make your Defense better..as crazy as you may think it sounds..

Georgia DAWGS

August 29th, 2012
9:45 am

Yall need to encourage that Justin thomas kid…. point blank..

My-Son-Is-An-AllStar

August 29th, 2012
9:48 am

@Georgia DAWGS

Agreed

ToeMeetsLeather

August 29th, 2012
10:05 am

This is TW’s team. Lee will get plenty of snaps later in the year, can you say Blue Hose, MTS, BC, Maryland?

Lee, Thomas, and maybe Days, will battle it out in the spring and fall of 13′ to see who takes over for the next three to four years. CPJ is on record as saying he would much rather have a RS senior’s year over a true freshmen if at all possible. He could not believe Gailey wasted Nesbit’s RS year for a few snaps. Thomas is the real deal though, JoeHam with speed!

GTfan2012

August 29th, 2012
10:06 am

FL Jacket,
I know it flies in the face of everything I’ve read, but I just have a gut that if Sims cannot go, CP3 is the guy. I know he has had his fumbling problems in the past, but I wasn’t aware that he had fumbling problems in the spring.

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Brave Hokie

August 29th, 2012
10:55 am

Thanks for the 500 tickets back…

BTW: Loved the white helmet unis y’alled weared to spank UVa in ATL a number of years ago…

Ken Sugiura

August 29th, 2012
11:02 am

GTfan2012 – I imagine Johnson isn’t above playing games like that, but I’d be pretty surprised if that happened.

Tech Troll 13

August 29th, 2012
11:18 am

I agree TML – TW is the man this year and I expect him to do well. He is not flashy, but he gets the job done. I don’t expect Perkins to play. CPJ has never said anything good about him regarding his effort. If CPJ thought Perkins was going to be a player, I don’t think he moves Laskey & Snoody to B-Back.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 29th, 2012
11:18 am

@ Georgia DAWGS……I don’t agree with everything you’ve said, but you DO make some good points, and, other than your one reference to the “T_Bowl/HighSchool Offense”, you do them in a more or less respectful manner. Actually, even if you look at 2011, our offense didn’t do that badly overall against UGA (476 total yards); we just couldn’t take it to the house. And of course, we had no defense, and you can’t win big games without a defense.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 29th, 2012
11:20 am

Perkins had several chances last year to shine, and he didn’t. Unless something has happened since then, I don’t look for much out of him this year either.

Tech Troll 13

August 29th, 2012
11:22 am

I loved the white helments.

me

August 29th, 2012
6:33 pm

I told ya so.

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