Not much punch from Georgia Tech B-backs

Production from the Georgia Tech B-backs was not up to standards. Starter Charles Perkins and backups Zach Laskey and David Sims combined for 75 yards on 23 carries. Sims led the B-backs with 13 carries for 42 yards, followed by Laskey with seven rushes for 28 yards. Laskey and Sims both had long runs of eight yards.

Sims was not expected to play as much as Laskey or Perkins since he was not deemed to be 100 percent following surgery to repair a stress fracture over the summer. Perkins made his first career start but did not get a carry after the first quarter. Fourth-stringer Broderick Snoddy did not receive any carries.

“We didn’t get much out of that that we needed to, the way they were playing,” coach Paul Johnson said. “I don’t know whether it’s that or whether it was the blocking or what it was. It’s hard to tell sometimes till you look at the tape.”

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GT4Life (the Original)

September 4th, 2012
4:21 am

CPJ was stupid not to put Perkins back in after the o-line opened their splits. I think he would have consistently made yardage up the middle after that adjustment. He went with Laskey and Sims exclusively after that. His arrogance and his belief that he’s a genius is starting to wear thin. I liked it when he first came on board but he’s too stubborn and plays too many head games with his players.

garcia

September 4th, 2012
5:12 am

Paul Johnson should bear the weight of this loss. His offense performed terribly. Al Groh’s defense was put back on the field time and time again. It was fatigue that did the defense in.

Johnson’s offensive scheme seems to require too much timing and precision. I imagine that the practice is devoted mainly to acquiring that timing. The passing game appears to be relegated to an after thought. I am very disappointed in this loss and I firmly blame the stubborn Paul Johnson.

I want to thank the players for their courage and will. They are all true student athletes and they performed to the best of their abilities. I hope they have a good week in classes.

TechApp fan

September 4th, 2012
6:15 am

Still wonder if is was mis-reads or coach-called predetermined B-back carries…either way, it was boring.
Also wonder why a coach would not punt on 4th down…on his side of the field.
Also wonder way a time out was called after VPI took a knee to seemingly end the first half? That seemed like a strange call….who called time out?
Lee cannot get playing time….makes you wonder.

GT Realist

September 4th, 2012
6:38 am

Very well said @Garcia and GT4Life! What Back is going to get positive yardage constantly slamming up the middle in traffic. No push at all from the O-line. Why was Perkins given the ball on a 3rd and 8 on the first possession right up the middle? Is not that down and distance a passing situation? Why was the starter only given (3) carries, then sat down the rest of the game? Why were Laskey and Sims given the ball more in space? I watched alot of college football this weekend, I saw much better running attacks from many other teams! (Alabama, Mich St, USC, S. Carolina, Georgia. etc etc) Are not we the great triple option? Continue to be arrogant CPJ, and treat your players un fairly. You ever think how you lose to Utah, V tech twice, when you should have won? This offense only works on mediocre opponents. I have never been so bored watching a college football game in my life. This is 2012, Please get Chip Kelly @ Oregon, Gundy @ Ok st, Dabbo @ Clemson to demonstrate how to run a high powered exciting offense!! If it were not for the botched punt last night we would have scored a whopping 10 points! Clemson, Virginia, Miami, BYU, North Carolina, and Georgia are all licking their chops awaiting this high powered offense. One final not: Ellington from Clemson, and the Rb from Mich st out rushed our entire offense by themselves. Sad Sad Sad!!!

DeanGard

September 4th, 2012
6:55 am

mediocre o-line in the triple option = loss

WnE

September 4th, 2012
7:18 am

Where are all the Posters that called me out on my claims that we lack Talent at B-Back?

It is not the players fault, the same way it was not Reggie Ball’s fault, Reggie should have never been a BCS -level QB, and the truth is our B-backs would never be feature RBs for a BCS level team other than maybe Wake or Dook.

CPJ has to Recruit better at WR, QB and at B-back.

Ken could you please find out how Orwin’s shoulder is, he got flat-out ROCKED by that Va. Tech safety and I’m worried it will affect him in future games.

Our WR’s were no threat at all, they could not separate from CBs in man-coverage, in the future Teams will use LESS Safety help on them and that will lead to a more sluggish offense as teams get more film on the 2012 version of GT FB.

Last night our WRs were able to run safeties off and leave the A-backs open for underneath crossing routes, those routes will disappear vs. teams in the future if our WRs don’t pose a credible threat.

We already have a limited threat at B-back.

We already have a limited threat at WR.

We already have a “game manager” at QB, not a game breaker.

This offense has some tough sledding ahead.

The problem is that CPJ in not “WINNING” the recruiting battles.

This game was lost in February:

Feb-2008
Feb-2009
Feb-2010
Feb-2011

GT under CPJ has to Recruit better.

Before I forget where are all those GT fans that pointed to “PRE-SEASON WATCH LISTS” as some sort of proof that this was our best OL?

Finch got his @$$ handed to him at Center, and Uzzi at OG didn’t play that great either, in fact our G-Ctr.-G combo got their behinds beat all night by VT’s DL.

So much for pre-season “watch-lists” where FIFTY to 75 guys are identified as “semi-finalists” for a certain post season award.

CPJ has brought Service Academy FB to a BCS Conference and it isn’t pretty!

When are we going to get our Geno Smith (W.Va), James Franklin (Texas A&M), or Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville)?

Ans:

NEVER!

Those guys will never sign with a school or HC (CPJ) that only attempts 13 or so passes per game, and instead will sign with places where they can throw the ball 25-35 times per game.

Locally we lost HS QBs Jennings to LSU and McCrary to Vandy for 2013 and there are more that are not considering GT BECAUSE of who our HC is.

A lot of the things that are happening to GT FB was foretold by me way back in Dec. 2007 when CPJ was hired and since then I have been banned from various GT message boards for telling the truth about CPJ.

It hurts me that more GT fans did not see this coming back when we hired CPJ.

GT Realist

September 4th, 2012
7:37 am

It is the coaches job to put players in position to succeed. I am not gonna put this all on the players. CPJ must be held accountable for his poor game planning. How many offensive formations were used to get the defense off balance? How many screen passes, draw plays, zone reads out of the pistol formation. Yes the big receivers we have cannot separate. Quick passes and slants could of got them involved more in the game. When a college coach doesn’t have a play sheet that he refers too on every play, it shows me that he does not have many plays!! When I coached middle school football I scripted more plays and formations than CPJ! Get me a real Offensive coordinator that can position players to succeed. Great job coach Groh! The defense kept the game close all night.

not oldschool

September 4th, 2012
7:38 am

You got to be kidding me, the players worked all summer to prepare for VT, and all we can do on the first the play is a dive to the B back. Once again CPJ has out smarted everyone.High school offense and College defense = loss to VT.

Honestly

September 4th, 2012
7:48 am

“We didn’t get much out of that that we needed to, the way they were playing,” coach Paul Johnson said. “I don’t know whether it’s that or whether it was the blocking or what it was. It’s hard to tell sometimes till you look at the tape.”

Look at the tape coach. Then tell us why we suck.

class of 81

September 4th, 2012
8:09 am

All the griping about the offense is legitimate, but the sad fact is our secondary lost the game. We had a lead with 44 seconds left and we couldn’t hold them. Year after year our defenses are pathetic.

Jorge O'leary

September 4th, 2012
8:50 am

Man that is a painful offense to watch. I see another 3 losses coming. I don’t think he can recruit the kids he needs to get the job done. It’s really going to be painful when you watch UCF beat Ohio State this week. And Phil Smith will be riding the pine because he couldn’t beat out the starter. You know why? He can’t pass block. Sad.

GT is a 4th rate High School Team

September 4th, 2012
8:53 am

GT will be better with an “old man football”. LOL

GT is a 4th rate High School Team

September 4th, 2012
8:56 am

High school football excites but “old man football” wins in overtime.

GT is a 4th rate High School Team

September 4th, 2012
9:02 am

@WnE LOL. Just a few years ago, GT KINGDOM was hailing CPJ as the SECOND COMING. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAHAHHA, CHRISTMAS IS COMING.

WnE

September 4th, 2012
9:04 am

Where are all the CPJ BLTs that were spouting “20-wins-in-2-years” after CPJ got fat off of Chan’s recruits?

Where are you?

Crickets……………………

dry dirt road

September 4th, 2012
9:06 am

Well it was a close game at least. Gaining the lead with 44 seconds should have called for intense blitz when VT got the ball back. Instead VT gained big yards. There isn’t anything that can be done about a field goal from way off. That’s why a blitz should have been used to get LT. I noticed when blitz was used VT had incompletions, so it was working dowfield. Tech’s offense finally used a pistol. I’d like to see a shotgun and wildcat also, and the ball thrown downfied, not to the side for no gain. I’d like to see the crossing route that scored the td used in other areas of the field, not just the red zone. I’d like to see maybe some hook and go routes, not just straight line routes that were covered by VT real well. TW has a habit of letting the ball go in some in of desperation attempt to pass, and this is what he did again in OT. The attempts to test the middle of the line with runs were painful to watch. Once one run was made, only once. VT countered that with passes downfield out of the pistol, even if they missed. The law of averages, a sigma sign summation in Probability, says sooner or later they’ll not miss. The qb draw was the only way to gain rushing yards, and it was used only once. VT had the rush defended, so the qb draw broke that defense. When TW runs back to pass, you gotta hold your breath. It’s like he’s scrambling in a broken pass play. He has to dodge a DE, so actually he is scrambling. Pistols and shotguns can release a pass so fast that there is no defense for it. I would have liked to see some batted passes like there were plenty of last year. The new unis were an asset, but to run the short yardage runs up the middle on the first possesion of the ball were a liability, equalling a net worth of 0. I agree with all the commenters about CPJ’s play calling. He needs to hire an O coordinator because he just isn’t good at it. He runs plays toward the sidelines too much or tries the middle when it’s closed too much.

Technically Correct

September 4th, 2012
9:16 am

CPJ doesn’t need to “look at the tape” to know that our WRs weren’t doing much blocking on the perimeter, allowing the rest of the defense to crowd the interior. It’s tough blocking and running with all those bodies close together. Again, a case of a good team having ample time to scheme our scheme, knowing that we pose no credible passing attack threat.

WnE

September 4th, 2012
9:46 am

re:
WnE
September 4th, 2012
12:38 am

The resume is constantly being written:

1-4 vs. Va. Tech
1-3 vs. Miami
1-3 vs. UGA
0-4 vs. bowl games
==================
3-14

the bottom line:

3-14 vs. the segment of the schedule that “defines” GT FB to the rest of the CFB universe.

Depending on how you want to look at the Stats, GT under CPJ is 1-12 (or 3-11) vs. top-50 defenses (Top-50 scoring defense or top-50 total defense) over the last 2 seasons + 1 game, either way our Offensive Genius is very poor vs. “decent defenses”.

It seems CPJ’s genius offense only works on very weak teams.

www

September 4th, 2012
10:15 am

wne needs a mental health professional to help with his CPJ obsession. the poor kid has a crush.

angry n e r d s

September 4th, 2012
10:30 am

wne spot on as always.

yeller bug

September 4th, 2012
10:35 am

Teams will watch how VT stopped our TO and take good notes. Their safeties flew to the pitch man and took that out of the game—all we could do is toss sweep which typically gave us 4 or so yds. No breakaway runs because our open field blocking was awful. I’ve never seen so many complete misses on blocking—even lineman totally missing a DT—how do you completely miss a guy that’s 6′ 3″ and 300 lbs?
It would have appeared that some counters or reverses would have worked with the way VT was playing the TO, but that’s me from the couch and we pay CPJ big bucks to make those calls.

angry n e r d s

September 4th, 2012
10:40 am

coach johnson is laughing is ass off making his millions while this crap product is thrown in your face and u keep believing his bs. lol
nice recruiting. hahaha what a joke tech is

WnE

September 4th, 2012
10:48 am

re:
www
September 4th, 2012
10:15 am

wne needs a mental health professional to help with his CPJ obsession. the poor kid has a crush.
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Although what I say has a heavy does of opinion, please point out anything that I have written about last night’s game that is intentionally false.

juvenal

September 4th, 2012
11:08 am

where was Days at a-back? who better to throw a pass from a pitch-out?

juvenal

September 4th, 2012
11:10 am

esp. after #17 went out-the others were not power types-you just scratch your head…

collegeballfan

September 4th, 2012
11:15 am

“CPJ has to Recruit better at WR, QB and at B-back.”

This is not the problem. The problem is the offensive linemen that are recruited. Johnson is not recruiting linemen that can physically block.

I thought the best blocking last night was the combination of Chamberlain, Mason, Finch, Uzzi and Beno across the front in that order from left to right.

GTechster

September 4th, 2012
11:58 am

Nice effort, buLLdawg. Now go back to Chip’s blog.

angry n e r d s

September 4th, 2012
12:01 pm

collegeball
come on. you think the o line broke all those seems for allen and dwyer? they were tough and stronger than the little guys playing that position now. same with nesbitt over tw. washington should be benched immediately. should never play another down for gt. 0-3 against vt and soon to be 0-3 against uga and probably miami. def gonna lose to clemson. this team is weak and fragile because of recruiting small div 1aa players.

Go Trojans!

September 4th, 2012
12:02 pm

Wasn’t there a recent post about the speed of Snoddy at BBack? He is the fastest person on the team and didn’t see the field last night. The others are good for 3 yards max.

Why not try to get some speed into the game?

The party line is based on Snoddy’s blocking. Did anyone see any Bback’s blocking last night? Seriously saw 2 plays in the first half that required blocking. Both were missed assignments by those in the game.

You have a QB who is running ABack to play and yet you run the half back option with someone else?

It really could be a long year for GT if this game is any indication.

DragonCon #1

September 4th, 2012
1:45 pm

At least our new uni’s look cool. Maybe our engineering dept can have a cloaking device installed on them so our opponent can’t see us and tackle us? Any takers?

yellow britches

September 4th, 2012
2:01 pm

Looks like Three M got the contract for the GT uniforms. The reflective film for the numbers make them easy to read, sort of like finding a street name on a rainy evening. Now I know where all old road signs end up. I thought David Braine was selling our program short when he said, prior to his retirement, that 7 and 5 was pretty much all Tech fans could hope for on a regular basis. Settle in fans because he is looking like a prophet. We just can’t win a game against a big time opponent. And no, NC State does not qualify as big time.

gt4ever

September 4th, 2012
2:08 pm

Excellent idea DragonCon…..

Max

September 4th, 2012
2:18 pm

Why no love for Days last night? The one play he did run, he was moving about twice as fast as Tevin ran all night. Put him in and let’s see what he can do.

War Jacket

September 4th, 2012
2:43 pm

Did you have a look at our RB’s last night? Not Smith or Sims, but everyone else looks like High School JV players – neither big and certainly not fast.

Also, CPJ looks like a spoiled child out there. How many F-Bombs can one guy drop on his guys? Wonder if the guys really want to play for such a churlish SOB.

War Jacket

September 4th, 2012
2:52 pm

And if CPJ fails, who the heck are we going to get to replace him? Hiring him in the first place could be interpreted as an admission that we needed to resort to some trick offense that would allow our inferior talent to win.

yeller bug

September 4th, 2012
3:22 pm

@Go Trojans You have covered it well as many have a hard on for CPJ’s seemingly ineptitude in using the right personnel.

The pitch sweep seemed to work so put in Snoddy who has 4.25 40 speed and do a pitch to the B-back and see if he can make a cut and break one. The QB draw was open and yes Days runs that far better than TW so put him in a few more times or at least use him for the A-back option pass and not Zenon. We missed a lot of open field blocks and it seemed we did not utilize our personnel correctly in the game.

big gt fan

September 4th, 2012
3:33 pm

From what i saw the qb had a lot of miss reads, cpj didnt not call great game by long shot but his qb didnt help very much either. In my opinion any other qb on team would have won that game instead of losing it the way tw did.

AGTFan53

September 4th, 2012
4:37 pm

Did anyone consider that we may have faced the best defense we’ll see all year?

5150 UOAD

September 4th, 2012
5:11 pm

kiss my Stinger WnE

Domonique Noble
the crazy thing about last night is knowing how hard we’ve worked since last January.. putting in the extra work and effort to prepare for one game. going outside of our comfort zone to be able to handle any adversity we’ll be faced with. but this only why we fight so hard… so that whenever we get knocked down, we’re strong enough to get back up and fight some more. i wouldn’t wanna do this with anyone else other than the brothers on my team! #gtech

WnE

September 4th, 2012
5:26 pm

re:
AGTFan53
September 4th, 2012
4:37 pm

Did anyone consider that we may have faced the best defense we’ll see all year?
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More EXCUSE MAKING for a HC that is pad $2.6MM per yr.!

Instead of asking CPJ to improve and get creative & IMPROVISE, instead you hope that all the other defenses he faces are weaker than VT’s.

Once again the attitude among the CPJ BLTs is that our own little Teflon HC can do no wrong.

CPJ has really pulled a number on GT fans, he’s better than that Vince guy that was selling Sham-Wows on late -night TV infomercials.

Wrecked

September 4th, 2012
5:35 pm

Where is all the depth that everyone was led to believe this team had? Vt played their C- game just imagine what a disaster it would’ve been if Thomas had played well and his receivers hadn’t dropped so many passes. Since starting 6-0 on the pastry aisle in 2011 PJ is 2-6.

big daddy

September 4th, 2012
8:29 pm

Well everyone else has bashed about the game last night, and now I will also. In CPJ’s words, Days is to good of an athlete not to get onto the field. I believe I saw him only 1 time last night and that was when TW had to go out for a play. So much for getting him on the field for got quality playing time. TW is 2 tenative at QB. Last night, it seemed he was undecided as to whether he was going to hand off, run or throw. GT needs a QB that will take complete charge in the huddle. TW is not that person. The B backs sucked. With this big talented OL, they should have blown holes that I could have run through. No blocking to speak of on the edge. I thought the DL played rather well after settling down. Secondary another issue. If Sweeting is the best we have, we are in for a rude awakening. The last TD he gave up, he never knew where the ball was as he never looked for the ball. Then 2 top it off, if receiver had dropped pass, he was flagged for interference. Also had a personal foul penalty against him. No way in H should you lose a game with 44 seconds left on the clock and knowing VT was going to throw the ball, and you couldn’t stop it. Sorry tackling on the last 2 possessions by VT. Going into OT, TW must have been asleep when he supposedly tried to throw ball out of bounds and instead it is intercepted. CPJ has got to get some of his arrogance out of him as some of his play calling was awful. Looking at 6 & 6, maybe 7 &5. Another sucking year.

big daddy

September 4th, 2012
8:34 pm

I would e-mail CPJ about last night game, but it would do no good. I have e-mailed him 3 or 4 times last year with no response. When I e-mailed George O, he would always send me a reply. Different breed of cat I guess.

NO FEAR

September 4th, 2012
9:03 pm

I griped the whole game to replace TW with Days. CPJ is an idiot. He definitely refuses to put the best talent on the field. Its pretty simple if you watched the game the offensive changes that could make a difference. 1st put Days at QB. 2nd Snoddy should get a chance at A back. 3rd to add speed to the receiver position put Bostic in as a WR. This would add much needed speed, and players with game changing ability at all 3 positions. 4th Stop the cut blocking scheme and start manning up. Double up on the nose tackle to give the B back a chance. I’m tired of watching big O lineman wallow around on the ground after they miss a block. 5th CPJ call better plays on offense.

NO FEAR

September 4th, 2012
9:15 pm

How many more yrs. has CPJ got on his contract? I’ve been a big CPJ supporter but after watching his offense last night if he doesn’t turn things around and win a bowl game this yr. he should be fired. His unwillingness to make personel changes is costing this team and will eventually get himself fired. Where is the offensive genious that was at Hawaii?

OkieDawg

September 4th, 2012
11:08 pm

After the fish fry, we’ll have some popcorn. Does CPJ live in this world?

fan

September 5th, 2012
12:27 am

D-Fence

September 5th, 2012
2:04 am

You can’t always score 40 or shut teams out but you have to be able to finish. If the offense scores to take the lead with 44 seconds left, it did it’s job. It doesn’t matter if the score is 3-0 or 48-45. A defense must be able to hold on for 44 seconds. Good teams find ways to win. This is the 2nd game in a row where we lost a late lead.

Buzz 2011

September 5th, 2012
3:57 am

@GT is a fourth grade high school team……You know I’ll bet GT could beat your little 2nd grade team. That is the team your little boyfriend plays for.. Give us the name of that team
honey and we will get them a runners up ribbon..

ramblingbuzz

September 5th, 2012
7:52 am

23 fullback dives for 75 yards for a 3.2 yds per carry average. Put another way, a full 1/3 of the plays called by Johnson or as options reads by Washington was the B back dive. And a coach to stubborn to try anything different when the play to the B back is being stuffed by the defense. Now that’s some kind of offensive mastermind at work.