Lineup changes afoot for Georgia Tech

Notes from Thursday.

1. It appears that Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson will give a few young players a shot in the starting lineup for Saturday’s home opener against Presbyterian.

B-back Zach Laskey and wide receiver Darren Waller, both sophomores, and offensive tackle Bryan Chamberlain, a redshirt freshman, will make their first career starts, according to the depth chart released Thursday.

At his Wednesday news conference, Johnson deemed the play of the wide receivers in the loss to Virginia Tech on Monday “not great.” Waller is projected to replace Jeff Greene and start opposite Jeremy Moore. Laskey takes the top spot claimed last week by Charles Perkins, who started against the Hokies but gained five yards on three carries. Chamberlain is slotted at left tackle and Ray Beno, who started in that spot on Monday, is flipped to right tackle. Tyler Kidney started at right tackle Monday.

No changes were made among defensive starters.

“Saturday night’s about Georgia Tech,” Johnson said Wednesday. “It’s about us moving forward and improving in a lot of areas we need to improve in.”

Safety Fred Holton is the only player listed as out for the game. B-back David Sims is doubtful while offensive tackle Morgan Bailey and A-back Orwin Smith are questionable. Johnson said Wednesday that Bailey, who suffered a high-ankle sprain before the opener, has been cleared to play and that Smith, who hurt his shoulder against the Hokies, is available. Inside linebacker Daniel Drummond and cornerback Louis Young, whom Johnson said Wednesday probably wouldn’t play because of injuries, are expected to play. Drummond is suspended for the first half.

2. For Young, it will be his first game since the Georgia game last November. He was suspended for the Sun Bowl and the Virginia Tech game for selling tickets to the Georgia game, a violation of NCAA rules. He addressed the matter with a post on his Facebook page this week.

“Last year I made a terrible decision & I was suspended for the bowl game last year & this past Monday night game vs. VT. I disappointed my family, friends, coaches, but most of all I disappointed my teammates,” Young wrote. “I’m blessed they forgave me & I’m just ready to be a dependable teammate for my team & train every day to be a playmaker. The past is the past, now let’s go get this [ACC championship].”

3. Quarterback Tevin Washington’s 10 completions to the A-backs and B-backs Monday were the most reception in a game by Tech’s backs under Johnson. However, no Tech wide receiver caught a pass in the same game, only the second time that has happened since Johnson became coach for the 2008 season. The other occurrence was in the 2010 Orange Bowl against Iowa.

A-back B.J. Bostic had seven touches in the game, including one pass attempt. Of those seven, four produced first downs, including three on third or fourth down. Bostic had 54 all-purpose yards in the game.

4. The Brock indoor practice facility will be open to the public Saturday 4-6 p.m. before the game. Also, the athletic department will offer family-friendly activities on Fowler Street and Callaway Plaza, including a live band, face painting and inflatables. Free shuttle service to and from the stadium is again available from Atlantic Station, which will also hold a free event Friday night with live music, the Tech marching band and spirit squad and Buzz.

5. Presbyterian coach Harold Nichols coached at Georgia Southern 1992-95, before Johnson’s term as head coach there from 1997 to 2001. Nichols was an assistant under Tim Stowers, who also was on the Southern staff with Johnson as assistants. The two are acquaintances.

“All I’ve ever heard about Harold has been positives and good things from people that have worked with him,” Johnson said.

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

207 comments Add your comment

Todd

September 6th, 2012
9:52 pm

How about we try some semblance of offensive balance before 5:00 left in the game coach!

Todd

September 6th, 2012
9:53 pm

SSI Oldtimer

September 6th, 2012
10:08 pm

I’ve reed many, many quotes on this blog about what a lousy game GT played against VT on Monday. Although bitterly heartbreaking, our performance wasn’t that bad. We were underdogs in a hostile stadium but played almost well enough to win against a good team. Our defense and special teams are much improved over last year. Hats off to the new special teams and S&C coaches.

Give our offense some time and let’s get all our players back and available., We can still have an outstanding season. Let’s not attack each other, but let’s pull together as supporters of what could be a notable campaign.

Joe

September 6th, 2012
10:32 pm

Why not go with Vad Lee now? The division is basically out-of-reach, and Washington made one of the worst throws in CFB history to lose the game Monday. He is also not tremendously adept at reading the option. At least Vad Lee will get the fans fired up, and any mistakes that he makes will be off set by the explosive element that he will bring to the offense.

There are no other elite RB’s or WR’s on the roster, so the big plays have to come from somewhere. There is zero downside to going with the young guy at this point.

George Stein

September 6th, 2012
10:38 pm

The division is basically out-of-reach, and Washington made one of the worst throws in CFB history to lose the game Monday.

At least people haven’t lost their sense of humor. That’s good.

Biff Pocoroba

September 6th, 2012
10:54 pm

Ken, the Atlantic Station shuttle is free, but last year they charged $10 for parking to ride the shuttle. I assume it will be the same again this year.

Dogkicker

September 6th, 2012
11:02 pm

I hope P.J and the team are tired of falling down in so many close games, I know my heart can’t take being broken too many more times. I bleed old gold, but this is getting old.

Silly Mutts

September 6th, 2012
11:08 pm

Pj is irrelevant in college football! What does that make GT?

Rock Perdoni

September 6th, 2012
11:11 pm

Put me back in coach.

collegeballfan

September 6th, 2012
11:24 pm

I am surprised that Mason did not make the starters at Left Guard.

yeller bug

September 6th, 2012
11:35 pm

I hope we work out the kinks on Saturday. I expect all 3 QBs to play. It’s easy to be armchair coaches and I think the deal with Vad if I read between the lines correctly on the updates is that he is not up to game speed on the TO. So if everyone thinks TW is bad, then Vad is worse. Days is a great runner, much better than TW but he also has had fumblitis—VT would not have been a good game to attempt to validate that he is cured.
The one thought that would address many of the TW concerns and attack head on to me one of the greatest myths in college football—-why not rotate QBs based on situations. Why do we continue to believe that it disrupts rhythm, weakens leadership, offends karma etc? Yes, there is an added risk on the center-QB exchange, but how great is it really and why wouldn’t that be minimized through endless repetition—it can be practiced in the dorm room. The QB draw was effective against VT and Days is far superior to TW in running that—Days can also run the TO and can throw—put him for a series or for a few plays. If we begin training camp with the mindset that we will play the best players at the right time in the right situation and that applies to the QB as well, then there should be no stigma of taking a QB out, putting others in, etc no different than switching RBs or WRs. When a QB has a long run, he’s gassed or when he gets his bell ring (like TW had at VT), is it better to keep him in the game or take him out for a play or two? There’s not much drop off in performance between TW and Days and perhaps not with Vad either—they each have strengths so put them in the game during situations where their skills can best optimize our chances. If we have no great QBs, but 3 good QBs, then let’s turn that into an asset as opposed to just playing one guy and leaving the other 2 wasting away on the bench.

North Ave Killer Beez

September 6th, 2012
11:35 pm

Great point Joe: The most important game of the season if over, now PJ wants to make some adjustment, good time coach. Lets see how they perform against Presby that should tell us a lot.

Why are we wasting a whole year of experience for two guys that are much better athletes at QB, some one jab me in the neck please!!

Buzz 2011

September 6th, 2012
11:43 pm

@NorthAve Killer beez… The most important game of the year hasn’t been played yet. How many games do you think we play, three? Try Virginia or Miami and look at them as the most important games of the year.. My gosh man!1

Buzz 2011

September 6th, 2012
11:45 pm

VT will win no division title this year!! Didn’t you watch the gameMonday?
GT will win the Coastal with a much easier schedule than The Hoakies.

NoShamSam

September 6th, 2012
11:46 pm

Please, oh please, reduce the runs up the middle, especially on 1st down!!! It’s difficult to be 2nd and long so often.

SavannahJacket

September 6th, 2012
11:52 pm

Do we know anything about Holton? Is this a season ending injury? Last year was a terrible loss and it would be great to see him on the field.

North Ave Killer Beez

September 7th, 2012
12:08 am

Buzz do you watch ACC football, that game has only determined the coastal winner EVERY year I think. Clemson will drag us if Tevin is the QB, the defense wont be able to rescue him like they did for 3 1/2 qrtrs at VT. Did you watch last season? The QB cannot make a play, he’s slow as christmas unless it’s bottom feeder teams.

Wal-Mart Retards

September 7th, 2012
12:25 am

I still like this team and its chances. It seems like the team is playing like they have something to prove. I think the tough loss will motivate the players.

GT is now a mid major

September 7th, 2012
1:15 am

Our skill position players are now Tevin, a mid major quality QB.

3 two stars (Smith, Laskey, Moore)
1 Walk on (godhigh)
1 three star (waller)

Amazing that three short years ago we had Nesbitt, Dwyer, Allen, Jones, Thomas, and Hill at those same positions.

patience

September 7th, 2012
1:34 am

GT is now a mid major: I could understand you making a case for the talent at GT not being what it used to be but next time try not to star gaze. A players star ranking on a recruiting site has little to do with whether or not he can play FBS football. Roddy Jones, Anthony Allen, and Stephen Hill were all three stars. And many other quality players were three stars or less like Morris Claiborne, Marcell Dareus, Sean Weatherspoon, JJ Watt, BJ Raji, even Clay Matthews was a walk-on at USC. If you want to say GT has less talent that is fine but the star argument is a useless point.

WnE

September 7th, 2012
1:35 am

re:
GT is now a mid major
September 7th, 2012
1:15 am

Our skill position players are now Tevin, a mid major quality QB.

3 two stars (Smith, Laskey, Moore)
1 Walk on (godhigh)
1 three star (waller)

Amazing that three short years ago we had Nesbitt, Dwyer, Allen, Jones, Thomas, and Hill at those same positions.
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To be fair, and I am definitely fair, Orwin Smith has exceeded all expectations.

The problem is, that is great if you are LSU or Bama and the “other 21 starters” are a mix of good 3* guys, and studs.

But at GT even if Orwin exceeds expectations it is still not enough to lift the team to an elite level.

On a team with a load of talent a guy like Orwin puts that team over the top, but at GT we need everything we can get from him because others are not producing and are playing like they are mid-major talent.

The talent drain under CPJ is very obvious, except to those that are his BLTs.

GT is now a mid major

September 7th, 2012
1:48 am

No, the star argument isn’t a useless point. Higher rated players are more likely to receive post season honors. Teams who recruit higher rated classes are more likely to perform better on the field. It’s no coincidence that are highest rated class directly preceded our best years.

It’s not the only argument, but it’s the most demonstrative one.

WnE

September 7th, 2012
2:01 am

re:
patience
September 7th, 2012
1:34 am

GT is now a mid major: I could understand you making a case for the talent at GT not being what it used to be but next time try not to star gaze. A players star ranking on a recruiting site has little to do with whether or not he can play FBS football. Roddy Jones, Anthony Allen, and Stephen Hill were all three stars. And many other quality players were three stars or less like Morris Claiborne, Marcell Dareus, Sean Weatherspoon, JJ Watt, BJ Raji, even Clay Matthews was a walk-on at USC. If you want to say GT has less talent that is fine but the star argument is a useless point.
________

I’m pretty sure S. Hill was 4* on one site and 3* on the other site ,and I’m halfway sure Roddy may have been the same 4*/3*.

There are always guys that are going to develop more or mature more from the ages of 18-23, but the Recruiting rankings give a HC a very good starting point.

Were it not for USC’s great Recruiting they would not have won 9 games one yr. & 10 games the next yr. while serving a probation that would have GUTTED most programs.

And now coming off of that Probation they are loaded with future NFL players and are expected to make a serious run at a MNC while being about 10-15 schollies short on this year’s team.

Another example, UGA only has/had 72 schollie players due to attrition & knuckleheadedness before they gave 7 scholllies to walk-ons, they are expected to compete for an SEC title this year with only 72 scholarship players Recruited out of HS, if they had a bunch of lower rated recruits that Program would be GUTTED and on the level of a Kentucky or Ole Miss, instead the are predicted to be even with USCe , a school that has their full compliment of schollies coming off of an 11-win season.

Based on the examples of USCw & Muttville, do you still think those star Rankings are useless?

Great Div 2 Coach

September 7th, 2012
5:26 am

Last week Johnson says ” Perkins out worked all the other B-backs, and I hope he gains 200 yards.” So then he gives him “3″ carries up the middle in the teeth of the defense and sits him the rest of the game. It sounds like this coach has a personal vendetta against this kid for some unknown reason. When Laskey came in he received runs that had a guard pulling, and a delayed hand off that allowed him more space to work. Interesting! In life you cannot treat people un fairly and expect success. Look at the outcome of the game! Orwin had 4 carries for 3 yards, but thats ok. What running back at any level gets going after only 3 carries. I cannot find an example of a starting rb that got pulled after 3 carries and was not allowed to return. Grow up Johnson, take a lesson from CMR on how to deal with your players. Ga Tech is not even on a competitive level with Georgia anymore!

GT Buck

September 7th, 2012
5:50 am

Bottom line.
Recruiting.
GT recruiting under CPJ is a D-
Fail.

Dawgie Poo

September 7th, 2012
6:41 am

@ Div 2 ….oh yes…lets start playing the race card now…good grief. Perkins has been in the program 3 years…3 YEARS! Get a life and quit whining.

Wrecker

September 7th, 2012
6:42 am

Lots of negativity on here makes me think that lots of you folks are Dawg fans in disguise. One game. You are extrapolating the entire season based on the performances in one game. At the end of the season, I expect that we will have 8-9 wins and go to a mid-level bowl. These expectations have not changed based on a close loss at home to a good team in the first game of the year.

Old Gold

September 7th, 2012
6:45 am

I thought CP probably should have gotten a few more reps. CPJ didn’t see it that way and his is the only opinion that counts.

Freddie Blassie

September 7th, 2012
6:56 am

First, you numb n_ts, Georgia is the most important game of the year. Second, the defense played well. The offense couldn’t get going against VPI but we won’t know for sure that the VPI defensive line wont be the best we see this year.
Johnson knows more football than the cumulative knowledge of writers and bloggers here. He will play the folks who give him the best chance to win. Washington deserves respect for making the throws to give us the lead and for that pass where he knew he was going to get lit up right after the throw. His incomplete pass that cost the game was a mistake, but he is the reason we had the lead and the defense had the lead with fory-four seconds left in regulation and we are kicking off. A team scores on you, you do not deserve the win.

ToeMeetsLeather

September 7th, 2012
7:00 am

The Coastal Division is anything but determined at this point. The real TECH can run the table and VPI has a tougher road to Charlotte(plus they just lost one of their few receivers with experience for the season). They do have a leg up, but that can change in one Saturday afternoon.

Let’s get everyone back on the field for UVA and Miami & see where we are at the end of September before we write the 2012 season off folks.

Now let’s get Lee, Snoddy, Days, Bostic, Waller, and Greene on the field in the second half Saturday and see what the future looks like.

ToeMeetsLeather

September 7th, 2012
7:07 am

Oh, “Division 2″, when you make a halfa** attempt at a block and your QB takes a blind side hit as a result of it, you tend to stand on the sideline the rest of the game.

OldSchoolTechFanatic

September 7th, 2012
7:09 am

I like what I saw on the D side against VT. Im tired of saying his name but we need a competetive QB not s safe QB. Maybe we should start recruiting better punters if this is how it is going to be. And when you run a tripple option a screen pass is about the same as a run. Josh Nesbit threw the ball down field to open the deffense up.

GT4Life (the Original)

September 7th, 2012
7:15 am

@Great Div 2 coach – I thought something very similar to what you are saying. When Perkins were in the line was tightly bunched at the snap of the ball too. When Laskey was put in, the line widened their splits allowing for more running lanes. After this change was made, Perkins didn’t get another carry. CPJ does hold a grudge and needs to grow up.

@Dawgie Poo – No one mentioned race until you brought it up. I, myself, doubt that Johnson’s attitude toward Perkins has anything to do with race (and I’d bet that GD2C feels the same). He’s just a childish man that is going to get himself run out of town because of his stubbornness.

GT4Life (the Original)

September 7th, 2012
7:16 am

“Perkins was” in….

GT4Life (the Original)

September 7th, 2012
7:19 am

@Toe Meets Leather – are you saying one missed block would put you on the sideline for the entire game? Why was the entire O-line besides Mason and Chamberlin not benched? Did Laskey not whiff on a block during the game?

gtfan1951

September 7th, 2012
7:27 am

Perkins and Sims missed blocks that could of been game changers! That’s why they need to sit down….its not just about running the ball.

Great Div 2 Coach

September 7th, 2012
7:36 am

@ what point was there a mention of race? I state facts and only facts, go watch the tape of the first two possessions vs the rest of the game. That kid did didn’t even get a fair chance. He was looking for a reason to pull him out. Why did he even start the kid? He is going out of his way to try and humiliate perkins. How old is this coach again?

ToeMeetsLeather

September 7th, 2012
7:38 am

At GT4Life, yes

Wal-Mart Retards

September 7th, 2012
7:47 am

We need a lot of cheese to go with all the whine. VT is a good team and we essentially tied them. That makes GT a good team with good players and a good coach. Some people should try Midol to deal with their PMS.

anti4baldheadedyankeesstininuptheairwaves

September 7th, 2012
8:02 am

Itis amazing the numberof ex-nfl and ex-ncaa coaches on this vent. I am sure that some of these posters will soon get jobs as assistants, co-ordinators and even head coaches. I am honored to share with such genius. In reality ignorance is rampant on here and Paul Johnson has forgotten more football than the sum of you clowns know including the greatest clown of all Mark Bradley. oh for the day he retires or gets fired. I have to be positive and believe the majority of the GT fan base is not this ignorant.

Shut the front door

September 7th, 2012
8:13 am

Win out, beat the dawgies, win our bowl and all is forgiven. Go 7-5, and the heat is on.

Burdell

September 7th, 2012
8:31 am

Yeah…funny all the new blog handles on here complaining. I can’t imagine going through life so negative and miserable. Lighten up folks…it’s a game. I’ll be there on Saturday cheering my team on. Where will you be?

juvenal

September 7th, 2012
8:49 am

Ken, they move Days to A(?), then don’t use him when #17 goes out, & have Bostic throw the pass! this use, or lack thereof, of best available atheletes, causes me great concern on Johnsons game management-unlike some here that bludgeon their opine verbosely, my take is that the talent level seems adequate, but usage makes this difficult to assess…Laskey is at least rewarded for performance AND effort…

Jim 70

September 7th, 2012
8:50 am

If we run the acc table, beating Clemson, then we have a chance if vt loses to both FSU and Clemson. A possibility. But we need to stay focused and not let up against va or both um’s.

juvenal

September 7th, 2012
9:02 am

Burdell, like every opener since ‘79, i’ll be there too…nobody complains when you win…

DOC 51

September 7th, 2012
9:08 am

Perkins should be allowed to play a full game before his future is locked down.Laskey and Sims are not the answer.CPJ has his favorites.R.Jones and Godhigh are two examples.Why does Godhigh get more snaps than anybody in the backfield.Blocking is only one part of being a great back.—Our receivers can’t get separation.TW can’t get them the football anyway.

juvenal

September 7th, 2012
9:17 am

Tevin, unfortunately, has found a way to lose every big game when it was on the line late…

GT Rich

September 7th, 2012
9:37 am

I’m with GT Fan — Perkins and Sims missed several blocks that would’ve extended drives. Especially that one when Synjyn played a snap. The WRs clearly couldn’t separate, so I would’ve been gungho for two new starters. Shake the line-up up…

FL Jacket

September 7th, 2012
9:43 am

“Tevin, unfortunately, has found a way to lose every big game when it was on the line late…”

juvenal, I’m gonna have to go ahead and disagree with you there. Utah wasn’t Tevin’s fault (it was the 4th quarter defense). Last year’s VT game wasn’t Tevin’s fault (once again, 4th quarter defense).

Tom

September 7th, 2012
9:44 am

Why not try another quarterback. Tevan Washington comes up short in the big games. The way he has thrown the ball up for grabs at times looks like a youth league player. As mad as Johnson ngets with his other players at times and just seems to give Washington a pass on these bobehead plays.