Opportunities avail for assorted Jackets

Morgan Bailey has eaten squirrel. That piece of information alone, culled from the Georgia Tech media guide, would figure to create some sort of identity for the offensive tackle among Yellow Jackets fans.

However, for those who follow the team closely, he is mostly known as the offensive lineman who keeps getting hurt. Saturday’s game against Presbyterian College offers Bailey an opportunity to begin to carve a new status, presumably one that has more to do with knocking down defensive ends and less to do with rodent consumption.

“I definitely know the offense well enough to play,” Bailey said. “I’ve just got to get out there and do it now.”

Bailey is among a number of Tech players for whom Saturday presents the chance to get their hands around more playing time. Two others are defensive back Jamal Golden and inside linebacker Jabari Hunt-Days. In an environment that will be less frenzied than Monday’s season opener at Virginia Tech, they will both start their second consecutive games and can continue their improvement. Golden is starting at safety because of an injury to starting safety Fred Holton, while Hunt-Days is in the lineup because of starter Daniel Drummond’s suspension, which will conclude at halftime.

“In that respect, you hope that they would profit from the experience and that they’re different the next time out and successively so,” defensive coordinator Al Groh said. “What we have to promote to them towards is, Don’t be the same guy next week as you were last week, which happens to a lot of guys.”

Golden, a cornerback, was forced to learn and then play safety and slot cornerback in the last couple weeks as injuries thinned the secondary before the Hokies game. While hardly playing in the secondary last season as a freshman, he played every defensive snap in the loss to Virginia Tech.

“He handled ’em nicely,” said Groh, who offered a lukewarm “O.K.” assessment of Hunt-Days.

“He’s still learning and learning where to go and what to do,” inside linebackers coach Joe Speed said of Hunt-Days.

Golden, who was still sore on Wednesday, was eager for more playing time. Once the secondary returns to full health, playing opportunities may be scarce.

“Unfortunately, those guys went down with injuries, but, hey, that’s why I’ve been ready this whole time, just in case my opportunity came, and it’s come,” Golden said.

Bailey’s time at Tech has been a medley of maladies – a torn labrum, a pulled hamstring that he kept re-aggravating, and two concussions. In between injuries, he played three games last season as a redshirt freshman.

In August, he returned from the second concussion and suffered a high-ankle sprain in the same practice. This from a player who believes he missed one game to injury in a three-year varsity career at Loganville High.

“I just think I’m bad luck right now,” Bailey said. “When I’m out there, I think I’m doing good. I’ve just got to stay out there.”

When he stayed healthy for most of spring practice, he was promoted to the top of the depth chart at right tackle by the end of it. Bailey said his performance stemmed from being injury-free.

“I just worried about playing,” he said. “I felt good.”

He continued his form in fall camp until his concussion.

“When he was practicing, he was showing me he could be one of the better ones,” offensive line coach Mike Sewak said.

Bailey was listed as questionable on the Thursday injury report, but was cleared to play on Wednesday. He should play Saturday against the Blue Hose, particularly if the game turns into the runaway that many expect. As Sewak is eager to use a rotation at the tackle spots, playing time is available. Bailey has a platform to show he deserves to be in the mix.

“I’m hoping it’s just bad luck, “ Sewak said of Bailey’s run of injuries. “It’s time to get some good luck.”

In case you missed it.

Tech-Presbyterian game made at last minute

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

67 comments Add your comment

5150 UOAD

September 7th, 2012
1:32 pm

ready to see them all playing

GT4Life (the Original)

September 7th, 2012
2:04 pm

JHD was a beast in the VT game. He took Logan Thomas out on several occassionns. Groh with the “OK” comment may be trying to keep the young man grounded.

WnE

September 7th, 2012
2:05 pm

Not Bailey’s fault at all, when you Recruit under-sized OLs that are supposed to dive at kneecaps all game long, then you get what you get.

Bailey is a puffed up 275-pounder and it shows with all the nagging injuries that he has suffered through, if you don’t think I’m right then look no farther than next year’s Recruiting class, 2 of the OL Commits are 360lbs and 350lbs out of HS.

It took CPJ FIVE YEARS to figure out that under-sized guys won’t cut it at the big-boy level of CFB, maybe after YEAR TEN he’ll Recruit a legit pass-first QB, that OTHER COLLEGES also wanted as a QB.

This is CPJ’s main problem, he “learns” TOO SLOW and doesn’t have proper “respect” for the raw talent it takes to play at the BCS-level, he thinks that “his system” can mitigate such differences in raw talent, hence the horrible Recruiting.

Jacket Man

September 7th, 2012
2:11 pm

I believe Bryan Chamberlain is also slotted to get his first career start tomorrow, but I could be wrong.

RambleOn84

September 7th, 2012
2:17 pm

Jabari looked good out there. Really good when you take into account his youth.

I think we will be just fine this year, but I do wish Coach would take a gamble with some of our skill position players. I’d love to see Snoddy out on the field. He may not have his technique perfect, but I bet Sammy Watkins didn’t have perfect technique last year at Clemson either.

You can’t teach speed.

Jackedjacket

September 7th, 2012
2:29 pm

Ken. Please!!!!!! Can we get the Secret Service to go find out what the deal is with Fred Holton!!!!
I was so excited to see him on the field and now all we hear about is this UNDISCLOSED injury!

ToeMeetsLeather

September 7th, 2012
3:01 pm

I like this Golden kid, wasn’t he the 5A player of the year in Alabama two years ago? Ken, anybody?

With Young, Drummond and hopefully Holton back soon, this defense may be pretty good by the Miami game.

Support the team by greeting them at Yellow Jacket Alley tomorrow folks! Hopefully Bailey doesn’t sprain his ankle getting off the team bus. Just messing with you Morgan.

GT Fan

September 7th, 2012
3:03 pm

Agree, GT4Life …. JHD looked really good. Fast to the ball! I think he’s going to be another great GT LB.

GTfan2012

September 7th, 2012
3:24 pm

Ah the narrative changes…. first CPJ was stubborn and wouldn’t change. Now that that has been debunked, (fired the old DC and hired Al Groh, hired a ST coordinator, recruited bigger OLs, recruited bigger RBs, allowed new uniforms to appeal to recruits), the narrative is re-written to he makes changes “too slow”.

By the way, according to scout Morgan Bailey was listed at 6′5″ 285 coming out of HS. Of course that same year UGA signed the undersized 6′5″ 270 Kolton Houston (I use UGA players as an example for the trolls on here because they can easily identify them). I guess UGA doesn’t know what it is doing either recruiting OLs. Where is Kolton Houston now? That’s a great story, by the way, you should google it if you get a chance.

GT Girl

September 7th, 2012
3:25 pm

I agree with 5150. I am ready to see ALL our guys play. Fred’s foot is deeply bruised is what I was told last week by someone who knows him.

Ken Sugiura

September 7th, 2012
3:41 pm

TML – you are correct. he was mr. football in alabama in 2010. went to the same high school as tevin washington.
http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2011/01/wetumpka_qb_jamal_golden_named.html
jacket man – you are right about chamberlain.

collegeballfan

September 7th, 2012
3:55 pm

I admire the ability of some people to read the minds of other people. That must be a wonderful gift.
Success in the marketplace must be so easy it is simply boring.

But back to sports.

The problem GT has with recruiting is the same they have had since the mid 1960’s – the inability to consistently recruit top 20 recruiting classes. I have no idea why this is the case. And it does not seem to matter who the coach is. Until that changes GT will continue to be a program that on occasion jumps into the top 20.

GTBEE

September 7th, 2012
3:56 pm

Kolton Houston.. “Mr. Banned Substance”.

UGA keeps appealing his case with the NCAA staing that his UGA administered drug test have been negative for over 2.5 years. Everytime the NCAA performs the same drug test, the banned substance keeps on showing up. UGA needs to learn how to properly administer drug tests, but that would probably end in the dismissal of over 3/4 of the football team.
GT wants to kick a guy off the team for selling tickets to a bulldog fan for an inflated amount of money, UGA wants to keep all of their alcoholics and drug abusers a secret from the NCAA…….what’s wrong with this picture???

Come on dog fans, pile on and defend this one!!!

You clowns are such a joke!

GT Joe

September 7th, 2012
4:15 pm

Hi Ken,

No news about Vad Lee in this article or your previous article on lineup changes for Presbyterian. I guess CPJ hasn’t said a word about Lee playing?

Ken Sugiura

September 7th, 2012
4:17 pm

he wasn’t asked about Vad Lee, at least not that i heard. I suspect he’ll play.

GT Joe

September 7th, 2012
4:18 pm

old man

September 7th, 2012
4:41 pm

Yes, GTBEE, and GT will always have Reuben Houston!

old man

September 7th, 2012
4:42 pm

As well as the old resume writer supreme, G. O’Leary.

DOC 51

September 7th, 2012
4:43 pm

The GT secondary always underachieves.The DL brings little pressure,which doesn’t help anything.Drummond is too slow,especially on pass coverage.

old man

September 7th, 2012
4:44 pm

And, the 2012 version of “Cleptomaniacs Anonymous.” Has anyone seen the “T” from VT’s stadium, anyone, anyone?

wxl

September 7th, 2012
4:46 pm

Hope Snoddy gets some playing time. I think he has the greatest potentail of all the B backs.

GT Lee

September 7th, 2012
4:58 pm

old man, do you really want to play that game? Should I start with Crowell, Ealy, King, 2 professors, 1 female soccer player, a baseball player or Orson Wells….err, Charles? and that’s just from THIS year…..

WnE

September 7th, 2012
5:13 pm

re:
GTfan2012
September 7th, 2012
3:24 pm

Ah the narrative changes…. first CPJ was stubborn and wouldn’t change. Now that that has been debunked, (fired the old DC and hired Al Groh, hired a ST coordinator, recruited bigger OLs, recruited bigger RBs, allowed new uniforms to appeal to recruits), the narrative is re-written to he makes changes “too slow”.

By the way, according to scout Morgan Bailey was listed at 6′5″ 285 coming out of HS. Of course that same year UGA signed the undersized 6′5″ 270 Kolton Houston (I use UGA players as an example for the trolls on here because they can easily identify them). I guess UGA doesn’t know what it is doing either recruiting OLs. Where is Kolton Houston now? That’s a great story, by the way, you should google it if you get a chance.
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Pat Gamble one of this year’s DE recruits was supposed to be 6-5 280lbs. coming out of HS, but when he showed up he was only 6-5 262lbs. a far cry from being a BCS-level 3-4 DE.

Our own “Lattimer” Drummond has been sat down for a year for steroids EXCEPT that our athl. dept. HIDES BEHINDS legal-ese and refuses to say why Drummond missed that year, whereas the Athl. Dept. in Muttville comes out and tells the truth about their SAs.

BTW our back-up PK Moore(?) was suspended for the VT game and might still be suspended but you haven’t heard anything about it in the Media that covers GT.

CPJ sure does seem to hide a lot from the Media, why would a genius be so darn paranoid?

You also LEFT OUT that the REASON CPJ hired a STs coach was because he had to FIRE an OL asst coach for NCAA violations, had the asst OL coach not committed NCAA violation then he would not have hired a STs coach.

You give CPJ way too much credit!

I always tell the entire story, both sides and let the chips fall where they may, but the so-called CPJ supporters are always leaving out key elements to make CPJ look better than he really is.

This behavior makes you guys look like BLTs!

anti4baldheadedyankees

September 7th, 2012
5:21 pm

Perhaps we can hire WnE as our next coach since he is so knowledgeable. I bet he/she has a coaching resume that would exceed even Bill Bellichek. Kinda like a freind of mine years ago who said the Braves need to trade Terry Harper; another frein sarcastically replied, for who Mike Schmidt. Yeah that would be good. That is the kind of intellect we deal with here. Why am I a glutton for punishment and read this ignorance?

TechApp fan

September 7th, 2012
5:34 pm

NFL ruling on bounty changed. Tech has three years of VPI calls that Id’ like to see changed…
h to h hit, slugging (actually would like this vaporized) and this year p foul on missed pass.

beezit

September 7th, 2012
5:36 pm

“Opportunities avail for assorted Jackets”

Verb..??..
Noun..??..
Know..??..
Care..??..

Freddie Blassie

September 7th, 2012
6:34 pm

Tech has trouble recruiting because it has some tough entrance requirements and the Hill has always been bitchy toward athletes. It is also a tough academic school, so why bring in a young man who won’t make the grades and be gone in a year. I do not know about the majors that have been added but management was no picnic. Most think jocks take it because it is easy and that is partly correct but the labs in engineering are three hours and unless your schedule for your academic career fits together like a Swiss watch; i.e. you don’t flunk something or have to drop a course ;where you’re unable to schedule your labs without conflict.

Freddie Blassie

September 7th, 2012
6:34 pm

you are in deep dookey

BUZZ Fan

September 7th, 2012
6:50 pm

Sewak’s been driving the OL bus for four years now; time for this “talented” bunch to show their stuff!

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

September 7th, 2012
7:30 pm

Here’s a strategy we won’t need tomorrow but I would hope CPJ might consider if he hasn’t yet. Instead of having the wideouts do the go route trying to get behind the defense, why not pretend to do that, especially against the good cover guys like VT has, and cut the route about 20 yards downfield and come back to the ball. Does anybody else like this idea?

1 4 GT

September 7th, 2012
7:35 pm

I would be interested in knowing “Carnack’s” sources on all of this info he puts out on the blog. Player weights on reporting day? Steroids use? And much more. I don’t ever see this info in the paper or anywhere else. Except maybe some delusional leg humping troll posting it some of their deranged, hate filled comments. Just asking??????

chas_jacket

September 7th, 2012
8:27 pm

1 4 – i guess you are referring to weenie. I don’t read his/her/it’s cr•p and suggest you do the same – it only legitimizes the drivel.

Luv those Jackets

September 7th, 2012
8:38 pm

I can’t wait to see those valiant warriors in White and Gold vanquish the mighty Blue Hose.
Gooooooooooo Jackets!

old man

September 7th, 2012
8:48 pm

Yep, GT Lee, that is just this year – and like I said, you will ALWAYS have Reuben Houston, George O’Liary, and the aluimni cleptomaniacs.So, be loud and be proud.

WnE

September 7th, 2012
9:19 pm

re:
1 4 GT
September 7th, 2012
7:35 pm

I would be interested in knowing “Carnack’s” sources on all of this info he puts out on the blog. Player weights on reporting day? Steroids use? And much more. I don’t ever see this info in the paper or anywhere else. Except maybe some delusional leg humping troll posting it some of their deranged, hate filled comments. Just asking??????
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When the T-Fr. and preferred walk-ons report in late July or early Aug. they are given physicals and weighed in and measured, this info is put in the Media Guide which is available on ramblinwreck. com or you can go to the Edge Bldg. and get one (they might charge a fee, I dunno), but I always download the one from the website.

I thought everyone knew about “Lattimer” Drummond, in fact here’s a video clip to use as proof:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNVxedatlu0

BLT

September 7th, 2012
9:21 pm

Good Lord! Jesus, Joseph and Mary…who let the dwags out?

You goobers need to worry about Missouri not Tech! We’ll get to GT/UGA in November.

Here’s raising “one” to good old Mizzou! Go Tigers! Beat them until they are “Red and Black” or whatever they call it these days!

THWG!

BLT

September 7th, 2012
9:23 pm

WnE, you are a strange individual or individuals. I hope you can get some help.

BLT

September 7th, 2012
9:29 pm

old man, I guess you don’t have a problem with “free” Trans Ams or Jan Kemp??

Keep it coming because there’s more where that came from. Trust me…I’ll post the most corrupt CFB in history. Guess which school comes in at #15.

SatchelBuzz

September 7th, 2012
9:36 pm

wne,….I do not agree with your opinions of CPJ. We would welcome you to our tailgate at Lower Peters to discuss in greater detail.

BLT

September 7th, 2012
9:40 pm

Let’s equate “stealing” a “T” and driving around drunk and high? Let’s throw in an weapon with the serial number altered. Gosh, one seems like a college prank…the other seems like a career criminal. There you go and “There’s your sign”! oldman, you should go ahead and end it. Use Crowell’s handgun…

GTfan2012

September 7th, 2012
9:47 pm

I got another one for old man. He mocked the resume scandal of George O’Leary while failing to mention that he beat UGA three in a row.

GTfan2012

September 7th, 2012
9:50 pm

Don’t bother SatchelBuzz, WnE will be busy watching his team, UGA, playing against Missouri… he’s not going to make it to your GT tailgate.

1 4 GT

September 7th, 2012
11:18 pm

old man also forgot to mention it was the resume that O’Leary submitted to The University of Notre Dame that was false ( the falsification was his claim of a Masters Degree). Don’t know about the resume he gave GT. ND did in fact hire him & fired him after about 2 weeks when their research turned up the lie.

FL Jacket

September 7th, 2012
11:30 pm

WnE…it must be a fulltime job keeping up this character you always play. I guess there’s not much going on at home huh?

1 4 GT

September 7th, 2012
11:38 pm

Well, I didn’t know they publicized the reporting stats on the guys when they reported for camp in August. That’s mildly interesting, but not so much to me. Maybe to someone hunting ammo for his negative diatribes against all things related to GT FB. And criticizing a kid that weighs 285# or more playing football in high school. What’s up with that? So he lost a few pounds & kept in decent shape rather that balloon up to over 300#. I remember how I ate when I played football, and all of my growing years too. Went from 220 to 260 in 2 years. I commend the guy for watching his weight and reporting in shape. As for the “Lattimer” reference. That’s from some dumb movie I’ve never seen. What the hell does that have to with Drummond? Nothing that I’ve heard or read about.

1 4 GT

September 7th, 2012
11:39 pm

LOLOLOLOL @ FLJ!!!!

1 4 GT

September 7th, 2012
11:41 pm

I know he would NEVER admit to such! But, he does step in it every so often, HUH? Open mouth, insert foot.

Jorge O'leary

September 7th, 2012
11:55 pm

old man
September 7th, 2012
8:48 pm

Yep, GT Lee, that is just this year – and like I said, you will ALWAYS have Reuben Houston, George O’Liary, and the aluimni cleptomaniacs.So, be loud and be proud.

Yup, O’leary’s no Jim Donnan. And the last time one of his teams played the bull$h!t dogs, who got outcoached and embarrassed?

techster

September 8th, 2012
7:58 am

I love you guys that know more than the coaches. Yes Hunt Days played hard and made some good hits but if you watch the film, he many times was not in the right spot. He/we got away with it Monday but in future games teams are going to take advantage of that if he doesn’t start playing smart. You can’t just watch the QB and then go after him.

old man

September 8th, 2012
9:01 am

And Jim Donnan swindled, allegedly, a bunch of money from his friends, too; but like I said, you guys will always have Reuben Houston, George O’Liary, the cleptomaniac alums, not to mention Joe Hamilton, Javarris Crittenden (sounds like young Crowell patterned himself after this guy, though Crowell has NOT been charged with actually killing anyone), Jarad Jack, Louis Young, Daniel Drummond,and a whole host of others, just as UGA has, and as does most any college in the US – so quit trying to sound high and mighty – you guys ARE smart and usually stand up, but you have few “thugs”, too!

Carry on.