Tevin Washington works on evading pass rush

Notes from Tuesday practice for Wednesday’s print edition. There was a good bit that I couldn’t fit into it that I’ll put up Wednesday before noon. (Some weird Internet issues at my house permitting.)

1. Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington is trying to learn to stay in the pocket when passing the ball. It isn’t an easy lesson.

“I am getting a little better, but at times, I still get a little antsy,” Washington said following Tuesday’s practice. “Sometimes it’s hard for me to sit back there.”

Tuesday, Washington and the other quarterbacks went through a drill in which teammates carrying blocking dummies came at them in a simulated pass rush. The objective was to help them learn to feel the pressure and evade it within the pocket rather than scramble. Quarterback and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon said he may use that drill more often.

“You’ve got to see the field and feel the rush,” Bohannon said. “What happens to our guys sometimes is they want to see the rush and feel the read, and then they escape as soon as they think somebody’s coming, just take off.”

In the overtime period of Tech’s loss to Virginia Tech in the season opener, Washington had an open target on the third-down play in which he threw an interception, but may have missed him because he got out of the pocket to escape pressure. Rolling out of the pocket from a pass rusher cuts down a quarterback’s vantage point and reduces his potential targets to that side of the field.

“When he does it right, it looks good,” Bohannon said of Washington. “We’ve just got to get it where it’s all the time.”

2. Guard Will Jackson will move to right tackle for Tech’s Saturday game against Virginia. Against Presbyterian last Saturday, Ray Beno started at right tackle and Bryan Chamberlain at left. The move enables the Jackets to start Jackson and guards Omoregie Uzzi and Shaquille Mason and return Beno to left tackle.

“It’s kind of a situation where we’re working to try to get our five best guys there and get some depth,” coach Paul Johnson said.

Jackson was an offensive tackle in high school but has only had four practices, including Tuesday, at tackle since coming to Tech. He’ll also be flipping sides of the line, from left to right, which will require him to reverse his footwork.

Jackson said he felt he made progress in practice Tuesday and expects that to continue. By Thursday, he said, “I won’t say I’ll be a master of the position, by any means, but I’ll feel very, very comfortable playing tackle.”

Tech could continue to rotate tackles and guards, offensive line coach Mike Sewak said. The candidates at tackle are Bryan Chamberlain, Tyler Kidney and Morgan Bailey and Trey Braun at guard.

3. Safety Fred Holton (foot), inside linebacker Daniel Drummond (ankle) and B-back David Sims (shin) did not practice Tuesday, as well as cornerback Louis Young. Their status for Saturday is unclear. Young has a hand/arm injury, but it’s not certain if that was what kept him out. Bailey, returning from a high-ankle sprain, practiced.

Johnson said that he had anticipated that Holton would play in the opener against the Hokies, but Holton has missed the first two games. Johnson called it a “lingering” injury.

“He’s dying to get out there, but he’s just not physically capable of getting out there and protecting himself right now,” Johnson said.

4. The team’s seniors met after Tuesday’s practice to determine who will wear No. 40 in honor of former linebacker Julian Burnett for the season’s remaining games. The seniors let the defense pick the first two (nose tackle T.J. Barnes and cornerback Rod Sweeting), Washington said, but Johnson told them Tuesday that he wanted them to determine the order for the entire season.

The remaining starting seniors besides Uzzi  (who can’t wear it as an offensive lineman) – A-back Orwin Smith, defensive end Izaan Cross and Washington – will all get a chance and then other defensive players will have a turn. Washington said he hoped to get it for the Miami game Sept. 22.

“I don’t know (why),” he said. “I just want to wear it against Miami.”

In case you missed it…

Paul Johnson news conference wrap-up

Johnson offers more insight on QB depth

Lee, Days remain ’situational’ on depth chart

Mark Bradley’s 3 points from Tech-Presbyterian

Tech gets 3 p.m. kickoff for Miami game

Will Tech be ready for Virginia’s power game?

Game story: Tech reforms Presbyterian

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

Thanks for reading.

51 comments Add your comment

Pitbull

September 11th, 2012
10:37 pm

Tevin Washington works on evading pass rush LOL

Now that’s funny. Maybe if people blocked…….

Remember: It is what it is…..and PJ, it ain’t what it ain’t.

FL Jacket

September 11th, 2012
10:38 pm

Perhaps Tevin wants to drop 40 on Da U…

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 11th, 2012
10:41 pm

Washington is the best QB to run the offense. Let’s support him and stop blaming him. Very proud of these ” YELLOW JACKETS. “

FL Jacket

September 11th, 2012
10:46 pm

Ken,

Is moving Will Jackson to RT a demotion or just a tonne (metric, no less) of respect for Shaq Mason to get more snaps?

FL Jacket

September 11th, 2012
10:54 pm

Oh…and I wouldn’t say I “missed” Bark Madley’s 3 points from Tech-Presbyterian

GTGirl

September 11th, 2012
11:17 pm

FL Jacket i think you are right! TW would love to score 40 points on the U!
Go Jackets!

Jacket Time

September 11th, 2012
11:25 pm

Sounds like these QB drills will be very helpful. I know TW will work hard at learning it. This may win us a game or two.

yeller bug

September 12th, 2012
12:00 am

So Cross will be wearing 40 this week?

ToeMeetsLeather

September 12th, 2012
6:09 am

Nice to have some options, no pun intended, at the OLine positions, but all of this moving folks around has resulted in under performance from this group so far this season. This unit was suppose to be CPJ’s best so far on the Flats. It’s time for them to gel and start grinding out the ground game, starting against the CAVS.

Oh, and get the ball to Bostic and Zenon more. Both of these guys are on the verge of breaking out, and they make things happen EVERY time they touch the ball.

Jacket Detective

September 12th, 2012
6:14 am

Back in the days when Danny Ford coached Clemson and they were very good, I saw the Tech 1st string QB (Luginbill I think) look bad against them and get injured too.
Then I saw the 2nd string QB look good against a much weaker defense the next week.
I though he should be promoted.
The next week I learned I was wrong when the 2nd stringer hit the fullback with the toss on a sweep and a fumble resulted.
From that I came to understand that the coach should be left alone to choose the QB because he sees them a whole lot more than fans do.
That is a lesson many refuse to learn.

5150 UOAD

September 12th, 2012
6:19 am

I would like to see Big O wear 40 for the Clemson game and run like Eddie Lee Ivory.

Jacket Detective

September 12th, 2012
6:22 am

A lesson CPJ cannot seem to learn is sometimes a punt is a good thing.
Especially now that the defense is a lot better.
The two defenses won against the respective offenses in the VT-GT game.
Punt, get a turnover and a short field.
If we have to go for it, I like the fake punt play against NC State last year that worked a whole lot better than a play VT stopped cold.
Missouri’s fake punt play might have worked against Uga if the runner had any speed.

Jacket Detective

September 12th, 2012
6:26 am

@5150 UOAD.
I will be surprised if we do not get Clemson’s best game this year.
Not to be pessimistic but I will also be surprised if we win.
Hope I am wrong.

Jacket Man

September 12th, 2012
6:43 am

DON’T FEED THE TROLLS

5150 UOAD

September 12th, 2012
7:05 am

Jacket Man
September 12th, 2012
6:43 am

DON’T FEED THE TROLLS
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Then they will be stealing Hash Browns and stuffing them in their pants.

5150 UOAD

September 12th, 2012
7:07 am

The Legacy of Her Blanket

Rosemary (mom) served as a humble, strong example of what it meant to be as a servant of the Lord. Simply stated, her life was a singular example of service—as a wife, a mother, a friend, a member of our church, treasurer of her Sunday School class, Women’s Bible Study coordinator and leader, or a teacher of English as a second language.
Rosemary lived her life to give…more importantly, to give without expectations. Aside form her family, one of her most enduring legacies rests in simple pieces of cloth and yarn. In fact, there may not be a baby in our congregation who does not own a handmade blanket from Rosemary Nixon. And just like the pattern she lovingly followed to stitch each blanket, we can likewise follow the pattern of her life.

In each blanket, the yarn represented her life—its color, her beauty; the crochet hook she used—-the lord and his shepherd’s staff; the pattern—-her Bible.

Stop for a moment and consider each stitch and how each is important to the final product. In the same way, every one of our lives is woven together with thousands of threads, each containing an experience or a talent or a gift. Each stitch represents something, and in Rosemary’s case many of the stitches signified the lives she touched through her love and thoughtfulness…her obedience, faithfulness, mercy, encouragement, and servanthood.

And she showed us that even when you “drop a stitch” or you experience a crisis in your life, you keep going. You trust the Lord and continue to serve Him and others with His strength. When she would start making a blanket, she couldn’t see the finished product. Similarly, when she received the news of her cancer, she couldn’t see the end result, but she never gave up, never gave in, and continued to sew her life, sew her love, and sew into others.

The “Blanket” she left us all was this rich, deep legacy: a life full of color and beauty. This legacy will live forever in our hearts and hopefully encourage us all to anchor our lives with solid, colorful stitching that shows the world the same beauty of the lord that she knew…and shared.

PROVERBS 31:10-13 (The Message)

A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long. She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing.
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What a beautiful story written by a lady in the choir about mom’s baby blankets she had made for years.

5150 UOAD

September 12th, 2012
7:09 am

That was my off topic post for the day.

Make sure you tell the ones you love how much they mean to you today cause there my not be a chance to do it tomorrow.

Hey, POAD

September 12th, 2012
8:00 am

Sorry for your loss…may she rest in Peace…

BigTimeTECHFan

September 12th, 2012
8:28 am

5150 UOAD, that was nice, well written, you mom sounds like she touched a lot of hearts a got life.
Love the proverb. Wish more people men and women cherished those words.
Sorry for you loss.

BigTimeTECHFan

September 12th, 2012
8:29 am

a got life = and got life

gt45

September 12th, 2012
8:43 am

chas_jacket

September 12th, 2012
8:49 am

5150, beautiful tribute to your mother, evidently a special person – as was mine.

GTfan2012

September 12th, 2012
8:55 am

Sorry for your loss, 5150. Even though this is a GT sports blog, I hope we can all remember that some things are more important than football.

greg

September 12th, 2012
8:57 am

detective, this season is done. no chance at the coastal. time to let the new guy vad learn the system to prepare for next year. tw blew the vt game. he’s had 20 games to improve and he hasn’t much. when a qb doesn’t improve, you find another one.

juvenal

September 12th, 2012
8:58 am

he has the whole rest of this season to learn, i will try to be optomystik…

Tech Troll 13

September 12th, 2012
9:16 am

For those in Atlanta that listen to 790 AM The Zone.

This is off topic, but I’m mad.

The morning drive crew just put a leghumper on the radio and allowed his to say “Tech Sucks” not once but twice. And after he hung up, they found that amusing. I.m done with them.

dawgfan

September 12th, 2012
9:41 am

That sounds like some pretty basic stuff that Tevin is still trying to learn after almost 2 years on the job as your starting QB.

“I am getting a little better, but at times, I still get a little antsy,” Washington said following Tuesday’s practice. “Sometimes it’s hard for me to sit back there.”

That sounds like something you would hear a freshman say, not a 5th year senior whose been in the program for 4 years. Its a little late now to be learning the basics of the quarterback position. What in the hell has this guy been doing for 4 years? Paul Johnson has absolutely no idea how to develop a quarterback.

I’m honestly not trying to start any crap here Techies. I just think you have some major problems and its very obvious. This “system” that you talk so highly about seems to carry more liabilities than it does assets as far as I can tell.

Thanks.

Jacket Fan for Life

September 12th, 2012
9:54 am

You make a valid observation regarding TW, dawgfan. However, I don’t see this as an indictment of the “system”.

The Factor

September 12th, 2012
9:55 am

@5150

So sorry for your loss. I have been down that road……Good Bless…….

The Factor

September 12th, 2012
9:56 am

God Bless…

dawgfan

September 12th, 2012
10:01 am

You make a valid observation regarding TW, dawgfan. However, I don’t see this as an indictment of the “system”.

Works for me. Have fun at the Belk Bowl.

crackbaby

September 12th, 2012
10:34 am

Watched a recording of the UVA – Penn St last night. Talk about ugly! OMG.

If the same UVA team shows up on Saturday, Jackets will roll and avenge last year’s loss (which I thought was the best game the Hoos played all year, including their close loss at FSU).

Attention all TW detractors and Vad Lee cheerleaders – find the nearest UVA fan at the game and commiserate with them. They don’t like Rocco and want the b/u Sims to play more.

color me stunned!!

September 12th, 2012
10:38 am

790 is still on the air?

Supersize that order, mutt

September 12th, 2012
10:39 am

I don’t see it mentioned on the AJC blogs yet, but I just received an article stating that Notre Dame has just accepted an invitation to join the ACC in all sports except football.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 12th, 2012
10:45 am

Here is the link, if anyone is interested — http://www.theacc.com/genrel/091212aaa.html

Ga Tech Old Timer

September 12th, 2012
10:51 am

5150 ULOAD – Heart felt sympathy and condolences go out to you and your family. Sometimes sorrow and regret go hand and hand. The most important thing in life is how you spend your time because every second spent is one less to live. Spend your time in the days ahead remembering your mother and the blessing she brought to you and your family. Then spend your time becoming the same blessing to others.

yeller bug

September 12th, 2012
10:54 am

Awesome tribute to your Mom UOAD. Our sympathies for your loss. It is a reminder for all of us that a little act of kindness each day stitches together a blanket of love in a lifetime.

Let your light shine in such a way that people see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven. — Matt 5:16

May we all be a bright light for the Lord.

Speaking of lights, I see a bright future for GT football. The character of many of the players and their priorities in life will serve them well. Many are on the same path as Tebow—they identify themselves as football playing Christians and not Christian football players as there is a difference. That perspective will serve them best in the most important game of all—life.

yeller bug

September 12th, 2012
11:01 am

SS: That’s a shocker—-granted ND has lots of prestige, but how the heck is this going to work? I guess we should change the Atlantic Coast Conference to Anybody Can Come and join. I thought the goal was to keep to the Atlantic Coastal region and get two more teams for a 16 team superconference. IF ND doesn’t play football, are we going to 17 teams with an (*) besides ND? Has ND accepted?

crackbaby

September 12th, 2012
11:06 am

@Super – that is indeed news.

It certainly makes sense for ND in all non-football sports (men and women). Soccer, LaX, basketball.

Sooner or later you would think they’d have to join in football. Bring it on – GT and ND is a great rivalry (I know the Irish dominate in W-L) – they bring out the worst in Tech fans! LOL

WnE

September 12th, 2012
11:09 am

re:
1. Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington is trying to learn to stay in the pocket when passing the ball. It isn’t an easy lesson.

“I am getting a little better, but at times, I still get a little antsy,” Washington said following Tuesday’s practice. “Sometimes it’s hard for me to sit back there.”

Tuesday, Washington and the other quarterbacks went through a drill in which teammates carrying blocking dummies came at them in a simulated pass rush. The objective was to help them learn to feel the pressure and evade it within the pocket rather than scramble. Quarterback and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon said he may use that drill more often.
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No one other than WnE foretold of this when CPJ created his staff after he was hired.

I was critical of the way that CPJ organized his Staff by having one person coaching BOTH the QBs & the B-Backs, on the college level (BCS that is, not the crappy Service Academy Level or the crappy D1-AA level) QBs need more attention than any other position and therefore their position coach should NOT be splitting his duties with another position.

Now here we are FIVE YEARS into CPJ’s tenure & TW’s tenure our starting QB is just now learning “THINGS” that “real QBs” learn as RS’s before they ever get in a game.

I have said all along that CPJ bringing with him his lower rated Assts. from a LOWER LEVEL of CFB would hurt GT’s player development.

Every time I read one of Ken’s postings, when I read between the lines, our players seem poorly coached & developed and GT FB seems like we should be playing at a lower level.

Does any GT fan really believe that QBs at USCw, or Bama are developed as poorly as GT’s QBs are developed.

Does any GT fan really believe that Bohannon would be trusted with QBs that had to play for Saban or Kiffin?

My predictions from back in Dec. 2007 when CPJ was hired and put Bohannon in charge of BOTH QBs and B-backs have come true.

Many GT fans want to blame TW, but the truth is, is that TW has been poorly coached & developed as a BCS level passer and the blame goes to CPJ & Bohannon, I guess you could say the same for Days also, 3 years into his college career and Days’ throwing mechanics are terrible (turrible are Barkley would say), and they aren’t getting any better so CPJ is scape-goating the SA and is looking to move him to A-back to cover up for his Staff’s coaching failures.

Once again OI’ WnE had this one accurately predicted way back in Dec. 2007!

juvenal

September 12th, 2012
11:12 am

do you ever have anything nice to say? do you at least like the new swimming pool?

GT Fan

September 12th, 2012
11:17 am

I am getting a little better, but at times, I still get a little antsy,” Washington said following Tuesday’s practice. “Sometimes it’s hard for me to sit back there.”
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It’s called “happy feet” …. I noticed he had this “disease” LAST season.

IDK if it cost GT the VT game, but there would’ve been a 2nd OT at the least(should VT have matched the GT TD) … GT’s receiver was SO wide open (in right 1/3rd of the endzone) that he wasn’t even in the picture until TW’s pass was pick’d. Had TW’s disease not flared up, he’s got an easy TD pass, instead he threw a horrible, ill-advised int.

The int would only be understandable had GT been trailing by a TD in OT, AND it was 4th down….

GT Fan

September 12th, 2012
11:19 am

And why is GT’s coaching staff just now seeming to address this “happy feet” concern?

Josh Nesbitt didn’t know how to stay in the pocket either….

WnE

September 12th, 2012
11:27 am

re:
GT Fan
September 12th, 2012
11:19 am

And why is GT’s coaching staff just now seeming to address this “happy feet” concern?

Josh Nesbitt didn’t know how to stay in the pocket either….
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Because CPJ brought with him a bunch of low-level Assts. that would not normally be hired to be an Assts on the BCS level, none are thought of as position-gurus or technical experts at their position and none are thought of as Recruiting Aces either.

This was also pointed out by me way back in Dec. 2007 when CPJ was hired that he didn’t have the “connections” at the BCS level to put together a dynamic enough staff to do consistently well on the BCS level.

It has definitely come true, our Assts. aren’t thought of as Ace Recruiters and they aren’t thought of great technicians that develop our players very well either.

Yet another of CPJ “weaknesses” that has been glossed-over by the CPJ apologists.

Many of the CPJ BLTs thought (and still think) that the “genius system” will overcome these sorts of weaknesses, and this is what has led to a 3-14 record vs. the Big-4 since he arrived.

GT Fan

September 12th, 2012
11:28 am

Also, I’m in the same boat with the poster who brought up the OL changes …..

Jackson was an offensive tackle in high school but has only had four practices, including Tuesday, at tackle since coming to Tech. He’ll also be flipping sides of the line, from left to right, which will require him to reverse his footwork.

Jackson said he felt he made progress in practice Tuesday and expects that to continue. By Thursday, he said, “I won’t say I’ll be a master of the position, by any means, but I’ll feel very, very comfortable playing tackle.”
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Geez! I’m a little concerned about how he’s going to handle this move for such an important game???
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Re: Fred Holton ….
Coach, are you serious? You thought his injury was so minor that he was going to PLAY vs. VT, now here we are almost 2 weeks later, and he STILL hasn’t even practiced????? Who is misinforming you, coach?

TexGT

September 12th, 2012
12:42 pm

Dawgfan, you have a great point re Tevin learning this now. I read this article, and I couldn’t believe it – just now running drills to learn to say in pocket? What a joke. We know CPJ can’t develop QB’s, but this is really bad…

Ken Sugiura

September 12th, 2012
12:57 pm

as has been noted, washington’s impatience in the pocket isn’t something new. this isn’t the first time they’ve worked on it, only the first time that i’ve written about it. (practices are closed, so it’s hard to know what they’re working on.) i don’t know necessarily that it’s damning of him or bohannon that they’re working on it when he’s a senior. it’s a hard lesson to learn, for some more than others, probably. i would think every quarterback is going to have flaws that are hard to correct.
as for holton, i don’t think johnson got bad information. i think he’s healed slower than originally thought or the injury was worse than originally diagnosed.
as for the o-line change, i’ll be curious to see how this works out. jackson is a smart kid and knows the scheme backwards and forwards, but it strikes me as a big switch.
i don’t think it’s a demotion, by the way. they wanted to get mason on the field, and jackson was the top candidate to move to tackle to accommodate him.

ramblingbuzz

September 12th, 2012
12:58 pm

To me this article just reiterates what we all have known for the past 4 years: CPJ has been intent on running, not throwing the football. Perhaps the emphasis now on staying in the pocket finally means there has been a shift in thinking about using more passes in the offense. Let’s hope so. Because we all know by now that a stout defense with a good game plan can shut down the TO rushing attack.

Jacket Detective

September 12th, 2012
7:06 pm

I like Tevin and giving Vad time to learn the offense instead of “throwing him to the lions” as we did Reggie Ball.
I am unhappy Tevin Washington and Deon Hill did not get to be the big heroes of a win against VT because the defense failed to make a clutch tackle.
VT is not an easy place to play and their D looks to be very good this year, unlike their offense.

1 4 GT

September 12th, 2012
7:31 pm

I have always found it a bit odd that CPJ does not have a coach strictly for the QB’s. Per NCAA rules, a FBS school can have, if I read the rule correctly, 1 HC, 9 position coaches, 2 grad assistants & a S&C coach. I wonder if this is a $ money thing, as in GT can’t afford them? NCAA rule Section 11 says they can have 13 total, if I read correctly. HC, QB, RB, OL, DL, LB, DB, S&C & RC is only 9. After a little research, 30 seconds? maybe, I really question the wisdom of not haveing my list of at least 8 position + 1 HC. http://www.annarbor.com/sports/um-football/how-many-college-football-coaches/#.UFEYja5F9pw