1. As might be expected of any international student at Georgia Tech, defensive lineman Adam Gotsis misses his friends back home.
However, “I’ve met another 150 guys here, and they’re just all awesome blokes,” he said.
Gotsis spoke with media for the first time Wednesday, offering an insight into his transition from playing for an Australian football club to playing big-time college football as a freshman. Gotsis, who played in Saturday’s game against Presbyterian, said the biggest adjustment has been the training schedule.
“Just, everything’s so structured here,” he said.
Gotsis, who played football for four or five years but only became serious about it in the past couple, said he thought he had a chance to play this season as he improved over the course of the preseason, but was still a little surprised when he made the travel squad. With defensive linemen playing through injuries, the decision was made to ready him to play to add depth.
“The thing we like about Adam is, as you’ve seen, he’s a big kid [and] can run,” coach Paul Johnson said. “He’s got a chance to be a good player.”
Gotsis had a tackle for loss against Presbyterian, but the play was wiped out by an offside penalty against defensive lineman Jimmie Kitchen.
“I didn’t really look over and see him line up offsides, but he’s been saying sorry to me all week,” Gotsis said. “It doesn’t matter. There’s plenty more tackles to come and opportunities.”
2. After not practicing Tuesday, cornerback Louis Young returned to practice Wednesday and was declared fit to play by Johnson. Young has a hand injury. B-back David Sims (shin) did not practice again and is not likely to play Saturday against Virginia. Johnson also listed inside linebacker Daniel Drummond (ankle) and safety Fred Holton (foot) as questionable to play. Offensive tackle Morgan Bailey, returning from a high ankle sprain, practiced again.
Johnson rated Wednesday’s practice as “nothing great” and “a little lethargic, actually.”
3. With Sims and B-back Charles Perkins both banged up with injuries, the depth chart has thinned at that position. Behind expected starter Zach Laskey are Broderick Snoddy, who has played B-back only since August, and walk-on Matt Connors.
Both Laskey and Snoddy are still trying to learning the blocking roles associated with the position. Quarterbacks and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon said that, on one passing play against Presbyterian, Laskey got spun around and was facing the quarterback when he was trying to pass block.
Connors, who played in high school at Marist, is a conceivable option.
“He knows exactly where to go and what to do,” Bohannon said. “I’ve got confidence in putting him in the game.”
4. Johnson said that blocking, from the linemen to the wide receivers, has to improve. He said that against Presbyterian, missed assignments and poor execution of blocks on the perimeter hampered the offense.
“I’m not worried about the points,” he said. “When I turn the film on, I want to see it look right. I want to see you doing the right things.”
The offensive line has not been up to his standards, either.
“We haven’t played well on the offensive line like we need to,” Johnson said. “We did OK, but we felt like that was going to be a strength.”
5. After two games and 10 punts, punter Sean Poole and the punting unit ranks No. 3 in the ACC in net punting, at 38.7 yards per punt. A year ago, Tech was sixth in the league at 36.9 yards per punt.
Poole feels he is hitting the ball more consistently, thanks to work done over the summer with long snapper Tyler Morgan. The repetition created a trust and calm for Poole.
“I don’t have the jitters, nerves, anything like that,” he said.
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Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog