Aussie Gotsis fitting in at Tech

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.

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

57 comments Add your comment

GTGirl

September 12th, 2012
10:45 pm

Go Jackets! Glad Louis will be back this week too.

ignition

September 12th, 2012
10:48 pm

GTGirl

September 12th, 2012
10:50 pm

Thanks Ken for the update! I was getting tired of all the ND articles online tonight.

George Stein

September 12th, 2012
10:51 pm

I can understand why a freshman or sophomore would struggle on the line, but I’m perplexed as to why an experienced group would still not know their assignments. If they are getting beat, I can at least wrap my head around that, but not knowing who to block is very problematic.

Ken Sugiura

September 12th, 2012
10:54 pm

i’m not sure which part of the post you’re referring to, but the “missed assignments and poor execution” refers mostly to the wide receivers and maybe a-backs, who are a pretty inexperienced bunch.

Ken Sugiura

September 12th, 2012
10:54 pm

quite welcome, GTGirl. long day.

Hayseed Dixie

September 12th, 2012
11:00 pm

The lack of sharpness on the O blocking, frankly, has been shocking.

You’ve got healthy, veteran kids who grew up in this system. Ken, did CPJ give any insight as to *why* he thought they were not playing up to snuff?

Before any folks get their typing fingers ready- it’s not about recruiting (i.e., their size or speed), it’s about those blown assignments. It’s a 100% a mental thing.

That blown block by Charles Perkins sticks out in my mind as emblematic.

George Stein

September 12th, 2012
11:00 pm

Thanks, Ken. I read the comment from Johnson about blocking, from linemen to receivers, needing improvement and the comment on blocking on the edge to refer to linemen, too.

Thanks for clarifying (and also for the solid reporting when you had to call an audible at the line and cover the story about the Irish).

GTGirl

September 12th, 2012
11:00 pm

I imagine it has been a long day Ken. Keep up the good work! We appreciate you informing us of what is going on with the players and coaches. Will you do a story on the Bobby Dodd statue that is being dedicated on Friday?

Hayseed Dixie

September 12th, 2012
11:02 pm

I spoke with Gotsis for about 5 minutes at the fan day.

You’d never know he was 10,000 miles from home. That kid was as calm as a hindu cow.

Forgot to ask him if he was an AC/DC fan. Doh!

Jacket Time

September 12th, 2012
11:48 pm

Yes thank you for the update on the team! The ND news is everywhere we want to hear about GT!

5150 UOAD

September 13th, 2012
12:02 am

Glad you can now chat with Gotsis….the Guy is funny as crap from the lil chatting we have done.

Wal-Mart Retards

September 13th, 2012
12:26 am

I’ve been THUNDERSTRUCK!

FL Jacket

September 13th, 2012
12:37 am

Wal-Mart…hopefully we can blow up Virginia like T-N-T

TECHIE

September 13th, 2012
1:53 am

GOOOO you yeller britches, beat UVA

gtfan1951

September 13th, 2012
6:13 am

Jacket Man

September 13th, 2012
6:46 am

Being short at B-Backs might mean the Jackets will be running more out of the pistol, or even running the shotgun, formation than usual. This way, perhaps they’ll get less wear and tear on the B-Backs they have left. And who knows, if the offense proves productive, perhaps this will turnout to be a blessing over the long run in that the team would then use the pass more frequently, and effectively, than years past.

spider

September 13th, 2012
7:12 am

looks like the defense is going to have to win this game this week.

HighTech

September 13th, 2012
7:23 am

Georgia State Route 316 = Highway to Hell

GT

September 13th, 2012
7:48 am

Seems funny you have all these coaches living that have statues, and then some dead that have to be moved, but none of Bobby Dodd. Truly one of the most entertaining personalities of his day in a very clever way.

Ken Sugiura

September 13th, 2012
8:47 am

GT – are you commenting in reference to the unveiling of dodd’s statue tomorrow on callaway plaza? if not, that was remarkable sense of timing.

Jacket Detective

September 13th, 2012
8:50 am

Laskey got spun facing the QB? Big deal. The defensive lineman he faced probably weighed 100 pounds more. Atlanta fans and the press here obsess on one play too much.
Proof?
I see Nate McLouth, ridiculed here as McOut, had a game winning hit for the Orioles last night.
While the team that dumped him is trying it’s best, saddled with the same fans who were on his back, to choke two Septembers in a row. Even with Chipper trying to save them.
I do not like Tech fans getting upset over WR drops.
It happens.
Another athlete freed from here, Stephen Hill, is doing great as a Jet.
Course he gets paid a little better there too.

Chad

September 13th, 2012
8:55 am

Pathetic gt can’t get a good RB. Uga has like 5.

10per

September 13th, 2012
9:01 am

The thinning at B-back is troubling. For the offense to really work we need a solid, strong healthy guy in there that can break into the 2nd level and gash out some yardage. We have not had that for awhile and it shows. And now we are faced with putting walk-ons in to shore things up?

Chad

September 13th, 2012
9:11 am

Hill had one good game. Wait at least 4 games before making judgement

FL Jacket

September 13th, 2012
9:18 am

Chad…

Dwags might get 5 RBs…but they can’t keep the same 5 RBs.

909

September 13th, 2012
9:30 am

GT was playing on a short week, after playing VT on Monday,
so I expected GT to play a little slow against PC.

GT will be rested and ready for UVA.

GT wins by 2 TDs vs. UVA.

FL Jacket

September 13th, 2012
9:31 am

Can I trademark Gotsis’ nickname as “THE BLOKE BY COKE”?

anti4baldheadedyankees

September 13th, 2012
9:54 am

Great read on Adam Gostis, he is going to be agreat one! For the star gazers he was a 2 star. I suppose the idiots that give stars missed this one. Vance Walker was a 2 srar; the gurus who no so much yet have never fielded a team missed that one. How about J.C. Lanier, a 4 star, whoops, another moronic miss. To 10per, we have 4 quality B-Backs on active roster, we could burn a redshirt but c’mon man. Trust Bohannon (if you have a clue who that is) a quality STUDENT-athlete from a great program, fits our system and is extremely intelligent. If Bohannon say’s he trust Matt Connors, I do too, not that my opinion matters, IT DON”T. Are we baming the staff that 2 students got hurt? Picky! Coray Carlson( if you are familiar with him) is a walk-on, playing a lot, playing well. Why don’t we who know little get behind our student-athletes and coaches and leave the nonsense alone?

Old Gold

September 13th, 2012
10:09 am

I think Ken likes to put his own spin on things. I listened to CPJ’s conference and he said Laskey turned around and looked at the QB. Obviously he missed a block but it sounds to me that he may have been looking for TW to dump him the ball when he was in trouble.

5150 UOAD

September 13th, 2012
10:35 am

FLJ……make that “The BLOKE by the Coke”……..”By Coke” could mean the white powder..LOL

Ken Sugiura

September 13th, 2012
10:39 am

Jacket Detective and Old Gold – It doesn’t always happen, but I think I got this one right.
Bohannon: “He got confused blocking inside on pass protection big-time. He was turned around facing the quarterback.”
i’m not sure I’d say I’m obsessing over it. I mentioned it once and used it as an example of his (entirely understandable) inexperience with pass blocking.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 13th, 2012
10:39 am

@ FLJ……I LIKE that. And UOAD, I don’t think that’s a problem, since the trolls refer to Tech as the joke by coke.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 13th, 2012
10:41 am

@ Ken……regardless of whether you might put your personal spin on things or not, you do an EXCELLENT job covering Tech for us. And IF you ever do put your personal spin on something, that’s fine with me, and probably most of us, because it shows you are intimately involved in what’s going on and actually have an educated opinion. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !!!

juvenal

September 13th, 2012
10:56 am

hoefully, we can start calling him,”gotcha!”

juvenal

September 13th, 2012
10:56 am

crackbaby

September 13th, 2012
11:30 am

Ken,

Pretty obvious you are doing a great job as now the navel gazers are nit picking your write-ups. they only do that to one of their own. No need to be defensive, just post up another blog. LOL!

With closed practices, must be much more difficult to get a feel for what’s going on with the team. Most of us appreciate all your contributions here.

Go Jackets!

crackbaby

September 13th, 2012
11:33 am

It’s called reporting, not spin. We would rather Ken give us his insight rather than simply act as a teletype.

crackbaby

September 13th, 2012
11:36 am

Couple days ago Ken had two really funny lines in his summary of CPJ press conference. That’s not spin, it’s called writing.

Unfortunately, a lot of Techsters under appreciate the finer points of written communication.

sean jones

September 13th, 2012
12:03 pm

Our o-line blows

sean jones

September 13th, 2012
12:07 pm

the dwags dont put any skill players in the league. Stafford stay hurt and he aint that great—the last WR from UGAG that did anything was Hines Ward. Massaquoi aint been much sice james Harrison knocked his teeth out….yawn

Delbert D.

September 13th, 2012
12:26 pm

Well, to be fair, there is A.J. Green. He might be pretty good as he develops.

Surely you jest, sean...

September 13th, 2012
12:30 pm

“Stafford stay hurt and he ain’t that great” – well, he has been hurt but last year he stayed healthy and threw for 0ver 5000 yard, something only 3 other guys have done – + “Stafford was named a Pro Bowl alternate for the NFC after the 2011 NFL season. He was later named the 2011 Pro Football Weekly Comeback Player of the Year, AP Comeback Player of the Year and NFL Alumni Quarterback of the Year.”

And, he has $41mil reasons to be better, too…

1 4 GT

September 13th, 2012
1:23 pm

If Stafford is all the dwags say he is, why ain’t he elevated the Lions into the playoffs? That is what great QB’s do isn’t it? There is certainly enough talent on the Lions roster for Stafford to do that. Maybe not win in the playoffs, but at least get them there. Stats are for losers. And yes, I concede the Yellow Jackets had some great stats with average results last year. Selah.

5150 UOAD

September 13th, 2012
1:48 pm

This is a TECH BLOG……..I don’t care to hear about what a MUTT has or is doing.

When Stifford left early half the dWag posters hated him.

1 4 GT

September 13th, 2012
1:52 pm

Me too 5150!! Had to reply about him though. What I said is true. If he is all that, the Lions should make the playoffs riding his coat tails.

www

September 13th, 2012
1:52 pm

if david sims (RS-Jr) doesn’t play the rest of the year due to his shin injury, GT can petition the ncaa for a medical waiver and he would have 2 years of eligibility remaining.

plenty of time to get a masters degree in whatever he wants to pursue.

JM

September 13th, 2012
1:53 pm

I’ll be there cheering Tech to a victory over UVA.

Beat UGA

September 13th, 2012
4:00 pm

So why did GT not require that Notre Dame first renounce the movie “Rudy” prior to being admitted to the ACC? Its the little things…..