Notes from Tuesday.
1. The nature of Georgia Tech B-back Charles Perkins’ injury is unclear, but coach Paul Johnson said it will keep him out of action for a while.
Perkins has what Johnson termed “an upper-body injury” and said that he doesn’t expect him back anytime soon. Asked if Perkins could be out for the season, Johnson replied, “We’ll see.”
It’s another shakeup to the B-back position. Last year’s starter, David Sims, played parts of the Virginia Tech game but sat out the past two to aid his recovery from a stress fracture in his shin. The starter in the past two games, Zach Laskey, was held out of the second half of the Virginia game last Saturday with an injured shoulder. He wore a gold jersey Tuesday, meaning he was kept out of contact drills, but will be ready to play Saturday against Miami. Sims has also been cleared and is expected to play Saturday.
The depth chart issued Tuesday placed Laskey at the top, followed by Sims and Broderick Snoddy sharing the No. 2 spot.
Among other players dealing with injuries, inside linebacker Daniel Drummond (ankle) wore a gold jersey Tuesday. Safety Fred Holton (foot) continues to receive treatment.
“As soon as the medical people turn him loose, we’ll get him back and get him going,” Johnson said of Holton.
2. ACC senior associate commissioner Michael Kelly said that the Sept. 29 Tech-Middle Tennessee State game “could really land anywhere” for its kickoff time. The game was originally publicized by Tech as a 7 p.m. start, but the decision has been ESPN and the ACC’s. ESPN chose to hold off on determining a kickoff time until Sunday as it determines its lineup. Kelly noted that the Sept. 29 schedule has slots for two regional sports network games. One of those games has already been determined, Idaho vs. North Carolina at 3:30 p.m.
If Tech-MTSU is picked up, the likely destination is either as the RSN game (broadcast in metro Atlanta on Fox Sports South) or on ESPNU. The kickoff probably would either be noon or 7 p.m. If neither, the game will stay at 7 p.m. and be streamed online on ESPN3.
3. The wide receivers worked on reading Miami’s secondary coverages Tuesday, wide receivers coach Buzz Preston said. In the past, the Hurricanes have shown press coverage at the line of scrimmage, but then quickly retreated at the snap. The objective of the scheme is to lead the wide receiver into thinking he has to beat the cornerback at the line of scrimmage. In his attempt to get past the corner, who by this point is now backed off, the wide receiver makes a move and reveals his intention of where he is trying to run.
“If you don’t attack it in a hurry, to make them make a decision either to get out of there or to try to jam you, you find yourself in trouble,” Preston said.
4. Tech got a break Tuesday when Miami coach Al Golden revealed that linebacker Denzel Perryman will not play after suffering a leg injury in the Hurricanes’ last game against Bethune-Cookman. Last year, Perryman led all ACC freshmen in tackles with 69. Against Tech, he had 6.5 tackles, including three for loss, and a forced fumble.
5. Quarterback/A-back Synjyn Days has not played much at A-back thus far through three games. Johnson has plans for him.
“When Synjyn comes along, we want to get him in the game more than he played the other night,” he said. “He did some good things when he was in there.”
6. The No. 40 jersey, which is being rotated among players to honor former linebacker, will be worn Saturday by long snapper Tyler Morgan. … Approximately 48,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday’s game. The Virginia game drew 44,225. … A gem of a stat from the Tech sports information department: Tech has a winning record against all teams with catastrophic weather-related nicknames: Iowa State Cyclones (1-0), Miami Hurricanes (10-7), Tulane Green Wave (35-13) and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (2-1).
Thanks for reading.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog