Lee, Snoddy angling for playing time

A few notes that went unused in the notebook posted online.

1. Quarterback and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon said B-back Broderick Snoddy is getting closer to being able to play, but has to keep working on his blocking.

“He’s made some improvements, but that’s an area that’s still a little bit of a concern for us,” he said.

Bohannon was encouraged by Snoddy’s improved work rate in practice in recent weeks.

Said Bohannon, “We’ve got to keep working, see if we can get him out there.”

As for quarterback Vad Lee?

“I think we’d like to get him in the game (Saturday),” he said. “Every time he’s gone in, he’s done some good things. So we’ll just kind of have to see how the game goes and, obviously, that’s something you’d like to do.”

2. Rather remarkably, A-back Orwin Smith said he didn’t receive any nasty posts on his Twitter or Facebook accounts after his safety in Saturday’s game. Kind of unfortunate that this is actually unusual, but so it is.

“If anything, it was, You guys stay strong,” Smith said. “One guy actually messaged me and said, ‘You guys stay positive and stay strong because my third-graders look up to you guys.’ I thought that was real nice.”

Smith hasn’t relinquished hope that Georgia Tech can still win the conference. It is a longshot for Georgia Tech to win the Coastal Division and play for the ACC title – Virginia Tech and Miami would both have to lose three games – but Smith hasn’t given up hope.

“You never know, because one thing about the ACC, there’s always something surprising happening,” he said. “You have a team like Maryland beat Clemson just randomly. … You just have to keep going hard because you never know when that team on top can take a loss.”

3. Center Jay Finch has maintained his weight, which was a struggle last season as the season wore on. He was 284 or 285 pounds Tuesday before practice. He is trying to eat square meals “all day, every day.”

“Just eat what I can see and see what I eat,” Finch said. “Just shove it in.”

Tuesday, Finch had eggs and bacon for breakfast and a turkey burger and a sub sandwich with a Powerade and chips for lunch.

More Finch trivia – he met Waffle House president and COO Walt Ehmer (a Tech grad) at an on-campus speaking engagement Tuesday (Ehmer’s, not Finch’s). Ehmer asked if there were any football players in attendance. When Finch raised his hand, Ehmer commiserated with him over the Miami loss.

“He was like, Hey, come talk to me when you graduate, which was cool,” Finch said.

More notes posted tonight, 9ish. Please follow me on Twitter.

In case you missed it…

Tech rebounding after Miami loss

Paul Johnson, fount of hope?

Johnson calls loss ‘my fault’

The meaning of Tech giving up 609 yards

After Miami loss, Tech tries to regroup

Mark Bradley: Johnson’s approach hurting Tech

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

157 comments Add your comment

gt1012

September 26th, 2012
11:15 am

fuzzybee78

September 26th, 2012
11:17 am

Thanks for all the good works Ken!

juvenal

September 26th, 2012
11:17 am

Ken Sugiura

September 26th, 2012
11:19 am

well done, gt1012.
thanks, fuzzybee78.
Johnson said last week that Gotsis is among those who needs to play more. Shawn Green was another.

gt1012

September 26th, 2012
11:20 am

I hope the players can bounce back and prove all the naysayers wrong. Players: it’s not about CPJ, the option, Groh, etc. etc. It’s about YOU. It doesn’t matter that you’ve done or what you or anyone else thinks you can do. It only matters what YOU DO. Go out and prove to everyone what you’re made of.

JustinSyder

September 26th, 2012
11:21 am

I wouldn’t think Orwin would get any threats.

fuzzybee78

September 26th, 2012
11:23 am

Vad and Snoddy need to be in a position to help us at Clemson and down the stretch. Cant teach what they already have, speed and athleticism. Lets get the footwork and blocking down and have some fun!

Ga Tech Old Timer

September 26th, 2012
11:25 am

I thought I read a blog a couple days ago that quoted Johnson saying he was going to red shirt Gotsis. Was I mistaken?

Ken Sugiura

September 26th, 2012
11:37 am

You were mistaken or the blog was wrong. Gotsis has already played this season.

GTBob

September 26th, 2012
11:37 am

Ga Tech Old Timer, you had to have been mistaken because Gostis has already played this year. His red shirt has already been burned.

ignition

September 26th, 2012
11:45 am

Enter your comments here

1 4 GT

September 26th, 2012
11:47 am

Good work Ken. Thanks. Like seeing Snoddy is close to playing. If he’s still having trouble with blocking assignments, simplify things for him. Surely Coach has a simple play or 2. Just put the ball in his hands & light his ‘burner. Really hope Lee gets most of the playing time Sat. TW works hard & gives the maximum he has. But…..I paid more attention than before to Tevin against UM….in the 2nd half. What’s up with the 180^ & 360^ spins. Seems like wasted motion & time to me. Surely the time that takes is not planned. 1 (one) second to make that spin. Seems like wasted time for the blockers to hold there blocks. I’m no offensive coaching genius, but I would not design any plays like that. I don’t intend to knock Tevin. He has looked like he has improved most of the time. But if these spins are not a designed part of the play to create misdirection & Tevin is making (god I hate to feed GT Joe) errors like that, how can he remain the starter. I can’t recall ever seeing a QB do that spin. Take the snap from center….1 step back….pivot left….pivot 180^ (pretty sure I saw 1 360^)….execute the play….designed or mistake….sure seems like wasted time spent making these moves….if this is CPJ’s misdirection, I’ve never noticed a QB doing that before….misdirection is created by sending a RB one way with a fake while the real play goes another direction without the spinning time wasting moves by the QB. Just asking here. Seems like an unnecessary complication & adding chances of tackles for little or no gain or a loss at best.

ignition

September 26th, 2012
11:50 am

Honestly I see no reason why Vad, Snoddy, Gotis, Autry, or any of the young players shouldn’t see and get more experience IN Game..
With the lack of depth on the D Line currently Tech should be getting these young guys experience in the rotation and ready to fill the holes once the uninspiring Barnes leaves..
TW will not be winning a title so play Vad and B Back play has been a bust get Snoddy in the game and let your players, who imo are more explosive than the current starts in the, play !!!

Golden White

September 26th, 2012
11:59 am

Sept. 25 @ 5:58 pm

Johnson said that wide receiver Anthony Autry will play more. The other true freshmen besides White, Autry, Adam Gotsis and Ryan Rodwell will likely be redshirted.

Teddy Roosevelt

September 26th, 2012
12:14 pm

Just win, and things may have a way of working themselves out.

HighTech

September 26th, 2012
12:18 pm

Teddy Roosevelt, one of our greatest Presidents, is absolutely right.

My favorite quote from President Roosevelt:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. “

GT Fan

September 26th, 2012
12:26 pm

2. Rather remarkably, A-back Orwin Smith said he didn’t receive any nasty posts on his Twitter or Facebook accounts after his safety in Saturday’s game. Kind of unfortunate that this is actually unusual, but so it is.
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Things like this disturb me. NOT that OS hasn’t received nasty posts, but that college atheletes have Twitter and Facebook accounts that they’re so dam* concerned about! Where in the heck is college atheletics headed?
OS, get your fargin mind off the Twitter & Facebook, and play some ball why don’t you.

And don’t get me started with the circus that recruiting has become. What a joke! And people like Michael Carvel are ringleading that circus.

1 4 GT

September 26th, 2012
12:32 pm

“ignition” mentioned the “uninspired” Barnes. I really hate to criticize these kids but….a caller on 790theZone on Monday said this about TJ….”the next time Barnes collapses the pocket will be the first time”. I listened to this & thought about it. Had I seen TJ actually do that….or get a sack…or make a QB hurry….or disrupt the QB play in any way at all? TJ has made some tackles for loss. But the other stuff I mentioned? I’m almost certain I have not seen any of it from TJ. Of course, I don’t watch just TJ. But, I do see the plays as they develop. A man his size & supposed strength should require 2 blockers pretty much every play. 6′7″ & 350 lbs. He should, by a substantial amount, be the strongest guy on the team. If I were that large & some other player out lifted me, I would get mad enough to catch him & pass him. I couldn.t stand for some “little” guy to out do me. I would challenge all the big guys to workout with me & strive to out do me. I wonder if he is still operating on his high school rep. You just know he was pretty much unblockable in high school because of his size. He plays much the same now from what little time I have watched just him. Somebody needs to build a really big fire under his “John Brown hind parts”….to quote Denzel Washington.

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 26th, 2012
12:49 pm

Smith needs to come out of the end zone everytime. Who cares if Snoddy can block, he’s a track star. His blocking skills will improve when he see how much others blocking helps him when he has the ball. Lee should play the whole second half against MTSU. ” GO JACKETS “

Tech dropout

September 26th, 2012
12:58 pm

GT Fan must be an old fart talking about Twitter and Facebook like that. Either that our has no clue about the younger people in today’s world.

1 4 GT

September 26th, 2012
1:05 pm

I thought CPJ banned the use of Twitter by the players.

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 26th, 2012
1:06 pm

Ken, I can’t imagine anyone doing a better job of covering GT sports than you do. Again, ” THANK YOU VERY MUCH.”

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 26th, 2012
1:08 pm

1 4 GT, good memory. I remember reading something about that.

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 26th, 2012
1:10 pm

Maybe they can receive but not send.

Golden White

September 26th, 2012
1:16 pm

Same Old

September 26th, 2012
1:19 pm

Paul Johnson doesn’t have enough grey matter to start Lee.
Maybe when the game is out of hand in MT’s favor.
Then he put in Lee.
It’s slo-mo, slo-brain TW.

www

September 26th, 2012
1:50 pm

“Rather remarkably, A-back Orwin Smith said he didn’t receive any nasty posts on his Twitter or Facebook accounts after his safety in Saturday’s game. Kind of unfortunate that this is actually unusual, but so it is.”

weird. WNE doesn’t know orwin smith’s twitter handle?

Supersize that order, mutt

September 26th, 2012
1:56 pm

www

September 26th, 2012
1:57 pm

“GT Fan” u seriously expect a player to stop using facebook so he can only think about playing football for a team you follow?

GTFO. seriously. these players have lives outside of football and your “fan”aticism.

Yes, GT 1 4...

September 26th, 2012
1:58 pm

…QB’s have been doing the 360 (really more of a 270* spin) on counter plays since the counter play was invented (you are young, aren’t you?)..

And Same Old, Vad would play if he were good enough, so youm and the rest of you, give the “play Vad Lee” manta a rest – the kid is not ready and that is all there is to it…coaches play whomever gives them the best chance to win, and this year it is TW, no matter what you and others think of want…

www

September 26th, 2012
1:59 pm

and kudos to ken on the excellent covereage, as always.

www

September 26th, 2012
1:59 pm

juvenal

September 26th, 2012
2:02 pm

GRADUATED IN 1012? & i thot i wuz old…….

Teddy Roosevelt

September 26th, 2012
2:07 pm

I would say that the main argument for the start Lee argument is not who will give us the best shot to win this year, but giving us a better shot to win in the following years. This is Tevin’s last season as our qb. He already graduated, and will have exhausted every year of eligibility after this season. Lee is the heir apparent, and will most likely be our starting qb going into next season. He may not be “good enough” to start, but neither was Tevin when he took the reigns. The best way to get experience running this offense and the leadership skills, which Tevin has both, are to play meaningful minutes in game situations.

www

September 26th, 2012
2:16 pm

meaningful minutes against MTSU sounds good.

starting seems unlikely unless tevin is out for some reason.

GTPhenom

September 26th, 2012
2:17 pm

To the person saying don’t play Vad Lee because he isn’t ready . . . that would be the point behind playing him genius. As far as I’m concerned, any real hope for the season is lost. And we all know what the ceiling is with TW in the game (8, maybe 9 wins if lucky and a bowl loss). So why not take the risk on this season to get Lee as much experience as possible, and prepare him for the next season? Quite frankly, it’s what I’d love to see. You wanna see more seats filled? Put in a guy like Lee who actually looks like he can break a play for a TD every time he touches the ball. You don’t get that sense of excitement when Tevin is on the field. TW is a great guy, and you have to be appreciative of what he has done for the Institute, but with the season pretty much lost in my opinion, play the guy with the higher ceiling and get him ready for the future. You never know what the guy is going to be able to do until we see him in a full game experience. Just my two cents.

Surely you jest, Teddy...

September 26th, 2012
2:18 pm

…”He [Lee] may not be “good enough” to start, but neither was Tevin when he took the reigns”.

Uh, I believe TW took over last year, and his competition then was Vad…be careful what you write…

Some of you are just morons who have no clue how good, or bad, a player is in practice, and that is what a coach goes on when deciding who gives the team the best chance to win…most coaches I know do not want to get fired, so they play the best players at all positions who they, and their position coaches think will give them the best shot to win, no matter what the fan base may think or want…and not many coaches will sit a senior who performs well most of the time (over 40 points per game in TW’s case)…

GTPhenom does not...

September 26th, 2012
2:20 pm

…live up to his name with his last dumb arse “two cents” of a post…if you can’t play in practice, you can’t play in games – it is really quite simple…

GTPhenom

September 26th, 2012
2:21 pm

And by full game experience, all I mean is that there is always the chance that we start Lee, and he sets the team on fire. Not saying it will happen, or even that it is likely, but he has that kind a of athleticism and drive from what I’ve seen to be able to do that. Not to mention he actually looks like he has a decent arm, something we haven’t seen on campus probably since Joe Hamilton himself was here.

And, coaches...

September 26th, 2012
2:22 pm

…do not live for “next year”, mainly because they might not be there “next year”, so they play the guys who give them the best chance “this year”, no matter how the first four games of the year have gone…

GTPhenom

September 26th, 2012
2:23 pm

Lol, bothered much? I posted my opinion friend. If that bothers you then . . . . oh wait, I don’t give two damns if it bothers you. It’s an OPINION. Get over yourself. I said play him so that he gets the meaningful minutes to be ready for the FUTURE. You must have missed the part where I said I’m basing this off the fact that this season is pretty much a bust at this point.

And, quite a "bothered."..

September 26th, 2012
2:25 pm

…opinion at that…

GTPhenom

September 26th, 2012
2:26 pm

And coaches . . . that isn’t always the case. Coaches know all too well what their team situation is. Tevin is gone after this year, and has yet to do anything of merit outside of beating an overrated top ten Clemson last year (kudos on that . . .) I’ll say it again. I like the guy, and he’s been a class act in representing the institute since he came here, but being “loyal” because he is a senior is asking for trouble. Play the guy who is going to be here for more than 8, maybe 9 more games and try and make the future as bright as possible. I’ve gone through enough crappy GT teams to know that you sometimes gotta be patient in waiting for a great team.

GTPhenom

September 26th, 2012
2:27 pm

Lol, like I said, why does it bother you so much? Are you TW’s father? Some of us aren’t so close minded that we can’t see past just this season. I’d rather be good in the future if it means sucking it up the rest of this year.

DOC 51

September 26th, 2012
2:29 pm

How many SNODDY touchdowns will we miss waiting for COACH B.to declare him a great blocker?The same can be said for BOSTIC.How can CAG watch 52 pass attempts and not get pressure on the QB.I guess winning games doesn’t really matter.

GTPhenom

September 26th, 2012
2:35 pm

My logic is based on this. Assuming we win the games we are “supposed” to win going through the rest of the season, the Jackets will be sitting at BEST at 8-4 at the end of the year (losses to UGA/Clemson). But after losing to Miami, who looked TERRIBLE through the first three weeks of the season, who’s to say we won’t lose to UNC, or BYU, or hell, even Duke, who, by the way, sits with a better record than us right now. We tend to throw in one WTF loss every year somewhere, so we might be looking at 7-5, 8-4 at best and another ho-hum crappy bowl game. Put it guys who have great potential, and I don’t honestly care if that means we don’t make another pointless bowl game. If it means we have even a shot at a BCS bowl going forward, I think it is worth doing just that.

headley lamar

September 26th, 2012
2:35 pm

I thought CPJ banned the use of Twitter by the players.

He did. The players are starting to tune him out.

Its gonna get a lot worse before it gets better sports fans.

Hey, GTPhenom...

September 26th, 2012
2:37 pm

…don’t take it personal, we’re just having a spirited conversation here on a topic on which we have two divergent opinions…my bad for calling your comments dumb arse…

Teddy Roosevelt

September 26th, 2012
2:39 pm

Tevin took over when Nesbitt got hurt, he wasn’t “good enough” to start which is why he was the #2 on the depth chart.

1 4 GT

September 26th, 2012
2:41 pm

Yes GT 1 4…..no, I am far from young….but I will defer to your knowledge….I don’t recall seeing any other QB’s do that spin move before….but then I rarely watch one player exclusively….I watch the whole field while following the ball….I did Google counter play football however….that search turned up the following result, one of many….feel free to watch the video of the counter play….not once do I see the QB doing a spin move of more than 90^ & all QB’s do that in the normal course of the game….I guess I failed in my efforts to explain what I was trying to convey properly….please excuse me…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4yfav_6B30