Bohannon sees ‘arrows up’ for Lee

Some extra stuff that didn’t make the notes posted Tuesday night…

1. A few answers in full from quarterbacks and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon about backup quarterback Vad Lee:

“I think he’s working through it. I think he had probably the best day he’s had in a while today. He had a really good practice today. Other than that, I think he’s got to come out every day and try to win the job. We talked about it today and I think he came out and had a really good practice today. Last week, it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t good. It was just O.K.”

“He’s a redshirt freshman. He’s getting a lot better. He had a really good day today and I foresee him right now, he’s going to do nothing but have arrows up from here on out.”

On Justin Thomas’ progress (Thomas worked with the second team last week, with Lee working with the first string to give starter Tevin Washington a break):

“He’s still learning but he’s quick and he’s fast. He can make some plays even when things don’t go like they should. Pretty smart. Picks up on things pretty quick, so I thought it was good for him to get some work in. It’s hard to simulate just going through drills. And he still goes through all my drills. I was pleased that he could get some work in.”

2. I’m working on a story for Thursday’s paper about the offensive line and its performance thus far. The offense as a whole has produced, although the B-back numbers are again down, which is typically either a function of either the backs or the line. Offensive line coach Mike Sewak was more focused on handling defensive line stunts and blitzes. He said he has been disappointed by the line’s play when Tech has been forced into obvious passing situations.

“I thought we’d be better at it,” he said. “We have not. We have not achieved that.”

The stunts and blitzes were a focus during the bye week and also in Tuesday’s practice. Also, Sewak said that center Jay Finch has been inconsistent and that the move of Will Jackson from guard to tackle has been an upgrade.

“There’s always room for improvement, but he’s done some really good things at times, and other times, he’s done some ‘What the heck?’” Sewak said of Finch.

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Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura

155 comments Add your comment

GT Joe

October 17th, 2012
12:14 pm

Basically, Vad can turn it on at will.

A bad week of practice last week? Hard to go 100% every day when you are demoralized by sitting behind an inferior QB.

George Stein

October 17th, 2012
12:16 pm

Seems like Coach Bo is good cop to Johnson’s bad.

frustrated fan

October 17th, 2012
12:40 pm

to anybody that complains about tevin, hes not the reason were losing and clealry vad would not be a better option at this point

GT Fan

October 17th, 2012
12:47 pm

Vad ran with 1st team, JT ran with 2nd team … to give TW a break? A break for what? Is Vad going to get definite playing time vs. BC?

And I like what Coach says about J.Thomas!

1 4 GT

October 17th, 2012
12:50 pm

Joe’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaack! With his usual commentary. Funny that he made a comment yesterday about the excuse of the defense not playing good costing us wins. Said that excuse had been ridden to death. Golly gee! What does he think he has done all season long about Tevin losing the games. Maybe the rest of us think he has not only ridden that horse to death, but beat it to death too. UMMMM! Methinks he is a jilted exGF of Tevin trying to dirty the waters.

Ken Sugiura

October 17th, 2012
12:50 pm

George – a little bit, although Bohannon can be unsparingly critical. I think his assessment of Lee’s practice work last week is more or less the same as Johnson. not good, not bad.
GT Joe – You’ve been on quite the crusade. I don’t understand this part – do you think johnson, whose job depends on him winning and who is almost pathologically competitive, is playing a quarterback he knows to be worse than his backup?

WnE

October 17th, 2012
12:50 pm

The offense as a whole has produced, although the B-back numbers are again down, which is typically either a function of either the backs or the line. Offensive line coach Mike Sewak was more focused on handling defensive line stunts and blitzes. He said he has been disappointed by the line’s play when Tech has been forced into obvious passing situations.

“I thought we’d be better at it,” he said. “We have not. We have not achieved that.”

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If the veteran OL still cannot pass block in yr/ 5 with veterans and “watch list” guys then that means that CPJ is recruiting sub-standard Recruts for the OL and they get exposed when they have to pass block in obvious pass downs and have to rely on PURE TALENT.

Once again WnE has been proven correct about CPJ, week by week WnE s proven to be correct in mostly all of his predictions hile my detractors have to remain silent or IN HIDING.

Ken Sugiura

October 17th, 2012
12:52 pm

GT Fan – to spare him the wear of practice. lee could play against boston college, but that wasn’t the point of running him with the first string during the bye.

TeknocratNOTdemokrat

October 17th, 2012
12:52 pm

FF, your point is well made; the downside though, is that we got used to having a leader in the Nesbitt, and we just don’t seem to have that in Tevin. I have no issues w/Tevin as a student and as a person; he seems to have all the athletic tools he needs w/the ecxception of sound judgement in critical situations…that’s the issue.

George Stein

October 17th, 2012
1:03 pm

Fair point, Ken.

Truth

October 17th, 2012
1:09 pm

GT Joe, I wish there was a like button to your first comment.

chas_jacket

October 17th, 2012
1:23 pm

Ken, thanks for the update. Any opinion on how important it is to get to a bowl game vs giving Vad more playing time and experience this year? Not saying that Vad couldn’t get us bowl eligible this year, but CPJ may believe we have a better chance at a bowl with Tevin at the helm.

AMG

October 17th, 2012
1:27 pm

Ken – Yes I think CPJ is playing a qb he believes is better and even though there is a mountain of evidence to support Lee is better CPJ is too stubborn to admit he might possible ever be wrong, even if he is. Tevin is HORRIBLE on 4th and short, I mean HORRIBLE. He looks panicked half the time and makes as many mistakes as any freshman would make. Lee should start especially now that the season is all but over. Lee will benefit from playing time, therefore GT will benefit long term. The only reason to start Tevin is if Lee goes in and plays horrible and then Days goes in plays horrible, then maybe Tevin should play.

1 4 GT

October 17th, 2012
1:29 pm

I can assure “Carnack” no one is “IN HIDING” from him. Just “IN IGNORE”!

GT Joe

October 17th, 2012
1:31 pm

Ken, do I think CPJ is purposely playing an inferior QB? No.

Do I think he is wrong on his judgment of Vad (and Tevin)? Yes.

Coaches can be wrong, believe it or not. Coaches make bad personnel decisions all the time, and get fired because of them sometimes.

And if he ISN”T wrong on Vad, then we Tech fans have nothing to look forward to next year but .500 or worse ball. Does anyone believe this?

1 4 GT

October 17th, 2012
1:32 pm

HMMMMMMMM…..I wonder if Joe & “Carnack” are one & the same….one spews hatred of CPJ’s abilities & the other spews hatred of TW’s abilities. “Weerrryyyy ent’resting”!

chas_jacket

October 17th, 2012
1:35 pm

1 4 , assume the remark about Carnack referenced something weenie said. Did watching the debate last night get you in such a masochistic mood that you actually read his post?

SS loves Obama

October 17th, 2012
1:37 pm

@chas_jacket….1 4 Gt seems a little cranky! Lol…

1 4 GT

October 17th, 2012
2:10 pm

What is a good lotion for sensitive skin?

Todd

October 17th, 2012
2:26 pm

CPJ thinks TW is better at one thing – running the Triple Option, and since that is the basis of his entire offense, then that is why TW starts. Doesn’t matter to CPJ that *PASSING* or threat of passing is what got us back in the Miami game. As soon as he squats on nothing but option plays, the O goes south against any decent defense – see: Iowa, VT, Miami, Utah, Air Force, etc.

William Casey

October 17th, 2012
2:29 pm

@WnE: I don’t care if you are right. You’re what used top be called “a crashing bore.” As Herman’s Hermits put it in “Henry VIII”… “Second verse, same as the first.” And, so on.

Einstein

October 17th, 2012
2:31 pm

PJ needs to play Vad Lee A LOT MORE at a minimum. He’s taken steps to try to improve and energize the Defense and now it’s time for Vad to get a whole lot more playing time and be given the chance to show what he can do on game day. Not only would this energize the Offense, but it will put people in the seats and will give him the experience he needs to begin the 2013 season.

My guess is that Vad has a lot to learn about how to fully run the option; however, how the heck do you think people best learn their job? It’s called on the job training – just do it. And quite frankly, we don’t want to be starting the season next year with a QB with virtually no game experience. Giving Vad Lee more and more playing time will not only provide him needed experience running PJ’s offense but I think it will help the team win now, too!

My take on Tevin is that he has played much better this year than expected. He’s pretty good at running the offense (when he actually pitches the ball instead of holding onto it for 1 yard gains) and occasionally throws a good pass. Far too often, however, he under-throws the receivers, keeps the ball when he should pitch and does not lead the team when we need a spark, a leader to drive the ball down the other team’s throats. Although I like and respect him, he’s really just a basic, mediocre QB (which is certainly better than a bad QB). If we hadn’t gone conservative against Miami, if Tevin had played with more energy the last couple of possessions instead of being content to run keepers for no gain, if if if …..)

It’s time to put the ball in Vad Lee’s hands, maybe time to really roll out the shotgun passing game, time to experiment with the guy who will be the team leader and possibly its star for the next several years. He’s got the arm, the speed and the talent; now all he needs is the game day experience. Who knows, when this happens, amid the expected learning mistakes, maybe we will see the QB that can take over a game and pull out those important wins! And maybe it will open up the offense to the point of where we actually will outscore the opponents!

Speaking of next year, maybe ………… the tandem of Vad & Justin ………. talk about keeping defenses on their toes!!!!!

PLAYMAKER

October 17th, 2012
2:36 pm

One thing about CBB and CPJ they act like you have to be perfect to play for them but the records don’t indicate perfect play. I wonder about CBB if he is a true QB Coach? He is a good Coach and seems to be CPJ rigt hand man but is he a TRUE QB Coach? I don’t know I just know from the outside looking in GT QB’s have terible footwork and throwing habits. Maybe its not his fault? Maybe it is about recruiting?

Max

October 17th, 2012
2:40 pm

Fact: The defense has been terrible and is 90% to blame when it comes to the reason we are losing ball games, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t look at other areas that we obviously need to improve.

I don’t understand how people can watch TW play QB and leave the game feeling satisfied. The interception verse MTSU should be enough to make anyone question how a 5th year SR can make that throw. Sometimes kids can surprise you, so why not give VL some legit reps in a game and see if it changes things?

Also, for the record, TW is a great kid and I wish him nothing but the best in life and football.

GT Joe

October 17th, 2012
2:41 pm

Agree playmaker. CPJ wants perfection in practice, but apparently game day perfection is not as important. Otherwise Tevin would have been benched long ago.

juvenal

October 17th, 2012
2:45 pm

think Vad would be better at 4th & 1?

1 4 GT

October 17th, 2012
2:47 pm

@juvenal…Vad is better at 4th & 1 and 4th & 11.

GT Joe

October 17th, 2012
2:50 pm

Could Vad be worse than TW on 4th and 1? Is it even POSSIBLE to be worse?

SansWorld

October 17th, 2012
2:51 pm

Half the people posting here are right, the other half are wrong

Max

October 17th, 2012
2:56 pm

@sansworld – it seems that about 80% of people are in agreement, so I think your percentages off.

MaconGTFan

October 17th, 2012
3:15 pm

Like I said on here before, I’m gonna laugh if PJ is just buying time this year so Justin Thomas can start next year. And people please get it through your heads, Vad DOESN’T run the t.o. effectively enough to play and the o-line CAN’T pass block enough to put him in as a passer. People obviously forget the time Vad came in during the Presbyterian game in the first half and looked absolutely horrid. He was sacked twice and had another bad play that led to a punt. Lets also not forget the mtsu game. Vad came in during the first half and went three and out, because he can’t run the t.o. effectively yet. Why do you people want a QB out there that’s more likely than not gonna run the offense worse than Tevin?

GT Fan

October 17th, 2012
3:16 pm

TW has thrown 2 BAD ints, both at crucial times. OT vs VT, and the MTSU underthrow which would’ve tied the game at 35.

Not saying GT definitely wins either game had TW not thrown those picks, but, IMO, each was the dagger that killed GT.

SS 22

October 17th, 2012
3:31 pm

A break during an off week?

... Take The Wheel

October 17th, 2012
3:33 pm

Lol… I must agree I cringe everytime we are 4th and 1! Yes I must admit that IS NOT an area I have confidence in TW. Cant say that Vad is any different tho. I’ve seen him stuffed for a loss on the 1 yard too. No-one will recall because it was not for the game. Buts its happened. We need a strong running back there to cram it up the middle.

GT Joe

October 17th, 2012
3:38 pm

MaconFan: Looked Horrid in the first half vs. Presby? LOL:

1. First drive: Vad hit two receivers directly in the hands/chest and they dropped it. Passes were on the money, I think the receivers were so shocked they were getting a good pass that they lost concentration. You clearly haven’t seen the game, so please stop commenting on it.
2. Of course you don’t mention the 2nd half. 1st rush of his career: TD.
3. First pass completion of his career: a majestic 82 yard TD pass.
4. 2nd rush of his career: 79 yards, 2nd longest non-scoring run in Tech history.

And that was just the 3rd quarter.

MaconFan,, you sir are a fool.

... Take The Wheel

October 17th, 2012
3:41 pm

@Joe Lee aka GT Joe

If Lavaedeay Monlique Lee had played in every game this season, with the same D and same ST the outcome would be 0-6! No matter what manipulated numbers you dig up, the fact is until we figure out our defensive woes, the team will continue to struggle. Your kid is not going to fix that on his own. So there is no sense trying to demonize another kid for the sake of improving Lavaedeay’s chances of playing.

If somehow, he wins the starting spot over Justin next year, which is not guaranteed , he will have a chance to live up to all this hype you’ve created for him. Until then, have a seat! Your rants are not going to pressure CPJ only his playing will.

.. And just because PJ says Lavaedeay had “A” good day of practice, thats still not enough to overthrow the kid you’ve built your life these days on demonizing. That should tell you that your kid is not head and shoulders above anyone!! In fact he’ll be lucky to beats out Justin Thomas next year.

BTW – When CPJ said “He’s still learning but he’s quick and he’s fast. He can make some plays even when things don’t go like they should. Pretty smart. Picks up on things pretty quick…

HE WAS TALKING ABOUT JUSTIN THOMAS NOT Lavaedeay!!!!!!!!!!!!! His remarks on Lavaedeay were very neutral!

Evidently, VAd is NOT as good as TW at 4th and 1 in practice...

October 17th, 2012
3:41 pm

…which is why he does not play in games – that is two times in two days that Vad’s head coach and position coach said he is not as good in practice and that that is why he does not play in games.

What part of this sentence do you Vad lovers not understand “Other than that, I think he’s got to come out every day and try to win the job. We talked about it today and I think he came out and had a really good practice today. Last week, it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t good. It was just O.K.”

It was just “OK” – so, in big boy football “OK” at practice does not garner game time participation except in mop up duty…

... Take The Wheel

October 17th, 2012
3:44 pm

…3. First pass completion of his career: a majestic 82 yard TD pass

Look at Joe Lee promoting his kid for everyone. We were all there… and it was A good snap against a HIGHSCHOOL team! Of course he shined!

Paddy

October 17th, 2012
3:44 pm

I love it when there is Tech fan infighting! If you had a strong B-Back most of these comment would never appear. Until you do, Tech fans will eat their young!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MaconGTFan

October 17th, 2012
3:45 pm

Wow Joe there you go giving stats during a blowout against 2nd and 3rd string defenses that mean nothing. Funny how you always forget to mention his failures and only mention the good. Selective memory is a funny thing for someone who obsesses over 18-22 year old kids every day. You sir are the fool and a f#ck#ng idiot at that. Now give some stats in the first half of games, when he’s actually playing 1st string defenses not in mop up duty.

GT Joe

October 17th, 2012
3:50 pm

LOL, in big boy football, poor performers get BENCHED. TW is what we call a “practice field player”. Stud in practice (apparently), failure in games.

Bohannon’s quote about coming every day and winning the job is complete GARBAGE. Vad and all of us know that Vad will never start this year. If it hasn’t happened by now, it will never happen. CPJ and Bohannon can’t let it happen, because they will look like fools if Vad looks like Joe Hamilton.

CPJ calls Vad out about practice; what does Vad do? He has his best day ever. Why? Because he can do that whenever he wants. But he probably feels like there is no incentive any more; he knows he won’t start for whatever reason. So why not “cruise” in practice? Heck, why not transfer?

GT Joe

October 17th, 2012
3:51 pm

MaconFan: do you have ANY proof that presby and 3rd stringers in the game in the THIRD quarter? Please, show me.

You talk out of your rektum too much. Tell honey boo boo i said hey.

GT Joe

October 17th, 2012
3:54 pm

maconfan: can you name a worse QB that we have had at GT in the past 25 years?

MaconGTFan

October 17th, 2012
3:56 pm

Wow Joe another honey boo boo comment. That really hurt tight there. And I’m talking out of my rectum you no spelling fool. All you do is spout nonsense everyday. Hell you even said NFL qb’s get benched for taking sacks. You sir talk out of your azzhole every single time you post on here. Bad is not f#ck#Ng ready so just let it go small minded teenage obsessed piece of crap. How old are you anyway Joe? I hope to god you’re only 14 or so, otherwise you have some serious problems.

chas_jacket

October 17th, 2012
3:58 pm

GT joe if vad only practices hard when he thinks he has a chance to play/ start, then he doesn’t need to be on the field period. I doubt that is the case though.

MaconGTFan

October 17th, 2012
3:58 pm

Easy Joe A.J. Suggs. You obviously haven’t been following Tech that long to ask that. My guess is that you’re just a troll so I’m through with from now on.

GT Joe

October 17th, 2012
3:59 pm

Macon: Vad scored a TD against UVA in the 2nd quarter. UVA had 3rd stringers in that early? LOL.

Owned.

MaconGTFan

October 17th, 2012
4:01 pm

And what was that on Joe, the 1 or 2 yard line. Wow that’s so hard, Tevin does it all the time. Owned

... Take The Wheel

October 17th, 2012
4:02 pm

@Joe Lee – What you are saying confirms that he has POOR WORK ETHIC!! If you really believe he can “turn it on” whenever he wants, then why not “turn it on” everyday and earn the job already!! Do we really want a “QB” that just “turns it on when he wants”!! You have officially shoved your foot up you own behind on that one!

You have it backwards… In big boy football, players earns their spot on the field and work hard to keep it! Nobody GIVES you anything.

The problem is you want the program to roll over for your kid, AND ITS NOT GONNA HAPPEN! He’s gonna either show and prove AT PRACTICE, or have a seat with you!

You keep throwing up transfer like we dont have other options. PLEASE transfer your son!! I like the heart S.Days and the promise of Justin Thomas has shown MUCH better anyway. I’ll take a kid whose willing to do whatever the team needs whenever they need it over a spoiled highschool star, who expects the program to build itself around him any day.

GT Joe

October 17th, 2012
4:04 pm

Macon: your credibility has been destroyed by me too many times. do yourself a favor,change your handle, save youself the embarrassment.