Tech field-goal unit needing repair

1. For the time being, Georgia Tech’s placekicking duties have returned to Justin Moore.

Starter David Scully was held out of Monday’s practice with a hip injury that had been bothering him prior to Saturday’s win over Boston College, when he was 0-for-2 on field goals. His status for Saturday’s home game against BYU is uncertain. What is considerably more clear is that the Yellow Jackets need some help sending footballs through uprights.

“It’s something we’ve got to get fixed,” coach Paul Johnson said after Monday’s practice.

For the season, Tech is 4-for-9, which is tied for 115th in FBS for accuracy, according to cfbstats.com. The Jackets have missed five of their last seven with both Scully (1-for-5) and Moore (1-for-2) contributing. Saturday, Scully was replaced after a low kick from 22 yards was blocked and a 28-yard attempt was wide. Besides connecting from 32 and missing from 41, Moore also was wide on an extra-point attempt after converting all 56 of his tries last season. Johnson said the hold on the extra point wasn’t very good.

A year ago, Moore was 11-for-17 on field goals. He finished the regular season with five consecutive makes but then was 2-for-4 in the Sun Bowl. Scully missed a 48-yarder at the end of regulation. Until Saturday, that game was the only Tech game in the past 10 years in which the Jackets missed three field-goal attempts.

So long as Scully is out, B-back and former quarterback David Sims will likely remain as holder. Moore had been Scully’s holder since punter Sean Poole’s injury.

“I’m sure (switching holders) is not the easiest thing, but it shouldn’t affect the extra points or the short field goals we had,” Johnson said.

After the staff changes caused by the dismissal of defensive coordinator Al Groh, special-teams coordinator David Walkosky has been spending less practice time with the specialists as he is now also coaching the defensive line.

2. Johnson didn’t have a firm answer on the availability for offensive tackle Will Jackson, who left Saturday’s game with a shoulder injury. B-back Broderick Snoddy practiced Monday after being held out of the Boston College game and is “all right,” Johnson said. After the game, Johnson said he had hoped to play Snoddy because of his progress in practice.

Said Johnson of Snoddy, a high school state sprint champion at Carrollton High, “I think he brings a different dimension.”

3. Following Saturday’s game, Johnson said that the team lost focus, perhaps the result of taking a 28-3 lead at halftime. Quarterback Tevin Washington said the offense  let up when it should have continued to attack. Watching game video didn’t change Johnson’s opinion.

“Missed a lot of reads,” Johnson said. “We just didn’t play very hard, didn’t finish.”

4. Tech’s Nov. 3 road game against Maryland was assigned a 12:30 p.m. start time Monday. The game will be broadcast on the ACC Network. In the Atlanta market, the affiliate is CW69. … Tech was listed Monday as a two-point favorite over the Cougars.

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Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

49 comments Add your comment

Reformed Toady

October 22nd, 2012
8:47 pm

Repaired?
They need one first. And that counts as first.

Reformed Toady

October 22nd, 2012
8:49 pm

Yes, a different dimension. Lots of speed.

George Stein

October 22nd, 2012
8:50 pm

It seems apparent that Johnson is a terrific coach who can’t hire a coordinator to save his life. I mean, two DCs and a ST coach and they’ve all sucked.

fuzzybee78

October 22nd, 2012
9:02 pm

Reformed, you are quick to the punch–

Snoddy brings a different GEAR!!!!!!!!
Sho me sumpin young man—

Go Jacksets!!!!!!

I love Jan Kemp

October 22nd, 2012
9:28 pm

I realize Tech fans are the minority around here but YOU’D THINK THERE’S ENOUGH TO FILL 55,000 SEATS! C’mon fans, SHOW UP! I know we haven’t had the season we wanted so far but these kids need to know we have THEIR BACKS!

Nick

October 22nd, 2012
9:37 pm

We need the o-line healthy for this BYU squad. It’s going to be a battle and we need all of our depth.

GT Fan

October 22nd, 2012
10:30 pm

After the game, Johnson said he had hoped to play Snoddy because of his progress in practice.
Said Johnson of Snoddy, a high school state sprint champion at Carrollton High, “I think he brings a different dimension.”
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There goes PJ again … praising another player, yet will continue to keep him [Snoddy] in the play pin with all the other wasted talent (S.Days, BJ Bostic, C.Milton, D.Hill)

Supersize that order, mutt

October 22nd, 2012
10:51 pm

@ GT Fan…..Bostic is definitely not being wasted this year. As far as Snoddy, the implication was that he had some kind of injury, which I assume existed Saturday. I repeat, that was the IMPLICATION. Maybe Ken can tell us more.

fuzzybee78

October 22nd, 2012
11:17 pm

Snoddy was in shorts on the sideline for BC. PJ said he “tweaked” something during practice.

1 4 GT

October 22nd, 2012
11:37 pm

If CPJ said Snoddy “tweaked” something, I would guess a hamstring. Speedy demons (track guys) seem to prone to that.

fuzzybee78

October 22nd, 2012
11:46 pm

Ken, Still not seeing SDays at A back as advertised, can you ask CPJ what up?

fuzzybee78

October 22nd, 2012
11:48 pm

Super and Company, enjoyed the hospitality!
Selah for tonight—

Enochs

October 23rd, 2012
12:03 am

Slow progress…BYU is no pushover. Can we win 3 more games? Perhaps, with better tackling &
better kicking. We should be able to put any kickoff through the en zone, & make field goals from 35 to 40 yards….

Reebok

October 23rd, 2012
7:04 am

How can we be a 2-point favorite over a team that nearly upset undefeated Notre Dame on Saturday? BYU is going to beat us by 20.

But, Reebok...

October 23rd, 2012
8:28 am

…BYU can’t play offense, so Tech SHOULD be favored, at home…

Blame the kickers?

October 23rd, 2012
8:34 am

CPJ has no feel for the psychology of coaching kickers (and perhaps not other players). Calling out kickers in the press, yelling at them n the sidelines, replacing them on a revolving basis after misses and kicks out of bounds has its effects. CPJ was even able to get into Scott Blair’s head. CPJ should at least look at how other coaches handle kickers. CMR has not brutalized his freshman kicker in the press like CPJ has. And the best example is David Shaw of Stanford who said after his kicker missed two field goals against Cal after having missed a chip shot against Notre Dame, “He’s fine. He’s got a minor technical issue that’s causing him to pull his kicks. When he keeps his head down, he’s automatic. We’ll get him right.” With Johnson, the kickers are an easy target. Sorry, Paul, but using a B-back as your holder is a good idea? How many practice reps is he getting? I know you have several players on the roster who were holders in high school including the holder for one of your current kickers. Has this thought never occurred to you?

CT_Jacket

October 23rd, 2012
8:35 am

The kicking game is frustrating after having a great line of kickers, and some punters, come through Tech over the last 20 years.

CT_Jacket

October 23rd, 2012
8:38 am

Blame, the B-Back used to be a quarterback. He should have pretty good hands. He probably won’t panic if there is a bad snap and he might be able to run a fake out of it, although I’ve never seen PJ try it.

George Stein

October 23rd, 2012
8:49 am

Sean Poole was hurt, so Sims became the holder. The balance of your comment is complete nonsense.

observer

October 23rd, 2012
9:11 am

This has the makings of another embarassing loss for GT. The program continues in decline under Johnson. They will keep him around for about 2 more years, finally let him go, and then there will be about 4 years of trying to rebuild the program…that is, if a quality coach is hired. If Rad is still AD, I don’t have much confidence in his ability to hire a good coach. Looks like a long 6-7 years of mediocrity for GT.

Jimbo

October 23rd, 2012
10:06 am

How the hell can we not get an amazing kicker & punter every single year? Give them a free ride to a great school, and make sure you do a decent job coaching them. I’m sure my opinion is uninformed, but can it really be that hard?

Tech Man

October 23rd, 2012
10:26 am

I think we have a commitment from a highly rated kicker for next year,

GT Joe

October 23rd, 2012
10:27 am

Calm down folks. We have the #1 kicker in the nation coming to GT next season. Butker from Westminster. 1st team all america, kicker of the year as a junior.

Probably the best kicker we’ve ever had (on paper). Can’t ask for more than that.

blazer

October 23rd, 2012
10:37 am

Snoddy bring a different dimension like S. Days does but never get on the field???????????

Holton never gets well??????

carolinajacket

October 23rd, 2012
10:54 am

Whats the story with S. Days? I thought that he was going to get a lot of playing time. Now it seems he must be assigned to the special teams. If he’s out best offensive athlete, seems like he should be on the field more — but there must be a reason that he’s not.

Brock

October 23rd, 2012
11:31 am

posted this on another blog. BYU lost their star senior center and leader for 2-4 weeks along with already losing 2 other offensive lineman for the season. Defense needs to get some pressure on the QB this week for that reason alone. BYU is moving a defensive guy to offense to give them more depth along with a receiver as a backup QB simulating the option. This is all good news for Tech. Hope we don’t blow it.

www

October 23rd, 2012
11:49 am

did anyone else see that GT had to return 1,600 of their 8,000 ticket allotment for the uga game?

i won’t be there either but i would LOVE to watch an upset next month from the comfort of my family living room ;)

crackbaby

October 23rd, 2012
11:56 am

BYU is a good football team. Very well coached. Good D, athletic QB. Their offense is ball control, long drive oriented. If Tech’s D can’t stop them, there will not be many possessions for the TO.

Surprising that Tech is favored. Then again, Miami was a 14.5 point dog, too.

Against BC, Tech seemed to use the slot receiver formation more than previously – anybody else feel this way?

UGA = Yawn

October 23rd, 2012
12:18 pm

Puzzling – always to me. There are over 15000 high school football teams in the USA. We can’t get one kicker that’s any good?

Jacket Time

October 23rd, 2012
1:05 pm

Well atleast we got the #3 kicker comming in next year. For years I’ve been tired watching missed field goal after missed field goal. Can’t wait to see what this kid can do.

Kemp – Not to mention the ones that do show up don’t offer much support either. I had pretty good seats behind the bench at the Miami game and was told to sit down! At a college football game vs a division rival can you believe it?! It is also sad when the players turn to the stands and try to get the fans pumped up. You feel pretty ridiculous when you’re the only one making noise (It was comforting when Buzz came by to give me a five for the effort). The only emotion from the fans was some tech heckler yelling at CPJ. Laskey had to yell shut up to the guy. It is really sad the lack of enthusiasm from tech fans (the older ones at least). They really need to move the student section behind the players to get some fire but what can we do?

Jacket Time

October 23rd, 2012
1:13 pm

Well atleast we have the #3 kicker coming in next year.

Kemp – I hear you but the fans that do show up aren’t much support. I had good seats behind the bench at the miami game and was told to sit down. Pretty sad also when the players try to get the fans pumped up. Felt pretty lonely to be the only person making noise (Buzz helped by slapping me five though). Wish they would move the students behind the players but what can you do?

GT Fan

October 23rd, 2012
1:35 pm

Supersize ……. BJ Bostic, as we’ve seen him it seems like every time he touches the ball, does good things. The problem? PJ doesn’t get him the ball enough!

That’s wasted talent in my book.

GT Fan

October 23rd, 2012
1:37 pm

BJ Bostic bailed TW’s arse out on that long pass at the beginning of the game. I doubt there’s another Aback on the team that makes that catch.

Go to ESPN and click on the “videos 22″ tab for the GT-BC game, and listen to the TV commentators punk-on TW for how bad the pass was.

G.P. Burdell

October 23rd, 2012
2:08 pm

Butker is the #1 kicker in the state, not the country, but on paper he’s one of the best we’ve ever gotten. PJ finally decided to offer a scholly to a kicker instead of using walk-ons. A kicker can win some big games for you so it’s time we got a true scholarship kicker. Other than Poole, who made a tackle, I still don’t understand how our kickers are getting hurt.

juvenal

October 23rd, 2012
2:57 pm

www, buy some every year, if i can’t use them, i burn them…….

[...] Notes: Field-goal unit needing repair [...]

Jon Hisman

October 23rd, 2012
4:13 pm

Is Laskey out injured for BYU as well?
Sims will be busy playing B-back and holder. Maybe Snoddy can show us that speed in a game.
I am nervous, knowing CPJ he will play TW the whole game–and I know how that script ends…

GT Fan

October 23rd, 2012
5:10 pm

Ken,

Can you have PJ tell Tevin that the “soft toss” is to be used only at the beginning of his warm-ups, NOT during the game. Thanks so much!

Best Regards,
GT Fan

...Take The Wheel

October 23rd, 2012
6:44 pm

OMG are we going to turn yet another blog into the TW show?? I could have sworn this write up was about the FIELD GOAL UNIT! After all…. thats what we need to be worried about! With Scully out and #86 kicking bricks, we should be concerned about the pressure that puts on the offense to score every time. Theres no way PJ has any confidence in our ability to get 3 with the number of missed FGs Saturday.

1 4 GT

October 23rd, 2012
8:12 pm

Being ever optimistic, I predict Moore will make the field goals this weekend & we will pull out a win. Will abstain from calling the score. Be happy with a win, no matter the score.GOOOOO JACKETS THWGeorgie SEND THE BYU’s PACKING!!!

Clyde

October 23rd, 2012
8:27 pm

Solution: go for it on 4th down every time.

uafuneman

October 24th, 2012
9:24 am

ok all you GT fans, here it is, FACT of the day. In 1990, National Championship year GT only had ONE sold out game and that was Clemson. Even after we defeated Virginia (ranked #1 ) at the time and came back home the next week to play VT that game didn’t even sellout. Tech won that game 6-3 on a last second field goal. Now, all you smart people tell me why Tech can’t fill up 55,000 seat stadium with this product their putting out there.

GT Joe

October 24th, 2012
10:05 am

Burdell: I could argue that Butker is the #1 kicker in the COUNTRY:

http://prokickernews.com/football-recruiting/football-signings/itemlist/tag/Harrison%20Butker.html

I’d trust prokicker.com over Rivals or whatever else you are using; they do more to evaluate kickers than Rivals I’m sure (camp evaluations, etc.).

Smyrna Gold

October 24th, 2012
10:51 am

@observer
I think you are absolutely correct. The program is currently in a deep decline and looks like the slide will continue. There really isn’t anything to look forward to the remainder of this season (maybe one more win) and next year already looks dismal. For this program to get better and become competitive again, CPJ has got to go.

Flak Jacket

October 25th, 2012
5:09 pm

No defense,no kicking game,5 years in a row.

TECHIE

October 26th, 2012
1:11 am

As long as I can rem Tech has always placed great importance on the whole kicking game. Now, this not a ridicule of coach but I think he has so much faith in their ability to score points he has not had many thots about any of the kicking game. He must not have planned on being such a porous D.
Go TECH, love the Jackets.

TECHIE

October 26th, 2012
1:15 am

I am tired of hearing about Snoddy being a blue streak, please, seeing is believing. But that’s a problem with having so many “capable” backs. Nice problem to have I guess.
THWGeorgy

TECHIE

October 26th, 2012
1:23 am

Butker, 6′3″ and 175lbs—–sounds like Dodd’s size, need ya son.

TECHIE

October 26th, 2012
1:25 am

BUTKER————can ya come in early? Like now.