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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Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog