Tech notes: Jackets prepping for BYU hurry-up

1. Among the more certain aspects of Saturday’s game between Georgia Tech and BYU is that, at some point, the Cougars will use their no-huddle offense.

Among the less-certain aspects of the game is how the Yellow Jackets will respond. While Tech played with better organization and speed against Boston College in interim defensive coordinator Charles Kelly’s first game, the Jackets gave up both of their touchdowns when the Eagles operated without a huddle.

“The communication was OK,” Kelly said. “I think just getting set and getting your eyes ready to go, I think that’s the biggest thing.”

The Jackets had trouble against fast-tempo offenses when Al Groh was the coordinator. On Saturday, players wore wristbands with plays printed on them to expedite play calls from the sideline in the event Boston College quickened the pace. Tech has been working up-tempo in practice to adjust.

“We go pretty rapid-fire (in practice), so we got used to hurry-up type things,” cornerback Louis Young said.

Kelly was not quite so confident. In watching BYU game video, “you’ll see the (opposing) defenses trying to get set, lined up, so we’ve been working on that, and hopefully we’ll get better at it,” he said.

2. Saturday is homecoming, but not just for Tech alumni. BYU kicker Justin Sorensen is returning to the state where he served his two-year Mormon mission. He spent 2009 and 2010 proselytizing in Macon, Savannah, Tifton, Albany and Statesboro.

Sorensen spoke fondly of the experience, from how the topography of the region differed from his home state of Utah to the people he encountered. He developed a taste for fried chicken, grits and cornbread, all of which he learned to make on his own.

“I loved how, even if people weren’t interested in the message I had to share, they were very willing to come outside to talk to us, offer us something to drink and to share Scripture with them and have a prayer,” he said. “It was unbelievable. Everything they say about Southern hospitality is true about the South and Georgia.”

Sorensen said he’ll have about 20 friends from his mission at the game and will stay after the game to visit.

3. Offensive linemen Will Jackson and Errin Joe will not play against BYU because of injury. Without Jackson, Morgan Bailey is expected to start at right tackle. With Jackson able to play both guard and tackle, his absence thins out the line’s depth.

Kicker David Scully’s status for the game is uncertain. He has been trying to recover from a hip injury. Justin Moore, who replaced him last week, would go in his place.

4. A-back Orwin Smith will wear No. 40 on Saturday as the team continues to rotate the jersey number of former linebacker and team captain Julian Burnett, who suffered a career-ending neck injury in the Sun Bowl last year. … On television, the game will be called by Rich Waltz (play by play), Keith Jones (color) and Jenn Hildreth (sideline). The team also was on hand for Tech’s win over Boston College. The game will be broadcast on regional sports networks, including Fox Sports South in the Atlanta market. … McCamish Pavilion will be open to fans starting at 10 a.m. before the game.

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Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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fuzzybee78

October 25th, 2012
9:47 pm

first, maybe?

fuzzybee78

October 25th, 2012
9:57 pm

Tough game to be short on the O line given the reputation of the BYU defense.

Tech fans we need to show up on Saturday, BYU fans will be there it looks like.
Good group, welcome to BDS!

GO JACKETS!

1 4 GT

October 25th, 2012
10:02 pm

Only the editor beat you fuzzyb………..& he don’t count…………..

fuzzybee78

October 25th, 2012
10:09 pm

14 GT its a slow night — whats your prediction for Saturday? I say 27-20 Jackets, lots of field goals.

FL Jacket

October 25th, 2012
10:43 pm

Ugh not Rich Waltz again. It’s bad enough I have to suffer watching him call the Marlins games when they play the Braves.

1 4 GT

October 25th, 2012
11:19 pm

I call only the win….not into predicting scores since I don’t bet on ball games….since Dodd retired

I love Jan Kemp

October 25th, 2012
11:26 pm

hate to see jackson out,thats gonna hurt us im afraid.

Old Dog

October 26th, 2012
6:20 am

To Hell with Tek, today, tomorrow and every other day!

SeanMcGuire

October 26th, 2012
6:57 am

Same goes to you ol dog. Have fun losing in a hurricane

Ken Sugiura

October 26th, 2012
8:33 am

not a rich waltz fan, huh, FL Jacket.

razorjacket

October 26th, 2012
8:43 am

“Offensive linemen Will Jackson and Errin Joe will not play against BYU because of injury” This hurts us bad, although BYU has depth issues on both sides of their lines, per interview with Mendenhall I saw. KEN – can you provide more intel on the status of BYU’s team injury/depth reports?

George Stein

October 26th, 2012
8:58 am

Hopefully this game will be a nice exhibition in why the hurry-up isn’t always great. As Johnson says, you give the ball right back if you aren’t successful.

I have to say, I have no idea what to expect tomorrow, though.

juvenal

October 26th, 2012
9:24 am

EVERY other day, as in all days, or alternate days?

gt4ever

October 26th, 2012
9:43 am

I expect a win George…. But, I expected one against MTSU. Hard to imagine what will happen… Win or lose… Go Jackets!

BYU Fan in FL

October 26th, 2012
10:21 am

Dont worry Tech fans us BYU guys have no clue what to expect from our O on any given day anymore…we used to be able to count on about 35….not the case anymore…should be fun….Hey any word on a grill at this tailgate i am supposed to attend :)

Born2Buzz

October 26th, 2012
10:31 am

Lots of FGs?? I hope not, except for BYU maybe. Did you see our FG unit last week? I guess we can’t be any worse.

Sadly, I’ve been using the “can’t be any worse” line alot lately. Our D can’t be any worse without Groh as DC. Our BBall team can’t be any worse than we were last year. OK, I will start saying “it can only get better”.

OK, Lots of FGs??? Why not, our FG unit can only get better.

I’m expecting the D to improve again this week. Another week away from Groh can only be better.

juvenal

October 26th, 2012
10:39 am

there is a grill…….now that it’s cooler……

Supersize that order, mutt

October 26th, 2012
10:39 am

@ BYU Fan……I haven’t heard whether he will have a grill or not, but you don’t need to bring anything. They always have plenty of food, grill or no grill, and he extended a blanket invitation to all bloggers a few days ago. Last week was the first time he has had a grill, but we have never gone hungry. Consider yourself and your family our guests.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 26th, 2012
10:40 am

@ juvenal……you beat me to it. LOL

Supersize that order, mutt

October 26th, 2012
10:42 am

@ gt4ever…….are you coming to the game tomorrow? I still want to meet you. If you come, stop by juvenal’s spot in the lot at the corner of 2nd and W P’Tree. Look for a guy in a wheelchair (1 4 GT); he and I and my guest plan on arriving there around 12:15

gt4ever

October 26th, 2012
11:05 am

@Super

Yes and I will try and see you at 2nd and W ptree…. No guarantee, I have a 12 year old that wants to tail gate with family.. :)

yeller bug

October 26th, 2012
11:12 am

@FuzzyBee and Born2Buzz: Yes a game with FGs makes me nervous—can we make those things?

The standard deviation of performance for both these teams is so great that the range of possible outcomes could be a blow out on either side to a low scoring grudge match. If they can’t stop our option it could be like UVA or if we cannot stop their hurry up, it could be MTSU. I expect Tech to get between 20 and 28 points and BYU to get 16 to 24. Just hope the final outcome to be with Tech on top.

As an FYI, I’ll have some extra food,drinks at my tailgate behind the Varsity for all you nomadic bloggers who wander from tailgate to tailgate. Hope to see ya tomorrow.

GO JACKETS!

Supersize that order, mutt

October 26th, 2012
11:16 am

@ gt4ever……drop me an email at supersizeorder@yahoo.com, and I will give you some more info. That’s only a “temporary” screening email address, so if you email me, give me some kind of “proof” of who you are. I don’t like giving out info to trolls, so try to say something that will convince me you are who you say you are.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 26th, 2012
11:17 am

@ yeller bug…….just call me Ghengis Khan. LOL

Supersize that order, mutt

October 26th, 2012
11:19 am

@ yeller bug AND @ juvenal too……..seriously, I think I speak for all us “nomadic tailgaters” in saying that we really appreciate the hospitality and generosity you guys offer. This has been a FUN season getting to spend time with you guys, and the other bloggers who have been showing up too.

BYU Fan in FL

October 26th, 2012
11:35 am

If you havent heard me say it yet..Ill say it again….thanks again for the invitation I feel like this is going to be a good time tomorrow….If we get there early enough you guys are going to have to point me in the direction for a good walking tour of campus as well….But we may just be there in time for a couple of drinks a food before game time….hopefully traffic is flying!!!!

Jmonty

October 26th, 2012
12:00 pm

Hope that ball control and keep BYU’s offense off the field and it won’t be too much of an issue.

UGA = Yawn

October 26th, 2012
12:14 pm

Love these articles; ‘Tech prepping for hurry-up’. I guess if you’re BYU and you read them, you know what to do. How embarrassing again for us that there will be more BYU fans at the game tomorrow than GT fans. We are sad.

yeller bug

October 26th, 2012
12:26 pm

@ SS Ghengis Khan–LOL you guys are more like humble pilgrims on a spiritual quest….bring an appetite this time….I’m trying something new and will have more than plenty to spare.

www

October 26th, 2012
12:28 pm

“He spent 2009 and 2010 proselytizing in Macon, Savannah, Tifton, Albany and Statesboro”

lol. because of all of the people in macon, savannah, tifton, albany and statesboro who haven’t heard about god?

i can’t decide if this is a scam or a cult. or both.

jacket time

October 26th, 2012
12:59 pm

Just had a major trash talk session with a BYU alum at work. It went like this:

“I’m scared I think you guys might beat us.”

“No I’m scared you guys might beat us.”

I feel bad for tech fans at the game. BYU fans seem pretty rowdy and vicious.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 26th, 2012
1:05 pm

www I don’t want to get into any kind of religious discussion here, but I think you already know the answer to that question….LOL

Supersize that order, mutt

October 26th, 2012
1:05 pm

@ yeller bug…….you and juvenal need to merge

1 4 GT

October 26th, 2012
1:50 pm

BYU Fan………….you might already know this, but you can generally & safely get away with 5 mph over in Georgia. I don’t know exactly where you are coming from other than you saying you could reach Atlanta in 5 hours. From the state line on I75 it is 250 miles-+ or – 5 miles to Bobby Dodd Stadium. If you can average near 70 MPH=4 to 4 1/4 hours. Y’all be careful & stay safe. Lotsa fools on the hiway.

1 4 GT

October 26th, 2012
1:54 pm

yeller bug….I’ll try to get SS to cut short our visit with juvenal & sample your wares….long as it ain’t some kinda live creepy crawly critter like that Zimmern guy on TV eats.

byu fan from CA

October 26th, 2012
1:58 pm

so because people already believe in God means they can’t learn more? and because he wants to share more information about God and his Gospel that means what he believes is a cult? lame diss if you ask me

Supersize that order, mutt

October 26th, 2012
2:01 pm

byu……the difference is that Christians believe in ONE God. Mormons believe that anybody can BECOME god.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 26th, 2012
2:03 pm

That being said, however, I admire and respect the Mormon life-style and commitment to their beliefs. I just don’t agree with the beliefs.

1 4 GT

October 26th, 2012
2:10 pm

I even kinda envy Mormons more than one wife at a time for perhaps selfish & wrong headed reasons. I do have one question about that though. Just how the Hell do you put with multiple women all PMS’ing at once, as studies prove happens when women live together….they cycle together.

www

October 26th, 2012
2:24 pm

i don’t understand the point of sending kids to be missionaries in this country.

but regardless, i know a couple of mormons and they’re good people.

BYU Fan in FL

October 26th, 2012
2:35 pm

Coming from the site of the FL vs GA game….so will be happy to get away from that ZOO….so about an hour to 75 give or take 15 …hence hoping to be up there by 1 or 1:30….cant wait!!!! Ill set you straight on the mormon questions tomorrow if you want guys…even being non practicing I can still despell the myths :)

1 4 GT

October 26th, 2012
2:43 pm

The impetus to the Mormons sending “elders” all about the country on their “missions” is to spread “their” word. They want to save the world to their brand. I too know some of them & they are indeed good people. I especially like the fact that if one of their flock needs assistance for whatever, they can turn to their church instead of the government (guvmint to the mutts). They also strongly urge their membership to lay up a stock of canned food stuffs & bottled water & other necessities that will sustain them for at least a year….sorta a survivalist mentality.

1 4 GT

October 26th, 2012
2:45 pm

Let’s not go that discussion on game day BYU…..escept for answering my question about putting up with so many women……….i couldn’t even deal with one too well.

BYU Fan in FL

October 26th, 2012
2:51 pm

“those” mormons the church doesnt even recognize…..Polygamy was outlawed in the early 1890’s….those that still practice are ex-communcated and usually live in the hills in their compounds. And i have no clue how they could deal with more than one either.

1 4 GT

October 26th, 2012
2:58 pm

BYU…..if you are on the west side of J’ville out around Stark, I would try to leave home between 6:30 – 7:00 AM. I have driven I10 to I75 to Atlanta many times. Traveling with a female, you will have to stop more than you would solo. Plus, you gotta add some extra time for traffic snafus. I95/I10 to I75/I20 is close to 350 miles. Seeya.

1 4 GT

October 26th, 2012
3:00 pm

All facetiousness aside, they are better men that me!

BYU Fan in FL

October 26th, 2012
3:49 pm

Yep…wish i could leave that early. The baby sitter isnt going to be there until 8 so thats the earliest….i hoping to do about 75-80 where I can…..unfortunately its the best I can do. Like i said 1 or 1:30 is my hope….but it could easily turn into 2 O’clock…what time do you guys head to the stands??

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1 4 GT

October 26th, 2012
5:41 pm

BYU….we will be at tailgate spot until about 1:45 & then a couple of us will go to another spot across Spring St in the back lot of the Varsity & head to the stadium about 2:30. Like I said earlier, you can safely run 75 mph for most of the drive. You can edge up a bit towards 80 & even then a lot of traffic will you away. Don’t get above 85 thoght. Ga has a superspeeder law now & the fine is well over $1000. The tailgate spot I told we do first will have some there until about 2:30 PM