Notes: Tech will try to slow UNC tempo

1. How has North Carolina become No. 16 in the country in total offense and scoring offense?


The Tar Heels actually average fewer yards per play, 6.4, than Georgia Tech does, 6.6. North Carolina, however, plays a non-stop hurry-up style that permits more plays and possessions per game. The contrast in styles could be a determining factor in Saturday’s game.

“That’s what they do,” interim defensive coordinator Charles Kelly said. “They do tempo like we run the triple option.”

Against N.C. State in its previous game, North Carolina had 20 possessions, twice as many as Tech had in its win over Maryland. The Yellow Jackets’ shortest possession, a three-and-out, lasted 1:19. The Tar Heels, not counting a game-ending kneeldown and a punt returned for a touchdown, had eight possessions that did not last that long.

“It’s going to fall somewhere in the middle,” coach Paul Johnson said. “I would doubt there’s going to be 20 possessions. If we can get off to a good start and get that thing slowed down, maybe they don’t want to go as fast.”

Said North Carolina coach Larry Fedora, “We understand we’re not going to get the possessions we’ve normally had in a game because of their style, and it’s just the way it is.”

To prepare for North Carolina’s hurry-up offense, coaches have used two offensive scout teams against the defense in practice. One scout team will run a play, and as soon as the defense makes the stop, the other scout team runs to the line of scrimmage for the next snap.

A-backs Dennis Andrews and Austin McClellan have been portraying North Carolina tailbacks Giovani Bernard, A.J. Blue and Romar Morris. Johnson said that McClellan, a freshman walk-on, “has really been really good all year.”

2. Quarterback Tevin Washington, who was held out of practice Tuesday with bumps and bruises, returned to practice Wednesday. Offensive tackle Will Jackson, who has missed the past two games with a shoulder injury, probably will not play, Johnson said. Morgan Bailey has started in his place.

With Washington out Tuesday, freshman Justin Thomas took snaps with the second-team offense while Vad Lee practiced with the first string.

“Sometimes, we’ll take Synjyn (Days) and let him get some work in because he’d be the third guy, but (Tuesday), I wanted to give Justin a chance to get a day’s worth of work in,” quarterbacks and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon said.

3. Among the fleet of dangerous skill-position players that North Carolina boasts is tight end Eric Ebron, who ranks second on the team with 35 catches. He averages 15.6 yards per reception. Last year against Tech, he caught two passes for 44 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown reception.

“A lot of skills, whether he’s blocking or whether he’s out in space,” outside linebackers coach Joe Speed said. “He’s a very good athlete, good speed, good hands.”

Speed’s players, notably Brandon Watts and Jeremiah Attaochu, likely will be assigned to Ebron at various points.

3. The Andy McCollum reunion tour continues. In the past two years, the Tech inside linebackers coach has played against two teams he coached for, Middle Tennessee State and N.C. State, and went with Tech to the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, where he coached Texas-El Paso. On Saturday, he’ll coach against Fedora, who was an assistant coach for McCollum when he was head coach at MTSU. McCollum coached there from 1999-2005. Fedora coached for him in 1999-2001. They also coached together as assistants at Baylor 1993-96.

Because of the connection, said inside linebacker Quayshawn Nealy, “We’ve got a heads-up on what they’re doing.”

4. Bohannon on B-back David Sims: “He’s starting to feel like himself again. In fact, we were talking about it coming off the field (Tuesday). He’s getting back to where he was a year ago and that’s encouraging. … If he’ll just keep moving forward, I feel good about that.”

Bohannon said that Sims, who competed with Zach Laskey for playing time, is the starter. Sims had eight carries for 33 yards against Maryland.

Thanks for reading.

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GT Letterwinner

November 7th, 2012
10:23 pm

Go Jackets.

Big game on Friday to open McCamish and another one on Saturday to move toward bowl eligibility.

FL Jacket

November 7th, 2012
10:34 pm

Good work Ken…

Is Timmy Byerly generally the drop-back scout QB? Also, do you get the sense that, in case Tevin or Vad go down with an injury…would Days or Thomas be the 3rd QB (not sure how much they want to protect Thomas’ redshirt).

Ken Sugiura

November 7th, 2012
11:34 pm

FL Jacket – it would be Days.
i don’t know how they split up scout-team duties. good question.

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November 8th, 2012
1:45 am

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Jacket Detective

November 8th, 2012
7:31 am

Tech fans try to fire Bobby Dodd.
From “Dodd’s Luck” by Robert Lee “Bobby” Dodd and Jack Wilkinson.
“Georgia Tech finished the season with a record of 4-6…Dodd said, ‘The first season was a success considering the material.’
Some others weren’t pleased. An anonymous package arrived at Dodd’s home on Polo Drive. When his wife opened it, she found six football programs. Programs from each of the six games Tech had lost in 1945.
There was a lot of talk around town that Dodd was a fine assistant, but perhaps not head coach material….
‘I sure got some criticism, but it wasn’t like it is today,’ Dodd said. ‘The newspapers didn’t come out and cut you. There wasn’t the tv.’ (not to mention internet)
Paul Duke remembers the refrain he heard a lot after the 1945 season.
‘Coach Dodd had a lot of alumni that were down on him. About 15,20 came to me after the season, because I was the captain, and kept asking me a lot of questions. From February to the following September, the alumni were talking about Coach Dodd, analyzing him, asking questions. Asking about his system, if he could do it. Was he ever late to practice and what have you. Coach had a style of never coaching us too hard; he always had that. That was different from Coach Aleck; he scrimmaged us hard.
Plus there was all that golf and gambling. Coach was kind of a playboy – real nice but not real serious – and the golfing and gambling, the alumni didn’t like that. That was OK as an assistant, but not a head coach.’”
Using, the Jacket Detective has tracked down all the moron’s families from that day who were trying to find something on Bobby Dodd so they could fire him.
Their sons and grandsons appear on our blogs daily. (Kidding)

Max Sizemore

November 8th, 2012
7:38 am

Sims is really a good blocker. I think some overlook that.


November 8th, 2012
9:24 am

UNC and Tech have an interesting and close historical relationship. Much respect between these two classy institutions. I wish UGa was in ACC. They would fit in well. UGa FB would not suffer, and all other things would be an upgrade.


November 8th, 2012
10:33 am

Can’t believe someone hasn’t brought up the fact that NC had extra week to prepare for our offense and past records in such games. Or maybe I just missed it. I actually feel pretty good about our offense but really concerned about defense.

big daddy

November 8th, 2012
11:04 am

What has happened to Charles Perkins? Don’t see him playing at all. Is he injured or just out of the mix altogether. He was a good big back in HS, but seems to be relegated to the back of the pack. Tech needs a big back for the B back position. Should be playing Days a lot more at this position also.

Jacket Detective

November 8th, 2012
11:30 am

I agree with the blogger who would like to see more playing time for Days.
The move to A back for him prepared the way for his next two years in addition to clearing the way for Vad.
I’m a Vad fan too but do not want him to become another Reggie Ball or Chris Wix (FSU).
By the time both got to be seniors, their fan base was sick of them.
I know the Vad fanatics will disagree but if there is one thing CPJ has done well, it is in bringing him along where he could achieve success and look great without his flaws being exposed.
Luckily his one fumble was recovered by a fellow Jacket.
We must be one crummy football school for someone as talentless (sarcasm) as Tevin to be in the record books so much.
Man what he could accomplish with receivers who could catch the ball.
Perfect pass dropped by Orwin in Maryland game typical.
If Joshua Nesbitt did not have all the future pros on his team, our “fans” would have been all over him for his pathetic completion percentage.

Jacket Detective

November 8th, 2012
11:33 am

@Max Sizemore.
I hope the Sims of last year’s Uga game can, freed from injury, will make another appearance this year. He showed me something in that game while many others did not.

GT Joe

November 8th, 2012
11:36 am

JD: It almost sounds like you’d rather have Tevin at QB than Vad. Seriously?

Jacket Man

November 8th, 2012
11:44 am

“big daddy,” Perkins is out for the year with an injury.


November 8th, 2012
11:49 am

Jacket have a tough task. UNC had an extra week to prepare. The “D” still needs help. I predict UNC to win 41-24. We won’t be a match for the high tempo offense and UNC’s running game.

GT Fan

November 8th, 2012
12:31 pm

GT’s best D will be it’s O. If the O can sustain long drives it keeps the D, and UNC’s up-tempo O, off the field.

I’m with you though if UNC’s O gets multiple possessions …. they’ll score a ton of points, being that GT’s D is helpless vs. up-tempo Os. I’m still having nightmares from BYU’s absolute putrid O looking so good.

GT Fan

November 8th, 2012
12:38 pm

And the media hooker’s beat goes on at Grayson (coach & player).

From ESPN:
Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s top football recruit in the Class of 2013, has decommitted from Clemson, his high school coach Mickey Conn told’s RecruitingNation via text message.

Silly Mutts

November 8th, 2012
4:34 pm

I’m in agreement with most prognosticators. UNC 45 GT 10 is my prediction. Hope I am wrong, but I am rarely wrong.


November 8th, 2012
6:41 pm

Your article is ironic because the article this morning in the Raleigh paper suggested that UNC would slow down their tempo to counteract Tech’s offense.

1 4 GT

November 8th, 2012
8:35 pm

Nothing about RN of Grayson & Clemons fame would surprise me, except Carville hasn’t had an article about him in at least 3 weeks. I really could care less where this prima donna goes to school. All I know is I don’t want him at Tech with his current entitled attitude. With all I have seen written about him here, he would be poison in the locker room. It you know different, convince me.

1 4 GT

November 8th, 2012
8:44 pm

Joe….I don’t have to nor am I defending Jac… Det,,,,,,..he can do so himself. I will ask you this though. Are you so short sighted that you can’t comprehend he is bemoaning the lack of consistent sure handed receivers, either as WR’s or RB’s? Although I will admit the O Smith drop against Md surprised me. The pass hit him square in the belly and should have been caught for a good gain. This in no way says Tevin has been the most accurate of passers, but he has improved. Some of his passes have been woefully off the mark.

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