Godhigh making good on opportunity

Before Georgia Tech’s season began, Robbie Godhigh set a goal to win one of the two starting A-back spots. It would be no minor achievement for Godhigh, a former walk-on who is also among the smallest Yellow Jackets.

In a season in which the Yellow Jackets haven’t been able to depend on much, Godhigh has started every game this season and has been among the team’s most consistent players. Many of Tech’s longest runs have been propelled by Godhigh blocks. Others have been carried out by Godhigh himself.

“It feels good to reach one of my goals, to come out and start and things like that,” Godhigh said. “But I’m still hungry. I still want to achieve more things and help the team turn it around this last part of the season.”

Godhigh leads the A-backs this season in knockdown blocks, though neither A-backs coach Lamar Owens nor Godhigh knew the actual number when interviewed after Wednesday’s practice. Saturday, he’ll likely need to throw a few more for the Yellow Jackets’ running game to operate efficiently against North Carolina, which ranks No. 19 in the country against the run.

“He’s done a good job at what we’ve asked him to do,” coach Paul Johnson said.

Godhigh is the rare back who actually enjoys blocking, cutting defenders down to the ground, hurling his body at their legs to topple them like bowling pins. It is punishment without much personal reward, which Godhigh doesn’t mind.

“I love it,” he said. “I just like being aggressive, going out and knocking people down.”

It is a skill learned from Owens and from watching Tech’s original A-back master of cut blocking, Roddy Jones. To Owens, Godhigh’s facility at blocking stems from his explosiveness, quickness in confined spaces, power and commitment to the craft. When Godhigh first arrived as a walk-on from Harrison High in Cobb County, Jones remembered him as a stocky, muscular player who made an impression in the weight room and in workouts with his strength and balance.

“He’s tenacious and he’s not afraid of anything,” Jones said. “He’ll go in and lead up on a linebacker just as quickly as he’ll arc block a defensive back.”

One other Godhigh tidbit, courtesy of Jones: “He’s the original RGIII in our minds.”

He is indeed Robert Alexander Godhigh III. As Jones recalls it, teammates began calling Godhigh “RGIII” before Washington Redskins star quarterback Robert Griffin III burst onto the national stage.

His effectiveness ought not be too unexpected. Godhigh was a do-it-all star at Harrison and was named the county player of the year over the likes of quarterback Hutson Mason and tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, now at Georgia and Auburn, respectively. Godhigh’s size, however, limited his scholarship offers to FCS-level teams such as Wofford and Western Carolina. He chose to walk on at Tech.

“Two of three years of hard work is starting to pay some dividends,” Owens said.

He has proven capable with the ball in his hands, as well. He scored Tech’s first touchdown of the season, a 12-yard scoring run against Virginia Tech in the season opener, and has 32 carries for 275 yards. His 8.6 yards-per-carry average is second on the team to fellow starting A-back Orwin Smith. He made his most memorable run against Clemson. He carried an option pitch to near the left sideline, broke a tackle, then reversed field, faked a defensive back to the ground and ended up at the right sideline, covering perhaps 80 yards for a 25-yard gain.

All of it – the strength to shed a tackle, the confidence and vision to break the play and reverse field, the quickness to juke a defender off his feet and the speed to outrun the Clemson defense – was hardly the work of a typical walk-on. Little he has done this season is.

“I knew I could do it,” he said. “It was just, once I got my opportunity, just make the most of it and show the coaches what I could do.”

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Notes: Starting QB decision will wait again

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

54 comments Add your comment

92 jacket

November 8th, 2012
10:18 pm

FL Jacket

November 8th, 2012
10:21 pm

That run against Clemson was very Barry Sanders-like…

1 4 GT

November 8th, 2012
10:21 pm

Good for Godhigh. I love the confidence I see in this young man’s remarks. Much success should come his way with the attitude he displays here, IMHO.

Ga Tech Old Timer

November 8th, 2012
10:24 pm

We need our whole team made up of Robert Goodhigh’s. His willingness to do WHATEVER it takes to be better and never stop trying is something that seems to be lacking when you look at the over all team effort from game to game – from year to year. And this renewed effort doesn’t just rest with the team but with the coaches as well.

Ga Tech Old Timer

November 8th, 2012
10:25 pm

Sorry – GODHIGH

5150 UOAD

November 8th, 2012
10:28 pm

He is a fighter and works so hard. I am glad he is doing so well.

ENGRGT

November 8th, 2012
10:49 pm

I loved his pushing back a MD defense man 5 yards while the QB ran behind him. 5 foot seven here…. He gives me hope for all us vertically challenged.

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 8th, 2012
11:28 pm

Godhigh has a Big Heart.

wrecked again and again

November 9th, 2012
12:10 am

High Character , big Heart , but wouldn’t see any playing time anywhere but GT. Would excel at Amherst or Williams.

jacket fan

November 9th, 2012
4:56 am

I really enjoy watching Godhigh play. I always keep my eye on him when he’s on the field, just to see what he’s going to do next. Love to watch him block because he’s so good at it. I think he’s definitely a fan favorite in the making. Go Tech!

Jacket Detective

November 9th, 2012
5:02 am

@wrecked again and again.
Joe Hamilton might not have seen the field anywhere but Tech either.
Many of our stars have chosen Tech in both football or basketball because they would have a better chance of starting here without having to wait until there junior or senior years.
Congradulations to Tech’s RGIII.
I think we have some players like him on defense that Groh’s not aggressive system frustrated.
By non-aggressive, I mean lack of sufficient blitzing.
Tenuta – too much.
Groh – too little.
But I definitely prefer the excesses of Tenuta to the relaxed and unworried opponent’s quarterbacks Groh’s defense enabled. (which cost us games in the 4th quarter)

Jacket Detective

November 9th, 2012
5:04 am

Non-aggressive and their. 2 English mistakes.
Pepperoni kept me up or maybe excited about opening night.
Excuses, excuses but 2nd excuse better.

Ignition

November 9th, 2012
5:13 am

Utah State’s defense is aggressive and ranks in or near the top 10. Could Tech pry their coordinator away from them?

lkmantsk

November 9th, 2012
6:01 am

probably another beat down this week by the Heels…

ToeMeetsLeather

November 9th, 2012
7:12 am

maybe so Ik Man, is that the typical insightful input you have on things important enough for you to blog about

Godhigh is very easy to root for, tough and smart kid

Big Ol Stinger

November 9th, 2012
7:28 am

Would you rather have Godhigh or Caleb King as a teammate?

Yeah, me too.

dry dirt road

November 9th, 2012
7:39 am

Since his forte is blocking, line him up as a pistol or wildcat blocking back. Just get qb away from L O S more plays than not as most teams do with their qbs. Tech is not superior to most teams from hs through the pros. Use the TO occasionally, not mostly. And quit electing to kick if win coin toss, this playing catch up is not aggro enough and puts a burden on the offense to play catch up in order to win, they aren’t good at catch up b/c they don’t line up in shotgun/pistol/wildcat passing formations. That is CPJ’s fault.

dry dirt road

November 9th, 2012
7:43 am

Maybe Godhigh can try to transfer to Colorado or Washington.

Ignition

November 9th, 2012
7:45 am

@ Dry dirt road I agree more pistol and shotgun formations would be a good start with 20 to 25 passing attempts per game. The TO should be a component of the offense not the base. And being back a TE it’s just stupid now..

Jacket Detective

November 9th, 2012
7:49 am

I think we play our best against the teams we regularly defeat.
Clemson and UNC for example.
This could be our last chance to make something of this season.
I think we’ll see a very good effort and maybe a win.
Four quarters of effort?
During a season like this one, it is difficult to predict how much determination the team will have for the last 3 games.
I’m hoping they see some things still to play for.

GT TN

November 9th, 2012
7:55 am

@ Ignition..GT wil never throw 20 to 25 times a game..TO is our offense and we have been successful with it..nes, dywer and bay bay won more games running TO than they did with a pro style offense..no one was complaining about the offense 3 years ago..we would win our side of the div if we played defense..no sure why everyone hates so much on the offense..we have avg more points under CPJ than we have in a long time..this offense helps a team like GT compete week in and week out because we cant the same players that other schools get..

juvenal

November 9th, 2012
8:31 am

3 years ago i asked why we did not go shotgun when we were behind-guess i’m no one……..

mulk

November 9th, 2012
8:33 am

Good comment GT TN

GT TN

November 9th, 2012
8:39 am

@ Juvenal..you might be a no one..if you read my post I said we want throw 20-25 times a game and that the TO was our base offense..I never said we shouldnt run alittle shotgun..I said the TO was our base and not a component of the off like ignition wants it to be..let me know if you have ever seen me say we shouldnt run alittle shotgun

gt4ever

November 9th, 2012
9:23 am

OK, he is a good kid. Period! But he should be playing at Western Carolina…. This is why we are NOT competitive. Period.

GTfan2012

November 9th, 2012
10:42 am

gt4ever,
Sorry, I’m not buying what you are selling. I’m know plenty of people told Maurice Jones-Drew the same thing, you are too small. When you are small, people will tell you that your physical limitations will prevent you from this or that (in this case play BCS level football). But I just totally and fundamentally disagree. Remember, he was a walk-on, its not like he started out with a scholarship. He had to earn it, and he has…. kudos to him!!! If he wasn’t good enough, fast enough, or strong enough to be playing BCS level football, he wouldn’t be.

WnE

November 9th, 2012
11:13 am

re:
Big Ol Stinger
November 9th, 2012
7:28 am

Would you rather have Godhigh or Caleb King as a teammate?

Yeah, me too.
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Take a look at what Caleb King & Ealey did to GT when they were in the Top-10 and playing Muttville at HOME (Nov. 2009) and then re-think your answer.

Go in any locker room and those guys want people to help them WIN, not choir boys, that’s the difference in mentality from a middle-aged, suburban, schmuck and a D1-A BCS level player.

You mentality doesn’t go very far in many locker rooms of FB players, maybe golfers or Tennis players, but not FB players.

BTW, you are correct GT4ever, sub-standard Recruits like Godhigh is WHY GT has such a horrible record this year.

...Take The Wheel

November 9th, 2012
11:25 am

@gt4ever… and the likes

I just dont understand how people like you call yourselves GT fans. Sure the team has had a rocky start, they may not have 5 star recruits, but they are getting up competing every week!! They are possibly 2 wins away from going to the ACC championship game and people like you cant find anything positive to say??? I just dont get it. What exactly do you think is the role of a fan???? Please somebody tell me what one should expect from a person who calls themself a fan?

Maybe I have the concept all wrong, but I dont think the role of a FAN changes depending on whether you’re winning or losing? It may be harder when the team isnt winning, but if you call yourself a fan you have a job as well!

...Take The Wheel

November 9th, 2012
11:43 am

@Wne

I completey disagree!!!!! Of course talent will take you a good ways… but without the right mentality its NOTHING. A bad mentality is toxic to even the most talented player… FB, tennis, hockey, soccer, swimming – you name it. Look at the talented, Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson, Plaxico Burress, Randy Moss etc. Attitude and mentality go a long way……

Besides, what is there to gain from tearing down our own player?? Regardless of where he might fit in on another team… the reality is he’s on our team now!! It behooves us to build on his confidence and zeal not tear him down. We are going into 3 critical games, they dont need your pessimism. What is wrong with you people??

HighTech

November 9th, 2012
12:15 pm

…Take The Wheel…you are probably barking up the wrong tree trying to reason with gt4ever and even moreso with WnE. WnE is either a self-loathing Tech person (not a fan as he claims to be) or a dwag troll. In either case, he uses words like boot licking toady and kung fu panda similar to the n e r d y band g e e k s he accuses others of being. He claims to have been a volunteer high school football coach which gives him insight into the mindset of teenage boys, but he no longer has time to do that. Instead, he spends his time teaching us the finer points of CFB, especially recruiting.

No. I’d say WnE is a fine example of what a fan is not. If you are unfamiliar, you can read more about what kind of fan WnE is here:

http://georgiatech.247sports.com/Board/35/D-Rex-Wrecksneffect-trying-to-sabotage-Vad-Lees-recruitment-790060/1

FL Jacket

November 9th, 2012
12:33 pm

“BTW, you are correct GT4ever, sub-standard Recruits like Godhigh is WHY GT has such a horrible record this year.”

WnE…

Your streak of blatantly incorrect and agenda-driven analysis continues…Robbie Godhigh was not a commit but a preferred walk-on. It cost Tech nothing to bring him onto the football team, and why wouldn’t you bring on the Fulton County player of the year in his classification?

If you are so crazy about stars, then ask me why is it that Gary Guyton, Philip Wheeler, and Julian Burnett were all 2-stars at the time of their recruitment? Last I checked, 2 of those guys are still in the NFL, and the third was all-ACC and likely headed for a career in the NFL as well until he got injured.

In fact, it probably cost YOU as a GA taxpayer to fund his HOPE scholarship. So who’s the last laugh on?

WnE

November 9th, 2012
12:51 pm

re:

FL Jacket

November 9th, 2012
12:33 pm

“BTW, you are correct GT4ever, sub-standard Recruits like Godhigh is WHY GT has such a horrible record this year.”

WnE…

Your streak of blatantly incorrect and agenda-driven analysis continues…Robbie Godhigh was not a commit but a preferred walk-on. It cost Tech nothing to bring him onto the football team, and why wouldn’t you bring on the Fulton County player of the year in his classification?

If you are so crazy about stars, then ask me why is it that Gary Guyton, Philip Wheeler, and Julian Burnett were all 2-stars at the time of their recruitment? Last I checked, 2 of those guys are still in the NFL, and the third was all-ACC and likely headed for a career in the NFL as well until he got injured.

In fact, it probably cost YOU as a GA taxpayer to fund his HOPE scholarship. So who’s the last laugh on?

___________

I had no criticism of Godhigh until he went on scholly, after that he’s fair game and should be held to a higher std. like all other scholly players.

If we had Percy Harvin type A-backs instead of Godhigh & Xenon then maybe we wouldn’t be getting our behinds handed to us by MTSU & BYU.

It all goes back to recruiting.

And we happen to be very bad at it under CPJ, or CMV for you putzes, Coach Moral Victory.

WnE

November 9th, 2012
12:55 pm

re:
HighTech

November 9th, 2012
12:15 pm

______

What record did you project for CPJ this yr.?

Who was right about GT FB this season going back to NSD and pre season practices?

You never seem to pull up the 99% of the things about CPJ & GT that I have been right about, you only seem to focus on the 1% where I may not have “been on my game”.

FL Jacket

November 9th, 2012
1:00 pm

“If we had Percy Harvin type A-backs instead of Godhigh & Xenon then maybe we wouldn’t be getting our behinds handed to us by MTSU & BYU.

It all goes back to recruiting.

And we happen to be very bad at it under CPJ, or CMV for you putzes, Coach Moral Victory.”

WnE…

Glad to see you know how the offense works. Percy Harvin would actually be asked to throw a block or two…imagine that. It’s not like someone his size hasn’t dealt with consistent injury issues in the NFL either has he?

And quite frankly, I’m amazed you ignore the defense giving up 40 points in 4 out of 5 games as the reason for our defeats. And oh yeah…the majority of our 4-stars are on the defensive side of the ball.

I guess it comes down to coaching after all…

GT_student

November 9th, 2012
1:27 pm

I was districted for Harrison High School in Cobb County, but instead went to a neighboring rival school- Kennesaw Mountain. I knew of Robbie from close friends, but I will never forget his field vision against us year after year. Harrison High School had a lot of athletes, but none had the play-making prowess that Godhigh possesses and the will to work hard behind the scenes. He shredded us on pitches and passes where he would plant his feet, assess the coverage developing in front of him in seemingly a half second, and take off with power and speed. I am glad to see he has grown in patience with fighting for his walk-on spot year after year. May the doubters continue to doubt him because Lord knows Georgia Tech operates best with the odds against it and he seems to defy them time after time.

... Take The Wheel

November 9th, 2012
1:32 pm

Wow…
Thanks for the insight High Tech. This is much deeper than I thought. How naive of me to think this forum would be used primarily for GT fans and enthusiasts to follow the program and show support.

You can always count on someone to mis-use such a positive platform to create discord and strife. Its so sad how some people sit in anonymity and wage attacks on young men who are simply going about their lives playing a game they love, representing their school.

WnE

November 9th, 2012
1:38 pm

re:

GT_student
November 9th, 2012
1:27 pm

I was districted for Harrison High School in Cobb County, but instead went to a neighboring rival school- Kennesaw Mountain. I knew of Robbie from close friends, but I will never forget his field vision against us year after year. Harrison High School had a lot of athletes, but none had the play-making prowess that Godhigh possesses and the will to work hard behind the scenes. He shredded us on pitches and passes where he would plant his feet, assess the coverage developing in front of him in seemingly a half second, and take off with power and speed. I am glad to see he has grown in patience with fighting for his walk-on spot year after year. May the doubters continue to doubt him because Lord knows Georgia Tech operates best with the odds against it and he seems to defy them time after time.

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Feel good stories like Robbie won’t help us beat Muttville and lead us to MNCs!

We aren’t Dook or Weak Forest or some friggin’ Service Academy!

I am amazed at how MUCH CPJ has LOWERED the expectations for GT FB, and the majority of the B-L-T fanbase doesn’t even realize it!

With Chan’s Recruits we thought we’d be playing for MNCs and now with his own Recruits we are happy to have 8-4 or 7-5 records vs. crappy competition and weak SoS’s.

CPJ has really dis-mantled GT’s FB Program!

Jmonty

November 9th, 2012
1:47 pm

I just love how people hide behind thier computers and talk all big and bad. For those that feel like they need to trash players… at least have the ballz to say it to thier face. If you think you can on the field and play so much better, go ahead… While I was on my get rid of Al Groh kick, there was nothing I typed that wouldn’t had said to his face. You have to understand… These are 18-22 year old kids, for the most part. Their main mission is to go to school and get an education. Football is just a platform that allows them to do so. Simply attacking players on some blog, doesn’t make you big and bad. It makes you a coward.

HighTech

November 9th, 2012
2:01 pm

Wow. You really are pathetic, WnE. The article is a feel good story about Robbie and you turn it into a rant against the coach. We thought we’d be playing for MNC’s with Chan’s recruits? Really? Did you really think that?

11-28-2005, 11:11 PM
WrecksNEffect

Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Ga.
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Wisely, Chan does not allow Rivals/Insiders to attend our camp. We as GT fans must refuse to care about recruiting rankings. Putting pressure on Chan to fix what ain’t broke (recruiting) for no legitimate reason whatsoever (recruiting rankings) is suicide IMHO.
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You’re flat out wrong here!

Our recruiting IS BROKEN!

If it weren’t then we would have top flight ATHLETES THAT ARE BACKUPS TO MAN OUR SPECIAL TEAMS!

Our STs look very small, slow, and non-physical!

A way to tell when a program recruits well is the speed,size, and athleticism of the BACKUPS that man the special teams!

GTBEE

November 9th, 2012
3:01 pm

WhinEy….. that bout explains it!

I’ll take all the big heart kids and lose every year than put up with pot smoking Prima donnas!

GTBEE

November 9th, 2012
3:06 pm

WhinEy….we also have three times the national championships than Thuga has and you can’t argue that fact!! I’m sure that you will now post some foolish comment that all techies like to live in the past!!

WnE

November 9th, 2012
3:16 pm

re:

GTBEE
November 9th, 2012
3:01 pm

WhinEy….. that bout explains it!

I’ll take all the big heart kids and lose every year than put up with pot smoking Prima donnas!

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You have a loser’s mentality!

LOSER!

Personally, I’d rather win MNCs and go to Final Fours with pot smoking Prima Donnas, like the guys that Cremins recruited, Anderson, D.Scott , et al.

You don’t honestly think they were angels while at GT do you?

Also, those MNCs that came before CFB was desegregated really don’t mean very much, Miami’s FIVE since 1983 carry a helluva lot more cachet.

GT’s MNCs from 1952 & before mean NOTHING to today’s Recruits!

GT Lee

November 9th, 2012
3:28 pm

I’d say anyone who stalks a kid on Twitter is a LOSER….

WnE

November 9th, 2012
3:54 pm

re:

GT Lee

November 9th, 2012
3:28 pm

I’d say anyone who stalks a kid on Twitter is a LOSER

__________

No one stalked anyone, still trying to deflect from CPJ’s crappy Recruiting &crappy coaching!

GT Lee

November 9th, 2012
4:06 pm

WeeeeniE you LIAR. YOU STALKED VAD LEE ON TWITTER.

GT Lee

November 9th, 2012
4:07 pm

And by the way, WnE (aka Gollum), you are STILL a liar, a hypocrite, and a coward.

wrecked again

November 9th, 2012
4:21 pm

If I want to win football games Caleb King. If I want a part in a Rudy movie Godhigh.

GTBEE

November 9th, 2012
4:35 pm

3 Football National Championships!!!

GT Lee

November 9th, 2012
5:10 pm

actually 4, GTBEE…1917, 1928, 1952, 1990…..

GTBEE

November 9th, 2012
5:17 pm

Your right…I plum forgot there are so many. I bet doggie fans are glad that they don’t have so many to keep up with.