SEMI-LIVE: Tech continues QB search in ‘T-Day’ game

Unfortunately, this guy does not play on the offensive line.

Unfortunately, this guy doesn't play on the Jackets' offensive line.

Good morning. I’m sitting in the press box at Bobby Dodd Stadium, and I think I see Jamal Crawford down on the 50, lining up his next three-point bank shot.

Georgia Tech’s offense should have such success with long-range heaves. (How’s that for a transition?) The run-dominated option offense had even less success than usual passing last season, and a big part of that was the loss of wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. Quarterback Joshua Nesbitt also struggled last season (39 for 105, 37.1 percent) and had his senior season ended by a broken arm.

So it follows that much of the focus this spring, leading up to today’s “T-Day” game, is on the quarterback position.

Redshirt junior Tevin Washington has a slight edge on redshirt freshman Synjyn Days as Nesbitt’s replacement. But there’s the possibility that both will be beat out in the fall by incoming freshman Vad Lee of Durham, N.C.

I’m sure coach Paul Johnson also would like to see some positive signs from his defense and offensive line in today’s Gold-White game after a miserable 2010 season that saw the Jackets lose five of their final six, fall to Air Force in the Independence Bowl and finish 6-7.

Today’s noon game is not televised so not sure how “live” I’ll be on this blog. But I’ll check in frequently with comments and will respond to all questions.

Until then, what are your thoughts on the Jackets going into next season?

Here’s the 2011 schedule:

Sept. 1 (Thursday): Western Carolina.
Sept. 10: at Middle Tennessee State.
Sept. 17: Kansas.
Sept. 24: North Carolina.
Oct. 1: at North Carolina State.
Oct. 8: Maryland.
Oct. 15: at Virginia.
Oct. 22: at Miami.
Oct. 29 Clemson
Nov. 5: Bye.
Nov. 10 (Thursday): Virginia Tech.
Nov. 19: at Duke.
Nov. 26: Georgia.

By Jeff Schultz

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204 comments Add your comment

Brunswick Tech

April 23rd, 2011
11:32 am

we’ll hang tough

Brunswick Tech

April 23rd, 2011
11:32 am

and I’m not gonna say it

trooper taylor's backwards hat

April 23rd, 2011
11:34 am

trooper taylor's backwards hat

April 23rd, 2011
11:34 am

thank God no florida state on schedule…

Yellow Fuzz

April 23rd, 2011
11:36 am

Finally for about 3 hours we don’t have to hear/read a negative story about the dogs or the AH dog nation!

GTFan

April 23rd, 2011
11:36 am

Glad to see the live report from BDS. It will be interesting to see what Vad can do this Summer, however as Days can probably confirm, learning the offense and then executing without losing the ball are two different things. Here’s to a good, injury free game.

squawk squawk!!!!

April 23rd, 2011
11:37 am

Saint Simons

April 23rd, 2011
11:37 am

Long live ((((((((((((((( 45 – 42 ))))))))))))))) Hahahahahahahahahaha

GTFan

April 23rd, 2011
11:38 am

I think we get 8 ins this year, including one over the Ceespool to the East that will lead to the dismissal of the Rev.

squawk squawk!!!!

April 23rd, 2011
11:38 am

42 points > 512 yards

Gymnastics school

April 23rd, 2011
11:40 am

42-34 and we gave you 7 and lost our QB in the first quarter. Get ready for more close ones dawgs and AH dawg fans.

GTFan

April 23rd, 2011
11:40 am

Being a GT Fan > being an inbred redneck all day long hahahahaha.

Sonny Clusters

April 23rd, 2011
11:41 am

Here’s a question or two for you, Jeff. Will so much cap tipping prematurely wear out Fredi Gonzales’ cap? Is Chipper suffering from Lincecum Knee today? Will Dan Uggla start hitting soon or will we continue to see him swing like Scott Thorman chopping at a tree? Do the Braves have any Canadians this year? How is Pete Orr doing? Oh, yeah . . . Ga Tech. How many old people are in the West Stands today?

Gymnastics school

April 23rd, 2011
11:42 am

Georgia has the athletes but they don’t have the intellect to dominate Tech anymore. “Bank it” Hahahahahahahahahaha.

squawk squawk!!!!

April 23rd, 2011
11:43 am

DON’T FIRE PAUL JOHNSON!!!!

GTFan

April 23rd, 2011
11:43 am

I can’t wait till this Crowell clown lands on campus for UGAY. He will bring them to a whole new level. Gangsta style.

Gymnastics school

April 23rd, 2011
11:44 am

I chose to be a Tech fan. You can’t do anything about being an inbred, redneck, dawg fan your entire pathetic life

trooper taylor's backwards hat

April 23rd, 2011
11:47 am

as an outside observer- what about the last 10 years or the last 10 months makes tech fans think they can beat georgia…? curious to know

oughrider

April 23rd, 2011
11:50 am

This looks like a very easy schedule for Tech this year. If they don’t have a winning season, they need a new coach.

Charlie Sheen

April 23rd, 2011
11:50 am

I really want to thank Jake Skole for showing me where to drink on campus, and for taking me on a drunken joyride afterwards.

Charlie Sheen

April 23rd, 2011
11:55 am

WTH???

I hear Lindsay Lohan is giving a motivational speech to the football team before today’s scrimmage?!?!?!

Whats up with that? I thought I was the new Tech Athletics Spiritual Adviser?????

Hayseed Dixie

April 23rd, 2011
11:55 am

Hey Jeff, couple-a questions.

Are turnovers of any nature acceptable at this point in the CPJ era?

Relative to their ability and reputation, what would constitute a “win” for our offensive line in this game?

Could you keep us especially abreast of execution of blocking assignments today? IMO, so many missed or beaten blocks last year lost us much of the home-run threat that has worn down our opponents in previous years.

2BT

April 23rd, 2011
11:57 am

Jeff, focus on Jamea Thomas in the secondary. He could’ve contributed last year but was redshirted with the focus of getting his priorities in order. I hear he’s back and is lighting folks up left and right.

Ben

April 23rd, 2011
12:00 pm

look at that schedule. UGA would run the table, but so would 5+ other SEC teams. Jeff, are there 5K at the ‘T-Game’?

Hayseed Dixie

April 23rd, 2011
12:00 pm

Jeff, couple of questions:

How many turnovers are acceptable in this part of the CPJ era?

What would be a “win” for our offensive line today?

Please keep a close eye on offensive blocking execution today.

IMO, poor blocks and missed assignments last year lost us much of the home-run threat we’ve had in previous years.

Jeff Schultz

April 23rd, 2011
12:04 pm

Tevin Washington shaky on first possession — 1 sack, 1 fumble (not same play).

Jeff Schultz

April 23rd, 2011
12:05 pm

Charlie Sheen — you looking over my shoulder? already have that in my notes.

Jeff Schultz

April 23rd, 2011
12:07 pm

2BT — I’ll be looking for him (Thomas #38 for the White).

Jeff Schultz

April 23rd, 2011
12:08 pm

Hayseed Dixie– I’ll respond way a coach would: 0 turnovers acceptable.

Jeff Schultz

April 23rd, 2011
12:09 pm

Synjyn Days looks very strong on his first possession — moves Gold team right down after Tevin Washington’s turnover and throws 11 yard TD pass to B.J. Bostic.

The REAL Supersize that order, mutt

April 23rd, 2011
12:10 pm

Jeff, two questions: 1.) Can you give a prediction on Tech’s record and 2.) Do you think Vad Lee will get a look at Safety this fall due to the lack of depth at that position. Thanks!

Jeff Schultz

April 23rd, 2011
12:11 pm

Tevin Washington sacked by Jason Peters and coughs up his second fumble in as many drives. … next play handoff to Richard Washington who goes 15 yards for touchdown. Gold 14, White 0. … Tevin Washington 2 fumbles.

supersize that order, mutt

April 23rd, 2011
12:13 pm

“The REAL Supersize that order, mutt” is NOT the REAL “supersize that order, mutt”. I am unfortunately stuck in Augusta because it’s Easter weekend. I have no idea who that imposter is. But he needs to get a life.

Jeff Schultz

April 23rd, 2011
12:15 pm

The REAL Supersize — I think Lee will be playing quarterback exclusively because there’s a chance he may win the job.

supersize that order, mutt

April 23rd, 2011
12:15 pm

jeff, thanks for being there. I have to go out for about 3 hours, so I will catch up on your comments when I return. Two fumbles by Washington already sure doesn’t cut it, though.

Jeff Schultz

April 23rd, 2011
12:16 pm

The REAL Supersize — And sorry, not putting predictions hat on yet. But as has been pointed put, not playing Florida State helps.

GTFan

April 23rd, 2011
12:17 pm

Ben, Sorry. We have heard how good UGA will be year after year during the preseason, annually appointing yourselves as National Champions. The only thing UGAY would run is through the back alleys of Athens trying to escape the law.

Steve

April 23rd, 2011
12:18 pm

Hey Jeff. Sorry you had to be punished by covering that high school scrimmage today. How many dozen are in the high school stadium today?

Hayseed Dixie

April 23rd, 2011
12:19 pm

Wow, Tevin with two cough-ups already. Not shocking, but surprising nonetheless.

Synjyn vs. Vad in the fall?

Steve

April 23rd, 2011
12:19 pm

Hey GTFan, if UGA is that bad, what does it say about Tech if UGA beats them every year? Sad.

rdr

April 23rd, 2011
12:20 pm

Jeff. I’ll be interested in fan turnout for today’s scrimmage. Just seems like there’s no interest in the tech program like there is in the neighboiring state schools, i.e., fsu,bama, auburn, clemson, uga, tenn, etc.where they routinely have 40+ thousand fans year end and out for the spring game. What do you attribute that to?

Jeff Schultz

April 23rd, 2011
12:21 pm

White misses a FG attempt on third possession. Tevin Washington had his third fumble on the drive but recovered it.

amg

April 23rd, 2011
12:22 pm

Tevin is getting chewed out by CPJ

supersize that order, mutt

April 23rd, 2011
12:22 pm

rdr, attendance in Athens last week was NOT 40+ thousand. Ask anybody who was there, and they will tell you it was more like 20 thousand, which based on stadium size and fan base size is not all that great.

tk

April 23rd, 2011
12:22 pm

What did you do to get this punishment?

RambleOn84

April 23rd, 2011
12:23 pm

On UGA fans’ obsession with all things Tech and why they must always let their presence be felt on our blogs:

If we want to count RECOGNIZED national championships (meaning championships picked by selectors recognized by the NCAA), Tech has three (1917, 1928, and 1990) and UGA has one (1980).
If we want to count any year that ANY selector chose either team as their national champion, Tech has 6 (1917, 1928, 1951, 1952, 1956, 1990) and Georgia has 5 (1927, 1942, 1946, 1968, 1980).
If we want to count BCS National Championships, both Tech and Georgia have 0.
If we want to count undefeated seasons (including ties), Tech has 8 (1905, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1928, 1951, 1952, 1990) and Georgia has 4 (1896, 1920, 1946, 1980).
If we want to count undefeated AND untied seasons, Tech has 3 (1917, 1928, 1952) and Georgia has 3 (1896, 1946, 1980).
Tech comes out on top of every list except undefeated and untied seasons, although it should be noted that in 1896 Georgia only played 4 games.
When Tech and Georgia were both in the SIAA conference (1895-1920), Tech had 5 titles (1916, 1917, 1918, 1920, 1921) and UGA had 2 (1896, 1920). Tech and UGA shared the title in 1920 apparently.
When Tech and Georgia were both in the Southern Conference (1921-1932), Tech had 3 titles (1922, 1927, 1928) and UGA had 0.
When Tech and Georgia were both in the SEC (1933-1963), Tech had 5 titles (1939, 1943, 1944, 1951,1952) and UGA had 4 (1942, 1946, 1948, 1959).
So in summary, Tech leads UGA in every one of these historical measures, save for one: UGA leads the all-time head-to-head series.
But since UGA fans don’t care about Tech anyway, this is really nothing to brag about.
I guess we now see why so many UGA fans come onto our blogs so often.
Jealousy is a very ugly thing.

Jeff Schultz

April 23rd, 2011
12:23 pm

Steve — Maybe 5,000.

RambleOn84

April 23rd, 2011
12:24 pm

By the way, thanks Schultzie.

Always appreciate your reporting and willingness to put up with knuckleheads on both sides of the fence.

Days sounds like he’s doing well in game-like situations and first-team D sounds like they’re stepping up as well.

Steve

April 23rd, 2011
12:25 pm

Wow. That’s it? Sounds like a Braves game on a Monday night in April. Hang in there Jeff. At least you still have a Saturday night with your family.

supersize that order, mutt

April 23rd, 2011
12:25 pm

RambleOn84, you should know by now not to confuse the mutts with facts. They can’t handle facts.