Georgia Tech superfan serves as T-Day Game reporter on Twitter

When we asked UGA fans to report back to us on Twitter from their G-Day game, we got lots of feedback. And of course when we asked Tech fans to do the same, we had no worries that we’d get some fine Twitter-based observations from the Yellow Jackets fan base.

Tech fan Jeff Baltes, who attends all Jackets home games and takes in 2-3 road games a season, told us last week that he was headed to the T-Day game to “take notes and report back.” Monday morning, as promised, Jeff hit us up on Twitter with his carefully considered, well thought-out feedback — both the positives and negatives — from Georgia Tech’s spring game where, he notes, “a ton of ex-players in attendance and they were all excited about this upcoming season.”

Here are some things this self-described Jackets superfan took away from Saturday’s T-Day game.

“Dwyer and Burnett are studs. I felt the D-line outplayed the O-line which is encouraging considering how much we lost in the D-Line.”

“Too many fumbles! Also, Nesbitt did not play but after attending a couple of practices, he is the for sure #1.”

“Anthony Allen is the real deal. We will be loaded at B-Back. Marcus Wright is quick and impressive giving us more depth at A-back.”

“Kicking game was terrible. I am really concerned about that going into this season. Embry Peeples had a beautiful 60+ yard run! Awesome!”

“TJ Barnes is a man among boys, he will be a stud sooner rather than later. He was tearing up the o-line. Look out for Robert Hall too!”

And Jeff poses a question for his fellow Jackets fans out there: Does QB Jaybo Shaw keep the ball too much instead of pitching?

“I feel that if Jaybo is under center and we are inside the five, he will be the one scoring the TD and last year he got hurt cause of this,” Jeff writes on Twitter.

WHAT’S YOUR TAKE ON T-DAY? Tech fans, share your thoughts on Saturday’s T-Day game here. If you were there, tell us about your experience On The Flats. And if you have a thought on Jeff’s QB question, we’d like to hear about that, too.

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PTC Jacket

April 20th, 2009
10:03 am

Jeff’s QB question:
That was what I thought when I was at the game. Jaybo seems to be a ball hogger, but then again, the times that he didn’t pitch, there was almost always a defender covering him.

I thought the game overall went well, compared to last year’s game. Sure, we had 8 fumbles, but they were mostly from non-starting players.


April 20th, 2009
10:06 am

I agree 100 with Jeff and T.J I have been talking this man up all spring about if he can play up to his size that he would be a huge asset not only because of his run stuffing, but also because he frees up Sed in the middle to go east and west.
True about the fumbles, but also a lot I heard were from bad snaps which is to be expected when we have newer centers who aren’t as used to the system, and in reality I feel that some came because of big hits and plays by the defense which is a great sign for us this upcoming season.
Allen will be another Hoss that will wear down the opponents defense either further, I mean think about Dwyer taking a breather and then Allen comes in and keeps up the same philosophy!! Also imagine Allen and Roddy being able to catch out of the backfield and having corners trying to tackle or cover them in the open field!!
Great to be a Tech fan!!
Go Jackets


April 20th, 2009
10:31 am

I don’t think Allen will be used at B-Back as Dwyer’s backup. Richard Watson and Preston Lyons are both hard-charging fullback types that would be good for running between the tackles and serving as Dwyer’s backup. Allen is too talented to leave him on the sideline and his catching abilities would be better used at A-Back. I don’t remember seeing Allen run between the tackles at the T-Day game, but I saw his handiwork out in the open. He’s dangerous.

As far as the other problems from T-Day, the known starters like Josh (out w/ injury), Jon and BeBe didn’t get many touches so that has to be considered when evaluating the offense. The pass blocking was still pretty bad but there were a lot of O-linemen sitting the game out. There’s no excuse for the kicking game, Blair needs to get with it or CJP needs to search the campus for a new kicker.


April 20th, 2009
10:31 am

I thought that the game went well. I totally agree with the statement about Allen, we might just here his name as much as Dwyer’s in the near future. I also share the same opinion on the Shaw situation, his reluctance to pitch it nearly got him killed twice in the first three drive’s.
It almost seemed as though Washington didn’t take as many hits because the D was forced to play honest while they we’re teeing off on Jaybo. Just my opinion though. All in all, the D looked alot better than reported by Bradley earlier, the game saw alot of rotation and the large number of new faces made it a little difficult to keep up with but they looked good and incredibly fast. I can’t think of a faster “team” ever at Tech, on either side of the ball. This is going to be a good team. Its good to be Jacket! THWG!


April 20th, 2009
10:34 am

Allen is a better all around athlete though which will be better served at B-Back in some situations to spell Dwyer IMO…I do know what you mean though he needs to be on the field more and however that is done I am good with.


April 20th, 2009
11:25 am

So can we say the biggest mystery for the fall is going to be the O-Line…


April 20th, 2009
11:25 am

Best thing about T-day was that chan gailey was nowhere to be found. Thank God and Greyhound that he is gone forever.

Joe Schmoe

April 20th, 2009
11:25 am

Is it just me or could it be that Jaybo will be backing up Tevin at the start of spring? It just looks as though Tevin has that extra pop Jaybo doesn’t. Blair kills me, he seems to be a better punter than kicker. TJ is a manchild, he had his way all day on the line.


April 20th, 2009
11:41 am


I think that Jaybo will get some pressure from Tevin in the backup role. The one advantage that Jaybo has is a full year in game situations using the option versus the view from an RS. It was still hard to get a feel for this offense without Nesbitt playing and JD having a limited amount of touches during the game. It would have been interesting to see how Tevin would have done against the number 1 defense. Plus we have an all-state QB from Indiana coming in this fall if he does not RS.

Tyler Melton looked good a couple of times as a backup to BeBe – does this mean that Stephen Hill will RS this year?


April 20th, 2009
11:58 am

I think Hill would really have to show some good stuff this coming summer and fall to earn a starting spot (not saying he won’t) I mean in the end I don’t think he will be a good enough in the blocking scheme to not red-shirt his freshmen year with the development of melton as a solid number 2 reciever for us…
Bobin I see what you mean about Jaybo BUT in the end Tevin is going to be the better quarterback for the system in the future Jaybo is more of a placeholder who can run the offense well enough to keep the kogs going. Tevin is the better all around athlete and thus I believe will be the backup to Nes by the end of the year IMO.
JOE I 100% agree with you that T.J from what I have heard was a man among boys saturday which is GREAT news for all of us to hear…If Dieke keeps up his solid perfomances as well it could be a much better year than most think for us…
Yes I would say the offensive line will be one of the biggest mystery cards along with kicker for us coming into this year (please o please let a kicker come out of no where for us haha)


April 20th, 2009
12:03 pm

Anthony Allen will play primarily as an A Back. Dwyer, Cox, Watson and Lyons are all the depth we will need at B Back. All are very good and could start for most Division 1 Football programs. Allen may play B Back on some special plays but he will be featured at A Back along with Jones, Wright and Peeples.

Jaybo is still ahead of Tevin and both are making solid progress. I think with what we saw Saturday, Coach Johnson can more than likely redshirt Luallen and Sims unless we have some sort of injury crisis. I think it would be wise to have at least one of the two ready just in case for this offense requires the QB to be a ball carrier and take a hit more than the average offense. You best be a tough guy if you want to play QB for Tech. Jaybo and Tevin both displayed that attribute on Saturday.

I think the thing folks need to understand is that there is no feature back in this offense. The QB, A Backs, B Back and the receivers are all utilized strategically on different occassions to keep the opponent off balance. That is what makes it so difficult to defend. The knockout punch can come from many directions and there is no tendency you can use to defend against it. Paul Johnson is the mad scientist behind the curtain. The Wizard of North Ave.

Go Jackets!

Melanie Gibson

April 20th, 2009
12:06 pm

Great analysis Jeff!

Teddy Ruxpin

April 20th, 2009
12:07 pm

I like banannas and my friend Grubby


April 20th, 2009
12:26 pm

Yes, Jaybo hangs on to the ball to long…pitch it!!!


April 20th, 2009
12:35 pm

Who is this Jeff Baltes guy? He is terrible! GO DAWGS!


April 20th, 2009
12:45 pm

any predictions on the season record?


April 20th, 2009
12:49 pm

About Jaybo keeping “too much” – maybe I’m over-simplifying but if I’m a defender and I have a choice to cut off the pitch to Roddy, Dwyer, etc. and let Jaybo take it, I’m keeping the ball out of Dwyer and Jones hands every time. Jaybo is just not as dangerous with the ball in his hands as the other guys (and that’s not meant to be a slight on Jaybo’s ability). So more often that not, his read is going to be “keep”


April 20th, 2009
12:55 pm

I completely agree with Jeff with regards to the kicking game. While I believe our offense will be proficient this year, (without Nesbitt and Dwyer for most of the game, there were still 59 points combined) there will no doubt be close games for the jackets in the upcoming 2009 season. In these close games, the kicking game will be imperative, whether it be a game-changing field goal or a punt that could possibly turn the field. If this field does not improve, Georgia Tech WILL lose close games.

I also noticed at the game that there were quite a few more wrinkles thrown into the traditional triple option. This is another thing fans should look out for in the upcoming season. With the offense becoming more comfortable with the basic playbook, Coach Johnson is able to input more complicated plays and tricks.

Georgia should be scared of this Georgia Tech team, because they’re better this year than the last.


April 20th, 2009
1:08 pm

That is what Jabo Shaw did at Flowery Branch. They had a stud running back, but when the ball get inside the 5, Jabow would keep the ball and try to score. To me, Washington is a much better QB than Jabow for this system.

I am excited about next season.


Justin "by Golly" Vess

April 20th, 2009
1:30 pm

Georgia Tech is the team to beat this year. We will for sure win the ACC, and go on to play in a BCS game. If you dont believe me, then just give me a call 423-555-5684.For them ol’ dawgs, you are in for a long year. I just don’t know how else to say it, but ya’ll Suck.


April 20th, 2009
1:42 pm

Looking at the high lights on line I did see a play when Jaybo should have pitched but down on the goal line when individual defensive responsibility is really at a premium the QB keeping and getting 3 yards is a very good play. Make no mistake though, Nesbitt is the leader of this offense. After playing through so much pain and injury last year he has the complete respect of his teammates. The kid is a WINNER. Our slot-backs are going to put some pain on some people this year. The great thing about this offense is that those 2 positions are perfectly placed to get the ball from a pitch, a hand-off, or a short throw and turn it into a BIG play. Personally I think it’s hard to get a true read on our defense going against our offense. The teams that worry me will be the ones that line up with the power running game and try to shove it down our throat. (Clemmons, VPI, UNC, Ugag)


April 20th, 2009
2:08 pm

From watching Jaybo in a couple of games last year, I had the feeling that he’d rather hang onto the ball and either eat or take his chances on a slash up the middle than risk putting it on the ground. I like Jaybo a lot, but it looks to me like Nesbitt runs the offense with much more confidence. But as I have posted here before, the QB gets belted on every play in this offense…Tech will need 3 guys who can run the offense effectively to avoid another Gardner-Webb-type debacle.

Ty Webb

April 20th, 2009
2:38 pm

My analysis…We have a lot of capable running backs. Everytime I looked up I saw another running back breaking into the open field. Jaybo has a better arm than Tevin, but Tevin looked smoother running the offense. But, Tevin was going against the #2 defense. Bebe, Morgan Burnett, and Dwyer could play in the NFL this year – they are beasts out there. It was good to see all of the ex-players, all of them seemed very pleased with what is going on at Tech.

Justin "by Golly" Vess

April 20th, 2009
3:20 pm

Georgia bulldogs Suck and GT rules

Mister T

April 20th, 2009
3:41 pm

Who needs a kicking game? We will score a TD every possession and go for two on every point after! While I am kidding, CPJ may begin to think that way if the current group of kickers don’t man up soon. It was sad and hillarious at the same time when he slapped that ball out of Blair’s hands when he fumbled the snap.

Did anyone that may have watched both the g-day and T-day games notice the stark difference in coaching of the state’s two head guys?

CPJ was not on the sideline. He was on the field doing what he does…Coaching.

My guess is that cmr was over motivating the troups…or maybe he was cutting another Carpets of Dalton or “I Believe in ‘The Black Out’ – Ford” commercial. At least he has managed to keep the boys out of the pokey this year.


Mister T

April 20th, 2009
3:48 pm

There was an article a few week’s ago about the younger Shaw electing to go to south Carolina rather than compete with his brother. I don’t think that would have been the case.

Jaybo is a great back up and I love his toughness, but he will likely never be the starter with the level of talent that CPJ has coming in at that position. TW would challenge him by the time Nesbitt has moved on. My guess is that one of this year’s freshmen will ultimately take over the QB.

Jed Zeppelin

April 20th, 2009
3:49 pm

A kicking game is like a gun- it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

Anybody else remember seeing Durant Brooks do several game changing/saving plays? I certainly do.

Joe Schmoe

April 20th, 2009
4:28 pm

I agree with you mister T, while Jaybo maybe a good kid, he just doesnt have that pop. It sometimes looks like he is in slow motion in the games. Nesbitt is the obvious starter. My question is when the season begins, will it be Tevin being the backup? And yes, when Nesbitt leaves, one of the incoming freshmen will be a starter at QB.


April 20th, 2009
4:45 pm

Jeff has amazing insight into football. I am glad he is a jackets fan! :)


April 20th, 2009
4:46 pm

I think at the beginning of the season Jaybo will be the backup until they feel truly comftorable with Tevin running the show…but we all agree Jaybo is not the front runner for starting quarterback.

Jaded Jacket

April 20th, 2009
5:45 pm

Cooper Taylor is a pretty good athlete. I bet he could kick better than Blair.


April 20th, 2009
6:10 pm

Shaw has the pitch man 90% of the time and chooses to turn it up….that gets him killed and tells me Washington needs to be the #2 right now the way he got it to the A backs on the corners….with the freshman Laullenhaving a chance in the summer…Jaybo needs to slide on down the depth chart. Washington was even smoother in the passing game. Let the A backs get the ball on the corner and the offense will put up close to 40 a game!!!! GO JACKETS!!!!

Smellslikeacesspool=Grant Field

April 20th, 2009
8:06 pm

How was Nerdfest Geeks?! Who won the drawing for the light saber? Can’t wait to beat your worthless a$$es next November. Tech SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!


April 20th, 2009
8:08 pm

Would any of you HUNKY dudes like to meet me under the bleachers tomorrow night?


April 20th, 2009
8:55 pm

45-42. Another ass beating coming in November!

Big B CH 99

April 20th, 2009
10:33 pm

Stephen Hill will certainly get some PT this fall, if he isn’t a good enough blocker to start, he will probably play in passing situations b/c I imagine that he’s a bigger Receiving threat than anyone else we have (besides BayBay). I think he’s supposed to be a great athlete w/ good speed.

I don’t know who will back up Josh, but he’s definitely the starter. W/ the depth we have at the backs, couldn’t we line Jon up in the slot or at A-back to find more ways to get him the ball.

Big B CH 99

April 20th, 2009
10:35 pm

We need serious help in the kicking game, that’s real KEY. As others have mentioned in a close game, Special Teams can be the difference, Missed/Made Kicks, punts & returns (field position).

That’s the most worrisome part.


April 21st, 2009
9:53 am

Kicking game the biggest concern to me. I think both offense and defense will perform well this year.

I am curious to see which incoming freshmen will see playing time and which will be redshirted. I also wonder if we will see Shaw in passing situations as he seems the more accurate passer right now… but I HATE the “rotating quarterbacks” scenario as it doesn’t allow the offense to get into a good rhythm.

Isn’t it good to be setting the bar high this year?


April 21st, 2009
4:46 pm

Yes shaw holds the ball too much. I call him selfish shaw..


April 21st, 2009
5:28 pm

Smellslikeacesspool=Grant Field, the stench you smell is from your upper lip….watch where you put your mouth and you shouldn’t continue to have THAT problem. CPJ will handle shaw’s selfishness with some film time and some well intended, but deliberate words…. he’s shown us moments of brilliance, too. It’s there, CPJ will handle him. At least, I HOPE!!! GO TECH!!!


April 21st, 2009
5:59 pm

Allen looked all A$$ and Thighs. He will be a “Hoss” on the short field. If he will pick-up his blocking he will get more plays. He did TORO a few defenders that he should have Chipped harder to then move on to the play. I said the same thing to Jaybo on Facebook and he cut me off as a friend. I didn’t like Jaybo’s slow read on a pass or two, but I would rather have him keep the ball than risk a “Ball on the Rug” inside the 10 yrd. line. We could lose 6 points or a shot at 3 points. I hope Voss comes back healty and the O-line can get people to play their original positions. P.S. where were all (still small turnout) you Tech fans the last 2 years for the T-Day Game? I did love the children turnout. Moms and Dads starting the next generation of Tech Fans.


April 21st, 2009
9:15 pm

Dogs, it seems that you too have drank from the goblet of Kool Aid that the other GEEKS on here have. That win will be what it ALWAYS is to Tech fans——————RARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the real OLD GOLD

April 21st, 2009
10:42 pm

Scott is a great kicker. I’m not sure it’s best to have him pulling triple duty. Too much pressure to put on one man.

Ty Webb

April 22nd, 2009
8:19 am

If you thought the turnout was small (I didn’t) then you should have seen the early Gailey years, probably less than 1,000 people there.


April 23rd, 2009
9:27 am

TECH Sucks
georgia beats them every year
anyways who cares?

Saint Simons

April 23rd, 2009
10:41 pm

45-42!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahah


April 26th, 2009
7:51 pm

The Tech offensive line looked like a throwback to 1970.They look like
midgets compared to other teams.I understand CPJ wants fast agile lineman for his offense but how is a 250 lb. lineman going to block
a 290 lb. fast athletic strong lineman going after the QB.He ain’t and the QB is going to get killed.The key to any team is the offensive line.
The 1990 undefeated champs had huge experienced lineman.The 1991 team
had 17 starters back but lost all the starters on the O line and lost 4 games in 1991.Get on the stick and and improve these guys.Forget this
little lineman crap and get people big enough to compete!