Consensus Postitives from Spring So Far?

Greetings again fellow GT fans and bloggers.

Although I was able to attend Sunday’s baseball game
between the Jackets and the Tar Heels (can’t beat a
good team with defensive errors like that!) I’ve been
unable to attend a football spring practice session.

I have, however, been avidly following the practice
reports here on the AJC.com site and places like The
Hive and Stingtalk.  All provide great insight and info.

There seem to be a few things that everyone agrees on:

1.  Josh Nesbitt is the #1 QB and looks more fluid and
competent in his decision making.  His passing has
improved but he is still working on hitting his receivers
in their routes so that they have the optimal chance
to make plays.

2.  Anthony Allen is going to be a big factor in the offense
in 2009.  Not only will he be able to relieve Dwyer at B-back
but he’ll be able to play out of the A-back slot and bring
some attitude and power to that role.  I’ve also read in
more than one report that Allen shows great hands and an
ability to catch passes out of the backfield.  I think that
alot of people will be asking, “Who is #43?” when the season
starts but will quickly learn who the new face is.

3.  Thomas continues to dominate in his WR position.  I get
the impression that Tyler Melton is the next guy behind
Thomas and that Stephen Hill will have a chance to earn
playing time since the remainder of the depth chart looks
to be young guys and walk ons.  This is especially the case
with Corey Earls having been moved over to defensive back.

4.  The offensive line continues to be a work in progress
and hampered by injuries and different combinations of
players in the Spring.  It will be essential for the line
starters to be solidified in the Fall, so that they can
work together and be ready for the 2009 campaign.  This is
potentially the largest factor in any hope of an improved
and more threatening passing game…

5.  Derrick Morgan and Morgan Burnett are going to be studs
this upcoming season on the defensive side of the ball.  I
just read that Morgan was on the preseason Lott Trophy watch
list and Burnett is generally considered to be a favorite for
All ACC and potential All American candidacy if he continues
his trend from the past few seasons.  I’ve even read where
some people expect this to be Burnett’s season to break out
and consider going pro early.  I hope he plays well…but
maybe not THAT well.  I want both of these guys back in 2010,
which I expect to be a huge season with Johnson’s system and
recruits in place and ready to go.

6.  Cooper Taylor may be the most athletic guy on the team?
Could the skinny kid who seemed fearless last year and played
lights out as a true freshman actually have bulked up and
gotten bigger? Could he also have one of the fastest 40 times
and one of the best vertical leaps on the team? I keep reading
news about Taylor being used in a hybrid DB/LB role that has
been nicknamed the “Wolf”.  It should be fun to watch.  Taylor
just has “football player” written all over him when you watch
him play.  He reminds me of a slightly smaller and slightly
faster Chris Reis.  Fearless and willing to stick a helmet on
anyone…just ask Tyrod Taylor…

7.  Sedric Griffin and Brad Jefferson are the top two linebackers
but that doesn’t mean that Kyle Jackson and Steven Sylvester
won’t be getting an awful lot of snaps.  Our young linebackers
were a liability at times last year.  They could potentially be
a strength this season and will be relied on to make plays behind
a defensive line that will miss Johnson, Walker, and Richard.

8. Jerrard Tarrant may make his big return / debut on the team
at punt returner before he works his way back into the defensive
back depth chart.  With Johnson’s style of offense and ground
attack, field position could be a huge factor in games this
coming season.  If Tarrant can add a real threat to the punt
return team it will be the first time we’ve been solid at that
position since Jonathan Smith and then Kelly Rhino were catching
and returning punts.

These are just the things that seem to be agreed upon across
various sources and from the usual suspects and pundits in the
media and online outlets.

What do you guys think?  Have I missed anything that should be a
solid given going into the season?  I know there are more than a
few questions and concerns…but that’s fodder for a later blog.

31 comments Add your comment

MyWhiskeyClear

April 8th, 2009
8:09 pm

Well, the intensity at a few of the practices has been higher from what I’ve read. The defense sounds like they’re driving the energy of the scrimmage way up, and scuffles have reportedly broken out. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing, but CPJ seems to like the intensity. I wonder if that can rub off on the A-backs who, in my opinion, needed more killer instinct last season. Can anyone corroborate these rumors of a more excited, energetic 2009 squad?

Mike T.

April 8th, 2009
9:13 pm

42-45 a fluke

Remember#19

April 9th, 2009
12:57 am

I agree, Mike T. It should have been at least 52-21 in favor of GT!

Tech Wrecked...AGAIN

April 9th, 2009
7:41 am

WOW!!! Sounds like a lot positives going on on the flats. I can certainly see another 9 win season in the works. Heck, season ticket sales projected to be as high as 23,000. Even though you have to take into account that the DAWG’S are buying lots of them just to get a ticket to the UGA game, that’s still progress.

No doubt CPJ will lead us to another great(by out standards) season and another top 25 ranking…maybe even closer to the DAWGS ranking. Last year we were only 12 spots behind UGA…22 vs 10.

Come on all you GT alums…get excited…get those ticket orders in…I know they are expensive, ansd with the economy and all it’s tough…BUT we make a lot of money..sacrifice and get on the CPJ bandwagon.

I can see it now….9 wins…second in our division…AND MOST IMPORTANTLY….ANOTHER RING FOR ALL THE TECHIES!!!!

DDT=dumbdogturd

April 9th, 2009
8:25 am

BWAHAHA, good one wrecked. Im glad you take solace in the fact that you ended up ranked higher, even though we won on the field. Quite the loser mentality. Fall can’t get here soon enough!

GWB

April 9th, 2009
2:42 pm

Tech will lose 5 games and finish no better than 3rd in their division. Unless VT and UNC tie for 1st. Tech will lose to both and take a huge spanking from UGA this time around. Tech doesn’t have as many DivII and 1AA teams to pad that candy azz schedule this time around.

Carolina Jacket

April 9th, 2009
7:09 pm

Chris, I agree about the linebackers. They are going to be a real strength and will make up for some of the inexperience of the d-line.

SugarHillDawg

April 9th, 2009
7:12 pm

They left out number 9, no player missed practice because of PMS.

SugarHillDawg

April 9th, 2009
7:16 pm

Carolina, your lack of football knowledge is embarassing. If your d lineman aren’t that good, the O lineman will be blocking your linebackers and your defensive back field will be making tackles and THAT AIN’T GOOD!!

GA fan are scared ....

April 9th, 2009
11:00 pm

Respond however you wish GA fans …. FACT is, you’re a little worried about the “high-schoolers” that wear the White & Gold! Look at how many of you have already posted.

I love it … spend that $260 MINIMUM, and watch the dogs lose to the Jackets again in 2009. It’s going to be great for us Tech fans. We’re glad you’ll actually be there to witness it this time around; being that I got my tix to the 2008 “lucky” win from a GA season tix holder afraid to brave the miserable cold, rainy conditions for his beloved bulldogs!

BTW Chris Boggs …… Kelly Rhino was are fargin’ JOKE!!! Don’t EVER think he was some sort of key player for GT. I’m one Tech fan that’s embarrassed that he was even wearing a Yellow Jacket uniform! But I guess we have his father to thank for that.

Buzz29

April 9th, 2009
11:40 pm

Rhino wasn’t afraid to take a hit. He was a heck of a player that lived by the halo rule.

gtforever

April 10th, 2009
8:54 am

Hey GA fan…. Kelly Rhino would have been 100 times better than anybody we had returning punts last season. Good Grief man, you have NO idea what it takes to sit back and wait for the football, with eleven highly trained athletes blowing down the field with one thing in mind. Destroy the man with the ball. As usual, you have probably never even worn a jock before, so you feel you can make MORONIC statements…….

to gtforever ....

April 10th, 2009
11:55 am

Kelly Rhino was a JOKE! Listen to you … suggesting he was some great weapon for the Jackets just because he TRIED to return punts. You my friend are the moron – the guys PJ had there last year were in NO WAY inferior to Kelly Rhino. With that idiotic comment you made you are suggesting Rhino was better than Roddy Jones (the man that was pulled from PR after fumbling at UNC). Kelly Rhino was joke, joke, joke. You don’t put a guy back there that NEVER is a threat (Rhino sure as H*** didn’t possess the atheletic ability) to return it for TDs! But you’re probably someone who thought Gailey was a good coach too.

m

April 10th, 2009
12:08 pm

The most positive thing this spring is the same as last spring and every spring from now on….NO CHAN GAILEY. Everything would be a moot point if chan was still here…..but he is LONG GONE. Hallleeedamloooyah. The future is so bright we all need to wear shades. Also, I agree with gtforever that Kelley Rhino was one of the very best punt returners I have ever seen. I wish we still had him. Let us all Thank God and Greyhound that DRAD fired chan to make all this optimism possible.

CJ_4_Prez

April 10th, 2009
1:32 pm

m, i think you misunderstood gtforever. While I don’t think Rhino was a joke, he wasn’t one of the greatest I’ve ever seen return punts. Rhino was only a good punt returner because he couldn’t do anything on the field worth a $h!t. Outside of punts he was the worst football player I’ve ever seen put on pads at Tech. With that aside, I think its Roddy Jones’ job for the taking. So what, he fumbled 1 punt last year. Its a new year, he a year older and a year wiser. Explosive player.

CJ_4_Prez

April 10th, 2009
1:35 pm

oops, left out the word else after anything.

SugarHillDawg

April 10th, 2009
10:01 pm

M (Butthead) You can’t post without saying TGAG can you??

Big B CH 99

April 11th, 2009
10:44 pm

Rhino was a great return man. Although, he didn’t have the breakaway speed to bust it for a TD, he could always get a handful of yards. He had the heart of a lion, and Didn’t Fumble. Last yrs returners were terrible, they weren’t very good & they fumbled.

braindeaddog

April 12th, 2009
1:43 am

45-42. Kiss ass Georgia fans!

Tokyo jacket

April 12th, 2009
5:24 am

It’s interesting that Rhino was a non-talent to hear some people say it, yet he is the leader in Tech history for return yards. A lot of the other players had the halo rule too. Kelley wasn’t fast, but he could make not only the first guy, but also the second guy miss. And, save the Peach Bowl, he didn’t drop the ball.

SugarHillDawg

April 12th, 2009
9:35 am

I wish you Tech Nerds would give that 45-42 a rest. You act like it was a beat down or something. Guess 3 poits is just as good as 300 for Tech LOSERS.BTW, I wish I could TGAG M was gone too.

BadgerDawg

April 12th, 2009
2:47 pm

SugarHill, if it wasn’t for that win we were going to switch to one of the GSUs for the annual game instead hoping for a semblance of a rivalry with Tech, so look at the bright side.

braveshater

April 12th, 2009
9:18 pm

Morgan Burnett is a lock for the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, he’s outta here. He and Eric Berry are the best defensive backs in the country hands down, maybe Taylor Mays has a beef, but thats it.

nerdhater

April 13th, 2009
3:53 pm

no GT players go in the first round braveshater.

GT???

April 13th, 2009
7:01 pm

What does TGAG stand for?????

BS Patrol

April 13th, 2009
8:27 pm

Hey RAMBLE ON!!! SugarHill wants you to give the 45-42 a rest! And he’s on the Tech blog.

Wait! I think I just saw Roddy Jones go by my window & I live 150 miles from ATL.

GT???, I think it stands for “thank God & Greyhound” but don’t encourage him.

BLAZER

April 14th, 2009
8:51 am

45-42 is still getting to them – or did they forget 49-10?

neckhater

April 14th, 2009
2:06 pm

Did any of the Doggy fans watch their spring game? GT will win by much more than 3 points this year. Can’t wait to hear the excuses for that win.

SugarHillDawg

April 15th, 2009
3:34 pm

Hey Neckhater, don’t guess you knew we had 25 PLAYERS not playing in the Spring game. Keep thinking that GEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!

Empty Bleachers

April 15th, 2009
7:11 pm

Wow! What a fund raising team we’ve got at Tech! Our alumni don’t contribute enough money nor buy enough season tickets, so our marketing department decided to make up for it by price gouging the UGA fans for the Georgia game. Once again we are gonna be carried by Georgia Football.

I hope we can round up at least a thousand people to watch the game this Saturday. By the way, history doesn’t favor the option attack after year one in the modern era. So we have two guys who would be fourth string in Athens at WR? Plus a bunch of walk-ons? Don’t look now but I think the only passing we’re gonna see is the pitch and shuttle variety.

I think CPJ needs to drop some random drug tests…some of the guys are chanting “National Champs” at practices. Looks like our boys are going the Joe Hamilton route…why does our campus have to be the highest in crack head per capita ratio? We are helluva engineers, we should be able to engineer athletes without drugs and class skipping, let alone a helluva remedial program.

dumb dawg fan

April 28th, 2009
11:41 pm

Hey SugarHillDawg … What the dog crap are you doing? You are making the UGA nation look bad. Give it up. We got are butts kicked in every sport includen volleyball. Please, just sat back, take a tums and quit farting out your mouth!!