Looking at the Offensive Depth Chart

The “official” depth charts are out in preparation for the upcoming season opener against Jacksonville State.  A few things jumped out at me as both expected and surprising…lets look at things position by position.

QB – Josh Nesbitt / Tevin Washington / Quentin Sims

No real surprise here.  We’ve had time to prepare for and digest the fact that Jaybo Shaw won’t be available to us for at least the first half of the season.  We also knew that Quentin Sims was getting some QB snaps, which signaled loud and clear Coach Johnson’s intention to redshirt both true freshmen QBs on the roster.

I’m extremely nervous about the lack of depth behind Nesbitt, but like Coach Johnson says…we’re still better off this season than we were last season.  Last season we had Nesbitt and a pair of true freshmen plus Calvin Booker.  This year we’ve got Nesbitt back with experience and Washington ready for the backup role after redshirting and getting quality reps and practice time.  And in a pinch, Sims can probably run the option better than Booker.  Calvin did his best, but the Gardner Webb game illustrated his limitations in this scheme.

B-Back – Jonathan Dwyer / Preston Lyons / Richard Watson

I was surprised to see Lyons jump ahead of Watson into the #2 spot.  I’d been hearing good things about Lyons but you don’t typically see a transfer jump ahead of a highly recruited scholarship player like Watson.  I was also surprised that Lucas Cox wasn’t in the b-back chart…especially considering the depth we have at a-back.

I also originally expected to see Anthony Allen at b-back.  He’s a powerful runner and solidly built.  Sources down on campus at practice think that his hands may be the best among the running backs and he’s too good to not be on the field along with Dwyer.  So he moved to a-back in an effort to get the best 11 on the field.

A-Back – Embry Peeples / Orwin Smith / Marcus Wright and Anthony Allen / Lucas Cox / Marcus Wright

Yes…you read that right…we’re six deep with quality talent in the a-back position.  And that’s without listing Roddy Jones for Jacksonville State.  The real surprise here is that Marcus Wright isn’t listed as the main #2 guy on either side. He’s going to play a huge role in the offense this season and will have a break out year.

Orwin Smith doesn’t look like a true freshman, but I expected him to redshirt along with Daniel Drummond and really hit the scene next season.

I have to think that the ultimate plan once everyone is healthy will be to start Allen and Jones at the a-back slots with Wright and Cox serving as their primary back ups.  But then Peeples is left out of the loop which makes little sense as well, given his speed and abilities.

We’ve got so much talent at this position its embarassing.  They’re all going to get alot of snaps.  The starter title will be just a formality.

Wide Receiver – Demarious Thomas / Stephen Hill and Kevin Cone / Quentin Sims

If Tech has a true weakness on offense its a lack of depth and multiple threats at the receiver position.

Thomas is a known quantity and one of the best receivers in the conference.  Beyond that, with the recent injury to Tyler Melton, we’re looking at walk ons and freshmen.  Still…they’re all big kids that should be able to block and get downfield if needed.  I just wish we had a real deep threat opposite Thomas to give opposing defenses a tough decision on who to double cover or leave in single coverage.

Offensive Tackle – Brad Sellers and Nick Claytor will pair up on one side while Austin Barrick and Phil Smith man the other.

These guys may look a little light for tackles, none are close to 300 pounds, but its important to remember that they won’t be doing any prostyle pass blocking or zone blocking for a prostyle running game.  They’ll be firing out trying to cut block or get into the second level to pick up a safety or linebacker.  They need speed and agility more than pure girth for Coach Johnson’s scheme.

Offensive Guard – Joseph Gilbert and Omoregie Uzzi on one side and Cord Howard and Zach Krish on the other.

Uzzi and Howard are the only offensive linemen on the depth chart that top 300 pounds.  They’ll be well utilized in the middle blocking for Dwyer on dive plays.  Gilbert has a wealth of experience from last season but needs to get his pads lower so he can maintain leverage on the larger defensive tackles he’ll be facing in serious ACC competition.  If he allowes himself to be pushed off the line of scrimmage we’ll be in trouble…see the LSU game last year as an example of how a defensive line push can disrupt Nesbitt and the offense.

Center – Sean Bedford and Dan Voss

Bedford is a walkon who took advantage of an opportunity when Voss was slowed by injury and rehab.  It will be interesting to see who ultimately owns the starting center job.  Voss is a tough as nails senior…my money is on him securing the starting job with Bedford getting good time in a backup role.

Overall…in the upcoming season opener…

Ideally we’ll see Nesbitt play a few very polished series in the first quarter and sit down so that Washington can get as many live snaps as possible.

I’d also like to see Dwyer cheering from the sidelines by the second half.  He’ll pop a few big runs in the first half and get his yards…no need to get him nicked up while padding his stats.  Lets see what Lyons and Watson can do.

If we’re not going to redshirt Orwin Smith then we should sit Anthony Allen down for the second half and let Wright, Cox, Peeples, and Smith carry the load at a-back.  We’ll need Allen and Jones healthy and ready to go for Clemson five days later.  If we are able to avoid playing Smith until Jones comes back, then I’d still like to see him redshirt.

I’d like to see Stephen Hill lined up opposite Thomas.  Hill is going to be a big time player and I’d like to see him on the field WITH Thomas at the same time.  We need Tyler Melton to come back quick…we’re razor thin here…

We should see marked improvement in the offensive line this season.  One of the things that was evident in the last open scrimmage was the improvement in blocking on the edges.  We need to see offensive linemen firing out low and taking defensive linemen out on the dive play as well.  We can’t hurt opponents on the outside if they don’t respect our ability to hit them in the middle as well.

Next - We’ll take a look at the defensive depth chart and touch on special teams as well, before the game on Saturday.  I’ll be watching the NCSU vs South Carolina game tomorrow night, but look for a blog to be posted tomorrow evening.  Hopefully we can celebrate an Wolfpack victory over Spurrier and the Gamecocks. The ACC needs to win the head to head matchups to gain respect and support from the various media, pundits, and pollsters.

Go Jackets!

THWG!

51 comments Add your comment

Saint Dawg

September 2nd, 2009
11:39 pm

(((( 59-39-5 )))) (((( 51-7 ))))

University of Gay Athletes

September 3rd, 2009
12:57 am

Try living in the present, Saint.

45-42!

david

September 3rd, 2009
1:23 am

Congrats on your 3 pnt win–and the rings. we will see what happens this Nov. good luck against that powerfull JAX ST team! what a joke by the coke

david

September 3rd, 2009
1:25 am

full steam ahead

GT4Life

September 3rd, 2009
2:05 am

Enter your comments here

GT4Life

September 3rd, 2009
2:21 am

@ david: UGA finally schedules an OOC game that has national implications and they have the nerve to gloat about it…LOL!!! Just a few years back Tech played Notre Dame (ranked #2 at the time) in home and home openers. Played Auburn in a home and home series (one opener that we won and one game after the opener against #2 ND). We won both games against Auburn and they’ve refused to play us since. I think UGA lost to the same ‘05 Aub team that Tech defeated with the much-maligned Reggie Ball at the helm. Keep playing those PAC-10 and Big12 teams and proudly thumping your chests. We’ll stick to playing real teams (when we can get them to play us….UCLA refused an invite this year although they have no problem playing the likes of TENN) or the best team that steps forward. UGA OOC games that have the leg-humpers thumping their chests?…..Colorado, New Mexico St., Arizona St., UAB (almost a loss), Ark St., Houston, Mid Tenn St., Northwestern St. (no, not Northwestern of the Big11), LA-Monroe, Boise St., Western KY, West Carolina, Troy….all the while playing KY, Vandy (before their emergence as a well-coached team) and Miss St./Ark/USCe. WOWWWW!

GT4Life

September 3rd, 2009
2:31 am

@david:
Oh…and the Troy team that you defeated in ‘07, the year most of the delusional leg-humpers thought they should have played for the MNC, dropped 488 yards of offense on that vaunted Dawgie defense…hehe! The same Troy team that loss to Fla Atlantic in ‘07.

emdawg

September 3rd, 2009
8:16 am

Good luck with those undersized offensive tackles. Quality D ends will manhandle them. And Gilbert and Bedford will collapse under the pressure of big D tackles. If you don’t get better at throwing the ball you will pay a price this time around.

BobinBuford

September 3rd, 2009
8:43 am

emdawg:

The size of the OL is not of importance in a CPJ run offense. Their quickness is in firing off and blocking for the running plays. Seems like that “undersized” offensive line didn’t have any problems against UGA last November.

chuck allison

September 3rd, 2009
8:47 am

Charis Boggs may have understated the size of our OT’s. Claytor and Barrick are 284, while Phil Smith is 290. Brad Sellers is the only one who probably won’t see 300 lbs this year. He is about 255.

BS Patrol

September 3rd, 2009
9:09 am

Ga would have never have scheduled OSU as an OOC game if they had known they were not going to be the cupcake they had always been.

Carolina Jacket

September 3rd, 2009
9:21 am

Running backs look great. Just think, a guy who started last year, is one of the team’s best blockers, and rushed for more than eight years a carry can’t hold on to his starting position. That’s pretty impressive.

UGA fans make me laugh

September 3rd, 2009
9:36 am

david: “Congrats on your 3 pnt win–and the rings”. UGA retired #40 because he scored the winning TD to stop GT’s 8 game win streak vs. UGA.

GT still holds the title of the best team in the state. Quiet your egos and live with it…

GT BS Detector

September 3rd, 2009
9:55 am

Get a grip GT4life. Until last year everybody in the college football universe wanted to sched GT for homecoming. You guys are absolutely hilarious thumping YOUR chest after 1 good year. The age of 9 wins ain’t good enough GT has been a consistent 6, 7, win bottom feeding team. The idea that GT strikes fear is so damn funny. You guys haven’t been a blip on the college football radar screen for 40 years.

Wiley

September 3rd, 2009
9:56 am

No doubt we are in a better situation at the QB position this year. The great thing about PJ’s system is you don’t need to have a star QB to win games….for example last year. GT is good with out a “star” QB but if Nesbitt Steps up this year, and Tevin(a PJ recruit) learns how to run this offense we will have a great team. I cant wait to see how Josh’s play improves this year, he has alot of potential to open it up this year.

Troof

September 3rd, 2009
9:57 am

How many times has GT been in the top 10 this decade? Top 25? How many BCS bowls? Damn Tech shines don’t they?

Troof

September 3rd, 2009
10:01 am

BS Patrol is BS.

Tech75

September 3rd, 2009
10:02 am

I agree (with my limited knowledge of blocking technique and schemes) that IN THIS OFFENSE what is called for is quickness, agility and technique. Of course you don’t want to give up too much from the weight/strength perspective.

I remember Tennessee teams from the 70’s had smaller, quick linemen that were able to out-maneuver larger opponents and could be really disruptive to an offense.

I also think “outsized” linemen (as a group) tend to overly rely on their weight and strength, and when they get tired, tend to draw a lot more holding penalties if their technique is not good.

Troof

September 3rd, 2009
10:32 am

I bet those LSU lineman that manhandled it aren’t that impressed with your conjecture.

Troof

September 3rd, 2009
10:35 am

I do agree that GT’s heave and duck passing attack is perfectly suited for that type of line. Now give us your expert take on GT’s undersized Dline.

BayouBengal

September 3rd, 2009
10:36 am

Coach Miles LOVED your Oline Tech 75.

Don

September 3rd, 2009
10:48 am

Coach Johnson and Tech should roll this week and get the reserves into the game by middle of the 3rd quarter. That is crucial so the players are fresh going into the Clemson game. For more info on Tech football visit: http://www.bbuzzoff.com

Engy

September 3rd, 2009
10:56 am

I wouldn’t be surprised if coach Johnson started putting in our second stringers before the half. We should roll Jacksonville State pretty easily.

gt110215

September 3rd, 2009
11:29 am

Good point UGA fans make me laugh! All I hear about from my ugag buddies is the ring but they retired a jersey! Looking forward to a great season on the Flats! Go Jackets!! 2 more days til toe meets leather at Bobby Dodd!!!!

Big Brad CH 99

September 3rd, 2009
11:36 am

I also would like to see Stephen Hill lined up opposite BayBay, but on the DepthChart out at RamblinWreck.com, he’s listed behind BayBay, w/ Kevin Cone starting at the other WR.

GTMan

September 3rd, 2009
12:09 pm

why are you guys going back and forth with those UGA “Morons” Fans…. Don’t you guys see they don’t make any sense.

All you have to tell them is… “I want mine Scattered, Smothered, Covered, and Chunked…” Thats all they know.

Paul's Johnson

September 3rd, 2009
1:10 pm

What’s the hardest thing about being a GT fan?

Telling your parents that you’re gay!

Cuz

September 3rd, 2009
3:01 pm

What’s the hardest thing about being a UGA fan?

Telling your kids their mama’s also their aunt.

Paul's Johnson

September 3rd, 2009
3:22 pm

Cuz:

Your mama’s my aunt? I doubt it….sploogesponge is more accurate.

UGA NOT

September 3rd, 2009
3:35 pm

What’s the hardest part of being a UGA fan?

Remembering how to spell dog.

It is D-O-G!!!!!!

GTMan

September 3rd, 2009
3:41 pm

Only a UGAY fan would want to be Paul’s Johnson… Go spit in your bottle you carry around, and head back to the trailor and yell Goooo DAWGS……

THWG….

Paul's Johnson

September 3rd, 2009
3:44 pm

GTGirl:
I’m not a UGA fan…I’m an Alcorn State fan. Take it back.

GT = NERDS

September 3rd, 2009
4:16 pm

Got a recent picture of GT’s offensive line:

http://www.cyberdragon.org/

GT = NERDS

September 3rd, 2009
4:22 pm

UGA fans can make you laugh, doofus, because they have personalities. GT nerds are socially inept and can only communicate with a keyboard. Real sad. Thank God and Greyhound that the fat slob of a coach is presiding at the Joke.

GT = NERDS

September 3rd, 2009
4:29 pm

GT4Life:

you want to talk about schedules????? You play in the frekin’ ACC for crying out loud!! Then you play JAX ST – TWICE (Not even Jacksonville, FL), Gardner Webb, Furman, Citadel, SC ST. Meanwhile, you are too damn scared to play GA Southern and beat your chest for playing Miss St and Vandy. ND and Auburn had their worst 2-3 year periods in school history when you played them. Wow, I bet you will order rings for beating Jax St back to back….Thank God and greyhound the fat slob is YOUR head coach!

Vin Stooley

September 3rd, 2009
5:05 pm

Troof=Gt,Nerds=Paul’s Johnson=bayou Bengal= UGA dweeb. He cannot accept the fact that his mom is his sister.

TYSON

September 3rd, 2009
5:06 pm

Why do tech fans have two black eyes.Because they did’nt listen the first time.

Harry Paratestes

September 3rd, 2009
5:32 pm

Vin Stooley:

What kind of mindless drivel are you trying to type?
Better put your panties on and stretch out. Georgia Tech’s cheerleading practice starts in 15 mins. Don’t be late!

Vin Stooley

September 3rd, 2009
5:53 pm

Harry,
Why do you change names every time you post?

And we don’t need no stinking pretty-boy coach to stomp dog butt.

JacketSteve

September 3rd, 2009
6:43 pm

the ugay fans on this blog are such brainless morons. we beat your a** in your stadium. deal with it. i don’t hear any of you talking about how you’re going to beat OSU on Saturday. you’re all scared so you’re coming on here to talk smack to a team that smack you around last year. real smart. i’m sure if you beat the cowboys you’ll all be saying “i told you so” on Sunday, even though you never said you’d win. go lick yourselves and cry about being the second best team in the state. GO JACKETS!!!

B

September 3rd, 2009
7:10 pm

When or if The “Dawgs” ( what a joke) beat Paul Johnson’s Yellow Jackets, you clowns can bark all you want. As of right now however you are 0-1 and you just sound like a bunch of idiots.

UGA sux:

September 3rd, 2009
9:27 pm

Caleb “Pine Sitter” King and Joe Phallic for Heisman! What a joke of a team. THWG!

Roddy Jones:

September 3rd, 2009
9:29 pm

Heck, I am still running for another TD against the mutts. Only if they knew how to tackle. LOL! Wait, I forgot, UGAG isn’t smart enough to tackle and oh no……………………………. I just scored again. 214 yards between your smelly rotten hedges as a Freshman. I love it. THWG!

UGAGIT:

September 3rd, 2009
9:33 pm

Hey GT=Nerds: Quit bragging about how good the SEC is, coz they are not the best conference in college football. Get over it. Also, if you are talking about scheduling, Vandy upset your chitty school for Homecoming a few years ago and you are working on a homo and homo schedule with Army and Florida A&M. You are one clueless redneck dawgterd fan. Your team sux, your school sux, your fans suck and your city of Athens sucks. Basically, that is UGA = SUCKS AZZ!
THWG!

UGAGIT:

September 3rd, 2009
9:37 pm

To add to my cmment above. UGAG plays SC = sux, Arkansas = sux, Tenn Tech = sux, KY Jelly = sux, Vandy = sux and you will probably lose again. LSU = loss, UF = Loss, OSU = Loss, GT = BIG LOSS and overall your team will lose 4-6 games this year. Get over it and accept that your team is the second best team in the state of Georgia and your team is in the bottom of the SEC (Sorry Education Conference). OSU will kick your azzes and you will open the year 0-1. hey, maybe you can still win the NC like every year. THWG! YOU ALL SUCK!

Larry Munson:

September 3rd, 2009
9:40 pm

Dawg Fans: Let’s get ready to lose our azzes all year coz we suck at football. I can see it now……………………………………Tears are falling from the sky, Tears are falling from the sky. Oh my…………………………UGAG sux azzes. Well, gotta go get a real dog at the Jr. V and get back to my camper. THWG!

GT Fan...

September 3rd, 2009
9:56 pm

Can’t wait for Saturday … it’s kind’a like when you’re a kid, and it’s just 2 days before the white-bearded guy in the red suit makes a visit.

Very excited to see how the offense executes. Confident that the ‘09 d-line is going to impress a lot of people. Very intrigued to see what Jarrad Tarrant will do on punt returns, how “Coop”er Taylor does at the new Wolf position, and some flash from Anthony Allen.

Go Jackets! I’ll be cheering you on from the stands on Saturday!!

superDawg

September 3rd, 2009
10:07 pm

superDawg

September 3rd, 2009
10:11 pm

I like the way you nerds set yourselves up for heartache and hybernation.The only thing that will be left is well you know free hot dogs.

superDawg

September 3rd, 2009
10:12 pm