Noles, Hokies, & Mid Season Grades

Noles?

Before we move onto the Hokies and midseason grades, I thought Tech fans might enjoy the following Youtube highlight clips courtesy of poster ‘georgiatech22‘ on the Hive:

Anthony Allen’s Big Run and Nesbitt’s TD

Nesbitt’s Bomb to Thomas

Marcus Wright Carves the FSU D for a TD

Dwyer Rambles 60+ Yards for a TD

Josh Nesbitt Steals the Fumble Back!

Nesbitt Takes the Ball in for a TD

Hot Bobby! Hot Bobby!

I really enjoyed those clips since I didn’t get a chance to watch the game on TV.

Hokies!

The Hokies are gonna be a tough out folks.  Not typically the kind of team you schedule for Homecoming.

However, the Jackets play well at home and play well on Homecoming historically.  And Tech should also benefit from great crowd support and a 6:00pm kickoff time which will allow for even more fan support and participation in the stands.  (I don’t want to hear any excuses about people missing the game due to ballet practice or soccer games or etc.   The 6:00pm kickoff should give everyone time to handle family commitments and then make it to Homecoming…)

It look like we’ll have a bit of a celebrity at our Fight Win Drink tailgate this coming weekend.

John Wise, from OneGreatSeason.Com, will be stopping by for a little Southern hospitality…GT style.

If you haven’t seen John’s website you’ve probably missed his video clips with Sean Bradford and Brad Sellars…see below:

Sean Bedford, the Coolest Guy in College Football?

Brad Sellars Talks About the Plan for VT

MidSeason Grades!

Offense: A

Why not an A+?

Well…in spite of Nesbitt’s recent improvement and the addition of Allen to the A-Back rotation, I can’t forget the lackluster performance against Clemson and Miami.  The passing game and the blocking have improved greatly but the Jackets need to keep popping big plays and keep the chains moving against VT this weekend if they want to progress from a solid A to an exceptional A+ on offense.

Defense: C-

Some of you may think a C- is too high a grade for the defense right now.  Honestly…you are probably right.  But I’m giving Wommack a bit of credit for his obvious efforts to make adjustments and improvements.  The Jackets have been carved up at times in the past two games but they’ve been missing critical pieces.  (Egbuniwe and Taylor against FSU for example…)  I have to give them credit for the UNC game and also for developing a pass rush and getting some stops in the second half against FSU.

This unit is dangerously close to a failing grade.  They need to bounce back against VT this weekend.

Special Teams: B-

Kick coverage has been decent at best and field goals have been an adventure, but I think our kick return game has been really good.  Orwin Smith and Jerrard Tarrant both offer explosive potential to break big gains and score points on each kick return.

We’ll be sorely tested on special teams this weekend…they don’t call the VT special teams “Beamer Ball” for nothing.  The Hokies are good in that area of the game.

Go Jackets!

Beat the Hokies!

41 comments Add your comment

superDawg

October 15th, 2009
1:47 pm

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Saint Simons

October 15th, 2009
1:50 pm

to hell with Ga!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TML

October 15th, 2009
1:52 pm

I’m one of the biggest Tech homers there is, but I’d still give the D…a D :) (at best). We cannot continue to give up 40+ per game and lean on the offense to just score more points. We’ve done that against the last few ‘big time’ teams (U[sic]GA, LSU, Miami, Florida St.) and it’s come back to bite us in a couple of those games…we don’t need to do it again, at home, against VT, with the Coastal on the line. Otherwise, Chris, your grades are good.

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TheGoldPEN15

October 15th, 2009
1:55 pm

I am convinced that the problem with our defense is energy, and this may have to do with conditioning, motivation, or both. Everyone always seems so winded to me. Regarding our game against Miami, I know most feel it is a lame excuse, but I truly do feel the team was worn out due to the 3 games in 12 days debacle. Say what you want, but our guys were exhausted on that horrible Thursday night.

Hey Dogtards

October 15th, 2009
2:06 pm

I’d give the offense an A-: It’s been fine the past few games but it can get better. Blocking is fine but not incredibly crisp. Roddy has been almost non-existent. Nesbitt has been making a lot of throws but I’d still like to see him complete 1 or 2 more a game. Dwyer has been fine but seems to lack a little explosiveness on the inside plays. Seems like he could average another yard or so per carry up the gut.

Defense gets a D: Morgan has been double teamed all game long so you can’t really fault him. Egbuniwe has been missed too. Defensive tackles leave a lot of room for improvement. Haven’t seen much from the linebackers either – not a lot of Senior leadership from Griffin. Burnett (Julian) has been a pleasant surprise, but he still plays like a Freshman. Burnett of the other variety is an enigma. Makes a couple plays a game for the most part, but disappears through long stretches. I’d also expect him to take charge and help get our other DBs in the right place. Not sure how much the injury to Coop hurt. He’s fast, but he was out of position all day long against Miami. Could have had something to do with the heart condition too though. Whoever plays at the end position opposite Morgan needs to step it up consistently. DTs need to start pushing people around and try to keep some double teams off of Morgan.

End of the day, regardless of scheme we need to execute. Looked good against State though.

Special Teams: C-. Kicking game has been atrocious. Kickoff coverage has been atrocious. Kick returns have been about a B and punt returns a B+/A- (aside from the two big returns, Tarrant hasn’t done too much). Punting has been a little above average. We’ll need to step it up here this week.

Blindog

October 15th, 2009
2:53 pm

TO HELL WITH GA. TECH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Blindog

October 15th, 2009
2:56 pm

Paul Jounson looks funny in a gay sort of way. don’t you think?

Blindog

October 15th, 2009
2:58 pm

Thats Paul Johnson not Jounson,sorry about spelling sissy boys name wrong!

Burdell

October 15th, 2009
3:02 pm

Does anyone know what a blin dog is? or a blind og? Me neither.

Chris, this statement you made bothers me a bit: “…play well on Homecoming historically”

I, unlike UGA fans (1980 was a LONG time ago), have a very short memory when it comes to football. All I remember is that our one home loss last year was at HOMECOMING to VIRGINIA of all teams!!!!

I agree with the grades for the most part. Let’s be LOUD as hell on Saturday!!!!!

GO JACKETS!! BEAT THE HOKIES!!!

Sea Island

October 15th, 2009
3:19 pm

High school stadium:homecoming:playing #4 team …. and can’t sellout ….hahahahahahahahahahaha

Burdell

October 15th, 2009
3:35 pm

You got us on that one Sea Island. Can’t even begin to make excuses for that sorry fact! Boggles my mind as to why there are still tickets available…

Holy crap...

October 15th, 2009
3:55 pm

The dogtard guy obviously has never played a down of football in his life – blocking needs to be more crisp / I’d like to see Nesbitt complete 1 or 2 more passes per game / Coop he was out of position all day long against Miami. Could have had something to do with the heart condition too though / DTs need to start pushing people around and try to keep some double teams off of Morgan. / Dwyer has been fine but seems to lack a little explosiveness on the inside plays. Seems like he could average another yard or so per carry up the gut.

This guy sounds like a UGA fan who knows everything except how tough a game football is to play as a player!!!!

Blindog

October 15th, 2009
4:43 pm

I loves them Rockytop mens!!!!

superDawg

October 15th, 2009
4:58 pm

THERE GOES HERSCHEL.

Burdell

October 15th, 2009
5:07 pm

Reshad Jones….bump.

sunday

October 15th, 2009
5:42 pm

The tickets that are still available are in the Virginia Tech section that were refunded to Tech after the VT section did not sell their allotted tickets.

BuzztheKiller

October 15th, 2009
5:43 pm

Must be break time for blindog and sea island….bored with posting on firemarkricht.com…so they come troll on the Tech blogs. You are dismissed until late November. In the meantime the real Tech fans are focusing on beating the #4 team in the country and getting to a BCS game. Something UGA USED to do.

BuzztheKiller

October 15th, 2009
5:45 pm

I predict it will be loud and crazy on Sat night at BDS…Lord and the wife willing, I will be there!

superDawg

October 15th, 2009
7:18 pm

buzzthenerd what kind of focus do fans have to do before a smackdown.

Kennesaw Dawg

October 15th, 2009
7:42 pm

To hell with Saint Simons!

Not Disappointed

October 15th, 2009
8:36 pm

lol kenndawg

Not Disappointed

October 15th, 2009
8:36 pm

BuzztheKiller

October 15th, 2009
8:47 pm

You tell me there little super doggie…what was your pre-game prep before becoming Lane Kiffin’s b*tch????? I want to make sure we Tech fans don’t do something different…you are dismissed.

Jefferson

October 15th, 2009
9:37 pm

Need some pass rushers, contain the Taylor kid. Play hard. Go Jackets.

bugsquacher

October 16th, 2009
1:43 am

Hey st simon! Can you spell MIAMI? hahahahahahahahahah! trade school nerd!

GT GRAD

October 16th, 2009
1:44 am

I really like our chances as long as the GT players come READY to play, the team gets a few good breaks and they can limit the turnovers (If GT does not have any turnovers, I say we win ).

This could be a huge win for GT…………I mean for this season and for the future of the program; a win against #4 VT will be a very important building block for the future.

Go GT!!

bugsquacher

October 16th, 2009
1:45 am

cat got your tongue? hey st simon…… just as I thought, chicken s…

Burdell

October 16th, 2009
11:32 am

Oh, I see…

“Squacher” is one of those internet tough guys. HA! Nice name…make that one up did ya?

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 16th, 2009
12:45 pm

supeDawg…did you just say “THERE GOES HERSCHEL”?

OMG, yes you did….and that was, oh 29 years ago?!?

Fine example of a fleabag.

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 16th, 2009
12:48 pm

Can we stay current, like 49-45, or 45-10?

or would you prefer 45-42?

GTealeafreader

October 16th, 2009
2:07 pm

Alright, I’ve consulted the tea leaves and this is what they have to say. Tech wins in a shootout 35-28. Home field advantage, a slight edge on the offense and the defense (surprise!) makes enough stops at critical junctures making this possible. Good luck Rambling wrecks and happy homecoming!!!

Tom

October 16th, 2009
4:36 pm

Given both defenses … and both offenses, points will be scored. Special team go to VPI … close VPI win on special team kick coverages that will equal field position. Don’t need a blocked punt or kick.

Pi$$onaDawg

October 16th, 2009
4:54 pm

After the FSU game I would love to see somebody try to SNATCH Josh’s mom’s or girlfriend’s purse. Nesbitt looked in the tiger’s eye and stole that slab of pig right out of it’s mouth.

collegeballfan

October 16th, 2009
6:19 pm

The GT defense either wins or loses this game.

Techie Since '59

October 16th, 2009
7:44 pm

If I can scrape together $50, I’m going to get a cane and haul my sorry old butt up to Section 201 (extreme SW corner nosebleed section). Seriously.

bugsquacher

October 16th, 2009
8:21 pm

Losses already, losses to come

M I A M I,,,,

V T,,,,,

U G A,,,,,

Let the crying begin, you trade school girls

hedgepruner

October 17th, 2009
12:38 am

bugsquasher hydrant humper “loses already, losses to come
Okl St,,,,
UT,,,,,ass whoopi n
Vandy,,,,you homecoming bitch
Kentucky,,,,martinez is brook’s bitch
Auburn,,,,Chizit’s homey
GT,,,, the streak CONTINUES bitch

no bowl , ends another STREAK,,,,,

THWG !!!!

bugsquacher

October 17th, 2009
3:00 am

Hmmmmm, another trade school monkey (hedgepruner),,,,cant think of something creative…. get ready for your beat down….. VT by 24

Pi$$onaDawg

October 17th, 2009
4:30 am

I heard another UGA player was drunk on a MOPED. That is like a hooker that can’t stand on the corner. How hard is it to pedal home or just get Fu**ed. It can’t be that hard, but UGA players and soroity girls just can’t seem to get it right. The player goes to jail and the girl get pregnant. They must be in the UGA MBA program.

Pi$$onaDawg

October 17th, 2009
4:32 am

BUGSQ do want to put $100.00 on that 24? Fax me call me emaile of blog me before UGA kicks off at 12:23.

TECHFAN5K

October 20th, 2009
1:05 pm

Hindsight is 20/20 vision, but it is interesting to note that 1)VT did NOT win by 24 pts, the GaTech defense DID step up and play large, and 3) where are the DAWGS in the polls? In this day a 3 and 3 record just doesn’t cut it!! Sorry UGA, but the sun has set on your glory days, so tuck your collective tails and slink off into the night!