August Means Football Practice & Fan Day!

Prologue…

The long hot summer is winding down and Sunday (tomorrow) marks the first day of August.

This is important for two reasons:

  1. The 2010 Yellow Jackets start practice on Thursday, August 5th.
  2. The 2010 Yellow Jacket Fan Day will be Saturday, August 7th at 3:00pm.

A third and relatively minor reason August is important is the fact that this blog will once again become active.   Doug Roberson and Chip Towers have done a good job covering the beat stories and recruiting updates.  My goal, as I rejoin their blogging efforts, will be to provide a “fan” perspective from now through the next several months.

Opening Act…

The 2010 freshmen football recruits reported to campus on June 23, 2010. Thursday of this coming week (August 5) they’ll get their first taste of real college football practice.  I’m sure they’ve been working out and attending meetings and getting accustomed to collegiate life.  But now begins a stretch of practices during which we’ll learn if any of these new players will push for playing time and make an impact in 2010.

The true freshmen I’m most curious to see are Charles Perkins at B-back, and Denzel McCoy or Shawn Green at nose tackle in Groh’s 3-4 defense.

I think Perkins has a chance to make an impact primarily because of the loss of Jonathan Dwyer to the NFL and the fact that Preston Lyons (surgery) and Daniel Drummond (suspended) won’t be much of a factor when the pads go back on.

Anthony Allen will be rock solid as the #1 B-back but then things are a bit of a mixed bag.  Veteran Lucas Cox is being moved back over from A-back to provide depth and we know he has the right running style for the position. And highly recruited sophomore Richard Watson has the size and potential to be the #2 guy when Allen needs a breather.  But can either one of them hold off Charles Perkins, who was recruited by Paul Johnson…as a B-back?

McCoy and Green will have a chance to impress Al Groh as he installs his 3-4 defense.

Tech fans have been anxiously awaiting an impact from r-So TJ Barnes or r-Fr JC Lanier since both were signed as recruits.   They both have the size to hold down the nose tackle position, but neither have been able to push Logan Walls out of his starting spot on the defensive line.  And with Ben Anderson coming off an injury last season, it looks like Walls will be the #1 nose tackle heading into Fall practice.

The battle for nose tackle may be one of the most important plot lines the next four weeks.  Can Groh find the guy he needs to plug up the middle of the 3-4 defensive line?  Will Logan Walls oversome a lack of size with agility and effort or will one of the bigger, younger guys finally step up and take possession of what could an extremely critical position on the defense line this coming season?

2010 Fan Day…

Some of my questions and concerns may be answered this August 7th at Fan Day…if we get updated rosters.   I’d love nothing better than to see that Logan Walls has put on weight or that TJ Barnes has slimmed down…just a little!  We’ll need both of them to play alot of quality snaps this season.

The event will begin at 3pm and will be hosted in the Callaway Plaza there in the shadow of the North endzone.  Its a great chance to bring your kids down to The Flats.  In past years I’ve gotten pictures of my daughters with the Wreck, Buzz, and the cheerleaders.

At 4pm, fans will be allowed into the stadium to meet the players and coaches while also getting autographs and pictures.

So put on your white and gold and pack your camera and your kids (if you have any) and join the rest of us GT fans on campus.

One of my goals will be to get there early enough to get one of the cheerleader posters.  My 6 year old missed out on one last year and I was in the doghouse for the rest of the weekend.  I’d rather not go through that again…not when I’m trying to raise her right!

Go Jackets!

THWG!

26 comments Add your comment

2BT

July 31st, 2010
4:10 pm

welcome back – nice job!

AMG

July 31st, 2010
4:55 pm

AMG

July 31st, 2010
4:57 pm

Perkins will be awesome this year, watch his video, he is made for b-back.

lucky21

July 31st, 2010
5:10 pm

great to have you back blogging chris

old hooker

July 31st, 2010
5:17 pm

I just feel that something good is about to happen!

SammyV

July 31st, 2010
5:20 pm

Glad ur back. Dress her up on white and gold, and put her on campus to cheer the brave and bold.

Gordon Lightfoot

July 31st, 2010
5:27 pm

actually AMG, you weren’t first! But there’s no shame in being runner-up. You Tek fans should be used to that role in this state by now!!!

TDone

July 31st, 2010
5:36 pm

Say Gordon, the Gators are calling!

GTMike

July 31st, 2010
5:38 pm

The more you think about it, it’s crazy how much talent we have at B-back. Allen will be a beast there for this year. The way Richard Watson hits the hole could win him the #2 job, but Cox has shown he can be just as productive as any other guys also. Then you have Preston Lyons and Daniel Drummond when he comes back, both guys that could just as well compete. On top of this all you have Charles Perkins who is supposed to be an absolute beast. Allen himself commented on how huge Perkins has been getting over the summer during a Scout interview…

Also you mentioned updated rosters… The athletic site updated the roster on the Athletic website just a couple days ago. It has updated weights for all the guys except the true freshmen. They have Walls just under 300 now, sitting at 295 and TJ Barnes lost a little weight, now weighing 333. One guy who seems to have lost a lot of weight was JC Lanier, who they now have listed at 290… hopefully he’s still getting stronger at the same time.

Delbert D.

July 31st, 2010
7:50 pm

The April 24 Depth Chart weights are different from the April 24 Roster. J.C. Lanier, for example is 317 on the Depth Chart, 290 on the Roster.

dagnabit

July 31st, 2010
9:43 pm

And you gordon can get used to cheering on the hit-n-run alcoholics.

GTFan

July 31st, 2010
10:05 pm

Chris- nice of you to join us. We’ll see you again in October, right?…. What a joke of a blog… No commitment.

Cuttysark

August 1st, 2010
11:22 am

The Yellow Jackets have plenty of personnel for the Al Groh system. It will be interesting to see who sets themselves apart from the pack once camp opens next week. The real intrigue is on the offensive line. Go check out the story on http://isportsweb.com to see the concerns heading into fall camp. Go Jackets!

mwh6767

August 1st, 2010
12:25 pm

Hope Walls has beefed up a little bit. If he is truely around 295 with the same quickness then he should be just fine at NT. Still need Barnes and Lanier to fullfil their potential. You can never have enough big lineman. The more guys able to produce the more guys can rotate in and out and the fresher Tech will be in the 4th qtr. I for one hope that perkins is redshirted this yr. Not because I don’t think he can play but with AA and watson as well as Cox and Lyons do we really need to waste a year when he won’t play a lot unless someone gets hurt? Redshirt him this year, bring him in next year when you will have him, watson and hopefully drummond. Thats one hell of a rotation at B-back!

Cuttysark

August 1st, 2010
5:12 pm

mwh6767,

I agree that we don’t need to waste a year with Charles Perkinis due to the current logjam at B-Back. I believe that Mr. Perkins was getting some reps at A-Back this spring, which will possibly allow him to see the field this year along with another freshmean who also enrolled for the spring; BJ Bostic. Knowing both positions is a real benefit just like AA has discussed. The Paul Johnson machine is just getting started. Nice post. Go Jackets!

Delbert D.

August 1st, 2010
6:39 pm

I’ve compiled some info on the OL, DL and LBs.

OL starters average 6′3, 291
OL 2-deep* average 6′4, 290

DL starters average 6′3-1/2, 283
DL 2-deep* average 6′4, 290

LB starters average 6′3, 245
LB 3 deep* average 6′2, 235

*1 LT, DE and DT position are 3 deep.
Sylvester is listed as starter/1st backup at both ILB positions

I've compiled some stats too!

August 1st, 2010
10:03 pm

8 out of 9 and counting.

SAINT SIMON

August 1st, 2010
11:14 pm

UGA 30 – GT 24!!!!!!!
UGA 73 – GT 66!!!!!!!!!

HAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WE RUN THIS STATE!!!!!!!!

T-man

August 2nd, 2010
12:56 am

Black jerseys and red panties… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whiteandgoldskie

August 2nd, 2010
11:04 pm

Wow- this blog doesn’t get much traffic… That’s what happens when you post once a quarter… You gotta pick it up, man.

Bungle Bee

August 3rd, 2010
9:26 am

Did you guys hear that C-cup Johnson has a new scheme; he’s recruiting some kid for Hairy-back, and another one for ReachAroundFromThe-Back to implement in his cripple option attack. He says both positions should come very naturally to the male students at GT, and has had overwhelming support from the GT fanbase who are very familiar with the positions, as well as the lesser know pimple-back, and the always popular Impotent-back.

Yes the bugs from last year’s mud hole stomping, are ready for this year’s beat down and humiliation at the hands of the RAID wielding Bulldawgs.

King scored again!
lol, HAAAAAA!

jacket backer

August 3rd, 2010
12:24 pm

bungle bee has got to be the saddest excuse for a UGA fan. So sad you have to come on here and try to stir up some drama to make your life meaningful. Too bad being a UGA fan is not enough for you. Sad.

Trooper Cabe

August 5th, 2010
12:29 am

25-6

WE WALK THIS STATE!

JacketFanInCali

August 5th, 2010
2:40 pm

Nice post man, but I have to agree that you need to get some more going, maybe 2 a week in order to get some more responses (yes I know you have a lot more to do outside of this blog, but still if possible). Also I read your blog whenever it happens but don’t post often so I don’t have to read through the 5th grade mentality that Georgia fans possess on this blog. Just know a lot of Fans of the Yellow Jackets read this and we just actually have intelligence to not spread fuel on a redneck, dumb****, worthless, high school drop out fire.

Old Gold

August 5th, 2010
8:28 pm

I look forward to a season filled with Chin augmentations and breast reductions

TheTaxJacket

August 6th, 2010
2:33 pm

Coaches know best!!!

(((( 17 – 21 ))))

Glory, glory to the Jackets, their truth is marching on!!!!!!!!