The long hot summer is winding down and Sunday (tomorrow) marks the first day of August.
This is important for two reasons:
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.
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!