Images from Fan Day & Scrimmage Thoughts

The last two weekends have been pretty entertaining for Tech fans.

On the 7th, we had the 2010 Fan Day celebration.   There were easily seven or eight thousand fans there taking advantage of the chance to meet the team and coaches.   I was able to grab some video and still images from the event, which can be seen at the Youtube link below:

2010 Georgia Tech Fan Day

This morning, we had a chance to get at look at the offense and defense.  For most of us, it was the first real look at the Yellow Jacket team that will take the field in 2010.  Nesbitt didn’t participate in the Spring game and Groh hadn’t had time to really implement much of his defense at that point.  We also didn’t have all the new recruits on campus.

Before I get into any specifics, I need to make one statement.

Actually, you could consider it an apology of sorts.

So…here goes…

I’d like to apologize to all the fans of our opponents this season.  Josh Nesbitt and this Georgia Tech offense are going to run up and down the field on your team and make you feel bad.

Now that the pre-emptive apology has been delivered, lets get into a few specifics about today’s scrimmage.

  • Quarterback - Josh Nesbitt looks healthy and very, very impressive.  You can tell he’s comfortable, confident, and ready to run Coach Johnson’s offense.   Tevin Washington is a few steps behind Nesbitt, but he’ll be a serviceable #2 in a pinch.  Synjyn Days has the build and toughness to follow Nesbitt and battle for playing time in upcoming seasons.
  • B-Back – Anthony Allen is going to surprise many people this season.  I don’t see a drop off from Dwyer to be quite honest.  Allen may not have Dwyer’s home run speed but his running style is suited for the b-back position.  He hits the dive very aggressively and will provide excellent production inside.  He will move the chains.  Behind Allen there is Lucas Cox, Richard Watson, and Preston Lyons.  Any of these three can come in and produce in a backup role.  Charles Perkins is likely to redshirt, in my opinion.  That’s a comment on the quality of our depth more than Charles’ skills or talent.
  • A-Back – Another position with extremely impressive depth.  You can expect to see the a-backs deployed in pairs with Roddy Jones and Embry Peebles starting and Marcus Wright and Orwin Smith rotating in as well.  Any of those four backs are capable of taking it the distance.
  • Wide Receivers – Everyone knows about Stephen Hill and expects big things.  But I think Tyler Melton is going to step up and have a big season.  Melton is a capable and reliable veteran now.  He’s also a better blocker than Hill at this point.  Kevin Cone is a great blocker but he also showed some good ball skills during an impressive TD grab by going over the top of the corner who had position on him.  Corey Earls has also been moved back to receiver and will provide experienced depth.
  • Offensive Line – The starting OL looked impressive today.  They looked like they were functioning as a unit on the running plays…especially the #1 offense.  They need to improve on pass blocking and they’ll need to engage their second level blocking assignments better in live games, but they looked improved over the past few seasons.
  • Defensive Line – I’m still getting used to watching a 3-4 defense.  Not being an NFL fan, its not something I’m extremely familiar with.  It looked like the defensive line was doing a good job of engaging blockers so that the linebackers could make plays.   That’s their job in a 3-4.
  • Linebackers – The linebackers were extremely active today.  Brad Jefferson is solid in the middle.  Egbuniwe surprised me at the outside linebacker position.  I was never really convinced he was a 4-3 defensive end.  He seems to play faster in Groh’s offense and did a good job getting in the backfield from his weak side position.  I only really saw him blocked outside on one play that went for a big gain.  But that play was Josh Nesbitt and the #1 offense so he gets a little bit of a pass.  Julian Burnett was all over the place when he was on the field.  And it was really, really nice to see Kyle Jackson back out there.  We really missed him last season when he was injured.
  • Defensive Secondary - Cooper Taylor is back folks and he looks great.  He actually looks like he’s grown up.  There’s no doubt that he’s filled out and put on some muscle.  He’s a playmaker, period.  We’re lucky to have him back.  It was also very interesting to see Isaiah Johnson on the field wearing the #1 jersey.  The combination of Taylor and Johnson may actually take some playing time away from Jerrard Tarrant.  Butler, Reese, Reid, and Peterson are all good veterans at corner with Ryan Ayers waiting in the wings for his chance to contribute.

Overall, I thought the #1 offense looked like its going to take the expected step forward in Paul Johnson’s third season.  We’re going to score plenty of points.  I also thought the #1 and #2 defenses looked pretty good considering that they’re learning Groh’s 3-4 defense.  Its tough to judge, while watching them against a triple option offense, but we appear to be developing quality depth that includes size, strength, and speed.

Perhaps the most important observation of all was the fact that the defense looked like they knew what they were doing.  They didn’t look confused or unsure.  And they were playing aggressively…something we saw too little of last season.

At a minimum, we’ll make opponents punt a few times in 2010.

And that means Nesbitt gets the ball back in his hands…which is a very, very good thing for those of us wearing White and Gold.

Go Jackets!

44 comments Add your comment

Fitz15

August 15th, 2010
12:23 am

1st ? …..GO JACKETS hurry up 9/4 1pm!!!!

gte520u

August 15th, 2010
1:02 am

How was the passing?

TechDan

August 15th, 2010
1:03 am

GO JACKETS!!

Not the Saviour

August 15th, 2010
2:47 am

Huge GT Fan but y’all are romaticizing the year that Coop had as a freshman. He was mainly lost in coverage. While the FSU tackle was a big play, it was a lucky play – no one teaches kids to tackle with the crown of their helmet as Coop did. If his helmet had hit anything other than the ball, he would have been on his back 4 yards deep in the end zone with a neck injury. Has he ever delivered a huge hit? Not that I can recall. He’s got tons of potential but before he’s chiseled in stone as a starter, let’s see what he can do. Whoever the starting safeties are for us, we’ll be set up pretty nicely for the next few years.

mwh6767

August 15th, 2010
3:09 am

Not the Savior, Having seen Coop in action the reason I’m glad he is back is because the kid can flat out tackle. No you are correct he hasn’t been to this point a big hitter but when he gets his hands on the ballcarrier , he’s going down. I think the guy to watch is the fresh. Johnson out of sandy creek. Saw him play griffin in the playoffs and he just about single handedly won that game for sandy creek. I think he is your star in the making.

yellowjacket82

August 15th, 2010
7:59 am

Thanks for the update. It looks like we will have a great season. If Nesbitt improves his passing he could be a Heisman contender. With the improvement in the defense, we should have a chance to win every game. GO JACKETS!!

MalibuGT

August 15th, 2010
9:04 am

did we do any special teams work in the scrimmage? wondering how our field goal situation is looking. not worried about punting – that’s a rare event with this offense :-)

Old Tech & Mountaineer fan in NC

August 15th, 2010
9:41 am

Coop Taylor should have a great season-hope he get the chance at T Taylor again (w/out the h-to-h call).

Good report Mr Boggs!

CalebKing4TorchedMorganBurnett

August 15th, 2010
10:05 am

I miss Morgan Burnett!

Burnett returns int for td vs staford

August 15th, 2010
10:15 am

anyone know the latest on wr/qb vad lee out of unc? I know he is down to gt and nc.st…he is high on them both.

ACC champs

August 15th, 2010
11:09 am

by far the best report of what is going on for fans that love their team, GO JACKETS
NESBITT FOR HEISMAN

Cuttysark

August 15th, 2010
11:15 am

Now that we have some bigger guys up front on the offensive line, and with Al Groh taking charge of the defense, the Yellow Jackets are going to have another great year on the Flats despite losing the four juniors who left early. For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

GT GRAD

August 15th, 2010
2:17 pm

Great Post…….very excited about the 2010 season!

dawgfan

August 15th, 2010
2:54 pm

“I’d like to apologize to all the fans of our opponents this season. Josh Nesbitt and this Georgia Tech offense are going to run up and down the field on your team and make you feel bad.”

Wake Forest is shaking in their boots….

flapjacket

August 15th, 2010
3:55 pm

I agree – I see no drop off from Dwyer to Allen. I actually think we’ll be better there. Allen will hit the hole better and blocks better.

macrotech

August 15th, 2010
4:38 pm

dawgfan, I’m guessing that Kentucky is NOT “shaking in their boots” when they see the pups on their schedule…just a guess, of course! I ASSURE you that Tech is not….the mutts are going down!!!

lucky21

August 15th, 2010
4:46 pm

sounds good to me

Vad Lee

August 15th, 2010
4:52 pm

I live up here in Raleigh NC and word is that Vad won’t be making a decision anytime soon. I can’t speak for the young man or anyone associated with him, but I personally know a coach on the UNC staff and they think Vad is leaning towards GT. THINK is the key word.

If the kids want’s to be a marquee player within a team, GT is his school. Otherwise, Butch Davis will run more traditional NFL offense and Lee will probably be wide receiver, catching balls from Edward Scissorhand.

dawgfan

August 15th, 2010
5:10 pm

Its too bad internet tough talk doesn’t win football games. Tech might actually beat Georgia more than once every 9 years and do the unthinkable and win a bowl game.

Duke is shaking in their boots….

FHstinger

August 15th, 2010
5:46 pm

The only good dawg is a DEAD dawg. THWG

G

August 15th, 2010
6:15 pm

dawgfan:
I noticed Kentucky is shaking in their boots!
I’d much rather beat you in your backyard! I’ll be there to witness it.

Chris Boggs

August 15th, 2010
6:30 pm

Vad Lee was on campus and spent time with the coaches. GT probably leads.

Chris Boggs

August 15th, 2010
6:31 pm

Passing looked about like you’d expect…more than a few steps behind the running game.

With everyone talking about Stephen Hill, a few of the more connected guys down on campus made some good points about Tyler Melton and his ability to both block and catch. Hill needs to block better.

Stinger

August 15th, 2010
7:52 pm

Carolina State is looking tougher!

Vick=Dog killing Thug

August 15th, 2010
7:59 pm

Bee’s fifteen minutes are up. Long year for the nerds…

How Bout them bees

August 15th, 2010
8:28 pm

What’s the deference between a UGA fan and a catfish? One is a bottom feeding scum sucker, and the other is a fish. HAHAHA THWG!!!!!!!

Tokyo jacket

August 15th, 2010
8:39 pm

Chris, was there any shotgun run in the scrimmage?

Tech

August 15th, 2010
10:33 pm

Still worried about our big play ability. Almost all of our long runs to the outside the last couple of years was because of BayBay blowing guys up on the outside. Hill can run and jump, but his blocking leaves a lot to be desired. He nearly got Roddy killed because of a missed block Saturday. But, there is no doubt we’re going to be hard to get off the field this year. Nesbitt, Allen, Cox, and Watson are loads to bring down, should be fun.

macrotech

August 16th, 2010
12:49 am

“dawgfan”, ‘Its too bad internet tough talk doesn’t win football games.’….I agree! Heck, uga would ACTUALLY live up to their preseason lovin’ from the polls!

UGA REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

August 16th, 2010
1:41 am

I heard lindsay lohan is going to enroll at the cesspool when she learned they were #1 in throwing a party and spreading herpes!

CHUGA CHUGA CHUGA AT THUGA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THWG

dawgfan

August 16th, 2010
8:15 am

Lovin’ from the polls macrotech? Do mean like entering the final game of your season against a 6-5 team with two weeks to prepare and a #7 national ranking and then proceeding to get your overrated arses smacked silly all over the field? You mean like that macrotech?

Too easy. Its just too too easy…

Burdell

August 16th, 2010
9:59 am

Enjoyed watching the scrimmage on Saturday…well as much as I could watch chasing a 3 year old all over the West stands. Definitely noticed Stephen Hill’s issues with blocking…we were spoiled with Bay Bay’s pancakes for sure. I was impressed with the defense…they did appear to know what they were doing…and I liked the intensity from the D even if it was a scrimmage. And Nesbitt looked FAST, FAST, FAST…his acceleration was much more explosive than I remember from last season. I guess the ankle was bothering him more last season than he let on….

Elton King

August 16th, 2010
10:00 am

I have just moved from Ga to Tx. Does anyone know how I can get the locally televised in Ga Tech football games in Texas?

Gt4Ever

August 16th, 2010
10:28 am

Elton King

August 16th, 2010
10:00 am
I have just moved from Ga to Tx. Does anyone know how I can get the locally televised in Ga Tech football games in Texas?

I live in Houston and the only way is to get ESPN Gameplan from your local cable provider. $119 at AT&T and I believe you can pay that in three installments. With that you’ll get to see about 15 games each Saturday. The only game I missed last year was their first one against Jacksonville State. Also, If you subscribe to ESPN3 you’ll be able to watch the replay on your computer.

SAINT SIMON

August 16th, 2010
11:50 am

UGA 30 – GT 24!!!!

UGA 73 – GT 66!!!!!!!

HAHHAHHHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

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

UGA (STUPID REDNECK FANS, 7-5, 1980)

August 16th, 2010
4:50 pm

UGA (STUPID REDNECK FANS, 7-5, 1980)

August 16th, 2010
4:53 pm

IM SO PISSED ROMAR MORRIS WENT TO UNC TODAY! I GUESS HE LIKES PLAYING FOR A CHEATER AND A TEAM ON PROBATION. OH WELL… THIS JUST PROVES GT WILL HAVE S^ITTY RECRUITING CLASSES FROM HERE ON OUT. CANT WAIT TO RANK #52 IN RECRUITING THIS YEAR.

UGA (STUPID REDNECK FANS, 7-5, 1980)

August 16th, 2010
4:54 pm

OH YEAH….AND I THOUGHT VAD LEE WAS A NCST LEAD? IS THIS NOT TRUE???

dawgfan

August 16th, 2010
5:02 pm

Elton, good luck pal. I don’t think Raycom Sports noon games have a very big footprint.

Ssorry, dawgfan...

August 17th, 2010
9:57 am

…but Tech will be on ESPN360 every game that is not televised by the BIG 3(CBS, ABC and ESPN/ESPN2 – just like UGA…

eddie

August 17th, 2010
1:37 pm

its all great on the flats. as usual. nothing negative. all is perfect over there.

Damon Evans

August 18th, 2010
12:38 am

Anyone know where I can get a good martini?

Bean Counter

August 21st, 2010
2:35 am

After UGA and Iowa showed everyone how to stop Tech, It will be a long year for Tech. Not being ably to run the ball and can’t pass, I guess the office will come from the defense. GATA

Get your facts straight...UGA SUCKS!

August 22nd, 2010
11:15 am

You know what I find funny. All this dumb @ss UGA fans talking about how we can’t pass the football. Last time I checked, Nesbitt had the highest completion percentage, and ranked 1st in yards per pass in ALL OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL last year!! Another fact…the longest win streak for uga vs. GT is 8 straight…held by GT. Y’all couldn’t pull 8 straight when you had Stafford leading the way. Johnson is just now beginning to get recruits that work well in his system. I still hear the same ol’ “Vince Dooly, Herschel Walker, 1980, blah blah blah” I bet you guys love to sit around and talk about “The good ol’ days”…hahahaah…f’ing losers!! It’s just a matter of time before you all start wanting to crucify mark richt because lets be honest…what do you have that is going to make you so good? QB…NO. Experience on the field…ummmm….????? I’ll be so glad when Nesbitt turns the corner, and looks to run over a little bull pup! One more thing…is this years UGA dog gonna have congestive heart failure, or severe obesity. I would hate to see the “bulldog nation” suffer another great loss…HAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHA….pathetic f’ing dog. Absolutely pathetic! GO JACKETS…TO HELL WITH GEORGIA!!!