Posted: 6:00 am Friday, February 14th, 2014

Snow causes glitch for Finch, Godhigh, Jackson 

By Ken Sugiura

Robert Godhigh, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, college football, NFL, NFL Draft

A former walk-on, Robert Godhigh developed into one of the top big-play threats for Georgia Tech. (Johnny Crawford / AJC File)

The winter storm that paralyzed Atlanta and the Southeast this week impacted lives in a multitude of ways. It had a most particular effect on three former Georgia Tech football players – Jay Finch, Robert Godhigh and Will Jackson.

The three are participating in a pre-draft all-star game in Greenville, S.C. that is being played Friday. The snow, however, cancelled practices Wednesday that would have given them precious opportunities to demonstrate their ability to play in a conventional offense before NFL scouts. For pre-draft events like the Senior Bowl and the College All-Star Bowl that Finch, Godhigh and Jackson are playing in, the practice time is more valuable than the game itself as players are given repeated game-speed reps before scouts, often being isolated in one-on-one situations.

But the snow limited the teams to walk-throughs in a hotel conference room on Wednesday. They had one shortened full-pads practice Thursday at Clemson’s indoor facility.

For the three, as Jackson put it, “that are kind of labeled as option players, it’s big for us to show we can get out there and play in other schemes. We were hoping to get more than one practice to get reps and get accustomed to the schemes we’re using this week.”

Finch has been going at center and Jackson, who played both tackle and guard at Tech, at guard. It was suggested to him that he try to work on his snapping to be able to show some versatility, which he said he’ll plan to do in his pre-draft training workouts in Duluth. Jackson said he saw scouts from about half the teams in the league and has gotten good feedback from coaches and scouts.

“The coaches, they told me ‘You’re definitely a good athlete. You’ve got to refine your technique a little more,’” Jackson said.

In the Thursday contact session, Jackson said that Finch looked good and that Godhigh was “making people look silly” in seven-on-seven drills.

Jackson said he felt he had that playing in Tech’s option offense was useful to help him learn different techniques, in that it stresses footwork and flexibility, building blocks to learn a different way of playing. For instance, the Tech offense requires linemen to play downhill and come off the ball going vertically, where the scheme Jackson, Finch and Godhigh are in is more lateral, re-directing defensive linemen along the line of scrimmage and allowing backs to pick holes. He described it as more patient in style.

“Obviously, it’s still physical football, but you’ve got to change your attitude,” he said.

Godhigh has been playing tailback this week. The offensive coordinator for their Nationals team is Richard Moncrief, a former Clemson quarterback who coached at UAB, Alabama State and elsewhere. Moncrief told Jackson that he has actually been to Tech practices and knows Godhigh’s ability well.

“You could tell he was thinking of ways to get (Godhigh) the ball,” Jackson said.

The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network at 6 p.m. ET. Other participants played in the ACC, SEC, Big 10, Pac-12 and assorted smaller conferences. According to the game’s website, the three will be wearing the jersey numbers they wore at Tech.

Jackson was not feeling nerves Thursday night but rather saw the game as an enjoyable experience, job interview though it might be.

“It’s going to be fun to get out there and compete with guys I’ve never played with or played against,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

49 comments
LongBeachJacket
LongBeachJacket

Hope they all do (or did) well.  All seem to be high character guys and all played well at Tech.  Excellent products of a great school and will represent well at the next level.  Hope the linemen get a shot.  Intriguing one to watch is Godhigh.  I really hope he finds an opportunity somewhere.  There are guys in the league with his measureables that are really good...one in particular is Danny Woodhead of SD Chargers. They guy is awesome and NEVER loses yardage on any play. (NEVER).  Others are..obviously...Wes Welker...and Jacquizz Rodgers for the Falcons.   Godhigh may not have blazing speed, but he is fast enough and smart enough and tough enough to contribute (none of those other guys run 4.3 40s either...but they play tough).. Go Jackets!!! 

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Jackson, Finch and Godhigh are fine football players.  Best of luck to them.  A little disheartening that scouts feel they "need extra playing time" to prove themselves because of having played in the triple-O.  

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

OK.  The ice storm was bad enough.  Just had a minor earthquake here in Augusta.

POAD2013
POAD2013

WnE Banning"Football for DUMMIES" Why are you posting that stuff on the blog? Ken has Email for you to cry on.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

Simple question KenS, do you treat everyone fairly on your Blog, or do you play favorites?

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Check it out.  A blogger with NO INTEGRITY questioning the integrity of KS.


#Priceless  #keeptrolling

POAD2013
POAD2013

What happened to the "Football for DUMMIES" Avatar?

I don't see it on the blog anymore.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

Ok.  Now I am confused.  I went out to run a few errands and when I came back, all of the kook's posts were deleted.  Wasn't he saying earlier how his comments were pure CFB and mine were garbage?  My posts are still there...  hmmmm.....

GTRanj
GTRanj

that spam button is pure gold

KenAJC
KenAJC moderator

The strong impression that I got from speaking with Will was that he didn't feel playing in the offense hurt him in regards to the NFL. If you're interpreting this post as saying that Jackson doesn't feel prepared or feels disadvantaged, either I did a poor job of communicating what he was saying or you are reading into it what you want.

GTBob
GTBob

Man, AugustaJacket must have really ticked MikeBanning off. Banning is spending all of his time attacking him instead of GT's players and recruits.

GGee
GGee

Godhigh making people look silly is nothing nee to anybody who has watched Tech play. I hate it that God didnt bless RG with size. He will have alot to prove to NFL scouts, which also is nothing new wheb referring to Godhigh. Best of luck to all of our SA in the game. We hope you outshine the competition and prove the naysayers wrong.

POAD2013
POAD2013

I would think GODHIGH was hurt more than the LINEMEN.

I think TECH Linemen have the speed and footwork to pass block well enough to show that in the game.

I hope the guy do well.

ToddE
ToddE

Uh.. doesn't this support the "view" that playing in GT's offense hurts your NFL potential?  I wasn't really sure about that before, but Jackson's quote seems to validate that.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@KenAJC  Those of us without a bias and with reading comprehension skills understood the article perfectly.  The trolls and resident kook will always find a negative slant.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@KenAJC  You could have quoted Will Jackson as saying Paul Johnson is football Jesus and a certain poster would have interpreted that to mean Paul Johnson told him to go forth and play football no more.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@GTBob  That's what happens when you repeatedly point out the lies.  He get's touchy on the subject.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@MikeBanning  I would also say that if an informal poll was taken here, greater than 80% of regular posters would prefer it were you were the one not posting here, instead of me.  Care to disagree with me?

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@ToddE  Are you trying to suggest that they would be likely NFL prospects but for the offense you're playing in?   If that's the case, then people need to quit hammering the recruiting.   Can't have it both ways.

GTBob
GTBob

@MikeBanning How many offensive linemen recruited by Chan Gailey and George O'Leary were drafted?

wrecked
wrecked

@MikeBanning @KenAJC No Pj, o linemen in the  NFL, How many a  and  backs  has Pj recruited playing in the  NFL ? Good luck to these  guys  but they have little  chance of  making an NFL  roster. PJ has  difficulty developing  talent.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

Power still out at my house. Stopped by the Kroc center to shower and check email. Had to post a quick agreement with AJ as far as who muddies up the blogs. In fact, the only good thing about being without power the past 3 days (and more ahead probably) is I didn't have to read the garbage WieNer posts incessantly. Hope to be back later, but if not Go Jackets

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@MikeBanning  For the three, as Jackson put it, “that are kind of labeled as option players, it’s big for us to show we can get out there and play in other schemes. We were hoping to get more than one practice to get reps and get accustomed to the schemes we’re using this week.”


KIND OF.  These were college coaches running this, not NFL scouts.  NFL looks at talent, nothing else.  They either believe you can do the job or not.


#keeptrolling

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@MikeBanning  How about quoting directly from the article above?


"Jackson said he felt he had that playing in Tech’s option offense was useful to help him learn different techniques, in that it stresses footwork and flexibility, building blocks to learn a different way of playing. For instance, the Tech offense requires linemen to play downhill and come off the ball going vertically, where the scheme Jackson, Finch and Godhigh are in is more lateral, re-directing defensive linemen along the line of scrimmage and allowing backs to pick holes. He described it as more patient in style."

wrecked
wrecked

@GeorgeStein @wrecked If  there were any take out  the ALl acc full backs  and Te ends  that Oleary and  Gailey produced, still considerably more than PJ. As for Jackson who knows,  but  Why didn't  Uzzi even get  a tryout?

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@wrecked OK, so you moved the goalposts.  Fine.  He will always have fewer players because half of them play in a system that doesn't have their position.


Are you trying to imply that Will Jackson would have been an NFL prospect if he played in a conventional offense?

wrecked
wrecked

@GTBob @MikeBanning The  better  question is  how many All conference players  did  Gailey and  O leary recruit and  develop  compared  to Pj. In year  6  of his  tenure Gailey had  5  first  team and  3  second team and  2 honorable mention all ACC players. In year  5  he  had 4 1st team 3  second team 3 honorable  mentions. In 2001 O Leary had  6  first  team, 2 second  team , and 4 honorable mentions. 

In 200 he had  8 players  named  all conference. How many Pj recruits have  been named  all conference?

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@wrecked I think the answer is two.   Orwin Smith is on the Packers practice squad, I believe.   Anthony Allen is the other.

GTBob
GTBob

@wrecked @MikeBanning After completing his 6th season, Chan Gailey had only two players that he recruited drafted into the NFL.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@MikeBanning @AugustaJacket  MichaelCarvell moderator1 day ago

@MikeBanning  Next time you ***** a kid like you did in this blog or the Kendall Gant blog (along with his coach), you will not be allowed to post in this blog anymore. I appreciate you for commenting but ******** kids will not be permitted. FInal warning

POAD2013
POAD2013

@AugustaJacket @MikeBanning What do Spread Option QB's do at these games? Don't they need to show they can play in other Systems? What about players playing in a 3-4 or 4-3? don't they need to show the ability to play in either scheme?

juvenal
juvenal

snow definitely making me rethink # of tix for BK, Paul, got to watch a completely boring Gunners/ ManU, opposite of draw vs. Chelsea.....all these meat & taters served up here as appealing as MREs, wonder why anyone even reads them........