Posted: 12:14 pm Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Progress slow for Tech offensive line 

By Ken Sugiura

Following the graduation of three fifth-year seniors, the Georgia Tech offensive line is a young and inexperienced group. Thus far through spring practice, it’s evidently playing like one.

“I don’t know if we’ve progressed as fast as we’d like to,” offensive line coach Mike Sewak said Monday following the team’s ninth spring practice session.

Among the candidates for playing time on the line this spring: Guard Shamire Devine and tackle Chris Griffin (both redshirts in 2013) and tackle Errin Joe and center Freddie Burden (missed last season with injuries).

“Everything happens with reps, and game reps,” Sewak said. “Just full-speed reps and no do-over reps.”

Do-over reps, Sewak said, are those in which the player makes a mistake, acknowledges it and wants to run the same play again. There’s apparently been some of that.

“You only get one chance,” Sewak said.

In Saturday’s scrimmage, Sewak said linemen were not creating holes but just standing their ground against defensive linemen. Burden and Joe are among those whom Sewak is waiting on for results. With an injury to Griffin at left tackle, Burden was moved to that spot Monday to get more practice time with the first string and to perhaps create a spark. Burden is returning from an ACL tear suffered last spring.

Burden “wasn’t as physical as he had been,” Sewak said. “Today was the first time I really saw him be physical.”

It was a reflection on the slow development both of Burden at center and Joe at tackle, as Sewak chose to move Burden rather than elevate Joe.

“It’s also that I’m looking for a guy because there’s going to be some holes to fill next year,” he said. “You can’t count on all the true freshmen to come in and fill them.”

Tech will welcome six incoming freshman linemen this summer. With six practices remaining, there’s plenty left to do.

“Absolutely,” Sewak said. “It’ll be a nice practice on Wednesday, and it’ll be a nice scrimmage on Saturday. Be a nice practice next Monday. It’s got to be.”

Sewak didn’t question the effort so much as the results.

“They’re a good group,” he said. “They’ve just got to take care of business.”

1. Coach Paul Johnson was more pleased with Monday’s practice following a poor display by the offense in the Saturday scrimmage.

“The tempo was pretty good,” he said.

2. That included quarterback Justin Thomas. “You’re going to have good days and bad days. You’ve just got to be consistent,” Johnson said.

Backup Tim Byerly is doing well and making progress, Johnson said. No. 3 quarterback Ty Griffin takes one step forward and one step back, typical of a freshman in his first spring.

140 comments
OkieDawg
OkieDawg

These young guys will come along...it just takes time to learn the "knee diving" technique...something not even taught in HS football. But CPJ will show them how they did it in the good ole days. Happy chopping to the yellow fellows.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

Saturday's scrimmage at 9:15 is open to the public.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

I will re-post here what I posted down below, in case some of you haters don't bother to scroll down.  Some of you guys want to go back to the "good ole days" of the 70s and 80s when we were 8-12 against Duke, lost 5 times to Navy, 4 times to Tulane, went 0-1-1 against Furman, went 6-14 against Georgia, had 8 losing seasons, with two 1-win seaons, etc, etc?  Yeah, that would really be an improvement over what we have now

FreddieBlassie
FreddieBlassie

This season will be a good one at Tech, although you pencil necks will still be complaining because your neighbor's son's pee wee coach said coach Johnson called the wrong plays in a critical drive. 

I watched Kentucky's basketball team and it was mentioned that some fans thought that John Calipari was not a good basketball coach with respect to using the clock or team strategy. That tells us all what the fans know and the same goes for the nattering nabobs of negativism here.

Pau Johnson is a football coach: he's a lifer, not a copier repairman like you patsies. Get off his butt and start pushing the program rather than bashing the program.

To Hell with Georgie

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Usual UGA troll trash clogging a GT blog.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

"Here is hoping that Coach has some better talent than the guys that graduated."

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Wouldn't hold my breath.  It's obvious Paul Johnson's instructions from those who sign his pay checks have been 1. Academics 2. Graduate players 3. Academics 4. Sign smart football players first, and think about their skills and capabilities second and 5. If you happen to win a few football games along the way that's a bonus.  6.  We will put some pansie FCS and high school teams on the schedule to help you accomplish #5 and try to appease Tech fans.

And that stinks.  GT needs a leadership change and attitude adjustment.

BCB
BCB

All they learn to do is cut block the other team. Why would a quality player want to go and play on the Oline for Tech?

forexbomb
forexbomb

“You only get one chance,” Sewak said.


I hope coach is kidding...  He better let them do it over and over, until they get it right! I mean, that's why you practice coach..  The graduation of 3 5th year seniors is going to be very hard to replace.. What bothers me the most though... CPJ said that those seniors were his best players to date..  They turned out to be average at best.  Here is hoping that Coach has some better talent than the guys that graduated..  Win or Lose, Go Jackets!  Everybody should come out this weekend and see the baseball team play.. FSU...

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

I can't imagine the line just standing there as if they were pass blocking on running plays. 

mgt87
mgt87

But our defense looks great against a slow unlearned offensive line, why change a thing?

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

Tech needs a major change in their program. They are losing to everybody. A major change usually means the head coach gets fired. I'm from the old days at Tech as '73 grad, and I'm tellin' ya, if Tech can't beat Georgia more, and can't beat MTSU, and BYU, and VT, and Clemson, and Miami each year, the head coach has to get fired. Tech does not want mediocre won-loss seasons with a Heisman Dodd win most games tradition.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@OkieDawg  you do realize that realize that uga utilizes cut blocks in their run game as well, don't you?

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@BleedingGold  

Will you be at the Spring game next Friday.  I think a few of us from the blogs are going to meet.  Would love to meet you too if you go ..... and anybody else who might be going as well

gt-40
gt-40

Super you had me at 6-14 vs. jawja.... Hello Jerry maguire where ever you are

GTBob
GTBob

Amen. I'm still wondering myself where this attitude came from that 7-8 win seasons at Tech are horrible and coaches should be fired for them. Apparently we should be a 10+ win team every year. There is no history or evidence to support that but it has become the popular thing to say.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

That's what I find so funny. These morons keep saying GT football is better than this, but can only point to the 1990 season. A few years prior we were bad and a few years later, we won 1 game. They must be living in some type of fantasy world.

forexbomb
forexbomb

@FreddieBlassie  OK Freddie... I am all in for CPJ... But if he runs that insane dive play the first play of the game.... Well, I might just puke all over everybody....  Go Jackets!

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@FreddieBlassie  You can be critical without being an idiot.   It's not a challenging balance, but it's one many here seem to struggle with.   

gt-40
gt-40

Go take your meds Fred ........

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

We have the same odds to win the BCS NC this year as Duke, Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt.  If I told you when Paul Johnson was hired in 2007 that our program would be on par with Duke, Vanderbilt and Pittsburgh in 7 years, what would you have said?  Would you be pleased?

"UGA troll trash"---- Give me a break.  I love GT.  I just happen to have a clue of what's up.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@BCB Something you would know nothing about, a quality degree.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@drydirtroad  

So you want to go back to the good ole days of the 70s and 80s when we were 8-12 against Duke, lost 5 times to Navy, 4 times to Tulane, went 0-1-1 against Furman, went 6-14 against Georgia, had 8 losing seasons, with two 1-win seaons, etc, etc?  Yeah, that would really be an improvement over what we have now

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Couldn't agree more.  See my post above.  But the only thing I can do is stop giving them my $ until they get serious about football.

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

No we don't!  That's not true. 

Our offensive linemen use a completely different technique that what Paul Johnson instructs his linemen to do.  Our linemen don't have to have to use dangerous and borderline illegal blocking techniques to get it done.  They've got size, strength and speed. 

You guys have to do that because your offensive linemen are so small and outmatched.

GTLee
GTLee

Of course he does, AJ.....but OkraDwag has never let facts get in the way of a good troll......

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@GTBob  The other issue is that a lot of programs that are getting to ten wins are playing four easy non-conference games.   Everyone points to Baylor, but did anyone bother to take a look at who they're playing?   They, in fact, have a game scheduled against something called Incarnate World coming up on their schedule.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

There is history that supports 10+ win seasons.  It's just old history.

We need to merge with Georgia State and turn GT into a football factory!

83Texter
83Texter

@BleedingGold Give me a break. O'Leary won games on a regular basis against quality opponents. Johnson had one win against a team with a regular season winning record last year. ONE! And that was Duke. CPJ cannot win games against quality teams. He's 1-11 against Clemson, Miami and UGA in  3 year. CPJ will beat Gailey's in ability to win against UGA this year. Fire him he cannot recruit!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@gt-40 A sufflex for you coming, maybe the sleeper.

juvenal
juvenal

some folks take negative feedback as well as potus.....cpj & FB, 4 2.....

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Birmingham__Jacket

You must have been watching some different games than me last year - because in the games  I watched GT hammered Duke and beat Pitt easily.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Birmingham__Jacket That was directed to the one known as" theoldguy" he is a crotch sniffer. I know you are a Jacket but not sure what you expect. Duke had a great season last year, Vandy beat the dawgs and Pittsburgh has a more recent NC than the dawgs. You know you can take this shat to seriously sometimes.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@Birmingham__Jacket  But all three of those programs run traditional offenses.  It's almost like running a pro-set or common college spread doesn't actually magically make a team awesome, which is strange considering what I've learned in the comments on this blog.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

We're still a better program than Duke and Pitt. Stop trying to kid yourself.

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

@charlestonian77 @drydirtroad stonian, the trend is to lose to shotgun teams of equal or greater talent, and to only beat patsys, including teams running shotguns, such as Duke; beating Southern Cal was a lucky win and was won b/c their coach was not interested in coaching there anymore; Tech needs to beat the teams they can't beat, and they aren't doing that under PJ since the ACC champeenship year; Tech can't drop out of the ACC and schedule patsys just to keep PJ there b/c he isn't worth it

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@bigmacondawg  Go watch some video.  EVERY team utilizes cut blocking in their running game.  GT just uses it more than most.  For instance:  "a chop block is an attempt by an offensive player to cut block (block at the thigh level or lower) a defensive player who is being blocked above the waist by another offensive player."  Therefore, it is impossible to get flagged for chop blocking unless you are cut blocking.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cq3MkoRGoyU


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f6L1XlSTrE


But feel free to keep proving yourself the idiot that you are...

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@Birmingham__Jacket  

The only reason there is a Georgia State is because the board of regents (or whoever made decisions back then) STOLE the school of commerce from Tech and created Georgia State.  They did that because they feared the edge it would give Tech in recruiting.  So don't look for a merge now.

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham_Jacket we have 8 ten win seasons in the history of our program and only 3 of those came in the last 50 years. That isn't a very strong history to suggest we should be winning 10+ games every year. Mark Richt at UGA has as many 10 win seasons as every coach in GT history combined.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@83Texter

" He's 1-11 against Clemson, Miami and UGA in 3 year"

Let me do this slowly - 3 teams x 3 years = 9 games

1 + 11 = 12 (unless you are counting in binary)

gt-40
gt-40

That's a good one...

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@drydirtroad @charlestonian77You know what dirtroad i would like to go back to the 70's to, but that "Back to the Future" movie is just that. A movie. Tell me what we can do right now to change the leadership at GT, and run that awful coach we have out of town. Hell, anybody.