Posted: 5:35 pm Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Tech scrimmage review 

By Ken Sugiura

A brief review of the morning scrimmage.

Offensive MVP (in my opinion): Tim Byerly. The quarterback had four possessions and led the offense to two touchdowns and a field goal. He made good reads on the option and made some plays with his feet and arm.

It wasn’t perfect – the fourth possession was a turnover on a poor mesh with B-back Donovan Wilson – but he caught the right person’s notice.

“I thought he played well,” coach Paul Johnson said. “I thought he played better than any of the other quarterbacks.”

One particular skill he showed was being able to run up the middle for tough yards.

In his transfer year and then as a third-stringer last year, Byerly received limited practice reps. “But every day I’m getting more and more reps, and that’s the best thing with this offense, is to see it quicker,” he said. “That way my decisions on giving it or keeping it happens a lot more quicker, so the more film I watch, the more reps, the better.

That’s two weeks in a row Johnson has made a comment along those lines after the Saturday scrimmage. Justin Thomas had a rough morning, having a hand in a number of turnovers, though some were likely due to quarterbacks, B-backs and centers rotating in and out.

“It’s a problem,” Johnson said of the ball-security problems. “You can’t play if you’re going to have the ball out.”

Defensive MVP – Quayshawn Nealy. The linebacker was in on multiple tackles for losses, including a 10-yard sack of Byerly. Nealy is playing at around 232 pounds after playing last year around 240.

“I’m feeling great,” Nealy said.

“He’s been getting better,” defensive coordinator Ted Roof said.

Notable: The offense ran two possessions of no-huddle. One led to the first touchdown of the day, after the offense had produced one field goal – a 34-yarder by Harrison Butker – on the first eight series. It was standard no-huddle, running to the line after the play and quickly signaling the play. It’s something the offense has worked on throughout the spring.

Quarterbacks and B-backs coach Bryan Cook called it “a change of pace.”

Also, B-backs Zach Laskey and Travis Custis played well, the mesh issues and a stripped fumble by Custis excluded. Custis played more with the first string than he has previously. Byerly called Laskey the “most reliable guy” and said of Custis, “as long as he’s taking care of the ball, he’s going to be a great asset to us.”

A lot of players out – 13 players were in red jerseys, meaning they were held out. The first-string receivers were Corey Dennis and Summers were first string as Darren Waller, DeAndre Smelter and Ricky Jeune were among the many players out.

38 comments
AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

I see MikeBanning is still too chicken to debate.  He'd rather spam posts than keep getting proven wrong.


#keeptrolling

WestsideJacket
WestsideJacket

I'm not buying this "upside" talk regarding JT.  Busting long runs in this offense is not nearly as important as decision making and ball handling ability. It's the same as a point guard.  Would you rather have a point guard that can jump 10ft high but not dribble and pass well?

A QB that can make the right reads will move the offense in 10-15 yd chunks almost every play.  Byerly seems to have the "point guard" abillity that we need.  And if he is an accurate passer, then this decision should already be made, and he should get most of the reps with the 1st team.


Now I just hope the O line can actually block some people this year.  It's a major concern...



TechTroll13
TechTroll13

Byerly was impressive at QB.  His throws were on target and was running over defenders ala Nesbitt.  He's not going to have the long run like JT did, but he was solid.

Very impressed by Custus.  He ran tough, but also had the ability to cut in the hole.  Most of aour B Backs have run straight ahed to contact.  His future is bright.

Summers had a good day at receiver.  He caught everything thrown his way.

Snoody had a couple of good runs.  He speed was showing.

GTQBdefender
GTQBdefender

Tech beats Uga in 2009 by one point with a no huddle offense.

Throwing four passes - not Nesbit's strong suit - would not have been the only option with 1:45 left and a first down.

ickyhead
ickyhead

How is Corey Griffin doing in the secondary?

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

Just be glad none of your defensive players got hurt with all that chopping and dirty tactics used by your 240 lb. offensive linemen.

There's a replay of the G-Day game on TV this week if you want to see how a good looking offense moves the football legally.

jacketbacker
jacketbacker

Start Byerly and move Thomas to corner where he belongs..... 

forexbomb
forexbomb

Not bragging or anything,,,  But I have NO idea why somebody at GT didn't recruit this kid out of high school...  I was on record as saying that this kid was a good fit for this offense... He is the best alternative we have for QB, and he should get lots of playing time this fall...  For all you jacket fans that were at the BB this weekend... It was a perfect day for baseball, and our young guys put the number 2 team in the country down again on Saturday..  Danny Hall seems to have a good nucleus of young players...  Go Jackets!

alanwilliams
alanwilliams

Here we go with the second qb deal! It happens every year since Nesbit. (The one backing up must be better)? Fans, no matter what school, are never satisfied.Even the vaunted "bulldwag nation"    go Jackets!

jerunamo
jerunamo

Settle down peeps.... The job is JT's, but Byerly will get some playing time. You can't substitute the speed and athletic ability of JT because another QB is having a good scrimmage.  Settle down I  say.....

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Byerly is a heck of a QB. I'd like to see him get the starting position. Good arm

BigTimeTECHFan
BigTimeTECHFan

Byerly was best player in the state coming out of HS.

I think he well play a lot but Thomas will be starter

NotDisappointed
NotDisappointed

I wasn't there last week, but the scrimmage today appeared to be much better than the previous one. The no huddle offense sounds promising as well. A two quarterback system sounds good to me or what ever it takes to win! 
Go Jackets!

Yellerbug
Yellerbug

Hopefully we will employ a 2 QB system---a GT version of thunder (Byerly) and lightning (Thomas) from the QB position.  This should be a standard procedure for CPJs offense going forward since the probability of injury is significantly higher with a running QB and the need to have fresh legs to be a successful passer.  Take any QB---have him run the ball like a RB, take hits whether carrying the ball or not and then tell him to throw the ball and see if his accuracy is not affected.  If we are going to run the ball 80+% of the time, then we'll need 2 QBs to do that successfully.

Also, glad to read that we are employing a no huddle offense (or at least tried it). Welcome to the 21st century CPJ and "Best Practices" on how to run an offense.  You can still run the clock down to near zero before snapping the ball, but get to the line quickly and keep pressure on the D.  You can observe how the D is lining up and use your significant experience to check off the play and call something else.  This takes pressure off the QB as well.  CPJ does know how to call plays so with a good spotter in the box and a hurry up offense, and hopefully a good sideline play signaling procedure, then we will probably make the best possible play calls. Then it simply becomes a matter of execution.

Maybe there is hope yet!

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

The QB situation will work itself out by season's start. JT has the huge upside with his dynamic speed, TB is workman and has better feel for the TO, TG is raw but is athletic and MJ is working and learning the position from jump street. All in all at this stage I'm not about to fret too much.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

I liked what I saw of Byerly last year too.  Let the best man win.


And they worked some with a non-huddle offense.......I sure like the thought of that.

GTJoe
GTJoe

I called it after the Miami game: byerly ran our offense better than any qb we've had (albeit for one series).

I also said it last week: if I'm CPj and my job depended on this season, I'm going with byerly. He has the size and runs hard and likes to run hard (unlike my man vad).

Jt is too small. Period. Needs to be an a back ASAP. The sack vs Miami where he was basically knocked out cold said it all

charlestonian77
charlestonian77

i have been saying all along the byerly is a tough no nonsense runner much like josh nesbitt

i like what i saw from him last year.  sometimes it is the surprise players that are the best players.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

I know it's still early but if Byerly proves to be the best man for the job, he needs to start. I still think Thomas will pull it out, but he needs to improve drastically. Didn't sound like he had to good of a spring

Oakland
Oakland

Ken,

I know it's only practice, but did you see any improvement in the offensive line? Did Francis Kallon show any signs of moving up?

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@AugustaJacket  

Don't know what you are talking about nor do I care.

I have not mentioned your name in my postings recently, so you need to stop mentioning mine in your posts.

I simply post what I feel and then leave it and if someone decides to delete it,  then so be it, I'm not wasting time and energy going back and forth with clowns like you.

I haven't spammed anything recently or EVER for that matter, I post what's on my mind and then leave the blogs.

One of your cronies and someone that you'd call a friend is probably just trying to stir s**t up by spamming posts,  at this point I could care less, next time find a way to talk about GT FB without mentioning me.

FreddieBlassie
FreddieBlassie

@bigmacondawg  littleredneckpuppy

you are a know little pencil neck geek. your georgie convicts are remedial students and you have no knowledge of football. all the redneck georgie hoes are drunks. m

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@jacketbacker  

Corner?  NO!  He will get thrown over all season, just like the one who just graduated.  Doesn't matter how much faster/athletic a corner is than a WR if he's giving up 7-8" height and another 2-3" reach.  The WR is going to get even a jump ball 70%+ of the time.

But I tend to agree with your general philosophy.  It's scary to think that Thomas was not even as good as Vad Lee was last year!

forexbomb
forexbomb

@alanwilliams  JT is fast and elusive... He is also very small and somewhat vulnerable to being HIT.. Mark it down, he will get put out by a major blow... We need more than 1 QB, at least 3 to make it through an entire football season... 

GTJoe
GTJoe

@jerunamo um, we learned last year that athleticism does NOT win games , at least not in our offense. Execution trumps athleticism in the TO.

and the job is definitely NOT JTs (yet).

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@jerunamo

Speed and athleticism means nothing when you're turning the ball over and not making proper reads.  I said earlier that I believe JT will ultimately take the starting role, but if he doesn't pick it up, he'll be standing on the sideline with his helmet on......waiting.    Timmy is no slow poke and is very athletic himself.  Overall, I want whomever does best when fall camp comes around.  I'm sorry, but the mentality for who our starting QB is should not be decided on speed.  Speed means nothing if you're making the wrong reeds and wind up having a big D Linemen in your face.


LET THE COMPETITION BEGIN!!!

GGee
GGee

That was a blindside hit and im pretty sure most QBs would have been banged up afterwards. Yes he is small... But hopefully he wont be taking many shots like that one. Let the best man win this battle and if it is Byerly I will stand behind him 100%. Hes good in different ways. Tims floor is alot higher than JTs but JTs ceiling is much higher IMO. Im ready for Matthew Jordan to get up to speed and confident. Hes got the size and speed to make some noise.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@MikeBanning @AugustaJacket  LIAR.  You are still spamming posts.  I've proven you a liar too often to count, so you just resort to spamming posts now.


Keep spamming, I'll keep posting.

jacketbacker
jacketbacker

He was a 4 star recruit and Bama commit at corner.....I would trust Nick Saban's opinion over yours.....Just sayin'.....

BigTimeTECHFan
BigTimeTECHFan

@AugustaJacket @BigTimeTECHFan :


From his GT profile:

High School: Named the Atlanta Journal Constitution's All-Classification Player of the Year and first team all-state... voted the 2010 Atlanta North Forsyth/Fulton TD Club Offensive Player of the Year... a 2010 ESPN/Rise finalist for Mr. Football USA

gt-40
gt-40

@CGEE

Doesn't the TO set up the qb to take a lot of pounding if he holds onto the ball until the very last second (by design). I like the heart of JT. I am also in the camp that thinks he does not have the frame to take the hits that will be coming his way if he makes the TO sing..

GTJoe
GTJoe

Yeah most qbs would be banged up, but Jt literally looked like a rag doll...it was pretty scary to watch, the asst coach was sitting with him on the bench and told CPj he was done. Ironically byerly spells Jt and leads a td drive...impressively.

hpt84
hpt84

@jacketbacker  I'm sure Saban has his reasons. Perhaps, he prefer his QB to be more of a drop back passer rather than a dual threat QB. Of course we will know know the reason why until someone ask him.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

As we all know, just bc Saban offered doesn't mean he would even have signed him, let alone played him at corner. 

Regardless, it's not reassuring at all to hear that JT (who in PJs opinion was not as good as Vad Lee--- who wasn't very good) is stuggling against our defense--- which isn't very good, either.

GTJoe
GTJoe

@TheNecromancer @GTJoe um they had the game in the bag 30 seconds earlier too, when JT was knocked silly ... Miami had starters un the game because golden wanted to make sure we didn't score, he hates tech

TheNecromancer
TheNecromancer

@GTJoe  Miami had the game in the bag and most of their third string players in by that point.  I would not use that to judge.  Very shortsighted.