Posted: 3:20 pm Thursday, April 17th, 2014

5 spring practice points from Jamal Golden 

By Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech safety Jamal Golden gave his insights on the Yellow Jackets’ spring practice, which concludes Friday with the spring game.

1. The work on defense this spring in defensive coordinator Ted Roof’s second year has been different than last year.

“We pretty much had to throw everything in one pot really fast, but this year it’s stuff we’ve known already, and we’re just trying to get better at our craft at those certain things,” he said. “I feel like we’re just doing the same stuff, just trying to polish up on stuff.”

Rather than going over the broad scheme, there has been more teaching of fundamentals and techniques.

“Blow delivery, pad level, things of that nature that, as a defense, we’re just trying to polish up and be able to do it when we’re tired,” he said.

2. The scheme has sunk in.

“I feel like we’re more comfortable as a whole, just knowing why we do things instead of just doing them,” he said. “I just feel like as a whole, we’re getting more comfortable on the defense, so it’s allowing us to play faster.”

3. Two improved players? Linebacker Tyler Marcordes and early-enrollee defensive end KeShun Freeman.

“KeShun just came in and I’m so impressed with him, learning this defense and just playing fast, making plays,” he said. “Coaches are really excited about him.”

What is Freeman doing, exactly?

“He’s just a baller,” Golden said. “Just making plays when the ball’s around him.”

4. Corey Griffin is behind Golden at free safety. John Marvin is backing up Isaiah Johnson at strong safety. Chris Milton and Step Durham are backing up D.J. White and Lynn Griffin at corner. Demond Smith has the No. 1 job at nickel back ahead of Domonique Noble.

5. Golden’s evaluation of another freshman, B-back Travis Custis:

“Travis, he’s a tough runner. He’s a tough guy to bring down. Perfect example, first scrimmage, he broke a long run, I went to get him, he hit me with a straight arm. I had to go down low on him, and he still scored on the play. He’s a good runner. It seems like he knows what he’s doing. I don’t really know what’s going on on the other side of the ball, but he’s a load to tackle and he runs hard.”

The spring game will begin at 7 p.m. at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Admission is free. Pre-game festivities, including inflatables, food trucks and a concert performed by Reuben’s Bell, will begin at 5 p.m. There will also be a post-game fireworks show. The game will be streamed online on ESPN3.

 

48 comments
Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

BigCrimson......not sure what you are talking about?  The 'D' improved it's tackling last season and should only be better this season.  I believe you must be talking about year before last.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

"Rather than going over the broad scheme, there has been more teaching of fundamentals & techniques."

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I'm only asking here......Wouldn't you expect your HC & DC to teach techniques and fundamentals first then focus on the scheme?

It goes a long way in answering why the D misses so many tackles. :(

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

will T-night game be white vs gold, or white vs patsy pink or gold vs patsy pink? how did this powder puff football patsy pink color sucker the Tech coaching staff into adopting it for breast cancer games unis? Tech has won only one game wearing patsy pink; how would you like to see Tech wear pink unis against Georgia some year? 

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Golden is a very good player.

I'm looking for more play from Byerly and Custis.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

I am going to hate missing the game tomorrow.  Really wish they hadn't scheduled it for Good Friday.  


Hope everyone going stays warm and dry ad enjoys the experience.

hiveredtech
hiveredtech

correction for you...in #4 I think you meant Corey Griffin is behind Golden at free safety and not Milton

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

The weather looks like it's gonna be pretty crummy tomorrow evening.   Seems to be a trend - couple years ago we had tornado warnings and last year it was about 40 degrees.   

POAD2013
POAD2013

A Lot of Work for the Offense.

Many QBs need to play early and often in the games even with the game on the line. 

To see how a guy can really play is to see him perform under pressure and against the best the other theam has to offer.

juvenal
juvenal

Can't afford any more KUs or MTSUs, & need to make more critical 3rd & 4th down stops.........

JM64
JM64

thanks for the comments.

It sounds like a typical second year transition.  I am glad to hear some of the new players are turning heads.  I expect improvement on the defensive side this next season.  At a minimum they will average 5 points less per game.

TechTroll13
TechTroll13

If we can hold our own on the DL, our D has a good chance of being better.

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

@Quackmeyer  

Main problem I saw with Tech last year was almost no pass rush or pressure around the QB and your secondary is weak.  Mason had all day long the second half last years game.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@BigCrimson75  

The number of missed tackles decreased considerably last year under Roof.  It is yet another indictment of Groh and the total waste that he was

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@drydirtroad  

You are so full of it you ought to be flushed.  Tech has NEVER NEVER NEVER worn any kind of pink uniforms or trim.  You really need to get a grip.  I didn't think it was possible for a grown man to be so ignorant.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Don't fret B'Ham.....you'll get plenty of Custis once the season starts. :)

PJs job is riding on it.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@GeorgeStein  

The cold I can handle, but I'm not driving up if the weather is as forecast.  I just emailed everyone on my list to say I probably won't be there.  I won' t decide for sure till tomorrow, but I doubt I will be there.  Hope to see you and the others in the Fall.  I sure hate missing the "game;"  I really wanted to see how things are looking.

TechTroll13
TechTroll13

Byerly was impressive in last week's scrimage.  He may end up as the starter. 

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@juvenal  "need to make more critical 3rd & 4th down stops"

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Just off the top of my head, I know of two 4th downs that cost us games.  VT 2012 and uga 2013.


Stopping teams on 3rd and 4th down has killed us in the past.

GGee
GGee

I agree on the pass rush. Though Attaochu did a number on ur QB. We were down to scraps in the secondary last year. We dont replace 5 stars with 4 stars like you guys. We rely more on development of our guys over a few years. Throwing a bunch of young guys out there with little to no experience and thats what you get. Even though we lose 2 outstanding players on D this year, I feel we will be alot more stout coming into this year.

Radar123
Radar123

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt @BigCrimson75

I could not agree more about Groh.

And in past discussions with you, we have had a number of similar opinions.

Where we differed recently is in expressing, or not doing so, wasting Vad Lee by not changing the offense.

We changed things for returning players with the Groh hire and Johnson got a ready-made excuse for poor defense (takes 3 years for Groh to work his magic).

I was angered by all the negative comments for three years directed at Tevin when he was not the problem and that was part of my dropping out for the 2013 season.

During the 2011 season, Tech's offense was ranked 18th with Tevin running it.

Who else at Tech did as well?

1990?

1998?

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt @drydirtroad  "I didn't think it was possible for a grown man to be so ignorant."

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Few people can pack as much stupid into a post as drydirtroad.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@BigCrimson75  

This could be Johnson's last year, I agree.  I hear season ticket renewals are down, already.  Obviously, a lot of that has to do with things beyond Johnson's control like scheduling high school teams for home games.  But part of it too, is folks (like me) that are ready to go back to a good pro-style offense.  I prefer an air-attack to a boring ground assault done with brute force.  And the triple-option is like watching paint dry, to me.

GTJoe
GTJoe

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt If you don't attend tonight's game, you have no room to talk GT football on ANY blog from now on.  (sarcasm).

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@bigmacondawg  

I hope you don't use powerhouse to describe Georgia football.  Base on their record agains quality opponents, they are irrelevant to everybody but mutts like you.  Pretty sad when your only claim to fame is beating Tech, whom you consider to be irrelevant and yet keep making posts about.

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

@AugustaJacket @GGee  

Please tell me you didn't use the word monster to describe GT football.  That's too funny.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@GGee  Last year we had 34 sacks, which was the same as 2008 and the monster D-Line we had then.  Pass rush isn't the problem.  The secondary caused most of our defensive woes last year.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@Radar123 Hang on a sec.   You're saying Johnson hired Groh expecting the defense to be terrible so he'd have an excuse for it?   Am I understanding this right?

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Radar123 @SupersizeThatOrder-mutt @BigCrimson75  "I was angered by all the negative comments for three years directed at Tevin when he was not the problem and that was part of my dropping out for the 2013 season."

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I agree with you about the negativity towards Tevin.  I was a big fan of how well he ran the offense.  


Dropping out because internet trolls and blowhards are negative is a dubious excuse at best, however.

GTLee
GTLee

The Bibb County Butt Sniffer is definitely one of the few.

forexbomb
forexbomb

@GeorgeStein @Birmingham__Jacket  Joe Hamilton was NOT a 4 or 5 star recruit out of high school...  Matter of fact, GT was one of the only schools possible for him to play QB...  The system that he was a part of was most of the reason he came to be the special player he was  in college.  My point is that GOOD coaches find and develop talent with good offensive systems.  We have a system that does NOT work against top competition...  For whatever reason,our offensive output has gone down year after year...  Mainly because of the lack of talent, but there is clear data that shows the offense falters when playing D1 talent..  But hey, don't take my word for it, use the AJC stats bar on the GT sports page and see for yourself.  

GTLee
GTLee

I think you forgot about Mr. Shawn Jones.....

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Birmingham__Jacket @GeorgeStein  "Georgia Tech had very successful and balanced offenses with Hamilton and Godsey under center."

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And well we should have.  JoeHam and Goose were the best two QB's to ever play for GT.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Birmingham__Jacket

"But part of it too, is folks (like me) that are ready to go back to a good pro-style offense.  I prefer an air-attack to a boring ground assault done with brute force."

I guess Pete Carroll needs to stop giving the ball to Marshawn Lynch and Jim Harbaugh should stop giving the ball to Frank Gore.  That ground pound will never work in the NFL

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@Birmingham__Jacket It wasn't so hot when Friedgen left.   If I recall correctly, the year after he left, we were ... wait for it ... 7-5.  If you want to run an offense that is dependent upon finding a once in a generation talent like Joe Hamilton, so be it.   I think we'll have to agree to disagree.


I can at least respect the fact that you base your opinion on simple tastes and preferences.   At least it isn't based on the nonsense about how it doesn't work.  

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@GeorgeStein @Birmingham__Jacket  

Georgia Tech had very successful and balanced offenses with Hamilton and Godsey under center.

We WOULD have had a pretty good one in Gailey's era with Calvin Johnson, if he had just played Taylor Bennett.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@Birmingham__Jacket  Uh, a pro-set offense isn't one where they throw the ball all over the yard.   It's actually entirely dependent upon brute force, which is why it hasn't been successful at Tech.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@Birmingham__Jacket

"I prefer an air-attack to a boring ground assault done with brute force."


B-ham,

There's a team in Pullman, WA that will take your season tix $ then....Mike Leach's high-flying, exciting "air-assault" offense has mustered an impressive 9-16 (5-13 PAC 12) record in 2 seasons for the Cougs. 


I hope you're not pulling for GT to lose this season?