Posted: 10:38 am Friday, April 18th, 2014

Spring game to be played as planned 

By Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech’s spring game will be played Friday night, rain or shine.

The Weather Channel forecast for 7 p.m. – when the annual game to end spring practice is scheduled to begin – is a 100 percent chance of precipitation, though lightning does not appear likely. For logistical and other reasons, the game won’t be moved from Friday evening.

As a concession to the weather, the standard ban on umbrellas will be lifted.

Pre-game festivities are still planned, though modifications will be made. Some activities will be moved into the north concourse of Bobby Dodd Stadium. The pre-game concert by Reuben’s Bell was still part of the plans as of Friday morning.

The post-game fireworks show will likely be called off. The game may be shortened if field conditions become unsafe for play. The game will be streamed online at ESPN3, with Brandon Gaudin, Roddy Jones and Sean Bedford providing the call.

110 comments
BigTimeTECHFan
BigTimeTECHFan

Game was good, found cover so I stayed dry all game.

QB Byerly looked good running the offense, made a lot of good reads. Couple of real nice passes, one dropped by the A-Back. Timing not there yet on the out routes.

Ty Griffin shows a lot of skill, pretty smooth, would have liked to see how he looked with 1st team offense. Most plays didn't have much time to do much. I think he could be a good QB

Matthew Jordan - Didn't see him play much, may have got hurt or something?


OL, T Chris Griffin, G Braun, C Burden , G Mason, T Chamberlain, looked good. Biggest issue was defense was jumping the plays a little, give that line a fall and a couple of games and I think they will be pretty good.


BB Laskey - solid as we we know for past couple of years

Donovan Wilson - Looked real good, strong leg drive running threw tackles, should get some playing time next year, be impact play when Laskey graduates


AB - Some very good blocks but I could never catch who did it.

Days looked real good, reminds me of Ant Allen his jr year before moving to B-Back

Zenon looked good


WR - Summers, Smelter, Waller, all known, didn't get to see a lot due to the rain, di not see anyone get open deep. Summers made nice out route catch, looks smooth.


DL KeShan Freeman is going to be real good, nice size for true frosh, can already hang with vets.

Hunt-Days looked real good at DE, Chungong looked pretty good to.

Gamble coming on strong, 

Gotsis looks stronger but not a lot bigger, going to be one of the best DT's in the country.


LB - All solid, Neally, Marcodes, Davis all look good, McNair looked good, seemed like every LB that played looked good


DB's - John Marvin can play, was running hitting.

Isaiah Johnson looked a little bigger, played run real good.

DJ White will be star

Step Durham, great size, smooth, made some plays


AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

The most impressive part of the Spring Game so far, (I am just now watching it), is Roddy Jones as an announcer.  He's got a future in this business.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Didn't see the game. I saw Custis didn't play.

What about Byerly?

wrecked
wrecked

Big time  spring  ball on ESPN3, Gt most irrelevant program within 300 miles of  Atlanta.

wrecked
wrecked

They'll blow  Wofford  away but watch out  for Tulane  and  Southern, pretty equal talent levels.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

BigTimeTechFan was there tonight.  He texted me a picture before the start of the game.  Haven't heard back from him yet regarding the game itself

IfDoRight_NoCanDefense
IfDoRight_NoCanDefense

Other (random) players that stood out to me:

Pat Gamble, Keshun Freeman (just as good as advertised), Shamire Devine (that guy is MASSIVE), Teknipp, Laskey (solid as always), Synjyn Days (the best blocker by far), Nealy, and DBs as a whole.


Little bit disappointed with Zenon, I. Johnson (looked a touch slow), and most of the OL but I'm sure they'll improve over the summer.

BigTimeTECHFan
BigTimeTECHFan

@Birmingham__Jacket  

KeShan Freeman - Now I see why Clemson, Stanford, South Carolina and Tennesse were after him

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

I've always liked listening to Roddy Jones interviews. He's well spoken and always seemed to have a positive attitude.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@AugustaJacket  

I agree.  Very very classy young man.  Very intelligent and intelligible.  I am proud to call him a fellow Tech man.  He does us all proud.

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

@Birmingham__Jacket  

You can see Byerly's very comfortable in the offense. He's very similar to Tevin in how he runs it, good not great speed but makes good reads. 

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@wrecked  Last week uga, SCar, Clemson, FSU and Ole Miss had their spring games on ESPN 3 as well.  But keep trying, troll.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

We will be heavily favored against Tulane and Ga Southern. 13-20 I'm guessing.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@IfDoRight_NoCanDefense  

I'm sure Devine was thankful for the temperatures in the 50s, had it been a normal spring day in the mid 70s to low 80s, he would have been gassed and suffering from the heat.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Byerly is very smart ACC Honor Roll and has good size similar to Crouch.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@Hookedonshortpasses @SupersizeThatOrder-mutt  

Seems logical.  But that one dimensional O will get stuffed.  We don't have the fire power on the OLine to line up and play smash mouth football.

We ran the option to perfection in the rain against UGA Johnson's first year.  But we had better talent, and it was the last game of the season, so the timing and consistency were better perfected.

Hookedonshortpasses
Hookedonshortpasses

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt From what I saw, it seems the best option for the johnson option in the rain is no option.  The best option might be to keep handing off to a minimum...just max QB keepers  However, B back seemed to work... at times.

Reading seemed to spell fumble.  But that is just my thinking. 

The QB that did not play probably won't be in johnsons dog hous due to putting the ball on the ground.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

That's option football Supersize! Add some rain and slick football and it gets even more difficult.

Did we hit a wide option that turned the corner for a big gain?

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@wrecked @SupersizeThatOrder-mutt @OldJacketFan  

Did it take 2 OT's for the mutts to beat N Texas State?  Nope. Don't believe it did.  Get a life

Actually N Texas State was better than the mutts on the day they played them.  They just didn't have the depth

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

@Birmingham__Jacket  

New HC, new DC, new offense and new defense philosophy. Lots different than the last several years. App St took them to the woodshed last using a TO offense.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Ga Southern has played very tough on occasion against UGA. We'd better come to play. They know how to defend the triple O.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@AugustaJacket  

My bad,  all the REAL BCS PROGRAMS in the Deep South play their Spring games on TV, I don't go to the friggin' INTERNET to watch CFB!

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@MikeBanning @SupersizeThatOrder-mutt @IfDoRight_NoCanDefense  ESPN 3.  Free on the internet.  Try harder, troll.....