Posted: 9:15 am Monday, August 11th, 2014

Tech’s second (and last) full week of camp begins 

By Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech will complete its camp portion of the preseason this week with eight scheduled practices over the next six days, including double sessions Monday and Wednesday and a scrimmage on Saturday.

The Yellow Jackets will break camp after the scrimmage and then return from the team hotel to their dormitories and apartments for the start of classes Aug. 18.

Typically, at that point, coaches will divide players between the scout teams and the “varsity,” meaning the players expected to play this season. Preparations will likely begin for the Aug. 30 season opener against Wofford next week.

If Tech’s preparations follow their history, that means this will be the final week for intensive practices specifically dedicated to working on the offensive and defensive schemes without concern for preparing for a particular opponent. Given that neither coach Paul Johnson nor defensive coordinator Ted Roof were particularly overwhelmed by what they saw in Saturday’s scrimmage – not surprisingly – the week is crucial for development.

Check back later this afternoon for updates from the morning practice.

106 comments
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

Well, you children have fun.  I am out of here.  I would imagine when I do return later, all the posts by both of you will have been deleted.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

"Why would I get banned under this my first screen name ever?"

And yet you posted on another blog -- " I love this "old" blog format!"

How would you know that was the "old" format if you are new?  You really don't have much of a brain, do you?

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

Who wants to bet that Augusta Jacket is RUPaul?  How long before he gets banned under this name too?

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

Hey look.  8th grade is out and the kids are running wild.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Birmingham__Jacket "Big 10 is awesome.  And I say that having grown up in the south.  Michigan has highest win % all time."

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Since 2008, Michigan is 41-35.  GT is 47-33.


I'd try a little bit harder.

IHATEPOLITICIANS
IHATEPOLITICIANS

Can't believe S. Days is not making a better showing and has not asserted himself as the Main Man amongst the A backs. A tandem of him & Perkins makes for some pretty size able lads.

Jmonty
Jmonty

Good luck to our boys in gold!!  May we have a great season and safe of injuries.  I am proud to call myself a Tech fan. Go Jackets!!! 

JacketMan
JacketMan

WHY do you people keep feeding the trolls? They could care less about GA Tech football. All they want to do is say something controversial so they can get some sort of a reaction from someone so they can get into some indiotic debate about something THEY'VE created. It's a waste of OUR time.

Pistol66
Pistol66

Went to the scrimmage on Saturday and was pleased with the team. Byerly looked mature and comfortable running the offense and I look forward to what Thomas can do.  Both first teams looked good with an understandable edge to the defense.  Loved the enthusiasm on defense and our secondary is deep and talented!  The only negative on the rest of the team is depth.  Most of the depth seems to be freshmen or untested sophomores so injuries could really hurt us.  I did note the excellent down field blocking by the wide receivers.  This team will be competitive in every game, but injuries could hurt us late in the schedule! As far as the uga game is concerned, it is important, but realistically look at the academic majors on both teams and we do  not and do not want to recruit the same players! A win every 3-4 years works for me as I want to be proud of my school and not read about our players stealing, assaulting, or heavily into drugs!  Our issues seem to be academic in nature and sadly that will happen if students do not apply themselves at Tech!  I look forward to the season because, other than family, there is nothing better than sitting in Grant Field on a Saturday in the fall and rooting for Tech! 

Jimmyliscious
Jimmyliscious

7 & 4 or 8 & 3 with 3 cupcakes on the schedule? That's what you hope for?

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

My hopes are for anything other than a 7-5 season.  We win 6 or fewer (certainly 5), I think there's a good chance Bobinski puts his personal stamp on our football program, and names a new HC.  It doesn't matter that we will have to rebuild and we will lose most of the games 2015.

Hopefully it's 8 or more wins.  And we really need to beat UGA.  Most important game on the schedule.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@TrueDawg1986 

"We"???  You and two or three others do not speak for the CLASSY Georgia fans who post on these blogs.  They don't want you here either.

gatechclassof95
gatechclassof95

@JacketMan 

I know.... Let's talk about how Paul Johnson is going to baffle Bud Foster's defense again, this year.  That's a fun topic!

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@Pistol66 Agreed.  Byerly did look pretty good Saturday.   We still don't have enough information about what Thomas can do to make comparisons, but the offense looked like it would be just fine again this year.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@Pistol66 

What little I've seen, Byerly has looked more impressive to me, than Thomas.  The football just doesn't look particularly secure to me, in Thomas' frame.

GTBob
GTBob

@Jimmyliscious I am personally hoping we play all 12 games on the schedule and don't end up with either of those records.

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

@Birmingham__Jacket 

Ain't gonna happen.  A lot depends on injuries.  But if we are relatively healthy I can see this years game getting real ugly for Tech.  Our D will be a lot better this year and I just don't think you guys have any real play makers.  That good back you had didn't qualify.  And that offense and defense are pitiful.

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham__Jacket I disagree. UGA is not nearly the most important game on our schedule. Especially if we go 7-5 or 8-4 which is likely. The most important game will come Sept 20th in Blacksburg.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@Augusta Jacket @SupersizeThatOrder-mutt 

Per the AJC rules and regulations --- 

"Impersonating any person or entity, or falsely stating or otherwise misrepresenting your affiliation with a person or entity;"

You have impersonated an existing blogger, and therefore you are subject to being banned.  Your deleted posts will NOT be restored.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@bigmacondawg 

" Our D will be a lot better this year"......Well, you D WILL be better, because it couldn't get any worse, but a LOT better?  No way, Jose.  Just because predator Pruitt had a good defense at his last two stops with players that he inherited, doesn't mean that he will have the same success in Athens.  Your defense has as far to go as Tech's did after Groh was fired, and it doesn't happen overnight.  You think we don't have any playmakers?  Tell that to Adam Gotsis.  You think our offense is pitiful?  Then why do we ALWAYS put up more than 300 yards rushing against the mutts.  Look for 400 yard against you this year, win or lose.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

@bigmacondawg  I agree there is little star power on the GT offense.  They do score points with less horses than any other college team.  But their D is not pitiful.  CTR should not be underestimated,  I see 8 wins for them but will not beat our Dawgs.

GTBob
GTBob

@bigmacondawg UGA will win the game but our pitiful offense will probably put up 400 yards and 28 points without barely blinking. 

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@GTBob @Birmingham__Jacket 

VT is a very important game.  I agree.  That is reasonable to think like that.

As ridiculous as it may seem however, beating UGA is more important to half or more Tech fans than winning the ACC is (myself included). 

Phantogramm
Phantogramm

@GTBob @Birmingham__Jacket UGA IS the most important game on the schedule. I think we go 6-6, lose to UGA, and CPJ gets axed before the bowl game.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@TrueDawg1986 @SupersizeThatOrder-mutt 

WHATEVER !!!!

Like I said, the CLASSY Georgia fans who post on our blogs, show respect and don't like the likes of you and bigmac.  YOU are the obsessed ones.  And, BTW, since when do 2 wrongs make a right?  You are really a little child, aren't you?

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

Think you're overestimating that offense of yours.  Did you know that your starting quarterback left?  I'm afraid Good Ole Fashioned Hate will look like Groundhog Day 2012 for the Jackets this year.  Probably a sunny day and good weather.  But otherwise miserable to be a Yellow Jacket.  UGA 42 or so to GT 10.  Your "New Sherriff" has run out of bullets and handcuffs I'm afraid, Super.

GO DAWGS!!!

Jmonty
Jmonty

@Quackmeyer @bigmacondawg UGA always seems to have the "star power"  yet they don't seem to play that way.  I agree, GT doesn't seem to get the 4-5 star recruits that UGA does.  However; GT isn't a semi-pro team like UGA is.  Call a spade a spade..  Most of the kids on the UGA, Bama and such teams are just there because they can't go straight into the NFL.  They are there to audition for the NFL...  I'm glad I have UGA friends that actually are good.  Otherwise, I would think all UGA fans are like BigMac and Dawg350.. 

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham__Jacket VT is our first game this year against a BCS opponent. It is a crucial game in the coastal race, and we will likely be 3-0 coming into it in high spirits. Plus we will have the added pressure of beating one of those teams we have been losing to lately. All in all, this game will likely define our season.

The UGA game on the other hand will come two weeks after a likely loss to Clemson, and we will be sitting with either 7 or 8 wins. It has no influence on the conference, won't really impact our bowl game, and we have very little chance of winning the game.

I fail to see how it could be deemed more important. Even for the most irrational GT fans. If I were you, I wouldn't try to speak for all GT fans either on their opinion of importance.

GTBob
GTBob

@Phantogramm If you want to spend every year placing unwarranted and overblown importance on a game we will rarely ever win then that is up to you. The game lost its importance many years ago.

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

@bigmacondawg Depth will be the only reason Tech loses this game in Athens. Mason is not a great QB and every team that plays UGA this year will bring the heat and stack the line to make sure #3 gets stomped and Mason feels the pressure. Mike DoDo is highly overrated with his slants and screens. Will be closer than you think bigmac.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@bigmacondawg 

Did you know that the QB who left was unable to master the triple option, and that we now have 3 who can?  Do you realize that your mutts have never stopped the triple option, even the one that Ga Southern runs?

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@GTBob @Birmingham__Jacket 

The importance of that game is well understood among Tech Nation.  It was cited by athletic directors as contributing reasons that both Jim Donnan and Chan Gailey were fired.  I'm speaking for both Tech fans I know, and the dozens of Tech fans I've heard call into radio shows over the years who said they would rather beat UGA, than win the ACC.

People who do not value the Georgia game typically did not grow up in Georgia, and are often northern transplants or from foreign countries.

Others are disillusioned with the value of winning the ACC--- a conference that is almost completely disrespected on a national basis, for football.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@Birmingham__Jacket Others are disillusioned with the value of winning the ACC--- a conference that is almost completely disrespected on a national basis, for football.


It's challenging to take this seriously when you want to join the B1G so badly.

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham__Jacket Once again, as someone who rarely ever gets anyone to agree with you on these blogs, im not sure why you think you speak for Tech nation. Not everyone has the same mindset as you that every game we play is meaningless except for the UGA game. That mindset hurts GT far more than you seem to realize. If you don't care about the other 11 teams on the schedule and you don't care about competing in the ACC, then you don't care about GT.

Also, if your theory holds up that all GT fans are obsessed with UGA and only care about that game then I will expect to see our stadium full of GT fans next year for the game and I will expect to see more than 3000 GT fans in Athens for the game this year. Unfortunately, the reality is that neither of those are going to happen. Our fan base that in your mind only cares about UGA won't even go out to watch the game.

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

@juvenal @bobbyross1990 @bigmacondawg lol that's funny juvenal!

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@GeorgeStein @Birmingham__Jacket 

Big 10 is awesome.  And I say that having grown up in the south.  Michigan has highest win % all time.  No teams in ACC touch PSU or OSU, Nebraska for history, fanfare and tradition.  Iowa and Wisconsin would beat 4/5 every ACC school.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@GTBob @Birmingham__Jacket 

Our fans don't go to the UGA game because 1) they don't go to ANY football games. and 2) they know Paul Johnson can't get it done.

People on this blog may agree with you, but in general more Tech supporters think like I do.

If Tech Nation agreed with you, we'd keep PJ for 3 or more years.  And I can just about promise you, that's not going to happen. Especially if he keeps losing to UGA.

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

@Birmingham__Jacket Wrong Bir_Jacket. The reason our fans don't go to the UGA in Athens is because their fans are horrible when we come into town. We use to have a good showing but now there is a common thread of obnoxious jerks that spoil it. They can't help it. They are UGA fans.

forexbomb
forexbomb

@Birmingham__Jacket I have no idea where GTBob stands as a long time GT fan.. I do know this... From a LONG line of GT Alum, all the way back to the early 50's...  The UGA game has a LOT of meaning..  I understand the ACC games as important.. But you will NOT find a TRUE GT ALUM who considers the UGA game of irrelevance or non important...  I mean it really is not a question.. It's UNDERSTOOD!

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham__Jacket You have nothing to backup your notion that most Tech supporters are as obsessed with UGA as you are. The general feeling I get from most Tech fans is apathy. They just don't care all that much one way or the other. The last home game we sold out was Clemson in 2011. We haven't sold out the last two UGA games with more than half of the stadium being UGA fans. The last game in Athens we sold less tickets than Ga Southern to the game and less than 2000 probably attended.

You can bash GTs general attendance all you want but we probably had more GT fans go to the Elon game last year than the UGA game. Im not sure how much more apathy you need to see then that. Also, if the UGA game is the deciding factor for all head coaches then why hasn't CPJ been fired already?

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

Why don't you join the discussion, RuPaul?   Oh, wait.

GTBob
GTBob

@forexbomb You basically know where I stand. I am not a fan of the game anymore, nor do I see the importance of it. I am not saying the game is completely meaningless or doesn't have some value, it just isn't nearly as meaningful as it used to be, and it is losing more and more importance as the years go along. That long line of GT Alums who think the UGA game is the only meaningful game we play, is slowly dying out and eventually, it will just be an OOC game with slightly elevated interest. Hopefully that day comes soon.

gatechclassof95
gatechclassof95

@forexbomb @Birmingham__Jacket 

UGA is a huge game.  It's unreasonable to expect that we win most or even half.  But the current trend is unacceptable.  Any Tech alum or student that has a clue what up will tell you that.

Tampa_Wreck
Tampa_Wreck

@GTBob @Birmingham__Jacket I can't speak for all Tech fans, but I agree 100% with Birmingham that the most important game on the schedule is the Dawgs.  In the long run, to  be successful, we need to recruit our home state.  And we will always be an afterthought for most in state recruits until we are at least competitive with the dawgs. 

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@GTBob @Birmingham__Jacket 

PJ hasn't been fired bc our idiot AD sabotaged us before leaving for Clemson, and put Tech in hock to him for the next 40 years!

You are probably right about Tech fans.  It seems like even care about football than used to.  It think it's because Tech is trying to be MIT, and is accepting more foreign students and fewer from the southeast and the state.

Still.  Georgia is a big game.  And it's one that is reasonable to expect Tech to win every 3rd or 4th time.

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham__Jacket They lost to Northern Illinois last year. They went 4-8 the year before that. I know you hate the ACC but try to be a little bit reasonable.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@GTBob I agree....you'll never be able to compete...the GnaTs are irrelevant....should be taken off the UGA schedule and replaced with a more challenging opponent...like Ga State!

GTBob
GTBob

@Tampa_Wreck We beat UGA in 2008 and got virtually zero recruiting boost out of it. In order to have a boost from being competitive with them we would likely have to start beating them consistently, which I just don't see as possible. The UGA/GT rivalry is the most lopsided rivalry in college football in terms of talent and wins and losses. It has been for 50 years. Im not sure how you turn that around. Wishful thinking doesn't seem to be working. 

We would be much better off finding our own identity that doesn't revolve around our own obsession with a team we can't beat than continually going through the same motions hoping one day we magically turn into the team we wish we were.

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham__Jacket I agree that it's a big game, I just disagree on how big of a game it actually is, and the notion that it is the most important game or only meaningful game on our schedule.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@GTBob @Birmingham__Jacket 

Iowa has had 7 seasons of 8 or more wins since 2002, including 4 seasons of 10 or better.  I choose "8" because that seems to be 1 better than your expected success for Tech football.

They also beat the stink out of Tech in a bowl game you might remember....

GTBob
GTBob

@forexbomb I respect yours as well forexbomb. I know my opinion is reprehensible to many as they have been conditioned to accept that college football is nothing but obsessing over UGA. Hopefully I can help break that mindset.

Tampa_Wreck
Tampa_Wreck

@GTBob @Tampa_Wreck One win every 11 years is not competitive, and I don't think the dawgs are so great that we can't aspire  to winning as many or more than we lose.  Understand we haven't done it lately, but I think there are enough pluses to playing at GT to make us competitive with the right coaches. 

Unlike Birmingham, I'm still not convinced that CPJ can't do it.

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham__Jacket They had a decent 3 year run in the early 2000's. Other than that they have finished ranked twice in the last 9 years. They did beat Tech in a close game in 2009 with 7 future NFL players on defense. Kudos to them. I don't think that win necessarily means they would slaughter VT, Miami, UNC, GT, and Louisville 4 out of every 5 times they played. Call me crazy. They can't even beat Iowa St that often.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@Tampa_Wreck @GTBob We UGA fans LOVE CPJ....PLEASE don't fire him...that high school offense is VERY tough to beat.  Oh and we also LOVE that excellent DC Roof...nevermind that he was run off from Awbarn only days after they won a National Title despite his basement dwelling defense...what a winning coaching staff! 


By the way, you can thank your fellow insects @POAG2014 and @gtcaryd for all the UGA fans that begin posting on your GnaT articles...time that we provide to you what those two (and other Trolls) have been obsessed with delivering onto UGA pages to interfere with genuine fan discussions.  Hope you enjoy!

GTBob
GTBob

@Tampa_Wreck We haven't done it lately? We haven't done it in over 50 years. We haven't won more than 3 games in a decade since the 1960's. CPJ can't do it and neither can the guy who replaces him or the coaches who came before him. Im not sure how many more losses it will take before GT fans actually realize that maybe this strategy of hoping the next coach does better doesn't really work. Either way, we will still pretend that the UGA game is the most important game in the world, and never come up with any idea or plan for how to actually win it.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@GTBob @Birmingham__Jacket 

I don't think you have anything to fear as a Tech fan.  It pains me to say this.  But I don't think our school is ambitious enough or serious enough about football, to put us in a conference where we would actually have to have a pretty good team to get bowl eligible.

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham__Jacket Until you can give me an objective argument for why the Big 10 is light years ahead of the ACC even with their terrible bowl records, and lack of championship appearances, im not sure what else can be said. You are the only person I have ever seen promote the Big 10 like its a football juggernaut and demean the ACC like they are pond scum. Its not even a slightly logical argument.

juvenal
juvenal

@GTBob Dodd getting out of the SEC basically made his coaching career a wash, but getting the Irish will help the brand......

GTBob
GTBob

@juvenal Bobby Dodd was 100% right in getting GT out of the SEC.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@GTBob @juvenal 

"Bobby Dodd was 100% right in getting GT out of the SEC."

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No sports fan or anyone that did not place Tech's academics very much above its athletics--- or cared the least bit about Tech's athletics would ever make a statement like that.

I hate to tell you Bob (I have one too); but no matter how much lipstick and polish you put on that Tech diploma, it's never going to be worth MIT, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, etc.  It's a diploma from a good public school.  But that's all it is, and there are many other public schools just as good and better.

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham__Jacket I never said anything about my diploma BHAM. The teams in the SEC play a different game than us. A game I am not interested in playing. It was pretty clear at the time with the 140 rule that the SEC wasn't very interested in maintaining a real student athlete model. Bobby Dodd did the absolute correct thing in getting us out of that situation. As some point, integrity is more important than wins.