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AJC Ken S: Taking a look at the A-Backs

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Posted: 7/28/2014 10:47 AM

AJC Ken S: Taking a look at the A-Backs 


http://georgiatech.blog.ajc.co...-back-for-tech/

“You’d love for one of those guys to say, ‘I’m going to be a dominant blocker, and every time I go out there, somebody’s going on the ground. That’s my role,’” coach Paul Johnson said. “Everybody can’t have the ball every play.”

“Robbie Godhigh played a great deal more than the other guys last year, for good reason,” Johnson said.
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Posted: 7/28/2014 11:53 AM

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I don't hold much hope for this group of AB's (shocking, I know). This is the weakest link in the entire offense, IMO.
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Posted: 7/28/2014 12:09 PM

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I think we will see Days get alot of the snaps this year.
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Posted: 7/28/2014 12:29 PM

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BornAJacket wrote: I think we will see Days get alot of the snaps this year.

Is that good or bad, in your opinion?
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Posted: 7/28/2014 12:30 PM

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Well, if you don't like this year's group with 5 seniors, you'll absolutely hate next year's.

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I don't hold much hope for this group of AB's (shocking, I know). This is the weakest link in the entire offense, IMO.

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"Last I checked, 19 was more than 16"

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Posted: 7/28/2014 12:31 PM

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I loved Robbie but he gained all those yards because, as Ken said, somebody else was blocking for him.  Those guys should still be here.  I loved Orwin, but he wasn't as productive after Roddy left either.

I do think another A back will step up.  Who, I don't know, we have a bunch with the dreaded "potential."  I've always believed Dennis Andrews will be a big producer.   If he gets his head on straight and it is not this year, I believe it will come.  But I would love for the seniors to have big years this year.
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Posted: 7/28/2014 12:33 PM

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ramblinwreckguru wrote:
Well, if you don't like this year's group with 5 seniors, you'll absolutely hate next year's.

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I don't hold much hope for this group of AB's (shocking, I know). This is the weakest link in the entire offense, IMO.

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Five seniors are as valuable as five testicles.  I just want a couple of good ones.
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Posted: 7/28/2014 1:03 PM

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We are really going to miss Godhigh.  He's probably the biggest loss from last year's team, even including Attaochu (although that will be a big loss too). 

I have high hopes for Perkins and Snoddy, and to a lesser extent Days (just because we've seen a lot of what we are going to get with him).
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Posted: 7/28/2014 1:07 PM

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MITYellowJacket wrote: We are really going to miss Godhigh.  He's probably the biggest loss from last year's team, even including Attaochu (although that will be a big loss too). 

I have high hopes for Perkins and Snoddy, and to a lesser extent Days (just because we've seen a lot of what we are going to get with him).
+1

Robbie did so many things well and was very dependable.  Having said that, you never know when somebody's light bulb will shine brightly.  And we obviously (and desperately) need one of these guys to step up.  When they were freshmen and perhaps sophs, we kept saying they were 'young'.  Their days left are coming to an end.  It's beyond time to turn the hype they had coming in to making it absolutely ridiculously difficult for the offensive staff to keep them off the field.

Of course it all fits together.  Meaning, the QB's can make the backs look better as can the O-Line.
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Posted: 7/28/2014 1:19 PM

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BornAJacket wrote: I think we will see Days get alot of the snaps this year.
I agreed. I recall Days was able to haul in some catches during the spring practices. He was already a punishing runner and dependable blocker. I believe he will shine this year.
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Posted: 7/28/2014 1:23 PM

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originalwombat wrote:
BornAJacket wrote: I think we will see Days get alot of the snaps this year.

Is that good or bad, in your opinion?
He knows the offense, has good experience as a senior and I believe his blocking technique is sound.  I believe Days is a good young man, hardworking and comes from a strong family.  I see all those qualities as positive.

He has areas that he can improve, but so does every football player at every level.

Overall, I expect good things from him this year.

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Posted: 7/28/2014 1:28 PM

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Am I the only person that has decided to disregard EVERY SINGLE BIT of hype coming out of practices? The coaches, players, writers...all have been wrong in so many projections that I just can't even trust their opinions any more. I realize that in many cases, they were simply being optimistic and/or trying to create a positive vibe; however, statements like, "This unit will surprise a lot of people this year" get taken as predictors of success. At the very least, they are seen as statements of quality that are far more insightful - and thus, accurate - than any that us uninformed amateurs could provide.

As you can see, part of my frustration is born of talk that doesn't get backed up, speculation, and the hope that comes with every new beginning. This year more than any, I will be relying on what my eyes tell me and not a coach or a player. Put up or shut up, I guess you could say.
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Posted: 7/28/2014 1:29 PM

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GTJT622 wrote:
MITYellowJacket wrote: We are really going to miss Godhigh.  He's probably the biggest loss from last year's team, even including Attaochu (although that will be a big loss too). 

I have high hopes for Perkins and Snoddy, and to a lesser extent Days (just because we've seen a lot of what we are going to get with him).
+1

Robbie did so many things well and was very dependable.  Having said that, you never know when somebody's light bulb will shine brightly.  And we obviously (and desperately) need one of these guys to step up.  When they were freshmen and perhaps sophs, we kept saying they were 'young'.  Their days left are coming to an end.  It's beyond time to turn the hype they had coming in to making it absolutely ridiculously difficult for the offensive staff to keep them off the field.

Of course it all fits together.  Meaning, the QB's can make the backs look better as can the O-Line.
I was going to say, can we bring back Godhigh as an A-backs coach, but then I realized someone on the coaching staff must have coached him.  Did we have any turnover at that coaching spot?
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Posted: 7/28/2014 1:31 PM

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BornAJacket wrote:
originalwombat wrote:
BornAJacket wrote: I think we will see Days get alot of the snaps this year.

Is that good or bad, in your opinion?
He knows the offense, has good experience as a senior and I believe his blocking technique is sound.  I believe Days is a good young man, hardworking and comes from a strong family.  I see all those qualities as positive.

He has areas that he can improve, but so does every football player at every level.

Overall, I expect good things from him this year.

If I weren't such a proponent of free speech, I'd say people that think like this ought to be confined to a special area of the Hive.  This is the talk of someone in La-La Land that would let Radio play QB.
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Posted: 7/28/2014 1:34 PM

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originalwombat wrote: Am I the only person that has decided to disregard EVERY SINGLE BIT of hype coming out of practices? The coaches, players, writers...all have been wrong in so many projections that I just can't even trust their opinions any more. I realize that in many cases, they were simply being optimistic and/or trying to create a positive vibe; however, statements like, "This unit will surprise a lot of people this year" get taken as predictors of success. At the very least, they are seen as statements of quality that are far more insightful - and thus, accurate - than any that us uninformed amateurs could provide.

As you can see, part of my frustration is born of talk that doesn't get backed up, speculation, and the hope that comes with every new beginning. This year more than any, I will be relying on what my eyes tell me and not a coach or a player. Put up or shut up, I guess you could say.
I saw Days running ability. I saw Days blocking ability. Days was also making catches in the spring scrimmages per ajc reports. I don't need the coaching staff to validate Days abilities.
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Posted: 7/28/2014 1:36 PM

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GTJT622 wrote: http://georgiatech.blog.ajc.co...-back-for-tech/

“You’d love for one of those guys to say, ‘I’m going to be a dominant blocker, and every time I go out there, somebody’s going on the ground. That’s my role,’” coach Paul Johnson said. “Everybody can’t have the ball every play.”

“Robbie Godhigh played a great deal more than the other guys last year, for good reason,” Johnson said.
Crap I'd take that from our OL.
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Posted: 7/28/2014 1:37 PM

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stresshound wrote:
GTJT622 wrote:
MITYellowJacket wrote: We are really going to miss Godhigh.  He's probably the biggest loss from last year's team, even including Attaochu (although that will be a big loss too). 

I have high hopes for Perkins and Snoddy, and to a lesser extent Days (just because we've seen a lot of what we are going to get with him).
+1

Robbie did so many things well and was very dependable.  Having said that, you never know when somebody's light bulb will shine brightly.  And we obviously (and desperately) need one of these guys to step up.  When they were freshmen and perhaps sophs, we kept saying they were 'young'.  Their days left are coming to an end.  It's beyond time to turn the hype they had coming in to making it absolutely ridiculously difficult for the offensive staff to keep them off the field.

Of course it all fits together.  Meaning, the QB's can make the backs look better as can the O-Line.
I was going to say, can we bring back Godhigh as an A-backs coach, but then I realized someone on the coaching staff must have coached him.  Did we have any turnover at that coaching spot?
I obviously don't know for sure, but I'd guess the coaching is pretty much the same across the board.  What The Little Engine That Could brought to the table that perhaps others haven't figured out quite as well is taking pride in dropping a corner to the ground pleases the coaches and team and earns you more playing time which then means you get more opp's to get plays called your way. 

His lack of height perhaps made him harder to find at times, though maybe not quite as much as some others because a lot of work was on the outside and in open field.  It will be interesting to see if JT can use some lack of height to his advantage on counter plays whenever called.  For instance, opposing ILB's following where they think JT should be headed but then going "oh schlitz, he went the other way...I couldn't see/find him".

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Posted: 7/28/2014 1:38 PM

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originalwombat wrote:
BornAJacket wrote:
originalwombat wrote:
BornAJacket wrote: I think we will see Days get alot of the snaps this year.

Is that good or bad, in your opinion?
He knows the offense, has good experience as a senior and I believe his blocking technique is sound.  I believe Days is a good young man, hardworking and comes from a strong family.  I see all those qualities as positive.

He has areas that he can improve, but so does every football player at every level.

Overall, I expect good things from him this year.

If I weren't such a proponent of free speech, I'd say people that think like this ought to be confined to a special area of the Hive.  This is the talk of someone in La-La Land that would let Radio play QB.

Hey, you asked for my opinion, you got it.

Obviously you think he's a slacker and a wasted scholarship.  But I have not seen the evidence of it and the few times I have talked with him and people who know his family, I have seen few indications to support your view.

I hope you have the hard evidence to support your opinion.  Just as you demand it from others.

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Posted: 7/28/2014 1:38 PM

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VirginiaJacket wrote:
GTJT622 wrote: http://georgiatech.blog.ajc.co...-back-for-tech/

“You’d love for one of those guys to say, ‘I’m going to be a dominant blocker, and every time I go out there, somebody’s going on the ground. That’s my role,’” coach Paul Johnson said. “Everybody can’t have the ball every play.”

“Robbie Godhigh played a great deal more than the other guys last year, for good reason,” Johnson said.
Crap I'd take that from our OL.
Amen to that, Brotha!

Sincerely,

The Choir!

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Posted: 7/28/2014 1:50 PM

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Will be interesting to see how it plays out. We have some (probably all 5 Seniors) A-Backs that have all the physical tools. It is really about embracing the attitude CPJ describes.

I saw good things out of Days, Bostic, Andrews, Perkins, etc last year. Just need to be more consistent on an every down basis. Will they is the question.

P.S. If Perkins stays healthy I think he could surprise this year
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