You are correct; he didn't get the ball once, although Justin Thomas tried to throw to him at least once. There are reverses in the playbook for receivers, but none were called for him Saturday. I didn't ask specifically about this, but, obviously, a) the offense was having little problem moving the ball on the ground, so there was a "why fix what isn't broken?" component; b) Thomas wasn't having his best day throwing the ball; c) perhaps a reverse to Smelter, while hardly an unlikely play, is maybe something you want to keep under wraps. That said, the offense would do well to get the ball in his hands.
Good morning, everyone. Thanks for stopping by. There is, as always, plenty to talk about, so let's get started.
I think the session is about to close here, so thanks again, and, again, my apologies. Thanks to everyone for waiting for me. Please keep coming back to the AJC Tech page. More stuff coming the rest of the week. Enjoy the game Saturday!
Again, my apologies for not getting on earlier. I was actually talking with Bill Curry for a story for Saturday's paper about Tulane and Tech being charter members of the SEC and what might have happened if they'd stayed. Coach Curry was an interesting interview, as always.
Thanks. Thanks for all of the great questions.
I don't know about "everyone," but I'd say there's some concern. It did look a little off early, but the offense did gain more than 500 yards.
I don't know what " a lot of points" is to you, but I think the offense will be fine. I think Justin Thomas will continue to improve and I can see him becoming a dangerous player.
They have a second-year coach who came to Tulane from the Saints, Curtis Johnson. I'd say they're rebuilding right now.
I was, also. I think part of it was that it became a ball-control game and Johnson himself said it became hard to take chances. We'll see it eventually, maybe even this weekend. Tulane plays at a faster tempo, so there should be more possessions.
I think as long as defenses give DeAndre Smelter room like that (and obviously, he'll face cornerbacks better than what he saw Saturday), they'll keep throwing to him. But this is primarily a running team. I wouldn't get used to it.
it would have to be a disastrous season.
I made my stab at that already, gcrowe. hope my answer was satisfactory.
I appreciate the kind words, but I don't know that a keen eye was necessary to have questions about the defensive line. And, actually, the tackles (Adam Gotsis and Shawn Green) played fairly well, and Rod Rook-Chungong was solid in his first career game. I don't know a ton about Miami, but I know they've got quarterback issues and they're young. Tech has been competitive with Miami, though the Jackets have lost five in a row now. It's a ways away, but I think they should have a decent chance.
never too early to ask, huh. Somewhere between 0 and 100 percent. Just kidding. It's obviously a long way away, but I'm going to guess Georgia will be favored and perhaps heavily if the Dogs are good as they evidently looked Saturday.
For what it's worth, in last year's Sagarin ratings, Tulane was No. 91. Wake Forest was No. 86. Virginia was No. 106.
I confess I didn't watch the Georgia game as I was still finishing up writing off of the Tech game. It's conceivable part of Gurley's performance was related to Clemson, but Gurley is very, very good. Clemson actually brought a lot back on defense. But, to answer the thrust of your question, I think maybe the bigger part of the equation is more about what Tech is or isn't and not Clemson.
Wofford didn't throw much - 17 times - and usually threw quickly, which limited chances to pressure. I thought there were a few times that Evan Jacks was rushed, but you'd like to have seen more. We aren't allowed to watch practice, but Shawn Green mentioned to me that the practice Tuesday was very physical, basically game conditions against the scout team offense. Forced turnovers are something to watch Saturday.
I sort of touched on this one, but I think I'd also attribute part of it to Wofford and its option game. Better defenses than Tech's have been made to look out of position by option offenses.
I'm not sure. I'm afraid probably not. I think the window closes at the same time regardless of the lack of brain activity of the writer.
They were a bowl team a year ago, but on paper don't look that formidable. But the AAC is a better conference than the Sun Belt. that's a good question, but i don't have a great answer. I do think they're going to be very fired up, though.
Don't know yet. we should know late afternoon.
At least with the 92-yard run, Ted Roof took the blame for that. There were eight players in the box on a 3rd-and-8, which would seem a bit aggressive. I thought the open-field tackling wasn't great, both in the angles players took and the wrapping up. I suppose positioning might have played a part.
I think it depends on how the game will go, sort of like with the Wofford game. I don't know that we'll for certain see him.