I remember thinking the same, particularly at the end of the first half of the Georgia Southern game. I don't know what the first down run/pass ratio is, and how each has worked. Perhaps something to dig into. But, for instance, in the Georgia Southern game, Thomas was something like 7-for-8 to that point, so i'd say it was understandable why Johnson called passes at that point.
I haven't. Tech had success with blitz pressure, but I think Ted Roof's biggest priority is avoiding big plays, which is presumably why he didn't blitz more. The challenge is that the front four, particularly early in games, has had trouble getting to the quarterback. With those limitations, I think Tech is trying to make teams go the length of the field and hope they mess up, get behind schedule with a penalty or kick a field goal.
It was good meeting you Monday. I'm going to plead ignorance on this one. It does seem like this won't be a year the SEC gets two teams in. I'm sure someone has gone back and tried to retroactively construct four-team playoffs for recent years, but I'd suspect it would take an ACC team to be undefeated to get in, and probably an undefeated team from most of the other power five. It would depend a lot, obviously, on how many undefeated or one-loss teams there were across the board. there's a ton that's left to to sort out, though. Not a very clear answer. Sorry.
I read that also, in the Macon Telegraph. I would think it was the coaches' decision to start him out at wide receiver, as long as the player is OK with it. That's usually how it works. He played safety in high school, but I don't know what plans they have for him. I will try to find out more today.
It is interesting. Paul Johnson mentioned it after the game, briefly. Travis had been an interior defensive lineman, but Johnson said he just wanted to see what he could do at end, noting his strength and quickness. As has been mentioned more than once, they don't have a lot of options on the line, and with the plan to try to rest the starters more, I imagine they kind of looked around at what they had. It would be quite a storyif, after three years as a special-teams guy, he could play an impactful role on defense as a senior.
I've heard that before. It's an easy argument to make. I'd point out, though, that Johnson is essentially the offensive coordinator and works with the quarterbacks, also. In this case, I think it also bears mention that Thomas is a first-year starter and maybe hot and cold streaks shouldn't be a great surprise.
I think part of it's Thomas being a great fit and also buying in (maybe a lot of it) and part of it is that he likes this team. I think they practice hard and they get along well. I don't get the impression they've given him a lot of headaches. Winning, obviously, helps.
He's still the No. 2. I think coaches are confident in him and have used him some as a short-yardage option. Given the way Thomas is playing, I'd think that'd be the plan for the foreseeable future. I don't think he plans on going anywhere. I do think Byerly has a good attitude about it.
Ah, you actually had a question. Thomas is a better fit, certainly, for this offense. I think it's made for quick, fast guys, which Thomas is. I think the other part, too, that Johnson mentions a lot, is that Thomas wants to be an option quarterback, which Vad Lee, for all his strengths, evidently didn't. As for whether he's a better overall quarterback, that's a tough one to call. I don't think Thomas would be a very good pro-style offense quarterback because of his size, for instance. But he might actually be a more accurate passer than Lee regardless.
Thanks! thanks for reading and the kind words.
I haven't been around the team yet this week and I'm not sure how much vibe you can pick up from interviews, but, Paul Johnson was not concerned that the team would lose focus. I know it's easy to do with the team starting 4-0 and starting to get some love, but he thought that with the Miami game (five consecutive losses) coming up, it wouldn't be a problem. Justin Thomas' pre-snap awareness, perimeter blocking, third-and-long defense and kickoff return are all areas I imagine they'll try to improve, among others.
I think the chances are certainly growing stronger. My guess is the Miami game might be his last realistic chance barring injury. He'll get two weeks to keep learning his assignments and showing that he's ready. the other thing is, he'll have to essentially beat out Synjyn Days, because Paul Johnson wants Days to get more time, and for Leggett to play, he'll have to show that he's ready to play more than a bit role. As for recruiting, my understanding is they'll try to get two B-backs, one being Mikell Lands-Davis. I'd think the fact that the position will be open in 2015 is a pretty good pitch.
Good Wednesday to you, everyone. Hope you're enjoying the week. There's plenty to talk about, as always, so let's get started.
Thanks again, everyone, for a great round of questions. I enjoy the give and take and hopefully providing some answers to your questions. I'll be back next Wednesday for more. Thanks for reading and taking the time to visit. Enjoy the game Saturday!
Thanks. I appreciate you saying that. It takes a bit of work, but I enjoy doing it, and I've seen from the comments and numbers of hits that it's been received well. My plan is to keep doing it.
consistency. size alone doesn't get it done.
I think he'll get a shot. I don't know for sure if he'll be drafted - it's early, as you say - and I don't know how he'll do in testing, but he has great ball skills and body control.
that's part of it, too, although never is a strong word.
I will hopefully have an answer this evening.
Not that I've heard. I think, particularly given Tech's scheduling model and Johnson's preference, that the Georgia game is going to stay at the end of the season.
I should know, but I think it's around 25.
I've never heard/read him say that, but I don't think I've asked him. The offense is going to attract some types and not others, I think it's pretty obvious. But I think, too, Tech in general is the same way, which was Dan Radakovich's thinking in hiring Johnson.