Georgia Tech scrimmage

Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson

The mantra has been "9/3" throughout the two weeks of #GTCAMP12 as Georgia Tech targets the season-opening date, Sept. 3 at Virginia Tech.  Training Camp officially ended Saturday morning with the team's second scrimmage, and now preparations for the Hokies can begin next week. "The guys are ready to play someone else," said senior QB Tevin Washington following the approximately 90-play scrimmage at Bobby Dodd Stadium.  "We've been hitting each other for two weeks and all summer doing drills against each other.  Guys are just ready to go and get some new faces in front of us."

The scrimmage's first series saw redshirt freshman LB Jabari Hunt-Days make a stop on third-and-five to halt the drive, but Days' classmate, Broderick Snoddy, put the offense on the board quickly on the second series by breaking off a 70-yard touchdown run.

Redshirt freshman QB Vad Lee and sophomore AB B.J. Bostic had a pair of hook-ups Saturday, with Lee hitting Bostic for an 11-yard touchdown on third-and-three, and later finding a leaping Bostic for 28 yards over the middle to set up another touchdown.

Lee enjoyed a solid morning both on the ground and through the air for the Jackets.  He busted loose down the right sideline for a 38-yard gain to get a drive started.  Snoddy picked up seven on a key third-and-five, and Lee capped the series with a 10-yard score up the middle.  "I felt like I could have thrown the ball better; it wasn't my best performance throwing the ball," said Lee.  "I'm just ready to get back to the grind of practice next week and get with those receivers and work hard and keep throwing it."

Sophomore Synjyn Days and freshman Justin Thomas also took snaps at quarterback, and each led scoring drives.  Days ran 16 yards to begin a series, picked up eight on a third-and-three, before finishing the drive with a one-yard score. Thomas connected with sophomore WR Jeff Greene for 41 yards down the left sideline and a 15-yard personal foul penalty tacked on.  But the defense came up with a stand on third down with Coray Carlson and Chris Crenshaw flushing Thomas from the pocket to force an incomplete pass.  Junior Justin Moore booted a 29-yard field goal.

Kicker David Scully converted a 31-yard field goal earlier in the scrimmage and the junior was good on all five of his extra-point attempts.  There was no punting on Saturday.  Sophomore BB Matt Connors and freshman AB Dennis Andrews each had short touchdowns runs late in the scrimmage.

Other highlights defensively were a Nick Menocal interception of Thomas, and the sophomore linebacker nearly brought the turnover back for a touchdown.  On the very next series, redshirt freshman DL Jimmie Kitchen recovered a fumble.  Sophomore DL Anthony Williams was in on two sacks, and junior DB Jemea Thomas snuffed out a screen pass on third-and-long, tackling WR Darren Waller for no gain to halt another early drive.

"Overall everything has been good," said Washington.  "We've been pushing each other.  The seniors are the core group of the team and we're trying to lead and push those younger guys and trying to get them ready mentally for what's coming.  We still have some steps to take to get ready mentally for game speed.  But we're ready to go."