Aug. 16, 2014
Second live scrimmage of #GTCAMP14 was approximately 110 plays on a gorgeous Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Coach Paul Johnson: “There was a lot of good things with 110 plays and no turnovers, that’s really good for the offense. I don’t even think the ball was on the ground but maybe once.”
“Defensive Coordinator Ted Roof: “It’s been a good camp, we’re certainly in a better place than where we started. But we’ve got to come back to work, get fresh and get better.”
Following the scrimmage, the players were given the remainder of the day off, and have an off-day Sunday to break camp and move in to their campus housing. Classes begin on Monday.
The first-team offense converted a pair of third downs and a fourth down to keep the opening drive alive, which resulted in an 11-yard touchdown pass from sophomore QB Justin Thomas (Prattville, Ala.) to senior BB Zach Laskey (Peachtree City/Starr’s Mill HS). With his legs, Laskey converted a third-and-short, while Thomas hit senior WR DeAndre Smelter (Macon/Tattnall Square Academy) for 13 on a third-and-long. Thomas picked up two yards on fourth-and-one to put the Jackets in the Red Zone.
Freshman Matthew Jordan (Jackson, Ala,) was under center on the fifth possession and picked up 29 yards on the grounds before finding classmate C.J. Leggett (Suwanee/North Gwinnett HS) for 16 yards on third-and-nine. A sophomore Harrison Butker (Decatur/Westminster) 32-yard field goal capped the drive.
Senior AB Deon Hill (Phenix City, Ala.) got the offense going on the ninth possession, getting a big block downfield from senior AB B.J. Bostic (Louisville/Jefferson County HS) and gaining 25 yards. Junior AB Broderick Snoddy (Carrollton/Carrolton HS) capped the drive with a seven-yard score on a pitch from Thomas.
Leggett had an impressive day and picked up 24 yards on the 10th possession to get the offense going. Freshman QB Chase Martenson (Dunwoody/Marist School) finished it with a six-yard keeper for a touchdown.
Thomas found Smelter and senior WR Darren Waller (Acworth/North Cobb HS) for back-to-back big gains on the ensuing drive, and senior Synjyn Days (Marrietta/Hillgrove HS) did the dirty work in the Red Zone to end the series with a two-yard TD plunge
Smelter also enjoyed a big afternoon, and highlighted it with a 70-yard touchdown run on a reverse.
Waller climbed the ladder for a 14-yard touchdown pass from Martenson to cap the scoring.
Following the opening-drive touchdown, the defense allowed just two first downs by the offense over its next three possessions.
Freshman LB Antonio Simmons (Jacksonville, Fla.) had a solid afternoon, dropping Isiah Willis with a thundering hit on fourth-and-five to stall a drive. He also played a reverse perfectly and registered a tackle for loss later in the scrimmage.
Senior S Isaiah Johnson (Tyrone/Sandy Creek HS) was in on a solo sack in the Red Zone.
Senior LB Kyle Travis (Cumming/South Forsyth HS) was in on tackles for loss on consecutive possessions which helped keep the offense off the board.
There were no kickoffs or punting.
Butker made his only field goal attempt, from 32 yards on the fifth possession.
Just finished off a very good fall camp and looking forward to kicking off the season in two weeks at Bobby Dodd!#gtfootball