Q&A with Dwyer

Tim Tebow at Florida, Colt McCoy at Texas, Sam Bradford at Oklahoma and … Jonathan Dwyer at Georgia Tech.

The first three players are on most folk’s watch lists for the Heisman Trophy. Dwyer has popped up on some lists as a darkhorse candidate.

I got to sit down with Dwyer, last season’s ACC player of the year, for a few minutes last week for an abbreviated version of the Q&A’s we’ve been running this summer.

AJC: Which running backs do you like to watch?

JD: Growing up, as a kid, Walter Payton. But now, in this new era, Adrian Peterson of the Vikings and LaDainian Tomlinson.

AJC: What about those guys do you like watching?

JD: Adrian Peterson has a lot of style like Walter Payton. He’s powerful and once he touches the ball he’s going full speed at you the whole time. If youre in his way he’s going to run you over. If he can’t run you over he’s going to run around you and make somebody make a big play.

AJC: You are being mentioned as potential Heisman candidate this year. There are three quarterbacks that are everyone’s favorite right now. Have you practiced the Heisman pose in the mirror?

JD: No. Maybe as little kid growing up. I’ve never even thought about it. Just taking it slow and enjoying college and enjoying hanging out with these guys and having fun with them.

AJC: I don’t know if you look at ajc.com, I hope you do. We had a story that Phil Steele left Tech out of the top 25 all together, which surprised me considering the number of starters you have coming back. Why do you think that is?

JD: Everybody thinks that the offense isn’t going to work now because everybody’s been preparing for it. But I mean you still have to respect us like any other team. Each and every week anybody can have a good week.

That’s probably why. But we don’t keep contact with all that ranking stuff. I know coach Johnson definitely doesn’t. I think there’s time for us to look at and use motivation for the season.

AJC: Who hits hardest on y’all’s defense?

JD: It’s a tie between a lot of guys. This crew can lay the wood on anybody.

Defensive line, it’s Derrick Morgan.

Linebackers. A bunch of people, from gladiator, Brad Jefferson, Cedric Griffin, AT Barnes and Sylvester.

Secondary, Burnett, Reece and Tarrant.

Who knows what these young guys can do once the season and games start up.

AJC: In the ACC?

JD: Who is the hardest hitter I ever had in the ACC. I don’t know.

My freshman year it would probably be Chris Long. Besides him I would say some guys from Clemson.

AJC: What’s the dumbest question you’ve been asked by a reporter? And you can’t include any of these.

JD: Probably from high school, I guess what school I would go to, constantly over and over, repeatedly.

174 comments Add your comment

Tommy Wildfire Rich

July 13th, 2009
8:47 am

Can we expect a “Know Your Jackets” segment on ajc.com this year?

Huh?

July 13th, 2009
9:21 am

Just stopping by to say hello to you nerds. By the way…did you know Tech will only win 5 games this year. I did! Did you also know that UGA will go undefeated? I’ll bet you didn’t. I can’t wait to see the looks on your faces when UGA beats you by 60 in Bobby Dodd.

GO DAWGS!

Saint Simons

July 13th, 2009
9:25 am

45-42!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahaahahahahahahahahaha

TDone

July 13th, 2009
9:27 am

Wildfire, you got to be kidding me. The AJC will do nothing to upset its Muttland fan base.

Pi$$onaDawg

July 13th, 2009
10:05 am

HUH, you are right. Let’s just put UGA and TEXAS in the BCS game on Sept. 1 and be done with the season. UGA ain’t that good. CJP ain’t Chan. CPJ will keep the kids in the game (see last year’s second half)and the blow out ain’t gonna happen. If J. COX is your QB after the 3rd game I will be so suprised. The season opener will be called forever the PROS vs Average JOE.

Stan

July 13th, 2009
10:08 am

The one thing we can always count on from uga is that (while they will always have high expectations) they will choke at some point

dbc

July 13th, 2009
10:19 am

What an absolutely useless article.

WADE

July 13th, 2009
10:24 am

IT’S NO WONDER TECH CAN’T STAND GEORGIA FANS.GA. CA’T EVEN COME WITH AN ORIGINAL FIGHT SONG WHICH IS USED BY SEVERAL SCHOOLS,COLORS ARE U.G.L.Y AND CAN’T SPELL DOGS CORRECTLY.P.S. 45-42!!SEE YOU IN NOVEMBER.

Saint Simons

July 13th, 2009
10:25 am

Funny thing is I’ve fooled even some of you “smart” nerds by going around saying:

45-42…HAHAHAHAHAHA

All these people on this board and the UGA boards actually think I’m a Tech fan but all I’m doing is trying to make you look bad. I know I should be bored by now but I’m not. It’s all too easy and you’re all too gulible. Good luck this year dorks. You’re gonna need it.

Go Dawgs!

Trouper

July 13th, 2009
10:51 am

Doug,
Good to see you back again. I was getting worried – everyday, between the UGA beat writer and the JY Blawg, there are articles on everything UGA. Last article I read on Tech was about Cink and his twittering. Anything we can do to help increase flow of Tech news?

Saint Simons

July 13th, 2009
10:54 am

Funny thing is I’ve fooled even some of you “smart” nerds by going around saying:

45-42…HAHAHAHAHAHA

All these people on this board and the UGA boards actually think I’m a Tech fan but all I’m doing is trying to make you look bad. I know I should be bored by now but I’m not. It’s all too easy and you’re all too gulible. Good luck this year dorks. You’re gonna need it.

Go Down Dawgs!

Tommy Wildfire Rich

July 13th, 2009
11:08 am

Fake Saint Simons- That was weak. Surely you can do better. Maybe not.

tech

July 13th, 2009
11:17 am

It’s funny he couldn’t name the hardest hitter in the ACC because he ran most of the guys in league over this year.

Tom Davis

July 13th, 2009
11:35 am

Dwyer = over rated

Ramble On!!

July 13th, 2009
11:40 am

We rock! I love being a nerd!

Tom Davis = retarded

July 13th, 2009
11:46 am

Dwyer:

ACC player of the year
unanimous 1st team selection as well as being the #1 rusher in the ACC had 1,328 yards rushing and 12 Touchdowns.

He also had 144 yards against your Dawgs. Dumbass.

Tommy Wildfire Rich

July 13th, 2009
11:46 am

Tom- on what do you base your opinion?

Huh?

July 13th, 2009
11:47 am

I hate my sad life trolling your blogs daily under different screen names…..I wish I had a girlfriend!

GO DAWGS!

Huh?

July 13th, 2009
11:53 am

Doug, it looks like Dwyer is pretty good at softball too.

GOJACKET5

July 13th, 2009
11:59 am

you know whats funny is calling Tech people nerds dosent bother us because we will be making the money when we graduate while u will be living in a trailer working for a plumbing company!!!

Hey Huh?

July 13th, 2009
12:00 pm

Why are you reading a blog about Jonathan Dwyer?

Tom Davis

July 13th, 2009
12:00 pm

Anyone who doesn’t play for UGA sux.

Anyone who doesn’t play for UGA is over rated.

Huh?

July 13th, 2009
12:02 pm

Leave me alone people! I am free to make comments on whatever I please. Quit ripping on UGA. They’re gonna be undefeated this year. Then what will you do? Probably cry!

45-42

July 13th, 2009
12:17 pm

Dwyer > No-Show Moreno

Engy

July 13th, 2009
12:31 pm

Wrecks go on the Dawg blawg and Mutts intervene on our blog. Such is the way of life.

But seriously, GO DWYER!

Big Bee

July 13th, 2009
12:39 pm

HEY HUH/ REVENGE OF THE NERDS, NOV.08, REVENGE OF THE NERDS II, NOV.09. So on and so on. Get my point? Don’t know how to make it any more simple, but I do realize you are a simple person!!!

Jacket

July 13th, 2009
12:57 pm

Tom Davis-

Matthew Stafford= OVER-RATED.
He is the worst number one pick i have ever seen. He may have an arm, but he will never make a good nfl quarterback

Sting 'em Buzz

July 13th, 2009
12:58 pm

Tech wins 5 games by game 7. UGA loses the undefeated season after game 1.

db

July 13th, 2009
1:01 pm

UGA will again not live up to their year-in and year-out top ranked recruiting classes. Also what happens to a UGA fan when given viagra? They get taller! ;)

John aka JB

July 13th, 2009
1:21 pm

UGA is not going to go undefeated…. but i probably wasted my time saying that b/c its common sense. Jon Dwyer is a beast. Im no GT fan but he sure stomped all over UGA last year. I think the notion that Jon Dwyer is over-rated is a joke seeing is that he produced last year and the Dogs didnt.

TO HELL WITH GEORGIA

Jefferson

July 13th, 2009
1:38 pm

I won money several games last year bette JD would break one for 50+ yards. The offense will only get better.

Huh?

July 13th, 2009
1:49 pm

“Why are you reading a blog about Jonathan Dwyer?”

A blog about Jonathan Dwyer? What the hell are you talking about? I thought this was a blog about UGA judging by all the comments. Hardly anyone has said a word about Jonathan Dwyer. They only want to talk about UGA football, which is my favorite topic. THAT is why I am here Techie.

GT

July 13th, 2009
1:59 pm

I think Dwyer is a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate. He will put some numbers up with that offense and he has some magic in him. He is a threat every time he touches the ball. The trouble with Tech is that offense can make some not so good backs look good so when a legitimate one comes along like Dwyer he might not get the credit he deserves.

Hey Huh?

July 13th, 2009
2:38 pm

It’s a georgia tech blog about Jon Dwyer as your dumbass can plainly see if you look up your address bar:

http://blogs.ajc.com/georgia-tech-sports/2009/07/13/qa-with-dwyer/

See how it says Georgia Tech Sports and Q&A with Dwyer. Hence you are reading and commenting on a Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Blog about Jonathan Dwyer. Does that make sense to you or do you need me to explain it some more?

“Huh?” Please answer these next few questions for me honestly…

1) Did you attend the University of Georgia?
2) Why do you frequent the Georgia Tech blog daily to talk with fans you “HATE”?
3) Are you attempting to get back at us because douchebags like “ramble on”, “m”, and “saint simons” invade the uga blog?

UGAGRAD02

July 13th, 2009
2:39 pm

Great running back, and of course Tech will do good when you play teams like Duke, Jacksonville State, and the ACC schedule.

Portland Dawg

July 13th, 2009
2:43 pm

This kid is a beast. Great RB. I have lots of respect for a guy that runs this hard. He will make a great NFL back. Here’s to hoping the Dawgs can lock it down this year. Good luck. The rivalry is back!

Piss on em!

July 13th, 2009
3:44 pm

Huh. You are the biggest dumbass, ignorant UGA fan. Your pathetic dogs will not be undefeated. Everything about UGA is overrated and continues to be overrated with your so-called god of a coach, Mark Richt, who still can’t get ya’ll a national championship. Guaranteed Tech will have a better record than the puppy dogs and we will beat ya’ll again in atlanta this year. Keep on living the dream with a pathetic college degree Huh. and TO HELL WITH GEORGIA!!!

I Agree UGAGRAD02

July 13th, 2009
3:46 pm

He is a great back!…. look at some of his numbers -

108 yds and 1 TD vs BC
109 yds vs Clemson
145 yds 2 TD’s vs FSU
157 yds 1 TD vs UNC
128 yds 2 TD’s vs MIAMI

and of course you recall…..

144 yds 2 TD’s vs UGA

I’m sure UGA will do good too when you play teams like georgia southern, arizona state or the almighty SEC power houses last year like kentucky, vandy, auburn, and tennessee….

SEC vs ACC – tied last year in the regular season head to head matchups

Huh? has no response

July 13th, 2009
3:47 pm

quick!…think of something clever!

Leigh Weathers

July 13th, 2009
4:03 pm

GO JACKETS!!!! I love this team…the Georgia Tech tradition will live on and on and on…

Sting, Stang, STUNG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WOOF

July 13th, 2009
4:08 pm

It’s about time the jackets came around. It was getting pretty boring at those games. FINALLY Tech has an outstanding coach and yes you spanked us last year so kudos to you. I love my DAWGS and we have a lot of work to do..But don’t think all of us are all redneck idoits..It won’t be such a cakewalk as you think!!!!!

Jae

July 13th, 2009
4:09 pm

I don’t usually read the comments because it’s pointless banter, but I did want to include some “evidence” for the guy who said Dwyer was overrated.

It’s a little blurry, but I think you’ll get it. Enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYBeRifpsoI

Pi$$onaDawg

July 13th, 2009
4:10 pm

Can’y wait to see what Dwyer can do in the pros…with a pro-style offense! Go Tech

Sting 'em Buzz

July 13th, 2009
4:21 pm

Dwyer for Heisman…I like it…. here’s to a 1700 yard season!!!!

Tom Davis

July 13th, 2009
4:23 pm

Dwyer will never and I mean NEVER play a down in the NFL.

Not Disappointed

July 13th, 2009
4:24 pm

Dwyer is an excellent running back for college or at the next level. It doesn’t matter if you like the Jackets or the ga dogs, as a running back he want be denied! Name a better back on uga’s team? ………………………Waiting………..”I didn’t think so!” “Ramblin Wreck!”

Jaded Jacket

July 13th, 2009
4:26 pm

ATTENTION GT FANS: Single game tickets go on sale this Wednesday (7/15) at 8:30 for the first 5 home games (excludes the UGA game). Only season ticket holders can buy UGA tickets.

gtfanfrom1951

July 13th, 2009
4:30 pm

JD will make a good running back for an NFL team. But for now the Jackets need to play one game at a time if they win 11 they will be playing for that NC. Go JD

Huh?

July 13th, 2009
4:33 pm

“Huh?” Please answer these next few questions for me honestly…

1) Did you attend the University of Georgia?

Yes, I did. Don’t believe me? I don’t care. Next question…

2) Why do you frequent the Georgia Tech blog daily to talk with fans you “HATE”?

Because I want to. And why did you put hate in quotation marks? You act as if I do not really hate you, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Next question…

3) Are you attempting to get back at us because douchebags like “ramble on”, “m”, and “saint simons” invade the uga blog?

I am not attempting to “get back” at anyone. I have no reason for revenge on the Techies. Sure, losing to a second rate program like Georgia Tech hurts a great deal, but I hated you just as much before you beat us last year. In fact, I probably hated you more because you had absolutely no room to say anything bad about UGA but still ran your big fat mouths anyway. At least now you’ve finally got a recent win under your belt, albeit a total 3 point fluke that we basically gave you. Anyway, this has nothing to do with revenge Techie. It has everything to do with a complete lack of respect and general disdain for Georgia Tech football fans. You are the worst of the worst and, quite frankly, an embarrassment to the sport of football in this state. Like I’ve said before, nothing personal.

You wanted the truth and you got it. Good day to you sir.

Ricky Muse

July 13th, 2009
4:36 pm

I think Georgia Tech will Win their Division Easly this year. The georgia bulldogs are Overrated every year, and this year is no Different! Georgia Tech will Wipe the field up with the bulldogs this year since we’re playing at “Bobby Dodd Stadium”!!!!! I am DIE-HARD Georgia Tech and Proud of it!!!!