Looking for a leader

Every great college football team has THAT GUY. The leader. The guy who rallies his teammates when they aren’t focused. Who keeps them in line when they get too high, or picks them up when they are too low.

Tim Tebow’s “something good will come from this” speech leaps to mind after last year’s loss to Ole Miss at The Swamp propelled the Gators to a national title.

Who is going to be that guy for Georgia Tech? Who is going to be the guy who brings that killer instinct that coach Paul Johnson wants to see? Darryl Richard filled that role last year.

During the summer, during a story I was reporting on about leadership, many of the players said that they though anybody could step up and be THAT GUY.

Now may be the time.


Borrowing from an email from a former esteemed colleague of mine, who are you going to take in the ACC-CAA challenge?

Virginia, and embattled and embittered (but not embiggened) coach Al Groh found out that the CAA’s reputation as one of the toughest I-AA leagues in the country is well-deserved after William and Mary, or Bill and Trixie as they are known to their friends, dumped the Cavs on their butt on Saturday. Oh, and Duke got flattened by Richmond, another CAA stalwart.

That’s not the only lump the ACC took.

Maryland got squashed by Cal, Virginia Tech by Alabama (check the stat line, it was worse than the final score), N.C. State was nipped by South Carolina, Wake by Baylor.

Not what commissioner John Swofford wants to see as negotiations are ongoing for the new TV deal.

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Toe Meets Leather

September 6th, 2009
7:05 pm


September 6th, 2009
7:41 pm

Identified the things we need to work on,..feel confident that CPJ will address this week. Going to be an electric atmosphere at Bobby Dodd on Thursday. All in all,..a good weekend. No major injuries to speak of and a ugag loss.


Supersize that order, mutt

September 6th, 2009
7:44 pm

We’ve definitely got to have better punting. The ENORMOUS lapse in time between the snap and the punt will not cut it against the big boys. And we certainly can’t hope for the lucky rolls that he got on his punts every time. He’s got to get the ball in the air IMMEDIATELY, and it can’t be a line-drive punt. Even Blair was better than that last year.


September 6th, 2009
8:04 pm

My take on the game is that it was just something we had to get through. Some may call it a glorified scrimmage or perhpas a pre-season or exhibition game. The only things that really concerned me was putting ball on the ground and the kicking game. The return game is fine, but we can’t be missing extra points and the punts have to better. This was something we just had to get through. Now let’s step our games and take care of business against Klimpson.


September 6th, 2009
8:56 pm

ACC did nothing but dig the feak’n hole even deeper during the first week.

All of the ACC teams need to step up and play better to earn any amount of respect; until the teams play better and win more games, I guess the conference does not deserve to be considered a strong conference. I am NOT a happy ACC fan right now and I am tired of defending the ACC.

Go GT!


September 6th, 2009
9:40 pm

It would help Coach Johnson and the rest of the staff if they had a vocal leader on both sides of the ball, but I am not sure that person(s) exist.

My concerns are as follows:

1. Too many fumbles
2. D-Tackles got pushed around by JSU
3. We need a kicker

3 Positives: Julian Burnett and Orwin Smith are going to be VERY good. Tarrant is a special returner.

Go Jackets!!

Tampa Wreck

September 6th, 2009
9:44 pm

Yep, Downright embarrassing weekend for the ACC. Bad enough watching Alabama kick the Hokies butts (and yes the game wasn’t nearly as close as the score indicated), and having Cal demolish MD, but losing to William & Mary and Richmond is plain inexcusable for any BCS conference team.

And I was only able to listen to the Jackets for the end of the first quarter and second quarter on the radio, but from what I heard and read after the game, the Jackets sure didn’t do much to impress either. I don’t think I heard a Defensive tackles name called for the whole time I listened. Did they have any tackles on the day??

Right now, The ACC is miles behind both the SEC and Big 12, and may not even be as good as the lowly Big Ten (largely due to Penn State). Only saving grace is the dawgs got their butts kicked in Stillwater, so at least we’re spared their commentary for a few days. I haven’t checked the dawg blogs, but I hope we don’t have supposed fans over there talking trash. We need to accomplish something before talking trash to anyone. At least you gotta give the dawgs some credit for playing a legit BCS Conference team in week 1 instead of a scrimmage aginst J. State.

We need to step it up and roll over Clemson, and then hope someone else in the Conference can come up with some kind of a signature win to redeem the ACC to some tiny degree.

Big Play CJ

September 6th, 2009
10:32 pm

Start T.J. Barnes! Ben Anderson and Jason Peters combined for a total of 2 tackles. That is pathetic. Take out Anderson and start Barnes. He will definitely help stop the run and penetrate the line to provide a better pass rush than Anderson or Peters could.


September 6th, 2009
10:40 pm

Rolling over Clemson will not redeem the ACC. The ACC can only be redeemed by winning OOC.


September 6th, 2009
11:05 pm

Would assume that Jonathan Dwyer is the leader for Georgia Tech based on his production and his demeanor. Paul Johnson is posturing trying to make it like the team played a bad game so he can use that as a motivational tool. For more info on Tech football visit http://www.bbuzzoff.com


September 6th, 2009
11:14 pm

I was pleased to see that at least the crowd’s intensity was there on Saturday. Tech’s crowd at first home games is typically pretty dismal. The “Dodd” should be rocking Thursday night.


September 6th, 2009
11:42 pm

Leader? Derrick Morgan. Love his postgame comments Saturday.
Overrated? Virginia Tech, Tyrod Taylor, Bud Foster and Frank Beamer. Alabama wasn’t expected to be an offensive juggernaut and ripped the Hokies for nearly 500 yards. Taylor … just isn’t that special right now. But that allegedly fierce Virginia Tech D? Cadaver dogs couldn’t find that carcass.


September 7th, 2009
3:23 am

Just looked at the box score for VT-Bama, the Hokies had 155 total yards. Yes, that’s one hundred fifty-five. That kickoff return notwithstanding, how the heck did they only lose by ten??


September 7th, 2009
5:31 am

Jerrard Tarrant will be the difference in at least 2 games this year…either on a return or pick 6 from the CB position. If we could get just a little help from R. Hall and the rest of the D-Line, the entire D would look a LOT better.
Richard Watson has to have moved to #2 on the B-Back depth chart. Lyons averaged about 2 ypc against Jack. St????? Watson can come in and give Dwyer a rest without the B-Back position becoming a liability.
I thing the backfield of Dwyer, Allen and Jones explodes against Clemson this week!!! Nesbitt looked really good considering the number of dropped passes. The fumbles are inexcusible however and will lose the game for us against a good team.


September 7th, 2009
5:35 am

Oh…almost forgot. TEVIN HOLD ON TO THE BALL!!! Jaybo had the same problem last year with “fumblitis” and it almost cost us the FSU game. He had some nice runs and the once pass attempt was nice but it will all be for naught if the ball is fumbled.
GT limits the turnovers and we will be in for a special year.

Tokyo jacket

September 7th, 2009
5:48 am

Don, I had the same thought.

One good thing about the ACC’s chokefest this weekend: it has created a power vacuum. If GT and FSU can have solid seasons (10-2 or better) the ACC will get a little more attention because we’ll have those one or two teams that will get all the media attention. This is how “the U” and VT built the Big East. If the ACC can have two dominant teams, we can put one in a major bowl game.

Shoot, the MWAC is probably shooting for two BCS busters at this point.


September 7th, 2009
9:09 am

Thank you to the guy who gave us tickets in section 226. I wish i had gotten your name, but I was so amazed by your generosity I didn’t think of it. I was getting worried about not finding seats, it being 2-3 min. before kickoff when you walked up.

My daughter, my dad and I enjoyed the game. My dad is an alum, and when i told him what you did, he first reply was, “God, I love Tech People. You don”t find that everywhere.”

I hope you’re on the Hive, and if not, i hope you read D. Robinsons’ blog, b/c that’s where I’ll post next.

Also, be assured that when I get to the point in life I have extra tickets, I’ll do the same as you did.



GT For You and Me

September 7th, 2009
9:14 am

Just a little lifting recap on Clemson game. We will crush them!!>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTN-o17mS8A


September 7th, 2009
9:15 am

Funny how we see no dogs on your blog, and there must be at least 10 posts. Amazing. OTOH, I hope none of our s are over there crowing.

If CPJ and the team leaders can pick up the intensity, I thiink we’ll be fine. The foundation is in place; we just need to add the decorative touches to make it a mansion.

I think the first run beeing a 74 yarder made our players step back. I liked the 500 yds offense, but no way we should have given up as amny points to Jax State.

Something to be pleased with, but much to be worked on.


GT For You and Me

September 7th, 2009
9:16 am

Alabama Jack

September 7th, 2009
9:28 am

I watched the entire game and enjoyed every minute of it. Were we perfect? No. Did we make mistakes? Yes. But, we won, and we won against a pretty good team in their own conference who threw everything in their play book at us. JSU definitely wanted this game and played darn hard for the entire 60 minutes. Can we learn from this experience? Certainly. The good news is we came out virtually injury free. Some guys got game experience and the coaches got a solid to-do list. What is the old saying – the biggest improvement is from year one to year two and from week one to week two. Lets so don’t do an Athens panic – just stick to the game plan and see where it takes us. I still think it could lead us to Oranges….Remember we are not NC State, UVA, Maryland, Wake Forest, VT or Georgia. We are GEORGIA TECH.


September 7th, 2009
9:42 am

Yeah, any way you cut it, the 12 team ACC that was put together just immediately fell off the table. Boston College & VT have performed as advertised, both good solid programs. Miami has just stunk up the place. All those national championship games are just a distant memory.

Now the SEC & Big 12 are ruling the roost. Unless something totally unexpected happens the ACC football contract is not going to be anything to brag about.


September 7th, 2009
9:51 am

AlabamaRamblinwreck – I agree re Julian Burnett. I thought he was the best player on the field during the 2nd half.

It is time

September 7th, 2009
10:05 am

It is time that Tech steps up and wins this conference. It is more wide open than it ever has been. Clemson looked good Saturday. It should be a war Thursday night. Wear your white!


September 7th, 2009
10:05 am

Alabama Jack – Great post! I agree completely.

Even though we didn’t play a perfect game Saturday, we won. As long as we take care of business one game at a time, we’ll be fine. If CPJ is even half the coach I think he is, you will see a MUCH better team Thursday night against Clemson.



September 7th, 2009
10:50 am

How many fans did you have in your stands saturday,not many.The booby dudd cracker box will turn orange thursday.Tech is overated and will be exposed right before your very eyes.

love that Perfect Option

September 7th, 2009
11:00 am

The first play seemed to cancel the “figured-it-out” cry. The Jax coach was sure of a run up the middle and blitzed and…

Stop “Spiller” and Tech wins Thursday.

Go gators

September 7th, 2009
12:40 pm

Where did all they UGA fans go?? The Clemson guy is actually a UGAG fan but had to go by another name because that beatdown they got.

Not Disappointed!

September 7th, 2009
12:40 pm

I think we can play with anyone in ACC. Coach Paul Johnson will have the Jackets ready to play on the Flats Thursday. He’s a good coach.

I do like Nesbit arm in the second half. We missed some easy catches.

Ramblin Wreck.

Minnesota Jacket

September 7th, 2009
1:03 pm

Damn good to see soo many GT supporters on here today everyone!! Really great to see and hopefully I will be able to get off work this thursday and friday so I can fly home for the game.


September 7th, 2009
2:07 pm

@GT For You and Me : thanks for the link to the mighty bees’ stirring 4-point win over a Clemson squad that was in as much disarray as is conceivably possible…


September 7th, 2009
2:53 pm

I would look to far into the first game. How many team really look great in their first one. I think we put on cruise control after getting up big. Fumbles were stupid. Not great ball security. That can be improved. I love Terrant, he’s going to be something special. JN looked pretty good passing. There were a few drops and overthrows but he looked a lot better than he did last year. Having Roddy back will help. Allen looked good excpet for his gator armed try. The only thing I’m worried about is the kicking game. Blair continues to look bad and the punting didn’t looked good. If you minus the 30 or so yards on his rolls he didn’t look good.
CPJ will have them ready for Clemson. I can’t wait. Everyone will see us lay it on them. We are head and shoulders above the rest of the ACC and we’ll prove it Thursday night.


September 7th, 2009
3:04 pm

No I am the clemson fan and will be in your rat hole stadium thursday.Go Tigers.


September 7th, 2009
3:07 pm

at least Barnhart gave us some pub, espn is barely mentioning us-gottlieb, filling in on the herd, saidhe was looking forward to the steelers thursday as opposed to whatever college game, that nbc did such a good job! better than espn promotions, that’s for sure..this is our reward for filling that slot more than anybody else..if CPJ can make us really good, maybe we can skip a few of those thursday gigs, & maybe we can play somebody good 1st game & get out of town labor day..


September 7th, 2009
3:08 pm

UGA is still around they do not have time for you nerds.By the way I just bought a bigger wagon to haul you fair weather tech nerds around on.after your first lost I think it will be back in the barn.


September 7th, 2009
3:11 pm

you can see a lot better from our north stands than from the top of the upperdeck at clemson-& there are tall buildings with lights!


September 7th, 2009
3:35 pm

Clemson glad you will come visit “our rathole”. I hope you have a nice time and wear your orange. Spend money, be nice, take your L, and go home. Clemson, Auburn, VT, and Tenn. Fans do you people not know ORANGE is not a fat persons best color? Love to visit your towns and go to the games. It is like being in a loud Pumpkin Patch.


September 7th, 2009
3:51 pm


Baba O'Riley

September 7th, 2009
4:47 pm

Keep Julian Burnett on the field. The kid flat makes things happen. You don’t see many form tackles like the one he made Thursday. I don’t care that he is a true Freshman, the kid is a PLAYER.


September 7th, 2009
5:23 pm

Just got back ruff trip,but hey I went to support UGA.Okie fans not to bad except for a small few.I saw the high lights for the tek and 1-aa jaxville st not impressed yet with tek either,how ever a win is a win.This thursday maybe we will see what to really expect.GO DAWGS!


September 7th, 2009
5:26 pm

I guess ralph friedgen left because being really fat in yellow was a total disgrace.


September 7th, 2009
7:27 pm

45-42 state champs. UGA lost, their quarterback had a cold. Boo Hoo. Cry me a river. Oh yeah if you guys at UGA can’t score but 10 on OSU good luck against South Carolina. HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS……….


September 7th, 2009
7:28 pm

Clemson is next

GA Tech Insider

September 7th, 2009
8:00 pm

Julian Burnett led the Jackets with 9.0 tackles on Saturday, 2 more than the second leading tackler, Sed Griffin, who ended up with 7.0 tackles (by the way, Sed was a starter). Out of Julian’s 9.0 tackles, they included a half a sack and a half a tackle for a loss.

Unless you were watching for him, Julian was the lead man in the kickoff team to break up the wedge, and did an outstanding job there as well; watch out for him on Thursday against Clemson; he could be instrumental in helping to keep Spiller from breaking loose, assuming everyone else stays in their lanes.


September 7th, 2009
10:09 pm

Doug – Thanks for your canned take on the ACC. Did you cut and paste that from ESPN’s website? Yeah, Duke and UVA lost bad games, but aren’t they both picked @ the bottom of the conference? VT was down its best player, and hung with almighty ‘bama for 3 quarters. Try to extract your snout from the SEC’s dithers for a moment and focus on the beat you are paid to cover.

Clemson Fans – It wont be pretty, sorry to say. The beating you will receive Thursday will be legendary, and will haunt you for years. Don’t be frightened by the bright lights of the big city — Thats just electricity. Your stadium may be larger, but no one in America knows one damn thing about your school. Where the heck is it?


September 7th, 2009
10:56 pm

There are insiders I know of at UGA that have told me privately that there has been discussions about Paul Johnson at UGA. If that is the case, would make quite the story bringing Paul over to Athens. We all know UGA can pay Paul 5+ million a year….with an 8 year deal, done deal. Let Coach Richt head back down to either FSU or Miami after this year.

You nerds can get another coach after this year…maybe Bill Curry again? LOL

new tech fan

September 8th, 2009
12:20 am

Tech will have to throw the ball more than 12 times a game to be sucessful this season. Additionally throw to someone other than BeBe

Not Disappointed!

September 8th, 2009
1:28 am

Brother “New tech fan” he did throw the ball more and some players missed easy throws. “Where did the pass hit him?” In There Hand! We missed some easy catches!

See some of you guys on the Flats this Thursday!

Ramblin Wreck!


September 8th, 2009
3:04 am

Here kitty, kitty!!! “Clemson”, as opposed to the outhouse by the river?!

superDawg, Tech isn’t trying to impress ANY dawg fan….we’ll just take the win. It’s not like ya’ll would admit it, anyway! Perhaps the pups will ‘figure’ out our offense….seems to be the running theme of all that we’ll oppose! Navy almost beat the number six team in the nation with it! No offense, but it’s not like you guys have ‘figured’ out UF’s offense! WHY would we think you will against us? I’m thinkin’ that we’ll be okay! GO TECH!!!


September 8th, 2009
3:06 am

bringvinceback, janitors aren’t REALLY the most reliable ‘inside’ sources…be sure to get your mop back and don’t forget to change the water!