Good practice on Monday

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson seemed to be pretty pleased with the team’s effort at practice on Monday.

Lest anyone has forgotten, the team has played 11 consecutive games, on top of a full month of practices in August.

They were off Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the first three-day stretch since after playing Miami, I believe.


The finalists for the Doak Walker Award were announced. Jonathan Dwyer wasn’t among the three.

Alabama’s Mark Ingram was. Stanford’s Toby Gerhart was. No problems there.

Clemson’s C.J. Spiller was. Problem there.

Gerhart has rushed for more than 1,500 yards, with 23 touchdowns.

Ingram has rushed for 1,400 yards, with 15 touchdowns.

The key word is RUSHED.

Spiller has rushed for 894 yards, with seven touchdowns.

How does he fit in with the other two?

I can see Spiller for the ACC player of the year. I can see him for the Heisman. Both reward overall contributions. I can see that. Can’t see him for the Doak.

There are at least 45 players who have more rushing yards than Spiller this season.

Although, honestly, I’m not sure these awards mean a lot. Anybody grow up dreaming of winning the Doak, or the Biletnikoff, or the Maxwell?

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November 23rd, 2009
8:50 pm


Beat down coming for doggies on Saturday… well-rested Jackets will bring their A game.


November 23rd, 2009
9:14 pm

I’ll have them ready


November 23rd, 2009
9:31 pm

Johnson pleased with practice is a good sign. They should be pretty hungry for this one. Last year was just an appetizer. Go Jackets!


November 23rd, 2009
9:37 pm

Every time CPJ says they are practicing well we come out on fire. I hope its the case this weekend.


November 23rd, 2009
9:43 pm

Cautiously optimistic!…..i believe the difference between this year and 2006 will be CPJ!!

Gooooo Jackets!!


November 23rd, 2009
10:01 pm

I’ll bet Heather “I love CJ 4evr” Dintch is on the selection committee


November 23rd, 2009
10:39 pm

It’s truly amazing how much ESPN/Heather “dimwit clemson/CJ lover” Dinich has no respect for Tech or Dwyer… How is he not even in the picture for the Heisman??…. Wait, we are 10-1 and ranked number 7 right? Lets get some respect… CJ Spiller can’t touch Dwyer as a RUNNING BACK. Kick Returner and turf toe specialist fine but he can’t carry Dwyer’s jock strap as a running back.

Upstate Jacket

November 23rd, 2009
11:01 pm

How many Doak Walker finalist are often times not on the field or used as a decoy in 3rd and short situations? CJ Spiller. Great in the open field – below average RUNNING between the tackles. Therefore, not one of the best RUNNINGbacks in the country. I’d love to have him on my team (slot back or A-back) as a Percy Harvin type but not a RB.

Rmbln Gnbln

November 23rd, 2009
11:50 pm

If Tech mops the floor with the dogs, will they still be #7 I wonder.

Rmbln Gmbln

November 23rd, 2009
11:51 pm

Gmbln with an m, man its late.

Zachary Goldstein

November 23rd, 2009
11:59 pm

Go Jackets! Fight! Win! Drink! Get Naked!
To Hell With Georgia!


November 24th, 2009
12:10 am

I can’t even see that overrated kick returner as ACC (Offensive) Player of the Year. People cite his “versatility” as a big factor but what about Nesbitt? The guy can throw and pass. Hell, he has over twice as many rushing TDs and even more rushing yards than Spiller. Nesbitt for Heisman and ACC Player of the Year!

On another note… PISS ON THEM DOGS!

bull dykes

November 24th, 2009
12:36 am

If tech mops us bull-dykes like a dirty rag… your ranking will go down since the bull dykes suck…


November 24th, 2009
4:34 am

I am still worried about this game… Its a Rivalry game… You know the Doggies will be looking for revenge,


November 24th, 2009
5:21 am

Spiller? I cant imagine anybody from Clemons wining anything


November 24th, 2009
8:49 am

Perhaps Dwyer’s NFL paycheck will make up for the slight. I see Dwyer being a far more effective RB in the NFL than Spiller.


November 24th, 2009
9:06 am

Actually, Spiller has more rushing yards than Nesbitt, and his rushing touchdowns, for the most part, are from much farther out. He’s very explosive, and the only player in FBS who has scored a touchdown in every game. There’s something to say for that.

I’m with Doug on Spiller not being the best fit for the Doak, since he only does a third of his damage running the ball. But when you include all of his contributions, he’s definitely an all-America candidate (you just have to figure out what position to put him at). He’s like Percy Harvin last year, only he gets the credit he deserves (and he technically plays for a worse team).


November 24th, 2009
9:32 am

RE: Spiller – no doubt the kid’s a tremendous talent, probably the most gifted athlete in the ACC, but….

I don’t ever recall the Doak being politically-tilted like the Heisman always is. I guess all of CFB is now tainted. Oh well – at least they actually still play the games.

What’s the definition of ACC POY? I’m not sure that you can define it such that Josh Nesbitt doesn’t win. Wins? (Nesbitt) TD’s? (Nesbitt) Value to team? (Nesbitt) Impact on the ACC? (Nesbitt)


November 24th, 2009
9:42 am

I hope Jonathan THE TANK Dwyer takes out his frustration out on the mutts Saturday like he did last year and make this game his signature career game where he rushes for 200 plus and the mutts time of possession will be 15:00 minutes to our 45:00 , then we play clepson and he rushes for over 300 ! THWG !!!!


November 24th, 2009
9:51 am

Once the PR machine gets going on a player, it’s amazing how the media just start grabbing hold. But in the end TEAMS win games, NOT players. Georgia Tech is still looked upon as a system team as the reason for its success. Which just goes to show these awards are not based on reality. Tech will have their oportunity to show off Dwyer, Nesbitt and Thomas on the field where it counts.

A story on Paul Johnson’s record in rivalry games is now available for viewing on The Yellow Jackets are getting ready for their big game against Georgia on Saturday. THWG!

Doug Roberson

November 24th, 2009
10:16 am

Don’t forget you can follow Georgia Tech on the AJC’s facebook page at

I usually get info posted there first.


November 24th, 2009
10:42 am

here we come!


November 24th, 2009
11:09 am


Overrated kick returner? He is tied for the record for most career KO returns in the NCAA and has 3 games left to break it! He took the first KO of the season to the house. He’s 3rd in the nation in kickoff return average with 33.9. He also averages over 30 on punt returns. He’s had 14 kicks squibbed to him this season which proves that FBS coaches don’t find him overrated and are afraid to kick to them. I would trust what they say over you any day of the week.


November 24th, 2009
11:10 am

Oh, and he is the ONLY player in the NATION to score a touchdown in EVERY game this season…


November 24th, 2009
11:12 am

Joined Reggie Bush this year as the only two players in college football history with 3000 yards rushing, 1500 yards in KO returns, 1000 yards receiving, and 500 in punt returns.

never give up!

November 24th, 2009
11:37 am

the best 2nd half hilights ever! all GT fans need to take a look, it will fire up troops all over again!


November 24th, 2009
11:37 am

Happy with the Tech season so far. Depressed about the possibility of Urban leaving Florida. Impressed by Lane K at Tennessee. Dwyer will be remembered.

never give up!

November 24th, 2009
11:40 am

the GT band and fans were louder at Sanford in the 2nd half..


November 24th, 2009
11:44 am

to see Dwyer in those hilites up on the team bench firing up the GT crowd goingcrazy!


November 24th, 2009
11:51 am

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG what a game!

Not Disappointed

November 24th, 2009
1:39 pm

Thanks for the update Doug. They’s go Jackets! Ramblin Wreck!

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November 24th, 2009
3:08 pm

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CLEMSON – Dabo Swinney suggested he prayed hard for Clemson to reach next week’s ACC championship game because of what it would mean to former coach Danny Ford, who will be honored there as the program’s designated “legend” this year.

If it meant that much to Ford, imagine the significance should the 15th-ranked Tigers reach the Orange Bowl, site of the 1981 postseason triumph that secured the national championship and cemented Ford as a program icon.

On the flip side, imagine how this season’s Atlantic Division title breakthrough could lose its luster if all Clemson has to show alongside it is a berth in the Music City Bowl

Gorvin Stingmeister

November 24th, 2009
4:00 pm

I don’t care about individual awards, I want 3 more wins this year. That will put GT in the Top 5.


November 24th, 2009
6:44 pm

here we come again!


November 24th, 2009
7:58 pm

Spiller is to football what Obama is to politics, media darling.


November 24th, 2009
9:01 pm

We should win this game….. I have NO idea why I should be worried. OMG, I haven’t played football in 20 years, good grief, I sure hope the Jackets pull this one out! Let’s all pray for the Defense! Hell, let’s pray for the offense…. :)


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November 24th, 2009
9:14 pm

Calm down guys….All we’ve got to do is show-up and play our game…..execute the way CPJ has coached all year and we’ll put this one in the win collumn.

Alabama Jack

November 25th, 2009
6:42 am

Respect All, Fear None
Pound the Puppies.
Talk about the Tigers on Sunday.

Saint Simons

November 25th, 2009
10:21 am

Paul Johnson is a homo !!!!!!!!!

Gimmick Offense

November 29th, 2009
8:14 am

(((((((((((30-24))))))))))) HAHAHAHAHAHA