Isaiah Johnson impressing; the bling-bling is here

The rings commemorating Georgia Tech's championship season

The rings commemorating Georgia Tech's championship season

He wasn’t supposed to hit Roddy Jones, but Isaiah Johnson couldn’t help himself.

During a cut-block drill last week, Jones was the trailing A-back as another A-back tried to take down Johnson. Instead of being blocked, Johnson gave Jones a hard forearm to the chest. Down he went.

“Afterward, coach was like ‘don’t do that,’ ” Johnson said. “We’re not supposed to hit them. That was really a message sent out to my other teammates that I’m nobody to take lightly.”

And that’s coming from an early enrollee, no less.

The rings were designed by the players. On one side features the player's last name, and the other features the score of the ACC championship game, 39-34.

The rings were designed by the players. On one side features the player's last name, and the other features the score of the ACC championship game, 39-34.

Johnson, a 6-2, 191-pound safety and graduate of Sandy Creek, has been steadily working his way up the depth chart and is now seeing consistent time with the second unit.

“He’s done some positive things,” Tech coach Paul Johnson said. “He’s a good athlete and very competitive. He’ll hit you and can run.”

Leapin’ Stephen

Freshman wide receiver Stephen Hill will miss Friday’s practice because he will be competing in the long jump at the ACC meet, which runs today through Saturday in Clemson. His best jump this was season 24-feet, 7-inches at the Georgia Tech-Georgia Dual. Hill’s mark doesn’t place him in the NCAA’s top 50 this season.

Bay-Bay’s day

Former Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas will hold his pro day this Sunday in Atlanta. The event is closed to the media and public. Thomas, who is projected to be a first-round selection in next Thursday’s NFL draft, broke a bone in his foot in February. The bone has healed and this will be his first workout for pro scouts.

Wednesday review

Johnson wasn’t happy with the performance of some during Wednesday’s heat, saying that a few players are just going through the motions.

“They’ll figure it out when they get their tail handed to them a couple of times,” Johnson said.

Other highlights, and lowlights, that happened during various drills:

• A-back Orwin Smith slipped between two defenders on an option play and sprinted down the right sideline.

• A bad pitch by Jordan Luallen resulted in a fumble that Dominique Reese recovered.

Tevin Washington lobbed a rainbow down the sideline to Quentin Sims.

• A blown coverage by the secondary allowed Roddy Jones to slip free and catch a long pass.

Jerrard Tarrant, in his new role as safety, stepped in front of Luallen pass for an interception.

• Hill made another leaping catch, this time over Rod Sweeting, in the corner of the end zone. Sweeting waved his arms back and forth indicating that the catch wasn’t legal.

• Reese made a big tackle on Marcus Wright, stopping him just short of the first-down marker, in a down-and-distance drill.

• Luallen rebounded from earlier to miscues to complete two pretty passes down the left sideline, one to Kevin Cone and the other to Jeremy Moore.

109 comments Add your comment

wesleywhatwhat

April 14th, 2010
7:36 pm

glad to see the name dominique is living on after the human highlight film…

Worm

April 14th, 2010
7:38 pm

Just remember, If you’re a Woman at Tech, The odds are Good, But the Goods are ODD!

rainman

April 14th, 2010
7:55 pm

Could we pleeeeese get some news on the defensive front seven??
We change to a 3-4 and we don’t hear squat about how the players are adapting to the new scheme. I’ve heard Peters is doing well at DE, but not much beyond that. Who are the 3 or 4 players looking the best at OLB and who is showing something on the D-line behind Peters, Walls, and Cross?

WHAT???

April 14th, 2010
8:02 pm

Where have you been Doug? First update since April 2??? I guess when uga ends spring practice (still without a qb might i add) the GT coverage ends as well? Garbage

wardo

April 14th, 2010
8:08 pm

Pitiful coverage of the Tech spring practice. What you have is not worth printing. We would like some real information. How about some defensive talk.

Cuttysark

April 14th, 2010
8:25 pm

Looks like the secondary will have lots of competition for playng time come fall. Paul Johnson is slowly building up some depth on this team. Hopefully we can get some bigger offensive linemen to really start executing the triple option offense.

For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

ed

April 14th, 2010
8:47 pm

but not state champs

GT Rich

April 14th, 2010
9:03 pm

Jeremy Moore had a couple of good catches today. David Simms seems to be struggling with passing accuracy. Ant Allen continues to move piles at times and make people miss at times. Cone had a nice catch. In pass-catch drills, the A-backs have stickier hands than usual. Hard to tell who has the edge between Tevin and Luallen. Peters keeps making plays on defense.

Doug Roberson

April 14th, 2010
9:17 pm

It’s nice to be back and everyone behaving so well.

Couple of things, folks:
I was a part of the AJC’s coverage team at the Masters last week, so the blog wasn’t updated. However, there were reports from every practice on ajc.com, which included info on the front seven of the defense.
I’ll recap, though, what he and I have written: Jason Peters is playing well at defensive end, his natural position. Logan Walls is at nose tackle and enjoying that. Cross is playing well at defensive end. Brad Jefferson and Steven Sylvester are playing well inside, and Brandon Watts is really pushing to get playing time there. Anthony Egbuniwe likes his switch from DE to OLB.
The players say they enjoy the switch to the 3-4 and like Al Groh’s up-tempo approach to coaching.

GT Fan...

April 14th, 2010
9:27 pm

Daaamm**!!! There’s a ton of “bling” in those rings! Very nice.

D-backfield sounds like there lots of talent/depth. As there is at A-Back. WR-by-committee will be very nice too!

Looking forward to April 24th.

GT Man

April 14th, 2010
9:36 pm

Glad to see we can beat each other–now get ready for the fall “real-thing”

GeorgePBurdell

April 14th, 2010
9:41 pm

Thanks for the update, Doug.

” Johnson said. “We’re not supposed to hit them. That was really a message sent out to my other teammates that I’m nobody to take lately.”

I think he meant take lightly.

rainman

April 14th, 2010
9:41 pm

Doug — I don’t think you answered my questions.

Tech Fan Since 1950

April 14th, 2010
9:46 pm

Doug:

Thanks again for the updates and all the hard work. Hope you can be on the Tech beat as long as possible. Our thanks to all the other AJC types too for their inputs and coverage! I think some of us have gotten spoiled with all of your efforts over these past many months.

spankman

April 14th, 2010
9:47 pm

practicing a cutblock drill same old insects practicing cheating

defacto

April 14th, 2010
9:48 pm

One score not listed is 30-24. Thought for sure that would be included given the fact the 208 score was included on those “special” rings…

killerJ

April 14th, 2010
9:57 pm

Pretty,now lets see a N.C. in front of it! THWG!

LongTimeAgo

April 14th, 2010
9:59 pm

defacto,

208 was a long time ago….. what about the score 19-5 so far tonight….. GT putting the hurt on the Diamond Dawgs…… That would win the series for the Jackets for the past 2 years….. maybe there should be rings for that too….

Dan

April 14th, 2010
9:59 pm

It’s not cheating, spankman, but I’m sure you knew that. Also, please learn to use a period.

Doug Roberson

April 14th, 2010
10:02 pm

Thanks George. That’s fixed.
S-man, Cutblock isn’t illegal in most circumstances.

Jacket Backer

April 14th, 2010
10:16 pm

GT 25 ugay 5 in the 8th!!!!!……Go Jackets!!!!

supersize that order, mutt

April 14th, 2010
10:23 pm

I remember a mutt fan saying a few weeks ago that mid-week games are “throw-away” games; that was after the mutts lost to Furman. I wonder if they thought tonight’s game was a throw-away game too. It’s for sure they sure didn’t show up to play baseball. The Jackets OWN the mutts.

Wake up

April 14th, 2010
10:44 pm

Ed, Spankman, Defacto – Wake up. It’s 2010. Hershel’s not playing. Vince is gone. Mike is in. Tech has been winning more and playing longer while you’ve been losing and going home. Have a beer and brush your teeth, although they might not let you into nap time again if you do.

supersize that order, mutt

April 14th, 2010
10:47 pm

What a bunch of wusses. They turned off the scoreboard in Athens as soon as the game ended. THWG !!!!

supersize that order, mutt

April 14th, 2010
10:48 pm

spankman, you are showing your ignorance. Cut blocks are not “cheating.” They are not illegal at all. CHOP BLOCKS are illegal, and there is a BIG difference.

Joe Cox

April 14th, 2010
10:52 pm

25-6 Georgia baseball sucks

Tech Fan Since 1950

April 14th, 2010
10:53 pm

25-6? Oops! I forgot. They “run this state.”

snapshot

April 14th, 2010
10:54 pm

HugoStiglitz

April 14th, 2010
10:54 pm

25-6? lol. Good lord. I had a feeling that first game was a fluke.

jadams

April 14th, 2010
10:54 pm

Tech coverage is a joke! Yall need to get on the ball cause this has been pitifull. 2 sentences and some incomplete sentences are our updates? Im starting to think you cant write football cause you dont know football

supersize that order, mutt

April 14th, 2010
10:55 pm

Wonder if there was anybody left in the stands after about the 3rd inning. I’m sure there wasn’t anybody by the end of the game. Mutts always leave games early when they are losing, no matter what sport it is

BLING THIS DOGPOOPS

April 14th, 2010
10:57 pm

well I give it about 5 more minutes and here comes UGAY mouthing off about the rings. BTW very nice! Can the GT fans buy one similar or replicas? Dogpoop fans can go straight to he!!. Doug, AJC scared me earlier today with the headline that “Josh” Nesbitt is no more at GT. So, let me be the first to say then “JOSHUA NESBIT for HEISMAN”.

David Basham

April 14th, 2010
10:59 pm

Did you get 30-24 engraved on the side of those tings? ‘Cause that’s the only score you’re going to remember in 5, 10 and 20 years.

BLING THIS DOGPOOPS

April 14th, 2010
10:59 pm

DOES UGAY even play baseball, geez………..what a nightmare for the Inbred Institute of Outhouses in Athens

superDawg

April 14th, 2010
11:00 pm

Not much of a party ring.UGA acc CHAMPS!

superDawg

April 14th, 2010
11:02 pm

How did that Urange bowl feel.

supersize that order, mutt

April 14th, 2010
11:03 pm

superMutt, since Kentucky beat the mutts, and since Clemson beat Kentucky, then you don’t have a leg to stand on. Of course you probably never stand on your legs anyway; you’re too busy licking your butt

Delbert D.

April 14th, 2010
11:03 pm

This defense is starting to Groh on me. Seems like the players know what they are doing.

superDawg

April 14th, 2010
11:03 pm

Boo Hoo.NUFF SAID!!!

supersize that order, mutt

April 14th, 2010
11:04 pm

A loss to a top 10 team in the Orange Bowl is always better than beating a nobody team in Shreveport.

supersize that order, mutt

April 14th, 2010
11:05 pm

Hey, superMutt, how many mutt QB’s were arrested this week?

superDawg

April 14th, 2010
11:07 pm

You know what is funny!You nerds live off of Kentucky, Fla.,… ,but WE OWN YOUR NERD ASS.

Dylan

April 14th, 2010
11:07 pm

UGA does run this state. Baseball is probably the only thing Tech has beat us at this year.

Football: UGA
M Basketball: UGA
W Basketball: UGA
Softball: UGA
Tennis: UGA

Baseball: Tech

Freddie Blassie

April 14th, 2010
11:07 pm

Those Shreveport watches for 6th place among the SEC are much nicer than rings. They even have a calendar function!

Dylan

April 14th, 2010
11:08 pm

Congrats on the win though!! Tech really is an awesome baseball team this year.

GO DAWGS!!

superDawg

April 14th, 2010
11:08 pm

NUFF SAID.!!!! .

supersize that order, mutt

April 14th, 2010
11:10 pm

superMutt, it’s good that you found somebody you could beat last year, because it sure wasn’t LSU, Florida, Kentucky, or Tennessee. I hate that it was Tech, but the last time I checked, Tech was higher ranked in football, basketball, baseball, and softball. I think women’s tennis is in pretty good shape too.

superDawg

April 14th, 2010
11:10 pm

Not Disappointed

April 14th, 2010
11:12 pm

supersize that order, mutt

April 14th, 2010
11:12 pm

Dylan, thanks for the compliment. I’m not trying to be bitchy here, but how the hell did the mutts go from so good last year in baseball to so bad this year? Tech has had a few off years in baseball, but the Jackets have never dropped off that bad from one year to the next.