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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.