Isaiah Johnson happy to start

Isaiah Johnson said that enrolling early may not have helped his chances to become just the fourth true freshman to start a Tech season-opener in the past seven years, but doing so certainly didn’t hurt.

Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 191-pound safety, will follow quarterback Reggie Ball in 2003, wide receiver Calvin Johnson in 2004 and wide receiver Tyler Melton in 2008 as the most recent true freshmen to achieve that feat when the Yellow Jackets host S.C. State at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Several freshmen have started on special teams.

“It was a real good start,” said Johnson, who enrolled in Tech in January. “It got me comfortable with the adjustment… getting comfortable with the coaches, the players.”

Johnson said he’s most looking forward to playing in front of the crowd, and the most important lesson he keeps telling himself is “don’t get beat deep.”

Johnson’s former coach said he has earned the start.

“I’m not surprised, but I don’t want to diminish the accomplishment,” said Chip Walker, Johnson’s coach at Sandy Creek High, which won the Class AAAA state championship last year. “That’s a huge, huge accomplishment to go in and start your first college game. But I’m not really surprised because Isaiah is a good, good football player and an even better person. He’s a great athlete and a hard worker.”


Logan Walls has moved back up to No. 1 at nose tackle on the depth chart. Walls, a 6-2, 286-pound native of Dawsonville, replaces T.J. Barnes at the position. Walls missed a practice because of an undisclosed injury last week. He made 25 tackles, including two sacks, last season. … Melton was able to practice for the first time in two weeks. … Johnson said the team may try to run two different offensive lines against S.C. State.

14 comments Add your comment


August 30th, 2010
7:02 pm

First and what on the two different offenses?


August 30th, 2010
7:10 pm

Thanks Doug. The more player quotes the better.


August 30th, 2010
7:13 pm

Very exciting news about Isaiah Johnson. He should be the next great safety to come out of tech, following James Butler and Morgan Burnett.

On other news, Im very excited to hear that Logan Walls is back. I think we could have survived SC state without him, but we need him after that. Barnes is too inconsistent and cannot play more than 3-5 downs before he needs a sub.

Rodney Dangerfield

August 30th, 2010
7:13 pm

Dawsonville represent! Go Logan Walls!


August 30th, 2010
7:13 pm

BUT, I do hope that barnes keeps working. I have heard that hes making progress


August 30th, 2010
9:44 pm

Go Logan. Go Logan Walls !!!!


August 30th, 2010
11:01 pm

Andrew Gardner in 2005.


August 30th, 2010
11:17 pm

Congrats Isaiah! Lets play some ball young man.

5150 P.O.A.D

August 30th, 2010
11:39 pm

This guy is the MONSTER we don’t know but will get ot know fast. Kyle said on his FB stuff that this kid is crazy on the ball. I an waiting to see that for sure.

Resign or Resign?

August 31st, 2010
12:56 am


Did Gardner start in the opener?


August 31st, 2010
7:57 am

His Tech bio says he started every game his first three years. Injured late in his fourth.

James T. Kirk

August 31st, 2010
8:16 am

Isaiash is a dark horse Highsman candidate I think. Nobody can score the points like this kid can. I hope Johnson turns this kid loose this year early and often.


August 31st, 2010
8:35 am

Gardner started as a redshirt freshman in 2005.


September 1st, 2010
6:28 am

Hopefully we have more defensive series this year where the 3-5 downs Barnes can play is all he needs to.