Other than redshirt freshman guard Will Jackson, who left the game with a sprained knee and ankle and whose status will be determined either Wednesday or Thursday, none of the inexperienced offensive linemen who played on Saturday caught Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson’s eye after watching film.
“They weren’t any worse than the old guys, though,” he said. Johnson said after the game on Saturday, and again on Sunday, that he wants to see more urgency from the offense.
Among those playing on Saturday were redshirt sophomores Mike Johnson and Nick McRae, redshirt freshmen Jay Finch and Tyler Kidney, and Zach Krish, a redshirt senior.
“The bottom line I think, and what impressed me, is everyone played hard,” center Sean Bedford said. “Now, playing well and playing hard are two separate things. We need to work on the latter.”
Bedford said part of the issue with the urgency that seemed to be missing was the newness of the situation facing many of the players.
“You get out there, it’s a lot louder, a lot brighter and a lot more going on than you are used to,” Bedford said. “The guys across the line are new, different guys that you’ve never played against. Your heart’s going 100 miles an hour and you’re really worried about trying to remember what you are supposed to do on that given play. I think it will become second nature and you’ll get the hang of it. But there’s no substitute for experience.”
Starting safety Cooper Taylor, who didn’t return to the field after halftime because of what Johnson said was a heat-related illness, wore a red jersey signifying no practice on Monday. Defensive end Emmanuel Dieke, who sustained a shoulder injury that kept him out of practices and last week’s game, is no longer wearing a sling. … Saturday’s game at Kansas will be Tech’s first regular-season game west of the Mississippi River since playing at Brigham Young in 2003. Tech lost, 24-13. … Defensive end Robert Hall has finished the one-game suspension imposed after he was arrested in June and can play on Saturday. The charges against Hall were dropped earlier this summer.