Johnson wants more from the line

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.

24 comments Add your comment


September 6th, 2010
5:09 pm

Well, I had a comment, and I didn’t say “First,” but for some reason it isn’t getting posted……

Tech fan plus

September 6th, 2010
5:43 pm

Can you get us some information about anything going on with Ray Beno?


September 6th, 2010
5:55 pm

Kansas, Ole Miss, and UF….. didn’t show up Sat…. should be a cake walk…. Go Jackits !!!


September 6th, 2010
7:17 pm

We have got to become a passing threat. Not a passing team. Not even any more passing attempts. Just a threat.


September 6th, 2010
8:11 pm

It’s good news that Hall is back, and Dieke is soon to follow.
I certianly hope a rotation of Peters, Cross, Hall, Dieke, and
Cummings, at DE, is solid (or we’re doomed).
I’m more worried about the NT position. I didn’t see the game, but I have heard anything from “Wall got pushed back 4 yds. every
play – to “Wall played decent after adjustments were made”. I really thought T.J. might have some ‘fire in his belly’, but I
haven’t heard anything positive about his play.
The NT position might need a little more quality rotation — with
the understanding that the player, or two, that don’t give it their all (and get some results)– may just be sitting on the bench. Anderson needs to get strong and provide some help in the middle. Lanier should be givin a look when the game isn’t on
the line. Above all – Walls and Barnes need to suck it up, and
play hard every down!
I’ve been raggin’ on the 3 down-linemen, but we all know that the four linebackers are just as important (if not more so) in
the 3-4 defense. I’ll save them for my next rant.


September 6th, 2010
8:14 pm

12 of the 13 players canned from the kick off classic at the dome for the heels are returning to practice this week. The Dt M.Austin is canned from the game when we go up there and he wont be in the lineup.

Found the info on the Raliegh news and observer site.

The team will get better, as long as we can throw the ball a little bit on O.


September 6th, 2010
8:23 pm

Tyler Kidney (redshirt Freshman) is a stud. Moving up depth chart. Watch him this week. Great feet.

Coach Paul's Johnson

September 6th, 2010
8:43 pm

I got bigger fish to fry than worrying about why Joshua was 1-6, 8 yards and one INT.

We gotta focus on beating Georgia this year!


September 6th, 2010
9:06 pm

There is a kid J.D. Seldon RB/LB at Fayette County High School that will fit nicely with GT triple option.I wonder if Coach Johnson is looking at this kid for 2011 class. That kid is a beast and can fit nicely a the B back spot.

vidalia bubba

September 6th, 2010
9:31 pm

Is Pepper Rodgers still living?


September 6th, 2010
9:52 pm

your day is coming tech


September 6th, 2010
9:52 pm

get ready for the pain……. GO DAWGS

Vick=Dog killing Thug

September 6th, 2010
10:13 pm

I think the UGA recruits had to be impressed with the Dawgs first game. I can’t imagine a high school senior watching our new Defense play and not want to sign up. WOW


September 6th, 2010
10:16 pm

here’s a hint bugsquasher la laf is bottom tier, you won’t be the last team to put 55 plus


September 6th, 2010
10:17 pm

and vick= la-laf is a chump don’t get to excited

GT fan...

September 6th, 2010
10:53 pm

That’s GA fans for you … the dogs kill a team, a bad team, a team that has won just 15 games in the past 3 seasons, and the pups will never lose again.

D.D.Fs Delusional Dog Fans
News flash for all of the DDFs out there ….. There is no Santa Claus.

Rodney Dangerfield

September 6th, 2010
11:45 pm

Vick=Dog killing Thug – you are posting on the wrong blog homie. And they say UGA fans are intelligent!

I could careless about what UGA recruits think, but I am glad that you care enough to post on a GA Tech blog.


GT Alph

September 7th, 2010
12:49 am

Rodney, I think he actually thinks he’s influencing recruits. Leave him to his sad existence.

Bean Counter

September 7th, 2010
1:49 am

If it wasn’t for the UGA fans posting on this blog there would be no blog. I would venture to say that there are more Tech fans posting on the Ga blog than on this one. What does that say for your team and the support?


September 7th, 2010
5:51 am

bugsquacher, did you REALLY have to post twice to say so little? I agree with your first post….Techs’ day IS coming….you’re going to hate it, too!!!

Bean Counter….are the pot calling the kettle black?

CPJ doesn’t settle for anything less than the best from his players…this man IS going to have Tech back in it’s place of prominence in no time!!! GO TECH!!!

North Ave. Trade School fan

September 7th, 2010
8:16 am

“Vidalia BUBBA”, what a perfect name, tell me “does you beat yo womans” when the dogs have a bad game? Word is, after a bulldogs game, business goes up in both package stores AND hospital emergency roooms in the “nat zone”, that be south Ga below Macon.

Jacket 56

September 7th, 2010
9:21 am

Jackets “MUST” develope a passing game, NOW!. Until we do that, we will win games, but we’ll continue to lose bowl games. We don’t have to throw 30 times a game. If we could manage 10 for 15 for 125-175 yards we would be virtually unstoppable on offense. Look at what we’re able to do now with basically no passing threat!
Defense still looks the same to me. Linebackers looked average at best. We are still missing tackles, we can’t seem to get off blocks, we take poor angles to the ball and we continually overun the play. This is not sheme, this is technique, which comes from coaching. I believe Groh is the answer at D coordinator. It’s our position coaches around him who I think are the problem.

GT Sambo

September 7th, 2010
10:44 am

Jacket 56,
I like the fact that Groh was able to make an adjustment in game to correct some things. I am going to reserve judgement on the D as a whole until mid season. I think we all expected some struggles transitioning to the 3-4. If they aren’t looking better and more cohesive by mid-season (like a good solid performance against UVA) then I’ll be concerned.

PT Jackets

September 8th, 2010
9:00 am

I want to say I admire DAWG fans. They come out and support there team. Yes they are a pain in the ass and yes they are loud and rude and all that but they support their team. As a GT fan I wish we had more people in our camp just like them. We need crazy fans that will come out and support their team. maybe after CPJ wins another ACC championship this year and woops the Bull pups ass then our fans will get finally learn about “real” college football.