Johnson takes blame for Duke’s fake punt

Georgia Tech Paul Johnson said the successful fake punt that Duke ran in last week’s game was “our fault.”

Because the Yellow Jackets haven’t had much success returning punts this season (6.2 yards per game, 91st in the NCAA), they tried to double-team more of Duke’s players to give themselves a chance at breaking a long return.

The first time Tech tried that tactic, Duke’s Alex King simply held onto the ball for a while longer while his coverage team ran downfield. And then he punted.

The second time King pulled the ball down and rushed to the left 16 yards for a first down.

“That was a scheme thing all the way,” Johnson said.

Georgia is allowing 4.4 yards per return. Its net punting average (41.0) is third in the NCAA.

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November 24th, 2010
1:43 pm

For all those doubters CPJ taking blame!


November 24th, 2010
2:26 pm

He’s as honest as we’ve always known he was. Ridiculous for people to doubt him at this point.

Motivation has been the main issue with poor execution as its result. I believe him. He wants championships as bad or worse than we do. He’ll get the ship righted before this time next season.


November 24th, 2010
3:27 pm

but, but, but CPJ always blames his players, right?

at least that’s what moronic bulldog commenters posting on georgia tech’s blogs would have us believe.

i’m sure an apology from the most hateful and incorrect of the bulldog bloggers is coming. go right ahead fellas, tell us that u know u were wrong and all is forgiven.


November 24th, 2010
4:06 pm

when tech loses, no one is safe…johnson lights up his players and coaches, but he also takes the blame himself. the man hates to lose! i hope we can somehow steal the win against the puppies in athens this weekend, but without nesbitt, i just don’t see it…this team has been fundamentally unsound all year

Is this blog active?

November 24th, 2010
11:26 pm

Just checking.

Buford T. Pusser

November 24th, 2010
11:44 pm


You run a very tight ship. Why I cannot post a comment is beyond me.

The Sheriff has spoken.

Buford T. Pusser

November 24th, 2010
11:50 pm

What is the keyword? thUGA, trailer trash, rednecks, toothless, inbred? All good descriptors for thUGA fans but maybe a little too inflammatory for your column.

Keep up the good work.

The Sheriff has spoken.


November 25th, 2010
8:23 am

All he needs is a little more time

Old Tech Dude

November 27th, 2010
12:38 pm

What I would like to see is CPJ admit we are failing on the recruiting front.

This is not Navy or even Georgia Southern. We are sadly going backwards when comparing the talent left by the last administration. As things stand we will become a second (or worse) tier ACC team before we repeat as champions.