Paul Johnson on ACC teleconference

Greetings-

Paul Johnson spoke on the ACC spring football teleconference Thursday. He provided a few insights into the team and the spring. Here ya go:

1. Charles Perkins has moved up to second on the depth chart at B-back behind Preston Lyons. Richard Watson, who had been the No. 2, has moved down. With those three and David Sims, Johnson called B-back probably the deepest position on the roster.

2. Johnson said quarterback Tevin Washington has “a significant edge” over Synjyn Days. Washington has done “a much better job” executing the offense and taking care of the ball.

Experience and ability to run the offense have given Tevin Washington a leg up on the quarterback job. (Johnny Crawford/AJC)

Experience and ability to run the offense have given Tevin Washington a leg up on the quarterback job. (Johnny Crawford/AJC)

3. Johnson mentioned a few rising true sophomores or redshirt freshmen for improving this spring: Days, defensive backs Louis Young, Fred Holton and Isaiah Johnson and linebackers Quayshawn Nealy and Jeremiah Attaochu.
“We think they can be really good players,” he said.

4. He said incoming freshman Vad Lee will have a chance to compete at quarterback in the fall. He said the keys will be how quickly he can adjust to the speed of the college game and to the higher level of talent.
“We’re definitely excited about him,” he said.

5. No kickers have stood out. Said Johnson, “That thing is going to go all the way into the fall. … Nobody has stepped up and distinguished himself as moving away from the pack this spring.”

77 comments Add your comment

gtfanfrom1951

April 21st, 2011
1:26 pm

Special teams need to way better this fall!!!!

JasonGT

April 21st, 2011
1:39 pm

Vad will be QB by game 3 or 4… we need a playmaker back there not just someone who can pitch the ball

Tech Fan

April 21st, 2011
1:48 pm

IMO Vad may have memorized two or three plays by game 3 or 4.

Tech Fan

April 21st, 2011
1:48 pm

Just don’t see him playing this year

reebok

April 21st, 2011
1:54 pm

Tevin will be our QB this year, all year, barring injury…IMHO. I don’t believe Synjyn will ever be starting QB for the Jackets, unless it’s spot duty due to injury.

JasonGT

April 21st, 2011
1:54 pm

I agree playing him that early may be a little premature, but they could certainly use him like Florida did Tim Tebow and Chris Leak’s final year. He can only run 2 plays but you’ll never stop those 2 plays. You can’t keep people that talented on the bench

BYRDDAWG

April 21st, 2011
1:56 pm

Not hatin just sayin….If Lee is the starter you’re in trouble!

Rduck

April 21st, 2011
2:00 pm

I love the fact that Lee will be given the opportunity to compete for the job. Will he win it? Who knows, but I am encouraged that he will be given the opportunity. I have nothing against Tevin, but if he is the starter all year, we are looking at probably a 6-7 win season. Glad to see Perkins rising up the depth charts. I believe he will be the true starter come opening day….

same ol'

April 21st, 2011
2:04 pm

BYRDDAWG

Speakin of trouble…3 recruits already stealin’.

JasonGT

April 21st, 2011
2:07 pm

I see Washington as a Taylor Bennett situation. He’s a capable back-up (not saying Reggie Ball was good but when he made good plays everyone loved him) but once he is the starter for the sole reason that there isn’t anyone else he sucks it up. I hope Vad at least pushes him for the starting job. Competition makes the whole team a lot better.

Outside Observer

April 21st, 2011
2:08 pm

I agree with some earlier comments that Lee will learn a few plays, then come in during mop up duty or in special situations to perfect those plays and gain some more experience. The offense is complex, and he won’t learn it all over the summer. Give him some time and let him learn. Don’t expect him to come in and save the offense on his own (are you listening UGA fans? I know several of you will read this. Don’t depend on Crowell to make the offense one of the tops in the county. He is only an 18 year old kid. Have modest expectations). It is exciting to see Perkins moving up the depth chart. He has the potential to be a special player. Hopefully he will be able to contribute significantly to the offense this year.

BYRDDAWG

April 21st, 2011
2:10 pm

same ol’ you should be comedian….you just stand up & EVEYONE laughs…..HA HA! Those 3 were recruited by FSU, Miami , Fla ,Auburn etc etc…..but my POINT was NO TEAM wants to start a TRUE freshman!!!!

JasonGT

April 21st, 2011
2:19 pm

Aaron Murray worked out alright for you guys. Having Green helped a lot but the kid can play.

juvenal

April 21st, 2011
2:19 pm

DAWG, depends on if everybody else is that bad, or hurt….or Lee is that great…..remember a # 34 they could not keep on the bench……

juvenal

April 21st, 2011
2:20 pm

Aaron a R-S, right, BYRD?

JM

April 21st, 2011
2:29 pm

I’m glad to see so many young players working hard and catching the coach’s eye. It’s good to have younf talent pushing the upperclass.

Ramblin' Wreck

April 21st, 2011
2:48 pm

Agree that Vad won’t win the starting job unless he’s some sort of uber-savant with the playbook. I think Tevin tends the job this year with a 7-8 win season, then Vad takes it next year after redshirting or even playing in a mop-up capacity.

I hope Tech fans realize what’s going on here. Tevin was one of the two QB recruits from CPJ’s first class. At that time, the media and pundits were all over the place about “Will the offense work?” and “What will it look like?” Now that that’s established, CPJ can start bringing in some higher level QB’s like Vad. Tevin starting this year is a remnant of that initial start-up difficulty. We’re going to start seeing rapid improvement over the next 2-3 years from what we saw at the end of last year and what we’ll see this year.

S'paw_99

April 21st, 2011
2:48 pm

I don’t see Lee knowing enough of the offense to play this yr. I imagine PJ will try to Redshirt him this yr, but w/ the lack of depth (only Days) behind Tevin they may have to play him. From what I’ve heard Days biggest problem is too many TO’s. I think Perkins probably will be the starter at B-back come opening day. I like Lyons, but I view him as a good backup (5 or so carries a game), not a starter (20-25 carries). Eventually Perk will have a coupla big plays, alot of that has to do w/ the OL & the D.

Who cares (the original)

April 21st, 2011
2:49 pm

The comment that worries me is that no kicker have stood out. They really hurt the team last year.

Go Jacktes!!

S'paw_99

April 21st, 2011
2:49 pm

While I’m optimistic about how they said the D is so much better, is it b/c they’ve gotten that much better, or is our O that bad. The D’s play may have to do w/ how bad our OL & WR’s are. They also see our O everyday, making it a lot easier to stop.

gt

April 21st, 2011
2:52 pm

I think you can do things earlier and quicker with our offense. I don’t think you have to read complicated defenses or time pass patterns near as much. It gives a talent like Lee a chance to make plays with his athletic ability. No one could have been a worse passer or conventional quarterback than Josh, he was just big and strong, same talent he had on day one.

GTBob

April 21st, 2011
2:54 pm

Im not giving up on Days just yet. I still think he has bigger upside then Tevin. Hopefully he gets it together in the spring game and fall practice.

Tech Fan

April 21st, 2011
3:04 pm

I agree GTBob, Even nesbitt was terrible during his first spring game under the offense. You never know. Days could come back in August and it might click, which I hope will happen.

In regards to Lee, I think Johnson just said he will allow him to compete just to appease Vad and will eventually redshirt him.

Ken Sugiura

April 21st, 2011
3:06 pm

i agree with the sentiment that vad lee will have to come in and be eye-poppingly incredible to take the job from washington (or days). it’s possible, but he’d have to make a lot of progress in a short amount of time.

D A DoubleU G

April 21st, 2011
3:07 pm

Did Paul Johnson bring up how many rushing yards he had vs UGA in the teleconference??

Tech Fan

April 21st, 2011
3:08 pm

Well, lets hope that the case Ken…..even if its not likely.

juvenal

April 21st, 2011
3:12 pm

Ken, if you are copying my style, it’s all right to use caps for people you respect(d a, for instance, is hereby demoted)

Tech Fan

April 21st, 2011
3:13 pm

DoakBoyGT

April 21st, 2011
3:14 pm

Vad will need to redshirt. He’s coming from an offense where he worked out of the shotgun and passed on nearly every down. Believe it or not, it takes time to grow and adjust!

Get back to World of Warcraft, nerd

April 21st, 2011
3:15 pm

Same old Tech. No defense, No Special teams, good rushing offense ( which is useless if you get behind ) but that’s about it

One trick pony.

Get back to World of Warcraft, nerd

April 21st, 2011
3:16 pm

Did Paul Johnson bring up how many rushing yards he had vs UGA in the teleconference??

Im sure he did. After all nobody has stopped his offense yet.

The “Oracle of Annapolis” knows best.

Luke

April 21st, 2011
3:20 pm

Actually, the Tech I knew growing up had a top 25 defense year in and year out and one of the best kickers (Luke Manget) and punters (Durant Brooks) in the nation. But don’t let the facts get in the way of you hearing yourself talk.

BYRDDAWG

April 21st, 2011
3:28 pm

juvie, Murray was indeed a RS frosh & the time watching film & in the weight room were invaluable!!! I just don’t believe you want to throw a true freshman into the fire…I believe CPJ WILL play him to get his feet wet & to get him used to the speed of the game….I also think he WILL be the starter next yr!

GT hulk

April 21st, 2011
3:35 pm

Sure hope Vad is the man–Washington is no ACC QB

Savannah Jacket

April 21st, 2011
3:37 pm

I would be very suprised if Lee can come in and run this offense in 4-6 weeks. Actually it would be great to have him in there pushing Days and Washington to get better, just like Perkins and Sims is going to do at B-back, but there is no way that he will have the reads down as well as someone that has almost 4 years of experience plus half a season of real game-time. Unless an injury happens, Washington will QB the team this year.

The kicking situation is the area that worries me the most. We haven’t had a descent kicker since Gailey left and we have squandered quite a few games because of it. We need to assign a Special Teams Coach and really place emphisis on this area for the fall.

StingerSplash

April 21st, 2011
3:38 pm

Same old Tech. No defense, No Special teams, good rushing offense ( which is useless if you get behind ) but that’s about it.

gee, I seem to recall some team gakking up a 16-point halftime lead in a heartbeat to a team that did nothing but run the ball, oh, say, back around 08 on a misty day in Athens.

D A DoubleU G

April 21st, 2011
4:01 pm

StingerSplash,

That was a GREAT game!!

I recall the team that beat that team making rings for winning the one time in 10 tries.

Good Stuff

April 21st, 2011
4:01 pm

Good Stuff

April 21st, 2011
4:02 pm

Good Stuff

April 21st, 2011
4:02 pm

Ken Sugiura

April 21st, 2011
4:08 pm

Juvenal – bad habit of mine. I neglect to capitalize.
Using Lee to play a few plays here and there doesn’t seem wise to me unless absolutely necessary. why use up a year of eligibility?

juvenal

April 21st, 2011
4:13 pm

Ken, no apology, or Caps, needed-don’t take myself that seriously, this is supposed to be fun……watch out for the gramirnazis, tho……

BYRDDAWG

April 21st, 2011
4:14 pm

Ken, didn’t he do the exact same thing with Jaybo tho???

North Ave Killer Beez

April 21st, 2011
4:16 pm

I thnk CPJ is just trying to ignite a fire under DAY’S. After the spring game, all the Synjn Days doubters will go into hiding and Days will be the front-runner to starter at QB

Stinger 2

April 21st, 2011
4:35 pm

Stinger 2 has been a GT fan since 1952 through many good and many bad years. I will always be a GT fan but right now it looks like (at least to me) that there is not much to get excited about for the 2011 season. With this latest CPJ assessment, I believe if they win 6 or 7 games, it will be as much as one can expect.

D A DoubleU G

April 21st, 2011
4:43 pm

With UGA on Tech’s schedule, you basically begin the season with 1 loss.

Jack Benny

April 21st, 2011
4:48 pm

D A DoubleU G:

You will start with a loss ‘at home’ against Boise State. Yahhhhhhaaahhaaaa!

Important Stats

April 21st, 2011
4:50 pm

Vad Lee:

- was named the Class 4A player of the Year after leading his team to a 16-0 record and state championship. He completed 60 percent of his passes for 2,969 yards with 23 TDs and added 1,004 yards rushing

surfrider

April 21st, 2011
5:05 pm

Are we sure handed at the WR position yet? or at least one? That seems to be a big problem with 45% completion ratio. We get that up to 65% plus an improved defense it will be hard to stop Tech. One thing is clear now about Gailey’s last few years he recruited some developable players to move on…So curious if Watson and Jackson can be utilized more maybe in H-Back or in motion type plays. Washington seems to have a nice touch just needs some experience.

RWRECK77

April 21st, 2011
5:20 pm

Ken,
We don’t care a lot about caps and punctuation, we are engineers! Just keep writing about the Jackets!