Georgia Tech notes: Stephen Hill catch

1. Quarterback Tevin Washington had a season high for rushing attempts, 25, which netted 74 yards, including two touchdowns. In fact, Washington had only had 22 carries through the first three games. He ran a lot of keepers on option plays because North Carolina was defending the B-back dive and the A-back pitch.
“Basically, it was just me and the ‘mike’ linebacker. It was me one on one with him. I was going to make him miss or he was going to make a play,” he said.

2. Stephen Hill on his leaping, one-handed catch on the sideline in the first quarter:
“Tevin put it in a spot that I can go get it only. I just used basketball skills from high school to go up and get the ball. It kind of surprised me. I’m not going to lie to you. It kind of surprised me. Once the ball got to my hands, (I) just used my strength in my forearm.”

3. Washington threw his first interception of the season, but had another efficient passing day – 10-for-14 for 184 yards with a touchdown, a 59-yarder on a well-executed play-action pass that reeled in cornerback Charles Brown. It was a season high for pass attempts.
Said Washington, “Until they start respecting the pass game, we’ll keep hitting big pass plays until they do. Down the road, we’re just going to do whatever it takes to win, whether it’s running the ball or if it’s passing the ball.”

4. Hill on playing a close game:
“We learned a lot coming from this game. I’m glad it kind of it happened like this in a way because it shows that games aren’t going to be easy because we’ve been blowing out the first three teams, what, 40 points and over. I’m glad that it kind of happened this way because it showed that we fought. Our back was against the wall and we were punching back.”

5. Tech safety Isaiah Johnson said he lost the ball he intercepted in the sun after it was tipped by outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu. It’s his second of the year.
Johnson said that “I was just praying to God that it was going to hit me and I was going to catch it. Luckily it did. I just fell back. I couldn’t see the ball at all. It shocked me.”

6. Attaochu on tackling UNC running back Giovani Bernard:
“We don’t care how difficult somebody is to bring down. You just have to make the tackle. We play defense and we’re supposed to make tackles. So that’s another thing we’ve got to fix.”

7. Center Jay Finch had a shiner below his right eye, which he said he received when he took an illegal head slap from a North Carolina lineman. Finch called the head slap “probably one of [North Carolina's] favorite pass-rush moves.”
Said Finch, “I guess that’s why they call it the trenches, because it’s a fight every play, regardless of what I’m doing, pass or run block.”

8. After gaining 15 yards on five carries in the first half, B-back David Sims ran 10 times for 56 yards in the second half. Finch said the line made “some small tweaks” at halftime to free up Sims.
A-back Orwin Smith led Tech with 79 rushing yards on seven carries.

97 comments Add your comment

Savannah Fan

September 25th, 2011
7:16 am

Congrats to S Hill on taking the 1 spot on ESPN top ten highlights
But he should have caught the one TD dropped
Go Jackets

GTJACKET

September 25th, 2011
7:18 am

First, and what a catch by Hill. Looked like CJ

Savannah Fan

September 25th, 2011
7:21 am

JT Jacket -I get up just a tad earlier
Go Jackets

Tech Guy

September 25th, 2011
7:31 am

I’ll take the “new” Stephen Hill with the one touchdown drop to the “old” Stephen Hill who never caught much of anything.

fan of shorter passes & longer runs

September 25th, 2011
7:42 am

Hopefully Hill’s leg injury will be OK for NCSU. Would like to see more terrific catches in that game. State had a perfect storm type game for bad thing but did not regroup and lost. Tech was able to overcome a few mistakes and still win. Good training!

GT9

September 25th, 2011
7:50 am

What a flippin’ catch!!!!!!!
We were third and five and really needed that catch. #5 = playmaker

Buzzman

September 25th, 2011
7:52 am

Congrats to Stephen Hill, he will be in the pro’s sooner or later. Tech played really flat, especially the defense. Tech better wake up or they are in for a rocky road this year. Maybe this game will wake them up. The team to watch is Clemson, they are unstoppable, ask Florida State. Big Al needs to work with the defense, they couldn’t defend the pass if their life was on the line. Still a win……

GT

September 25th, 2011
8:04 am

Can’t celebrate too much… got alot of work to do and fix up….lot of mess ups to fix.

duece coupe

September 25th, 2011
8:09 am

ESPN’’s stubborn Heather Dinich woke up and said:

” Georgia Tech is now 4-0 and yes, this team is for real “

GT9

September 25th, 2011
8:20 am

buzzed again

September 25th, 2011
8:35 am

Hill had his best collegiate game. Two of his catches were great efforts on his part. He simply lost concentration on the one. Not sure how these guys are getting so wide open every game, hasn’t happened so consistently in the past.

Dr Bob

September 25th, 2011
8:35 am

a Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde game, still have to give the team lots of credit for coming back and showing its mettle at the end, too many memories of blown leads in years past.

Jackets 2011

September 25th, 2011
8:40 am

Julio Jones, now of the Falcons, had a problem catching the ball when wide open.
If you have even dropped a pass like that yourself when you have been wide open, you know exactly what happens.
The catch is too easy.
You assume you have it and start running one step ahead of the usual process.
Great game by Steven Hill.
Hey (as he noted), his drop made the game “better”
It forced the D show some mettle.
Some of u ought to be embarrassed for getting on Hill and our receivers last year when he was just a soph.
Joshua may be our best “warrior” QB of all time.
His pass was very difficult to catch.
He needed to learn some touch but never did.
And a lot of you need to stay of the players back.
This is not the pros.

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

September 25th, 2011
8:42 am

If Hill hadn’t had a lapse of concentration on the second open TD pass, he would now be leading the nation in receiving yards … not bad for a “run only ” offense. Overall, he had an excellent day, and it’s good to see positive results from all the work he put in during the off-season.

For the naysayers who continue to complain about the defense, I submit that they weren’t too bad and that they’ve shown significant improvement. Our 3rd down conversion defense rate was better (although we still gave up too many yards on a couple of long 3rd down situations). We held the Tar Heels to much lower offensive production than their season averages, both through the air and on the ground. Furthermore, we picked off two passes and had seven sacks. All in all, it was a good day to be a Jacket fan at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

workonit

September 25th, 2011
8:45 am

In Savannah having a little R and R. Watched the game in a sports bar full of mutt fans. Could not help but hollar my head off. But, we got some work to do. Go Yellow Jackets!!!!!!!

Jackedjacket

September 25th, 2011
8:53 am

Ken, don’t know if anyone noticed but Coack Sewak pulled Phil Smith out of the game in the 3rd quarter after he got into it after a play was over with one of the D-tackles of UNC. It was right in front of the GT bench and Sewak and he was PISSED!!!! Sewak literally snatched him by the collar, go in his ear and sent him to the bench. I don’t think he returned the whole game. Can you find out about what happened? Thanks Ken. Awesome job

Jackets 2011

September 25th, 2011
8:54 am

Our schedule, as I’ve remarked before, is tailor made for team development.
I think Georgia’s AD erred to add the Boise game.
Of course that game brings in the big money.
Better check the other team’s 5th year seniors before u schedule a game like that.
The doubt caused from that game caused their 2nd loss.
Someone erred at Tech to add the Penn state game to start the 1991 season.
We continue to take successful steps and get better.
Great job Jackets.
Thank u defense for sparing us an OT game.
I was already roasted.
I am really surprised the college OT was adopted the way it is and has not been changed.
It can last as long as a 2nd game.
Both teams can score at will because both teams defenses are worn out.
I’m really old school because I think sometimes a tie was the deserved result.

Rob

September 25th, 2011
8:55 am

Hill didn’t lose concentration on the dropped pass, he lost a hamstring. If you watch the replay, it appears it pulled right as he was about to make the catch. I would have missed the catch if I suddenly had that pain while I was about to make a catch.

Rob

September 25th, 2011
8:55 am

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Jackets 2011

September 25th, 2011
9:05 am

Paul Johnson is smart not to want a tough first game.
Do the players get anything extra for a very tough first game?
No.
We don’t need to do that game ever as far as I’m concerned.
It was a big mistake with the nation’s longest non losing streak in 1991 to do it.
Great incentive for Penn State and up north with Joe Pa getting all the calls.
Crummy way to start a season.
Ask Uga.

Vulture

September 25th, 2011
9:05 am

Jackets 2011

September 25th, 2011
9:07 am

Could be Rob.
Now explain all the drops of 2010.
Seems to me we blamed the wrong person because no one wanted to say anything bad about our hero.

Dostoyevskiy

September 25th, 2011
9:28 am

Hill wasn’t only one who dropped critical pass, UNC reviver ?Tapley? dropped perfect pass over the middle which stalled a key drive for them. While Tech D played exceptionally, they weren’t responsible for poor decision making of UNC young QB who through balls into teeth of Tech D which resulted in int’s.

asia_jacket

September 25th, 2011
9:29 am

stephen hill is still a solid receiver.
he won’t be dropping too many more
our D was impressive only when it was crunch time
we need to play all 4 quarters as if it was crunch time
I like the way our schedule is set up
This game showed that we can’t get complacent
To be honest I think we can run the table if we can beat Clemson
I’m worried our D will be able to stop Sammy Watkins and co. if FSU couldn’t
CPJ is among the top 5 smartest coaches
I love Georgia Tech
Go Jackets!
NC in the next 5 years

Dostoyevskiy

September 25th, 2011
9:30 am

I meant “threw” balls. You have to watch engineers’ spelling and grammar.

GT Lady

September 25th, 2011
9:31 am

Hill is the next Bay-Bay. I knew the kid was special after following him in high school, but it took longer than expected for him to blossom.

Still worried about our defense. I think the Jackets will score enough points to win evry game, but a bit worried about Mr. Al Groh. I was familiar with him at UVA and knew he was a good coach. However, he should have the D playing better. the 3 – 4 excuse is gone! GO JACKETS!

19

September 25th, 2011
9:35 am

“Dost”, stick with that dreary Russian literature. How about Ward # 6…are you the main character?

Ramblnwrek

September 25th, 2011
9:38 am

2011: granted that Nesbit was not much of a thrower, but there were more than a couple last year that hit Hill in the face, chest, and hands. So lets not pretend that it was all Nesbit. I think Hill has gotten much better. The dropped pass looked like something happened and in that split second when the ball came. I dont think its a trend, and its a long season. He should do well.

Hiding Behind Anonymous

September 25th, 2011
9:45 am

The kicking game was absolutely atrocious. What was UNC’s average starting field position? It seemed like it was near the 40. Coverage seemed good, it just seemed like UNC’s return team was always receiving the kick on the 20 before the return even started.

It’s going to be hard to ask this defense to continually defend against teams with great starting field position on every possession.

There is some definite talent on defense with Attaochu, Sweeting, Sylvester, etc. But they are being put in a position where they have to do too much given the defensive scheme and atrocious kicking.

Offense is stellar, but it’s going to be hard to ask them to out score good opponents every week when the opponent continually gets the benefit of good field position.

I’d like to think this problem will get cleaned up but right now, I don’t think it will be. It’s been a weakness the last few years and is worse this year.

Ultimately, the burden is on the offense to win games.

The offense and defense have their work cut out for them, as I don’t see the kicking game improving.

The defense made plays when they needed to and played well given the circumstances. Minus the mistakes on offense, the offense was as usual, stellar. UNC really should have been blown out in this one.

The unsung heroes? The offensive line.

Cautiously optimistic given the kicking woes.

wreckbone

September 25th, 2011
10:12 am

The defense is maturing. After first touchdown drive, they didn’t get anything. That’s pretty good for the half. Big plays were made, ints, sacks galore, etc. In years past we get half of those sacks and the other half go for big plays. That’s a huge change for the defense. But Al’s system is fine. Attouchu did great. Get those sized guys 6-2 230-250 in all those 4 spots and watch this defense blossom to merit the equal of Tenuta’s. I wish he wasn’t wanting head coach job and could have stayed. If he had not had a lapse on defense, imagine how well we’d have been clicking in ‘09? I think Al and his system can get us there. He dialed up pressure more as the game went on where they got some big plays, but our defense did as well. Sure up that defense on a workhorse back and tighten up the passing defense a bit and it’s something that will allow us to compete at a high level.

Both teams came with some adjustments to give each offense a spurt. Their back is talented and accounted for half the yardage overall. Get containment on those guys and we really hold down the offensive numbers. We also missed a few big plays and left lotsof points on the field, but still got that W.

Great improvement on defense in bigger games. That’s my opinion. And we got plenty of yards, should have had more points on the board. We rushed for 300 on a stout D. I’ll take that with the new 200 yds of passing we are consistantly seeing.

Go Jackets!!

Special Ed

September 25th, 2011
10:15 am

We need to fire our special teams coach!!! Fire his tail right now. Oh wait, that’s our beloved HC and offensive genius CPJ. Ok, let’s just hire a good special team coach.

Special Ed

September 25th, 2011
10:18 am

By the way, congrats to a good win Jackets! 4-0 and playing with passion and intensity. I really enjoy watching this offense b/c of the passing threat. If I were a corner in the ACC, I’d probably want to switch to water boy for the GT game.

19

September 25th, 2011
10:56 am

Looked like Hill strained a hamstring on the dropped pass. I hope it’s nothing serious. The “catch” was fantastic! Go Tech!

Tech Guy

September 25th, 2011
11:02 am

To win big games, Tech will need to significantly improve the kicking game. UNC had the ball near the 35 yard line after almost all kickoffs. That allowed UNC to have great field position to start their drives.

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 25th, 2011
11:19 am

Emotional roller coaster. I was exhausted. NCST shouldn’t be as close. ” ROCK ON JACKETS “

5150 UOAD

September 25th, 2011
11:19 am

OK fans new chant…………When the Announcer calls Jeremiah Attaochu after a Tackle the fans need to reply GOD BLESS YOU………..

Maryland looks real bad. NCSU looked terrible this week. Clem & Sons look fast. FSU is Fine they need EJ back, but the freshman is learning on the job in HUGE games.
So. Carolina is not a top 15 team. Garcia is too Up & Down.
UGA could back into the SEC CG because of their EZ Schedule. Vandy is not so bad anymore. 2 weeks in a row with 5 picks? Tennessee is like UGA and Florida. They are all works in progress.

Tech’s has to be at it’s best for real on Oct.15 through Nov. 10. That is our murders row. 3-1 in that stretch with to loss to Clem & Sons we should be the Coastal Champs. We then have Duke and UGA. It is time to Embarrass the Dawgs bad.

killerj

September 25th, 2011
11:25 am

Come on people show up for the games! The atmosphere was perfect!………Roll Wreck! THWG!

fan of shorter passes & longer runs

September 25th, 2011
11:26 am

best way to describe the Tech play so far this year: Kaizen=continuous improvement.

Hope Clemson beats VPI Sat to help Tech in the Div race.

Ol'JacketFan

September 25th, 2011
11:27 am

Why can’t I get a comment through the filters?????????????????????

GOLD PANTS

September 25th, 2011
11:34 am

@hiding behind anonymous @9;45AM– I agree with you about special teams problems esp on kickoffs but there are some things to consider. Other teams that I have watched are experiencing the same thing. One of the reasons , I think, is because in college, the kickoff team is required to kick from it’s own 30 yard line. It takes a very strong leg to even make it to the goal line, much less to the end zone. By contrast, the pros get to kick it from the 35. Go figure.Only a few college kickers have the consistent ability to get it to the endzone considering no wind aided kicks.

Ol'JacketFan

September 25th, 2011
11:35 am

VT/Clemson will be a highly interesting game as VT hasn’t played amother yet of the caliber of Clemson and Clemson will be coming down from 2 very emotional games. We’ll learn something about both teams afterward.

Tech90

September 25th, 2011
11:42 am

I never really felt like the game was in question even when NC tied the game. This offense can score from anywhere on the field.. I did get irritated over the kick-offs however. GOOD TECH!!!!!.

NO FEAR

September 25th, 2011
11:49 am

This game should have been a blow out. Washington’s short fumble pitch to Roddy, the missed chip shot field goal, and the sure TD that Stephen Hill dropped cost us atleast 13 if not 17 points. Score those points and we win by 20 – 24. The offense I believe can score on anyone but our defense have got to learn to tackle better. Safeties also have got to play the run stonger. On the 55 yard run by UNC I. Johson was there but reacted way to slow to fill the hole. First Carolina drive Reid looked lost. Definite weaknesses are our kicking game and pass defense. The pass defense and tackling issues can be fixed but we will have to live with a subpar kicking game all year. Dread playing against UGA’s and Clemson’s kick return teams. Right now I see atleast 2 returned for TD’s. All in all a great win for Tech. Thought the O-line played a great game, Washington made some great reads, and the coaches made awesome adjustments during the game on both sides of the ball. Fun to be a Tech fan. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO TECH.

GOLD PANTS

September 25th, 2011
12:00 pm

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GOLD PANTS

September 25th, 2011
12:04 pm

Just as I thought–no response to my comment—great. DR Phil famously says “you don’t admit to anything you don’t acknowledge.”

GTfan

September 25th, 2011
1:19 pm

Gold Pants..Clemson and FSU kick the ball out of the in-zone..I watched last Sat..and most every team on TV kicks it to in-zone.
High School game Friday night..both schools kick the ball to in-zone.
We need a kicker..period.

Buzz63/64

September 25th, 2011
1:22 pm

On the kicking game. If I were coach I’d post a notice for try outs for some one who can kick the ball some where near the end zone. Surely there is some one on campus that can do it.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 25th, 2011
1:32 pm

I am EXCITED. I just ordered 4 more tickets for the Georgia game for family members (all Tech fans). Let’s fill that stadium with gold on November 26!!!!

19

September 25th, 2011
1:45 pm

UNC is a good team! We managed to beat them! Hats Off to the Tar Heels! As usual, mistakes, penalties and luck played a role in the game. Tech can control only two of those three…sorry, I forgot to mention the referees. Or does that come under “luck”? LOL Go Yellow Jackets!

M

September 25th, 2011
1:49 pm

With all the foreign students at Tech, you’d think there’s at least 1 somebody who played soccer as a kid that can kick a football.
Have tryouts and get a kicker!
Cannot believe a scholarship was wasted on our current kicker!
Puts the offense in a hole before they even start.