Julian Burnett Q&A

Greetings-

I’ve got a Q&A with the pride of Westside High School, inside linebacker Julian Burnett, and a couple random tidbits. Onward…

Q: So what exactly does “trippy” mean? (You probably know, but the team has taken it on as something of a slogan. You may have seen it in a clip played on the video board, although I don’t recall seeing it Saturday. It’s the new “All the Way Turnt Up,” more or less.)

A: I got the word trippy from a rapper called Juicy J. But what I feel like it brings to the team is just a personality. Just an intense, passionate person about the game and every time trippy comes up or we start singing the song or whatever, it just gets everybody pumped to play. It just brings personality to the team.

Q: So it came from you, then?

A: More or less. Not to take credit, but during fall camp, it was my thing to get me through camp. I did it for so long and so much during camp that it just kind of got contagious with the team and everybody just got on board with it.

Q: Who on the team do you not want to get into an argument with?

A: Probably Euclid (Cummings). Because he’s just going to go on and on. Even if he has lost the argument, he’s going to make you feel like he’s got a valid point anyway. You probably don’t want to argue with Euclid.

Q: Coach (Paul) Johnson described you in fall camp as one of the biggest, baddest cats on the team. Who’s someone on the team you wouldn’t want to mess with?

A: I think everybody would agree with me if I said Fred Holton. He’s out right now, but nobody wants to step up to Fred.

Q: What’s your favorite website?

A: I don’t know. I guess I’m on Twitter a lot nowadays. Something like that. I’m not really an Internet guy.

2. A quote from Virginia defensive coordinator Jim Reid on Tevin Washington:

“All I know is that he’s a very poised, outstanding athlete. I know that. I know that he’s got a great throwing motion and I know he’s got some talented wide receivers, so from that standpoint, it scares you to death. What this offense does to you is it gets you playing run, urn, run then bang! Play-action pass. It’s a great scheme. … I know from a passing efficiency standpoint, he can hit the long one. We’ve seen it. It’s right on the money. He can throw the out (passing route), which shows you he has a strong arm and he can throw on the run. We’ll be challenged on that every play.”

3. It’s kind of old news, but I spoke this week with Joe Vellano, the Maryland defensive tackle who had 22 tackles Saturday and earned high praise from Johnson. Said Johnson, “That one kid, No. 72, might be the best player I’ve seen on this field since I’ve been here. He had 22 tackles. That dude was everywhere.” If you can remember Stephen Hill’s catch third quarter, the one where he broke tackles and made about four players miss on a 34-yard reception – Vellano made the tackle on that play. The other remarkable thing is that Johnson said Vellano was on the field for every Tech offensive snap – 81 plays.

Johnson later said he “probably played as good as anybody that I’ve played against in a long, long time.” After a brief study of recent drafts, that would include C.J. Spiller, A.J. Green, Russell Wilson, Matthew Stafford, Tyson Jackson, B.J. Raji, Adrian Clayborn and Bryan Bulaga, among others.

Anyway, Vellano said he had some help from his brother, Paul, who played offensive line at Rhode Island and was coached by Tim Stowers. Rhode Island runs a form of the spread option that Johnson does, having preceded him at Georgia Southern as head coach from 1990-1995. On top of having seen Rhode Island play, he also got advice from his brother on how to play against it.

“The biggest thing is when you play against that kind of offense, you can really get a chance to make a lot of hustle plays because it’s strung out to the sideline and stuff like that,” he said.

Paul Vellano said the key is to just “stay alive,” i.e. stay on your feet and don’t give up on plays.

“If you get cut or get knocked down, get up,” he said. “The other thing is your angled pursuit has got to be good.”

According to Johnson, he might have had further help.

“Watch the tape,” he said. “Seventy-two (Vellano) knew exactly when we were pulling.”

As a result, Tech didn’t run many pulling plays, because Maryland’s linemen “were deadlocked on our guys pulling.” Johnson said he thought Tech’s linemen were tipping them off.

“You can self-scout all you want,” he said. “If you get your weight back before you pull, the guy can tell,” Johnson said.

To be clear, he wasn’t attempting to minimize Vellano’s performance, otherwise he wouldn’t have said that he was the best player he’d seen since coming to Tech. Just an interesting observation.

Thanks for reading. I’ll have the final injury report up late in the afternoon.

Links

Stan Awtrey dissects Tech at the halfway point for the Macon Telegraph.

Paul Newberry offers a game preview for the Associated Press.

A slew of blog posts from the Washington Post.

A Richmond Times-Dispatch story on Virginia’s running back tandem.

Charlottesville Daily-Progress stories on Washington, touting him as an ACC offensive player of the year candidate, and the Tech offense.

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By Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech beat

81 comments Add your comment

carolinajacket

October 13th, 2011
10:50 am

Julian is a monster.

ramblingbuzz

October 13th, 2011
11:14 am

TW has a great game this Sat against UVA. He is due.

Chris

October 13th, 2011
11:21 am

The jig is up. Everyone has figured us out. Or maybe we’ll just keep on scoring more than the guy on the other sideline. I like our chances!

Supersize that order, mutt

October 13th, 2011
11:24 am

Yep, everybody has figured us out…….at least until Johnson pulls yet something else out of his bag of tricks and makes them start all over again. I LOVE that man and the way he can see what’s going on. We may get beat by sheer strength, but nobody will ever truly figure out what Johnson can do with an offense.

Delbert D.

October 13th, 2011
11:28 am

Did Vellano make ACC defensive player of the week? I’ve never heard a defensive player’s name called on the PA system as much as his did.

juvenal

October 13th, 2011
11:31 am

a small monster-had a great strip……

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 13th, 2011
11:32 am

Still believe CPJ should have used Days more against Maryland. Days or Sims should have helped Tevin, since Maryland wanted the QB to run. That’s three QBs that can run. Let them have it.

Ken Sugiura

October 13th, 2011
11:36 am

Delbert – yes, he did. second time this year, i think.
give me a break – if i had to guess, days’ ball-security challenges may have had something to do with it. and even if days had gone in, there’s no telling that maryland wouldn’t have changed up its own plan.

DawginLex

October 13th, 2011
11:40 am

38-27 Tech

Virginia gives you all you want, very motivated, comes up short

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 13th, 2011
11:44 am

Ken, I think I read that Maryland wanted to wear Tevin down so that it would affect his passing. Days or Sims would have given him some time to rest and not take such a beating.

juvenal

October 13th, 2011
11:44 am

Lex, hint: he is looking at his feet……

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 13th, 2011
11:48 am

Maybe ” effect.”

All Cupcake Conference

October 13th, 2011
11:49 am

My reaction to the latest AP and Coaches’ polls:

Overrated: Georgia Tech (AP and Coaches’: No. 12)

It’s hard to knock 6-0, but I’d like to see the Jackets beat a ranked team first before elevating them to the upper half of the rankings. Saturday they SI Videoeked by 2-3 Maryland, with the Terps playing their backup quarterback most of the way.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/stewart_mandel/10/09/reality-check-weekend/index.html#ixzz1ag3xGTDn

Supersize that order, mutt

October 13th, 2011
11:52 am

Thanks for your usual biased input, HEADLEY LAMAR. YES, we know who you are.

juvenal

October 13th, 2011
11:54 am

more a testimony to how average every body else past the top 8-10 are…….

DawginLex

October 13th, 2011
11:58 am

juvenal

What???

juvenal

October 13th, 2011
12:01 pm

as Doc lay dying, he looked at his stockinged feet and was amazed he did not “die with his boots on”(actually, sending lungers to 8000 ft alt amounts to euthanasia)

DawginLex

October 13th, 2011
12:04 pm

Oh, OK, back to Doc. i gotcha

i thought you were dissing my post about Virginia and coming up short and saying I was looking at my feet……..

you can go a million places with that one………

Delbert D.

October 13th, 2011
12:04 pm

Before the NC State game, Tech was ranked 15, and 8 teams ranked ahead of them lost that weekend.

George Stein

October 13th, 2011
12:07 pm

Couple things, headley.

1) How is that Vegas thing looking?
2) We played – and beat – a ranked team.
3) Are you prepared to cite the same writer when he called UGA fans the most delusional in college football?

Delbert D.

October 13th, 2011
12:07 pm

That one got me too. I was thinking that it might have meant tiptoeing past the Cavaliers or something.

DawginLex

October 13th, 2011
12:10 pm

An auburn redneck called me “clairvoyant”

I looked that up in the Auburn redneck dictionary

It says:

“A clear liquid an Auburn fan uses to kill fireants.”

Delbert D.

October 13th, 2011
12:10 pm

The price of cupcakes is down this year. The supply is way up in the SEC East, and it has had a devastation effect on the market.

juvenal

October 13th, 2011
12:12 pm

only caught it the 2nd of the 20 or so times i’ve seen tombstone……you brought Doc up……(like the hypocracy quote, too, obviously cupcake willing to go further in his)-also , the deathbed quote/scene part of the pulp fiction of the time…….

Delbert D.

October 13th, 2011
12:13 pm

I really have to look a the the sentence as a whole when I’m adding words. Devastating effect on my punchlines.

juvenal

October 13th, 2011
12:16 pm

one of the benefits of always going with one handle is that it allows continous, on-going discourse…..

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

October 13th, 2011
12:16 pm

I’d like to see Tevin get trippy! I know he’s a calm guy but it would be great to see him shout to his teammates “LET’S GO!”

I’m still predicting that Days plays in the first half against uva, unless we get off to a quick start.

I’m with Lex but not so many points, 27-23 Jackets.

Jacket Man

October 13th, 2011
12:24 pm

Had three of Tevin’s sure TD passes (hit the receivers and dropped) been caught, then the Maryland game would have been defensed totally differently – they would have had to respect the pass more and back more guys out of the box instead of crowd the line of scrimmage, thereby allowing every player in the run option to get hit on every play. Catch passes; force linebackers and defensive backs to step back and watch wide receivers and the A-Backs as more dangerous receiving threats, also requiring both safeties to play back. Don’t catch passes, then they cheat up and play for all potential options of the run.

Delbert D.

October 13th, 2011
12:25 pm

I don’t care for the “rap” or “hip-hopster” stuff. I appreciate the cultural classics like “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”.

who is this?

October 13th, 2011
12:26 pm

same old unemployed on here nothing to do so let me run my mouth on this blog even though I never go to games much less GT games, you see I need to control this blog, I realize I could get on a messenger site lite yahoo and chat but then noone would see how important I am and what I know that way, I am a legend in my own mind and all others must adhere to me…

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

October 13th, 2011
12:30 pm

Looking ahead a bit, anyone up for a beach party down in sunny s Florida? I saw Flowery Branch was going? Any more roadies? I have buddy who tends bar on Ft Lauderdale beach. Would love to get some Jacket fans together for some fun in the sun!

DawginLex

October 13th, 2011
12:30 pm

Who is Mike Leach?

Delbert D.

October 13th, 2011
12:32 pm

Florida Atlantic’s new head coach, possibly.

Delbert D.

October 13th, 2011
12:35 pm

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB – I typically don’t go further south than Jupiter. I don’t have a carry permit for that state.

DawginLex

October 13th, 2011
12:36 pm

I was answering the question posed by “who is this”?

Hayseed Dixie

October 13th, 2011
12:37 pm

Headley!

Man, send me your address, cause I gotta pay you some royalties, man. That life justifying post you sent about loving your mama and your daddy and playing golf, man, we just all died laughing about 20 times reading that stuff.

I feel like I owe you something for that entertainment.

Keep posting, and I hope Ken keeps outing your aliases, cause nothing makes a 6-0 season better than knowing the frustration of the UGA sidewalk fan.

Cheers! (you *do* know you’re a sociopath, right? )

Delbert D.

October 13th, 2011
12:37 pm

Ahh. Jeopardy.

Golden White

October 13th, 2011
12:43 pm

I disagree . I do not want to see any Yellow Jackets ” trippy ” . I do not want to see ” 7-0 ”
written on the back of Tevin’s hand . I do not want to see receivers drop passes that hit
them in the hands .

I want to see the offense ” Jell’n ” like they did in the first 4 games . I want to see the
offense force their will on their opponent . This lackadaisical play we have seen in these
last 2 games is beginning to feel like last year . Our Chief Engineer needs to get this
train back on track .

I am Golden White and I support Ken Sugiura’s blog .

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

October 13th, 2011
12:44 pm

Good one Delbert! There will be plenty of “shots” where I am going but none will be ringing out!

juvenal

October 13th, 2011
12:45 pm

i like cupcake better, it suits him….

TampaDawg

October 13th, 2011
12:59 pm

Tech 34, UVA 17 .. Don’t think GT speed will get tested too much. Miami will get beat too, but that should test out the speed hitting the outside.

Tony

October 13th, 2011
1:14 pm

Days? What so he could fumble again. Until he stops doing that, stick with TV

GT Joe

October 13th, 2011
1:18 pm

Tech 66-12. 4 FGs by UVA. Tevin will be relaxing on the bench in the 4th quarter.

If do right, no can defense

October 13th, 2011
1:27 pm

I feel like Mike London will try to throw off our offense by moving around the d-line and lb’s a lot, thinking it will confuse our young inexperienced OL with blocking assignments and stuff. I hope it backfires spectacularly, so that their defensive guys forget *their* assignments and create huge running lanes/holes.

crackbaby

October 13th, 2011
1:28 pm

If Joe Vellano played better than Adrian Clayborn, that is saying something. Might be a good thing as CPJ ponders how to counteract a guy like that.

Interesting that “he knew exactly when we were pulling…”

Thanks, KS.

crackbaby

October 13th, 2011
1:29 pm

Here’s a toast, “To the Jacket D stuffing the run this weekend at Virginia…”

SRF

October 13th, 2011
1:34 pm

I am so tired of puppies grumbling about our current ranking. They act like we just made it up – that there is no way any person would vote for us. Well guess what – for some reason(s) a bunch of non-Tech people chose to vote for Tech at 12-13. That is just the way it is. Will we lose and fall out of the ranks ? Maybe. Will the puppies lick us in ATL ? Maybe. But that does not change the sour grapes that right now some people out in the real world like our team better.

Delbert D.

October 13th, 2011
1:42 pm

There are 13 teams that are undefeated. The undefeated teams ranked lower than Tech are Illinois, Kansas State and Houston.

There are 2 teams with 1 loss ranked ahead of Tech: Oregon and Michigan.

juvenal

October 13th, 2011
1:43 pm

NOW i’m scared-heather is picking us 45-21…….

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

October 13th, 2011
1:45 pm

@ Tony. If Days comes in in the first half it will only be to send a message to TW maybe one series or possession. I like Tevin better, his arm and decision making is much better. But those two elements are in a funk the last two games. If he doesn’t show signs of life early, I think CPJ should send him a message. That’s all.