Washington getting back to basics

Greetings-

We’ll see how it goes in two days, but some pretty good news for Georgia Tech Thursday as it sounds like outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu will be available. The story is here. Also, coach Paul Johnson sounded pretty upbeat about practice this week. That said, I don’t have much of a feel for Saturday’s game. Just about anything could happen short of a blimp crash and it wouldn’t surprise me. I really hope there isn’t a blimp crash; that would be such a pain to cover.

1. Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington went back to basics this week. In the throes of a slump, Washington has attempted to re-gain his form.

“When you’re in a funk, you just try to go back to home base, go back to square one, go back to the things you were doing when you were doing good, just try to imitate those things,” Washington said.

After starting the season 27 for 42 for 821 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception in the first four games, Washington is 12 for 39 for 255 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in the past three. Dropped passes and inconsistent protection haven’t helped. Coach Paul Johnson said the offense needs to start hitting big pass plays again. After hitting 21 passes of 20 yards or more in the first six games, Tech had none against Virginia. A 66-yard pass to A-back Orwin Smith was wiped out by a penalty.

“We need to throw it a little more in this game and we need to throw some high-percentage things an get some confidence back,” Johnson said.

Wednesday, Johnson said that Washington has had “a pretty good week of practice.”

(Kelly Quinlan of Rivals invariably starts out the post-practice media scrum with Johnson with a question about practice. I think for Thursday or Friday’s blog I’m going to check to see how Johnson’s Wednesday assessment translated into Saturday.)

2. For the second consecutive week, defensive coordinator Al Groh will coach against a former member of his staff at Virginia. Last week it was Virginia coach Mike London. Saturday, it’s Miami coach Al Golden, who was Groh’s defensive coordinator for five seasons.

Earlier this week, Golden called Groh “the hardest worker I’ve ever been around” and said that “I learned more football from him in five years than I have in the rest of my career.”

Two other members of Groh’s staff, Ron Prince (Kansas State) and Danny Rocco (Liberty) also left Virginia to take head coaching jobs.

(That is a pretty impressive feat, sending four assistants to their first head coaching jobs. He must write a heck of a recommendation letter. It’s kind of like Mike Holmgren’s 1992 Green Bay staff. He had five future head coaches working for him – Jon Gruden, Dick Jauron, Steve Mariucci, Andy Reid and Ray Rhodes.)

3. Tech has two players from the Miami area, linebackers Malcolm Munroe and Nick Menocal. Wide receivers coach Buzz Preston is assigned to recruit the Miami area. He said there are a couple high school prospects in the area that he is recruiting. He said the Miami game has some effect on his efforts.

Some prospects “have always wanted to go to Georgia Tech, so if you want them, they’ll come,” he said. “Some, they’ll gauge it maybe by [Saturday's game].”

(That’s some pretty competitive turf. If you’re wondering, and you’re probably not, Preston can’t go scout a Friday night high school game in Miami. Rules about when coaches can and can’t scout games have become tighter in the last few years.)

4. Johnson reduced the practice time by two periods, from 20 to 18, in Wednesday’s practice, in an effort to save players’ legs for Saturday. The team practiced again in shoulder pads and shorts.

“I think that overall the guys have worked hard and practiced hard,” Johnson said. “Hopefully, we can take it to the field.”

(Given Miami’s athleticism, the Jackets will need all the juice in their legs they can get. Weather for Fort Lauderdale for Saturday is high of 79, mostly sunny.)

5. Miami will face Tech without starting defensive tackle Micanor Regis, who was suspended by the school for one game for punching a North Carolina player in the groin in the Hurricanes’ 30-24 win over the Tar Heels last week. Regis has 25 tackles and 3 tackles for loss this season.

(Very big loss. The Hurricanes have been dinged considerably on the defensive line. A link to Regis’, um, pugilism here. Not very sportsmanlike.)

Thanks for reading. Will have something up in the morning.

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Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

52 comments Add your comment

The Bamboo Shaft

October 19th, 2011
10:19 pm

Great job as always, Ken.

east cobb jacket

October 19th, 2011
10:20 pm

Ronald 1981-1988

October 19th, 2011
10:39 pm

Got to put last week in the rear view and shut down the canes. Let’s go Jackets! Let’s go!

TD

October 19th, 2011
11:05 pm

Maybe he could call up Nesbitt and have him advise on how to throw it in the ocean whilst standing on the shore………..why he is the Davey O’Brien winner. LOL

TD

October 19th, 2011
11:06 pm

East Cobb is just like trade school football team…………likes to proclaim to be #1 but in reality he will always be 2nd best

GT Grad

October 19th, 2011
11:50 pm

Why do uga fans feel the need to come over and spread so much hate?

macrotech

October 20th, 2011
2:26 am

GT Grad…it’s called penile envy!

Wrecker

October 20th, 2011
6:44 am

Thanks again for the prodigious output, Ken! We really enjoy your frequent updates.

Golden White

October 20th, 2011
6:47 am

I’m thinking that we will see a better effort this Saturday .
Go Tech !

Cane 1

October 20th, 2011
7:50 am

Nice past 2 weeks nerds.
And you think you can hang with the U. That makes me laugh hard.
U 37
gt 17

Dr. Chen is that you?

October 20th, 2011
8:01 am

Did not know you were a football fan. Thought you were in the “highlands” collecting bamboo!

Obviously...

October 20th, 2011
8:17 am

…most of those guys who coached under Groh were the ones who could coach – UVA wnet down like a rock when they left. And, Groh now lives off his rep, while double dipping money from both Tech and UVA…nice retirement job he has…

Cane 1

October 20th, 2011
8:43 am

Maybe you he can complete more than 2 passes this week for 20 yards. ROFL

He

October 20th, 2011
8:51 am

Typical thug punching a guy there just like uga. Richt brought what he learned in miami to fsu then to ga.

world beaters!?!?!?!?

October 20th, 2011
8:54 am

Basics like being able to hit the side of a barn with a football? LOL!!! Unranked VIRGINIA took the cheating thugs from North Ave. to the woodshed!! LOLOLOLOL!!!!! The cheats will drop 4 out of the last 5, book it!!!

Bye bye coach Moobs Johnson!!! LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!

morris

October 20th, 2011
9:20 am

Wake me up when Tech finally plays a real team.

crackbaby

October 20th, 2011
9:24 am

Ken – nice write-up. Pretty clear from the Heels’ perspective that Miami was playing dirty all game. Tech players should expect the same. The U lacks character and sportsmanship.

I’d like to know what your (Ken’s) opinion is of where Coach Johnson stands on backing up his players if they are subject to this kind of treatment. CPJ would probably prefer no penalties but sometimes you have to smash a bully in the face to wake him up.

So if a Miami defender stomps on Tevin’s hand after a play, who are Tech’s enforcers on the field?

juvenal

October 20th, 2011
9:26 am

any chance Days gets in, short of injury? any D-line gossip?

juvenal

October 20th, 2011
9:29 am

the world is back on it’s true axis-heather picks the eyeuw……

Obviously...

October 20th, 2011
9:43 am

…Coach Johnson has already stated his position is in “backing up his players – remember his “hit ‘em in the mouth mantra”?

Ken Sugiura

October 20th, 2011
9:44 am

Juvenal – i think Washington would have to play a whole lot worse than he did the past few weeks. sorry to disappoint you.
thanks, Crackbaby. I’m sure Johnson would be happy to accept an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, or several. i don’t know where he’d stand on pushing back or similar retaliation that would draw its own penalty. i tend to think he’d be against and would prefer a touchdown or a well-execute cut block as revenge more than anything else.
as for who Tech’s enforcers are, remember that the offensive line refers to itself as “the Goon Squad.”

juvenal

October 20th, 2011
9:50 am

Ken, Cardinals change pitchers at the drop of a bat, & they can’t come back in-i have always wondered if QB’s egos are so fragile that they could not stand a series on the sidelines watching the D, while giving that D something else to deal with….thanks for your concern, don’t get disappointed much, only thing i expect in life is to die…..

Techmaninathens

October 20th, 2011
10:01 am

After the Maryland game it brought reality back to me that Tevon Washington was mostly an average player and could not make the game changing plays that Nesbit could. He hasn’t passed well in three games and seems flustered by pressure. The better teams can bring pressure. I think that he is not their best quarterback and most likely will not start next year. Our B back is not breaking any touchdown runs or many long runs either. But you take the pass away, and Tech is an average team. I do not have great hopes for the rest of the season. I thought that the Maryland game would clue CPJ to make some changes on offense, but they played the same offense with TW keeping the ball. That has taken away our big plays and that is what Maryland did successfully, and so did Virginia. Now Tech is getting ready to line up against three more teams that are twice as good as Maryland and Virginia. I don’t think CPJ has any rabbits in his hat. This team keys on a talented quarterback and he is sitting on the bench and probably will the rest of the year. Hate to sound so pessimistic but the Maryland game was the warning bell, and the Virginia game confirmed it. I thought after the Maryland game that Tech may win two more games. One of those games was Virginia which they lost. I hope I am wrong.

MatthewH

October 20th, 2011
10:04 am

Ken, just a minor note. London’s first Head Coaching job was at Richmond where he won the FCS National Championship. He certainly was on Groh’s staff at UVA prior to Richmond, but you seemed to imply that UVA was his first Head coaching job.
Anyway, as usual, an excellent write up!

T3

October 20th, 2011
10:46 am

A decent UVA team caught a worn-out GT team.

Chuck Oliver called the Miami-GT game his “LOCK OF THE YEAR” with a Miami win.

Anyone else remember Oliver famous “Tech cant block Auburn ” quote,
just before GT thumped Auburn?

So, I’ll take Chuckie’s prediction as practically a guarantee that GT will beat Miami.

And, be sure to watch NC-State thump UVA on Saturday.

joeygt1

October 20th, 2011
10:57 am

If we gatech come out fast and play to our ABILITY ON OFFENSE WE WILL WIN 42-35 IN A SHOOTOUT

Hayseed Dixie

October 20th, 2011
11:01 am

Chuck Oliver needs to have a seat.

One show he did solo he complained (bragged?) on air about a gay man hitting on him at the Vortex for about 3 minutes. I had to change the station.

Does he even exist when Wes and Barnhart are on the air?

Hayseed Dixie

October 20th, 2011
11:04 am

Chuck Oliver needs to have a seat.

I remember him doing the show solo, and he spent three minutes complaining (bragging?) about some dude hitting on him at the Vortex. I had to change the station.

Does he even exist when Wes and Barnhart are on the air?

Statesboro

October 20th, 2011
11:13 am

So I guess every other team in the country that hasnt had a bye yet can use the excuse “we were worn out” when they lose?

Funny, since it looked like they simply got worn out by a far superior unranked team.

Statesboro

October 20th, 2011
11:20 am

You guys mean you dont like listening to two grown men from 3-7 flirt with one another and try and out-cute each other????

GT Dude

October 20th, 2011
11:43 am

Ken,
link to photo does not seem to be working, would like to see what all the hubbub is all about

DS_CE91

October 20th, 2011
11:54 am

Big game this weekend – in my opinion, the biggest of the year, as it will set the tone for the rest of the season. Many folks (including too many supposed Jacket fans) predicting only one win the rest of the way. I see 3 myself – just not sure at all which 3 it will be. Of course, my prognostications have left much to be desired in the last few years, so don’t bet the house on me.

Lord, I want a win first and foremost. But if I am being honest, I would also really like to see us stop the @#$% run just a little bit this weekend. I am not a true X/O guy when it comes to football, but I am among the many who are skeptical of CAG’s scheme for our personnel. I really like our DB’s, and I think we can continue to recruit pretty strongly there. Quality DL is always going to be a problem. I sometimes wonder if we shouldn’t employ a 5-2-4 on early downs, and count on our DB’s to make a play if needed. That defense was mighty popular in the Big Eight back in the 80’s, when stopping the run was paramount.

Anyway, I will be pulling hard for the good guys on Saturday. GO JACKETS!!!

DS_CE91

October 20th, 2011
11:57 am

By the way, Boise State runs a version of the 5-2. They just call it the 3-4 “Heavy”……

yeller bug

October 20th, 2011
12:15 pm

When you bring your outside LBs up onto the line of scrimmage, then it is essentially a 5 – 2. Tech usually has the strong side LB on the line against the TE so it’s like a 4 – 3 only with 3 DLs in a 3-point stance. The problem last week is that you have a 300+ lb pulling guard going against a 225 lb LB and we were attacking too high and simply getting driven back—way back. You gotta stuff that—go low, take out the blocker, clog the lane and hope the safeties/other LBs are there to make the tackle.

wrecked

October 20th, 2011
12:21 pm

poor coaching, his is tevins 4th year in the program. If Miami plays well it won’t be close.

fan of shorter passes & longer runs

October 20th, 2011
12:24 pm

Hopefully Washington will not keep 32 times Saturday and they play hard and win. If so, the MO will carry over to the other games and the season can really turn out fine. Lose – likely the bad taste will carry over to the remainder of the games and not many here will be happy.

Perhaps Cane 1 will be most unhappy Sunday.

juvenal

October 20th, 2011
12:42 pm

maybe #96 could take out a blocker by falling down in front of him b4 he’s knocked over……

DS_CE91

October 20th, 2011
1:16 pm

Yeller Bug @ 12:15.

I guess what I was thinking of was substituting for the 225# LBs with a 250-260# DLs (which I think we can recruit). I have seen how our LBs come up to the line, but I also keep hearing how we have trouble “setting the edge,” as it were. I thought maybe a bit more bulk would help with that. Obviously, much more pressure will be put on the secondary with this approach.

I readily admit that poor execution trumps all……

wrecked

October 20th, 2011
1:22 pm

T3 just what were they worn out from, hadn’t played a decent team in 6 games?

yeller bug

October 20th, 2011
1:40 pm

DS, yes, the concept obviously is to sacrifice size for mobility—yet it’s certainly a moot point if our only mobility is moving backwards as we’re getting blown off the line. Maybe juvenal has it right—just fall down & hope they trip over you. My previous suggestion is to recruit a couple of sumo wrestlers from Japan—put 500 lbs of rice-fed (or chili dog fed) guys in the middle to clog things up—the line that is not arteries.

Ramblin Man

October 20th, 2011
1:41 pm

Ken again I would like to thank you for keeping all the fans updated with relevant and well thought out information.
I hope the TEAM can pull it all together for this game and get some big plays on O and D. A KO in the end zone would be nice to.

Thanks, Ken...

October 20th, 2011
1:47 pm

@wrecked

look, jacka$$, uva had just come off a bye week, as you butt-sniffers have always said, “give a team 2 weeks to prepare…”. also, we had 2 tds called back due to penalties. you guys are the ones that haven’t played andybody…go tell your ugag coach to stay away from microphones..idiot.

juvenal

October 20th, 2011
2:00 pm

yeller, try #94 at DT, leave #99 in at end……if the thing is, groh has not had time, just getting his players, why be bad with a senior who was not recruited by this staff? could we be any worse with kids who will at least be getting experience? nothing personal, i’m sure Logan, like most of our players, is a good kid, hope he does well in school, but he was not recruited fot this type of D……

reebok

October 20th, 2011
2:22 pm

Didn’t we beat Maryland? Didn’t Maryland beat Miami? So we are ONLY 6-1 and ONLY ranked 20th after losing to a fired up UVA team on the road by 3…while playing without our best run-stopper plus a key backup LB in Drummond. Get a grip, everybody. It looked to me like Tech’s players were getting tighter and tighter as the season progressed, trying not to lose rather than going out and playing fast and hard to win. With the win streak over, I think we will see a much different Tech team this week. No, I’m not a blind homer, I just think Tech is better than Miami and will win. Happy Thursday to all the true college football fans out there!

Dwayne C

October 20th, 2011
3:01 pm

GA Tech has a soft defense and an offense that has become problematic. This team wins one more game this year(Duke) and that’s it, finishing 7-5 and getting an invite to a bowl most people have never heard of.

Alabama Jack

October 20th, 2011
3:16 pm

I really hope there isn’t a blimp crash; that would be such a pain to cover.

It’s practically standing still now they’ve dropped ropes out of the nose of the ship; and (uh) they’ve been taken ahold of down on the field by a number of men. It’s starting to rain again; it’s… the rain had (uh) slacked up a little bit. The back motors of the ship are just holding it (uh) just enough to keep it from…It’s burst into flames! It’s burst into flames and it’s falling it’s crashing! Watch it; watch it! Get out of the way; Get out of the way! Get this, Charlie; get this, Charlie! It’s fire… and it’s crashing! It’s crashing terrible! Oh, my! Get out of the way, please! It’s burning and bursting into flames and the… and it’s falling on the mooring mast. And all the folks agree that this is terrible; this is the one of the worst catastrophes in the world. [indecipherable] its flames… Crashing, oh! Four- or five-hundred feet into the sky and it… it’s a terrific crash, ladies and gentlemen. It’s smoke, and it’s in flames now; and the frame is crashing to the ground, not quite to the mooring mast. Oh, the humanity! And all the passengers screaming around here. I told you; it—I can’t even talk to people, their friends are out there! Ah! It’s… it… it’s a… ah! I… I can’t talk, ladies and gentlemen. Honest: it’s just laying there, mass of smoking wreckage. Ah! And everybody can hardly breathe and talk and the screaming. Lady, I… I… I’m sorry. Honest: I… I can hardly breathe. I… I’m going to step inside, where I cannot see it. Charlie, that’s terrible. Ah, ah… I can’t. Listen, folks; I… I’m gonna have to stop for a minute because [indecipherable] I’ve lost my voice. This is the worst thing I’ve ever witnessed.

Hindenburg crash, 1937

Seems like

October 20th, 2011
3:34 pm

Ken’s doing a good job here. Love to hear all the GT news. Keep it up!

Gary

October 20th, 2011
3:54 pm

How was UVA decent and Tech worn out? Techs schedule could not be easier. Excuses are unacceptable.

DS_CE91

October 20th, 2011
3:59 pm

Forgot to once again express my gratitude to Ken for his good work with the blog. Night and Day from last year…..

yeller bug

October 20th, 2011
4:22 pm

Agree! Ken’s the Tigerbeagle extraordinaire!