Tevin Washington gets a tune-up

Greetings-

Some notes from post-practice Tuesday. I’ll be back with more Wednesday morning.

1. Georgia Tech coaches are trying to mend what ails quarterback Tevin Washington.

Tech quarterbacks and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon said he has been working with Washington on his throwing technique, particularly his follow-through. Washington has been struggling with falling away rather than finishing throws.

After completing 64.3 percent of his passes in the Yellow Jackets’ first four games, Washington has completed 35.3 percent in the past four. He threw a critical interception on Tech’s first play of the game Saturday in the loss to Miami. The Jackets undoubtedly will need Washington to play more proficiently against undefeated Clemson (No. 5 in the BCS standings) Saturday. Bohannon said Washington’s mindset is good, but that “I’m sure there’s a little bit of him pressing. He knows what to do. Play within the offense and execute.”

Coach Paul Johnson defended Washington’s play at his Tuesday news conference.

“Clearly, he can play better, but the guys around him have to play better, too,” he said.

(Bohannon said Washington probably “juiced” that pass against Miami, that is to say, was a little amped. By the way, I know there’s been some chatter about Synjyn Days replacing Washington in the lineup. For reasons I’ll get into Wednesday, I don’t see it happening. It’s sink or swim with the young man from Wetumpka, Ala.)

2. In an attempt to right his team’s course, team captain Roddy Jones gave the team a pep talk Monday.

“I just told the guys to keep their heads up,” Jones said. “We’ve obviously had a tough stretch, but we still have a lot in front of us.”

The Jackets are on a two-game losing streak after starting out 6-0. Jones, an A-back, reminded teammates that they can still have a great season by winning the remainder of their games to finish 10-2.

“That’s a great year, but it starts with Clemson, so everyone has to be accountable for their jobs and take personal ownership of their job,” he said. “If we do that, we’ll be just fine.”

(I couldn’t fit this in, but he clarified that players weren’t discouraged, but he wanted to be proactive as he realizes the team is taking shots from all sides.)

3. There were 55 Tech athletes among about 340 from five schools who signed a petition urging the NCAA to give athletes a share of the hundreds of millions of dollars in television contract money that goes to schools and conferences, according to an Associated Press report. Denzel McCoy, who is unable to play due to a heart condition, helped lead the drive. Jones was a mildly enthusiastic signee.

“This is my last year playing, so it’s not like I’m getting a whole lot of [the money],” Jones said. “I just kind of shrugged my shoulders and went along with what’s best for the guys here now.”

Johnson said he supported the players. “I’m all for the players getting whatever they can get,” he said.

(I’m not sure what will come of this – perhaps not much – and it’s odd timing that news of a proposal for a $2,000 cost-of-attendance stipend broke on the same day. But it’d be kind of crazy if this came to pass and McCoy was part of the movement’s leadership.)

4. Johnson said that center Jay Finch’s lower-leg injury sustained last Saturday “is not nearly as bad as they thought.” Finch was on crutches Tuesday and did not practice. Backup center Nick McRae and Ray Beno, who rotates at tackle, have been taking snaps at center in practice.

Clemson running back Andre Ellington was listed as questionable Tuesday with a sprained ankle. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said he hoped Ellington would be ready to practice fully by Wednesday. Tigers tight end Dwayne Allen is nursing a turf toe injury and reportedly wore a walking boot Tuesday, but said he expects to play Saturday.

(Tech offensive lineman Morgan Bailey, who has been injured much of the year, is getting work at tackle. Clemson losing Ellington would be pretty significant. He zapped Tech for 155 yards last year and has speed on top of speed.)

5. At his news conference, Johnson said that Clemson is probably the most talented team he’ll have faced at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Asked if the game would be a track meet given Clemson’s speed, Johnson replied, “If we play (like we have) the last two weeks, it’ll be a one-sided track meet.”

At his news conference at Clemson, Swinney lobbed bouquets at Tech’s defense and coordinator Al Groh.

“They’re hard to move and they don’t give up a lot of big plays,” he said. “Their linebackers are rarely out of place and they tackle well. It’s a typical Al Groh-type of defense.”

(Kind of an interesting qualifier on Johnson’s statement. Perhaps in  he was thinking of Iowa or LSU. In one of the times he complimented Maryland defensive tackle Joe Vellano after his 22-tackle game, he said he was probably the best player he’d coached against at Bobby Dodd.)

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Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

282 comments Add your comment

ha

October 25th, 2011
9:50 pm

ha

October 25th, 2011
9:51 pm

And sorry Tech but you suck. I love ya but you really really really suck and Al Groh needs to go.

tellitlikeitis

October 25th, 2011
9:53 pm

It’s going to be sink.

GT82

October 25th, 2011
9:55 pm

If Tevin can’t figure it out, it’s going to be long Saturday night.

Willie

October 25th, 2011
9:58 pm

Ken,

If Tech wins the rest of their ACC games and Va Tech finishes with two or more conference losses, Miami has 3 or more losses, UVA has three or more. Can GT make it to the ACC Championship game?

Giff Smith wanted to get a away from CPJ so badly he moved to Buffalo

October 25th, 2011
10:05 pm

Tevin seems like a good kid…..I hope he turns things around until 11/29.

George Stein

October 25th, 2011
10:07 pm

I think it’d be a great thing if these kids got a cut of the cash.

GT Joe

October 25th, 2011
10:11 pm

Ken, you are awesome. thanks for asking CPJ about the Days substitution in the last game, read it in your other article.

My two cents: a platoon with days and tevin wouldn’t be a bad thing. Days is a way better athlete, and his two passes against Miami were thrown with authority, not tentative like Tevin’s. If they make the QB run, Days can make them pay. He is a Tyrod Taylor type runner. Scary for defenses.

GT Joe

October 25th, 2011
10:18 pm

wow, repairing throwing motion? Kid’s probably been a QB for 10-12 years. We’re in trouble if our QB needs repairs 8 games into the season.

Time for Days. If the QB is gonna keep 25 times a game, Days is the man, not Tevin.

Russ

October 25th, 2011
10:20 pm

More cash will just cause greater cheating. GT is already on PROBATION for cheating and then covering it up. Put more cash in the system and GT will go from 4 yrs. to 5 yrs to 6 yrs. etc,etc. on PROBATION. GT is and always has been a dirty program. Just an embarrassment to our Great State.

Paul in NH

October 25th, 2011
10:20 pm

I used to think that student-athletes should only get room, board, tuition, etc. That was before I realized that the schools and conferences are complete hypocrites when it comes to amateurism and their educational mission. They have decided to chase the almighty dollar, change conferences in order to make more money and expand their marketing area, with no thought of the welfare of the “product” – the players. Heck – as the Ed O’Bannon case has shown, the NCAA even claims they own the rights to the players images even years after they have left school, The kids deserve a cut of the cash.

GTJason

October 25th, 2011
10:22 pm

At the beginning of the year we all thought we were at least a year away from greatness. Vad Lee will have one year studying the offense under his belt, and every ESPN 150 player to come to GT is now in the NFL so he will be great. Orwin will be a Senior. Hill will be a Senior. Chris Jackson will have a year under him, same with Jeff Green. Sims has been a bruiser already and will likely add 10 more lbs of muscle. Our skill positions will be stacked. The defense is looking pretty good anyway, and the recruits are looking good especially if we keep Kallon – the line is the biggest/only problem. If we lose a few more games this season there will still be a tomorrow, but I think we have a few upsets in us. Go Jackets!

Paul in NH

October 25th, 2011
10:24 pm

@Giff Smith…
I can’t say I agree with your blog name but it did make me laugh.
In other news – Caleb King wanted to get away from UGA so badly he went to Minnesota.

Marietta Buzz

October 25th, 2011
10:26 pm

We MUST play 2 QBs ALL the time. Now that the defense locks down every other player, not even the vaunted Joshua Nesbit could handle that pressure. 50 to 60 hits a game! Washington is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Like my Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pull-Vad-Lees-Redshirt-Coach-Paul-Johnson/212675438800719

George Stein

October 25th, 2011
10:39 pm

Agreed, Paul. If they don’t want to pay the kids, then make the scholarship a four year guarantee.

JACKETfan12

October 25th, 2011
10:39 pm

Pulling Vad Lee’s redshirt would be the dumbest thing to do, Marietta Buzz. We only have 4 regular season games left. Would we really waste a whole year of eligibility for Vad for 4 games??? He is still a freshman. He hasn’t even had a spring practice under his belt. I don’t think he would help us at this point. Next year he will compete during the spring and be twice as better next fall. Throwing him in during the last 4 games and burning a whole year of eligibility is stupid. People, stop with the whining asking CPJ to put Vad in. CPJ obviously knows best, which is why Vad is still on the sideline.

George Stein

October 25th, 2011
10:41 pm

Your comment makes no sense, Russ.

buddyroe

October 25th, 2011
10:43 pm

Ken – can you please remind the coaches that TW was 5-7 for 63 yards (9 yard average) after throwing the interception and until he was replaced. Including 3-3 for 37 yards on the only scoring drive (which means we got 37 yards from 3 passing plays and 55 from the other 17 running plays on that drive).
Also, remind him that the toss sweep avg’d 5.5 YPC.
If CPJ would have stuck to those plays (toss sweep and short, QUICK passes off the toss sweep play action) and sprinkled in some option, we would have fared MUCH better on offense.

GT Doug

October 25th, 2011
10:44 pm

GT Joe, are you serious?

So, by your logic, Chipper Jones should never have to go to his father for hitting advice, even though he’s been playing baseball for 30 years? Pro basketball players never need to practice their free throws if they occasionally lose their stroke? Pro golfers don’t ever lose their swing? Nah…But of course, a college quarterback shouldn’t need any coaching. He should have it all down pat by now…

Amazing.

George Stein

October 25th, 2011
10:46 pm

You’re not fighting fair, GT Doug. Logic has no place here!

buddyroe

October 25th, 2011
10:53 pm

CPJ really messed himself up by redshirting Lee. We should have played him a LOT in those pansy games we scheduled at the front of our season. He would have learned the offense and there still would have only been a small chance of losing to one of those teams. CPJ will end up losing his job because of saving Lee. We will end up about 7-6 this year and next year Lee will still be a freshman with no game experience so we will still go about 7-6. The team and Lee will be ready to kick some butt the next year, but the fans and admin will have grown impatient (after three ~.500 seasons in a row) by then and fire CPJ. But, CPJ has made his bed. If he plays him now, he will look like a REAL idiot. Besides, if he IS really great and can save the team, then he will leave after his JR year for the NFL anyway. No reason to redshirt skill players these days.

George Stein

October 25th, 2011
11:00 pm

The only idiots here are those calling for a true freshman they’ve never seen play to start at QB. Sheesh.

buddyroe

October 25th, 2011
11:09 pm

Any old GSU fans will remember 1987 when GSU had just one 2 NCs and had to replace Tracy Ham. GSU struggled through the first 4 games going 1-3. Coach Erk Russell said to play Raymond Gross despite being a true freshman. His logic was this, we are losing (and losing is losing no matter what class your QB is) with the more experienced QB, we might as well play the freshman and let him get some experience. Well, that freshman lead them to the Q-finals that year, and then to the NC game, then a perfect 15-0 NC season, and finally, a 2nd NC in 1990.
Sheesh.

Paul in NH

October 25th, 2011
11:11 pm

GT Doug – excellent post.
One QB who doesn’t have it all down pat and needs to review his performance and motion with a former coach is some guy named Peyton Manning.
http://sports.espn.go.com/espnmag/story?section=magazine&id=3554120

Jacketonthehunt

October 25th, 2011
11:18 pm

Tech last in graduation rate…how embarrassing

CloudmanJacket

October 25th, 2011
11:24 pm

Everyone wants to blame Washington when the problem is CPJ. There is no excuse for losing to Virginia this year and the worst Mutts team in a long time last year along with Air Force, KANSAS, NC State. Hell, we were better off with Chan. I am glad Chan is gone, but he would’ve never lost to Kansas.

Old Blind Dawg

October 25th, 2011
11:26 pm

You guys clamoring for Vad Lee are terribly misguided…………………

@ Jacketonthehunt

October 25th, 2011
11:27 pm

Yup but at least you have a great football team……………………

Supersize that order, mutt

October 25th, 2011
11:28 pm

Thank you Blind. Apparently you see things much clearer than some of the Tech bloggers on here.

ole yeller

October 25th, 2011
11:39 pm

George Stein

October 25th, 2011
11:39 pm

We definitively were not better off with Chan.

Ken Sugiura

October 25th, 2011
11:40 pm

Willie – yes, that would get Tech into the championship game.
hindsight being 20/20, perhaps it would have been wise to get lee playing time early. but i think doing so now would be shortsighted.

ole yeller

October 25th, 2011
11:40 pm

The last link was what a “B” back should be able to do.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 25th, 2011
11:44 pm

ole yeller, that was amazing, wasn’t it? Of course he had to have a line to open the hole to let him through initially. Sims MIGHT could pick up some big yards if the line would open up some holes for him to get through

Supersize that order, mutt

October 25th, 2011
11:44 pm

Although, to be fair, Sims would never look like Petersen

ole yeller

October 25th, 2011
11:47 pm

Super I was there and still don’t believe what I saw. The greatest run outside the Billy Cannon run against Ole Miss in Baton Rouge.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 25th, 2011
11:50 pm

Didn’t Cannon use speed and quickness? That was just brute strength on Petersen’s part. What a force of nature!!!

Supersize that order, mutt

October 25th, 2011
11:54 pm

ole yeller, will you be there this week?

CloudmanJacket

October 25th, 2011
11:56 pm

@ George Stein…Chan’s last year we lost 5 regular season games and 3 were against top 20 teams. The other 2 teams were against unranked teams Virginia and Maryland. Doesn’t sound much different than what CPJ is delivering this year and last year especially if we lose against the ranked teams remaining on our schedule…Mutts, VT, & Clemson. What is different? Last year we lost to KANSAS for crying out loud and the worst Mutts team in decades. Virginia the year and unranked Miami. Sounds like Chan all over again.

ole yeller

October 25th, 2011
11:57 pm

Cannons run was labeled as the greatest run to win a game in college history. It was a punt return that sealed a victory in the last minute of the game. At the time they were prodding the tiger “mike” with a stick and he was growling while Cannon was running over and through people. You had to be there. Sorry but I digress back to a childhood with my father, living not far from Baton Rouge.

ole yeller

October 25th, 2011
11:58 pm

I’ll be there for the V.T. game. Just got past the stage of climbing steps. I’ll be looking for the fish fry.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 26th, 2011
12:00 am

ok, yeller. Glad you’re getting better. Will be looking forward to meeting you at the fish fry.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 26th, 2011
12:01 am

Anybody that thinks we were better off with Gailey is a damn fool.

Paul in NH

October 26th, 2011
12:01 am

Cloudman
Maybe Chan wouldn’t have lost to Kansas, but CPJ wouldn’t get blown out by a Duke team that had fired its coach and appointed Ted Roof as interim. Gailey somehow managed to lose to Duke 41-17 in 2003. To put that loss in perspective, the number of games since where Duke has had a greater margin of victory is ZERO.

George Stein

October 26th, 2011
12:05 am

I don’t think that we’ll beat Clemson, Cloudman, but I have a pretty fair amount of confidence that we can – and will – beat VT. We should handle Duke (unlike Chan) and we’ll see what happens with UGA.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 26th, 2011
12:06 am

Not to mention, he lost to a UVA team worse than the one we lost to last week, squandered the chance for an ACC championship by losing to Wake Forest without ever (or seldom) throwing to Calvin. And that Thursday night game in Atlanta against VT was the most pathetic display of Tech football I have ever seen.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 26th, 2011
12:07 am

George, I think we CAN beat Clemson, but probably won’t. I too think we will beat VT. I worry about Duke. I feel good about our chances of beating the mutts

CloudmanJacket

October 26th, 2011
12:08 am

In addition, Chan went 9-3 and played in the ACC championship the year before being fired. In his last year, he went 7-5 in his final year. How is CPJ really any better? The fact is both are very mediocre at best. If you are fine with that, than enjoy. I simply want better than both.

There is a great chance we end up 7-5 this year and last year we were 6-6 in the regular season. PLEASE explain how CPJ is any better than Chan. I can even say Chan’s schedule was much harder than the joke of a schedule we had last year and this year.

CloudmanJacket

October 26th, 2011
12:10 am

I think my argument is simple…just look at the numbers. I sure don’t want Chan back, but no one can say CPJ is any better when you look at the results that we are getting. We can do better than both is my point.

TD

October 26th, 2011
12:12 am

It’s Homecoming…..short drive from Disgusta.