Finch out, Ellington won’t start for Clemson

Saturday’s Georgia Tech-Clemson game will be shaped by two considerable injuries. After Thursday practice, Georgia Tech declared center Jay Finch out of the game with a lower-leg injury. Clemson has kept running back Andre Ellington (sprained ankle) as questionable and has said he won’t start. D.J. Howard will start in the place of Ellington, the Tigers’ leading rusher.

Coach Dabo Swinney told the Charleston Post and Courier that Ellington will be a game-time decision.

Nick McRae is the likely starter in Finch’s place.

Both Ellington and Finch sustained their injuries in their teams’ games last Saturday.

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Biff Pocoroba

October 27th, 2011
10:30 pm

Is Coach Johnson on the hot seat? The volleyball team lost to Middle Tennessee last night and will miss the tournament again this year. It seems like Tonya’s teams get worse every year and she might be on the hot seat

Not so fast...

October 28th, 2011
12:23 am

I think it woould be foolish to put PJ on the hot seat. He has proven, with subpar talent mind you for the most part, that his system works when he has a balanced attack (i.e. the quarterback is connecting with receivers when the opposing defense loads up to stop the run). Sure, PJ has had a little bit of time to get some talent, and maybe Vad Lee will become that top tier athlete that he needs to run his offense. Time will tell, but I don’t think there’s a better coach in the country who would coach for GT anyway. I just think it’s way too early to give up on him. If our special teams wasn’t so horrid, and our QB hit just the passes where he had men open, we would be undefeated right now, and everyone would be hailing PJ as a genius.


October 28th, 2011
3:07 am

This team is young…some teams can get away with this, but we don’t seem to be one of those teams. That said, we’ve been the team that, if we hit a pass here or there we’d be undefeated. We don’t need AMAZING special teams…just average would suffice! CPJ on the hot seat? Not a chance…wiser folk can recognize that he’s REAL close to taking us to the top…of the WHOLE world! GO TECH!!!

Biff Pocoroba

October 28th, 2011
6:06 am

I’m talking about volleyball Coach Johnson. Paul Johnson is safe, but if the team quits and loses to Duke to finish 6-7, the heat will be turned up. With next season’s home schedule and having to break in a freshman QB, it will be tough to sell tickets next year with a poor finish to this year.

Glenn Jones

October 28th, 2011
6:36 am

Let’s just hope Tech decides to stay home and not go bowling after finishing 6 and 6. No hope for this year as QB, special teams, and coach are done for the year.


October 28th, 2011
7:10 am

TW still has time and some big games to turn it around, and I sure hope he does. But if he does not, and Lee has a strong spring, that would actually more than likely increase the ticket sales next year. You would basically have the entire team back with a more athletic field general with a strong and accurate cannon. We shall see.
Time for Washington to step it up.


October 28th, 2011
7:55 am

we will beat duke and get to 7-5. and even a crappy bowl game is worth going to, just to get the extra few weeks of practice. it’s probably time to sit tevin down and let synjyn take a shot…pretty sure it’s going to be vad lee’s team next year anyway.

Birmingham Jacket

October 28th, 2011
8:06 am

Clem -3.5 might be one of the biggest Vegas miscalculations of all time.

Perhaps they didn’t get the memo: GT’s special teams are middle-school, and numbers 13 and 96 play regularly.

Tokyo jacket

October 28th, 2011
8:48 am

Ellington out for CU is a great test for Tech. Is our secondary really as good as the statistics show. Or, is it just because opposing offenses rush for about 10 ypc that we do well in pass defense? We’ll know by around 9:00 PM on Saturday.

If GT wins this game, I’d say it’s likely we’re in the ACCCG! Go jackets, sting ‘em.

Tokyo jacket

October 28th, 2011
8:58 am

It’s really interesting that the casual betters are picking Clemson, but the professional gamblers are picking Tech in this one. They know something, I just don’t know what. Maybe Atlanta is Clemson’s version of our Charlottesville.

Right On

October 28th, 2011
9:14 am

All Tech athletics is a joke. From having the most overrated basketball and baseball programs in the country to their God awful hire of a glorified high school coach in football, nothing at Tech is worth a crap. It would be hilarious if it weren’t so sad.


October 28th, 2011
9:26 am

Has anyone here actually watched college football? Tech, with a young team, has proven it can beat anyone or lose to anyone. As our coach said let them the play the games before you pencil in those records. Also I’m wondering how much money the “expert” gamblers on this blog have lost on Oklahoma and Miami in the past week.

willie boy martinez

October 28th, 2011
9:29 am

hey “RIGHT ON” believe your wife is calling me on the other line gotta run and FYI don’t forget to change the sheets when you get home tonight,I will be sure to make them a mess.LMAO

GT Rich

October 28th, 2011
9:51 am

GT always has a puncher’s chance. The two losses were only a few penalties and bonehead special team plays away from being wins. Getting a good early start is key…then some 9+ minute drives to keep Clemson’s offense off the field. Watkins can’t catch it if the Clemson O is off the field…

GT Fan

October 28th, 2011
10:52 am

Just like Middle Tenn St (1st play pass – TD), PJ said he saw something in film that led him to call the 1st offensive play vs. Miami. Did they not run that play enough in practice?? Because the play was WIDE OPEN, and Tevin, under no pressure, made a horrible throw, and was picked.

UNC had receivers open all day long vs. Clemson. Wonder if PJ has seen a few things he thinks TW might be able to hit on Saturday.

Stinger 2

October 28th, 2011
2:48 pm

I don`t thing there is much left to hope for this year.
A 7-5 finish and a loss in a low tier bowl is likely.


October 28th, 2011
4:30 pm

all uga athletics are great, its just the fans that suck


October 28th, 2011
4:34 pm

I’m not comfortable saying this, but the best thing that could h1appen to the ACC and College football is for Clemson to go undefeated and play the SEC champ for the NC. If this happens, it will help every team in the ACC in respectability and recruiting.

I just want Tech to show up and play WELL Saturday. The whole nation will be watching. Even if they don’t win, JUST PLAY SOME SOUND FOOTBALL!


October 28th, 2011
4:36 pm

BTW, Virginia might win the Coastal division this year…


October 28th, 2011
5:16 pm

Clemson fans are second only the UGA. There is nothing good about losing to Clemson.

230gr Full Metal Jacket

October 28th, 2011
5:50 pm

I don’t understand all the gloom and doom. I’ve been to most of Tech’s games and they are NOT that bad. They ARE 6-2 still, and COULD finish 10-2 on the regular season ya know? I said pre-season they’d finish 8-4 or 9-3. I still believe that to be correct. We’ll beat Duke and V-Tech, and UGA is always a crap shoot. Tomorrow night could be quite interesting. If TW can connect on just a few more passes Tech will have a very legitimate chance of beating Clemson (Clemson’s defense is mediocre at best, while our Defense is slowly getting better. Plus their starting TB isn’t playing).

EVERY game left on the schedule IS winnable, but they could all be losses also. All we need is a few less stupid penalties and a few more receptions and we’ll be just fine.


October 28th, 2011
7:58 pm

This year losing to Clemson won’t seem quite as bad as it might be in other years. Remember 1974? I do.

ole yeller

October 28th, 2011
9:03 pm

Jason, in addition to being a lawyer you are also an idiot. Who cares! I was a banker and retired years ago. So what? You still have to work pal, I don’t and I thank god I am not a lawyer. I think the same issue about being in trouble with two more losses goes for your team, so say something that makes sense or adds to the conversation. Being a lawyer does not impress a lot of people.


October 28th, 2011
9:30 pm

Being a lawyer offends some people, just another ambulance chaser ………right Jason???????

yeller bug

October 28th, 2011
9:41 pm

It seems our std deviation of play is quite high and it’s related to our passing game. We pass well, we kick butt. As pointed out above, you change about 3 to 5 plays each in the previous 2 games and we win. Like weekend duffers on the golf course–some days you hit it well off the Tee and other days you’re scaring squirrels. We need a solid first drive—when we score on the 1st possession we have won the game. TW has some confidence problems so hopefully, we’ll have some easy pass plays—short pass to stationary receivers like the quick pass to SH or a 5 yd curl route to get him going and get Clemson backing up and at least subconsciously worried about the pass. We need to put up 40+ points to win—our offense can do it—we’ll have to play the game to see. Special teams shouldn’t be so horrid this week—last week was a statistical anomaly ( I hope!).

yeller bug

October 28th, 2011
9:42 pm

Prayer is always helpful too.

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

October 28th, 2011
11:38 pm

Ken, these filters are really frustrating.

Jacket Follower

October 29th, 2011
8:15 am

jASSon Marcus – The only thing worse than being a lawyer is being a dawg. Sorry, but your really not liked either way.
ESPN and SI folks shower the praise on CPJ and the Jackets. I think we can pull this one out.

Jack G

October 29th, 2011
10:37 am

def. of Mixed Emotions—–Watching your mother-in-law drive off a cliff—-in your new Caddy.

I have mixed emotions. —I want Tech to win but want CPJ to lose so he can hit the road.

I still dont like Paul Ball.


Always a Jacket

October 29th, 2011
11:11 am

Clemson defense will have troubles with Tech. Tech defense will have troubles with Clemson. High scoring game. The defense that makes at least 2 stops a half will win. I think Tech corners match better with Clemson receivers than most think. Could be an upset unless Tevin puts the ball in Clemson’s hands.


October 29th, 2011
11:28 am

I think Jason was trying to be funny.

Go Jackets!!!