Archive for October, 2011

Looking ahead to Georgia Tech-Clemson


Sorry for the delay. Anyway, I was trading texts after the game with my buddy Stewart, a Tech alumnus who flew down for the Miami game, and the last text he left me with was, “Got to wonder where we go from here.”

Kind of the question of the week, unless he was asking for suggestions about where he and his crew should party Saturday night. It doesn’t look great for reasons easily enumerated, starting with the cold front that’s swept over the Tech offense and the special teams that continues to underachieve. I wrote a story for Monday’s paper pointing out that Clemson scored more last Saturday than the Jackets have in their past three games.

I think the Jackets have a chance Saturday. Not a great one, but as much of a chance as Virginia had against Tech a few weeks back or Texas Tech was given against Oklahoma.

It’s something of a commentary on the season that I dust off this quote from Paul Johnson from two weeks ago that its intent is to offer hope for the Jackets …

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Paul Johnson Q&A


The post-game interview from Paul Johnson.

Q: Is frustrating how you’d describe the game?

A: I would say frustrating. I thought our kids played hard  Frustrated that we couldn’t find something that they could do on offense a little better. Clearly, they had a better plan than we did because we couldn’t get any rhythm, couldn’t get much going. Never really hit any big plays after the toss play that we hit to Roddy (Jones) there in the first half and they called offsetting penalties.

We never hit any big plays. We never got anything going. We had a heck of a drive there in the second quarter to get back in the game – 90 yards – and then we give up the touchdown again. We can’t overcome the special teams that we had today and that’s a reflection on me. Clearly, something we’re doing isn’t right in about every facet. I don’t know if the kickoff return got out to the 20. The kickoff (team) let [Miami] return one. The fake punt; I’ll have to look at the tape. It’s an …

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Miami 24, Georgia Tech 7

Fire away.

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Georgia Tech-Miami game day


I’ll be over on Mark Bradley’s live blog. Enjoy the game.

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Video: Georgia Tech-Miami preview

CineSport interview previewing Saturday’s game with Noah Coslov.

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Tech swimmer a cancer survivor

When Ariana Berg learned that the Georgia Tech swimming team raises money for the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life, Berg was eager to participate not only because it’s a popular and worthy charity.

Berg, a freshman breaststroke specialist, is a beneficiary of the society’s cancer research funding. Berg, diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma as a high school freshman in the spring of 2008, said she overcame the disease with the aid of a drug developed through funds from ACS.

“I’m really passionate about Relay for Life,” said Berg, from Peachtree City and McIntosh High.

She’ll swim Friday evening for the Yellow Jackets against North Carolina at 5 p.m. at Tech’s aquatic center. The meet is Tech’s Swim for the Cure, in which fans can make donations to Relay for Life and receive pink t-shirts.

As an eighth-grader, Berg noticed a bump on the right side of her face in eighth grade, but left it alone. In April of her ninth-grade year, she had it removed and was …

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6 questions about Miami

Per usual every Friday, an evaluation of Georgia Tech’s opponent direct from an expert. My thanks to Jorge Milian, who has covered Miami for the Palm Beach Post since 1995. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter.
1. How much of a difference does the loss of defensive tackle Micanor Regis (suspended one game for punching a North Carolina player in the groin last week) make? (Ironically, Regis is going to miss ACC Sportsmanship Awareness Week. You could say he’s done his part to raise awareness.)
Micanor Regis’ absence is a big deal. Miami was already without starting defensive tackle Marcus Forston and key backups Curtis Porter and Luther Robinson. Losing another interior defensive lineman is exactly what this team didn’t need. One of the starters at DT now (Adewale Ojomo) is undersized (265 pounds) and the two backups are true freshmen.
2. Tech fans are hoping that quarterback Jacory Harris reverts to pre-2011 form and sends a few passes the Jackets’ …

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Does Georgia Tech play like it practices?


Sorry for the delay. Blog posts invariably take longer to put together than you think. Anyway, I mentioned in the last post Paul Johnson’s assessment of practice, and how he does that every Wednesday after practice, his last media availability each week.

After he said that he was a believer in the idea that how a team practices usually indicates how it will play after the N.C. State game, I thought it might be fun to re-visit his assessments before each game this season (except for the first) and see how it matched up with performance, along with my score (1-5) for accuracy. Forgive the tangent, but it’s sort of like how market watchers used to judge the size of former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan’s briefcase for clues about the reserve’s impending actions on the interest rate.

When Johnson meets with reporters after practice, Kelly Quinlan of Rivals always asks Johnson how it went and, in cases when he’s not there, Rod Mackenzie of Scout picks up for …

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Washington getting back to basics


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 …

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Attaochu expected to play for Georgia Tech

Outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu is expected to play Saturday against Miami, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said Wednesday after practice.

“I think he’s good to go,” Johnson said.

While inside linebacker Daniel Drummond was cleared to play from his injury for last Saturday’s loss to Virginia but did not play, Johnson said that Attaochu would start if he is cleared. Attaochu, like Drummond, sustained a leg injury in the Oct. 1 N.C. State game and has missed the past two games.

“We’ll just have to see exactly what level he’s in in his comfort level, but I don’t know why he wouldn’t (start) if he can go,” Johnson said.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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