Finch, Jackson cleared to play for Georgia Tech

Greetings-

Just finished the Paul Johnson news conference. Some highlights:

1. Johnson gave kudos to Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, noting his run of 18 seasons with eight wins or more in the past 19 years. “What he’s been able to accomplish is remarkable,” he said. “That’s kind of hall of fame numbers there.”

2. Center Jay Finch and guard Will Jackson are ready to practice Monday after sitting out last week’s practice recovering from lower leg and neck injuries, respectively. Johnson said if the game were today, both would be available to play. Johnson said it’s possible having Finch in could change the dynamics of the offense in terms of play calls.

“But we haven’t done a whole lot of that,” he said. “We didn’t do anything differently with Nick that we would have done with Jay.”

3. In response to Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster reportedly changing up his line-up for Tech in order to get more speed and experience on the field, Johnson said it’s a tactic he’s used before and won’t change how he tries to attack Virginia Tech. Previously, he said, the Hokies have used defensive back Kyle Fuller at middle linebacker.

“I’m sure they’re trying to get their best athletes on the field like everybody else,” Johnson said.

4. Johnson said that inside linebacker Quayshawn Nealy has earned a starting spot, moving ahead of Daniel Drummond. Nealy subbed for Drummond after he sustained a leg injury in the N.C. State game and has started the four games since. Johnson credited the confidence Nealy has gotten from playing time on sub packages and in the place of Drummond.

“I think he’s kind of earned his playing time,” he said.

5. A key to defending Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas is “getting him out of his spot,” Johnson said, and not letting him gain yards on the run. “And you hope that he doesn’t get hot, because when he goes hot, he goes in streaks. He got hot in the Miami game and he was unbelievable.”

6. A-back Tony Zenon “just hasn’t been in the mix” lately in the rotation, Johnson said. He said that Zenon has been practicing hard, but that “we’ve gotten into a pattern where we play with three guys and two of them happen to be seniors,” meaning Roddy Jones and Embry Peeples, along with Orwin Smith.

7. Johnson said the pre-game routine for a Thursday night game is to have breakfast and perhaps a couple special teams meetings in the morning, along with meetings for any players or position groups that want to meet, and then a devotional four hours and 15 minutes prior to kickoff, followed by a team meal, and then meetings for offense and defense.

A brief team meeting comes after that, and then the bus ride over to the stadium.

He said the staff will likely set up a movie for players to watch for two reasons.

One, an NCAA rule forbids paying for a movie at a team hotel on the day of a game and second, said Johnson, “You can only watch Judge Joe Brown so long.”

Johnson had no explanation for the NCAA rule. “They’ve got a lot of things I don’t have an idea about,” he said.

Thanks for reading. The kickoff time for the Duke game hopefully should be coming out within the hour.

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Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech beat

125 comments Add your comment

Tom

November 7th, 2011
1:39 pm

Spyro

November 7th, 2011
1:40 pm

All the A-backs need more carries. It’s a shame to see guys like Roddy and Orwin only getting 3 or 4 carries a piece.

5150 UOAD

November 7th, 2011
1:42 pm

getting these MONSTERS back is NEEDED.

thelittlepecan

November 7th, 2011
1:43 pm

WOOOHOOOO! Finally get to watch my first GT game in HD. Got a new flat screen yesterday and this is how we’re poppin’ the technology cherry.

GO JACKETS! #AvengeNesbitt

Tom

November 7th, 2011
1:45 pm

We seem to have lost that first drive mojo. I wold love to see us pound out a score early. THWG

Tom

November 7th, 2011
1:48 pm

I do not see VT having the same quality skill players that Clemson has on either side of the ball. If I am right, that means the word is EXECUTION. As fans, we need help the intensity that we need to win.

RambleOn84

November 7th, 2011
1:50 pm

Good for Nealy! He’s earned his spot. Hopefully Drummond will work just as hard to earn it back.

Tom

November 7th, 2011
1:51 pm

I would love Zenon get some carries. Maybe a screen or wheel route to get him some space to cruise.

5150 UOAD

November 7th, 2011
1:54 pm

The NCAA is CRAP. Can’t have a PAID for MOVIE? WTF is that all about.

JM

November 7th, 2011
1:55 pm

great news on Finch and Jackson.

Hayseed Dixie

November 7th, 2011
1:59 pm

Ken,

Did he mention what movie? The only reason I ask is because it was in the press that Alabama watched “Gladiator” before the LSU game. We saw how that worked out.

Haven’t seen any CPJ trickeration this year.

The closest is perhaps running the WR reverse twice in a series vs. Clemson. We saw how that turned out. Ugh.

That said, I’d still love to see Sims to Hill for six at some point in the season.

Tevin was as cool as Elvis after the first two series vs. Clemson. Here’s hoping we see the same kid.

JM

November 7th, 2011
2:02 pm

So a team can’t pay for a movie in a motel room, but they can set-up a blue ray player in a meeting room? The NCAA really has some strange ideas about what to regulate.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 7th, 2011
2:05 pm

Ken, you need to update the clock

Police Blotter

November 7th, 2011
2:06 pm

What is the over/under on armed robberies Thursday night in the ‘hood of North Avenue?

GHSA

November 7th, 2011
2:09 pm

And yes…..believe it or not the Insects are favored to win the AAAAA state high school championship this year based on their offensive execution and trickeration of a coach……..

NikeJacket

November 7th, 2011
2:11 pm

Duke Game should be on the cw/acc network at noon since we haven’t had that spot this year IIRC each team has to be on the acc network atleast once a year.

Really?

November 7th, 2011
2:13 pm

Police Blotter,

It’s the same over/under for UGA athletes getting arrested or failing their drug tests.

Really?

November 7th, 2011
2:14 pm

GHSA,

We like Championships. Obviously UGA doesn’t.

5150 UOAD

November 7th, 2011
2:18 pm

Police Blotter………………..you went in to hiding when I asked you about the UGA students attacked by the Homeless Man with the Sexual Assaults on his rap sheet. You really need to do more research on the CRIME around UGA and you will find it is more dangerous than Tech. You know the per capata thing.

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 7th, 2011
2:18 pm

Hayseed, I thought we would see that in a game where the O needed a spark like UVa or Miami. Don’t know if he is even considering it.

PoliceYourLip

November 7th, 2011
2:20 pm

@blotter

the odds are about the same as ugaug’s ineligable players picking the game they want to miss…so I guess they’re pretty good…who knows, maybe it’ll be your lucky night!

Ken Sugiura

November 7th, 2011
2:21 pm

Hayseed – he didn’t say, but he said something about how it would be apropos. probably not any of the “air bud” series.

GT Anchorage

November 7th, 2011
2:23 pm

GHSA, I look forward to UGA winning their division this year. They will get absolutely destroyed by LSU. It will be a great game to watch.

GHSA

November 7th, 2011
2:25 pm

Oh really…..when’s the last time you won a championship in football? Maybe it was the year that offense played in AA

GT45

November 7th, 2011
2:25 pm

GHSA

November 7th, 2011
2:26 pm

Kind of like that clown stomping they put on your high school team in the Chick Fil A bowl a few short years ago? That was a mighty talented team that gave you the beat down….what were they about 7-5? LOL

19

November 7th, 2011
2:28 pm

What about Judge Judy?

Go Jackets!!!

Police Blotter

November 7th, 2011
3:29 pm

What exactly is an ineligable player? Learn to spell there Darnell!!

19

November 7th, 2011
3:30 pm

No GHSA, it will be worse for the dogs!

Go Jackets!!!

Reggie Ball

November 7th, 2011
3:30 pm

What color we wear at white out?

GHSA

November 7th, 2011
3:32 pm

Who said uga would win the east……War Eagles will give them a beating!!

Reggie Ball

November 7th, 2011
3:33 pm

1-9….Oh i gets it…..our record last 10 against those mutts!

5150 UOAD

November 7th, 2011
3:35 pm

The TROLLS are out feeling big after the new mexico St game. LMAO.
Feel good Dawgs. Don’t you now the Dawg fans on their OWN blogs HATE you for the crap you spread on here? It Just makes some tech fans go to the UGA blog and do the same on UGA stories.

Frank Beamer

November 7th, 2011
3:35 pm

Yes I could understand where Coach Johnson thinks an 8 win season is HoF worthy…..don’t they build statues of a coach at Georgia Tech if they have a handful of 8 win seasons?

19

November 7th, 2011
3:35 pm

Nice, sort of witty…
Good for you.

Go Jackets!!!

19

November 7th, 2011
3:37 pm

Frank you are thinking about Athens.

Go Jackets!!!

GTJason

November 7th, 2011
3:38 pm

Spyro

November 7th, 2011
3:41 pm

Wait, UOUD… you are saying that when UGA fans come and troll on here that Tech fans may go retaliate by doing the same thing on UGA’s blogs? UNPOSSIBLE!!

Police Blotter

November 7th, 2011
3:42 pm

What is per capata? Ok….so UGA is a crime infested neighborhood like North Avenue? What’s your point…..Not a UGA fan there, Sparky!!

GT Anchorage

November 7th, 2011
3:43 pm

Wow dogs have gotten confident, now that they have beaten teams with a combined 5 and 24 record in the SEC…

Police Blotter

November 7th, 2011
3:45 pm

Maybe a small investment in spell check would help you folks out……try not to butcher the English language….you have enough people in the neighborhood around North Avenue that accomplishes that…..

19

November 7th, 2011
3:47 pm

War Eagle troll, why are you on a Tech blog?

Go Jackets!!!

Reggie Ball

November 7th, 2011
3:47 pm

They show has….just because they beat us 9 to 1 don’t mean they gonna do it again…..gotta be the optomisticcsss until dey beat us again

19

November 7th, 2011
3:50 pm

That’s not funny at all! Seems a bit racist. Go away idiot.

Go Jackets!!!

Really?

November 7th, 2011
3:56 pm

Hey GHSA,

How many points do you receive when making a three-point shot in basketball? (actual UGA exam test question)… enough said!

Really?

November 7th, 2011
3:58 pm

Police Blotter: “you have enough people in the neighborhood around North Avenue that accomplishes that”

… before you criticize someone on their spelling and grammar you might want to look at your own! Typical UGA idiot.

5150 UOAD

November 7th, 2011
4:01 pm

KEN…………………..you can come by the Bus before the game of a snack and chat with a hand full of the TECH Bloggers.

Ken CHANGE the BLOG CLOCK please! Just do it at say 6 am tomorrow so the conversation doesn’t get doubled up.

Police Blotter

November 7th, 2011
4:03 pm

No arguments with Really? on the UGA rant……not the sharpest knives in the drawer……not sure why I would be considered one of them……we actually win NC’s

Hayseed Dixie

November 7th, 2011
4:07 pm

@GTJason – that is classic, staying on the hard drive for sure.

A decent amount of option plays in the LSU/Bama game.

10% chance of rain thursday- I think it’ll be white-out safe.

Really?

November 7th, 2011
4:09 pm

Police Blotter,

Whether you’re an Auburn or UGA fan, isn’t it rather trifling and conceited to go onto a blog and “correct” blogger spelling and grammatical errors? Particularly since your posts include the same?