Georgia Tech aims for 10 wins

Greetings-

Kind of a slow day. I was mostly gathering material for a story about the B-backs.

1. Georgia Tech’s primary goal was scuttled by its loss to Virginia Tech, but the Yellow Jackets can still make a notable piece of history.

Coach Paul Johnson reminded the team this week that a 10-win season is still a possibility. Were they to finish with wins against Duke, Georgia and their bowl opponent, the Jackets would finish 10-3 and become just the fourth Tech team to win 10 games since 1956.

“These guys have got a chance to do something that doesn’t happen every week,” Johnson said.

Johnson made a point to say the immediate goal is an eighth win of the season against Duke, Tech’s opponent Saturday in Durham.

“The focus needs to be Duke, otherwise it won’t be pretty,” he said.

Since the 1956 team went 10-1, only the 1990 national championship team, the 1998 ACC co-championship team and the 2009 ACC championship team have won 10 or more games.

“A lot of people were predicting we wouldn’t even make a bowl,” B-back David Sims said. “For us to accomplish something like that would be a good ending to a year that could have been a lot more.”

(Smart move by Johnson to offer up another incentive. I don’t think morale is an issue, but it always helps to have something to shoot for.)

2. At his Tuesday news conference, Duke coach David Cutcliffe said that he has a different system and playbook for when the Blue Devils play option teams like Tech. Like many Tech opponents, Duke devotes time in spring practice and in the preseason preparing for the Jackets offense.

“We’re going to do some different things this year, but it’s all based out of the same concept,” Cutcliffe said.

A year ago, Duke held Tech to six points and 125 rushing yards in the first half but ended up losing 30-20 and allowing 320 rushing yards.

“They do a great job,” quarterbacks and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon said. “They’re going to know what to do and know how to line up and they’re sound. They’re going to make you have to block ‘em and do the things you’re supposed to do to move the ball.”

(Duke is pretty banged up – Cutcliffe said the team has had study sessions in the training room to give players as much rehab time as possible – but I won’t be surprised if this game is tight. Duke has played most teams fairly close.)

3. News that former Tech quarterback Joshua Nesbitt had been signed to the Buffalo Bills active roster from the practice squad was received with elation.

“That is awesome,” Bohannon said. “I’ll have to shoot him a text and congratulate him.”

(Impressive feat by Nesbitt, making an NFL roster in his first season at a new position on the opposite side of the ball that he only started playing in August.)

Thanks for reading. More Wednesday morning.

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Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

162 comments Add your comment

GT TN

November 15th, 2011
9:11 pm

gt in clt

November 15th, 2011
9:16 pm

cautiously holding my breath for 10 wins. Congrats to Nesbitt!

HighTechRedneck

November 15th, 2011
9:20 pm

Congratulations to Joshua Nesbitt! I enjoyed watching you command the offense at Tech. Stay thirsty my friend.

Robert Barron

November 15th, 2011
9:39 pm

I was going to stay in a Marriott and see the Duke game like I did in 2009 but think I’ll just save the money now.
So there will be consequences for crummy refs not blowing the whistle promptly.
Hey the moron who imagined a GT conspiracy was an ex UNC football player.
I’ll get even by not spending money.
Crummy refs will cost the ACC and grossly excessive NCAA penalties will cost them a fan.
Plus the benefit of saving the money.

5150 UOAD

November 15th, 2011
9:49 pm

Cord Howard is loving playing in Buffalo for Chan.

tp jones

November 15th, 2011
9:50 pm

Congratulations to Josh Nesbitt. If we manage 10 wins, and for Johnson to have commanded 2 teams to do that shows that he is really a good coach.

5150 UOAD

November 15th, 2011
9:51 pm

GT TN don’t do that.

Worm

November 15th, 2011
10:01 pm

Dang, I thought you were talking about BASKETBALL..my bad.

WnE

November 15th, 2011
10:01 pm

“3. News that former Tech quarterback Joshua Nesbitt had been signed to the Buffalo Bills active roster from the practice squad was received with elation.

“That is awesome,” Bohannon said. “I’ll have to shoot him a text and congratulate him.”

(Impressive feat by Nesbitt, making an NFL roster in his first season at a new position on the opposite side of the ball that he only started playing in August.)”
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What people aren’t saying is that had Josh played safety for 3+ yrs. instead of QB in CPJ’s gimmicky triple-SLOPtion Offense then he would have been probably DRAFTED by the 3rd or 4th round and would already have been on an Active NFL roster with a LOT MORE SIGNING BONUS MONEY IN HIS POCKET.

To all the putzes on the old B-Buzzoff.com, I looked at Josh’s HS film and I stated way back than that Josh should play Safety in college based on his poor throwing mechanics, I even said way back then that playing QB in college would eventually COST HIM MONEY.

The jerks that criticized my comments that have since been proven WRONG are nowhere to be found, they’d rather be wrong as all hell and ban me from their message board than to admit that they don’t know as much about CFB as they think they do (i.e. much less than Ol’ Wrecks).

More recently, I also made respectful comments to Sinjyn Days’ mother on a message before he signed that he should play Safety at GT and not QB, because I thought he had a better chance of being a dominant safety in College. From Looking at his HS Film I also accurately predicted that he would never make an impact in College at QB.

Now Days is a RS-Fr. meaning he has wasted 2 yrs. playing QB, where he cannot beat out Tevin, and he’s not the QB of the “future” since most think that Vad is better than he is, had he simply played safety out of HS (Sinjyn is MUCH, MUCH better Athlete than is Isaiah Johnson), had he played Safety he would probably be a 2-yr. starter by now with his sights set on the NFL, now he’s hoping that he can take the Josh Nesbitt path to the NFL and play “CATCH-UP” while he learns to play safety, and while he’s playing catch-up on an NFL Practice Squad he will have LOST anywhere from $500K to $1.5 million dollars in lost signing bonus money.

As much as folks want to criticize Old Wrecks, the truth is, is that I really do care about seeing these guys make the NFL and get as much money out of the game of FB as possible, I’m sure that most of my detractors cannot make the same claim.

In summary, playing QB in a gimmicky triple-Sloption will do nothing for your NFL prospects but LOSE you a TON OF MONEY.

Go Jackets

November 15th, 2011
10:01 pm

Meineke Car Care Bowl here we come! Woohoo!

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

November 15th, 2011
10:04 pm

Last time I checked 8 comes before 10. Setting goals is good but stretch goals can backfire. You know we won’t have any problem getting up for UGA, so why not just motivate your team not to prove to Duke that they don’t belong on the field with you. Then if you’re fortunate enough to have 9 wins before the bowl game, THAT”S when you lay the motivation on them to be an elite 10 win team. If we lay an egg against Duke, you know what’s gonna happen next…

M. B.

November 15th, 2011
10:04 pm

Ten wins? Ain’t gonna happen. I wish it could, but the Dawgs will kill GT. I’m anticipating it. I’ve learned to live with it since I can do absolutely nothing to prevent it. I do not worry about things I cannot change, and even God would have a tough time changing the outcome of the GT / UGA game. However, I wouldn’t mind being wrong.

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 15th, 2011
10:06 pm

Nesbitt, as we all know, is a hard worker. I’m not surprised that he’s on the active roster. Congrats Joshua. ‘ GO JACKETS “

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

November 15th, 2011
10:08 pm

WnE – you should apply for a job on the staff man. I mean you obviously have genius insight.

5150 UOAD

November 15th, 2011
10:22 pm

WnE dated my sis for a month. She got tired of abusing him with the Whip and Strap On so she sold him to a homeless man in Athens.

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

November 15th, 2011
10:26 pm

LMAO ! Good one 5150

Dr.DAWG

November 15th, 2011
10:35 pm

I thought the Georgia game didn’t mean anything to CPJ

5150 UOAD

November 15th, 2011
10:41 pm

Dr.dawg I thought Tech was irrelevant and didn’t matter! Why are you on a GT blog if you are not worried about playing TECH?

Tech Forever

November 15th, 2011
10:42 pm

We will be lucky to win 8. I’m not convinced Tech can beat the team that held VT to 14 points and there is no way we beat Georgia…..we never do.

5150 UOAD

November 15th, 2011
10:47 pm

Tech Forever you can mail me your tickets if you actually have any.

5150 UOAD

November 15th, 2011
10:49 pm

Tech 4ever GT is 7-3 and you think we are losing to Duke and UGA? Please go be a Miami fan.

Buzz 2011

November 15th, 2011
10:49 pm

We should finish with 10 wins.. Duke may be a tough test, but we will gut the Dawgs for at least 350 yards on the ground..

Tech Forever

November 15th, 2011
11:00 pm

5150 UOAD,

I actually do have tickets in spite of of living in Texas, but they are spoken for. I’ll pass on the invitation to be a Miami fan. I’m sorry if my realism bothers you. To beat Duke we have to play better than we did last week. To beat Georgia we have to play 4x better than them. We’ve proven time and again we can play twice as good or 3x better and still lose that game.

George Stein

November 15th, 2011
11:04 pm

Unreal. WnE is channeling his inner Mel Kiper! Tell us more, Mr. Football!

I think we should all start referring to ourselves in the third person. Maybe I’ll start calling myself Ole Georgie and start using the handle GSnE (George Stein ‘n Effect).

George Stein

November 15th, 2011
11:06 pm

Tech Forever was calling four wins in August. I wouldn’t worry too much about what his predictions are.

Tech Forever

November 15th, 2011
11:10 pm

George Stein

Post my prediction. I know exactly what I predicted multiple times on these blogs. So please, you tell me what I did….cut and paste it.

5150 UOAD

November 15th, 2011
11:10 pm

Tech 4ever there ain’t but 2 things in Texas. Steers and Qu..rs. Boy I don’t see your Horns, but you do seem to like chapps and a leather thong.

Tech Forever

November 15th, 2011
11:11 pm

5150 UOAD

That’s what your Mom said as she was leaving the barn.

Dawg48

November 15th, 2011
11:11 pm

WnE
Must be Thomas brown!

Tech Forever

November 15th, 2011
11:14 pm

5150 UOAD

I knew you’d come back with some crap like that because, as always, you have NO argument to prove me wrong.

Kraken

November 15th, 2011
11:15 pm

Beat ga. Ha. You won’t even beat duke

5150 UOAD

November 15th, 2011
11:18 pm

I don’t have to PROVE anything to you. The TECH football has to prove it on the field. If you want to go put on some pads and get nasty on the turf then I will have to Prove something to You. You running your mouth and saying Tech sucks proves nothing.

George Stein

November 15th, 2011
11:25 pm

I don’t have too much pride. On September 1, 2011 at 10:49 AM, Tech Forever predicted a 10-2 season with losses to VT and UGA. Fair enough.

For the record, I predicted a 9-3 season with losses to Clemson, Miami, and NCSU. I also predicted Clemson would win the conference.

Tech Forever

November 15th, 2011
11:29 pm

Can dish it but you can’t take it. Typical.

Hayseed Dixie

November 15th, 2011
11:30 pm

Nesbitt will be playing on Sunday.

Man, so many ex jackets make it hard to watch the NFL.

How do you root against Megatron? Gary Guyton? Morgan Burnett? Dwyer? Michael Johnson? Demarius Thomas?

Can’t do it.

Tech Forever

November 15th, 2011
11:32 pm

And when exactly did I say “Tech sucks”? Oh that’s right….never did. Tech finishing with 7 or 8 wins is right in line with Tech over the last 45 years!!!! Pretty sure that makes history on my side.

Tech Forever

November 15th, 2011
11:34 pm

George Stein,

Thank you Sir. Appreciate that and I will have your back in the future my friend. Go Jackets!

George Stein

November 15th, 2011
11:38 pm

Even if I’m shouting from the highest mountain that Johnson was right going for it on fourth down from his own 30? :)

GT Fan

November 15th, 2011
11:43 pm

Do the coaches tell the players when the other team is banged-up to take them lightly?

Weren’t GT’s 3 Ls to teams that had banged-up Ds? I know both VT & Miami (they even suspended a starter for throwing a punch vs UNC the week before) were, and I thought UVA was hurting too?

Tech Forever

November 15th, 2011
11:43 pm

Fuzzy1

November 15th, 2011
11:45 pm

This means we would actually have to beat UGA and win a bowl game in same season. When is the last time that happened?

GT Fan

November 15th, 2011
11:46 pm

10 + wins would be a HUGE knock to tons of the PJ haters. Even those guys/girls would have to give a tip of their cap to PJ if he could somehow guide the boys to 10 Ws this season.

Rodney Dangerfield

November 15th, 2011
11:50 pm

My favorite blog. Where else can I read about a walk on center who made all ACC and decided to see Europe.

Rodney Dangerfield

November 15th, 2011
11:52 pm

Lets focus on win #8.

DaJacket

November 16th, 2011
12:22 am

What WnE doesn’t tell you is how he also predicted that Nesbitt would never amount to anything in the NFL. He stated so in numerous blog posts; along with his conviction that Nesbitt should have gone to Jawja to play Safety instead of come to The Institute. WnE you are full of it. No true Tech fan takes you seriously. Go on living vicariously through those special athletes you can never hope to emulate. The Institute changes lives in ways you cannot comprehend. I understand fanaticism in it’s many forms, but I cannot understand how class-less and, typically, so very, very wrong. Show me one player who has regretted his time at Tech, and I’ll show you someone much like yourself. Good luck in life (you’ll need it) and I hope in some way you make something out of your sad, pathetic, lonely existence.

gt40pinhd

November 16th, 2011
12:24 am

george s: i know cpj has gone for it on fourth down several times but on the thirty, moving the ball as poorly as we were at the time, i feel this was a mistake. also, thought so at the time.

stop kidding yourselves

November 16th, 2011
12:32 am

Of course you will beat duke! But you will not finish 10-3. 9-3 regular season and I have no clue who tech plays in the bowl so I can’t guarantee that extra win.

One things for sure. Tech has no chance in H@ll of beating UGA especially this year. Have you not checked UGA’s run defense? Try 5th in the nation in rush defense……….

Miami is 69th and Virginia is 25th in rush defense and they both beat you. By the way tech is 75th in the nation in run defense so I don’t think your gonna have to much fun vs GA.

Reality

November 16th, 2011
12:35 am

WnE is a loser. Always has been. Always will be. A likely UGA(G) fan on here saying whatever negative he can.

Go away little puppy. THWG!

headley lamar

November 16th, 2011
12:39 am

Tech finishes 8-5

SilverandBlack

November 16th, 2011
12:39 am

GT FAN…CPJ beat one decent team this year in Clemson. UNC, NCSU, UMD, WCU, KU, MTSU, and maybe Duke and highly unlikely UGA. Are you really Happy about beating those teams every year. I agree CU is nice…but come on man. Of course, it is better than 3-7 at this point. That would be Bill Lewis style though! Ouch.