Georgia Tech’s O. Smith may miss Duke game

Greetings-

Big news is A-back Orwin Smith was injured in the loss to Virginia Tech and may not play Saturday. Coach Paul Johnson made mention of the injury in response to a question about trying to get Smith more carries.

“Hard to get it to him when he’s over there with us (on the sideline),” Johnson said.

Johnson didn’t disclose the injury and said he didn’t think it was serious, “but if we had to play today, he probably couldn’t play.”

Johnson said Embry Peeples would likely start. Tony Zenon, Deon Hill and Robbie Godhigh might also get more snaps. In recent games, Roddy Jones, Peeples and Smith have been in a rotation. Monday, Johnson said, “I don’t think we’ve got any injuries for the next game. I mean, you’re always bumped and bruised after you come out of a game. We had a little extra time because it’s Thursday night, too.”

2. Linebackers Brandon Watts or Malcolm Munroe will likely start in place of Jeremiah Attaochu, Johnson said, depending on which package the defense starts out in. Attaochu will not play the first half of the Duke game as discipline for punching Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas in Thursday’s game.

3. With the goals of winning the ACC and going undefeated at home no longer possible, Johnson brought up to the team that only three Tech teams since 1956 have won 10 games. At 7-3, the Jackets can achieve that total by winning the final two regular-season games against Duke and Georgia and the bowl game. Playing for a better bowl is another motivation.

“If you want to keep position for a higher-pegged bowl game, then you need to win,” Johnson said.

4. Johnson on Duke: “I think Duke’s an improved team. They don’t have the wins to show for it, but I think they’re a better team than they were a year ago.”

5. With the B-back production not measuring up to the past standards with past Johnson teams, Johnson said coaches will look at the position and production from this season in the offseason and fully understand the nature of the lack of performance. He said he doesn’t think it’s necessarily the fault of B-backs David Sims and Preston Lyons.

“I haven’t seen any real gaping holes that they’ve failed had to run through,” he said.

Links

Kind of thin. Apparently, Duke’s basketball team has a game of some import Tuesday that’s drawing a lot of attention.

Game stories from Duke’s loss to Virginia, from the Duke Chronicle and the Raleigh News & Observer.

Duke offensive tackle Kyle Hill, who started all 46 games he’d played in since 2008, has sustained a season-ending shoulder injury against UVa, per the school’s website. Tough way to go out.

Buzz is 11-0 in the Capital One Mascot Challenge, thanks in no small part, if I recall correctly, to the Tech marching band’s trumpet section, and is taking on Mike the Tiger from LSU this week. Michelle Hiskey “interviewed” Buzz and put together a first-person (first-bee?) story for the AJC.

Thanks for reading. I’ll have post-practice notes up this evening.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

409 comments Add your comment

CC

November 15th, 2011
2:04 pm

“Playing for a better bowl is another motivation”.

If going for the ACC Championship wasn’t enough motivation before, then a better bowl sure isn’t going to provide much incentive.

And I sure do hate to say this, but I’m getting quite concerned about the manner in which Paul Johnson responds. He says words, but doesn’t say anything. Maybe the team is getting tired of it too.

Maryland Jacket

November 15th, 2011
2:06 pm

Hard to hear that about Orwin; hope he’s recovered for Thanksgiving.

I think a friend of mine was trying to find people who tweet about Duke football, but for some reason, couldn’t find any.

Also, that’s funny to hear about the trumpet section; I guess they were really good about getting the word out!

Vote for Buzz

GT

November 15th, 2011
2:11 pm

Until this coach does something about his poor recruiting we will have the same excuses.. these are his players need to quit calling them out as to how bad they do…. He did this poor recruitng him self….

GT

November 15th, 2011
2:15 pm

CC your right, recruits here this and don’t want to come here…Got to remember, it is Us at Tech who are privalidged to have 4 or even 5 star players to sign here, not the other way around… Good recruits don’t have to come here they can go where they want…

GT Joe

November 15th, 2011
2:16 pm

oh my oh my what are we going to do? Fire CPJ!

GT

November 15th, 2011
2:19 pm

I need remedial English.

armie

November 15th, 2011
2:21 pm

Tek’s only good player to miss? Duke wins.

GT Joe

November 15th, 2011
2:22 pm

Dawglasville

November 15th, 2011
2:23 pm

It is amazing how public opinion on a coach often hinges on one play. Attachu had his moment, possibly cost Tech the game, and now Johnson can’t coach. If that Vandy kid picks up the blocked punt and runs it in for 6 then Richt may have been burned out of his home. Neither of these guys forgot how to coach. Damn, just let the season play out.

headley lamar

November 15th, 2011
2:23 pm

oh my oh my what are we going to do? Fire CPJ!

From a UGA fan.

PLEASE DONT !!!!!

Lifetime Contract !!!!

GT Joe

November 15th, 2011
2:25 pm

headley, you are right…our offense can’t be stopped…

Technically Correct

November 15th, 2011
2:25 pm

I think when you are 18-22 years old and you’ve played football at a high level for most of your entire life, you know how to get up for a game. You either do it or you don’t.

GTJason

November 15th, 2011
2:25 pm

How soon everyone forgets that this was supposed to be a rebuilding year in which we would be happy with any bowl game. The recruiting is fine because of Vad Lee and it’ll be even better when/if we get Kallon. We have our QB in waiting, Owrin, Hill, and Sims will all be better next year. I have no complaints about the defense except for Attaochu caring too much. If he wants to do that to Aaron Murray I support it as long as he gets his hand inside the mask. I’m drinking the Kool-aid.

GT Grad

November 15th, 2011
2:26 pm

Well said Dawglasville

GT Joe

November 15th, 2011
2:27 pm

But attache case isn’t a punk because he plays for GT, however other school’s players who do the same are branded punks, thugs, or worse by GT fans. What gives?

GT Jason

November 15th, 2011
2:29 pm

I have UGA blow-up doll.

GT Jason

November 15th, 2011
2:32 pm

Every year is a rebuilding year.

CPJ

November 15th, 2011
2:36 pm

I don’t know why you dreary fans want me fired. After all, we can’ be beaten, we just gave the game away to VT, UVA, and Miami. And we will again before the season’s end.

GTJason

November 15th, 2011
2:42 pm

I also have a job where I don’t get paid hourly… helped me buy the extra large blow-up doll

GT Jason

November 15th, 2011
2:45 pm

And I put #11 on it

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 15th, 2011
2:48 pm

Orwin Smith can rest this week, he’ll have more fun on the 26th running the dawgs out of Bobby Dodd Stadium. ” LET’S ROLL JACKETS “

GT Jason

November 15th, 2011
2:50 pm

He GIVE ME A BREAK, you mean like they did against VT?

GTJason

November 15th, 2011
2:50 pm

Actually it’s this guy: http://www.redandblack.com/media/stills/45497f7625c8e-73-1.jpg

He’s an asset to your fanbase

GT Jason

November 15th, 2011
2:50 pm

GT Joe

November 15th, 2011
2:52 pm

GT Jason, funny stuff there. You think of that all by yourself?

Jacket Man

November 15th, 2011
2:53 pm

It’s really funny how many trolls are on this Jacket blog, using monikers that sound like GA Tech fans, but are so obviously just the opposite. Paul Johnson has the third highest winning percentage in GA Tech history and isn’t going anywhere. He’s able to be successful with recruits that most so called super programs ignore, or look at when they lose out to other programs, or with players who know the value of getting a GA Tech education along with playing with a winning program.

With the second youngest team in the NCAA, the Yellow Jackets weren’t expected to win but 5 games this season, yet here they are, already Bowl eligible, with the possibility of winning 10 games if they can win their final 3 games. They are building towards the future and it looks bright.

GT Joe

November 15th, 2011
2:53 pm

How does it feel to be GA’s whipping boy? Is that the reason why GT fans try to resort to other “ways” since they can’t win on the field?

SilverandBlack

November 15th, 2011
2:54 pm

Tech will lose the last 3 games…next year’s excuse will be “tech doesn’t have enough talent and we are young”…”wait until CPJ gets his guys”…”who else can we get?” blahblahblah…same thing year after year…koolaid drinkers toast to your crappy football program! CPJ and Groh are tweedle dum and tweedle dee!! enjoy the free cokes and dogs and consistently empty stadium….sippin the koolaid

Supersize that order, mutt

November 15th, 2011
2:55 pm

UGA trolls with time on their hands. Can’t you stay on your own blog?

CPJ

November 15th, 2011
2:55 pm

We are the best! I don’t care if our players try to punch a QB who is butt-whipping us, they are just playing hard!

GT Joe

November 15th, 2011
2:56 pm

Trolls, huh? How does it feel, Jacket?

GT Joe

November 15th, 2011
2:57 pm

SilverandBlack, the GT fans resort to saying such drivel as “we are better in the classroom” because they can’t come up with enough excuses for not winning…

GT Joe

November 15th, 2011
2:58 pm

A little fair play, supersize. Your stingerless boys go to other sites, so now its just payback.

SilverandBlack

November 15th, 2011
2:58 pm

I love to listen to morons like “Jacket Man”….GT will lose 5 games minimum next year….He’ll be back on here saying that everyone is a troll who puts down his consistently loser of team with a loser as its coach! “GT is the youngest team in the NCAA” they are only going to get better…Vad Lee is our savior..keep your koolaid drinking as CPJ will go 0-20 in bowl games and 1-50 against UGA….yet CPJ is the greatest coach ever!! Sign him up to a 10 years extension at 5 million a year! What a tool!

GT Joe

November 15th, 2011
3:02 pm

Now, SilverandBlack, we just read on here that Smith will shred GA’s defense like warm cheese. These guys are just more frustrated than a blind lesbo in an open air fish market on a hot summer’s day.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 15th, 2011
3:04 pm

Imposter at 2:55. But at least he said something I agree with. LOL

Supersize that order, mutt

November 15th, 2011
3:05 pm

GT Joe, you used that same analogy on another blog. Don’t you have any new material?

SilverandBlack

November 15th, 2011
3:06 pm

GT Joe…I am a Jacket Fan…I just hate these tools that think CPJ is the best coach since John Heisman. I undertand that they want to support GT, but the crap that is being posted is just plain stupid! Frankly, they anger me that they call me a troll when I call out the coaching and players! Whatever…continue to call me a Troll I’m over it. CPJ’s system is CRAP! I like parts of his offense, but dislike “many” other parts. For instance, how many fricking times was a wide receiver not being covered by 10-15 yards!!!!!! It should be automatic to throw to that receiver EVERY time! Look I understand that the O-Line can make a whole for the QB draw or option….BUT IT FARGIN’ doesn’t DO THAT! GT needs a SHOTGUN FORMATION so when we get behind the QB has time to throw!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so tired of seeing GT get behind and watch the QB run for his damn life!!!!!!!!! THIS OFFENSE SUUUUUUUUCCCCCCKKKKKKKSSSSSSS! Nobody wants to play in this offense!!!!!!!!!!! No decent recruit wants to play in this offense!!! And I haven’t even talked about our defense!!!!! WTF!!!!!!!

derp

November 15th, 2011
3:08 pm

UGA has lost to UF more than GT lost to UGA.

Burdell

November 15th, 2011
3:08 pm

It’s funny how many people on these blogs attempt to boost their self esteem by posting drivel. Sad really…not funny. They must not lead full, rich lives.

So we lost to the #10 team in the country…worse has happened (see the entire Chan Gailey era). I am just glad it was a good game. After the Miami game I was really worried that we wouldn’t even be competitive against our tougher opponents and then came the Clemson upset. The penalty on #45 was boneheaded and could not have come at a worse time but such is life. You roll with the punches…literally sometimes.

I will be there cheering on my Yellow Jackets at every home game until I can’t cheer any more. But there is A LOT more to life than football.

GO JACKETS

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 15th, 2011
3:10 pm

Logan Thomas is the best QB we’ll see this year and next. We couldn’t run him out of BDS, but UGA doesn’t have players like that.

derp

November 15th, 2011
3:13 pm

s&b, the problems with our offense have little to do with the formation. The oline has been ineffective this year with pass and run. Moving the qb back a few yards won’t help. Also, open receivers should be getting the ball. CPJ isn’t telling qbs to ignore open men.

As far as recruiting, you should read about some of our recruits before you post.

GT Joe

November 15th, 2011
3:13 pm

You like that, huh? Typical of the GT fan. Interesting to hear the excuses the GT fanbase comes up with.

SilverandBlack

November 15th, 2011
3:13 pm

Hey Burdell….I am pleased that you support the Jackets win our lose. I completely respect that in a fan. Deep down so do I. However, I work my nuts off and get paid a fraction of what CPJ gets paid. I would much rather get paid to f-off, which is what I think CPJ is doing. Sure, there is more to life than football. However, I would prefer to see someone who doesn’t look like Obama and get paid to f-off!

Superman

November 15th, 2011
3:16 pm

Derp,

You are right about the records. 61 – 39, and 1 out of the last nine are great numbers to be proud of!

Superman

November 15th, 2011
3:17 pm

And, UGA only lost 40 to UF…that is a HUGE difference… go back to your little pathetic line of thinking…

SilverandBlack

November 15th, 2011
3:17 pm

derp…I don’t care if recruits have 0 stars or 5 stars. The bottom line is they aren’t getting it done game in and game out. Every game there is the same or different excuse. Good teams with good coaching overcome bad plays (ie Attouchu’s swing). Bottom line is that nobody can overcome poor coaching and that is what I see on the field! Both offensively (missed assingments, no pass blocking, no run blocking, no quality QB play, no quality RB(b back) play….game after game. This is not just one game. This is 2 years (against good competition)!

Road Scholar

November 15th, 2011
3:19 pm

Ohio Jacket

November 15th, 2011
3:20 pm

Ken, you wrote some while back about Tony Zenon who, of late, has hardly been seen on the field in a game. Obviously, Smith’s (undisclosed) injury opens up a door for Zenon, but any more of an idea as to that young man’s prospects for getting on the field?
You da man!

SilverandBlack

November 15th, 2011
3:20 pm

CPJ…0-3 (soon to be 0-4) in Bowl Games and 1 and 2 against UGA…okay Gailey was 0-7 against UGA….not much difference that I see between Gailey and CPJ.