Johnson expects O. Smith, Hill to play for Georgia Tech

Greetings-

Some notes from the Paul Johnson news conference. Nothing terribly newsy except for some injury updates. Onward.

1. Johnson doesn’t think Georgia’s playing in the SEC championship game will have any impact on the game. “I don’t think anybody’s going to be overlooking anybody in a rivalry game,” he said. “I think both sides will be ready to play.”

2. Johnson said that wide receiver Tyler Melton is “probably playing his best football the last two, three games.” Melton has seven catches in the past three games and has continued his effective downfield blocking. Johnson said he hasn’t made a point to get Melton the ball.

“It’s just kind of the nature of what happens,” he said. “But when the ball’s gone his way, he’s made a couple of nice catches and come down with it.”

3. There hasn’t been much talk amongst the team about possible bowls.

Players “know if they can keep winning, the priority will change,” he said, speaking of Tech’s appeal to bowl committees. “But we really don’t ask the players where they want to go. It just doesn’t work like that.”

4. Johnson on various injured players: Orwin Smith (”He’s good to go, I think”), Preston Lyons (”Good to go”), Stephen Hill (”I think so”).

“We’ll know more after practice today, but we’re assuming we’re going to have all those guys.”

5. Johnson on Georgia tight end Orson Charles: “We just have to watch the guy, but you can’t do anything special for him. The thing he can do is something that wide receivers can do. He can get downfield. He’s got good hands, he’s a good player, but we’ve played against other good tight ends that are good players.”

6. Johnson on what he is thankful for: “I’ve got a fairly lucrative job that helps support my family. I’m thankful for health. For the most part, our family’s healthy. I’ve got a zillion things to be thankful for on that line. … There’s 120 guys that get to do what I do. That’s not that many. There’s a lot of people that would love to have my job. I’m fortunate enough to have it.”

7. Johnson on the defense: “I don’t know that the defense is any different than the team as a whole. It’s been up and down. Certainly, we haven’t played with the kind of consistency that we’d like. I don’t know that you’re ever going to be satisfied until you’re holding people to no points or 10 points. It’s always a work in progress. I think we’ve played in spurts. We’ve done enough to win eight games. We’ll see if we win some more.”

An answer to a follow-up: “I think Coach (Al) Groh would be the first to tell you we’re not as far along as we’d like to be, but at the same time, we’ve played good enough to win eight games. It’s kind of a mixed bag.”

8. On interaction with Georgia fans: “People feel compelled to tell me they’re Georgia fans when I see them. That’s about it. It’s fairly cordial. They’ll come up (and say), ‘Hey, Coach, I’m a Georgia fan.’ O.K., that’s great. That’s usually about the extent of it.”

He went on to say that he thinks most fans on both sides are fairly cordial and not obnoxious but on both sides there’s a small minority that are.

Thanks for reading. I’ll have practice notes in the evening. And thanks for being respectful (by and large). Let’s keep it up. Again – disrespectful or obscene posts won’t be tolerated.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

195 comments Add your comment

Burdell

November 22nd, 2011
2:11 pm

We really need Big O and S. Hill on Saturday!!!

GO JACKETS!

Harvey @ Docs

November 22nd, 2011
2:13 pm

Anybody home?

GtGreg

November 22nd, 2011
2:15 pm

Thanks, Ken! Go Tech! The fleabag trolls show up in 3…2…1…

Spike

November 22nd, 2011
2:19 pm

We want them all to play so there will be no excuses. Enjoy El Paso, and probation.

juvenal

November 22nd, 2011
2:19 pm

love it after a game when a server tells me they are uga fans-i say, good, now i don’t have to tip you(i do)-glad to see CPJ can see the hassle factor is different after we lose this game, just win, Coach,and you won’t see them come up nearly as much….

AtWork

November 22nd, 2011
2:21 pm

The game inside the game is the most important. Win the turnover game and the rest will take care of itself.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 22nd, 2011
2:21 pm

GtGreg, you called it. Right after your post, a stupid troll appears. Boy, it’s pretty sad to be so obsessed with your rival that you just sit an wait for the latest blog to open up so you can make a fool of yourself all over again. Spike, you are a loser, bubba

UGA FAN

November 22nd, 2011
2:21 pm

SouthBendJacket

November 22nd, 2011
2:22 pm

Our offense will score…lots. Let’s hope the defense steps up. We can’t count on having to score 40 points to win.

Spike

November 22nd, 2011
2:25 pm

Supersize… A Tech guy calling anybody a loser is really rich. Richt owns you.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 22nd, 2011
2:28 pm

Richt doesn’t own me or anybody else, unless he’s built himself a plantation down there in the cesspool. So tell me, Spike, which one of us is posting garbage on our rival’s blog? If you are that obsessed with Tech and so insecure about your own self-worth that you find gratification in belittling other people, then you, bubba, are the loser here.

George Stein

November 22nd, 2011
2:31 pm

Ooooohhhhhh. You really told us, Spike. Creative material, too.

Spike

November 22nd, 2011
2:32 pm

You like the word “Bubba”, huh? I’d say winning nine out of ten, and beating Tech in your tinker toy stadium the last time we were there when you were ranked #7 in the nation and the vaunted ACC Champs constitutes ownership. That defines “loser”.

GT FAN IN PA

November 22nd, 2011
2:35 pm

Ken- Job well done sir- Super- spike or someone else will respond shortly enough “well ya’ll are over on our blogs” Hope all my fellow Tech family and freinds have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Go Jackets….THWG!!!!

Supersize that order, mutt

November 22nd, 2011
2:36 pm

Like I said before, Spike, a loser is somebody who thinks he is better than anybody else and is so obsessed with proving it that he constantly tries to berate those around him, even though he is conveniently hidden by a “cyber wall”

Supersize that order, mutt

November 22nd, 2011
2:37 pm

PA, yeah, I’m waiting for that response; it’s par for the course. I guess they figure that two wrongs make a right. And, by the way, I WILL respond to your email sometime today. LOL

EnoughSmackTalk

November 22nd, 2011
2:38 pm

Oh shoot watch out a real tough guy calling people out on the Internet. I’m tired of all this talk on both sides. Let this be played on the field, and then fought over in the parking lots. O’Keefe…be there jk.

GO JACKETS!

GT FAN IN PA

November 22nd, 2011
2:39 pm

Is Spike the new nickname of the bulldog? Was Spike the little kid on the little Rascul’s. Oh wait he was that kid that was on the Christmas Story the “bully” right? Spike you are more like scrappy off scooby doo- now drink some more bud and see if you get any wiser?

Geez, supersize...

November 22nd, 2011
2:40 pm

…with a blog name like you use it would probably behoove you to NOT make fun of others who make fun of GT folks – I mean, you yourself are perpetuating the ongoing trash talk by using your handle to make comments and to make fun of the “trolls” that come onto this site – kind of like the pot calling the kettle black, me thinks…I know you think your blog name is witty, just think about it, OK????

T-Square

November 22nd, 2011
2:42 pm

shorter passes ( long is ok also)

November 22nd, 2011
2:42 pm

Good news about the healed injuries.

Wonder if CMR told spikey that he owns Tech…don’t think the UGa coach says that often. If ever. spikey=loser

T-Square

November 22nd, 2011
2:43 pm

Supersize – Here I was thinking I was a citizen of the USA and therefore a free man. Guess I missed the part where I was sold to Richt. ;)

Junior Samples

November 22nd, 2011
2:46 pm

i have decided to fry fish at my tailgate on Saturday for the game…really big fish. i hope cpj doesn’t have a problem with that.

old gold and white in my veins

November 22nd, 2011
2:47 pm

Nice to hear the coach speak of what he has to be thankful for. Showing much more humility than I think his detractors give him credit for. Great question Ken, and as always, a great job. Go Jackets.

Ol'JacketFan

November 22nd, 2011
2:48 pm

I love this week! Clean Old Fashion Hate ;-) It’s nice to see it’s lost none of it’s intensity!

Go Jackets!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ken Sugiura

November 22nd, 2011
2:49 pm

let’s drop the sniping, both sides. i don’t think most people care to read the same argument play out for the 1,000th time. i challenge any of you to be the bigger person and just let it die.

George Stein

November 22nd, 2011
2:51 pm

I am pretty sure Johnson doesn’t give a flip what you – or anyone else – has at his tailgate, Junior. It’ll also disappoint you to find out he doesn’t care what you or I think about him or his team. Thanks for stopping by the booth.

Spike

November 22nd, 2011
2:51 pm

GT Fan in PA.. Go to English class much at Tech?

T-Square

November 22nd, 2011
2:53 pm

Spike – We didn’t focus so much on English. I only took one my freshman year. Mostly it was things like math and science, engineering and computer programming stuff. Course I took the easy way out and just took drawing classes.

Alabama Jack

November 22nd, 2011
2:54 pm

Death to trolls.

asdfa

November 22nd, 2011
2:55 pm

Dear Football gods,

Please let GT win.

Thanks

George Stein

November 22nd, 2011
2:56 pm

Amen, asdfa.

T-Square

November 22nd, 2011
2:59 pm

Back on topic though – glad to hear that most of the players are ready to play again. Lord knows we’ll need all the help we can get. Let’s hope we don’t beat ourselves with turnovers and penalties.

T-Square

November 22nd, 2011
3:00 pm

asdfa – Shouldn’t we ask the Football gods to allow us to not beat ourselves? Its what we do best.

Tom Shane

November 22nd, 2011
3:08 pm

Things going for Tech:
1) Everybody has written Tech off
2) UGA didn’t have a bye week before Tech this year
3) Early game (CPJ prefers an early start time)

Things going for Georgia:
1) 9 straight wins
2) Larry Munson (You always want to win for a Legend)
3) Size in the Trenches

Good thing for Tech, UGA has seemed to have trouble with the option every time they’ve faced it. However, the passing of Larry Munson (RIP) gives UGA a huge emotional boost. No matter what this should be an very interesting and exciting game.

THWG

Supersize that order, mutt

November 22nd, 2011
3:12 pm

Spike, there wasn’t anything grammatically incorrect about what PA posted. Maybe you should go to an English class

I don't know guys...

November 22nd, 2011
3:13 pm

Enter your comments here

juvenal

November 22nd, 2011
3:14 pm

thanks for getting the question in, Ken, it makes for a quiet year when we win, out in the world you can’t spit without hitting someone with a uga t-shirt, hat, & a TV…the actual uga alums aren’t so bad….

Supersize that order, mutt

November 22nd, 2011
3:15 pm

Geez….., I created my name solely in response to the trolls who post on our blogs. It ticks them off, and many of them literally hate me. I am good with that. Those who know me, including a few UGA fans, actually find it humorous. Even Mark Bradley has said on more than one occasion that he gets a chuckle every time he sees it. As far as I am concerned, it’s just part of Good Ole Fashioned Hate, and I don’t take it nearly as seriously as some of the mutt trolls do.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 22nd, 2011
3:16 pm

T-Square, LOL at your comment about being sold to Richt ;)

T-Square

November 22nd, 2011
3:16 pm

Tom – I can remember very few times that it hasn’t been an exciting/interesting game since I was a freshman in college. I think that year we got destroyed like 45-3 or something (yay Reggie! Sadly that was his best season.) But other than that, it’s always a good game to watch. Just like the Clemson game, I don’t think it necessarily comes down to who has the most talent, who’s bigger up front, or anything else – it comes down to who has the most heart and who plays the cleanest. The way I see it, we could lose 11, win 1 and have a pretty good season as long as that one is the one after Thanksgiving. In that same season, U(sic)GA could win 11 and lose that 1, and I would think we had a better season than they did.

THWG

Golden Tornado

November 22nd, 2011
3:17 pm

Hey, Coach – - I’m a Tech fan. This Saturday is going to be tough, though – REAL tough.

GT FAN IN PA

November 22nd, 2011
3:21 pm

Funny you ask spike- I’m a product of North GA school system- I had a lot of classes where my teachers were UGA grads- Everything about me screams UGA fan- but for me it was easier saying THWG than barking like a dog. I don’t care how many degrees you have or how smart you are barking like a dog just did not seem right to me. AND I might add- any fight song that has “I drink my whiskey clear” and has THWG in it is alright in my book. Hope this helps explain my poor English Spike- I would say good luck but that would be a lie.

bruce

November 22nd, 2011
3:22 pm

when we beat the snot out of ga and then lsu does the same ga will be stuck with the outhouse bowl.

Spike

November 22nd, 2011
3:22 pm

Supersize.. Oh, this is just so easy. See e.g.” Rascul’s”, “…scrappy off scooby doo..”. You can go back to class with the PA Tech fan.

The Institute

November 22nd, 2011
3:24 pm

LOL. CPJ’s reaction when mutts say”I’m a Georgia fan” is basically “who gives a $$HIT.” Hilarious.

The Institute

November 22nd, 2011
3:26 pm

“They’ll come up (and say), ‘Hey, Coach, I’m a Georgia fan.’ O.K., that’s great. ”

As far as I’m concerned, this guy has a job for life.

DawginLex

November 22nd, 2011
3:27 pm

Short of something amazing in the training room happening, Tech will win this game.

We have no running backs.

Crowell is not going to play.

Thomas will never play again.

Samuel might be back for LSU

Malcome fumbles when hit and Harton does too.

No play action equals Tech playing press coverage and blitzing all day long.

Our defense is legit but not legit enough to overcome us not scoring much.

Right now I’m saying 21-17 Tech.

T-Square

November 22nd, 2011
3:27 pm

The Institute – I always respond to people saying that with – “yeah, but have you ever been to Athens?” Or “get back to work, I don’t pay you to yap, I pay you to mow lawns and pick up dog poop.”

THWG

Woman in Engineering

November 22nd, 2011
3:27 pm

I hope that GT shows up to play… it could get ugly really fast if our team that played VT, UVA or UM shows up…. I agree with juvenal, the fans that actually went to UGA aren’t as bad ( they are still bad, just not as bad)

THWG
GO JACKETS!