Washington seeks strong finish for Georgia Tech

Greetings-

Hope you all have had a restful holiday and aren’t suffering too much Georgia Tech football withdrawal. I’ve arrived in El Paso and am proud to report I’ve done my share to infuse the local economy with out-of-town cash with to my purchase of an Oral-B toothbrush at Target last night.

Players and coaches also arrived yesterday, presumably with their dental hygiene instruments.

I don’t have a ton today, but I did speak with quarterback Tevin Washington and quarterbacks and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon for a story I plan to write for Wednesday’s paper. I think the most intriguing thing that I learned was that a considerable part of Washington’s passing struggles was due to a habit of looking too much at the pass rush and not enough downfield. Perhaps not surprisingly, he was at times a little impatient in the pocket.

“It’s having a feel for the pocket, being able to see downfield and feeling the pocket and knowing when to cut it loose, when to run,” Bohannon said. “You work on it in practice, but truthfully, you’ve just got to get out there and do it and get a feel for it.”

Washington recognized he has some room to grow in that department. It’s not easy, and it’s one of those things that typically worsens as pass protection breaks down. The more hits a quarterback takes in the pocket, the more antsy and concerned about self-preservation he’s likely to become.

The challenge, Washington said, is “making sure you keep your eyes downfield so you can give yourself a chance to make plays.”

Going into the Sun Bowl, Washington is 63 for 135 (46.7 percent) for 1,515 yards with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He had an unbelievably hot start passing. He was 27 for 42 for 821 yards (64.3 percent, 19.5 yards per attempt) with eight touchdowns and one interception. The rest of the way, the numbers were 36 for 93 for 694 yards (38.7 percent, 7.5 yards per attempt) with two touchdowns and seven interceptions. He had no touchdown passes in the last seven regular-season games, although he ran for 10 in those games.

I think more goes into the numbers than Washington’s play, good and bad – the pass protection, the routes receivers ran, the catchable balls they did or didn’t catch, the score or third-down situations forcing Tech’s hand, etc. – although his focusing on the pass rush is obviously no small element.

And it’s notable that Bohannon, who is typically unsparing and honest in his evaluations of players, said that Washington has “done a tremendous job to get us to this point” and praised his leadership. It bears a reminder that the same guy who didn’t have it against Georgia is also the same guy who ran for 176 yards (a school record for a quarterback) and led the offense to 383 rushing yards against Clemson and who has helped Tech convert 54.9 percent of its third downs, the highest rate in the country.

Said Bohannon, “Sure, you can always look back and always go, ‘Well, if we’d have made this play in this game’ or ‘If he’d have made this throw in this game,’ but it’s part of the position, I think. I’m proud of what he’s done for us this year and I’m proud of where he’s at.”

Speaking with him Monday, Washington seemed very ready and eager to play; I think it’s important to him to finish well and help Tech break the bowl losing streak. He’s a highly team-oriented player with some of the best work habits on the team. To borrow a phrase Al Groh likes to use, the game means a lot to him.

“I don’t really think I had a best game,” he said. “I’ve still got a chance to go out and have my best game Saturday. I’m looking forward to trying to do that.”

Links

The El Paso Times reports on Tech’s arrival. Photo gallery from the team’s reception at the airport. Number 3 belongs in the 2012 media guide.

The El Paso Convention and Visitors Bureau expects about 5,000 out-of-town visitors for the game, the fewest total in years.

A Deseret News story about Utah’s bowl preparation routine.

Salt Lake Tribune story about Utah running back John White, who went from third-string JUCO transfer to being 103 yards shy of the school single-season rushing record. His injury status (ankle) is a little unclear.

Salt Lake Tribune feature on All-Pac 12 offensive tackle Tony Bergstrom. The NFL Draft Scout website ranks him the No. 9 offensive tackle prospect in the upcoming draft.

576 comments Add your comment

Burdell

December 27th, 2011
9:43 am

Go Jackets!! Beat the Utes!!

RambleOn84

December 27th, 2011
9:53 am

It’s no coincidence that his numbers were much higher against weaker competition…but that’s the same deal with most players. Tevin showed he’s good enough to start. But he needs to improve just as much from this season to next if he wants to take us to the next level. Luckily we have some good quarterbacks to push him. No matter who ends up starting next season, you can be sure it’s because they deserve it. I trust Coach to make the right decision.

GO JACKETS!

HighTech

December 27th, 2011
9:54 am

YELLOW!….JACKETS!

Interesting comment about being antsy in the pocket. I never really thought about it with the quarterback taking numerous hits running the ball.

Ken,

Has there been any Q&A or discussion about the qb maybe being more comfortable with a roll out pass or pass option where he’s not sitting in the pocket waiting to be blindsided?

HighTech

HighTech

December 27th, 2011
9:54 am

Go Jackets! Beat the Utes!

Big Dawg

December 27th, 2011
10:17 am

Johnson says the #1 reason tech is there is to have fun! haha. He’s already conceding another bowl loss. Who’s surprsied when you run a high school gimmick offense that no top players want to play for.
utah 37 gt 17

Hayseed Dixie

December 27th, 2011
10:17 am

Hey Ken, did you drive or fly out there?

Driving to west Texas is one of my favorite things to do. Texas really is a whole other country, and the parts that aren’t Houston are beautiful.

Elevation of Salt Lake City, where the Utes play and practice: 4,226 feet.

Elevation of Atlanta: 1,050 feet.

Elevation of El Paso 3,740 feet.

Guess who this is a *huge* advantage for?

The Utes are a team that went undefeated and smacked Alabama in the Sugar Bowl a couple of years ago. Make no mistake: beating them would be a big, big win for our program. Go Jackets!

Tech82

December 27th, 2011
10:20 am

If Tech executes the little things well (blocking assignments, receivers actually catching the ball when they’re open, etc.), we’ll beat Utah. If not…

Louisiana State Larry

December 27th, 2011
10:29 am

Oh you dawg fans are so cute, and you take your heiny spankings with such aplomb!

Ken Sugiura

December 27th, 2011
10:31 am

hayseed – flew. and elevation is something i intend to try to get into.

T-Bone

December 27th, 2011
10:41 am

We have to wine this game to prove that Johnson’s offense can win against a team with more than a week’s preparation.. If not, his offense will always be suspect. It will be seen as an offense that can beat you not necessarily because it works, but because it is so unusual. The element of surprise, not the Xs & Os, will be seen as the key. At best it is an offense that beats lesser teams but can’t really compete with the upper level ones.

I was at the the Kansas game and the Clemson game. Make no mistake–this is a fun offense to watch when it works. But it just didn’t work against Miami and Virginia (I still we could have beaten Va Tech, and UGA just flat beat us). We don’t have the players to win when you make the mistakes like we did against Miami, and then UVA had that magical extra week to prepare.

IMO, for CPJ to survive, he’s going to have to loosen up his comittment to this run-heavy offense. Sure, continue to use the option, but mix in some other formations–shot-gun, pro-style, spread. And then pass the ball, for crying out loud! Otherwise we are doomed for the same results.

Maybe the new QBs that we have coming in will shake things us.

HawkDawg

December 27th, 2011
10:43 am

I will enjoy watching the Honeybees get wacked in yet ANOTHER bowl. Much like UGA vs. Tech, it’s the gift that keeps on giving year after year after year after year after year after year after . . .

T-Bone

December 27th, 2011
10:44 am

Oooops. I wish this thing had a spell-check. Obviously it should have been “win” and not “wine” and “up” not “us.” And I left out the word “think” in the middle paragraph.

BigTimeTechFan

December 27th, 2011
10:46 am

The rest of the way, the numbers were 36 for 93 for 694 yards (38.7 percent, 7.5 yards per attempt) with two touchdowns and seven interceptions. He had no touchdown passes in the last seven regular-season games, although he ran for 10 in those games

WOW. I didn’t know he it was that bad.

T-Bone

December 27th, 2011
10:46 am

HawkDawg, go back to work. I think there’s a need for a price-check on aisle 6.

crackbaby

December 27th, 2011
10:46 am

Ken – Nice to have your reports this week, thanks.

When Tevin had to play in place of Nesbitt last year, his passing was quite accurate – it was immediately noticeable IMO. He just couldn’t run the option at game speed. My point is, he is an accurate passer, or at least has that ability. If Coach B can work these adjustments to his game, the Jackets could win a lot more games.

True Dawg Fan

December 27th, 2011
10:52 am

T-Bone

December 27th, 2011
10:46 am
HawkDawg, go back to work. I think there’s a need for a price-check on aisle 6.

Wow a typical response from a n erd who cant just talk football (Prob bc tech has been so bad for so long).

Hows being an unemployed engineer working (hahahahahahaha)?

(See we can do it to, the academic gap just isnt there anymore sorry)

gt4ever

December 27th, 2011
10:53 am

If that is really what Coach said about having fun as the number one reason, then he should pay for the trip… It’s pathetic how this team has regressed…

True Dawg Fan

December 27th, 2011
10:54 am

hahahahaha n erd is one of your filters????

Guess I shouldnt expect anything less from a cry baby writer (that bans all UGA fans bc hes knows less about football than GTBob) and his merry bunch of n erds to filter that word out.

GT is a joke a football program.

gt4ever

December 27th, 2011
10:56 am

True Dawg fan,

Your team has beat NOBODY! You have little or no chance against Michigan State… Get over yourself…

True Dawg Fan

December 27th, 2011
10:56 am

gt4ever

December 27th, 2011
10:53 am
If that is really what Coach said about having fun as the number one reason, then he should pay for the trip… It’s pathetic how this team has regressed…

Its tech get used to it. You will never be a powerhouse and you will never recruit with the big boys.

Keep Coach Fishfry Ma nb oobs for the next decade please, it is so entertaining to see that r etar d talk about your c rapp y program and throw everyone underneath the bus for his putrid offense.

Trey

December 27th, 2011
10:57 am

Is this a joke? Washington wants a strong finish? Players without raw talent cannot “will” the game in their direction. If this were true, I’d be playing QB in the super bowl this year!….

True Dawg Fan

December 27th, 2011
10:59 am

gt4ever

December 27th, 2011
10:56 am
True Dawg fan,

Your team has beat NOBODY! You have little or no chance against Michigan State… Get over yourself…

ahahahahaha beat GT and yall were ranked and beat AU who was ranked so we beat at least 2 somebodies. That GT education is really paying off isnt it hahahahaha.

A n erd telling me about our chances in a FOOTBALL game??? hahahahahahahaha that hillarious.

We will handle them just fine and win by 2 scores. Enjoy getting beat in the SUN BOWL hahahahahaha 0-7 here you come!

GT Strong

December 27th, 2011
10:59 am

Washington had better do something impressive against Utah. Otherwise, it will be the end of his career as starting QB. Vad, Justin and Synjyn are getting hungry to show their stuff.

5150 UOAD

December 27th, 2011
11:00 am

True Dawg Fan

December 27th, 2011
11:01 am

GT Strong

December 27th, 2011
10:59 am
Washington had better do something impressive against Utah. Otherwise, it will be the end of his career as starting QB. Vad, Justin and Synjyn are getting hungry to show their stuff.

To show what???? that they can run around with the ball in their hand?? You dont pass so there is nothing to show besides the fact that these kids are just RB’s that kinda have an arm, nothing more.

True Dawg Fan

December 27th, 2011
11:05 am

And FYI you dont have a QB, you have a head RB that gets to throw the RB pass from time to time.

Born2Buzz

December 27th, 2011
11:09 am

Having the feel of the pocket and being able to keep looking downfield instead of looking at the rush is one of those things you either have or don’t have. I hope Vad has it.

We all know that if the hype on Vad is correct he will be the starting QB next year. I hope TW has a great game Saturday and pulls out the win. It will be a lasting memory.

gt4ever

December 27th, 2011
11:13 am

True Dawg Fan,

Put the jelly doughnuts down and walk away from the Dunkin Donuts, sluugard… You have NO clue, if you think it was something to beat AU and GT… Both terrible teams… Period. You guys get beat by all the good teams you play. Mich. St will be no different… You get whipped by a good Big Ten team… Pretty pathetic….

dawgfan

December 27th, 2011
11:24 am

“The El Paso Convention and Visitors Bureau expects about 5,000 out-of-town visitors for the game, the fewest total in years.”

LOL.

True Dawg Fan

December 27th, 2011
11:32 am

gt4ever

December 27th, 2011
11:13 am
True Dawg Fan,

Put the jelly doughnuts down and walk away from the Dunkin Donuts, sluugard… You have NO clue, if you think it was something to beat AU and GT… Both terrible teams… Period. You guys get beat by all the good teams you play. Mich. St will be no different… You get whipped by a good Big Ten team… Pretty pathetic….

you said we beat nobody yet both teams were ranked when we played and beat them. Quit your crying about an easy schedule, if we had that joke of a schedule we would have been 13-0 headed for the title game.

and no like I said before n erd we will beat MSU by 2 scores and head into next year with a top ten ranking but thanks for your concern.

The only thing that is pathetic is the tech football program, going 1-11 against your biggest rival, and 0-6 in bowl games. hahahahahaha enjoy the Sun Bowl ner ds

BigTimeTechFan

December 27th, 2011
11:34 am

@Born2Buzz
“Having the feel of the pocket and being able to keep looking downfield instead of looking at the rush is one of those things you either have or don’t have. I hope Vad has it”

Agree 100%

"expects fewest total in years" says the El Paso Convention Bureau

December 27th, 2011
11:41 am

Locals “expect the fewest tourists in years”. Go head Techers and blame this on the economy made far, far worse by Obama.

No local El Paso interest in the Sun Bowl, no regional fan interest and certainly no national college football interest with Fox Sports News saying that the 2011 Sun Bowl is # 27 out of 35 rated bowls and of course, UGA’s OUTBACK is # 5 says Fox.

This article pretty much sums up Georgia Tech football under CPJ …………. with probation and all.

Go YOU HAIRY DAWGS !!!!

gt4ever

December 27th, 2011
11:49 am

True Dawg Fan,

At least we have an excuse… Running a Crap offense and recruiting like Crap… You guys have “dream” team recruiting every year and still find it hard to beat anybody worth a damn…

The market has spoken

December 27th, 2011
11:49 am

UGA will play in the # 5 rated MAJOR bowl vs Big 10 team. Just behind the Rose, Sugar and Orange and Cotton is the OUTBACK BOWL, per Fox Sports. End of story.

Georgia Tech will play in the # 27th rated bowl. THAT says it all. NO ONE WILL attend and UGA SOLD OUT of their OUTBACK ticket allotment with more on demand. 000s of UGA cars will be in Tampa, just to enjoy the bowl, the surf the seafood and the vast TV audience.

Tech? Ducking stray bullets fired from over the border down in Ole Mexico. DUCK !!

Do not go out to eat, do not answer a kock at you hotel room door, while in El Paso.

Wear Kevlar clothing.

Smallest crowd expected in 45 years. AAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA

Results

December 27th, 2011
11:52 am

UGA’s DREAM TEAM? The RESULTS?

SEC EAST TITLE and MAJOR BOWL ………..rated # 5 by Fox Sports News. A mostly FROSH or RED SHIRT FROSH or Soph. team did this. THE DREAM TEAM I has paid off and wait until you see DTII. WOW !!!

True Dawg Fan

December 27th, 2011
11:52 am

gt4ever

December 27th, 2011
11:49 am
True Dawg Fan,

At least we have an excuse… Running a Crap offense and recruiting like Crap… You guys have “dream” team recruiting every year and still find it hard to beat anybody worth a damn…

ahahahahahahahahaha excuses??? Only crap teams like Tech need excuses on why they are crap.

The “Dream team” are all freshman, we arent worried one bit, and with they way 2012 and 13 are shaping up we will continue to bring in these dream recruiting classes and continue to dominate tech.

True Dawg Fan

December 27th, 2011
11:53 am

Results

December 27th, 2011
11:52 am
UGA’s DREAM TEAM? The RESULTS?

SEC EAST TITLE and MAJOR BOWL ………..rated # 5 by Fox Sports News. A mostly FROSH or RED SHIRT FROSH or Soph. team did this. THE DREAM TEAM I has paid off and wait until you see DTII. WOW !!!

Dont forget the following 2013 dream team III !!!

Another comp

December 27th, 2011
11:56 am

Given that UGA has all kinds of AA players, how many did GT have this year???

In other words, playing in THE LEAGUE >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> the SEC vs ACC, the AA/ALL SEC accolades are far greater for UGA men, than for GT in that sassy, sissy ACC.

What true dawg doesn't love Cox?

December 27th, 2011
11:58 am

Some great post there true dawg fag!!

What true dawg doesn't love Cox?

December 27th, 2011
11:59 am

GTBob

December 27th, 2011
12:01 pm

UGA will play in the # 5 rated MAJOR bowl vs Big 10 team.

HAHA. The outback bowl is barely even the 5th best SEC bowl. It’s humorous watching UGA fans pretend like they made a meaningful bowl game.

Blue Pants

December 27th, 2011
12:02 pm

watch out Cox…… he may try to hunker down on you…..LOL

GTBob

December 27th, 2011
12:21 pm

Dont forget the following 2013 dream team III !!!

If UGA recruited the Green Bay Packers they still wouldn’t come close to doing anything meaningful. Amazing that UGA fans are still believing that high recruiting numbers are all that it takes to win.

The truth hurts dawgies

December 27th, 2011
12:22 pm

Right on regarding Tevin and his “happy feet”. I’m a season tix holder, and I’ve noticed many times where there was no reason for TW to get happy feet. They don’t pass enough for him get a good feel for protection/oncoming rush.

GT beat Clemson … the ACC Champs. The only GOOD team the Jackets defeated. The same can NOT be said of the Dawgies…they beat nobody really considered “GOOD”.

It is what it is GA fans, and I know the truth hurts. Weakest SEC schedule in the history of the league, and you all are jumping around & cheering for being the tallest midget b/c the pups won the East.

GT had a “good” record (8-4), and other than Clemson, how good are UNC & NCST (the only other teams GT beat with winning records)?

Tech Troll 13

December 27th, 2011
12:26 pm

True Dawg Fan

Mke up your mind. Are we crap/joke or are we somebody?

Reality

December 27th, 2011
12:29 pm

Just ignore true dawg fan. He is mentally challenged and does not get out much.

Gt will win this game…they need the bowl victory. Although next year’s road schedule is tough, the only game GT might lose is @Clemson.

GO JACKETS!!!

True Dawg Fan

December 27th, 2011
12:31 pm

Tech Troll 13

December 27th, 2011
12:26 pm
True Dawg Fan

Mke up your mind. Are we crap/joke or are we somebody?

Well seeing as your carppy team was ranked somehow when we beat you, the polsters thought you were were someone. Us Dawg fans havent considered you a legitimate opponent in over a decade.

True Dawg Fan

December 27th, 2011
12:33 pm

Reality

December 27th, 2011
12:29 pm
Just ignore true dawg fan. He is mentally challenged and does not get out much.

Gt will win this game…they need the bowl victory. Although next year’s road schedule is tough, the only game GT might lose is @Clemson.

GO JACKETS!!!

hahahahahaha thats hillarious. Tech will be 8-4 or 7-5 like always. Even if you played in the big east the results would be the same…… Embarrassing

True Dawg Fan

December 27th, 2011
12:33 pm

Just ignore me. I am a walmart retard.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

December 27th, 2011
12:33 pm

Noticed last night that the Mizzou fans were chanting SEC during their win over an ACC team. Welcome to the show Mizzou, but realize that it has become standard for you, as an SEC team to manhandle the ACC. Good start.