Tevin Washington, part 2

Greetings-

Sorry this is late. I was detained by other work stuff, principally an interview with women’s basketball coach MaChelle Joseph and then some reporting at the South regional at the Georgia Dome. Onward to the second half of the interview with Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington, covering a variety of topics.

1. On playing Virginia Tech in the opener: “I’m excited, to be honest. We don’t have to wait until game 8 to play them. We get to come out, give our best shot to them coming out of the gate. I think it’s going to be a big game. I mean, I’m excited. I know everybody on the team is excited. It’s a big game, on Labor Day. I think it’s going to be a good game.”

He said it’s a motivation to players to play Virginia Tech instead of an FCS team in the opener.

“There’s a lot on the line coming out on the first game,” he said. “It’s a conference game, we’re going to get a chance to make a statement in the conference and I’m pretty sure nationally. So everybody’s hyped up and just ready to go.”

2. He noted that in the past two seasons, playing the Hokies later in the season, players are “kind of banged up” by that point. He said he didn’t mean to use that as an excuse for losing, ” But I just think we’re coming out of the gate playing them first. We’ll get a chance just to go out, everybody’s going to be fresh and get a chance to see who’s been preparing better in the summertime.”

3. Washington said he feels like a senior already (which he should, I suppose, as he already is one in academic standing). For one thing, he said, he has teammates asking him for his opinions on professors and classes. He looks around the locker room and can remember all the past teammates who have worn numbers, played positions and lockered in stalls that have been taken over by newer teammates.

Said Washington, “It’s changed totally.”

4. On the quarterback competition in spring practice: “It’s always a competition, especially at quarterback. Everybody always wants to see who the quarterback’s going to be. You just go out there and compete. Competition brings out the best in everybody. I’ll be ready to compete and they’ll be ready to compete. So we’ll bring our best.”

5. On Synjyn Days and Vad Lee: “I think both of them are good quarterbacks. They’re both competitive and they both like to compete. Synjyn, he likes to run the ball. Synjyn likes to get more involved with everything. He’s still young but he’s growing and just learning in the offense. Vad, he’s been in the offense through the season doing the option drills and going through offensive drills during the season, but from looking at him, you can tell he’s going to be a good player. He’s real athletic and he can do a lot of good things.”

6. On how much he has paid attention to Stephen Hill’s draft status: ” You can’t miss it. Steve’s on ESPN, NFL Network. You see him scroll across the screen when they have top receivers and top prospects coming out for the NFL draft.”

7. Washington said he was happy for Hill for achieving “every college athlete’s dream” to go professional. “You can’t do anything but be happy for him,” he said, particularly knowing how much work he put in to get to this point.

(Speaking of which, LSU receiver Rueben Randle, who is about in the same draft range as Hill, has his pro day today in Baton Rouge. Hill’s place on draft boards could be adjusted up/down based on Randle’s performance today. Sports Illustrated draft expert Tony Pauline places Hill behind Justin Blackmon, Michael Floyd and Kendall Wright and competing for fourth with Randle. Pauline’s blog is a good place to get an update. The 1:21 p.m. update reported Randle ran a 4.45 in the 40-yard dash.)

8. I asked Washington if Hill was the best athlete he’s played with. He hesitated, naming Morgan Burnett, Jonathan Dwyer, Derrick Morgan as other candidates, not to mention Michael Johnson and others I’m likely missing.

“I couldn’t put a finger on which one’s the best, but I’m pretty sure he’s up there with the rest of them,” he said. “You see him on the football field, but if you see him on the basketball court, you’ll see really all his athleticism. He’s real athletic. Steven can do stuff on the track, too. Steve, he’s a freak athlete.”

9. His assessment of receivers Jeff Greene and Darren Waller:

“Jeff, physically, he’s a big, tall receiver. He can go up and get the ball. Darren’s big, too. Darren’s more of a physical guy. You put your hands on him, hes’ going to let you know about it. Between the two of them, Jeff’s probably got a little more speed. I’m excited about it. Both of them are big receivers and anytime you’ve got a big receiver to throw to, they’re like two twin towers standing in the huddle. I’m excited.

“They’re both young. Both of them are eager to learn. It’s always a good feeling when you’re around other people that want to learn, want to work.”

10. On his summer plans (he interned with a law firm last summer):

“Right now, I don’t know what I’m going to do this summer. I’m looking into some internships right now, but I haven’t solidified any of them yet. But I’m going to be working an internship, get some co-op hours for the summer.”

11. On a Twitter account that apparently is trying to pass off as his:

“I had Twitter last summer, but I deactivated it. I got off it. … Real waste of time. I’ve got better stuff I’d like to be doing.”

12. His plans for spring break:

“Going home. Get some sleep in and just get ready for spring practice. That’s it.”

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

550 comments Add your comment

Marine Jacket

March 22nd, 2012
3:37 pm

Ken,

Where is the link to this on the Tech home page??? I had to click on your name to get to this.

Go Jackets

Jacket Fan

March 22nd, 2012
3:47 pm

I wish we’d try some of this triple option that Oregon runs. Justin Thomas or Vad would destroy defenses out of this shotgun/pistol formation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvM2KDn5yCo&feature=g-vrec&context=G24fb193RVAAAAAAAAAg

BigTimeTechFan

March 22nd, 2012
3:52 pm

I think playing VT is really going to help the team prepare, they will know they have to be ready day 1. then build off that.

Hope Greene, Waller, Jackson can play well at WR

Ramblnwrek

March 22nd, 2012
3:54 pm

FL Jacket

March 22nd, 2012
3:58 pm

Jacket Fan…

For the Nth time…totally different animal. We could absolutely run this offense out of the shotgun, but 2 negative things would happen…

1) We’d possess the ball less and put more fatigue on our defense. Last time I checked, Oregon’s defense gave up a buttload of points because their offense holds the ball less on each possession…plus they have more possessions to defend.

2) Why put your best playmakers in the TO offense (QB and BB) 5 yards behind the LOS? When they are up on the line even a dive that gets stuffed still nets 1-2 yards. Whn a team stunts on Oregon they lose yardage.

George Stein

March 22nd, 2012
4:00 pm

We already run that, Jacket Fan. Whether it’s out of the gun or from under center makes no difference.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PoXF1TUpP8

FL Jacket

March 22nd, 2012
4:08 pm

Does anyone else get that feeling watching Darren Waller that he could be that next BeyBey/Stephen Hill type of WR for us? He is so athletic on the punt block teams between his first-step and leaping ability…if he could develop some technique and show some good hands he could be a great WR.

BlackJacket

March 22nd, 2012
4:09 pm

Ken,

Thanks for all your work covering our Jackets. Do you know if any of the spring practices will be open to the public?

Thanks!

AGTFan53

March 22nd, 2012
4:25 pm

Off subject, but the thought just crossed my mind that BeyBey is going to have a monster season next year.

old tech grad

March 22nd, 2012
4:27 pm

tenth, but this seems to be as close as I can get to first. LOL

Go Jackets.

chester

March 22nd, 2012
4:29 pm

how about DAVID SIMS?

SansWorld

March 22nd, 2012
4:48 pm

“Twitter … Real waste of time. I’ve got better stuff I’d like to be doing.”

This kid is smart!

Dustin

March 22nd, 2012
4:55 pm

David Sims has already switched positons……A-back now as he was last season.

Hayseed Dixie

March 22nd, 2012
5:01 pm

I just want a WR that seals the deal on the favorable matchups (understatement, really) this offense creates in the secondary consistently. And yes, wide open counts as a favorable matchup.

I could be totally wrong- but I’d put some money I wouldn’t mind losing on seeing Tevin *and* Vad getting their own series against Polytech.

Anyone else think that no one having game film circa 2012 is advantage Jackets, more so than VaTech?

Jacket Fan

March 22nd, 2012
5:04 pm

George Stein,

Actually the play you refer to on youtube is not the same play b/c we don’t have the option to run to the left side of the field. This play is predetermined to go to the right side of the field.

I just think if we had the “option” to be explosive on either side of the field it would be more effective.

Jacket Fan

March 22nd, 2012
5:19 pm

All the triple option plays that we run, only give us the option of running on ONE half of the field because the dive is up the middle and then the QB and A-Back run to one side of the field that has been determined pre-snap.

We do run counter plays, but this play does NOT give us the option after the snap to run the play on either side of the field.

Just trying to give suggestions with the Oregon tape, but I don’t remember seeing anything out of our playbook in the past 2 or 3 years that give the triple option to either edge of the field like Oregon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvM2KDn5yCo&feature=g-vrec&context=G24fb193RVAAAAAAAAAg

Not Disappointed!

March 22nd, 2012
5:41 pm

Have a great Spring Tevin!

Ramblin Wreck!

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230gr Full Metal Jacket

March 22nd, 2012
5:48 pm

FL Jacket, I agree with you 100% about Waller. He has outstanding physical traits to work with and could very easily be the next Johnson/Thomas/Hill. This coming season Tech HAS to get better production from the B-Back position and the passing game has to improve dramatically or we will be in for a llloooooonnnnggggggggggg season (Unless the Defense makes a dramatic advance, which I’m not particularly expecting this year. I think we are one season away from having a VERY good defense though!).

Ken Sugiura

March 22nd, 2012
5:58 pm

Black Jacket – I don’t know, but my guess is it will be closed, as was the case last spring. The Saturday morning scrimmages have been open (unless my memory is failing me) and I’d think would be again.
No update on David Sims. What do you want to know, exactly?

George Stein

March 22nd, 2012
6:03 pm

That particular play may have been predetermined, Jacket Fan, but we do run counter option plays where the dive goes to one side and the pitch goes to the other.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 22nd, 2012
6:14 pm

@ Dustin……David Sims is a B-back, not an A-back

George Stein

March 22nd, 2012
6:21 pm

Did you run 26 again this past Sunday, Ken?

crackbaby

March 22nd, 2012
6:31 pm

Nice switch-up to take on the Hokies first. CPJ could add some wrinkles to the offense in the off-season. However, it will boil down to:

1) Can GT stop Logan Thomas (Va Tech QB), and
2) Can the Jackets execute on offense enough to sustain drives and score TDs.

I can’t see Vad Lee starting his first college game against the Hokies – the backup QB armchair whiners will be out in force if GT loses.

Thanks for the post, Ken. Look forward to Machelle Joseph’s comments, too.

superDawg

March 22nd, 2012
7:01 pm

Ya’ll is some cheatin goons.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 22nd, 2012
7:19 pm

Hey, superDawg, where you hiding those hashbrowns tonight?

Supersize that order, mutt

March 22nd, 2012
7:27 pm

I bet you stuffed them down your red pan ties, didn’t you?

Techster

March 22nd, 2012
8:00 pm

Ken, how about an interview with Vad Lee?

D-Vegas

March 22nd, 2012
8:30 pm

Regardless of what he does on the field Tevin seems like a fine young man with everything in sight for him. He understands his future is not football but he will be more successful than many other college football players that made their college choice purely on W’s and nfl potential.

George Stein

March 22nd, 2012
8:56 pm

I’d be shocked if Johnson allowed Lee to be made available to media, Techster.

Agree, D-Vegas. I think it’s a compliment to say that he’s a better representative of Tech and his family than he is a football player.

BGA

March 22nd, 2012
9:08 pm

Too bad hill wasn’t utilized like he could and should have been. That’s some great coaching GT!

FL Jacket

March 22nd, 2012
9:14 pm

BGA…

If Stephen Hill wasn’t a potential 1st round pick (and more like a 3rd or 4th rounder)…”GT and CPJ can prepare WR for the NFL draft”

If Stephen Hill is a 1st round pick…”Way to go GT and CPJ for underutilizimg him”

Can’t have it both ways dude…

bob in nc

March 22nd, 2012
10:06 pm

Supersize that order, mutt

March 22nd, 2012
10:10 pm

@ FLJ ….. WELL PUT !!!. The haters would make laugh if they weren’t so pathetic.

Dawg48

March 22nd, 2012
10:12 pm

I’m a proud new papa!

Supersize that order, mutt

March 22nd, 2012
10:22 pm

CONGRATS, Dawg48 !!!!
I hope mother and daughter are both doing well !!!

OkieDawg

March 22nd, 2012
10:24 pm

Yeah, GT football with Tevin is on fire…But wait, remind me again how many commits GT has for 2013. The Great State produces around 200 D1 signees each year and GT has how many? GT is the joke by the Coke. I smell smoke in the ghetto…

Supersize that order, mutt

March 22nd, 2012
10:28 pm

OkieDawg, so where do you stache your hashbrowns? I hope you have a good supply of handy wipes to get rid of the skid marks

OkieDawg

March 22nd, 2012
10:30 pm

Hi Super, C’mon man you’re better than that.

George Stein

March 22nd, 2012
10:32 pm

Awesome, 48. Congratulations. I hope she’s healthy and lives a long, happy life.

George Stein

March 22nd, 2012
10:33 pm

Don’t be a troll, Okie. Wanna be cool and talk football? I think you’d find a receptive audience.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 22nd, 2012
10:35 pm

Better than what? You come on a Tech blog spouting meaningless drivel, and you don’t like being given a taste of your own medicine? If you think no commitments this early in the recruiting process really means anything, then you just show yourself to be a typical ignorant troll. Why not take lessons from Dawg48 who actually has friends on the Tech blogs and always has meaningful and intelligent things to say?

OkieDawg

March 22nd, 2012
10:38 pm

George Stein…Okay, good comment. Who are the top 3 targets on GT’s recruiting Board and are they likely to sign with GT? I can give you UGA’s next 3 if you are interested.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 22nd, 2012
10:40 pm

Okie, I’m pretty sure none of us give a damn who’s on UGA’s list. Why do you care who’s on Tech’s list?

FL Jacket

March 22nd, 2012
10:43 pm

Okie…

Juwaan Williams (QB), Shamire Devine (OL), Davin Bellamy (DE)

All about 90% will commit, IMHO. Why should we be impressed at uGA needing to give offers this early since the are currently 31 spots down? That’s like 3-4 spots per position…y’all better be signing people right now.

OkieDawg

March 22nd, 2012
10:43 pm

@Super…Remember.. Keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer.

OkieDawg

March 22nd, 2012
10:47 pm

Fl Jacket…3 maybees, Sweet.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 22nd, 2012
10:48 pm

Okie, I have no enemies…..unless you want to count the trolls like you who apparently despise me. But I consider that to be a badge of honor. Thanks for not liking me.

FL Jacket

March 22nd, 2012
10:48 pm

Okie…

Have no fear…Michael Carvell will show up on Robert Nkemdiche’s doorstep for an interview and last-minute flip attempt before he signs with Bama…

Supersize that order, mutt

March 22nd, 2012
10:49 pm

Okie, you still haven’t told us why you even care? Are you that obsessed with Tech? If so, then why not just get rid of those silly red pan ties and be a man?