More from Johnson, Gregory, Joseph


As advertised, some notes from Paul Johnson (and Brian Gregory and MaChelle Joseph) from the Georgia Tech Caravan Tuesday night.

Each coach gave a lengthy overview of his or her team’s past season and what lies ahead. If you read the blog fairly regularly, you’ve heard most of what Johnson said. A few things that I don’t think I’ve heard or found interesting:

1. For summer 7-on-7 passing sessions, Tech players have organized games with players from Georgia State (knew that) and even as far as Furman (didn’t know that).

2. The team had nine scholarship seniors last year and will have 10 this year, but the classes are more balanced in terms of position and class than when Johnson arrived.

“Coach (Chan) Gailey had left some outstanding student-athletes here when he left, but the numbers were kind of skewed,” he said.

3. Incoming freshman quarterback Justin Thomas won the 100-meter dash in the Class 4A-6A state championship in Alabama. His time was 10.79 seconds.

4. Johnson on the offensive line: “I think we have the chance to have the best offensive line we’ve had since I’ve been here.”

5. Incoming running back Marcus Allen will play B-back.

6. Johnson said that defensive end Euclid Cummings may have had the best spring practice of anyone on the team. If the season were to start tomorrow, Johnson said (which technically would be Wednesday), Cummings, Izaan Cross and Emmanuel Dieke would be in a three-man rotation at end.

7. Of redshirt freshman outside linebacker Tyler Marcodes, “we think he’s got a chance to be a real special player for us.” Marcodes is 6-4, 230.

8. Of redshirt freshman inside linebacker Anthony Harrell, “We refer to him as a heat-seeking missile. He just likes to hit somebody. It’s not always the right people or the right spot, but he’s going to hit somebody on every play. If we can kind of get him pointed in the right direction, I think he’s got a bright future, as well.”

9. On playing night games at Virginia Tech: “They will call you names that I’ve never heard in 30 years of coaching. It’s a great crowd, a great atmosphere.”

10. For the Presbyterian game following the Virginia Tech game, Johnson expects to not have a practice in pads. The team will return home early Tuesday, take that day off, have a typical Monday practice on Wednesday (heavy on correction) and then one practice to prep for Presbyterian on Thursday.

11. He noted the Miami game isa “big game for us. We have not played well against them the last couple of years. They’ve kind of had our number, so that’ll be a big game for us.”

Brian Gregory

1. Gregory raved about the improvement of point guard Mfon Udofia over the course of the season, saying he had improved in one season as much as anyone in his 20-plus years of coaching.

2. Corey Heyward, a signee from Peachtree Ridge and Hargrave Military Academy, has already enrolled. Other signees, who can enroll later this summer, are already coming in from home to work out at Tech.

3. The team had the highest team GPA of any Tech men’s basketball team in the past five  years.

4. Former players Zach Peacock and B.J. Elder are on track to graduate. A third, Jarrett Jack, is taking classes and is on track to graduate in 2013.

5. Gregory is hopeful about what the addition of Syracuse and Pittsburgh, as well as the resurgence of teams already in the league, will mean to ACC basketball. He noted that in the Big East, up to 10 teams have earned NCAA bids and that Connecticut won the tournament in 2011 after tying for ninth in the regular season and that Louisville reached the Final Four this year after finishing seventh.

“If you’re good enough to go through those 18 games and be picked as an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, you have the ability to make a run into the NCAA tournament,” he said.

MaChelle Joseph

1. Joseph, whose team made the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history, had nine of her 15 players make the dean’s list. All five of her seniors graduated.

2. Joseph was asked about replacing Sasha Goodlett, a first-round pick of the Indiana Fever. (Goodlett had five points and one rebound in 13 minutes in a preseason game against the Dream last Saturday.)

She noted that a player like Goodlett isn’t really replaced, but that the team redshirted Shayla Bivins, a 6-foot-5 junior. Bivins played minimally in the 2010 and 2011 seasons and Joseph decided to redshirt her and gave her a lot of individual instruction time, particularly on game days.

Joseph got in late in the recruitment of JeZhe Newton, a 6-foot-3 center from Arizona, and prevailed. Newton is ESPN’s No. 67 recruit and rounded out a class ranked 11th by ESPN.

“She’s ahead of Sasha when Sasha was a freshman,” Joseph said. “If she has the work ethic, heart, desire that Sasha Goodlett had, then she’ll be a better player.”

Forwards Danielle Hamilton-Carter and Tjasa Gortnar are two other solutions in the post.

3. The next step for the team is winning ACC regular-season and tournament titles, the elite eight and Final Four. Tech still needs an elite, elite player to build around, but Joseph said she feels like gaps have been filled with the incoming class.

Those players will need time to develop, she said, “but we really feel as though we have the depth and the talent on our roster starting next season to compete at a really high level in the ACC for the next couple of years.”

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

39 comments Add your comment


May 24th, 2012
4:20 pm

Ken Sugiura

May 24th, 2012
4:21 pm

well done, juvenal.


May 24th, 2012
4:22 pm

btw, Ken, we beat fsu in baseball…..

beat the Hokies

May 24th, 2012
4:40 pm

The best offensive line since ………

George Stein

May 24th, 2012
4:49 pm

Is there a more aptly named guy than Euclid Commings at Georgia Tech?

5150 UOAD

May 24th, 2012
4:50 pm

I didn’t realize the Presbyterian game was a Thursday Night and on a really short week. That will be a tough 5 days on the players bodies.


May 24th, 2012
4:51 pm

“I think we have the chance to have the best offensive line we’ve had since I’ve been here.”

Here you go Hokie…


May 24th, 2012
4:54 pm

5150, it’s a Saturday night game after a Monday night game.

GT Lee

May 24th, 2012
5:02 pm

5150 put the Jim Daniel’s down


May 24th, 2012
5:04 pm

Ken, I don’t think that #11 class ranking for MaChelle’s signees even includes Newton or Rodgers, yet. Pretty sure ESPN/HoopGurlz rankings haven’t been updated since before the spring signing period.


May 24th, 2012
5:31 pm

Incoming freshman quarterback Justin Thomas won the 100-meter dash in the Class 4A-6A state championship in Alabama. His time was 10.79 seconds.


Ken Sugiura

May 24th, 2012
5:33 pm

Tom – that’d be pretty impressive if the case.

If do right, no can defense

May 24th, 2012
5:35 pm

Nice to see academic progress under Gregory. He promised graduation rates would improve, so I guess he’s delivering. He is exactly the sort of coach we need… Hewitt can rot at GM.

Supersize that order, mutt

May 24th, 2012
5:37 pm

@ UOAD…….Afraid I have to echo GT Lee’s post. Sober up, son. LOL

Supersize that order, mutt

May 24th, 2012
5:39 pm

@ Ken……great writeup. The coaches said some of the same things when the caravan came to Augusta, but there was some new stuff in what you reported. It all sounds damn good !!!

GT Fan5

May 24th, 2012
5:41 pm

Can’t wait for Sept. 1st!…

FL Jacket

May 24th, 2012
6:28 pm

September cannot get here quick enough!


May 24th, 2012
6:56 pm

Here’s the url for the ESPN girls class rankings, and as you can see when you click on GT, it includes only the 4 early signees:

FL Jacket

May 24th, 2012
7:28 pm

Justin Thomas will be a bright star at Tech. Quickest burst I’ve seen in a long time here…he’ll be another guy they’ll have to find ways to put him on the field.

5150 UOAD

May 24th, 2012
8:15 pm

he team will return home early Tuesday, take that day off, have a typical Monday practice on Wednesday (heavy on correction) and then one practice to prep for Presbyterian on Thursday.

Sorry I read that as the GAME is on Thursday not the ONE day of practice being Thursday.

a possibility of another bama decommit

May 24th, 2012
9:48 pm

who could end up at gt in 2013

here are the buzz words. ill let you connect the dots..

justin thomas qb former 4* bama commit
Prattville, AL

oj howard wr current 4* bama commit
Prattville, AL

cordaro howard former gt ol
Prattville, AL

oj will be visiting gt. stay tuned.

a possibility of another bama decommit

May 24th, 2012
9:52 pm

gt is the only team recruiting te prospect oj howard as a wr.

given our recent success with putting blocking wr in the bigs i like our chances.

time to do some investigative reporting ken!!!!


May 24th, 2012
9:55 pm

Surprised by the comments about ILB. I think RS Freshman Harrell had a good spring, but RS Freshman Jabari Hunt Days is likely to be a starter at the beginning of the season, despite never having played a down of college football.

Supersize that order, mutt

May 24th, 2012
9:56 pm

If anybody sees GT66 on here tonight, please ask him to email me. I emailed him 3 weeks ago, and I still haven’t heard from him. Thanks

deuce coupe

May 24th, 2012
10:09 pm

… we have the chance to be the best …


May 24th, 2012
10:18 pm

“For summer 7-on-7 passing sessions, Tech players have organized games with players from Georgia State and even as far as Furman.”

Wow, this should have them fully prepared for FBS football. Maybe GT players will beat these guys soundly…Oh, I get it…It’s a feel good exercise directed by CPJ. They could organize games against Buford HS and feel just as good about themselves, huh? And no travel.

5150 UOAD

May 24th, 2012
10:24 pm

OkiedWag I guess they don’t want to do drugs, drive without a license, or beat their girlfriends like the UGa players like to do when they are not playing live football.

gt women signed 6 / ranked 4th

May 24th, 2012
10:55 pm

Georgia Tech head women’s basketball coach MaChelle Joseph has announced Je Zhe Newton and Roddreka Rogers have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Yellow Jackets beginning in 2012-13.

The pair joins the early signing class of Kym Ellison, Brittany Jackson, Breana McDonald and Aaliyah Whiteside, which was ranked fourth in the country by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. Both Newton and Rogers have fathers who played Division I basketball. Newton’s father Rob played at New Mexico from 1988-91 and Rogers’ father Rodney played at Wake Forest from 1990-93 and in the NBA from 1993-2005. ………………..

Jon Heisman

May 24th, 2012
10:58 pm


GSU had a guy picked in the draft. Bill Curry has been doing a good job preparing those kids. Hopefully we are not looking past those 7 on 7 scrimagges.

FL Jacket

May 24th, 2012
11:32 pm

“Rogers’ father Rodney played at Wake Forest from 1990-93 and in the NBA from 1993-2005.”

Rodney Rodgers has a college-age daughter? Wow do I feel old…


May 25th, 2012
6:22 am

Sounds like Harrell is picking up where J. Burnett left off.

I sure hope Julian is able to stay focused on school and get his degree. The TECH defense will surely miss this “heat seeking missile” in the fall.

With Thomas on the Flats, the QB competition a couple of years down the road should be incredible.

Ted DiBiase

May 25th, 2012
7:05 am

This will be a big year for the Jackets…


May 25th, 2012
8:08 am

Coach Joseph is first class! We are very fortunate!


May 25th, 2012
8:57 am

lol 5150 are you really that dense to think a team would play a game on monday and thursday. idiot!!!!


May 25th, 2012
9:38 am

I’m thinking we have a REAL good chance at beating the Presbyterians …… I know they will be looking for the upset win…


May 25th, 2012
9:44 am

I mean, don’t they have “GOD” on their side… :)

that other tech

May 25th, 2012
11:40 am

VT f___s sheep


May 25th, 2012
2:25 pm

Wesss beatsss techesters foreverwsers. Ous seresrs undersss sanfrersds staduimss isss fullessts of deags. Rufffesss, rrusss.

Not Disappointed!

May 25th, 2012
9:27 pm

Thanks for the update on the caravan!