Paul Johnson at ACC Media Days

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson’s optimism regarding the 2012 season didn’t cause any jaws to drop, given the hopeful talk that every coach at ACC Media Days offered Monday. Regardless, with fall camp opening Aug. 3, Johnson sounded like a coach who likes the work his team has done over the summer.

“I love the attitude of our team right now,” Johnson said in a 47-minute interview with a gaggle of reporters.

Johnson was pleased with the reports he has received about new strength and conditioning coach John Sisk, hired in May to replace Neal Peduzzi. He also expressed his optimism about new special-teams coordinator David Walkosky, Johnson’s first special-teams only coach.

Regarding special teams, Johnson said he sees a difference in attitude among starters.

In the past, “it’s kind of like they’ve done it because I think they knew I kind of wanted them to and it was expected,” he said. “Now they’re more excited to do it than they have been in the past.”

Johnson said he’s gotten glowing reviews from players about Sisk, who has made the summer workouts more fun for them.

“I think they’ve really bought into what he’s asking them to do,” he said.

Other items of interest from Johnson:

- B-back David Sims had surgery four weeks ago to repair a stress fracture but is “full go.”

- Of quarterback Synjyn Days and a possible move to A-back, Johnson said, “If he doesn’t beat Tevin (Washington) out in the first two weeks of fall camp, I don’t want him standing over there (on the sideline) in a baseball cap.” Johnson affirmed Days’ playmaking ability and his desire to get him on the field but noted also his habit of fumbling.

Johnson said Days needs to not play “like a wild pony.”

- A-back Orwin Smith will “probably be highlighted a little more than we have in the past,” Johnson said, while the other starter will be more of a role player. Deon Hill and Robert Godhigh are among possibilities, though Johnson will continue to use a rotation.

“The guy that blocks the best will be the one that plays,” Johnson said.

148 comments Add your comment

HouseDivided

July 23rd, 2012
10:35 pm

Go Jackets! Coach Johnson has good reason for optimism. Orwin is the real deal and will have another great year.

GT1971

July 23rd, 2012
10:38 pm

Football season can’t get here soon enough!

BLT

July 23rd, 2012
10:41 pm

I hope Days plays like a “wild horse” that can’t be tamed. Get him the in games. Go Jackets!

Todd

July 23rd, 2012
10:43 pm

To He!! with Georgia!

BLT

July 23rd, 2012
10:44 pm

Oh yeah, watch Goghigh knock an opponent twice his size on his rear end. I’ve seen it!

Ol'JacketFan

July 23rd, 2012
10:44 pm

As we know from past experience CPJ is not one given to gratuitous praise so to hear his comments about the team’s good attitude speaks volumes about where they are going into camp. Keep working hard and good things are going to happen this season!

Go Jackets!

BLT

July 23rd, 2012
10:46 pm

Godhigh…sorry.
Can’t wait for GT football!

Hayseed Dixie

July 23rd, 2012
10:50 pm

Having flashbacks of Orwin Smith taking it to the house.

How about Tony Zenon on a wheel route?

All Tevin has to do is complete one more out of ten passes, and it’s gonna be a great season.

Dawgs

July 23rd, 2012
11:02 pm

Tech will go somehing like 6-6 this year….NO DEFENSE!!!

SansWorld

July 23rd, 2012
11:18 pm

Which 6 teams will beat Tech?

Supersize that order, mutt

July 23rd, 2012
11:19 pm

Dwags …… you’d better worry more about the dwag O-line than the Tech D. Things have changed at Tech since last year, and the D is one of them. GO JACKETS !!!!

GTPhenom

July 23rd, 2012
11:26 pm

Funny Dawgs, the defense returns 4 out of 5 major players in a secondary that topped the ACC last season, their best pass rusher in the LB Corps, and have some big guys sitting on that D-Line. I actually feel pretty confident that our defense will be just fine this season.You’re going to see many more mixed packages at GT this season, ranging from the 1-5-5, the 3-3-5, the 4-2-5 (common nickel), and variations on the dime with the 4-1-6 and the 3-2-6. And the best part is that the GT defense now has the depth and playmakers in the backfield to play around with these formations. For the past two years with CAG, we’ve been limited to base 3-4 situations, and occasional nickel and dime packages. Now, you’re really going to see a GT defense that mixes up its formations, and sends pressure from every part of the field. That is the best part about having an elite, young, playmaking secondary and the 3-4; you never know where the pressure is coming from on the field. CAG has been at this more than long enough to know how to disguise where pressure is coming from. Add in finally that GT is I believe the only team to run the 3-4 in the ACC. That means that any time you come up to face the Jackets, you are preparing for an offensive system you rarely see during the season, and a defensive system you rarely see during the season. And just letting you know now Dawgs, the Jackets might be copying the success of your defense from last season if Barnes in the middle can throw around his big 340 pound frame out there. Amazing what the 3-4 can do with a true NT in the middle. Oh, and good luck with all the high expectations this year buddy. I think we all remember how that turned out for your “incredible” team in 08. Can’t wait til Thanksgiving weekend. THWg

ColoradoJacket

July 23rd, 2012
11:27 pm

Actually Dawgs, you better hope the Judge is available on Saturday mornings to set bail so you can field a team.

Big Crimson 75

July 23rd, 2012
11:30 pm

Tech needs to win the ACC this year.
Big year for Johnson.
3 neutral years in a row with that elitist attitude He carries on his shoulder and it’s hot seat USA!!
Y’all can do it!!
All you gotta do is beat VT then 2 guys named Jimbo & Dabo!!

GTPhenom

July 23rd, 2012
11:32 pm

Right now I have three major concerns for this team, and that is it. 1) Can Barnes step up and be our primary NT? Every team that successfully runs the 3-4 at any level of football has to have a NT to plug up the middle and shut down the opposing teams running game. We saw last year against Clemson that Barnes can EASILY be that type of player. But he has got to be more consistent if the defense is going to be a top 25 defense

2) Can Tevin Washington find more consistency? Some people are going to blame other players on the team, but as far as I’m concerned, our offense is only going to go as far as Tevin Washington (or whoever ends up being the QB) takes us. He doesn’t have to be great. He simply has to be EFFICIENT. Make the right reads, throw decent passes, and the offense can be near unstoppable.

3) Who steps up at WR? I know I said TW will determine how far this offense will go, and I truly believe that, but who is going to step up and help in the passing game. The O-Line already looks better than ever, but the lack of established receivers is a concern. Look for Jeff Greene to finally realize his potential and become the next star Wideout our team needs.

JacketNation

July 23rd, 2012
11:51 pm

Are you ready for some Football? Go JACKETS!!!

macrotech

July 23rd, 2012
11:54 pm

Go Tech!!! Welcome back Supersize!!!

GIVE ME A BREAK

July 24th, 2012
12:08 am

I’m not worried about the team at all. CPJ showed that he is going to do all that he can to win and that’s good enough for me. Hiring a ST coach was a big change for him after he had said for years that he doesn’t need one. Good things are going to happen this season. ” LET’S GO JACKETS “

Supersize that order, mutt

July 24th, 2012
12:09 am

thanks, macro

Randy From Macon

July 24th, 2012
12:25 am

I have total confidence in CPJ. I believe Tevin is going to have a great year and surprise some of the negative thinkers on this blog. Our offensive line is a strong point, and our running backs are going to do very well on the edge. Our defense will be markedly improved – linebackers and secondary especially. Special teams will be improved also. I think we are poised for a great resurgence in GT football. The recruiting is better than ever. We will beat VT in the opening game and have a great season. Go Jackets!

Great Offensive Mind

July 24th, 2012
12:59 am

First play: “Run left”
Second Play: “Run right”
Third Play: “Run up the middle”

Yeah…exciting!

Randy From Macon

July 24th, 2012
1:15 am

It might not be exciting, but I want to win the football game. And I think we are in a great position to win every game on our schedule. I think you are going to be surprised at the efficiency of our offense and the improvement of our defense this year. And don’t forget about special teams. The bottome line is to win the football game. I have great confidence in our coaches and our players to win football games this year. I don’t think you will be watching run left, run right, run up the middle too often. And even if you do, if it works, AWESOME! Go Jackets!

GTPhenom

July 24th, 2012
3:00 am

Lol. Great Offensive Mind, last I checked, it’s been pretty damn effective to this point. Jealous much?

chas_jacket

July 24th, 2012
8:28 am

GTphenom – on question 3, i would love to see travin henry (6′4″, 230) and waller (6′5″, 220) out there. They would be tough to match one on one and have the size to be devastating blockers. PJ has mentioned he may use a true freshman at WR, so perhaps he has similar thoughts.

chas_jacket

July 24th, 2012
8:34 am

Also add Greene at 6′4″ in the mix. Believe i saw him listed at 6′6″ somewhere. Of course the bigger issue is can we throw the ball where they can catch it.

JC

July 24th, 2012
8:37 am

What’s the good word?

WnE

July 24th, 2012
8:38 am

re:
chas_jacket
July 24th, 2012
8:28 am

GTphenom – on question 3, i would love to see travin henry (6′4″, 230) and waller (6′5″, 220) out there. They would be tough to match one on one and have the size to be devastating blockers. PJ has mentioned he may use a true freshman at WR, so perhaps he has similar thoughts.
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The new Media guide is out in PDF format and Travin Henry measured 6-3
210 lbs., not 6-4 230.

Also T-Fr DE Francis Kallon came in bigger than expected at 6-5 289lbs. while DE Pat Gamble came in smaller than expected at 6-5 262, Gamble was projected to be about 6-5 280 to 285lbs.

I think you can find the new Media guide/ prospectus at Ramblinwreck.com

JC

July 24th, 2012
8:40 am

Kallon is going to be a beast

chas_jacket

July 24th, 2012
8:53 am

Summer weights are going to fluctuate a great deal, but we have more size at wr than in the past. Waller really seems hungry.

While i’m sure CPJ wants to RS Kallon, it may be tough. The pics of him at 270 were of one chiseled dude. He is going to be a great one like D Morgan. Has a great attitude also.

http://gridirondigest.wordpress.com/2012/07/08/player-interviews-georgia-tech-defensive-end-francis-kallon/

Top 30 recruiting class

July 24th, 2012
8:54 am

All the excitement is funny. GT still loses to either Miami or VT.

WnE

July 24th, 2012
8:58 am

re:
chas_jacket
July 24th, 2012
8:53 am

Summer weights are going to fluctuate a great deal, but we have more size at wr than in the past. Waller really seems hungry.

While i’m sure CPJ wants to RS Kallon, it may be tough. The pics of him at 270 were of one chiseled dude. He is going to be a great one like D Morgan. Has a great attitude also.

http://gridirondigest.wordpress.com/2012/07/08/player-interviews-georgia-tech-defensive-end-francis-kallon/
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That new updated media guide is supposed to have official hts. & wgts. of incoming freshmen after they have been officially weighed in when they reported.

I don’t think there’d be much fluctuation in that.

Greater Offensive Mind

July 24th, 2012
9:43 am

First play: “Run left”
Second Play: “Run right”
Third Play: “Run up the middle” SCORE!!

Yeah… very exciting!

crackbaby

July 24th, 2012
9:50 am

@ Randy from Macon – I’m with you, Bro! Should be an exciting season. A lot hinges on that first game. A tall task to beat Beamer’s bunch in Blacksburg.

CPJ will likely mix it up this year. Some shotgun formations and maybe a short passing game (say it ain’t so! LOL).

crackbaby

July 24th, 2012
9:51 am

Look for some surprises in the first game. Some new plays/formations to keep Va Tech’s D off balance.

Americus Jacket

July 24th, 2012
10:04 am

I noticed another, “this offense is boring,” comment. Am I the only one who finds the offense exciting? I love it, and I have since the first big run in Johnson’s first season. I wish our defense was a little better, and I hope that the 3-4 will be better after a few years of recruiting and teaching for that defense. But our offense? I know we will score a bunch of points, and to me, that’s exciting.

1 4 GT

July 24th, 2012
11:01 am

I’m having the bigun!! Look out ‘Lizabeth, here I come Honey!! gollum actually posted without being negative!! Has he begun to metamorphosize right before our eyes??

5150 UOAD

July 24th, 2012
11:02 am

Great Offensive Mind
July 24th, 2012
12:59 am

First play: “Run left”
Second Play: “Run right”
Third Play: “Run up the middle”

Yeah…exciting!
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I think that was the exact game plan that won Dooley and UGa a national Championship in 1980.
I think it got Nebraska a few national Championships too.

Tech/App St fan

July 24th, 2012
11:03 am

Hopefully, Tech can stop (or slow) that big hokie QB. Could not-
did not last year.

Tech Troll 13

July 24th, 2012
11:03 am

I’m with you Americus Jacket. I love this offense, and a by product is that it doesn’t take four hours to play a game.

5150 UOAD

July 24th, 2012
11:07 am

dawgfan

July 24th, 2012
11:13 am

“I think that was the exact game plan that won Dooley and UGa a national Championship in 1980.
I think it got Nebraska a few national Championships too.”

The only problem with that rosy logic is that you don’t have guys like Herschel Walker and Eric Crouch on your team. You’ve got a bunch of 3 star nobodies that chose Tech over Middle Tennessee State or Duke. Another flaw in that logic is that it is no longer 1980 or even 1997. It is 2012. Check your calendar. The game has changed a great deal. It is no longer sufficient to be good at just one thing on offense, such an option running game. You have to be balanced and multi-dimensional. That 1997 Nebraska team that you referenced could run AND throw the ball quite well. Defenses are too fast, athletic and savy these days to be successful any other way. Maybe not so much in the ACC, but in the big boy leagues that is certainly the case. You should know this by your team’s putrid performance against Georgia last year. What was it, 70 total yards in the 2nd half? You call that big boy football Techies? Our defense will probably face a stiffer challenge against Buffalo.

Class dismissed.

chas_jacket

July 24th, 2012
11:14 am

14GT, gollum was probably trying to bait me into responding by being civil – which i will not do until he admits he is not a GT fan/alum.

5150 UOAD

July 24th, 2012
11:15 am

Francis G. Kallon’s QUOTE of the Day from Facebook.

God’s love does not allow lovers to belong anymore to themselves, but they belong only to the Beloved – Nathan King

GT Lee

July 24th, 2012
11:15 am

1 4 GT…..I thought the exact same thing!

Supersize that order, mutt

July 24th, 2012
11:18 am

I’m with Americus Jacket and Tech Troll 13—-I LOVE our offense, and it is every bit as exciting as any other offense being run. The only problem for Tech thus far under Johnson has been the D and the special teams, but the D is steadily improving, and with the new ST coach, that’s bound to be much better this year too

Supersize that order, mutt

July 24th, 2012
11:22 am

It never ceases to amaze me how dwagfan thinks his opinions count for anything. Has he ever actually posted anything intelligent or fact-based? In a word—–NO !!!!

CE'91

July 24th, 2012
11:22 am

I guess I am one of the “negative nellies” about our season this year. I just don’t see the physical ability in Tevin, who by all accounts is a great guy and one of the hardest workers on the team – supposedly always putting in the extra time, sweat, etc. With all that said, I was hoping Days or Lee would supplant him. The fact that they could not does not leave me with boundless optimism.

I hope I am wrong, and I will gladly eat two servings of crow if TW brings us roaring out the gate. No matter what – GO JACKETS!!!!

GT fan

July 24th, 2012
11:23 am

Tech/App St fan ….

Logan Thomas had the best game of his career vs. GT last season, and the Hokies needed every bit of it. Had Attouchu not committed the PF penalty, I fully believe the Jackets would’ve won the game, even with the Hokies going 13 of 16 on 3rd downs.

Sept 3rd will be the first college start for 4 OL, 2 WRs, and the Hokies’ replacement for David Wilson.

GT Lee

July 24th, 2012
11:23 am

Hey dwagfan, shouldn’t you be following CMR around with a bedpan so you can analyze his bowel movement?

dwagfan=CMR’s Official Poo Inspector

Thanks

5150 UOAD

July 24th, 2012
11:24 am

dwagfan…..and what Exactly has UGa done with all those GREAT players tech doesn’t have?
last 4 years

Richt 34-19
Johnson 34-19