Tevin Washington at Media Days

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington was his typical positive self Sunday, giving reports on the work that he and the team have done over the summer to prepare for the season.

“I’ve been working on everything,” Washington said. “When we start the season, we’ll see how much better my game is.”

He also provided his insight into the second half of last season, in which the Yellow Jackets finished 2-5 after starting the season 6-0. Washington said the team became complacent after the strong start.

Going to play Virginia in the seventh game of the season, “We felt like we were just going to go in there and take it,” he said. “We found out the hard way” the necessity of preparing each week.

Washington said it took the team two weeks (the Jackets lost the following week to Miami) to recover, when they beat then-undefeated Clemson.

Said Washington, “I think experience-wise, it taught us a valuable lesson going into this season.”

Washington said he has been working on all manner of throws in workouts with teammates, from short- to long-range.

“I’ve just been making sure, when I get the chance to throw the football, I’m dependable, like Coach (Paul Johnson) can count on me no matter what the throw may be,” he said.

LINK: Washington addresses electronic media Sunday.

20 comments Add your comment

Dr. Nick

July 23rd, 2012
7:16 am

Let’s hope he and coach Johnson have discovered a short passing game. It seems like all his pass attempts last year were long routes.

Technically Correct

July 23rd, 2012
8:32 am

Let’s hope that Tech gets way out front early and often, so some other QBs get expereince.

NYJacket

July 23rd, 2012
9:09 am

How in the H___ can a team think they are going to win by just showing up?

JM

July 23rd, 2012
9:24 am

I hate to hear that college players keep having to learn lessons the hard way.

You play like you practice. 100% effort in practice will show dividends on game day.

Of course most non-athletes have trouble learning this lesson too.

Chuck Allison

July 23rd, 2012
9:43 am

I don’t think it helps to suggest short passing routes. In Johnson’s mind, the only purpose of a pass is to loosen up the defense so you can run more successfully. He is never going to install a short passing game.

5150 UOAD

July 23rd, 2012
10:21 am

Did what just happened at Penn St make them moving to the ACC much easier?
If the Big 10 bans them from TV I think the ACC moves FAST to get Penn St.

wreckbone

July 23rd, 2012
10:41 am

I believe Johnson is looking for a running QB who can pass on the run effectively. He keeps telling QBs in HS that if they can do that, he can build an offense around them. I think washington has been dependable and solid for the most part. I think we have 2 candidates that have much promise to take over. So I am hoping to keep improving as a team and soemtime soon we will have a QB that can deliver what Johnson wants. Hopefully sooner as Tevin can be that guy. He is close. Don’t think CPJ can’t coach passing games, he was at Hawaii when they were lighting it up through the air.

Since Johnson got here I had wished he could have had an understading with Tenuta. We woudl get burned at times but were ranked highly in many areas. He kept us winning for a long time. I am ready to forget all about that as I want Groh’s defense to play like that.

yeller bug

July 23rd, 2012
10:54 am

I think a short passing game gives us another weapon in our arsenal and it also accomplishes the “loosening up of the defense as CHuck put it to enhance our running attack. Safeties can’t come crashing in on the pitch man if we throw some curl routes to A backs. We don’t have to change game plans, but throw enough of them successfully to make the D defend against it.

GTpack

July 23rd, 2012
11:30 am

I agree with yeller bug and Dr. Nick, too many times we have gone for the bomb and totally made bad throws. Short passes can equate to a bomb and put the defense on their heels, plus give the qb confidence and the receivers practice of actually catching a football.

In either case, the throws have to be much more accurate than the last several years and much work has to be done with the receivers to get the timing and the routes down. Also, the receivers have to make catches on balls that are catch-able.

No practice = crap passing game, even if the pass is once in a blue moon.

As for complacency, that seems to be the mark of our football teams over the last decade. They play tough opponents just good enough to still lose, and play weak opponents like the win is guaranteed. Athletes need to understand, those weaker opponents are fired up and want to prove everyone wrong and will hit you in the mouth given the chance. The team needs to take care of business early, and give the backups a chance to play so they will be ready when truly needed.

5150 UOAD

July 23rd, 2012
12:07 pm

The QB’s and others have been running 7-on-7 against Morehouse all off season. The players have been going to local high schools to run passing drill on their own all summer long.

Buzzy

July 23rd, 2012
12:37 pm

Disturbing. Kids seem to be less coachable with all of the Twitters and media attention reminding them how great they are. Coaches, especially CPJ, try to dismantle the attitude, but it apparently is not working. High school kids are calling press conferences ablout where they want to play – WUWT???
Tech ran through several nobodies to 6-0. Why wouldn’t that fit in their big heads?
Tech always plays better when they are hungry, the underdog.

GT Football

July 23rd, 2012
1:14 pm

I don’t know why there’s all this talk about the ACC getting Penn St. I hope we don’t get Penn St. I don’t want their negative publicity in our conference and it will be a while before they recover as a football squad (if at all). Remember, their success for so long was under the same coach. We haven’t seen them play under another coach. I wish we would go after Kentucky. ACC would get another top notch basketball program and mediocre football squad that it’s ups and downs.

www

July 23rd, 2012
1:23 pm

no need for kentucky in the acc. let the sec keep ‘em.

the acc should begin talks with penn state now, with an eye to changing conferences in 4 or 5 years. i think psu alumni will have had enough of losing to big10 teams by then and be ready for a change.

gt4ever

July 23rd, 2012
1:28 pm

@Buzzy

Indeed, they played 6 nobodies and won… Woopee $hit! You are absolutely right about playing better when their hungry… Everybody plays better when they are underdogs…..

GT Football

July 23rd, 2012
1:36 pm

www,

why get Penn St. though? Penn St. isn’t good at any of the sports. I understand Syracuse and Pitt because at least they dominate in basketball.

GT fan

July 23rd, 2012
1:48 pm

UNC & NCST were decent opponents in GT’s 6-0 start. UNC had some stud DLmen.
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Wreckbone … absolutely PJ is looking for a QB who can pass on the run. Nesbitt couldn’t do it, and neither can TW. Hopefully he’s found one in either Vad, JT, or both.

I remember a play from Nesbitt a couple years back vs. NCST. 0-0 game, late 1st qtr, GT 3rd&9 from it’s own 20′ish yd line. Nesbitt drops back, gets flushed to his right, and overthrows a WIDE OPEN (and by wide open, I mean either a TD, or a 50+ yd gain) O. Smith in the flats. Next play, NCST blocks GT’s punt & recovers in the end zone for a TD.

TW last year vs. Miami … 1st play of the game … TW rolls right, and throws over & behind a WIDE OPEN O. Smith across the middle (again a 40-50 yd, if not TD, gain) that is picked by the Canes.

10-20 yd passes, on the run, have to be completed … especially when the receiver is WIDE OPEN. Asking a QB to throw 30-50 yd passes, on the run, is a different story.

Defense, special teams, TOs, and player health. TOs & player health were not a problem in 2011, D & STs were. Improve in the 2 areas, even marginally, with good TO margin & player health = 8-9+ Ws in 2012.

Beat UGA

July 23rd, 2012
10:22 pm

The reason you don’t see many short passes is because the defense tends to put 9 men within 7 yards of the scrimmage line in an effort to stop the run. That also stops the short passes, and increases the probability of a deflected pass and an interception. Mid range and longer passes should work.

www

July 25th, 2012
12:36 am

“gt football” i think the acc should target penn state because of the size of their fan base/audience, primarily.

they have 500,000 living alumni. that makes them one of the top 5 tv draws, even over the past 20 years when they have been mostly mediocre. their athletic department is one of the top 5 most profitable year after year. that’s a strong asset for the acc.

and wouldn’t we all rather watch tech play penn state than wake forest or duke?

and sure, syracuse and pittsburgh have stronger basketball programs than penn state but 80-90% of the money in tv sports follows football, not basketball.

one penn state is worth a syracuse and pitt (and a couple of other mediocre acc programs) put together, in terms of tv money/tv draw/audience.

www

July 25th, 2012
12:39 am

of course, i wouldn’t be in a huge hurry to get penn state in the acc if i was commisioner swofford.

send out feelers now, open lines of communication and start serious discussions in a few years. penn state may be looking for a friendlier new home after a few years of “sandusky” chants in big10 games.

hopefully swofford is reaching out now and letting psu know they will be very welcome in the acc soon.

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