Johnson on Lee, Days, freshmen

More from Paul Johnson at ACC Media Days in Greensboro, N.C., starting with everyone’s favorite topic. (No, not uniforms)

1. Quarterback Vad Lee has been pushing Tevin Washington. Johnson said he’s become more comfortable, trying to turn weaknesses into strengths.

“On this level, you don’t get to just do what you like to do and what’s fun,” he said. “You have to embrace the whole thing. He’s done that and worked hard.”

Lee has been in the football offices watching video and continuing his education.

Said Johnson, “I could see Vad playing some this year, definitely.”

2. Johnson said the starting A-back opposite Orwin Smith could be “one of two or three guys.” I’m not sure if he literally meant two or three, but Deon Hill and Robbie Godhigh would be two. Tony Zenon and B.J. Bostic are the other most likely candidates.

“It’ll be a group, anyway, a committee,” he said. “That’s the way we’ve always played. Orwin will probably be highlighted a little more than we have in the past and the other guy will be more of a role guy.”

Johnson said the rotation could conceivably be as many as six players deep, though, with this group, it’d be hard to imagine the snaps being split equally.

“It just depends who you’ve got and what they bring to the table,” he said.

On Bostic: “He’s learning where to go and what to do. He can get in the mix, as well. He could have a role himself.”

Of note: Should Hill win the job, Tech’s starting A-backs would both be from Central High in Phenix City. Props to the Red Devils.

3. Speaking of A-backs, Johnson spoke at length about quarterback Synjyn Days and his possible move to A-back.

“I’d like to get him on the field if he can handle it,” Johnson said. “He’s still going to play some quarterback. We’ll go into fall camp, see where he is there. If he doesn’t beat Tevin out in the first two weeks of fall camp, I don’t want him standing over there in a baseball camp. He and Vad are very close, too, to each other. He’s a good athlete. We want to get him on the field if he can take care of the ball, learn where to go and do all those things. There’s still an ‘if’ there.”

4. Chances are against a true freshman lineman playing, but Johnson said of defensive end Francis Kallon, “It would be great if he could help us rushing the passer or doing some things or Pat Gamble or (Roderick) Chungong or Adam Gotsis or one of those guys. Adam’s the one guy who physically is going to be a little more developed than the other guys because he’s older (he turns 20 in September), but now the speed of the game is going to be far different than his Australian club team.”

On if he could foresee a non-quarterbacking role for freshman Justin Thomas: “Probably not.”

Johnson said he’ll play a true freshman on special teams if he’s heavily involved. If he’s on both kickoff and punt units, for example, “you probably play him because he’s probably going to play 20 snaps a game. If they’re just on one of those teams, you’re probably not going to play him unless they figure in the depth (chart) on offense or defense.”

He said he could see a wide receiver or two or defensive back playing and possibly a linebacker. It would be more difficult for a lineman.

Last year, 10 of the 22 freshmen played – three defensive backs (Corey Dennis, Jamal Golden and Zach Laskey, although Laskey has returned to B-back), three linebackers (Nick Menocal, Tremayne McNair and Kyle Travis), two wide receivers (Jeff Greene and Darren Waller), guard Shaquille Mason and long snapper Sean Tobin.

Two years ago, six of the 17-member class played as true freshmen – defensive backs Fred Holton Isaiah Johnson and Louis Young, linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu, kicker Justin Moore and A-back B.J. Bostic.

5. Interesting answers about Miami coach Al Golden and the school’s NCAA investigation.

“It’s hard enough for me to do what I’m doing,” he said. “I hadn’t thought about it. I’m sure Al will handle it, do a good job with it.”

There was a follow-up about giving advice.

“I don’t offer advice to Al,” he said. “I don’t offer advice to any of these guys.”

The quotable Paul Johnson

On Washington: It’s “pretty clear to me he’s the leader on the team. I can see that.”

On if rules changes about blocking will impact Tech’s offense: “No. They keep trying, but they haven’t got it yet.”

As Johnson’s interview session wound down, North Carolina coach Larry Fedora had a large crowd at his table: “I’m going to go over there and listen to Larry. He’s having a revival.”

On linebacker Brandon Watts: “Brandon can fly. … When you put on the football pads, he’s one of the fastest kids on the team. He runs guys down like they’re backing up.”

Other Media Days stories

- Story from Tuesday’s paper on Johnson’s comments.

- Jeremiah Attaohcu and Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas have put last year’s game in the past.

- Washington’s comments in Greensboro.

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

243 comments Add your comment

RochesterJacket

July 26th, 2012
12:09 pm

The season is around the corner….can’t wait.

ATLER (Ramblin Wreck)

July 26th, 2012
12:19 pm

Me either RochesterJacket me either. I want to see what the QB position and defense will look and play like.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 26th, 2012
12:28 pm

Me too, guys. I am ready for some football !!!

RambleOn84

July 26th, 2012
12:38 pm

Excited for this season…GO JACKETS

Optimistic

July 26th, 2012
12:47 pm

Coach sounds more optimisitc this year!!! It’s his player lining up now. Don’t think we’ll see any of the linemen playing this year, which I believe is a wise decision. QB will be interesting as the years progresses. I think we’ll see Lee more and more and by the end of the season he might just be the starting QB. Tough decision for Coach on the QB beginning of the year. I think he just about has to defer to Washington since he’s the senior and defacto leader of the team. A Back will be deep, a heck of a bunch of quick, swift personnel there. Add in Days and they are that much better. Look for a few more carries for Laskey. He’s a year older and stronger. This year will define Perkins. Either he will show he belongs playing with big boys or he never will. Defense I think will be much, much better. LB corps will be strong and the defensive line will surprise some folks this year. Defensive backs are a cut above good and a half-step below excellent. They have to prove early which one they want to be. Special teams will be “special”. That’s my opinion. Which won’t even get you a walking dog.

Optimistic

July 26th, 2012
12:49 pm

And, by the way. Ken you’re doing a GREAT job!!! It must be extremely difficult writing football this time of year.

Tokyo jacket

July 26th, 2012
1:03 pm

Cpj doesn’t arbitrarily sing praises. I think this is going to be a good year starting with labor day.

RochesterJacket

July 26th, 2012
1:24 pm

I’m still waiting for some guys who have been around for some years now to turn the corner; Bostic, Perkins, Barnes, Days and a few others. How can you be in a system for more than a year, with countless reps and studying, and still not know where to go? If the receivers do not step up very quickly, we’re going to see a lot of Cover 0 with 9 guys in the box. I’m no genius but even the triple option will fail with 9 defensive guys in the box. Matter of fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Bud does this for the 1st qtr on Labor Day; Cover 0 with the corners playing 10 yards off.

Chuck Allison

July 26th, 2012
1:27 pm

Sounds like Brandon Watts might be another Phillip Wheeler. He always amazed me with his speed. He was so much faster than the people around him including the opposition.

Tech/App St fan

July 26th, 2012
1:32 pm

Looking forward to an exiting season also…starting with a W over VPI.
I’d like to see Laskey get a chance to make us all forget that blotch last year.

dawgfan

July 26th, 2012
1:36 pm

They probably will outlaw his blocking schemes one day. Its dangerous. Man up and go helmet to helmet with someone. Don’t dive at their legs like a bunch of sissies. Anybody can do that. I’d be willing to bet that leg injuries go up when teams play Georgia Tech. I’d love to see the AJC investigate that. Fat chance. There are too many UGA football players getting speeding tickets. They’re too busy.

Thanks.

Tech/App St fan

July 26th, 2012
1:37 pm

so excited I cannot smell

chas_jacket

July 26th, 2012
1:46 pm

Good stuff, hope coach gives a hard look at Kallon as a pass rush specialist. Hate not to redshirt him but how many games have we lost over the past couple of years because we couldn’t get the other team off the field on third and long? absolutely critical weakness that needs addressed.

Ted Dibiase

July 26th, 2012
1:47 pm

dwagfan,
EVERY team employs cut blocking schemes…as for your theory that teams are injured more when facing us, there’s just no evidence of that. But good luck in your continuing quest to make yourself look like a pathetic fool. You’re doing a great job so far!

Brock

July 26th, 2012
1:47 pm

don’t blame the AJC. If you don’t want bad press for your team then tell them to STOP BREAKING THE GODDAMN LAW!!!

GT fan

July 26th, 2012
1:53 pm

dawgfan

July 26th, 2012
1:36 pm
They probably will outlaw his blocking schemes one day. Its dangerous. Man up and go helmet to helmet with someone. Don’t dive at their legs like a bunch of sissies. Anybody can do that.
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to your dismay dawgfan, even your Dawg OL do the same, sissy blocks. You may want to watch that unit a little closer in the future, and you’ll see plenty of times where the Dawg OL don’t “man up and go helmet to helmet” either.

In fact, you could watch ANY team play, and see OLmen CUT BLOCK … it’s totally legal. And everybody’s doing it.

GTBob

July 26th, 2012
1:53 pm

I’d be willing to bet that leg injuries go up when teams play Georgia Tech.

As opposed to all of the other teams that use cut blocks? Even NFL teams use cut blocks. Its not like CPJ invented them. There is nothing illegal or dangerous about it. Its part of the game.

HighTech

July 26th, 2012
1:54 pm

For an example of what dawgfan is talking about, go back and watch the video of UGA vs Auburn and see what Ben Jones does to Nick Fairley. Also, see what he did to Fletcher Cox of Mississippi State. Very dangerous!

GT fan

July 26th, 2012
1:57 pm

Exactly Chas_Jacket …….. just look at VT last season. They were, after taking penalties into acct, 14-16 on third downs!

And we all remember the biggy 3rd down blunder! I think if Francis Kallon’s got his arms wrapped around Logan Thomas, the QB goes down, no frustration-forearm needed.

dawgfan

July 26th, 2012
2:12 pm

Other teams do not rely on cut blocks nearly as heavily as Georgia Tech. Its virtually all you do. Moreover, Georgia Tech is notorious for its cowardly and unnecessary cut blocks on the backsides of plays. Ask Deangelo Tyson. Ask any D-coordinator who faces your offense regularly. Its been well documented.

If your program wasn’t 14-12 the past two seasons and a complete and utter irrelevant laughing stock, this would get more attention. But alas, that isn’t the case.

Thanks.

GTBob

July 26th, 2012
2:15 pm

If your program wasn’t 14-12 the past two seasons and a complete and utter irrelevant laughing stock, this would get more attention. But alas, that isn’t the case.

Why would a completely legal block that is used by many teams get a lot more attention? Why are you crying about something that isn’t even against the rules? If you think it is a major issue then write a strongly worded letter to the NCAA and see if they want to change their rules because you and your defensive linemen are pansies.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 26th, 2012
2:20 pm

dwagfan……have you checked CMR’s poo today? You’d better get to work if you haven’t. You’re shirking your duties.

As far as cut blocks go, MAYBE Tech uses them more than other teams do, but EVEN THE MUTTS CUT BLOCK !!!!!

GT Dude

July 26th, 2012
2:20 pm

I have good feeling about this year’s team…
that is IF one of the faster QBs steps up and wins the starting position.
Stay Thirsty, My Friends

Supersize that order, mutt

July 26th, 2012
2:22 pm

As far as the Tech program being a laughing stock, I guess the folks at ESPN will be laughing all the way to the bank after scheduling us on Labor Day night on NATIONAL TV !!!!

dawgfan

July 26th, 2012
2:28 pm

I must have missed the part where I said it was against the rules. It SHOULD be against the rules.

Our D-linemen are pansies Techie? They didn’t look like pansies when they were handing you and your gimmick offense its azz on a silver platter last year. After your center’s coward cheap shot on Tyson we were only one deep at nose tackle and still made an absolute mockery of your joke football program in the second half. 70 yards of offense Techie. Pansies?!?!?!

Simply unbelievable.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 26th, 2012
2:42 pm

You’re a fine one to talk about cheap shots. UGA has been throwing cheap shots at just about every team they play for years. And WHY should a form of blocking that is ACCEPTED as LEGAL by the NCAA, and used by EVERY college team in the country and the NFL be against the rules. You are just a typical dwag whiner. You want some cheese with that whine?

Supersize that order, mutt

July 26th, 2012
2:44 pm

Why don’t you tell us about what Ben Jones did to Auburn’s Nick Fairley., and, while you’re at it, what he did to Fletcher Cox of Mississippi State

GTBob

July 26th, 2012
2:54 pm

Our D-linemen are pansies Techie?

Yes. If they can’t handle a cut block then they are pansies. Its a part of football and Grantham should be a good enough coach to teach them how to handle it. Here is a link also:

http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/ncaa/home/contact+the+ncaa

Contact the NCAA and cry to them all you want. You may also want to call the NFL head offices and cry to them as well.

JM

July 26th, 2012
3:23 pm

I can’t wait to see the team this year. I expect them to improve on last year’s win total.

As long as the o-line stays relatively free of injuries.

WnE

July 26th, 2012
3:34 pm

re:
On linebacker Brandon Watts: “Brandon can fly. … When you put on the football pads, he’s one of the fastest kids on the team. He runs guys down like they’re backing up.”
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Cute quote from CPJ, now the harsh reality:

Brandon Watts is a RS-Jr. this season it will be his 4th yr. out of HS, and yet he has barely made any PLAYS during games that anyone can remember.

S. Hill was fast and incredibly athletic, but it didn’t translate to ON-FIELD PRODUCTION, it seems like we have another one of those guys in Brandon Watts, he couldn’t beat out S. Sylvester a much LESSER pure athlete than Watts is, and now we’re supposed to believe that the “light has come on”.

The Athleticism from GT’s players that CPJ has Recruited don’t seem to translate to what happens on the field, looking like Tarzan and playing like Jane won’t translate to BCS Bowls and wins vs. tough opposition.

Despite being a weed-head at least Muttville’s Alec Ogletree’s speed actually translates to games, when he is eligible to play in a game.

Our players at GT do very little FOR GT in games then show up at an NFL combine and make you ask, “where was that athleticism for the last 3-4 years”?

Makes me wonder are our Players getting poorly coached by CPJ’s hand-picked Staff.

FL Jacket

July 26th, 2012
3:37 pm

I would love DWAGfan to explain Toby’s how blocking below the waist is any less safe than tackling below the waist…

GT in GoldTown

July 26th, 2012
3:41 pm

I have a great feeling about this season! I think we will be 9-3 *VT(ACC Champ), Clem(ACC runner up), UGA(SEC Runner Up)* in the regular season and we will finally win that bowl game! Final ranking will be #13 which will be fitting to send Tevin off after he finally leads this team to a victory.

Odell Thurman Beat His Pregnant Girlfriend

July 26th, 2012
3:49 pm

dawgfan,

Once you get into those upper level classes where they teach counting I’ll look forward to you adding up the number of injuries sustained by Tech opponents versus other schools.

When should I look forward to that seminal work of scholarship?

ToeMeetsLeather

July 26th, 2012
3:53 pm

Great info Ken. With our schedule, Lee should see plenty of time without ever becoming the starter. He’ll start if we lose a game or two that we shouldn’t have. Then let Lee and Thomas battle it out in the spring.

Look for Days to have his break out season NEXT year as Orwin’s replacement. We have to get his running skills on the field.

Maybe we will see Sir Francis, Watts and Attaochu on the field at the same time. That could be special. CPJ needs to redshirt Gotsis and have a twenty-five year old nose tackle for his senior season.

WnE

July 26th, 2012
3:59 pm

re:
4. Chances are against a true freshman lineman playing, but Johnson said of defensive end Francis Kallon, “It would be great if he could help us rushing the passer or doing some things or Pat Gamble or (Roderick) Chungong or Adam Gotsis or one of those guys. Adam’s the one guy who physically is going to be a little more developed than the other guys because he’s older (he turns 20 in September), but now the speed of the game is going to be far different than his Australian club team.”
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Another very telling CPJ quote:

If our DLs/DEs that have been in our FB program for 3 to 4 years, most are RS-sophs or RS-Jrs. are so POOR that CPJ is talking about help from a T-Fr. that only played ONE YEAR of HS FB, then that should tell you about how many “misses” Recruiting-wise that CPJ has made among his DEs.

Too many under-sized tweeners that NEVER should have been Recruited, now they are 3-4 years out of HS and they DIDN’T put on that 35-40 pounds and they DIDN’T get 3 steps faster, and now we’re in deep crap hoping that T-Fr. can help us out.

Here’s a list of these guys to Refresh your memories :

C. Crenshaw 6-3 256 4 years out of HS RS-Jr.
E. Cummings 6-4 275 4 years oo HS RS -Jr.
A. Williams 6-4 264 3 years oo HS RS-Soph.
J. Kitchen 6-3 270 3 years oo HS RS-FR. dues to academic issues

So far the starters are I. Cross at 6-4 300lbs. which is too heavy for him since he wears out late in games at anything over 285lbs. and E. Dieke at 6-6 265-270lbs. which is still a bit too light for a 3-4 DE.

To show how CPJ hasn’t learned from past Recruiting mistakes he signed R. Chungong this Recruiting class (2012) at 6-3 246lbs at DE ( a classic tweener) despite all those “tweeners” above that HAVE NOT WORKED OUT over the last 3-4 yrs.

CPJ’s Recruiting is killing this program slowly.

For some reason this song is stuck in my head and I can’t stop singing it………….everybody Wang Chung tonite…………everybody Chungong tonite………….

I dunno I can’t explain it……….

Seriously though CPJ is telling us that he doesn’t trust the guys that he recruited over the past 3-4 years to play DE at a very high level.

He hasn’t given CAG the “groceries” to cook up a decent meal on Defense.

I smell a dawg

July 26th, 2012
4:12 pm

dawgfan: remember the game where your clean playing mutts twisted Josh Nesbitt’s lower leg at the end of a play and put him out of the game? Your whole school’s (?) phoniness is pathetic. You all need to be praying that the Ga Lottery keeps going or you’ll be back at the bottom of the cesspool instead of the middle.

BLT

July 26th, 2012
4:13 pm

“For some reason this song is stuck in my head and I can’t stop singing it………….everybody Wang Chung tonite…………everybody Chungong tonite………….”

Well that explains alot!

dawgfan

July 26th, 2012
4:18 pm

“Yes. If they can’t handle a cut block then they are pansies.”

What part of 70 YARDS of offense in one half was so difficult for your brain to process? I’d say we’re handling the cut blocks just fine, as are all of the quality teams that beat your pile of crap program like a drum each and every year (VT, Miami, bowl opponent, take your pick). This isn’t an issue of wins and losses. Its not an issue of stopping your gimmick offense. Nobody is concerned about losing to Georgia Tech. Your football program is a total joke. The concern is safety. The concern is losing players to injury because your joke program doesn’t have the cajones to run a real offense and has to cut block to compete. That’s the concern.

Take Advil for headaches.

BLT

July 26th, 2012
4:20 pm

Take Midol for your cramps dwagfan. Now go play on the freeway. Class dismissed and thanks.

GTBob

July 26th, 2012
4:22 pm

Seriously though CPJ is telling us that he doesn’t trust the guys that he recruited over the past 3-4 years to play DE at a very high level.

CPJ Says: The chances are against any of the freshman playing.

WnE hears: CPJ doesn’t trust his current defensive players and wants the freshman to play.

Interesting.

BLT

July 26th, 2012
4:24 pm

Beating piles of craps is probably quite messy dwagfan. Not to mention the smell and likelihood of getting it all over yourself. Oops…nevermind, I forgot about that whole poop inspector thing. Carry on. How are CMR’s bowel movements these days?

GT Lee

July 26th, 2012
4:26 pm

dwagfan awful uppity today. Must have had him an extra Milk-Bone for lunch.

GTBob

July 26th, 2012
4:28 pm

The concern is losing players to injury because your joke program doesn’t have the cajones to run a real offense and has to cut block to compete. That’s the concern.

Exactly. You are concerned that your big bad defensive players will not be able to physically handle a legal football block. Frankly, if they can’t then they should choose another sport to play. Football can be physically demanding sometimes and it isn’t for everyone. If players don’t want to get hurt by legal football plays then maybe they can play tennis or something.

By the way, good job on only giving up 70 yards in a half. Too bad you gave up 285 the other half. UGA fans really need to learn that a football game is 4 quarters and not 2. They had that problem after the LSU game.

WnE

July 26th, 2012
4:29 pm

re:
GTBob
July 26th, 2012
4:22 pm

Seriously though CPJ is telling us that he doesn’t trust the guys that he recruited over the past 3-4 years to play DE at a very high level.

CPJ Says: The chances are against any of the freshman playing.

WnE hears: CPJ doesn’t trust his current defensive players and wants the freshman to play.

Interesting.
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but Johnson said of defensive end Francis Kallon, “It would be great if he could help us rushing the passer or doing some things or Pat Gamble or (Roderick) Chungong or Adam Gotsis or one of those guys

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CPJ clearly said it would GREAT if A True-Fr. that played only 1 year of HS FB could help them this season, and then he mentioned other T-Fr doing the same thing.

Sounds to me like he doesn’t have FAITH in the guys that have been in HIS SYSTEM for 3 and 4 years.

What does that sound like to you?

GT Lee

July 26th, 2012
4:32 pm

“What does that sound like to you?”

Sounds to me like you’re actually a dawg fan, WnE…..

WnE

July 26th, 2012
4:34 pm

re:
GT Lee
July 26th, 2012
4:32 pm

“What does that sound like to you?”

Sounds to me like you’re actually a dawg fan, WnE…..
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I guess it is much easier and much more cowardly to accuse one of being a mutt fan than it is to analyze our own FB Program and our own HC based on what he says and does.

5150 UOAD

July 26th, 2012
4:36 pm

Kallon has some great feet from his years playing soccer. CPJ doesn’t want to use Kallon if he doesn’t have to but If he needs to CPJ hopes Kallon will be ready to step up. I do think Gotsis will surprise.

GT Lee

July 26th, 2012
4:36 pm

WnE,

Get your dictionary out and look up the definition of the word FAN……and not the one that moves air around, either….

BLT

July 26th, 2012
4:37 pm

“What does that sound like to you?”

Sounds like he will explore all options to field the best team he can to win football games.

Are you going to do this all summer long? Try and be a little positive sometimes. You might find you’ll feel better. Smile WnE, it won’t break your face. Well, maybe it will…I’ve never seen you.

GTBob

July 26th, 2012
4:37 pm

What does that sound like to you?

Sounds like he thinks it would be great if one of the freshman came out and impressed that much that they could get playing time. Would you consider it a bad thing if we had a freshman that was just too good to keep off the field? It doesn’t mean he thinks it will actually happen or that he hates all of his current defensive players.