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

FL Jacket

July 26th, 2012
7:14 pm

I would love WnE to tell me the 3 most positive things to look forward to from the 2012 GT football team…

Supersize that order, mutt

July 26th, 2012
7:19 pm

@ 48…..that’s for sure. It will be here soon, and then over before we know it

Supersize that order, mutt

July 26th, 2012
7:20 pm

Hey there, FLJ. I’m doing good, thanks. How are you?
You gonna make it up for any games this year?

Supersize that order, mutt

July 26th, 2012
7:21 pm

@ FLJ…..I doubt that WnE has ever said a positive thing about anybody in his entire life, much less the 2012 GT football team

WnE

July 26th, 2012
7:21 pm

re:
Supersize that order, mutt
July 26th, 2012
6:57 pm

@WnE…..apparently you didn’t read all the posts. I didn’t bring up the SC DE. I merely applied your logic (total lack of logic, actually) to that particular case,

If you choose to hate everything concerning CPJ, that’s your prerogative, but why not just keep it to yourself. Nobody on these blogs agrees with you, wants to read what you have to say, or even cares what you have to say. GET A LIFE !!!
__________

I don’t hate everything CPJ, but you guys are acting like defensive little wusses.

I simply analyzed something that CPJ said to the Media, he said that he hopes that Kallon can help out, yet he has 5 guys that have been out of HS for 3 or 4 years that are waiting in the wings to play at that same position.

I would be remiss to not ask are we at GT so bad at developing players/DEs that a guy that only played ONE YEAR of HS FB is being mentioned as helping when we have had guys in CPJ’s pipeline for 3 or 4 years?

I could understand an EXCEPTIONAL HS Recruit, Tuitt, Tomlinson et al, but a guy that only played one year of HS FB and you’re the HC that’s “hoping” to find help from him instead of the 5-guys that have been in YOUR SYSTEM for 3-4 years.

You guys are being too defensive in your defense of CPJ on this one, all of my questions are legit and more of you guys should be asking similar questions that I am asking.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 26th, 2012
7:25 pm

He may have only played one year of HS football, but he was given 4 stars by just about every recruiting service. Enuf said

FL Jacket

July 26th, 2012
7:27 pm

SS…will be in Atlanta Labor Day weekend for a wedding. Will definitely mill about Tech while I’m there.

5150 UOAD

July 26th, 2012
7:28 pm

Aug 1st is support Chick-fil-A day. if you like the company and their product go to Chick-fil-A on the 1st.

FL Jacket

July 26th, 2012
7:30 pm

5150…I would gladly support Chick-fil-A on Sunday. Any Sunday. Can’t they man a few stores with people who believe in something other than Christianity??

Supersize that order, mutt

July 26th, 2012
7:31 pm

@ FLJ…..no game in Atlanta that weekend. You will either have to stay over a week or come back

5150 UOAD

July 26th, 2012
7:31 pm

WnE we are the wusses?
We have invited you to come out of the dark and into the light to throw your stones in public, but you continue to hide like a puzz.
Man Up
Show Up
or
Shut Up

5150 UOAD

July 26th, 2012
7:33 pm

FLJ you want Chicken on Sunday then go some place else.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 26th, 2012
7:34 pm

@ FLJ…..why should they? Since that is the owner’s philosophy, I think it’s admirable that he runs his business according to what HE believes is proper? Remember, HE is taking the loss by doing that, and he apparently is willing to take that loss. I have found it very interesting that in other parts of the world, Muslims don’t open their businesses on Fridays and Jews don’t open there’s on Saturdays. If the owner of Chick-fil-A, shuts down on Sundays, then I say more power to him.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 26th, 2012
7:36 pm

oops…..Jews don’t open THEIR’S on Saturdays not THERE’S

WnE

July 26th, 2012
7:38 pm

re:
Supersize that order, mutt

July 26th, 2012
7:25 pm

He may have only played one year of HS football, but he was given 4 stars by just about every recruiting service. Enuf said
____________

If you think that Kallon is in the same league as Tuitt (a Tr-Fr. Starter) and Tomlinson then you are downright delusional.

Kallon’s film looks nothing like those other 2 guys.

High potential doesn’t mean “ready to play as a T-Fr.”

Dawg48

July 26th, 2012
7:38 pm

5150 UOAD
July 26th, 2012
7:28 pm

Aug 1st is support Chick-fil-A day. if you like the company and their product go to Chick-fil-A on the 1st.

Boston want allow Chick-fill-A in the city.

Marietta Buzz

July 26th, 2012
7:39 pm

Real good series of posts Ken. We’re very fortunate to have you covering Tech. AJC’s news and Opinion could use a man like you. I hope they don’t for our sake.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 26th, 2012
7:40 pm

@ WnE…..I didn’t say he is ready to play, but he well may be. If he’s not as good as we are claiming, then why the hell did he get 4 stars?

Supersize that order, mutt

July 26th, 2012
7:40 pm

@ 48……why is that?

Marietta Buzz

July 26th, 2012
7:43 pm

FL Jacket. it’s Their store, not Yours. Protect property rights for them cause they’re coming for you’re property next.

Marietta Buzz

July 26th, 2012
7:44 pm

FL Jacket

July 26th, 2012
7:44 pm

Guys, my Chick-fil-A comments were all in jest.

They have the right to serve who they want to as a private company.

Dawg48

July 26th, 2012
7:45 pm

Supersize that order, mutt

July 26th, 2012
7:45 pm

@ FLJ…..knowing you as the bleeding liberal that you are, I wasn’t sure. LOL (just picking on you)

GT GRAD

July 26th, 2012
7:45 pm

WnE: please give it a rest & give Coach PJ a break (he is doing a great job and the future for the GT Football program is very bright!)

Has anyone on this blog thought that just maybe Coach PJ is trying to motivate a few of his players?

He is a superb motivator (probably one of his best coaching attributes). The players he has publically mentioned in this manner are stoked/pumped and they will work their tales off trying to EARN playing time as a true freshman……………………..to clarify: I do not think Coach PJ is being dishonest at all; I am confident he will play the best player at any given position if the player on the team develops and proves to the coaching staff that they give the team a better chance to win.

Also…………who would work a little harder and be a little more motivated if the head coach stated publically that a T-FR might just earn playing time at your position??

He is a very dedicated and rather intelligent dude………give the guy a credit.

With regard to recruiting: (we simply cannot recruit with the Top 5-15 programs just yet; but Coach PJ & the GT football staff are building in that direction) he is doing a fantastic job & our future is very bright indeed!!!

FL Jacket

July 26th, 2012
7:47 pm

As long as they don’t disparage ME…I will buy their food!

5150 UOAD

July 26th, 2012
7:47 pm

48……I know and he needs to be sued for Religious Discrimination and Impeached. He is stopping Chick-fil-A from their Constitutional Right afforded by the 1st Amendment.

In 2006, the Dixie Chicks were PRAISED by ABC for expressing their “1st Amendment” rights by TRASHING President Bush. http://bit.ly/MME45Y

In 2012, ABC runs a HIT PIECE on Chick-fil-A, for expressing THEIR 1st Amendment rights and SUPPORTING traditional marriage.

Dawg48

July 26th, 2012
7:50 pm

5150, they need to kick out all Muslim and Jewish business that do not believe in homosexuality.

FL Jacket

July 26th, 2012
7:50 pm

5150…last I checked, the Dixie Chicks suffered immensely commercially and critically after that comment was made public.

Dawg48

July 26th, 2012
7:52 pm

Isn’t this why the founding fathers came up with the rule pf separation of church and state. So the Gov can’t run the church and the church can’t run the Gov?

Jacketman

July 26th, 2012
7:54 pm

@GTBob,
Good point about WnE. He is either the most negative person I have ever seen or a “Mutt.”
It is ovious the future is bright for GT!
Go jackets!!!

FL Jacket

July 26th, 2012
7:55 pm

Dawg48…the founding fathers simply stated in the 1st Ammendment that the Government shall not establish a national religion. That’s it.

It’s been diluted over the years with partisan legislation, tax-free status, and other stuff.

Jacketman

July 26th, 2012
7:56 pm

Sorry. “obvious”

5150 UOAD

July 26th, 2012
7:56 pm

FLJ you are right because their fan base is country and christian and republican so it KILLED and the Country Radio took them off the air. That is not going to be the case with Chick-fil-A. The point is the Liberal media Loved the Chicks 1st Amendment Rights but Don’t like Dan Cathy’s 1st Amendment Rights.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 26th, 2012
7:56 pm

@ 48……that is sad…..very sad. I like what Santorum was quoted as saying in the article — “It is sad that liberal groups call for tolerance yet they are vicious in their intolerance when someone disagrees with them,”

Dawg48

July 26th, 2012
8:00 pm

It’s sad for the Bostonians. They will never get to know the lovely taste of a Chick-fill-A sandwich.

5150 UOAD

July 26th, 2012
8:01 pm

Super are you caught up on Wilford and Anger Management? :)

FL Jacket

July 26th, 2012
8:03 pm

Cathy has the right to disparage anyone he pleases as long as he is wiling to deal with its consequences. The liberal sectors of society will always get worked up over language and actions that are non-inclusive.

Dawg48

July 26th, 2012
8:04 pm

Fla Jacket, I should have put sarcasm out by my post. But what I’m getting at with it is…..
It sure is funny that governing bodies pick and choose what is an ” except able ” religious belief and what is not.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 26th, 2012
8:05 pm

@ FLJ…..that is their right, but then they turn around and act every bit as non-inclusively as those they criticize.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 26th, 2012
8:06 pm

UOAD…..I have only watched one episode of Wilfred so far (the first one), but I have all the others recorded. I hope it gets funnier than the first one, because that one was DEADLY. I loved the show last year, but that first episode this year sucked

Dawg48

July 26th, 2012
8:06 pm

I guess the Boston mayor is trying to lock down the gahy vote on the next election.

FL Jacket

July 26th, 2012
8:08 pm

48.. I would argue that the Govt is charged with protecting the religious rights of ALL Americans. My issue with it is where do your rights stop and my rights begin?

Dawg48

July 26th, 2012
8:10 pm

Fla Jacket, I guess You and I both have the right to pull into a McDonalds or A Chick-fill-A to buy a chicken sandwich. We have the right to choose, that’s freedom to me.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 26th, 2012
8:12 pm

I don’t see this as so much a religious rights question as it is one of free speech. Cathy is being “persecuted” for not only what he believes, but for saying it. What he has said may OFFEND people, but it sure as hell doesn’t HARM them. I am offended by what WnE posts on here, but it certainly doesn’t harm me when he makes those posts. Cathy is merely expressing his beliefs; what the hell is wrong with that?

5150 UOAD

July 26th, 2012
8:14 pm

Chick-fil-A doesn’t discriminate against homosexuals or their right to do anything. I would guess there are plenty of Homosexuals working at their stores. They don’t refuse them service either.
Mr. Cathy has his christian beliefs and said he supports marriage between a man and a woman. He has that right.

Dawg48

July 26th, 2012
8:15 pm

SS and 5150 great post and I agree.

Dawg48

July 26th, 2012
8:17 pm

Now that we have put the world back on it’s axis I will say good night to all.

5150 UOAD

July 26th, 2012
8:17 pm

What about the Wrong flag presented for the North Korean women’s soccer team?

FL Jacket

July 26th, 2012
8:18 pm

Can I humbly offer this angle? Are the Conservative more riled up because he is being “persecuted” (bad use of that word, btw) or because he is on record as having “stood up to them q—-’s”?