Paul Johnson touts Tech’s depth

Busy day. More on Monday.

When Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson spoke at a media day news conference Saturday, the topic of depth came up repeatedly. Specifically, the Yellow Jackets have it.

“I think this is the most depth we’ve had since we’ve been here, if you can just go position by position,” Johnson said.

The offensive line is probably the deepest position group on the team, with seven players bringing back a total of 82 career starts. The group has four full-time starters from 2011 – guards Omoregie Uzzi and Will Jackson, tackle Ray Beno and center Jay Finch – back, plus part-time starter Tyler Kidney.

“We’ve got four or five guards that we could play and same thing at tackle,” Johnson said.

Defensive line and A-back are two other spots where the Jackets are the deepest, particularly with ends Chris Crenshaw, Izaan Cross, Euclid Cummings and Emmanuel Dieke returning with considerable experience.

“There’s going to be plays when we literally can’t give our all because we’re going to be exhausted, so we have somebody who’s fresh who can come in and who can play just as productive,” Cross said.

2. Tech’s seniors plan to take turns wearing former teammate Julian Burnett’s No. 40 in games this season. The team’s six senior starters – quarterback Tevin Washington, A-back Orwin Smith, Uzzi, Cross, nose tackle T.J. Barnes and cornerback Rod Sweeting – will likely get first crack. Washington said he hoped to have a chance to wear it.

“To be able to try to emulate him, that’s a challenge,” Washington said. “That just means you’ve got to be able to play with unbelievable effort.”

Said Smith, “I would definitely wear it in a game.”

Washington said team members asked Burnett, whose career is likely over after a neck injury suffered in the Sun Bowl, if they could wear his jersey number.

“He just said he would love to let us wear his number,” Washington said. “He said he would be honored.”

3. Defensive lineman Adam Gotsis, an incoming freshman from Australia, is adjusting well. Johnson said that coaches have been encouraged by the speed and athletic ability that Gotsis has demonstrated in the first two practices. While he has been fitting in with the team socially, Gotsis did have questions about the Philly cheesesteaks provided at a team meal.

“He’d never seen one before,” Johnson said. “He wanted to know what it was.”

Cross, who lockers next to Gotsis, said Gotsis told him the biggest difference thus far between the college game and his  football in Australia, where he played for a club team, was the speed.

Said Cross, “He’s solid, he’s a big kid, shows flashes that he can be pretty good.”

4. The team took the field for its second practice of fall camp Saturday morning, again in helmets, jerseys and shorts. The Jackets will practice again Sunday afternoon, this time in shoulder pads. Their first fully padded practice will be Tuesday.

“Everybody’s excited, people are focused in meetings, more focused than I’ve ever seen,” outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu said.

B-back David Sims and guard Trey Braun, who wore gold jerseys Friday signifying injured status, returned Saturday. Offensive lineman Thomas O’Reilly continued in gold. Johnson said that linebacker Jabari Hunt-Days “sat out partly” with what a “tweak.” He should return Sunday, Johnson said.

5. Tech held its fan day Saturday afternoon. The event yielded a considerable turnout, particularly considering the threatening weather. As usual, the lines for the quarterbacks and Johnson were the longest. Washington the strangest autograph request he received last year was from a young girl who wanted players to sign her back.

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5150 UOAD

August 4th, 2012
9:44 pm

Had a BLAST today. Some very nice talkative young men.

superDawg

August 4th, 2012
10:00 pm

The only number you nurds need to know is the one that is on the scoreboard when you fools leave SANFORD STADIUM!

superDawg

August 4th, 2012
10:01 pm

NUFF SAID!!!

technut

August 4th, 2012
10:20 pm

Beat VT, win the ACC and beat UGAg and all will be well.

technut

August 4th, 2012
10:22 pm

oh, and the mutt trolls can “super-size it” for me in the morning, mkay?

chas_jacket

August 4th, 2012
10:34 pm

Nice to hear about jersey tribute for Burnett – will be looking for #40 on the field this fall. Good to hear Gotsis is doing well

Russell

August 4th, 2012
10:57 pm

5150 UOAD

August 4th, 2012
11:19 pm

5150 UOAD

August 4th, 2012
11:21 pm

Big O. Smith wearing #40 I hope brings back memories of Eddie Lee Ivory!!!!!

ron

August 4th, 2012
11:25 pm

What, superdawg? You mean the sign saying 1 National Championship at UGA? Compared the FOUR at GT?

fan

August 5th, 2012
12:11 am

where da drugs

a-son-sir

August 5th, 2012
1:56 am

To be fair the butt sniffers have 2 nattys

Supersize that order, mutt

August 5th, 2012
7:57 am

@ a-son-sir…….for some reason, I don’t know why, the butt sniffers’ 1942 NC is not recognized in most quarters. I guess it’s because it was during WWII, and many athletes from many schools were in the service. The dwags certainly use that as an excuse for not accepting the fact that Tech beat them twice during the war years. Turn about is fair play, as they say.

Wrecked

August 5th, 2012
10:36 am

Experience helps but doesn’t offset deficient talent or coaching.

kingster

August 5th, 2012
11:07 am

There you go again Superdawg, you are a A_ _ Whole, PLEASE GO BACK TO UGA BLOG, show some sportsmanship if you know what that mean. I really think you are scared Tech will have a good season and give UGA a run for their money, but what you don’t know or understand is Tech is concerned about the ACC title, beating UGA is great but number one in TECH’s season is the ACC title Partner.

Wrecked

August 5th, 2012
12:58 pm

Kingster, One would think that what you say to be true ,but why is “Beat Georgia” stenciled on the the Tech blocking sleds ?

5150 UOAD

August 5th, 2012
1:13 pm

Wrecked…It always has been The MOTTO from when GT & UGa were in the SEC together.
We still HATE UGa and want to beat them but winning the ACC is the ticket to better things. It is the Same at FSU & Florida and Clemson & So Carolina.

We still have those Traditional rivals. It would be the same if Pitt & WVU and Nebraska & Oklahoma had kept their Traditional rivals. The HATE would still be there but the IMPORTANCE in the overall picture is not as important.

WnE

August 5th, 2012
1:19 pm

re:
Defensive line and A-back are two other spots where the Jackets are the deepest, particularly with ends Chris Crenshaw, Izaan Cross, Euclid Cummings and Emmanuel Dieke returning with considerable experience.

“There’s going to be plays when we literally can’t give our all because we’re going to be exhausted, so we have somebody who’s fresh who can come in and who can play just as productive,” Cross said.
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Someone is being very deceptive by saying that we have good depth at A-Back and at DE.

At A-Back our only returning starter is Orwin, he has 60 rushes last season, the otehr returning A-Backs are:

Tony Zenon 15 rushes the entire Season with many DNPs (a DNP is did not play coach’s decision) vs. tough teams like UGA & VT

Robbi Godhigh – 2 rushes the entire season, with many DNPs after the Kansas game mean ing he only played vs. Cupcake City.

Deon Hill – 1 rush the entire season vs. W. Carolina did not touch the ball for the rest of the season, might have played on STs, but played rarely from scrimmage

BJ Bostic – RS’d the entire season last year after getting nagging injuries in pre-season practice.

That slate of A-backs outside of the incumbent starter Orwin Hill, does NOT sound like a very experienced group.

Someone knows that the GT fanbase is not very CFB savvy and is intentionally using that to deceive or tell outright lies to our fans concerning our team for the upcoming 2012 season.

The same goes for DE, outside of Izaan Cross, the other returning DEs played some vs. Cupcake City but did NOT play meaningful snaps vs. the tough competition on our schedule, yet we have CPJ or someone claiming that we have great returning experience at that position.

I’m just curious how all these DNPs from last season are supposed to equate to “experience” going into this season.

Once again GT is going into a season where “glowing practice reports” are not as accurate or as reliable as we need them to be.

I’m curious are the GT Fans (not me of course) that mentally “fragile” that we need to be lied to to feel good about our FB Program and our upcoming season?

Is this a ploy, a ruse to sell more season tickets or single game tickets?

Once again, heavy on analysis, complete void of “trolling”!

WnE

August 5th, 2012
1:24 pm

If our A-Back depth chart is so deep, then why not move Synjyn Days to Strong Safety or Safety where our depth chart looks rather paltry after you get past the starters, and keep in mind that the starters at our safeties aren’t that good to begin with.

Once again, heavy on analysis, complete void of “trolling”!

yeller bug

August 5th, 2012
1:26 pm

Our O line (goon squad) is deep but is it talented? It seems CPJ is quietly confident–Uzzi is definitely a player, Finch maybe as well as Jackson. Our backs and WRs block better than avg already (just because we practice it so much) so maybe this offense will really put up some big numbers this year if we keep the TO’s down. Special Teams should be better just because we have a focus on it so if D improves just a little, then we could have a really good year. First and last games are the toughest—-with the exception of maybe Clemson, we should be favored in the rest of them. But it all starts on 9/3 so let’s get ready and get some! Go Jackets!

Big Ol Stinger

August 5th, 2012
1:33 pm

Haters gonna hate.

Trolls gonna troll.

May they die a slow, painful, miserable death. And let the process begin soon.

yeller bug

August 5th, 2012
1:44 pm

Days is a strong ball carrier—if he can hang onto the ball so that is why he is not being put in the secondary. Playing D, covering a receiver and making a tackle is a completely different skill set. Your heavy analytical skills should recognize that. Our safeties are more than adequate for the job. The D line may have depth but perhaps it is just avg talent top to bottom—that is a valid concern. Losing Burnette is a big loss to the LB corps. Our D may not be much better than last year, but even a slight improvement combined with a strong O line and better special teams should make a big difference in our W-L record

Supersize that order, mutt

August 5th, 2012
1:46 pm

@ Big Ol Stinger…….you should add that WnE gonna be WnE, a racist, anti-American, dwag-loving CPJ hater

WnE

August 5th, 2012
1:52 pm

re:
yeller bug
August 5th, 2012
1:26 pm

Our O line (goon squad) is deep but is it talented? It seems CPJ is quietly confident–Uzzi is definitely a player, Finch maybe as well as Jackson. Our backs and WRs block better than avg already (just because we practice it so much) so maybe this offense will really put up some big numbers this year if we keep the TO’s down. Special Teams should be better just because we have a focus on it so if D improves just a little, then we could have a really good year. First and last games are the toughest—-with the exception of maybe Clemson, we should be favored in the rest of them. But it all starts on 9/3 so let’s get ready and get some! Go Jackets!
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Our OL is strength depending on the way the game unfolds.

If our OL is forced to pass block in obvious passing situations, then our OL becomes a huge weakness, we simply do not pass block very well, even with all those returning starts among them.

This is a coaching issue, our OLs don’t get enough time in practice being taught good pass blocking techniques, this is one of the weaknesses of CPJ’s system, to be good at his option, you have to sacrifice other fundamentals of the game.

WnE

August 5th, 2012
1:56 pm

re:
Supersize that order, mutt

August 5th, 2012
1:46 pm

@ Big Ol Stinger…….you should add that WnE gonna be WnE, a racist, anti-American, dwag-loving CPJ hater
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Identifying Taylor’s criminal past does not make me racist or anti-American.

His past is part of the Public Record, don’t commit the crime, if you can’t handle the consequences.

Wish I was as smart as WnE ...

August 5th, 2012
1:59 pm

From WnE:
BJ Bostic – RS’d the entire season last year after getting nagging injuries in pre-season practice.
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BJ suffered a BROKEN ARM … WnE’s interpretation – “nagging injury”

killerj

August 5th, 2012
2:00 pm

FoooooooooootBaaaaaaaaaaaaall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ol'JacketFan

August 5th, 2012
2:04 pm

Let’s see Cross has played a total of 39 games coming into this year, Cummings has played a total of 16 games, Dieke played a total of 22 games and Crenshaw played a total of 8 games. Sounds like depth and experience to me. Oh I forgot all these snaps came against cupcake city teams…………….sheesh my bad

WnE

August 5th, 2012
2:08 pm

re:
yeller bug
August 5th, 2012
1:44 pm

Days is a strong ball carrier—if he can hang onto the ball so that is why he is not being put in the secondary. Playing D, covering a receiver and making a tackle is a completely different skill set. Your heavy analytical skills should recognize that. Our safeties are more than adequate for the job. The D line may have depth but perhaps it is just avg talent top to bottom—that is a valid concern. Losing Burnette is a big loss to the LB corps. Our D may not be much better than last year, but even a slight improvement combined with a strong O line and better special teams should make a big difference in our W-L record
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GT & Toledo were the only 2 D1-A Schools to offer Days a scholly on the offensive side of the ball, and Toledo is not in a BCS conference.

ALL THE OTHER BCS-Level HCs saw Days and projected him as a BCS-level Safety!

Thanks to CPJ’s genius insight, we have wasted 2.5 years of his eligibility with him taking snap at QB, when his HS film showed that days wasn’t likely to ever be able to pass good enough to play QB in a BCS conference.

Our Safeties are highly suspect this season, and Days is a great physical specimen that many other BCS level HCs projected as a Safety.

Only ONE BCS school saw Days on the Offensive side of the Ball, GT & CPJ, and that has been a huge FAILURE up to this point going into his 3rd year out of HS.

Maybe my analytical skills as well as all the other BCS level HCs that projected Days as a Safety are better than you want to give us credit for, especially since CPJ’s projected position for Days has been a huge failure up to this point in his career.

Wish I was as smart as WnE ...

August 5th, 2012
2:09 pm

From WnE:
I’m curious are the GT Fans (not me of course) that mentally “fragile” that we need to be lied to to feel good about our FB Program and our upcoming season?

Is this a ploy, a ruse to sell more season tickets or single game tickets?
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Is WnE really that stupid?
I guess if WnE were GT’s “editor-in-chief” all things GT football would read something like:

Come out and watch GT football, a team that has no talent, and should they win, it will only be b/c of luck.
Gameday this Saturday … come out and watch the worst coach in D1 football run his high school offense.
Saturday, GT vs. UNC …. come see GT’s FCS players play vs. REAL D1 talent.
GT football … how these crappy players can even tie their shoes is baffling me, WnE.
GT football … we’re great on the practice field but have NO CHANCE at winning this Saturday, come on out and see for yourself.
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Let me get this right, WnE …… No single football program in the country, NAIA to D, promotes its football program the way you’d promote GT, but for some strange reason you think GT should promote theirs negatively?

Ol'JacketFan

August 5th, 2012
2:12 pm

I.Johnson and L. Young highly suspect?????? My goodness wrexie what are you smoking???????

WnE

August 5th, 2012
2:13 pm

re:
Ol’JacketFan

August 5th, 2012
2:04 pm

Let’s see Cross has played a total of 39 games coming into this year, Cummings has played a total of 16 games, Dieke played a total of 22 games and Crenshaw played a total of 8 games. Sounds like depth and experience to me. Oh I forgot all these snaps came against cupcake city teams…………….sheesh my bad
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I’m not counting STs snaps, I’m counting plays from scrimmage where they are going to be playing vs. OLs that indicate how they will play in “game situations”.

Cummings , Dieke & Crenshaw have played very little snaps from scrimmage or non-STs snaps.

I already admitted that Cross was returning starter.

Ol'JacketFan

August 5th, 2012
2:15 pm

Isiah Johnson 78 tackels, 3 ints. Louis Young 52 tackles 1 int. Yeah, Tech’s safeties are “highly suspect”………righttttttttttttttt

Wish I was as smart as WnE ...

August 5th, 2012
2:18 pm

From WnE:
Only ONE BCS school saw Days on the Offensive side of the Ball, GT & CPJ, and that has been a huge FAILURE up to this point going into his 3rd year out of HS.
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S.Days 2012, REDSHIRT-SOPHOMORE (aka 3 years of eligibilty remaining), per WnE …. already a huge FAILURE.
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News flash for the great n powerful WnE ………. REGGINALD BALL would be defined as a failure. And your genius coach Chan Gailey refused to consider him for other positions.

Ol'JacketFan

August 5th, 2012
2:19 pm

Cummings 22 tackles, 2 TFL as a backup to J. Peters. Dieke 20 tackles, 2 TFL and 2 sacks as a backup. Come on wrexie you can do better……………or can you?

WnE

August 5th, 2012
2:21 pm

re:
Ol’JacketFan
August 5th, 2012
2:15 pm

Isiah Johnson 78 tackels, 3 ints. Louis Young 52 tackles 1 int. Yeah, Tech’s safeties are “highly suspect”………righttttttttttttttt
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Lou Young is a CB, or he was.

If you are satisfied with the play of I. Johnson then you don’t know very much about GT FB.

I don’t know one GT fan that was happy with his progress from his Fr. to his Soph . season, the “stat line” doesn’t tell the entire story.

Wish I was as smart as WnE ...

August 5th, 2012
2:23 pm

Ol’JacketFan ….

It’s obvious WnE doesn’t attend GT games or pay much attention to the games on TV. But when AG is constantly rotating DLmen in games…you see them running on/off the field on EVERY defensive series…just who does this WnE (self-reported genius) think AG rotating in the game?

Wish I was as smart as WnE ...

August 5th, 2012
2:26 pm

Ol’JacketFan ….

I’ve read a few this WnE (self-reported genius) guy’s posts ……. he’s the smartest guy in whatever room he’s in. I think responding to him is pretty much pointless as he’s got “an answer for anything”. Even if he has to put the “WnE spin” on it.

Ol'JacketFan

August 5th, 2012
2:29 pm

Hey wrexie, I didn’t know any Tech fan that puts any credence into ANYTHING you spew other than to laugh at you. Sort like all the kids did when you were growing up. Poor little boy than all the other kids made fun of.

I’ll ask you once again, just what are your credentials to evaluate D1 football players???? You’ve studiously avodied answering that question just as you do any direct question. CPJ and CAG are quite happy to have Johnson and Young in their respective roles and we should pay attention to your opinion over theirs? Really?????

Ol'JacketFan

August 5th, 2012
2:31 pm

@ Wish I was, you’re nailed wrexie, I just have fun poking holes in his over inflated sense of self worth :-)

yeller bug

August 5th, 2012
2:34 pm

@Wne (various) Now I know why fellow bloggers get frustrated responding to your illogical remarks. You stated to move Days to safety now and then argue that he was recruited by others for safety 3 YEARS ago! Tech should have put him at safety then not now. To move him to safety now would be pure stupidity. So yes, poor analytics. As for passing, yes there is a sacrifice on drop back passing (cup protection) since we do not utilize that type of passing often, but the blocking scheme for play action passes is virtually the same as for a running play. The point is this–if Tech has avg 300 yds/game rushing and this is CPJ’s best O line then our rushing numbers should improve and/or open up the play-action pass. If our offense dominates then we will not need to do drop back passing anyway—even if our D does not do well—the games will just be a shoot out and it gets back to the other two metrics that I mentioned—winning the TO battle and improving special teams.

WnE

August 5th, 2012
2:48 pm

re:
yeller bug
August 5th, 2012
2:34 pm

As for passing, yes there is a sacrifice on drop back passing (cup protection) since we do not utilize that type of passing often, but the blocking scheme for play action passes is virtually the same as for a running play. The point is this–if Tech has avg 300 yds/game rushing and this is CPJ’s best O line then our rushing numbers should improve and/or open up the play-action pass. If our offense dominates then we will not need to do drop back passing anyway—even if our D does not do well—the games will just be a shoot out and it gets back to the other two metrics that I mentioned—winning the TO battle and improving special teams.
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Hoping that the offense dominates and that we won’t NEED “drop back passing” is a flawed strategy that has gotten us a 3-13 record vs. the big-4 on our schedule (VT, Miami, UGA, Bowl Games).

That’s the kind of crappy thinking that CPJ has infected our fanbase with, do you honesty think we’ll ever win a BCS Bowl being weak at drop back passing?

Why can’t our genius HC come up with a system where we are strong in all phases of fundamental FB?

We got lucky and beat UGA in a shootout, but Willie Martinez is gone and in order to beat them in the near future we need to good at drop back passing , are we supposed to forget about beating teams like UGA in the near future?

You’re so focused on being anti-WnE that you don’t see the obvious FLAWS in your argument.

Ol'JacketFan

August 5th, 2012
2:48 pm

B.J. Bostic 701 all purpose years as a freshman, Tony Zenon 392 all purpose yards last season. Godhigh and Hill have been working and learning their positions, Godhigh is reported to be among the best blocking backs Tech has and Hill has good size and speed. Yeah I would say we have depth and talent beyond O. Smith.

Ol'JacketFan

August 5th, 2012
2:49 pm

Plus those 4 backs were behind 3 pretty good backs before they graduated :-)

Ol'JacketFan

August 5th, 2012
2:52 pm

Also for those who don’t know, Hill played behind O.Smith in high school and his senior year numbers were very similiar to Orwin’s.

Wish I was as smart as WnE ...

August 5th, 2012
2:57 pm

From WnE:
Hoping that the offense dominates and that we won’t NEED “drop back passing” is a flawed strategy that has gotten us a 3-13 record vs. the big-4 on our schedule (VT, Miami, UGA, Bowl Games).
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See what I mean Ol’JacketFan ……. the ole “WnE Spin”. GT’s big 4 now include Miami and who-the-he*l-ever GT is playing in a bowl game. Instead of Clemson, a team that GT has played more than VT, Miami, and Bowl opponents COMBINED!

Then there is FSU … a stronger ACC team, and UNC (another opponent GT has played more than VT & Miami COMBINED).

Those 3 programs don’t fit the “WnE Spin” b/c PJ is 4-1 vs. CU, 2-0 vs. FSU, and 3-1 vs. UNC, or 9-2 vs those teams.

WnE, the “Spin Doctor”

Ol'JacketFan

August 5th, 2012
3:05 pm

@ Wish I was, oh yes. I’ve seen the same Big 4 thing from wrexie time and time again. As if those teams are the COMPLETE matrix without taking into account those teams that Tech has a combined winning record, Would I love for Tech to dominate the VT, Miami and GA series along with a bowl win or two? Of course, but I am not so blinded by hatred for CPJ that I ignore the good side.

Wish I was as smart as WnE ...

August 5th, 2012
3:24 pm

OJF ……

Something WnE, self-appionted know-it-all, doesn’t understand about football …..

Starters … unless they play so poorly that they actually play themselves OUT of their starting job…. it’s pretty much impossible to pass them on the depth chart … even if the starter is returning from an injury.

WnE’s interpretation …. If a teams starters don’t get surpassed by backups then that HC can’t recruit and the team has NO talent.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 5th, 2012
3:48 pm

@ Wish…….Something else about WnE…..he slammed Angelo because of his criminal actions in the past, for which he apparently PAID IN FULL, according to the letter of the law. If the US Olympic Committee was satisfied with that, and if the IOC was satisfied with that, and if the UST&FA was satisfied with that, AND his fellow teammates on the US Olympics T&F team, who VOTED him as their CAPTAIN, wee satisfied with that, then WHY THE HELL IS NOT WnE SATISFIED with that. Like I said, in addition to being a dwag-loving CPJ-hater and hater of all things Tech, he is a racist anti-American, and he should be totally ignored if not punished himself for being that way. Since he posted that garbage about Angelo, I have not read a single post which he has made, and I would encourage all of you not to do so either. Do not give him the time of day required to read his comments or argue with him. He is a loser and a F’d up POS. TO HELL WITH WnE !!!!

Wish I was as smart as WnE ...

August 5th, 2012
4:01 pm

Supersize ….. mutt,

I’m not the kind of person that tolerates a mentality like that of WnE’s. It won’t be difficult for someone with even my minimal mental maturity to ingnore someone like WnE. I read a couple of his blowharded posts on this blog, and you’re correct, he’s a waste of my time.

Whatever he says is fact & intelligence. He’s like a 3 yr-old that believes her toy cell phone is real.