T.J. Barnes, yoga enthusiast

You’ll find T.J. Barnes, Izaan Cross, Tevin Washington and Jeremiah Attaochu in this post, taken from media day interviews on Saturday. I’ll have notes and a story posted later today.

1. Barnes has improved his flexibility, thanks to a yoga class attended by a number of players over the summer. (This will be part of the story posted later today).

“I never knew stretching would be that hard,” he said. “I’m already flexible, but being in those type of positions is, like, really tough.”

There was one challenging pose, in particular, Barnes said, that stretched his back.

“I don’t know the name of the position, but it made me want to not come back, but I kept on coming,” he said.

It goes without saying (and yet, I’m saying it anyway) that, for a big guy like Barnes, who plays a position where leverage is so crucial, any help in staying low will be of immense value.

2. Washington’s personal goal for the season: “I just want to make my family proud. That’s the no. 1 personal goal I’ve got for me. As long as I make my family proud and I can look back at the end of the day and say I put my best effort forward and put my whole self in it and I did all that I could do, I’ll be satisfied. I’ll be smiling ear to ear.”

Asked to pick a breakout player, Washington named the wide receivers and A-backs Robbie Godhigh, Tony Zenon and Deon Hill and then safety Fred Holton, who is coming back from a redshirt year to rehab a torn Achilles.

“I know he’s ready to go play,” he said. “I think he’s going to have a good year. This year, I think he’s going to be exciting to watch.”

3. Cross, on what the defense can do to improve the pass rush: “Make a conscious effort all during the offseason like we did. Put in extra work. We watched more film. … Just collectively as a group having to make up our mind that we’re going to be better pass rushers.”

Cross took the double whammy in summer school, computer science and calculus. He passed both. With a laugh, Cross said he had been “putting it off as long as I could.”

4. Attaochu on his outside linebacker counterpart Brandon Watts: “He’s a fast guy. He’s the self-proclaimed fastest dude on the team. He has the biggest confidence in the world. … But he backs it up, though. He’s a good player.”

Watts played situationally last season, his redshirt sophomore freshman year.

“It’s not going to be like putting in a new guy on the field,” Attaochu said. “He’s a veteran with a lot of talent. He’s ready to break out this year.”

Attaochu’s roommate for camp is offensive tackle Ray Beno: “He’s the coolest dude ever.”

(I’ll have to investigate further to see if Attaochu ascribes superlatives to everyone.)

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

117 comments Add your comment

GTfan 2012

August 6th, 2012
12:21 pm

Way to go TJ… I like it

Russell

August 6th, 2012
12:21 pm

Go Jackets!!!!

jdazzle

August 6th, 2012
12:23 pm

nice article, one mistake though. Watts was a redshirt sophomore last season not a redshirt freshman

philstx

August 6th, 2012
12:39 pm

that last aside made the article even more worth reading. thanks for the laugh.

WnE

August 6th, 2012
12:42 pm

re:
Cross took the double whammy in summer school, computer science and calculus. He passed both. With a laugh, Cross said he had been “putting it off as long as I could.”
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Didn’t GOL get slammed for this practice, pushing a SA’s hardest classes to later in his “playing career” rather than what the course catalog dictates for “normal Students”.

IIRC, those courses that Cross described above should taken as a 2nd semester FRESHMAN or 1st semester SOPH, yet Cross is taking them going into his FOURTH YEAR at GT.

I think Tevin Washington’s Academic Advisor said the same thing in another article about Tevin Graduating.

I wonder is Carole Moore ( the real reason behind Flunkgate) still doing the Academic advisement over at the GTAA.

I guess CPJ’s “Service Academy” background hasn’t changed the way that GT does its business Academically.

Interviews like this give a lot of insight into how CPJ is really running GT’s FB program.

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yeller bug

August 6th, 2012
12:43 pm

Bend but don’t break!

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Tech Man

August 6th, 2012
12:58 pm

Who cares when he took the classes? As long as he passed them, I am ok with it. I took CS as a senior, too. Heck of a lot easier when it is not sandwiched between Calc and Chemistry or Physics… I also took freshman Health after I was offered and accepted a full time job! Had to take off during my lunch breaks to go to class… Way to go Mr. Cross!

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SansWorld

August 6th, 2012
1:05 pm

WnE,
Maybe you could start by congratulating Cross for passing his classes. Sounds like he is on-track for graduation.
I understand that you don’t care for the coach, but you also seem to have little regard for the players either. Anytime a player’s accomplishments are noted, you dismiss them. Surely you would think the players deserve better than that, especially if you feel their coach is letting them down. But then again, you have made it perfectly clear that you feel that most of our players are unworthy of the institution. Even so, once they get here, that is water under the bridge, and you should treat them with due respect.

Not Logan Booker

August 6th, 2012
1:07 pm

God I wish I understood how calculus worked :(

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Big Ol Stinger

August 6th, 2012
1:16 pm

Haters gonna hate.

Trolls gonna troll.

May they die slow, painful, miserable deaths, and may the process start this afternoon.

Die troll.

atowndown

August 6th, 2012
1:16 pm

WNE,
I don’t usually respond to you because you are an idiot, but this last post of your is such crap I just couldn’t help myself. The kid just took calc. and CS in one semester and passed, can you name a college football player from another major D1 school that has done that…ever…? I doubt it, the kid deserves props for handling the workload at tech while dedicating so much time to football. And you? well, you deserve a kick in the nuts.

Reality

August 6th, 2012
1:17 pm

I like what I see…commitment that leads to Championships! Don’t worry about WnE. He’s a Dwag with an inferiority complex…

Georgia DAWGS

August 6th, 2012
1:19 pm

Cross taking Computer Science and Calculus??? No wonder you have trouble winning games… Yall take this accademics stuff too serious..

yeller bug

August 6th, 2012
1:25 pm

NLB: I had 7 quarters of calculus and still don’t have a handle on it….all the more to be impressed with Sir Issac Newton who created calculus to solve his physics problems. He’s one of the ultimate ne-rds worthy of honor and respect!

SansWorld

August 6th, 2012
1:25 pm

I really like the apparent attitude of team.

Everyone’s comment indicates work effort to learn and improve.

2010 the team seem complacent. 2011 the team lacked fundamental execution at times. This year neither is being taken for granted and every one seems to be working to be the best they can be.

Good Luck

Taking calc and CS at the same time,...

August 6th, 2012
1:26 pm

…anytime, is tough, though not nearly as difficult as taking a FULL semester of said classes – but I am glad he passed both, and lived to laugh about it…

And, I sure hope these guys play as well as they talk smack…

Tokyo jacket

August 6th, 2012
1:37 pm

@WnE, I took CS in my fourth year. I took some sophomore ME courses in my 5th year with a couple of graduating seniors in my section. I had junior labs in my 6th and final year of undergrad. I guarantee there are hundreds if not thousands of non-athletes out there with the exact same stories because practically nobody takes the curriculum as planned due to scheduling, professor availability, or even personal preference.

I hated CS and never seemed to have the time to finish it. Congrats to Mr. Cross for taking a real course load over the summer AND finding time for the “voluntary” summer workouts. Go jackets!

Max Sizemore

August 6th, 2012
1:39 pm

Definitely a hilarious read, considering the responses to WnE. Who knew summer practice could be so much fun?

Tokyo jacket

August 6th, 2012
1:41 pm

BTW, I think I remember Tenuta’s defenses doing yoga at one point. I think I recall those two years as being pretty successful for the defense. Of course the team was mediocre because our offense was more predictable than cops at a donut shop. But, I think the D had a lot more speed and seemed to swarm to the ball better in Tenuta’s last couple of years.

WnE

August 6th, 2012
1:42 pm

My only issue was for GT fans to be consistent.

When GOL had player “push” their tougher courses to later in their Academic Careers so it would not affect their ability to stay eligible & ON THE FIELD, he was harshly criticized.

Yet, when we have verified proof that CPJ is doing the same EXACT THING, the GT fans are trying to twist it into a positive thing.

If it was a “negative” that upset the Fanbase when GOL did it, then it should still be a negative and upset the fanbase when it is done under CPJ ’s watch.

Consistency people, it is the only thing that I demand.

BTW that CS course is just an introductory course that teaches the Basics of how to use a Computer in a Business Environment and requires no programming.

juvenal

August 6th, 2012
1:49 pm

i piled a lot of stuff i didn’t like into my final quarter because you didn’t have to take finals…qtr. system gone, summer semster shorter & each class lasts hours longer than the other 2, i would not have done as many summer courses as i did…1:19 post is what they really think(er-believe-thinking not so much a strength)…still pondering gt4evrs idea that lots of schools with actual academic integrity beat their land grant rivals…

Big Ol Stinger

August 6th, 2012
1:58 pm

I consistently wish you were dead, troll.

SansWorld

August 6th, 2012
1:58 pm

“Consistency people, it is the only thing that I demand”

you must be real frustrated.

GT-06

August 6th, 2012
2:01 pm

WnE: “BTW that CS course is just an introductory course that teaches the Basics of how to use a Computer in a Business Environment and requires no programming.”

WHAT?? Now we know that you didn’t attend Tech. I’m an ‘06 grad that took Scheme as my first CS course and now I believe it’s MATLAB. It’s not about how to use excel, word, HTML, etc. This is Georgia Tech, we expect students to know the basics from high school.

chas_jacket

August 6th, 2012
2:02 pm

Have to admit , we GT fans are not nearly as consistent as weenie – he has never had a decent thing to say about Tech – not surprising being the lowlife pos ugag he/she is. Here’s an interesting link on Crenshaw. Ignore the troll comments to follow.

http://georgiatech.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1392710

SansWorld

August 6th, 2012
2:03 pm

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”

This seem to describe WnE’s constant idiocy.

WnE = TROLL

August 6th, 2012
2:05 pm

Academic advisors are just that…..advisors! They do not DICTATE what a student can or cannot take……nor do they dictate WHEN a student takes a specific course. Students are the ultimate decision makers in this…..I am 100% positive that GT is not operating under a COHORT program. WnE, once again you look foolish……it’s easy to see that you didn’t even attend community college!

SansWorld

August 6th, 2012
2:16 pm

Did GOL really get harshly criticized for Academic polices? With Notre Dame’s emphasis on graduation rates, it is odd they would have wanted such a coach.

Anyway, I never criticized GOL for it, so I guess I am consistent.

WnE

August 6th, 2012
2:19 pm

re:
GT-06

August 6th, 2012
2:01 pm

WnE: “BTW that CS course is just an introductory course that teaches the Basics of how to use a Computer in a Business Environment and requires no programming.”

WHAT?? Now we know that you didn’t attend Tech. I’m an ‘06 grad that took Scheme as my first CS course and now I believe it’s MATLAB. It’s not about how to use excel, word, HTML, etc. This is Georgia Tech, we expect students to know the basics from high school.
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The FB players that actually play in Games don’t major in Engr., they major in Business Admin.

Here is a brief description of that CS course:

Computer Science 1315 or 1301 (or other Institute approved computer literacy course).

It ain’t that serious people, it is a computer literacy course, don’t let the aura of GT’s elite Academics delude you into thinking that our FB players are prepping for careers with NASA.

JM

August 6th, 2012
2:21 pm

I am glad to hear the players are trying new things to get better. Proper stretching will build flexibility and strength.

juvenal

August 6th, 2012
2:25 pm

at least he’s no longer such a yogi bear fan…nasa not such a good career these days…

WnE

August 6th, 2012
2:25 pm

re:
chas_jacket
August 6th, 2012
2:02 pm

Have to admit , we GT fans are not nearly as consistent as weenie – he has never had a decent thing to say about Tech – not surprising being the lowlife pos ugag he/she is. Here’s an interesting link on Crenshaw. Ignore the troll comments to follow.

http://georgiatech.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1392710
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Thanks for the article on Crenshaw!

I knew I was RIGHT all along.

I pegged Crenshaw as a “tweener” out of HS, and that article only proves that I was correct way back when he was Recruited, he’s tweener w/o a true position.

One more reason that GT FB cannot rise to the level it should be, CPJ does a poor job evaluating Recruits out of HS and how they will project at the BCS level.

This article on validates the things I said before Crenshaw ever signed with GT, and now he’s a player w/o a defined position.

Guys like that don’t help you beat UGA and they don’t help you win BCS Bowl Games!

George Stein

August 6th, 2012
2:25 pm

I guess CPJ’s “Service Academy” background hasn’t changed the way that GT does its business Academically.

I agree with this entirely. Perhaps WnE can also remember this the next time he invents a conspiracy about why a recruit doesn’t qualify academically. Johnson has no power over the academics at Tech, and that’s the way Tech likes it.

George Stein

August 6th, 2012
2:27 pm

Also, good luck, T.J. I hope he has a great – and healthy – season.

chas_jacket

August 6th, 2012
2:30 pm

Actually uga players all take an intro computer course as well. After a semester of hard work they are tp set the link below as there homepage.

http://www.google.com/search?q=athens+bale+bondsman&spell=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&nomo=1&site=webhp&source=hp&oq=athens+balebondsmin&gs_l=hp.3…0.0.1.75.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0…0.0…1c.wxNFrs43oK4

Tokyo jacket

August 6th, 2012
2:33 pm

@WnE, I think you’re mistaking correlation for causality. All we have “verified proof” of is that Mr. Cross took “computer science” as a fourth year student. What we don’t know (and most of us don’t care) is which CS class this is and whether or not it had programming OR whether or not CPJ is “pushing” this as a plan.

What we do know is that the AJC and Heather Dinnich at the world wide leader have both reported that Tech’s football APR is perfect since CPJ arrived. Note that APR is a moving average and it takes time to eliminate poor history. We also know that we’ve lost several starters to early graduation. We’ve had severaplayers get accepted into tough academic programs beyond GT. We’ve lost players to Microsoft. I wish the product on the field were a little better, but I am confident CPJ and staff are doing everything possible to ensure our academic prestige doesn’t drop on their watch.

collegeballfan

August 6th, 2012
2:35 pm

“When GOL had player “push” their tougher courses to later in their Academic Careers so it would not affect their ability to stay eligible & ON THE FIELD, he was harshly criticized.”

By whom?

Tokyo jacket

August 6th, 2012
2:39 pm

re:
WnE
August 6th, 2012
2:19 pm

“don’t let the aura of GT’s elite Academics delude you into thinking that our FB players are prepping for careers with NASA.”

______________

Actually, Sean Bedford got a degree in Aerospace Engineering and was named by Sporting News as one of the 20 smartest athletes in the nation. He was on par for a job at NASA, and then decided to go to law school at one of the top public law schools in the nation.

Don’t let the aura of your hatred for CPJ delude you into thinking that our FB players are not prepping for careers with NASA!

GT GRAD

August 6th, 2012
2:49 pm

PLEASE place a permanent BLOCK on all comments from WnE………well I suppose you could let him post on the UGA blogs, but please ban his comments from any of the GT Blogs.

Exactly zero of the readers of the GT blogs wants to read his nonsense.

Reality

August 6th, 2012
2:51 pm

Great point Tokyo!

Good Luck...

August 6th, 2012
2:52 pm

…on your fools errand atown, as wne has not possessed that particular piece of anatomy for some time. Still, you should at least try. Aim high.

5150 UOAD

August 6th, 2012
2:52 pm

Tevin you made us all proud already graduating and doing you best to be a Great Tech Man.

5150 UOAD

August 6th, 2012
2:59 pm

STOP RESPONDING TO wne………………………….

WnE

August 6th, 2012
3:02 pm

re:
collegeballfan
August 6th, 2012
2:35 pm

“When GOL had player “push” their tougher courses to later in their Academic Careers so it would not affect their ability to stay eligible & ON THE FIELD, he was harshly criticized.”

By whom?
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On all the major GT Message boards that follow GT sports, GOL was ripped a new one for this practice.

I guess a lot of my so-called detractors don’t really follow GT FB, or haven’t followed GT FB for a lengthy time period.

juvenal

August 6th, 2012
3:04 pm

riles up the base, maybe it’s a favor…

5150 UOAD

August 6th, 2012
3:06 pm

Tokyo…………Sean graduated and did his lifelong dream. He went Hemingway bound. he went to Spain to play football for the Madrid Osos team and got to travel. When he finished he had been accepted to the University of Florida law School where he is now.
A kid from Florida played at tech now back at Florida you know he has to HATE the Dwags. LOL but plenty of them will make him money in the future. :)