Clean injury report for Tech after Hokies game

Notes from Paul Johnson’s news conference. Sorry it’s late. This’ll be quick.

1. The Jackets got out of the Virginia Tech game clean from an injury standpoint. B-back David Sims may sit out the Presbyterian game to give him more time to recover from his stress fracture. A-back Orwin Smith should be able to go. Safety Fred Holton is still out and cornerback Louis Young (arm/hand injury) and inside linebacker Daniel Drummond (ankle sprain) are both probably out. Drummond was going to have to sit the first half anyway because of a suspension. Offensive tackle Morgan Bailey has been cleared, but Tyler Kidney will start.

2. With little practice time, Johnson won’t go overboard on game plan. The team will do error correction today (Wednesday) and introduce Presbyterian, then do a light practice Thursday to put in game plan.

“Hopefully, the neat thing about what you do is you’ve got a package and you don’t have to change it,” Johnson said. “If you’re going to try to game plan every defensive look and every play they run, you’re going to be in trouble. There’s no way you’re going to get it done.”

3. Johnson doesn’t sound like someone about to shift the offense to the shotgun.

“I think it can add another dimension,” he said. “I don’t think it’s the total answer to all our problems.”

The pistol limits the options in the running game. He provided an example of how it can also hamper the passing game (particularly for Tech’s run-heavy offense). On the fourth-quarter touchdown pass from Tevin Washington to Deon Hill, run out of the pistol, Hill was open but Hokies defenders were chasing him.

Johnson called the same play in overtime on the play when Washington was intercepted, this time with Washington under center.

“The guy’s wide open,” Johnson said, referring to one of the A-backs running a crossing route. “Nobody took him. Out of the gun, they took him. They were chasing, but they took him. Out of the other one, because there’s a threat of run or pass, nobody took him.”

4. Speaking of which, Johnson allowed that Washington’s pass was ill-advised, but did not fault him for trying to make a play. He was more bothered that Washington got out of the pocket when he did.

“A guy was wide open, but we couldn’t see him because we bolted out of the pocket,” he said.

Typically, he had his own take on the interception.

“Was it ill-advised?” Johnson asked. “Probably, but at the same time, if he’d thrown it up like that and one of our guys had caught it, everybody would be screaming about what a great play it was.”

5. Johnson said special teams was better for the most part, but said Tech was lucky that two punts weren’t blocked “because we turned two guys scot-free.”

6. Johnson said inside linebacker Jabari Hunt-Days “acquitted himself O.K.” in his first start, particularly given the magnitude of the game.

As for the wide receivers, he said they were “not great, but they were no worse than a lot of the guys. Our guys who were the most experienced weren’t great, either.”

7. Johnson said he is “not crazy” about playing such a big game in the opener but isn’t opposed to it. Perhaps more germane, he acknowledged that “the schedule is pretty much dictated. It’s not much about what we want, anyway. They kind of tell you what you want.”

8. Johnson said that the uniforms were received well from recruits.

“You know my take on uniforms,” he said. “To me, it’s a lot about what the kids like and what the recruits like and those kinds of things.”

He said that “I think we’ll probably see ’em again sometime. Who knows? This week, we may have some different ones.”

Thanks for reading. I’ll have a story and notes posted, 8 or 9, I think.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

51 comments Add your comment

5150 UOAD

September 5th, 2012
5:07 pm

Good to hear

Ramblnwrek

September 5th, 2012
5:07 pm

Thanks for the info. Go Tech

5150 UOAD

September 5th, 2012
5:08 pm

I want to see LASKEY a lot this weekend.

Ramblnwrek

September 5th, 2012
5:08 pm

what does UOAD mean. I have seen it on here but I have no idea.

Ramblnwrek

September 5th, 2012
5:09 pm

He was pretty good. I wanted to see Days a bit. i did not notice him at the A Back. But I was more worried about advancing the ball.

5150 UOAD

September 5th, 2012
5:10 pm

TW is not POCKET HAPPY….he does look to run if he gets scared..I think he will feel better against PC but not Miami or Clem&son or UNC.

5150 UOAD

September 5th, 2012
5:14 pm

5150 is the Police code for a person that will need a 48-72 hour hold for a Psych Evaluation.

techfanplus

September 5th, 2012
5:18 pm

Ken, I thought CPJ said early on the S. Days would be on the field somewhere. We all say hime come in for one play at QB. Was he ever in at B back or A back? Was CPJ asked abouit this?

ignition

September 5th, 2012
5:19 pm

Uhhmmmm but isn’t that same play which ended up being the tying touchdown catch for GT..
Matter of fact it was from passing the damn ball which made the offense move ..

5150 UOAD

September 5th, 2012
5:20 pm

davedWag……….UOAD…………..you are not needed here.

5150 UOAD

September 5th, 2012
5:22 pm

KEN I was just responding to a direct question form a Tech fan.
And it is a TECH CHEER you will hear at the games all the time.

Ramblnwrek
September 5th, 2012
5:08 pm

what does UOAD mean. I have seen it on here but I have no idea.

Teddy Roosevelt

September 5th, 2012
5:26 pm

The receiver being wide open doesn’t matter if the qb is on his back or throwing the ball to the other team.

5150 UOAD

September 5th, 2012
5:27 pm

so the PC phrase

to Relieve oneself On A Dawg

is that better KEN?

WnE

September 5th, 2012
5:27 pm

re:
4. Speaking of which, Johnson allowed that Washington’s pass was ill-advised, but did not fault him for trying to make a play. He was more bothered that Washington got out of the pocket when he did.

“A guy was wide open, but we couldn’t see him because we bolted out of the pocket,” he said.
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CPJ might have said “we bolted…………..” , but everyone know and can clearly see he is throwing TW under the bus.

Typical CPJ, “I drew the play up correctly, but they/we didn’t execute it”.

CPJ said nothing about the success TW had on the 4th & 6 yds. when he left the pocket and saved the game up to that point, yet when he felt pressure and rolled to the left in OT to try and make a play he gets thrown under the bus, he never should have thrown the ball, but CPJ should not be throwing TW under the bus in the media about leaving the pocket when that is what put GT ahead with :44 seconds to play.

“And when it went bad you cut these guys loose………………..”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hGvQtumNAY

Supersize that order, mutt

September 5th, 2012
5:30 pm

Davedwag is a sad sack of whatever for coming on a Tech blog and saying something like that. What a dolt

Supersize that order, mutt

September 5th, 2012
5:30 pm

@ UOAD……careful now, my friend. We don’t want to lose you again

Silly Mutts

September 5th, 2012
5:38 pm

Same ole’ song and dance from PJ….ho hum another loss for GT and its vaunted, self proclaimed offensive genious…what a POS!

TechApp fan

September 5th, 2012
5:41 pm

Smith was needed Monday. Glad he is OK.

Did the starting B back get into the PJ doghouse? Left early and disappeared.

Hope TW throws a TD pass on the first play to regain conf and then rest.

Will Lee be allowed to pass from the gun?

Wrecking Ball

September 5th, 2012
5:50 pm

I missed something. What’s this about Louis Young injury? I thought he was serving out a suspension? Did he hurt himself in practice?

Silly Mutts

September 5th, 2012
6:01 pm

@Wrecking Ball….first I’ve heard of this injury. As you pointed out, I thought he was suspended.

BigTimeTECHFan

September 5th, 2012
6:07 pm

WnE – If you knew anything about football you would know it not the QB’s fault for being chased out of the pocket. CPJ was talking about the OL not giving TW enough time to see the open receiver. How is that throwing TW under the bus?

Come back when you learn something about football.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 5th, 2012
6:09 pm

Did WnE say CPJ threw somebody under the bus??? I didn’t see him throwing ANYBODY under the bus in his comments.

Silly Mutts

September 5th, 2012
6:26 pm

Yes, WnE said that CPJ’s comments showed he was throwing TW under the bus for the play because he didn’t praise TW for the 4th down passing conversion. Im not sure I agree with WnE but it is possible to read between the lines this way.

FL Jacket

September 5th, 2012
6:27 pm

SS…useless drivel from a completely jaded moron. Or, as I might rightly suspect, a guy playing out a character fantasy over the internet…

Ken Sugiura

September 5th, 2012
6:28 pm

for what it’s worth, johnson was complimentary of washington for his performance in the final drive of regulation.
wrecking ball – young was suspended, but he also got hurt in preseason and his arm was in a cast. i think i mentioned it once or twice. (not that you were supposed to have read it.)
i don’t know if perkins was in the doghouse as much as that laskey was more productive.

GT Lee

September 5th, 2012
6:28 pm

not to mention someone who stalks teenage recruits on Twitter….

FL Jacket

September 5th, 2012
6:29 pm

SS…since the trolls didn’t bother listening to the press conference today they have no idea how highly CPJ praised Tevin for making the plays he did in the 4th quarter.

Uninformed trolling is so cute…

FL Jacket

September 5th, 2012
6:30 pm

Ken…plase tell me you weren’t the one asking that question about Presbyterian and CPJ’s religion?

WnE

September 5th, 2012
6:42 pm

RE:
BigTimeTECHFan
September 5th, 2012
6:07 pm

WnE – If you knew anything about football you would know it not the QB’s fault for being chased out of the pocket. CPJ was talking about the OL not giving TW enough time to see the open receiver. How is that throwing TW under the bus?

Come back when you learn something about football.
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CPJ said “we bolted out of the pocket” that is a shot at the QB, had it been an OL issue an experienced HC like CPJ would have said “our protection broke down “.

The way CPJ phrased it he was clearly throwing TW under the bus.

Very similar to years past where he would say, “we had the right play but we just didn’t execute”.

According to CPJ, he doesn’t make mistakes but his players do, at least it seems that way after many games and many post-game media interviews.

jacketnation

September 5th, 2012
6:47 pm

The uniforms look like chicken wire. Get rid of them and stay with Gold and Blue, Gold Helmets, White pants.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 5th, 2012
6:57 pm

Tech’s colors are GOLD AND WHITE. Get rid of the damn BLUE!!!! The numerals were the only thing I didn’t like about the uniforms

FL Jacket

September 5th, 2012
7:02 pm

SS…you can’t see contrast without a 3rd darker color. If I had my druthers that 3rd color would be black.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 5th, 2012
7:14 pm

@ FLJ…..I TOTALLY AGREE !!!!! I loved the black jerseys that Tech wore in the days of the Black Watch Defense.

ToeMeetsLeather

September 5th, 2012
9:00 pm

Perkins made a halfa** attempt at a block on a passing play and was never seen again.

Good to hear Orwin is OK, we need him, although Bostic looked to be the most explosive player on offense to me.

Ken, I saw your reports on Young being injured, for what it’s worth. Do you think he will be back for UVA?

Gotta run the table now Jackets, and it can be done!

Jacket Time

September 5th, 2012
9:02 pm

Just watched the begining of the game and couldn’t help but notice the announcers kept comenting on the 3 missing starters on D and how the defense might get fatigued. Well for those of you who saw the last few vt drives…. So for all you haters who focus on TW’s interception and whine about CPJ’s… well everything while ignoring that excellent final drive in regulation, well i guess just keep on being negative Nancys. Even when you eat your words i’m sure you’ll still find something to complain about.

carolinajacket

September 5th, 2012
9:08 pm

I have a real bad feeling about Fred Holton. He may be our best back, but he really seems to be injury plagued. so we lose our best d-back and our best linebacker from last year. I surely hope the young guys can step up and do the job, but I am worried.

GT Joe

September 5th, 2012
9:38 pm

Exactly Toe: Perkins blew a KEY 3rd down block, and was benched immediately. Glad to see I wasn’t the only one who saw it, nobody mentioned it on the blogs but me (on another article).

WnE cracks me up; he says CPJ is throwing TW under bus. Fact is, CPJ has been WAY too lenient with TW and should have benched him long ago (yes, I think Vad should have the job). I’ve been arguing that CPJ is TOO loyal to TW (for all his hard work, dedication, leadership) to bench him.

CPJ isn’t the tough guy he seems to me, he does have some loyalty to his players, and I think he is giving TW way too long a leash.

GT Joe

September 5th, 2012
9:41 pm

Tired of hearing TW had a great final drive in the 4th quarter. He hit an open receiver on a busted play (the 4th down play) where the Receiver was the real star, not TW. Easy pass. And then the TD pass was the easiest throw there is. No D1 QB alive could mess up that pass.

“Oh but he only made ONE mistake all game!” Yeah, a mistake that cost us the game.

fan

September 5th, 2012
9:43 pm

Wh;ly wasn’t that the Georgia Tech thug thrown out of the game for slugging the Virginia Tech quarterback? Techies, you can always expect that kind of play.

GT Joe

September 5th, 2012
9:44 pm

“Was it ill-advised?” Johnson asked. “Probably, but at the same time, if he’d thrown it up like that and one of our guys had caught it, everybody would be screaming about what a great play it was.”

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Wow. How does CPJ not call a spade a spade here? That was a bonehead play. Period. “Probably?” That right there proves that CPJ is too loyal to TW for some reason. Loyalty bordering on Gailey’s loyalty to Reggie Ball.

Time for Vad.

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FL Jacket

September 5th, 2012
10:03 pm

GTJoe…how do you know Vad Lee doesn’t put the ball on the ground multiple times and we lose by 20?

Ken Sugiura

September 5th, 2012
10:05 pm

TML – I don’t know about Young. I’m told he could pad up the cast and play, but i don’t know that for fact.
FLJacket – that actually was me. i asked thinking it might produce an amusing answer, which it sort of did.

5150 UOAD

September 5th, 2012
10:06 pm

Louis Young took a photo with Instagram.
Last year I made a terrible decision & I was suspended for the bowl game last year & this past Monday night game vs. VT. I disappointed my family friends, coaches but most of all I disappointed my teammates. I’m blessed they forgave me & I’m just ready to be a dependable teammate for my team & train everyday to be a playmaker. The past is the past now let’s go get this #ACCship

FL Jacket

September 5th, 2012
10:13 pm

Ken, I’m surprised the answer to the question wasn’t the following…

“Yeah, it’s like I told our guys about Presbyterian. It’s a religion, so that’s a ‘positive’…I just think we need to stay with our system and suit up on Sunday”

Hayseed Dixie

September 5th, 2012
10:32 pm

I’d just like to chime in and praise our D for Monday night. If it’s up from here then it’s going to be a great season.

Watched the game over at Hudson Grille Sandy Springs for the first time. Had a blast. I cannot believe that I’ve never been there for a Tech game before.

Fellas- if you go only one place for away games- this should be it. Full of Tech fans, it was a game-day atmosphere.

ToeMeetsLeather

September 5th, 2012
10:41 pm

Thanks for the info on Young Ken.

It really stinks our strongest unit coming out of spring couldn’t make a play at the end of the game Monday night.

Time to move on. Here’s hoping we see every scholarship player, less the redshirts,(and a few others) against the “Hose”.

Jacket Time

September 6th, 2012
12:30 am

GT Joe TW had a great pass on that busted play. Led the receiver perfectly in the only spot he could catch it. TW is all class and all heart. Tired of all the Reggie Ball comparisons because of one bad decision (trying to make something happen). Reggie would fumble and then be smiling and on the sidelines. TW cares and knows the offense and takes the game seriously. He wants to win and cares and leads the team. Haters will hate though. Especially when there is no W but the season isn’t over yet.

Freddie Blassie

September 6th, 2012
9:30 am

It is not always the O-line’s fault when the QB bolts out of the pocket: more times than not, in college, the QB runs from outside pressure when he should step up into the pocket and continue to look downfield. This was the mistake Washington made when he threw the costly interception.

Ramblin Man

September 6th, 2012
11:36 am

Pwow a lot of doom and gloom. For an opening game in a tough stadium against a top ten defense with so many new starters and looking our biggest playmaker it was not that bad. Sure there are things to fix, but the defense looks better and a lot of season is left.