Johnson: ‘A lot that I saw that I didn’t like’

Post-practice notes. A couple new items, but mostly stuff from the news conference post.

1. After reviewing the Virginia Tech game video, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson was not especially impressed with much of anything, including the coaching staff.

Asked about the play of the B-backs, Johnson replied, “There was a lot I saw that I didn’t like. Not just at that position. There were several positions.”

The Yellow Jackets lost 20-17 in overtime to the Hokies Monday in Blacksburg, Va. They will play their home opener Saturday against Presbyterian College.

The wide receivers, Johnson said, were “not great, but they were no worse than a lot of the guys.”

Speaking Wednesday at his weekly news conference, Johnson also didn’t show much enthusiasm about the special teams, noting that two punts were nearly blocked. Following practice, offensive line coach Mike Sewak said he was disappointed with the offensive line and defensive coordinator Al Groh offered that the defense’s play “was O.K., but it wasn’t good enough.”

Johnson accepted responsibility with his staff.

“My take on [coaching] is, if one or two guys is not doing what you’d like, then they’ve got an issue,” he said. “If it’s more than one or two guys, then we’ve got an issue. We’ve got to work and make sure we help those guys play better.”

2. No players were injured Monday to the point they will miss the Presbyterian game, Johnson said. A-back Orwin Smith, who was taken out of the game with a shoulder injury, will be available. Further, offensive tackle Morgan Bailey, who suffered an ankle sprain in the preseason, has been cleared to play.

Safety Fred Holton, who missed the game with an undisclosed injury, is still out. Cornerback Louis Young, who did not play because of a suspension but also has a hand/arm injury, and inside linebacker Daniel Drummond, who was also suspended and has a high ankle sprain, both will probably not play. Drummond’s suspension carries into the first half of the Presbyterian game.

Johnson said that B-back David Sims, who is still recovering from a stress fracture in his shin but played against Virginia Tech, may sit.

3. Johnson said on his radio show on 790 the Zone Wednesday night that freshman wide receiver Anthony Autry would get playing time Saturday and indicated that wide receiver Darren Waller would probably start. He also said that an appeal for wide receiver Chris Jackson, who was held out of Monday’s game because of an academic matter concerning his credit hours, was denied and that he’ll miss four games.

4. Kicker Justin Moore was suspended for the Virginia Tech game for breaking a team rule, Johnson said. Moore, who took field goals and extra points last season, was beaten out for the position by David Scully and likely would not have played had he traveled with the team.

5. Johnson called quarterback Tevin Washington’s interception in overtime ill-advised, but accepted that he was trying to make a play. Washington threw the ball into the end zone on a 3rd-and-6 play as he was being tackled. What bothered Johnson was that Washington escaped the pocket sooner than he would have liked, rolling left to escape pressure.

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

6. While Johnson is superstitious, he won’t banish the new uniforms that the team wore on Monday. He said that the design was received well by recruits, a particularly important focus group.

“To me, it’s a lot about what the kids like and what the recruits like, he said.

The new set has white, navy and gold jerseys with two pants, white and gold. The 2011 uniforms may also be worn.

“Who knows?” he said. “This week, we may have some different ones.”

In case you missed it…

Tech-Presbyterian game came together at last minute

Clean injury report after Hokies game

3 thoughts about Georgia Tech

How Johnson changed mind on fourth down

Not much punch from B-backs

Georgia Tech defense rises, succumbs

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

154 comments Add your comment

FL Jacket

September 5th, 2012
10:16 pm

I’m excited to see Anthony Autry play, and hopefully he does it while Tech is hosting his brother Myles.

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FORMATION 4 SUCCESS

September 5th, 2012
10:32 pm

Here are my concerns. I posted several posts telling our guys what they needed to do to be successful this season. And everything I mentioned that they didn’t do was to their demise. That said. It means one of two things. Our talent is not smart enough to take coaching the will help them win or our coaches are just not what and who we expect them to be. It’s elementary. 44 seconds. Keep the receivers in front of you and make the tackle. (Didn’t do it, nor were they in position to do it). Is that ignorance or lack of coaching. We need to figure it out today.

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FORMATION 4 SUCCESS
September 5th, 2012
10:16 pm

Coach always has answers after the game and season. Never before the game or season. Its always a wait and see. I would think that this if you plan to win a game, conference or season you need to know something before instead of after.

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FORMATION 4 SUCCESS
September 5th, 2012
10:24 pm

Question: If Tevin Washington is still struggling with this offense and the others behind him are too. And our D1 FCS lineman and A backs can’t block as well as our service cadets week in and out. What future success can we count on. I for one loves this offense and believes that when executed it is unstoppable. But in all of the offseason work outs and claims of doing the work to get better. We still miss blocks, open receivers, holes in the line and opportunities. Seriously, what is truly going on here?

OkieDawg

September 5th, 2012
10:51 pm

“My take on [coaching] is, if one or two guys is not doing what you’d like, then they’ve got an issue,” he said. “If it’s more than one or two guys, then we’ve got an issue. We’ve got to work and make sure we help those guys play better.”

Way to go CPJ…You think if you throw your coaches under the bus they will get better? We know you have bigger fish to fry or popcorn to pop…but really?

The only good thing about Monday night was the Defense…that’s bad since GT has lived by the 3-option and now the opposing coaches know how to defend it. Time for the propeller heads to learn to spell…IRRELEVANT!

CPJ and his arrogance is yesterday’s news…What is Chan doing these days?

Paul in NH

September 5th, 2012
10:54 pm

FORMATION 4 SUCCESS
“Keep the receivers in front of you and make the tackle. (Didn’t do it, nor were they in position to do it). Is that ignorance or lack of coaching.”

Sometimes the other team makes a good play.

yeller bug

September 5th, 2012
10:58 pm

F4S: Well said. This offense when properly executed is a terror to defend, because you can counter every defensive adjustment with your own adjustment that gives you back an advantage. You can change who you read and who you block which keeps the D guessing, but we have to execute. Our open field blocking was simply awful and it didn’t seem that we adjusted our play calling to counter the aggressive play of their safeties. That seems more like coaching. I like CPJ and CAG, but this was a disappointing start—we should have executed better—-not taking away from the VT defense which is very good, but when a WR, A or B back cannot block a LB or safety—heck often they completely missed them, then this offense will fail. Maybe the players need glasses.

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

September 5th, 2012
11:35 pm

Too bad for Chris Jackson, kid just can’t seem to catch a break.

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

September 5th, 2012
11:37 pm

I’m pretty sure the wide outs will be catching balls this weekend. The only question is who will be throwing it to them? Will CPJ give Tevin the early hook and let the backups play? I sure hope so.

Tech Forever

September 6th, 2012
12:26 am

I would like to know from Coach Groh what in the hell was he thinking on 4th and 4 from the 47 with 13 seconds left and rushing 5? He showed blitz by moving up the left OLB to the line when there was no reciever covered up….so Thomas checks off to the slant route hoping the kid will get 5 and the 1st down. Then Groh hands him a 20 yard gain by sending the same side ILB making 5 rushing…..and the middle parted like the Red Sea. The field position was our friend. The time on the clock was our friend. Groh gave it all away to try and finish the game in some grand fashion with a sack or whatever. HEY COACH!!! Sometimes……..par is good enough to win.

Jacket Time

September 6th, 2012
12:55 am

The D did miss some tackles on that 4th and 4. They were fatigued. That is why sweeting got burned by that freshman on the drive before that.

Jacket Time

September 6th, 2012
12:58 am

If we just rushed 4 logan would have had plenty of time to go deep.

WnE

September 6th, 2012
1:04 am

re:
3. Johnson said on his radio show on 790 the Zone Wednesday night that freshman wide receiver Anthony Autry would get playing time Saturday and indicated that wide receiver Darren Waller would probably start. He also said that an appeal for wide receiver Chris Jackson, who was held out of Monday’s game because of an academic matter concerning his credit hours, was denied and that he’ll miss four games.
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We just went through 5 weeks of fall/summer camp to find who the best WRs are ,and after one game we are already making changes?

The bottom line is that CPJ HAS NOT recruited better WRs, trying to “play mind games” by benching guys after 1-game won’t make much difference.

I identified Jeremy Moore as being a question mark at WR, he’s 6-3 183lbs. in his 4th yr. out of HS (a RS-Jr.) so it is not like he’s going to get bigger, stronger, or faster at this stage of his career, if Moore hasn’t been physical and challenged for PT in his first 3 years then why should we expect miracle now.

BTW, Aurtry is 6-2 173lbs and is in dire need of a RS and a year in the Weight Room, there’s no way that Autry is ready to play this season, basically CPJ’s anger is leading him to burn this SA’s RS for no good reason. Autry is NOT physically ready and he won’t play well, CPJ is putting him in the line-up because he’s angry at the other WRs.

Guess what CPJ?

You Recruited all of them, you only have yourself to get mad at!

WnE

September 6th, 2012
1:15 am

re:
2. No players were injured Monday to the point they will miss the Presbyterian game, Johnson said. A-back Orwin Smith, who was taken out of the game with a shoulder injury, will be available.
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Orwin needs to sit out.

We need him for the rest of the season, there’s no way that he can be effective at A-Back with a nagging shoulder injury.

VT’s back seven were really laying the wood, the hits on Orwin and Tevin were vicious.

BTW Ken did anyone ask CPJ if the vicious hit on Tevin might have been responsible for the INT in overtime?

It seemed like the extra time to prepare gave VT confidence in their reads and allowed them to play faster and more explosive and thus they were able to lay more wicked shots on our players, in years past VT has always played us tentatively even in the games they won.

Monday night they attacked us like a pack of hyenas.

Holey Smoak

September 6th, 2012
5:28 am

WnE is a dwagtard…CPJ is a god compared to St Richt…

gtfan1951

September 6th, 2012
6:47 am

Realy tired of not winning the big games. Some things need to change its like R. Ball all over again.

Jackets81

September 6th, 2012
6:48 am

Still waiting on his fries Okie Dawg. Now get back to work son.

Big Ol Stinger

September 6th, 2012
7:15 am

WnE = automatic scroll down. Don’t even read it.

Go stalk some teenage boys, troll. Better yet, go put a .40 hollow point in your temple.

Jacket Man

September 6th, 2012
7:27 am

First, DON’T FEED THE TROLLS. Now my comments; I blame the Chris Jackson issue more on GA Tech’s Athletic Association than Chris himself. They’re the ones who were supposed to have helped him with the NCAA from the very start to determine what his status was regarding his classes, and if he needed addiditional hours this past Spring or Summer, he could have taken them so he could have been eligible the first game of the season. If GA Tech didn’t know until now what would be acceptable, how would Chris? Is he responsible to communicate directly with the NCAA or would you expect his school to do so on his behalf?

Next, any way you look at the game, no one can deny that the short-handed defense played well. In fact, if you look back at the game, Tech’s defense had held them to only 7 points until there was 7:45 left in the 4th quarter, when they scored their 2nd TD, and that came after the Jacket Offense took a 10-7 lead just as the 4th quarter began.

Then, GA Tech drove down for the go ahead TD, to put them up by 3, with 44 seconds left in the game, and the Hokies finally kicked their tying field goal, NO TD, with 1 second left in regulation.

In other words, GA Tech defense held VA Tech’s offense to only 7 points for 3 quarters and almost half of the 4th. The Jacket’s defense were shorthanded and put back on a short field with little rest several times during that time frame yet they held up.

Then, after the defense managed to hold VA Tech to a field goal at regulation instead of giving them a TD, and then, after Tevin threw the ball away and the Hokies had the ball first and goal at our 1, the stopped their offense in a tremendous goal line stand, forcing their winning field goal, which was still risky since they fumbled a punt and he had already shanked a FG. No, they may have been exhausted, but they didn’t give up.

On the other hand, GA Tech’s offense was totally stagnant because Tevin Washington was making bad reads on his handoffs and refusing to pass the ball downfield to Wide Receivers so the VA Tech DB’s had to back off the Line of Scrimmage. If he was playing so timidly, even running out of the pistol formation, then why NOT not give Synjyn or Vad a chance to play? Even if they threw an interception downfield, at least they would start to get the Hokie defense to back off the LoS because they would have to respect the pass, the fact the Jacket offense was punting virtually every series early on any way, and as good as their defense was playing, what harm could it be if they had a turnover downfield? This, in my opinion, is on Paul Johnson because it’s a personnel decision.

My other issue was the 4th down play the Jackets DID RUN ON…why go right when every play to that side was virtually stopped for no gain and every play to the left went for positive yardage? Why over-think the obvious? If they were going to run the ball, take your chances and go with the jet sweep to the left, not right. Your odds were much better at positive yardage; much, much, much better. What happened when they went right? Lost yardage and they turned the ball over on 4th down. That was on Paul Johnson.

Spike

September 6th, 2012
7:31 am

Wow. Tech starting to eat their young. This isn’t going to end well.

UGA = Yawn

September 6th, 2012
7:56 am

Yahoo Sports is running an article titled; ‘The ACC: When does basketball season start?’ I totally get it. What a start to our football season. It’s funny too how all these ajc reporters are scared of Paul and refuse to ask him the tough questions. But, nonetheless. I am clearing my mind and moving forward will think of my GT football team as Duke. That way, when we lose, I will expect it and it won’t really matter. We need to start to realize we are just above average in football. Nothing greater. The numbers speak for themselves. 1-10 vs UGA, 0-7 in last 7 bowls. 1-4 vs VT….etc, etc. We should have won each of the last 3 games against VT but did everything in our power to lose. We were successful.

chas_jacket

September 6th, 2012
8:15 am

The qb situation is being over analyzed a bit. I am sure CPJ knows Tevin is not the qb to take the program to the next level – we have obviously brought in some talent with Vad and Thomas. This does not mean TW was the wrong to choice to open at VT. Keeping the game close WITHOUT turnovers almost let us pull off the upset. I am pretty sure you will see some focused pt for the other qb’s from here on out. We have 12 or so more games – the season is not over people.

Cecil34

September 6th, 2012
8:24 am

The Days and Vad Lee momentum is building – Washington is not adequate as the qb – too slow to make reads, too slow to react, too slow, period.

He is the one area I observed that appears weak and sub-par.

Johnson’s play-calling was very vanilla – he definately wasn’t at his best that night.

Presbyterian – are you kidding? Nothing will be learned from that scrimmage.

Smyrna Gold

September 6th, 2012
8:41 am

Above average??? Actually average would be an improvement; a record of 2 – 6 over the last 8 games is not above average. It’s called down right pathetic..

UGA = Yawn

September 6th, 2012
8:44 am

I meant to say ’slightly above average’.

DOC 51

September 6th, 2012
8:52 am

The triple option can be stopped by a good defense playing assignment football.The only reason we beat Clemson is their defense is as lousy as the GT defense.I am glad that two callers on the call-in show held CPJ accountable for blown leads against VT and UTAH.

bryce

September 6th, 2012
8:58 am

This isn’t Tevin’s fault. Coach Johnson stands on the sidelines withouth a play sheet, runs out of time and calls the option left or right. We use to run the option at times where we blocked differently and pitched to the B back. We used to fake the run and hit the a-back getting behind the secondary. Coach Johnson just calls play arbitrarily hoping something will hit,and that isn’t going to work against the teams with better calibre players.

It will work this week against Presbyterian.

UGA = Yawn

September 6th, 2012
9:02 am

DOC 51 – I can not listen to the show. How did he take those comments? Did he get defensive? Does anyone ask him when he plans to start winning the big games???

DOC 51

September 6th, 2012
9:10 am

CPJ lived for two years on the heroics of (Josh N.,Burnette,D.Morgan,J.Dwyer,D.Thomas,& A.Allen.He doesn’t have those self-motivated stars anymore.CPJ and his staff don’t coach players up each year.You can’t have walk-ons at the top of your depth chart and expect to win championships.All CPJ did at GSU was outscore teams.He was playing a much weaker schedule.

Barney

September 6th, 2012
9:11 am

Both Tech’s had a rough first game. It really was a sloppy game for both clubs. Lots of time and games to make it up.

George Stein

September 6th, 2012
9:26 am

The triple option can be stopped by a good defense playing assignment football.

Huh. I guess I’m unaware of defenses that don’t require their players to be sound fundamentally and hold their assignments. Perhaps someone can enlighten me, though.

DOC 51

September 6th, 2012
9:29 am

The call-in show is unbelievable.CPJ never has good answers about his defense.CAG is more like a drama instructor.CPJ basically runs three plays on offense.O.Smith should get 20-25 touches per game.You have to get the football to your playmakers.His passing attack is much like that of Pepper R.He had one pass play,the bomb to Steve Raible.

Highly Respected Southern Troll

September 6th, 2012
9:38 am

Hope I’m wrong but this sounds like a train wreck in progress. Johnson was a good coach for us and won lots of games but something doesn’t seem to be clicking at Tech. I think some of it has to do with an apparent talent drop-off after his second season. Really heartbreaking loss the other night…

juvenal

September 6th, 2012
9:43 am

at this level, by the time someone has seen any offense 3 times, it’s got to be tweaked…O line so far appears over-rated…

FL Jacket

September 6th, 2012
9:45 am

“The triple option can be stopped by a good defense playing assignment football.”

ANY OFFENSE can be stopped by a good defense.

FL Jacket

September 6th, 2012
9:47 am

So let me get this straight…

We take VT to Overtime at their place, not playing a particularly great game ourselves, and the problem is we’re vastly out-recruited by VT?

DOC 51

September 6th, 2012
9:49 am

Unfortunately the ACC is a weak football conference.FSU will leave as soon as the timing is right.

George Stein

September 6th, 2012
9:54 am

The laughable thing, FLJ, is that VT runs a pro set, and we shut them down. I wonder if the narratives about having extra time will be applied to them.

Buddy Landel

September 6th, 2012
10:34 am

I read yesterday that GT has more wide receivers in the NFL than any other college in this state. I always heard that no receiver wanted to go to GT because they could never get into the NFL by playing in CPJ’s offense.
Those 4 receivers are Megatron (before CPJ), D. Thomas (Broncos), S. Hill (Jets), and K. Cone (Falcons)

Ga Tech Old Timer

September 6th, 2012
10:35 am

Is it just me??

For five years now when CPJ decides to run the “FAKE the forth down and less than five play” it’s the same damn play over and over and over and over and over and over and over!!! I guess he figures the once or twice it’s worked is good enough to stick with it from now on and other teams will never figure it out. Ever try to change the cadence or line up in a different formation?? Same thing goes on the fourth down plays they do run – it’s almost ALWAYS the same play that hasn’t worked most of the game up to that point but some how CPJ thinks it will magically work this time!! We’ve gotten used to CPJ being able to adjust his game plan as he went along throughout the game – at least for the first couple years – now that other teams defenses have become better prepared – the adjustments are less frequent and with less dramatic results. I love the offense and think it can be an awesome thing to watch – if run and executed properly. However, I’m beginning to think that CPJ and players have succumbed to the “Peter Principle” as it might apply to football schemes and players being able to execute it flawlessly. CPJ set the world on fire with his teachings and techniques while he coached lesser programs who played lesser competition. However – at this level – the obvious has become apparent. Talent at the D1 level (excluding Navy) is undeniably “head and shoulders” above all other levels and that includes coaching staffs as well. The win over Notre Dame in 2007 is noted as is the Commander-in-Chiefs Trophy wins over several years (those wins came against other service schools who are not necessarily noted for having a “recruiting athletes first” mentality. My point is this – the players play as hard as they can and still make mental mistakes because of either all the scheming or lack of discipline. The coaches coach their scheme and it looks good in practice but when game time comes – it becomes an undiciplined time and everything falls apart – on both sides of the ball – and with the coaches and how the coach. The players on the field are NOT based on game accomplishments but rather based on a LIKE or dislike of how they practice or maybe how they did in previous years. When a player is obviously not getting the job done on a consistant basis – and actually ends up losing games due to indecision or poor play – rather than replacing him with someone else – excuses are made for the player and they get to continue their mediocre performances. I wonder how long it’s going to take recruits to see that no matter how talented they are – they won’t get to play unless there’s no one else to fill the spot due to graduation or unless someone gets injured. Their talent and hard work will be for nothing at Tech as long as CPJ refuses to change his thought process of which players deserve to play and give Tech the best chance to win. And – with that – Tech fans will always be relegated to the ocassional “Big” win over the elite programs of VT’s, Miami’s, Clemson’s and Georgia’s while most of the time having to be satisfied with “second class” status and so-so seasons – hopefully with a wining percent – in the world of D1 football.

Why do I keep shelling out my retirement dollars to purchase season tickets when the obvious is so apparent? I love Tech and have been to the games since my dad and I started attending in 1950 when I was 7 years old. Over the years Tech has been able to ride on the road to the national title as well as the road into the depths of desparity. The hope that Tech will find it’s way back to the “high” road on a consistant basis is what keeps myself and others like me returning year after year – but is not what will put new faces in empty seats. The school asks why more fans aren’t in the stands and how to accomplish that feat. The answer is simple – WIN – WIN – WIN!!! Win the ones you’re supposed to win and win the ones you’re not supposed to win. As the saying goes – “Everybody loves a winner”. The Tech faithful and school officials thought they had a winner in CPJ when he was hired in 2008. It’s now time for him to prove himself – or for us to start the search for someone else who can lead this program back to prominence. While the education at Tech is an unquestioned winner in every area- so also should it’s athletic programs be.

Buddy Landel

September 6th, 2012
10:36 am

Seems there’s more than just one person posting here pretending to be a GT supporter. They aren’t too difficult to spot.

chas_jacket

September 6th, 2012
10:47 am

Unfortunately i think the trolls have got to some of the true Tech fans – sure weenie is in heaven.

Perhaps we should just cancel the rest of the season like everyone wanted UGAG to do last year.

Jack G

September 6th, 2012
11:04 am

Ga Tech Old Timer—–I concur. 5150 and Supersize will probably give you hell for telling it like it is , but the truth shall set ye free.

FL Jacket

September 6th, 2012
11:04 am

Thank god this isn’t a Maryland blog…imagine the sheer amount of trolling there!

AuntBee

September 6th, 2012
11:18 am

@Jacket Man September 6th, 2012 7:27 am

Your point about Chris Jackson is spot on correct. There is an issue with GTAA and it lies with their NCAA compliance officer not doing his job. The NCAA rules are not a mystery.

JM

September 6th, 2012
11:27 am

I am glad to see Coach Johnson accepting blame for the coaches. Too many people accuse Johnson of throwing people under the bus when things go wrong. Johnson clearly said “we” did not do it all right and his coaching staff needs to do better.

GT Fan

September 6th, 2012
11:31 am

“A guy was wide open but we couldn’t see him because we bolted out of the pocket,” Johnson said.
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Happy feet … TW’s got’em! I remember posting this last season. Kid drops back, and any thought of pressure gets his happy feets chopping.

I reeeeally don’t want to see a highlight of the OT int, and see what PJ said was a wide open receiver that Mr. Happy Feet didn’t see…..

Ga Tech Old Timer

September 6th, 2012
11:44 am

Jack G – Thanks.

I guess it’s just that after soooo-ooo-oo many years after Bobby Dodd of this same old stuff with a brief break for Bobby Ross and George O’Leary – it’s hard not to be critical – besides, I happen to be one who thinks that I have a right to voice my opinion since I’m a season ticket holder and have been for many many years. I enjoy 5150 and Supersize remarks and feel they also have the right to speak up – either for or against my opinions and I welcome either or both to respond to my blog. However, Buddy and Chas and others like them don’t seem to have much in the way of addressing the blog – because their responses show a lack of maturity or understanding of the background and history of the Tech program – which unfortunately is how many of the “late commer todays fans” react. They haven’t been through the “old” years of the Bobby Dodd days – the days when Tech was a part of the SEC – the days when multiple All Americans played on every Tech team (both sides of the ball) – the days when National Championships were won. Their answers are “smart” and “cute” intended to hurt rather than communicate in a meaningful way.

BigTimeTECHFan

September 6th, 2012
11:54 am

GT Fan – The TV crew saw Dion Hill wide open and TW did not see him, it must have been pretty obvious at the game because they brought it up. I could not tell from TV.

My guess is the coaches will make a few adjustments based on the film and Tech will pull out a win Sat.

MC

September 6th, 2012
11:59 am

Has Paul Johnson ever taken personal responsibility for anything that happens on the field?