Paul Johnson news conference wrap-up

A rundown of Paul Johnson’s Tuesday news conference.

1. Johnson moved Will Jackson to right tackle. Ray Beno will start at left tackle, Omoregie Uzzi at right guard and Shaquille Mason at left. (Reigning offensive player of the week Jay Finch is still center.) That would create options for a tackle rotation with Bryan Chamberlain, Tyler Kidney and, when he returns from his ankle injury, Morgan Bailey. At guard, it’s unclear if Trey Braun would join a rotation with Uzzi and Mason.

“It’s kind of a situation where we’re working to get our five best guys there (on the field) and get some depth,” Johnson said.

Beno had started against Presbyterian at right tackle with Chamberlain at left, but Beno has played mostly on the left side. When Bailey returns, Jackson would slide back to guard.

2. Johnson on the 2011 loss to Virginia: “Our big problem is last year they ran flat over us. They rushed for 270 yards and kept the ball. We’re used to winning the time of possession pretty handily. They did a good job of holding onto the ball last year and staying on the field. That’ll be a challenge.”

Johnson called the Cavaliers probably the best offense Tech has faced to this point (which, granted, is basically saying that Virginia’s offense is better than Virginia Tech’s).

4. What Johnson took out of Penn State missing the four field goals was that Virginia’s defense kept forcing the Nittany Lions to kick rather than get into the end zone. He noted, too, Virginia’s four turnovers. While he said it’d be nice if the Cavaliers did that again, he said that “most of the time, you’re not going to follow that up with the same kind of deal.”

“They found a way to win as a team,” he said. “When you can do that without playing their best game – and I don’t think they did – that says something about their team.”

5. Johnson said that, in the Monday game video review, the offense “got taken to the woodshed on several things. I’ve challenged them. The ball was out. … They know we haven’t arrived.”

Regarding the four fumbles, I wonder if he concluded the session by saying that most of the time, you’re not going to follow that up with the same kind of deal.

6. He said that “on the perimeter, we’ve got some issues in a lot of places that we’ve got to get cleaned up,” namely missed assignments and insufficient blocking. The line’s blocking, as well, particular on the backside, was also not to his liking. Same for the B-backs.

“I’m not worried about the points,” he said. “When I turn on the film, I want to see it look right. I want to see you doing the right things.”

7. Johnson gave some praise to backup safety Coray Carlson, the former walk-on who has gotten some playing time in a sub package, for being ready to play when his opportunity arrived due to injuries.

“He’s been where he’s supposed to be, he knows where to go,” Johnson said. “He’s done well when he’s got in there.”

In the same response, Johnson said that Lynn Griffin showed promise early on in the preseason but is a likely redshirt after injuring his quadriceps muscle.

8. Johnson said he thought safety Fred Holton would be ready for the Virginia Tech game but said his foot injury has “kept lingering.”

“He’s dying to get out there,” he said, “but he’s just not physically capable of getting out there and protecting himself right now.”

9. Johnson said that defensive end Anthony Williams needs to play more, as does backup nose tackle Shawn Green. Izaan Cross, Euclid Cummings and Emmanuel Dieke get most of the snaps at defensive end. I remember Johnson said the same thing about cornerback Jemea Thomas early last season, and my colleague Matt Winkeljohn observed that he used similar language about Julian Burnett early in his career, too. (Burnett’s, not Matt’s. I’m not sure Burnett’s parents were even driving when Matt was early in his career.)

Coaches are also trying to get end Adam Gotsis ready to play, also. The decision to burn Gotsis’ redshirt was made because other linemen had injuries that they’re playing through. Given that the nature of the injuries could ultimately sideline them, coaches figured it would be best to have Gotsis ready.

10. Johnson said the level of competition Gotsis faced playing in Australia was similar to low-level college or high-level prep school. “It depends on what team they were playing,” he said. “He was on their national team. When they played (American) Samoa, it was pretty good.”

11. The B-back blocking needs improvement, although he recognizes that Zach Laskey is new to the position, made his first start Saturday and was so amped up that he forgot that he was on the punt team.

“The good news is they’re not afraid to block,” he said. “They’re not afraid to run up in there and do what they’ve got to do.[The key is] just kind of relaxing.”

Johnson said that backup Charles Perkins is fighting through some injuries and hinted that David Sims may not be ready to play Saturday. As for Laskey, he said that “he’s kind of like we thought in camp. I think he can be pretty good running the ball.”

12. The offensive line hasn’t played up to expectations.
“We did O.K.,” he said, “but we felt like that was going to be a strength. This (game) is going to be a big challenge for them this week because we got our butt handed to us up there a year ago inside the tackle boxes.”

13. Johnson said quarterback Tevin Washington is “throwing the ball pretty good the last two games.” As he said previously, his bigger concern is that Washington leaves the pocket too early.

“That’s something we’ve worked hard on,” he said. “That kind of thing is what we need to get better.”

I don’t know if he’s said this before, but he said, in his perfect world, Tech would throw 15 to 20 times per game and complete 14 or 15.

“And if we do that and we’re running the ball successfully, we’ll have some touchdown passes because we’ll hit some things,” he said. “There may very well be some chances this week where they really commit to the perimeter.”

Thanks for reading.

In case you missed it…

More on Coray Carlson from fall camp

Lee, Days remain ’situational’ on depth chart

Mark Bradley’s 3 points from Tech-Presbyterian

Tech gets 3 p.m. kickoff for Miami game

Will Tech be ready for Virginia’s power game?

Game story: Tech reforms Presbyterian

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

48 comments Add your comment

GT Lee

September 11th, 2012
4:00 pm

needed a couple of rimshots in there, Ken!!!!!!!!

juvenal

September 11th, 2012
4:03 pm

the other guy get all this, too, Ken?

juvenal

September 11th, 2012
4:07 pm

i can tell it’s you, but your honesty is what i would expect…already said post VT that we had found a B-back…keep up the good work, Ken, often pass on concern from several folks i know, so not all my Qs, either…

1 4 GT

September 11th, 2012
4:07 pm

I like his answers. Give away no secrets to thine enemy! LOL

CPJ's Ideal Passing Attempts Per Game

September 11th, 2012
4:13 pm

yeller bug

September 11th, 2012
4:21 pm

In a perfect world, if we threw 20 passes then we would complete 20 of them.

It’s obvious to us armchair observers that the blocking on the perimeter is weak. Glad it’s not a heart problem, but an execution problem—-need to get that better this weekend. We haven’t had a long gain by the pitch man (A-back) yet off the TO.

With Sims and Perkins still not 100%, glad we’re deep at B-back. I hope Snoddy gets some more playing time—want to see a toss sweep to him and hopefully he can turn the corner and light up the afterburners.

yeller bug

September 11th, 2012
4:30 pm

One of the intangibles that could play a crucial role in our success is the comment CPJ made about the attitude of the players on this team. Apparently there is strong esprit de corps—a team concept. UOAD posted a comment by Vad Lee and his commitment to the Lord—can’t improve on that priority. If we have a bunch of just 3-star athletes as many other bloggers lament, but we have depth and can play fresh legs throughout the game, then I think a unified team in heart and soul with depth can beat a team full of self-promoting 4-stars. Just a thought that may differentiate us from being a 8-4 team to a 10-2 team.

crackbaby

September 11th, 2012
5:09 pm

@ yeller bug – I’m with you, brother! All In – GO JACKETS!

ToeMeetsLeather

September 11th, 2012
5:11 pm

Kind of a vague and somewhat disturbing note about the DLine injuries that guys(?) are playing through. I guess we will see where that goes later in the season.

Hopefully everyone will be back and available by the Clemson game and from that point forward. If so, we should be tough to beat come November.

JACK

September 11th, 2012
5:33 pm

wow with no BBack or ABack(where is Orwin?), guess it is going to be another loss unless these guys can step up

crackbaby

September 11th, 2012
5:48 pm

@JACK – IMO, it’s the O-line that is deficient. Very inconsistent. Adrian Peterson would get nowhere with that line.

carolinajacket

September 11th, 2012
5:56 pm

So where is Chamberlain? From starter to not being in the rotation?

Ken Sugiura

September 11th, 2012
6:55 pm

chamberlain will still be in the rotation. my bad. i mixed up mason, a guard, and chamberlain, a tackle.

carolinajacket

September 11th, 2012
7:11 pm

Jacket Time

September 11th, 2012
7:48 pm

YB i agree. You can tell this team has great spirit, the way congratulate each other after big plays and such (i.e. Vad’s 1 yard TD run, everyone was patting him on the helmet). From their comments they seem very focused on the positive, they have a great attitude. I mean was it Izaan who was pumped up about the crowd cheering at the PC game. To be pumped playing PC that says something. Night and day contrast from the Gailey era teams that played to the level of their opponents. Pretty exciting stuff to have a team like this!

Jacket Time

September 11th, 2012
7:49 pm

“Regarding the four fumbles, I wonder if he concluded the session by saying that most of the time, you’re not going to follow that up with the same kind of deal.”

….nice one Ken

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

September 11th, 2012
8:08 pm

I got a kick out of the woodshed comment. I wonder how many of those offensive players were thinking “dang we scored 59 points coach, are you serious?!”

Long Beach Jacket

September 11th, 2012
8:12 pm

Stay focused Jackets. Expect UVa to come in tough-minded and ready. Seems like a number of guys are stepping up in the Defensive Secondary. Hope Fred Holton gets healthy and can get back out there (if not this week then next). Hard to really assess progress vs. Presbyterian. This week will be more telling. I expect us to win this one, but UVa will fight hard. They always do. Go Jackets…

Big Ol Stinger

September 11th, 2012
8:33 pm

They scored 59 against a team they shouldn’t even have played. North Gwinnett could give Presbyterian a pretty good game.

All they’ve done so far to me is lose the only real game they’ve played. Lose another one and it’s throw in the towel and get ready for next year time. Virginia is always a tough game for us, even when it shouldn’t be. It’s not going to be easy. Jackets need to step it up.

Ol'JacketFan

September 11th, 2012
8:34 pm

Each week will reveal more and more about this team. Will they be able to stay focused and play up to their capabilities or will they plateau? One of the great things about college football is watching a group of young men answer the challenges and find within themselves the means to suceed. If nothing else that is why I have always perferred college ball over the pros. I certainly appreciate the skill sets of the pro but college ball shows me so much more :-)

Go Jackets! Beat the Wahoos!

1 4 GT

September 11th, 2012
9:01 pm

OJF….College kids play for the pure, unadulterated joy of the game. Pros add $ to the mix. College kids may have one eye looking at the possibility of being pro. I too much prefer the college game.

BLT

September 11th, 2012
9:11 pm

On a side note, dawgfan was totally owned by Hayseed Dixlie today! Great job Hayseed! You get my vote for best blogger of the day!

Go Jackets!

Supersize that order, mutt

September 11th, 2012
9:13 pm

@ BLT……are you going Saturday? When are you going to email me (supersizeorder@yahoo.com), so I can get you on the list of bloggers?

Not Disappointed!

September 11th, 2012
9:19 pm

Buddyroe

September 11th, 2012
9:21 pm

Yeller Bug – we don’t run toss sweeps to the B-back. It would be impossible to get out of a 3 point stance and take a toss. We do have an option play where the B-back is the pitch man. We’ve ran that a couple of times this year, but not with great success. It is usually a play CPJ uses to get the B-back the ball in space (think Adrian Peterson, J Dwyer),

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GTGirl

September 11th, 2012
10:38 pm

Looking forward to seeing Orwin and Fred back to being healthy and playing full speed.
Thanks for the link Ken to Carlson and the other walk ons from camp. I’m impressed with the walk ons majors.

5150 UOAD

September 11th, 2012
10:45 pm

The Legacy of Her Blanket

Rosemary (mom) served as a humble, strong example of what it meant to be as a servant of the Lord. Simply stated, her life was a singular example of service—as a wife, a mother, a friend, a member of our church, treasurer of her Sunday School class, Women’s Bible Study coordinator and leader, or a teacher of English as a second language.
Rosemary lived her life to give…more importantly, to give without expectations. Aside form her family, one of her most enduring legacies rests in simple pieces of cloth and yarn. In fact, there may not be a baby in our congregation who does not own a handmade blanket from Rosemary Nixon. And just like the pattern she lovingly followed to stitch each blanket, we can likewise follow the pattern of her life.

In each blanket, the yarn represented her life—its color, her beauty; the crochet hook she used—-the lord and his shepherd’s staff; the pattern—-her Bible.

Stop for a moment and consider each stitch and how each is important to the final product. In the same way, every one of our lives is woven together with thousands of threads, each containing an experience or a talent or a gift. Each stitch represents something, and in Rosemary’s case many of the stitches signified the lives she touched through her love and thoughtfulness…her obedience, faithfulness, mercy, encouragement, and servanthood.

And she showed us that even when you “drop a stitch” or you experience a crisis in your life, you keep going. You trust the Lord and continue to serve Him and others with His strength. When she would start making a blanket, she couldn’t see the finished product. Similarly, when she received the news of her cancer, she couldn’t see the end result, but she never gave up, never gave in, and continued to sew her life, sew her love, and sew into others.

The “Blanket” she left us all was this rich, deep legacy: a life full of color and beauty. This legacy will live forever in our hearts and hopefully encourage us all to anchor our lives with solid, colorful stitching that shows the world the same beauty of the lord that she knew…and shared.

PROVERBS 31:10-13 (The Message)

A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long. She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing.

5150 UOAD

September 11th, 2012
10:48 pm

What a beautiful story written by a lady in the choir about mom’s baby blankets she had made for years.

Wal-Mart Retards

September 11th, 2012
11:24 pm

Nice story. You have our condolences.

GT FAN IN PA

September 12th, 2012
7:29 am

@UOAD so sorry to hear about your Mom- Super emailed me- I hope you have peace knowing she is gone home to be with the Lord. May he comfort you during this struggling time.

GTGirl

September 12th, 2012
8:14 am

What a sweet story 5150. thanks for sharing.

greg

September 12th, 2012
8:27 am

throwing the ball pretty good the last two games.”
really? you’re gonna say that? what an idiot. throw an int in ot and ur throwing it good? tw should be benched, not praised. this coach is clueless.

Mark

September 12th, 2012
8:32 am

Tevin can’t run, can’t pass. All he can do against a good defense is dive with the ball. That’ll get a lot of Ws.

macrotech

September 12th, 2012
8:43 am

Sorry to hear about your mother….our loss is Heaven’s gain!

Greg, while TW shouldn’t have thrown that ball….it doesn’t negate the fact that he made some REAL improvement on his passing. ONLY an idiot would base their entire frustration on a single play. Hell, imagine what would’ve happened to the NBA if Michael Jordan’s coach took him out after missing a game winning shot….”I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”. TW exercised poor judgement….he doesn’t deserve to be executed.

greg

September 12th, 2012
8:51 am

that single play cost them the game. and what are you basing his better passing on? a game against presbyterian? i don’t see any difference in him from this year or last. i want an exciting playmaker and i see that in vad. because of the loss to vt, this season is gonna be just like last year. another ho hum bowl. it’s funny how people talked about tevin’s game management. he sure MANAGED to lose to vt.

macrotech

September 12th, 2012
9:02 am

I was referring his passing in the VT game. No difference from last season to this one? TW hit his targets from the pocket and on the run….apart from that last pass, he didn’t float a single pass. Last season, all he did was float balls. WHY would CPJ hold Vad Lee back? Obviously, he sees TW as the best option to this point. CPJ has pointed out that Lee isn’t ready to start….I’m going to go out on a limb and trust coaches judgement….he has NOTHING to gain by starting the lesser of the two options.

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JACKETfan12

September 12th, 2012
9:50 am

KEN-

Will Gotsis ever play NT? The coaches currently have him at end, I am guessing because that increases his chances of getting on the field with two different DE slots as oppossed to only one NT. But at his size, I would hope that he ends up at NT next year once Barnes graduates. We do not have any promising back-up NT. Shawn Green can fill the spot against PC, Maryland, etc., but his lack of size will hurt us against teams with NFL sized OL. I know size is not everything, but someone who can hardly crack 290 lb at a NT position in the 3-4 will not cut it against a good OL. Barnes is almost too tall to get a good pad level, and Green is too short to be adequate size. We need a good blend of the two.

GT Joe

September 12th, 2012
10:16 am

Read the headline, prayed that Vad would start, but it appears the nightmare will continue.

Obviously pulling for Tech, but hoping that somehow TW doesn’t find a way to lose again.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 12th, 2012
10:48 am

In case y’all haven’t heard, Notre Dame is joining the ACC as a full member in all sports except football. In football they will still play 5 ACC teams a year, even though they will not compete for the conference crown. BIG NEWS !!!!

http://www.theacc.com/genrel/091212aaa.html

crackbaby

September 12th, 2012
10:49 am

@UOAD – righteous tribute there. Your mom lives on in your own actions and deeds. Peace brother.

crackbaby

September 12th, 2012
10:53 am

@GT Joe – it isn’t “obvious” at all that you pull for Tech. You put up more bitchy whiny posts than anyone else lately.

Vad Lee will be the starting QB at GT but not this year unless TW goes down. That’s the fact, Jack!

1 4 GT

September 12th, 2012
2:30 pm

If I’ve read between the lines of CPJ’s comments in blog articles, Vad will not start this year unless TW gets imjured or just really lights it up in practice sessions. No matter how much I, and y’all, might wish otherwise. Y’all might just as well quit’ur bitching & support the guys trying to win for good ole Ma Tech. Selah.

GT4Evah

September 12th, 2012
5:36 pm

Wow, is it just me or is CPJ looking old as dirt?

Jacket Detective

September 12th, 2012
6:46 pm

Jacket Detective

September 12th, 2012
6:50 pm

Sorry to hear about your mom’s passing 5150.
Mine may not live much longer either so I definitely know how you feel.
God bless you.

www

September 12th, 2012
10:02 pm

“Regarding the four fumbles, I wonder if he concluded the session by saying that most of the time, you’re not going to follow that up with the same kind of deal.”

ha, nice one.