A few quick notes from the Paul Johnson news conference before going out to talk to players and coaches post-practice:
1. Johnson commented on Middle Tennessee State that the Blue Raiders have won two in a row (Florida Atlantic and Memphis) and have scored a lot of points. They play out of a spread on offense and have a returning starter at quarterback (Logan Kilgore). Defensively, MTSU has a new coordinator (Tyrone Nix).
“Our goal is to come back and try to have a great week of practice and come back and play well on Saturday,” he said.
2. On the secondary: “I think that before Saturday, they played fairly well. Saturday was not a great day for anybody. It’s like anything else. When you’re playing coverage back there and you’re matched up and there’s not a lot of pressure, there’s going to be some exposure. I think you have to give the other team some credit. They have pretty good receivers and their quarterback was hot and they made some plays.”
3. Jamal Golden will see more time at punt return after a strong game there against Miami.
4. No lineup changes due to performance from last week. There may be a couple injury-related changes. It’s conceivable cornerback Louis Young may not play. Johnson said that he’ll take the redshirt off of cornerback D.J. White as “we’ve got some injuries and we need him back in the secondary.”
Johnson said that wide receiver Anthony Autry will play more. The other true freshmen besides White, Autry, Adam Gotsis and Ryan Rodwell will likely be redshirted.
Johnson: “We’re trying to do our best to redshirt most of hat class and not waste a year for them to be mop-up guys.”
5. He’s not quite ready to concede anything.
“I don’t think anybody knows about (the possibility of achieving or not achieving) any goals four games into the season. We’ve got teams in our league that haven’t played a conference game. (Yet) we’re already anointing conference champions. You have to play it and see what happens.”
“We’ve still got a ton to play for. We’ve played one-third of our season. Last year was a great example. We got off to a great start and didn’t finish well. This year, we get off to a mediocre start. Maybe we have a great finish.”
“Call me an optimist. I don’t think anybody’s ever considered me a real optimist about things, but I guess I see it a little differently.”
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Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog