Trials challenging Tech’s Louis Young

1. Georgia Tech cornerback Louis Young has met his share of adversity in recent months, some of it of his own creation. He is trying to use it to his benefit.

“It’s pretty much made me a stronger player, basically, so really it’s a blessing,” Young said. “It’s kind of added a little fuel to my fire.”

Young fractured his thumb in the preseason and has had to play with a padded cast. Against Miami last Saturday, he suffered an upper-body injury that forced him out of the game may keep him out of Saturday’s game against Middle Tennessee State. He has yet to practice this week.

More notably, he sat out the Sun Bowl and the season opener against Virginia Tech because of an NCAA suspension for selling tickets to the Georgia game last November. Young maintains that he didn’t know that selling tickets to a friend was against NCAA rules and thought that only selling them to alumni, boosters or agents was prohibited.

“It was just an immature decision,” Young said. “I’ll never do anything stupid like that again.”

Young has been held up by his parents, through text messages and phone calls, and teammates.

“My dad, he’s calling me, staying on me, making sure I’m upbeat,” he said.

2. Tech has controlled the first two games against MTSU, winning by a combined 91-35 in the past two years. If the Blue Raiders were overwhelmed either of the first two games, it won’t be an issue Saturday.

“Our guys, they’re not in awe of going to Bobby Dodd Stadium,” Blue Raiders coach Rick Stockstill said at his weekly news conference. “They’re not going to be in awe of Georgia Tech.”

This will be the eighth consecutive year that the Blue Raiders have played an ACC opponent. They beat Maryland both at home and on the road in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

“We’ll go in there with a lot of confidence and expect to win the game,” Stockstill said.

MTSU plays out of the Sun Belt Conference, which includes Louisiana-Monroe, which started the season by upsetting Arkansas and barely losing to Auburn and Baylor. Western Kentucky beat Kentucky in overtime two weeks ago. The league will add Georgia State in 2013.

Said Stockstill, “Obviously, you go on the road and you beat an ACC team, yeah, it’ll bring that much more attention to not only your school, us here, but to the conference in general.”

3. Tech has faced Middle Tennessee State each of the past two years, but will face its third defensive coordinator. The Blue Raiders have co-defensive coordinators this season, Tyrone Nix and Steve Ellis. Nix had previously been coordinator or co-coordinator at Ole Miss and South Carolina.

Tech coach Paul Johnson said that, with MTSU having had an open date last Saturday, he expected the Tech offense to see a variety of looks and stunts.

Stockstill said that over the summer, he and his staff talked to coaches who had faced Tech’s offense or similar schemes for ideas and information.

4. Secondary coach Charles Kelly is a diehard fan of the Braves and Chipper Jones in particular, but hasn’t been able to see any of his final games. Work has precluded him from a visit to Turner Field since preseason training began in August.

“Not seeing him line up on the field, come out of that dugout, that’s going to be something that I miss for a long time,” Kelly said.

5. Offensive lineman Will Jackson (leg) practiced Wednesday and will play Saturday. Safety Fred Holton (foot) is out. …Tech has been practicing this week in its new white helmets, an indication that it may wear them in Saturday’s game. … This will be the final game in the three-game series with MTSU, with two home games at Tech and a game in Murfreesboro, Tenn., last year. There is nothing in the works to continue the series.

In case you missed it…

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Paul Johnson, fount of hope?

Johnson calls loss ‘my fault’

The meaning of Tech giving up 609 yards

After Miami loss, Tech tries to regroup

Mark Bradley: Johnson’s approach hurting Tech

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

24 comments Add your comment

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September 26th, 2012
10:37 pm

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1 4

September 26th, 2012
10:41 pm

Be good to see Louis back on the field. Good luck to him. GOOOOO JACKETS THWGeorgie Oh yeah>>>>FIRST

1 4 GT

September 26th, 2012
10:44 pm

Dang….2nd time I left GT off my name

Ken Sugiura

September 26th, 2012
10:49 pm

well done, 1 4 GT (and on the other post, as well)

1 4 GT

September 26th, 2012
11:04 pm

Just pure luck. Right place @ the right time.

1 4 GT

September 26th, 2012
11:05 pm

Plus finally figuring out what the blue highlight where we normally see blog handles is.

George Stein

September 26th, 2012
11:13 pm

Louis Young has no reason to feel like he made an immature mistake. When a rule is indefensible, don’t follow it. I wish he got more money for his tickets.

1 4 GT

September 26th, 2012
11:24 pm

Understand your sentiment George, but as a lawyer, you should know better. In fact, I’ll wager you do. Unless one intends to & can afford to try to get the law overturned. Lots of laws I might not like, but I’d dislike seeing a jail cell from the inside much more. Or were you just being facetious George?

GT Fan

September 27th, 2012
2:07 am

Stockstill said that over the summer, he and his staff talked to coaches who had faced Tech’s offense or similar schemes for ideas and information.
It always amuses me when I read/hear stuff like this. And the “extra time to prepare” “any GOOD team with ‘extra time’ dominates this O”

To think teams have to consult or need extra time to defend this “high school offense” that is run by Div II athelets….

Ken Sugiura

September 27th, 2012
7:37 am

14 GT – took me awhile, too.
George Stein – it is kind of a dumb rule.

DOC 51

September 27th, 2012
8:35 am

I can imagine the impression our GT recruits got from watching the MIAMI MELTDOWN.

GT Dude

September 27th, 2012
8:51 am

Now that the ACC championship game is all but out of reach, the pressure is off our guys, so just go do what you are suppose to do and play some good hard nosed football


September 27th, 2012
9:13 am

I would think that if we could ge a healthy Young and Holton in the defensive backfield we should have a much better defense than we did against VPI or Miami. Here’s hoping anyway.

George Stein

September 27th, 2012
9:19 am

I wasn’t being facetious at all, 1 4 GT. It insults my intelligence that these kids aren’t paid, and when they sell something they get (at market value), they get suspended.

As for following rules, if you don’t agree with them, you must still follow them. If they are morally or ethically indefensible, you cannot follow them. Many of the NCAA rules fall in the latter category.


September 27th, 2012
10:40 am

a “high school offense” that is run by Div II athelets….
….that has accumalated 20,000 yards since CPJ has been here.

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September 27th, 2012
11:18 am

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And all that offense...

September 27th, 2012
12:29 pm

…has led to four straight bowl game losses, 3 losses in a row to GT’s biggest rival. and more controversy on this site…


September 27th, 2012
12:55 pm

Nobodys more disappointed than I am but I’ll be there Sat. Got season tickets(in th crappy top of th N-end zone) and I’ll have an hour drive BUT I’LL BE THERE. Its a shame that tix are going for $3.99. we cant fill up a 50,000+ seat stadium? we need to be there.


September 27th, 2012
4:33 pm

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “It’s not the X’s and O’s, it’s the Jimmies and Joes.”

What was Chan Gailey’s record against U(sic)GA? 0-6. His overall winning percentage was 57.9% (44-32).

CPJ has a winning percentage of 63.2% (36-21) against mostly the same competition, and he’s actually shown that he can compete with, and beat, the mutts.

Anybody calling for CPJ to be fired and replaced must be completely detached from reality. He has improved the program since he came here.

Ramblin Man

September 27th, 2012
5:12 pm

II am not calling for him to be fired, but I bet if he has more of these 4th quarter meltdowns he will be on the hotseat next season. Just a fact of the game. Look at Auburn, ole chiz got them a NC and some fans and alumni are wanting him gone.

it is what it is

September 27th, 2012
5:30 pm

why are we playing this team for the 3rd year in a row? Next thing you know we’ll be in this stupid conference they are in if we keep it up..sick of these schools..opponent up least we get to overtime against them


September 27th, 2012
8:47 pm

@GT Fan…. you mean the division 2 athletes that lost 2 overtime games against an annual top 20 team and a five time national champion ? Sorry we don’t have the one or two players that might make a difference in those games but I know overall we have good competitive players that can play at this level.

erik gt

September 28th, 2012
1:02 am

Interesting that after all the problems exposed in the secondary, our secondary coach seems more concerned with missing chipper jones’ last games than addressing the D’s issues…