Notes: Overlooked MTSU players rejoice

1. Following the game, Middle Tennessee State laughed best. The Blue Raiders roster includes 36 players from Georgia. One of them is cornerback Kenneth Gilstrap, a Miller Grove High grad who is a close friend and former teammate of former Tech star Stephen Hill.

Gilstrap made one of the plays of the game, intercepting a pass intended for wide receiver Jeff Greene in the fourth quarter. Gilstrap said he had about 40 friends and family members at the game and almost cried when he made the play.

“Georgia Tech gave a slap in the face to all of us,” he said, referring to his Georgian teammates. “We are all from Georgia. We’ve got more Georgia people on our team than they do. They tell us that we’re not good enough to play in our own state, but we showed we were the better team in this game.”

Gilstrap’s enthusiastic math, while understandable, is a little off. There are 80 players from Georgia on the Tech roster, according to the media guide.

2. Following the game, Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich wore a look that made it appear he bore the loss to MTSU as heavily as the team and coaching staff. He affirmed his support for coach Paul Johnson.

“I have complete confidence in Paul and his staff to be able to move forward here and get us in the right direction,” he said.

Radakovich made reference to a possible communication issue between coaches and players.

“Is the communication being received correctly?” he asked. “What can you do to make the message get received by the people who have to execute?”

Johnson had a similar response to a question about the Miami loss having a lingering effect on the team. The coach acknowledged it was possible.

“We talked and tried to use several different angles but clearly I didn’t get through to them, so that comes back to me,” he said.

3. Defensive coordinator Al Groh moved from the field to the box to call the game. Johnson said the move was intended to make the play-calling process to the field quicker. In the press box, Johnson said, “there wouldn’t be everybody around him.”

From the sideline, inside linebackers coach Joe Speed signaled in the plays.

“I don’t think we had as much trouble getting the calls in,” Johnson said. “The results weren’t much different.”

Johnson deflected a question about if he were considering changes to his staff.

“After the game, I’m just considering going and watching the tape,” he said. “That’s what I’m considering doing.”

4. Outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu and cornerback Louis Young both did not play after not practicing this week. Attaochu, whose injury was undisclosed, was replaced by Tyler Marcodes. Young, the No. 3 cornerback, was out with an upper-body injury and was replaced by various players, including true freshman D.J. White.

Marcodes had a tough game, missing a number of tackles. He was replaced at the end of the first half by Chris Crenshaw.

“[Attaochu’s absence] affected us, but then again the next guy should be able to step up and take his place,” inside linebacker Quayshawn Nealy said. “I feel like we’re a brotherhood out there. We live off each other. It didn’t affect us.”

Starting outside linebacker Brandon Watts did not play in the base defense in the first half, subbed for by Malcolm Munroe. Watts played significantly more in the second half. Johnson said that Watts was hurt and “didn’t think he could go. Halftime, I think he decided he could give it a go.”

5. A-back Orwin Smith was called for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in Saturday’s loss.

He took responsibility for the first one which came after he and a Middle Tennessee State player began jawing at each other after a kickoff return in the first quarter.

“That was just being real intense out there,” he said. “I go out every game with that fire. I’ve just got to find a way for other guys to do it too.”

Smith said he hates any contact after the whistle and said when the game isn’t being played fairly, “I need the ref to say something. Me personally, I need to relax.”

The second one occurred in the third quarter after Smith was tackled for a 1-yard loss. MTSU linebacker Roderic Blunt stood over Smith after the play, preventing Smith from standing up. Smith got up and jawed briefly with Blunt.

6. Lost in the detritus of Saturday’s 49-28 defeat was that Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington tied a school single-game record with four rushing touchdowns.

Washington scored on runs of 1, 3, 1, and 1 yards to tie the mark, most recently reached by running back P.J. Daniels against Tulsa in 2003.

Washington has 11 rushing touchdowns this year, the third-most by a quarterback in school history, and 10 in the past three games.

His 29 rushing touchdowns are the fifth-most in that category and fifth-most in career touchdowns in school history. He now has 174 points in his career, tying him with Calvin Johnson for 10th on the school’s all-time scoring list.

7. The announced attendance was 39,270. It was the smallest crowd for a Tech home game since a Duke game in 2000 drew 36,908. … Kicker Justin Moore took holding duties on extra points. The previous holder was Sean Poole, who is out with an upper-body injury he suffered last Saturday against Miami.

Defensive end Izaan Cross wore No. 40 Saturday in honor of former linebacker and captain Julian Burnett. The team has been rotating the jersey in tribute to Burnett, who suffered a career-ending neck injury in the Sun Bowl last season.

54 comments Add your comment

Vampire Bill

September 29th, 2012
9:03 pm

Feel kinda sorry for you bug fans……


September 29th, 2012
9:03 pm

MTSU wanted the win more than GT did. That’s our last game with them for awhile.

Jacket Time

September 29th, 2012
9:04 pm

Finding it so hard to be positive about GT football right now. Like Gilstrap i’m laughing but it is more out of madness don’t know what else to do.


September 29th, 2012
9:27 pm

just finished the replay-beats sitting there 3+ hours….had a prior 4PM church commitment, for which i feel truly blessed…underthrown ball that could have tied it, INT instead, someone still perfect in close 4th qtr. games…if i was julian, i would ask them to stop wearing #40…keeping groh in the box a good idea, might prevent tar/feathers/rail…get some hunting done, be there for BC so i can enjoy the pre-game, anyway…


September 29th, 2012
9:39 pm

someone needs to communicate to drad that giving this guy an extension will trough with those given to chan & hewitt…problem starts at the top, but the way drad struts around at events he won’t have that insight….maybe the Tech prez is smart enough to have a clue, or it will be a long decade….WnE may be smarter than the rest of us…now that i’m getting older, may not be able to take the long view that i will outlive bad coaches, but that does not apply to groh….MTSU did a good job, nothin’ fancy, just lined up & kicked but…congratulations to them…


September 29th, 2012
9:50 pm

well, everyone not either stunned or bored-good night…


September 29th, 2012
9:57 pm

Tevin sucks and only calls his own number so much that he should score he only had 4 yards rushing i know he had some sacks but his record sucks as starting qb..time for him to go..cpj should see that and move forward..thats the only thing that will keep fans happy…its hard as hell being a tech fan rt now


September 29th, 2012
10:02 pm

I would love to be in a room with cpj..slap some sense into his da..he cant manage his players loses track of folks and just grabs who ever is close to him.even the greatest coaches take notes and have cheat sheets…his players stare at him in anger when they r not playing..players do not like hom..u can tell by watching them as he walks by..even starters sad..wake up old man u aint that f’n good..this aint gsu


September 29th, 2012
10:07 pm

Not communicating correctly? What does that mean? CPJ speaking French to them? This is becoming seriously stupid. We could just replay the quotes from 2010 and 2011. How long does it take this staff to communicate the relative importance of blocking and tackling? This defense doesn’t get it. We couldn’t have played with MTSU today with 15 players on D. Reminds me of the old Tampa Bay coach who asked “Can anybody here play this game?” Clemson can name the score.


September 29th, 2012
10:17 pm

To techs defensive players..yall suck..nees to learn to wrap up..others players cant run if u wrap them up. That just hit with your shoulder and dive with your head down is going to get u hurt..just watch the kid who broke his neck watch how he tried to tackle divong head doqn..yall r idiots


September 29th, 2012
10:18 pm

Cpj stop having your guys chop block soo much.yall would gain more yards if u straight up block

crap old same

September 29th, 2012
10:49 pm

The team has given a no confidence vote to the coach.


September 29th, 2012
11:09 pm

I think I am more ignorant after reading pw12’s posts…

William Casey

September 29th, 2012
11:11 pm

@pw12: I uspect that you couldn’t fight your way out of a paper bag. You add nothing to the discussion. Of course, there’s not much to discuss at the moment.

Jacket Time

September 29th, 2012
11:28 pm

Yeah pw12 i hear you on being frustrated but dude take it down a notch or 2 and chill


September 29th, 2012
11:40 pm

William casey u dont know me mf.i am a fighter..fight till the end..not a quitter..u must be a quitter.because u r satisfied with this half arse product…


September 29th, 2012
11:47 pm

I met Julian Burnett today after the game. VERY nice young man and hates he can’t play. It was painful for him to watch too. He thanked me for being positive and cheering on the team. I spoke to Louis Young who said he would be back for Clemson game.


September 29th, 2012
11:48 pm

Jacketfan u don’t know how the game is played..probably just another office geek fan..go sharpen some more pencils.


September 29th, 2012
11:50 pm

Yeah i hate that about.j.b..good guy..he tackled the right way..true leader…


September 29th, 2012
11:54 pm

Feel bad for Gtu fans, you are definitely not getting your money’s worth out of Coach Johnson. Too bad he doesn’t have Coach Gailey recruiting for him and Coach O’Leary cheating to make kids eligible. I know that there is too much money involved to do it, but I think that Gtu’s administration should be looking at dropping to 1-AA. Could probably compete for championships, and the crowds of 39,000 would be on par with most of the other programs.


September 29th, 2012
11:56 pm

U r right about that joe..lmao..


September 30th, 2012
12:34 am

As I posted 5-6 hours ago, this is one of the worst losses I can ever remember in the 55 years that I have been a Georgia Tech fan. I’m glad Johnson admitted that he was embarassed, but he should be embarassed!!! His team’s was outhit, out-hustled, out-manned, and out-gutted. Oh yes, did I leave out something? Oh yes, out-coached!!! Wa

Jacket Time

September 30th, 2012
12:46 am

How insightful Joe you should be an analyst. Lay off drinking a 24 pack a day and lose about 100 lbs and then maybe, maybe you’ll be fit for TV.

1 4 GT

September 30th, 2012
1:05 am

Methinks Joe is a butt sniffer troll. Gtu….too funny. Dumbo hasn’t a clue!


September 30th, 2012
1:08 am

Part II. This Tech team quit in the fourth quarter. That’s right. Q-U-I-T! And they sure as blazes flat out quit on that last MTSU drive. I watched the game up close and personal and I closely watched the play of the middle of Tech’s defense for much of the second half. Absolutely embarassing. Tech’s #90 went half-speed much of the time and took himself out of the play time and time again as he came off the ball in slow motion and carried himself out of the running lane in a clearly half-hearted effort as if he was in a half-speed practice. Time and time again! And he was not alone is his pathetic effort. Not by a longshot!

Most of his teammates were not much better. These so-called major college players were out-muscled and run over by a bunch lower rung FBS players. Huge, gaping holes were quickly opened and # 2 was made to look like the reincarnation of Herschel. But give the kid credit—and to all of the Blue Raiders for that matter—because they played extremely hard, while Tech’s players went through the motions and were an embarassment to themselves and certainly to their supporters. Did you hear the boos?

There was absolutely no excuse for what occurred on Grant Field—sorry, at Bobby Dodd Stadium. To get upset by a less talented, albeit inspired team is one thing. But to get crushed and humiliated is quite another!

I have chastised Dawg fans for ranting about Richt in recent years—and as I write this I feel as if I am being eerily similar to their members of their Lunatic Fringe. But yet, with the exception of Central Florida— one of the stronger lower D1 programs— they have not been humiliated like Tech was by MTSU.

My first Tech game was as a 13-year old in 1962 when Tech upset #1 ranked Alabama/Bear Bryant/Joe Namath 7-6 on Grant Field. That was 50-years ago. The Lord willing I will still be a Tech fan another 20-30 years, long, long, long after Paul Johnson and Al Groh are gone and are only single lines of agate type in the Tech media guide. But I will hopefully never see an embarassing, humiliating debacle like I witnessed Saturday afternoon. Give an uninspired effort like I saw against MTSU against Clemson and it will make this loss look like a nail-biter. And as for the Dawgs, Lord have mercy!

And as for Radakovich’s postgame comments. What a total dumb-ass thing to say. I would have settled for a “no comment” to that garbage. That is his insight into this travesty? You gotta be kidding.

In closing, to Paul Johnson et al, all of you owe Georgia Tech the Institute and all Yellow Jacket fans a public apology for your pathetic effort.

Biff Pocoroba

September 30th, 2012
1:52 am

If you thought the attendance was bad today, wait for the Duke game. There might be 2000 people there as we head towards our first losing season in years. Oh wait. That was “C” P J just 2 years ago that did that. The defense is blaming the offense and the offense is blaming the defense for the awful play now so both sides have just quit. Everyone knows that Tevin Is PJ’s boy and is going to play no matter how awful he is so they are quitting on the “coach”. Groh should be out on Monday and then we need a QB coach that can finally develop a decent QB. Hopefully Ken will be down at Tech tomorrow to see if there are any UHaul vans parked outside the Edge building.

Strange Murphy

September 30th, 2012
1:58 am



September 30th, 2012
2:16 am

“[Attaochu’s absence] affected us, but then again the next guy should be able to step up and take his place,” inside linebacker Quayshawn Nealy said.


Players throwing EACH OTHER under the bus!

Nealy is calling out Marcordes big time, and in the local Media at that.

The truth is, it is not Marcordes’ fault, his only schollies were to N. Illinois and “maybe” a late offer from Illinois, but most of Marcordes’ offers were from MAC schools, and to top it off, he played vs. some shaky competition in HS.

Marcordes should have never been put in a position to play for a BCS team.

He looked really bad considering that he has been in GT’s weight program for 2 years, and should be a better physical specimen at this point.

For example, UGA “stole” a 6-4 250lb. TFr OLB from Vandy and he backs up their starters and is getting significant PT this season, Josh Dawson from Tucker, if GT had him he would be backing up Attachou instead of Marcordes, and the results might be a lot different.

Were CPJ a better Recruiter, then the guy headed to VANDY might have been “stolen” by GT instead , and then maybe CAG’s defense would work a lot better.

Losses like these always go back to losses in Feb.


September 30th, 2012
4:23 am

As someone who is neither a Tech loyalist or a Tech hater I have no dog in the fight. Speaking as someone who loves college football in general let me offer a few objective thoughts. I follow recruiting pretty closely and if you look back over the past three recruiting classes the top players in high school are simply not being recruited by Tech. I am a fervent believer that Georgia high school kids should play college ball in the state of Georgia – whether it be Tech, Uga, Ga Southern – whatever. But Tech has done a really lackluster job of going after kids in the state of Georgia during the past three years. And by the time these “lower rated” recruits to Tech become upperclassmen the gap has gotten wider and wider for Tech. Also, the team seems to be turning on itself. Coach Johnson may have a good scheme, etc, but the comes across as being somewhat abrasive and I wonder if this doesn’t get interpreted as not caring. He really has to understand that other people can have good ideas and suggestions and maybe learn to listen a bit more. The players have started to turn on one another and that might be a reflection of his own personality – maybe or maybe not but it’s worth consideration! Tech game tickets are a hard sell. The students and alumni have to love the team, the coach, and the effort. That’s starting to slip just a bit and empty seats are the death knoll of today’s football programs who are struggling in a horrible recession. So, good luck to all but don’t be afraid the look inward and ask the difficult questions – I think people are a little intimidated or avoiding of Coach Johnson because of his words that he doesn’t choose very wisely. Could these observations hold water. Best of luck!


September 30th, 2012
5:35 am

At the rate Tek is losing, there won’t be 3,000 fans in the stands for GT’s next home game.

Could not happen to a more deserving arrogant fan base and head coach. Remind me, who was the idiot who said that Tek fans better get used to wining because Paul Johnson hates to lose?? Are you guys having fun on the Flats yet?

The Joke by Coke is Broke and cannot afford to get rid of Paul “Fishfry” Johnson. No worries, Turkey neck has the perfect option for Tek fans. He will just punch somebody in the mouth.

Jacket Detective

September 30th, 2012
8:57 am

Upon further review:
1908 Falcons Cowboys playoff game resulted in DB Lawrence thrown under the bus.
Fans forgot playoff team Dallas had top WRs very tough to cover when D coor and O coor choke.
Did Bartkowski choke?
O coodinator stopped his own offense which torched Dallas for 3 quarters.
Team demoralized as players and not the choking coaches get the blame.
I, as you all know, remain in Tevin’s corner but would not have minded a few plays with Days getting the ball. I recall only one that failed due to blocking.
Is Days’ season one and done on one play’s result?

Jacket Detective

September 30th, 2012
8:58 am

1980 not 1908.

Jacket Detective

September 30th, 2012
9:02 am

Why think about that game?
That one game demoralized the Falcons?
We have had three similarly demoralizing games in the last five.
MTSU picked up on our state of mind and it gave them confidence.
Poor coaching is the cause of both teams slide.
Can the slide be stopped?
Our only hope is that Clemson will bring out our best this season, though the 36 point unanswered run vs Miami was near awesome.

Jacket Detective

September 30th, 2012
9:04 am

If the play results in a TD, then the pitch which brings uncertainty, should not have been made.
Complaining about successful TD producing plays?
Yea you really know your football, don’t u?

Alabama Jack

September 30th, 2012
9:06 am

F*&k it. I’m a Jacket 24/7, 365 a year. Its been worse and it will get better. If you aren’t behind the team, go join the leghumpers.

Jacket Detective

September 30th, 2012
9:28 am

I vented a lot about being a no show but went.
I’ll be our “expert” on mourning since I recently lost my mom.
Don’t go easy on me about that.
Because of that, I’m a bit dangerous.
I think the team is undergoing a similar mourning process for the “lost season’ of what they had expected.
I feared for example being taken advantage of by one family member in particular though everyone else has been absolutely fabulous.
I am hopefully returning to full strength.
MTSU noticed that Tech’s was down and took advantage of the opportunity.
We have done that too.
In football that is fair.
I think however like with losing someone you love, with time you can bounce back.
The goals of the season back in August or gone.
But there are still things to play for.
I’ll be surprised if we do not show up to play.
We canlt fire the coaches midseason but if u are going to pick players to throw under the bus, I am going to be the Tech blog historian.
Our warrior Nesbitt did not win all the games in 2009 by himself, not even the FSU game.
And he saved someone from being the goat when he took the ball away from their linebacker late.
If not and had we gone on to lose, fans being fans, they would have gone over that play to either blame him on the pitch and blame the RB.
Since he saved the game, none of that happened.

Don't worry, we get Clemson next...

September 30th, 2012
9:32 am

…and we have their number, just as Miami has ours – book a win next weejk.

And, 1 4 GT, I saw the play to which you alluded last week, the 360 spin move, yesterday, so you were not hallucinating last week. It was the play at the start of the third quarter where Tevin pitched it and a fumble occurred from which Tech never recovered…


September 30th, 2012
10:44 am

Recruiting, recruiting, recruiting. Paul Johnson thinks any Division two player will work in his offense, not true. Look at all the local players that are playing for MTS. For starters, there’s yout problem.


September 30th, 2012
12:18 pm

in other news, “wne” remains an arrogant, pompous georgia bulldog fan pretending to be a tech fan.

thanks for the page views, brah!

Paul Johnson

September 30th, 2012
12:50 pm

If tevin would have pitched the ball we would have scored, in no way shape or form could this loss be blamed on me

ME Jacket

September 30th, 2012
5:28 pm

The Falcons just displayed guts, persistence, determination, and a desire to win in their game against the Panthers. They drove down the field and won, with only a few seconds left in the game. Even if they lost the game, I would have been proud of their efforts, because they gave their all, to the very end. What a difference in the Falcons’ players today, and the Georgia Tech team falling on their swords yesterday, seemingly in self pity. I do not believe that GT players cannot play well because entry requirements to Tech are more difficult than other schools. Does anybody really believe that gifted athletes are not smart enough to get into and play at Tech, Stanford, Notre Dame, etc.? I do not believe that outstanding athletes are somehow not smart enough to get into Georgia Tech, I think that is an excuse played by pundits, some alumni, and ill accountable leadership. Heck, I got into Tech and graduated with honors because I worked hard (and prayed a lot). You have to want it, you have to work harder than anyone else, and you cannot believe what anyone else says about you. Put your collective will together, as a team, don’t allow anyone to blame the coaches, the staff, the defense or the offense. My recommendation, step up and make a difference, to a man. Never, ever give up and never blame anyone but yourself if your BEST is not enough.


September 30th, 2012
6:43 pm

CPJ has lost this team as far as his leadership of it. That’s what DRad was saying in his post game comments. How or if Johnson can get them to perform for him the rest of the season is in doubt. GT football is in a world of hurt right now.


September 30th, 2012
6:49 pm

September 30th, 2012
12:18 pm

in other news, “wne” remains an arrogant, pompous georgia tech ALUM fan pretending to be an Athl. Director.

thanks for the page views, brah!

But was I RIGHT about CPJ way back in Dec. 2007 when he was hired?

Have I been right about all of CPJ ’s failed adjustments since then?

Feel free to apologize and recognize the genius that is WnE .

I guess you could call me a “Keyboard AD”, since all my moves have been perfect.

BTW GT cannot afford to fire CPJ and won’t be able to for at least 2 more years (IF THEN), that means CPJ will impact 2.5 MORE RECRUITING CLASSES TO RUIN GT FB!

Think about that?

Now think back and try and remember who was the ONLY ONE that was against CPJ getting such a huge raise from $1.6MM per year to $2.3 – $2.6MM per year?

You guessed it………..none other than the “Keyboard AD” himself, that would be good Ol’ WnE!


September 30th, 2012
7:18 pm

WnE…….Everyone you have never been a CPJ advocate but being right about his hiring doesn’t make the rest of us feel better about the state of GT football. The program is in a shambles and there is no hope on the horizon that I can see. Unless we apply for membership in the FCS division.


September 30th, 2012
7:19 pm



September 30th, 2012
7:22 pm

Has any major college footbal program ever dismissed an offensive or defensive coordinator during the season? can’t think of one.


September 30th, 2012
7:25 pm

sounds like it’s about time for the techies to shell out the big bucks to get rid of Johnson. What was it they out for the other loser in basketball, $7.3 million…what a disgrace.


September 30th, 2012
7:47 pm

There ain’t no quick fixes for this program.


September 30th, 2012
8:03 pm

They wanted it more than Tech did! Groh has to go!! Let’s find out who wants to play this week at Clemson!

Go Jackets!!

Loooong time fan

September 30th, 2012
10:33 pm

Ken, your item #6 says an awful lot about this team and their supposed qb leader. I’ve been to all home games for the last several years and sit with the same group of great fans each week. We can call the plays before the qb does. There are other players on the team who need the opportunity to score occasionally,too. If every play inside the opponent’s 20 is going to be a qb keeper, at least give Days a chance. He’s a much more difficult runner to bring down. Maybe CPJ is making all the calls. It appears to me and many others at the game that we just have a glory seeking qb.That might be the reason he didn’t get more help on Saturday.