Notes: Johnson to Tech team: ‘Quit pouting’

1. Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson’s message to his team was fitting for a rainy Monday two days after a humbling loss – get over it.

Monday, the Yellow Jackets reviewed game video from their 49-28 loss to Middle Tennessee State, corrected errors in practice and did conditioning work. Among the most notable shortcomings addressed was Tech’s inability to match the Blue Raiders’ energy on Saturday.

“It’s disappointing and it’s unacceptable and I think our guys know it’s unacceptable,” Johnson said following practice. “You move forward. Like I said, you’re not going to get anywhere looking backwards. Quit moping, quit pouting and let’s go play.”

From his review of the game, the same flaws that Johnson noted following the game – poor tackling, low energy and mistakes – held true.

“Bottom line, you’re not going to win a football game when you turn it over four times and you let the other back (MTSU’s Benny Cunningham) rush for 220 yards,” he said. “You’re just not.”

Johnson didn’t know the number of missed tackles off the top of his head, he said, “but it was bad.” He said a handful of players were responsible for most of them.

The Jackets have a whale of a challenge Saturday – a road game at No. 15 Clemson, a team itching for payback from its 31-17 loss last October at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Johnson said that, despite the embarrassing loss to MTSU, players were upbeat Monday.

“That’s the way you’ve got to be,” Johnson said. “You’ve still got a chance.”

2. Outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu and cornerback Louis Young, both of whom sat out Saturday’s game with injuries, practiced Monday and are expected to play against Clemson. Offensive lineman Will Jackson, who missed the second half due to illness, also practiced Monday.

Johnson said he is not hopeful for safety Fred Holton, who has yet to play this season due to a foot injury, to play Saturday.

On the Clemson side, All-America wide receiver Sammy Watkins is expected to play after missing Saturday’s win over Boston College with an abdominal virus.

Johnson also confirmed that B-back Charles Perkins is out for the season with an undisclosed injury. Two weeks ago, Johnson said that Perkins was out and that he didn’t expect him back anytime soon. Also, punter Sean Poole’s injury, suffered against Miami Sept. 22, is a broken collarbone. A return this season does not appear likely.

Johnson said he was encouraged by the play of offensive tackle Morgan Bailey, who received playing time in the second half in Jackson’s absence. Bailey has been a promising player but has been sidelined with numerous injuries. Saturday was his first game this season.

“He moved some people around,” Johnson said. “He’s got great ability. Hopefully he can stay out and have a good week of practice and we can play him. I’ve said from the jump, the kid’s got great ability.”

3. Quarterback Tevin Washington is tied for most rushing touchdowns in the country with 11. Nevada running back Stefphon Jefferson also has 11. Washington tied a school single-game record Saturday with four rushing touchdowns. The single-season school record for touchdowns is 19, set by Robert Lavette in 1982. With 29 career rushing touchdowns, Washington is six behind Joshua Nesbitt’s record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.

4. Junior linebacker Chris Crenshaw will wear No. 40 against Clemson in honor of former linebacker Julian Burnett. Crenshaw will be the first non-senior to wear the jersey to pay tribute to Burnett, who suffered a career-ending neck injury in the Sun Bowl. … Clemson opened Monday as a 10-point favorite over the Jackets.

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224 comments Add your comment

GT

October 1st, 2012
8:38 pm

Sourgrapes

October 1st, 2012
8:40 pm

Just 10 points?

Teddy Roosevelt

October 1st, 2012
8:42 pm

GT Fan

October 1st, 2012
8:43 pm

3. Quarterback Tevin Washington is tied for most rushing touchdowns in the country with 11. Nevada running back Stefphon Jefferson also has 11. Washington tied a school single-game record Saturday with four rushing touchdowns. The single-season school record for touchdowns is 19, set by Robert Lavette in 1982. With 29 career rushing touchdowns, Washington is six behind Joshua Nesbitt’s record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.
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Uh-oh, does this mean Mr. “call my own #” will continue to do just that … call his own #?

jonathan

October 1st, 2012
8:43 pm

Biff Pocoroba

October 1st, 2012
8:43 pm

This game shouldn’t be televised. It will be ugly quickly. At least the weather should be nice so everyone can turn the game off when it is 21-0 and go out and enjoy the day. When Groh showed up at practice today, this team quit on this week’s game already. Johnson’s call screener is going to have a tough job this week. Wes Durham will be the only one kissing up to Paul after that absolute pathetic job on Saturday by the “coaches”.

jonathan

October 1st, 2012
8:47 pm

what in the hell is wrong with Fred Holton???????????????????????????????

GT Fan

October 1st, 2012
8:47 pm

I like PJ’s repsonse to the team. He’s absolutely right, you can’t change what has already happened, so quit pouting/moping, and LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES/FAILURES, fellas!

Somehow pull out a W on Saturday, and things won’t look so bleak.

If MTSU can come into BDS and do what they did to GT, GT can certainly go into Clemson and beat the Tigers.

South GA Jacket

October 1st, 2012
8:48 pm

“Players were upbeat on Monday.” Seriously???

Maybe I’m interpreting “upbeat” differently, but my old coach would have run the upbeat out of us. And we would have run tackling drills until our arms fell off.

It’s not complicated. It doesn’t matter if you run a flex-triple-run-n-gun-west-coast-spread-wing-t-power-i. It doesn’t matter if you run a 4-3, 3-4, 5-2, cover 2, zone-blitz. If you can’t/don’t block or tackle, you lose.

crap old same

October 1st, 2012
8:48 pm

fans to Johnson: Start packing.

billyBobjacket

October 1st, 2012
8:49 pm

GT Fan: I was thinking the same thing…he ALWAYS calls his own number inside the 5, whether that is the right play or not. If he sets that record, it will be the most meaningless record on the books.

South GA Jacket

October 1st, 2012
8:51 pm

I might add, our perimeter blocking has been gawd awful the last two weeks. Not as bad as the tackling, but still.

billyBobjacket

October 1st, 2012
8:53 pm

I don’t think a win over Clemson changes anything. We all know they wet the bed a couple of times a year, and look where the win over them last year got us…to another god-forsaken bowl to keep that pathetic meaningless “streak” alive, and another embarrassing bowl loss.

GT Grad

October 1st, 2012
8:56 pm

Props to the the Tech fans who were at the stadium on Saturday. One of the coaches for MTSU had his mom at the game. She couldn’t get over how well she and the other MTSU fans were treated at Bobby Dodd, both before, during, and after the game.

Stephen CC

October 1st, 2012
9:00 pm

Agreed. Pouting won’t do any good, not from the players, the coaches, or the fans. We do need to move forward. And Paul Johnson needs to move forward by making better decisions for the team. Our boys would benefit from better decisions about which plays to use and when to use them, both on offense and on defense. Sure, you can fault the players, but a lot of the responsibility lies on the coaching staff when things like this happen, plainly and simply. Knowing how to make adjustments and being prepared for every situation is part of what they get paid big bucks to do. I’m one who likes our offense, yet it’s diverse array of benefits is rarely utilized to its potential degree. Predictable play-calling will never be good enough. And being too stubborn to adjust to what the defense is doing is just plain dumb. And the defense simply needs to be more simple. This isn’t rocket science – it’s football. Al Groh needs to get over himself and simplify the game-plan for the players so they can stop opposing offenses. It is obvious that his schemes have been more complicated than they are worth. Our players are good players, no matter what anyone else says. We have enough talent to play this game successfully. We need to take heart, be determined, even passionate, and give the rest of the season all that we have. Let’s go Jackets! Sting ‘em!

GT-UT

October 1st, 2012
9:02 pm

GT Fan

October 1st, 2012
9:02 pm

Why so secretive about C.Perkins’ injury??

Stumpknocker

October 1st, 2012
9:05 pm

Play V Lee. The experience will only make him better and prepare him for next season……Also Washington seems to have lost some of his effectiveness at running the TO. He’s peaked and won’t ever be any better and right now that’s not good enough. The defense is what it is ……..it sucks.

Buzz-ard

October 1st, 2012
9:06 pm

As long as PJ is the Coach, it’s going to be a slow bleed. Poor leadership nearly always equals poor results. College kids need a HC that knows how to lead. Scheming will not overcome all of the flaws that come with PJ.

Goldenrod

October 1st, 2012
9:07 pm

I love me some PJ as much as the next guy but as Terrence Moore said on Sports Zone Final, AL GROH HAS GOT TO GO!

Our only chance to beat the leghumpers in the cesspool up north is if CPJ gets rid of Groh!

GT-UT

October 1st, 2012
9:08 pm

Stephen CC, finally some reason and constructive passion. Lets go get after Clemson.
Says something about our O if a QB is about to set a touchdown record. I’m disappointed as anyone. And mad! But I’m not about to turn this blog into a pity party support group

GT-UT

October 1st, 2012
9:09 pm

I’m all for Vad btw. TW is a good player but a coach killer

PE Major from Western Carolina is ready to fry some fish

October 1st, 2012
9:11 pm

Quit pouting and join me for a fish fry….do you want bass, brim, trout or catfish? I love making hush puppies with my fried fish……2-3 is not my fault…..it’s my pouting, baby, quitter team…..it does not matter that I recruited them or that they are playing their best and are just not very talented…..it makes Coach Fish Fry look bad and I will not tolerate it…..I am an offensive genius and the best fish fry cook since Pepper Rodgers……I am going to filet Yabba Dabba Dabo like a large mouth bass…..where is my Bass-O-Matic……I am Coach Fish Fry.

Uh..Hello

October 1st, 2012
9:11 pm

It’s called recruiting……or lack of

Buzz-ard

October 1st, 2012
9:13 pm

The kids don’t believe. It’s that simple. A slow bleed and we all know it. I like optimism as much as you boys do, but the patient is bleeding and the doctor can’t stop it. Time for a new doctor…

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 1st, 2012
9:20 pm

We’ll see what kind of character this team has on Saturday. ” MAN UP JACKETS “

Delbert D.

October 1st, 2012
9:21 pm

Brian Billick could get a temporary leave of absence from Fox due to a family emergency and help out Paul Johnson. I imagine their wives are talking a lot.

Big Play Curley Day

October 1st, 2012
9:22 pm

Is Perkins sitting for the season due to attitude issues or did he test for something? If not, why not disclose the alleged injury?

ToeMeetsLeather

October 1st, 2012
9:25 pm

Well one thing is for sure, this is certainly a period of time that defines a true fan. Are you going to support the guys as they try to get things turned around or are you going to jump ship. I’ll be there supporting the team when they return to the Flats against BC.

I say the team makes a good showing against the Tigers and then gets on a roll in the BC game. TECH men typically respond to adversity pretty well, and this team still has time to make us proud.

Obviously we weren’t as good as our 6-0 start last year, and we are not as bad as the 2-3 record seems to indicate this year. This is a solid football team that just needs something positive to go our way soon. The team needs our support more than ever, let’s give it to them folks.

Bill from Dacusville

October 1st, 2012
9:26 pm

Don’t you just long for the good old days when Tech had a Coach like the “Bills” (Curry & Lewis) and the other “Bills” (Buffalo {Chan Gailey}) Those were the days—

Jacket Attack

October 1st, 2012
9:27 pm

You all are a miserable bunch of guys ill tell ya, Its hard to tell the leg humpers from the fair weather fans who never went to tech! Why fire the coaches or not support the kids because of a couple of losses? Wonder where Georgia the would be if they fired there coach a couple years ago? Beats all ive ever seen you guys make me want to vomit. Learn something before you comment about footbal.

Ramblin Man

October 1st, 2012
9:27 pm

That’s great coach. Now can you play Vad a little more and announce that a search for a new DC is underway. I like Tevin as a person but he just is not a clutch QB and with a defense that can’t cover or tackle you need a QB that can lead.

a good thing

October 1st, 2012
9:29 pm

Clem played Saturday.

ibidGT

October 1st, 2012
9:30 pm

Does anyone see the irony of CPJ telling anyone to have more energy and enthusiasm? I swear every time I see him on the sideline its like seeing an extra from The Walking Dead…

Starts with the Coach, there’s a reason these kids look like they lack energy CPJ…

Ramblin Man

October 1st, 2012
9:30 pm

I always support the players, but the coaching staff is failing them in a big way. The players do share in the blame, but the coaches have to get them prepared and focused and that looks to be lacking.

GTGirl

October 1st, 2012
9:30 pm

From what I understand Fred Holton’s foot has not healed completely

South GA Jacket

October 1st, 2012
9:34 pm

I was there Saturday and will be there again when BC comes to town. I always support the players, but I have every right to be disgusted, embarrassed. If I glory in the victories, then certainly I hurt in the losses. I cannot coach or play. All I can do is express my feelings as a fan and to that I say,

“GO JACKETS!
GO JACKETS!
GO JACKETS!
Fight! Win!”

Delbert D.

October 1st, 2012
9:34 pm

I expect them to come out and play angry. Knock the snot out of somebody every play.

Jacket Attack

October 1st, 2012
9:35 pm

Yeah the coaches droped the balls, fumbled and tossed all those interceptions and didn’t block or tackle right? Hey Ill be the first to admit that Miami beat us twice, but im willing to support the coaches and give them the chance to get this right. I am also going to support tech because there my team. Just think if something happens and we win out and beat ugag you all will be singing the coaches and players song.

GTGirl

October 1st, 2012
9:36 pm

Nice post from ‘ToeMeetsLeather’ @ 9:25

greta

October 1st, 2012
9:37 pm

This is from ramblin wreck website under NCAA compliance, please note last sentence -

“Compliance Is Everyone’s Responsibility

Principle of Institutional Control
It is the responsibility of each member institution to control its intercollegiate athletics program in compliance with the rules and regulations of the NCAA. The institution’s chief executive officer is responsible for the administration of all aspects of the athletics program, including approval of the budget and audit of all expenditures.

Principle of Institutional Responsibility
The institution’s responsibility for the conduct of its intercollegiate athletics program includes responsibility for the actions of its staff members and for the actions of any other individual or organization engaged in activities promoting the athletics interests of the institution.

Principle of Rules Compliance
Each institution shall comply with all applicable rules and regulations of the NCAA in the conduct of its intercollegiate athletics programs. It shall monitor its programs to assure compliance and to identify and report to the NCAA instances in which compliance has not been achieved. In any such instance, the institution shall cooperate fully with the NCAA and shall take appropriate corrective actions. Members of an institution’s staff, student-athletes, and other individuals and groups representing the institution’s athletics interests shall comply with the applicable NCAA rules, and the member institution shall be responsible for such compliance.”

With the A D and head coach in violation and no responsibility taken or imposed, costing scholarships and ACC title, there should be little doubt as to why the team has quit. The admin through the team under the bus by losing valuable scholarships and vacating a championship, and making a joke of Tech nationwide.

Is there no relief in a contract when the head of compliance (AD) and Head Coach themselves violate NCAA rules and degrade the program with lost scholarships and vacated title. I know in the private sector non compliance with regulations (laws) will get you fired and banned for life in that profession. Must be sweet to be a bureaucrat. No accountability. Big bucks. Pension. Health Insurance paid for for life. Nice gig.

I would quit too, but probably suit up, but only to get my degree for free. These are people not robots and not stupid. It is not the players fault.

They have lost the players and are losing the fans which are limited to begin with. Opportunity squandered.

It doesn’t take a engineer to figure out this is broken, not because of losing, that is a symptom, but of this deeper issue which no one in power seems to want to face, and by not facing, condones.

Not representative.

JustinSyder

October 1st, 2012
9:37 pm

You make a great point Jacket Attack. In ‘09 UGA went 8-5 and fans were unhappy. After ‘10, they went 6-7 and the fans wanted Richt’s head. He came into the next season on the hot seat and after falling to 0-2, the UGA fans were grabbing their pitch forks, and didn’t sell out their next home game which was the first time that happened in years. Sense then, he’s 15-2 and the majority of their fans love him.

Stephen CC

October 1st, 2012
9:39 pm

ToeMeetsLeather’ @ 9:25 – Well said! Go Jackets!!!

Jacket Attack

October 1st, 2012
9:39 pm

Toe meets leather and south ga jacket i must admit you all get it. This is our team were not going to back down because some guys got there feelings hurt. We pay the coaches millons of dollars to make those decisions and guide our team. If that don’t happen then okay maybe some changes are required but Im not ready to toss the towel in with seven games left. Ill be willing to be Middle Tenn makes a bowl. any takers?

Tech86

October 1st, 2012
9:42 pm

Charles Perkins has some sort of shoulder injury that he had surgery on about 2/3 weeks ago. It was disclosed and it stems from a high school injury. Will be at the BC, BYU, MD, Duke and cesspool games, Go Jackets!!!!

Players Decide

October 1st, 2012
9:46 pm

For all of you asking what injuries the players have. It is the decision of the player to make that information public, not the coaching staff or athletic department. There is a federal called HIPPA. Look it up.

Jacket Attack

October 1st, 2012
9:47 pm

@justin snyder and the other guys that have a clue thanks for being a true supporter.! Hey since they all want the coaches gone and since these players arent good enough for ya I think I speak for everyone saying that we would all love to upgrade our seats. So if you would kindly post where your seats are and your contact information I for one would be getting in contact with you to purchase them and ill donate mine so some kids that would apprecaite the atmosphere we all love.

Jacket Attack

October 1st, 2012
9:49 pm

edit above so some kids could attend the games and witness the atmosphere of the wreck rolling on the field with the players and the coaches who i support will be rolling with it.

greta

October 1st, 2012
9:49 pm

I agree with toe meets leather.

The fans support the players.

The A D goes to the bank regardless, but hardly supports the players.

Neither does coach by violating NCAA rules.

Neither does Board of Directors by not practicing what is is preaching in its own website.

Why is there any confusion as to what the problem is?

Players Decide

October 1st, 2012
9:49 pm

Correction: Federal law,,,HIPAA,,,Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act