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.

In case you missed it…

Fitting MTSU loss into Tech history

After debacle, Tech braces for Clemson

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

224 comments Add your comment


October 2nd, 2012
3:29 am

Could it be they are pouting because the offense systems and defense systems their Coaches have installed they realize they can’t win and won’t get legit shots at the Pro’s? Johnson is such a bully but I have a feeling his bullying tatics are wearing thin on fans and players. What about the Coaches was he pouting when he told them how most GT fans feel about them? Was he pouting he should hyave been. He should have told his coaches the truth instead of covering up everything. He should have said we are not Coaching these boys up to the level that is expected. He should have said we are not doing a great job recruiting and if you can’t do better I’ll be forced to let some of you go. Did he pout on that, I don’t think so, same ole bullying and excuses!


October 2nd, 2012
4:39 am

cAG should learn from his own mistakes/failures and resign immediately. Of course he won’t, so cPJ should put him on administrative leave pending further investigation of his subversive actions. That would boost morale and the boys would quit pouting. [What kind of coach uses words like "pouting"? Dodd wouldn't, Alexander wouldn't, hell even Curry, Ross, and O'Leary wouldn't. cPJ needs to "man up" and whip those boys and his coaches into shape.]


October 2nd, 2012
4:54 am

On another note: Do you think that someday in the future we’ll see an article about PJ’s Boys raising funds and commissioning a statue of him? I think not.

And yet another: Ken, please recheck your facts … “Clemson opened Monday as a 10-point favorite over the Jackets” … You misspelled Clempsum and I believe that you may have dropped a zero?


October 2nd, 2012
5:02 am

And I heard cPJ exclaim as he walked out of sight”

“You better watch out,
You better not cry,
Better not pout,
I’m telling you why,
Clempsum is coming to town …

… Doh! I mean we’re going there.”

Into the Valley of Death rode the six hundred.

Get over it

October 2nd, 2012
6:21 am

[...] to do when people keep throwing it up in your face. Paul Johnson has a message for the team. Notes: Johnson to Tech team: ‘Quit pouting’ | Georgia Tech Reply With [...]

Old Dog

October 2nd, 2012
6:24 am

Just be Tek. Drop Georgia from your name, it’s getting to be an embarrassment. To Hell with Tek, today, tomorrow and every other day! As for gretra, if you think Tek is the top academic school in the country you need counselling.


October 2nd, 2012
6:26 am

chance for what, Ken?

[...] Paul Johnson is this morning’s musical inspiration. [...]

New Idea

October 2nd, 2012
6:36 am

Old Dog,
Have to agree with you. GT has only 50% Georgia Students. Might as well call it National Tech or World Tech. But your taxpayer dollars are paying to support educating these non Georgians. Of course the UGA dominated BOR is mostly responsible for this.


October 2nd, 2012
6:46 am

Give the points! Re-mortgage the house…even mortgage the bank’s house. This is as sure-fire as it gets. This is a ‘get out of debt’ free card. Play it! Tech isn’t playing, why not make something out of it?


October 2nd, 2012
7:22 am

He be slap you in the face!


October 2nd, 2012
7:24 am

Kinda hard to forget that you’ve had your ass handed to you on a silver platter, Coach.


October 2nd, 2012
7:28 am

WOW—Quit Pouting— what a hypocrite; johnson has serious problems- the school needs to step in and remove this lunatic before players get hurt!


October 2nd, 2012
7:33 am

CPJ has bigger fish to fry than these pouters. Wow, after reading these comments Tech is about as big a dumpster fire as Arkansas is. And I hope CPJ doesn’t come punch me in the mouth.

Wal-Mart Retards

October 2nd, 2012
7:41 am

All the way turnt down

wt. king

October 2nd, 2012
7:47 am

GREAT!!! Lets keep doing the same thing and expect a different result!!! YES!! That’ll work, CPJ!! Like it always does!

The Truth

October 2nd, 2012
7:51 am

New Idea…my tax dollars are supporting the attempt to educate of a bunch of future burger flippers and janitors at the Athens Cess Pool.


October 2nd, 2012
7:52 am

5th game of season and the team has no energy;time for PJ to go, he’s lost this team and the respect of the fans. As the europeans say,”the fish stinks from the head” and this unmotivated team has spent the last 2 saturdays stinking up grant field…..


October 2nd, 2012
7:55 am

I am a Georgia fan, but come on Johnson! Really! Stop pouting! Under your leadership, Tech just lost to a team, under normal circumstances they would handle pretty easily. Johnson’s players, Johnson’s scheme, Johnson’s leadership, Tech’s record is less than stellar. When you point one finger at someone, four more are pointing back at you. It starts with Johnson.

Van Gorders Stache

October 2nd, 2012
7:57 am

goldenrod, I always take my sports cue from that genius Terrance Moore.

Bring Pepper Back, the man left UCLA to return home and how did we reward him? cPJ makes Pepper look like Vince Lombardi. cPJ does act like Lombardi, just without the results. Whatever happened to Bill Fulcher, a decent man and good Coach.


October 2nd, 2012
7:59 am

You GT fans need to tell Johnson that the forward pass is legal now.


October 2nd, 2012
8:03 am

This team has quit on Coach Johnson. We may go 2-10…after losing to MTSU by 3 TD’s at home, there’s certainly not a sure win on the schedule.

Go Jackets

October 2nd, 2012
8:08 am

They gave Gailey six years…..looks like Fish Fry will get 6 too. After next years 4-5 loss season, with stompings by the usual suspects, VT,Miami, and UGA, followed by a mediocre bowl loss, Turkey Neck will be shown the door.

tired from all the frustrations of being a yellow jacket

October 2nd, 2012
8:11 am

those expecting Vad to turn this around are wishful thinking. He looks totally lost when in the game to me. While i have never believed that tevin is the man to run this offense, he is the best available. Do you think that Coach Johnson would not play someone else, anyone else if he though they were better? The problem with the Tech team is the players are not committed to aggression like you see on the winning teams. Whether this isscared play or not they only know. But from what i have seen their effort is pathetic. The coaches are not missing assignments or tackles due to pansy efforts. It is one sorry state of affairs.


October 2nd, 2012
8:19 am


Too Easy

October 2nd, 2012
8:30 am

Is it the players, or is it the coach?

Come on guys, it’s both, but who is responsible for the whole enchilada? Who is cashing the GT paychecks? Whose job is it to make sure the players tackle and play with aggression? Who recruited the players that are there? Who hired the coaching staff? If done correctly, whose job will insure plenty of fan support and butts in the seats?

This is a critical time for GT football. It could take a decade to recover back to being merely mediocre again from here. Recruiting is tanking, fan support is tanking, even student support is tanking. What we don’t need is more snarky attitude from the man in charge. His smug “I’ve forgotten more about football than you’ll ever know” attitude is worn out. He needs a big slice of humble pie crammed down his throat. He needs to handle the media better, and he needs to announce his plans to avert nuclear meltdown, or he needs to be gone.

I’m a Tech fan and I wish I saw it differently, but that’s where we are.


October 2nd, 2012
8:32 am

As long as Al Groh is coaching the defense, Tech will be a loser.

steaming pile

October 2nd, 2012
8:34 am

of doodoo –it hurts bad dont it–you should recruit some thugs that get baptised after the games like we do


October 2nd, 2012
8:41 am

tired from all the frustrations of being a yellow jacket
October 2nd, 2012
8:11 am

those expecting Vad to turn this around are wishful thinking. He looks totally lost when in the game to me. While i have never believed that tevin is the man to run this offense, he is the best available. Do you think that Coach Johnson would not play someone else, anyone else if he though they were better? The problem with the Tech team is the players are not committed to aggression like you see on the winning teams. Whether this isscared play or not they only know. But from what i have seen their effort is pathetic. The coaches are not missing assignments or tackles due to pansy efforts. It is one sorry state of affairs.

Outstanding analysis and great insight.

I agree that Vad isn’t the savior based on what I have seen, he doesn’t handle the running game as well as TW and for all the accolades that people have heaped on Vad for his passing, his throwing delivery is very slow & mechanical.

Were Vad to play more significant minutes I would think that he would be easier to stop and Defenses would rather see him than Tevin, if Vad were better than TW then he would be getting more PT by now.

Vad has not impressed me to the extent that others rave about him.


October 2nd, 2012
8:43 am

Isn’t CPJ the highest PAID HC in the ACC?

Thanks for nothing DRad !

Too Easy

October 2nd, 2012
8:45 am

You still hanging around on the Tech blogs there chicken shi&?

Stalk any teen age boys on the internet last night?


October 2nd, 2012
8:51 am

What THEY said:

We have the deepest OL we have ever had, and 2 of our OLs are on pre-season “watch lists” (for post-season awards)

What WnE said:

Those pre-season watch lists mean next-to-nothing, they choose anywhere from 50-75 guys for those things, basically any returning Starter can make a “watch-list”.

Our OL still can’t pass block, aren’t very physical at the point of attack and don’t have the size to handle larger DLs.

Also, Uzzi projects to be a 6th or 7th round draft pick at best.


5 games in GT is 2-3 vs. the 99th toughest schedule so far and our OL has not dominated anyone “decent”, of course they got fat on Presby & UVa.

Once again WnE had the correct insight, while his detractors were flat-out WRONG ONCE AGAIN!

Now that I think about it, has WnE ever been completely wrong about anything, WnE seems to be about 99% correct on d@mn near everything he writes.

DOC 51

October 2nd, 2012
8:57 am

Now GT fans see why most schools did not recruit TW as a QB. He is too slow,and TW makes poor decisions in big games.As bad as GT plays defense ,you must have a QB that can win games in the fourth quarter.Every possession is critical,and TW can’t get it done.

I bought my GT gear at WalMart

October 2nd, 2012
8:58 am

Hello…..CPJ has said in so many words that he doesn’t place much emphasis on recruiting top players. Listen, if MTSU, etc. can recruit good ball players, so can Tech. No top QB is gonna play at a school featuring the option game. Defense, defense, defense. It’s not Groh’s fault that he doesn’t have the athletes he needs. It’s Johnson’s. If he thinks he can recruit 2 and 3 star players and compete at this level, he needs to go back to Navy…I’m just sayin…

will you go to the prom with me, mom?

October 2nd, 2012
9:03 am

@supersize my jock: your team is a joke. you are a joke. UGA is going to put 60 up on you in Athens. As usual because your team is pathetic all you can do is cheer for UGA opponents. Sad

Lastly, take your emotion out of it and then announce a real prediction for the game in Columbia this weekend. A team that was losing badly at the half to Kentucky and barely beat Vandy is your horse?


October 2nd, 2012
9:06 am

Too Easy
October 2nd, 2012
8:45 am

How many DIFFERENT screen names do you use?

Calling me names and making slanderous comments about me ain’t working anymore, the masses “know” that I have been right all along, and that my insight is worthy of intelligent debate.

Taking cheap shots at me won’t work any more pal.

Try something else, like holding CPJ accountable for a change!


October 2nd, 2012
9:07 am

GT has the look of a team that has quit on its’ coaches and the season. If you take a realistic look at the rest of the schedule Tech faces a number of teams that feature a very good passing game. Since they have no pass rush and poor coverage skills they can easily lose to all of those teams. Of the remaining schedule Maryland seems to be the only game they have a good chance to win. This looks like a 3-9 season. Radokovich “fully supports” Johnson, so looks like GT will be ACC “bottom feeders” for years to come.


October 2nd, 2012
9:07 am

1. Start Vad
2. Quit subbing in A backs like Paul Hewitt
3. Tackle


October 2nd, 2012
9:13 am


Too Easy

October 2nd, 2012
9:13 am

You can read my 8:30 post to find out what I think about CPJ.

It’s only slanderous if it’s not true. So, maybe you don’t want to bring that up.

I just don’t understand why you can’t face the truth.


Ken Sugiura

October 2nd, 2012
9:15 am

Juvenal – I didn’t ask him to specify. given on what he was talking about last week, i’d surmise a good season and the acc title.

You're Dead Wrong

October 2nd, 2012
9:16 am

GT gear,

You’re dead wrong about recruiting top players or a QB play that will play the option game. Look no farther than Vad Lee. He was a top QB recruit from NC, recruited by a number of schools as a QB. Now, crawl back in your hole or serve up those waffles and eggs at Waffle House.


October 2nd, 2012
9:18 am


Bull!!! Vads passes are on time and accurate and he is explosive. You are the one who is lost

Coach Hewitt...

October 2nd, 2012
9:21 am

“May your ship hit a rock called “GEORGIA” as it sinks to the bottom of the sea” … Cheers…


October 2nd, 2012
9:23 am


Could you please band WnE from your blogs? This person is obnoxious, stupid and adds nothing to these blogs. He/she (it) is UGAG troll who should be spewing their stupidity on the UGAG blogs. We’re all tired of the crap it writes. This person DOES NOT add anything constructive.

Punch in the face

October 2nd, 2012
9:24 am

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH 49 TO A 1AA team….I will punch you int he face for that…hahahahahhaahhaha


October 2nd, 2012
9:30 am

Losing to Maimi unacceptable
Losing to MTU unacceptable
coach pj unacceptable
its time to move on


October 2nd, 2012
9:31 am

Until Al Groh is fired the players need to keep pouting. They deserve a DC that can coach.


October 2nd, 2012
9:38 am

Everyone on this blog, except for the dwag trolls, wants to see the GT coaches and players do well. I am not against the players or coaches. I do question however, when we will see some real improvement in the team’s play and won/loss record. We didn’t see it in 2010. 2011 was a little better, but not much. And so far this year is not looking too promising. And no I don’t expect GT to win 10 or 12 games every year SS. But I do expect a team to be playing better at the end of the season than they were at the beginning. So far that has not happened, and it would be nice to hear something from the coaching staff other than the same old worn out cliches. TOO EASY @ 8:30 has it about right I’d say.

Pau | Georgia Tech

October 2nd, 2012
9:39 am

[...] Johnson to team: Stop pouting [...]