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

ToccoaDawg

October 2nd, 2012
12:35 pm

The players should tell him to “Start Coaching”

Icepack

October 2nd, 2012
12:43 pm

Tech Fan since 52. Worst tacking I’ve ever seen on planet since then. Gutless.

Highly Respected Southern Troll

October 2nd, 2012
12:53 pm

The ironic thing about Johnson winning with Gailey’s players is that PJ’s two best teams at Georgia Southern (1998 and 1999) were largely comprised of talent he inherited from Frank Ellwood and Tim Stowers.

The Old Coot

October 2nd, 2012
12:54 pm

Supersize and GTBob: Two losers pulling for another loser.

I wish I could have watched those two sitting in front of their TV’s on Saturday watching MTSU dismantle Tech.

I would have LMAO. Get ready for more of it on Saturday girls.

ZinoDawg

October 2nd, 2012
1:13 pm

@Goldenrod – by “cesspool up north” I assume you are referring to Sanford Stadium, where fans actually show up to watch the game? Without having to be lured in by free hot dog gimmicks?

I guess when you are the lowest of the low the only thing you can do is lash out at the successful. I bet you are a member of the occupy movement as well.

Big Wheel

October 2nd, 2012
1:18 pm

I’ve got two words for all of you Johnson apologists, under prepared! That is not on the players, it’s 100% on coaching. The only reason GT loses to MTSU is they were UNDER PREPARED! End of story,end of CPJ

Rooty Tooty

October 2nd, 2012
1:21 pm

I love my jackets but they don’t seem to be playing with any heart this year. Seems they are just going thru the motions. If they don’t get their act together, and I mean real SOON, that 10 point spread is just the 1st quarter this week….

Jacket Dad

October 2nd, 2012
1:22 pm

dawgfan, gotta totally agree with your 9:48 comment. Mental toughness seems to be a consistent problem with Tech. How many times have I read comments after a loss…..”we came out flat”, etc.

With all the factors that have been listed dozens of times on these posts, Tech just can’t add lack of mental toughness as another one. Not sure if that is going to come from Johnson to be honest with you. I don’t think he connects with his players in a way that will help ensure they come into every game with a positive attitude and team focus. We are either over-confident or flat – with similar results.

I haven’t given up on the Jackets. Still have my GT license plate on the car and banner up at work. I do dream of a day when I don’t get tied in knots every Saturday because I have this sinking feeling…… Doesn’t hurt to dream!

Humpy

October 2nd, 2012
1:25 pm

Buzzed for Life…GTs academic requirements are not to high for recruiting quality football players (trust me, I’ve heard some of the GT players speak – not Rhodes Scholars). I’ve also read that not a single starter at GT is currently enrolled in engineering classes. Calvin Johnson studied management construction (building luxury condos or solar latries in Bolivia) info taken directly from Wikipedia. Doesn’t sound like high academic requirements are needed for that degree.

Deaner22

October 2nd, 2012
1:51 pm

LOL. Tech is terrible.

macrotech

October 2nd, 2012
2:57 pm

Jmonty…I share your thoughts regarding our D

Yep a LegHumper….we didn’t need your moniker to know you were a pup fan, “we will not lose to your little sissy boy offense run by a fat two bit punk”. Gonna go out on a limb and guess you never attended college?…losing to MTSU did suck…time will tell on the rest of your post.

Italian_29, got ya….my bad. To this point, it would appear that you’re correct!!

rogeriter

October 2nd, 2012
3:03 pm

JACKET ATTACK !”Fair weather friends who never went to Tech!” So are you saying that only former students at Tech can be fans? That is stupid. Plus…you can’t fill a smallish stadium with any and all fans. If you limited it only to tech alums, the games could be played at the Waffle House!!!

Can only people who live in Atlanta be Falcons fans?

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GTBEE

October 2nd, 2012
3:49 pm

Team to Johnson: Stop being an arrogant Jerk!

trey

October 2nd, 2012
7:48 pm

Full Metal Jacket

October 2nd, 2012
10:21 pm

Once again, you’d think UGA fans would have something better to do than post on Tech sites….then again, they probably don’t.

yin yang

October 3rd, 2012
7:42 am

We need to move to the southern conference.

Whiskey Breath

October 3rd, 2012
8:05 am

Hey Paul , any chance the coaching is at fault? Hiring that retread Groh was a easy hire wasn’t it?
The guy got fired at lowly Virginia, how good could he be? You got lazy on that hire, now the fans are
paying for it. Move on, or get some funds to build that team. Come on Paul, you aren’t that damn dumb.

UGA X

October 3rd, 2012
8:17 am

@macrotech, UGA is #5 and tech isn’t even receiving any votes, not a ONE! there is ur wow….

UGA win’s there cupcake games, tech quits and gets embarrassed and gets called out by there idiot coach, another wow…

GTBEE

October 3rd, 2012
12:53 pm

UGA X

Your’e #5 in the nation and you spend all of your time on the Tech blog???
You receive all the votes for LOSER!!!!
What a joke!

UGA fans on this blog are all bandwagon babies! No true UGA fan/alumni would bother wasting time on the GA Tech site.

Pathetic losers!!

UGA X

October 3rd, 2012
1:08 pm

@GTBEE Losers are the ones supporting a football group (I say group since tech doesn’t have a TEAM) that lose to Sunbelt schools like MTSU…

LMAO! why do you think they call ya’ll the Joke By Coke?

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Rob h

October 7th, 2012
12:01 am

Tech must be practicing coming up short on 4th downs-they sure are good at it