Tech counts on accountability, leadership to stop slide

Georgia Tech practiced Tuesday with a revived vigor, according to two of the team’s captains. Getting trounced by Middle Tennessee State will apparently do that to a team.

“I think they’re kind of excited to get back out on Saturday and prove to the world that we’re not the team that we showed last Saturday,” said guard Omoregie Uzzi, named a captain last week.

After back-to-back losses, each discouraging in its own way, the Yellow Jackets face a trip to No. 15 Clemson Saturday. Tech faces a turning point. If the Jackets lose, they will have their second three-game losing streak in three seasons and will go into the bye week with unresolved frustration and disappointment. With a win, the Jackets can restore their pride and look upon the second half of the season with hope to build on the momentum. How the team’s leadership responds this week and Saturday will go far in determining the game’s outcome.

“I think we got all (the motivation) we needed last week,” said quarterback Tevin Washington, another captain. “I think the best thing for us is just to go out and play hard and keep that taste in our mouth and I think we’ll get better results.”

When asked to name their favorite captains from their Tech careers, they both chose former defensive tackle Darryl Richard (2008), quarterback Joshua Nesbitt (2009-10) and A-back Roddy Jones (2011). Uzzi also picked safety Morgan Burnett, a 2009 captain. Further, they both saw the three players as quiet leaders.

“They weren’t really outspoken guys, but most of the time they’d lead by example and try to do the right thing, on and off the field,” Washington said.

Uzzi and Washington both fit the same mold, as does the third captain, defensive end Izaan Cross. While Uzzi might be the most given of the three to speaking up, all three are often cited by teammates for their dedication and not for grand oratories. Their response to the team’s slide perhaps reflects their style. With the team sliding, they and the team’s other seniors met to make sure that a message of accountability was being heard. Rather than a team-wide meeting, different seniors spoke with teammates in their position groups.

“Make sure that they’re playing at the level that you want them to play at, and also that you want to play at,” Uzzi said. “Don’t slack this week. We can’t cut anybody any slack. It’s that simple.”

It is a message that started at the top.

“You need some leadership, but the first thing you’ve got to do, everybody’s got to be accountable,” coach Paul Johnson said. “From coaches to players to whatever, you’ve got to do your job and people have got to be able to depend on (you) doing what you’re supposed to do.”

That ownership extends down to redshirting freshmen and scout-team players, Johnson said, making a pointed comment about a team whose enthusiasm was lacking against the Blue Raiders.

“They’ve got to take ownership in the team,” he said. “There’s got to be some energy on that sideline. Just because you’re not playing doesn’t mean you stand over there like a corpse.”

The captains and the other seniors, though, have as few as seven games remaining. The will to play with start-to-finish urgency will have to start from them. Uzzi, who has lived through five seasons’ worth of highs and lows at Tech, knows their fate if they don’t.

“From time to time, if we come out and lay an egg, that’s what we’re going to be defined as,” Uzzi said.

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Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

209 comments Add your comment

FL Jacket

October 3rd, 2012
10:20 am

“Will CPJ ever have the nuts to bench a team captain (e.g., Tevin)?”

If he was the one losing us games with more mistakes than plays made…I’m sure.

GT Joe

October 3rd, 2012
10:22 am

FL: TW definitely has more mistakes than plays made. But not benched yet.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
10:24 am

@ Joe…….one thing you fail to realize is that TW is the team leader, NOT by CPJ’s decision, but by his fellow players. YES, Vad should be playing, but BENCH HIM???? What do you think that would do to team morale? Vad should not REPLACE Tevin until he has proven it on the field and his teammates recognize his worth. That can only happen if he is allowed to play more than he has thus far. But, I DO NOT believe he should REPLACE Tevin until he has proved himself, not to US, but to his teammates.

I love Jan Kemp

October 3rd, 2012
10:27 am

Yeah, sounds fun, behind Varsity rite?

GT Joe

October 3rd, 2012
10:29 am

Super: benching TW would send a clear message to the team: nobody’s job is safe. Even a team captain.

TW assumed a leadership role in the off-season, leading some throwing practices, offensive drills, etc. But that is all but forgotten now, with his lousy performance and complete lack of progression from last year. His captaincy is really just respect for his 5th year senior status.

I really don’t know what else Vad can do to “prove it to his teammates”. But has Tevin proven ANYTHING to his teammates “on the field”?

GT Joe

October 3rd, 2012
10:32 am

What else does Vad need to do?

226 passer rating
AVERAGING 10 ypc
4 TDs
ZERO turnovers

Meanwhile, Tevin is 11-12 as starter, and just rushed for 4 yards on 19 carries against a Sun Belt team.

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Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
10:36 am

@ Jan Kemp……drop me an email to my temporary email address (supersizeorder@yahoo.com) and give me some kind of “proof” of who you are. I will add you to the email list and keep you posted on things. But, yes, the lot behind the Varsity is one of the places we have been gathering.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
10:40 am

@ Joe…..I am not disagreeing with your assessments; I just am not sure of how the team will respond to their “leader” being benched. Remember they are still kids, and who knows how their brains work. That being said, however, I would LOVE to see Vad START against Clemson Saturday, because Clemson would be totally unprepared for that, and for what Vad might bring to the table. That would not be seen as benching TW, but of coming up with a different and unexpected plan of attack. Obviously, if it works, then Vad would probably almost immediately move into the position of leadership for the team, and I doubt there would be any resentment or bitterness.

WnE

October 3rd, 2012
10:40 am

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Supersize that order, mutt
October 3rd, 2012
10:17 am

Is WnE really still posting on these blogs? I would have thought by now that he would have been hired by ESPN as an expert commentator on college football so that he could share his infinite wisdom and football expertise with all the rest of the sports world. Should a brilliant man like him with all his knowledge and talents be limited to posting only on the Ga Tech blogs for the AJC? Such a waste of talent. Surely the rest of the world can benefit from his commentary. Were they not impressed with the picture he has of a Tech class ring? Maybe he needed to make a photocopy of a Tech diploma too. What can it be? The people at ESPN are really missing the boat here. I just don’t understand it. They must really be stupid. Did they not know that WnE has been kissed by the gods? Don’t they realize hat he has more knowledge about college football in his little finger, then all the rest of them combined have in their collective brains? Hmmm. Maybe the other commentators all threatened to resign because they knew they paled in comparison to him. But that shouldn’t matter, because WnE is all powerful and omniscient, and he could cover for all of them; after all, if he is all powerful and omniscient, then he must be omnipresent too. In fact, WnE is a god, and ESPN should bow in worship to him, just like all the rest of us do. I guess it’s just another example of the declining state of religion in this country. Such a pity !!!

N O T !!!
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First of all, at least my responses are more readable since I used separate sentences or bullet points, that one large block is almost unreadable for an online blog.

Next, despite all of what you wrote above, the FACT remains that I was right about CPJ when he was first hired in Dec. 2007, and AFTER he won 20-games-in-2-years, I continued to warn of the upcoming storm due to poor Recruiting when EVERYONE thought I was KRAZY (with a K).

High Tech loves to pull up my old Twitter messages ABOUT CFB to a FB recruit, yet he refuses to pull up all the other correct stuff that I have written about.

Which one of you guys is always facebook’n our players, is that you Supersize?

Yet you guys make a big deal about 12 or so twitter messages almost 3 years ago.

I wonder what the Goon(ie) squad has to say about our 2-3 start where they were out-physicaled by the MTSU D-line?

CPJ is head towards 2-4 with a bullet, yet all you guys can do is continue to take ad hominem cheap shots at Ol’ WnE

You and your buddy 5150 are a joke and the rest of the GT fanbase isn’t laughing anymore at WnE, they are asking why WnE was right all along and why all that glowing, rosy BS that you told them isn’t materializing!

Too Easy

October 3rd, 2012
10:40 am

I don’t believe Vad Lee is some kind of saviour for the program, but he can’t be any worse. He hasn’t impressed me much, at least not yet.

I’m not sure you throw him to the wolves at Clemson though. If they played like they played last week, they’re going to get their teeth kicked in. They could have Aaron Rogers or Eli Manning back therr and it wouldn’t matter if the defense lays down again.

I think they should wait until after Clemson, then it should be Vad’s team the rest of the way.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
10:42 am

Oh, I just remembered, WnE STALKS young boys. ESPN could never hire him. I guess we are stuck with him. DAMN !!!

WnE

October 3rd, 2012
10:44 am

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GT Joe
October 3rd, 2012
10:32 am

What else does Vad need to do?

226 passer rating
AVERAGING 10 ypc
4 TDs
ZERO turnovers

Meanwhile, Tevin is 11-12 as starter, and just rushed for 4 yards on 19 carries against a Sun Belt team.
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Actually TW had more rushing yds. than that, in CFB, the way the Stats are calculated, lost yards due to Sacks are deducted from a QB’s Rushing total.

I think TW had at least 3 or 4 sacks for maybe a loss of 35+ yards total(just guessing).

1 4 GT

October 3rd, 2012
10:44 am

SS….I believe I said some of the same things a few months back. OH WELL. Poor “Carnack” can’t help it. He reads like an ADHD OCD @nal Retentive Bipolar Schizoid with Delusions of Grandeur & PTSD brought on by his failures in life. I guess we just have to plod along thru our daily existence knowing this cretin is always lurking just around the corner to pounce & force feed us our daily ration of his rat droppings. SIGH!!!!

juvenal

October 3rd, 2012
10:47 am

also don’t post long cuz so many disappear…..also, winnie, nobody who actually goes to games really gives ratpoop about what anybody says that don’t-kinda like, don’t vote, don’t gripe….

GT Joe

October 3rd, 2012
10:48 am

Too Easy: Vad hasn’t impressed you yet? For real? Just the fact that he hasn’t made mistakes should be impressive enough (ie, no turnovers). Every throw has been on the mark. Had two drops or his passer rating would be even higher (Orwin Smith was probably so shocked to see a pass hit him in the numbers that he dropped them). First TD pass was friggin majestic. Should have had an 80 yard TD run but got tripped up at the 5 yard line.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
10:48 am

@ 1 4 GT……maybe he will stalk another recruit and that recruit will go public with it, something Vad should have done.

The GT future

October 3rd, 2012
10:49 am

Lose to Clemson, GT, given thei remaining games, will end up in a very low level bowl game. Lose this game, then with looming losses to hapless U if NC and UGA, a 6-6 GT from the worst conference in USA, would simply have no bowl marquee value.
Clemson is GT’s biggest game is year. CPJ is on the ever burning Waffle House hot seat.

GT Joe

October 3rd, 2012
10:49 am

WnE: sack yards SHOULD count against a QB. And they count against Vad and TW. Some QBs have a knack for escaping, and some have a knack for being a sitting duck.

The comparison is also valid because they are playing with the same OL.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
10:52 am

@ Joe…..don’t even bother to get into it with WnE….he will always have some kind of ignorant retort for you, and you will regret ever even addressing things with him. I and some of the others may not always agree on things, but hopefully that is seen as a respectful disagreement. WnE has no respect for anybody who disagrees with him. Just ignore him; he’s not worth your time.

GT Joe

October 3rd, 2012
10:53 am

I’ve heard every excuse this year NOT to start Vad.

1. Can’t throw him to the wolves in Blacksburg.
2. Not ready to start vs. Presby.
3. Not ready to start vs. UVA.
4. If CPJ thought he was better, he’d start against Miami.
5. Now, can’t throw him to the wolves at Clemson.

Every week, same excuses. It’s funny, everyone blames CPJ for other decisions (like hiring Al Groh, not running certain plays, not going for it on 4th down), but when it comes to TW vs. Vad, his decision is gold. Cracks me up.

JustinSyder

October 3rd, 2012
10:54 am

WNE: After seeing your comment last night where you were cursing and calling somebody else names, I can’t take you seriously anymore.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
10:54 am

@ Joe…….I left out a couple of words…..I meant to say, “I and some of the others may not always agree WITH YOU on things, but hopefully that is seen as a respectful disagreement.”

1 4 GT

October 3rd, 2012
10:57 am

I’ve never thought about this before. Does “Carnack” sees the whole world thru kaka colored glasses. Like he sees his supposed alma mater?

If so, what a miserable life that must be.

FL Jacket

October 3rd, 2012
10:59 am

“FL: TW definitely has more mistakes than plays made. But not benched yet.”

Joe…we’re obviously watching different games. Would you bench Tony Romo because he had a 5-INT game? Bad games happen, and bad plays happen even in good games. Tevin is actually completing around 60% of his passes and showing proficiency in the 2-minute drill. He fumbles the ball LESS than Josh Nesbitt did. His current YPC of 3.9 is on par with Josh Nesbitt’s (4.0 in 2008, 3.7 in 2009).

So much of a QB’s success is from the neck up…not the neck down. The TO is no different. He leads an offense that averages 487 yards/game and 39 points/game.

Too Easy

October 3rd, 2012
11:03 am

You’re probably right Joe, I just wish they weren’t going to be at Clemson. It’s not impossible, but I’d say there’s a 95% chance we’re going to get beat, and it could be totally our of hand. Why take a chance on an another epic beatdown being his first start?

Once he goes in, he needs to be the man, not in a rotation with TW. The seasons over. I couldn’t care less if we go to the “Smuckers Grape Jelly bowl game in Gulfport Mississippi”.

After this week it’s a bye week. Let him get all the first team reps after this week, then I’d say it’s his team.

GT Joe

October 3rd, 2012
11:07 am

Too Easy: Vad is like 20 years old. He’s been playing since he was 6. He has surely had his share of epic beatdowns. An epic beatdown at Clemson will not permanently destroy his psyche. If anything, he has nothing to lose or prove at Clemson.

Old Blind Dawg

October 3rd, 2012
11:07 am

I have no dog in this fight but you guys are something else. I don’t have any idea who WnE is or pretends to be but I can say he is pretty much dead on with his assessments. Why do you guys have so much hate for the messenger?

From what I see WnE is honest and wants to see GT get better on the other hand you guys attack him and then stoop to grade school type name calling – good grief – strange mindset!

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
11:09 am

@ Blind……because WnE STALKED Vad during his senior year in HS trying to convince him NOT to come to Tech. Who knows how many other HS kids he has stalked. He is a worthless POS

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
11:11 am

@ Blind……if, as you say you think, WnE wanted to see GT get better, then why would he try to convince a prize recruit not to come to Tech?

Old Blind Dawg

October 3rd, 2012
11:13 am

Super do you have proof of that accusation?

Based on the lack of development I have seen in Vad Lee perhaps he should have gone elsewhere. He was a highly rated dual threat QB coming out of H.S. and seemingly has gone backwards.

DavidWilliamspph

October 3rd, 2012
11:15 am

Totally agree with Paul. The responsability is the first element in a team. Without it…. all things go bad

GT Joe

October 3rd, 2012
11:15 am

FL: Romo had a bad game. Tevin has MANY bad games. There’s a difference.

If Romo puts together 5-6 bad games, and has a below .500 record (like Tevin), he will be benched. Guaranteed. Jerry Jones don’t play that. He’d bring in Quincy Carter out of retirement just to prove a point.

I’m not calling for TW to benched because of a bad game. His resume is horrible. 11-12 record. strip out the OOC games, and it’s nightmarish.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
11:16 am

@ Blind…..I do not have that proof, but there are others on here who have posted his Twitter messages to Vad. I can’t remember right now who it is who posted them, but they were REAL copies of what WnE sent to Vad. I don’t think Vad has gone backwards. He really hasn’t had much of a chance to show what he has so far, and that’s why GT Joe is so adamant that he be given a chance. Except for the series Vad played in the first quarter against MTSU, he has looked spectacular every time he has come in. When he came in during the Presbyterian game, all I could think was, WOW, there is our future, and it looked great. I still think he is Tech’s future, but he still does need to work on running the actual Triple Option; so far he has looked best out of the “pistol.”

GT Joe

October 3rd, 2012
11:17 am

Old Blind Dawg: Vad hasn’t gone backwards, the guy has been a stud every time he came in the game.

But yes, I’m thinking he is regretting his decision to come to Tech. He should have started LAST year, but now is wasting his 2nd year behind Reggie Ba- I mean, Tevin Washington.

Too Easy

October 3rd, 2012
11:19 am

Old Blind Dawg,

Most of the people on here would be happy to discuss football with reasonable Dawg fans like you and others (what ever happened to Dawg in Lex by the way?). At least you’re up front and honest about your allegiances. We can all handle that.

His problem is he wants everyone to believe he’s a Tech grad (he’s not), in fact he hates Tech with a passion. That’s OK, I can live with that, but don’t come on an opposing teams blog, pretend to be a graduate, use the words “our” and “we” like you give a crap about the team while your criticizing and ridiculing everything about the school and the program, and then expect a big group hug.

Oh, and stalking Vad Lee definitely didn’t help.

A little honesty goes a long way with people.

GT Joe

October 3rd, 2012
11:20 am

Just the fact that WnE was trying to get Vad to go somewhere else shows that Vad is the TRUTH!

Tech Fan

October 3rd, 2012
11:21 am

That was the most pathetic display of tackling I had ever seen on Saturday. It’s hard for a coach to scheme around the fact that you have soft bellied girls as your players on defense. And on offense, TW looks like he couldn’t care less – just passively starring into space like a lost kitten. No emotion, no tenacity, no leadership. These boys need to grow up.

Regardless, I still love GT. Always will. Go Jackets.

WnE

October 3rd, 2012
11:25 am

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Supersize that order, mutt
October 3rd, 2012
11:11 am

@ Blind……if, as you say you think, WnE wanted to see GT get better, then why would he try to convince a prize recruit not to come to Tech?
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Because CPJ “lied” to Vad, on his old Twitter account Vad was under the impression that CPJ was going to change the Offense “for him” and GT would throw the ball 25+ times per game.

On his old Twitter account Vad admitted that running was the weakest part of his game, and that he wanted to be thought of as a pass first QB.

Does that sound like someone that would be attracted to the Triple-SLOPtion and LESS than 14 pass attempts per game?

Vad no longer has that account and I didn’t get screen captures as proof, recruits get punished if they want to transfer by having to sit out a yr. and there is no “punishment” for HCs that deceive Recruits to get them to sign LOIs knowing that the players get punished by having to sit out a yr.

I’m all for players since they don’t get paid, especially when HCs deceive them to get them to sign.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
11:26 am

@ Blind…..you asked for proof; I found it. Go to the following link and scroll down to January, 2011, and read some of the garbage that WnE tweeted to Vad’s account —

http://twitter.com/WrecksNEffect

Old Blind Dawg

October 3rd, 2012
11:30 am

I’ll take the comments as fact and leave it at that. I enjoy football blogs and the comments they generate – both good and bad.

Back to Vad – he was a stud coming out of H.S. and I fully expected him to be the starter at this point in his career. What happened? Looking around the college football landscape I see more than a handful of former H.S. studs that are playing – many as freshmen.

From my seat behind my keyboard I am baffled as he is clearly one of the better athletes on the team and suspect he would be tearing it up if playing with another team. Granted I have never seen him practice so it’s difficult to make an honest appraisal of his progress. Bottom line I think CPJ is so inflexible in his approach to offense that Vad is being wasted. A truly good coach will adapt his system to fit the roster not force square pegs into round holes.

Vad seems to have a better than average arm and can run too but CPJ hasn’t recruited the skill players (i.e. WR’s) to compliment Vad’s skill set. Puzzling at best.

Flak Jacket

October 3rd, 2012
11:31 am

GT needs a Ricky Dobbs type qb and a great defensive effort to pull off the upset.Get ready for battle.

WnE

October 3rd, 2012
11:32 am

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Supersize that order, mutt
October 3rd, 2012
11:09 am

@ Blind……because WnE STALKED Vad during his senior year in HS trying to convince him NOT to come to Tech. Who knows how many other HS kids he has stalked. He is a worthless POS
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12 twitter messages ain’t stalking.

Don’t you have PICTURES of players GIRLFRIENDS?

Haven’t you had MANY facebook messages sent to players that number in the HUNDREDS?

How can my 12 or so be considered stalking and your HUNDREDS not be considered much WORSE?

How’s the view in that glass house?

I don’t believe any GT HC should ever LIE to a recruit to get him to come to GT.

Jordan Luallen left GT to transfer to a spread (passing) offense after just 1 yr. at GT, I wonder what CPJ promised him to get him to sign?

AJGT2K

October 3rd, 2012
11:36 am

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/page/bottom10121003/bieber-fever-the-bottom-10

GT makes ESPN’s bottom 10.
Fire CAG. Fire CPJ. Bench TW (Reggie Ball JR)

WnE

October 3rd, 2012
11:36 am

re:
Supersize that order, mutt
October 3rd, 2012
11:26 am

@ Blind…..you asked for proof; I found it. Go to the following link and scroll down to January, 2011, and read some of the garbage that WnE tweeted to Vad’s account —

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How many HUNDREDS of facebook messages have you sent to GT athletes?

Please answer honestly from your glass house?

If I haven’t taken them down by now what does that tell you?

You’re trying to create mis-direction from the fact that CPJ is headed towards 2-4 and I was right about him being a crappy recruiter that would ruin GT FB.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
11:37 am

@ Blind…..I don’t know why Johnson hasn’t played Vad more thus far. GT Joe has his theories; others think differently. Nobody knows for sure. One POSSIBLE reason is that Vad does not look smooth yet in operating the Triple Option, not that TW always does either, but…… Of course, the TO is only one part of Johnson’s offense, and Vad has definitely looked better running other parts of the offense. Like I said earlier, I would love it if Johnson would start Vad against Clemson and capitalize on all his other apparently awesome qualities and totally surprise the tigers from the get-go. We shall see.

GT Lee

October 3rd, 2012
11:41 am

superDawg

October 3rd, 2012
6:26 am

Time to get PUFFED up nurds.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Sounds like someone’s been PUFFING on a crack pipe.

alex

October 3rd, 2012
11:42 am

@WnE, looks like the tech syncophants have you in their crosshairs; the problem is you are RIGHT about the linbackers, . I was at the game and specifically watched them,Marcodes couln’t get a hand on the receivers and the rest were either run around or through… a miserable bunch. May be nice guys, but don’t belong in D1. Watch the game…..

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
11:46 am

@ alex……if you’re going to call people names, at least spell it right. The word is sycophant not syncophant, and it is WnE who is the sycophant, not the rest of us.

Old Blind Dawg

October 3rd, 2012
11:46 am

Super why do you think CPJ hasn’t changed some of his approach so that Vad could make a contribution and develop? Look at some of the better and more successful teams – they adapt the system to fit the roster – not the other way around.

Vad will have a tuff road since GT doesn’t have the stud WR’s they had in past years but still………………….why is that the case?