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

@ plano tex

October 3rd, 2012
4:07 pm

don’t know about in the box but i’m pretty sure he will be in a stupor after watching his defense get steamrolled once again.

CPJ is here to Stay

October 3rd, 2012
4:17 pm

@GT Lee .. as long as CPJ is there, it is the Joke by the Coke. I had to do a double take when I saw the MTSU score and all I could do was chuckle when I saw it wasn’t a typo. This time last year, you couldn’t say one bad thing about GT/CPJ/Tevin on here. I saw GT Joe talking up the offense as “the most exciting offense in the nation” and all the talk was bring on FSU and bring on UGA. Now this board has a vastly different feel and those who are finally seeing the light on CPJ are CORRECT. His offense is more high school than most high schools at this point.

Buzz

October 3rd, 2012
4:22 pm

GT is the worst football team in America. Bunch of dorks and ugly girls

GT Lee

October 3rd, 2012
4:33 pm

Wow, Buzz, that was so witty and insightful. Looks like you’ve got what it takes to be the next Junkyard Blawg writer.

Buzz

October 3rd, 2012
4:37 pm

I guarantee GT Lee has never kissed a girl before

GT Lee

October 3rd, 2012
4:37 pm

Mr here to stay I believe you totally missed my point. If anyone wants to come onto this blog and offer their opinion in a respectful and civil way, they are more than welcome. Your buddy dwagfan does not do that, he just insults GT and GT fans on a daily basis, go thru the archives.
As for your statement, CPJ and the offense is not the problem. Defense, however, is.

GT Lee

October 3rd, 2012
4:39 pm

Buzz is on a roll! He’s really trollin’ hard now!

Buzz

October 3rd, 2012
4:39 pm

GT Lee also plays the skin flute

I could be wrong but I don't think so

October 3rd, 2012
4:42 pm

hey Buzzy ,your mama liked my skin flute

Buzz

October 3rd, 2012
4:44 pm

Impossible…she doesn’t like the that small

wrecked again

October 3rd, 2012
4:45 pm

what have we heard , this was the best deepest team since PJ arrived , right, 2-3 playing one of the weakest schedules in all of football in the worst division of any conference in all of college football, the probation, oops , coastal division of the acc.

I could be wrong but I don't think so

October 3rd, 2012
4:45 pm

oh,,then maybe it was your sister

GT Lee

October 3rd, 2012
4:46 pm

It’s ok, Buzz…..you’ll hit puberty in a few years, little boy.

CPJ is here to Stay

October 3rd, 2012
4:46 pm

@GT Lee … so last year when very few thought the defense was the problem once GT started losing games, they were all wrong? Or could it be that the triple option is just an outdated, figured out offense and most FBS teams have the players to run down both backs regardless of which one gets the ball? No GT Lee, the problem is CPJ and as long as he’s there, hope you’re comfortable with 4th or 5th in your conference .. AT BEST!

Buzz

October 3rd, 2012
4:46 pm

No she is just like Mom….maybe it was GT Lee that you were referring too

Buzz

October 3rd, 2012
4:48 pm

GT Lee….why don’t you do yourself a favor and stop blogging all day and focus your time on something useful like losing your virginity….and to a girl this time

CPJ is here to Stay

October 3rd, 2012
4:50 pm

And here comes the insults you mentioned. Oh well, this is why I jumped off the AJC boat months ago.

I could be wrong but I don't think so

October 3rd, 2012
4:50 pm

naaa it was definitely your mom,,the skank from the double wide out by Walmart

Buzz

October 3rd, 2012
4:51 pm

awesome…you hang out in trailer parks

GT Lee

October 3rd, 2012
4:52 pm

Buzz, are you obsessing with me and what I do all day? Is it really any of your business?

Buzz

October 3rd, 2012
4:53 pm

I’m just trying to give you some friendly advice

Buzz

October 3rd, 2012
4:53 pm

trust me…girls are a lot more fun to play with than computers…..DORK

GT Lee

October 3rd, 2012
4:54 pm

here to stay,

look at the scores/yardage. Offense is not the problem.

I could be wrong but I don't think so

October 3rd, 2012
4:55 pm

only when I pop in for a humjum from Mama Buzz

GT Lee

October 3rd, 2012
4:55 pm

so when is your 12th birthday, Buzz? I can’t believe your mommy lets you on her computer unsupervised.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
4:55 pm

Not only is there an incredible amount of immaturity being demonstrated on here by the trolls (and I would bet that all of these new names that are on here today are trolls who obsess over everything Tech), but the name thief was back at 3:52 also. I’m glad I’ve been out most of the afternoon. I sure didn’t miss any intelligent discussion.

I could be wrong but I don't think so

October 3rd, 2012
5:01 pm

I’m on your side “Super..” just stickin up for GTL from that yoyo

GT Lee

October 3rd, 2012
5:02 pm

Now Super, you don’t think Buzz is witty,insightful, intelligent, and thoroughly entertaining?

GT Lee

October 3rd, 2012
5:03 pm

and thanks Mr could be wrong but don’t think so

1 4 GT

October 3rd, 2012
5:03 pm

I know this is 3 hours or so behind the timeline I am responding to, but….dwagfan is on here almost every day spouting his nonsensical kaka & his hatred of GT. And now he is trying to sound supportive & sad that GT got embarrassed by MTSU. I, for one, am not buying it. I believe what I have seen from him the past several months is the true dwagfan. Not this sympathetic, butter won’t melt in his mouth version.

GT Lee

October 3rd, 2012
5:05 pm

and 1 4 GT, is telling us that we’ll get beat by Clempsun “being nice”?

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
5:06 pm

To his credit, I must begrudgingly admit that after the MTSU debacle, dawgfan did make ONE post in which he said something to the effect that he knew how much that had to hurt. That’s probably the only time he has ever posted anything even remotely sympathetic or positive towards Tech.

Delbert D.

October 3rd, 2012
5:09 pm

From the way that you folks describe this poster, it appears that he or she may be locked in a revenge fantasy. It could be due to being terminated by Georgia Tech (from employment or enrollment as a student.) Another cause could be due to being jilted in a relationship, losing out to a Tech employee, student or graduate. There is quite obviously obsession, given the time and detail spent on blogging. This can be concurrent with depression. Self aggrandizement is a big part of it, claiming superior knowledge or insight.

What is very disturbing is the description of stalking behavior of this person toward a recruit. That elevates the situation to more than just being odd behavior, to a potential danger to self or others.

I could be wrong but I don't think so

October 3rd, 2012
5:17 pm

glad to help GTL,,’s no problem shuttin up that twerp

1 4 GT

October 3rd, 2012
5:18 pm

SS….SEE MY 5:03 PM post, please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GTpack

October 3rd, 2012
5:23 pm

I would have thought that getting beat by Miami, the bees would have been ready to take it out on someone, evidently not. Afraid we have to come up with a new name for the GOON squad (298 pound weakling squad), and probably a girly name for the D line if they don’t take care of business this weekend!!

D-MAN

October 3rd, 2012
5:27 pm

Here to stay, what a joke gt lee! GO DAWGS!

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
5:29 pm

@ 1 4 GT…..I read it, and I concur, but the fact remains he DID make one nice post.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
5:30 pm

@ D-Man…..why are you so obsessed with Ga Tech that you, admittedly a dwag, are bothering to read and post on our blog. Don’t you have a life?

1 4 GT

October 3rd, 2012
5:36 pm

yeah but he was not for real

old dog

October 3rd, 2012
5:43 pm

Hey Supersize,
I’m a Dawg and post here too…..but I try to keep it classy. Of course you have to support your team, but y’all’s defense is worse than a third-tier midget league. Until you start the d over from square one, you will be in a mess! It would take Shakespeare 6 quill pens, a half-barrel of ink, and three weeks to write about that abominable lack of effort Saturday. I just hope y’all do better this week. I truly do….but lack of talent AND lack of effort do not bode well. For people like you have sincerely supported the program, I feel as though you deserve better.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
6:06 pm

@ old dog….you ARE classy, and I DO appreciate your posts. And what you just said is unfortunately true. And thanks for that last line :)

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
6:06 pm

Does anybody know what time the Paul Johnson call in show starts? 6:30 or 7 ? You can listen to it online at 790thezone dot com

l

October 3rd, 2012
6:26 pm

GIVE SYNJYN DAYS THE STARTING QUARTERBACK NOD

GTFAN

October 3rd, 2012
6:38 pm

Paul johnson is 3-17 vs UGA, Bowls, VT, Mid TN State and Miami…enough said he is NOT va big game coach, Bring in George Godsey as head coach, Fridge back as Off coordinatore and lets play real offense NOT gimmick ball that does not win in big games!!!

Gorilla Biscuit

October 3rd, 2012
6:57 pm

I tried to tell you guys last year that your defense is not up to snuff. Ya’ll got all mad about it and made fun of me.

I wish you could see me go phhhhhhhhhbbbbbbtttttthhhhhttttt!!!!!!

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
7:02 pm

@ Biscuit……I can’t imagine anybody disagreeing with you on that point last year, but I think most of us thought this year would be different and better. And it’s not, sad to say

WnE

October 3rd, 2012
7:05 pm

What happened to the CPJ call-in Radio show with Wes?

It doesn’t seem to be on AM 790 or FM 106.7, what gives?

BLT

October 3rd, 2012
7:18 pm

Good Lord! Isn’t there a bridge in need of a troll?

Can’t you “things” get a life?

From all the trolls you’d think Tech was undefeated. They are not! GOOGA is undefeated, so head over there and drool weirdos!

Geez!

Wrexie, they have a special place reserved for you!

BLT

October 3rd, 2012
7:20 pm

old dog is excluded…he’s a DGD.