Tech notes: Abnormal heart rate gives Jackson scare

Notes for Wednesday’s paper. Most of it from Paul Johnson news conference.

1. Georgia Tech offensive lineman Will Jackson did not play in the second half Saturday against Middle Tennessee State because of an abnormally high heart rate. Jackson said that in the first half, he came out when it started to race. He went back into the game, and it happened again.

“It was racing pretty good,” he said. “I’m in pretty decent shape, or so I like to think. It kind of scared me a little bit.”

He went to the training room at halftime and asked to have his heart rate checked, at which point medical staff attempted to slow his pulse. Jackson took an EKG, which he said came back normal. He said he was told it was “just kind of a fluke thing, possibly a virus.” He expects to play Saturday.

“I feel fine,” he said.

On a far less serious note, Jackson said he is having “kind of an identity crisis” about his position. Jackson had played guard until moving to tackle three games ago. Almost all of his practice time is spent at tackle.

At the team hotel, guards and centers eat at one table and tackles at another. Jackson said that last weekend, he ate Friday dinner with the guards and Saturday’s pregame meal with the tackles.

The interior linemen “kind of shun me now that I’m playing on the outside,” he said.

2. Backup quarterback Vad Lee is being brought along “as fast as he can come,” coach Paul Johnson said. Lee played two series against MTSU, one at the end of the fourth quarter when the game was out of hand. He played one possession in the first quarter, producing one first down before Tech punted. Johnson said he stuck with quarterback Tevin Washington because he felt that the offense was going to need to score as much as possible and that playing Washington gave the team its best chance to win.

“Most games, we’ll try to have a plan to get [Lee] in,” Johnson said. “As it warrants and as it progresses, he’ll play more and more.”

Johnson also said that Synjyn Days has been practicing full-time at A-back. He previously split time at A-back and quarterback, his original position. Days would still be the emergency quarterback if Washington and Lee both were injured.

3. Freshman wide receiver Anthony Autry is scheduled to start Saturday against Clemson alongside Jeff Greene. Johnson said that Autry earned the start with his effort against MTSU.

“The most impressive thing to me about Anthony is when he’s gone in there, he’s flown around, he’s played really hard,” Johnson said. “I don’t think he’s afraid of the moment.”

He would be the first member of the 2012 signing class to start in a game. Defensive lineman Adam Gotsis, punter Ryan Rodwell and cornerback D.J. White are the only other freshmen to have played thus far.

4. After two separate falls from railings at Bobby Dodd Stadium in the past two games, Tech officials have discussed taking further measures to prevent another accident, school spokesman Wayne Hogan said in an email. Possibilities include signs or other communications. Various options are still under consideration. The two falls, the first Sept. 22 during the Miami game and the second Saturday, were the first that Tech officials could recall at the stadium. Both victims were treated and released the same day from Grady Memorial Hospital.

5. Defensive coordinator Al Groh likely will stay in the coaches’ box for the Clemson game. Groh moved upstairs from the field for the MTSU game. Johnson said he tried the move to see if it would help Groh to make play calls more quickly, as being in the box is less distracting than the field and provides a better vantage point. Johnson said he and Groh hadn’t met to discuss it and wanted to give Groh leeway, but “I don’t know why we would change.”

6. On Tuesday, a couple of thousand tickets remained for the Tech-Clemson game, but were going fast, according to the school. The least expensive tickets available on ticket re-sale website StubHub on Tuesday afternoon were going for $40.

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30 comments Add your comment


October 2nd, 2012
10:13 pm

knock knock.

[...] Notes: Abnormal heart rate gives Jackson scare [...]


October 2nd, 2012
10:38 pm

I believe! Go Jackets! Get’em Paul… Stand Firm D…. Show’em what we have O!

Delbert D.

October 2nd, 2012
10:47 pm

I can relate to what Will Jackson said about being shunned by the interior linemen. We were driving for a TD inside the 5 with under a minute left. I had played my entire career at end, and the coach put me in at left guard. To make things more bizarre, the play called was a trap, where I was the guy that pulled to block the opposing DT. Well, at the snap, I got out of my stance so fast I ran over the quarterback, who fumbled. End of game. Boy, was I shunned.


October 2nd, 2012
10:55 pm

I BEE-lieve too! Go Jackets!!!

Supersize that order, mutt

October 2nd, 2012
10:56 pm

@ Delbert……it’s a good thing there were no blogs then; you would have been crucified by the all-knowing masses.

Delbert D.

October 2nd, 2012
11:06 pm

I don’t think the masses cared much. It was 32 degrees and sleeting, and the masses were huddled under blankets in the stands.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 2nd, 2012
11:11 pm

@ Delbert……I think the all-knowing masses who post on these blogs are probably in the comfort of their homes watching on TV every week (too many of them are, anyway), so same diff for the most part.

Delbert D.

October 2nd, 2012
11:21 pm

You got that right.


October 3rd, 2012
12:14 am

Johnon’s quote about Groh in the box encapsules the whole problem with defense, “I don’t know why we would change.”

yeller bug

October 3rd, 2012
12:18 am

LOL Delbert! First Offensive player on the team to record a sack. Never had a lineman mistake that critical, but my freshman year, we were having problems on the center-QB exchange so I got moved to center–which I hated that position. On a critical 3rd down, we were supposed to go on the third count, but when I left the huddle I forgot the snap count—coach yelled at me afterwards that my memory was as long as a certain part of my anatomy—anyway I snapped the ball on the first count and everyone was still in their stance and the QB got crushed for a 2 yd loss. Had to punt.


October 3rd, 2012
7:09 am

As far as I’m concerned, Al Groh can stay in Clemson if the defense doesn’t show up.


October 3rd, 2012
7:40 am

DelbertD, can you elaborate on your comment about Brian Billick from yesterday? I look forward to hearing your thoughts! Thanks.



October 3rd, 2012
8:29 am

Didn’t we loose the Clempson game last year? I did not actually watch the game, someone told me GT would loose and I took them at their word, I never bothered to even check the box score.
I assume the same will happen this year.

Jacket Detective

October 3rd, 2012
8:53 am

Tenuta blitzed too much.
Groh too little.
We depend too much on turnovers to stop the other team and that has been the case for some time.
Not nearly enough sacks like Derrick Morgan’s game and season-saving sack vs Wake Forest in 2009 when even our warrior Nesbitt failed on 4th down.

Delbert D.

October 3rd, 2012
8:55 am

GTfanatic – Billick is Johnson’s brother in law. Their wives are sisters.


October 3rd, 2012
9:18 am

Sans- tech did not loose or lose the game last year. Why are these 2 words such a problem for some people?

Delbert D.

October 3rd, 2012
9:34 am

The words “loose” and “looser” are now in a special dictionary online as corruptions of “lose” and “looser.” Google “looser” to see which one I’m referring to. I’d rather not mention it.

North Ave Killer Beez

October 3rd, 2012
10:13 am

I wonder how much VAD regrets signing with GT, It must be really hard to grasp toss left, toss right and the all to familiar dive play that works so well. Don’t bring him along to fast now coach.


October 3rd, 2012
10:15 am


Brian Billick is Mike Smith’s brother in law (Falcons HC).

1 4 GT

October 3rd, 2012
10:17 am

try chose & choose….they’re & there & their….you’re & your….others as well I’m sure

Delbert D.

October 3rd, 2012
10:31 am

crackbaby – Egregious error on my part. That crashes the whole scenario. Bill Belichick is a friend of Johnson, though.

GT Fan

October 3rd, 2012
11:30 am


You are not a true GT fan if you are relying on others to tell you that GT is going to win or lose. You are the kind of fans that we do not need. So do me a favor and start being a fan of ugag. With your grammer you will fit in real well over there. It’s Clemson not “clempson”.


October 3rd, 2012
11:46 am

Dunno Brock, I think it is related to the same reason people don’t spell out single-digit whole numbers when they write. Lots of sins committed on on-line boards. I offer my apologizes.


October 3rd, 2012
11:54 am

Sorry GT Fan, trying to make an analogy that last year everyone had written off GT in the Clemson game, but never the less we managed to win the game. Maybe the same will happen this year; sorry I guess I was too subtle.
I thought that Clempson was a somewhat accepted derogatory misspelling of that school’s name. I have already apologized for misspelling ”lose”.


October 3rd, 2012
12:00 pm

I hope Jackson sits out as a precaution, his long term health is more important than any CFB game.

That being said, I’m surprised he would have any problems at all with an irregular heartbeat seeing as how none of the GT players I saw Saturday vs. MTSU had ANY HEART whatsoever!

bada-bing! {rim shot}


October 3rd, 2012
12:54 pm

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Al Bundy

October 3rd, 2012
1:22 pm

This blog is brutal! I thought this was for football discussions? I gess I bedder chek mi spellin and grandmar frum now on!


October 3rd, 2012
1:34 pm

Funny how when comments shifted to spelling and grammar, no one wanted to post anymore..

sean jones

October 3rd, 2012
2:34 pm

Al Groh was fired today by Chamberland Elementary School’s Traffic Board. School administartors stated that after reviewing 4 week’s of film it became evident that Mr. Groh couldn’t stop any 5-year-old kids that were carrying footballs from crossing the street and celebrating on the other side.