Notes: Tech seeking second-half rally

1. If Georgia Tech had a particularly team-first player over the bye week, it may have been guard Shaquille Mason.

After the team was released after Thursday’s practice until Sunday night, Mason went home to Columbia, Tenn., where his mother prepared a feast on Sunday – fried chicken, macaroni and green beans.

“Everything I couldn’t have right now,” said Mason, who restrained himself.

The Yellow Jackets drag a 2-4 record and a three-game losing streak into the second half of the season, which starts Saturday with a home game against Boston College. Like Mason, though, the Jackets are staying committed.

“Guys are still going out each day, trying to put their best effort forward and trying to make sure we do what we can to make sure we can get a win this week,” quarterback Tevin Washington said.

Mason and offensive tackle Will Jackson gave voice to a goal of a 6-0 finish, which would be the reverse of last season, when Tech started 6-0 and went 2-4 in the final six games of the regular season before losing the bowl game.

“That’s kind of how our approach is,” Jackson said. “We want to win these next six games, just kind of let the chips fall as they may.”

Coach Paul Johnson has described the second half to the team as a new season, Jackson said. The message, coupled with the rest provided by the open date, has evidently been therapeutic.

Said Mason, “The whole bye week and coming into this week, the tempo’s been up. It’s not like we’re down or anything.”

2. The schedules of the ACC and Tech have given the Jackets needed down time. In addition to the bye week, Tech’s fall break was Monday and Tuesday.

“I feel a lot better,” said B-back Zach Laskey, who had been taking ice baths once or twice a day to get his legs ready for practice. “I got to catch up on a ton of sleep.”

Washington went home to Wetumpka, Ala., where he said he slept half of the time he was there. With the break from classes, Jackson caught up on classwork and finally cleaned up his apartment.

“That was the big goal,” Jackson said. “I had a lot of dirty clothes and some stuff.”

3. At his Tuesday news conference, Johnson went into further detail about plans for Tech’s defense over the final six games. With the defense spiraling, Johnson fired coordinator Al Groh on Oct. 8, replacing him with interim Charles Kelly, formerly the secondary coach.

Johnson’s overarching theme was that the defense will be simpler, with fewer play calls, in the hopes of giving players less to think about. The defense will substitute more but use sub packages less. When the opposing offense shifts or players go into motion, players will very rarely change play calls. Previously, those calls apparently weren’t always communicated effectively to teammates.

“It can’t just be, ‘Go get the guy with the ball,’ but it’s like there’s some things you can do to limit (confusion),” Johnson said. “You can play three or four coverages instead of six variations of the same coverage.”

4. Backup quarterback Vad Lee, whose practice work received tepid reviews from Johnson in recent days, “had probably the best day he’s had in a while (Tuesday),” quarterbacks and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon said.

Bohannon said that Lee has improved at running the option plays, considered to be a weak point.

“I think he’s just got to take hold of things and grind away and work to be the guy,” Bohannon said. “I think he kind of got lulled a little bit.”

5. Center Jay Finch was held out of some portions of practice Tuesday. Finch was taken out of the Oct. 6 Clemson game with a calf injury. His status for Saturday is unclear.

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Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura

55 comments Add your comment

Ernest

October 16th, 2012
9:45 pm

Here’s hoping that through practice, Lee can demonstrate to Johnson that he can run the TO to some degree of effectiveness. The threat he brings to the passing game could really open this offense up however he must show he can make the right reads when running the TO.

The Dream

October 16th, 2012
10:02 pm

Chins up and let’s get the this ball rolling this weekend. Let’s have some focus and intensity and the fans will be with you. We still believe.

tom waits

October 16th, 2012
10:14 pm

GTGirl

October 16th, 2012
10:41 pm

I still BEE-lieve! Go Jackets! I like the postive attitude of the players.

superDawg

October 16th, 2012
10:42 pm

Time for you nurds to get PUFFED up again!

ENGRGT

October 16th, 2012
10:45 pm

yellow britches

October 16th, 2012
10:46 pm

Sounds like Vad may be prepared to transfer after this year. Would not surprise me. He really is not an option quarterback. Can do it but would prosper more in a different scheme.

1 4 GT

October 16th, 2012
11:32 pm

Time for the leg humping butt sniffers to puffed again….superDwag my John Brown hind parts

Wal-Mart Retards

October 17th, 2012
1:12 am

Time for you POOFTERS to get nurdy again. THWG!

GT TN

October 17th, 2012
1:30 am

Yellow britches..I love how people come on blogs and just say things they have no idea what they are talking about..people said the same thing last..he is still here

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 17th, 2012
1:47 am

The second half of the season should be fun. ” LET’S GO JACKETS “

Dave Braine

October 17th, 2012
4:25 am

Tech would be better off if they drop to division II and put the resources into the basketball program

HSV Jacket

October 17th, 2012
5:57 am

Makes no sense for Lee to wait this year out then transfer. He would be the presumptive favorite as starting QB next year.

ToeMeetsLeather

October 17th, 2012
6:47 am

superDawg, time for the Nadlickers to get back to their cupcake schedule. Next up Kentucky. One good team played up to this point for the pups and one loss. The Dawgs BCS ranking is a joke.

“yellow britches” has already been exposed as “silver britches” guys, ignore him.

Glad to hear there will be more guys playing on defense. Maybe some of the players won’t be so gassed in the 4th quarter. Plus, at 2-4, we need to get as many kids ready for next year as possible.

I would also love to see CPJ start alternating possessions for TW and Vad. Lee has got to get ready for the opening game next year, and there is no better way than to expose him to meaningful playing time. Up to this point, Lee has been in one game for a three and out(one dropped pass) with the game still in doubt. Easy to get “lulled” under those circumstances.

One of few GT fans left

October 17th, 2012
7:01 am

For all you guys who think GT should be MIT; MIT is D3. Maybe if we continue current direction, we might be able to play our rival….. MIT.

More Majors, more exceptions or D3. I am fed up with mediocrity.

OldSchoolTechFanatic

October 17th, 2012
8:06 am

@One of the few GT fans left. It is sad to say my daughter has moved GT down to her 3 favorite team. My dad who used to heave season tickets is no longer a big GT fan. I am trying to hold on but CPJ and D-Rad have been making it harder and harder to watch GT football. GT football is about as bad as it was under Bill Lewis and D-Rad has not been very good for the GT fan base !!!

Tokyo jacket

October 17th, 2012
8:31 am

College football is more about momentum than any other sport. You’re trying to get 84 18-year olds to do something that is both physically and mentally difficult. If Tech can find a spark against BC (and they SHOULD be able to) and continue that against BYU (getting to 4-4), I see good things coming for Tech.

Winning begets winning. Everyone talks about this team like we are horrible. I’ll grant you, I’ve never seen a Tech team with this poor a record. But, this is a team that scored 36 points against Miami in two quarters, had a 4th quarter lead on Clemson, and handed UVA an absolute butt whoopin’. It will only take a coupld of small tweaks and a lot of heart to turn things around. This bye week couldn’t have come at a better time.

OldGold1964

October 17th, 2012
9:07 am

LAST posting from me. (Time to grow up and concentrate on more productive, meaningful things in life and avoid some of the childish bickering, especially from your ‘inter-lopers’ that should say away.) Yeah, I know, you won’t miss me but so what else is new………

DOC 51

October 17th, 2012
9:15 am

CPJ doesn’t have enthusiasm for his players to see.He usually can’t coach his players up,and when they do something good ,he doesn’t celebrate it.CPJ is responsible for gettig his players up for every game.College football ,especially defense and ST,is a game of emotion.He should have taken ownership of this defense last season when this slide started.Here we are 10 losses down the road.Every coach should be responsible for every game.His teams have failed miserably in the fourth quarter.His famous line is we will see if it’s better on SAT.He better make sure the problems get fixed on SAT.Running up stats against BC ,who couldn’t beat ARMY ,proves nothing.A beatdown from UGA and more 2-star athletes are on the way.

JM

October 17th, 2012
9:34 am

Good luck to the Jackets. Hope they finish the season strong.

5150 UOAD

October 17th, 2012
9:39 am

I hope the guys enjoyed the break and are refocused.
We have a great group of guys and they will stay positive.
I want to see Gotsis more on D.

juvenal

October 17th, 2012
9:51 am

the problem is seen as being one of underachievement, something Tech grads will not abide…….

SS loves Obama

October 17th, 2012
10:13 am

@5150…great post. Its refreshing to have a positive outlook.

GT Joe

October 17th, 2012
10:20 am

“vad probably got lulled a bit”? Duh. Imagine how demoralizing it must be when you probably should have started last year, but got redshirted, then the next year you have to sit on the bench as 2nd string to an inferior QB, even after your first pass completion was a 70+ yd TD, 1st rush was a TD, and you average 10 yards per carry. And QB rating of 186? Incredibly demoralizing.

Doesn’t matter what vad does in practice now, he knows he’s not playing. He realizes that he just wasted 2 years of his football career at Tech. If I were him, I’d teach CPJ a lesson and transfer. Let CPJ flounder with a 169 lb QB with no experience next year (justin thomas). That would be CPJ’s death knell.

He can go to a better football school, sit out, have 3 years of eligibility and maybe an NFL shot. He has a REAL arm.

SS loves Obama

October 17th, 2012
10:26 am

@juvenal…It seems like CPJ is a task master and wouldn’t allow for half effort….but for some reason we are not seeing it on the field. @GT Joe..I have had issues with CPJ as well but we shouldnt want talented kids to leave the program.

Tokyo jacket

October 17th, 2012
10:35 am

@juvenal, I think you hit the nail on the head. I’m hopeful the trend reverses itself this weekend.

ice eater 1969

October 17th, 2012
10:46 am

In the last 20 years the Gt administration has spent many millions and perhaps billons of alumni money adding buildings and staff. Since graduating in 69 (off to Texas), I have witnessed new presidents come and go – all say send $$ and they support carrying on the legacy of Gt athletics.
Has this effort increased Gt stature in academics and in athletics?
In academics we were well thought of when I went and we still are well thought of now. We do not seem to be catching MIT or the few other engineering colleges that were ahead of us and now the board of regents is allowing GA to add Engineering. I am sure many of our academic programs receive national awards.
So now what about athletics
NATIONAL AWARDS NAMED GIVEN IN HONOR OF MEN WHO SERVED IN ATHLETICS AT Gt = The Heisman – national football player of the year, Homer Rice – the national athletic director of the year, Bobby Dodd – he national football coach of the year, Frank Broyles – national assistant football coach of the year. The honor this brings is great.
40 years homecoming in 09 – got to see some of the many many new buildings and while walking around saw a display on a new program on “puppetry”. Yes we have a math based program on puppetering and I am sure attracts some students to tech. See link. http://lmc.gatech.edu/~nitsche/download/Mazalek_PicturesExhibition_11.pdf
Our great and I do mean great football legacy deserves a better administration effort
They need to get on with designing a curriculum that attracts a broader range of athletes to Gt. (not the saying to make it for the kids that can’t read).
How about fighting with the board of regents to have Gt build on our football coaching legacy by offering a degree in football coaching = where athletes and engineering combine for excellence in field performance.
Or we could spend more money on puppets.

GT Lee

October 17th, 2012
11:05 am

welcome back superDwag; at what game will you be joining us?

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superDawg

September 26th, 2012
7:50 pm

ss you are a little man that likes to hide behind others.If sc beats UGA I will come down and tail gate with you and your brethren at tek.

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Are YOU “puffed up” enough to be a man and keep your word?

5150 UOAD

October 17th, 2012
11:09 am

superdWag is a gutless MUTT and he will never be a man of his word and we know it.

SS loves Obama

October 17th, 2012
11:13 am

@GT Lee….way to keep “superDawg” honest! We know he won’t keep his word though…@5150….Please try to clean it up. We are BIGGER than the dwags, including our class.

.....Obama is a hypocrite

October 17th, 2012
11:45 am

boy it takes gall for somebody who uses somebody else’s name (even though he was forced to abbreviate it) to tell somebody else to clean it up. what a putz

trueblueeagle

October 17th, 2012
12:03 pm

6-0 is only way for CPJ to save his job at this point.

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GTVegas

October 17th, 2012
12:14 pm

Those that think CPJ will be gone this year or next for anything other than “cause” are folling yourselves. GT just can’t afford to let him go. I expect him to be here through his contract term (2016). I do not worry about an unwarranted extension, won’t happen. He has to earn it after the last two years’ efforts.

I will be excited to see what changes are made, both during the remainder of the season and next season.

I am as excited as anyone to see Vad Lee get his chance, but I am also realistic enough to know that I am no judge as to his readiness. That is best left to those that see him every day.

Jmonty

October 17th, 2012
12:32 pm

CPJ firing CAG was the first step needed in this process. Good for him for finally having enough. I foresee this being the last year for the 3-4 defense. I am willing to bet next year we will have a traditional 4-3 or even a 5-2 defense. The 3-4 requires a lot of the players. The NT has to be a hoss that can block anything coming up the middle. The OLB’s have to be quick, strong and tackling machines. The ILB’s have to be able to pass cover and spy on the QB. The secondary have to be smart and able to cover anyone like glue. None of this GT has… Not one friggin piece of the 3-4 puzzle. Our 2 best players on “D” aren’t even lined up where they need to be. This is going to be a long year.. Very long.. I hope the offense can support the lack of defense. Duke is going to be a challenge. We have no hope against UGA… Unless they just have the worst game of their season. So fail to understand this talk of winning our conference and going to a bowl. To almost quote one the best tirades ever… ” bowl game??? Bowl game?? Who’s talking about a bowl game?? I just want to win a game”… :)

BIrmingham Jacket

October 17th, 2012
12:47 pm

Johnson’s stubborn approach to playing Washington reminds me of Gailey continuing to play Reggie Ball, and running the program into the dirt. Dummy, PLAY VAD LEE!!!

Oh well. If the guys were particularly intelligent they would be engineers or doctors and not coaches.

SS loves Obama

October 17th, 2012
12:48 pm

When was the last time College Gameday(if ever) was in Atlanta?

Jmonty

October 17th, 2012
12:53 pm

@ SS September 2 2006: #2 Notre Dame at Georgia Tech

Grinch

October 17th, 2012
12:58 pm

@DOC 51- I totally agree with you on CPJ’s enthusiasm. He always seems negative and NEVER celebrates with the players when they do something right….at least during games. Even the “all mighty” Nick Saban goes over and helmet slaps players when they make a good play. Is CPJ too good to give his players props?? He needs to lighten up on his team.

SS loves Obama

October 17th, 2012
1:00 pm

@Jmonty…Thanks.

1 4 GT

October 17th, 2012
1:16 pm

Good grief but I hate doing this…..answering the jerk that is…..ESPN was at Bobby Dodd Stadium on September 2, 2006. Stuff that where the sun don’t shine SS lov……………and go back to your dwag blogs & stay there

1 4 GT

October 17th, 2012
1:20 pm

Grinch….I guess you & the other doofus didn’t see CPJ running & congratulating the WR for his blocking on a long TD run by Orwin if I recall correctly. Said that was your TD. You’re the reason that TD was scored.

GT Lee

October 17th, 2012
1:25 pm

Actually, December 3: SEC Championship Game: #1 LSU vs. #13 Georgia (Atlanta, GA)

I realize the question probably meant for a GT game, but that was not specified, so actually last year’s SEC CG is the correct answer.

1 4 GT

October 17th, 2012
1:34 pm

Hi GT Lee….you coming to the game Sat & bringing superDwag?

SS loves Obama

October 17th, 2012
1:35 pm

@1 4 GT…thanks. @GT Lee…thanks. I like the show, but Corso can get a little old…

SS loves Obama

October 17th, 2012
1:36 pm

@1 4 GT…we all know superDawg is hiding in his mothers basement…Lol…

The Truth

October 17th, 2012
2:14 pm

Superdwag is a puss.

old dog

October 17th, 2012
2:59 pm

Yall’s D will be much improved. You were running a D you did not have the personel to run. Stacking up a little more will help….you will be suprised.

1 4 GT

October 17th, 2012
4:08 pm

old dog….really appreciate dawgs like you….I surely hope so, sure do. I never thought the D personnel were that “bad”.

superDawg

October 17th, 2012
6:43 pm

Tell me where to meet you at your tailgate spot.