Georgia Tech center Jay Finch says the Goon Squad is not dead.
“It’s still active,” he said Tuesday after practice. “We still break it down every day at practice with that, but it’s not something we run around yelling as much anymore.”
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2. Finch is motivated by not wanting to be known as a member of the team that broke the bowl streak. Tech has made 15 consecutive bowls, starting with the Carquest Bowl at the end of the 1997 season. It’s the fourth longest active streak in the country, following Florida State (30), Florida (21) and Virginia Tech (19). Tech is tied with Georgia. Another streak he wants to keep alive is the Jackets’ 17-year run of having a .500 or better ACC record, a league record.
“I don’t want to be those teams,” he said. “That’s, I guess, definitely something that’s driven me. It might give me a little extra motivation going forward from here.”
3. Finch said that, as a redshirted freshman, it was sometimes hard to keep his attention on the field.
“It’s easy to get caught looking up in the stands or looking for someone you might know that’s there or something,” he said.
Now as a regular, he understands the importance of having support from teammates, which is what elicited coach Paul Johnson’s challenge (edict?) to backups to cheer from the sidelines.
Finch said that “it’s definitely something that we do need because when everybody’s into the game, you can tell a difference.”
4. He said that the team needs to finish better. He noted Saturday’s game, when Tech rolled up 28 points and 407 yards of offense by halftime, which threatened the school-record 768 yards it ran up against Kansas last year. After halftime, the Jackets had nine points and 156 yards of offense.
At halftime, Finch said, “I was like, Well, (if) we keep the pace in the second half, we break the record,” he said. “But it’s something that I’ve noticed, but I’m not sure everyone notices, but that’s something that we do need to work on.”
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Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog