Finch motivated by Tech streaks

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.”

Now onto the less newsworthy material.

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.”

In case you missed it…

Notes: Tech faces age-gap challenge vs. BYU

Notes: Johnson’s concerns about BYU

Notes: Field-goal unit needing repair

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Tech vs. highly ranked run defenses

With BYU next, no-huddle issues loom for Tech

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

27 comments Add your comment

Supersize that order, mutt

October 24th, 2012
2:17 pm

They all need to re-discover that killer instinct they once had.

And, BTW, first……big deal. LOL

Same Old

October 24th, 2012
2:19 pm

No, I can’t be first!
Thanks Ken for your work!

Same Old

October 24th, 2012
2:20 pm

Opps, missed it!
Typing is too slow!
THWG anyway!

5150 UOAD

October 24th, 2012
2:41 pm

Being FIRST only matters when it is to the DINNER BELL or in a GIRLS PANT. LOL


October 24th, 2012
2:49 pm

I think we will run train over byu

GT Dude

October 24th, 2012
3:01 pm

Two good streaks to keep alive, now just go win the next four and both are accomplished…
Seems pretty simple :-)

George Stein

October 24th, 2012
3:15 pm

Maybe I’m being a negative Nelly or picking knits here, but it always irritates me to hear players say they are motivated by proving people wrong or some similar nonsense. Shouldn’t they be motivated by an internal desire to do well ? Why would anyone allow another person to control his or her motivation?

Okay, I’ll get off my soapbox now.

GT Fan

October 24th, 2012
3:18 pm

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

Unlike most defensive coordinators who dread having to face what some call the triple option, or the flexbone formation, Mendenhall has talked like he has waited for this week to get here all season.

“I am passionate about [defending it],” he said. “I like it a lot. I have [had] good and bad days defending the option. More good than bad. But when you are playing well, it is very gratifying. But when you are not, you feel helpless. So there is an extra sense of urgency. But I like the challenge. And hopefully the players will understand that. It is really hard [to defend].”

The last time BYU faced an offensive attack similar to Georgia Tech’s, it was one of those bad days.
On Sept. 11, 2010, Air Force rushed for 409 yards in a 35-14 win over BYU in Colorado Springs.

Mendenhall quickly pointed out Tuesday that he wasn’t the defensive coordinator — yet — that day and wasn’t involved in the defensive game plan.

Now he gets the chance to see if he can stop what he called “the most potent offensive team we’ve played yet in terms of scoring, yardage, diversity of plays and athletes. … And it’s not close.”

Only four BYU defenders have faced the option in their college careers. Defensive end Russell Tialavea said the week has been spent focusing on individual assignments.

GT Fan

October 24th, 2012
3:22 pm

It’s sad, Stein. And the media sure doesn’t help, especially at the pro level, by harping on it so much either.

Sad, sad, sad.

GT Joe

October 24th, 2012
3:33 pm

I don’t know Stein. Fear of embarrassment or failure is the biggest motivation. Ask Michael Jordan.

Sounds like Finch is motivated by failure (to extend the bowl streak) more than anything else; I’m okay with that.

5150 UOAD

October 24th, 2012
3:41 pm

Jay Inyoface Finch
First time, in a long time, but glad to have that feeling of excitement again ! These next few days are going to be awesome !
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Jacket Time

October 24th, 2012
7:03 pm

I can see where you’re coming from stein. Its too bad it took 4 losses to wake some people up. GT Joe has a good point but it would be nice to have that fear before losing and then realizing it. Either way I’m just happy they are motivated! BYU Is going to be a tough game.

I love Jan Kemp

October 24th, 2012
8:05 pm

This game we will find a lot of things out i think. I hope its good.

yellow britches

October 24th, 2012
8:08 pm

George Stein, have you noticed how the motivator(s) morphed from positive, i.e. win the conferernce, BCS bowl, into avoiding the negative(s), don’t want to be the team that breaks the bowl steak, and the above 500% thingy. I understand it and you have to find something, somewhere. I still find it hard to understand how a huge state like Georgia that has so many great high school teams the gushes prospects can end up with two consistently bad to mediocre college teams year after year after year. Mississippi with some 3.5 million people competes better than we do.

FL Jacket

October 24th, 2012
8:17 pm

“Maybe I’m being a negative Nelly or picking knits here, but it always irritates me to hear players say they are motivated by proving people wrong or some similar nonsense. Shouldn’t they be motivated by an internal desire to do well ? Why would anyone allow another person to control his or her motivation?”

GS…Michael Jordan literally created chips on his shoulder (often times vastly exaggerating things opponents would say – even those complimentary of Jordan himself) to keep himself motivated.

yeller bug

October 24th, 2012
8:55 pm

I’d start Vad in the pistol the first 2 series throwing passes and not run the option at all just to mess with their heads. Heck, we’re 3-4, we can do what we want—so play loose, play wild, have fun be wide open….whatever you do, keep the foot on the gas until the final whistle. Win big, lose big, but keep swinging until the final bell.

...Take The Wheel

October 24th, 2012
9:31 pm

Couldn’t agree more yeller. 1000% agree

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October 24th, 2012
9:47 pm

I met Jay Finch before the season started and i was very impressed by him. Still am.
Go Jay and Go Jackets!!!


October 24th, 2012
9:51 pm

Thanks for the Salt Lake Tribune info GT Fan. Good to hear only four BYU defensive players have gone up against the TO. I think our guys will be a step quicker than theirs while they try to figure out their assignments. Think about it too long and Smith, Godhigh, Bostic or Zenon will be off to the races. Looking forward to watching our execution from my north endzone perch.


October 25th, 2012
2:10 am

I will always love Tech but this group is the most heartless, unmotivated group of young people I have ever witnessed. This comes from the top so I dont blame the players but it is what it is. Tech will lose this game and possibly all the rest. This is the worst team since Bill Lewis was coach.

Delbert D.

October 25th, 2012
11:55 am

we need Nate Stimson, Felipe Claybrooks, Greg Gathers, Keyaron Fox and many other FIRED up former players to get into these current players’ ears! We need LEADERSHIP amongst the players.

Brian Billick. You heard it here first.

Billy from Marietta

October 25th, 2012
11:56 am

if coach would get Vad, Bostic and Zenon on the field at the same time, it would pay HUGE DIBIDENDS! They need to keep their posure and we will have a great season. Pacifically, we will have a good bowl and beat those stinkin’ mutts!

1 4 GT

October 25th, 2012
12:39 pm

Delbert…………don’t forget guys like Marco Coleman, Ken Swilling, Keith Brookings, Derrick Morgan, Shawn Jones & L’il Joe.

1 4 GT

October 25th, 2012
12:42 pm

Just to name a few. I would love to see the players all gathered around one of the guys in the middle pumping them up ala Breezy & the Aint’s. Also love to see it with the Falcons too.

Tech Troll 13

October 25th, 2012
4:06 pm

Vroom, if he really is a Tech fan, needs to get more sleep and stop posting at 2AM. Then maybe he won’t be so grumpy.

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