Tech notes: Johnson mum on starting quarterback

1. Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has it in his mind what will happen this week with quarterbacks Tevin Washington and Vad Lee.

“We’ll see if it plays out in practice,” he said.

After replacing Washington with Lee for the final three possessions of Tech’s 41-17 loss to BYU Saturday, Johnson said “we’ll see” about who would start against Maryland this Saturday. Washington has started the past 25 games for the Yellow Jackets and has largely played well this season, but along with the rest of the team played poorly against the Cougars. Lee led Tech to a field goal, the only points produced by the offense.

Johnson took issue with calling the decision-making a process a “competition.”

“I’m looking to play a guy that gives us the best chance to win the game or a guy that I feel comfortable putting in there,” he said. “I’m not going to put somebody in there just because somebody wants him in there.”

2. Johnson knew about the resignation of athletic director Dan Radakovich even before he came to Johnson’s office to inform him Monday morning. Johnson found out from Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, a good friend of Johnson’s.

“I told him Dan was a great guy to work with,” Johnson said.

Johnson said he was excited for Radakovich and that he’ll miss him. Radakovich hired him as a replacement for Chan Gailey after the 2007 season.

“He’s a good friend,” Johnson said. “He did a lot for Georgia Tech and for me and my family. He’ll still be a good friend even though he’s at Clemson.”

3. Johnson’s assessment of the BYU game after watching game video: “We didn’t play well defensively. Was the offense and special teams worse? Yeah. But the defense wasn’t great, either.”

Johnson said that missed tackles were up “significantly” from the Boston College game.

4. Kicker David Scully is expected to return to practice Tuesday after missing the BYU game with a hip injury. Against BYU, Justin Moore made 1-of-2 field-goal tries and struggled on kickoffs. Said Johnson, “It’s open for the student body if there’s anybody that can kick.” …. Johnson took notice of fans booing after Washington threw an interception that led to a BYU touchdown in the third quarter. “I’m not saying they can’t do it. I’m just saying it’s disappointing.” … Maryland school officials closed the school for Monday and Tuesday due to Hurricane Sandy. The Terrapins don’t practice Mondays. Tuesday’s plan was unclear as of Monday evening.

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gt40pinhd

October 29th, 2012
10:06 pm

i hope vad gets a chance this week. maybe some short passes to stop the linebackers from crashing in like byu did.

10per

October 29th, 2012
10:12 pm

I hope we can run more than the same 5 plays no matter who is under center.

gt40pinhd

October 29th, 2012
10:17 pm

after watching the replay of the byu game, i guess the disappointment comes from my expectations. with a senior qb, senior rb, senior guard (potential all am), tackle who was lineman of the week (acc), experienced db’s and defense. i was looking forward to this year. actually, if we had held up against vt, we would have beaten Miami, and our only loss (potentially) would be clemson. two plays: less than two minutes of football, that blew our season…….

Ken Sugiura

October 29th, 2012
10:19 pm

gp40pinhd – that is the crazy part about this season. i wonder if byu would have won either way, though.

pw12

October 29th, 2012
10:24 pm

Cpj better wake his old arse up and smell the coffee or he will be coaching somewhere else..

Todd

October 29th, 2012
10:27 pm

“I’m not going to put somebody in there just because somebody wants him in there.”

- Thanks for clearing that up coach. We were all wondering if you were going to play Vad just b/c everyone thinks he gives us a better chance to run more than 4 plays, err, I mean win. The respones and demeanor grow tiresome….

...Take The Wheel

October 29th, 2012
10:44 pm

Vad can’t carry the team for a whole game right now. Yes he had good energy, but even after 45 yards of penalties he still couldn’t get the ball in. But I do believe he should get a good amount of playing time against MD. I dont get the obsession who starts as long as they give the team what’s needed when it’s needed. USE them both to our advantage. The season is still not over. BYU isn’t a conference team! We could win the next thre and not only be bowl eligible but possibly ACC game eligible. Crazier things have happened.

I applaud PJ for recognizing how disappointing the booing was. It was out wright tasteless. Something you’d expect from UGA not Tech.

...Take The Wheel

October 29th, 2012
10:48 pm

@todd

What are you talking about? Vads plays resulted in the same thing. He got stopped!!! Why is everybody acting like BYU doesn’t have one of the most competitive teams and best run defenses in the country??

Vad is not the savior! You all are setting him up for disappointment and failure.

gt40pinhd

October 29th, 2012
10:49 pm

byu has an excellent defensive line and aggressive linebackers. very stout defense. hard to run against.
but what if we started to option to the b back, then threw a short pass to an a back where the linebacker was? don’t have to be long passes, we just need to make the linebackers THINK a little….

...Take The Wheel

October 29th, 2012
10:52 pm

@tTodd

What are you talking about? Vads plays resulted in the same thing. He got stopped!!! Why is everybody acting like BYU doesn’t have one of the most competitive teams and best run defenses in the country??

Vad is not the savior! You all are setting him up for disappointment and failure. I don’t see him living up to all the hype. Did he bring good energy To the game, yes – but he should have after the warm round of applause!

fuzzybee78

October 29th, 2012
11:12 pm

BYU held ND to 17 at South Bend. Oklahoma “held um” ND to 30 in Norman. BYU has a hell of a D. Yeah different teams but even the body of work for the year says BYU is very good on D.

Booing college kids is CLASSLESS. I was very disappointed as well coach.

Vad gives us the best chance to beat UNC and Duke if he gets a lot of playing time against Maryland.
TW is a fine young man but time to sharpen up Vad. Maryland ’s D is good too!

trueblueeagle

October 29th, 2012
11:13 pm

Time to clean house and start over again.

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 29th, 2012
11:18 pm

Washington is a half of a second slow to make decisions on the option and who to pass to. A good defense exposes that and that’s where the hope for Vad comes. The GT fans are finished with Washington and it’s time for Lee. The booing could just as easily have been for CPJ.

yeller bug

October 29th, 2012
11:18 pm

Maybe we can rent one of our QBs to MD—they both get experience and we make a little money.

I hope we play both—no sense dumping this thing on Vad—let them both play and alter the offense to suit the QB.

We have a chance—I think we can hold MD to under 400 yds and 30 points.

I actually had to see D Rad go—he did do a lot for the school although he has two glaring miscues—the screwup for the NCAA investigation and the poor contract he wrote for CPJ—we didn’t learn anything from Hewitt. I like CPJ (still), but contracts like his always seem to not work out—better to write contracts like a commission for a salesman…you got to keep them happy, but a little hungry.

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 29th, 2012
11:23 pm

CPJ’s play calling is stale and predictable. He needs some help but this is an area that he will never give in to. Much to his demise.

Johnson's Mum

October 29th, 2012
11:30 pm

Pauly shoulda let that Lee boy throw the ball more, sticking with the run when the whole game they have been stuffing us?

I taught ya better boy!

Biff Pocoroba

October 29th, 2012
11:50 pm

DRad should fit in perfectly at Clemson. They have a football team that looks like it will be good every year and when you start to get excited, they choke in a big game and fall apart. They have a baseball team that is in the top 10 every year and then chokes in the post season. They have a basketball team that is good once every five to seven years. Their football team was put on probation after their big season as well. Of course their fans expect more thatn 7 wins a season, so he will probably be gone in three or four year with Dabo in charge.

North Ave Killer Beez

October 30th, 2012
12:01 am

Even if Lee struggles would it kill PJ to give Days a chance? If there was ever a time I think now would be a good one. I think CPJ is so scared the kid might actually be able to play some football. What do we have to lose? TakeTheWheel I don’t know what season you’ve been watching but yea, this one is way over. You must be one of those Dave Braine GT fans that are okay with 5 or 6 wins.

PE Major from Western Carolina is ready to fry some fish

October 30th, 2012
12:02 am

Where is St. Simons? Johnson is a good coach and the TO has scored a lot of points and put up big yards against some very bad defenses. The experiment is over and GT should start over and hire a coach who runs a conventional offense.

Taylor Bennett dressed as Tinkie Winkie at Halloween

October 30th, 2012
12:06 am

These are not the statistics of a college offense.

Georgia Tech Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
V. Lee 3 7 31 0 0
T. Washington 1 5 9 0 1

1 4 GT

October 30th, 2012
12:09 am

The remaining teams on our schedule know we are playing 2 QB’s now. I think CPJ is playing it close to the vest. The Md DC has to game plan for two different QB’s & what each might be capable of doing. TW is a known quantity. VL is a crap shoot for him right now. Might not be such a bad thing to rotate both in & out the rest of the season. Could be a big advantage for us. If they can both make plays. Use them like yeller bug, I think, said. Play to the strength of each one. Make the remaining DC’s scratch their heads. Add confusion & puzzlement to the minds of the defensive players for the other teams. And for God’s sake, somebody take leadership of team in hand & get’em pumped up ala Drew Brees & Ray Lewis. PUUUUULLLLEEEEEEZZZZZZEEEEEE!

DRAD is a traitor

October 30th, 2012
12:09 am

I remember DRad’s comments when he hired Johnson that this would be a program the entire city of Atlanta would be excited about watching. Of course the opposite has happened. We have a boring offense which nobody wants to watch and DRad is wearing an orange jacket and tie on the front of the sports page. Depressing.

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

October 30th, 2012
12:11 am

Personally I don’t like this prove it in practice every day bit. As long as the guy that gives you rthe best chance to win is not a total head case and slackard, then name him the starter and be done with it.

Vad may not provide the spark anymore because the coach let the season slip away. The moment we lost 2 of the first 3 conference games is when Vad should have gotten the nod, despite all the defensive struggles.

Maybe we should go for it more on 4th down in our own end early in games. Yeah that strategy should work right coach?

PE Major from Western Carolina is ready to fry some fish

October 30th, 2012
12:13 am

Ahh…you’ve figured out my master plan, 1 4 GT…..I have lured Mark Richt and the Mutts into a false sense of security…..this was my genius plan all season….I knew we could not win the ACC so I have intentionally sandbagged this entire year…….please do not let the opposition know my secret….Tevin Washington will light up the Dawgies this year and my guys will get another ring! I am coach Fish Fry…..want some bass, brim, catfish, crappie, walleye, blue gill, flounder, tilapia…..man, I can fry ‘em all!

DRAD is a traitor

October 30th, 2012
12:18 am

Did Drad give a final “Good Word” on the AA site?

1 4 GT

October 30th, 2012
12:19 am

If I wanted comments from the peanuts gallery, I would squeeze them out of your cracked John Brown hind parts. Butt sniffer mutt!

Coleman Rudolph was right!

October 30th, 2012
12:29 am

those passing stats are embarrassing. TW and VL looked like two 8th Grade QBs on Saturday this is a nightmare season. Maybe we can beat MD with its LB QB.

Cutlass81

October 30th, 2012
2:36 am

Ugh, I keep seeing that word “disappointing” or some form of it since the loss. It was used by every person who responded on the loss in the post game interviews. Is it just me or has an apathetic nature infected the team these last 2 years? Where is the angry PJ that characterized the first 2 seasons? The one who made you feel things were going to be fixed in practice or God help him he’d find somebody else to do the job he needed done?

BUZZ Fan

October 30th, 2012
4:27 am

Johnson is an “embarrassment” on the Institute!

Richard

October 30th, 2012
4:42 am

Tevin is a great kid. I vote for him to start.

Then start Justin Thomas next season.

Jacket Detective

October 30th, 2012
5:37 am

@gt40pinhd
ESPN has wrecked many a season by scheduling an important matchup before either team is ready to play.
If the team that loses that first game expected to be good that year and gets another tough loss early, it is often “look out below”.
The team loses its mojo.
I remember this happening to Alabama about ten years ago.
They finished 3rd in the ranking the year before and thought they had a shot at then NC.
They lost the first game, then a 2nd and by the end of the year they had fallen apart.

Jacket Detective

October 30th, 2012
5:43 am

@Charles Kelly.
Blitz more.
So far, you have just shown yourself to be a Groh clone.
Use a safety blitz more and just bring 4 or 5.
Get creative.

What is going on??

October 30th, 2012
5:48 am

Now from historic Grant field ……….

Jacket Detective

October 30th, 2012
5:48 am

Would Bill Curry survived 3 or 4 years if the internet existed when he started at Tech.
Curry, Goff and Shula were all hired at the colleges they played for before they were experienced enough for the top job.
People remember Bobby Ross’ time here as being better than it was.
Curry did us wrong by leaving for a college where he would always be on the hot seat because of the Granning incident.
Add to that his inability to beat Auburn and you have a hated coach.

Jacket Detective

October 30th, 2012
6:03 am

Mark Richt survived his fanbase turning on him so maybe Paul Johnson can too?
Uga blogs during 2009-2011 seasons were a lot like ours are now.

Jacket Detective

October 30th, 2012
6:51 am

DRAD = Bill Curry.
We greatly helped their careers just to find out they considered us a stepping stone.

Gofitz

October 30th, 2012
7:35 am

I can’t understand CPJ not putting the ball in Days’ hands. He’s yet to disappoint.

TripleOptionSpread

October 30th, 2012
7:57 am

Coach , stop blaming the “D” your “O” stinks also.

Old Dog

October 30th, 2012
7:58 am

To Hell with Tek, today,tomorrow and every other day!

TechApp fan

October 30th, 2012
8:14 am

The QB does not matter against MD. Tech wins.

WnE

October 30th, 2012
8:22 am

re:
Jacket Detective
October 30th, 2012
5:37 am

@gt40pinhd
ESPN has wrecked many a season by scheduling an important matchup before either team is ready to play.
If the team that loses that first game expected to be good that year and gets another tough loss early, it is often “look out below”.
The team loses its mojo.
I remember this happening to Alabama about ten years ago.
They finished 3rd in the ranking the year before and thought they had a shot at then NC.
They lost the first game, then a 2nd and by the end of the year they had fallen apart.
______________

What a chicken-ish mentality!

TV provides the dollars for the Athl. depts. to pay HCs like CPJ $2.6MM per year to start with, so once the salaries are ramped up to insane levels then every once in a while the Team has to open the season with a NON-cupcake opponent.

If GT would never play lower level Teams and only play Teams on their level they would open the season each yr. with legit opponents each yr. anyway.

Very WEAK comments on your part to blame ESPN for CPJ’s poor coaching job this season.

Jacket Detective

October 30th, 2012
8:28 am

Ken,
When does Tech practice and can fans watch and make suggestions?
Tech needs a walk on Defense coordinator because Charles Kelly (Groh clone?) doesn’t cut it.

Jacket Detective

October 30th, 2012
8:29 am

@WnE.
It has happened before per the example I gave.
U are no Tech fan.
U just come on the blog to aggravate us.

Jacket Detective

October 30th, 2012
8:30 am

Johnson big mstake was hiring Groh.
Groh refusal to blitz has demoralized the team

Jacket Detective

October 30th, 2012
8:33 am

But I refuse to pile on like so many other Tech fans do.
We are stuck with Johnson so getting on his back will not help.
Charles Kelly needs to step up and blitz more than Groh and less than Tenuta.
That is my suggestion made weeks ago.

Jacket Detective

October 30th, 2012
8:34 am

Will Herchel’s cousin be impressed if Tech fans stay home against Duke?
We can blast Johnson on these blogs until the end of time but all it will get us is another fired coach getting millions to do nothing.

Jacket Detective

October 30th, 2012
8:36 am

Not cousin but nephew.

Tampa Wreck

October 30th, 2012
8:48 am

Wasn’t at the game (fortunately), and can’t say exactly what happened regarding the booing, but I will say that I never boo at college kids. I do, however, boo college coaches, and CPJ deserved some booing when her put TW back out there for the first two series of the second half after a very bad first half performance.

Jacket Detective

October 30th, 2012
8:50 am

Does George Godsey become the same successful QB if the early game vs Virginia Tech is played and not canceld by the weather?
He developed confidence gradually and maybe he would have anyway but would we really want to chance a VT beatdown to start the season?
I also disagree, extra money be damned, with scheduling the Penn State game at a northern site after the National Championship season.
I disagree with risking the longest non loss streak in the nation for money and especially at a site where Joe Pa will get all the calls and did.

old dog

October 30th, 2012
8:53 am

Hopefully ya’ll will get better QB play. However, QB is not a position (at Tech) that a REAL quarterback will come play in. Nesbitt was as good as ya’ll had, and he is a db in the NFL.It is hard to get a true D-1 quarterback in ya’lls system….he has to be more of a runner/athlete than a true skill player, and he is absolutely going to take a beating….period! I wish my Tech buddies the best, I really do. I know times are tough, and eventually they will get better. Can’t blame the A.D. for leaving…..a promotion is a promotion. However, I do think it may be time for the football program to start over. It is not the academics, etc. Ya’ll have showed in the past what you can do. If the crowd that is there now stays, it could get ugly. Ya’ll should field a competative team every year….period. you are losing fan support, and can’t get the folks out. It is not ALL about winning, but when the wheels are off the race car, nobody watches the race.