Tech notes: Return home excites Attaochu

1. Jeremiah Attaochu has learned a valuable lesson about his hometown this week. A lot of people have family in the Washington D.C. area.

The Georgia Tech linebacker from Washington has had a tough time finding extra tickets for Saturday’s game at Maryland from his teammates, as many of them have already given theirs away. Besides cornerback Louis Young, who also is from Washington, teammates Isaiah Johnson, Darren Waller and Shawn Green also have family in the area who want to come to the game, Attaochu said.

“It’s been harder for me to get more tickets than ever,” said Attaochu, who admitted he’d only started actually asking for tickets on Tuesday.

Assuming he can get the tickets, Attaochu said he’ll have at least 25 or 30 family members and friends from church and school at the game. For his parents, it will be just the third time they’ve seen him play in person since coming to Tech. Attaochu did not hide the importance of the game. He grew up about five minutes from College Park.

“It’s emotional, it’s exciting,” he said of coming home to lead his team against the team he grew up watching. “I get really hyped up for these kind of games.”

Attaochu, who was born in Nigeria, said his father Paul has picked up the game since his son has come to Tech.

“He’s all into it, definitely,” Attaochu said. “He can talk everything with me, not really overly scheme, but the general concepts.”

A number of Tech coaches also have ties to the area, having coached at Navy, about 40 minutes east of College Park. Coach Paul Johnson said he didn’t expect to see any old colleagues, noting that the Midshipmen have a home game Saturday.

“This time of year, we’re kind of busy with our own deal,” he said.

2. On his Wednesday evening radio show on 790 the Zone, Johnson took a number of calls from fans with plenty of questions about improving the team. Johnson defended his recruiting, his coaching, his team and the season. He pointed out, for instance, that the Yellow Jackets have held leads in the fourth quarter of all five of their ACC games, three of which they’ve lost.

“If the talent level is that bad, then we must be doing a (heck) of a job coaching to stay in there, and I don’t think that’s the case,” he said. “So I think that the talent level is not as bad as you think. We’ve got to finish the games. Now, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. I got you – we need to win the games. I just don’t see the gloom and doom that everybody wants to buy into.”

3. Last year’s Tech-Maryland game was notable for, among other things, a horrific injury suffered by Terrapins guard Andrew Gonnella. Wednesday, Maryland coach Randy Edsall said that Gonnella, who suffered a knee dislocation in the game and left the field in an ambulance, has made a “remarkable recovery” and is doing well. Gonnella graduated last December and is working in New York, Edsall said.

“We can’t thank the people from Georgia Tech enough for the assistance they gave him on that day with the horrific injury that he had,” Edsall said.

4. With two rushing touchdowns, quarterback Tevin Washington would tie Joshua Nesbitt for the ACC record for most career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. Washington has 33 career touchdowns. A-back Orwin Smith needs nine yards to reach 1,600 yards for his career and 11 to move into the top 20 of Tech’s all-time rushing list. With 58 rushing yards, B-back David Sims will become the 40th player in school history to gain 1,000 career rushing yards.

5. Offensive tackle Will Jackson will be out for the game with a shoulder injury. Morgan Bailey will start in his place. … Nose tackle T.J. Barnes will wear No. 40 to honor former linebacker Julian Burnett. Kicker Chris Tanner had been slated to wear it, but Tanner will not make the trip to Maryland. … The game will be broadcast on the ACC Network, which is carried on CW 69 (WUPA) in the Atlanta market. The game will be called by Mike Hogewood (play by play), Riley Skinner (color) and Steve Byrnes (sideline). Hogewood and Skinner, the former Wake Forest quarterback, were on hand for Tech’s loss to Middle Tennessee State.

In case you missed it…

Johnson responds to critics

Washington, Lee keep relationship smooth

Tech scrambling to prepare for Maryland QB

On Tech ending its kick-return drought

Johnson says it’s not time to panic

Heisman biography offers revealing history

Notes: B-backs struggling to produce

Notes: Johnson mum on starting quarterback

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

30 comments Add your comment

Jacket Time

November 1st, 2012
11:59 pm

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Jacket Time

November 2nd, 2012
12:00 am

Sweet i guess i’ll read the article now

Jacket Time

November 2nd, 2012
12:12 am

Judging by item #2 i fear this blog might turn into another CPJ bashing episode. The losses sting ( no pun intended) and the only remedy…. Win. Lets go Jackets!!!

WnE

November 2nd, 2012
1:52 am

re:
2. On his Wednesday evening radio show on 790 the Zone, Johnson took a number of calls from fans with plenty of questions about improving the team. Johnson defended his recruiting, his coaching, his team and the season. He pointed out, for instance, that the Yellow Jackets have held leads in the fourth quarter of all five of their ACC games, three of which they’ve lost.

“If the talent level is that bad, then we must be doing a (heck) of a job coaching to stay in there, and I don’t think that’s the case,” he said. “So I think that the talent level is not as bad as you think. We’ve got to finish the games. Now, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. I got you – we need to win the games. I just don’t see the gloom and doom that everybody wants to buy into.”
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We don’t pay $2.6MM per yr. for “4th qtr. leads”, we pay that much money for WINS!

He is now unofficially, officially known as “Coach Moral Victory” or CMV!

Has GT FB fallen to depths so BAD that our HC publicly defends the job he’s doing by pointing out that we had a lead in the 4th Qtr?

CT_Jacket

November 2nd, 2012
2:46 am

WnE, of course you only re-post what fits your narrative. He said we have to finish. We have to win the games. His point is that the team, although losing, has been competitive, but I argue not in the MTSU and BYU games. You can be competitive and still lose. I’d rather be competitive and win. I think having playmakers help swing the balance when the rest of the team is not playing well. Unfortunately, we don’t have any this season. Lee will be one soon, but he can’t run the full playbook now.

To me, it appears that the blocking on the perimeter is horrible. Neither the A-backs nor the WRs are knocking down their men. I think that the OL depth isn’t as good as we had hoped. It seems that the injuries there keeps shuffling the linemen around. TW is starting to press too much when the team gets down trying to be that playmaker. VL seems more comfortable but needs more game experience.

On D, the LBs are physically talented, but they’re missing too many assignments and getting out of position. The DL isn’t winning, they’re average. I think that the DBs are also physically talented, but not playing as well as they should and they don’t get help from the front seven.

The kickers are god-awful. The punters are average. Only the kickoff return team has gotten better. So much for the “get a special teams coordinator” smack talk.

Stinger 1

November 2nd, 2012
3:39 am

CT_Jacket: After reading your analysis, it is understandable why GT is 3-5.
Sounds like you are an intense fan and know something about football.
As for me, I will say it appears that GT just does not have the caliber
of players it needs to be a good team in the ACC or against MTSU/BYU. This is
a weak and below average GT team or players are not playing up to their ability in all areas of the game.

ToeMeetsLeather

November 2nd, 2012
6:23 am

Ken, I assume Autry is out at WR. You may have noted this earlier and I just missed it. That is a big loss in Lee’s development if so, they seemed to have a pretty good thing starting to come together.

I think the most frustrating thing about this season is the fact that the Coastal Division is down so far this year and a spot in the title game was there for the taking. We were a couple of DLinemen and a little bit more dynamic QB away from having a good season. Hopefully Kallon/Gotis(sp?)/Gamble and Lee/Thomas can fill those needs in the coming years. Losing Sims early, and Holton & Perkins for the year didn’t help matters either.

This is still a young team folks. We only lose five or six seniors that play significant minutes. We have a 4star kicker coming in that will hopefully solidify special teams and we should see a lot of improvement in the spring as all of these young guys mature. Plus, we aren’t exactly playing SEC West cailber teams on a weekly basis. We can make a tremendous jump back to the top of the Coastal next year in MHO.

The next QB will determine CPJ’s future at TECH. Kinda like Ball did for Gailey. Let’s hope the outcome is different.

Ken Sugiura

November 2nd, 2012
7:37 am

Toe – Autry is out, and that’s a good point about him having connected with Lee. Beyond that, he might have become, or was on his way to becoming, the most consistent receiver run and pass.
and, also, yes, with one win over either miami or virginia tech, tech’s chances would be looking pretty good. i guess it’s still mathematically possible, but highly likely a wasted opportunity.
well done, jacket time. when nothing else, there’s always firsts.

Jacket Detective

November 2nd, 2012
8:21 am

I wish we would shock the college football world by calling for a pass on 4th and one.
Why weren’t more pass plays called in the 1st half vs BYU if run defense was their strength?
I read the Chargers offense last night used quick passes to negate the Chief’s pass rush.
What a concept!
The play calling on the missed field goal drive in the first half was very unimaginative.

Jacket Detective

November 2nd, 2012
8:28 am

Edsall made a great defensive coordinator hire and their defense is the most improved in the ACC this year. The 3-4 can work if you blitz on occasion.
We badly need to win this game.

GT-06

November 2nd, 2012
8:29 am

I still believe Johnson is the right coach. BUT, he has to realize that our talent level is significantly lower than our competition. We may have same star rating as Gailey’s most classes but there are no Wheelers, Walkers, M. Johnsons, Daniels, Reis, Gardners on this team (players not highly rated but highly productive). Either that’s talent evaluator’s fault or coaches not coaching them up. I think it’s the coaches. Johnson’s assist coaches are terrible. Andy McCullum, Lamar Owens, Buzz Preston haven’t developed anyone worth a dime. So CPJ is right about coaches NOT doing a great job.

Jacket Dad

November 2nd, 2012
9:20 am

After watching the VT/Miami game, it really hurts that both teams beat us. That shows how far down we are…….

Still pulling for the Jackets!

George Stein

November 2nd, 2012
9:22 am

I completely understand what Johnson is saying, but it requires folks to see shades of gray. The only I have is that it doesn’t account for the BYU beatdown. As for the local boys, I hope they have a great trip home.

5150 UOAD

November 2nd, 2012
9:53 am

Synjyn Days
‎”Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” -Matthew 5:10

Well reading some of the “TECH FAN” post I guess the TECH Football team is BLESSED for sure.

Delbert D.

November 2nd, 2012
10:21 am

Speaking of Middle Tennessee, they won last night over Western Kentucky, and they are now bowl eligible (as is W. Ky.)

WnE

November 2nd, 2012
11:58 am

re:
CT_Jacket
November 2nd, 2012
2:46 am

WnE, of course you only re-post what fits your narrative. He said we have to finish. We have to win the games. His point is that the team, although losing, has been competitive, but I argue not in the MTSU and BYU games. You can be competitive and still lose. I’d rather be competitive and win. I think having playmakers help swing the balance when the rest of the team is not playing well. Unfortunately, we don’t have any this season. Lee will be one soon, but he can’t run the full playbook now.
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Competitive LOSING is still LOSING!

CFB is like GT Academics:

There is no partial credit and BCS-level CFB doesn’t grade on a curve, so competitive losing does nothing to alleviate my anguish.

Simple QUESTION:

If CPJ had a $2.0MM buyout instead of a $10.8MM buyout, would he still be coaching GT after the UGA game in late Nov.?

Answer that simple question and that will tell you what kind of FB coach we have at GT.

wt. king

November 2nd, 2012
12:27 pm

well….. what are the odd’s we will win tomorrow?

CT_Jacket

November 2nd, 2012
2:40 pm

Anyone who went ot Tech knows that there is a LOT of partial credit. ;)

If PJ’s buyout was only $2M, I think that he would still be the coach, or at least he should be for at least 1-2 more years. He has made changes while he’s been here: fired 2 DCs, hired ST coach, showing some pistol formation, has a promising R-Fr QB, has two large, talented OL in this class and other larger underclassmen OL. The DL underclassmen are bigger. Good coaches can turn things around when given a chance. Look at Richt. But if it doesn’t get better at that point, then he should go.

fuzzybee78

November 2nd, 2012
2:47 pm

CT_J well said.— But he did hire both those DC.
My hope for next year is that he will adjust the O to VL and what playmakers we have. Need another good receiver or the ones we got need to really polish there “catching with there hands high” skills.

WnE

November 2nd, 2012
3:34 pm

fuzzybee78
November 2nd, 2012
2:47 pm

CT_J well said.— But he did hire both those DC.
My hope for next year is that he will adjust the O to VL and what playmakers we have. Need another good receiver or the ones we got need to really polish there “catching with there hands high” skills.

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We have no playmakers at A-Back after Orwin leaves, we lose our best OL in Uzzi, we lose our best DL in Cross, we lose 30+ starts at DB when Sweeting leaves, we have no play makers at WR, we have no playmakers at B-back our most important position on Offense.

Whether or not you like Tevin we will lose his 30 or so career starts next yr. and the fact is Vad could not beat him out after Vad’s 2nd yr. in the Offense, so there’s no guarantee that QB will be improved next yr.

Lots of rosy projections, just like the rosy projections for this year’s OL that never materialized.

Next yr. we are a 6-6 or 5-7 Team, even if we get “all the breaks” next yr. we’re no better than 7-5.

CPJ has depleted the talent at GT in a way that most GT fans have never seen.

We are lucky to be in the ACC during a down era for ACC-FB, otherwise we would really be in deep doo-doo.

...Take The Wheel

November 2nd, 2012
4:21 pm

Just as I figure a bunch belly-aching! I agree with Johnson, the team is not as bad as the “so called fans” project.

You guys are so hard on the team, the trolls need not apply… you troll your own blog!

CT_Jacket

November 2nd, 2012
4:27 pm

Honestly, I think part of the Groh hiring decision is that he was basically free while we continued to pay Hewitt and Gailey. UVA was paying him for the first two years while he was at Tech. Good DCs make $500-$750/yr. I think that having PJ as Head Coach AND OC saves money on the staff as well.

Thomas Brown

November 2nd, 2012
4:33 pm

Real exciting, what are you doing to do this season, 4-8 ?

CT_Jacket

November 2nd, 2012
5:06 pm

WnE, projections are all anyone has in sports. There are NO guarantees. Five star athletes are projected to go in the first round of the draft. First round draft picks are projected to go to the Pro Bowl. Pro Bowlers are projected to go to the Hall of Fame. It doesn’t work that way.

fuzzybee78

November 2nd, 2012
8:30 pm

WnE, I get the impression you are a glass half empty kind of guy—-

1 4 GT

November 2nd, 2012
11:32 pm

I took a look at the Georgie blogs after the USCe game and Thomas Brown was all over it crying & moaning about CMR and the staff & the poor play of the team. His style of posting was a clone for “Carnack” (= WnE). Thomas Brown = WnE (”Carnack”) = Thomas Brown!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dingbat!!!!

1 4 GT

November 2nd, 2012
11:33 pm

You are exactly correct fuzzybee…………

Thomas Brown

November 2nd, 2012
11:53 pm

We beat 7-0 # 2 Florida. You lost to Middle Tennessee State college who had already lost to McNeese State college and the week after they beat you, Middle Tennessee State college lost to Louisiana Monroe – this for a Georgie tek team who was ranked pre-season # 23 by Rivals, while UGA was # 6 pre-season in every poll and is # 6 in all the polls today.

gt4ever

November 3rd, 2012
6:41 am

@WNE

I think the revenue loss will be a lot more than 10MM if this coaching issue is not resolved… I think he is gone after he gets crushed by UGA….