Starting QB decision will wait again

1. It worked out last week, so Georgia Tech quarterbacks Tevin Washington and Vad Lee look like they’ll go through another week of determining playing time through practice.

“We’ll see how practice goes this week,” coach Paul Johnson said after Monday’s practice. “But I thought they both did some good things (in the win over Maryland). They graded out not very far apart, two or three points apart.”

Last week, prior to Tech’s 33-13 win over Maryland, Johnson was similarly non-committal about his choice to start at quarterback. Following the game, Johnson said he started Washington because “he’s been the starting quarterback.”

Against the Terrapins, Washington and Lee rotated series, taking two possessions at a time, in the Yellow Jackets’ 33-13 win. Washington led Tech to two touchdowns in four possessions, Lee three touchdowns in five possessions.

Another reason Johnson cited for starting Washington – preferring to have his experience on the field at the start since Tech didn’t know how Maryland defensive coordinator Brian Stewart would scheme against the Jackets’ spread-option offense – may not hold Saturday against North Carolina. Tar Heels associate head coach for defense and inside linebackers coach Vic Koenning was defensive coordinator at Clemson in 2008, Johnson’s first season at Tech.

“I’m sure that Vic Koenning’s pretty involved,” Johnson said.

Further, defensive coordinator Dan Disch came to North Carolina with first-year coach Larry Fedora from Southern Mississippi, which played Navy last season. Navy runs an offense similar to Tech’s.

2. Outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu was named the ACC linebacker of the week Monday for his three-sack game against Maryland. Attaochu also had six tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. It’s the second time he’s been so honored in his career and only the second time this season that a Tech player was named an ACC player of the week, tied for fewest with Boston College. Offensive tackle Will Jackson was named conference offensive lineman of the week after the 56-20 win over Virginia.

Tech’s players of the week were center Jay Finch and wide receiver Darren Waller on offense, inside linebacker Quayshawn Nealy on defense and B-back Matt Connors on special teams. Finch had 16 knockdown blocks in a game that Johnson said he thought was his best of the season. Waller, while he didn’t catch a pass, was much more physical in his blocking than he had been against BYU, Johnson said. Nealy led Tech with a career-high 12 tackles with one tackle for loss. Connors, a walk-on who plays on multiple special-teams units, had one tackle.

Johnson also had praise for B-back David Sims and offensive tackle Morgan Bailey. Johnson said that Sims played with fire and energy and had his best game as he regains his health. Bailey, starting his second game in a row, has “gotten better every week, I think. The more he plays, the better he gets.”

3. Tech’s A-backs had 26 carries in the game, which is the most for that position in a game in Johnson’s five seasons. The previous high had been 23. Orwin Smith led the team with 89 yards on 10 carries, including a five-yard touchdown run. Tech repeatedly ran toss plays to the A-backs, which Maryland coach Randy Edsall said “was a little different for them and we weren’t able to shut that play down.”

Tech had one of its best blocking games of the season, getting a season-high number of defenders to the ground. Johnson said he thought the total was 80 on 60 plays.

“We had some leverage on them, maybe,” Johnson said. “And (the toss) was working, so we ran it a lot.”

4. Outside linebacker Brandon Watts, taken out of Saturday’s game with an upper-extremity injury, did not practice Monday but is expected to return Tuesday. The same holds true for Washington, whom Johnson said “got dinged a little bit.” Attaochu, who required medical attention following the game, practiced Monday. Johnson did not know the status of Jackson, who missed his second game in a row with a shoulder injury.

5. ESPN took a six-day option on determining the kickoff time for Tech’s Nov. 17 game against Duke, meaning it will have until noon Sunday to announce the game time and broadcast outlet. The game will start at noon, 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. It will be Tech’s final home game of the season.

175 comments Add your comment

GTGirl

November 5th, 2012
8:51 pm

Thans Ken for all the great articles today. Go Jackets!

GTGirl

November 5th, 2012
8:56 pm

Ken, how did Fred Holton’s surgery go recently? Have you heard anything about that?

Ken Sugiura

November 5th, 2012
9:04 pm

i believe it went without incident. he’s facing 3-4 months of rehab and hopefully will be back for spring practice.
and thanks for reading.

Gray

November 5th, 2012
9:06 pm

Maybe have a fish fry to think it over.

GTGirl

November 5th, 2012
9:07 pm

Thank you for answering so quickly.

chas_jacket

November 5th, 2012
9:07 pm

The blocking by the WR’s and Sim’s in particular was the most noticeable difference in the game – they were really aggressive getting after Maryland defenders. Also really like how Green is developing at NT – he is somewhat small but exceptionally quick and has a hi speed motor.

5150 UOAD

November 5th, 2012
9:25 pm

Has to be Tevin to start and VAD had to keep working on game experience. He has to get the pitch down and reading the end.

ignition

November 5th, 2012
9:38 pm

I dont think Tech will be able to stop NC’s running attack, but I’m confident NC will be able to stop Tech’s especially in the 4th Quarter…
Vad plays 2 series..

CT_Jacket

November 5th, 2012
9:45 pm

It looked like Tech’s receivers were in a tighter formation to keep the corners from getting into the backfield like BYU did. It was the best perimeter blocking I’ve seen in a while.

But PJ has to do something about the kickers. On both missed PATs, the kick was extremely low.

Slovak

November 5th, 2012
9:46 pm

UNC is very balanced on offense. One of few teams to pass and throw for over 200yds/game. A lot like UGa. Bernard is a true talent at running back.

TechApp fan

November 5th, 2012
9:58 pm

Note: do not punt to Benard!

ps I thought PJ would use the MD game to give Lee some passing experience…Tech could win that game even with a pick…doubt the UNC game will fit that catagory.

DoddSquad

November 5th, 2012
11:00 pm

Tired of hearing how Vad Lee cannot “read” these option plays. Watch his highlights. Watch his stats. He is making plenty of reads, and more importantly, when it’s his turn to make a play, the guy goes into hyperdrive. Vad passes the test on paper and in person. Enough of the “can’t make reads” garbage already. Geez. You can’t make reads.

North Ave Killer Beez

November 5th, 2012
11:44 pm

Nothing new to see here. Shmuck of a coach still can’t admit he was wrong for starting TW from the start.

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 6th, 2012
12:26 am

Washington is only 2 to 3 points different than Lee. Easy decision.

North Avenue Rules

November 6th, 2012
2:21 am

Agree with you GIVE ME A BREAK. Start Lee!!!

GTPhenom

November 6th, 2012
3:15 am

Still calling for Lee to start, as I have been since the Miami game, but if coach thinks that TW gives us the best chance to win against UNC on Saturday, then I trust his judgement. Besides, I want us to have the best chance at winning seeings as we’re driving all the way to Chapel Hill to support the team, lol

Gray

November 6th, 2012
5:33 am

A qb controversary when both are terrible. Two mules fighting over a turnip….lol.

trueblueeagle

November 6th, 2012
6:57 am

the next Two are Must Wins! GO JACKETS

BLACK BEE

November 6th, 2012
7:22 am

I like playing both QB’s like last Sat. truly Tevin is the better TO QB while Lee is the best pure QB. I think it gives the DC of opposing teams something else to think about.

BLACK BEE

November 6th, 2012
7:22 am

I like playing both QB’s like last Sat. truly Tevin is the better TO QB while Lee is the best pure QB. I think it gives the DC of opposing teams something else to think about.

BLACK BEE

November 6th, 2012
7:22 am

I like playing both QB’s like last Sat. truly Tevin is the better TO QB while Lee is the best pure QB. I think it gives the DC of opposing teams something else to think about.

BLACK BEE

November 6th, 2012
7:22 am

I like playing both QB’s like last Sat. truly Tevin is the better TO QB while Lee is the best pure QB. I think it gives the DC of opposing teams something else to think about.

BLACK BEE

November 6th, 2012
7:22 am

I like playing both QB’s like last Sat. truly Tevin is the better TO QB while Lee is the best pure QB. I think it gives the DC of opposing teams something else to think about.

BLACK BEE

November 6th, 2012
7:23 am

I like playing both QB’s like last Sat. truly Tevin is the better TO QB while Lee is the best pure QB. I think it gives the DC of opposing teams something else to think about.

BLACK BEE

November 6th, 2012
7:23 am

I like playing both QB’s like last Sat. truly Tevin is the better TO QB while Lee is the best pure QB. I think it gives the DC of opposing teams something else to think about.

BLACK BEE

November 6th, 2012
7:23 am

I like playing both QB’s like last Sat. truly Tevin is the better TO QB while Lee is the best pure QB. I think it gives the DC of opposing teams something else to think about.

Max Sizemore

November 6th, 2012
7:27 am

About Lee, DoddSquad says “watch his highlights.” Yes, just the right sample.

Wrecker

November 6th, 2012
7:47 am

Since none of us watch practice, we cannot see what Johnson sees. Missed reads, particularly on the TO, result in lost yards. Our offense does not recover as well from 2nd and 10-11 or 3rd and 7-9.

Realist

November 6th, 2012
7:47 am

We won’t beat UNC or obviously UGA. Not sure about Duke because it depends on which GT team shows up and we will need to play a really good game as they have improbed. Once again UGA is going to score at will on us and it will be embarrassing.

TechLB

November 6th, 2012
8:07 am

@ BLACK BEE – Hey, what’d you think about playing both QB’s on Saturday? :-)

Freddie Blassie

November 6th, 2012
8:10 am

Beat Georgie and to hell with the blue nc teams.

Ignition

November 6th, 2012
8:30 am

Tech finishes the year 6-6 (Best case scenario) which is a debacle. The blame points directly towards CPJ for poor recruiting, poor game management, poor execution, an one dimensional offense, and finally an abysmal defense.

ramblingbuzz

November 6th, 2012
8:30 am

Hey Freddie………What’s shakin in the rasslin world? GT wins at UNC this Sat. Team is more focused on he road than at home. Start Lee and leave him in unless he doesn’t move the team. I appreciate TW and his contributions to GT, but now is the time to turn the team over to his sucessor.

Why start a QB who will not be here next year...

November 6th, 2012
8:37 am

…and take your pick as to whom I am referring…

DOC 51

November 6th, 2012
8:40 am

GT hasn’t stopped a good running back all year,much less a solid passing attack.We don’t have one guy,on either side of the ball,that is having an ALL-ACC type season.It’s all our coaches can do to get the players to hustle every play?

The Dulous, '70

November 6th, 2012
8:51 am

Although I think we all know who will start at QB this weekend, I still say give the ball to Vad and tell him it’s his team now…….get him all the experience possible to get him ready for next year.
As for the kicking game, poor recruiting has put us at a major disadvantage there. Think about how important that part of the game is…….LOTS of points to be had by a solid kicker!
Next three games will be hard to win. N.C. on the road, a much improved Duke team that we barely beat in Durham last year, and a Ga. team that is loaded with solid recruits. Hope we win them all, especially the Ga. game. THWG!

DOC 51

November 6th, 2012
8:51 am

The key word for this team is underachievement.Maybe our punter will lineup closer to the LOS so we wll get another punt blocked.I’m sure B.SNODDY won’t see any action.He is too elusive and dangerous.

Nativebird

November 6th, 2012
8:51 am

Wow. this has worked so well, let’s keep the question of who will be the starting HEAD COACH up in the air as well.

L.A Jacket

November 6th, 2012
8:55 am

Great Article Ken.

Is there any word on Miami’s possible bowl ban.

JM

November 6th, 2012
9:03 am

UNC will be a much bigger challenge. GT really needs the defense to step up and make stops.

10per

November 6th, 2012
9:07 am

I am not concerned so much with who is going to start anymore. I think anyone can see what CPJ is going to do (the same as before).

What I really want to see is Days in at A back making those hard runs again.

Vad the Impaler

November 6th, 2012
9:08 am

Ken you really do a great job covering the Jackets. Wish you could replace Dinch over at ESPN… Though I am getting used to her, not saying I like it…just accepting it…

Ken Sugiura

November 6th, 2012
9:14 am

L.A. Jacket – nothing yet. nothing will happen officially until miami becomes bowl eligible. i’ll put up something in a little bit.

A-mazed

November 6th, 2012
9:16 am

OK, Dodd Squad, I’ll bite. What stats are you referring to for your decision that VL is doing better than TW? Passing yards? Who is Vad going to throw to, backs out of the backfield? Just saying…. Everybody thinks they are smarter than the coach.
GO JACKETS!

Admiral Obvious

November 6th, 2012
9:31 am

Paul Johnson will coach them up! LMAO!

GT79MD83

November 6th, 2012
9:35 am

Coaches make many bad decisions and often get fired for doing them repeatedly.CPJ has made a lot of bad decisions this year in close games which has led to losses. I basically like CPJ but he is inflexible at times.

Buzzer Beater

November 6th, 2012
9:40 am

Ken,

Why do you not use proper grammar?

GT TN

November 6th, 2012
9:40 am

We need to quit worrying about the next 3 games and just worry about UNC..it is the only game that matters..if we win that game..big things can happen, but if we lose most everything to play for goes out the window..everyone says that UNC is goign to kill us..UNC is as up and down as we are..they beat Miami and VT but loses to WF..it makes me laugh to all the people who think Duke is this great team..they started 5-1 and best win was against a 5-4 WF team..they get outscored 145 to 47 by clemson, VT and FSU..

The UGA fans are showing their true colors as always and proving how big of idiots that really are..they are going on GT blogs and bashing GT and saying we are going to get killed the next 2 games and then getting smoked against them..if they had any sense at all they would realize UGA needs Tech to win the next 2 games to help their strenght of schedule..a 6-5 GT team will help them more than a 4-7 team..leave it up to a mutt not to understand that

matt

November 6th, 2012
9:50 am

middle tennessee state

GT Joe

November 6th, 2012
9:56 am

A-mazed: are you serious? Well, I’ll bite:

Vad Lee: more yards/attempt, better TD/INT ratio, higher QB rating, higher yards/rush, ZERO turnovers, and, most importantly, more points/drive.

Any other questions?