Tech notes: On high alert for Bernard

North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard will provide a considerable test for the Georgia Tech defense on Saturday. Bernard leads the ACC and is fifth in the country with 132.9 rushing yards per game.

“He’s the kind of guy, if you miss tackles, he’s going to go the distance,” coach Paul Johnson said. “He’s got great speed. You’ve got to try to hem him in and rally around him. The first guy’s not going to get him down every time, so you’ve got to have more guys coming.”

Bernard also returns punts. He leads the country with a 20.8 yards-per-return average and has taken back two punts for touchdowns, including a 74-yard return that broke a 35-all tie with N.C. State with 13 seconds left in the game.

Johnson said he thought that punter Sean Poole will return this week. Poole suffered an upper-body injury in the Miami game Sept. 22 making a tackle on a punt return. Ryan Rodwell has been playing in his absence.

“We may rugby punt some, we may do some of that, but all in all, you’ve just got to play and be sound and go cover the guy,” Johnson said.

2. “Tevin (Washington) has a lot of experience. He’s played a lot of football. You’re not going to line up too many ways that he’s not seen or he doesn’t know what to do. Vad (Lee) brings a lot of athleticism and a lot of energy when he comes out there. You kind of get two different things out of both those guys. As he progresses, as I’ve said all along, the more he gets accustomed to doing what we’re doing, the better he gets at it, the more he’s going to play because, clearly, he does bring some athleticism to the position.” – Johnson on Tech’s quarterbacks

3. Johnson wasn’t quite sure how to handle kicker David Scully, who missed two out of five point-after tries Saturday against Maryland and has made one of his last five field-goal attempts. Johnson said that Scully missed on Saturday because he kicked the ground before making contact with the ball.

“Just try to go back to fundamentals and coach him on the plant foot and all that stuff,” Johnson said. “A lot of it’s mental, I’m sure.”

4. Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the ACC Network, which is carried in Atlanta on CW 69, and online on ESPN3. The game will be called by Tim Brant (play by play), Dave Archer (color) and Mike Hogewood (sideline). … A-back Jamal Paige will wear No. 40 on Saturday in the team’s tribute to former team member Julian Burnett. … As of Tuesday afternoon, North Carolina was listed as a nine-point favorite.

Kind of a busy day because of a slew of interviews and early deadlines for the print edition because of the election. More coming Wednesday and the rest of the week.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

41 comments Add your comment

big gt fan

November 6th, 2012
8:07 pm

if lee plays 6-8 series tech win by 8 pts if he dont play but hand full of snaps tech will lose

Old Dog

November 6th, 2012
8:16 pm

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

Jim 70

November 6th, 2012
8:21 pm

Go tech. Does anybody know if dish is carrying the bball game vs tulane. Can’t find it on the schedule.

Gotta beat unc and duke. Maybe not win the coastal but a smaller bowl will be good vs playing FSU.


November 6th, 2012
8:55 pm

I predict a HUGE game for Vad to solidify the starter spot for the season!

Freddie Miller

November 6th, 2012
8:58 pm

Old dog, are you the fat, ugly woman who wears the Georgie red knit dress that shows your fat rolls when you stand, sit and bend over to puke or is that your wife? Please tell her that her tights with the bulldog skidmark are not new and should be washed before she visits sanford and sons stadium again.


November 6th, 2012
9:05 pm

If Vad can keep getting snaps, he will be ready for a bowl game (hopefully) and next year.


November 6th, 2012
9:34 pm

Old Dog you need to go to hell yourself or back to your inbred butt sniffing dwag blog. You never post anything worth reading and insulting Tech people isn’t going to get you anywhere.

THW ole dwag

November 6th, 2012
10:21 pm

thwg today and every day…dwags suk.


November 6th, 2012
10:25 pm

It was difficult to listen to Hogewood. The guy couldn’t tell the difference between two yards and seven. It’s almost like he pre-gamed with my family.


November 6th, 2012
11:20 pm

nc a 9 pt favorite? we have a big hurdle to overcome. easier to stop a great runner than a great passer. or is it…….


November 6th, 2012
11:44 pm

we will play better as a 9 point underdog than a 9 point favorite—
31-28 GO JACKETS!!!!!


November 7th, 2012
12:24 am

Enter your coHow does UNC offense compare with UGa offense, and, is UNC stadium far fr campus?mments here


November 7th, 2012
12:31 am

Does the venue at UNC merit the 6hr drive?

DOC 51

November 7th, 2012
1:28 am

G.Bernard will get at least 300 total yards against GT.Our defense is no match for him.NC will have 500-600 total yards on SAT.


November 7th, 2012
2:52 am

GT will beat UNC and Duke watch! I like the 2 QB system gives UNC more to think about. Tevin is the best QB for the TO and Lee is the best pure QB. GT has hope again and I commend CPJ. With only a few seniors graduating and possible changes to Staff the Bee’s will fly again!


November 7th, 2012
5:40 am

Slovak, UNC’s stadium seats 60-plus and is on-campus. It’s definitely one of the nicer venues in the conference, behind Clemson, FSU, and Va Tech, but that’s about it.

Peach Fuzz

November 7th, 2012
7:31 am

Sporting News calls Kenan Stadium the best stadium in America. In terms of pure aesthetics, I agree. It has much more charm than the hulking Clemson and FSU stadiums. And seating 63k, it beats VaTech as well. Of course, it is all subjective, but I believe most unbiased fans rank Kenan Stadium very highly.


November 7th, 2012
7:36 am

Slovak………are you going to UNC for the game or to admire the football stadium? I have never in my life met anyone who went to a game only becauce it was a nice venue!! That was a wierd post!

Coach Z

November 7th, 2012
8:19 am

Slovak, if you are going for the weekend or for the night it is a good little area. Franklin street has lots of culture, food and shops. However when UNC wins, you won’t want to hang out there. The parking around UNC is terrible – you’ve got a hospital and students to contend with, but if you go check out the Cardnial parking deck on Manning drive. I’ve met a few GT fans on the top that were real nice to me and my girlfriend. The stadium is comfortable, but you will be annoyed by the canon/bell that rings after every UNC touch down. Which you will hear a lot. I live in Raleigh, NC, but I choose to watch GT football on television. Hope this helps. Forgive my pessimism, but everything I pull for looses so I thought I’d try the Costanza approach and do the opposite. Go heels!


November 7th, 2012
8:36 am

Please wear the gold helmets and not the white. Get back to tradition!!


November 7th, 2012
9:09 am

We’ll be there pulling for the Jackets!

Technically Correct

November 7th, 2012
9:13 am

Which team will show up this week? Good Tech or Bad Tech? It seems pretty certain that the season may hang in the balance…


November 7th, 2012
9:23 am

middle tennessee state


November 7th, 2012
9:24 am


November 7th, 2012
9:25 am

2005 Emerald Utah 10-38 L
2006 Gator West Virginia 35-38 L
2007 Humanitarian Fresno State 28-40 L
2008 Chick-fil-A LSU 3-38 L
2009 Orange Iowa 14-24 L
2010 Independence Air Force 7-14 L
2011 Sun Utah (OT) 27-30 L


November 7th, 2012
9:55 am

Paddy, I was actually trying to determine whether the place had class. For if it does, there would be a good chance that you wud not be there.


November 7th, 2012
10:11 am

@ have to be the biggest loser to go to a GT blog to post who we lost to and bowl should be worried about UGA 7-15 record against Top 25 teams in the last 8 years with top recruiting classes every year..UGA has bigger problems that who GT has lost too..real winner you are

GT Fan

November 7th, 2012
11:31 am

UNC is a 9 pt favorite now? I swear I read earlier in the week where UNC opened as a 5.5 pt favorite.

If that’s true, that’s a HUGE amount of $ bet on UNC for the line to jump 3.5 pts in less than 3 days.
Bookies gonna be losing some jobs in Vegas should GT win on Sat.

GT Fan

November 7th, 2012
11:34 am

However, reading where UNC runs an up-tempo O, I’m thinking now that even the 9 pt line is okay. GT’s D has big problems when teams run up-tempo.

Unless GT can have three to four 8-12 play drives I think it might get ugly in Chapel Hill.


November 7th, 2012
11:43 am

Forget the stadium. Is gt football worth any kind of drive?


November 7th, 2012
12:16 pm

GT has to contain the RB to short gains. Any time UNC is 3rd and long.. BLITZ!!! Renner is not a great run threat. Simple.. Let the offense have a chance to win the game.


November 7th, 2012
12:40 pm

GT will have a tough time this weekend. UNC had two weeks to prepare, are coming off a huge emotional win over NC State, and are undefeated at home. Oh yea, and they have Gio Bernard, front runner for ACC player of the year. This game could get ugly.

Al Bundy

November 7th, 2012
1:23 pm

I believe this team is fully able to beat NC but I won’t be surprised if the words “career day” aren’t used when talking about Bernard’s stats. I really think this team has the talent to compete for championships in this conference but for some reason they haven’t played as a team all year. They make the kind of mistakes you expect early in the season only it’s not early in the season. It’s very disappointing. I hope this Saturday is the beginning of 3 game winning streak! Go jackets!

John T.

November 7th, 2012
1:43 pm

Vad doesn’t look good enough, stop wasting time and put Justin Thomas in ;<) (Just getting a head start for next year)!!!

Go Jackets, just beat them, you can do it!!

Ken Sugiura

November 7th, 2012
2:34 pm

GT Fan – you are correct about the line. i talked to a sports book manager and he said most books opened with unc -9 and said that the -5.5 line must have been a very early number that someone later deemed way off when other books opened closer to 9. i didn’t entirely get what he was saying, but i can’t believe that much money was bet on unc to move the number 3.5 points. i don’t know a lot about gambling, but i think that would require A LOT of money.
Jim 70 – friday’s game will be on WATL in Atlanta. I think acc network regionally.
Al Bundy – funny. i could see Bernard going to town, also.


November 7th, 2012
3:26 pm

GT needs to limit UNC’s possessions.

Reformed Toady

November 7th, 2012
6:20 pm

I kind of figured Tech would already have Bernard on their RADAR! Controlling him will be a crucial point if Tech has a chance to win.

matt, I wipe my shoes on you everytime I enter the house. I’ll keep using you everyday. Thanks for your contribution.


November 7th, 2012
7:43 pm

UNC is a flawed team. Their defense is not strong. Georgia Tech can score 30+ points on UNC. However, UNC’s offense will score against GT on every possession they get. The Tarheel punter does not have to suit up for the game. If GT can keep UNC kicking field goals, they may have a chance. If not, UNC wins by 10+ points.


November 7th, 2012
8:09 pm

MariettaMike, UNC rated in top 20 in, yep you guessed it, against the run. Does Tech rely on the run? Big fn flaw.

dry dirt road

November 8th, 2012
8:18 am

GO TECH wants the gold helmets again, the ones that Tech has lost to Georgia in most years. The gold evokes depression and despair, and conjures up the won-lost record against Georgia. Lets stay with the white until we break even with the record and start to win more than lose against Georgia. Besides, NC will wear their new silver chrome helmets maybe, and that would be too much metal look out there.

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