Notes: Washington nearing TD record

1. With perhaps as few as three games left in his career, Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington is closing in on a piece of history. His next rushing touchdown will tie the school and ACC record, held by Joshua Nesbitt, for most career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.

After a one-yard scoring run against Maryland, Washington sits at 16 for the season and 34 for his career. Should he break the mark, it would only be fitting if he were to score on a one-yard run. Of his 34 touchdowns, 20 have been either one- or two-yard runs. Another 10 have started from the 10-yard line or closer.

“He’s just a tenacious player,” A-back Robbie Godhigh said. “Out of all the times I’ve seen him have the ball, he’s always falling forward, trying to get those extra yards.”

Washington and Nesbitt’s touchdown proclivity is due to the fact that the quarterback is usually the first goal-line option in Tech’s spread-option scheme since there isn’t a tailback who can take a handoff and dive into the line behind a lead blocker. Beginning with coach Paul Johnson’s first season in 2008, 48 of Tech’s 62 touchdowns scored from the 1- or 2-yard line have been quarterback keepers.

“He’s been a tough, physical runner down there and he manages to get it in,” Johnson said. “A lot of the plays are quarterbacks iso’s and follow plays, and he’s got a knack for getting it in.”

For quarterbacks, his 16 touchdowns this season are tied for second in the country behind Kansas State’s Collin Klein, who has 17. Nesbitt holds the school and ACC single-season record with 18.

Washington probably doesn’t have enough time to catch the NCAA record holder. That belongs to former Nebraska quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch, who had 59 rushing touchdowns.

2. Outside linebacker Brandon Watts blocked a field-goal try against Presbyterian and got his hand on a punt last week against Maryland, although the play was negated by a roughing penalty on a teammate. He’s ready for more mayhem.

“I think I can get a good chance to get one this week,” he said. “We’ll see how things go, though.”

Watts is one of a number of starters who plays for special-teams coordinator David Walkosky.

“I like Coach ‘Wak,’’ Watts said. “ Since I work (hard) for him, he puts me in spots to be successful.”

Watts said he’s physically ready to play after being taken out of the Maryland game for what he described as “a little ding.” He said he could have kept playing but was held out for precautionary reasons.

3. The most ardent Tech fans will recognize a name on North Carolina’s roster – freshman Junior Gnonkonde. He had committed to Tech for the 2012 signing class out of Lanier County High, but had his offer revoked days before signing day for what Johnson said were red flags regarding his academic eligibility. After the offer was pulled, Gnonkonde signed with UNC over South Carolina, Wake Forest and others.

Gnonkonde plays the “bandit” position in the Tar Heels defense, a defensive end/linebacker hybrid position. He is being redshirted.

“I was surprised by how strong he was, and it’s just natural strength,” UNC coach Larry Fedora said. “He runs really well. I’m looking forward to seeing what he does this spring.

4. Fedora on preparing for Tevin Washington and Vad Lee – “The offense is very difficult to defend, and you only get a limited amount of reps and you’ve got to do a great job of assignment discipline and making sure your guys understand what they have to do in each situation. So for us, whether it’s Tevin Washington or the Lee kid, we’re going to have to do a great job against either one. The offense itself is what creates the problem.”

5. Offensive linemen Will Jackson and Errin Joe have been declared out for Saturday’s game. Jackson had been starting before injuring his shoulder in the Boston College game. This will be the third consecutive game that he will miss. Morgan Bailey will start at right tackle.

Joe, a backup, has also missed the past two games.

In case you missed it…

Lee gaining momentum

Notes: Tech will try to slow UNC tempo

Johnson on UNC, Oregon, Saban, Lee

Notes: Tech on high alert for Bernard

Notes: Starting QB decision will wait again

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

42 comments Add your comment

[...] Notes: Washington nearing TD record [...]


November 8th, 2012
10:08 pm

Go Jackets… I believe!

FL Jacket

November 8th, 2012
10:18 pm

Fedora is tipping his cap…


November 8th, 2012
11:08 pm

If the Tech D can just get a couple of stops and if UNC commits 1-2 turnovers and we play cleanly, we’ll have a chance. Otherwise, I think it’s going to be difficult to pull this one out.

I love Jan Kemp

November 8th, 2012
11:10 pm

Creminoles beat the Chokies! Not sayin that because of our slim chances at winnin the Coastal, just hate VT! Need to have our best game of the season in order to win at UNC. Theyre not worldbeaters but we’ve beaten NOBODY this season. Go Jackets! Lets get it together!


November 8th, 2012
11:30 pm

Time to man up and show some stones and prove we are a better team the second half of the year than we were the first- GO Jackets!

Jacket time

November 9th, 2012
12:32 am

Hopefully “The Lee Kid” gets some good drives and elevates the team and TW starts off with a great drive ending in a rushing TD by yours truly.


November 9th, 2012
2:47 am

Not worried about Tevin, Vad, and company. It’s mostly on the D to play their game-of-the-year, and if that happens…..We Can Do This. GO BUZZ!

"and got his hand on a punt last week against Maryland, although the play was negated by a roughing penalty on a teammate. "

November 9th, 2012
7:47 am

…if he really got his hand on the ball there is no roughing penalty – either the refs blew it or…


November 9th, 2012
7:47 am

Ken, what is TW’s W/L record as a starting QB?


November 9th, 2012
7:55 am

That’s such an empty stat if he has a losing record as a starter
I don’t see how Tech can win this game, matter of fact this is gonna be a whoopin..

Jacket Detective

November 9th, 2012
8:11 am

What would Tevin’s record as a starter be with a team whose extra points, not to mention field goals, were not an adventure every week?
What would his passing yardage be with WRs like Thomas or Megatron who don’t bounce the ball into the air for the defender to pick off?
Or his record with a decent defense instead of the ones that have turned Bobby Dodd stadium into the opponent QBs home away from home?
Wouldn’t pass protection like our opponent’s have be nice?
Nesbitt plus Groh = loss to Kansas, seriously Kansas.
Do u know how terrible Kansas is at football?
If Nesbitt led GT could not defeat a terrible team like Kansas, maybe just maybe the problem is not the QB.
Nearly lost to Wake too.
Most if not all coaches know you win and lose as a team.
Lot of fans don’t.

Jacket Detective

November 9th, 2012
8:23 am

Why was I surrounded by Brigham Young fans in Grant Field’s West stands?
Because you crybabies stayed home.
Or your parents did since I give some to the AT fund to get better seats.
I know the expense of being a real fan is too much for some on here.
Hey I’ve heard the basketball team will be good so maybe u could show for that.
But it could take a few years to be really good so I guess u better wait for that too.


November 9th, 2012
8:29 am

@ DKG73 and Ignition..its funny guys like you consider yourself fans..someone writes a nice article about a kid that has given up 4 years of his life to GT and you can’t wait to put a smack down on him..I sure hope if you have a kid that plays sports he doesnt have ever meet someone like you..see how you feel when your son throws and pick 6 or makes a block in the back that brings a td back for his team..I hope there is a fan just like sitting behind you and your family and just trash your son..then maybe you will understand that he is a young man and someone’s son


November 9th, 2012
8:37 am

Hey Ken, Has Coach said anything about Anthony Autry. Is he ok? Also, I don’t think that Gotsis played last week. Is he ok?


November 9th, 2012
8:39 am

Pretty cool record for someone who can call his own number or make the option decision. And, wow – 34 TDs on just over 34 yards rushing. A class by himself. And you guys want V Lee…


November 9th, 2012
9:02 am

GT TN I’m not trying to trash the young man just stating a fact..


November 9th, 2012
9:02 am

GT TN I’m not trying to trash the young man just stating a fact..

GT Dude

November 9th, 2012
9:31 am

Really could care less about a TD record, I am with Ignition, what is the W-L record and it aint’ that good!
If he can help us win the next two then lets see if he can get the record against UGA


November 9th, 2012
9:46 am

2012 stats for collin klein compared to tevin washington

collin klein

rushing yds/tds

passing yds/tds/ints

tevin washington

rushing yds/tds

passing yds/tds/ints

obviously klein has the better numbers but i’d say the rushing numbers are comparable but klein has much better passing stats.

of course it helps that klein is 6′5″/226 lbs while washington is 6′0″/205 lbs so for tevin to get all of these short yardage tds as an undersized player is remarkable.

my takeaway – CPJ needs to call more passing plays and spread the ball around to other playmakers, regardless of who is the qb.


November 9th, 2012
9:56 am

but yeah, i agree with some of the other posters – a TD record is nice for the individual player but the team goals are more important. i’d love to see everyone step up and beat a north carolina team that will be very dangerous at home.


November 9th, 2012
10:06 am

@ ignition..I understand that TW doesn’t have a great record as a starter..however it is a team sport and all losses shouldn’t be on him..i understand it comes with the playing much credit when you win and too much blame when you just feels like there is someone always waiting to be able to blast TW..if you go back and look at the records..nesbitt record was 5-4 as a starter with AG as the DC..he had trouble winning with that defense as well


November 9th, 2012
10:20 am

wow. the hill at georgia tech really screwed the football program again with #3.

“3. The most ardent Tech fans will recognize a name on North Carolina’s roster – freshman Junior Gnonkonde. He had committed to Tech for the 2012 signing class out of Lanier County High, but had his offer revoked days before signing day for what Johnson said were red flags regarding his academic eligibility. After the offer was pulled, Gnonkonde signed with UNC over South Carolina, Wake Forest and others.”

for anyone who cares, unc is ranked # 30 in the us news and world report’s college rankings, 6 spots ahead of georgia tech. so he can sign and play at north carolina but not georgia tech?

someone really dropped the ball. i’m looking at you, admissions office.

Ken Sugiura

November 9th, 2012
10:29 am

regarding the penalty on the punt, i neglected to make mention of it, but what johnson said after the game is that he was told by the officials that, even if one player blocks a punt, another player can still be called for roughing. doesn’t seem to make sense, but that’s what the call was.
autry is out for the year. i believe gotsis played last week. he’s not on the injury report.


November 9th, 2012
10:29 am

how often do recruits want to come to georgia tech over unc, south carolina, wake forest (us news # 27), etc.?

and we turn him away for academic reasons that don’t deter other schools with prestigious academic academic programs AND excellent football programs?

bud peterson needs to start making some calls or he is failing the football program and georgia tech fans.


November 9th, 2012
10:29 am

@ http://www..just because he signed at unc doesn’t mean there were problems..unc is on probation right now for having to help kids thru school..


November 9th, 2012
10:32 am

Junior Gnondonke barely got into UNC (he actually had an academic issue which delayed his reporting during the summer). GT bungled his whole admissions, but what it all boils down to is that he never should have been told he would be admitted in the first place.


November 9th, 2012
10:35 am

@ gt tn

even if we assume that unc is still willing to bend the rules for gnonkonde, which i have a hard time believing with all of the attention on the program lately, it still begs the question of why wake forest offered a scholarship when georgia tech didn’t?

and that’s not even mentioning the special exemptions that every program in the nation gets for a certain number of athletes every year.

if gnonkonde was good enough for unc, wake forest, south carolina, then clearly he was good enough for georgia tech. the fact that he didn’t end up here when he wanted to be a yellow jacket means several people have failed.


November 9th, 2012
10:46 am

@www, I thought I recall some recruiting infractions with Junior. I thought GT may have wanted to distance themselves from Junior for fear of the wrath of the NCAA guys who love Tech so much. That and academics may have doomed Junior’s future with GT.

...Take The Wheel

November 9th, 2012
10:47 am

Tevin has worked hard for this team. He doesn’t strike me as a self serving young man. I’m sure he would have rathered an undefeated season over a rushing TD record. But it didn’t work out that way for various reasons. So I’m happy that he has the opportunity to leave a positive mark behind for all his hard work and effort.

Since I’m certain he reads this column…. Congratulations to you Tevin! I applaud you for giving it your all every week despite the lack of fan support. I applaud you for rising above the divisiveness, leading your team through the turmoil of this season, for staying focused on the job at hand and for doing this program proud. You have been an awesome example for players coming behind you including Vad and Justin.

Continue to take it one game at a time…. despite a rocky start, you all are 3 games away from re-writing the history of this season!! GO TEAM


November 9th, 2012
10:55 am

@ buzzed,

yeah that sounds familiar. but if that is the reason, it’s also unacceptable.

Coach Z

November 9th, 2012
11:39 am

Tech football, as a program, is defined this Saturday against UNC. The Ramblin Wreck either breaks down or gears up, with the latter result fueling a new tone for the future of Yellow Jacket football.


November 9th, 2012
11:45 am

I thought if the punt was touched by a defender there could be no roughing call?

Tech Fan

November 9th, 2012
11:50 am

ditto the comments of …Take the Wheel.
Tevin – Great job working thru the BS and adversity this year!


November 9th, 2012
1:47 pm

Agree with …Take The Wheel
A starting D1 QB fair game for criticism for his performance on the field.
A true fan of Tech should not criticize Tevin’s character. He has done nothing but work hard and shrug off his detractors. He has the admiration of those that know him best: his teammates and his coaches.
He does not blame others, but seems willing to carry undue criticism on his sholders to the benefit of the tream.


November 9th, 2012
2:19 pm

Tevin Washington is the most selfish player in recent GT history. The other backs do all the work to get the ball down inside the 5 yd. line, then look out! Here comes Tevin!!! Josh Nesbitt was a much better QB and now he is losing his record to a selfish player with a bunch of cheap TD’s. Makes me sick!


November 9th, 2012
2:21 pm

You make me sick Mud.


November 9th, 2012
2:24 pm

I hope you all realize that a QB keeper at the goalline is a called play from the sideline. It is not a option read by the QB.

Habersham Dawg

November 9th, 2012
2:26 pm

I think the officials missed the call on roughing the kicker for that game. I can’t find anywhere that agrees with their definition. If the ball is touched by a defender, the kicker loses his protection. Watts got hosed.

Jacket Man

November 9th, 2012
4:12 pm

Just a quick fyi…against Miami in overtime, Tevin changed Coach Johnson’s called play and then went the wrong way on 4th down that kept the Jackets from scoring a point, which let the Hurricanes walk away with a win with a single point. And let’s not forget him not throwing the ball away in overtime at VA Tech and he threw an interception, which allowed the Hokies to kick a FG to beat us.

While Tevin is a nice person and he tries hard, he’s a Senior QB with a losing record and he makes bad decisions on the field which costs the team wins. I would also suggest that Tevin isn’t a what you call a “team leader” in that the guys don’t have the same confidence in him that they had in Joshua Nesbitt that they could/would win games. Just look at the sidelines. Tevin sits by himself most of the time with a headset on and looking at pics, NOT with his teammates, keeping them together and focused on the job at hand, building confidence. Some guys have it and some don’t Tevin doesn’t. Joshua did, and I think Vad Lee has it.


November 9th, 2012
5:37 pm

1 4 GT

November 9th, 2012
7:22 pm

When the QB of any team is sitting on the bench with a headset on & looking at pictures, what do you think he’s looking at….PORN??? No, dummiy, he’s looking at pictures of the previous plays & where it could have been made better & what went wrong in an effort to do better the next time they have the ball. ALA Peyton Manning & every other pro QB….trying to see where he could do better & talking to the coach in the press box & discussing the pics. He ain’t listening to rap & looking at porn.