Notes: Johnson again to wait on naming starting QB

1. Coming off the bench in a rotation with Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington, Vad Lee led the Yellow Jackets to 55 points in Saturday’s 68-50 win over North Carolina. Coach Paul Johnson, who has not named a starter prior to the game for the past two games, will apparently continue that practice.

“We’ll have (a starter),” he said.

Tech plays Duke Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The game could be decisive in determining the ACC Coastal Division title.

Saturday, Washington started his 27th consecutive game and led Tech to one touchdown in two possessions. As was the plan, Lee came in for the third series to play two possessions. Tech drove a total of 150 yards for two touchdowns with Lee at quarterback, and he played the rest of the way.

He was 6-for-10 passing for 169 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He ran 23 times for 112 yards with two touchdowns. He made one critical error, an interception returned 34 yards for a North Carolina touchdown. However, he drove the Jackets to seven touchdowns and two field goals in 10 consecutive possessions, not including a one-play possession that ended the first half.

“There are a lot of things he needs to work on, but he made a lot of plays,” Johnson said. “He created a lot of excitement and enthusiasm and did some really good things.”

2. Despite participating in the highest-scoring ACC game in league history, no offensive players from either Tech or North Carolina were named ACC players of the week. Two other Jackets were honored, however. Inside linebacker Quayshawn Nealy was selected co-linebacker of the week for his two sacks, a career high, and six tackles. Returner Jamal Golden was named specialist of the week for his 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and 230 yards of kickoff returns, the latter a school single-game record.

With a kickoff return touchdown three games ago that broke the school’s 14-year drought, Golden is one of two Tech players (Drew Hill is the other) to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in one season and one of four (Gary Hill, Dez White and Hill are the others) with two kick returns for touchdowns in a career.

They are the third and fourth Tech players to be named ACC players of the week.

Tech coaches named A-back Robbie Godhigh, defensive end Izaan Cross and kicker Chris Tanner the offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively. Godhigh scored three touchdowns – all in the third quarter – on three consecutive touches. The NCAA record for touchdowns in a quarter is four. Cross’ only tackle was a sack and he made one of the plays of the game, tipping and intercepting a screen pass that Tech converted into a field goal. Tanner, a senior walk-on, made both of his field goals and all eight of his extra-point tries. The field-goal tries were his first since he was a senior at Norcross High in 2007.

Lee was named one of eight “Stars of the Week” by the Manning Award. Fans can vote for Lee on the Sugar Bowl Facebook page as the top performer of the week.

3. Johnson said he doubted that Scully, who suffered an undisclosed injury Saturday, will be available for Duke, though Justin Moore could return from his injury, also undisclosed. Johnson chose to go with Tanner over Scully on field goals and extra points for the North Carolina. Tanner took over kickoff duty in the second half.

4. The kickoff time for the Tech-Georgia game has been set for noon on Nov. 24. The game will be broadcast on ESPN. It’s the same time and carrier as last year’s Georgia game. … Tech was a 13-point favorite over Duke on Monday evening.

In case you missed it…

Bradley: Tech as Coastal champion? Yep, it could happen

Tech season takes another turn

Tech-Georgia gets noon kickoff

Golden, Nealy ACC players of the week

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

126 comments Add your comment

George Stein

November 12th, 2012
8:43 pm

It’s difficult to name Vad the starter because Tevin has been a terrific soldier and may add some value in experience. However, it was difficult to watch the game Saturday and come away thinking that Vad wasn’t the better player.

It is also important to note that Josh Nesbitt – for whom I still hold a very strong man-crush – started in Johnson’s offense the same year Vad is now.

UGA grad Class of 1800

November 12th, 2012
8:45 pm

Georgia Tech can’t beat BYU and Middle Tennessee State at home, yet they’re going to beat UGA in Athens? LMAO

Biff Pocoroba

November 12th, 2012
8:51 pm

It’s senior day. Start Tevin and give him one series and then turn the keys over to Vad for the next four years.

George Stein

November 12th, 2012
8:52 pm

Thanks for the insight, 1800.

KG

November 12th, 2012
8:53 pm

UGA grad– i am laughing too but UGA hasnt beaten to many good teams this year. Conference opponents that UGA won against have a 15-33. Take FLA out of the formula and the 6 turn overs and UGA record against conference teams with a 8-32 record. three teams have no conference wins. Tech and the coastal division hasnt been much better. Lets face UGA did beat Buffalo.

Trolls out early

November 12th, 2012
8:54 pm

Getting pumped before studying I’m sure, lmao.

gt110215

November 12th, 2012
8:58 pm

Hey Ken I will be in Missouri over the Thanksgiving weekend and was wondering if the GT-ga game is a nationally televised or regional broadcast? If its regional do you know if Missouri is in the same region as us?

chas_jacket

November 12th, 2012
9:00 pm

Godhigh’s TD reception should have been an ESPN highlight – this guy is 5′7″ and he sky’d to get that ball with three defenders in the area. He has also been devasting blocking in the last two games – a true gamer.

1 4 GT

November 12th, 2012
9:01 pm

I don’t really expect CPJ to name a “starter” until next year.

Tech Fan Since 1950

November 12th, 2012
9:02 pm

I have been an early outspoken advocate to have Vad playing much sooner rather than what has happened prior to the Maryland game. That stated, Tevin is a senior, a leader (a Captain of the team) and on the verge of breaking an ACC rushing TD record set by another Tech quarterback. It will be Senior Day at Tech Saturday and Tevin deserves the chance to start and lead the offensive charge. I am sure Vad will get more of a chance to shine too. Now to the point–Tech Defense, this had better be your game.

Defense

November 12th, 2012
9:05 pm

Any names being thrown around as a possible Defensive Coach for next year??????

Clyde

November 12th, 2012
9:11 pm

Defense, you just made me think of WnE. Seems like he disappeared around the same time Al Groh did.

post cereal

November 12th, 2012
9:13 pm

TW should start against Duke and then Vad should play second half and ALL of the UGA game. TW has no business in the UGA game w/ his size and talent. No disrespect, but Vad gives Tech a much better chance of staying within at least 14 pts of UGA….

Reformed Toady

November 12th, 2012
9:17 pm

UGA grad Class of 1800

November 12th, 2012
8:45 pm

“Georgia Tech can’t beat BYU and Middle Tennessee State at home, yet they’re going to beat UGA in Athens? LMAO”

You must have laughed off a couple hundred pounds give or take. Good for you. There’s still time to laugh off a few hundred more lard azz. Go get’em dog. Second thought, layoff the hotdogs.

Ken Sugiura

November 12th, 2012
9:21 pm

gt110215 – it’s on ESPN, so it will be televised nationally.
defense – haven’t heard anything yet.
1 4GT – that wouldn’t surprise me.

Tokyo jacket

November 12th, 2012
9:22 pm

@KG – don’t forget that UGA also has exactly one win against an offense better than 50th in the country. That was against a hapless Tennessee team, and only a 7-point victory against a team that is 0-6 in OT. Vandy and ULL scored more against UF than UGA did. I have no fear for UGA this year at all.

All that said, this team needs to focus 100% against Duke. That needs to be a win with us distancing ourselves in the 4th quarter. Forcing 2 punts per half = win!

AlabamaRamblinwreck

November 12th, 2012
9:23 pm

Update on Will Jackson’s health, Ken?

ENGRGT

November 12th, 2012
9:23 pm

Enter your comments here

Tokyo jacket

November 12th, 2012
9:23 pm

@Defense, I hear Gene Chizik is going to be available.

SHOW STOPPER

November 12th, 2012
9:25 pm

Duke, not UGA, is the next order of business. The key to the office is Defense, not who will start at quarterback. If the Defense suddenly goes slack again, we will be humiliated by losing to the Blue Devils after the great experience in Chapel Hill.

George Stein

November 12th, 2012
9:35 pm

I admire the optimism, Tokyo. I really hope you’re right.

KG

November 12th, 2012
9:36 pm

KEN–Do a story on who played as a freshman and who is redshirting for next year.

yeller bug

November 12th, 2012
9:39 pm

Start TW, then bring in Vad both for Duke and UGA. Need both of the mready to play and their head in the game.

Still wish we’d run more pistol with Vad–I think his vision of the field and the pass or scramble option that he possesses is better suited from the pistol formation. Run some different option plays from the pistol too—give our opponents more things to worry about.

The D needs to get serious in finding a pass rush–Duke and UGA are very similar in the passing—ranked nearly the same nationally and we need to get pressure on the QB or it will be a long game.

230gr Full Metal Jacket

November 12th, 2012
9:50 pm

I’ve got to agree with Tokyo Jacket about UGA — they are not at all intimidating this year (they have only really looked decent in one game so far) and have done their usual routine of building a good record against a bunch of creampuffs, which includes the vast majorityy of the SEC this year. But we have next week to worry about the Trembling Chihuahuas — right now just focus on what is important and BEAT DUKE!!! (And I’m sure that the dwags are overjoyed to know that they are of significantly less importance to us than Duke is, lol).
Tighten up guys! The opportunity to make something of this season is sitting right in front of you — all you have to do is take it!!!!

Houlihan McGee

November 12th, 2012
9:54 pm

Here’s a telling stat. Georgia Tech has only allowed two 100-yard rushers against us this season, and it wasn’t any of the best backs we’ve faced. Not Mike James or Duke Johnson, not Andre Ellington, not Giovani Bernard. Once we take care of Duke, bring on Girly!

George Stein

November 12th, 2012
9:58 pm

We made the dude at MTSU look like Earl Campbell, Houlihan. Gurshall are probably going to go nuts against us.

Savannah Buzz

November 12th, 2012
10:02 pm

Hope Tevin gets the start. I’d like to see him get more than just two series as long as he’s producing….should have some success against the Dookies. But I certainly hope (and expect) Vad to get most of the snaps, if for nothing else so that he can stay sharp for Nov. 24. We’re gonna have to score every possession that game, somehow.

UGA grad Class of 1800

November 12th, 2012
10:28 pm

Any of you YECH fans saying you don’t fear UGA are lying to yourselfs and the rest of your fans. Tech will lose to Duke and UGA and not go to a bowl game!

Coach

November 12th, 2012
10:31 pm

Sure would be nice to see the students out in full for four quarters this Saturday. Don’t they realize that you only do this once? GO JACKETS! BEAT DUKE!!!

Clyde

November 12th, 2012
10:34 pm

What is there to fear UGA Grad?

George Stein

November 12th, 2012
10:34 pm

Who’s Yech?

OR

November 12th, 2012
10:44 pm

UGA grad– spurrier summoned it up before the beginning of the the year. UGA was the team to beat, they had the easiest road to Atlanta. It was proven true. UGA beat no one of value and is in the SECCG. As they said in Columbia, OVERRATED. Yes u did finally beat FLA, thanks to the 6 TO gift.

UGA grad Class of 1800

November 12th, 2012
10:48 pm

Gift? Florida had only turned the ball over 4 times ALL SEASON heading into that game meaning they didn’t turn the ball over at all. Yet our defense forced 6.

UGA grad Class of 1800

November 12th, 2012
10:52 pm

Georgia and Georgia Tech have met 104 times in what is dubbed Clean Old Fashioned Hate. The Bulldogs lead the overall series 62-37-5.

gt110215

November 12th, 2012
10:56 pm

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 12th, 2012
10:57 pm

Ga. So. will expose something about UGA that will be very helpful for GT. The dogs are done.

UGA grad Class of 1800

November 12th, 2012
10:58 pm

WRONG! GA Southern (2nd best team in the state btw) will give us extra reps vs. GT. And we’ll shut GT down.

fuzzybee78

November 12th, 2012
11:02 pm

Focus on Duke, wasnt last year 38-31? Way to close, they are better and will be motivated against our defense. Hold the ball, turn em over, TD not FG.

Bullfrogs can wait a week, let GaSouthern bruise up their shins:)

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 12th, 2012
11:02 pm

UGA will drop out of the top 10 before the SECCG. And then be embarrassed by Alabama. ” GO JACKETS “

Clyde

November 12th, 2012
11:03 pm

I have to give it to GT football this year, it has been one wild ride so far.

The Necromacer

November 12th, 2012
11:11 pm

UGA fans don’t care enough about Tech to come post on the Tech blog.

UGA grad Class of 1800

November 12th, 2012
11:14 pm

Georgia isn’t Presbyterian! LOL

Supersize that order, mutt

November 12th, 2012
11:15 pm

1800…….you won’t even shut Ga Southern down, much less Tech. The mutts will be the eagles, but not because of the mutt defense, that’s for sure. Choke Grantham doesn’t have a clue how to stop the triple option when it’s run the way it should be run.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 12th, 2012
11:16 pm

Georgia’s not BYU either. BYU is better

UGA grad Class of 1800

November 12th, 2012
11:19 pm

Oh really? LMAO…and you say Grantham can’t shut down the triple option? It’s impossible to shut it down all the way because it’s so diverse, but he did contain it and held you guys to 17 points last year and 7 of those points came vs. the backups! LMAO

UGA grad Class of 1800

November 12th, 2012
11:20 pm

Jefferson Davis Hogg

November 12th, 2012
11:22 pm

Congrats on the oppurtunity to be Coastal champs bugs. Agreed, VL is the better of the two QB’s by far in my eye’s and any coach should want his best players on the field irregardless of their seniority. Not sure why, at this point, why CPJ wouldn’t just go ahead and name VL the starter and get it over with. I see a much improved GT squad coming around despite their defense and I could see them presenting a tough challenge to FSU in the big game. Tech seems to have figured out now if we can’t stop’em, outscore’em…I still see my Dawgs winning our game against you guys but even not knowing what the spread will be I would be willing to take GT and the points in a shoot out. Cant get a gauge on this one. Gotta play the triple option 2 straight weeks and hope the game against GSU gives us a heads up on GT…Could be 60 -45 or maybe 42-40 against GT…who knows…Good luck against a now formidable Duke team and Go Dawgs!

Ken Sugiura

November 12th, 2012
11:49 pm

AlabamaRW – I’ll have a Will Jackson update tomorrow.
KG – good idea. don’t know if it’ll be full-blown story, but worth listing. thanks.
1800 – if you want to contribute to the discussion, please keep posting. if not, don’t.
Houlihan – i see where you’re coming from, but i’d say bernard staying under 100 had more to do with UNC splitting snaps than Tech’s defense.

superDawg

November 12th, 2012
11:59 pm

Ya’ll are funny.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 13th, 2012
12:04 am

@ superDawg…..you never came tailgating with us like you said you would do