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

Supersize that order, mutt

November 13th, 2012
12:05 am

@ Jefferson Davis……FINALLY an intelligent UGA fan. Nice post

UGA grad Class of 1800

November 13th, 2012
12:06 am

Up yours Ken! Dawgs own your pathetic team!

Supersize that order, mutt

November 13th, 2012
12:06 am

WHOA !!!! That got UOAD banned. Get him, Ken

Supersize that order, mutt

November 13th, 2012
12:07 am

1800……you do realize, don’t you, that this is Ken’s blog, and HE calls the shots here. not you or any of the rest of us.

UGA grad Class of 1800

November 13th, 2012
12:22 am

Ken ain’t nobody

Really?

November 13th, 2012
12:36 am

“Tech couldn’t beat MTSU or BYU, they can’t beat us.” Every UNC fan I read on their blogs….beware UGA fans, beware.

Aaron Murray is my b-tch

November 13th, 2012
1:24 am

I really hope the Bullfrawgs do well against Southern. It’ll make the loss to GT all the more painful.

Jimmy

November 13th, 2012
2:38 am

One good game by your offense and you Tech fans are talking all this trash. Too funny. Do any of you really think that Tech has any chance against the fifth ranked team in the entire nation? Vad will probably lead the team to a few TDs, AFTER the outcome has been decided. Gurshall runs through your weak D, then Murray goes up top via play action for a few scores. Final score: 48-21 Dawgs in a laugher.

Vulture

November 13th, 2012
5:20 am

“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.”

trueblueeagle

November 13th, 2012
6:00 am

Bring on them doggies so we can beat them….GO EAGLES

ramblingbuzz

November 13th, 2012
7:46 am

Hard to tell on TV, but it did seem like the D got a little energy from the O’s success in the 2nd half last week. We do need to find a way to get more pressure on the QB. Both Duke and Murray will pick us apart if allowed to stay in the pocket and pick out receivers. Our O is going to need to be very efficient in both games.

Jacket Detective

November 13th, 2012
7:54 am

Ken,
I know you do not really like to be the disciplanarian but UGA grad class of 1800 has gone over the line you set with 5150.
His insults ought to be good for at least a month ban.

Caleb King

November 13th, 2012
8:31 am

No UGA is not Presbyterian, Presbyterian actually goe to class and are not a bunch of thugs!!!!

GT Dude

November 13th, 2012
8:47 am

Dook should be the focus, we have not stopped a good passing attack all year, what makes you guys think we will all of a sudden do it this week? I for one am worried about the Dookies, not the cess pool crowd. If we don’t get a consistent pass rush it could be another nail biter.

I hope our players have their full attention on schemeing to beat Dook.

GT Dude

November 13th, 2012
8:59 am

An odd observation – I think when the UGA AD scheduled G-Southern before us he thought he was being really clever – warm up for the annual Tech game with a somewhat weaker team that runs a similar offense so the Defense really has two weeks to be prepared. Only thing is, Bama is the team laughing, while the dawgs are preparing for triple option offenses for two straight weeks they can’t afford to focus on bama for the SEC CG
Life does have its ironies

tooltime432

November 13th, 2012
9:13 am

I too am more worried about Duke. We need to come out with some intensity. Hopefully the offense can provide the spark, maybe the special teams again, or maybe god forbid the d can make a tackle. I feel like the start of games are critical for us to set the tone for the rest of the game.

Gt2

November 13th, 2012
9:19 am

Why would you not start the future? Stupid

10per

November 13th, 2012
9:22 am

Here’s hoping we can get a pass rush, or at least in position to make plays in the secondary. I am tired of seeing an opposing QB zip the ball down field at will with no defender within 5 yards. Opposing teams YAC much be huge against us.

VolGuy

November 13th, 2012
9:38 am

Hey UGA grad of 1800, I think you got it backwards…you’re a nobody. That’s why no one will miss you if you’re banned.

How bout them BEES!

November 13th, 2012
10:27 am

The hell with GA! We have bigger fish to fry! Beating Duke is far more important.

GTBob

November 13th, 2012
11:22 am

The hell with GA! We have bigger fish to fry! Beating Duke is far more important.

Oddly enough, the Duke game is more important than the UGA game this year. That must be a rare occurrence.

...Take The Wheel

November 13th, 2012
11:38 am

There are definitely bigger fish to fry. Beat Duke and we have a chance to shock the country in Charlotte!!! and then again at bowl!!

10 of 11

November 13th, 2012
11:39 am

Why? Since when has CPJ ever shown any loyalty or class towards his players, the media, or the fans? He isn’t waiting to save face for Tevin it is because he doesn’t like to ever admit he is wrong and was so wrong in this case waiting to play Vad. Unreal and stubborn.

I hope Tech fans realize they wouldn’t have lost to Middle Tennessee with Vad. All other outsiders to your program realize it and your coach is an egomaniac. Clearly dropped the ball literally and figuratively with this and will never admit it. In fact he will keep this crap up every week to try and cover for it.

Wow

1 4 GT

November 13th, 2012
11:56 am

The dwags are just a little concerned about GT this year, IMHO. Their comments here sorta lack their normal (if you can most dwags normal) level of bravado,

1 4 GT

November 13th, 2012
12:06 pm

WOW! 10 of 11 must be schizophrenic! Just a few minutes prior to his post here @ 11:39AM he made a somewhat congratulatory (in a backhanded way) comment concerning the UNC game & Vad Lee. Then he comes over here being rather insulting. Which one is the read one? Oh wait, they’re made by the same guy….a dwag. Answered my own question.

1 4 GT

November 13th, 2012
12:07 pm

@ 11:56 AM I left out a “call”

Jmonty

November 13th, 2012
12:15 pm

I really hope we beat Duke… Bowl eligible would be a win for this year. If we would beat UGA that would be so funny!! I would love to see us hang 60 points on the puppies.. If that would happen. Youw would see all these trolls go run and hide. However; this would be marked as one of the oddest years for Tech football. So unstable and unpredictable.

10 out of 11 supersized 14 GT

November 13th, 2012
12:35 pm

I think someone is using my name. After reading that post looks like a disgruntled tech fan to be honest. Just got to this article.

Seems to me they will let Tevin start because he is a senior then insert Vad but you never know. You should beat Duke. Noticed I said should lol

Still a dawg fan

10 out of 11 supersized 14 GT

November 13th, 2012
12:42 pm

On another article someone said I called out gtbob and u and supersize for using bad language which never happened. I couldn’t even find the post they were talking about but changed my email and name again just to be safe.

Island Jacket

November 13th, 2012
12:51 pm

It will be senior day…. TW will start….

Supersize that order, mutt

November 13th, 2012
1:13 pm

@ 10 out of 11……welcome to the antiquated world of ajc blogging. Several of us regular bloggers frequently have posts made under our names. We have complained about it, and though the ajc CLAIMS they are working to address it, they also say it is NOT a PRIORITY, which says to me that they really don’t give a damn.

1 4 GT

November 13th, 2012
1:25 pm

10 of 11….I think you misread the post on vulgarity. You & GTBob were noted as not using vulgarities was the way I read it. And like Supersize said, name stealing is a fairly common occurrence here & the higher ups don’t care enough to install a program that would stop it.

Einstein

November 13th, 2012
1:37 pm

Island Jacket, since it’s senior day TW will definitely start and that’s not a bad thing. In fact, the Washington & Lee tandem has proven pretty effective recently ……….. and thankfully PJ finally figured out that VL can play. Nice seeing him play himself to the top, man that guy can throw! Next year, the next year and VL’s senior year with all these young wide receivers, he’ll be setting passing records for PJ’s run first option offense and the running game will prove prolific, too, since a strong passing game will open up the running game even more than normal. Can you imagine having to defense VL by the time he’s a junior & a senior? Now if we can only develop a reasonable defense ……………………..

Kickin it with Cremins

November 13th, 2012
1:38 pm

Did you know that Florida Gators total passing yards only ranks one spot ahead of our high school offense? Now we just need a defense!
The future is bright…..THWG! Go Tech.

GT4Life

November 13th, 2012
1:42 pm

I’ll be cheering for Carolina on Thursday. I think they can win out (vs Virginia and Maryland). However, I’m not sure if Virginia can beat VT in their house. That’s the only way we’d win a tie breaker with Miami. Let’s just hope Miami drops one against Duke or they decide to forfeit a bowl this year.

GT Joe

November 13th, 2012
1:46 pm

Okay, seriously, the Tech coaches didn’t name Vad the offensive player of the week? WTF.

GT Joe

November 13th, 2012
1:56 pm

Imagine where we would be if CPJ saw Vad’s talent earlier (like spring 2012) and concentrated on Vad as season starter from the get-go.

The fact that Vad wasn’t offensive player of the week AND the fact that Vad isn’t starting against Duke tells me that CPJ has a soft spot for Tevin.

Fruck all that senior day BS. Do you want to win or what?

GT Joe

November 13th, 2012
2:09 pm

Actually, it would be an insult TO give a “token” start to Tevin on senior day…any real player would want to earn the start, not be given it.

If I were Tevin, I’d tell coach to let Vad start… If he did that, much respect…

Remember when

November 13th, 2012
2:30 pm

I got banned from michael carvell’s recruiting blog for asking why he was closing the comments section when he wrote a story about robert nkemdiche. I have never used any profanity or attacked anyone on these blogs like others have. They let idiots post and say all kinds of crazy things but if you question their journalism your gone!

macrotech

November 13th, 2012
3:21 pm

The way this season has played out….ANYTHING is possible! I could see us losing the next two games and I could see us winning the next two games! Time will tell….I left my crystal ball at the cleaners this week…APPARENTLY it had a number of smudges on it! ;)

By the way….was uga around in 1800?

North Ave Killer Beez

November 13th, 2012
3:38 pm

GT JOE a few fans on this blog may not care about wins. More so about who practices well and does the best in class. To bad that don’t account for wins. It’s like the no senior left behind rule. They don’t want to hurt TW’s feelings after all he as done for GT, like lose every big game. What a tough decision this must be for coach no brainer.

North Ave Killer Beez

November 13th, 2012
3:43 pm

The funny part is VAD engineered 68 points and listening to some people on here you would think PJ was out there in pads running QB. It is the season that could have been.

GT Fan Man

November 13th, 2012
3:55 pm

@Jimmy…do you REALLY believe that Ugag is the #5 ranked team in the nation? If so, I want some of what you’re smoking!!

Tech Troll 13

November 13th, 2012
4:01 pm

How did Vad engineer a kick-off return for a touchdown?

GT Joe

November 13th, 2012
4:07 pm

same way vad engineered the defense to give up just 14 in the 2nd half.

It’s called the The Vad Effect. In short, Vad’s energy is contagious.

GT Joe

November 13th, 2012
4:08 pm

That said, Vad didn’t engineer TW’s 1st TD.

GT Joe

November 13th, 2012
4:09 pm

But seriously, is it just me, or am I crazy about Vad not getting offensive player of the game?

GT Joe

November 13th, 2012
4:10 pm

it’s a stupid recognition, but it kinda shows the silly politics going on with the coaching staff… it’s almost like they don’t want a freshman to be the star, or they don’t want to show up tevin.

I don’t get it.

Tech Troll 13

November 13th, 2012
4:25 pm

I finally agree with you on something. You don’t get it.

How could you possibly know if there are politics involved? Godhigh scored 3 TD’s with one being an outstanding catch of an ill advised throw.

Why don’t you change your blog name to VL Joe? You seem to be more concerned about him than the team.

Coach Z

November 13th, 2012
4:28 pm

Hey Ken, write a feature story on Davis Sims. Maybe he too will have a break-out game.