Notes: Washington looking like starter for Tech

1. Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson still wasn’t saying Tuesday who the Yellow Jackets’ starting quarterback will be Saturday against Duke.

But it wasn’t difficult to at least figure out which way he was leaning.

“The way we’re doing it has been working pretty well,” Johnson said Tuesday, speaking of the rotation with starter Tevin Washington and backup Vad Lee. “Unless something crazy happens in practice, that’s probably the way we’ll do it. We’ll see.”

The past two weeks, Washington started the first two series and then Lee played the next two. Against Maryland Nov. 3, they continued to rotate in that pattern. Against North Carolina this past Saturday, Lee played the rest of the way after leading the offense to touchdowns in his first two possessions. Tech set a school record for points in an ACC game in its 68-50 defeat of the Tar Heels.

“Vad’s got a long time to play football here, and if he plays as well as he played on Saturday and that kind of thing, then he’s going to play the majority of the snaps,” Johnson said.

Johnson noted, though, that Washington actually graded 20 points higher than Lee in the North Carolina game. Besides fighting fatigue, Lee made mistakes in reads and pre-snap checks, but either he or his teammates often managed to overcome them.

Lee “made a lot of mistakes he can learn from, but the bottom line is he found a way to get the ball in the end zone,” quarterbacks and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon said.

For his part, Lee professed to not care about starting.

“Tevin is our starter,” Lee said. “That’s how it’s been all year. That’s my mindset going into the game.”

2. The ACC indicated Sunday that, in the event of a three-way tie between Miami, North Carolina and Tech, that Tech could win a tiebreaker and play in the ACC championship game if Virginia were to finish fourth in the Coastal Division. That remains true, but there is no way for Virginia to finish fourth in the division in that scenario, the ACC confirmed Tuesday.

In either of two possible situations in which the Hurricanes, Tar Heels and Jackets finish tied at 5-3, the fourth-place team would be Duke. In that case, by the league’s tiebreaker rules, Miami would be the Coastal representative. Tech’s only on-field course to reach the ACC championship game is for the Jackets to beat Duke and Duke to beat Miami Nov. 24. There is still the possibility that Miami will self-impose a postseason ban in response to its NCAA investigation and eliminate itself from contention, in which case Tech would win simply by beating Duke.

3. A week after blocking 80 defenders to the ground against Maryland in 60 offensive plays, the Jackets stacked up 100 against North Carolina on 79 plays. Johnson said they were the highest totals since he came to Tech before the 2008 season.

Against the Tar Heels, the offensive line had 69. A-back Robbie Godhigh, who scored touchdowns on three consecutive touches in the third quarter, had 13.

Said offensive line coach Mike Sewak of the linemen, “They’re just playing like they should play.”

4. B-back Marcus Allen, who is redshirting, could switch to linebacker, Johnson said. He said a decision would be made either after the season or going into spring practice. He is one of 14 13 true freshmen out of the 17-member signing class who is redshirting. At his Tuesday news conference, Johnson praised several, including defensive lineman Patrick Gamble, linebackers Beau Hankins and Tyler Stargel and wide receiver Micheal Summers, among others.

Said Johnson, “There’s a pretty good nucleus of guys that we’re redshirting that we feel good about.”

5. Offensive tackle Will Jackson is likely to be doubtful for Saturday’s game, Johnson said. Players are also dealing with a flu bug.

“Hopefully it’s early enough in the week that we’ll get em back,” Johnson said. “You hope that you don’t lose anybody else. When that stuff starts, you never know.”

Thanks for reading. I’ll have more up Wednesday morning.

In case you missed it…

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Notes: Johnson to again wait on naming starting QB

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

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

85 comments Add your comment

Ga Tech Old Timer

November 13th, 2012
9:47 pm

That’s the way it should be – he’s a senior and this is his last home game. He’s put in the work and he deserves the recognition.


November 13th, 2012
9:48 pm

Ga Tech Old Timer

November 13th, 2012
9:48 pm

By the way – first – for those of you who really care about such things.


November 13th, 2012
9:48 pm


November 13th, 2012
9:50 pm

darn, second. I think they both ought to rotate. I f thats the way you can do the best for the team.

Teddy Roosevelt

November 13th, 2012
9:56 pm

Tevin starts, and whoever gives us the best chance to win will play the rest of the game.


November 13th, 2012
9:57 pm

Would Vad have made a difference between Tech and Duke common opponents???
Maybe the “UNC” Vad might have but he didnt exist at the start of the season—

GT and Duke have 3 common opponents–VT, Clemson, UVA

Same result — lost to VT and Clemson and both beat UVA

Scores VT 41- Duke 20 VT 20 – GT 17
Clem 56 -Duke 20 Clem47- GT 31
UVA 17- Duke 42 UVA20- GT 56
Totals Opp 196 Duke 82 Opp191 GT 104

This is all TW QB scores but not sure Vad makes much difference in these scores, maybe some.

Both Defenses are about even on common opponents
GT has scored 22 more points vs same opponents or say 1 TD/game

I believe last years game was 38-31 Tech W in Durham, and they are some better.

Difference maker is Vad keeping us on the field and scoring every possession. 50+ points! Hold the ball!
Duke may put 30+ on us again–Turnovers and penalties could kill us.


November 13th, 2012
10:02 pm

Ken, thanks again.
Saw the video of the news conference and I concluded the same as you.

One question I would like to ask CPJ is will he and his staff benefit from watching GaSouthern game film against UGA more than in past years when they only had last years film to study???


November 13th, 2012
10:15 pm

I know Gotsis and Autry are two of the three true freshmen that have played this year. Who is the third?

Just figured it out as I was typing. It’s the punter, right?

Let’s get bowl eligible Jackets, and get Lee about fifteen extra practices and an additional game to get ready for 13′.

yeller bug

November 13th, 2012
10:18 pm

If we hold Duke under 30 points then I’d be satisfied. If we score less than 49, I’ll be upset.


November 13th, 2012
10:21 pm

No mention of Francis Kallon ?? It’s funny cause Anthony Autry is a 2 star and he didn’t get redshirted initially. This team should be interesting with Gotis in the middle and possibly Kallon & Gamble on the edges, I’ve heard Gamble and Kallon are mountains..

Tevin should start, its senior’s day right..

Duke will not be an easy out they have a good offense, that spreads the field and attacks. For GT to win it’s going to have to be another shoot out.


November 13th, 2012
10:22 pm

@ToeMeetsLeather I think DJ White.


November 13th, 2012
10:26 pm

Thanks for the stats Fuzzybee! You take statistics at Tech when you were there :)
It’s Senior Day Saturday. Of course TW will start. Vad doesn’t seem to mind, he knows he will play too.
Go Jackets!

FL Jacket

November 13th, 2012
10:31 pm

TML…Ryan Rodwell (P) as well. It’s actually 13 out of 17 who haven’t burned it yet.

The 2012 commits who haven’t burned the RS are…
Justin Thomas
Dennis Andrews
Chase Roberts
Freddie Burden
Marcus Allen
Travin Henry
Micheal Summers
Pat Gamble
Francis Kallon
Rod Chungong
Beau Hankins
Tyler Stargel
Lynn Griffin

Jacket TIme

November 13th, 2012
10:42 pm

This is a must win. No mistakes and the offense needs to be rolling again. Vad needs to bring that “it” factor again. You know you’re good when you don’t properly execute and still make big plays. Pure awesomeness. We have been waiting too long for a qb like this.


November 13th, 2012
10:47 pm

@FLJacket Thx

If Marcus Allen switches to Defense then 2012 would be a Strong Defensive Class

The 2012 commits who haven’t burned the RS are…

Justin Thomas QB
Dennis Andrews AB
Chase Roberts OL
Freddie Burden OL
Marcus Allen LB/BB
Travin Henry WR
Micheal Summers WR
Pat Gamble DE
Francis Kallon DE
Rod Chungong DE
Beau Hankins LB
Tyler Stargel LB
Lynn Griffin S

Losing that OL & Tuit really hurt though.


November 13th, 2012
10:53 pm

remember the O’Reily kid from Auburn is OL 6-5 300# is sitting out for transfer


November 13th, 2012
10:54 pm

@GT Girl
yea I took it TWICE:)

Ken Sugiura

November 13th, 2012
11:03 pm

it is 13. my mistake.

1 4 GT

November 13th, 2012
11:17 pm

Guys, did y’all read that about 100 pancake blocks in 79 plays? That is durn good against a D that was ranked in the top 20 against the run. And Godhigh had 13 of ‘em! By God, that’s awesome! Tell me that kid won’t play in the NFL! And that quote from Bohanon about Lee making mistakes, but still finding ways to score. Man, that bodes very well for Tech’s future. WOOOOOWEEEEE! GOOOOO JACKETS THWGeorgie BEAT DUKE


November 13th, 2012
11:26 pm

We may be in for more 2 QB’s next year as well if JT doesnt beat our VL, then he has got to play to get game experience if GOD FORBID Vad got hurt.

RB get to come out after a tough 10-20 yard or more run, but not the QB! Vad was spent after a late run at UNC.

yeller bug

November 14th, 2012
12:17 am

As to fuzzybee78’s comment—that’s why they should sub the QB position. We have two good QBs and the QB position runs more than all the A backs combined. IT should be obvious that a winded QB doesn’t throw as nearly well as one who’s not. If you have TW and he gets a 20 yd gain, then put in Vad for a couple of plays—run the pistol, maybe go no huddle—keep the defense guessing and off balance. Same if Vad gets a big run, bring in TW. We shouldn’t commit ourselves to alternating series—make it situational and keep’em fresh!


November 14th, 2012
12:18 am

Need to get Vad ready for UGA. Tevin should start and Vad should finish. ” CRANK IT UP JACKETS “


November 14th, 2012
12:47 am

Duke will bring the A game, how bout the home crowd at BDS do the same—show these SR and this team we appreciate the turnaround and get some momentum for the showdown in Athens!

see ya there!


November 14th, 2012
1:37 am

Tech has a football team this year??

dwight l smith

November 14th, 2012
4:50 am

Enter your comments here

dwight l smith

November 14th, 2012
5:04 am

A word to Tech fans from a fan that has followed Tech for sixty plus years. I love their fight song. The best. I love their schools which try to educate their student athletes. I have loved supported and buried several pets that I loved like my children. They gave me everything they had. They were loyal, loving and trusted me without question. Many things in animals and people in our lives have given me warm and loving memories. Not one of my dogs ever won anytiing their names were ever noted in any publication. They were all five star members of my family. And the warm and loving memories that keep filling my spirit are immeasurable. I happen to believe in God and honestly believe I will see beau, amos, ‘Annie, sweet pea. boo, in dog heaven


November 14th, 2012
5:47 am

Dwight are you drinking scotch?


November 14th, 2012
6:03 am

No Gray, but he did just demolish a box of Twinkies.



November 14th, 2012
6:08 am

Just beat Duke this week and worry about everything after. ONE game at a time.

5150 UOAD

November 14th, 2012
7:53 am

Tevin should start he is a Senior……
Just beat DUKE and the rest we just have to wait on….
That is a Lot of Players on the ground….
Marcus Allen to LB must meant we are happy with the other B-Backs


November 14th, 2012
8:02 am

Beat Duke, get bowl eligible. Vad neds the extra practices and the Bowl game to help get set up for next year. Thinking about options to get to the ACC Championship Game is way premature.


November 14th, 2012
8:06 am

GT was the only school to look at him as a BBack..

Max Sizemore

November 14th, 2012
8:07 am

That’s beautiful, Dwight. Thanks.

Go Jackets

November 14th, 2012
8:12 am

Senior Day…..that is all.


November 14th, 2012
8:14 am

Yes ok he can start. Run one play then go to the bench as they do in basketball. Vad is the reason we are winning games. He bring a new domension to the qb position that tevin doesnt. Actualy like 3.


November 14th, 2012
8:17 am

Goodbye, ACC Championship.

Freddie Blassie

November 14th, 2012
8:45 am

Thanks Dwight.

Birmingham Jacket

November 14th, 2012
8:56 am

CPJ is not very bright.

Vad Lee is clearly better than Washington, and should have been playing all season.

I will never understand the stupid coach-jock mentality of playing the “senior” because he’s put his time him in, and “earned it”.

Gailey did the same stupid thing with Reggie Ball.

Hope it doesn’t come down to a 1 posession game, and we lose with Washington having played the first series, with no points to show for his “Senior Day” pony show start.

5150 UOAD

November 14th, 2012
9:11 am

Wear the GOLD HELMETS………….Stop the white helmets with the honey comb………If we wear the white helmets do the OLD ones with the Old uniforms…….


November 14th, 2012
9:15 am

Vad was winded in the 4th quarter against NC. I really thought number 13 was going to get back in. It was that obvious.


November 14th, 2012
9:27 am

middle tennessee state


November 14th, 2012
9:28 am


November 14th, 2012
9:28 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

Is not going to a bowl better than losing again????

5150 UOAD

November 14th, 2012
9:30 am

MATT…………shouldn’t be be watching one of the twilight movies?

GT Joe

November 14th, 2012
9:57 am

All you TW fans used to say what CPJ used to say: “we need to play the QB that gives us the best chance to win, and that’s TW”.

But now, vs. Duke, a good team, the biggest MUST WIN of the season, you all want to start Tevin because he’s a senior?

If Tevin was half the man you guys think he is, he’d tell CPJ to start Vad. What REAL player wants a “token” start?

Ken Sugiura

November 14th, 2012
10:01 am

dwight nailed it.
welcome back, joe.
new post coming up in a couple minutes.

yeller bug

November 14th, 2012
10:13 am

My hope through Nov—that both Duke and GT finish the season 7-5.

George Stein

November 14th, 2012
10:16 am

I disagree with Johnson here. Vad proved himself capable Saturday. Further, Nesbitt started at Vad’s age with a full year less coaching, and that worked out just fine, I’d say.

GT Dude

November 14th, 2012
10:19 am

@GT14 just to make sure you understand that was 100 blocks that put “defenders on the ground” not pancakes. A pancake is to knock the defender backwards to the point that he falls backwards and lands on his butt. When a blocker cuts the legs out from under a defender and he falls to the ground in any direction that counts in “defenders to the ground” score