Notes: Tech honed in on Bulldogs

1. A spot in the ACC Championship game is great and all, but Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson intends to keep his team’s sights trained on Georgia. In a roughly seven-minute media session following the Yellow Jackets’ Monday practice, he mentioned players or coaches being focused on the Bulldogs, their need to be focused on them or the game’s importance no fewer than eight different times.

Coaches didn’t celebrate the announcement of Miami’s self-imposed postseason ban because “we’ve been kind of tunnel-visioned on getting ready to play Georgia,” he said. He didn’t have an opinion on any advantages of the Yellow Jackets’ being an underdog because “I’m just worried about Georgia.” He won’t assign any staff member to start preparing a scouting report on Florida State because “we’re focused on Georgia.”

The attention to Saturday’s game is undoubtedly necessary. The Jackets are 1-3 against Georgia in Johnson’s tenure, part of a 1-10 record in the past 11 games. The 2012 Bulldogs appear to be the best Georgia team that Johnson has faced.

“The quarterback (Aaron Murray) is a long-time starter and a good player,” he said. “They’ve got a good receiving corps, the freshman running backs (Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall) are really good and then defensively, they’ve probably got four or five first-round draft picks. A lot of talent on that team, no question.”

He did throw a curveball in response to a question about the possibility of the Bulldogs looking past Tech to the SEC Championship game against Alabama.

“I wouldn’t think so, but I don’t know,” he said. “I’m worried about Georgia Tech.”

2. Johnson gave a positive report on A-back Orwin Smith, who left the Duke game Saturday in the second half with an ankle injury and did not return. Johnson said that “I think he’ll be O.K.” for the Georgia game. Smith is Tech’s leading rusher at 61.2 yards per game and most dynamic offensive player. His career 9.4 yards-per-carry average is the highest of any active FBS player with 100 or more carries.

Said Johnson, “We’re hopeful  that we’re not going to lose anybody for Saturday.”

3. Coaches named quarterback Tevin Washington, outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu and safety Isaiah Johnson as offense, defensive and special-teams players of the week, respectively. Washington tied his career high with three touchdown passes and also set the ACC and school career records for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with his 36th career touchdown. He led Tech on five touchdown drives overall.

Attaochu had five tackles and two sacks. It was his second multi-sack game in the past three. Johnson’s special-teams play included an open-field tackle on a Duke kickoff return. Johnson plays on multiple special-teams units.

No Tech players were named ACC players of the week. Washington, Attaochu and offensive tackle Ray Beno were nominated at their respective position groups.

5. A week after recording 100 knockdown blocks against North Carolina, which was a team best in Johnson’s five seasons, the Tech offense did one better, putting Duke defenders on the ground 101 times on 86 plays. Guard Shaquille Mason was responsible for 28 of those blocks.

Said Johnson, “It’s going in the right direction.

6. Tickets for the ACC title game are on sale through the Tech ticket office. For more information, visit ramblinwreck.com or call 1-888-832-4849. Ticket information is also available at accfootballcharlotte.com. On ticket re-sale website stubhub.com, tickets were available Monday evening starting at $7.99. … Johnson said he didn’t have an opinion on Maryland’s departure from the ACC to the Big Ten because he hadn’t given it much thought as “I’ve been kind of preoccupied.”

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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Huntsville Yellow Jacket

November 19th, 2012
10:10 pm

dog kicker

November 19th, 2012
10:19 pm

Just win baby!!

GT-UT

November 19th, 2012
10:21 pm

GT-UT

November 19th, 2012
10:21 pm

collegeballfan

November 19th, 2012
10:22 pm

As I keep repeating, if the GT OL can block the UGA defense, GT has a chance to score enough points to win the game.

TechFanForever

November 19th, 2012
10:24 pm

As first as I have ever been…

TechFanForever

November 19th, 2012
10:28 pm

The best counter puncher coach in college football, I’ll take CPJ’s look at UGA playing GA Southern over Todd Gratham’s look at GA Southern any day. Now if only we had 4 and 5 star players across the board and on the bench. GO JACKETS!

fuzzybee78

November 19th, 2012
10:34 pm

Shock the World baby! Shock the World!
We are clicking on offense. Stay on the field and eat clock.
Got to get some timely sacks on Murray and a turnover or two and its—
Shock the Bulldog World beyond the imaginable—
08 was surprising— with whats a stake for the Dogs, to lose this game is the worst nightmare IMAGINABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5150 UOAD

November 19th, 2012
10:39 pm

Bobo and MURRAY are 3 and 9 against top 25 teams.
Kentucky
Tennessee
Mizzou
and
Buffalo
played enough football to keep MURRAY and Gurley in the game until the last minutes of the 4th quarter.
UGa ain’t that good.

5150 UOAD

November 19th, 2012
10:41 pm

TechFanForever
November 19th, 2012
10:24 pm

As first as I have ever been…
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Yes your wife had to settle with you cause nobody wanted to be Fifth. :roll: :)

5150 UOAD

November 19th, 2012
10:44 pm

Honey Boo Boo Girl could graduate from UGa in 5 years with better grades than 80% of the UGa football and basketball players right now…..

T-time

November 19th, 2012
10:50 pm

Try to avoid percentages. It may confuse them. :)

GTGirl

November 19th, 2012
11:06 pm

Go Jackets! Play your best game ever and wear the gold helmets!

fuzzybee78

November 19th, 2012
11:10 pm

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November 19th, 2012
11:12 pm

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RunningDog

November 19th, 2012
11:28 pm

“Bobo and MURRAY are 3 and 9 against top 25 teams.”

Fantastic! I’m glad then that Tech’s not even a top 50 team.

4 Natl Chmpshps

November 19th, 2012
11:50 pm

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4 Natl Chmpshps

November 19th, 2012
11:56 pm

Open wide, Georgie, and get ready for a fist full of triple option….then their lucky coach will go from St Richt to chisick-Dooley-joker get him out of here. He’s not the source of disdain, it’s the trailer park trash dillusional fans who still sleep with Herschels jock strap around their face.

4 National Championships

November 20th, 2012
12:31 am

NightmareDawg

November 20th, 2012
1:04 am

The Dawgs are not going to let Tech turn their season into a nightmare, and will come at you on all cylinders the whole game. BTW, Johnson is a has been, but don’t fire him. He is the best Tech gift for Jawja in years. Sweet dreams….

Dawgssuk

November 20th, 2012
1:07 am

For the love of all thats just and right, Jackets please shut these dirty dawgs up…I would LOVE nothing better than to rain on the doggy parade. Who wants to make a wager on how long it takes “the trailer-trash brats” to run poor Richt outta town after its over. UGA loses to Tech and Richt is gone….

Dawg1

November 20th, 2012
1:32 am

Will ignore the garbage – and there is plenty of it.

I admire the enthusiasm; but I just do not see it.

The key to stopping the option is to take away the B back and then simply hit your assignmens. It requires fast and physical line backers – which Georgia happens to have. I believe that UGA’S defense matches up very well with the option. Feel free to look at the Georgia Southern game as hope. I see it as a tune up. Almost like a scrimmage. (And that is no knock against Georgia Southern – they played their heart out).

On offense, Tech has averaged giving up just over 30 a game and over 32 a game in the last four (with Maryland in that group). Georgia is averaging around 37 points a game.

Both teams are motivated; but you might think that because of the past years that UGA would think that they ‘got this’. But with a potential shot at a National Championship – I just cannot see them looking past the Jackets.

And the game is in Athens.

It’s Tech – Georgia. You never know; but the numbers and history says you go with the Dawgs.

For the one’s coming up to the game. – travel safe and good luck against FSU.

yeller bug

November 20th, 2012
2:01 am

@Dawg1—on paper you should win by 17 or so.

Taking away the B-back is critical, but a little harder in your 3-4 as there is more open space up the middle. Tech doesn’t have a Dwyer or Allen, but they’ll get 2.5 to 4 yds up the middle as our center should fight your NT to a draw. This may slow down the game and limit possessions although I do not think Tech can have many long drives–your D is too good. It will be jab, jab, and then try something unique (like passing the ball) in order for us to consistently score. Aside from special teams play which can always change a game, the two keys are the trenches for Tech—can they win the LOS on offense and hoping for turnovers on D as Tech will not be able to stop UGA’s pass attack. Murray will have time to throw—hope his receivers have Roberto Duran syndrome—hands of stone.

Smitty

November 20th, 2012
2:02 am

not to many tech grads come back from India or China to see the games…right?

Smitty

November 20th, 2012
2:06 am

yeller bug….good evaluation of what may happen. I am a Dawgs but you are right on… should be a great game

Smitty

November 20th, 2012
2:08 am

yeller bug….Dawgs speed could be difference but you know anything could happen

Sunbury Dawg

November 20th, 2012
4:16 am

Nov 24 2012 State Championship
I just think the dawgs will be ready because there is too much to lose.
I also believe Tech will bring their a game. If Ga gets up fast on tech it is over by halftime.
If not the game will go to the third quarter and be put away in the forth.

Island Jacket

November 20th, 2012
6:19 am

Just play your game and it will work out. I am sure (ACI) think they have this game in hand, but they are in for a fight. I know they are over looking us. They are concern about Alabama. They really haven’t played anyone this year besides SC aand FL… and you see what happened in those 2 games. ACI ws dominated by SC and had to depend on FL 6 turnoers to win.

Hate week has begun.

GO JACKETS
THWG ACI (Athens Correctional Institution)

son's who?

November 20th, 2012
6:29 am

I am a lifelong DAWG fan, but I do want to say I am happy for the GT coaches and players who didn’t quit on their season. Just like CMR told his team after getting smacked down in Columbia, there was still plenty left to play for the rest of the season. Good luck AFTER Saturday. :)

p.s. To all the fans of both teams who populate the blog pages: Take shots at each other, but stop taking shots at the kids. At least ACT like you have a little bit of maturity.

Old Dog

November 20th, 2012
6:44 am

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

blackandwhitestripes

November 20th, 2012
6:50 am

the mutts are a very over rated football team and have only played one good team to date. South Carolina. Lets see, what was the score of that game?

COASTAL CHAMPS

November 20th, 2012
7:05 am

The score of that game was 35-7

son's who?

November 20th, 2012
7:06 am

Let’s see, what was the score of MTSU-GT?

TJ

November 20th, 2012
7:06 am

C’mon Fish Fry…get your mind right. ACCC is where it’s at!

RambleOn84

November 20th, 2012
7:12 am

Florida is a good team…we are not.

I’m all for enthusiasm and hope, but let’s not start throwing stones at Georgie’s season. We live in a very fragile glass house.

I certainly hope we can pull this one out, and I think we have a legitimate shot at the upset.

MC

November 20th, 2012
7:14 am

All of a sudden GT fans are delusional again. UGA will score so many points on this D that there won’t be enough possessions to come close. The talent gap is just massive.

JB

November 20th, 2012
7:15 am

Tech, like GSU will hang around for a quarter or two. GSU probably has a better defense than Tech. 21-17 Dawgs first half. 45-31 Dawgs final. Tech will have 300 + yards rushing. Dawgs almost 400 passing and 150 rushing. Tech will have less than 100 passing.

JB

November 20th, 2012
7:17 am

Congrats Tech on your Divisional title. Nice work. Well deserved.

RambleOn84

November 20th, 2012
7:24 am

The talent gap is no bigger than most years.

Thenumber34

November 20th, 2012
7:42 am

Techies…your comments are a joke. You talk about our loss to SC…four letters for you…MTSU. We are going to work you every which way on Saturday. And, lastly, $7.99 for ACC Championship tickets, Really?!? Y’all are so irrelevant.

COASTAL CHAMPS

November 20th, 2012
7:46 am

The Dawgs are worried.

adams 56

November 20th, 2012
7:49 am

All good things come to an end. Bulldogs have had their run, now get ready for the Jackets. Although the Puppies have a little more firepower this year. Get ready for them to suck the next few! “Go Jackets”

tired from all the frustrations of being a yellow jacket

November 20th, 2012
8:01 am

AAron murray is a fine QB, make no mistake and will torch the Tech defenders. But Tech has face many good QB’s this year=some a lot more mobile than Murray. The only difference is that the Dawg of line is a lot better than the teams that Tech has faced. I believe that we will see more blitzing saturday than before. If Tech can block like they have the last two weeks this will be a shootout and make no mistake, tech will get their points. In my opinion, Tech will be the best team that Ga has faced this year-including USC. Florida gave them the game and kentucky scared the pants off them. Tech can win this game!!

Reebok

November 20th, 2012
8:02 am

I’m going to ignore the crap and trolling and just say that Georgia is simply much more talented…that being said, UGA has a lot to lose in this game, and if Tech were to get a break or two early and get out in front…and then start chewing up clock with some long drives…well, Oregon and Kansas State showed what can happen last weekend when a team with a chance to do big things starts feeling the pressure. Realistically, I don’t see Tech winning, but I don’t think it will be easy for the Dogs.

ramblingbuzz

November 20th, 2012
8:14 am

I think Tech has a chance to win. My main concern is that UGA always seems a lot more prepared against GT than they do against their weaker SEC E brethren.

40 year Dawg fan

November 20th, 2012
8:21 am

tech wins the Coastal. UGA wins the East. tech is 6-6. UGA is 10-1. tech plays in the Almost College Conference. UGA plays in one of the 3 best football conferences (AFC, NFC, SEC). This is clean old fashioned hate we’re talking about, anything can happen…..but it wont. Dawgs win by 10.

Aaron Murray is my b-tch

November 20th, 2012
8:28 am

Tech not only has a chance to win, we have a chance to crush them dirty dawgs – a la USC. It might be a one in a million chance, but so was winning the coastal with 3 division losses.

Coach Z

November 20th, 2012
8:29 am

Tech’s OL should be telling themselves on every play to “hold the line!” Indeed, it will be the strong play of Tech’s OL and blocking of Godhigh that will make the difference on Tech’s TO success. Duh right. I dont watch UGA games, but their fans seems to think that all the D has to do is show up and block a B-Back or Jarvis Jones must eye the QB, what they fail to mention is that group that stands between them and their target, Tech’s OL. Hold the line fellas and at least we’ll score TDs.
Good luck Jackets on game day, this guy will be rooting for you.

Neslon

November 20th, 2012
8:38 am

JB, GT is nothing like GSU brother. I mean I know you love UGA and hate Tech, but don’t let that blind you that Tech isn’t as bad as you think. They will take it to Georgia and then some. But please keep thinking that it’s a shoe in for UGA.

Old Dirty Dog

November 20th, 2012
8:51 am

GA has everything to play for. It’s all on the line this weekend w/ national title implications right there… 2 wins to the NC game. You can bet the Dawgs will be focused and hell bent on destroying this Tech team when the whistle blows.