Tech notes: Beno basking in moment

1. Georgia Tech offensive tackle Ray Beno is enjoying his moment in the sun.

In the Yellow Jackets’ 42-24 win over Duke Saturday, Beno caught a deflected pass, broke a tackle and ran for a key third-down conversion on a drive that ended with a touchdown. A Youtube video of the reception was closing in on 10,000 views Tuesday evening.

“I’m getting a big reaction from it,” he said. “I see people in the halls at the school, they’re like, ‘Beno! Good catch” – people I’ve never talked to.”

Beno took a photo next to a life-size poster of former Tech star Calvin Johnson in the football offices. His fellow linemen have given him grief over it, touting him for the Heisman Trophy and calling him Ray “Biletnikoff” Beno after the famed wide receiver.

True to offensive lineman form, Beno said he’s staying humble and not getting a big head.

“I’m just glad I made a play on Saturday,” he said.

Said coach Paul Johnson, “Now that we see he’s capable, we’ll have to get a whole system for him or a whole set of plays, see if we can pitch it to him on the option.”

2. A-back Orwin Smith (ankle) and guard Omoregie Uzzi (undisclosed) were among those held out of Tuesday’s practice. Johnson was hopeful that the Jackets will face Georgia with their full complement of starters. With the season grinding on, Johnson has been holding out players from parts of practice or entire practices to rest bumps.

“We’re going to play seven straight games again without a break,” he said. “If you don’t back off on them a little bit, you’re not going to have anybody left.”

Offensive tackle Will Jackson, who has not played since the Boston College game five games ago because of a shoulder injury, has returned to practice and will play Saturday. Morgan Bailey, who took over his right tackle spot, will remain the starter.

3. In his lengthy news conference Tuesday, Johnson spent time discussing quarterback Tevin Washington and backups Vad Lee and Justin Thomas. Johnson praised Washington for his consistency and said that Washington has at times borne the brunt of criticism for the shortcomings of teammates, a hazard of the position.

“I think he’s been resilient, he’s kept a pretty good attitude,” he said. “He’s just been a good kid, a good teammate, somebody that likes to compete. I think he’s gotten the max out of his ability.”

Johnson said that both Lee and Thomas have “that ‘it’ factor” as quarterbacks. Lee’s confidence is one reason why he said he has not rushed him onto the field.

“My big concern with him has been not to throw him to the wolves before he’s ready to be thrown to the wolves and lose that (confidence),” he said. “You want that guy to think he can beat the world, so we’ve kind of brought him along slowly.”

4. The flu bug that was passed around the team last week and kept defensive end Izaan Cross out of the Duke game still persists. Johnson caught it himself.

“We’ve got several guys with it,” he said, “so it’s an issue.”

Johnson called it “a viral thing” that seems to be working its way out of players’ systems in three or four days.

“You just don’t want a large group to get it Wednesday, Thursday,” he said. “That’d be the killer.”

Center Jay Finch, who dropped down to 250 pounds last year with an illness, has been taking precautionary measures.

“I started drinking Robitussin and taking Mucinex a month ago, just in case,” he said. “This always happens.”

5. Johnson on Georgia’s defense: “I mean, they’ve got some big jokers. That nose tackle (John Jenkins), they list him at, what, 350? That joker’s got to be closer to 400 pounds. He’s huge. He’s a big man.”

6. Johnson’s radio show will air regularly on Wednesday at 7 p.m. from the Hudson Grille Midtown. It can be heard on 790 the Zone and 106.7 FM.

41 comments Add your comment

TechApp fan

November 20th, 2012
10:26 pm

hope the dogs find out just what the “it” factor is…just a little too late.


November 20th, 2012
10:28 pm


November 20th, 2012
10:29 pm

Dang, second


November 20th, 2012
10:57 pm

We will need all our guys well and to play well come Saturday. Go Jackets! Stay healthy (and thirsty)

Jacket Time

November 20th, 2012
11:14 pm

Will be there this sat but man we need to play like we have never played before.

1 4 GT

November 20th, 2012
11:22 pm

When I saw the Beno play I thought it was some trickeration CPJ designed. Then a replay was shown on the jumbo TV & my thought was reinforced. From pretty high in the East stands to the West sideline, it looked like a designed play. Damn good reaction from Beno to make a play & get the 1st down

George Stein

November 20th, 2012
11:31 pm

What’s your call on the game, Ken?

Also, happy Thanksgiving to everyone (even UGA fans).


November 21st, 2012
6:18 am

Beno had a good game blocking as well. I saw him pancake a guy on the corner, get up, and then seal block another guy.

Jacket Detective

November 21st, 2012
7:30 am

Why is the flu a problem year after year?
Forget your dislike of Hewitt for a moment.
His last team with Shumpert was playing great.
With Iman getting triple doubles against ACC competition, Tech handled UNC and VT at home, easily in fact.
I was hoping the roll would continue but Oliver (outside shot) got the flu as did the 2nd string center.
Game over.
The ball went to Maryland’s center knowing Tech’s first sting center would get in foul trouble and there was no third stringer.
Today there is no longer any shortage of flu vacine as there used to be.
So why does this keep happening?

dry dirt road

November 21st, 2012
7:39 am

RE: 4 above, the flu bug, I hate to say this b/c I Tech grad who already had flu shot when it started to get cold in Oct., but apparently it is now revealed that the team preferred to wear pink during breast cancer awareness month, to have pink GTs on the field and to lose to Mcneice State at BD. If the medical theme during the breast cancer month did not do anything at all toward internalizing the need to get the team innoculated w/flu vaccine, including CPJ, then that means the team actually enjoyed wearing the pink powder puff football accessories. Tech wants to play in the Sissy Bowl this season and they can’t wait to wear some pink again.

old tech grad

November 21st, 2012
7:49 am

Many people including me pass on the flu vaccine because the reaction it gives me is best described as getting the flu. I would rather take my chances than for sure get the flu and still have the option of getting it again with some strain not covered by the vaccine.

Go Jackets, beat the dogs.


November 21st, 2012
8:00 am

Anything can happen..(as Rudy comes to mind) We have guys who play their heart (Tevin), and lay it on the line, but we just don’t have the horses… I hope they prove me wrong. Here is hoping for 3 more wins… and then some respect.. :)


November 21st, 2012
8:24 am

im with you gt4, dont have a lot of confidence in the pass defense stopping murray, but boy do i pray they prove me wrong and come up with a big game, need everyone healthy to pull this out.


November 21st, 2012
8:26 am

been watching football for over 60 years at all levels and beno’s catch and play for 1st down was one of the funniest and coolest plays i have ever seen.

Coach Z

November 21st, 2012
8:30 am

I hope the flu hits the Dawgs on Wednesday or Thursday. Nah, no ill-will toward the bulldogs. But I do hope Tech can shut down there LB core, get the pitch out quick and block down some CB. Would love to see Tevin make a pitch fake to the A-Back, faking Jarvis Jones out of his shoes, and taking the ball 50 yards for a TD. Then repeat that!!!


November 21st, 2012
8:39 am

See UGA fans…that is what you call a ‘Student Athlete”. He actually goes to classes. Let me say it slowly..CLASSES. Come on you you can do it. Can you say student athlete..Very good boys and girls.

Get the shot!

November 21st, 2012
8:56 am

“Many people including me pass on the flu vaccine because the reaction it gives me is best described as getting the flu. I would rather take my chances than for sure get the flu and still have the option of getting it again with some strain not covered by the vaccine. ”

You CANNOT get the flu from the flu vaccine. It is a killed virus! So you take your chances….get the flu….then give it to someone else who also chose not to get vaccinated, or can’t get vaccinated (babies under 6 months). Unless you have a medical contraindication to the vaccine (egg allergy)…get vaccinated. I don’t know why they don’t line the football team up in September and just get it over with!?


November 21st, 2012
9:07 am

“Would love to see Tevin make a pitch fake to the A-Back, FAKING JARVIS JONES OUT OF HIS SHOES, and taking the ball 50 yards for a TD. Then repeat that!!!”–Coach ZZZZZZ

Happy Thanksgiving to all of the Georgia Tech fans from a Dawg fan.
This year’s match up is exciting for both teams, and I hope my Dawgs will come out victorious!

But I had a good chuckle this morning reading Coach ZZZZ’s quote above. While I would never overlook Tech’s chance of upsetting my Dawgs, I don’t think anyone will be FAKING JARVIS JONES OUT OF HIS SHOES.

Go Dawgs!


November 21st, 2012
9:10 am

“See UGA fans…that is what you call a ‘Student Athlete”. He actually goes to classes. Let me say it slowly..CLASSES. Come on you you can do it. Can you say student athlete..Very good boys and girls.”–Old Gold and White

I would say AARON MURRAY is a pretty good example of a STUDENT ATHLETE. The kid is going for a MASTER’s DEGREE/PHD next Fall… Not bad.


November 21st, 2012
9:17 am

Let’s be real guys, with our defense we really don’t have much of a chance. I say 10% probability that we win. I’m praying that we somehow find a way to win but I just don’t see it watching this team last 11 games. Offense always slows down against a good D and puppies have a great D. I’m not sure how we’re going to stop Murry and RBs either. God please be with us.


November 21st, 2012
9:26 am

USMC Dawg… Yes you are right Murray is a smart kid. I didn’t have him in mind when I read this. Happy Thanksgiving to you also…


November 21st, 2012
9:30 am

Murray has been known to throw a pick or two. ” GO JACKETS “


November 21st, 2012
9:51 am

not enough hate on this board, suck it Dwags!


November 21st, 2012
10:22 am

“yea, he’s bad, bad, CPJ
the baddest man in the ACC,
badder than ole king kong,
meaner than them junkyard dawgs!”

1 4 GT

November 21st, 2012
10:39 am

USMC Dwag….Murray (or is it with an e?) is a rare breed. Tevin Washington is doing his masters work now. But you misspoke. You can’t work on a masters & a doctorate (PhD) together. 2 completely separate levels of education & 2 different diplomas.

Beat UGA

November 21st, 2012
10:40 am

Has the team ever heard of this new fangled invention called a FLU SHOT? Get one NOW!

1 4 GT

November 21st, 2012
10:41 am

From what I have read, Murray might have a shot at the NFL draft next April. For the $$, he might be gone.


November 21st, 2012
10:41 am

Game ball for Beno.

Beat UGA

November 21st, 2012
10:42 am

1 4 GT – A Masters is frequently awarded to a person in a PhD program who chooses for some reason not to complete the PhD after a couple years of effort. So yes, one can work on both a Masters and a PhD at the same time.

Jacket Detective

November 21st, 2012
10:55 am

UGA needs to run the table with three straight wins to get what Florida (3), Bama (2), LSU (2), Auburn and even Tennessee have already accomplished: the BCS NC.
If they fail, I wonder how many millions Mark Richt has been paid to always come up short.
Must be close to 25 million dollars.

yeller bug

November 21st, 2012
11:43 am

Hoping for some karma here—started last year with 6 straight wins—hope we finish this year with 6 straight wins. If we pull that off, then this would be the most successful season in CPJ’s tenure at Tech—how’s that for irony?


November 21st, 2012
11:45 am

Watching the Beno run on the replay (I’m in the east stands so it was hard to see details at the time) I am impressed with his ball carrying instincts. He switched to his outside arm, 3 points of contact and got a head of steam fast. If he wasn’t needed so much on the line, I would like to see him at B-Back on short yard situations.


November 21st, 2012
11:53 am

The next two games could rewrite history. Win those two and you may be one of the most remembered teams that ever played at the flats. It is just fun being in the neighborhood of something like this, house money let it ride!

Jerry Seinfeld

November 21st, 2012
1:32 pm

Sounds like our defense will have a tough job ahead of them with the two-quarterback system. And the thing my Tech friend pointed out is that you guys run so much that it makes our pass rushers less effective (thought Jarvis makes plays all over the field). I just think our offense will be the difference, because if we get ahead, it could force you guys to throw on us. Also, I just don’t see how your defense will be able to stop arguably the best offense you’ve faced this season due to the balance we have with Gurley and Murray. It’s rivalry week though, so anything can happen!

Jerry Seinfeld

November 21st, 2012
1:33 pm


November 21st, 2012
2:31 pm

I’m hoping for a miracle, but I hold no illusions regarding the likely outcome. I just hope UGA doesn’t get a a national championship – the dawg fans will be even more intolerable if that’s possible (guys like USMC DAWG being a polite exception).


November 21st, 2012
3:15 pm

Murray’s passing game is the real threat. It was used throughout the game last year and Tech had no response to it. He also throws it well on the run.

Tech Who?

November 21st, 2012
3:31 pm

Who’s lecturing whom about “student athletes”?

As I recall Tech is the repeat offender. The Institue was stripped of the 2009 ACC title due to infractions, and therefore classified as a repeat offender – since in 2005 11 of your “student athletes” were declared academically ineligible.


November 21st, 2012
3:47 pm

Try not to sneeze on any Georgia players. Thanks.


November 21st, 2012
3:59 pm

I really don’t think you guys have a chance in this game….sorry,….but I wish you guys a Happy Thanksgiving, and good luck in your conferance game!


November 21st, 2012
6:26 pm

@ Tech Who?

Has it ever occurred to you that when players are ruled academically ineligible the school is probably doing it’s job of maintaining some minimum standards? You know as well as I that the vast majority of these kids have no business being at either school.