Quayshawn Nealy Q&A

To stand a chance Saturday against Georgia, Georgia Tech will probably require its best run defense game of the year. For that to happen, Tech sophomore inside linebacker Quayshawn Nealy will have to be at his peak, taking on Georgia tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall and fullback Zander Ogletree.

Nealy, tied for second on the team in tackles with 67 and the ACC co-linebacker of the week two weeks ago, talked with the AJC Wednesday about the Yellow Jackets, the Bulldogs, the flu bug plaguing the team and his tuba skills. Questions and answers were edited for brevity and clarity.

Q: Who on the team has the most hate for Georgia?

A: I’d probably have to say (defensive end) Izaan Cross, I guess because he’s been around for the longest, he’s built up the most hate for them. He tells us out there at practice, ‘Y’all need to get this together, because these boys aren’t going to play (around) with us,’ and stuff like that. I can tell, I can sense it in his eyes, that he really hates Georgia.

Q: On a scale of zero to 10, where are you with your hate?

A: I played them last year, so I already know how dirty and stuff (the game) is. I’d have to say like an 8.5. I already know what I’m going into.

Q: Was there a play last year where you first realized this game was different?

A: Actually, one of our ‘D’ linemen last year, I can remember him actually getting kicked in the facemask or something like that while his head was on the ground. They didn’t even call it, they didn’t see it. It was an ‘O’ lineman getting up from the play, just kicked him and just walked to the huddle like nothing happened. He just moved on from there. I just knew it was going to be a grind the rest of the game.

Q: What kind of progress has (freshman inside linebacker) Jabari Hunt-Days made?

A: He has made tremendous progress starting back from when Coach (Al) Groh was here, from beating blocks to filling holes to doing all types of stuff. Gotten better on his pass rush, pass coverage, too. For the last couple weeks, all the linebacker coaches just went back to fundamentals, just as far as getting our feet together. That’ll do us good in itself, just to get our footwork and us just playing faster. He has improved tremendously on that.

Q: What’s the plan with Georgia’s two tailbacks?

A: We both know, coaches as well as players, that they’re talented tailbacks. We’re just going to have to make a statement inside, even with the fullback – he’s a good fullback, a physical fullback – that we’re going to bring it every play, eliminate some of those holes and big gaps that they’re taking out and just play hard.

Q: If you’re going to make a big play, do you want a sack or an interception?
A: I’d have to take it on the quarterback, a sack. I mean, an interception is great, but I want a sack. I want him to feel it and bring pressure on him. It might stop all the rest of the passes. He might throw an interception, then it might tighten him up where he goes 10 for 10 or something.

Q: What can you still play on your tuba?

A: I can play scales. I already know I can play scales. If you put a piece of music in front of me, I can play definitely, but a song I can play from heart? The ESPN tune, I can play that on my tuba.

Q: Who’s someone, in the locker room before the game, that you have to steer clear of?

A: I’d have to say you have to give ‘Too Tall’ (defensive end Emmanuel Dieke) his space. He’ll just be in his own world. He has his music on, just literally in his own world. You just know that he’s prepared for the game. He doesn’t need all that pep talk and all this and that. Just stay clear of that guy.

Q: How about someone who’s the opposite?

A: Someone like (quarterback) Vad (Lee). Vad stays upbeat and up tempo before the games, always going around from locker to locker, (saying), ‘Let’s go, let’s go.’

Q: How bad was it for you last week playing sick?

A: I was fighting it. I had two IV’s before the game last Saturday.

Q: What was it like playing?
A: It was pretty hard. ‘Ant’ (Anthony) Harrell backed me up quite a bit because some plays I had to take off because couldn’t run as long, just got tired quick. It was really hard to breathe out there.

Q: How did you find out that Tech was playing in the ACC title game?

A: Actually, the sad part is, it was Monday that we found out that we were going to the ACC Championship, but I didn’t find out till we had team meeting (several hours after Miami announced it was self-imposing a postseason ban). I went to one class, and my second class got canceled, so I went back to my room and I didn’t hear anything about it. Honestly, I was asleep.

When I came back (to the football building), everybody’s in a great mood. I’m like, What’s going on? Everybody’s saying, ‘You know Miami self-imposed?’ I’m like, What?

Then, finally, Coach (Paul) Johnson announced it in the meeting before he did everything (else), just saying that this is what we worked for all season and stuff like that, after all we’ve been through.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

61 comments Add your comment

JD

November 22nd, 2012
3:35 pm

Calvin Johnson....

November 22nd, 2012
3:36 pm

Mediocre pro!

Nick

November 22nd, 2012
3:46 pm

Defense definitely has the pieces to be successful he next few years. Need a great offseason to start seeing the results.

Ol'JacketFan

November 22nd, 2012
4:00 pm

Megatron for 2011…..96 catches 1681 yards 16TDS yep Megatron’s a mediocre pro…………………Sheesh even when you get a troll trash talking they fail miserably!

GT Letterwinner

November 22nd, 2012
4:08 pm

THWG

Happy Thanksgiving

gt86

November 22nd, 2012
4:17 pm

Let’s go Jackets!! THWG!!!!!!!!

Ol'JacketFan

November 22nd, 2012
4:24 pm

Strong legs run, so weak legs can walk…………Happy Thanksgiving all………… THWG!!!!!!

5150 UOAD

November 22nd, 2012
4:30 pm

If Miami loses…………..KEN put the “True Tech Fans” that said we shouldn’t go to the ACC CG on temporary ban for the ACC CG GAME.

If Tech beats UGa dWags then put in temporary ban for the ACC CG too.

Uf TECH wins the ACC CG then put everybody that hates on CPJ on BAN until after FEB. 5th or whatever date National Signing Day is.

HAHAHAH……………..Happy Thanksgiving…….EVERYBODY.

5150 UOAD

November 22nd, 2012
4:32 pm

I have listened to the announcers talk about how BAD Fat Matt STIFFord has thrown bad pass after bad pass all day.
Matt STIFFord is the Reggie Ball of the NFL.

5150 UOAD

November 22nd, 2012
4:33 pm

Nealy and Hunt-Days will do great in Athens.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 22nd, 2012
5:04 pm

I’m not going to resort to the usual abbreviation here, I’m going to spell it out loud and clear……

First, HAPPY THANKSGIVING, everyone.

Finally —

TO HELL WITH GEORGIA !!!

ToeMeetsLeather

November 22nd, 2012
5:21 pm

Great to hear that about how Vad approaches pregame. Certainly sounds like a leader. Also noticed he was the first one out of the tunnel before last week’s game. Looking forward to seeing him play every down next year.

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

November 22nd, 2012
5:38 pm

I am with you TML. That’s what the QB position needs…a leader. Someone who does it in the locker room, on the practice field and most importantly on the field. You have to be able to back up your talk with actions. Some leaders aren’t so vocal and just like to rely on their actions and if you are truly a gifted athlete that is okay. But I think the best leaders are the guys that can inspire others to be ready to play AND who have the ability to take over games when it is needed. Honestly, I haven’t seen enough of Vad to know yet what he is capable of but just hearing what Nealy said about him and what he’s done so far on the field is very encouraging to me.

1 4 GT

November 22nd, 2012
5:43 pm

Happy Tday Super

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

November 22nd, 2012
5:44 pm

@ 5150 I hope that I get banned until Feb 5. I have been critical of CPJ but I would gladly eat crow if we continue to finish strong. If we win 2 of our last 3 (bowl game included), I will be ecstatic. Beat UGA and lose the last two, still happy. Win out and people won’t want to talk to me, I will probably seem obnoxious. But if we go 0 – for, let me just say that it will depend on how each game goes as to how critical I will get.

I love Jan Kemp

November 22nd, 2012
5:58 pm

I SO hope GT comes out ready to play.I had forgotten how bad TW played in last years game until I read the article,hoping he makes ammends this year or VL can come in and play like he did against UNC.GO JACKETS!!!!!!!TIME TO SHUT THESE MUTTS UP!!!!!Theyre already woofing!

GT Joe

November 22nd, 2012
5:59 pm

Interesting how vad is such a different type of leader in the locker room then Tevin

GO JACKETS

November 22nd, 2012
6:20 pm

Quayshawn, your interview was awesome…maybe the refs will call some of the dirty cheap shots by the dog excrements…inbreds

Mike

November 22nd, 2012
6:24 pm

Who on the team is actually still sick for Tech?

Mike

November 22nd, 2012
6:28 pm

I hope Tech wins, but I’m not counting on it. Hopefully Nealy or Hunt-Days will force a couple of turnovers because turnovers could win the game for us. If we can’t force Murray into mistakes, our pathetic defense is going to get ripped apart.

Delbert D.

November 22nd, 2012
7:22 pm

Quayshawn, from an old DE/OLB/tuba player, take it to ‘em!

Artillery Jacket

November 22nd, 2012
8:27 pm

The closer it gets to the game, the more hatred builds up. I can’t stand U(sic)GA. TO HELL WITH GEORGIA!!!! Go Jackets!!!!

1 4 GT

November 22nd, 2012
9:30 pm

Well, I see my imposter is back on here @ 5:43 PM today, Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012. How are you today? Did you have a good Thanksgiving dinner Mr. Derick Dooley? If you don’t leave me alone & disappear from this blog, I will post your email address for all to see & we will bombard you with emails.

93 Dawg

November 22nd, 2012
9:34 pm

Izaan Cross = The Correct. We will not be playing around. Can’t wait!

1 4 GT

November 22nd, 2012
9:42 pm

Will Sat noon ever get here. I know God is way to be busy to think about such a trivial human endeavor as a football game, but I am praying hard all my waking hours anyway. My stress level is reaching new heights. Bring on the butt sniffers! GATA Jackets. GOOOOO JACKETS!! TO HELL WITH GEORGIE!!

Supersize that order, mutt

November 22nd, 2012
10:06 pm

No live blog for the basketball game???

I love Jan Kemp

November 22nd, 2012
10:32 pm

Im watchin em Supersize, theyve looked pretty good havnt they?

Supersize that order, mutt

November 22nd, 2012
10:36 pm

@ Jan Kemp……yeah, for the most part. Slumped a little in the middle part of the first half, but have poured it on again since then.

5150 UOAD

November 22nd, 2012
11:03 pm

I’m sure KEN wanted to enjoy Thanksgiving; was with family and not at the game to do a live blog.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 22nd, 2012
11:04 pm

@UOAD…….I’m sure. I just wish somebody had opened one up for us to make comments in, but it’s no biggie. I didn’t get home from my family thing till the 2nd half anyway, although I did watch the first half with my family

Supersize that order, mutt

November 22nd, 2012
11:05 pm

@ UOAD…..I hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

5150 UOAD

November 22nd, 2012
11:12 pm

Super thanks and we did. i just finished washing most of the dishes about 9. Watched Pats vs Jets and 18 Texas lose to TCU at TEXAS…… Have a good night.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 22nd, 2012
11:16 pm

@ UOAD….Glad to hear it. I didn’t see any of the Texas-TCU game, and I had not heard the results. That’s VERY INTERESTING !!!!

GTGirl

November 22nd, 2012
11:20 pm

Go Jackets! Hope to see y’all at dogtown for good clean old fashioned hate between Tech an Georgie!

Supersize that order, mutt

November 22nd, 2012
11:26 pm

@ GTGirl……I don’t go to the cesspool, but I am going to Charlotte. Are you going to that one too?

I Iove Jan Kemp

November 22nd, 2012
11:57 pm

Sorry to miss your reply earlier Supersize, had to step away for awhile. Basketball team looking good so far. Glad to hear you had a good Thanksgiving!

don

November 23rd, 2012
7:40 am

look at the bs headline for the hoops game last night. so obvious how the writers here,a side from ken and maybe one other is biased against gt. gt outlasts rice? really? they won by 18. and that’s outlasts? no that’s a blowout. when i see outlasts, i think of a tight game to the finish and a team winning by no more than 5 or 6. what a joke these lousy journalists are.

superDawg

November 23rd, 2012
7:57 am

51-7 does that ring a bell.

The Truth

November 23rd, 2012
8:27 am

Superdwag….how about 45-42???

ToeMeetsLeather

November 23rd, 2012
8:47 am

yea super, 51 arrest over the last few years sounds about right.

roughrider

November 23rd, 2012
8:59 am

Middle Tenn. says it all.

carolinajacket

November 23rd, 2012
9:09 am

So the UGA player kicks the Tech player in the face and nothing is done. That about say it all.

InsectInside

November 23rd, 2012
9:12 am

Actually, my calculations say 54 TML, but that’s conservative and I haven’t seen the blotter from last night.

The Truth

November 23rd, 2012
9:14 am

I agree Don. I watched the game. GT did not play their best game, but routed Rice.

THWG!!

BigTimeTECHFan

November 23rd, 2012
9:22 am

I still remember them taken Nesbitt out by twisting his leg off after the whistle blew.
A they complained about Fairley being cheap

carolinajacket

November 23rd, 2012
9:36 am

Back to BBall. If we can get a hot three point shooter we would have a good basketball team. Where is Rich Yunkas when we need him? For you youngsters, this guy could ut up 40, mainly from the corner, with no three point shot. What a player.

ToeMeetsLeather

November 23rd, 2012
9:36 am

Yea BigTime, the dude that hurt Nesbitt was kicked off the team the next year but I guess he accomplished what the nadlickers brought him in to do.

to stand a chance

November 23rd, 2012
9:50 am

Vad Lee is the key to victory.

BigTimeTECHFan

November 23rd, 2012
10:17 am

ToeMeetsLeather

I given up on trying to remember who UGA has kicked off their team, they have like 40 recruits commited this year because Richt offer scholly, then kicks them off if they are not that good.

An they complain about Saban

blake

November 23rd, 2012
11:04 am

half of uga recruits are thugs