Notes: Orwin Smith sits out with injury

A-back Robbie Godhigh had 11 touches (six carries and five receptions) as A-back Orwin Smith sat out with an ankle injury. CURTIS COMPTON/AJC

A-back Robbie Godhigh had 11 touches (six carries and five receptions) as A-back Orwin Smith sat out with an ankle injury. CURTIS COMPTON/AJC

ATHENS – It likely wouldn’t have made a difference, but Georgia Tech played Saturday without its top offensive player. A-back Orwin Smith watched the game from the sideline after suffering an ankle injury in the Yellow Jackets’ win over Duke last Saturday.

Smith had been considered a game-time decision.

“I guess with the trainers, they decided he couldn’t go,” coach Paul Johnson said.

Entering the game, Smith was Tech’s leading rusher at 673 yards and had a 9.0 yards-per-carry average. A-backs B.J. Bostic, Synjyn Days and Deon Hill played in his place. A-back Robert Godhigh had six carries for 44 yards and five receptions for 66 yards. The five catches were the most by a Tech player this season.

“His contribution would have been positive, but I don’t think it would have boiled down to just one person on the field making plays,” quarterback Tevin Washington said. “It’s got to be a whole collective offense.”

Outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu also was hampered, dealing with the flu bug that has gone around the team the past two weeks. Attaochu played and did not seem to suffer ill effects. He had six tackles, including Tech’s only sack.

2. The Tech offense had two gadget plays it tried to spring upon Georgia, but both were foiled. Just before a third-and-10 play from the Georgia 26-yard line on the Jackets’ second drive, Georgia called timeout, but not before Tech had snapped the ball and quarterback Tevin Washington tossed the ball to Days. It appeared that Days, a converted quarterback, was preparing to throw the ball on a possible option pass.

Asked if that was the case, Johnson replied, “Possibly.”

After the timeout, Tech then used offensive tackle Ray Beno on a tackle-eligible play. Washington lofted a pass to Beno, who last week caught a tipped pass and turned it into a crucial first down. However, Beno was stopped short of the first down.

“It’s something that we work on probably once or twice every week,” B-back David Sims said. “It’s been in the system for as long as I’ve been here. It probably would have worked a little better, (but) the timing was just a little too fast.”

3. Tech’s bowl options appear that they’ve been reduced to two. Either Tech wins the ACC Championship and goes to the Orange Bowl, or it loses and heads to the Sun Bowl for the second consecutive year. After the BCS bowls, the ACC bowl selection order is the Chick-fil-A Bowl, the Russell Athletic Bowl (formerly the Champs Sports Bowl) and the Sun Bowl.

The ACC runner-up can do no worse than the Sun Bowl, and it appears the Chick-fil-A and Russell Athletic would target N.C. State (7-5) and Virginia Tech (6-6) ahead of the Jackets. Last week, in discussing Tech, Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan noted the importance of securing a team with a winning record for its game. If Tech loses to Florida State, it will be 6-7.

To protect against the possibility of the Jackets losing to Florida State in the ACC Championship and dropping to 6-7, Tech could file a bowl-eligibility waiver with the NCAA as early as Monday. UCLA sought and received a waiver last year, when it went into the Pac-12 Championship game at 6-6, then lost to Oregon to fall to 6-7. Tech, ACC and bowl officials were confident that a Tech petition would be granted, given the precedent.

“We’ve still got a lot to play for,” Washington said.

4. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray’s 82.4 completion percentage was the highest for a quarterback against Tech (minimum 10 attempts) since at least 1971. … Tech had two turnovers in a half for the first time since the Middle Tennessee State game. … Tech was held without a touchdown in a half for the second time this season (the first time was against BYU). … Tech failed to force a turnover for the first time since the season opener against Virginia Tech. … Georgia’s 7.7 yards-per-play average was the highest by an opponent this season.

Etc.: Tech guard Omoregie Uzzi did not finish the game. Johnson said he was not aware of an injury. Washington injured his right wrist and was X-rayed after the game. Washington said he was fine. … Inside linebacker Quayshawn Nealy wore No. 40 in honor of former linebacker and team captain Julian Burnett.

39 comments Add your comment

Marine Jacket

November 24th, 2012
9:09 pm

Would love to be able to purchase tickets in Miami. I will certainly not be going to west Texas.

Go Jackets!!!

Biff Pocoroba

November 24th, 2012
9:22 pm

Uzzi left the game but Johnosn wasn’t aware of an injury? This guy is clueless and needs to go. Get someone who cares about defense. These guys will never improve practicing against high school level quarterbacks.

Sunbury Ga dawg

November 24th, 2012
9:37 pm

UGA was using WWF moves out there on tech…….hard to mistake a DDT!

Wreck tech……Check
Win state championship……Check

Marine Jacket

November 24th, 2012
10:35 pm

Biff name me one team that are professional or collegiate that are juggernauts on offense and defense. Even the mighty Alabama struggles to put up points against decent competition. Would you prefer the great defense we had with Tenuta with the offense that could barley move the ball?

Also, tell me who you would replace CPJ with who you would guarantee to do a better job. Don’t recommend replacing coaches unless you can say who would come to the school, and do a better job.

Go Jackets!!!!

Marine Jacket

November 24th, 2012
10:40 pm

That it for what it’s worth. This school has been to the ACCC 3 times. Two of them are under the current coach. I can guarantee that his team will put up more than 3 points that the team that lost with #21 at WR did. With him on the field there was no reason an offensive coach shouldn’t have scored more than the 6 points it took to when the game.

Go Jackets!!!!

Biff Pocoroba

November 24th, 2012
10:58 pm

We fired a coach who never had a losing season and made one million a year to get one who now has two losing seasons in 3 years and makes nearly twice as much. When two out of six teams aren’t eligible to play in the championship game, it isn’t that great of an achievement to back into the game. Especially when you lost to the two best teams in the division by blowing leads with awful coaching trying to sit on a lead. How many players have gotten better and been coached UP by PJ? Not many. Especially at QB. Bohannonn needs to go now. He hasn’t done anything in six years and QB play gets worse every year. He has been with PJ for ten years and seems to be a dead weight dragging us down. I know we are stuck with PJ and no defense for at least 3-4 more years, but someone needs to make him change his coaches like they finally did with Danny Hall when he choked for the fourth year in a row. The media and AD have been so scared of PJ and his arrogance that they don’t dare make suggestions to him. DRad realized that there is no hope for the next three years, so he jumped ship. Losing thousands of dollars to play in another meaninless Sun Bowl is going to hurt us even more. If someone steps in and makes him change up his staff, maybe he will get upset and leave and avoid the buyout.

Marine Jacket

November 25th, 2012
8:20 am

Who would you replace him with, who you will guarantee will do a better job and who wants to come to North Avenue?

Ice eater 1969

November 25th, 2012
8:53 am

marine – dont know names – but i do know that we may not get to attract the top coaches due to administration not having degree programs that are favorable to football. if admin has money to have a program on puppets it is a puposeful disgrace that we dont have a degree program in technical coaching. we are the football school of hiesman, dodd, broyles, and rice. all of these tech men have national awards named for them while president peterson plays w puppets. its the admin. since dodd left while i was at tech the admin gives lip service to working to see the tech football tradition return to excellence. and they spend time on puppets but not on athletics – the admin sits by while uga adds engr degree and we add puppets.
no, marine, a named coach that will garantee wins will never come to the theone great football program. its the admin

GT Joe

November 25th, 2012
9:04 am

Like I said before the uga game; we cannot afford to waste the first two drives on Tevin. CPJ is so stubborn that he will continue the platoon…lets hope Tevins wrist keeps him out.

Give it a rest, GT Joe...

November 25th, 2012
9:19 am

…the first two drives were NOT the QB’s fault so the “play Vad” mantra is moot – plus, as you saw, as did everyone else, the times Vad did play were not exactly highlight reel showings, and HE was responsible for the firs INT and the second, plus he had many, MANY bad plays that were all his doing – as I mentioned before the Dook game, Vad is a one game phenom (UNC) and now he has to prove in practice next year that he is the man for the job –

He may be a great talent, but, as I have always said on this blog, too, “potential” and $1 will buy you a cup of coffee at Mickey D’s, and, unfortunately, Vad’s play yesterday resembled Mickey Mouse rather than that juggernaut of an athlete you contend to tout…

Give it a rest, GT Joe...

November 25th, 2012
9:21 am

…and I actually feel bad for Supersize and POAD, and 1 4 GT, and Jacket Detective – these guys bleed gold and white and to have to have endured that debacle yesterday makes me really sad for them…

GO JACKETS

November 25th, 2012
9:40 am

when this season is over, CPJ needs to clean house starting with the special teams coach and recruiting coordinator/defensive coach. When I think how many fg’s we missed especially in the Miami and VT game, it is sickening. And who do we have that will be drafted this yr? Anyone? Only by the grace of God. The recruiting coordinator came in 2010 and since then our recruiting has sunk to its lowest level. Mark Bradley noted all this in his column as well.

I love watching Robert Godhigh and he rose to the occasion against UNC and Duke but does anyone think UGA would have been able to grab the ball from Jonathan Dwyer on the 5 yard line? Highly unlikely.

Yes, GT’s admission office and lack of degrees that some 4 and 5 stars are unable to obtain hurts this institution. But how did Giff Smith recruit Michael Johnson, Vance Walker, Taschard Choice, Calvin Johnson, Derrick Morgan, Morgan Burnett or Jonathan Dwyer? I wish you GT alumni would understand getting other degrees without engineering math and science is not going to lower your engineering diplomas.

UGA gets all the players it wants because it doesn’t have to officially compete with GT for the majority of its players. Clemson and SC have to battle it out. FSU, Miami and Fl have to battle it out. Makes me wonder how it took UGA 32 years just to be in position again to play for a national title. Maybe because they didn’t get all the players after all. Some recruiter at GT did get some. That is all I ask for, to get some.

I just feel like CPJ has allowed his staff to drag him down to DIV I AA mentality. One player out like Orwiin Smith and GT is done in. Granted, we would not have won the game but we would have shown up. South Carolina did not have Lattimore or Shaw as QB but it did not stop a thing because of their recruiting of 4 and 5 star talent.

GT Joe

November 25th, 2012
9:53 am

Vad wasn’t great looking because he wasn’t prepared… One meaningful Drive last week? After having the best qb performance of the CPJ era? Come on. if vad was started after the VT game (or even after the byu game), he is ready for uga, and yes we could have won. Momentum is a crazy thing. Did you not see how a good qb can lift a DEFENSE in the second half of the unc game?

Sad thing is, we have a d1 qb, but we start the d2 qb, making our team look like d3. How does CPJ not recognize the talent difference from day 1?

GT Joe

November 25th, 2012
9:56 am

2012= the lost season.wasted season. Thanks to a stubborn coach who won’t make a qb change for fear that his initial decision would be proven woefully wrong.

Road Scholar

November 25th, 2012
9:56 am

Hate to say it, and I know our players have worked hard, but we do not deserve to go to a bowl. But the income will win out. Just like the incessant commercials shown on the scoreboard at Tech home games. Nauseating!

GT Joe

November 25th, 2012
10:01 am

…also,as bad as vad looked, he made plays that Tevin couldn’t make in high school, let alone against an NFL caliber defense.

...Take The Wheel

November 25th, 2012
11:16 am

Joe shut up!

I was actually rooting for Vad and Tevin. Unfortunately they couldn’t pull off the game we’d hoped for. This had nothing to do with starting Tevin. Tevin actually moved the ball well – threw well and ran well.. I’m not gonna point out Vads errors but we all saw them.

I just hope they can get it together and get the W next week. Then maybe we will have another shot at UGA in the Orange bowl!

BUZZ Fan

November 25th, 2012
11:27 am

The first words from johnson concerning Smith “he didn’t suit up, he didn’t try” then he speculated about the trainers; this guy has no concern for student athletes what so ever, cares even less for GT; most coaches have a status report on players, they know who is out with injuries, but not this guy; SA’s are but spare parts in the johnson triple option machine, this guy is a psychopath and the internet media are scared of him; wish I could pop a few questions to him bet his face would swell like a mushroom cloud!

Freddie Blassie

November 25th, 2012
11:41 am

Biff,
Give it a rest, Brenda. Because your daddy played midget football does not make you and expert. Tech people like you are the reason dumb hires like Curry are made. Paul Johnson can coach some football, but I have not seen much toughness from the players nor have I seen anything but whining from pukes like you.
Johnson will get it straightened out if he gets a fair shake from the hill, which has been a thorn in the side of the AA for at least 50 years. DRad’s exit is a reaction to the lack of support from the eggheads and a result of DRad’s lack of character. We all know about the lack of knowledge and character from the whiners in the peanut gallery.

Coach Z

November 25th, 2012
12:01 pm

So many good points made on this blog and none end in Joe.

Tevin was fine as a matter of fact I think taking him out for the two series was not a good thing, but it has been common practice these past few games, so why not stay the course.

I learned something yesterday, CPJ doesn’t have much concern for his players, except for what they do on the field. Given that, he doesn’t look for “coaching moments” to teach a player or fire them up. I’m not a fan of Dabo Sweeny or Les Miles, but if Godhigh was playing for them, after that fumble we would have saw those coaches get in his ear, pat him on the back, coach him to keep up the good work, and the camera would have showed us that. With CPJ, I never see a time during the game he has singled out a player or a group to give them a coaching moment. It’s always a confuse look, or a I can’t believe he did that, or a negative reaction. And GT joe, I’m afraid all Vad was doing was throwing his hands up in the air after busted plays or downs where he couldn’t move the ball.

I think Tech athletes come to Tech because of the education and the life after football approach. I think the reason, when Tech gets a good player NFL caliber, it’s because they have a good family and a strong mother who sees the “life isn’t always about football” approach.

Let’s get the Noles! And hope good fortune finds Tech again.

gg

November 25th, 2012
12:02 pm

I norammly like to give all the Techmites a hard time after the yearly thrashing (11 out of 12; 17 out of 21, by the way). But what I saw yesterday in Athens from tech fans and from the comments I’ve read on blogs there’s no need to do that. You guys see the writing on the wall. You need a change in leadership for your football team. From a Georgia fan’s perspective, I hope you keep CPJ around for a long time, but for the rivalry’s sake, it would would help if he were gone. The game yesterday was actually BORING, for both teams. I can’t ever remember so many fans from both teams leaving that game so early. Kinda sad. But I’m glad to be on the winning side. It’s still the biggest game of the year for me.

gt4ever

November 25th, 2012
12:17 pm

another shot at UGA????? Funny, they might even score more.. Why in the world would we want to play a team that completely dominates…? We need to stay at home and clean house!

GT Joe

November 25th, 2012
1:09 pm

Tevin played well. He executed and made no mistakes. Guess what. THATS NOT ENOUGH. When will you tevin idiot apologists get that through your thick skulls. He cannot carry a team. He cannot make big plays. He cannot turn nothing into something.

Why does everyone say that talent is our problem, yet they justify sitting the only talented qb we have?

GT Joe

November 25th, 2012
1:22 pm

Coach z: as for the Noles, with tevin at qb, you can expect nothing different from what we’ve seen all year. Mediocrity. Insanity would be expecting anything different.

GT Joe

November 25th, 2012
1:29 pm

Cpj wasted this whole season on tevin. After the best qb performance of the cpj era (vad at unc), he starts tevin on senior day, starts tevin at uga to give him one last shot at uga, and will start him vs fsu and the bowl game (again, to give him one last shot at winning a meaningful game for once inhis career).

If YOU think this is the best we can do, then you are more pessimistic than me. To think, that I was excited about this season for the first 9 months of 2012…. what a waste.

...Take The Wheel

November 25th, 2012
2:21 pm

Joe – insanity is you continuing to spark up this same debate week in and week out! Even when there is nothing to be said you find a way to spark up the QB debate. No-one is buying it this week!

If we’re talking about yesterday, everything you’ve said above about tevin applies to Vad. He certainly didn’t show any potential for carrying the team yesterday! …and I really hoped he would. But I digress! There is nothing to gain from pointing out the inefficiencies! We all saw them. We need them both to get it clicking next week. We can beat the noles….but only if the team (whole team) shakes off Saturday and gets their head back in the game.

...Take The Wheel

November 25th, 2012
2:24 pm

“Tevin played well. He executed and made no mistakes. Guess what. THATS NOT ENOUGH. When will you tevin idiot apologists get that through your thick skulls. He cannot carry a team.”

Lol..Jjoe are you crying??!! There’s no crying in football!!!

TechTim

November 25th, 2012
2:48 pm

We SUCK…and I don’t know what to do about it! But the ACC is about to get weaker. That we help us in conference but not against georgie.

St Richt

November 25th, 2012
3:04 pm

GT Joe is right – playing Tevin over Vad all year is a fireable offense. Tevin is a serviceable backup and that’s about it. I’ve been a long time supporter of CPJ but am now officially off the bandwagon, as are most fans- that is evident in attendance numbers. I gave him the time to get his players in the system and it is just plain ugly. Our program is going down the drain in a hurry despite the miracle ACC championship game…

Geez, you Tech guys...

November 25th, 2012
5:02 pm

…continue to be really dumb for such smart students – especially this GT Joe nimcompoop and his continued diatribe against TW =- Vad may have skills, and yes he played superbly at UNC; but, conme to think of it, TW played superbly at UNC, too – CPJ just went with Vad and it worked out, and it may have worked out just as well with TW but we will never know –

We do know that TW was leading a tying touchdown drive on the first possession yesterday only to have the RB give it away – and the rest, is, as they say, history…and not even St Vad could play any better…

And, what’s with GT Joe saying that Vad was “unprepared”? About 5 games ago he said that Vad always was better prepared than any other QB (even though Vad was criticized by CPJ for NOT getting better during practice) and that if CPJ couldn’t see that then he was an idiot…Somebody is not operating with all oars in the water, and he comments quite often on this blog…

dry dirt road

November 25th, 2012
6:15 pm

Tech needs to take advantage of their own assets and use the infirmary service to obtain flu shots. This way they would have been able to use Attaochu, Cross and CPJ himself. What they can do next year is line up at the infirmary, strap on the pink arm bands by the upper biceps, and lo and behold not even need them for a flu shot.

dry dirt road

November 25th, 2012
6:22 pm

FSU will cream Tech b/c of strip of ball by Baccardi from Goghigh, thus balancing out Nez’s strip of ball from FSU with yin yang taoist balance, bye to Nez’s strip, now no longer high given by God to Tech, the Lord gives and takes away

GT Joe

November 25th, 2012
6:26 pm

Take the wheel: sure tevin was leading a nice drive. He managed that drive. That’s all. Didn’t make one play on that drive. Because he is not a playmaker.

If vad STARTED AND PLAYED A COMPLETE GAME, or 5, we don’t look as bad as we did yesterday. And we might actually win.

Cpj wasted this season on tevin. Wasted a year of vad’s eligibility. Hell, wasted a year of MY interest in gt football.

If he focused on the one d1 qb on the roster as starter from day 1, this season would not have been a failure.

Cpj cannot judge talent, cannot develop talent, and cannot admit he was wrong.

GT Joe

November 25th, 2012
6:32 pm

Also take the wheel: if you believe anything that cpj says, you’re a fool. That guy is a complete and total liar and will say anything to make you believe he is right (in this case, about his qb choice).

If cpj even contemplates Justin “169 pound” Thomas as qb next year, vad should transfer asap. Who needs this bs.

GT TN

November 25th, 2012
8:29 pm

@GT Joe..it is now official..you are Vad father..please tell me what you saw in the first half that showed you Vad should have started..he did nothing..he had Bostic wide open for a TD and didn’t throw it when he was suppose to..he over threw Bostic by 5 yds and the ball was closer to the DB than the back..it is funny how you continue to bark how great Vad is..as I’ve said..he will be great but he is not ready to be the starter..please tell me again when CPJ wont admit that he was wrong..he admitted that AG wasnt working at Tech and let him go..

Moving Forward

November 25th, 2012
8:37 pm

I’m off the CPJ bandwagon, and it has nothing to do with Tevin, or a ‘High School’ offense. I still have a lot confidence and respect in what CPJ does offensively.

However, he’s 0 for 2 on defensive coordinators, so until he realizes the importance of a great DC who can do more with less, I don’t support CPJ. Whether he had a chance at keeping Tenuta, I don’t know. But Tenuta did so much with 2 and 3 star recruits, developed great college players and in some cases good nfl players, but most importantly he instilled an aggressive, physical culture on defense that has been lacking since his departure. Paul Johnson called Tenuta’s defense ‘Feast or Famine.’ I would love to have a ‘Feast or Famine’ D that plays lights out 10 saturdays out of 12 during the fall alongside a CPJ offense that plays well 9 or 10 out of 12 as well. Instead we have a ‘Feast or Famine Offense’ and just a ‘famine’ D. Tenuta’s problem was if his game plan didn’t work out, Gailey’s offense couldn’t pick up the slack. Today it’s the opposite. Neither are very fulfilling for a fan.

Until CPJ brings in a great DC that produces results, I’m off his bandwagon. Unfortunately because of his lack of emphasis on defense and his overall stubborness he may have missed his window at Tech.

Tenuta is just a linebackers coach at NC State btw, any chance we would go after him? Or would he even be interested in working alongside Paul Johnson? Also, who are our candidates for DC right now?

GT TN

November 25th, 2012
8:45 pm

@moving forward..how is CPJ 0 for 2 on DC..I would say 1 for 2..his first pick gave up points but not as much as his 2nd pick

Moving Forward

November 25th, 2012
8:53 pm

Wommack had some good players in ‘08 (Gailey recruits)… An NFL defensive Line (Morgan, Walker, Richard, and Johnson) and a pretty good secondary with Word Daniels and Morgan Burnett. And we certainly didn’t perform well defensively to end that season. 09′ was an absolute disaster, comparable to this year’s D. Hence Paul Johnson’s firing of Wommack even after an ACC Championship.

TECHIE

November 26th, 2012
2:22 am

Call me crazy, I really thot we had some chance Sat. (b/4 the kick off), never saw a game get away as fast. Unbelievable! Our first drive was terrific til the one yard line. Why did Vad look so bad? He was pathetic most of his play time. Maybe this is what CPJ sees all week at practice. He might be great one day but he needs alot of something still. I don’t want to be so neg but I’ve never seen a worse kicking game. Coach Dodd and probably Heisman are rolling in their graves over our kicking. We can’t kickoff past the 10, field goals?, short punts, damn. I think CPJ thinks he can outscore everybody so why worry about those small details like D and K’ing. Apparently we cannot. I pray one day CPJ will TALK like a dad to a kid who makes a mistake or even a great play and pat him on the butt and encourage him a little. Who does that on this team. I know being the OC and the DC now doesn’t leave time for relationship building but rem this, moms, dads and recruits are watching you during games coach and I don’t like what I see most of the time. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a player say that they would run thru a brick wall for this one. You can say football isn’t about making love, it’s about discipline aand being tough and strong. But it’s about leading and developing trust and respect and a certain type of love. I really don’t care much about how you get them to play but if you don’t get it this way then what should you do? Sounds like top kicker is coming next year, Custis and Ramos from Lovejoy looks real good and Castleberry only weighed 165 and how much does Johnny Football weigh, HMMMMM? After watching FSU Sat. , we can beat them if we can just play a solid game like we have done. I guessbacking in is better than nothing but we really don’t deserve to go any where. Think the Miami game will be worth watching next yr.? We need to “mean up” alot. Is Miami on the schedule next yr.?