1. Georgia Tech A-back Orwin Smith did not practice Tuesday as his recovery continues from an ankle injury that kept him out of the Georgia game. Smith said Monday that he thinks he will be able to play Saturday in the ACC title game against Florida State.
“We’d love to have Orwin play, he’s one of our better players, but if he doesn’t play, you can’t worry about it,” coach Paul Johnson said. “You have to move on.”
Smith is Tech’s most explosive offensive player, averaging 9.0 yards per carry and 61.2 rushing yards per game. Against Georgia, backup A-backs Synjyn Days, B.J. Bostic and Deon Hill rotated into the game in Smith’s stead.
Center Jay Finch suffered an undisclosed injury during Tuesday’s practice and did not finish. Finch’s backup is Catlin Alford.
2. ACC senior associate commissioner Michael Kelly declined to comment on the possibility of Tech bypassing the Sun Bowl if the Jackets were to lose to Florida State and fall to 6-7 and receive a bowl-eligibility waiver. The Sun Bowl is contractually obligated to take the ACC runner-up if it is available, but Tech played in the Sun Bowl last year. Tech acting athletic director Paul Griffin said the school would be open to going to a bowl below the Sun Bowl in the selection order, such as the Belk Bowl in Charlotte Dec. 27 or the Music City Bowl in Nashville Dec. 31.
Sun Bowl executive director Bernie Olivas acknowledged that “I think anybody would have a problem” selling tickets for a team that is 6-7. The Sun Bowl, which sells most of its tickets to its El Paso, Texas, community, would have an extra challenge in that potential ticket buyers likely would want to see a different team regardless of record.
Were the Jackets to go to El Paso again, Olivas said, “We’ll treat ’em like we treat all the other teams – the best we can.”
3. In response to Johnson’s comments that the team showed a “lack of competing” against Georgia, quarterback and team captain Tevin Washington said he wanted to see more out of the team.
“I feel like it got to a point in the game, where things aren’t going right, you want to see a little bit more out of your team,” he said. “That should make you want to do better.”
Washington added that there were individuals who continued to do their best, “but for the team overall, I don’t think the team played as well as we should have in that situation. You’ve got to be able to compete even when things are going bad.”
4. Quarterback Vad Lee has watched game video of all 12 of Florida State’s games this season. He did the same last week for the 11 games that Georgia had played to that point.
“I watched pretty much all the games so far, just trying to learn little keys and stuff like that,” he said. “I’m excited to play them. It’s a big stage for the team.”
5. Quarterbacks and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon on B-backs David Sims and Zach Laskey:
“I thought David came out, ran the ball extremely hard (against Georgia). He was finishing forward a bunch. Zach’s really gotten better as the year’s gone on, even though you may not see everything. There’s a lot of little things that he’s gotten better at. I think we’re getting going in the right direction.”
6. Both teams’ scoring capacity is demonstrated in an unusual statistic. Both Tech and FSU have had 15 different players score touchdowns this season, tied for ninth in FBS. Marshall leads with 19. Eight different players scored their first career touchdown for Tech this year, tied for seventh. Navy leads with 14.
7. Tech expects to sell about 5,000 tickets for Saturday’s game. The ticket office will continue to sell tickets up until game time. For more information, call 1-888-832-4849 or visit ramblinwreck.com. … The Weather Channel forecast for Saturday evening in Charlotte calls for mostly cloudy with a low of 41 degrees and a 20 percent chance of rain. … Game time for the game has been set for 8 p.m. with the broadcast on ESPN. Brent Musburger (play by play), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst) and Heather Cox (sideline) will have the call for the game.
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Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog