After forgettable season, Tech’s Young can start fresh

A year ago, Louis Young did not travel with Georgia Tech for the Sun Bowl, having to sit the game out with an NCAA suspension. The Yellow Jackets lost to Utah in overtime in a game that the cornerback could well have made a difference.

This season, Tech is back in the Sun Bowl, arriving Wednesday in El Paso, Texas, to play USC Dec. 31. This time, Young is with the Jackets.

“I guess it’s just fate,” Young said. “I guess it’s bittersweet thinking about last year, but the good thing about it is I feel like, just me being here this year, I can contribute in a major way and help us get that win.”

Young’s trip through the calendar pretty much hit for the cycle of college athlete woe, some of it self-inflicted – NCAA suspension, injuries, the firing of the coach who recruited him and poor play on the field. On top of that, the Jackets failed to live up to the expectations they held for themselves. They reached the ACC Championship game but will face the Trojans with a 6-7 record. In particular, the defense has been exploited repeatedly, allowing 40-plus points six times.

Young, who was dependable as a sophomore starter in 2011, has played a role in the ineffective play. In particular, Young has tackled poorly and hasn’t been nearly the playmaking presence he was last year. In 12 starts in 2011, he had 52 tackles, three tackles for loss, one interception and five pass breakups. This year, in 11 games and eight starts, he has 28 tackles, no tackles for loss, one interception and one pass breakup.

“I’d say it wasn’t where I wanted it to be,” he said.

Young sounds like he spent the entire year in a cloud. He ran afoul of NCAA rules for selling his tickets to the 2011 Georgia game. Young sold them to a friend, thinking that the NCAA only prohibited athletes from selling tickets to boosters, agents and the like. After being kept home for the Sun Bowl, he practiced through the spring and trained in the summer with the remainder of the two-game suspension hanging over his head.

To fulfill the penalty, he sat out the season opener against Virginia Tech, another overtime loss. Prior to that, Young broke his thumb in preseason practice. In the Miami game, he dislocated his shoulder. He has played the season managing both injuries.

“When healthy, I’ve been able to make stuff happen, but it’s not the season I wanted,” Young said.

After the sixth game, defensive coordinator Al Groh was fired. Young had been recruited by Groh out of Good Counsel High in Maryland since Groh was head coach at Virginia. He considered him a father figure.

To interim defensive coordinator Charles Kelly, also Young’s position coach, his on-field struggles began off the field. Missing two games, one due to the suspension and the other because of the shoulder injury, disrupted Young’s preparation and mindset. He said Young’s fundamentals deteriorated and he then began to press.

“You get in structure, it seems like things fall in line,” Kelly said. “When something happens like this, it kind of gets you out of your schedule.”

Young, though, said he feels the healthiest he has felt all season. Kelly has seen him return to the fundamentals of his position and, correspondingly, Young has had his two best weeks of practice of the season.

“I’m hitting with my shoulder, I’m not hesitant,” Young said. “Back to my old ways.”

Tech will need Young at peak form in the Sun Bowl. USC will attack the Jackets with wide receiver Marqise Lee, who won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver and perhaps the best player Tech will have seen all season. At the other wide receiver spot, Robert Woods is another pro prospect. Young sees the opportunity to make amends, bury the mess of 2012 and get a head start on his senior season.

“A lot of people say I fought through what I had to fight through,” Young said. “I’m really going to make my mark in this game and cap a rough season off.”

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Notes: Milton likely replacement for I. Johnson

Notes: USC defense loaded

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Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

59 comments Add your comment

Flak Jacket

December 26th, 2012
3:40 pm

Glad to have Young back.Play hard in the Sun Bowl.

Booze Hound

December 26th, 2012
3:49 pm

Please fire Paul Johnson after this embarrassing bowl loss.

George Stein

December 26th, 2012
3:52 pm

I’ve said before Young’s only mistake was not getting more money for his tickets. I still think that. Forget UGA. To hell with the NCAA.

Max Sizemore

December 26th, 2012
3:54 pm

Tech can’t cover Lee; but not many teams can. He’s a special player.

GTBOB

December 26th, 2012
4:16 pm

We have the best coach for our team!

5150 UOAD

December 26th, 2012
4:21 pm

I hope Gotsis made it to El Paso. he went home to Aussie Land he got back in the US last night and loved seeing his first American Snow. Then the Airport and his flight got canceled. He was not happy then.

Adam Gotsis
16 hours ago near Grapevine, TX via mobile
First white Christmas , can’t get any worse ….flight delayed for 6 hours then canceled.

Cheers America

5150 UOAD

December 26th, 2012
4:29 pm

Louis has really been hard on himself this year. He has personally pushed himself to do it better every play practice and game. I think he is really ready for this chance. he is Mad at himself for missing the Bowl game last year. He has never made excuses and he has said all he can do is do it right and do it better. he is a pretty impressive young man from the little I know him.

GTJohn

December 26th, 2012
4:37 pm

I hope he brings the wood against the USC receivers. Looks like Wittek will start for USC. He had some throws against ND but also interceptions. My guess is if Wittek has problems Barkley may come in.

5150 UOAD

December 26th, 2012
4:45 pm

Jc Lanier
3 minutes ago via mobile
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Just landed in El Paso

chas_jacket

December 26th, 2012
5:55 pm

Young’s story epitomizes the last two seasons. We have been one player away from having decent or even pretty good seasons. Think we will bring our A game and beat USC. Go Jackets!

Verne Lundquist

December 26th, 2012
7:13 pm

Enter your comments here

GTJohn

December 26th, 2012
7:25 pm

Just in case ANYBODY has any doubts about Mr. WnE:

WnE

December 26th, 2012
6:53 pm

“News update!!!

GT DL Denzel McCoy was arrested for snatching a purse from a woman at a Buckhead Bar.

Apparently his heart condition allows him enough energy for snatch-and-grab robberies, but not enough to play for GT on the field.

Is he on a medical hardship or on a criminal hardship?

I guess Many Arora will be GT’s version of Ed Tolley from the 80’s & 90’s?”

I know what he posted is true but does any fan post that about his team on a blog about one’s rival?

Good Grief!

WnE

December 26th, 2012
7:39 pm

re:
GTJohn
December 26th, 2012
7:25 pm

________________

Time to eat your words!

My comments were posted on a RECRUITING BLOG, not on an opponents blog.

Like you said the comments were TRUE, and GT fans should have no problem with TRUE commentary about our players.

Maybe Pajamas should avoid recruiting criminals to represent GT!

GTJohn

December 26th, 2012
7:52 pm

It was a recruiting blog about UGA. I sometimes feel bad for you but not now.

And maybe UGA should avoid recruiting criminals too.

GT-06

December 26th, 2012
7:54 pm

WnE is a coward and waste of time. Ignore that idiot people.

5150 UOAD

December 26th, 2012
8:25 pm

You see WnE doesn’t post on the Graduates or the Dean’s List but claims he is very proud of his Tech Diploma and Ring. He complains about only the Bad seeds and post negative things about Tech.

Old Man Winter

December 26th, 2012
8:59 pm

I see where John Jenkins is ruled out of the bowl game due to failing grades. Good grief WnE! How does a UGA and an SEC athlete fail. They are spoon fed the easiest courses. Another brillant apple on the UGA football team.

1 4 GT

December 26th, 2012
10:12 pm

“Carnack the Magnificent” aka gollum with his ring”preeeccciiiooouuusss” aka WnE is Thomas Brown!

Thomas Brown is an unabashed Georgie dwag!

Bowl Gifts for Tech Players

December 26th, 2012
10:53 pm

I read where the Tech players received a hair dryer as a bowl gift. This has to be a joke. Sorry, I forgot. After all, it is Georgia Tech with a 6-7 record in the famous Sun Bowl. Tech is a joke. LMAO!!

Thugs at Tech

December 26th, 2012
11:06 pm

What courses did Crittenton and McCoy take on the Flats? Murder, Armed Robbery and Stealing a Woman’s Purse. They had lots of examples of all three at or near the Tech campus. You cannot make this stuff up.

5150 UOAD

December 26th, 2012
11:20 pm

Javaris was on campus 2 semesters so I don’t think he took too many classes or learned anything. McCoy isn’t a Tech player so I don’t know why you care about him. Why not look on the Athens Clarke County Jail booking log and tell us what courses all the UGa students on there took.

Jacket21

December 26th, 2012
11:42 pm

Don’t UGA fans have anything better to do then post on articles about Tech?

5150 UOAD

December 27th, 2012
1:07 am

dawgfan

December 27th, 2012
6:41 am

Typical. A Tech player has a rough year and all Tech fans do is make excuses for him and blow sunshine up their own butts about what a swell guy he is. Then they turn around and call UGA players just about every name in the book. I don’t know Louis Young so I’m not going to run my mouth about him, just like you Techies don’t know any UGA players. That doesn’t stop you from making up your vicious lies though does it? This is why nobody has any respect for you and doesn’t feel sorry for you about your joke football team like you want us to. Tech fans don’t care about winning. All they want is sympathy. Cry me a river Techies.

Thanks.

Jacket Detective

December 27th, 2012
7:00 am

U know what.
This was Tevin’s fault too. (sarcasm)
Tevin, with the shortage of experinece in the defensive backfield should have played both ways.
Also his fault for the stupid game plans.
He should have gotten in Al’s face and yelled “would you do something besides blow a game I’ve won?” (bowl game with 2 TD lead, late TD drive that woulda, coulda been a win vs VT with a defense, and 36 unanswered points vs Miami).
How many teams can put up 36 straight vs Miami?
Not many and none can do it and somehow manage to lose.
But our crummy specials teams and defense are all Tevin’s fault.
He should have known we needed 50 points a game.

Jacket Detective

December 27th, 2012
7:02 am

It’s cold today.
Tevin’s fault.

Jacket Detective

December 27th, 2012
7:10 am

Dawg fans.
What’s Richt worth?
20 million?
How much has he earned in his years at Uga?
And zero national championships for all that money.
While hated Gators win three, LSU has two, hated Auburn and Tennessee both have one.
Bama now going for three out of four.
Imagine that.
And u have a sweet Christian who is woulda, shoulda every year.
Close only good in horse-shoes.
What terrible luck on that past defected pass.
U would think the Almighty would answer your prayers but no.

Ho hum

December 27th, 2012
7:56 am

The detective speaks gibberish which is fueled by envy.

I can think of nothing more gut wrenching than being a Tek fan.

Richt absolutely OWNS Tek but he is a bad coach – yeah that makes sense.

Bottom line Richt is worth a ton of victories overTek with many – many more to come.

Jacket Detective

December 27th, 2012
8:18 am

@Ho hum.
Face it.
We all know how that lack of a thrilling ride like Herchel gave u folks back in the Bronze Age eats at every one of you.
While so many other SEC football fans get to experience it, some more than once.
Getting to be old hat at Bama.
If Dawgs had something like Bama, u bet I’d be jealous.
But if u can’t pull it off in a cupcake schedule year with a loaded team, then all u have to hang your hat on is beating Tech.
That’s a little better than beating Vandy but not much.

Phillip Fulmer

December 27th, 2012
8:31 am

I am surprised that a Georgia Tech player was arrested. If they want to be in the running for my trophy, they have alot of cathcing up to do to match thUGA and the legendary teams I coached at UT. I will have to consult with the Fulmer Cup committee to see if this qualifies for points. Since he was recruited but never played, I’m not sure it does. Even then, it’s not like he was carrying an unregistered handgun or slapped a ho.

Phillip Fulmer

December 27th, 2012
8:33 am

I thought I read on here where some posters were wanting Johnson to recruit more players like thUGA does. There is a downside to that.

dawgfan

December 27th, 2012
8:41 am

Jacket Detective, are you flippin’ kidding me? You geniuses are paying Johnson $2.6 million a year for .500 football in the craptastic ACC. Who knew a Sun Bowl berth was worth $2.6 million? Richt only makes a little more than that at $2.9 million a year. Florida only pays Muschamp $2.7 million a year. VT only pays Beamer $2.3 million a year. All of these coaches have accomplished more going to the bathroom in the morning than Johnson has in his entire coaching career. There might not be a more OVERPAID coach in the nation right now than Paul “New Sheriff In Town” Johnson. You are beyond dense.

Wow. Please let us know how that foot tastes Techie.

Jacket Detective

December 27th, 2012
9:03 am

Dawgs whinning on the Tech blog cannot hide that no national championship means FAILURE.
Those hated Gators – and we all know u hate the Gators more than Tech – have three in football and back to back in basketball.
And all the dawg fans I know claimed before the SECCG that the winner would have a easy W vs Irish.
U want to know what getting your moneysworth is, doggies?
3 out of 4 like Bama will have in a few days.
And just think where the basketball program would be if Dooley had just paid Tubby what he was worth before Kentucky outbid u.
Richt isn’t failing like Fox but no NC means no thrilling ride in spite of a lot of money spent.
You don’t remember Herchel?
Not born then?
A pity.

Mr. Mackey

December 27th, 2012
9:06 am

@ dawgfan-it’s my undertanding that you have an acute case of fecophilia.

A fecophiliac is somebody who’s obsessed with mookie-stinks. Mmmmkay?

Jacket Detective

December 27th, 2012
9:15 am

Under the Dawgs Christmas trees was not a CD or DVD – like the recording of Munson – with “a deflected pass caught for a touchtown. Can you believe it? Dawgs win, Dawgs win.”
No replacement for “Run Lindsey run”.
While Bamer may have 3 in 4 years.
Is that fair?
No it isn’t.
But that is your lot.
Florida and Bama in a competition to see who can get the most recent BSC football national championships.
And you have a goose egg on that one.

5150 UOAD

December 27th, 2012
9:16 am

dawgfan
December 27th, 2012
6:41 am

Typical. A Tech player has a rough year and all Tech fans do is make excuses for him and blow sunshine up their own butts about what a swell guy he is.
===========================================

That is what fans do. you make excuses for the UGa thugs when they get stoned, arrested or beat their women. Fans back their team sometimes to their own detriment.

Jacket Detective

December 27th, 2012
9:17 am

meant touchdown.

Jacket Detective

December 27th, 2012
9:19 am

@Phillip Fulmer at 8:31.
Funny.

dawgfan

December 27th, 2012
9:19 am

“@ dawgfan-it’s my undertanding that you have an acute case of fecophilia.”

Its just what comes to mind when discussing Georgia Tech football.

5150 UOAD

December 27th, 2012
9:20 am

Phillip Fulmer………….can you tell me what TECH PLAYER you are talking about. I don’t see that name on the TECH roster for the last 4 years.

Home Crowd

December 27th, 2012
9:21 am

Paul Johnson is the most overpaid coach in the nation. Period. I’m a GT fan and I think he’s overpaid for the crappy results he’s delivered. No bowl wins…no acc titles….1 win against UGA…. 2 defensive coordinators, 2 special teams coaches….. anyone see a problem here?

juvenal

December 27th, 2012
9:22 am

i cry all the way to the bank………

Mr. Mackey

December 27th, 2012
9:27 am

@ dawgfan – you’re a sick monkey and need some help. Mmmkay?

Jacket Detective

December 27th, 2012
9:28 am

@Home Crowd.
You’re a Tech fan like I’m a Dwag fan.
We are in the crummy ACC with no chance for a NC (as Dawg fans have told me many times).
Yet Georgia is in the dominating SEC and cannot bring home the trophy.
There could even be something worse than Bama winning championship after championship.
Doing it with ex-Dawg Kirby Smart running the show.

Jacket Detective

December 27th, 2012
9:32 am

Tech basketball reminds me of an old Chicago lyric: “Feeling stronger every day”.
Going to be a long winter over at the empty Stegasaurus.
Why did ya’ll give it that nickname again?

juvenal

December 27th, 2012
9:37 am

as we become increasingly a “what’s in it for me?” culture, i never schadenfreude over anyone else’s misfortune, just thank God for every blessing-& necessary trial- happy new year to all!

Ho hum

December 27th, 2012
9:42 am

Makes me LOL to read the drivel from the tek fans. What a hoot. They bash UGA for not winning a NC because it is the only thing they can hang their little beanie on (do they still make freshmen wear those stupid little hats).

UGA treats tek like a redhead stepchild EVERY FREAKING year and all tek has to say is how sorry our coach is and how over paid he is – LMAO.

Jacket Detective

December 27th, 2012
9:44 am

@juvenal.
I respect your opinion so I will consider it.
But if they are going to come over to our blog to bug us, I’m going to point out the facts.
I was proud of Tech football at the ACCCG.
But that is a far thing from winning it all.
If they want to pester us, I’m gpoing to answer “woulda, shoulda, coulda”.
I know they are so jealous of all those many SEC football factories that are getting their moneysworth with a season-long thrill ride to the BCS NC.
Maybe they can go with Richt to central America.

Ho hum

December 27th, 2012
9:51 am

Some math for the tekies

CPJ gets paid $2.6 million a year to deliver 6 wins in the second rate conference. Lets see – $2,600,000 / 6 = $433,333.33 per win.

Now lets apply that same tek math to REAL football programs. If a win at tek is worth $433,333,33 then Richt and Mushchump should be receiving well over $5,000,000.00 a year.

5150 UOAD

December 27th, 2012
9:51 am

Home Crowd……………………..I want to win a national championship but that is a dream. I do want to see Tech win every game but I know that will not always happen either. I do Love that Tech is educating & graduating quality young men and putting a pretty good product on the court or field that I pay to see.
STUDENT athlete…………COLLEGE football…….those terms imply that SCHOOL & EDUCATION come before games & fans.
Thanks Coaches and Staff for getting good kids and graduating them.
Congratulations to the Players for Caring enough to give your very best in the Classroom and on the Field.
To the TECH fans that seem to think the only thing that matters is winning and want Johnson gone. I say to you go be a fan of any win at all cost SEC team of your choosing. Tech fans should want to win but not over having QUALITY Graduates worthy of a Tech Degree playing on the team.