Tech notes: Johnson, Barkley out

1. Georgia Tech safety Isaiah Johnson will not play in the Sun Bowl with a lower-body injury suffered in bowl practice in Atlanta, coach Paul Johnson confirmed. Isaiah Johnson is Tech’s leading tackler and had started 26 consecutive games. His likely replacement in the starting lineup will be Chris Milton, although Demond Smith and Jamal Golden will likely get snaps at safety also.

2. USC quarterback Matt Barkley sent out a Twitter message Thursday saying that he hasn’t been cleared by doctors, so he won’t be playing in the Sun Bowl. Barkley, the Pac-12’s career record holder for passing touchdowns and yards, suffered a shoulder injury against UCLA Nov. 17.

He’ll be replaced by Max Wittek, a redshirt freshman who was 14-for-23 for 186 yards (one touchdown, two interceptions) against Notre Dame in the Trojans’ final regular-season game.

3. Outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu called submitting his name to the NFL draft advisory board “basically the thing to do as a junior.” He said he wasn’t yet sure if he will stay for his senior season or declare for the draft.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen between now and next year,” he said. “I’m just looking at Monday.”

4. Attaochu on the Wednesday Sun Bowl dinner for which USC was late in arriving: “We ate, we listened to music, we just waited for a while. That was about it.”

5. Tech practiced for the first time Thursday, a full-pads workout, and will continue Friday afternoon at a local high school. After Thursday’s practice, about 20 players visited a local children’s hospital. The team also went to nearby Fort Bliss to visit with soldiers stationed on the base.

Players are scheduled to receive their bowl gifts Friday.

6. Said Attaochu about practice, “It feels good getting that El Paso air in our system. In the altitude, it’s a little different, you have to adjust to that so it was good getting back out there to practice.”

7. Guard Omoregie Uzzi on the team’s mindset: “Of course, we’re excited. USC’s a great program. They have great players on the team, a couple young guys, but they get after it. It’s going to be a huge test to take those guys down, but we’re up for the challenge.”

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Tech blows past Citadel

USC’s Barkley reportedly unlikely to play

Notes: Successful career for Tech long snapper

Orwin Smith tries for strong finish

35 football players make dean’s list

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

37 comments Add your comment


December 28th, 2012
7:40 am

can it be.
Go jackets


December 28th, 2012
7:41 am

Isaiah played pretty good the last few games, will miss him.

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December 28th, 2012
8:57 am

attaochu hasn’t shown much on the field this year. anyone who drafts him would be drafting late in the draft on potential alone and how often does that work out?

if attaochu wants to be successful in the nfl he needs to play well next year and get drafted in the first couple of rounds. that means more money, and more of a committment from the team not to cut him as he learns their system.

or leave early, get drafted in the 6th or 7th round, sign a small contract, and hope he beats out a bunch of other guys who are just as good for one of the last spots on the roster/practice squad.

tough call.


December 28th, 2012
9:20 am

This game is going to get UGLY very quickly. Me say final score: USC 48-GT 17


December 28th, 2012
9:25 am

what was on the menu, Ken?

Ken Sugiura

December 28th, 2012
10:11 am

Juvenal – don’t know, but i’d guess mexican.


December 28th, 2012
10:28 am

Racist Ken is racist.

Taco Taco Burrito Burrito!!!!!!!!!!

Jacket Detective

December 28th, 2012
10:31 am

The BYU game would have been even more unpleasant without Isaiah’s pick 6.
Which reminds of the 2010 NC State home game and how Tarrant’s pick 6 prevented more widespread booing. Too bad Groh was not fired after last year’s bowl failure.
He came here with a ready made excuse in needing three years to supposedly improve the play.
Maryland’s D was greatly improved with by an aggressive D coordinator hire from day one.
Groh was given too much time. (or a bad idea from the start)
Discount hire (paid mostly by Virginia) with discount results.
I am not for firing Johnson but I can understand why some want to.
It should not take 6 years to improve STs and defense.

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

December 28th, 2012
10:31 am

You have to play the game but Uzzi’s comments and some others I’ve heard lead me to believe that we seem to be too much in awe of playing USC than we should be. I hope our team isn’t expecting to get slapped around. Maybe the tainted dinner date will inspire us? One can only hope.

Jacket Detective

December 28th, 2012
10:38 am

It’s better to think the opponent is good than to take them lightly.
I doubt we will be in awe of them.
Especially with the 2nd string QB who still is a good player but not nearly as far along as Barkley.
Maybe a bit like Vad.
Good but inexperienced.

UGA = Yawn

December 28th, 2012
11:04 am

Mexican??? Last I heard, El Paso is in the USA – not Mexico.


December 28th, 2012
11:07 am

You’re a tool AJC!


December 28th, 2012
11:08 am

Don’t let the door hit you in the arrss Jerimiah!


December 28th, 2012
11:11 am

To GT:

Come out and punch those snot nosed SoCal punks in the mouth and don’t stop hitting!

I hope y’all rush for 600+ yards and destroy the Trojans.

Booze Hound

December 28th, 2012
11:16 am

With Paul Johnson almost certainly still at the GT helm next year, Attaochu would be nuts not to jump at a chance to leave that train wreck.


December 28th, 2012
1:00 pm

boozehound has been hiting the sauce a little early today.

“With Paul Johnson almost certainly still at the GT helm next year”

anyone who thinks there is ANY chance whatsoever that johnson isn’t at tech next year is either drunk or a moron or knows nothing about college football. let’s give hound the benefit of the doubt for now.

Al Bundy

December 28th, 2012
2:07 pm

Attaochu should leave because his idiotic coach is waiting until after the bowl game to start his search for a DC. The moron should have been looking for one the minute he decided to dump Groh. So by the time CPJ gets around to looking for a DC any and all good candidates will already be spoken for. That’s right Paul keep working on your beloved offense and who cares about defense. We don’t need no stinking defense, we’ll out score them all. So yes Paul Johnson will be back next year and back sucking hind teat on a big ol’ ugly bull dog!

No Nonsense Marvin

December 28th, 2012
2:30 pm

Attaochu will probably leave for the draft. Most of these kids only think in the short term prospective. That’s the way I see it. If he stays for his senior year, then the definse will have a decent shot of playing really well next year. So we’ll see.

Smyrna Gold

December 28th, 2012
2:47 pm

Darn, I thought the story line was talking about CPJ. No such luck.


December 28th, 2012
3:07 pm

Good luck in the bowl game Bees! I hope you guys take it to them.


December 28th, 2012
3:34 pm

I think Johnson is the wrong coach for Tech now. At one time the pass option was awesome for Tech but now it has turned into a one trick pony. I would like to go watch them practice (is that at Grady?) I can hear the marching band practicing right now about 50 yards from my dorm!


December 28th, 2012
3:50 pm

Coach CPJ needs this game big-time. He’s running out of last chances. From what I’ve heard from the SoCal fans around my office, the Trojans can’t stop the run at all. Tech should move the ball at will, question uis can we score. BTW, it’s always a bad sign when a DB is leading your team in tackles.

Ken Swilling

December 28th, 2012
4:25 pm

I wish I had left after my junior year….


December 28th, 2012
4:46 pm

This is one game that this UGA guy will be pulling for GT. Beat the brakes off of Lame Kiffin and his daddy, please. Hope Tech rolls up 500 yards rushing en route to a victory.


December 28th, 2012
4:51 pm

“almost certainly still”

No way…serious?

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New DC at Tech

December 28th, 2012
5:40 pm

Just an honest question for logical Tech fans. CPJ has been through two DCs in 5 years already. He has thrown both under the bus with very little regard for their futures. CPJ himself is on the hot seat. Why would any quality DC go to Tech? The only reason that I can of is for big money (e.g. $750,000 per year or more). Does Tech have this type of money to devote to hiring a quality DC?


December 28th, 2012
7:00 pm

Ya’ll can get unpuffilated now.This may be the second time I have ever pulled for tek to win.


December 28th, 2012
7:04 pm

No Barkley, but still no chance.

Johnson’s days are numbered, his number is up, the bell tolls for him…


December 28th, 2012
7:27 pm

Al Bundy, how do you know? How DO you know?


December 28th, 2012
8:33 pm

IMO, Attaochu should be evaluated by the NFL. I think it would help him to focus on what he needs to do to become a better player. Otherwise, maybe the Canadian Football League would be a good ideal. Tech just doesn’t have very good starting defensive players. Hopefully some of the red-shirts and back-up guys are ready to move up.


December 28th, 2012
9:06 pm

6 to 10 days tech will name it new DC

Al Bundy

December 28th, 2012
10:08 pm

Coach… If you’ve been keeping up with Tech football you would know that CPJ has said in more than one interview he wasn’t going to look for a DC until after the season. Go back and read more of Ken’s articles and you will see.

Tampa Wreck

December 29th, 2012
11:07 am

Come on people! Do you honestly think CPJ isn’t working on a new DC behind the scenes? Of course he is. But do you really think he’s going to come out and say that while Kelly is still working to prepare the team for the bowl? Show some sense.

And as far as CPJ throwing DC under the bus, what a stupid statement! Our defense was putrid in 2008 and 2009. he would have been an idiot not to change. It has been equally putrid the last three years. I would rather have a coach that is not satisfied with poor pesrformance and makes the necessary changes, than one that is afraid to rock the boat.

The fact is this is a great opportunity for a young aggressive DC. We don’t need a great defense. We just need to be respectable for this team to succeed.


December 29th, 2012
8:29 pm

PLEASE Beat USC AND LAYNE KIFFEN.. GO TECH. That coach just doesn’t get it..

TechApp fan

December 30th, 2012
10:02 am

re D co-ord…NC State will have a d coach available after they beat Vandi tomorrow.