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What Paul Johnson said after the Clemson game
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Following his team’s 49-21 loss to No. 3 Clemson on Saturday, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson was highly critical of coaching and execution and vowed that quarterback play will improve. “Fundamentals – we’re not doing a very good job of coaching ’em,” Johnson said. “Just call it what it is – we’re not.
For a fourth consecutive season, No. 3 Clemson made clear its superiority to Georgia Tech, and again did so with the Yellow Jackets’ assistance. The Tigers beat blocks on the line of scrimmage, threw pinpoint passes and chased down Tech ballcarriers.
A frustrating loss to Pittsburgh last weekend marked Georgia Tech’s ACC opener. Now the Yellow Jackets (1-2) must face the No. 3 Clemson Tigers (No. 2 in the coaches poll). The Tigers have become a national powerhouse and feature one of the all-time great defensive lines in college football. That’s probably not good news for a team that lives by its run game.
The weekend pulls in too many directions. Prepare to be cleaved and conflicted. There are some very good reasons why this Tour Championship is moving to August.
The good news for Georgia Tech’s ticket office is that student tickets for Saturday’s game against No. 3 Clemson have sold out. The bad news for the ticket office is that demand for tickets in the rest of Bobby Dodd Stadium is considerably lower. As of Friday, the lowest-priced ticket available on Stubhub was $32. The average price for sold tickets as of Thursday was $48.
Among the challenges that Georgia Tech faces Saturday is this: Not only are the Tigers absurdly talented on the defensive line, but it’s also a group that is well-prepared to face the Yellow Jackets’ option offense. Take it from the perspective of former Tech B-back and 2013 team captain David Sims, now the running backs coach at Furman. Sims got an up-close look at No.
In advance of Georgia Tech’s Saturday afternoon matchup with No. 3 Clemson at Bobby Dodd Stadium, Clemson beat writer Grace Raynor of the Post and Courier of Charleston (S.C.) provided the AJC with her insights into the Tigers. Among other things, Raynor was named the co-sports writer of the year for the state of South Carolina by the National Sports Media Association.
ESPN assigns Georgia Tech a 15 percent chance of pulling the upset Saturday against No. 3 Clemson. After the Yellow Jackets’ showings in the past two
Georgia Tech has made adjustments for fans at Bobby Dodd Stadium in advance of Saturday’s game against Clemson (3 p.m., WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News). The athletic department has added 54 points of access for water bottles and also added 13 fans and misters to help fans cool off. For the season opener against Alcorn State on Sept.
Georgia Tech’s defense is a long way from how new defensive coordinator Nate Woody wants it. Players have to learn and absorb far more of the scheme than what they’ve been taught. Recruits that fit the positions have to be signed. As coach Paul Johnson put it, “We’re in the infant stages of putting the stuff in.
The Atlanta franchise in the new Alliance of American Football, which will kick off its inaugural season in February, will be named the Atlanta Legends. “Atlanta makes legends — that’s what the city does,” league co-founder Charlie Ebersol said. “It does it historically, it does it in terms of sports.
Georgia Tech has fumbled six times this season, two each by quarterback TaQuon Marshall and A-back Qua Searcy, one by A-back Clinton Lynch and one by walk-on A-back Josh Blancato. It is a concern for coach Paul Johnson as the Yellow Jackets’ Saturday matchup with No. 3 Clemson approaches. “We’ve got to hold onto the ball,” coach Paul Johnson said.
The availability of Georgia Tech offensive linemen Will Bryan and Andrew Marshall for the Yellow Jackets’ Saturday matchup with No. 3 Clemson remained uncertain after the team’s Wednesday practice. Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said “we’ll know (Thursday)” about both players.
After retiring from playing basketball three years ago, Jarvis Hayes is ready to become a full-time coach. The former Georgia Bulldog star played in the NBA and in Turkey, Russia, Israel, Italy, Romania and Qatar. When the ball stopped bouncing, he coached AAU for a bit and also worked for NBA TV and the SEC Network.
Graham Neff’s office contains the usual mementoes that one might expect from the workspace of a Georgia Tech grad. They include both of his diplomas (bachelor’s in civil engineering and an MBA), a Tech football helmet, a Buzz bobblehead doll and a Coke bottle commemorating the Yellow Jackets’ 1990 national championship.
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Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson previewed Saturday’s game against No. 3 Clemson at his weekly news conference. Among his thoughts about Clemson, his team and the game ahead: “This week will be a tremendous challenge. This might be as talented a team as we’ve played since I’ve been here.
Georgia Tech target Marcus Watson, a four-star guard from Buford High, provided good news for the Yellow Jackets Tuesday evening. Watson, perhaps the highest priority prospect for Tech coaches, included the Jackets in his final four, along with Oregon, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. Watson is scheduled to make his official visit to Tech this weekend.
Georgia Tech defensive end Anree Saint-Amour has a fairly accurate memory of how the Yellow Jackets were led to defeat in each of their past three games against Clemson.
Georgia Tech freshman guard Michael Devoe injured the big toe on his right foot last week in practice and has been in a walking boot. The amount of time he will be sidelined is undetermined, but he will be in the walking boot for three more weeks. Tech starts preseason practice next week. The Yellow Jackets’ first game is November 9 against Lamar.
Georgia Tech’s attempt to upset No. 3 Clemson may be more difficult than initially anticipated. Coach Paul Johnson indicated Tuesday that offensive linemen Will Bryan and Andrew Marshall may not play against the Tigers due to injury. Bryan missed last Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh with a lower-body injury, and Marshall left the game and did not return with a lower-body injury.
At the start of practice, Georgia Tech quarterbacks do plenty of throwing. There are two periods (10 minutes) of throwing routes to receivers. They move on to one-on-one drills against defensive backs. Then there’s probably three periods of “pass skelly” (seven-on-seven), coach Paul Johnson said.
Georgia Tech players got their first look at the alternate jerseys they’ll wear Saturday against No. 3 Clemson at a team meeting prior to their Monday practice. Initial reviews were quite positive. “They’re amazing,” B-back Jerry Howard said. “Everybody got lit up when they saw them.
Oddsmakers have made Georgia Tech a 17-point underdog for its game against No. 3 Clemson on Saturday. Should that spread hold, it will make the Yellow Jackets the biggest underdogs they’ve been for a game in coach Paul Johnson’s tenure, according to the website Covers, a sports gambling-information website. To this point, the most points that a Tech opponent has been favored by is 1
On Monday, as Georgia Tech began practice to prepare for its Saturday matchup with No. 2 Clemson, players looked back to the team’s 24-19 loss to Pittsburgh this past Saturday, particularly the slow start.
Georgia Tech will pay tribute to its 1990 national championship team with an alternate uniform that it will wear Saturday in its matchup against No. 2 Clemson.
With a kicker on scholarship for two more years after this season, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson isn’t desperate to add another for the 2019 signing class. However, he said Sunday, “if we can find one that we thought was really, really good, yeah, it’s a priority to sign one.” Tech may have such a prospect in Ryan Fitzgerald of Colquitt County High.
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has a saying he often invokes both when his team is riding high and also when it’s stumbling, as is the case now: It’s never as good or bad as it seems. “Well, that’s the case now,” Johnson said Sunday on his teleconference, a day after the Yellow Jackets lost 24-19 to Pittsburgh in both teams’ ACC opener.
Last Wednesday, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson called Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh “one we need to win.” Saturday afternoon, he found himself reciting a similar refrain to his comments after the South Florida game the previous week: “Just frustrated and disappointed.
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson isn’t averse to risks, and Saturday he paid the price on a hefty gamble. Down 7-0 in the first quarter, the Yellow Jackets went with a fake punt on a fourth-and-7 from their own 28-yard line. However, Zach Roberts’ snap to upback Antwan Owens resulted in a two-yard loss and gave the Panthers the ball on Tech’s 26-yard line.
Quotes from Georgia Tech players following the team’s 24-19 loss to Pittsburgh Saturday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh: “We didn’t come out like we wanted to. Before the game even started, we said regardless of how we started, it’s about how we finished. We didn’t start the way we wanted to.
“Just frustrated and disappointed. We came out to start the game on offense and we looked like we’d never played before. I don’t know what else to say. Frustrated. We’ve got to do a better job coaching and a better job playing.” “We had a chance to get back in the game. I don’t know if we ever had a chance to take the lead.
Trying to make sense of another loss, Georgia Tech players seemed at a loss Saturday following their 24-19 defeat to Pittsburgh in both teams’ ACC opener. “It’s frustrating,” said quarterback TaQuon Marshall, who was 6-for-15 passing for 66 yards and seemed hesitant at times. “I didn’t play well enough to help the guys out a lot (Saturday).
I was wrong about Georgia Tech football. The Yellow Jackets are not better than expected. They are worse than I could have imagined, and new coordinator Nate Woody’s defense isn’t the only problem. After all, Tech allowed three points to Pitt after halftime Saturday.
After giving up a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter a week ago, Georgia Tech players pledged to do a better job playing to the finish in its ACC opener against Pittsburgh. On Saturday, the Yellow Jackets encountered a different problem – the start. Getting swallowed up on the line on offense and missing tackles on defense, Tech was throttled early en route to a 24-19 loss at Heinz Field.
Georgia Tech right guard Will Bryan will not play in Saturday’s game at Pittsburgh. He is out with a lower-body injury. Brad Morgan will start in his place. Bryan is the most experienced offensive lineman on the team, with 25 starts to his credit. He was moved from left tackle to right guard after the season opener, a move that pushed Morgan back down to the second string.
More to learn about Georgia Tech’s ACC opener against Pittsburgh at Heinz Field at 12:30 p.m. (Fox Sports South in Atlanta) Update: Right guard Will Bryan was not on the field for pre-game warmups, and Brad Morgan was taking snaps with the first-string offensive line prior to the game. Bryan is the most experienced offensive lineman on the team, with 25 career starts to his credit.
A rough outing at South Florida last weekend leaves Georgia Tech hungry for a win in its ACC opener Saturday. The Yellow Jackets are 1-1 as they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Pitt Panthers. Waiting for them will be a Panthers team a week removed from a 51-6 thrashing at home against Penn State.
In a form true to his style, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said he was not interested this week is finding the right balance between patting his players on the back and applying a kick to the rear. “I’m not walking a line,” Johnson said. “I’m going to coach my personality.
There’s no mistaking it. It’s only the third week of the season, but Georgia Tech’s game Saturday at Pittsburgh is highly important. The Yellow Jackets are trying to end a road losing streak, start ACC play well and shed some bad habits. “This is one we need to win,” coach Paul Johnson said. “It’s a big game for us.