Posted: 12:53 am Saturday, April 19th, 2014

5 points from Tech spring game 

By Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech quarterback Tim Byerly impressed again in the Yellow Jackets' spring game Friday night.

Georgia Tech quarterback Tim Byerly impressed again in the Yellow Jackets’ spring game Friday night.

1. The first-team offense (white team) started slow, getting called for a hold, dropping a first-down pass, fumbling two snaps, fumbling a mesh and failing to gain a first down on its first three drives. But after that, the unit, piloted by quarterback Tim Byerly, started to get moving.

On the fourth drive, Byerly broke a tackle to gain a first down on 2nd and 5. Another keeper, a nine-yard gain, extended the drive on 3rd and 1. Finally, on a 3rd and 3 from the gold 40-yard line, Laskey broke a run up the middle 40 yards for a touchdown.

“He’s a tough kid,” coach Paul Johnson said of Byerly. “He doesn’t mind running the ball and putting his head down and doing that, so I think he’s got a chance to help us.”

Photos: Georgia Tech spring game

The white offense followed that by going no-huddle and moving the ball from its 18 to the gold 20, where Byerly lost the ball, which was recovered by safety Isaiah Johnson and taken 86 yards to the end zone.

Byerly and Johnson spoke together at the post-game news conference. Johnson explained how  the defense had kept score for turnovers throughout the spring.
“I believe that one put me in the lead,” said Johnson, quite satisfied with himself.

Said Byerly, sitting next to him, “You’re welcome.”

Byerly was at his best on the first drive of the third quarter, a 16-play, 77-yard touchdown drive that lasted nearly nine minutes. Byerly helped keep the drive going with good reads on a number of option plays.

“The second half, that first series, we ran it pretty much exclusively down the field,” Johnson said. “We did a pretty good job with that.”

(Before we go all crazy, Byerly fully understood the gravity of fumbling, particularly in the red zone.)

2. No. 1 quarterback Justin Thomas did not play, held out because of a shoulder injury suffered in last Saturday’s scrimmage. Johnson said that Thomas wanted to play, but was kept out as a precaution, particularly given the weather conditions. Despite that, Thomas dressed out and Byerly said was in his ear, asking him about what he was seeing.

“I think that’s great and a testament to Justin and his character that he’s not out there participating in the spring scrimmage and he’s still there helping me out,” Byerly said.

B-back Travis Custis did not play, held out for an undisclosed injury.

3. Among those who stood out: Gold-team defense (first team) linebackers Quayshawn Nealy (seven tackles, one tackle for loss), Tyler Marcordes (seven tackles) and Paul Davis (six tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles).

One aspect of going to a nickel defense as the base – which is really something more dictated by the offense than anything else – is that Davis likely won’t play as much as a second-string linebacker, if that’s how it shakes out. He is a fun player to watch, which is not to say that Nealy and Marcordes aren’t, just that Davis is.

“’Q’ was everywhere,” defensive tackle Shawn Green said. “Every time you look up, you see Q on the play somewhere.”

For the white team (No. 2 defense), defensive end KeShun Freeman tied with safety John Marvin for the team lead with four tackles. Johnson brought him up again after the game.

After saying that he noticed lineman Jimmie Kitchen, he added, “The other kid who keeps making plays is KeShun Freeman.”

The competition with him, incoming transfer Kenderius Whitehead and first-stringer Jabari Hunt-Days (Johnson said his move from linebacker is “probably” permanent) ought to be pretty healthy in preseason camp.

Johnson also was rather complimentary of Green, who has had considerable challenges staying healthy. He was able to make it all the way through the spring.

“Shawn had a good spring practice, I think,” Johnson said. “He’s quick, he’s a hard guy to cut off, he rolls his hips. If Shawn can stay healthy, I think he can help us. He looks like the player we recruited a few years ago. I think he’s kind of getting healthy and playing like we thought he could.”

Unrelated, but Green is looking for a marketing internship for the summer.

4. Among backups, quarterback Ty Griffin showed some elusiveness, running 15 times for 75 yards for the gold offense. B-back Matt Connors had nine carries for 32 yards. Wide receiver Corey Dennis made a nice over-the-shoulder catch on the sideline from Byerly for 28 yards. Linebacker Beau Hankins had three tackles for the white defense, including a sack.

5. I applaud the fans who made it out to the scrimmage. It was pretty miserable out there, with heavy rains that made it seem a lot colder than it was. That showed some pretty serious loyalty. I asked Isaiah Johnson what he would have done if he were a fan.

“It was on ESPN3, right?” he asked. “That’s all I’ve got to say.”

528 comments
Gt79
Gt79

From the Bleacher Report:

"Paul Johnson enters 2014 on the hot seat, which would have been unthinkable after his first two years at Georgia Tech (which included 19 wins and a berth in the Orange Bowl) but now seems justified after four straight years of mediocrity.

However, let us remember the good times."

I guess the word is out! Sorry Johnson enablers, and those first two years were with Gaileys players. LOL

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Gt79 :  By the way, I appreciate you Posting the link, I would have, but I wanted to save Johnson the embarrassment of having everyone see how he's making all this money and doesn't have to produce a quality product. Thank you so much! LOL

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I wasn't quite sure how stupid you were.  You just proved it.  If you read Mark Richt's contract, you will see that he is paid to endorse uga's uniform and equipment suppliers.  I am sure GeorgeStein could shed more light on it, but usually pay is broken up for tax purposes.


Feel free to keep practicing your trolling, however.  You aren't very good at it.


BTW, public universities coaches contracts are online.  Do your own research.

GTLee
GTLee

Free baseball game tonite at 6:30 at the Rusty C. Last night's rainout with Mercer being played here.

Gt79
Gt79

By the way, just as a side note, saw something which may or may not be true I will let you guys do your own research, since your so good at fact checking. Any way, it seems that Tech may be paying Johnson to wear our logo on the field. Wouldn't that be a slap in the face for us die hard Tech fans.

Maybe we can get Ken at the AJC to check that out, we are a public univ. After all. You know maybe get a copy of his contract.

Gt79
Gt79

What I find really fascinating is that all of you Johnson facilitators always compare him to the worst coached years at Tech, and are unable to compare him to the previous best coached years. Even those years where he looked ok he had Galeys players or was handed the ACC by default.

You Nancys are nothing but a bunch of blow hards who travel in a pack so you can make each other feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and tell each other how brilliant you are, kind of like a tickle pile. Don't forget your purses when you take your piss breaks. Your Weak as water, weak as water. I wonder which one of you actually wears pants. LOL

Peachs
Peachs

Go ahead and keep trying to rationalize as Rome burns. The writing is on the wall, it's just a matter of time.

You may be talking about college football all together, there is an equal force pulling against it on the other side called money. Tech got in it when the purpose was school pride and recreation; we were more interested in beating Georgia than firing coaches. I have seen predictions we won’t have college football as we know it in 10 years and I am in total agreement. This pay for play will push it even closer.What you have are people who don’t belong in college in the first place pushing to be paid or really are already being paid to represent something they have not got a clue what it is. A fan base largely made up of hanger ons who demand firing the coach, like this were the Falcons and their opinion mattered. Few if any have concern about the academic element, so why not just separate this from the colleges all together makes them minor league pro teams and stop the hypocrisy. Give the colleges back to people who understand what they are for. Of course half the SEC school would go bankrupt because they are living off of the programs not just housing them, but schools in the ACC will be just fine, they have a product in demand outside of entertainment to the masses.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

It's painfully obvious to most observers this Byerly kid has won the QB job this off-season on the Flats.

Why hasn't PJ "gone public" with an announcement? What's he waiting for?

The young man is good enough for a scholarship but not good enough to be rewarded the starting job which he has clearly won?

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Why is PJ "coddling" Justin Thomas?

What has JT done to warrant favoritism?

This lends further credence to the rumours of a Pre-Arranged "Agreement" b/w PJ & the Thomas Family.

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We've seen this Movie on the Flats before.......PJ did the same thing to Jaybo Shaw. All Jaybo did was produce for GT and his reward was a pink slip. Consequently, PJ/GT missed out on the opportunity to land Conner Shaw which likely would have resulted in three consecutive 10 win campaigns, @ least 2 ACC Titles & possibly a run at the Crystal. :(

Gt79
Gt79

Time is running out for you guys, Johnson better have a blow out year, The press will be all over us if he doesn't.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

Super, you are wasting your breath on GTt79.  He is nothing more than a wannabe troll. He's not even particularly good at trolling.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

Like I said yesterday, you have obviously forgotten the 80s.  Things have been FAR FAR WORSE at Tech than you PERCEIVE them to be now

Gt79
Gt79

@Super

Go ahead and keep trying to rationalize as Rome burns. The writing is on the wall, it's just a matter of time.

Peachs
Peachs

It is hard to have a great academic school and feed the factory for football ask the NCAA who seems to think their jurisdiction ordained and they are not a guest on the campus but an invading police force with priority. Can you imagine Tech has had more run ins with these guys than the jail house gang in Athens. The NCAA investigators must whistle through that graveyard in Athens to arrive in Atlanta for a come to Jesus meeting with these “thugs”. Surely all our cheating will eventually pay off with television ratings or at lease a full stadium. This program is out of control and I don’t blame people for wanting Johnson’s head.

Gt79
Gt79

I really don't think any further discussion is needed, a coaching change is needed. We play a soft schedule our win record is meaningless. Unpopular coach, poor performance, unpopular style of football....you know the answer, you just can't get your head around it.

Gt79
Gt79

2013 ACC TV ratings for football. Is there any hope of closing this gap for Georgia Tech? It just keeps on getting worse, numbers don't lie. I do believe change must come to Tech football and in a hurry, before we become totally irrelevant. Here are the ratings by team for current and future ACC teams in terms of average ratings for 2013:

# Team Viewers Rtg Gms

8 Notre Dame 3,921,970 2.5 11

13 Florida St 3,058,167 1.9 11

15 Clemson 2,876,183 1.8 10

26 N Carolina 2,318,542 1.6 4

34 Miami 2,107,394 1.3 11

35 Pittsburgh 2,095,667 1.3 5

37 Boston Col 1,734,125 1.2 4

39 Va Tech 1,704,750 1.1 8

45 Ga Tech 1,512,354 1.0 8

48 Louisville 1,416,143 1.0 7

POAD2014
POAD2014

KSU 3

UGa 1

the OWLS Sweep the dogs for the season.

Gt79
Gt79

@aj

By the way I just want to thank you for doing such a good job as my sidekick, I can't imagine how frustrating it must be for your having to support the untenable position of Johnson's lack of success at the Div. I level. However I am a little disappointed with how long it took you to find and post the link.

Now,I am very pleased with your ability to go exactly where I'm trying to lead you. I hope finding the Mark Richt contract link wasn't to hard. Here's your next project, I want you to find out how much the Head Coaches of Uga, Miami, Clemson, and VT get paid, then find the mean payout per game( you do know how to find the mean, right), then find the mean per game payout for Johnson. Now take those $ and do a comparison chart on how much Johnson gets paid to NOT win those games and how much they get paid to kick his A$$. You have 5 hours, please try to stay on task. Thanks!

Gt79
Gt79

The point is, he produces, Johnson doesn't. Still don't get it do you?

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@Gt79  

Yeah, right, I'm sure we're having to force him to wear the logo of the school for which he coaches.  SHEESH, you really ARE stupid if you believe something like that

Gt79
Gt79

I think you misread my post.

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@Peachs  

If what you say is true, and I think it is, I'm really going to laugh when we see pictures of that monstrosity in Athens that was once a beautiful stadium sitting  completely empty Saturdays in the Fall.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@BigCrimson75  Jaybo left in March of 2010. Conner graduated (EARLY) Dec 09 and was already committed to SC for 10 or so months. Conner was never coming to TECH even IF Jaybo stayed. 

POAD2014
POAD2014

@BigCrimson75  neither QB has won the job. Both should play a lot in every game. they pose very different issues for the defense.

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@BigCrimson75  

Why is it "painfully" obvious?  I think Byerly may indeed be the better of the two, but it doesn't cause me any pain to admit that.  I just want the best QB out there.  I don't think either of us know just why Jaybo left.  However, had he stayed, you may be right that we COULD have gotten some attention from Conner.  It is what it is

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@AugustaJacket  

Yeah, I know, AJ.  I just can't sit back and stay quiet while some jerk thinks his OPINIONS serve as FACTS.  If he doesn't like Johnson, fine; there are reasons not to.  But don't give me this garbage about the program suffering, when it suffered far more in the 80s than it ever has

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Gt79  All of ROME is burning not Tech. College football is really looking to kill itself with the ONLY the National Championship matters attitude. The principles of character, hard work and education that CPJ instills is a good thing. Graduating Players is a GREAT thing. Winning has to happen but it is not the ONLY THING. Preparing MEN for a life in the REAL WORLD outside of college is CPJ job number 1.  If winning is the only metric you wish to judge a coach by then you don't need to be a Tech fan. If getting players to the NFL is the #2 metric you judge a coach by then Tech shouldn't be your team. Graduating MEN prepared to take on the Business world making a good living to provide for his family is a metric you find honorable then The Institute is a team you can cheer for and feel proud to wear the GT in public.

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@Gt79  Of course you don't think any further discussion is needed when you don't have facts to support your opinions

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@Gt79  

You still didn't explain how a school with a far worse record than ours ranks so much higher. Your dislike for Johnson and  his offense doesn't answer my question.  Why don't you check the ACC TV ratings when Gailey was coach.  I doubt there was much difference.  And that's not a jab at Gailey; that is a legitimate point to be considered.  Are we really any worse in TV ratings under Johnson?  I doubt it.  You can find anything you want to dislike about Johnson, but I doubt very seriously that he has anything to do with this.

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@Gt79  

Well, apparently win-loss records don't mean much, because Tech has a better win-loss record than UNC, including a nice string of wins over them, and yet, according to that list, UNC is 21 spots higher than Tech.  VT probably has a higher win-loss record than we do, coupled with all their wins over us, and yet they are only 6 spots higher.  So if win-loss is not the key, what is, and just how do you propose changing things?

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Gt79  Johnson has the second highest winning percentage since Dodd.  That's production.  But don't let your absence of facts get in your way.

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@Gt79  So you're changing points now.  Your original rather stupid post claimed that Johnson was getting paid to wear Tech gear on the sideline.  That was pretty much refuted, so instead of admitting you were stupid, you deflect.  Of course, winning is more important, but you didn't mention that in your original post.


You are a typical troll

Gt79
Gt79

You may end up eating your words on that. The whole school would look pretty stupid if it's true. It's certainly worth checking out.

Gt79
Gt79

Have ken check it out. It looked legit to me.

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@Gt79  

Then, pray tell, what WERE those best coached years?  We haven't had a string of consistently good years since Dodd.

Born2Buzz
Born2Buzz

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt @Peachs  

I've thought for a few years now that it is only a matter of time before the Factory schools secede from the NCAA and form their own semi-pro league.  They will stop the pretense of fielding teams of "student-athletes" and sign kids to 5 year contracts for cash.  Any actual educational experience will be completely optional and likely wholly removed from the actual university system.

They will have their own league playoffs and championship, ESPN will eat it up and pay them tons of $, and the fans of these schools will also likely eat it up and flock to the games.  

Sadly the kids will probably end up being screwed more than ever.  They will make a decent wage for 5 years, possibly move on to the NFL but more than likely finish up their "college" career with little money in the bank and no education.


I'm guessing there are about 40 schools that will go to the semi-pro league so there will still be 85 academic institutions that will compete in football under the NCAA.  And the NCAA will still have no clue as to how to manage the sport.   

Born2Buzz
Born2Buzz

@POAD2014 @BigCrimson75  Jaybo left because he was 3rd string and realized he would never see the field behind Tevin & Vad.  And to anyone who actually watch GT games it was "painfully obvious" that Jaybo was FCS talent.


Sadly, we might come to find out that all we have for the QB is FCS talent.

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@Gt79  

What did you think of the product that Carson, Fulcher,  Rodgers, Curry, Ross (in all but one year), Lewis, O'Leary, and Gailey produced?  Were those all "quality products"?

Gt79
Gt79

By the way, I appreciate you Posting the link, I would have, but I wanted to save Johnson the embarrassment of having everyone see how he's making all this money and doesn't have to produce a quality product. Thank you so much! LOL

Gt79
Gt79

Looks to me like he's getting $150,000. He just waved the right to negotiate, not to get paid.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Gt79  


Section F of his contract:  


F. SIDELINE, SHOES, HATS and APPAREL

Coach agrees to waive his right to negotiate separate contracts for apparel, footwear, hats, 

uniforms, or other items in exchange for payment to Paul Johnson Consulting, Inc., for the 

benefit of Coach by the Association of the Annual amount of One Hundred Fifty Thousand 

Dollars ($150,000) in each year of this Contract. All payments due hereunder shall be payable in 

equal quarterly installments by the Association on March 31st, June 30th, September 30th and 

December 31st of each year of this Contract. Coach agrees to assign to the Association his right 

to payment from any manufacturer for contracts entered into prior to the date of this Contract for 

which payment is to be made after the effective date of this Contract Amendment. 


Instead of being "paid" to wear Russell Athletic gear, his contract stipulates he waives the right to negotiate his own deal.


Try again troll.


Full Contract here....


http://i.usatoday.net/sports/graphics/2009/coaches-contracts/pdf/johnson_georgiatech.pdf



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@Born2Buzz @SupersizeThatOrder-mutt @Peachs  

I'm afraid you are correct.  Although I'm not so sure that ALL the current "top 40" schools will be doing that.  I'm not totally convinced that Georgia will be able to pull that one over in this state, even though I would expect them to try.  I don't think Notre Dame will go that route.  It COULD actually be a good thing for REAL college football.  It might cause a return to where college football was a "sport," and not a business.