They seem confident, but they (and players on every team in college football) are confident. One thing that I've noticed, and this is a little bit of reading tea leaves, is that Johnson has seemed more pleased with the effort that players have been giving thus far.
I talked to Mike Pelton (defensive line coach) yesterday, and he was definitely higher on him than a year ago. He wasn't, like, gushing, but I think things are starting to come together a little bit. He's a little what I mean when talking about Laskey. Everything has to be hitting, including guys like Kallon.
Not a particularly detailed one. Several guys are still out.
For what it's worth, they did have Travis Custis, who I think is the sort of player you're talking about. So to say they can't recruit that type of player isn't entirely correct. And with David Sims, they really should have beaten Georgia. But, to speak to your larger point, Laskey is probably not Jonathan Dwyer, though I think he could be better than people think. And it reduces margin of error, clearly, to win the games (Miami, Clemson, VT) Tech has fallen short in of late. But I can't say they're forever doomed. It just means everything else (line play, quarterbacking, receivers, defense, special teams, etc.) has to be that much better.
As noted in the last question, I do think he's pretty safe going into next year. I guess it's possible that those factors could work in Johnson's favor, particularly the class, but that's a hard one to gauge.
That's tough to answer. I truly don't think Mike Bobinski is daily pondering whether or not he should fire Paul Johnson. I think he's safe going into next season unless the train goes off the tracks entirely. But I guess it does speak to the fact that the additional resources that Bobinski authorized (and requested by Johnson) for recruiting are working, which you could say works in his favor.
1) At this time, with the Georgia game three months away, I don't know that what happened against Georgia last year is what pushes them. I would say overall that the disappointing season has served as motivation, but I think mostly the motivation is to win the ACC. I imagine it probably rankles a lot of Tech fans, but I think that's the team's primary goal. 2) I'd say that's possible. My memory can be fuzzy, but I kind of remember Synjyn Days having a play like that last year.
Matthew Jordan is in at No. 3, who enrolled early. In the scrimmage, I noticed he overthrew a lot of passes, but made a few plays here and there. Paul Johnson said things are moving pretty fast for him right now. After Jordan are a couple walk-ons, Brady Swilling and Chase Martenson.
He's been OK. I would say he didn't stand out in the scrimmage. He's down the depth chart a bit at A-back.
I'll take whatever questions you have.
Back from the interview. the big news - about 30 players have requested to wear No. 8 (which had been assigned to Myles Autry)
As it turns out, the team is on its way back from the morning practice. I'll be back, hopefully, in about 15 minutes. Please hold the line.
A good question. I kind of suspect yes, or at least it's a thought in Paul Johnson's head that it might happen if Days shows himself to be a productive backup.
Thanks, everyone, for joining me for the mailbag (brought to you by Kroger). This is irrelevant, but I remember my French professor in college mentioning Kroger and how she rolled her R when pronouncing it. Made it sound very cosmopolitan. Anyway, as was the case last week, I may have to abandon the mailbag for a short spell because Paul Johnson media availability at the bottom of the hour. So, let's get started.
thanks, everyone, for a lot of really good questions. I really appreciate your time and I hope you find it interesting and informative. I'll be back next week, same time. In the meantime, keep up with the preseason here.
I haven't heard much - I've yet to talk to special teams coordinator Ray Rychleski - but I think Tech is in pretty good shape there. I don't know if they can be counted on to win a game or two - you never know how games will go - but I definitely think the potential is there for them to heavily influence some games, no question.
Last question coming up here.
My buddy Rod Mackenzie from Scout from says receiver, B-back and A-back. On defense, DT and DE.
I don't think it's particularly hot. It might change next year.
I don't remember that Johnson say that (not saying that he didn't). I think I've heard him say it's hard or almost impossible to get JC players in. I don't think it's a policy, per se. Whitehead was admitted - bear in mind he was already an NCAA qualifier, having gotten into NC State - so that's why Johnson took him. I imagine it'd be tougher for a player who went straight to JC to get admitted to Tech.
I'm not trying to duck the question, but I don't think I've compared notes with enough writers to really say. I'd hazard a guess Nick Saban is pretty tough.
I'm a little out of my depth here, but I don't think so.
If they (coaches) do, I don't think they would probably say so publicly.
I haven't; he has not been made available yet to media, so I can't answer that for certain. I'll see if I can find a way to pass along your encouragement. In trying to graduate, he was pretty overloaded with his classes from what I understand, so I don't think there's a lot of shame in falling a little short.
He'll play tackle. Apparently, he's in the mix to at least be on the depth chart.