November 30, 2009

Monday practice notebook 11/30

With the Georgia game in their rearview mirror, the Georgia Tech football team hit the practice field on Monday for a walk-through, as they get ready to face Clemson in the ACC Championship game in Tampa. Head Coach Paul Johnson said the practice was fairly typical and there are not going to be major defensive changes.

"It was a typical Monday practice," Johnson said. "I don't know if we have enough left to make changes. There will not be any changes I can think of."

Looking back at the Georgia game on film, Johnson says it was about how he remembered it.

"It is never as good or bad as it seems. We did not play very well defensively and we missed some tackles, guys got in the wrong gaps and they exploited us. It is what happens," he said.

A rematch with Clemson and the ACC title is all that is on Coach Johnson's mind right now.

"A win would mean that achieved or number one goal which is winning the ACC Championship. We would finish 10-2 and we would like to have been 12-0, but 10-2 is a positive year," Johnson said. "Now we have a chance to cap that with a conference championship and go to a BCS bowl game."

The Jackets are hoping to pick up their first ACC Championship game win and Coach Johnson says the effects of that type of win will have on the program long term.

"I think when you look at the season as a whole there will be long term effects and certainly if we can finish it off right it will be better," Johnson said. "Anytime you win double-digit games it is a good year and we want to finish it off right."

Looking at the Tigers, Johnson sees similarities between them and Georgia.

"Clemson has as good if not better players than Georgia, they both have talented kids," he said. "It will be a tough hard fought game. We need to play better than we did Saturday. We lost the turnover battle and when you do that, it is hard to win games. Both teams had success moving the ball, but we turned it over one more time than they did."

New slot backs coach

With Jeff Monken heading down to Georgia Southern, Coach Johnson is looking for a new assistant coach and he has two people in mind for the job.

"I don't have a set timetable. I have in my mind a couple of options and we will go one way or the other," Johnson said.

Coach Johnson would not tip his hand on who the next assistant coach would be. When asked if it would be one of his former assistants or graduate assistants he said, "you never know."

Jaybo staying put

Sophomore quarterback Jaybo Shaw put to rest rumors of a possible transfer to Georgia Southern on Monday saying, I am not going down there with him. I am happy here at Georgia Tech playing in the ACC with Coach Johnson.

"It is great and I am happy for coach Monken. I think it is going to be a great job for him and I am excited for him. I wish the best for him and I hope he wins a lot of ball games down there."

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