Monday, July 26, 2010

Overlooking Ga. Tech? That's not a good idea

The ACC media just picked Virginia Tech to win the league Monday, and Georgia Tech garnered only enough votes for fourth overall (see post below). And does Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson looked worried? Um, no.

"We lost some key players," Johnson shrugged when told of the media vote. "We can be competitive."

Oh, yes they can. The Yellow Jackets won the ACC last year, beating Clemson in the title game, and Tech returns quarterback Josh Nesbitt and running back Roddy Jones to an offense that confounds opponents. And fired Virginia coach Al Groh is taking over as Tech's defensive coordinator. One thing Groh knows how to do is coach defense (in addition to beating Carolina), so that's a major addition.Tech scored 33.8 points per game last season but allowed 24.8.

Johnson just seems to have this Spurrier-esque confidence, without the bravado. He even calls the offense but doesn't bother to write down or chart the plays in games.  "I've always been that way," he said. "It helps to not have 500 plays."

Tech lost five starters on offense and on defense, but there is depth and talent returning. A pivotal game comes Sept. 18, at UNC at noon. Tech should beat South Carolina State and win at Kansas to open the season. With a win in Chapel Hill, the Jackets could be off and running - again.

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