November 17, 2009

Tuesday practice notebook

The Georgia Tech football team returned to practice Tuesday for the first time since clinching their spot as the Coastal Division representative in the ACC Championship Game. Head Coach Paul Johnson said that there was not anything different about the practice today except that it was the first practice of the week on a Tuesday.

"It was like a normal Monday practice when we come back," said Coach Johnson. "We really only had one day off so there was not a whole lot of difference."

Tech has performed well coming out of the gates at halftime and Saturday was no different. The Jackets went 71 yards down the field on the first possession of the second half on only five plays to go up by a score of 35-10 and crush any hopes Duke might have had of coming back. They would later score their second touchdown of the third quarter on a four play, 84-yard drive.

Coach Johnson remarked, "We come in at halftime and have a chance to tweak some things and make some adjustments. I would hope that we can help the players to make those adjustments during the game so that things will be a little easier for them. I do not know why we are so successful to start the second half; for the most part, it has just always been that way. We also usually have pretty good success in the first quarter. Go back to the Clemson game though and we were awful in the third quarter."

Clemson is a team that Tech could potentially square off against in the ACC title game as long as the Tigers take care of business next weekend at home versus Virginia. The Tigers have been on a tear as of late, having won their last five games and they will be eager to get a shot at redemption with the Jackets. Tech beat Clemson at Bobby Dodd earlier this year in a wild game that saw Clemson score 27 straight to take the lead in the fourth quarter, only to lose on a 36-yard field goal with 57 ticks left on the clock.

Coach Johnson spoke about potentially playing a team for the second time in the same season.

"We used to play teams twice all the time in the 1-AA playoffs", said Coach Johnson. "It probably benefits both teams equally. We know how they are going to line up now and we had no idea the first time."


Coach Johnson updated the media on offensive linemen Omoregie Uzzi who missed the Duke game with a back injury and starting center Sean Bedford who left the Duke game with an ankle sprain.

"Uzzi practiced today, Bedford is still on crutches," he said. "Uzzi will play against UGA for sure, but Bedford we will see as the week goes on."

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