Georgia Tech Postgame Quotes

Oct. 22, 2011

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Quotes for Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson

Opening statement…
I thought our kids played hard. I am frustrated that we couldn’t find something to do better on offense, clearly they had a better plan than we did, because we couldn’t get any rhythm, couldn’t get anything going. We couldn’t hit any good plays. We couldn’t overcome the special teams that we had today, and that is a reflection on me.

On fake punt…
I’ll have to look at the tape. It was an automatic call if there is a certain look. I’ll have to see who made the play.

On Zach Laskey’s punt returns…
Clearly today was the worst that has happened to him. He had a few that he had bobbled, but it looked like he just didn’t want to come up and catch them. We never got in sync from the interception on the first play.

On positives …
I thought we played better against the run. (For defense) The killer was the kick-off; it was supposed to be a deep kick.

On Tevin Washington
It’s not fair to put all of this on Tevin, because there are a lot of us that have to do better. After looking at the film, I thought we had a chance, and I think we did have a chance, we just didn’t get it done. We can’t get to the perimeter. I don’t think we would have a tough time in the perimeter, but we just can’t get there.

Quotes for Georgia Tech Players

Euclid Cummings
On getting more reps and feeling more comfortable…
Yes, sir. I am actually feeling more comfortable.

On doing things differently…
Just adding more beef on the line. That’s basically it.

On making it more difficult for opponent to find running lanes…
Yes, we made it harder for them. Or I feel like we did.

On excitement at the beginning of the second half…
Our vibe was just that we believe that we were going to turn around and come out with a W so we were just showing our energy for our offense. That was basically it.

Orwin Smith
On penalties and miscellaneous things happening when he is not involved…
It is very frustrating because that kind of gives the drive a spark. If we’re getting big plays called back, it’s not helping us at all.

On how to improve offense…
I think we can get the quarterback and B-back more involved. I think we should at least give them a chance. We can’t be a one dimensional team. Most teams try to stop the quarterback or stop the B-back. We all have to be rolling just to be a great offense. We have to get everyone back on pace up front and up the middle.

On what Miami did different…
I think obviously just from the success we had early in the season, making sure we didn’t get much on the outside. But also up the middle, they were stopping the run up the middle. They were sending backers left and right, and we just have to counter that and use it to our advantage.

On Miami as a whole…
I feel like they’re like any other team. They just play hard. We have to play hard as a team.

On whether or not they saw things on film that didn’t show up in the game…
Actually, they did exactly what we worked on. I think just the execution part on the offense. They were doing things on certain downs that we were working on all week. We practiced it. We just have to execute.

Tevin Washington
On first play of the game…
I just overthrew the ball. We had Orwin wide open and I made a bad pass.

On what defense was doing different to stop the run up the middle…
The inside guys were starting off with two guys, and then switched to three techniques.

How did the way the game was playing out affect the offense…
When we’re out there playing, it doesn’t do anything to our psyche, but we just have to do a better job executing as a unit.

On losing to Miami three times in a row…
It’s real frustrating. Anytime you lose, it’s frustrating because we prepared all week and thought we had a good game plan to come out and get a victory. For me, I felt like I let the team down. We just have to let it go and move on and get past it to the next game.

Jeremiah Attaochu
On how they attacked Lamar Miller…
It was more team defense. We made a few nicks during the week to cater to their running game. I feel like we did a pretty good job. We could have done better in other areas. But as far as that, I think you’re right about that, we came in and did what we wanted to do.

On psyche of defense after big run back by Benjamin…
Special teams is big. Probably the biggest aspect of the game. We actually discussed it during the week about how important it is to both offense and defense. As far as psyche, we’re coached on defense to not worry about the circumstances and the things we can’t control. Whenever we’re in a situation, we don’t really look at the situation, we just look at ways to overcome the situation.

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