No easy week for Georgia Tech

gclegg@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 17, 2009 

  • NEXT GAME
    GEORGIA TECH VS. CLEMSON

    When: 8 p.m., Saturday

    Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

    TV: ABC-9, 8 p.m.

    Radio: WHAL-AM 1460, 6 p.m.

Off week? Maybe for the Georgia Tech players. But just because the Yellow Jackets have a bye this week doesn’t mean Coach Paul Johnson’s schedule is any less demanding.

“Today was kind of a speaking circuit day for me, and the other coaches were on the road recruiting,” Johnson said. “So it really wasn’t much of a break for us. We’ll be back in the office (this) morning and back at practice (this) afternoon.”

Johnson’s visit Monday night to the Columbus Quarterback Club marked the end of a full day of speaking engagements and hand-shaking.

“I don’t do a lot of these quarterback clubs any more. We just don’t have time,” Johnson said.

“So we try to spread it around. It had been a while since I had been to Columbus and to this part of the state. And the club had always been good to me when I was at Georgia Southern, and even at Navy, so it was great to have an opportunity to come back here.”

The exposure doesn’t hurt recruiting, either. Johnson knows the importance of recruiting the Columbus area — and not just on the Georgia side of the Chattahoochee.

Two Central-Phenix City graduates played big roles in the Yellow Jackets’ 49-10 win over Duke. Senior guard Cord Howard was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week. Freshman Orwin Smith — a member of Johnson’s first signing class at Tech — returned a kickoff 83 yards in the first quarter to set up the Jackets’ first touchdown.

The offensive explosion meant for a light day for punter Chandler Anderson. But the Shaw graduate has enjoyed a solid year, averaging 40.7 yards per punt.

“We’ve got a pretty good representation from this area,” Johnson said.

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