Despite a difficult afternoon for Tevin Washington in the Yellow Jackets' T-Day Game on Saturday, the coach stopped short of criticizing the junior who's expected to begin fall practice as the starting quarterback.
"For the biggest part of spring, Tevin has done a good job," Johnson said. "Today he did some questionable things. I think he got rattled a little bit and got out of his element."
Freshman quarterback Synjyn Days ran for 122 yards and one touchdown and passed for a TD in the Gold team's 21-7 victory over the White squad.
Washington played with a brace on his left knee and endured a long afternoon leading the White team. He threw three interceptions, was sacked three times and lost a couple fumbles.
Because of a torn medial collateral ligament he sustained in the Yellow Jackets' loss to Air Force Dec. 27 in the Independence Bowl, Washington had limited mobility with his knee.
"He's banged up a little bit, and he's got a big, old, bulky brace on now, so he's not moving real well," Johnson said. "But I think he's gotten better this spring. He's certainly played better than he did today."
Washington, who went 1-3 as the starter last season after Joshua Nesbitt broke his arm in a Nov. 4 loss at Virginia Tech, was clearly disappointed with the results.
"We had a tough time getting in rhythm against the defense," Washington said. "Overall, I think it will make us better. I would rather be going through this struggle now than going through the same thing in the fall."
Johnson liked what he saw from Days, but pointed out that he likely faced easier circumstances against a second-string defense and getting better protection than Washington was afforded.
Georgia Tech, which is coming off a 6-7 season, opens the 2011 season at home against Western Carolina on Sept. 1.