Georgia Tech caravan stops in Augusta

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Georgia Tech football coach Paul Johnson (left) chats with Ken Etheridge during an event at First Baptist Church of Augusta.   SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Georgia Tech football coach Paul Johnson (left) chats with Ken Etheridge during an event at First Baptist Church of Augusta.

The Georgia Tech football coach teamed up with former Yellow Jackets basketball player Jon Barry to defend their Chick-Fil-A Bowl Challenge title last week in Greensboro, Ga. Johnson and Barry defeated 14 other pairings of college football coaches and former athletes.

“Get a good partner,” Johnson said. “That’s the key. Jon’s a good player.”

Johnson came to Augusta as part of the Georgia Tech caravan, which included athletic director Dan Radakovich, men’s basketball coach Brian Gregory, women’s basketball coach MaChelle Joseph and broadcaster Wes Durham.

Gregory, who was hired 13 months ago, talked about the rebuilding process after going 11-20 last season. Joseph discussed her team’s school record 26-9 campaign, which included a first trip to the Sweet 16.

Johnson, who has a 34-19 record in four seasons at Georgia Tech, talked about the disappointing end to last season. The Yellow Jackets got off to a 6-0 start before closing at 8-5.

“We did not finish where we would’ve liked,” he said. “That’s been a big focus in the off-season.”
Johnson said that after four years, he’s finally balanced out scholarships at certain positions throughout the team – instead of having too many linebackers and not enough offensive lineman, for example.

With the focus on balance, Geor­gia Tech now has its most depth in his reign. The Jackets will be young again this fall with 10 seniors, four to five of whom will see significant playing time.

Johnson said more underclassmen will see the field, including former Jefferson County standout B.J. Bostic, who redshirted last season after suffering an arm injury, He’s fighting for time at the A-back position.

“He’s coming back. He’s had a good spring,” Johnson said. “Hopefully, he’s trying to work himself into the mix.”

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Ugahater715 05/08/12 - 04:57 pm
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Lets hope we have the same

Lets hope we have the same 6-0 start this year because that would mean we would have beaten VT, UVA, Miami, and Clemson to start the year.

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