Johnson repeats as ACC Coach of the Year

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Two seasons in the Atlantic Coast Conference, two coach of the year awards for Paul Johnson.

The Georgia Tech coach once again was the overwhelming choice as the ACC’s top coach as selected by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Johnson received 24 of a possible 40 votes cast by ACSMA members, easily outdistancing his counterpart in this week’s ACC championship game. Clemson’s Dabo Swinney had 10 votes, followed by Duke’s David Cutcliffe (4) and Boston College’s Frank Spaziani (2).

This marks the sixth time a Georgia Tech coach has received the award, and the third time this decade after George O’Leary won it in 2000.

Johnson claimed the award last year after the Yellow Jackets burst onto the scene and ran his complex option-based offense with aplomb, and they one-upped themselves this year by winning the Coastal Division for the first time since 2006, claiming a spot in the league title game and vaulting into the top 10.

The run-first offense led the ACC in scoring (35 points per game), total offense (440.5 ypg), rushing offense (305 ypg) and pass efficiency (160.7 rating). As a result, five starters made the all-conference first team – including quarterback Josh Nesbitt, running back Jonathan Dwyer and even receiver Demaryius Thomas. They helped Georgia Tech (10-2, 7-1) finish with the ACC’s best overall and conference records, and will face the Tigers for a spot in the Orange Bowl.

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lthomas 12/01/09 - 02:37 pm
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Go Jackets!!

Go Jackets!!

easy breezy
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easy breezy 12/01/09 - 03:41 pm
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Screw Tech and their ACC

Screw Tech and their ACC "accomplishments". They couldn't have done it against any SEC teams. Hope you all enjoyed this year because it only comes around about every 8-10 years.

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pittsburg 12/01/09 - 03:41 pm
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Go Dawgs!!!!

Go Dawgs!!!!

TechLover
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TechLover 12/01/09 - 03:49 pm
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Would love to have seen the

Would love to have seen the outcome without Josh hurt.

WiiTodd
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WiiTodd 12/01/09 - 04:22 pm
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Was he going to go tackle

Was he going to go tackle Earley? lol

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Purelaughs 12/01/09 - 05:37 pm
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Wait until Paul Johnson

Wait until Paul Johnson recruits his own team. Unlike Richt who inherited a decent team for 4 years and can't put the puzzle together now, players are familiar with the success he has brought to every program and his prestige will pay off.

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HDawg 12/01/09 - 05:44 pm
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Are you nerds kidding? The

Are you nerds kidding? The reason and biggest reason Tech lost that game was because it could not stop the run. UGA had no running game all year, and then shredded Tech's defense. When Nesbtt came back in, it was still close enough for him to make a difference. While Tech's O was better with Nesbitt in the game, UGA was totally without two of its best players, AJ Green (the best player on the team) and Bacarri Rambo. Tech also lost becasue of PJs poor play calling on the final possession. Why abandon the run when it worked most of the game? Not only is this 8 of 9 for the Dawgs....its 5 in a row at that dump of a "stadium." I guess its OUR stadium now. Who would want it?

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Purelaughs 12/01/09 - 05:51 pm
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I'd have to agree with you

I'd have to agree with you HDawg however even if AJ Green was in the game I doubt if it would have made a difference. Richt made the smartest move and that was remove Joe Cox from making any decisions and run the ball. It worked.

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Barry Paschal 12/01/09 - 06:18 pm
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Yeah, take the decisions away

Yeah, take the decisions away from Cox. He had a 57 percent passing rate in the game; Nesbit had a 50 percent passing rate. Maybe it would have helped if Thomas held onto that last pass Nesbit put right...in...his...hands. D'oh!

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Just My Opinion 12/01/09 - 06:22 pm
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30-24...nerds, you do the

30-24...nerds, you do the math. Johnson is a good coach, but he is one of the biggest JERKS around! In an article in today's AJC, he advocated nerd fans to hit Georgia fans "in the face"! Don't believe he said it, techies? http://www.ajc.com/sports/georgia-tech/annoyed-by-uga-fans-221208.html Yeah, I'm thinking there's going to be alot of Tech fans with a big fat lip if they start thinking they can do that to a Dawg fan! LOL! I don't know what this guy is thinking by saying this stuff. Oh, well. 30-24, nerds. Live with it....again!!

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Just My Opinion 12/01/09 - 06:24 pm
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Barry, Nesbit would've had a

Barry, Nesbit would've had a higher percentage had he connected on those 4 passes Johnson made him throw!! Again, what was Johnson thinking??? I'll tell you what he's thinking now.....30-24!

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justthefacts 12/01/09 - 08:27 pm
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He had to be the A she she

He had to be the A she she coach of the year. Who else merits consideration?

KSL
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KSL 12/01/09 - 11:38 pm
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justthefacts, you disappoint

justthefacts, you disappoint me.

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