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    AJC Article: Johnson talks admissions, etc.

    Check this article out.

    Johnson talks admissions, offense, spring practice | www.myajc.com

    It's long, but it's worth your time.

    Check out these quotes, though, for sure.

    Up until last year, Johnson said, he was permitted to have 20 percent of the signees fall below the school’s admissions standards so long as they met NCAA qualifying standards, signees termed by the program as exceptions.

    “(Peterson) said, with the success we’ve had, he would give me more leeway if I thought guys could make it through,” Johnson said.

    Johnson said that Peterson removed the 20 percent cap and gave him autonomy to offer scholarships to prospective players as long as they were NCAA qualifiers, which are a lower standard than Tech’s......But the liberty has been freeing. Johnson and his staff believe they can gauge whether a high school player will have the drive to make it through Tech, regardless of his transcript and standardized test score. In the past, when those candidates fell below Tech’s admissions standards, it often meant they had to give up recruiting them.
    So, the institution is starting to loosen the chains on CPJ's ability to recruit. Good news!

    “I’m excited about this team,” Johnson said. “I think we’ve got guys who WANT to do what we’re going to do, which is important. We’re going to look at some different stuff, some changes, and we’ll see how it goes.”
    Reading between the lines, it seems like he's saying that we have a QB in Thomas who actually wants to run our offense.


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    If Vad didn't WANT to run this offense, why did he come to GT? PJ obviously gave him expectations that weren't fulfilled when he got here. Hope the same doesn't happen to Custis and Jordan.

    We're going to look at some different stuff? Hmm...I'll believe that when I see it. Why didn't we do this last year?! I don't know if I'll laugh or cry if/when we make big tweaks to the offense this year. I can hear it already, "We only went 7-5 but we had a new QB and tried some new things on offense, he just needs some more time to develop JT and get better at the expanded O"

    One statistic Johnson noted: The Jackets completed more passes when the quarterback took the snap from under center rather than in the shotgun, which has often been the formation of choice among fans wanting to see more passing.
    And one stat I would note would be that besides Duke, we mainly took snaps in the gun on 3rd and long obvious passing situations, so of course the completions are fewer. Man, this guy is really reaching to defend his O.

    The recruiting thing is a plus but I don't think it's going to make a huge difference. It's not like our recruiting classes are 20% 4* guys and we need more but we are limited. We had one out of 21 this year, or about 5%. How would taking more exceptions have helped us recruit better players? The problem is more about better players "wanting to" not "able to". PJ is in full campaign mode for his job and I for one am really enjoying it after reading his smug arrogant comments from better days. Even still, he couldn't resist throwing out a misleading stat about passing U/C vs gun, taking a small shot at fans like me.

    Was it Gailey that never took exceptions? I remember a while back reading that we took no exceptions...can't remember if it was Gailey or PJ, think it was Gailey.
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    You're being much too PC Helluva, in simple locker room language, CPJ lied to VL, in simple terms a BCS HC can get away with lying to secure an LOI from a recruit because if the recruit has to transfer he is punished by the NCAA and has to sit out one year OR transfer to a lower level of CFB.

    In both scenarios the player is harmed the most.

    If the NCAA gave all BCS players one unrestricted, unlimited transfer during the player's 5-year window, then situations like VL would have never happened, then VL would have left after his RS-year once he found out what CPJ was really all about, all BCS level HCs would be forced to be more honest with their recruits.

    BTW, if the same scenario happened under Gailey, then Gailey would have been called a liar, but since it happened under CPJ it is called a miscommunication.

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    What a friggin' cop-out by Pajamas!

    GT fans have bragged about GT recruiting only 6 -9 % "exceptions" and yet CPJ has had the opportunity to sign up to 20% exceptions since he was hired which was MUCH MORE than Gailey was allowed.

    IIRC Gailey only signed somewhere between 0% and 9 % exceptions and CPJ has had double that at his disposal from the day he was hired!

    If CPJ was allowed up to 20% exceptions since he was hired then CPJ has not excuse for recruiting worse than Gailey did!

    Chan NEVER came close to signing MORE than 20% exceptions, so why does CPJ need to get 4X (4-times) what Chan got in terms of exceptions?

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    I wish to hell that when johnson runs his mouth he would turn it into actions. But no he just talks, talks and talks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokey_wasp View Post
    Check this article out.

    Johnson talks admissions, offense, spring practice | www.myajc.com

    It's long, but it's worth your time.

    Check out these quotes, though, for sure.



    So, the institution is starting to loosen the chains on CPJ's ability to recruit. Good news!



    Reading between the lines, it seems like he's saying that we have a QB in Thomas who actually wants to run our offense.
    Yes he definitely took a swipe at Vad, as well he should. Something I wondered about was that the President was giving CPJ the green light to bring in players that he (the head coach) thought could do the work. Based on his ability to evaluate athletic talent so far, how the hell do you have any confidence in Paul Johnson's opinion on whether a borderline qualifier from Waycross has the ability to succeed in the classroom? Especially if the Hill's pasevaluation would be he does not. This doesn't pass the smell test for me.

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    Under PJ, our APR has gone through the roof, so that's the other side of the "academic standards" coin. Using the 20% quota would surely hinder it. Additionally, Tech being academically rigorous as it is, filling up the 20% is mostly just setting up guys to fail. From an off the field standpoint, a conservative approach is best.

    But the game isn't played off the field. On the field is where the action is, and having better athletes helps. However, the game is won by superior strategy and determination (and a bit of luck). I think the talent we have is of a satisfactory level. No glaring standouts as future stars, but pretty solid overall... However, PJs lack of innovation on the offensive side of the ball cost us at least two wins last season. VT and u[sic]ga come to mind. Our recent lack of success against both aforementioned teams, along with Miami, Clemson, and really anybody else who matters makes the case simple. The magic of 08-09 is gone. It' not just that better athletes (Nesbitt, Dwyer, Allen, Beybey) have departed, it's also that now our rivals see it every year and have for the past few. PJ hasn't changed enough to keep up with the "Chip Kelley/Chad Morris type high speed read-option" style offense. The flex is just mediocre now. We won some games in 2013, but what was the signature? Beating Duke?!?! Seriously?!?!?!?! The rainy one in BDS against UNC was a great one too, but beyond that the season was disappointing.

    Again, VT and u[sic]ga come to mind. Humiliated. At home. With a sell-out crowd. And on ESPN. Primetime. Twice. In. The. Same. F*CKING. Year!

    Yet, I believe CPJ is a smart guy, and if he tries he can really make this offense go like the beast of '09. If only he is willing to try. Stubborn old PJ is too married to the flex to open it up and speed it up. My optimism on the PJ front is rapidly diminishing. I'm done waiting around.


    The point is simple. Win or gtfo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foggy View Post
    I wish to hell that when johnson runs his mouth he would turn it into actions. But no he just talks, talks and talks.
    It is what it is.

 

 

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