Johnson tempers expectations in press conference

Jon Barash

With the 2013 season set to open this Saturday with a visit from the Elon University Phoenix out of the Southern Conference, Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson held this season first press conference at the Edge Center in the heart of the Georgia Tech campus. Johnson and his staff had to rely solely on game film in preparation for Elon, because the two schools have never met in football. Georgia Tech has a new starting quarterback along with a challenging league schedule that will have them face Miami and Clemson on the road this season. Johnson tried to answer all of the key questions during the first of his weekly press conferences.


Johnson and the Jackets are excited to finally be in game week.

“It’s always exciting to get into game week and finally get to play a team with a different color uniform and find out a little bit more about our team.”

While Elon was likely scheduled to provide an easy win in the season-opener, Johnson made the Phoenix sound like a major rival in his press conference.

“[Elon is] out of the Southern Conference,

which is one of the better conferences in the country,” he said. “They play good competition and it ought to be a good challenge to see where we are as a football team. [This game] says as much about Georgia Tech than it does about Elon in the opening game to try and see exactly where we are.”


Redshirt sophomore Vad Lee will be making his first career start on Saturday after proving himself as a backup last year behind outgoing senior Tevin Washington. Lee will not be the only quarterback making his debut this weekend at Bobby Dodd Stadium, Pheonix quarterback Mike Quinn will be making his debut as well. The 6-foot-3 204-pound junior played sparingly as a sophomore but has earned the top spot during camp this year. Tech will be utilizing both Lee and redshirt freshman Justin Thomas behind center. Thomas will to play the role Lee played last year as Tech looks to keep opponents on their toes by rotating quarterbacks. Georgia Tech kicks off against Elon University at noon on Saturday, August 31.

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