Paul Johnson: Team wants to be undefeated, win ACC

Georgia Tech coach talks goals for upcoming season

Wendy Adams
August 24, 2018 - 11:14 am

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Head coach Paul Johnson joined the Morning Show on Friday as Georgia Tech is just eight days from kicking off their season against Alcorn State. The team, who will hold their final scrmmage today, has a lot of returning starters on offense including quarterback TaQuon Marshall. 

Marshall is coming off his first season as a starter with 17 rushing touchdowns on 1,146-yards on the ground. We all know, even he admitted, that he missed some down field throws that might have been touchdowns. In working on the pass game, Coach Johnson said his passing game as improved this offseason:

"He's gotten better. Again, you never know until you go out there and play but against ourselves, [in practice] he's certainly thrown the ball better. He's got the ability, and hopefully just another year in the offense and his familiarity with it will help too." 

Now, a week away from the season, the obvious question for any head coach is expectations for his team. However, Coach Johnson said he doens't set goals for his program; his players set their own.

"This team, they want to win the Coastal Division, and the ACC. One of the goals is to go undefeated at home...I limit it to 4 or 5 [goals] so we can talk about it. But if you win the ACC you're certainly in the hunt for the playoff, that's for sure."

Not to overlook any team, but afrer Alcon State things get really fast for Georgia Tech. They'll be on the road against South Florida, on the road to Pittsburgh and home against Clemson in the first month of the season; a pretty tall order.

"Our schedule here is always going to be brutal. We're going to play Clemson and Georgia every year, and in this past span, [both schools] have been Top 5 or Top 10 teams. The ACC has gotten much better since I [started coaching]. The schedule is going to be tough; there are no easy games in the league so you just got to get ready to play."

Paul Johnson: Team wants to win ACC, go undefeated

Paul Johnson: Team wants to win ACC, go undefeated