Coach Paul Johnson is not fond of losing.
In fact, in his entire career as a head coach, he’s only had two losing seasons.
One of those was last year.
That’s when, after a 6-7 finish, the “Ramblin’ Wreck” proved to be nothing more than a sputtering jalopy.
After their much-heralded quarterback Joshua Nesbitt broke his arm in a pivotal game against Virginia Tech, the fizzle left this team. It went flat like a carbonated drink left open. They beat Duke to become bowl eligible, but in short, the gold and black lost four of their last five games.
Bad turned to worse. Bruised by Air Force (14-7) in the Independence Bowl, Johnson took his boys of spring to the Georgia Tech woodshed.
What had happened to tarnish Paul Johnson’s Cinderella story? To sum it up, 2010 was a season of mishaps and almosts. Or maybe you could say that last year, the wind simply blew the other way. Tech lost four key players to the NFL draft, a weak excuse. Some say there was a learning curve that hindered success as former Jets’ head coach, Al Groh’s 3-4 defense proved mentally challenging. Add that to Tech's bad case of the dropsies (they lost 20 fumbles) and you've got more losses than you have wins.
Bets are on that this year will be different.
Enduring the postseason with a restless fan base and active message boards that analyzed the Ramblin Wrecks' past deficiencies, coach Paul Johnson has hit the dog days of summer’s practice field with a piercing vengeance and attacked the physical and mental mistakes of 2010 with changes that promise to transform the grimace of disappointed fans into smiles.
Get ready ACC fans.
The Yellow Jacket stingers are out and this year’s team is ready to attack with an ACC division slot as their target.