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Paul Johnson enters unchartered territory

Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson is in uncharted territory this week. At 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the ACC, Georgia Tech is out of the ACC Coastal Division race. 

With quarterback Josh Nesbitt out with a forearm injury, the Yellow Jackets will host Miami (FL) at 12 pm EST on Saturday. Tevin Washington will make his first career start at QB.

Paul Johnson isn’t sure what to expect from his team. 

Johnson said, “Well, you don't ever know -- you're dealing with young people. Part of my job as a coach is to point out what we have left to play for. If you're competitive and you want to play, you're going to play no matter what. That's why you're out there if you're a competitor, but this is new territory for them, and this is new territory for me as a head coach.”

“In 14 years as a head coach, this would only be the second time that we didn't win the conference or at least tie for the championship that we were playing for. At Navy, I'm talking about the Commander-in-Chief Trophy, which was the number-one goal of the team. We won the league all five times I was at Georgia Southern, and we either tied or won the thing in the two years I've been here. So it's new territory.”

“I'm not worried about me, because I'm competitive, but you have to point out to the guys that you're still trying to play for bowl eligibility, you're still playing for a winning season and you're playing for pride. It's like I told them yesterday: revenge is a great motivator for those who care. [Miami] spanked us pretty good last year. I haven't forgotten -- I hope they haven't forgotten.”