Losses trump TDs for Ga. Tech's Tevin Washington

Associated Press Modified: October 4, 2012 at 2:31 pm •  Published: October 4, 2012
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Suddenly, Georgia Tech's season appears to be on the brink of collapse, and Washington knows criticism is on the rise.

"I'm sure people have a lot of things to say," Washington said. "That's why you play the game. The negative stuff motivates you to go out there and play the next week.

"This is a part of football. Anybody can beat anybody."

Some criticism has focused on how often Washington keeps the balls on option plays. He had 20 carries for only 47 yards against Miami and netted only 4 yards on 19 carries against Middle Tennessee State.

Washington says defenses determine who gets the ball. If defenses key on such running backs as Orwin Smith and Zach Laskey, Washington says he's supposed to keep the ball.

"It kind of just sorts itself out," Washington said. "It wasn't by design. It's just how things have worked out. I've been getting most of the scores."

Washington was sacked four times for a loss of 29 yards last week.

"You've got to be able to move forward, take your bumps and bruises, learn from it, and move on," Washington said.

Coach Paul Johnson said Washington played "not great" in the loss, but noted the quarterback wasn't alone.

Johnson said he'll continue to find snaps for redshirt freshman quarterback Vad Lee, who played only one series last week.

"We're trying to work him more and more and give him more reps," said Johnson of Lee. "We're bringing him as fast as he can come. I think he's getting more and more."

Washington's hold on the starting job appears to be secure.

"I just felt like the way the game was going Tevin gave us the best chance to win the game," Johnson said of last week's loss. "That's why (Lee) didn't play more."

Johnson didn't share his plans for Lee's playing time against Clemson.

"Most games we'll try to have a plan to get him in," he said. "As it warrants and as it progresses, he'll play more and more."

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