“He’s had a good camp so far. I think he’s always been a pretty good blocker — he’s a big, strong kid,” Johnson said. “He might be — not might be — shoot, he’s the strongest receiver by a mile.”
Camp has heard gripes about his consistency in the blocking game more than a few times — and he feels it’s one of the two areas he’s most improved during the offseason, alonside his route-running.
“In terms of blocking, I think I can use my strength a lot,” Camp said. “In terms of route-running, coming in and out of my breaks when a defender tries to jam me, I can use my strength to get his hands off me or try to re-route me off my route.”
Johnson has long stressed that consistency was the key for Camp. His talent is clear. Once he showed it on a regular basis, he would unlock his potential.
Johnson said the increase in reps will help alleviate that problem on its own.
“He’s just gotta be confident in his ability, and playing more will hopefully help that — you don’t have to think, you know where to go, you know how to react,” Johnson said. “You don’t have to think, ‘What am I supposed to do here?’ and then it’s too late.”
In practice, Camp has been going head-to-head with cornerback Ajani Kerr, duking it out to claim the upper hand with each rep, each day. In the monotonous heat, it often takes this individual motivation to crawl through the dog days of practice.
But who’s winning? Camp smiles.
“That’s me right now.”
Georgia Tech football coach Paul Johnson was born Aug. 20, 1957, in Newland, North Carolina. Johnson was hired and introduced Dec. 7, 2007 as Tech's 12th football coach, beginning with John Heisman in 1904. Tech defeated Jacksonville State 41-14 on Aug. 28, 2008, in Johnson's debut as Yellow Jackets coach. Johnson's Georgia Southern teams won Division I-AA (now FCS) national championships in 1999 and 2000. Johnson coached six seasons at Navy and was 43-19 over the final five, after a 2-10 first season. Jo