Practice No. 6 gets thumbs down from Paul Johnson

August 4, 2017 Atlanta - Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson watches over the first the first day of Georgia Tech football practice at Rose Bowl Field in Georgia Tech campus on Friday, August 4, 2017. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM



Georgia Tech’s second day in full pads did not earn coach Paul Johnson’s approval. On Wednesday, following the team’s sixth practice of the preseason, Johnson shared his distaste for what he saw on the practice field.

“It’s just sloppy,” he said. “It’s sloppy all the way around. We’ve got a long ways to go.”

Among the errors that irked him — missed tackles, poor ball security and missed reads. He said that A-back Clinton Lynch had the “dropsies.” Johnson was OK with the effort.

“I think it’s just called practice,” he said, explaining the sloppiness. “I think that’s why you’re out there, to try to get better. We certainly aren’t close to being ready to play now, I can tell you that.”

It is hardly new territory for Johnson to chide his team for its performance in preseason practice, though a first for this August. In Johnson’s first three post-practice media sessions, Johnson was not terribly enthusiastic about how the practices had gone but did not express disappointment, either.

The Yellow Jackets open the regular season Sept. 4 against Tennessee in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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