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Paul Johnson: 'Its not time to panic'

Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson says it's not time to panic, pointing out that with a few different breaks the team would be 5-3, instead of the 3-5 they actually are.

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Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson says it's not time to panic, despite being 3-5 overall and 2-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Georgia Tech has two overtime losses but their other three losses were not particularly close, something Johnson downplays:

"It's not like we've rolled out there and gotten steamrolled by people. We just haven't finished and haven't won the game."

Particularly glaring from this season was the 49-28 loss at the hands of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, a game where Tech committed four turnovers and were out-gained on all fronts by the Sun Belt team. That was part of a three game losing streak for the Yellow Jackets, starting with the Miami Hurricanes and ending with the then-No. 15 Clemson Tigers. The Yellow Jackets were able to turn things around against a woeful Boston College Eagles team, but they stumbled again the next week as BYU beat them by 24 points.

Discussing the issues the team has, Johnson seemed to mainly point to the intangibles: '

"So at times we have a hard time staying focused. The maturity level is probably not what you would like all the time. Momentum is a big deal, especially with a young team," he said. "It's a big deal and when things don't go well early, they can get down really quick."

The Yellow Jackets should have a clear idea of where they really stand after Saturday. They face the 4-4 Maryland Terrapins, who will be starting a true freshman quarterback who has yet to take a snap at the college level.

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