Johnsons impressive in Yellow Jackets' scrimmage

ATLANTA - There's already one pass-catching Johnson doing damage for the Georgia Tech offense - reigning ACC rookie of the year Calvin Johnson. Another one, redshirt freshman James Johnson, showed Saturday that opposing defenses might have another Johnson to worry about. James Johnson had five catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns during the Yellow Jackets' two-hour scrimmage at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Calvin Johnson hauled in four balls for 146 yards and one touchdown. "I'm just trying to keep the (defensive backs) away from the other Johnson," James said after the scrimmage. The 6-foot, 190-pound James Johnson is not nearly as physically imposing as Calvin (6-4, 225). But if Calvin is to better his 48-catch, 837-yard performance of a year ago, it's up to players like James to provide another threat at wide receiver. James Johnson is competing with sophomore Pat Clark to be the team's No. 3 receiver behind Calvin Johnson and Damarius Bilbo. James Johnson is working at outside and slot receiver positions. Clark is primarily a slot receiver. Clark had two receptions for 13 yards in Saturday's scrimmage. "I hate to even put numbers on it. Either of them can play and play well for us," Tech head coach Chan Gailey. Behind the strong performances of both receiving Johnsons, the Yellow Jackets passing game was solid Saturday. Quarterback Reggie Ball completed 13 of 27 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns. Ball also had two interceptions. Taylor Bennett was 13 of 25 for 158 yards and two touchdowns, both to James Johnson. He was picked off once. Ball worked exclusively with the first-team offense against the first-team defense. Bennett played some with the No. 1 and also with the second-team offense. "Reggie did some good things, but he made a couple of big mistakes that he knows he needs to avoid. He's seeing things better and understands what he's doing better. He's getting better, there's no question," Gailey said. "Taylor made a nice jump. His accuracy is still not where it needs to be. There are some mechanical things that we can help him with, but he is making strides mentally." Cornerback Avery Roberson had two interceptions. Safety Chris Reis had one, as did cornerback Reuben Houston, who returned his for a touchdown. The Tech offensive line, the biggest question mark entering spring practice, struggled to open holes in the running game. The offense was unable to move the ball on the ground against either defense. "We're not even close to where we need to be with the offensive line," Gailey said. "That's the biggest area we have to work on." Defensive tackle Darryl Richard left the field with an apparent knee injury. The Yellow Jackets were already without defensive tackles Travis Parker (shoulder) and David Brown (mono). In addition to returning starter, Joe Anoai, freshman Elris Anyaibe and sophomore Marcus Harris were playing significant snaps at defensive tackle Saturday. Tech moved two-year starter Mansfield Wrotto to offensive guard in the off-season. "We don't have a lot of bodies right now. We're going to have to do something about that," Gailey said. "We have to see if these are minor injuries or major injuries. We'll have go from there."