"The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets received great news today as cornerback D.J. White from McDonough, Georgia and cornerback Anthony Autry from Norcross committed to the Jackets this morning.
White had been a UCF commit but decided earlier in the week that he wanted to look elsewhere. In a conversation this afternoon with GTSportsTalk, White cited the great education at Georgia Tech, the solid reputation of the ACC and the coaching staff as reasons why he committed to Tech."
But Tech’s biggest problem Saturday against Georgia was no different than what its biggest problem has been for four years under coach Paul Johnson. Their defense stinks. They can’t stop anybody or intimidate anybody. Two many games come down to pinball games.
Bad defense got Dave Wommack fired after two seasons. Bad defense under Al Groh should leave his future uncertain at the end of a two-year contract. Groh hasn’t said definitively that he wants to come back, but the question Johnson needs to ask himself is: Do I want him back?
This is no minor issue. Johnson has won 34 games in four seasons. The Jackets’ 8-4 record this season going into their bowl finale certainly is not worse than most projected at the outset of this season, and it’s probably better. But when you have a defense that ranks 43rd in yardage, 56th in points allowed and 89th in third-down conversion, you’re not going anywhere.
Tech is no better off on defense today than it was when they fired the last guy. Nationally, under Wommack the Jackets finished 28th (2008) and 54th (2009) in total defense. They were 64th in Groh’s first season and went into this week 43rd. Scoring defense in the past four seasons: 20th and 38th, respectively, under Wommack; 37th and 56th (entering the week) under Groh.
But the head coach isn’t going anywhere. Groh, we’re not so sure. And when Tech fails, it’s usually not because of the offense.
"I don't care what the British do," said Sonny Seiler, owner of the bulldog line that has become the most celebrated sports mascot in the United States.
Critics in England and in the United States, however, said breeders have transformed bulldogs and some other dog breeds into genetic monstrosities...
The Bills also filled the roster opening left by Eric Wood’s move to I-R by elevating defensive back Josh Nesbitt from the team’s practice squad. Nesbitt (6’1" 215), a former college quarterback at Georgia Tech, was an undrafted rookie signed by Buffalo this summer...The former option quarterback began training camp as a signal caller before switching over to the defensive side of the ball where he’s lined up as a safety. Nesbitt now gives Buffalo five safeties on their active roster.
The UCF game was a testament to how stubborn and pathetic our student body is, and how our school has completely failed to capture the attention of a city.
It wasn't halfway through the second quarter when students began to whine about the heat and leave. I'm sorry you guys had to sit in your air conditioned homes during the summer while my teammates and I sweated in three months of 100 degree heat preparing for the season. I'm sorry a 38-17 whooping of the defending conference champs wasn't thrilling enough for you.
A letter to the Southern Methodist student body and fanbase from player Stephen Nelson. If Georgia Tech needed a player to do this in 2011, who would you pick?
On Tech’s run defense:
Frustrated. Just as frustrated as I am with the offense. We’re not good enough to have penalties and kill ourselves and they did exactly what they needed to do.
That’s the way everyone is going to play us. They’re going to try run the ball, hold the ball. And they were able to get ahead and it worked. At the end, they were able to run the last six minutes off the clock. … It is what it is. You’re not going to win too many games when you throw for 24 yards, either.
-Paul Johnson on Georgia Tech's run defense against Virginia. No video of the post game online but Ken Suguira summarized the quotes.
Georgia Tech won’t host Georgia until Nov. 26. But that doesn’t mean you aren’t already thinking about the game. Tell us your favorite play in the rivalry, and the AJC will try to track down the players involved and tell you what they remember about that game and what they are doing now. Please send your favorite (just one, please) and why to Doug Roberson at email@example.com.
I is for Imaginationland. Radio broadcasting is a bit of a lost art, so kudos to Wes Durham for being so good at it that in a midday run to the grocery store we were able to yes, fully imagine the teams moving left to right on our dial, and yes, we did see that formation you described so accurately, Wes. BTW, the most hipster thing you can possibly do is listen to Wes Durham call triple option football on the radio. I did it while wearing a scarf and drinking a cane sugar soda, and it felt so authentic I wondered if it was real, and then posted about it on Tumblr.
While shaking hands, Edsall smugly said "Don't worry, I won't share the tape with anyone," implying he had found out how to shut down the triple option offense. But revenge is a dish best served by a heartless coach.
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Navy amassed 605 yards of offense, gained 464 of them on the ground at an 8.3 yards per carry average, and stomped UConn 41-17.
At the post game handshake, PJ grabbed Edsall's hand leaned in and said "Don't worry, I won't share the tape with anyone."