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Technical Tidbits 11/14

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In which the defense adds "some new stuff" for the Clemson game

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The number one backup technical tidbits guy is back for the last edition before a huge weekend for Georgia Tech athletics.

We've seen the Tech defense show quite a few different looks in the last few weeks against Virginia and NC State. Apparently those won't be the last new looks of the season. According to defensive tackle Adam Gotsisthe defense put in some new stuff this week in practice for the game against Clemson. Adding more variations to the defense before a huge conference game can be a bit worrisome, but Gotsis does assure that everyone knows their assignments and jobs. If a defense can successfully add new looks for a game that hasn't yet been shown, it can be extremely difficult for an offense that watched film and practiced for a completely different formation. Let's hope that a rusty Deshaun Watson sees some unexpected looks he hasn't seen all year and gets rattled early on Saturday.

If you aren't too familiar with the basketball team going into this season, Brian Gregory answered questions from the media this week concerning the new-look Jackets and what to expect from them. Tech will be running out an almost completely different roster than you would've seen a year ago with only four returning players who played substantial minutes last year. We should be seeing a much faster pace and hopefully more exciting offense than we saw last season. Travis Jorgenson is healthy, and the speedy point guard will be a vital part in pushing the Jackets up the floor and creating quick opportunities. The season will tip-off at 7:00 ET tonight at the Pavilion against the Dwags.

Georgia Tech basketball received its first letter of intent for the 2015 class on Thursday as big man Sylvester Ogbonda officially signed with the Jackets. Ogbonda is a 6'10" post player from Fort Washington, Maryland. He's a 3-star recruit ranked as the #261 player in his class by the 247 sports composite rankings. Gregory and his staff seem committed to recruiting size as they try to rebuild the Tech basketball program.

This may not be what you want to hear, but the Duke offensive line has been good this year -- really good. Looking up and down Duke's team, it's pretty hard to figure out why they've been so successful this season. Well, now we have our answer. The Blue Devils' offensive line has been completely dominant so far and is probably the main reason why their offense has been so consistent. The Virginia Tech defense will look to change that this week in a game where we will be rooting for the Hokies more than we ever have.

The offensive line for Tech will have a tough task on Saturday when they face up against the Clemson front seven. The name we all hear the most is defensive end Vic Beasley. He may not be the person we should be worrying the most about. Georgia native Grady Jarrett has continually made a name for himself in college football with dominant play at the nose tackle position. He's played his way up into a potential early-round draft pick in the NFL after this year, but we will have to deal with him first. Boston College coach Steve Addazio said Jarrett can't be blocked. The matchup to watch on Saturday will be the center and guards ability to seal Jarrett so the dive play is productive. If Jarrett gets in the backfield quick like he has a lot this season, it could be a long day for the offense.

Do you think it's a smart idea to introduce new looks for the defense this late in the season in such a crucial game? Will the Georgia Tech offensive line be able to get a push up front against Clemson? Will we beat the Dwags in basketball again?

Everyone have a great Friday!