It has been rumored now for a couple of weeks, but this weekend Tech officially announced that they were hiring Appalachian State Defensive Coordinator Nate Woody to the same position. Woody has had great success over his five seasons at Appalachian State. The last two seasons his defenses have been in the top 30 in the country, according to S&P+, and has finished above the GT defense each of the last three years. He is bringing with him a new 3-4 defense that should re-energize the defense. He has a tough task this season as Tech loses a ton of experience on defense including nearly the entire secondary. This move is good news for fans who are looking for a more aggressive defense; Woody’s defense was 19th in “havoc rate” last year (a measure that correlates highly with aggressiveness) while Tech’s defense ended up at 109th. This is also good news for childish sportswriters who now have even more opportunity for bad puns with both Woody and Johnson on the coaching staff.
Georgia Tech finished out the OOC schedule with a battle against my hometown team, the Yale Bulldogs. The Elis hung tough in the first half, but the Yellow Jackets pulled away in the second half. Josh Okogie and especially Jose Alvarado had massive games. This game brought a lot of positives for this team. First, it was nice to see them pull away from an inferior opponent which is something this team has struggled with greatly. Secondly, the entire team was healthy this game for the first time this season. Both Curtis Haywood and Sylvester Ogbonda got some play time as they come back from leg injuries. Ben Lammers played 35 minutes and in general looked like he was more comfortable than he’s been since he had his ankle injury. Next, GT hosts Notre Dame in an early return game as the Fighting Irish face injury issues of their own.
I don’t want to talk about it.