It’s a college football trope that anytime a team gets a new defensive coordinator they talk about how the defense is going to be more attacking. However, this time it’s almost certainly true. Ted Roof’s defense generally finished near the bottom of the country in Havoc Rate, a measure of a team’s tackles for loss, passes defended, and fumbles forced. It is used as a proxy of how attacking a defense is. On the other hand, Nate Woody’s Appalachian State defenses tended to finish in the top 30.
In this article Saint-Amour talks about the differences that he’s noticed after going through spring practice with Woody and new D-Line Coach Jerome Riase. Fall practice starts this Friday where the defense will go more in-depth on their learning with new plays, blitzes, and schemes as they learn past the basics.
Last year Georgia Tech had to replace both their punter and kicker. The kicking game was an adventure all season long, but freshman Pressley Harvin was solid in the punting game. Coming into his sophomore season he has been listed as one of 27 punters on the Ray Guy Award Watch List. I am very excited to have Harvin back and think he will take a step forward this year. In 2017 he was shaky in the first half of the season, but settled down as the season went on. With some more experience I expect him to be one of the better punters in the country.
College basketball teams are known to search high and low for any hidden talent. Assistant coach Eric Reveno is taking that to heart as he travels the world in search of hidden gems. He spent parts of this summer in Australia and Argentina and just left yesterday to check out the U-18 European Championships in Macedonia and Latvia. Tech hasn’t had a player come directly from overseas in over 10 years. They have had several players who came to the US for high school (e.g. Abdoulaye Gueye, Sylvester Ogbonda, and incoming freshman Kristian Sjolund). Foreign players are becoming more important in college basketball and it’s great to see Tech going after these players. One interesting note: most schools require a minimum score on the TOEFL, an English language proficiency exam. Tech does not which may give them a leg up.