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Georgia Tech Defense

PIC BY Macon.com & The Telegraph

PIC BY Macon.com & The Telegraph

PIC BY Macon.com & The Telegraph

The Yellow Jacket defense has been lost in the shuffle with the majority of media attention focused on the diverse Georgia Tech offense.

Let’s take a closer look:

 

BY THE NUMBERS

— Scheme: Multiple, 4-3

— Coordinator: Ted Roof

— Strengths: Veteran defensive line (All 4 starters have at least 4 years in the program) and aggressively intelligent linebackers.

— Weaknesses: Pass coverage and Havoc Stats (INT’s, TFL, sacks, forced fumbles, etc..).

— Characteristics: Bend but don’t break. Cornerbacks allow significant pre-snap cushion for opposing receivers.

— Produced 9 turnovers in its final 12 quarters of the regular season.

— Linebacker PJ Davis is the only Ga Tech defender that projects to the 2017 NFL Draft. DT Patrick Gamble is an outside shot for a late-round pick but most likely free agent.


PIC BY Daily Herald

PIC BY Daily Herald

Statistical Leaders

— Total tackles: Strong safety Quintin Griffin-79

— QB sacks: DT Patrick Gamble-5.5

— Tackles for loss: Patrick Gamble-8.5

— Interceptions: Lance Austin-3, Lawrence Austin-3


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PIC BY AJC.com

Cumulative Statistics

— Scoring: 25 points per game

— Rush: Allows 174 ypg

— Pass: 233

— Total: 408

— 3rd Down: 50%

— Red Zone: 27 touchdowns/43 trips; 63%

— QB sacks: 16

— Tackles for loss: 53

 

The Jackets have received a defensive boost with an onslaught of late-season, forced turnovers. It’s accumulated 9 in its final 3 games; 7 of which were interceptions.

The Cats have to secure the football in order to have a chance to win. Simple as that. QB Justin Thomas and the offense have produced 34 points off turnovers in that same November span.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President