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.
— 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
— 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.