Posted: 10:01 am Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

3 possible breakout players for Tech defense 

By Ken Sugiura

He is the only player on the Georgia Tech football roster from Illinois, authored the Yellow Jackets’ longest play of the season last year and was the backup to a player since graduated. Linebacker Tyler Marcordes may be a breakout player in Tech’s spring practice, which begins Monday.

“I feel like he’s going to have a pretty good spring,” nose tackle Shawn Green said. “He’s going to shock a lot of people.”

Marcordes was a special-teams standout last season, earning player of the week honors from coaches twice last season and the special-teams effort award at the end of the season. Playing well on special teams demonstrates two traits, at least – an ability to play well in space and a willingness to give full effort all the time.

Marcordes was credited with 16 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and a forced fumble – pretty good productivity for someone who mostly played behind Brandon Watts at the strongside linebacker spot. (The forced fumble and 1.5 tackles for loss were against Alabama A&M.) He ran back an interception 95 yards in the season opener against Elon, the fifth-longest interception return in Tech history.

“He runs like a gazelle,” Green said. “He can move. He’s relentless to the ball.”

Marcordes was Green’s answer to my question to him and fellow nose tackle Adam Gotsis about which defensive players might catch notice in the spring.

Gotsis named two – linebacker Paul “P.J.” Davis and cornerback D.J. White. Davis impressed as a true freshman last season and finished eighth on the team with 41 tackles. He’ll be in the mix to move full-time into the first string with Marcordes, Quayshawn Nealy and Jabari Hunt-Days back at linebacker.

White will be in a wide-open competition in the secondary with Jemea Thomas and Louis Young graduated. White finished the season well in the bowl game against Ole Miss. He had 11 tackles, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles and an interception.

“I think D.J. might establish himself a bit more as more of a lockdown corner now,” Gotsis said.

Jamal Golden, Isaiah Johnson, Chris Milton, Demond Smith, Domonique Noble and Lynn Griffin are among players who have played significant time. Griffin, White and possibly Golden will be top candidates at cornerback.

“I feel like there’s a lot of spots that are people are battling for in the secondary, so that’s definitely going to be a big hole to fill,” he said.

59 comments
Born_2_Buzz
Born_2_Buzz

@MikeBanning :  I have given you a wide berth on here.  I previously had not called you out, but maybe AugustaJacket, JacketMan and GeorgeStein are right.  You keep acting like a troll and no one will care what you have to say.  For the record, I think you are right sometimes.  I don't always agree with AJ, GS and JM, but I respect them like I respected you.  But if you are going to be spamming posts and claiming that you aren't after admitting it.  ( you can play the innocent, but I am not an idiot, I know what you meant) then maybe you are nothing more than a simple internet troll.  I had hoped not.  


For the record, I think you could contribute more if you would tone down all the insults to everyone who disagrees with you.

Born_2_Buzz
Born_2_Buzz

Your anger should be directed at someone else, my guess is HighTech & D-Sh**ts, every time they show up posts start disappearing.

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D-Sheets and HighTech had responded to my posts.  Why would they then spam it and their own replies?


You are reaching and falling way short here.

Born_2_Buzz
Born_2_Buzz

I guess sitting around with multiple browser windows open spamming peoples posts gives you some sort of pleasure MikeBanning?

Born_2_Buzz
Born_2_Buzz

For someone blaming everyone else, the only posts not getting spammed right now are yours.  That makes no sense if you're blaming bloggers who don't like you.

Born_2_Buzz
Born_2_Buzz

Seems like someone keeps deleting my posts.  There is NOTHING OFFENSIVE about linking to an article that shows that Jeremiah Attaochu is ranked as the second best pass rusher available in this years draft.  

I don't know what your problem is MikeBanning, but for someone who complains about people spamming him, (I don't spam), you sure seem quick to take down normal conversations where the opinion differs from yours.

http://withthefirstpick.com/2014/03/19/nfl-draft-prospect-rankings-ben-natans-top-10-edge-defenders/

Why don't you man up and respond if you disagree, rather than trying to hide opinions different than yours?

Born_2_Buzz
Born_2_Buzz

I never wrote that I spammed anyone's posts.

Go and prove I wote that.

Kinda hard to do since that post was probably spammed also.

I NEVER admitted to anything, AJ and someone else jumped to that conclusion.


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Buzzworthyjust now

 So MikeBanning, whay do you delete Jacketman's posts?  He rarely says anything to you and I don't thik he's spamming your posts.  Is it because he knows what he's talking about and it contradicts your lies?  what a loser troll...

Buzzworthy3 minutes ago

MikeBanning12 minutes ago

I think the phrase that best describes our conundrum is unilateral disarmament.

If respect is shown for EVERYONE'S postings then EVERYONE'S posting will stay on the blog for EVERYONE to read and comment on.

Just a suggestion from a guy that has complained (and been laughed at) about posts disappearing that are clearly within the AJC guidelines.

Born_2_Buzz
Born_2_Buzz

I don't spam either.

I enjoy debating responding to posts and debating GT FB issues.

Obviously someone else is spamming posts and removing my comments also.

Your anger should be directed at someone else, my guess is HighTech & D-Sh**ts, every time they show up posts start disappearing.

This strategy is the result of Augustajacket and his cronies not being able to prove me wrong, so they got together and came up with idea to spam posts and delete my posts themselves.

I'm not the guy you are looking  for so don't mention my screen-name in association with this sort of negative activity.

I have no reason to spam people's posts, it is in my DNA to type out a long-winded response and prove them wrong for everyone to read.

I get no enjoyment out of spamming posts, someone else is doing this.

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I am going to call BS  on this one.  I haven't seen AJ on here in over a week and yet everyones posts keep disappearing.  You, however, keep showing up when everyones posts keep disappearing.

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

Tech wants to dress their daughter in white and gold and wear their daughter's pink out there now. 

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

I don't think so. Most colleges can beat us with their shotguns. Georgia and Ole Miss can. BYU can. It doesn't matter who will be on D, Ole Miss and Georgia spotted us with the same records and beat the daylights out of us, so don't get so eager about Spring practice, just think about changing Divisions to the patsy Divisions.

Surelyyoujest
Surelyyoujest

Sounds like UGA is not he only school with morons - "The "T" in Tech was temporarily missing Tuesday, but was later turned in by the student who allegedly swiped it, the Institute said."...

GTBob
GTBob

The two players I have my eye on most are Gamble and Whitehead. I'm looking forward to seeing what they can do.

djack0062
djack0062

My picks for breakout players; Anthony Harrell, P.J. Davis and P. Gamble.

djack0062
djack0062

Hope they all do well...but I see Harrell, P.J. Davis, Golden, Q. Nealy, I. Johnson and Gotsis as the top "head hunters"!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Hope someone has explained to them the ins and outs of cashing checks, they sound a little confused about it in Clark Co.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

I think Pat Gamble has all the potential in the world to make a name for himself this year, too.

Oakland
Oakland

Hope you're right about Kallon. It's time.

juvenal
juvenal

the last paragraph would have sufficed........

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

re:

“He runs like a gazelle,” Green said. “He can move. He’s relentless to the ball.”

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Marcordes is going to be a RS-Jr. next season in his 4th year out of HS, if a LB had those attributes and cannot get on the field sooner than that, then we must have Bama or LSU talent on our defense.

But since we do not, I'd take that player's opinion of his team mate as just another in the long line of "glowing pre-season reports" that never seem to pan out when we start playing real teams.

I wonder why our genius DC that saw his defense getting gassed vs. UGA,   and in the bowl game vs. Ole Miss would not sub in a LB that is 6-4 232lbs. and runs like a gazelle and is relentless to the ball?


juvenal
juvenal

MB, you had been doing so well, now you are boring again.....

RambleOn84
RambleOn84

@gtcaryd  

Why put this out there?  Who cares about what those guys do?  Let's focus on our team.

juvenal
juvenal

i have had a post or 2 vanish where all i did was say i could not see a reason why someone else's post vanished...............

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Born_2_Buzz
Born_2_Buzz

@MikeBanning @Born_2_Buzz  I shouldn't have to be the blog police.  I didn't sign up for that job.  If you would quit spamming my posts I wouldn't have to say something now.  

Born_2_Buzz
Born_2_Buzz

@MikeBanning @Born_2_Buzz  How can you guarantee that unless you are spamming the posts to begin with.  I respect your posts and do not spam them yet you are spamming mine.   

juvenal
juvenal

didn't we use the diamond against Duke?

juvenal
juvenal

if it is for you, why not just keep it to yourself?

Born_2_Buzz
Born_2_Buzz

@MikeBanning @Born_2_Buzz  If my posts stay up, then maybe I'll believe you.  But I don't buy into D-Sheets and High-Tech spamming my stuff and theirs as well when they were responding to me.  I've been here all day and your stuff is still up.  Grow up a bit and we can get along.

Born_2_Buzz
Born_2_Buzz

@MikeBanning @Born_2_Buzz  Spamming.  Prior to my calling you out you had no replies.  Like I said, if the posts quit disappearing, then maybe I will believe you.  But I don't buy into D-Sheets and High Tech spamming posts that they AGREE with.

Born_2_Buzz
Born_2_Buzz

@MikeBanning @Born_2_Buzz  You're guessing wrong.  I don't spam yet my posts keep disappearing.  You should leave my posts alone, as I don't spam yours.  

juvenal
juvenal

even cpj's latest bon mot makes more sense than that while overlooking what he tried instead did not work either, unless "busted" means that.....if you r gonna use more than 1 formation, why not shift?

juvenal
juvenal

then why did you bring my job up? tho' i would hate failing any job i had...............so coaching is to winning as vaccines are to autism?  mercury was the fear, but US vaccines have been preservative free & refrigged the last 10 years, no stat. corrrelation either here or where the mercury is still used to preserve with autism, dimersol safer than the Hg in fish, autism occurs more where air quality is bad......non seq.....diamond was a big failure, that's why they stopped using it?

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@juvenal  Not sure what your job has to do with anything here.  People would be pretty pissed at me, too, but I'm not griping about it.


I think your question is probably a little off topic, but everything I've read suggests that, aside from genetics (awfully broad, but let's go with it), the presence of heavy metals may be a cause.  I'd be interested to hear what you have to offer on that, though.

juvenal
juvenal

afraid folks less tolerant of close losses in my job than cpjs, we believe in winning....so what has the best correlation with autism(answer actually quite intriguing)?

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@juvenal  Pretty sure your rationale is what leads people to believe vaccines cause autism, doc.

juvenal
juvenal

hee haw, 'shine-stop being so rah-rah................again, KEN, ask why the QB never shifts from where he lines up in the 25 seconds he could............ddr, the point is we seem to lack imagination against equal/superior opponents while lacking the luxury of having an "O" that is not as unstoppable vanilla as our HC believes, something not lost on the folks in the A-T above me.........

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

@juvenal  who cares? all we need to care about is what Ole Miss and Georgia used against us...just a plain ol' shotgun, something we don't use well, and the diamond we don't use well; we use the trip opt running offense well but don't gain as many long yards with it as shotgun offenses run well; we lead nation in rushing but so what?...that doesn't win most games for us; Tech's shotguns and diamonds might work against patsy schools but we aren't in the right league to use these offenses; we need to become a Div 2 league member if we insist to keep PJ, and then play Georgia Southern as our rival and drop playing Georgia as the state rival since we can't beat them enough; we also are starting to not be able to whip Clemson anymore 

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@juvenal @juvenal  Don't call me sunshine.  Makes you sound like a jacka--.


Pitt scored 58 points against Duke the week after we played them.   The most points in a game the rest of the regular season that they would score would be 35 ... against Old Dominion.  That anyone can look at a formation and conclude that it's the reason we won a game blows my mind, particularly when the opponent only scored 14 points, with the last 7 coming when the score was 31-7.

juvenal
juvenal

there are critical decisions here & there that are being made during close games that have resulted in a lot of close losses....you have to look at the over-all trend..........is there another reason we beat Duke so handily, Sunshine? you brought it up.........if this trend is not improved, this will be his last season.....