Posted: 9:55 am Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Questions surround Tech defensive line 

By Ken Sugiura

It may turn out that Georgia Tech’s defensive line will be a solid, dependable unit.

Defensive tackle Adam Gotsis returns as a starter. Gotsis was disruptive with 14.5 tackles for loss (second on the team behind Jeremiah Attaochu) and 5.5 sacks (also second behind Attaochu). Defensive tackle Shawn Green received glowing reviews from linebacker Quayshawn Nealy for his work in offseason conditioning, and coach Paul Johnson holds out hope for him.

“I think if he’s healthy, he can have a good year,” Johnson said of Green at the ACC Kickoff Monday.

Early-enrollee freshman KeShun Freeman made a significant impression in spring practice and Johnson went so far as to say Monday that “he could very easily end up being the Jeremiah Attaochu that we lost a year ago.”

The other end spot is unclear. Tyler Stargel and Nick Menocal were at the top of the depth chart coming out of spring practice. They had a combined two tackles last season.

While hopeful, perhaps the most significant words in Johnson’s evaluations of Green and Freeman were “could” and “if.”

Perhaps the bigger issue is, even if the first four can produce, who will back them up. Kenderius Whitehead, who is finishing up coursework at Georgia Military College in order to be able to transfer to Tech, appears to be a legitimate prospect. Other defensive end possibilities include true freshmen Antonio Simmons and Tyler Merriweather and Chaz Cheeks.

The top two candidates to back up at the tackle spots, Francis Kallon and Patrick Gamble, are unproven.

Depth was an issue last year, with starters Emmanuel Dieke, Euclid Cummings, Attaochu and Gotsis (all except Gotsis are in NFL camps this summer) logging heavy playing time as the productivity gap between them and the backups was so considerable. In an ideal world, defensive line coach Mike Pelton would have one or even two tackles and ends that he could substitute regularly to keep the starters fresh, but it’s an uncertainty.

“We feel like we have some young guys that can replace them, but until they do it on the field and in the games, you never really know,” Johnson said. “I think that that would be fair to say that’s a question mark going into the fall. Probably our defense as a whole is a question mark.”

61 comments
Guyon
Guyon

Ted Roof has been doing a good job with recruiting, so I think the defense will be better this year and even better next year. Improvement in defense is the key for Tech.

elerahme6132
elerahme6132

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FreddieBlassie
FreddieBlassie

I am thankful that when I was 20 years old, everyone did not have a cell phone with a video camera in their back pocket. Hopefully these children will learn from their mistakes and get an opportunity someplace if not Tech. If they haven't had the light go on in their noggin, get out of the others' way, go home and stand on the corner.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

I'm glad you said it, Ken. Because I've challenged opinions with Augusta (who seems to understand a great deal about Tech football) regarding this issue.

Our defensive line fails to generate CONSISTENT pressure, particularly on 3rd down, and this keeps opponents drives alive...over and over.

Roof is not afraid to blitz. But blitz leaves holes in the 5-10 yard range, that good QBs have been able to check-off and exploit. To make matters worse, our LBs and safeties give too much cushion in order to keep the play in front of them.

Good defenses and championship teams have DEPTH on the defensive line. Fresh legs on the front 4 cause problems for winded OTs and OGs, particularly in hurry up offenses. Watch Bama, LSU and SC. They swap their front 4 regularly, and rested DL go 110% for a single play or 2. The results are pressured passes that are thrown poorly. And it's time to punt.... Or an INT.

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

The triple option reliance is the question mark. It is not superior to shotguns of the major teams when we play them. It is superior to shotguns of patsys like Duke and Alabama A&M. Wofford will probably try to run one and it won't work. But CPJ believing in the TO against major teams is a cop out, and should be the reason he should get fired, among other reasons. A 70/30 ratio of 70%=shotguns and 30%=TO's should be run by Tech, and if we lose big against the major schools then we are the other team's patsy, but at least we ran a normal offense.

Delbert_D
Delbert_D

I wonder who was the mastermind of this bunch of idiots. 

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

I tell ya, it's a relief knowing my HC runs the "perfect" program!

You'd think CPJ might phone the Nic-Tator for a couple ideas.

JCDAWG83
JCDAWG83

Misery loves company today.  I don't understand the thinking of kids today.  I can't imagine jeopardizing a full ride at any school for weed.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

Wonder if Anthony getting dismissed will have any affect on Myles.  I sure hope not.

POAD2014
POAD2014

Right now Ant Autry is playing NBA 2K14 and he is not sweating getting kicked out of TECH or off the team...........

Mama Autry was a great Team Mom at Norcross. I hope Ant is playing a video game so he can ignore the phone call from his mom before she beats his aZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

BigTimeTECHFan
BigTimeTECHFan

On the bright side, we just opened up spot to pick up Jonathan Taylor

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

OJF ...... WOW!


GT is a team that can't afford crap like this.  5th in the Coastal is looking more ominous.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

Hopefully the coaches are "sandbagging" the opponents.....

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

3 players dismissed, 1 suspended for violation of GTAA student athlete code of conduct.Anthony Autry, Darius Commissiong and Travin Henry dismissed and Lynn Griffin suspended for 1 game. Just damn

POAD2014
POAD2014

I've been checking Whitehead's twitter i think he will be good to go soon.

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

Just shaking my head at the news that came down today, but the involved players knew the rules and know right from wrong.

POAD2014
POAD2014

NICK seemed to be able to finding the ball so I hope he has a great year.

POAD2014
POAD2014

I tried to touch k Freeman's Toco bell and he slapped my hand away so fast he must be a GOD on the football field....RIGHT.........WnE?

POAD2014
POAD2014

My Caddy is full of girls that gave me their hashbrown filled Gold panties...........TECH is 15-0 on Feb. 1..............Book It

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

Hope they weren't counting on Darius Commissiong or Travin Henry.

Jmonty
Jmonty

I sure hope that the "D" line is ready.  We have a few folks picking us to finish 6th is the Coastal.  Talk about no respect.  It's a sad day when Duke gets more respect than GT.  I think the pressure lies in the QB spot.  The offense is going to have to maintain the ball, score points and take pressure off the defense.  Last year, we just had way too many mistakes.  Huge errors cost us the game against VT, Miami and UGA.  Those were all game that should of been won.  CPJ needs to learn how to make better play calls and stop running against 9-10 men fronts.  It's simple.  When the other team doesn't even cover our WR's and we still don't pass, we got issues.  Maybe CPJ learned from last year and implemented some quick slants and screens.  At least, here's to hoping.  I think CPJ is on the hot seat.  If GT has another 6-7 win season or worse, he will be gone.  GT deserves better than some mediocre coach.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@Birmingham__Jacket I believe the context was the performance of last year's defensive line, not a prospective look at this year's.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

I don't like the triple O because 1). It limits recruiting. 2). It takes away the staple pure PLAY ACTION, that keeps LBs and safeties "honest", and doesn't allow them to fly to the ball and clog passing lanes and 3). It limits our first sting's defense practice against a balanced offensive attack, against our first stings offense.

That being said... It by-and large scores points.

A HUGE PROBLEM with the triple O, is it limits our ability to have a solid 2 minute offensive drill. It's hard to come from behind, because the nature of the offense is very slow.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@drydirtroad 

"A 70/30 ratio of 70%=shotguns and 30%=TO's should be run by Tech, and if we lose big against the major schools then we are the other team's patsy, but at least we ran a normal offense."

Are you usually this incoherent or did the pharmacist mix up your meds?  I can't decide what is the most ludicrous part of your post - it is a toss up between preferring to lose with your preferred offense and thinking that a "70/30 ratio" of shotgun and TO is a "normal offense".

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@drydirtroad "It is not superior to shotguns of the major teams when we play them. It is superior to shotguns of patsys like Duke and Alabama A&M."

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So in essence, it's not the formation that the team runs, but the general talent level of the team.


I wonder if you realize you just disproved your own theory....

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

Just checked out his twitter and he tweeted with quotations surrounding it, "Am I Still Going To Attend Georgia Tech After The Issue With My Brother?"

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

@BleedingGold 

He's under a signed LOI so he can't go anywhere for a year unless Tech releases him. Mom might have a thing or two to say about that as well ;-)

POAD2014
POAD2014

@D-Sheets not like they did a Jameis Winston thing....LOL

Boys if you need WEED more than you need a FREE RIDE the smoke it up and move the F...on.

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

@D-Sheets 

I know, but apparently their actions were such that the coaches had no choice :-(

POAD2014
POAD2014

@OldJacketFan just heard it on the radio...........DAMN. the Autry's from Norcross are both probably gone.

GTBob
GTBob

@Jmonty At no time last year did we ever face a 9 or 10 man front or have any plays were all of our wide receivers were wide open. 

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@OldJacketFan @D-Sheets 

I totally get it .... just more sad, sad, SAD athletes behaving as if there are ZERO consequences for their actions. 

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@OldJacketFan

I don't doubt that.  It is disappointing seeing Anthony get booted.  Showed promise in the games he was able to play in during the 2012 season.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@OldJacketFan TECH didn't do it. Her son DID it to himself. She better not be unhappy with TECH but she should kick some Child Azzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

@D-Sheets @OldJacketFan 

I know but I also have a 20 year old college sophomore of my own and I know that young folks just don't think things through sometimes. Heck, I suspect we were all guilty of that sometimes in out lives. I wish them well and hope it's a tough lesson learned. 

POAD2014
POAD2014

@OldJacketFan 92.9 the GAME sports radio didn't like that as a Tech Fan I said BYE. If these players with a free education and tutors can't SURVIVE TECH then why should any Tech fan cry over their loss. There are many TECH students that would love the FREE RIDE, FOOD and Academic help. I will NEVER CRY for a TECH Athlete that screws him/her SELF out of a free ride and great education since very few STUDENT Athletes will EVER make money playing a pro sport.  

Sorry, I'm not an SEC fan where I respect a half wit getting a diploma my 8th grade niece could get just so I can say the school I support won the LAST game of the season and brought a big shiny trophy to the Edge Center.

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

@POAD2014 

I don't know anyone who is crying, lots of folks disappointed but it is what it is. As I said these young men know the rules and choose to violate them. Per the GTAA code of conduct this had to be the 3rd violation for them to be dismissed.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@OldJacketFan the guys on 92.9 The GAME on Atl radio were saying Tech fans don't seem to be upset or crying that the players are getting in trouble. the Radio Jocks say Tech fans don't seem to care or are not passionate over these issues. I just told them that most of us will not cry over a FOOL being a FOOL when they are given so many opportunities to get a chance at a great life for FREE.