Posted: 12:38 pm Monday, August 4th, 2014

Gotsis ‘100 percent confident’ in defensive line 

By Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech defensive tackle Adam Gotsis has high hopes and expectations for his fellow linemen. He said of freshman end KeShun Freeman, "I can definitely see him making plays this year." (Johnny Crawford/AJC)

Georgia Tech defensive tackle Adam Gotsis has high hopes and expectations for his fellow linemen. He said of freshman end KeShun Freeman, “I can definitely see him making plays this year.” (Johnny Crawford/AJC)

Georgia Tech defensive tackle Adam Gotsis understands the doubts about the defensive line.

It bothers him, “but I can see where they’re coming from, as well, because we did lose a lot of guys,” Gotsis said Saturday at Tech’s media day. “We didn’t really have much of a rotation last year, and we did lose a lot of guys that made impacts on the defensive line.”

That said, as you might expect, Gotsis does not share the doubts about the Yellow Jackets’ ability to replace Jeremiah Attaochu, Euclid Cummings and Emmanuel Dieke. He was plenty optimistic about the three linemen most likely to start alongside him, as well as a couple backups.

“It’s just another opportunity for these young guys to step up and fill some big shoes,” he said. “I’m 100 percent confident in everyone that’s going to.”

On true freshman KeShun Freeman, who is in line to start at rush end: “Definitely a smart player. You can tell that he’s understood the concepts of the defense, he’s understood what we expect from him and what we need from him. Definitely, his strengths are his speed and just his smarts. He’s a smart player. He’ll be able to play with tackles’ heads the way he rushes the passer, the way he plays defense. You can see that already.”

On Shawn Green, expected to start next to Gotsis at nose tackle: “A healthy Shawn Green is someone not to be messed with. It’s kind of been unfortunate for him, he’s been pretty banged up since he got here. He’s probably had one of his best offseasons, I’d say, running-wise, lifting-wise, just getting himself in shape. I feel like he’s ready to make that impact this year.”

On likely strongside end Tyler Stargel: “Last year, playing behind Jerry, he knew that he really wasn’t getting in the game much, so when he got in there, he was kind of just trying to make a play, where now he understands the role that he plays in the defense. It might not be that he has to get the sack every play. If he can influence (the play) by doing his job, that’s what we need him to do. And I think he understands that now. He’s gotten faster, stronger. … I definitely feel like he’s where he needs to be.”

On tackle backups Francis Kallon and Pat Gamble: “On the inside, I feel like Francis Kallon has definitely come a long way. From the end of last season to where he is now, he’s a whole different player. Hopefully we can get him right in these last two weeks of camp because he’s definitely going to have to play this year and have an impact. Pat Gamble played a little bit last year, but he’s definitely another guy that’s going to have a huge impact. I feel like he’s definitely going to get the rotation a lot this year, so hopefully we can get a good rotation on the d line, stay fresh out there and make plays.”

30 comments
gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Just let them play the games, and we can support them best we can. Really isn't much more that we can do than that. GO JACKETS!!!

ConfederateFlagBurner
ConfederateFlagBurner

Expect a lot of multiple boogey man 3-4, 3-3-5, sets. The Freshman Merriweather, Freeman, & Simmons can both play rush end or outside linebacker.

POAD2014
POAD2014

Blessings and best wishes to Dads neighbor. He and his business partner are headed to Bonneville to try to get some more records. 65 years old and still riding motorcycles on the salt flats for speed records.

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

Lot of folks forget the schools that offered Kallon, Gamble and Green. As Gotsis stated Green hasn't been able to show how talented he is due to injury. With Gamble & Kallon both being RS Sophs, this is about the time I would expect both of them to be ready, both physically and mentally. Freeman is going to be a 4 yr starter. This DL could be a good surprise for this year especially with CTR and CMP working with them daily.

OGB
OGB

Hope Adam has a great year and stays healthy. His Leadership will be priceless!

forexbomb
forexbomb

Adam Gotsis has a tremendous motor...  He is probably a great kid.  But, he needs some help.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

I would love for that to be true.  That would be great to think we are going to go into Athens and hold Georgia to under 300 total yards of offense and under 20 total points.  That would give us a real shot at victory!!!

Ditto for Miami and Clemson.  I'd love to see that!

I think It's great he wants to win and is excited about the season.  But here's the catch:  The offensive linemen lining up across from him are too!  

Go Jackets!

fuzzybee78
fuzzybee78

I love this guy…Well we have the answer to…

"What  ya recon mate?"

POAD2014
POAD2014

@nevrenuftime IF.......BIG IF Tech onlys wins 4 or 5 games then CPJ will be gone........BUT looking at the 15-16 schedule and CPJ's contract there is NO WAY NO WAY he gets fired after this season. 

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@OldJacketFan "Freeman is going to be a 4 yr starter."

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Unless he's just a 3 yr starter.  There's a real chance of that happening. 

POAD2014
POAD2014

@forexbomb no Probably about it.

He is a GREAT young man with an awesome family. 

Checkout Adam on Facebook. He is such a classy guy with a lovely family. They have parties to watch the games in the middle of the night. His twin sisters are HUGE TECH fans. 

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham__Jacket I'm not sure the best defense in college football next year could hold Clemson, UGA, and Miami to under 300 yards and 20 points. That's an ambitious goal. If we can hold them to high 20's, low 30's in scoring then we have a really good chance against them.

GTLee
GTLee

Nothing makes Bham happy.........except whining

nevrenuftime
nevrenuftime

@POAD2014 @nevrenuftime I thought his contract runs out in 2016. So at the end of next season? Next years schedule has fsu and nd on it. Not sure what you mean about next season. It's even harder


But to focus on this season, first big game is vt on the road where johnson hasn't won. Then home against miami. If gt starts 0-2, then duke comes to bd looking to end the streak. And by all accounts a better football team if gt is 0-2. 

Then it's two road games in a row. Point being, things could get ugly really fast if they lose the vt and miami games.

nevrenuftime
nevrenuftime

@BleedingGold @nevrenuftime 

Law of averages say they will be right eventually. lol

This is looking like the year with all the players gone and lee bailing. 

If JT was good enough to lead the team, he would have played much more last year. I think it will be a 5-7 year and the bowl streak ends. If this happens, it's time for a new direction. Even 6-6 with a bowl loss would say the same. Cause 3 cupcakes on the schedule and that would mean going 3-6 against the rest. That's terrible.I think a losing record in conference for this weak division would do it. Only UNC was ranked in the preseason polls. And they aren't even picked by any of these guys to win the division. lol

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@nevrenuftime @POAD2014 

What he is saying is that you don't change coaches before a monster season like next year.  You stick with what you've got, because a new guy would be starting from scratch, and not too many coaches are going to do any better than an established coach and system when the competition gets tougher

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@nevrenuftime 

Neither Tevin, Vad, nor Justin got much playing time during their RS Freshman season, so I'd have to say that argument is irrelevant.  It's a difficult offense to run as a QB.   I doubt you'll ever see a Freshman starting at QB running the triple offense.  And as bad as the offense looked last year, there weren't many games that warranted taking Vad out in the middle of the game.

To add on, Justin wasn't ready to run the offense.  However, I'm sure he's improved over the summer and I doubt he can be much worse than Vad.  Plus, he's more athletic and will doubtfully shy away from contact like Vad did.

Time will tell, but I doubt we'll be as bad as many think we will be.  If we are than Johnson should be shown the door.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie I wish I could post FaceBook photos. His HANDS spread from thumb to pinkie are as big as a regular mans humerus. Adam is bigger that you think. 

nevrenuftime
nevrenuftime

@BleedingGold @nevrenuftime 

There were many situations in games last year where I felt Lee just wasn't trying very hard. And some specific play calls where I felt a more elusive player like JT could have made a play. Yet on the bench he sat. I assume the coach knows more than a silly blogger like me but then again, i would have never expected some of these stupid trick plays he's done or going for it on 4th down on their own side of the field. 

Well toe meets leather in less than a month. Sucks we won't really know anything tho until maybe sep 20 and def after the miami game.