Anderson to have surgery Tuesday, with more updates

Georgia Tech defensive tackle Ben Anderson will have surgery on Tuesday and won’t  play in the Orange Bowl, coach Paul Johnson said on Monday.

Anderson injured his knee during the loss to Georgia.

However, several players who were injured will return to face Iowa, including wide receiver Kevin Cone (ankle), linebacker Malcolm Munroe (knee) and offensive tackle Austin Barrick (heel).

First look at Iowa

Iowa’s defense most closely resembles North Carolina’s, Johnson answered when asked if the Hawkeyes were similar to any team Tech has faced this season.

Iowa, like the Tar Heels and Clemson, features a defensive line with four NFL-caliber prospects who are very good against the run. The Hawkeyes are allowing 3.5 yards per rush, and 122 yards per game.

“No one can run the ball on them,” Johnson said.

The coaches have begun to break down film of the team. Johnson said they generally play with six men in the tackle box. Because the line is so skilled against the run,  five guys can drop back into coverage to defend the pass. As a result, they allow 164.7 yards per game, and 10.5 yards per catch.

Offensively, Johnson said the Hawkeyes aren’t similar to any team they’ve faced this season.

“They’ve got some big guys, and they just lean on you a little bit, and mash you a little bit, and then throw in some play-action,” Johnson said.

The Hawkeyes average 23.1 points per game, 109.4 yards rushing and 221.3 yards passing. Quarterback Ricky Stanzi, who was injured in a loss to Northwestern, will return for the game.

Travellin’

Iowa’s reputation for practically emptying its state to attend road games didn’t seem to intimidate Johnson.

“Unless they can put them in the game, it won’t matter,” Johnson said. “Hopefully we’ll have a good fan base. ”

As of Thursday, Tech has sold less than 9,000 of its 17,500-ticket allotment. Each ticket is $125 and can be purchased at ramblinwreck.com/bowl. In comparison, Iowa has sold 14,000.

Both schools will be bringing lots of people. Iowa plans on taking 600 to the game, including players, support personnel, the band and administrators. Georgia Tech is planning on between 625-650. The ACC will give Tech $1,600,000 to cover its travel expenses for the game.

Hiring

Johnson said he will likely hire Jeff Monken’s replacement after the bowl game. Monken recently accepted the head-coaching position at Ga. Southern. However, he will coordinate the special teams and coach the A-backs in the Orange Bowl.

Johnson said he has some candidates in mind. He said he didn’t know if the duties would remain the same.

38 comments Add your comment

ZamBonE

December 14th, 2009
1:08 pm

Do we know what the extent of his knee injury is? I know he’s been out since the start of the uga game, but I did not know surgery was even an option.

Barrick coming back will be helpful although Smith and Claytor have played well for him.

Go Jackets…2009 ACC Champs

Midstate Jacket Fan

December 14th, 2009
1:21 pm

Doug, can you give us an update on what if anything the defense is doing to address such poor perfomances; especially the last few games of the season? Is Dave Wommack on the hot seat to correct the deficiencies of his unit?

Swarm

December 14th, 2009
1:22 pm

You hear that Mr. Anderson? That is the sound of inevitability. That is the sound of our victory.

Cuttysark

December 14th, 2009
1:51 pm

I wish Ben Anderson a quick recovery from his surgery. He was playing very well for us. It will be nice to have Barrack back for some depth on the offensive line. This game will be a good test for both the Iowa defensive front and the Tech offensive line.

The latest article on Georgia Tech Football as they get ready for their BCS Orange Bowl appearance is now available for viewing on http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

macrotech

December 14th, 2009
1:57 pm

Ben had begun to establish himself on that side of the line….DEFINATELY hurt losing him in the uga game! Glad to get the other guys back and pray for a speedy recovery for Ben and the rest!

go jackets

December 14th, 2009
1:57 pm

Do the coaches still look at film and tape? I notice that when CPJ talks about a game, he refers to looking at the tape. Why not video, cd or something more computerized, just a thought….

Doug Roberson

December 14th, 2009
2:10 pm

midstate: the team hasn’t started practicing yet. Today will be the first of 14 practices before the bowl.
So, they haven’t done much yet on defense or offense.
I’m writing a story for later about the defense. I hope to provide some information then.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

December 14th, 2009
2:21 pm

Where did you read that Iowa averages 30 points per game???????????? They are ranked 86th in the nation at 23 points/game.

Tech82

December 14th, 2009
2:35 pm

Zzzzz – I noticed that too. Iowa has only scored 30 points or more three times this season. In fact, they have averaged less than 19 points over that past three games.

Doug Roberson

December 14th, 2009
2:36 pm

You’re right. The factbook I was looking at has the 2008 stats, for some reason. Let me update.

Cosmo

December 14th, 2009
2:40 pm

Any other early season injuries possible to return? FILM/TAPE= Generic term for video

juvenal

December 14th, 2009
2:42 pm

with 10 or 11 of 13 recruits being D, what else do you expect with what we’ve got? be realistic, the last time GT had 20 W in 2 seasons was ‘51-’52…are folks that ignorant, or people trying to sow discord?…

Geez, go jackets...

December 14th, 2009
2:45 pm

…can you be any more petty?

Film, tape, video, CD, Beta, vhs – no matter what you want to call it, it is still “film” of the other team! And, yes, all games are now on videotape – coaches are just creatures of habit and used to the term “film”!

collegeballfan

December 14th, 2009
2:48 pm

Doug you have some bad data on Iowa’s team.

Points per game…Iowa 23.1…opp….15.5
Rushing…Iowa 109.4 per game..3.2 per play
opponents 122.0 per game….3.5 per play
Passing…Iowa 221.3 per game
opponents 164.7 per game

They play physical and tough. Jackets have their work cut out.

FullMetalJacket

December 14th, 2009
2:51 pm

Really concerned about the defense. We did not expect a dominant defense this year, but even an “average” defense would be enough with our offense. I’m neither ignorant nor a sower of discord, I just wish Gailey/Tenuta’s defensive recruits had stepped up the way Gailey’s recruits on offense have…and I still hope that the team and the coaching will turnt it up on the field…not just in the locker room.

DDT

December 14th, 2009
2:53 pm

As of Thursday, Tech has sold less than 9,000 of its 17,500-ticket allotment. Each ticket is $125 and can be purchased at ramblinwreck.com/bowl

Absolutely PITIFUL. You big mouthed GT fans need to start walking the walk instead of being blog boy badazzes. You guys are the worst fans in college football bar none.

FullMetalJacket

December 14th, 2009
2:55 pm

Iowa is a tough opponent, despite their similar ranking, but I am fine with being the underdog….somehow, I think CPJ and Jackets are fine with that, too. Just hope everyone shows up for the National Coming-Out Party for CPJ’s Offense and Georgia Tech’s re-emergence in football.

Fred

December 14th, 2009
3:00 pm

go jackets

December 14th, 2009
1:57 pm

Do the coaches still look at film and tape? I notice that when CPJ talks about a game, he refers to looking at the tape. Why not video, cd or something more computerized, just a thought…

Only a “techie” could have come up with that one. I bet he can’t walk, talk, and chew gum at the same time.

FullMetalJacket

December 14th, 2009
3:00 pm

DDT (Dawgs Don’t Think?): I can certainly understand your forlorn yearning for a holiday in Miami, with Shreveport on your GPS and Willie in your rear view mirror. But, if I were you I would be worrying about which non-threatening DC CMR is going to hire after your trip to the Refinery Bowl. A Dawg fan’s GPS Instructions to Shreveport: Just roll down your window, let the dog hang his head out and follow the stench.

Fred

December 14th, 2009
3:05 pm

And if I were you FullMetalJacket, I’d be worrying about beating UGA more than once every 10 years, not getting humiliated in your bowl game ala LSU, contributing to a few full seats, and life after Dwyer, Morgan, Thomas, and Burnett. A Tech fans GPS instructions to Miami: follow all the cars sporting a rainbow bumper sticker. To find the stadium: follow all the boys wearing yellow wigs and holding hands.

Bob in Buchead

December 14th, 2009
3:07 pm

FullMetalJacket you just got bit%h slapped. Hard.

GT78

December 14th, 2009
3:12 pm

What’s up with GT fans purchasing less than 9000 Orange Bowl tickets so far? The freakin Gator Bowl sold out in 6 hours and their adding seats. How can we get pissed at folks about attendance when we don’t do a damn thing to disprove it?

RealityCheck

December 14th, 2009
3:15 pm

Sorry FullMetalJacket…you are in fact ignorant.

RealityCheck

December 14th, 2009
3:19 pm

Maybe GT should just go ahead and give the rest of their ticket allotment to Iowa. They’ll sell them. At least that way the stadium won’t look empty. And who knows, maybe enough Iowa fans will wear gold that they will be mistaken for Tech fans. Sorry Iowans. Wouldn’t wish that on anybody. Wear your black.

juvenal

December 14th, 2009
3:41 pm

i’m tired of hearing all these Tech fans brag about all the money they make, and how they boss so many UGA fans, & then not show for the biggest bowl since ‘67…the 9K tickets are the same folks i see at all the away games,the fans that do more than talk,& i look forward to seeing you guys again next month, & at Athens next year…

GA Tech Insider

December 14th, 2009
3:43 pm

My understanding is that UGA had sold less than 1000 tickets to their bowl game as of last Saturday. Shouldn’t be criticizing GA Tech fans…

RealityCheck

December 14th, 2009
3:52 pm

Yeah GA Tech Insider, but in GT’s case we’re talking Orange Bowl. You know the biggest bowl for you since 1966. I still remember all you big mouths proclaiming when Chan was coach, “win and we’ll buy tickets”. Well “Insider (LMAO)” you’re winning. So what’s the excuse now. If UGA were in a BCS bowl they’d have sod em all by now. Check their buying history for games like this and then compare it to yours. You GT fans are all talk and no action. They should call you guys catfish nation because you’re all mouth.

BobinBuford

December 14th, 2009
3:57 pm

Fred:

Life after Thomas: Tyler Melton and Steven Hill (remember him – the guy UGA couldn’t get??)
Life after Dwyer: Anthony Allen, Embry Peebles, Marcus Wright, Roddy Jones (another guy you UGA fans should remember) and Charles Perkins
Life after Nesbitt: He’ll be back next year – and after that, we have a kid named Luallen who should fit in very nicely.
Life after Morgan: I’m sure we can find someone to replace him soon.

Yep – we’re really worried about next year.

OrangeInfo

December 14th, 2009
4:07 pm

The 9,000 tickets sold are the tickets bought directly through GT which most people arent doing bc the tickets they have are in the corners and you dont get to pick your section when you buy through them. Most people bought through the Orange Bowl site. So I wouldnt base the number of Tech fans just based off of the allotment, most of us want better and closer seats

Alabama Jack

December 14th, 2009
4:32 pm

Even though they are irrelevant, dawg fans suck.

Besides who wants to pay $35 to see a Shreveport fiasco, versus $125 for a real bowl game.

Burdell

December 14th, 2009
4:32 pm

Good point OrangeInfo…my crew falls into that category as well.

juvenal

December 14th, 2009
6:29 pm

so you can support the team just as well scattered all over?

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juvenal

December 15th, 2009
9:14 am

JUST CHECKED WHERE MY CLUB SEATS ARE, SHOULD BE ABLE TO SEE FINE…

DDt causes sterility

December 15th, 2009
9:45 am

Oange Bowl Tickets: $125. Independence Bowl Tickets: $25

Oh and I have my tickets

Gt4ever

December 15th, 2009
10:03 am

The Hawkeye nation will see a revitalized offense in the Orange bowl….. Their offense will score at will….

Hawkeyefan

December 15th, 2009
3:04 pm

Coach Johnson is sandbagging…saying no one can run the ball on Iowa….O$U put up over 200 yds on the ground and GT will do the same…Iowa knows who they are and they know they have got to play perfect to beat a team like Tech…..41 kids on the roster are from Iowa….Johnson will have a plan to take Iowa’s D-ends out of the picture and put all the pressure on the backers..

Jacket Fan

December 15th, 2009
5:18 pm

Fred is a useless dawg…..