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.
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.
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.