A look at Georgia Tech’s defensive line
Continuing our positional analysis of Georgia Tech’s football team:
THE DEFENSIVE LINE
- Returning starters: Ben Anderson, T.J. Barnes, Izaan Cross, Robert Hall, Jason Peters, Logan Walls.
- Others to watch: Emmanuel Dieke, Euclid Cummings, J.C. Lanier.
- Key losses: Derrick Morgan, who is now with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.
- Key fact: Morgan had 12.5 sacks last season.
- Key fact II: The rest of the defensive line produced seven sacks last season.
- Key question: What effect will the switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4 have on the defensive line’s production?
- Key question 2: Who will replace Morgan’s production? Dieke and Cross are the young guns at one defensive end spot. It would be a lot to ask them to match Morgan’s body of work.
- Key question 3: Who will win the crucial nose guard job? Barnes is figuring out how to turn his 330-plus pounds into leverage. Anderson has experience but is recovering from his knee injury. Lanier has potential but is still working his way back into football condition after sustaining a shoulder injury last year. Walls is slightly undersized, but his quickness may win the day.
- Outlook: A fairly big question mark, arguably the biggest on the team. However, Peters looked very good in the spring at one defensive end spot. The more Walls plays, the better he looks. Barnes and Lanier have immense potential.
- Your turn: What say you about the defensive line?
For a look at the offensive line, go here
For a look at the running backs, go here
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