A look at Georgia Tech’s linebackers
Switching from the wide receivers, we take a look at Georgia Tech’s linebackers:
- Returning starters: Anthony Barnes, Julian Burnett, Brad Jefferson, Kyle Jackson, Steven Sylvester.
- Others to watch: Anthony Egbuniwe (converted from DE), Albert Rocker, Quayshawn Nealy, Jeremiah Attaochu.
- Key losses: Outside linebacker Sedric Griffin.
- Key fact: Tech’s linebackers totaled five sacks last season, including three by Sylvester.
- Key question: Will the switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4, which places an emphasis on pressure from the outside linebackers, produce more sacks from this position?
- Key question 2: Who will be those outside linebackers? Barnes and Egbuniwe were the starters during spring practice. Nealy and Attaochu could push for playing time. Attaochu, specifically, was recruited specifically by new defensive coordinator Al Groh to play OLB in this system.
- Key question 3: Who will start beside Jefferson at the inside linebacker spot? Sylvester ran with the first unit for most of the spring. He played mostly outside last season and seems to have the frame for that spot, compared to the larger guys who play ILB. Burnett was a tackling machine last season, though his inexperience sometimes led to him making the wrong reads and being out of position. Jackson missed last season with a broken foot. Two seasons ago he helped pull the group together when injuries caused absences.
- Outlook: Not to be a broken record, but it’s hard to say that any group shined last season. So, this group should also improve. Groh will coach the outside linebackers, and Joe Speed will coach the ILBs.
- Your turn: What say you about the linebackers?
For a look at the wide receivers, go here
For a look at the safeties, go here
For a look at the offensive line, go here
For a look at the running backs, go here
For a look at the defensive line, go here
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