Georgia Tech safety Mario Edwards has a unique perspective on the new 3-4 defense.
Lined up in the secondary, with most of his teammates in front of him, Edwards says before the snap there is a lot of organized confusion, with his teammates darting back and forth as they try to confuse the offense.
And then at the snap, “everything comes together like a painting.”
To make the brush strokes disappear takes a lot of communication, Edwards said.
Middle linebacker Brad Jefferson relays the call, or calls, for the defense. One they see the offensive formation, Edwards said he may make some adjustments for the secondary players on his side of the field.
The defense is predicated on everyone knowing each other’s roles, but when the ball is snapped secondary coach Charles Kelly said everyone should focus only on what they are supposed to do.
Tech worked on installing the base plays during the spring. Defensive coordinator Al Groh has worked on fine-tuning those plays, and also working on some sub-packages for other formations, including the dime.
This is the third defense Edwards has learned since he began his collegiate career at Virginia Tech and then transferred to Georgia Tech.
He said this has been the most difficult to learn, but he is enjoying how aggressive it let’s him be.
“As a safety, I like to get to be the enforcer on defense,” Edwards said.
After doing some work with the kicking game on Sunday, the team will work out in full pads for the first time on Monday.
It’s a day the defense has been looking forward to.
“I’m a hitter,” Edwards says, “anytime I can put my hands on somebody I’m happy.”