Tech’s defensive line has 5 big problems

S.C. State’s starting offensive line features four players on the preseason All-MEAC team, and weighs an average of 304 pounds. They are slightly bigger than Kansas’ projected starters, the team Georgia Tech will play next week, and a slice of pizza or two away from North Carolina’s, Tech’s week 3 opponent.

The three starters on the Yellow Jackets’ defensive line weigh an average of 277 pounds.

If nothing else, the Bulldogs’ line, which includes Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference honorees Johnny Culbreath (310 pounds), Josh Harrison (310), Sam Timothy (280) and Juavahr Nathan (290), will provide the Yellow Jackets a good test for the the FBS teams upcoming. Tech will host S.C. State at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

To climb the mountains in front of them, defensive ends Jason Peters (273 pounds) and Izaan Cross (272) say they must rely on good technique and solid footwork, exploding into the player in front of them and making sure that they stay low, get into their chest, get under them and knock them backward.

“Size-wise this is going to be a good test,” Cross said. “South Carolina State is a pretty good team. This is going to be a good test for the rest of the season.”

S.C. State coach Buddy Pough said he’s going to be leaning on his line to help overcome the loss of his best wide receivers and running backs from last year’s team.

“If you’ve got an offensive line, you have a shot to be pretty good,” he said. “And we’ve got a good offensive line.”

66 comments Add your comment

SatchelBuzz

September 1st, 2010
6:58 am

FYI,….Cross has his weight up to 292.

THWG!!!

Buzz Me

September 1st, 2010
7:11 am

yeah, yeah, yeah….o poughy!

Buzz Me

September 1st, 2010
7:11 am

oh yeah and 1st

dagnabit

September 1st, 2010
7:27 am

I believe Tech’s defense will push S C State’s o-line anywhere they want .The run yardage will be awesome.

gt_andy

September 1st, 2010
7:46 am

Our D-Line will be undersized in nearly every game this year… might as well get used to it.

AtWork

September 1st, 2010
8:16 am

Considering we are only going to have 3 down linemen, as long as the nose tackle isn’t outweighed by more than 25 #s i think we will the team will be ok. What we want is the 3 down linemen to take at least 4 OL to block them and then let the linebackers create havoc! We have some big bodies to throw at them…especially nose tackle. Lets just hope Groh and McC have tem coached up and keep a fire underneath them.

It will be a good first game.

AMG

September 1st, 2010
8:19 am

Defense WILL be good this year, don’t believe the writers. They predict Tech will have trouble replacing 4 players this year, two on O and two on D, yet some how Alabama will replace 9 on D and win a national championship. When sports reporters started to publish pure BS because they were paid to have the same opinion as the owner, Reporting was over. Writers have become nothing more than paid fans. Please stop hyping the SEC and actually report the truth for once.Tech will dominate this team on both sides of the ball and win by 21 or more.

1Jacket7

September 1st, 2010
8:20 am

I like the matchup. It will give our defense just what they need to get better against size. I am sure that SCState’s O-LIne is a good one. This may look like a easy win game, but we will have to play at the level we play VA TECH and MIAMI to get the win. It will get us focused early so we won’t be surprised when we go to Kansas next week and North Carolina the week after that. Don’t get caught sleeping on this team Jackets. But, I think this year’s team is smarter than that. Go Jackets!!!

GTArmchair-QB

September 1st, 2010
8:26 am

Poor, poor recruiting.

WHAT

September 1st, 2010
8:30 am

Your numbers are wrong.
Cross is 292
Walls is 295
Peters is 271

that averages to 286 on the DL vs 304. We are talking about an 18 lb per man difference, BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER. Very few DL in the world outweigh OLs; take a look at all the 3-4 in the NFL, many are in the 300-310 range as an average. Average NFL OL are in the 315-320 range.

Steelers DL weighs less than this OL on average. They are 302 on average

Everyone is consumed with size and speed, like 40 times and it doesn’t translate to the field. If you are a big cream puff that can’t move, the DL will win even if 20 lbs lighter.

AMG

September 1st, 2010
8:39 am

WHAT – Exactly, Defense is not always about size, in fact it is rarly about size. You can’t takle someone you can’t catch.

Atlanta Cracker

September 1st, 2010
9:27 am

This will be a much better game than most expect; at least for the first quarter and a half. Tech’s defense will be challenged as will the offense for the first quarter and “Pow” an interception and two consecutive big plays by the offense and Tech swarms.

GT Alph

September 1st, 2010
9:45 am

WHAT – Great evaluation. Please apply to the AJC and save us from the paid fans aka sports writers.

GottaLovaEagle

September 1st, 2010
9:50 am

Not a problem…The SCS boys will be gassed by the second quarter.

Bama-Fun-Natic

September 1st, 2010
9:51 am

RAMMAJAMMAYELLLOWHAMMA…bama for prez!

Ace of Gold

September 1st, 2010
9:59 am

We should be quicker, faster, and at 1:00 PM in Georgia’s heat, I’ll take the smaller more aggressive better coached Jacket Defense.

BEAT GEORGIA !!!!!

And tech signed who?

September 1st, 2010
10:49 am

AMG , No doubt tech should dominate this team, the difference in Bama replacing 9 starters and Tech 4 are simple recruiting and depth, Saban brings in better players than PJ. on both sides of the ball.very few of techs players would be on Bamas 2 deep.

Jaded Jacket

September 1st, 2010
10:50 am

Those monsters probably can’t get out of their own way. Speed and agility eventually overcomes size. Those big guys will be sucking wind before half time.

SUPPORT THE JACKETS

September 1st, 2010
11:19 am

Fans please get to the game, this will be a tough one, support the Jackets!

Dodd's Disciple

September 1st, 2010
12:11 pm

Hey “And Tech signed who?”

How many on Alabama’s 2-deep could even enroll at GT?

If Johnson lowered his standards and wanted to be part of a program that completely dismisses academics, he could whip Saban, Meyer, Richt, etc. He chooses to lead young men who pride themselves on being great STUDENT-athletes.

Just sayin'

September 1st, 2010
12:30 pm

Um….Average 286 x 3 = 858 for DL. Average 304 x 5 = 1,520 for OL. That’s a difference of 662 lbs. difference, divided by the 3 DL to try and break through it, so that’s actually 220+ lbs. per DL to handle. Now, if your interior linebackers are weighing in @ 331 lbs., you’d be even, but they are likely @ 240, so you’re still in the hole, just like South Carolina State’s running backs will be.

Might be a long day for the defense.

MoDawg

September 1st, 2010
12:44 pm

Ace of Gold – you said, “We should be quicker, faster, and at 1:00 PM in Georgia’s heat, I’ll take the smaller more aggressive better coached Jacket Defense.”

Have you ever driven through South Carolina or know where it is? How much different could it be in Georgia as opposed to South Carolina at 1:00 or any other time??? Think before you drink!

If the Jackets don’t completely dominate this team, get ready because it’s going to be a long year for you.

CoolBreeze

September 1st, 2010
12:48 pm

Hey, Just sayin – If your logic applied, then the team with the biggest OL could just go ahead and apply for the NC. But it doesn’t….

AMG

September 1st, 2010
12:50 pm

and Tech signed Who, I agree, somewhat. Recruiting is where the BS starts, if a player is recruited by Bama he gets an extra star. If he is recruited by Tech he gets one less star. Bottom line, yes Bama gets a little bit better talent, but in no way is it far superior to what Tech gets.As CPJ will tell you, coaching an effort are all that matters with a recruit. An 18 year old rarly makes an impact on a team and the Ind. Colts only had one 5 star recruit on there team last year. Also, Tech actually has the same number of players in the pros as Bama….makes you think doesn’t it. Isay Bama loses 2 or possible 3 games this year.

Joe

September 1st, 2010
1:12 pm

As a Tech fan I get so sick of other Techies using academics as an excuse. I dont care if our team is smarter or our school is more difficult to get into. Quit using it as an excuse people. We arent watching a lab class we are watching the football game and the score of the game is all that matters on sports blogs.

tech for heisman

September 1st, 2010
1:17 pm

we haven’t seen a line this strong since rodney atkins graced the field in ‘56!!! I bleed yellow and blue for tech :)

RDR

September 1st, 2010
1:22 pm

Ace of Gold

September 1st, 2010
9:59 am

BEAT GEORGIA !!!!!

Another typical tech nerd obsessing over UGA. Uhh, the nerds don’t play UGA for another 3 months.

JasonG

September 1st, 2010
1:27 pm

Why are we not talking about their 260# + quarterback… Can he even bend over and get the snap from his fat center? We could blitz from the safety position and get him before he finished his 3 step drop… easy win

Blue Fox

September 1st, 2010
1:33 pm

The answer is: start T. J. Barnes.

MoDawg

September 1st, 2010
1:59 pm

If Tech doesn’t destroy SC State, CPJ is going to punch somebody in the face!!

MyWhiskeyClear

September 1st, 2010
2:22 pm

RDR, it’s just an expression, man. Tradition. It’s very nearly the same as ‘Go Jackets!’ or ‘Ramble On!’ or ‘THWG!’….he’s not actually trying to dive into a conversation about beating Georgia. Look at Texas A&M with ‘Beat Texas’ and “Saw Varisty’s Horns Off” at every game regardless who they play. It’s a similar mindset. Beating Georgia seems to represent beating everyone else. It’s the same as just saying “WIN!”

Oh, and, tech for heisman, the support is good, but the official school colors are White and Old Gold. If you were to buy a t-shirt at the book store that was officially licensead, for instance, it should say “I bleed White and Gold.”

MyWhiskeyClear

September 1st, 2010
2:23 pm

gt4ever

September 1st, 2010
3:06 pm

This will be NO easy win, if we win at all….. This game has all the markings of a Gardner Webb game. The only difference is that SCS is superior in every aspect! I wouldn’t count my chickens too soon. We still have to play defense, and if the offense sputters, then this could be a very LONG day…

Burdell

September 1st, 2010
3:09 pm

Hey Mo–

You guys have enough to worry about in the coming weeks…we don’t need your input…really, we’ll be fine without you. All we really need to do is win–style points are for show offs!

GO JACKETS!!

Gt man

September 1st, 2010
3:40 pm

You guys-

STOP hyping this game up for more than it really is. They may look big and sound big, but the wouldn’t win many if any games in the acc. This is a inferior team, with inferior athletes. You couldn’t find two players on there roster that would compete for a starting job at tech. The second team will be in by half time and they won’t be able to compete with them. Washington will have more yards in this one than Nesbitt. Our guys are stronger, faster, and more athletic. I don’t care how much they weigh.

Paul Johnson

September 1st, 2010
3:52 pm

Georgia – GT is the only game that matters to me. If only we could win more than once a decade…if every fan obsesses over it, though, that could give us a shot. Thanks fans!

ST. SIMONS

September 1st, 2010
4:00 pm

WELL, last year uga pushed us around and run at will–surely we learned from that

gt4ever

September 1st, 2010
4:01 pm

Hope your right, GT man

Delbert D.

September 1st, 2010
4:09 pm

And Miami’s 5 starting OL average 318.

MoDawg

September 1st, 2010
4:32 pm

Burdell, today is not my day to care what you think, and tomorrow’s not looking good, either. I’ll provide my input when and where I please, thank you very little.

GO DAWGS!

gt4ever

September 1st, 2010
4:47 pm

MoDawg

Shouldn’t you be listening to your Clarke County Police scanner? Your team needs you!

and tech signed who?

September 1st, 2010
4:59 pm

AMG , I agree I think Bama loses a couple of games this year, But I will have to disagree with you about the talent levels, Bama is much deeper and more talented than Tech. Not many Tech players would crack the two deep depth chart at Bama. Pj is a fine coach but he has 2 wins against teams with 10 wins in a season, and only played 6 bowl eligible teams last year. This year and next are critical years for PJ.
Dodds disciple, Perhaps you should look at the rosters of Bama, Auburn, UGA , South Carolina, Clemson , many had offers from Tech. Recruiting at Tech will always be difficult because of the limited curriculum but if you want to use that excuse become a member of the Ivy league.

MoDawg

September 1st, 2010
5:01 pm

gt4ever, it’s a shame these police jokes aren’t funny “4ever”, because you guys sure like bringing them up when you have nothing else to say.

I’m not sure what got you and Burdell all fired up. Tech posters are all over the boards on the UGA stories, mostly talking trash, bringing up arrests (yes, they are an issue, but are rarely anything major) and the score from our game year-before-last. It’s an open forum…deal with it.

gt4ever

September 1st, 2010
5:11 pm

but are rarely anything major……. That’s ABSURD! You bulldawg fans are ALL the same, whatever it takes to win

better coaching on defense?

September 1st, 2010
5:30 pm

Al Grohs Virginia defense allowed 26 points and lost to William and Mary in 2009 season opener.

old_eagle

September 1st, 2010
5:34 pm

SCS won’t have a clue when it comes to stopping the TO. GT- +400 rushing FS- GT-49 SCS-10

Cleveland, OH jacket

September 1st, 2010
8:24 pm

Hey better coaching,

Maybe try to do some research before you troll. UVA had 7 turnovers and their defense only allowed one TD with all of those Turnovers. part of that score was a pick 6 and the point after.

UVA’s big scores against them were a big result of their atrocious offense, not their defense. Man some of you are delusional.

Stumpknocker

September 1st, 2010
8:57 pm

{bcod @5:30} Just another typical dawg homer………..hiding behing the bushes and barking.

jwill

September 1st, 2010
8:59 pm

and when u say budweiser u say it all

jwill

September 1st, 2010
9:01 pm

and when u say j heyward us say it all