Georgia Tech’s defensive players have cited problems communicating during the N.C. State game, suggesting that contributed to a long list of blown assignments. So too, did the Wolfpack’s no-huddle offense.
Communication is more typically a problem for the defense at home and offense on the road, but whatever the case the defense is going over more hand signals, which already are used by members of the secondary as they’re so far apart.
Middle linebacker Brad Jefferson calls the defense that’s signaled in from the sidelines, and he’s making sure everybody hears or sees him. N.C. State’s no-huddle offense also caused communication issues by forcing defenders to speed up, sometimes getting set before all calls were understood.
“That definitely put a dent in us. We’re definitely working on it now so we’ll be prepared for it,” he said. “We definitely got to fix our communication before we do anything because everything goes from that.”
Bostic on rise
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has said that freshman A-back B.J. Bostic, who had a 43-yard run against N.C. State and is averaging 11.6 yards on a modest seven carries with two kickoff returns for a team-high average of 26.5 yards, needs to play more and will . . . “As fast as he can learn to get where he can go. We’ve got him on the kickoff return. We’ve got to find a way to get him the ball some.”
Marcus Wright, who started at A-back against Kansas, did not play against the Wolfpack.
“I think he was just down the depth chart,” Johnson said. “I guess he just wasn’t in the rotation. [A-backs] coach [Lamar] Owens would have to tell you that.”
– Matt Winkeljohn, for the AJC