From “Gladiator” to “Sackmaster”

Georgia Tech’s Brad Jefferson said his teammates haven’t changed his nickname from “Gladiator” to “Sackmaster.”

After not dropping a quarterback in his first three seasons, Jefferson leads the defense with four sacks this season. He posted two more in Saturday’s win against Middle Tennessee State to take the team lead away from Steven Sylvester.

The surprise is the outside linebackers like Sylvester are supposed to be getting to the quarterback, and the inside linebackers are supposed to be the run-stoppers.

Jefferson, a middle man, is doing both. In addition to being tops in sacks, he also leads the team in unassisted tackles (26) and tackles (42).

He attributed his increased production to defensive coordinator Al Groh’s play calling.

“In coach Groh’s schemes we’re blitzing more,” Jefferson said. “The blitzes are coming and I’m coming up with the sacks.”

Getting to Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker may be a challenge. Because of their mobility, Tigers quarterbacks have been sacked just six times this season, one less than Tech quarterback Joshua Nesbitt has been dropped despite Parker and backups throwing 82 more passes.

“I think Kyle Parker was a good player a year ago,” coach Paul Johnson said. “By the time that we played him in the ACC championship game, he was a lot more experienced than he was the year before. This year they are breaking in some new wide receivers, but he has thrown the ball really well.”

21 comments Add your comment

GoJackets

October 21st, 2010
5:05 am

GoJackets

October 21st, 2010
5:29 am

Dang this first thing is easy while in Germany. I’m going to lunch and everyone else is still asleep :)

Turnt_UP!

October 21st, 2010
5:39 am

Well, I’m second, and I live here in the ATL. Getting old makes me sleep less…

rocket

October 21st, 2010
6:23 am

well, as they say in Deutschland….Es machts nichts….what matters is that the jackets can win on the road and notch a few more sacks to boot…. this game is extremely important.

fifth

October 21st, 2010
6:29 am

My best ever placing!! Something to tell my kids about for sure.

A fan's view

October 21st, 2010
6:59 am

Tech’s defense appears to have made some improvement this year, but couldn’t stop NCST when they needed to and lost to a weak Kansas team. Forget the nickname stuff. No offense to Jefferson, but players being called Terminator or Gladiator is starting to wear thin. The schedule gets tougher now. We’ve got some pretty good DBs, but we need some other guys to make some big defensive plays and stop sliding off tackles.

Munson's Toupee

October 21st, 2010
7:15 am

BEAT CLEM AND HIS UGLY SON!!!

wetblanket

October 21st, 2010
7:26 am

Nesbitt wasn’t even mentioned on ESPN choices for Heisman this morning. What happened. HA!

Stan

October 21st, 2010
7:43 am

I guess the bigger question is why you have a blanket and why is it wet?

mwh6767

October 21st, 2010
7:47 am

Wetblanket, what has happend is tech lost games early( Not say 4out of 5). But that bumped them out of any national talk. Nesbitt needed a passing year like last year or just a little bit better and the running year he is having to have a shot at any heisman chances. Plus Pryor and Moore as well as the RB from Oregon are having dynamite years. Tech gets a little better every game, let that continue and they will win these next 5 games. Then you will hear them talk about them on espn.

mwh6767

October 21st, 2010
7:51 am

The Key is that this team has yet to put a whole game together. Here lately the defense seems to be closer to doing that than the offense. If the defense comes out sat. and plays like it has and the offense can play like it did in the 3rd qtr. of last sat. then chalk up another win against clemson. BUT one qrt or a half of good play isn’t going to cut it this week.

Dave from GT

October 21st, 2010
8:02 am

Hard to imagine losing to a guy named “Dabo”

reebok

October 21st, 2010
8:29 am

this is a different team than the one that failed to show up against kansas…maybe it’s wishful thinking, but i think the jackets are very close to putting it all together…i have a really good feeling about the clemson game

GT Sambo

October 21st, 2010
8:55 am

Yes, Nesbitt for Heisman was always a long shot, but I honestly think that all the drops killed Nesbitt early and kept the passing game from getting into a rythm. Plus, with a QB like Nesbitt where the entire offense runs through him he would have to win most or all of his games (or at least have a signature performance in a loss) to get the “leadership” bonus in the Heisman race.

GT Sambo

October 21st, 2010
8:57 am

reebok, I hope you are right. I think if we eliminate the drops in the passing game, we’ve got a good shot. If I were a D-coordinator, I would load the box and dare us to throw, becuase we haven’t proven we can do it consistently.

juvenal

October 21st, 2010
9:02 am

Es lebe GT! Wir sollen ihnen zerstoeren!

Stanley in Marietta

October 21st, 2010
9:28 am

Nesbitt for Heisman was “toungue and cheek” . It was fun and not taken seriously. The average uga can’t understand that.

From 11-3 to 12-2

October 21st, 2010
10:24 am

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BEAT CLEMSON
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JUST SAYING

October 21st, 2010
10:29 am

it isn’t over yet for Nesbitt, wait and see what happens in the next three games, the next 3 will make or break, should be fun

ManUp...

October 21st, 2010
10:37 am

I feel this rivalry almost as much as the one with “the other in-state school.”

Go Jackets! Beat Clempsum!

Ramblin Man

October 21st, 2010
12:39 pm

We need 4 strong quarters. I have yet to understand why GT has come out flat in the first half three different times.