Tech’s d-line had how many tackles last week?

Georgia Tech’s defensive linemen combined for 0 tackles in last week’s 30-20 win against Duke. Only Logan Walls was credited with an assist (2).

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Tech coach Paul Johnson said that because of the 3-4 scheme the three linemen are rarely going to have a lot of tackles. He didn’t seem dissatisfied with the play of Izaan Cross, Jason Peters, Walls, T.J. Barnes, Robert Hall and Ben Anderson, saying, “I don’t know that they played particularly bad or particularly well.”

But he did say, “they could have more than one assist.”

He said the lack of stats is a reflection of the scheme, which asks the linemen to take on as many blockers as possible so that the linebackers are free to make plays, and the players not sometimes not beating the man in front of them.

Georgia also runs the 3-4 defense. Two of its consistent starters on the defensive line, end Demarcus Dobbs and nose tackle DeAngelo Tyson, have combined for 13 tackles and 26 assists this season. Compare that to ends Cross and Peters, who have 37 tackles and 35 assists.

Johnson also said noted that many of those guys are subbed out on third down in passing situations, which limits their chances.

Defensive coordinator Al Groh said there were 25 plays in which the line had a chance to make a tackle (68 total plays minus the 43 passing plays). Of those, middle linebackers Julian Burnett and Brad Jefferson combined for 20 tackles, which is a sign that the line was doing what it’s supposed to do.

“I don’t care who tackles them, as long as they tackle them,” Groh said.

44 comments Add your comment

bugsquacher

November 23rd, 2010
1:17 pm

first…… GO dAWGS

Dawg House

November 23rd, 2010
1:21 pm

To Hell with Georgia Tech!!!!

bugsquacher

November 23rd, 2010
1:22 pm

TECH YOU ARE GOING DOWN AGAIN….. ARE YOU ENJOYING THE VIEW FROM DOWN THERE? HAHAHAHAHAHAH

bugsquacher

November 23rd, 2010
1:23 pm

st simon,,,,, you are an idiot

AtWork

November 23rd, 2010
1:26 pm

Doug, What worries me about the stat is that they should have at least one or two tackles between them. Duke did run the ball between the tackles which should allow for the D Lineman to shed their blocker(s) and make a play. I have TJ do this once at UNC. It should happen more often. They are not doubling the Dlineman every play…not all of them. Would like to see someone get mean on the D line and make the other Oline HAVE to Double the nose or the end.

Go Jackets!

AtWork

November 23rd, 2010
1:26 pm

buqsquacher's slimy uncle

November 23rd, 2010
1:30 pm

Boy,
You know you like it when I touch you there.

We Hit and Run This State

November 23rd, 2010
1:31 pm

Figures the ugag fans are already trolling our blogs. Classy. Get back to taking out the trash.

THWG

collegeballfan

November 23rd, 2010
1:37 pm

Someone, anyone, please explain to me how a team with recruiting classes rated in the low 40’s can expect to beat a team with recruiting classes in the top 10?

And while you are at it, please explain to me how a team with all top 10 recruiting classes can have a record of 5 wins and 6 losses going into their last game?

The answer to the firsst question is obviously “No Way”.

The second question will probably not get an answer.

juvenal

November 23rd, 2010
1:39 pm

scheme in the sense of secret?

Doug Roberson

November 23rd, 2010
1:39 pm

Because recruiting class rankings are a mostly silly stat that have very little bearing on what happens in a game.

By that logic, the team with the No. 1 recruiting class every year would never lose a game. What about FSU with all of its recruiting classes in recent years?

Erin Huffy

November 23rd, 2010
1:40 pm

Can you say Colorado?

buqsquacher's brother

November 23rd, 2010
1:49 pm

so all the comments from bugsquachers relatives get deleted except for the one from his slimy uncle? for a about 30 seconds this blog was funny as he…ll

Too Easy

November 23rd, 2010
1:50 pm

Remember that, even if you’re in the top ten in national recruiting rankings, you can still be no better than sixth in the SEC.

buqsquacher's doctor

November 23rd, 2010
1:51 pm

I guess Doug likes bugsquacher

wesleywhatwhat

November 23rd, 2010
1:55 pm

man, these dawgs fans have noting else to do but post on georgia tech’s blog huh?

i’ll take that as a compliment to my alma mater.

GT12

November 23rd, 2010
2:23 pm

Whoever said Duke ran between the tackles must not have been watching the same game I was.

When Duke ran, it was primarily speed sweeps, which means they ran the ball to the perimeter. That means it was usually up to an OLB or a DB to make the tackle. That, combined with the amount of passing Duke was doing, explains why the DL didn’t do much. Although I agree with coach that they could have done better.

ManUp...

November 23rd, 2010
2:45 pm

juvenal

November 23rd, 2010
2:46 pm

because if we have a defensive scheme, it sure looks like a secret to me………..

Did I read somewhere this week...

November 23rd, 2010
2:49 pm

…that UGA had ANOTHER Rhodes Scholar selected for this year? So, the question is, did Tech have one amongst their bright scholars and much better academics than the “dawgpiles” in Athens?

We Dawgs will go back the trash bins now…

RambleOn84

November 23rd, 2010
2:50 pm

UGA has some very smart students…there just aren’t any on the football team.

Tech, on the other hand, has a starting OFFENSIVE LINEMAN who will soon be working for NASA.

There’s the difference.

RambleOn84

November 23rd, 2010
2:51 pm

94% of the football players at UGA are “special admits,” compared to 9% at Tech.

collegeballfan

November 23rd, 2010
2:56 pm

Doug. I completely agree that it is a “silly stat” based on the opinions of those with agendas to fill. But it is what we have settled on to judge the ability of high school players.

And maybe that should be emphasized more: the star rating system is judging high school players. It has nothing to do with college players.

Ya think?

Burdell

November 23rd, 2010
3:02 pm

collegeballfan—

There are many answers to your first question…among them are coaching, desire, conditioning and heart to name a few.

gt45

November 23rd, 2010
3:19 pm

I like it when gagger fans talk about the relativity of their recrutitng classes in the SEC. So how do you lose to the Kentuckies, Colorados, Vanderbilts, and Miss States all these years? I guess kids in Athens can’t be coached up-like they are at other schools? I wouldn’t accept that as an answer! I would love to see how the great drunk red neckers react if Tech jumps out to a quick and early lead.

RambleOn84

November 23rd, 2010
3:30 pm

Additionally, let it be noted that Rhodes scholars are almost all liberal arts majors…the best students at Tech go to Tech for science and engineering, obviously. Thus, the lack of Rhodes scholars…

Too Easy

November 23rd, 2010
3:39 pm

The best students at Georgia go to Georgia for things other than engineering. And, thus, Ramble84, any comparison of un-like student bodies on a SPORTS blog is and always has been stupid. But it may be that it’s all you got.

JM

November 23rd, 2010
3:57 pm

Doug, GT isn’t the only team that runs a 3-4. several college and pro teams do too. what sort of stats do the other teams d-line show?

Dan Hawkins Just Hired

November 23rd, 2010
4:03 pm

I will be calling all plays this week instead of Turkey Neck. I know I can beat UFAG.

bugsquacher

November 23rd, 2010
4:03 pm

miss me,,,,,,, remember this? hahahahahahahhaha

the Dogs’ 2009 upset win over the No. 7 ranked Jackets.

bugsquacher

November 23rd, 2010
4:04 pm

enough said……

RambleOn84

November 23rd, 2010
4:07 pm

I wasn’t the one who brought up academics, “Too Easy.”

I just set the record straight.

RambleOn84

November 23rd, 2010
4:08 pm

And as usual, UGA fans show their obsession with Tech football.

Thank you for thinking about us…

just asking

November 23rd, 2010
4:25 pm

so Doug, why is it that a team that can tackle like UGA and full of 4-5 stars only could produce 5 wins? And two of those were over sisters of the poor? What good is it to have players that can tackle if you finish in the bottom of the conference?

wes

November 23rd, 2010
4:44 pm

It’ll be even more funny next year when UGA has to play without Justin Houston, AJ Green, and oh yeah…their Senior Class of offensive linemen.

Think y’all can match this year’s performance next season, mutts? Enjoy it!!

Brock

November 23rd, 2010
4:47 pm

I’m pretty sure Grantham has never faced the TO or a big option based offense in his tenure as a NFL coach with his 3-4 D. Also, Tech’s TO offense has practiced against the 3-4D all year.

Does this give Tech a slight advantage?

Brock

November 23rd, 2010
4:50 pm

Doesn’t Virginia run a 3-4D? I remember Tech doin pretty well against that. Although I’m sure VA doesn’t have the talent GA has.

Doug Roberson

November 23rd, 2010
4:54 pm

JM: good question. I’ve added that to the blog.

gt84

November 23rd, 2010
6:00 pm

i dont car how talented ga is, if gt executes its offense they have a great chance to win , bc ga defense is not that good, so it will be a shootout if we can get maybe 1-2 turnovers and we execute our offense good we will win,

gt surprises everyone with their best game of the year gt wins 35-28

wesleywhatwhat

November 23rd, 2010
8:07 pm

actually brock, i’m pretty sure virginia’s new coach switched to a 4-3 defense.

GO JACKETS

November 23rd, 2010
10:27 pm

link to CPJ’s press conference

http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/#

jabster

November 23rd, 2010
10:58 pm

We talk academics because that is THE reason why we can’t recruit as well as you. It’s not rocket science. If you weren’t such a dumbazz yourself it would be obvious to you.

Gtfan11

November 24th, 2010
11:15 am

@ RambleOn84 – 94% of the football players at UGA are “special admits,” compared to 9% at Tech.

Is this a fact or an estimation? I’d like to see the verification of this. As a Tech fan this is powerful info if it can be backed up and would also explain alot of the arrests and general lack of morality in thier football program.

wesleywhatwhat

November 24th, 2010
3:40 pm

gtfan11, that is a fact.

the link was posted on one of these articles a few weeks ago. didn’t save it but it was a newspaper article about the schools which had responded to their requests about special admits. not every school did reply but the disparity in special admits among those who did reply was astounding.