Tech’s line wary of Houston

The Yellow Jackets have had problems pass-blocking this season, so much so that Paul Johnson said if you’re going to drop back at Tech, you’d better do it quickly because the other team is coming in a hurry.

Here comes Justin Houston.

Houston, an outside linebacker for Georgia, has 10 sacks this season and was recently named a finalist for the Butkus Award, given to college football’s top linebacker.

“He’s explosive. He’s absolutely explosive off the ball,” Tech left tackle Nick Claytor said. “It’s not even moves, he’s just beating you. It’s going to be a test for the whole offensive line to contain him. He’s not huge, but really really fast and agile.”

Even though Tech seldom passes (12.6 attempts per game), it is allowing 1.36 sacks per game. Johnson attributed some of the issues to Tech having to use six different combinations of starters on the line because of injuries and a lack of production and experience. Tech features two redshirt sophomores and three redshirt freshmen in its two-deep rotation.

“At times they’ve played well and at times it’s been a struggle,” Johnson said.

Just because Houston won’t get many chances to get after Tevin Washington, it doesn’t mean he can’t disrupt the option.

“Some of the linemen, if they didn’t move their feet quick enough they were beat,” Claytor said. “Some of them didn’t have a chance even if they had good technique because he just beat them off the edge.”

32 comments Add your comment

JACKETS

November 25th, 2010
3:01 pm

HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM, but being FIRST help

JACKETS

November 25th, 2010
3:02 pm

destin dawg

November 25th, 2010
4:08 pm

UGA Bull Dawgs… bad season.. very slow start….close losses… but going uphill… lets salvage what we can… BEAT TECH…. play physical… RUN the ball… roll out pass to TE’s.. RUN the ball some more… pass long to AJ.. and Durham.. when they come up to stop the RUN…. BEAT TECH… then win a Bowl game.. going up hill for a better 2011…. Go Dawgs !!! Beat Tech !!!!

old hooker

November 25th, 2010
4:32 pm

Destin, shouldn’t you be fishing? But it’s OK for dogs to dream about bowls…food bowls.

dawg beater

November 25th, 2010
5:17 pm

These teams are so bad that it’s more a matter of who beats themselves first. I say the first turnover goes a loing way tiward deciding which way the ball bounces and whose game it is. Here’s tio the. Ball bouncing the jackets way.

dawgfan

November 25th, 2010
6:21 pm

Classic Techie mentality. Thinks its all about the ball bouncing their way. Keep thinking that Techie and we’ll keep racking up the W’s.

dawg beater

November 25th, 2010
8:38 pm

Typical dawgfan, talking trash. At least I’m honest, I know we suck this year. You’re sub 500 in a down year for the SEC and you’re spouting off like this is a gimme. Both D’s are terrible and could go either way. It will be sweet to send you home a loser with no bowl. Hope you’re prepared for that!

JACKETS

November 25th, 2010
9:44 pm

dawgfan

November 25th, 2010
11:11 pm

8 wins outta 9=GIMMEE. Do the math nerd.

Our D is far from great, but not terrible. Every year Techies see elite teams like Auburn do things to us and then convince themselves that their piece of crap team can do the same. EVERY YEAR you idiots fall for this trap. I swear you are the most gullible bag of ignorant rocks in all of sports. It is hilarious.

The difficulty level of this game ranks right up there with Vandy and Tennessee for us. I’m not spouting off at the mouth. I’m just being HONEST nerd. Don’t cry.

Paul in RDU

November 25th, 2010
11:24 pm

Congratulations to Houston on being a finalist for the Butkus award. I’ve not seen him in action so I don’t know how well he has played this year. I do know that there is one glaring miss on the finalists. The voters missed on the best LB in the ACC – there is no way that Bruce Carter and Luke Kuechly are better than or are having a better year than Nate Irving.

Walker

November 26th, 2010
12:09 am

Hey JACKET- Way to Link a youtube video of a GAME YOU LOST!!!! NERD!!!!

Alton Brown

November 26th, 2010
12:43 am

I graduated from UGA. I take offense to all of these “nerd” comments.

superDawg

November 26th, 2010
1:45 am

alton well said thats why I am here,TUCK FECH!What are ya’ll nerds going to do sunday look forward to basketball.

superDawg

November 26th, 2010
1:47 am

GEORGIA ———– ———– BULLDAWGS!

superDawg

November 26th, 2010
1:48 am

juvenal

November 26th, 2010
5:35 am

i actually know nerds that went to uga……but, then, a lot of daug fans were lucky to finish HS…..

bob horner

November 26th, 2010
8:15 am

Alton, I am happy you graduated for uga. If I see you at the game , would you see to it that we get more peanuts this year. You did a terrible job two years ago when we whipped your ass.

ylo jkt

November 26th, 2010
8:45 am

Go Jackets! THWG!

Sammy Dawg

November 26th, 2010
9:29 am

This is a gimmie! 52-14. tech has no chance in the world to put any pressure on Murray, tech’s special teams are possibly the worst in the country and your offense will never get past our big physical defense. Sounds like last year but worse techies.

GTfanfrom1951

November 26th, 2010
9:49 am

Sammy Dawg
What big physical defense? I thought we were playing UGA not Bama.

Spike

November 26th, 2010
9:49 am

When will Tech fans stop talking about a game they won two years ago?

Old Gold Britches

November 26th, 2010
10:17 am

Spike…………..maybe just maybe when you mutts stop drooling about the last ten years.
THWG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Spike

November 26th, 2010
10:24 am

OldGold.. Good one. You really got me there. Wow, what insight.

Gt4ever

November 26th, 2010
10:30 am

Complete blow out….. This coach has done nothing but take our team to a new level…..

GTMD75

November 26th, 2010
10:32 am

When will UGA fans stop talking about a game they won last year?

Old Gold Britches

November 26th, 2010
10:43 am

Spike ……………you obviously could use some insight while you are on break at Wendy’s…………here is a little more ..BEWARE OF THE JACKETS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sammy Dawg

November 26th, 2010
10:53 am

GTfanfrom1951, I apologize, let me clarify. The biggest, most physical defense techies have had to play against all year. This will include the bowl game you will attempt to win for the first time in your last 6 trips. Maybe if you play in a low enough bowl you might win one. Worked for us last year. However tech has a poor record traveling to palces like Boise and where ever the Silicon bowl is played.

Spike

November 26th, 2010
11:44 am

OldGoldBrithches.. Ohhhh, you really are witty… break at Wendys… oh, man….. Now I’m really scared of the jackets after that post..

when you can win on the field

November 27th, 2010
10:03 am

Change the subject…. that is what all tek fans are taught from birth…. talk about academics, who makes more money (which is a joke) red necks, Jan Kemp, National Championships from WW1. Look at the record nerds…. it says everything about what happens on the field…. there is no cure for nerdy

IDJacket

November 27th, 2010
10:21 am

And when you can’t win on the field, or anywhere else, I guess you take out your frustration by hanging out on some other team’s blog.

yellowjackets123

November 27th, 2010
1:06 pm

actually Walker, we beat 13th ranked Clemson 13-3 not an impressive score but we still won.

CC

November 27th, 2010
11:49 pm

9 out of 10. Retire Blair’s number!!!