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.”