Georgia Tech’s defense had its problems in 2010’s 6-7 season.
When reviewing its play, coach Paul Johnson said two things stood out: It didn’t create turnovers. It didn’t get to the quarterback. (Of course, it also didn’t stop the run).
The defense allowed 25.2 points and 371.6 yards per game. Those are both increases compared to the previous season, results which resulted in Johnson firing coordinator Dave Wommack and hiring Al Groh.
The team had eight interceptions in 365 attempts. It recovered 13 fumbles to rank tied for 86th in the FBS in turnover margin (-.46). Keep in mind that six of those turnovers happened in the game against Middle Tennessee State.
As Johnson said, that’s not good.
They couldn’t create turnovers because they couldn’t get to the quarterback. The Jackets had 17 sacks, or 1.31 per game, tied for 101st.
The team will lose its second-leading tackler and sacker, inside linebacker Brad Jefferson. It will also lose starting outside linebacker Anthony Egbuniwe, as well as three starters in the secondary.
The unit had no one named to the All-ACC squad, and only one of the seniors, Mario Butler, was invited to the NFL combine.
The good news is that several younger players showed a lot of potential: linebackers Julian Burnett and Jeremiah Attaochu, cornerbacks Rod Sweeting and Louis Young, defensive end Izaan Cross, to name a few. There are also several promising freshmen who redshirted: Ryan Ayers, Shawn Green, Denzel McCoy and Quayshawn Nealy.
– Doug Roberson, AJC