Georgia Tech defensive line coach Andy McCollum likes what he sees from his group.
Talking after Saturday’s practice, McCollum said that he can see improvement in defensive ends Izaan Cross and Jason Peters and nose tackle Logan Walls, all of whom started last year, the Yellow Jackets’ first in Al Groh’s 3-4 scheme.
The group goes nine deep with the addition of Chris Crenshaw. McCollum said he’s already seen flashes of good things from him.
There are still persistent issues the group must work on, according to McCollum: pad level and physicalness being the first two he named
He pointed out that defensive end Emmanuel Dieke got in a few games last year, mostly in pass-rushing situations. T.J. Barnes also got a lot of playing time at nose tackle. McCollum said Barnes has improved his conditioning and his toughness.
Perhaps the player everyone wants to know the most about is redshirt freshman Shawn Green, who was expected to challenge Walls and Barnes at nose tackle. McCollum said Green is still working on his conditioning.
“If he ever gets in shape he’ll have a chance to help us,” McCollum said. He said his footwork and technique are good.
– Doug Roberson, AJC