McCollum likes what he’s seeing from Tech’s defensive line

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

122 comments Add your comment

buzzinjacket

April 4th, 2011
6:56 pm

thanks Doug. Go Jackets

2BT

April 4th, 2011
6:57 pm

time to get after opposing QB’s once again!

JJ

April 4th, 2011
6:58 pm

JJ

April 4th, 2011
6:59 pm

Steve

April 4th, 2011
7:10 pm

Defense wins championships, and Tech doesn’t have one. Better hope to outscore people like you did 2 years ago. And this coming from a Tech season ticket holder btw

GT69

April 4th, 2011
7:11 pm

Not encouraging to hear that Green has had a redshirt year to get in condition and his coach is not impressed with his progress. What’s he waiting for?

TECH90

April 4th, 2011
7:14 pm

If the defense comes together this year “WATCH OUT”, here we come!!!

Worm

April 4th, 2011
7:23 pm

After what he left at NC State, anything looks better..Tech’s OL will be weak.

Kent

April 4th, 2011
7:23 pm

What happened to JC Lanier? Did he fail out or something? I haven’t heard about him in forever

oldngold

April 4th, 2011
7:35 pm

JC Lanier was moved to O line.

Who Cares

April 4th, 2011
7:43 pm

This guy is worse than UGA’s d.l. coach and that is saying something. This line is pathetic, and just because it goes 9 deep doesn’t really mean anything. These same 9 players couldn’t make a play a last year, and just because they have a year of experience doesn’t mean much. If the only player that Tech fans were excited about seeing this year is this Green guy, then that tells you how bad this line is.This guy is out of shape, and he isn’t very talented to go along with him being out of shape. Tech will survive with line in the ACC, but if they ever play a team with a talented o.l. they will get killed. Sooner or later, tech fans and their arrogant coach will realize that you win with defense, and you win with talented players. Until Johnson and his staff can learn how to recuit blue chip talent on the defensive line, Tech will remain at the bottom of the ACC in defense.

Who Cares what you think

April 4th, 2011
8:03 pm

Get back to work. There’s tables to be bussed.

gt4ever

April 4th, 2011
8:08 pm

Get in SHAPE…. Coach, are you kidding!

gt4ever

April 4th, 2011
8:11 pm

I have heard it all…. A player that has been in this coaches system for how long, and he is NOT in shape…. Where is Ramble84 with this assesment? I’m sure he can see something positive out of this comment…. Hillarious!

George Stein

April 4th, 2011
8:21 pm

The defense won’t need to be great. They just need to be able to get 3 or 4 stops a game and we’ll win almost every time.

George Stein

April 4th, 2011
8:23 pm

Yeah, it’s not like a team that won a national championship won a conference game 65-43 in the SEC or anything, Who Cares.

juvenal

April 4th, 2011
8:37 pm

thanx 4 the post, Doug-thot u were hung up on FoxSoccer/Bayern-Muenchen lost a herz-breaker to inter……..

juvenal

April 4th, 2011
8:38 pm

W.C.-talented players are on the take, & we are not paying!

GT hulk

April 4th, 2011
8:39 pm

Three guys on the front line—cant be all that impressed. Do we have someone that can ” fair-catch ” a punt????

for real

April 4th, 2011
8:43 pm

techs sked is a joke

for fake

April 4th, 2011
8:48 pm

uga’s sked is a joke

For Real's Mother

April 4th, 2011
8:55 pm

my son wets the bed

RambleOn84

April 4th, 2011
9:22 pm

Thanks for thinking about me, “gt4ever,” but I did renew that restraining order against you.

Cross showed some good flashes last year, and Peters has been solid for a while now.

Nose is my biggest concern in this group. Walls has the heart, but not the size.

Barnes has the size, but he is lacking some combination of heart/technique/conditioning.

Disappointed that Green apparently isn’t in good shape after redshirting, but McCollum could just be extra hard on him because he thinks the kid has the “it” factor.

Really?

April 4th, 2011
9:57 pm

Who Cares,

You have managed to lose WITH talent, what’s more embarrassing, not having talent and losing or or having talent and still losing. Go troll around with your 5 star recruits and enjoy them before they join the other failed top 5 recruiting classes.

Robert

April 4th, 2011
10:18 pm

Steve, I am a season ticket holder too, but I am no coach . And neither are you! Your opinion means nothing.

ManUp...

April 4th, 2011
11:10 pm

Nothing new. Every program “needs” a D-line with huge dudes who also happen to have a high motor. But that’s like saying every quarterback needs to be the fastest runner, the smartest and most accurate passer, and a leader. Sure we’d all love that, but most teams who win do so as teams. All the eggs are not in the Shawn Green basket, so if he never gets in shape fine. The defense can learn the scheme, get tough and play as a team. And what the linemen can’t handle the rest of the defense ought to plan on handling. It is possible to win big without superhuman talent. (Oregon, Boise State, Nevada, TCU, on and on…). Maybe it takes a special leader to get the BCS NC, but we could definitely have a great defense without the world’s largest, strongest and meanest nose tackle. Tougher? Sure. Impossible? No. Ask anyone else running a 3-4.

BYRDDAWG

April 4th, 2011
11:13 pm

Really ?? That 5 star talent has only lost to your bunch once under CMR!!! Go ponder that…..

gtfanfrom1951

April 4th, 2011
11:34 pm

Maybe we should leave the coaching to those who get paid to do it. The Defense should be better after one year in the system. With the ball control offense other offenses should press and that will make them make mistakes. 9 win season coming up!

BigTimeTECHFan

April 4th, 2011
11:34 pm

Green has a long way to go, last year he looked like a walk on / scout team player at the spring game. I’m not sure he even hit the field in the spring game. I think i see what McCollum is taking about

michael

April 5th, 2011
1:15 am

not in shape and the kids want their cake and eat it too.

Tokyo jacket

April 5th, 2011
1:50 am

Glad to hear that the starters are making plays in the spring. Hopefully, they’ve put a little weight on too; I know Cross has. I’m not worried about players or scheme. This will be a serviceable unit this year for sure. Look for the D to keep us in games and the offense to win them.

Coach Grohbo

April 5th, 2011
1:52 am

I will give our coaches this: They tell it like it is. It’s not the flowery BS you hear from Athens.

C’mon Green, let’s earn it!

Hey Bigtime

April 5th, 2011
4:01 am

Shawn Green is a redshirt freshman. He wasn’t even on the team last spring. You’ve never seen the kid play, you’re not a Tech fan. Shut up.
As for the DL,
Green needs to give us 10-20 snaps a game this season. TJ and Logan can handle most of the duties. D tackles don’t come out of high school ready for the big time. Let these guys get some snaps under their belt before you come them busts. Crenshaw looks like he can rotate in with Cross and Peters.

ToeMeetsLeather

April 5th, 2011
6:40 am

It is amazing to me how many leg humpers come on the TECH blog, get a life guys(gals?). You could probably use your time more wisely stocking up on UGA gear at Walmart, I understand they are running a special on car flags this week.

The D Line is important, but the linebackers that Johnson and Groh have been stocking up for the last two years will probably make or break the defense this year. The strongest unit will be the defensive backs, best backfield we have had in years if they stay healthy.

GT

April 5th, 2011
7:26 am

Virginia seemed to find defensive lineman under Al Groh. A few first round draft choices if I remember right. There are two places in America that usually get it right when it comes to college football. One is Las Vegas, the other is the NFL draft. Free enterprise is a great thing, this country should try more of it.

reebok

April 5th, 2011
8:00 am

‘If he ever gets in shape?’ That’s pitiful. I’m worried Tech is going to lack size & toughbness, and will get shoved all over the field again this year.

NorthAvenueRules

April 5th, 2011
8:07 am

It looks like the D will improve this year. I’m worried about the other side of the ball. If we don’t get the passing game going, we are in serious trouble. There’s no way the Duke and AirForce games should have been ’sqeakers’ last year with Wasington at the helm.

BigTimeTECHFan

April 5th, 2011
8:16 am

Shawn Green is a redshirt freshman. He wasn’t even on the team last spring. You’ve never seen the kid play, you’re not a Tech fan. Shut up.
As for the DL,

Actual – I saw him play for Grayson many times
Correction, was not spring game, but team scrimmage open to public last year a couple weeks before the season started.

Tech75

April 5th, 2011
8:34 am

It could be that this redshirt kid was always known to be a “project”.

I don’t want to get too down on the kid, but this is not a good sign; I’m sure the coaches let him know what was expected.

Who cares (the original)

April 5th, 2011
8:41 am

The defense has to be better than last year.

Go Jackets!!

Jan Kemp's Advisor

April 5th, 2011
8:52 am

iGNORANCE IS RUNNING RAMPAMT AND RABID ON THIS VENT. i HAVE ADVISED.

football_365

April 5th, 2011
9:51 am

There is no excuse for a guy to have been in the system for a year without being injured and is out of shape during spring practice. I dont know how many people on this blog have played college football but you should know the winter cond. Program starts around the second week of jan. If he was not hurt its no excuse for him not to be in shape. That is not a good sign.

blazer

April 5th, 2011
9:57 am

Hope E. Cummings is in that group of nine?????

ATLER Ramblin Wreck

April 5th, 2011
10:02 am

@BYRDDAWG

Really ?? That 5 star talent has only lost to your bunch once under CMR!!! Go ponder that…..

You mutts kill me with measuring your success only by beating us with the wave of 5 star recruits ugag getevery year. We continue to get the good student athletes and still have a pretty good season minus last year. Don’t forget that you pups barely beat us the last few years also. FYI Butler University are the real Bulldogs!!!!!!!!!

Toofunny

April 5th, 2011
10:28 am

I think everyone should wait and see what Green can do and what he will do during the Spring Game. I think Coach McCollum has high expectations for Green to come in and do what Walls & Barnes are not able to do and that is hold the line and demand a double team. I don’t know what games you all saw last year – but if my memory serves me correctly, Barnes & Walls were both ridiciously out of shape and neither did well at that position. Green doesn’t concern me, however the coaching staff does!

collegeballfan

April 5th, 2011
10:57 am

“If he ever gets in shape…”

Ominous words.

GT45

April 5th, 2011
11:52 am

I can tell you one thing Keith Brooking was never out of shape.

dawgforever

April 5th, 2011
11:55 am

go dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we still run this state and always will u might want to try and get a team not full of nerds!!!!!!!!!!!

Coach (sic) Marcht Richt

April 5th, 2011
2:17 pm

Hey byrdhumper,

you may have won the games but your teams didn’t ‘beat’ anybody…we ran your crappy defense up and down the field every one of those games – we even LET your offense score a td, and they jumped around like they had really done something. can’t help it if our D played worse than yours. things will change…for us, not you.

Stinger 2

April 5th, 2011
2:31 pm

Why would any coach say “if he ever gets in shape”? Sounds
like the coach himself is the problem.