Tech linebackers making progress

Before practice this afternoon, a quick update on the linebackers.

Julian Burnett, who started the final eight games of last season and led the team in tackles, and Daniel Drummond, who was ineligible for most of last season, are working with the first team at inside linebacker. Drummond has moved to linebacker after playing B-back his first two years at Tech.

“Julian’s building upon what he learned last year and so in that respect, he’s playing even faster,” linebackers coach Joe Speed said. “He’s picking up his keys instantly.”

Given the learning curve associated with Al Groh’s defense, Drummond’s ascent to the first team is noteworthy.

“He’s willing to put in the time and the effort to put his nose in the playbook and learn what he needs to,” Speed said of Drummond.

Outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu figures to make more plays like this in the fall. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

Outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu figures to make more plays like this in the fall. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

An outside linebacker who has made considerable gains this spring is Jeremiah Attaochu, who played 12 games last year as a true freshman and had 3 sacks. You’ll remember Attaochu more or less followed Groh from Virginia to Tech. Groh recruited him to play outside linebacker in his 3-4 in Charlottesville, but convinced him to come to Tech after his dismissal at Virginia and subsequent hiring at Tech. Athletic with a 6-3, 223-pound frame, he has the ideal makeup for the position.

“The defense has looked as a whole. They’re very athletic, they all move very well, but I think Jerry’s stood out the most,” A-back Roddy Jones said. “He plays fast. He makes plays on the backside. He’s very physical at the point of attack. Just a very talented kid who loves playing football.”

134 comments Add your comment

Engineer

April 18th, 2011
1:40 pm

Nice picture.

Anybody remember the outcome of that game???

Who cares (the original)

April 18th, 2011
1:57 pm

2nd. That what we need out of LBs. Play makers

Go Jackets!!

juvenal

April 18th, 2011
1:59 pm

learning a new system takes time, let’s hope they have…….

George Stein

April 18th, 2011
2:04 pm

The good guys lost that one, Engineer.

If our defense goes from bad to just competent, we will win no fewer than nine games this year. The offense will, as usual, be very good.

reebok

April 18th, 2011
2:06 pm

this is depressing. a former B-back is good enough at linebacker to be practicing with the first team? awesome.

Engineer

April 18th, 2011
2:08 pm

The “good guys” have lost 9 of the last 10.

Ewwww

April 18th, 2011
2:08 pm

I would think, like Jeremiah “Bless You” Attaochu, there are a lot of Techies that like to “make plays on the backside”….

Engineer

April 18th, 2011
2:10 pm

How was the offense(sic) after Josh “Heisman” Nesbitt snapped his arm??

I believe it was 1-5, only beating Duke (the basketball school).

George Stein

April 18th, 2011
2:11 pm

I’m aware of that. You asked about the outcome of that game.

McPants

April 18th, 2011
2:12 pm

The good guys also have 4 national championships. East GA Community College over in athens only has 2.

Take your trolling somewhere else, “Engineer”.

THWG

George Stein

April 18th, 2011
2:12 pm

I’m pretty sure there are three portions of a team, Engineer. Why are you sic’ing offense? You have no idea what that means, do you?

George Stein

April 18th, 2011
2:14 pm

Also, do you find many teams performing at a high level when they lose their starting QB? Lord help UGA if that happens to y’all this year.

johnny5

April 18th, 2011
2:15 pm

Ugagers sure like to talk about homo erotic sexual activities a lot… must be some closet stuff going on in those frat houses in Athens.

Engineer

April 18th, 2011
2:17 pm

UGA is absolutely stacked at QB.

Tech has Tevin (1-4) Washington, a red shirt FR who has never seen the field, and an incoming true FR who will know NOTHING about the offense(sic).

I’ll take UGA in that debate.

DoddSquad

April 18th, 2011
2:17 pm

Reebok, you are a moron. Do you even keep up with GT football? If you have followed Daniel Drummond (which I have from his high school days) you would be very excited to see what he can do. Also, if you would go to the open scrimmages or practices, you would see a linebacker that is playing nasty. You want a LB that is hungry and fierce…I don’t care what he used to play.
By the way, UGA has a halfback, Richard Samuel, who was their #1 back between Knowshon and King/Ealey. Guess where he is playing now? Linebacker.
And he’s quite good. Why don’t you leave the negativity to places where it belongs….not here.

Engineer

April 18th, 2011
2:18 pm

And why do you nerds get so mad when somebody comes on your blog to trash talk, when you are ALL OVER every other blog on the ajc spewing your drivel??

RambleOn84

April 18th, 2011
2:20 pm

forty-two > thirty-four

uga is last in the sec

April 18th, 2011
2:20 pm

I see UGAG is still recruiting felons for football……even their recruits are being arrested…..

Wreckin' it

April 18th, 2011
2:21 pm

I am extremely pessimistic about this year.

I know, as well as MANY others that the proverbial “Hot Seat” will be hosting CPJ after this year.

DawginLex

April 18th, 2011
2:22 pm

Can’t believe I come over here now to talk to friendlier folks than on the UGA blogs!!!???

Too many swamp lizards over there trying to convince themselves that all is right in gator land.

I expect UGA and Tech to have much better defenses in 2011.

Y’all do realize that if either team gets about 3 more stops per game, both teams can win 10 games???

How about both at 10-1 when we play?

The blogs would explode.

Tech Grad

April 18th, 2011
2:24 pm

uga is last…..

Give it a rest man. I, as well as every other Tech student/alum/fan want to trash talk UGA for their recruits being arrested, but truth is, they were not ONLY UGA’s recruits. I am sure we had interest in them as well. One of the kids had several offers.

Bu making fun of UGA, who’s players were victims to a crime, makes us look desperate and classless. So give it up. You are hurting more than you are helping.

DawginLex

April 18th, 2011
2:26 pm

amen Tech grad. He had offers from everywhere.

Auburn hasn’t backed off though. :) :) :)

Go Jackets

April 18th, 2011
2:27 pm

DawginLex – playing each other at 10-1 would be great. We both sucked wind last year – apparently the dogs did less…. Hope for both to have a strong turn around this year with GT finally putting a dadgum game together against the dogs and not just once every 10years. Gets old.

@Engineer

April 18th, 2011
2:28 pm

A nickname of “Engineer” fits perfectly on a UGA fan…NOT!

Engineer

April 18th, 2011
2:28 pm

Go Jackets,

your frustration is what i live for.

9-1
61-39-5

George Stein

April 18th, 2011
2:39 pm

Seriously, you think a QB’s W-L record is an accurate reflection of his success? Do you also think RBI are a relevant metric?

Forgive me if I’m not scared of Hutson Mason. As for Lemay, he is a true freshman who knows NOTHING about the offense.

You still have no idea what sic means.

johnny5

April 18th, 2011
2:40 pm

Engineer, lust much… must suck to look in the mirror every morning.

GT Alum

April 18th, 2011
2:40 pm

George Stein – I’m still worried about what I’ve heard about the O-line. Hoping those guys can get the hang of things. On the offensive side, I’m not nearly as worried about who’s playing B-back and QB as I am having a solid line.

GTGreg

April 18th, 2011
2:43 pm

Keep it classy, Engineer(sic). BTW, the fries are burning.

I agree, if the defense can improve over last year’s “look lost half of the time” showing, then I think we can be in for a pretty good year.

Engineer

April 18th, 2011
2:44 pm

What is the difference in me despising your football program, and the countless Techies that get “To Hell with Georgia” tattoos yearly??

Why does me hating you make me “classless” when your obsession with “THWG” is glorified and romanticized throughout your VERY SMALL Techie community??

TO HELL WITH GEORGIA TECH

Techmaninathens

April 18th, 2011
2:44 pm

The mistake the UGA players made was using the honor code in their locker room. Too bad they didn’t recruit a player with honor. I heard that President Michael Adams addressed the UGA football team and said the next player arrested was not only off the team but out of school also. That’s a great step forward. Too bad the head coach didn’t have the kahunas to do it or all the hooligans would soon be gone and UGA can get a team back with pride.

George Stein

April 18th, 2011
2:48 pm

I don’t have any objection to you disliking Tech, Engineer. You just keep moving the goal posts.

Tech Grad

April 18th, 2011
2:48 pm

Again Techmaninathens,

Do you HONESTLY think UGA was the only school recruiting those kids?? Do you HONESTLY think Mark Richt can simply look at a kid and decide if things like this will happen??

You are trying to make it sound like UGA and Mark Richt simply turned their head for the good of football, but you are simply spinning a story to attack a rival. You are making us look desperate and classless.

PLEASE drop that story. It’s going nowhere, with ZERO potential for winners and losers. The more you spin it, the more we lose.

GTGreg

April 18th, 2011
2:49 pm

The difference, Engineer[sic], is that you’re cheering for the wrong team… you’re coming over on our blogs, inciting arguments, spouting off nonsense opinions, and expecting us to say something like “oh what a delightful fellow!”

George Stein

April 18th, 2011
2:49 pm

DawginLex, Always feel free to join the discussion. You’re always reasonable and we appreciate the opportunity to have a little good-natured fun and talk football with you.

Delusional

April 18th, 2011
2:50 pm

Uga will control and win the SEC, and Tech will control and win the ACC. Both will be the #1 and #2 teams in the nation respectively, and face off in the big bowl. That is all.

*hey, a unicorn!*

Athens Police

April 18th, 2011
2:55 pm

I wouldn’t be so quick to call Reebok or anyone else a troll or moron. Anyone who has followed either of these teams for the last 3 years would have nothing to be excited about, unless they were rooming with “Delusional”.

Athens Police

April 18th, 2011
2:58 pm

Friendly and FOOTBALL don’t belong in the same sentence. Grow a pair, that goes for everyone.

706 > 404

April 18th, 2011
3:00 pm

Rumor has it, Tech is expecting the “T-Day” (is that what it’s called?) game attendance to reach the HUNDREDS!!!!!

Brock

April 18th, 2011
3:01 pm

Why does me hating you make me “classless” when your obsession with “THWG” is glorified and romanticized throughout your VERY SMALL Techie community??

maybe you should try posting that question when you’re on a UGA blog.
Obsession loses it’s luster

Engineer

April 18th, 2011
3:04 pm

Busting a rival’s chops on a message board come far from equating to “obsession”

Putting a flag on a VERY ugly car that read “To Hell with Georgia”, which Techies scream out unknowingly as a rally cry for their own team’s success….. well, that without a doubt equates to “obsession”

Imagine how “classless” UGA would be considered if they decided to fly a “To Hell with Georgia Tech” flag from Uga’s dog house??

Dick Dawg

April 18th, 2011
3:06 pm

Y’all techies are jealous cuz our boys are better thiefs than yours are. I don’t know if y’alls knows this but some of our thief recruits got caught steelin stuff over there at that BM building. We broughts thems recruits in for a stealin class and they got caught. they will never pass on to publix drunkenness if they can’t steal.

POTD!!!! figger it out.

Brock

April 18th, 2011
3:08 pm

busting chops is a stretch.you’re a troll at best.

Tech Grad

April 18th, 2011
3:09 pm

Dick Dawg,

You are obviously an extremely young, ignorant Tech RAT.

You trying to bust on UGA players being victims to a crime is hurting us. Enough. On a day we should just keep our mouths shut, we are successfully looking classless and inconsiderate.

I am NOT proud to have you aboard at Tech.

Engineer

April 18th, 2011
3:10 pm

If trash talking on a message board makes me a “troll”, then I will gladly reside under the bridge and bust your chops every time you try to cross.

TO HELL WITH GEORGIA TECH!!!!

9-1
61-39-5

Brock

April 18th, 2011
3:13 pm

yeah yeah, you’re nothing new on the boards. Dime a dozen I’ve seen. somebody should by you for what you’re worth and sell you for what you thing you’re worth. they’d make a killin

Brock

April 18th, 2011
3:13 pm

Brock

April 18th, 2011
3:14 pm

Dick Dawg

April 18th, 2011
3:16 pm

Grad

You are sad and pathetic. Get a sense of humor.

George Stein

April 18th, 2011
3:17 pm

Tech’s frustration is what you live for, Engineer? Seriously? May be you should get a wife, have kids, make friends, etc.