Jeremiah Attaochu developing by ‘leaps and bounds’

Greetings, all-

This is a little later than I’d anticipated, but I’m working on a story for Wednesday about outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu and wanted to give you a little preview.

1. He’s arguably the most improved player on the defense this spring, which is saying something, considering the defense as a whole has improved considerably from the fall.

Said defensive end Jason Peters, “He’s made leaps and bounds. He’s going to be an important part of our defense next year. With his athleticism and tenaciousness to the ball, we’re going to need him.”

2. He would agree, at least about the improvement. Overall, compared to the fall, I feel like the mental part of the game is there and then I’m better through the offseason program.” He has put on about 13 pounds since the end of the season, up to 238 pounds.

3. He was born in Nigeria in 1993 and his father moved to the U.S. in 1997 to get a job and bring his family over, which he did in 2001. Attaochu’s father Paul went to school at night and worked in a church during the day to get a ministry degree, and then after his family joined him in the States he went to school during the day and worked a full-time job at night at Home Depot to become a nurse. He still works two jobs, as a pastor and as a nurse. Jeremiah has tried to explain football to his dad without success.

“Several times,” Paul said. “I don’t understand it at all.”

33 comments Add your comment

Tastes like chicken

April 19th, 2011
3:24 pm

The Bees Nees

April 19th, 2011
3:50 pm

Cannot wait to hear more.

juvenal

April 19th, 2011
3:51 pm

looking forward to Sat.-weather should be good…..

Buzzzed

April 19th, 2011
3:55 pm

Hopefully this D will have some teeth this season.

BYRDDAWG

April 19th, 2011
4:04 pm

It will be VERY interesting to see how the D does this yr with mostly CPJ ’s own recruits…just sayin

I sue engineers for a living

April 19th, 2011
4:10 pm

Delbert D.

April 19th, 2011
4:15 pm

Good start, Ken.

T3

April 19th, 2011
4:16 pm

GT is going to surprise in 2011 with a very stingy Defense.

NorthAvenueRules

April 19th, 2011
4:21 pm

Can’t wait to see Attaochu play in the spring T-game!

GTdude

April 19th, 2011
4:33 pm

Just love it how uga fans come here and trash talk

GT Anchorage

April 19th, 2011
4:36 pm

Sounds like the defense is getting things together. Not sure how much we will be able to tell until the opening game, but this Sat should give us a good indication how hungry the defense is.

Ozzy

April 19th, 2011
5:11 pm

@ I sue engineers…

Yeah, it’s not really worth it to bring a law suit against a fast food worker, pizza delivery boy, social worker or teacher from UGA. I guess that’s why you sue engineers.

gt4ever

April 19th, 2011
5:26 pm

T3,,,,, very funny, I HOPE your right….. There just isn’t any reason to come to those conclusions…. If we have a defense, then we can be competitive in the ACC…

GT GRAD

April 19th, 2011
5:58 pm

Great news about the improvements on the defensive side of the ball.

Not Disappointed

April 19th, 2011
6:08 pm

saban

April 19th, 2011
6:12 pm

Is Crowell in jail yet?

Let's go!

April 19th, 2011
6:40 pm

I want to see some blitzing this year and sacking. Especially end of November ;)

yella fella

April 19th, 2011
6:44 pm

does he have dreadlocks ??

yella fella

April 19th, 2011
6:46 pm

nobody on here ??? like Saban.. they’re all worried about the Dawgs !!!

Paddy

April 19th, 2011
6:48 pm

saban…….you must be 10 yrs old?

George Stein

April 19th, 2011
7:15 pm

I expect the defense will be improved, not that it says much when compared to its performance last year.

The linebackers should be very good. I am a bit concerned about NT but would love to see TJ Barnes put it together and become a force in the middle. The secondary is young but should be ok too.

As long as the defense is competent, we’ll be pretty good next year.

Crimestopper

April 19th, 2011
7:22 pm

back to the fryer…I mean unemployment line yella fella.

Tech Fan

April 19th, 2011
7:31 pm

I am hoping to get that linebacker tradition back here at Tech…great news!!

GT fan...

April 19th, 2011
7:41 pm

Al Groh will build a good D at GT … just hope he stays around for a good long time!

Go check out his 9 seasons at UVA … he had some VERY impressive players on the D side of the ball. And it appears that JA could be his 1st for the Jackets….

Greg

April 19th, 2011
7:45 pm

How important is this Attaochu story? Well, how important is the LB position in the Tech defense? Nuff said. Can’t wait to see him this year.

Stumpknocker

April 19th, 2011
9:49 pm

I don’t worry about the Offense…….we will run the ball and with any success in the passing game, will be at least as good as last year. If the Defense can just average 1 turnover and 2 stops a game…….could be looking at a 10 win season.

GTinAL

April 19th, 2011
10:07 pm

Defense wins championships.
Nuff said

George Stein

April 19th, 2011
10:11 pm

Takes a little more than that, GTinAL.

Agreed, Stumpknocker.

gt45

April 19th, 2011
10:16 pm

GTinAL

April 19th, 2011
10:20 pm

Not much more.
I’m assuming that the Offense will be OK. Not great, just OK, so that they score in the 20’s every game. Couple that to a stifling defense, and look out.

Wes Durham's Gigantic Bottom

April 20th, 2011
12:35 am

He sounds like a good kid from a great family…..in case you missed it, me and my gigantic bottom are going to UNC!!!!

Do these pants make my bottom look big?

April 20th, 2011
9:12 am

Is Wes Dern ‘em really leaving Tech to go to NC?

SCJacket

April 20th, 2011
9:19 am

Are you so busy with other duties that this is all you have time to write? AJC coverage of Tech is pathetic.