Georgia Tech gets 3 ACC players of week

Guard Omoregie Uzzi, outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu and safety Isaiah Johnson were named ACC players of the week at their respective position groups on Monday, following Georgia Tech’s 35-28 win over North Carolina.

It’s Uzzi’s second such award in as many weeks. Uzzi (lineman of the week) helped Tech produce almost 500 yards of total offense and run for 312 against a Tar Heels defense that had been allowing 77 rushing yards per game. Coaches credited Uzzi with almost 20 knockdown blocks in the game.

Attaochu (linebacker of the week) had a team-high nine tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble and a tipped pass that led to an interception. (Side note: I spoke with Jeremiah’s father Paul Saturday evening. He didn’t get to watch the game because he was driving people home from a church service – he’s a pastor – and just caught the last few minutes. Mr. Attaochu, who grew up in Nigeria and is still learning the game, said he prefers reading about the games as opposed to watching them because the game has so much hitting. My kind of fan.)

Johnson (defensive back of the week)  got his second interception of the season (the one tipped by Attaochu) and had seven tackles, second most on the team.

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JACKETfan12

September 26th, 2011
1:20 pm

JM

September 26th, 2011
1:32 pm

congratulations Jackets! It’s great to see hard work paying off with great game performances and then getting recognized by the conference. Keep working hard and you will meet your goals.

Saban

September 26th, 2011
1:34 pm

Great Game.

Groh and Johnson, other than me the two best coaches in America.

MidtownJacketFan

September 26th, 2011
1:37 pm

Hey Ken,

What gives with all of the noon kickoffs? When do you think the networks are gonna show us se love? Even NCSu got a 3:30 kickoff.

Jackets 2011

September 26th, 2011
1:38 pm

Each week a new hurdle.
Keep clearing them and we’ll have a new ACC championship trophy to add to 2009’s.
I expect our trophy back unless the NCAA wants to give the Canes the death penalty.
The investigator sent to Tech was an ex Tarheel football player I thought I read.
Making a mountain our of a molehill may have been his hidden agenda whoever he was.

Jackets 2011

September 26th, 2011
1:42 pm

Oh yea.
Wait to go guys.
And no mention of our offense?
Stephen, Tevin and Roddy I would think would be in the running.
Nice run Roddy especially when we needed one.

Ramblin Man

September 26th, 2011
1:49 pm

Congrats to the guys. Now work on the errors and build off the positives and get more Ws. And would somebody please get the kicker in the weight room.
Stephen might have got it if not for that dropped pass, but it still might have been hard as Watkins played really well. Hill did get the highlight on ESPN for those that care though.

hal

September 26th, 2011
1:51 pm

Midtown Jacket Fan. I hear CPJ loves noon kickoffs and hates night games. I have read that several times.

GTJason

September 26th, 2011
1:52 pm

Klimpsun for homecoming is shaping up to be a great game, can’t wait! The defense is really coming together. Other teams are getting their yards in chunks, a few blown assignments which is better than getting yards consistently. Complain all you want, but I just attribute it to youth. I love seeing Isaiah Johnson tear heads off

GrohHater

September 26th, 2011
2:03 pm

Al Groh SUCKS! FIRE HIM NOW!!!!!!!

ramblingbuzz

September 26th, 2011
2:03 pm

Defense getting better with a chance to be really good. Go Jackets!!!

ramblingbuzz

September 26th, 2011
2:05 pm

Roddy Jones has been an excellent back for us since 08. I hope he has a great year for his senior season. He’s off to a good start.

Rduck

September 26th, 2011
2:14 pm

congrats to all these players and the whole team for overcoming some adversity and brimging home the W. these kids are really playing as a team with the way they pick one another up and look out for each other. CPJ now has the kids that were recruited solely for this team and they seem to have bought into the program well. keep up the gret work Jackets and you as well Ken. thamks for all the updates!

tar and feathers party

September 26th, 2011
2:15 pm

Don’t worry, there will be glory enough for all!

Birmingham Jacket

September 26th, 2011
2:18 pm

When did Al Groh ever have a really impressive defense at Virginia?

I don’t like the hire.

Personally, I think we hired him because he’s cheap.

But as the saying goes, “You get what you pay for.”

Unlikely we will ever be able to consistently get the hosses on the OL to run the 3-4 the way it was designed.

reebok

September 26th, 2011
2:29 pm

Congrats to the Tech players on the recognition they are receiving…let’s keep it rolling against NCST…Go Jackets!

Brock

September 26th, 2011
2:34 pm

hosses on the OL for the 3/4 defense? not sure you know what you’re talking about.

juvenal

September 26th, 2011
2:39 pm

ah, come on Brock, you know he meant DL……#96 was not signed by this staff, am i the only one that notices how un-noticable he is in games? Ken, what is the future at DT, since i won’t have Walls to gripe about next year?

Outside Observer

September 26th, 2011
2:55 pm

juvenal, I guess you could complain about the “force” that is Mount Barnes. The kid is ridiculously slow, gets up too high on his attack, and typically gets man-handled by a single blocker. Walls isn’t great by any means, but he is a smart player, has good fundamentals, works incredibly hard, and produces on the field. I personally think he has done a great job adjusting to a position he wasn’t recruited for. I hope you aren’t expecting All-American numbers from a NT because you will be sorely disappointed.

Brock

September 26th, 2011
3:13 pm

I don’t know what he means I just know what he types.

juvenal

September 26th, 2011
3:17 pm

besides, he lives in b-ham…..gotta cut him some slack..

GTfan

September 26th, 2011
3:23 pm

Great Job Men!!!!!!! keep it up. Go Jackets…………

TDone

September 26th, 2011
3:32 pm

Jacket2011, I believe the investigator sent to Tech was a UNC grad, not Maryland. In fact, I believe he got in trouble since he was also sent to UNC to investigate them. Talk about a conflict of interest.

fan of shorter passes & longer runs

September 26th, 2011
3:39 pm

Seven (7) sacks vs UNC. That is not typical Tech. But it’s a good thing.

tdone

September 26th, 2011
3:42 pm

re read your Maryland thing…???

BigTimeTechFan

September 26th, 2011
4:04 pm

Uzzi – dominated the future NFL stars on UNC’s D-Line. One even pounded the ground in frustration after Uzzi took him down.

Uzzi on way to ACC player of the year

Chuck Allison

September 26th, 2011
4:28 pm

Ken, I don’t believe that the ACC names players of the week for all eleven positions. But your article said that these three players were named players of the week for their respective postion groups. It would be good for you to tell us how these groups are broken down. I would guess it would be offensive lineman for Uzzi, defensive lineman for Attaochou, and defensive back for Johnson.

waynejacket

September 26th, 2011
4:42 pm

@ GrohHater, that is a worthless comment. He replaced 6-7 starters and they get 7 sacks and 2 picks. They’re getting better every week. You are the one who should be fired (from this blog).

Ken Sugiura

September 26th, 2011
4:46 pm

bttf – Uzzi for player of the year? that would be something. were you the one pushing preston lyons for heisman?
juvenal – the immediate DT future is T.J. Barnes.

michael

September 26th, 2011
4:48 pm

ken, do you see our defense coming of age yet?

Ernest

September 26th, 2011
4:51 pm

One would think that defensive players would love to play for Tech as they can get opportunities right away if they can play. I’ll admit to being ‘old school’ and would like to see a few more 300 pounders for the D-Line that can occupy at least two blockers. Maybe we feed them and coach them up once they get here.

michael

September 26th, 2011
5:00 pm

swap vandy for tech into sec!!!!!!!!

GTPhenom

September 26th, 2011
5:24 pm

Oh, will the complaining about the defense please stop for crying out loud. Many of these guys are still pretty young, and honestly, I’ve seen improvement every week. Two interceptions and a nasty seven sacks is NOTHING to scoff at. Tell me, when was the last time you ever heard of the Jackets forcing seven sacks. Attaochu has a huge future in this defense, he has that prototypical mold for a nasty 34 outside linebacker. By the end of the season, these guys could be looking better than ever.

crackbaby

September 26th, 2011
5:26 pm

Somebody tell Rod Sweeting we want to see that hit every time (he was flagged for personal foul). We haven’t had a punishing hitter at corner since…. (can’t remember)

All the announcers on TV (NFL and NCAA) are puking out the politically correct statements when refs make these calls. First announcer to side with the defense gets my vote.

Why don’t they penalize (fine in the NFL) the QUARTERBACK ? He’s the one who put the receiver in a defenseless position. …..

crackbaby

September 26th, 2011
5:32 pm

Al Groh should be commended for a vastly improved defense this year. Our secondary looks good so far, especially in run support. We are a little soft in the middle of the front seven but much better than last year. Just keep improving every week and let’s see where we end up.

Groh is also more aggressive in his calls this year. Interesting that this week we go up against John Tenuta @ NCSU.

crackbaby

September 26th, 2011
5:40 pm

@GTPhenom – Well said. I agree there is far too much bitchin’ and moaning in the peanut gallery.

Those UNC linemen were huge. Let ’s see how they perform the rest of the year in the ACC.

Ken – What’s the scouting report on the Wolfpack. Most of us haven’t seen them this year.

Delbert D.

September 26th, 2011
5:44 pm

UNC OL – 9-24-2010

Starters – 2nd Team
LT – 6-7 310 – 6-6 305
LG – 6-3 305 – 6-5 300
OC – 6-2 320 – 6-4 305
RG – 6-7 345 – 6-8 325
RT – 6-7 315 – 6-5 315

Delbert D.

September 26th, 2011
5:45 pm

Blew it. Should be UNC OL – 9-24-2011

311GTFan

September 26th, 2011
5:49 pm

crackbaby…I saw them play Wake and Cincy. They were getting killed by Wake (made it a real game) and got clobbered by Cincy. They have a really fast WR that can take it to the house at any time! I don’t think they have a real good rushing offense though. The numbers are really low. Tech should win this game handily and give up 2 tds or less on defense! Our offense should score 50+. That’s how it should go anyway

311GTFan

September 26th, 2011
5:50 pm

Delbert…wow those are some huge linemen!!

311GTFan

September 26th, 2011
5:51 pm

I think UNC will have a good season. I hope they beat Clemson, VT and Miami!

Supersize that order, mutt

September 26th, 2011
5:53 pm

Delbert, I assume your implication there, and I agree with it, is that we did pretty darn well against all that beef.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 26th, 2011
5:54 pm

311, AMEN to that. I am a BIG UNC fan for the rest of the year, unless of course Tech loses 2.

Delbert D.

September 26th, 2011
5:56 pm

I doubt if the NT in the 3-4 is ever going to get much publicity. His primary responsibility, according to Joe Collier, the architect of Denver’s “Orange Crush defense is to “control the “A” gaps, the two openings between the center and guards, and not get pushed back into his linebackers. If a running play comes through one of those gaps, he must make the tackle or control what is called the “jump-through”—the guard or center who is trying to get out to the linebackers.”

19

September 26th, 2011
5:56 pm

Ken you are doing a great job. Thank you. Go Tech, prepare and play one game at a time. Go Yellow Jackets!!

Delbert D.

September 26th, 2011
5:58 pm

Supersize – Yes; according to Ken’s report, UNC had allowed 1 sack, and Georgia Tech got 7 in the game.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 26th, 2011
6:00 pm

Delbert, it was definitely fun to watch those sacks. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen anything like that

Delbert D.

September 26th, 2011
6:03 pm

I haven’t taken a look at Miami yet this year, but last year their OL was huge, as well. They lost 2 seniors, but from what I remember, they had 330-lb. backups.

Delbert D.

September 26th, 2011
6:09 pm

The skill and physicality of the linebackers is the key to the 3-4, along with that stuffer of a nose tackle. One reason that 16 NFL teams is that 3-4 DEs are easier to find than 4-3 DEs, and the OLBs take the role of pass rushers, typically with more speed and agility than a 4-3 DE.

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 26th, 2011
6:12 pm

What’s the scouting report on NCST?

They got the crap ola beat out of them by U. Cincinnati.

Great job guys. Lets get three more next week.