Attaochu sings def. line’s praises

Georgia Tech linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu sang the praises of his defensive-line teammates who he hopes will make his work much easier this fall. He noted, for example, the work they’ve done in pass-rushing drills and to keep their weight under prescribed limits.

“The defensive line is definitely a group that’s coming together well,” he said.

Attaochu said that nose tackle T.J. Barnes has taken his offseason strength and conditioning training work very seriously and is ready to step into the starting lineup.

“Physically, he’s cut weight,” he said. “In conditioning drills, he can stand a lot more. He can be out there running with the slimmest defensive linemen. He’s looking pretty agile.”

Attaochu also liked what he has seen from incoming freshman linemen such as Francis Kallon and Pat Gamble.

“From what I’ve seen of them, they’re high-character guys who work hard,” he said.

43 comments Add your comment

BigTimeTECHFan

July 22nd, 2012
10:59 pm

Nice. hey on a side note, did Gotsis ever make it to school?

5150 UOAD

July 22nd, 2012
11:07 pm

Gotsis will be here on the 31st. I was talking to him last night. he leaves Aussie land on the 31st so he will be here after his day of flying.

GTKurt80

July 23rd, 2012
3:50 am

Our offensive line is going to punch holes, we’ll score points. It’s going to be up to Thomas to keep up and with 4 starters gone from his line, he better have better footwork. I think TJ is going to do the job at NT. But I think it’s going to take a couple new guys coming in to take our D to the next level, and I think a much bigger level. With Burnett gone and Drumond on suspension, Jabari Hunt Days is going to play and impress, he’s a stud I’ve been waiting for. Jeremiah is a stud, but needs help and Jabari is the one, they will wreak havoc. Kallon is going to play and look out VT, he’s going to be chasing Thomas all over.
I’ve enjoyed the great Offense CPJ has brought to us, but I’ve always loved great D, and I think it’s about to happen again.
I was in school when “Lucius” dominated and the “Black Watch” was a lot of fun. Let’s do it again, stomp those feet!!

Go Jackets!!

yeller bug

July 23rd, 2012
6:32 am

I hope you are right GTKurt80. I remember the Black Watch and it is time for GT D to step up a few notches. It appears we may be thin at LB. Perhaps we’ll run the nickel package more in the VT game. #14 J Thomas brings a hammer and our secondary is strong. I hope CAG gets beyond vanilla in his defensive play calling. We’ve not done a good job on 3rd down stops especially when it’s in our favor of 3rd and > 5 yds to go. We need to bring more heat more often.

gtfan1951

July 23rd, 2012
6:59 am

AS GOES THE DEFENSE SO GOES THE SEASON! TIME TO MAN UP!

Supersize that order, mutt

July 23rd, 2012
8:29 am

Lucius played several years before the famed Black Watch, but regardless, both of those defenses were awesome and fun to watch

Freddie Blassie

July 23rd, 2012
8:53 am

Black Watch, ha! Wasn’t that a Curry gimmick name? The same Curry who quit on Tech to go to Alabama and allowed Tech to hire Bobby Ross and win a national championship? Groh should dust off the old films and get himself educated by watching Bud Carson’s defense holding the number one rated gold domers to 10 points at South Bend. Their QB was trying to get on the ground to escape the punishment from those guys. Of course, that was before television feminized the game and put “don’t hit me, I’m a quarterback” labels on the QB’s and allowed holding by the offense.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 23rd, 2012
9:01 am

The Black Watch was not Curry’s name for the defense; it was so-named by the EXCELLENT DC, Don Lindsey. I was glad Curry left, regardless of his flawed reasoning, but I wish Lindsey would have stayed. As far as Bud Carson goes, he should probably never have been head coach, but he was an FANTASTIC DC

duece coupe

July 23rd, 2012
9:45 am

According to Attaochu, T.J. Barnes is becoming more flamboyant.

5150 UOAD

July 23rd, 2012
10:20 am

Did what just happened at Penn St make them moving to the ACC much easier?
If the Big 10 bans them from TV I think the ACC moves FAST to get Penn St.

GT Joe

July 23rd, 2012
10:38 am

Forget penn state… no bowls for 4 years, recruiting is about to fall off a cliff, plus the stigma, who’d want to play there? Will take them a decade to recover, and that is IF Paterno’s replacement can actually win games.

ACC doesn’t need another non-factor team in the league.

yeller bug

July 23rd, 2012
10:46 am

PSU will recover—-there is nothing there but PSU football so the fans will rally behind the team. The new head coach, once an assistant at Tech, supposedly has the strong moral courage to get the team through this. It’s a big hill, but they can do it—-see what Big10/11 does..maybe PSU becomes a target in a year or two.

GT Joe

July 23rd, 2012
11:06 am

what real player will commit to penn state, knowing they will never go to a bowl?
Fast forward a year: what real player will commit to penn state, knowing they will never go to a bowl until their senior season (if they even qualify)?
Fast forward two years: what real player will commit to penn state, knowing they will never go to a bowl until their junior season (if they even qualify)?

Now look at the current 80-100 players: what real players will stay through graduation at penn state, knowing that they will never play in another bowl game? Not to mention, the NCAA will likely let them transfer without sitting out a year, so the talent drain begins today.

There will be a severe lack of talent for the next 3 years at least. Based on that, how does penn state win 6+ games to even get a look from real players in 2016 when the bowl ban lifts? We’re probably looking at 2019 before “real” players hit their junior season and making an impact on the NCAA landscape (and that assumes they have a winner coach).

Too much of an uphill battle, too long to wait for the ACC to get involved with penn state. Not to mention, penn state basketball/baseball are non-factors.

5150 UOAD

July 23rd, 2012
11:07 am

Sorry but Penn St. still has a HUGE upside.

5150 UOAD

July 23rd, 2012
11:11 am

GT Joe……..there are a lot of kids that will still be Penn St fans that will sign. Penn St will still have players that make it to the NFL.
Penn St fans and kids are the same fans as the Pittsburgh Steeler Fans. They are dedicated and will not go away.

GT Joe

July 23rd, 2012
11:12 am

Notre Dame should be the target; hell, let them have 20% of the TV deal. It would be worth it.

Yeah, ND hasn’t been great, but they have a billion fans. Future TV deals will be massive. Not to mention, a 9 win ND team will be ranked ahead of a 10 win ACC team EVERY TIME (sadly).

GTpack

July 23rd, 2012
11:17 am

I agree with 5150, Penn State has a huge upside. In 8 years, ACC could be wishing they had made a run at them. Get them while they are “gettable”.

GT Joe

July 23rd, 2012
11:20 am

okay 5150, they will MAYBE get SOME in-state players who just love the school so much. But the BEST in-state players will leave, no way they go to PSU.

And out of staters? Nobody with a 2nd D1 offer from out-of-state will come. Nobody good, that is.

Fans are fans. They will stay dedicated. Recruits aren’t that dedicated; they’ll flip faster than John Kerry. They just want to win, be on TV, get a ring maybe, be on Sportscenter. And if they can’t get these things at PSU, they will go to another school.

“Huge upside?” What upside?

5150 UOAD

July 23rd, 2012
11:24 am

Penn St will still get players to the NFL during this time period. Kids that are only concerned with that will choose Penn St over a lesser college and less college diploma.

please

July 23rd, 2012
11:24 am

barnes is a mommy’s boy. my gosh, how many years does it take to get a degree, let alone BE A MAN ON THE FIELD? time keeps ticking, time keeps ticking……

5150 UOAD

July 23rd, 2012
11:25 am

Penn St will be on TV because of the teams they play.

GT Joe

July 23rd, 2012
11:40 am

You are right, PSU will be on TV, but on the receiving end of butt whippings. Not the kind of exposure kids want.

GT Joe

July 23rd, 2012
11:43 am

- If any player leaves the team and transfers to another school, they’ll immediately be eligible to play at that new school.

- In addition, any 2012 recruit that’s signed a letter of intent to play at Penn State can be released from those letters, no questions asked.

- Permission to contact rules have been suspended.

- All signees and current players can take as many official or unofficial visits as they want in this upcoming academic year.

Essentially, the NCAA has made it incredibly easy to leave Penn State. OUCH.

GT Joe

July 23rd, 2012
11:48 am

“In the past two days, two Penn State recruits for the 2013 class, have said they are backing out of their commitments to the school.”

“One player who could be a tipping point for Penn State recruits is quarterback Christian Hackenberg of Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, who was recently in the Elite 11 quarterback camp and is rated as the top quarterback in the 2013 class by ESPN.com. Rivals.com recruiting analyst Mike Farrell said Hackenberg told him he’s already looking to contact South Carolina and Auburn because of Penn State’s four-year bowl ban.”

DOH. Just the beginning, sadly. I hate it for Paterno, I think he got scapegoated big time, and vacating 111 wins is sick. But bringing them to the ACC? No thanks.

GT Joe

July 23rd, 2012
11:54 am

As a current player, what would make you want to stay at PSU? The coach you loved is gone, and the college basically spit on his grave. The only administrators left at PSU are people that want to erase the memory of Paterno completely (and with it, the identity of PSU football). What tradition/history is left?

As a player, I’d be mad, and unmotivated to win for THIS school, for THESE admins.

5150 UOAD

July 23rd, 2012
11:55 am

GT Joe not saying it will be EZ but Penn St isn’t going to DIE like SMU. The Penn St roster is full of PA kids and kids close to the school.
If O’Brien can win games kids will still come. SMU didn’t PLAY so kids didn’t have to think about them.

5150 UOAD

July 23rd, 2012
11:57 am

GT JOE……..HISTORY to kids today is what happened in the last 10 minutes.

GT Joe

July 23rd, 2012
11:58 am

Okay 5150. But i think PSU is looking at sub .500 seasons for the next 5-8 years. ACC doesn’t need that.

5150 UOAD

July 23rd, 2012
11:59 am

Gotsis says he is really working out hard and running. He is in Winter but I have been in touch and he knows GT will be 90+ with 80% humidity. he is trying to be ready for the CHANGE.

5150 UOAD

July 23rd, 2012
12:03 pm

GT Joe i see you point, but I am looking to the Future and a Penn St(with hopefully Notre Dame) can be a big draw on the TV and Recruiting. The SEC took a MIZZOU that added ONLY AAU academics, 1 more black coach and a team with a TV market.
What would Penn St do for the ACC?
AAU academics, TV markets/Fans and Recruiting areas.

GT Joe

July 23rd, 2012
12:07 pm

Already have Pitt in PSU’s TV/recruiting area. And VaTech for that matter.

AAU is nice, but we already got ‘em.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 23rd, 2012
12:08 pm

I have no problem at all with the penalties leveled on the Penn State football PROGRAM, but many of these penalties affect players more so than the program. Vacating all those past games doesn’t punish anybody but the players, and Paterno’s record. Banning them from bowl participation punishes the players; they should have let them play in bowls, but not receive any financial rewards for doing so. The players, current and especially past, didn’t have anything to do with this mess; it was Sandusky and the athletic department as a whole.

GT Joe

July 23rd, 2012
12:09 pm

Anyways, the ACC football rep is WEAK, and PSU actually would worsen the rep for the next 5-8 years. By that time, the SEC will have won like 12-15 national titles in a row and I’ll be suicidal.

5150 UOAD

July 23rd, 2012
12:25 pm

GT Joe….PITT doesn’t have nearly the TV draw Penn St does. If you do then you are crazy.

5150 UOAD

July 23rd, 2012
12:27 pm

Saying Pitt has the TV market compared to Penn St is like saying GT has the TV market compared to UGa.

www

July 23rd, 2012
1:19 pm

agree with 5150. anyone comparing pitt to penn state in terms of audience, recruiting and history has just demonstrated they shouldn’t be posting on a football blog for a while.

kthanxbai.

the acc should approach penn state now about moving to the acc in 4-5 years.

GT Joe

July 23rd, 2012
1:36 pm

5150, you said PSU would help the ACC with “TV Markets and recruiting areas”. Pitt has the same TV market and recruiting area. In other words, we don’t need PSU to be on TV in Pittsburgh and Philly. We already have that now with Pitt.

Now, if you are changing the subject to TV DRAW, then yes, you are right about Pitt vs. PSU. Then again, with sub .500 teams and nearly zero talent, the PSU TV draw will be nada (except for those who like watching train wrecks).

Jimmy Johnson basically said the sanctions are a death penalty and PSU will be a Div. 2 team in quality.

GT Joe

July 23rd, 2012
1:37 pm

www: reading is fundamental.

kblowmebye

Mizzoura Tigerz

July 23rd, 2012
1:42 pm

LOL, only sorry ACC fans wouldeven think to add penn state to their league! This cracks me up! No wait, $60 mill fine, players leaving, recruits leaving, yah, go get em ACC! They will definitely improve your sorry league!

reebok

July 23rd, 2012
2:08 pm

Penn State will probably recover and be playing good football again in 10 years, but I don’t really want the stigma in the ACC…I’d rather see if we could get to 16 teams by landing an up & coming program like South Florida, or what about Cincinnati?

Tech Guy

July 23rd, 2012
3:14 pm

ACC should wait until things settle down and then offer Penn St and Notre Dame to join. Long term, that would be great for the ACC.

5150 UOAD

July 23rd, 2012
3:46 pm

reebok… I don’t really want the stigma in the ACC…

HELL the F O….We took MIAMI and FSU! Stigma U and Stigma Free Shoes U.

Samiche

July 23rd, 2012
6:02 pm

Add Soap-On-A-Rope U?