Who’s involved: Senior Izaan Cross, juniors Emmanuel Dieke and Euclid Cummings.
Who’s starter: Cross has started every game for the past two seasons. The other end is open with the graduation of Jason Peters.
What defensive coordinator Al Groh says: “I’d say that all three of them could at any time be a starter and all three of them are likely to play a fairly equal amount of plays, which is something that we haven’t necessarily been comfortable doing in the past.”
What Izaan Cross says: “I don’t think it’s been, like, a pressing issue. I don’t go out with the mentality to beat out Euclid or to beat out ‘Too Tall’ (Dieke). I go out with the mentality to do whatever I have to do to become a better football player every day.”
Comment: At long last, Groh has players versed in his scheme and physically developed after multiple offseasons spent in the weight room. As Groh indicated, a rotation would mean there may not be a “winner” in this competition. Cross has the most starts of any returning player, 28, and is a defensive leader. Cummings had an excellent spring practice. Dieke was one of the team’s hardest workers in summer workouts. Cross, named to the watch list for the Hendricks Award for the nation’s top defensive end, will also get snaps at tackle.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog