Tech position breakdown: Defensive end

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

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154 comments Add your comment

JACKETTE

August 9th, 2012
5:22 pm

be the FIRST one on defense to score a TD, go Jackets

Jorge O'leary

August 9th, 2012
5:32 pm

About time we have a pass rush!

collegeballfan

August 9th, 2012
5:41 pm

At 300 I am glad to see Cross talked about at DT. I thought last year he was kinda slow at DE. He is heavier this year. DT needs him more than DE I would guess.

But, hey, I do not have quite the experience as Groh.

InBred Dawg

August 9th, 2012
5:43 pm

It’s time for thedefense to shine. I know the offense will be there, but the defense is what will win us games.

Go Jackets…

Hank says

August 9th, 2012
5:51 pm

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?

ray gunkel

August 9th, 2012
5:59 pm

what about Francis Kallon, is he destined for a redshirt?

fuzzybee78

August 9th, 2012
6:22 pm

With Cross being a senior and Cummings and Too Tall Juniors, Kallon needs to redshirt and get a year under his belt. He was a physical freek in HS, he is not in D1 football.

FightinG

August 9th, 2012
6:43 pm

BREAKING NEWS: Virginia Tech defense holds Georgia Tech scoreless, CPJ’s offense fails as he is unable to move the ball against the nightmare Virginia Tech defense.

~GO DAWGS!

Teddy Roosevelt

August 9th, 2012
6:52 pm

Supersize that order, mutt

August 9th, 2012
6:58 pm

Maybe UGA should hire the VT defensive coordinator. It’s for sure Grantham hasn’t proved a nightmare to anybody, and I would think too that the VT DC has class, something Grantham sure doesn’t have. “CHOKE”!!!!

FightinG

August 9th, 2012
7:22 pm

@Supersize that order,
mutt

You’re delusional.

Have A Nice Day,

FightinG

BLT

August 9th, 2012
7:22 pm

What is it FrightenG? GTBob have you guys all in a dither. Just hope you guys have enough starters to field a team by the start of the season. What’s the the over and under on how many U(sic)GA players get suspended between now and then? I know CMR will make them sit out Buffalo and FA. He’s such a disciplinarian.

Go Criminals!

Supersize that order, mutt

August 9th, 2012
7:26 pm

@ BLT…..what’s the over/under on when “choke” gets suspended for conduct unbecoming a coach?

Ol'JacketFan

August 9th, 2012
7:33 pm

LOL@ Supersize

BLT

August 9th, 2012
7:33 pm

Don’t know Super, but he is their coach in waiting. Should be interesting if CMR tries to discipline him. Maybe he’ll have to wear a smaller bra or fine him a few bucks from the “Hart” foundation. Possibly both…oh the agony. Such a storied program!

5150 UOAD

August 9th, 2012
7:33 pm

Falcons about to kickoff. Well it could be fun to watch for the first quarter then the Olympics I guess.

5150 UOAD

August 9th, 2012
7:35 pm

a Fight’nG is a Fight’n Gangster aka a Gun Tot’n Thug with a G hat or helmet on.

Ol'JacketFan

August 9th, 2012
7:36 pm

I’ll be watching GB/SD here in Nashville but I’ll pop in on the Falcon blog to see how things go.

BLT

August 9th, 2012
7:39 pm

Well put 5150!

Ol'JacketFan

August 9th, 2012
7:40 pm

@ FightinG. you’re an optimistic soul aren’t you? LOL!

5150 UOAD

August 9th, 2012
7:42 pm

Falcons look good on first drive.

BLT

August 9th, 2012
7:42 pm

FrightenG, will you be back at the end of the year to eat that large plate of crow? Or are you just one of those teenage, pimple faced dips that mimic your buddies? Hopefully you know what a crow is?

5150 UOAD

August 9th, 2012
7:43 pm

TD for the Coons

5150 UOAD

August 9th, 2012
7:45 pm

Crow? BLT he be pimp’n the Raven not no Crow.

Ol'JacketFan

August 9th, 2012
7:47 pm

5150 air or ground TD?

5150 UOAD

August 9th, 2012
8:04 pm

5150 UOAD

August 9th, 2012
8:05 pm

45 yrd punt return to the 20 something.

1 4 GT

August 9th, 2012
8:20 pm

I can see improvement in offensive attitude & play in just the 1st quarter of a preseason game. The Falcons look pretty good with the 1st team in the game.

1 4 GT

August 9th, 2012
8:21 pm

And defense looks better than last year, too!!

5150 UOAD

August 9th, 2012
8:26 pm

Was a good 1st qtr +1 play to get 14 points.

5150 UOAD

August 9th, 2012
8:27 pm

Nailed Flaco…OUCH

Jackets 2012

August 9th, 2012
8:27 pm

Neighbor has a van with WnCE on it.
I went to double check it and it was either in the garage or he was using it.
He usually has it parked in his driveway but not in the garage.
Hmmm.
Not much from WnE today.
Ask him if he lives in Mableton next time he posts if I am not around.
He might include his middle initial on his van.
If my neighbor is WnE, he actually is a Tech fan.
Not a very friendly one though.
You already knew that as Bradley would quip.

5150 UOAD

August 9th, 2012
8:28 pm

Ant Allen with his first carry for a yard

5150 UOAD

August 9th, 2012
8:40 pm

If WnE is a Tech fan, grad & season tix holder as he claims I will wear a UGa shirt to the first Tech home game this year with photos to prove it.

5150 UOAD

August 9th, 2012
8:41 pm

Great another Falcon Linebacker hurt

1 4 GT

August 9th, 2012
8:47 pm

Dang, I believe I could play QB as good as Redman!! I just don’t see what the Falcons coaches see in him!

1 4 GT

August 9th, 2012
8:48 pm

Well, maybe 40 years ago!!

5150 UOAD

August 9th, 2012
8:52 pm

Guys talking about Johnson and the Jackets on the subject of receivers. Cox, Cone, Allen and Howard all tech players in this game.

5150 UOAD

August 9th, 2012
8:56 pm

Nice SACK on Taylor

1 4 GT

August 9th, 2012
8:56 pm

Dang, who pulled your chain RTR???

1 4 GT

August 9th, 2012
8:59 pm

I heard them talking about GT receivers & CPJ. Food for “Carnack”!!

wes

August 9th, 2012
9:00 pm

Roll_Tide_Roll = a dumber, poorer version of Forest Gump

I can’t wait to see Dieke or one of the other guys emerge and have a monster season. Anyone else miss the Eric Henderson’s and Derrick Morgan’s of the world? We have got to get more production out of these guys. 3-4…4-3 or whatever. Just get it done.

1 4 GT

August 9th, 2012
9:02 pm

Top Row Dawg posted that GT’s best player was a former Bulldog on the blog about Uzzi. I made a guess that Top Row Dawg was talking about UZZI. He went to Chamblee HS. Safe guess I reckon. If I read what I saw on Google about Uzzi correctly, the NFL scouts are rating Omoregie Uzzi the #5 OG out of 210 for next years NFL draft. I would imagine that would put him in the 1st round. Poor “Carnack” will have a field day with that. “Coach Kung Fu Panda Fish Fry has not coached him up at all or he would be #1 overall & under utilized Uzzi, blah, blah, blah.” I can’t wait to read his heavy on the analysis light on the trolling by “Carnack” He will show my pea brain where I am wrong in thinking CPJ helped this young man improve and develop!!!!

5150 UOAD

August 9th, 2012
9:10 pm

Falcons looking OK

5150 UOAD

August 9th, 2012
9:11 pm

I am tired of responding to WnE. I don’t even read his crap anymore.

1 4 GT

August 9th, 2012
9:13 pm

I don’t respond to him. I might take a shot at him, but I don’t argue with him at all.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 9th, 2012
9:22 pm

Same here, UOAD and 1 4 GT. But if Jackets 2012 actually discovers his identity, you can be assured he is going to be exposed online.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 9th, 2012
9:23 pm

First of all, why would we want to get rid of GT. Secondly, why the hell would we (or anybody else, for that matter) want Fulmer???

Supersize that order, mutt

August 9th, 2012
9:24 pm

I mean, why would we want to get rid of CPJ?

5150 UOAD

August 9th, 2012
9:27 pm

Not heard that at all…I would have a hard time with that. i don’t think he will help kids graduate at tech