1. For Georgia Tech, the answer to its pass-rush problems isn’t chasing after the quarterback with blind fury. At least not this week.
Coaches have been preaching “rush-lane integrity” – defensive linemen staying in their assigned gaps rather than roaming wide to get to the quarterback – in order to contain BYU quarterback Riley Nelson, an agile passer capable of making plays with his feet.
“We’ve got to stay in our gap, don’t peek, don’t try to go make somebody else’s job,” said David Walkosky, Tech’s defensive line coach and special-teams coordinator. “Do your job.”
Against Boston College, Tech had two sacks of Eagles quarterback Chase Rettig, who had 31 pass attempts. One sack was on Boston College’s final drive with the game in hand. Rettig was occasionally pressured, but often was comfortable in the pocket.
Coach Paul Johnson said that the pass-rush pressure is better than it may sometimes seem during games, but acknowledged that it is an issue. Blitz pressure might be