Loaded FSU defense awaits Tech

Against one of the strongest defenses in the country, Georgia Tech produced 426 yards of offense but scored just 10 points against Georgia last Saturday.

One of the most talent-loaded defenses in the country slowed down Tech’s point-scoring barrage last Saturday, when Georgia kept the Yellow Jackets out of the end zone for 3 ½ quarters in its 42-10 win in Athens.

Saturday in the ACC Championship game, Florida State figures to pose as great an obstacle as the Bulldogs did, perhaps even more. Tech has another opportunity to test itself against an elite defense.

“There’s no doubt they’re excited,” quarterbacks and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon said. “I think you’ll really get a great effort out of these guys Saturday night.”

For Tech to have a chance, it’ll take at least that. Against Georgia, Tech moved the ball but produced just a touchdown and field goal on six trips inside the Georgia 30-yard line. The Bulldogs forced two key turnovers and limited Tech’s big-play capacity, holding the Jackets to three plays of 20 yards or more.

“We had to grind and grind and grind,” coach Paul Johnson said. “When that happened, we couldn’t finish.”

The Seminoles are ranked No. 2 in total defense (249.4 yards per game), No. 4 in rushing defense (85.1 yards per game) and No. 2 in defensive third-down efficiency (27.3 percent).

“They’re probably better up front (than Georgia),” Johnson said.

The star of the unit is defensive end Bjoern Werner, the German-born pass-rushing terror who could go in the top five of the NFL draft. Werner leads the ACC in sacks with 13 and is second with 18.0 tackles for loss.

A left end, he will likely see plenty of matchups with Tech right offensive tackle Morgan Bailey.

“He’s real big and he’s fast and he makes a lot of plays,” quarterback Tevin Washington said.

Tech received a break in that it won’t have to face defensive end Cornellius “Tank” Carradine, another possible first-round pick. Carradine, who has 11 sacks and 80 tackles, tore his anterior cruciate ligament in last Saturday’s loss to Florida.

Still, the Seminoles have speed, strength and depth all across the field. Besides Werner and Carradine, cornerback Xavier Rhodes and safety Lamarcus Joyner were also named first-team All-ACC. Defensive tackle Everett Dawkins and linebacker Christian Jones were both named second-team.

Tackles Dawkins and Anthony McCloud are “really physical, really good at getting hands on people, basically blowing guys up,” guard Omoregie Uzzi said. “It’ll be a challenge come Saturday.”

In the face of the FSU all-star defense, Uzzi is the only Tech player to receive All-ACC recognition, named first-team All-ACC for the second year in a row.

Tech isn’t stocked with advantages, but one is that Florida State has not played the Jackets and their spread-option offense since 2009. That was prior to defensive coordinator Mark Stoops’ arrival in Tallahassee. Over the offseason, coach Jimbo Fisher’s staff spent a couple days planning for the possibility of facing Tech in the ACC title game and assembled a plan for the Jackets’ unorthodox offense. That said, Stoops has not coached against an option team in several years. That is an advantage for Tech but perhaps also for Florida State, as Tech won’t be entirely sure how the Seminoles will defend the offense.

Another edge Tech may gain is that Stoops was hired Tuesday as Kentucky’s new coach. To some degree, even though he will stay with the team at least through the title game, his attention will be divided as coaches will try to instruct players in a style of defense that is often foreign over the course of three practices leading up to Saturday.

“I don’t think you can change a whole lot,” Bohannon said. “I’m sure they’ll try to just get them lined up correctly and let them play, because they’re good athletes.”

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Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

91 comments Add your comment

Reid

November 27th, 2012
10:09 pm

Ken Sugiura

November 27th, 2012
10:13 pm

well done, Reid.

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Ice eater 1969

November 27th, 2012
10:23 pm

Another fast physicaldefense defense – we will have trouble when we get in red zone- the safties will be up so we need to be physical . They willnot be as gigantic at nose tckle – ihope.

Sure seems like we may as well blitz as georgia and fsu will score at will if we play read react

Ken any idea why the coaches will not blittz – we would at least have a chance at a turn over or two and it would seem like a way to make the players show agression

Buzzzed

November 27th, 2012
10:38 pm

If tech is motivated and focused they can win this one in a shoot out.

TechApp fan

November 27th, 2012
10:39 pm

Maybe Stoops will be thinking blue instead of Charlotte…

Delbert D.

November 27th, 2012
10:43 pm

Stoops is still with FSU?

Ice eater 1969

November 27th, 2012
10:48 pm

ga tech needs a DC and now FSU needs one – who will get a 4-5 star DC and who will get a 2-3 star.

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 27th, 2012
10:56 pm

CPJ’s play calling and lack of passing are GT’s biggest obstacle. I wonder if he’ll elect to give FSU the ball first like he did UGA. He acts like he has all of the answers but against good teams he seems a little confused. Call Ga. So.’s headcoach to be OC with CPJ advising if needed. CPJ needs help but will never ask for it concerning the offense. Too bad. If he doesn’t then he’s just a FCS coach at best.

ignition

November 27th, 2012
10:58 pm

Personally I think FSU defense plays undisiplined at times so there is a possibility for offensive success.

GT13

November 27th, 2012
11:03 pm

GT will be playing some inspired football i imagine. we haven’t had our big game yet this season. go jackets! beat fsu! TO DA ORANGE BOOOWWWWW

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 27th, 2012
11:06 pm

Remember, GT’s touchdown was a gift from Richt. FSU may not be as generous.

Jacketnation Deflation

November 27th, 2012
11:11 pm

Florida State will kick our butts just like EVERY good team we have played this year. Our defense is horrible. Our offense can be stopped as Georgia and BYU proved. Florida State has a much better defense than Georgia in every category. We will lose 45-14.

gt40pinhd

November 27th, 2012
11:30 pm

Jacketnation Deflation, if fsu is that much better, how are we going to score more than we did against uga?

Bad Dawg, Bad Dawg

November 27th, 2012
11:58 pm

If FSU is so vaulted then why did they lose to a average NC State and a Florida team that beat ULL by 7? Point being that admitedly they are good but factors such as emotions, attitude and will factor in. The intangibles….

Jacketnation Deflation

November 28th, 2012
12:26 am

@gt40 Because MAYBE we won’t turn the ball over. We moved down the field against UGA, but could not score. If we don’t turn it over, 14 points. We can’t stop Florida States offense. We gave up 150 yards and two touchdowns to a true freshman linebacker who had to come on as the fifth string QB at Maryland. WE STINK on defense(less).

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 28th, 2012
12:31 am

You can’t say enough about the mental part of the game concerning the players and the coaches.

gt40pinhd

November 28th, 2012
12:38 am

Jacketnation Deflation, i can’t disagree with you. unfortunately our defense is …. well, not too good ( to say the least). we can only hope for a shoot out.
maybe with fsu’s less disciplined defense, we can hope for more big plays.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 28th, 2012
12:43 am

@ North Avenue Coroner……that was the rudest, crudest, most insensitive remark I have ever read. I hope you rot in hell for saying something like that about a deceased person. You are TRASH !!!

GT Fan

November 28th, 2012
1:01 am

“They’re probably better up front (than Georgia),” Johnson said.

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PJ’s gone and stirred the UGA pot again. Doesn’t PJ know UGA is in the … S E C!?

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Scooter Jones

November 28th, 2012
7:37 am

Tech PLAYERS READ THIS! Dig down deep find the core of yourself go out there Saturday and play your heart out if you lose because we dont score as many points than FSU no big deal at least we say we gave it our all, and for goodness sakes that stupid tricycle commercial, really! a school with the history and so many acalades to be proud of and that was all some idiot could come up with, maybe for a chess game but to have a proud loyal alumni with their buddies watching a game and to play that well it just goes along with everything else!

Max Sizemore

November 28th, 2012
7:57 am

Florida’s offensive line simply hammered FSU, whose defensive stats benefit from a woefully weak schedule. Tech to score 35 — which, of course, may not be enough.

Max Sizemore

November 28th, 2012
8:01 am

And, yes, Werner is a terrific pass rusher — which, of course, is a fairly useless attribute against Tech. When Florida ran AT him, they blocked him. Tech can also do that.

Father of 5

November 28th, 2012
8:06 am

GT can say goodbye to the ACC with style if they pull this off! Substantiated rumors have the Big 10 very interested in adding GT and BC (big TV markets) to finish off their superconference. Some SEC schools want to block the Big 10’s intrusion into the SE, so GT might actually end up in a conference that benefits its members. As early as Sunday, the ACC could be demolished. As the $4 price of admission to the last ACC championship game demonstrates, this needs to happen.

GTBEE

November 28th, 2012
8:06 am

One dimensional Tech will have a tough day against the FSU defense.
I am sick of everyone buying into the notion that the Tech players can’t run the plays that CPJ calls. Isn’t this the same excuse that CPJ used to fire Al Grogh?
CPJ will undoubtedly call the exact same game that he called last week, last year, and for that matter…the last 4 years. We will get the exact same results, and if I am not mistaken; that my fellow Jackets is the correct definition of insanity!

Please recruit kickers this year, please quit wasting talent, and please open up that magical playbook that you supposedly have!

Think back with me for a moment…..after CPJ’s first year, I remember Johnathan Dwyer saying before the bowl game that Tech had barely scratched into the CPJ playbook. I also remeber after CPJ’s second year that CPJ stated that Tech really only knew 10% of the playbook. Now, I want to know when CPJ is going to start teaching these boys the other 90% of the playbook???
We run 10 plays. In 5 years, we continue to run those same 10 plays and nothing else. Is CPJ full of crap or is there really 90% more to his playbook?

I feel like CPJ is the Obama of college football…..all mouth, lies, and no action.
I’m selling my stock in CPJ….ain’t buying it no more!

Hold On!!!

November 28th, 2012
8:10 am

FSU has a great statistical defense bc it played weak ACC offenses. Only good offensive teams it played this year were Clemson and Fla and both teams put up 30+ points. FSU is over rated again. If Tech does not give it to the B-Back on almost every play(like yall did against UGA) Tech might stand a chance. CPJ needs to realize he is not the offensive minded genius he thinks he is, and actually needs to open the play book up. If your HC does not use a play card, that means he only has a hand full of plays!!!

go42

November 28th, 2012
8:14 am

Tech’s defense is pitiful. They’ll need FSU to help beat themselves with turnovers and 3rd down failures. I don’t expect Tech to play any better than they have the past couple of years. OUCH!

I thought Tech men were bright

November 28th, 2012
8:16 am

GT has been fooled by Paul Johnson. He won with Chan’s boys, then went out and recruited his boys. Now, when they lose or do not compete with hated rival UGA, he blames them.

PaulJohnson builds great second level ( small college) teams. With all of this, Tech fans continue to buy in.

GT is only in the ACC CG because Miami backed out. Period. GT is again, deluded.

go Dogs.

Ohio Jacket

November 28th, 2012
8:17 am

NA Coroner, your comments were way out of line and you ought to be banned from the blog. There’s just no place for that. Now, I won’t go as far as Super and hope you rot… because my prayer is that you repent and turn to God for mercy. (Seriously)

TechApp fan

November 28th, 2012
8:24 am

re PJ and the pass; Johnson is like a jet engine and birds…he can tolerate a little but not a big gulp.

Makes me wonder how he will utilize Lee next year.

GTBEE

November 28th, 2012
8:24 am

Joke of the day…..Alabama and uga are playing in the SEC Championship with the winner going on to the BCS National Championship PUNCHLINE: Dumb a_s dog fans are on the Tech blog posting foolishness!

What a joke!

Go to your blog and celebrate what probably will be your only opportunity at a National Championship in the next 32 years!

Dan

November 28th, 2012
8:43 am

The FSU defense certainly can be very good at times, but let’s not forget — that mighty defense gave up 37 points, at home, to the offense ranked 106 among FBS teams last week — a Gator offense which only scored 14 against a mediocre Missouri team, an offense which sputtered against Louisiana-Lafayette and Jacksonville State in the second half of the season.

old dog

November 28th, 2012
8:48 am

@Supersize…..I made a few comments about NA Coroner that apparantly Ken “culled”. So let it suffice to say that i hope you are doing well, and some of us posters, Dawgs and Jackets, are good folks!

William Casey

November 28th, 2012
8:52 am

GT’s defense is bad this year and worse than usual against UGA for whatever reason. FSU ain’t UGA, at least not yet. You don’t lose to an NC State team who fired their coach if you’re THAT good. I expect the ACC Championship Game to be competitive and entertaining. GT will need some luck to win, “Dodd luck.”

Buzzed

November 28th, 2012
8:52 am

gtbee: reread your own post, and ask yourself how somebody could be so stupid.

dry dirt road

November 28th, 2012
8:55 am

Tech needes a DC, an AD, they need to blitz if FSU has a German terror on DL, FSU will probably play D like Iowa did with their terror DL shutting down and controlling the los on his side when he tackled Nesbitt like a cowboy easily roping a small calf out of a rodeo gate. Tech needs the white helmets b/c FSU only has gold ones. And any more of the nasty flu bud that has evaded a call for mandatory flu shots at the infirmary? How about some pink Tech girl GT’s for the white helmets in Charlotte?

dry dirt road

November 28th, 2012
8:56 am

flu bug, sorry, d becomes g, evaded me

Boricua Jacket

November 28th, 2012
8:59 am

hahaha Nothing but TROLLS in here! get a life!

old dog

November 28th, 2012
9:02 am

I realize that perhaps due to academics the recruiting may be limited, but there is not ONE-1-UNO or whatever language you want to use to excuse the lack of defensive talent ya’ll have (or do not have.) Get out there, get some D-players and a D-coach, and look like a respectable D-1 team!

Sunbury Dawg

November 28th, 2012
9:03 am

I must admit it has been 32 years since we one the National championship but it was Nov 24 we won the State championship and governors cup again…..Ahhhhhhh how many in a row have you won?

dry dirt road

November 28th, 2012
9:04 am

lets all of us Tech alums generously donate to Alum Roll Call this year and loss to MT(McNeese(Mcneice)St) this year, donate to a disorganized team w/o DC and AD leadership that does not conform to all the other teams that use the shotgun almost all the time…give me a break; donate money to Roll Call to help buy flu vaccine that team ignored…how about another break?

Dadgum.....

November 28th, 2012
9:12 am

Just as an FYI, the Sun Bowl is looking to arrange a VT vs USC game. They will not select GT with the waiver as they are flipping with the Music Bowl should GT somehow get a waiver. Word.

Dadgum.....

November 28th, 2012
9:19 am

The best thing that could happen to GT now is that the NCAA denies their waiver prior to the ACC CG. Call it extra incentive or whatever. Orange Bowl or bust. Pull out all the stops.

ole yeller

November 28th, 2012
10:23 am

@North Ave Coroner. What a insensitive remark about a recently deceased person. You need counsling. I’ve read some misrable things on these blogs but yours is the worse I have seen yet. This ex bloggers wife, family and friends are still in mourning. Hope you feel really good about yourself.

headley lamar

November 28th, 2012
10:42 am

The Seminoles are ranked No. 2 in total defense (249.4 yards per game), No. 4 in rushing defense (85.1 yards per game) and No. 2 in defensive third-down efficiency (27.3 percent).

These numbers were accumulated against ACC competition. Apple meet Orange.

“They’re probably better up front (than Georgia),” Johnson said.

No. They are not.

GT TN

November 28th, 2012
10:43 am

@dadgum..you never turn down a bowl invite because it gives you an extra month of practice..otherwise they cant practice until next spring if we lose sat

Honey Badger Has the Munchies

November 28th, 2012
10:49 am

GT at 6-6 could beat FSU and land in a BCS bowl, the Orange Bowl. Got to love the BCS system. Good luck GT from the Bulldogs.

The New ACC

November 28th, 2012
10:50 am

Paul Johnson’s offense works, period. All you have to do is look at the numbers. Look at the numbers over the years and see that the yards gained and the points scored are really great.

The problem has NEVER been the offense. The problem is with the defense and special teams.

If you are a blog lurker or troll, maybe you should focus on the Tech defense and special teams. Otherwise, you look very foolish!

Dadgum.....

November 28th, 2012
10:52 am

Great move by the ACC this morning adding Louisville. Soooooo glad it wasn’t UConn. It was exceedingly apparent that the move be with a team with more ties to the southern teams and in particular football. Football was the primary deciding factor and that is good to see. Swofford and co. had to appease the football hierarchy at FSU, VT, and Clemson as they were teetering.

By not taking UConn that sends the right message. Cincy might still be a possibility but I don’t think there will be anymore northward expansion. I think the ACC will stick to 14 teams then hold a spot for ND and add a 16th when that occurs in football.

Louisville is the gem no doubt. Congrats. Best athletic dept in the league. Great fan base. Overall sports best in last 6-7 years. We just got rid of one of the worst sports programs in Maryland and replaced it with one of the very best. Awesome!