Step Forward/Step Back (DEF)

Discussion in 'Georgia Tech Football' started by SidewalkJacket, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. SidewalkJacket

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    Step Forward
    DT: I feel like Gotsis will continue to improve here, and even though the depth is unproven, I think we have some athletic guys that can step up alongside the Aussie.
    ILB: Hunt-Days seemed to struggle when most thought he would take a leap. I'm banking on improvement here, and Harrell's hot on his heels.
    CB: I know DJ White took some flack this season, but I was impressed with him. Sammy Watkins made a lot of people look bad, and I thought White was almost always in good position to make plays. If he works on awareness when the ball is in the air, he could be a very solid starter for 3 more years. I'm also putting a lot of stock in what Eric and others say about Step Durham.

    Step Back
    DE: Until I see otherwise, I think its gonna be hard to replace JA's production over the second half of the season.
    S: I LOVE our young DBs with their speed and athleticism. But I don't see anybody that can replace Jemea just yet. Plus, I'm not sold that IJ will come in and reclaim his starting spot. I want to be proven wrong on this position.

    ????
    OLB: I will miss Watts. He was so versatile. But I love Nealy, too. The other spot will tell the truth here.

    BONUS BIG STEP FORWARD
    STs: An experienced Butker and a huge shot in the arm with the addition of Golden and possibly Autry to the return game. Plus, I think our athletic DBs are sometimes most valuable on STs with their reckless abandon. I love seeing Milton, Noble, Griffin flying down the field on coverage units.
     
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    DT- could be on par with last yr as Gotsis improves
    DE- could be a disaster if someone (Whitehead?) doesn't step up big
    LBs-could be best depth of PJ era,if things go right
    S- might be ok if IJ/Golden are really well
    CB- White is ok but overall the position has limited talent and exp
    STs-if punter (Rodwell?) comes through,STs should be ok
     
  3. SidewalkJacket

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    Sorry to resurrect my own thread, but it didn't get much play the first time around, and now that we've been through spring practice, I thought I'd revise my original thoughts (when necessary).

     
  4. dressedcheeseside

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    I'm surprised you didn't mention SDE, it's the biggest question mark in my book. I sure hope Stargel and Co. can pull their weight.
     
  5. SidewalkJacket

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    You're right, I should have addressed it specifically. I didn't see any of the spring practices myself, so I just don't have an opinion on Stargel. He better be good there, it seems, or we're weak at that spot.
     
  6. AE 87

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    FWIW, Johnson and Roof seemed to be feeling pretty okay with Jabari at WDE.

    Also, I think Keshun Freeman and Tyler Stargel will be okay at SDE.
     
  7. IronJacket7

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    Hmmm.... I thought Keshun was slated for WDE...?
     
  8. RamblinCharger

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    I think the DL will actually be improved overall in their second year under pelton and roof. If green can play well next to gotsis I think we can get enough pressure off the edge to make up for missing Attouchu and improve overall
     
  9. AE 87

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    Maybe I got it wrong

    Edit: Yeah, I guess I got it wrong. Roderick Rook-Chungong played pretty well.
     
  10. jeffgt14

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    He is. Unless he gains 30 lbs there is no way I would put him at SDE.
     
  11. IronJacket7

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    Stop confusing me AE. Its hard enough keeping up with this stuff as it is... ;)
     
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  12. danny daniel

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    DE- a weakness on both ends against the run and pass but we may see a lot of improvement as the season progresses. At least we have depth to work with: Stargel, Whitehead, Days, Freeman, Chungong, Henry and Menocal. We need a couple to breakout. I predict Whitehead, Days, and Freeman. We may need Gamble.

    DT- good+ with starters Gotsis and Green healthy; OK depth (the backups have some upside, Gamble and Kitchen, with hopeful help from Commission and Kallon).

    LB- a real strength against the run (not as good against the pass) where we are 5 deep with quality players-Nealy, Marcordes, Davis, Harrell, Hankins and solid performer McNair and promising performers Allen and Alford

    CB- solid against run and pass with starters White and L Griffin and quality depth with Milton and likely Durham; and if we have injuries Noble and Golden

    S-good + against the run but weaker against the pass with Johnson, Golden, and Smith. Very promising backups with C Griffin and Marvin and a very solid Noble

    This a hustling and aggressive bunch with adequate skills. We will do well if we can play some pass defense on third down and use enough of our depth to not wear out late in the game.
     
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