November 19, 2009

Thursday FB notebook

The Yellow Jackets practiced today for the last time this week before getting an extra day off to rest tomorrow. The players and coaches will have the benefit of a long weekend so that they can rest up and come back with a strong practice on Monday.

Head Coach Paul Johnson spoke a little bit about the pros and cons of having a bye week on the schedule by saying, "You just never know. You might lose a little momentum, but you cannot worry about it because it is what it is. We are banged up and we need to take a little bit of time off. I think that they need the time off both physically and mentally."

Tech has been particularly stingy stuffing the run on defense in the last few games. They have given up only 85 total yards in their last three ACC games against Virginia, Wake Forest, and Duke. They have moved their way up to third in the ACC in rushing defense by giving up only 117.2 yards per game over the course of the season.

"We've done much better," said Coach Johnson. "We played more responsibly and kept our assignments. We geared in on trying to stop something and the run is what we have been better at stopping. We've played better and we've probably played some teams that don't run the ball as well."

The Jackets have also done better at getting pressure on the opposing quarterback. Derrick Morgan has led the way for the majority of the season, but he got some help in a big way against Duke as Ben Anderson had a stand out performance.

Coach Johnson discussed the production of his defensive tackles by remarking, "The pass rush has been huge. Last week was the first week that we really got some help out of our defensive tackles. We need to be consistent and we need to keep getting that kind of production, especially this week. We can't depend on one guy all of the time."

Coach Johnson said that he does not have any big plans this weekend and is going to kick back and relax like the rest of us. He said, "I'm going to kick back and watch some football and maybe come in and watch some tape on Georgia."

Injury Updates

None to report. Sean Bedford was in a red jersey and looked like he was walking around just fine.

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