October 21, 2009

Bedford leads by example

After moving to the offensive side of the ball in 2008, Georgia Tech center Sean Bedford has turned into one of the most consistent and competitive offensive linemen on the football team. Heading into the big showdown with Virginia in Charlottesville, Bedford was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for the second time this season, but he is more focused on the task at hand.

Bedford along with quarterback Josh Nesbitt and head coach Paul Johnson are keeping the team focused on the importance of the game this week, so there is no hangover effect following the win over No. 4 Virginia Tech.

"Coach Johnson and Josh said this earlier too, this is the most important game of the season," Bedford said. "Regardless of what their overall record is, Virginia is the Coastal Division leader and if we want to win the title we have to go through there and beat them. This is a huge game, but I think it will be that way from here out."

"I think a lot of people thought after the Virginia Tech game we would get a little bit of a reprieve, but that is not coming anytime soon," he said. "We have to keep going along and playing our best every week."

Bedford says he is not worried about a let down.

"I am not concerned and I do think we are going to overlook these guys for a second," Bedford said. "I think we will come out, give it our best shot and come out as hard as we can."

The Jackets' record in Charlottesville is also an extra incentive to keep the team on edge this week.

"We you have a factoid like the losing streak up there you want to get it off your back as quickly as possible," he said. "I think more immediately than that, they beat us last year and we owe them one. We are going to go out and work hard this week and try and get them on Saturday."

After beginning his career as a walk-on defensive tackle, Johnson recruited Bedford to play on the other side of the ball.

"He was on the scout team and beating up the offensive line," Johnson said. "I said why don't you come over to the other side and beat them out, instead of beating them up. So, he moved over and has worked his tail off.

Coach Johnson has been impressed with Bedford's slow accent into the starting lineup.

"He's worked as hard as any member of our football team," Johnson said. "He's a great kid, a guy that is a self-motivator and achiever. All you have to do is look at everything he does. He has a 3.8 GPA in Aeronautical Engineering, so he does great in school. He's solid off the field. He is a great kid. "

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