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October 27, 2008
ASI Insider: Defending GT's triple option
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"Some people can't pressure you unless they blitz," he said. "They don't have to blitz to pressure. They can even rush three and pressure."
Georgia Tech's defensive front should test Florida State's young offensive line. The Seminoles had a tough test last weekend against Virginia Tech, a game where head coach Bobby Bowden said he could tell the freshman offensive linemen played a little wide-eyed for a while.
Sophomore guard Rodney Hudson was in their shoes just last year, and knew just what to say to get their heads back in the game.
"I just told them to stay focused," he said. "Calm down and trust your technique. As it went on we just kept getting better."
Hudson added that a tough game against Virginia Tech should have the line well prepared for Georgia Tech.
"It's going to help a lot," Hudson said. "A lot of ACC defenses are the same. They have a lot of speed on the corners. Georgia Tech plays pretty good team defense with pretty good speed and the have big guys in the middle."
Offensive line coach Rick Trickett knows he has a lot of young offensive linemen and, while they might be short on experience, they're long on tenacity.
"What I loved was that they never quit (against Virginia Tech)," Trickett said. "Good things are going to happen to people that do that."
Quote of the day
Defensive tackle Budd Thacker on defending the triple option:
"What we are thinking at the defensive tackle position is that the fullback always has the ball no matter what. We picture that the ball is in his hands and then go kill him. That's what we are going to do."
Follow-up question: Not literally?
"Not literally, I guess. sure."
* Bonus Video: Rick Trickett on the OL
* Linebacker Dekoda Watson, who played for 12 snaps on defense against Virginia Tech, said his hamstring is about 75% recovered and expects to see more playing time this week against Georgia Tech. Watson has extra motivation to play this Saturday since former South Aiken High School teammate Ben Anderson plays defensive tackle for the Yellow Jackets. The two have been texting each other about the game.
* The Golden Torch Winners for all sports were announced on Monday night. The top academic performer for football was walk-on Jeffry Taccetta.
* Defensive tackle Justin Mincey, who injured his right knee on Saturday, said he is about 85% recovered. He was wearing a knee brace after Monday's practice but said he expects to play on Saturday.
* Time is running out to order tickets for Friday night's Wreck the Wreck (Ga. Tech pregame) Party in Atlanta. The Warchant Cowgirls will be in attendance along with the FSU cheerleaders, as well as Gene Deckerhoff and William Floyd. Link to order tickets.