Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets College Football Preview 2021: Defense
– The offense might not have been special, but it was a whole lot stronger than the D. The Yellow Jackets had a problem against the run, had a bigger issue against anyone who could throw, and ended up allowing 459 yards and 37 points per game.
There’s enough in the back seven to expect an improvement, but …
– The defensive front should be okay in time. The Yellow Jackets have several parts back to work in a rotation, but more stars have to emerge.
6-3, 247-pound sophomore Jordan Domineck led the team with four sacks to go along with 8.5 tackles for loss, 6-3, 270-pound senior Antonneous Clayton adds more bulk, and former Old Dominion transfer Keion White adds playmaking ability to a relatively deep group.
The interior doesn’t have a ton of size, but 6-4, 302-pound Mike Lockhart and 305-pound Dijmon Brooks are big enough to hold up.
– Leading tackler David Curry is done, but 225-pound junior Quez Jackson is an active defender who came up with 80 stops from one of the two linebacking spots, and Maryland transfer Ayinde Eley brings over 111 tackles and 240-pound size to the other job.
The very, very deep group of defensive backs can tackle, but now they have make more plays when the ball is in the air.
6-3, 220-pound junior safety Juanyeh Thomas was third on the team with 59 tackles – he has the speed to be used on kickoff returns – and he’s not alone.
Veteran tackler Tariq Carpenter is a 6-4, 226-pound safety who pops, and after missing a bulk of last year, Tre Swilling should grab back one of the corner gigs in a good, deep situation.