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AJC: is TJ finally the answer to our DL?

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    AJC: is TJ finally the answer to our DL?

    will jackson says, T.J., he used to not be much of a threat to rush the passer, guard Will Jackson said, but now hes getting back there and hes a lot quicker and a lot more explosive off the ball.

    he's definitely been putting in the time according to ken's new article.

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    As we have talked about, the DL and specifically NT is probably the biggest question this season. If TJ is the answer and he can stay healthy, we'll be ok. Nothing like 3 and outs to keep the defense fresh. Going to the one gap (making us a 3+/4- D) will help too.

    After TJ, we have Green who is 60 pounds lighter and a half foot shorter. We may need to be converting one of our OL big boys to NT for next year. Don't have that coveted NT recruit yet!! Or was Commissiong slated to go to NT?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stonedwall View Post
    will jackson says, T.J., he used to not be much of a threat to rush the passer, guard Will Jackson said, but now hes getting back there and hes a lot quicker and a lot more explosive off the ball.

    he's definitely been putting in the time according to ken's new article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ga Tech Navy Nuke View Post
    As we have talked about, the DL and specifically NT is probably the biggest question this season. If TJ is the answer and he can stay healthy, we'll be ok. Nothing like 3 and outs to keep the defense fresh. Going to the one gap (making us a 3+/4- D) will help too.

    After TJ, we have Green who is 60 pounds lighter and a half foot shorter. We may need to be converting one of our OL big boys to NT for next year. Don't have that coveted NT recruit yet!! Or was Commissiong slated to go to NT?
    Leverage and power are also very important at the nose. You don't have to big enormous to have these. Green has a very powerful lower body and plays low, both of which are very good attributes. Don't know about his quickness, but if he has a quick first step to go along with his power and use of leverage, he could be very effective regardless of his lighter weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LongforDodd View Post
    I'll wait until October and November to see what's hype and what's reality.
    Yup. Getting a good pass rush on our OL is hard to gauge. Most OLs that TJ goes up against will be more versed in pass protection than ours.

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    We've certainly seen how much of an impact he can be when his switch is "on" (Clemson last year). He's got the talent and the physical size to be a plus NT. Now it's a question of want to. He certainly looked better during the spring. Glad he took it upon himself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LongforDodd View Post
    I'll wait until October and November to see what's hype and what's reality.
    if you wait till then our season will pretty much be over!!! with VPI on day 1 and a front-heavy ACC sched with clemson the firsr week of october we need to be in mid-season form sept 3.

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    It's great tha TJ has worked and is working so hard. He has tremendous potential. And, having another guy pushing him is also really good for the team. They both can go all out and know that someone can come in to help out and the team will not lose anything.

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    Get the TO's & success will follow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ga Tech Navy Nuke View Post
    As we have talked about, the DL and specifically NT is probably the biggest question this season. If TJ is the answer and he can stay healthy, we'll be ok. Nothing like 3 and outs to keep the defense fresh. Going to the one gap (making us a 3+/4- D) will help too.

    After TJ, we have Green who is 60 pounds lighter and a half foot shorter. We may need to be converting one of our OL big boys to NT for next year. Don't have that coveted NT recruit yet!! Or was Commissiong slated to go to NT?
    Maybe Gotsis? Not sure how much bigger he'll get, but he's coming in 6'5 300 lbs, and judging from some videos that have been floating out there, he's pretty athletic. Maybe a year in the S&C program and he can bulk up and get stronger and fill that role moving forward...

 

 
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