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Al Groh finding solutions to new problems, and new solutions to old problems

Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh seemed pleased with the progress of the Yellow Jackets’ defense during spring practice.

Groh said, “I think ‘progressing’ is probably the key word. We have progress as we introduced it last year, but we have also progressed significantly with the scheme. We have gone forward with quite a few things that we were ready to do last year OR that in our research how we are trying to evolve.”

“What we face on defense, you are either trying to find solutions to new problems OR new solutions to old problems. If that book stays the same from year to year, then you’re probably losing ground. Under any circumstances, we usually try to evolve. So we went through that evolution with the scheme in general and then our players have enabled us to move forward with what we did last year and what we hope to be able to do this year.”

Last season, in the first year under Groh, the Yellow Jackets finished 57th nationally in scoring defense (25.2 ppg) and 64th nationally in total defense (371 ypg). Georgia Tech finished 101st nationally in sacks and 108th nationally in tackles-for-loss.

Heading into 2011, Groh is excited about the defensive line and expects great competition for the starting spots at linebacker.

Georgia Tech opens against Western Carolina, at MTSU, and Kansas. The Yellow Jackets’ ACC schedule is favorable with UNC, Clemson, and Virginia Tech all coming to Bobby Dodd Stadium.