September 24, 2009

Jackets learning from Miami mistakes

Georgia Tech looks to rebound after a sub-par defensive performance against the Miami Hurricanes last Thursday night. Tech had problems defending the pass as quarterback Jacory Harris was able to stand tall and deliver strikes to open receivers. The defense could not stay with Miami receivers on crossing routes and passing plays down the middle of the field. Jackets' starting middle linebacker Brad Jefferson says the breakdowns in the Miami game were on a fundamental level.

"Basically we were putting our eyes on the wrong spots, not knowing assignments," Jefferson said. "Everybody wasn't on the same page and that can make a defense look bad right there."

Jefferson is one of the leaders on the defense and he looks to learn from mistakes made during the Miami game. He will look to assert himself vocally on the field in order to get the defense all on the same page. Jefferson took part of the blame stating, "I need to get in the calls quicker. I was getting the calls in kind of late when they switched and shifted on offense."

The Yellow Jackets will look to put the Miami game in the past as they move forward preparing for the North Carolina this weekend. Jefferson says, "Of course we are disappointed and mad, but we've just got to put it in the past and work on the next game."

The next game will come against the Tarheels, a team that beat the Jackets by the largest margin out of any ACC opponent last season. Tech also dropped out of the national top 25 rankings for the first time this year after the loss to Miami. Both of these components have provided Tech with a chip on their shoulder, looking to prove that they still belong in the conversation with the top teams in the ACC.

"We definitely have a chip on our shoulder," he said. "We have to come out there this Saturday and show everybody what we've got. We have a lot of doubters since the Miami game and because of what North Carolina did to us last year. This week we need to get on the same page and learn our assignments and then take care of business this weekend."



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