Hope and concern: Georgia Tech

The hope and concern series continues today with Georgia Tech:

Biggest reason for hope: Improved defense

Despite the fact that the Yellow Jackets have to replace six starters on defense, Georgia Tech should be better in the second season under coordinator Al Groh. The defense had the edge on the offense almost all spring, and it was evident the players are more comfortable in the 3-4 scheme and have a better understanding of what Groh expects from them. Six of the top nine tacklers must be replaced, along with all four starters in the secondary, but both starting defensive ends return in Jason Peters and Izaan Cross. Linebacker Julian Burnett was the team’s leading tackler a year ago with 89 stops, and the overhaul in the secondary should be tempered by several players who have seen significant playing time, like cornerback Rashaad Reid, who started 14 games in 2008 and 2009.

Biggest reason for concern: The quarterback position

The fact that Synjyn Days closed the competition on Tevin Washington in the spring game should be a bit unsettling to Georgia Tech fans. Not because Days isn’t capable of running the offense, but because Washington has yet to truly establish himself as the leader of the offense. There’s no question it’s his job to lose, but the problem is, he could actually lose it if he doesn’t make better decisions in summer camp. Of course, the offensive line could do a better job of helping him out, and it should be noted that overall, Washington was the most consistent quarterback this spring.

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