Georgia Tech shuffles defensive staff

Georgia Tech secondary coach Charles Kelly will continue his role and add the interim defensive coordinator title following the firing of Al Groh, the school announced on Tuesday afternoon. The Jackets will also make the following staff changes:

  • Andy McCollum moves from defensive line coach to inside linebackers.

  • Joe Speed moves from inside linebackers to outside linebackers.

  • Dave Walkosky will continue to oversee special teams, but will also coach defensive line.

Kelly, who is in his seventh season at Georgia Tech, took over the Jackets' secondary in 2010 after coaching the cornerbacks in 2008 and 2009. He was a former defensive coordinator at three different schools, including Nicholls State, Henderson State and Jacksonville State.

"I just felt he'd do a good job," said coach Paul Johnson. "He's organized. I know he'll put in the time, the effort and the work. And everybody is going to be contributing. It's not like we've got one guy going in, this is the system, this is it. They'll all have some good ideas. I spent a couple of hours with them [Tuesday]. They'll mesh it and get what they want to do. I'm not going to mandate something. I haven't to this point. We'll let them work it out."

In the first practice without their former defensive coordinator, the Jackets were "flying around," according to Johnson, who told reporters he spent the bulk of the day with the defense.

"I just thougth it might be a good shakeup," Johnson said of McCollum's move. "When you're going to shake things up, get another set of eyes to see. He might not have the same impression of those linebackers that the other guy did. Same with d-line.

"I'm excited," Johnson said. "We've got a lot of work to do, because we're changing a lot of stuff, but I'm excited about it."