‘Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate’ 2013: How Georgia Tech Matches Up with Georgia

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Linebackers – Advantage GT

Georgia Tech’s linebackers haven’t received enough credit for the job they’ve done this season. In the Jackets’ basic 4-3 set, Jabari Hunt-Days and Quayshawn Nealy have performed far better than expected, combining for three interceptions and 89 tackles so far this season. When the Jackets move to their nickel package, Brandon Watts replaces Hunt-Days, and is a tackling machine, along with adding an interception of his own.

Georgia’s linebackers have seriously underperformed this season, having a lot to live up to from departed seniors. Amarlo Herrera has really been the only standout for the Bulldogs this season, totaling 95 tackles and an interception. Jordan Jenkins, who was expected to step up as the next great Georgia linebacker, has only 35 tackles and no interceptions this season (but does have four sacks to his credit). The biggest problem for Georgia’s LBs has been in pass coverage, where many times they’ve looked confused about where to even line up.