Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Nate Woody will be moving onto Army (maybe).
UPDATE: Georgia Tech writer Kelly Quinlan (Rivals) is reporting that Woody has now not interviewed or accepted any job with Army.
That being said, it’s still doubtful that Woody returns next season per our opinion.
Georgia Tech first-year defensive coordinator Nate Woody’s time on The Flats is officially coming to an end as he’s accepted the same job with Army according to reports. ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg was the first to report the move for the former Appalachian State defensive coordinator. Army’s defensive coordinator Jay Bateman left the Black Knights for the defensive coordinator opening at UNC.
Woody and Georgia Tech parting ways was an expected move once Geoff Collins was hired to be the new head coach due to the defensive scheme differences between the two coaches. Running two widely different base defenses. While no coaching staff announcements have been made it was expected that Woody would not be part of the staff under Collins, his decision to the Army job proves just that.
Under Woody, the Yellow Jackets defense this allowed 28.9 points per game which ranked 80th in the country. it was actually an increase from the 2017 total of 26.5 points per game that the Yellow Jackets allowed under then-defensive coordinator Ted Roof. That being said, the defense started out incredibly shaky at the beginning of the season but really began to come into their own in the second half of the season.
Under Woody, the Jackets didn’t see a huge increase in sacks, for the season, they finished with just 16 sacks (1.33 per game). Those 16 sacks ranked 114th in the country.
However, the Jackets did see an increase in forcing turnovers, forcing 26 turnovers on the season, just four off the top mark in the country held by Syracuse. Overall, the defense was a tale of two seasons for the Yellow Jackets. It certainly would have been interesting to see how the defensive would’ve have progressed next season under Woody.
For Georgia Tech’s defense, a new defensive coordinator will certainly prevent challenges in adapting to a new scheme, the third scheme that some players will be learning in their careers on The Flats. The defense will be tested early next season when they take on Clemson to open up the season.
The Yellow Jackets and soon to be former head coach Paul Johnson are preparing to take on Minnesota on December 26th in the Quick Lane Bowl.