Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson expects two of his key defensive players -- outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu and inside linebacker Daniel Drummond -- to play in the Yellow Jackets game against Miami on Saturday after missing the last two weeks with leg injuries.
Attaochu, a 6'3 235 sophomore, was emerging as a star before going down with a leg injury in Georgia Tech's game against NC State. The week before, he was named the national defensive player of the week by the Football Writers Association of America for a dominant performance against North Carolina, where he had nine tackles, a forced fumble and three sacks, including one on the last play of the game.
Drummond, a 6'3 240 redshirt sophomore, had won a starting job after missing most of last season with academic difficulties.
Drummond was dressed for the Virginia game, while Johnson had previously said that Attaochu would be ready as well. However, neither ended up playing, and the Yellow Jackets ended up dropping their first game of the season in a huge upset loss to the Cavaliers, giving up 272 yards rushing in the process.