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Georgia Tech Football Preseason: Quayshawn Nealy Looks To Make An Impact Under Groh

Georgia Tech linebacker Quayshawn Nealy is one of the leaders of the Yellow Jacket defense, and he and defensive coordinator Al Groh have created a bond during fall camp. The sophomore is expected to make an impact on the field this season and has taken to the coaching of Groh to be the kind of player that makes an impact on defense according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution :

"He takes all the information you give him and he tries to use it," Groh said. "He sees that it works, so he comes back for more, so he's always looking for more and then he's trying to put it into play. He's fun to go out there with every day."

Nealy seems to have fully bought into Groh's system and the way he prefers his linebackers to play on the field:

He also re-fashioned his physique, putting about 10 pounds of muscle onto his frame, now 6-foot-1 and 235 pounds, to make him better able to withstand the collisions along the line. In fall camp, Nealy showed coaches that he had advanced in his familiarity with Groh's defense and his commitment to it. The expectations of significant playing time and improved performance have accelerated his buy-in.

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