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MTSU vs. Georgia Tech: Al Groh working on Yellow Jackets' pass rush

After not recording a sack against the Miami Hurricanes, Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh is looking to improve the Yellow Jackets' pass rush.

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After the Miami Hurricanes were able to contain the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets pass rush, defensive coordinator Al Groh has been thinking of ways to put pressure on Middle Tennessee State this Saturday.

In speaking with Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Groh knows that the team needs to put more pressure on the quarterback after only recording six sacks in the first four games.

After the Yellow Jackets were able to pressure Virginia quarterbacks 16 times two weeks ago, the Hurricanes kept six or seven players at all times to block for Stephen Morris. That decision proved to be a good one for Miami, who kept Georgia Tech from recording a sack during Morris' 52 pass attempts last Saturday.

Groh knows that its going to be difficult to pressure the quarterback this way without calling an all-out blitz or having a pass rusher beat his man one-one-one,

"Unless you rush eight, they've got more than you've got. The numbers game comes into effect that way. Usually where those seven-man protections get beat is if you have some awesome individual pass rushers who can win the one-on-ones."

Groh does think that the Miami game will be looked at as an outlier with what looks like a quality Hurricanes offense against an injury-depleted defense that made numerous mistakes,

"I think that, when you evaluate things on a whole body of work, I think what you might look back on at the end of the season is that Miami's got a pretty good team."

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