October 27, 2009
Walls a key to the improved D-line
Georgia Tech took a huge step on the road to Tampa with a win over former Coastal Division leader, Virginia. In doing so, they also broke the long-standing curse of Scott Stadium; this was Tech's first win there since 1990. They did it with swarming defense against a team from the state of Virginia for the second game in a row.
The defensive line has been instrumental to the improvement of the defense as a whole by getting more pressure on the opposing team's quarterback. They had a tall task chasing around mobile quarterbacks like Tyrod Taylor two weeks ago and Jameel Sewell this past week, but they rose to the occasion.
One player that stood out in particular was defensive tackle, Logan Walls. The red-shirt sophomore was a relative unknown entering the season having only played in three games and having made one tackle in his career. He entered this season as a reserve behind Jason Peters, but has since moved his way into the starting lineup for the last five games. Walls has so far accumulated 10 tackles with one and half of those for a loss of yards, including his first career sack last weekend.
Walls attributes his success to the entire defensive unit and his teammates. According to him, "Everybody is going out and doing there jobs and they are not trying to over do anything. The whole D-line is playing well. A lot of the credit goes to Derrick Morgan for freeing me up. With Derrick, I have a lot of trust in him that he will carry his own weight, if not more. He will always be where he needs to be so that I can run my stunts."
Simplifying the defensive schemes has also helped the defensive line and they are starting to come together and gel as a unit. Walls remarked, "The more you play together, the better you get. We've gotten a lot better since the beginning of the year."
A common theme this year for the team has been to take the season one game at a time. Walls has embraced this attitude of humility and finds success by breaking it down even further; one play at a time. He says, "When you go from play to play, not every play is going to be your best play. If you get knocked down, you just have to get up and do better on your next play. Just like with the game, we have to take it one game at a time so that we don't get too far ahead of ourselves."
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