Ted Roof Will Make Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets' ACC Standouts

By Devin O'Barr
Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sports

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are still riding high from their bowl game victory over the USC Tojans at the finale of 2012. Now, a new CFB season is upon the Jackets and they will need to improve their defense if they hope to win the ACC this season.

Going a new direction, the program has brought Ted Roof back to his alma mater to be the Jackets defensive coordinator for the 2013 season. Roof did an excellent job with the Penn State Nittany Lions as a defensive coordinator for Bill O’Brien last season. In fact, the Lions defense was second ranked in the Big Ten with only 19.1 points allowed per game and was first in the entire conference with 34 sacks. Given the emotion that ran ramped in Happy Valley, Roof did an exceptional job with an undermanned Nittany Lions defense.

With Tajh Boyd announcing that he will return to the Clemson Tigers the Jackets will have to make sure to keep him and other playmakers in check.

Offensively the team will have a different aura with Vad Lee finally having complete control of the offense that has plenty of ability. In my mind the Yellow Jackets offense was at a disadvantage last season with such a poor defense that was unable to keep points off of the board. With Roof now in the equation the entire team will be more well-rounded and compete more than they have in decades prior.

Things will have to change on the defensive end if the Jackets look to make waves in the ACC but, the signing of Roof is a definite step in the right direction.

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