The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are making the move to a true 4-3 in 2013, complete with a more aggressive defensive philosophy under defensive coordinator Ted Roof. The strength of their team next season will be the linebacker position, which returns all three starters from 2012. Their linebacker corps should remain a strength of the team for years to come thanks to the presence of Jabari Hunt-Days.
During his freshman season in 2012, JHD burst onto the scene and established himself as one of the top talents on the Jackets’ defense. He finished third on the team with 84 tackles, including 4.5 for loss, with an interception, a forced fumble and four passes broken up. He is only scratching the surface of his talent and will continue to grow during his sophomore season playing alongside veteran teammates like Quayshawn Nealy and Brandon Watts.
The one area that Tech would like to see more out of Hunt-Days is playing in opponents’ backfield. The young linebacker didn’t record a single sack in 2012 and had just one quarterback pressure. Some of that will be taken care of by Roof’s more aggressive play-calling, which figures to see a lot more pressure being generated by the linebackers. But Hunt-Days will have to focus on improving his ability to generate negative plays before he eventually takes over as the leader of this defense.
The ceiling is sky high for Jabari Hunt-Days as he grows and becomes a leader on the Georgia Tech defense. He will likely be one of the key pieces that the Yellow Jackets build their defense around for the next several years as they try and become an ACC contender.