Georgia Tech's Ted Roof believes his defense is in 'better place'



ATLANTA — Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof was pleased with the effort of his unit during Saturday’s scrimmage, the Yellow Jackets’ second of the fall.

Following the opening-drive touchdown, the defense allowed just two first downs by the offense over its next three possessions.

“It’s been a good camp,” Roof said. “We’re certainly in a better place than where we started. But we’ve got to come back to work, get fresh and get better.”


CLEMSON: Head coach Dabo Swinney was more upbeat after Saturday’s scrimmage than he was after the first.

“We had a little of everything today,” Swinney said. “We had some good and had some bad on both sides of the ball. Overall, I thought the defense set the tempo and had a good day.”

Jadar Johnson had a pick-six early in the scrimmage.

D.J. Howard had a 40-yard touchdown run and Adam Humphries made a stellar catch in the end zone.


GEORGIA SOUTHERN: Coach Willie Fritz said his team narrowed its focus for the final preseason scrimmage.

“We did a little more situational work, two-minute, four-minute, overtime, a lot of good work for all of us,” he said.

Kevin Ellison and Favian Upshaw had touchdowns in the scrimmage.


TEXAS A&M: Kenny Hill is taking over for Johnny Football.

Coach Kevin Sumlin says that Hill will start for the Aggies in their opener against South Carolina on Aug. 28.

Hill beat out freshman Kyle Allen for the job left vacant when 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel left early for the NFL.

Sumlin says: “The competition was close and that competition will continue to help us improve.”

Hill saw limited action last season, throwing for 183 yards and a touchdown in four games.


FLORIDA STATE: Wide receiver Isaiah Jones has been declared academically ineligible.

Coach Jimbo Fisher said that Jones will still attend the school and practice with the Seminoles.

The 6-foot-4 sophomore caught two passes for 31 yards in five games in 2013, but he had five receptions for 81 yards to lead the Gold squad in the Seminoles’ spring game in April.

He was part of a large group of receivers competing for starting jobs after Florida State lost senior Kenny Shaw and Kelvin Benjamin entered the NFL Draft early.

Jones is the tallest receiver on the roster, and he was expected to help cushion the loss of the 6-5 Benjamin.


AUBURN: Coach Gus Malzahn says defensive back Robenson Therezie “is working through some eligibility issues.”

Malzahn hopes to know more about Therezie’s status “in the near future.” He declined to elaborate.

Therezie started every game last season during the Tigers’ Southeastern Conference championship run. He had 56 tackles and four interceptions, returning one 78 yards for a touchdown against Mississippi.



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