Last Time for Jason Peters (Practice #3)

Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh came to Atlanta last year and installed his 3-4 defense. For many of the defensive starters, it was a season of thinking before reacting as they learned the new defensive. Groh returns five seniors who look to play a major role in upgrading the Tech defense.

One of those seniors leading the defense is fifth year senior Jason Peters. Peters enters this season finding it hard to believe that this is the last chance he'll get. "It's kinda surreal," said Peters.

A common theme for Peters and his teammates is the progress they've made in learning the defense as they prepare for the 2011 season. "We have a better idea of what calls are being made and how to get there." Peters is excited about the guys that are coming back this year on the defense.

Peters entered camp in a survival mode. "I never do too well in camp." Cramping has always been a problem for Jason in camp. He's doing his best to push through his final camp. "My teammates are suffering too so I want to be out there with them as long as I can."

One of the strengths of this years defense will be the depth allowing the starters to get more breathers. "This will be an advantage we'll have over other teams," said Peters.

The freshman have left an impression on Jason as they have on others. Peters remembers how lost he was as a freshman and sees a difference from this group. "You can tell that they've been getting in the playbook."

Look for more wrinkles from Coach Groh this season now that he has an experienced groupreturning with one full season and the spring under their belts.

NEWS AND NOTES

Chris Jackson will be lining up as the Z receiver behind Stephen Hill. He's also be used on special teams. Jackson is running with the first team kick coverage unit.

Linebacker Steven Sylvester was greeted with a surprise on his first night in the hotel. He was awakened by roommate Corey Dennis talking in his sleep. This is a regular occurance for Dennis.

The heat forced the team inside today about halfway through practice.

Today was the first day that the team was in shoulder pads.

It was easy to see from the faces of the players that the heat took a toll on them today. They'll hold meetings here after practiceand then back to the hotel to rest up for tomorrow morning's practice.


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