Collins ready for change at Ge­or­gia Tech

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - College Football -

Ge­or­gia na­tive Ge­off Collins said Fri­day he landed his dream job when hired to re­turn as Ge­or­gia Tech’s coach.

Most no­table among changes the for­mer Tem­ple coach will bring to the Yel­low Jack­ets will be a shift from the spread-op­tion of­fense used by for­mer coach Paul Johnson the past 11 years.

At his in­tro­duc­tory news con­fer­ence af­ter his hir­ing was an­nounced early Fri­day, Collins said he will in­stall “NFLbased” schemes on of­fense and de­fense. Those changes will be a chal­lenge for play­ers re­cruited by Johnson for the Yel­low Jack­ets’ run-first at­tack with its triple-op­tion plays.

“I’ve al­ready been watch­ing tape on the plane,” Collins said, adding “Re­cruit­ing mat­ters. That is a huge pri­or­ity for us.”

The 47-year-old Collin, is a for­mer Florida and Mis­sis­sippi State de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and Ge­or­gia Tech as­sis­tant who was 15-10 in two sea­sons at Tem­ple.

Be­fore his time at Florida (2015-16) and Mis­sis­sippi State (2011-14), Collins was a grad­u­ate as­sis­tant and tight ends coach at Ge­or­gia Tech un­der coach Ge­orge O’Leary from 1999-2001. He re­turned to serve as re­cruit­ing co­or­di­na­tor at Tech un­der coach Chan Gai­ley in 2006.

A na­tive of Cony­ers, Ge­or­gia, Collins said he be­gan dream­ing about even­tu­ally be­com­ing Ge­or­gia Tech’s coach dur­ing his two stints as an as­sis­tant. He said the op­por­tu­nity, which de­vel­oped quickly when Johnson stepped down on Nov. 28, was not ex­pected.

“I formed a vi­sion in my head in mul­ti­ple stops I’ve been here of what this place can be, what this place should be,” he said.

He spoke of em­pha­siz­ing the Ge­or­gia Tech brand and cul­ture.

“Re­cruits choose brands and our brand should be as strong as any­where in the coun­try and it’s go­ing to be,” Collins said.

Duke

In­jured de­fen­sive tackle Edgar Cerenord has been granted an ex­tra year of el­i­gi­bil­ity by the NCAA. The school said the red­shirt se­nior will be el­i­gi­ble to play in 2019. The Mi­ami na­tive has 59 tack­les, two sacks, a forced fum­ble and four quar­ter­back pres­sures in 41 ca­reer games. He started 17 of them.

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