Collins ready for change at Georgia Tech
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.
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.