Muench's Trenches: Who has the edge?
November, 1, 2013
By Steve Muench | ESPN.com
On Saturday, Georgia Tech defensive end/outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu recorded four tackles and two sacks in addition to forcing a fumble in the Ramblin Wreck's 35-25 win over Virginia. His quick first step gave Virginia's right offensive tackle Eric Smith problems, and there was a lot to like about Attaochu's motor whether he was chasing the run or rushing the passer. At 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, he also did a nice job of getting to depth and showed above-average range dropping into coverage.
That said, there is a difference between producing against a true freshman in Smith and producing against an early-round draft prospect in left offensive tackle Morgan Moses, who got the better of his matchup with Attaochu. Moses used his lateral quickness and length to protect the edge when Attaochu lined up outside the tight end and rushed from a wide alignment. He did it without sacrificing the B-gap as he countered well when Attaochu redirected inside. Even when Moses gave ground on speed-to-power or didn't get great initial hand placement, he recovered well.
As far as the ground game was concerned, Moses can do a better job of sinking his hips and driving his legs, but he sealed Attaochu long enough to create seams for the ball carrier and washed Attaochu down the line of scrimmage at times. Moses also played with more of an edge and finished better than I've seen on other tapes.