Perhaps Pelton’s greatest successes as a position coach were the development of defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu into an All-American in 2013 and defensive tackle Adam Gotsis into an All-ACC selection in 2015. Both were second-round draft picks following their senior seasons. They were two of six Tech linemen tutored by Pelton who have signed NFL contracts. Two more, KeShun Freeman and Antonio Simmons, could have a chance later this year.
However, Tech’s linemen were limited in their productivity in rushing the passer. After the Jackets ranked 25th nationally in 2013 in sacks per game, they did not rank higher than 108th in the four following seasons.
Tech now has two openings to fill – Pelton’s vacated spot and the newly formed 10th assistant coaching position.
The job change was first reported earlier Thursday by Rivals.