Guard Jared Southers offered a similar assessment. In saying that the line had become more adept at reading pre-snap tendencies from the defense, Southers said of Key, "he's like that times 1,000. He sees stuff before any of us can even think of it."
It's in line with an observation made by defensive tackle Chris Martin earlier in the preseason: "They pick up on things quick. They can beat us with their minds without even straight physical stuff. So when they put it all together, they're really dangerous."
Sophomore lineman Mikey Minihan, Quinney said, is “night and day better” compared to last season. Minihan is in position to play meaningful snaps after playing in two games last year.
“I feel like that’s why we are where we are now, because we’ve looked at ourselves and looked at how we can get each little thing better, and you look at now, we’re 100 times better than we were just in the spring,” Quinney said. “So I feel like that’s really the reason that our confidence is a little bit higher.”
Tech’s line will get a stern challenge Thursday night from Clemson’s defensive front, which isn’t the all-world group that the Tigers had last season, but figures to cause problems.
“We try to look at more of what we’re doing, not where we are or who we’re playing,” Quinney said.