It was at least the second time in a week that Collins stopped practice to take the team to task for its practice performance. That the 11-on-11 work was being done near the goal line, both with the offense nearing the end zone and trying to push out from its own goal line, accentuated the need for the sort of focus that Collins was not seeing on either offense or defense.
“That’s kind of a really crucial time, as in, you don’t want to make any mistakes backed up or while you’re in the red zone,” McGowan said. “All those little details really matter.”
Wide receiver Pejé Harris noticed the lack of focus even before Collins’ reprimand, saying that the rain may have made it more difficult for players to stay dialed in.
“When we got out there, I don’t think our focus was where it needed to be,” he said. “But we definitely picked it up and got it right by the end of practice.”
As the Yellow Jackets seek to improve on back-to-back three-win seasons, Collins repeatedly has stressed the importance of attention to detail in following assignments, avoiding penalties and, for the offense, taking care of the ball. Tech was tied for 125th in FBS last season in total giveaways (25) and 119th in penalty yardage per game (74.9 yards per game).