“This is base, Day 1 fundamentals that you can go to any junior high, high school across America and watch,” Key continued. “Because that’s what the name of the game is. The schemes and X’s and O’s and all those things, the time for that comes in the summer and when the season gets here.”
Key’s emphasis on limiting mistakes could be seen in the Jackets’ per-game penalty average. Tech averaged 8.9 flags per game in 2020 and 6.1 in 2021 per game with former coach Geoff Collins, and then 6.5 in the first four games of the 2022 season before his dismissal. In Key’s eight games as interim, the average was 5.4.
He went on to say that spring practice will be the time for the team to determine its identity. Key said he already had an idea, returning again to tenets fundamental play.
“Quarterbacks delivering the ball on time and taking good drops,” he said. “Ball security. Developing a physical toughness in the way that we can stop the run and run the ball and cover kicks. That’s what I want to see coming out of spring.”
Tech can practice 15 times during the spring. The spring game will be held April 15.
Daily Jackets: The AJC presents a daily look at one news item about Georgia Tech athletics to start your morning.