Report: Georgia Tech could be without two starting linebackers against Maryland

Georgia Tech could be without two of its starting linebackers when it hosts Maryland on Saturday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Neither Jeremiah Attaochu, a standout outside linebacker, nor Daniel Drummond, an inside linebacker, practiced Monday. Coach Paul Johnson told the newspaper that both players are questionable after both suffered leg injuries in Saturday’s victory against North Carolina State.

“I don’t know if he’ll play, but he is okay,” Johnson said of Attaochu. “We are not going to have to shoot him or anything.”

Attaochu is tied for 15th nationally with four sacks.

The 13th-ranked Yellow Jackets (5-0) play a 3-4 defense. Their defensive coordinator is a familiar face: former Virginia coach Al Groh.

More on the injuries as the week unfolds . . .

As for Georgia Tech’s prolific offense, get a load of these notes from Georgia Tech’s first five games:

Georgia Tech running back Orwin Smith has scored more touchdowns (eight) than any player in the ACC. Smith averages 15.1 yards per carry. And he has rushed for a touchdown once every four times he has carried the ball.

Quarterback Tevin Washington would lead the league in pass efficiency (187.6) if he had enough attempts to qualify. Washington has thrown 10 touchdown passes this season and just one interception.

Great stat: Georgia Tech’s offense has produced 2,935 yards. Kent State, which ranks last in total offense, has racked up 956 yards. That’s a difference of 1.12 miles.

Junior wide receiver Stephen Hill averages 33.5 yards per reception, which ranks first nationally. Four of his 15 receptions have been for touchdowns.

Georgia Tech has scored on its first possession in every game. In fact, the Yellow Jackets scored on their first offensive play in each of their first three games.

Tech has scored 35 touchdowns this season in 63 offensive possessions.

Tech has had eight one-play touchdown drives this season. It had zero last season.

Tech was just the second team in ACC history to score more than 200 points through its first four games of the season.

Tech has outscored its opponents, 80-14, in the first quarter.

Tech has produced nine offensive plays of 70 yards or longer. Tech has produced 40 offensive plays of 20 yards or longer. Twelve different players have produced a play of 20 yards or more.

Tech has produced 17 touchdown drives of five plays or fewer.

Tech is 24 of 27 scoring inside the red zone, including 21 touchdowns and three field goals.

Tech has had 21 touchdown drives occur in less than three minutes. Ten have been in less than one minute. Four touchdown drives have been longer than seven minutes. Against Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 10, one touchdown drive lasted 17 plays, covering 98 yards in 9:25. The Yellow Jackets’ final drive lasted 16 plays, covering 73 yards in 9:41.

Over the last 30 years, Georgia Tech has produced more than 590 yards of total offense in a game eight times. Three of those games have come this season.

The Yellow Jackets have not played the nation’s toughest schedule, but all of the above is still quite impressive.

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