Roof seeks 'urgency' as Georgia Tech opener nears

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Posted at 10:17 PM, Aug 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-21 22:17:00-04

ATLANTA (AP) - Ted Roof says he is "in a race against the clock" as he runs out of time to install his 4-3 defense at Georgia Tech.

Roof is in his first year as defensive coordinator, but the Yellow Jackets were introduced to the scheme late last season. Interim coordinator Charles Kelly began using the 4-3 after Al Groh was fired midway through last season.

The results late last season were encouraging. A defense that had routinely allowed more than 30 points per game suddenly played stout in a 21-15 loss to Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game and in a 21-7 Sun Bowl win over Southern California.

Roof says he is looking for a "sense of urgency" from his players before the Aug. 31 opener against Elon.