Georgia Tech Might Be Without Two Starting Linebackers for Maryland Game

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 17: Jeremiah Attaochu #45 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets breaks up a pass intended for Tim Biere #86 of the Kansas Jayhawks at Bobby Dodd Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

And given the way that game appears to be shaping up, I'll take any help I can get. Via the AJC:

Georgia Tech may take on Maryland without two of its starting linebackers, including star Jeremiah Attaochu.

Neither Attaochu, an outside linebacker, nor inside linebacker Daniel Drummond practiced Monday. Coach Paul Johnson rated both as questionable and was less than precise about their chances to play Saturday.

"I don't know if he'll play, but he's O.K.," Johnson said of Attaochu. "We're not going to have to shoot him or anything."

Johnson said Drummond's injury "might be a tad worse" than Attaochu. Both sustained leg injuries in Tech's win over N.C. State Saturday.

Also, that's why Paul Johnson is awesome.

Drummond is a good outside 'backer, though he's lacking Attachou's star power: the guy with the-last-name-that-sounded-like-someone-just-sneezed is actually an emerging sack-master in Al Groh's 3-4 defense, with four takedowns in five games, good for 9th in the country and second in the conference. Attachou, for what it's worth, also attended HS in D.C. and picked GT over Maryland.

Anyway, Maryland's offense has enough problems on its own right now to also worry about Attachou marauding in and making Danny O'Brien's life even harder. They're only "questionable," of course, but even if they're less-than-100%, it'll be a useful boost to the Terps' offense.

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