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Friday, April 27, 2012
Most Important Player: Georgia Tech

By Matt Fortuna

Our series continues today with the Yellow Jackets, who are replacing two players on their defensive line.

For a complete recap of the series, click here.

Georgia Tech: DT T.J. Barnes

2011 stats: A reserve during his junior season in 2011, the 6-foot-7, 347-pound Barnes played in every game, notching 11 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack.

What he means to the Yellow Jackets: Georgia Tech's biggest player, Barnes has, by many accounts, begun to play to his potential this spring, losing some weight and bringing a more physical style to the field. That's huge for a defensive line in need of two new starters for coordinator Al Groh's 3-4 scheme. Shawn Green, Barnes' backup, has given him a push and could see plenty of playing time as well, but a strong Barnes in the middle of that front could go in alleviating concerns about the Yellow Jackets' pass-rush. With the team returning three starters in the secondary after finishing with the ACC's No. 2 pass defense a season ago, that could mean trouble for opposing quarterbacks.