October 16, 2009

Howard talks about the OL and Va Tech game

Georgia Tech offensive guard Cord Howard is the centerpiece of the Jackets offensive line and one of the toughest players on the team. Jacketsonline caught up with Howard to talk about Saturday's game against Virginia Tech and his conference award.

You were recently named ACC Offensive Lineman of the week for your performance against FSU. What does that award mean to you?

"I think it's big and it's definitely an honor. I've never won the award before out of all the games that I've played here. I'm just hoping to build off of it and continue into this week with the number four team in the nation coming to Atlanta. The offense is clicking and we are red hot right now. If we go in and take care of our business, we will be tough to handle."

What do you think has contributed to the success of the offense this season?

"It was definitely a gelling process and everybody has got the jitters out of their system. We are six games in now and there is no more hesitation. We are going full steam ahead and nobody is guessing anymore. The quarterback is running well, we are blocking well, and the perimeter is being taken care of."

Are you learning more how to read and react within the offense?

"Yeah, well, we thought that we were going to start off with the same line as last year, but some changes were made so people still had to gel together just like last year. Maybe we haven't even seen our best on the offensive line yet or just on offense period, so we'll see."

How have you dealt with adversity and playing through injuries?

"It's all about taking responsibility and knowing the difference between being hurt and being injured. Anybody should be able to play with nagging injuries, but if it's too the point where you can't play then that's different."

What do you think going against Virginia Tech's athletic defensive line this weekend?

"I've seen a lot of good defensive fronts so far this year. I've seen a few of their games and they are very good up front. They aren't as big, but they are quick. They are not a prototypical ACC defensive line because I'm used to going against 320 pound guys for the entire game as opposed to 280 pound guys that are elusive and quick. They are speedy guys and leverage is always important, but this week it will be more hand-eye coordination."

Georgia Tech was in the game until the very end last year. How do you come through with a victory this year?

"We were in it until the last drive of the game last year. We didn't know early in the season that the game was going to be this big. They are ranked really high and we both have a chance for the lead in the ACC. It's pretty much time to put up or shut up."

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