Georgia Tech players use words like ''high-energy'' and ''intense'' to describe their first week with new defensive coordinator Ted Roof.
Roof described the opening of spring practice as a sweet homecoming.
Roof, who played linebacker at Georgia Tech from 1982-85, is back for his second stint as an assistant coach. He made his first return to his alma mater in 1998 as an assistant and then defensive coordinator.
Last year, Roof had success leading Penn State's defense in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal and NCAA sanctions. Now he faces the challenge of reviving the Yellow Jackets' defense.
Roof's departure from Penn State surprised some observers. He says his homecoming was a perfect fit.
''It's home,'' Roof said. ''It's all about family. I've got a lot of pride in this place and a lot of sweat equity. Some of my best friends in the world are Georgia Tech graduates and my family is here, so it made sense for a lot of reasons.''
Roof's return also made sense for Georgia T...