ATLANTA — Complacence, it would seem, occupies very little space in Izaan Cross’ vocabulary.
Early Monday, the Georgia Tech sophomore defensive end earned his first conference player of the week honors. But by late that afternoon, he was all but shunning the accolades, looking instead at what he needed to do to ensure he gets them again.
“I know I’ve still got a lot of work to be where I want to be,” said Cross, this week’s ACC defensive lineman of the week.
Izaan Cross (94), seen here chasing down Virginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor last season. Cross is off to a strong start to his sophomore campaign. But as he and coaches say, the work is not over. Photo Credit: BBuzzoff.com
His coaches, while excited about the honor, agreed.
“I’m proud for him, but he knows he’s got a lot of work to do,” defensive line coach Andy McCollum said. “He’s progressed, he’s gotten better, but he still has a long way to go.”
Perhaps those comments should be expected. Cross is, after all, in just his second year of college play, and closer to seeing the creation of his potential rather than its finalized, finished result.
As a true freshman last season, the defensive end played in 13 games while starting two. Lining up opposite former Yellow Jackets defensive end and eventual first-round draft pick Derrick Morgan, Cross had 10 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss in his rather expansive first-year action.
Through only three games this season, he already has 17 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks....
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