Football was finally back under the lights tonight at Bobby Dodd Stadium! The gorgeous Atlanta skyline with picture perfect weather made for a perfect night of football.
Projected starting QB, Taquon Marshall, was held out of the game due to an illness. Majority of the projected starting offensive line was out as well, but all should be ready to go by Fall camp. However, this allowed several of the young lineman play key reps. Also, with Marshall being out, this allowed Lucas Johnson and Tobias Oliver to get more reps and continue their back up QB battle.
Throwing the ball was a struggle tonight for Johnson and Oliver, who threw for a combined 8-26 and 186 yards. Lucas Johnson accounted for 143 of those yards and could have been a lot more if he had connected with Steve Dolphus on what would have been a 66yd TD. He did connect with Clinton Lynch, who looked 100% healthy, for a 33-yard TD. Johnson also ran for a short TD.
Tobias Oliver played the whole game and did a decent job. He had 20 carries for 52 yards but him and Sophomore B-Back Jerry Howard(13 carries for 64 yards) led a couple of nice drives. Oliver’s play of the day was nice pass to Jarrett Cole for 38 yards. The line isn’t great but everyone can see a lot of potential in this young RS-Freshman.
Brad Stewart had himself a night. He had 3 catches for 100 yards and was two yards away from having a touchdown. Georgia Tech will need him to be a big-time player like this with Ricky Jeune now graduated.
The offensive line played alright given who all was out. There were 3 sacks combined throughout the game. The outside game really wasn’t a factor but the blocking on all the runs wasn’t too bad. The pass protection also seemed much improved and that’s with half the starters out.
The man of the night just might be Brenton King. Georgia Tech’s kicking last year was nothing to really brag about. However, King showed he has made improvements strength wise as he kicked a 40 yard FG that cleared the uprights with plenty of distance. If he can be consistent from about 47 yards and in, then he can be another weapon for Georgia Tech this season.
The Blue team, which was the first team offense, won 24-14. The Jackets are no off until fall camp when all the non-early enrolled freshmen will join the team.