Georgia Tech takes the field at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday to kick off their 2018 football season against FCS Alcorn State. Coming off a 5-6 season that ended with a blowout loss to UGA, the Jackets are looking to erase that bad taste and get a win under their belt to kick off the season.
Yellow Jacket fans just can’t help but forget all the close losses last season, one that can be looked at as a “what if” type season. However, that is in the past now and the new season is upon us. With tons of talent returning on both sides of the ball, this season has the recipe to be a special one for Paul Johnson and crew.
Looking into week 1, Alcorn State is no pushover as they are a tough FCS and played FIU to the final possession last season. Not saying the Jackets are on upset watch, but Alcorn State can put up some points offensively.
Georgia Tech needs to protect the ball and not make any stupid penalties on Saturday to not let Alcorn State hang around. Another big key is to come out of the game injury free.
Georgia Tech is looking to show off their new and (hopefully) improved defense under new coordinator Nate Woody. He brings a much more aggressive style of play calling, which is music to Tech fan’s ears, in hopes of causing negative plays and turnovers. This bolds well for a front seven that is senior heavy with an extremely talented defensive backfield behind them. It is going to be exciting to see what this new defense looks like.
Offensively, Taquon Marshall said it can be as good as the 2014 offense and that everything is “clicking”. That may not be too far fetched because there is tons of experience as well on this side of the ball. It will be interesting to see who will help fill the void of Ricky Jeune, and I would expect Paul Johnson to take a few shots deep on Saturday to see for himself.
TaQuon Marshall’s passing needs to be improved this season for this team to be successful. Saturday will be huge for him to see if he can make some of those passes that he was missing last year to help get him in a rhythm for the season.
Shawn Davis is the starting kicker after battling back from tearing his ACL last year against Miami. Davis has the leg strength to be a weapon for the Jackets. It would be nice to see him make a FG or two Saturday to give himself some confidence.
Georgia Tech’s projected starting B-Back, and pre-season All ACC selection, Kirvonte Benson, is suspended for one quarter on Saturday for violating team rules. Jordan Ponchez Mason is starting in his place and has earned high praise from the coaching staff.