Georgia Tech had their annual spring game tonight and you could feel the energy. There was a different vibe buzzing around and the record breaking spring game crowd of 21,194, was all for it. Recruits flooded the are stadium, former players like Calvin Johnson, and former basketball stars like Josh Okogie were walking the sidelines. A culture change has certainly began at Tech.
The game started with a tribute to Paul Johnson’s triple option scheme as the gold offense led by Lucas Johnson and the offense started off in the triple option set and then spread out and dropped back into a five wide reliever set that ended with a quick pass out to the tight end. The whole play created a big roar from the crowd from start to finish.
Overall, both offenses looked spectacular. The white offense was led by James Graham and he capped off his first drive with a down field strike to Adonicas Sanders for a 39 yard score, who looks amazing in this new offense.
It really is hard to judge defenses in a spring game because you aren’t really using your full scheme, but there were some things of note. You can see the new blitzing schemes and the press coverage which is big time news for Georgia Tech fans. The defense was flying all around, and the 30-20 is kind of padded because there were no punts in this game, no matter the distance to go or spot on the field.
Back to the offense, there were several positives. Both Lucas Johnson and James Graham looked comfortable in the new offense(Tobias Oliver was out with injury). The running backs looked spectacular as they were hitting the holes hard. The wide receivers really stood out. There is so much speed and the one that really jumped out was true freshman, early enrollee, Ahmarean Brown. He is going to be a name to watch going into the season.
The games wasn’t all about current players. Former Georgia Tech star QB got in on the action as he caught throwback pass but was “sacked” before getting the throw off. Coach Collins was trying to keep the players as loose as possible and this was a cool way of doing that, while including a Georgia Tech legend.
We will have a, players who stood out article, coming out later on, but one who stood out to me was definitely Ahmarean Brown, who I just mentioned. His speed is going to take this offense to a different level.
A few players saw action on both sides of the ball and a couple of them were Tariq Carpenter and Bruce Jordan Swilling.
Outside of the game, the Jackets landed a commit today from Savannah, DE Akelo Stone. We are also expecting a 12th commitment at any time if you have been keeping up with was recruiting coordinator, Patrick Suddes, on twitter.
Away from the football field, the 13th ranked, Georgia Tech baseball team, beat Clemson 8-7 in game one of their series.
All in all, it was a great day on The Flats! Go Jackets!
By: Bret Anderson