Georgia Tech has made headlines for their shift from the triple optional to a more traditional spread offense. Those headlines, half the time, failed to mentioned the change on defense as well to a more blitz driven, man coverage attacking defense.
Regardless of how you look at the team, there is talent everywhere. The running back room is stacked. The wide receivers have plenty of talent headlined by Jalen Camp and Malachi Carter. While the starting QB has not been named, you could not go wrong with any of the four battling for the job.
On the defensive side of things, the linebackers look solid as David Curry is the leader there and Bruce Jordan Swilling has transformed his body this offseason and is poised for a breakout year. The secondary is filled with talent as they are led by Sophomore Safety Juanyeh Thomas, who is also an elite return man for special teams. Tariq Carpenter and Christian Campbell(who actually has the most sacks for returning players) are battling it out for the other safety spot but both will see the field. The other part of the secondary, the corners, are poised for a big year and look for the other Swilling, Tre Swilling, to have a breakout year as well.
This leads me to the X factor for the team, the trenches. Like I said, the leading sack returner on defense is a safety. The pass rush has to come from somewhere, and after the tragic loss of Brandon Adams, somebody has to step up and be a big run stopper up the middle. Sophomore TK Chimezda is a candidate to become that big force up the middle and Jaquan Henderson is a guy that I really like to step up and be that sack monster that this team needs, although guys like Kelton Dawson and Justice Dingle will contribute off the edge.
The other side of the trenches, offensive line, is a question mark, mainly due to the depth. In the open scrimmage, with a couple expected starters out, the depth did not impress as the blitz packages the defense was bringing out gave them trouble. If this group can stay healthy, they can hold their own, but that will be the big key.
Georgia Tech can win 3 games this season or they could win the Coastal. The talent on both sides has to come together, but it all starts in the trenches.