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What Is Georgia Tech’s X Factor This Season?

Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

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.

Players Who Stood Out at The Spring Game: Jahaziel Lee

 (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Throughout spring the two main question areas for the 2019 Georgia Tech football are the offensive and defensive lines. After losing, not only a great person, but a fantastic player in Brandon Adams, the defensive line questions have grown. While the coaching staff searches for pieces to build the defensive line, there is one player taking advantage of the “position flexibility” that has been preached by the coaching staff all spring.

Jahaziel Lee has seemed to make the most of getting reps on the defensive side of the ball. Since Lee got on campus, he has pretty much been a plug and play tackle for the offense, he even got some time at center last season. With the change in scheme, his mean streak, and the chip he plays with, Lee seems to be better suited on the defensive line more than the offensive line.

He played both in high school. He showed us some of his defensive skills running with the gold team defense in the spring game. In the time he got, he managed to get a couple sacks, and also force a fumble on a scramble from James Graham. Lee will be a player to watch as the team heads into summer workouts, then into fall camp. He looked like a veteran defensive lineman out there on Friday and he will only get better with more reps there. Lee could be one of the surprise position flips that actually ends up sticking with the opposite side of the ball from where he started spring.

By: Jordan St. Clair.

Cerge-Henderson and Stewart get Mini-Camp Invites

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Kyle Cerge-Henderson and Brad Stewart both received invites to rookie mini-camp. Cerge-Henderson will be heading down to Tampa Bay to attend the Buccaneers rookie mini-camp while Stewart will be going to San Francisco to attend the 49ers rookie mini-camp. All Kyle Cerge-Henderson wants is a chance and he will have it. Cerge-Henderson had a good senior season with the Jackets as he had 27 tackles which led all nose tackles on the team. Both the Falcons and Buccaneers had interest in Cerge-Henderson as they liked what they saw from his Georgia Tech pro day and the one that he had earlier this month with both teams.

As for Brad Stewart, he is coming off a decent senior season where caught 15 passes and had 268 receiving yards. He also had 3 touchdowns as well. The 15 passes caught were a career high for Stewart. If both Cerge-Henderson and Stewart perform well at their mini-camps then they will sign as undrafted free agents. Best of luck to both of these former Jackets as they pursue their NFL dreams.

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By: Stewart Zwald  @SDZwald041599

 

BREAKING: OLB Eddie Watkins Becomes Commit #12 For GT

http://www.athleticbusiness.com Michael Gaio

The Georgia Tech recruiting class got a little bit bigger on Monday as it gained 6-3 220 WDE/OLB Eddie Watkins from Hillcrest High School in Alabama. Watkins becomes the 12th commitment for the Jackets fast growing recruiting class. The Jackets jumped in at the right time as Watkins is poised to take off during his senior season. He has all the tools to be a big time player at the next level and will certainly be a name Yellow Jacket fans will get used to hearing!

By: Bret Anderson

Jalen Johnson Gets Rookie Mini Camp Invite From Falcons

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Georgia Tech hybrid Safety/LB, Jalen Johnson, has gotten his chance in the NFL. According to the AJC, the former Yellow Jacket has accepted a rookie mini camp invite with our own Atlanta Falcons and will join Desmond Branch, who accepted an invite from the Falcons yesterday.

Each will be trying out and hope to perform well enough for the team to sign them as UDFA.

Congrats to Jalen! We wish you the best!

By: Bret Anderson

TaQuon Marshall and Desmond Branch Receive Mini Camp Invites

Danny Karnik/GT Athletics The White and Gold

TaQuon Marshall and Desmond Branch both took a step towards their NFL dreams late Saturday night as they each received, and accepted, invitations to rookie mini camp. Marshall will attended the Ravens camp and Branch will stay right here in Atlanta and attended rookie mini camp with the Falcons.

We all know Marshall for being a an option QB but he will look to follow the same steps that Keenan Reynolds, former Navy QB who turned WR in the NFL, did when he was drafted y the Ravens. Marshall is one of the hardest working individuals and he just needed a chance and he got one and it would not surprise me one bit to stick on the Ravens roster.

Desmond Branch was a force for the Jackets DLine as he was a two year starter and he hopes to make his mark for Coach Quinn and make the roster. I certainly believe he can, and he’s going to a Falcons team that desperately needs help on the DLine.

We wish the best to both Marshall and Branch as they begin their NFL journeys!

By: Bret Anderson