TaQuon Marshall and Desmond Branch Receive Mini Camp Invites

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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

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Anree Saint-Amour signs with Minnesota

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Anree Saint-Amour who had a good senior season this past year and a great Georgia Tech pro day signs as an undrafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings. In his senior season Saint-Amour led the team with 4 sacks. He also had 12 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles, and 9 quarterback hurries. He also had 2 interceptions which was tied for the team lead. Minnesota is getting a good player and we wish nothing but the best of luck to him with the Vikings.

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By: Stewart Zwald  @SDZwald041599

Georgia Tech Caps Off A Special Day

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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

BREAKING: Akelo Stone commits to Georgia Tech

Coach Collins and his staff have already had an impressive week with three commits so far. Today he just picked up his fourth commit of the week. Weakside defensive end Akelo Stone out of Savannah is yet another in state recruit to commit to the Jackets. Stone picked Georgia Tech over offers from West Virginia, South Florida, and a few others. Stone is 6’3 244 pounds. He has good size and speed that defensive coach Andrew Thacker will like. He also knows how to set the edge well and has good power to get through offensive linemen.

Now with Stone committing to the Jackets, he helps establish the Savannah area as a place that the Jackets can continue to recruit down there. This is yet another good get for Coach Collins and his. The 2020 class now has 11 commits and is currently ranked 12th in the nation according to Rivals.

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By: Stewart Zwald  @SDZwald041599

BREAKING: Jaquari Wiggles Becomes Commit #10 For The Jackets

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The hot run of commits continues for Georgia Tech Thursday afternoon as they landed jumbo athlete Jaquari Wiggles who plays at Mays High School in Atlanta. Wiggles committed to the Jackets over two SEC schools, Tennessee and Auburn. Wiggles plays DE and TE in high school and one could assume that he will receive a look at both positions once he signs the dotted line and is on The Flats, or who knows, he could end up having a role on both sides of the ball. No doubt another big pick up for Coach Collins and crew!

By: Bret Anderson

What Are Georgia Tech Fans Most Excited For On Friday? A Preview From the Fans

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Georgia Tech will have their annual Spring Game Friday night at 7:29 and this fan base can not wait. We asked the fans what they are most excited to see and they delivered!

The most talked about thing this off-season, besides the new coaching staff, is having a tight end in the offense for the first time in 11 years. As we all know, the triple option does not use tight ends but Dave Patenaude’s scheme uses one. The TE’s are led by UCONN grad transfer Tyler Davis and let’s hope that first toss to a TE was worth the wait!

Georgia Tech will also be looking for a new QB under their new system. The main trio you will see a lot of on Friday will be Tobias Oliver, Lucas Johnson, and James Graham. The only one with a god chunk of playing time is Tobias Oliver. Many remember him taking 40 carries and running all over Virginia Tech in Blacksburg this past season. The question is how will they look throwing the ball more and how will they look throwing the deep ball. Adapting to the new system shouldn’t be as difficult as most think but there will still be some bumps in the road.  Most fans are excited to see how they look, but there are some who are just looking forward to seeing more passes in general.

The WR’s and OLine have seen a bunch of shuffling under the new system, and that will certainly be a thing to watch for. The receiving core has added some new faces from other positions, but the offensive line is still pretty much in tact with the addition of grad transfer Jared Southers. The big transition in offenses impacts these two groups the most as the WR’s will obviously be running more routes and the OLine will be pass blocking more. Plenty of fans will have their eyes turned to this two on Friday.

As we have mentioned before, Coach Collins is brought in his own staff, which means there will be new schemes on both sides of the ball. We already touched on the new offensive scheme but the defense will also look different. Andrew Thacker hopes to bring the chaos he had at Temple with him to the 404. More press coverage is something that will be music to Georgia Tech fan’s ears and something they will be looking forward to seeing on Friday. Georgia Tech also will be trotting a safety duo of Tariq Carpenter and either Christian Campbell or Juanyeh Thomas, a duo that could be one of the best in the ACC.

It has been a long wait since December 26th, 2018, so some of us are just simply ready for football and experience this culture change. Even if it is just for one day, it always refreshing to just chill out in Bobby Dodd Stadium, stress free, and watch some football.

The energy is as high as it has ever been at Georgia Tech surrounding this football program. The players can feel it, the fans can feel it, and we all want to see a record turnout on Friday to see this energized team and the enthusiasm that we have been seeing in these hype videos. Oh, there will also be a Waffle House food truck.

And as always, the guests at the Spring Game. The recruits that will be in attendance will catch the eyes of fans but that isn’t everything. Coach Tashard Choice has promised the fans a special guest will be in attendance on Friday and it has the fan base eager to know who it is.

If you have nothing to do on Friday, or even if you, find a way to get to Bobby Dodd Stadium on Friday at 7:29 to support this team and get a glance at the future of Georgia Tech football.

By: Bret Anderson