In tonight’s matchup against Clemson, there will be a few players to watch out for on the Yellow Jackets side. One is the quarterback Lucas Johnson. Now nobody knows who will be the starter and everyone believes that the Jackets will use not only Lucas Johnson, but both Tobias Oliver and James Graham at the quarterback position. Johnson is 6’3 and has been plagued with injuries, but all throughout spring and summer Johnson has been the favorite to start. I would look out for him because he does have a strong arm and can run it some too.
Another player to look out for is safety Juanyeh Thomas. Thomas had a huge impact last season for the Jackets as both a returner on special teams as well as a safety on defense. Thomas has continue to grow and will only keep on getting better as the season goes on. I expect him to have an impact tonight in both the return game and as a safety. As we all saw last year the big impact he had in the Virginia game and he can most definitely have a major impact on this game.
Finally, the last player to watch for is wide receiver Jalen Camp. Camp showed some last year what he can do at wide out and will have the chance to show even more of it this season. Camp’s 6’2 220 frame will help him out tonight against Clemson and I think he will have a good game in this one. He and all the other wide outs will have their hands full trying to get separation against these Clemson corners, but Camp and the wide outs will get the job done.
For more updates on all things Georgia Tech follow @wreckhavocatl on twitter. Kickoff between the Jackets and the Tigers is at 8:00 PM on the ACC Network.
The Recruiting dead period comes to an end on Wednesday as coaches can contact recruits again and the class of 2019 can sign their letter of intent. Even with the new early signing period in December, the February signing day will always be an exciting day because several big fish will be making their decision.
Geoff Collins and his staff have been on the recruiting trail nonstop and hope to see all the hard-work payoff for two certain 2019 targets.
Before we get into the deep breakdown of those two targets, let’s recap the days between the December signing period until today. The December early signees were:
Jamal Camp- DT/ South Forsyth
D’Quan Douse- WDE/ Calvary Day School
Demetrius Knight- QB/ Strong Rock Christian
Jeremiah Smith- Safety/ Grayson
Dylan Deveney- TE/ Hun School
Devin Ellison- Safety/ Bartram Trail
Chico Bennett- LB/ Battle Ground Academy
Tony Amerson- RB/ St. James School
Jordan Yates- QB/ Milton
Kenan Johnson- CB/ Lake Minneola
Zach Owens- WR/ Pope
Sylvian Yondjouen- DE / Belgium
Jordan Huff- ATH/ Morgan County
Kalani Norris- WR/ Columbus(Miami)
Ahmarean Brown- WR/ Jefferson(Tamp Bay)
Wesley Walker- CB/ Ensworth (Nashville)
Jared Southers- Grad Transfer OT (technically don’t sign anything)
Tyler Davis- Grad Transfer TE (technically don’t sign anything)
The Jackets entered that early signing period with 21 commits and ended with 18 signees as Briton Allen(DB) flipped to USC, Joshua Black(OL) has since committed to Louisville, and Larry Dowdy(OL) has since committed to Appalachian State.
At the end of January, 1st Team All ACC Olineman, Parker Braun, announced that he was going to graduate early and transfer.
Then a couple days ago, Marquez Ezzard, transfer from Miami and Stockbridge, Georgia native, announced his intentions to transfer to the Flats. Ezzard wasn’t the only commit/transfer Georgia Tech landed since December. The Jackets landed WR Nazir Burnett from Pennsylvania and LB Cornelius Evans from Central Gwinnett. Neither has announced when they plan to sign but these two are solid commits.
All in all, it has been an entertaining off-season for Georgia Tech fans and it could get even better on Wednesday. The Jackets will have their eyes on DLineman Michael Lockhart from Alabama and RB Jamious Griffin from Rome, Georgia.
Michael Lockhart was a one time UAB commit but saw his recruitment take off his senior season. Lockhart will be deciding between Georgia Tech, North Carolina, and Mississippi State. The Bulldogs once were viewed as the leader for the big fella but a late coaching change on the defensive side of the ball really slowed that ball. Georgia Tech sits in a good spot here and this would be a huge addition if does indeed head to the Flats.
Jamious Griffin is the big fish left out there. The one time NC State commit was named first team All American and if you watch his film you will see why. He is a superb talent and his brother, JaQuon Griffin, who is a member of the Georgia Tech defensive line and saw some playing time as a true freshman this season. Jamious Griffin will be deciding on Wednesday morning where he will be going to college and it is between Georgia Tech, Auburn, NC State, and Louisville.
Louisville and Auburn were both late entries but both made huge strides to catch the eye of Griffin. Before the dead period the Jackets sent the whole coaching staff(except Coach Collins because he already had his in home visit) to Griffin’s home, actually a day before he was supposed to take a visit to FSU according to 247 sports. All the coaches visiting made enough of an impact that it may have led to the cancellation of Griffin’s FSU visit.
Georgia Tech should feel good about their chances, especially after looking at crystal ball and Rivals future cast predictions. Griffin would make an immediate impact and be a big problem for opposing defenses.
Lockhart and Griffin would both be big additions and be the icing on the cake for this recruiting class.
Jamious Griffin will announce his decision on Fox 5 between 8:50-9:15AM according to his twitter.
Michael Lockhart hasn’t announced a time but was asking on twitter if somebody can make him an “edit” so one would think that he will make his decision sometime on Wednesday via twitter.
Follow along on Wednesday with @wreckhavocatl to see if GT lands these two!
It was announced this morning by, the FootballScoop, that Jim Panagos was taking a promotion at the University of Minnesota on PJ Fleck’s Staff. Panagos was recently named the DLine coach at GT but it seems as if he will be the DLine coach and Assistant Head Coach at Minnesota. This is certainly a sign to GT fans that, if other schools are already trying to offer a promotion to current GT staff members, how good of a staff Collins has put together.
Not too long after this was announced, Collins was quick to finding a new DLine Coach. It is a very familiar name to all Tech fans. Marco Coleman, former GT All American, will be returning to the Flats according to the FootballScoop. Coleman was the assistant defensive line coach with the Raiders this past season.
Marco Coleman is a big time hire and is another coach on the staff that knows what it takes to be a Georgia Tech student athlete. He was a part of the 1990 national championship and went on to be a 1st round pick in the 1992 NFL draft by the Dolphins. He made one Pro Bowl and played 13 seasons with 6 different teams
This was Coleman’s first season as a coach with the Raiders and his first big coaching gig overall. He is the 4th former GT player that Collins has brought onto his staff. Coleman is the perfect hire for Collins and will be able to help kids on and off the field and be able to help them retrace the same steps he walked while he was on The Flats.
The 2018 football season for Georgia Tech will come to an end up in Detroit, Michigan today as they take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Quick Lane Bowl.
Obviously it seems as if Georgia Tech got the short end of the stick in the ACC bowl pecking order but that’s a completely different story. This team seems focused and determined to prove why they deserved to be in a higher bowl and send Paul Johnson off with a win.
This game is of course headlined by this being Paul Johnson’s last game, but this features two teams that are playing some good football heading into the bowl season. Minnesota is coming in winners of 2 of 3 games including a 37-15 beat down against Wisconsin in the final week of the regular season. Georgia Tech has won 6 of 8, but they did get beat in Athens in the final week.
Regardless, these two teams are both feeling good about themselves heading into this one.
Both teams have plenty to plenty to play for as Minnesota is looking to finish above .500 and Georgia Tech is looking for an 8 win season and to send Paul Johnson off into retirement with a win. I expect both teams to come out swinging and fighting til the very end.
Keys to Victory:
Win the battle at the line of scrimmage.
Hold on to the ball.
Do not lose Tyler Johnson
Numbers Never Lie:
GT ranks 1st(334.9 ypg) in the country in rushing yards while Minnesota ranks 75th(170.7ypg) in rushing yards allowed.
Minnesota ranks 118th in yard per a carry allowed(5.22 ypc).
Georgia Tech needs 428 rushing yards to break the school rushing yards per game record of 342.071ypg.
Beyond the Game:
This will be the first ever match-up between Georgia Tech and Minnesota.
A Georgia Tech win would give Paul Johnson 190 for his career.
This will be Georgia Tech’s starting safety, Mailik Rivera’s, final college game as he has already graduated as a triple major from Wofford and is in grad school at Georgia Tech.
There really is no telling how this game will go, Minnsota’s defense has tightened up since they changed defensive coordinators late in the season. Georgia Tech’s offense seems to be clicking on all cylinders. I hate predicting games, but i just do not see Georgia Tech losing this game.
A legendary coach can only go out with a win and this senior class deserves to go out with a bang too. I expect some eye popping numbers in this game and for Paul Johnson to pull a few tricks out of the hat. Give me the Jackets in this one as they will send Paul Johnson out with one more Gatorade bath.
It seems like yesterday we were walking into Bobby Dodd Stadium to kickoff the 2018 season against Alcorn State. Yet, like it always does, this college football season has flown by and we have arrived at the last home game of the season for Georgia Tech as they look to take down the Virginia Cavaliers.
This has certainly been an interesting season for both of these teams. UVA was picked to finish at the bottom of the Coastal Division while Georgia Tech was expected the finish in the top 3. Through the first quarter of the season, we saw Georgia Tech sitting at 1-3 sitting at the bottom of the division looking straight up at UVA who was sitting at the top.
Now fast forward to November 17th. Georgia Tech has clawed their way back up and can finish no worse than second place with a win against Virginia. Now for Virginia, if they were to win, they would keep their slim hopes of winning the Coastal alive. Regardless, nobody expected GT to be in this position after their first four games of the season, and absolutely nobody expected UVA to be in contention for a Coastal Crown at the Week 12 point of the college football season.
Now For the Game Itself:
Georgia Tech is scorching hot right now, winners of 5 of 6 and have their offense clicking on all cylinders down the stretch. Virginia is winners of 4 of 5 with their lone loss coming to a Pitt team that seems to be headed to Charlotte (the game was played in a monsoon too). Last week the Jackets beat Miami in a thrilling 27-21 win but they also have to be licking their chops after seeing UVA surrender over 200 rushing yards to Pitt and Liberty in consecutive games leading up to this one.
Every Georgia Tech fan knows that this defense has always struggled with dual threat QBs and UVA has the best one in the ACC. Bryce Perkins has completely turned around this program after playing in Junior College last season. He has an explosive and a fairly accurate arm and has the rushing skills of running back. It will be crucial for the Jackets to keep him inside the pocket and not let him extend plays.
These two teams seem evenly matched and have been for much of their matchup history. The head to head record between these two is 20-19-1 with Georgia Tech with the slight advantage.
Players to Watch For:
Bryce Perkins- UVA- QB
Olamide Zaccheaus- UVA- WR/RB
Jerry Howard- GT- B Back
Tariq Carpenter- GT- S
Senior Day on the Flats
As the 2018 home schedule comes to an on Saturday for the Jackets, 24 Seniors will get one last opportunity to run out of the tunnel at Bobby Dodd Stadium. This senior class has experienced the highs of beating UGA in 2016 (and osme were part of the 2014 Orange Bowl Team) and the lows of a 3-9 season. While it wasn’t always pretty, this guys stuck through it all, so from all of Georgia Tech we say Thank You and Good Luck to these Seniors:
The Georgia Bulldogs take on the Auburn Tigers at 7:00 in Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs are favored by 13 points in this clash between number 5 and 24. Both teams have rebounded nicely in the last few weeks following their losses. After getting crushed in the Bayou against LSU, the Dawgs look like a brand new team with two straight ranked wins against Florida and Kentucky. The Tigers meanwhile have also won two straight after it looked like their season was headed towards disaster. Ones teams winning streak however will be snapped tonight.
Keys to the game:
The talented Auburn quarterback has been relatively inconsistent this season, with games ranging from good to horrendous. Recently though, Stidham has looked like he has gotten back to throwing the ball well, with 415 yards and 3 touchdowns in the last two weeks. Luckily for the Dawgs, the Auburn offensive lines has some holes, and the Dawgs pass rush has come alive. If they can get constant pressure to assist the secondary, Georgia should be able to keep Stidham and the Auburn offense in check.
Let Fromm keep rolling
After his poor performance in LSU game, many Dawgs fans called for freshman Justin Fields to take his job. However, Fromm turned it around with excellent performances against the Gators and Wildcats. The Dawgs should allow him to play his game and keep the offense rolling. If Fromm can keep up his recent work, the Dawgs should have no problem outscoring a mediocre Auburn offense.