The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Georgia Tech.
No. 32: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Spring Practice Starts: March 26
Spring Game: April 20
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Spring Status
After going 5-6 in a strange season, now it’s time to get back to the norm under Paul Johnson. This should be a bowl team every year, and it should threaten to be a part of the ACC championship mix. Nothing else is good enough.
The Yellow Jackets started out with a disappointing shootout loss to Tennessee, closed out losing four of their last five, and along the way, didn’t get a shot at UCF after a hurricane put things on hold.
The offense was inconsistent, the defense mediocre, and even wins over Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, it was a losing run.
This year’s team, though, has the offense. TaQuon Marshall is back to run the option attack, his top runners are returning, and four starters are back up front. The defensive side, though, is the concern.
The front seven didn’t get hit too hard, but four starters are gone from the five-man secondary – depending on the alignment.
As long as the offense is doing its job, though, the other side will be just fine.
Georgia Tech Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Defensive back. The Yellow Jackets lose second-leading tackler Lawrence Austin from the nickel spot, strong safety Corey Griffin, and corner Lance Austin.
Safety AJ Gray is a good talent to work around, but it’ll be an open battle for Griffin’s gig, and the corner jobs are up for grabs, even though Ajani Kerr and Lamont Simmons should be okay with a little time.
Georgia Tech Biggest Issue
The passing game has to be efficient. The red zone defense was the worst in college football, and the defense has to come up with more takeaways, but for the season to rock, Marshall has to be able to connect on more downfield throws.
Georgia Tech will never be Texas Tech throwing the ball, but it has to at least be passable. Marshall completed just 37% of his throws last season for 927 yards and ten scores with five picks. Granted, the Yellow Jackets averaged 21.6 yards per catch, but big play weapon Ricky Jeune – who caught 25 of the team’s 43 completions – is done.
Georgia Tech Biggest Positive
Running back. Marshall is the star runner in the attack, but the running backs are there to take the heat off. The Yellow Jackets get back the top six runners overall, including 1,053-yard rusher KirVonte Benson and a slew of other quick backs who can handle the workload. There are plenty of parts to play around with.
Really, Why Are The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Ranked Here?
And here comes the bounce back.
Marshall is fantastic, the running game will be devastating, and the offense should start to dominate on a regular basis. It’ll have to control the clock, third downs, and most games until the defense that loses seven of the top 12 tacklers has all the right parts in place.