What You Need To Know About The Georgia Tech Offense
– As always, the running game rocked, and it will again. The Yellow Jackets finished fifth in the nation in rushing – averaging 307 yards per game – with their option attack, and now the triggerman is back to make it all go.
TaQuon Marshall was the tough speedster who lit up Tennessee to start the season and kept on rolling on the way to a team-high 1,146 yards. He’s good, the depth is great – Tobias Oliver will be a rushing superstar if he gets the shot, but others, like Lucas Johnson, are in the mix for the No. 2 job, too – and now all that’s missing is more from the passing game.
Marshall was able to hit the deep throws, but he didn’t connect on enough routine throws, connecting on just 37% of his throws. But …
– As always, Georgia Tech has running backs. KirVonte Benson ran for over 1,000 yards and six scores, and Nathan Cottrell hit home runs averaging over eight yards per pop on his 33 carries. There are a whole lot more options ready to do more to fill in the gaps – Clinton Lynch is back and ready to go – but as long as Benson and Marshall are rolling, they’re the main men.
The line gets almost everyone back, and can play around with the lineup a little bit to find the right starting five. Three sophomores started throughout last year – they’ll be solid veterans now. The twos struggled at times through the spring session and in the game, but once all the ones are healthy and rolling in fall camp, this group will be a plus.
– Main man Ricky Jeune is gone after leading the team with 25 catches and six scores, averaging almost 22 yards per catch. The No. 2 receiver caught four passes. The receiving corps needs a No. 1 guy to emerge – Brad Stewart and Jalen Camp combined for five grabs, making them the crusty veterans – but Marshall’s deep passing game should be better.
Biggest Key To The Georgia Tech Offense
Marshall has to hit his throws. No one’s asking him to be Drew Brees, but he has to be more accurate after the Yellow Jackets finished with the second-lowest completion percentage in the country.
Justin Thomas and the 2016 offense hit over 50% – the Yellow Jackets won nine games. Thomas connected on just 42% of his throws for the three-win 2015 squad. For a team that lost three of the six games by a total of six points, the difference between an okay year and a great one might be that one extra deep completion.