Best Georgia Tech Offensive Player
QB TaQuon Marshall, Sr.
If the Heisman was awarded after just one week, Marshall might have won it after destroying Tennessee on national TV with 44 carries for 249 yards and five scores. The Yellow Jackets lost, but they found their star quarterback.
He ended up leading the team with 1,146 yards and 17 scores on the ground, but he had a hard time doing anything with the passing game, completing just 37% of his throws for 927 yards and ten scores with five picks.
The 5-10, 185-pounder has blazing speed and is great at buying himself time to operate, and now the passing game appears ready to improve. As long as he’s hitting on his deep throws, he’s doing his job.
2. OG Parker Braun, Jr.
3. RB KirVonte Benson, Jr.
4. C Kenny Cooper, Jr.
5. QB Tobias Oliver, Soph.
Best Georgia Tech Defensive Player
LB Victor Alexander, Sr.
Can he really be the new star in the 3-4 alignment? The 5-10, 235-pounder led the team with 60 tackles with two sacks, but now he’ll be turned loose on one side of the linebacking corps, with spring star Jaquan Henderson likely to get the call on the other. He might be a bit undersized, and he might not have been much behind the line, but that’s about to change.
2. LB Brant Mitchell, Sr.
3. P Pressley Harvin, Soph.
4. LB Jaquan Henderson, Soph.
5. DE Andree Saint-Amour, Sr.
Key Player To A Successful Season
DT Brandon Adams, Jr.
There are a whole slew of things the new defensive alignment needs to rock right out of the gate, and none more than a star defensive tackle to anchor the nose of the three-man front.
At 6-2 and 329 pounds, he’s got the size, the bulk, and the talent to handle the job – and the biomedical engineering major smarts to figure out the slight tweak to what he has to do, too.
There are other options to work on the defensive front, but he’s the biggest body of the bunch. He only made ten tackles last season with a tackle for loss, but his role is about to take on a whole lot more.
Key Game To The Georgia Tech Season
Miami, Nov. 10
The Yellow Jackets had them. They HAD them.
Georgia Tech had a lead late against the Hurricanes on the road, but they gave up a miraculous fourth down pass that led to Miami’s game-winning field goal. For the Yellow Jackets, it was the second painful one-point loss in the first five games, the first being in the opener against Tennessee.
Miami went on a run to the ACC Championship appearance, and Georgia Tech lost four out of it next six games to miss out on a bowl. This year, there might be dates against Clemson, Louisville and Virginia Tech to deal with, but to take the Coastal, it’ll have to beat Miami for the first time since 2014, too.
2017 Georgia Tech Fun Stats
– Red Zone TDs: Georgia Tech 26-of-36 (72%) – Opponents 22-of-37 (59%)
– Rushing Yards: Georgia Tech 3,381 – Opponents 1,690
– Time of Possession: Georgia Tech 33:30 – Opponents 26:30