2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Georgia Tech Offense
Complete passes. The biggest issue with all the new offensive changes is how the mindset of the passing game has to go from taking advantage of napping defensive backs to hit the home run, to simply being able to dink and dunk a bit.
Georgia Tech averaged a whopping 19.45 yards per completion – only Army averaged more – but the quarterbacks completed a miserable 44% of their passes. Presumptive starter Lucas Johnson needs to be accurate.
Biggest Key To The Georgia Tech Defense
Hold up. Really, the biggest key is going from generating next to no pass rush to being the type of killer unit that new head coach Geoff Collins turned loose at Temple, and that ties into the overall issue.
Part of the formula when it came to the defense was rest. It could be a nimble, agile D – mainly in the back seven – because it wasn’t on the field all that often. When the offense has the ball for over 33 minutes a game and goes on long marches, it makes life easier for the other side. Even with that, the Yellow Jackets had the nation’s second-worst third down defense. That all changes with the more aggressive pass rush.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Lucas Johnson, Jr.
Under Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech always tried to get a guy who really could throw, but the O always ended up using the running back types who could handle the option.
Johnson came in as a runner, too, but he was also a high-powered passer in high school with a live arm and good 6-3, 215-pound size. It’s not totally a sink-or-swim situation with him under center, but it would make life a whole lot easier if he went from having a good spring session to dominating in fall camp as all the offensive changes become second nature.
Key Game To The Georgia Tech Season
North Carolina, Oct. 5
There are enough winnable games on the slate to somehow get to six wins and bowl eligibility, but forget it if the Yellow Jackets can’t get by the Tar Heels for the third year in a row.
They’ll have already played Clemson, and after the UNC game comes road games at Duke and Miami. But early October, the changes should be fully kicked in on both sides of the ball in a game the team can’t afford to drop at home.
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2018 Georgia Tech Fun Stats
– Average Yards Per Catch: Georgia Tech 19.8 – Opponents 11.5
– Points Off Turnovers: Georgia Tech 124 – Opponents 59
– Time of Possession: Georgia Tech 33:49 – Opponents 26:11