Backup Matthew Jordan takes the helm late in 1st half
The Yellow Jackets find themselves with a 2 – 0 record after their 1st 2 games of 2016. They started 2015 the same. Except last year the Jackets had 2 blowout wins over HBCU Alcorn State and a mediocre Tulane team. It seemed like a continuation of their magical 2014-15 season which ended win a win over 2 SEC schools: arch rival Univ. of Georgia, and Miss State in the Orange Bowl. As they prepared to take on Notre Dame in So. Bend it seemed the potential for even greater heights for the confident Yellow Jackets were there. Of course we all know what happened. A couple of big plays and injuries cost them against the Irish. Then the injuries mounted along with the losses and Tech would only win 1 more game. An unbelievable last minute win over ACC champ Florida State.
Now in 2016 the record is the same, but the feel is different. The Jackets and their fans begin 2016 with a more subdued and businesslike attitude. Game 1 vs BC in Ireland was a 17-14 thriller. QB Justin Thomas cemented his spot in the Ga Tech Sports Hall of Fame with incredible play including converting a miraculous 4th and 19 in the 4th qtr. Game 2 vs Mercer found GT in a close game early before pulling away to 35-10 win.
Injuries strike again as Thomas gets dinged in 1st half and did not play the rest of the way. But backup QBs nifty #2 Matthew Jordan, and speedy #3 TaQuon Marshall ran the offense without missing a beat. The playing time that Jordan and others got last year will surely play dividends throughout the year.
Now the Jackets prepare for 2 huge games in 11 days which will surely impact how far the boys from the ‘Flats’ will go this. This Sat the “Gold out’ game vs Vanderbilt of the SEC and Thur night, nationally televised game vs defending ACC champs Clemson. Both games are home at the friendly confines of Bobby Dodd stadium. Ga Tech is cautiously optimistic that they have a few ‘Welcome To Atlanta’ moments that will make 2016 a season to remember.
by Minister Jonathan Simmons