It’s ironic that a team named after a flying insect has had one of the best ground attacks in college football the last several years. Since the arrival of Coach Paul Johnson, Ga Tech has consistently been one of the top 5 rushing teams in the nation. This week however Tech needs to attack their opponent from the air. Vanderbilt’s defense has been good against the run this year giving up just over a 100 yards per game. Also their ground attack has done well led by RB Ralph Webb who has rushed for over 300 total yards in their 1st two games including 211 last week vs Middle Tenn.
Ga Tech offense must help their defense by having sustained drives. To do that the Jackets must be able to convert on 3rd down. To that they must be able to throw the football. The Commodores gave up almost 4oo yards passing last week to MTSU. QB Justin Thomas, who was dinged in last week’s game, must have passing efficiency like their opener against BC. Thomas had critical completions including a miraculous 22 yard toss on 4th and 19 pass to Qua Searcy. Searcy and #1 receiver Ricky Jeune must take advantage of 1 on 1 opportunities that certainly will be there.
Of course Tech must do what they do best. Control the clock with their ground game keeping the ball out the hands of Ralph Webb and the Vandy offense.
If they can it would give the Yellow Jackets their 3rd straight win vs an SEC opponent. That’s something few non SEC teams can boast about. Do I hear ‘Flight of the Bumble Bees’ playing?