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GA Tech loses program game changer opportunity in loss to Tenn

6 Sep

Tech misses… Kevin C Cox/Getty Images

It was there for the taking. On center stage at the Chick Fil A Kickoff at Mercedes Benz Stadium, everything went the way Tech dreamed it could go.

Lose your best RB, (a preseason All ACC pick) because of disciplinary issues? No problem. His replacement KirVonte Benson rushes for 124  yards and a TD. Lose the best QB you have had since Hall of Famer Joe Hamilton to graduation and the NFL? No problem his replacement TaQuan Marshall accounts for over 350 of  offense by himself.  It was a game Tech dominated for most of the time. But in the end the Yellow Jackets found themselves stunned as Tenn came back from a 14 pt deficit in the 4th quarter to tie the game and win in 2 OT 42-41.

This was a game that could have gone a long way in changing the narrative of college football in GA and even nationwide. All the talk would have been on how exciting Tech new playmakers Marshall and Benson were. Paul Johnson’s offense which is often mocked being called boring and archaic, would be lauded as exciting and entertaining. Recruits in the talent rich Southeast and elsewhere would begin to put Ga Tech on it’s short list of schools to attend.

Instead Tech fans were left with a bitter defeat and thoughts of what could have been. The good news for Jacket fans is:

  • It’s the 1st game of the season
  • Tenn is a non conference opponent
  • Benson and Marshall appear to be breakout stars

It will once again take great coaching and team leadership to rebound from this brutal loss. But like last year when it looked the season was not going to end well Tech fans must remember the season has just begun and it’s still all in front of you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#YellowJackets QB play and speed key for a #CFAKickoff win

4 Sep

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Georgia Tech finds themselves on their biggest stage since the 2014 Orange Bowl. In that game they also were up against a ranked SEC opponent. The Jackets were led by mercurial quarterback Justin Thomas. Thomas had one his best games a Tech uniform. He garnered MVP as he accounted for 4 TDs en route to a 49-34 Tech win.

This year there was no clear starter at QB even though Matthew Jordan was Thomas backup last year.  But after Jordan was injured the best option is last years 3rd stringer TaQuan Marshall, at 5’10 185 he is built and runs more like the elusive Thomas. Jordan at 6’2 and over 200 lbs was the better straight ahead runner, but look for Marshall to get some explosive plays before the night is done.

The other spot where Jackets have speed lurking is at running back.  As noted in the GT Football website local product  B-Back KirVonte Benson has outstanding speed. Qua Searcy at the A-back spot is always a threat on the jet sweep and dangerous as a receiver as well.

The Vols defense gave up over 200 yards per game rushing in 2016. Tech has averaged almost 260 yards and 5.5 per carry. If the Jackets can do that tonight thet ay have their 4th straight win over an SEC opponent. And we know how much Coach Paul Johnson would like that.

#Clemson wins #CFBChampionship in #Epic Game – Repost from @CFTalk

10 Jan

 

In order to be the champions, you had to beat the champions. Mission accomplished for Clemson. A historic rematch for the ages lived up to the hype thanks to a wild and career-defining fourth quarter that saw the Tigers win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game in dramatic fashion 35-31 over Alabama. The two…

via Rematch revenge! Clemson knocks off Alabama to win the 2017 National Championship Game — CollegeFootballTalk

Then there were 6 – Penn State win helps keep #CFBplayoffs in chaos

4 Dec
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Pic – Forbes.com

The #CFBplayoffs committee have a problem. There are six teams with compelling reasons, using THEIR criteria, to be part of playoff that consists of only four teams. Of those teams, Penn State looks to have the most compelling case to be in.

Penn State had only 1 reg season Big 10 loss, and won on the field the Big 10 championship arguably the best conference in football this year. Their Sagarin strength of schedule ranking is better than #3 Clemson or #4 Washington. They beat #2 Ohio State. They have won 9 straight games. These are all the things the committee says are reasons to be in the CFB playoffs. It would appear that Penn State should be in ahead of Washington, Clemson or Ohio State even though they have 2 losses and the rest have have 1.

The problem is that the Nittany Lions are not a exciting pick. They don’t have the media popularity and fan notoriety of Ohio State or Michigan. Plus their may be some lingering dislike of the program because of the past sex abuse/molestation scandal. This could impact revenue generated by the game which we believe is as important to those in charge than getting the champion that did best in competition on the field.

To find out more about the committee and the process click HERE to go to CFB playoffs page. We shall see how the committee proceeds in the process. Is it business at usual for behind the scene power brokers? Is more money the mission, or producing a true on the field champion. We shall soon find out.
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By: Minister Jonathan Simmons

#Bulldogs don’t play #smart in loss to #OleMiss

25 Sep

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Picture from TheBleacherReport.com by Matt Bush USA Today Sports

Different  coach, same results as #Bulldogs lose big in a key #SEC tilt.

It has been heralded as a change in culture. A new attitude, and sharper focus on winning ways under new Georgia head coach Kirby Smart. Smart an assistant under Nick Saban at ‘Bama,  and a former Bulldog player has energized the fan base with his approach to the game.Wins in their 1st 3 games stoked the faithful and pundits into thinking UGA would be an SEC title contender now as they prepared to face Ole Miss in the their first big test of the season. Unfortunately Georgia failed, losing big to the Rebels in Oxford 45-14.

Georgia again looked like a team whose players did not show up for a big game. This was the same story under previous coach Mark Richt. Plenty of credit has to be given to Ole Miss though. QB Chad Kelley threw for 2 TDs and ran 41 yds for another. His unstoppable crew of receivers were led by TE Evan Engram and WR Demarkus Lodge. The 2 combined for 8 catches, 168 yards and 2 TDs

Georgia looked like they weren’t in the same class as the Rebels. Freshman QB Jacob Eason was under pressure all day. Like most of this year, the Bulldog receivers continued to drop passes as if the balls were oiled up. This included two huge drops by Isaiah McKenzie, who had the big catch against Mizzou the week before. And sadly RB Nick Chubb had to leave the game with an ankle injury. At the end of the day we were once again treated to an uninspired performance in a big game by the Georgia football team. Can anyone say ‘Overrated’ again?

By Jonathan Simmons

Stats by ESPN.com

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#SEC teams can’t seem to figure out #GaTech #VANvsGT

17 Sep

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Tech QB Justin Thomas gets congrats after another TD drive.

It seems like they can’t figure them out. Ga Tech’s 38-7 victory over Vanderbilt is their 3rd in the last 4 tries vs teams from the SEC. Except for their loss at home last year to Georgia, an explosive Tech offense has over 30 in each of the games.  It was more of the same at Bobby Dodd Stadium in this Saturday’s win over Vandy. The teams traded TDs in the 1st quarter before the Yellow Jackets scored the last 31 points.

As we mentioned in our previous post, the Jackets would need to take to the air in order to beat the Commodores. They took to the air right away with a 85 yard TD toss and run by Thomas to Marshall. Tech scoring concluded with another big pass play of 77 yards by backup Matthew Jordan to Clinton Lynch. Overall Georgia Tech finished with 511 yards of total offense, including a season high 222 passing. The defense was stout too holding Vanderbilt to just 85 yards rushing.

Tech now faces their stiffest test thus far when #5 Clemson comes to Atlanta just 5 days from now. The prime time national TV Thur night tilt is the #GTWhiteOut game. With this new wrinkle in their offense Georgia Tech may give the Tigers a real run for their money.

 

#YellowJackets must take flight to get win vs #Vandy

17 Sep

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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?

Same record, different feel for @GeorgiaTechFB

13 Sep

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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

#Georgia FB coaching change lets 2 men get back to their roots

3 Dec

 

The University of Georgia in firing Coach Mark Richt and hiring Kirby Smart allow both men to return to where they played their college ball. For Kirby Smart he gets a shot at what he himself calls his dream job. He has the pedigree being a Nick Saban assistant. UGA is hoping he will bring what he has learned at ‘Bama to Athens. If he can he will be the new King of Athens.

For Mark Richt he hopes to repeat the turnaround job he did at UGA for the U, a team he played back up Miami and NFL legend Jim Kelly. His low key demeanor and clean cut reputation will bring stability and respectability back to a program that has underachieved since coming back from NCAA sanctions. If he can being the school back to national prominence then this scripture will have more meaning for him than ever.

‘And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,…’ Romans 8:28a

Can A Third Team QB save UGA’s season and maybe Mark Richt’s Job?

31 Oct
Quarterback Faton Bauta (10) (Photo by Philip Williams)

Quarterback Faton Bauta (10)
(Photo by Philip Williams)

You knew there was a problem at quarterback for the Bulldogs when heir apparent red shirt sophomore Bryce Ramsey was not named starter for the 2015-16 season. Instead Virginia back up QB Grayson Lambert (originally recruited by Mark Richt in high school) was brought in to ‘compete’ for the starting job. As the season drew near it appeared neither guy was playing their way into the starter’s role. Meanwhile there was a buzz forming about the 3rd stringer Faton Bauta. People were talking about his mobility, size and strength. But at the end Lambert, the classic drop back styled QB got the nod.

Richt and UGA coaches thought about moving Bauta to another position. This has become a troubling trend at Georgia. Either not recruiting a talented mobile QB who isn’t the drop back style or not taking advantage of skill sets that could win at the college. Remember they asked Cam Newton if he would play TE when they recruited him. Joshua Dobbs of Tenn, Blake Sims who led Alabama to Nat’l Championship game played HS in GA

Lambert looked impressive in some of the games. He even set an NCAA completion  record (96%) vs South Carolina. In big game vs Alabama however he, and backup Bryce Ramsey had the ‘deer caught in the headlights’ look. Then a loss to underdog Tennessee, and vs Missouri the offense again looked lackluster in a 9-6 win.

The Florida game is here. They are the best team in the SEC now, not Georgia. So Mark Richt looking at the chance to keep an SEC East title a possibility, did what he probably should have done to start the season. He is going to play Faton Bauta. Bauta more mobile than the other 2 QBs will create a different challenge for the Gators. Georgia fans hope that he will be able to elude the rush from the pressure defense of Florida. Also fans hope he make some keys plays with his athleticism.

The Bulldogs and Mar Richt roll the dice. I think that they might have a winner in #10 Faton Bauta

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