Vad Lee was expected to be hands-down the best quarterback of the Paul Johnson era at Georgia Tech. He had superior passing ability when compared with previous quarterbacks and was expected to be adept at running the option and making the proper reads. When 2013 came and went and Vad failed to live up to many fans' expectations, it began to raise a question:does quarterback play need to improve at Georgia Tech? The simplest answer is yes. If Justin Thomas struggles to run the base offense as much as Vad Lee did last season while also under-throwing receivers and shying away from contact, then the Jackets will likely have a very big problem coping with what will prove to be a formidable 2014 schedule. All of that said, the quarterback play at Tech should almost certainly improve under Thomas, who is more suited for the offense. As long as he can make good reads consistently while also making the big plays we saw in 2013, then Tech is in good hands.
Nobody on the Georgia Tech roster finished the 2013 season with more of a bang than cornerback D.J. White, who racked up a ridiculous 11 tackles along with an interception and two forced fumbles in the Music City Bowl loss. A strong finish to the season, however, doesn't mean that White was ready to sit back and relax during the off-season; he kept himself busy by continuing to improve as a player on the Flats. A productive D.J. White could be one of the key components for Georgia Tech in 2014; he has tremendous upside and the potential to really anchor a Georgia Tech secondary that could use a lot of improvement over last season.
In a recent poll conducted by ESPN, it was determined that most head coaches at Power Five schools would favor a schedule consisting of 100% Power Five teams. That would be twelve games per year against high quality competition, and it would be... awesome. Attendance would skyrocket and it would help to even out the strength of schedule across the NCAA because teams couldn't schedule cupcake games and later complain that they weren't selected for the playoffs due to SOS issues. I'm all for it.
Well, it's official: the NCAA has granted the Power Five conferences the ability to make their own rules for future seasons. While the newly granted autonomy will absolutely cause some conflict over the next few decades, it is likely for the better. The NCAA would have never loosened their iron grip on college athletics had they not thought that it was the right move to make at this point. It will ultimately allow schools to handle their personal business in a way that better benefits their specific school, but with greater power comes more people who want to use that power to bend the rules. I give it one year before we have a huge scandal involving some newly implemented rule.
Does quarterback play need to improve at Tech? Will it improve in time for the 2014 season? Should the Power Five conferences have autonomy? Why?
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