Nine Yellow Jackets were named to preseason All-ACC teams in anticipation of the 2015 season, including a couple of first team selections -- DT Adam Gotsis and QB Justin Thomas. The list is pretty complete overall, though there is the glaring omission of cornerback D.J. White, who I think could be the first Yellow Jacket selected in next year's draft. He is just too talented a player to be left off on the first four All-ACC teams. The good news is that the preseason teams mean absolutely nothing, so there is still plenty of time for White and others to show what they've got during the season.
Fansided's Atl All Day published a quick breakdown of three must-win games on Georgia Tech's upcoming schedule a couple of days ago, pegging away games at Duke and Clemson as well as a home matchup against Virginia Tech as critical. I'm not sure how I feel about calling any game a must-win before the season even starts -- I usually reserve that term for when something specific is at stake -- but those are undoubtedly three huge games on the coming schedule. A sweep versus those three opponents would be a more than welcome change to say the least.
ACC newcomer Everett Golson was an obvious standout while playing with independent Notre Dame, but just how good is he in relation to the rest of the conference's signal callers? The ESPN article seems to think that he's immediately a top-3 quarterback in the ACC (behind Justin Thomas and Deshaun Watson), but I'm not completely sold on that. This is not to say that Golson isn't a great player, but I just feel that a number of other guys -- including Marquise Williams and possibly Jacoby Brissett among others -- are better. Will they experience more success? Probably not, but I still think they have more talent.
I like attacking the SEC as much as the next guy, but I will say that the conference made an admirable move by automatically blocking transfers from players who were kicked out of their previous school for a number of offenses from domestic violence to sexual assault. The idea was originally proposed by Georgia, and while I'd love to criticize it for that reason, doing so would be both wrong and irresponsible. The simple truth is that there is nothing to criticize about a decision like this because illegal activity has no place in college football anywhere, whether it be in the SEC or elsewhere. The fact that it has been allowed for this long is absurd.
Do you agree with the SEC's new policy? Would you like to see it implemented in the ACC?
Have a great Tuesday!