For the next two weeks, From The Rumble Seat will be bringing you the top 10 plays of the 2014 season from the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team. There were plenty to choose from in such a spectacular season, but these are the ones we feel made the cut. Feel free to leave your opinions and let us know at the end if you feel some plays were left out, and maybe we can have an honorable mentions post.
For #10 of the top 10 plays of the 2014 season, a play that might leave a bitter taste in your mouth gets the nod. Down by five points with 3:20 left on the road against the North Carolina Tar Heels, the Jackets were in a complete shootout after coming off a tough loss against the Duke Blue Devils. Many of us were hoping for a long touchdown drive to take the lead and not allow the UNC offense that had torn apart the Tech defense to get the ball back. What we got instead was a much more exciting play from our star wideout.
DeAndre Smelter shows in this play a part of why so many people expect great things of him in the NFL. The San Francisco 49ers could definitely use the athleticism he brings at a position they've been less than stellar at in recent years. If he can bounce back from his injury to previous form, I expect we'll be looking at another Pro Bowl caliber WR from Georgia Tech in the NFL.
In this play, Smelter comes around for a play that Tech very rarely uses, which is why it was perfect in this situation. Justin Thomas runs the option to the near side, and the UNC defense bites hard to give plenty of room on the opposite side of the field. Meanwhile, three Tech lineman slip to the far side when Smelter receives the reverse. Darren Waller lays a huge block and Smelter follows his three lineman to sprint away from the defense and score a huge go-ahead touchdown.
Let's just not talk about what happened afterwards.
What do you think about this play? Is it ranked too high? Too low?