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Technical Tidbits 10/23: Special teams props for Roof and Jackson, fear of what Venables has in store

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Dear Brent, please don’t make us feel bad about ourselves on Saturday.

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NCAA Football: Clemson Spring Game
SOMEONE HIRE THIS MAN.
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Georgia Tech locked down win number four of the season late on Saturday evening, taking down Wake Forest by a final score of 38-24 on Homecoming Weekend. Though the Jackets hardly got off to a hot start, a number of very impressive fourth-down stops from the defense and an outstanding performance from Taquon Marshall were more than enough to guide Tech to a comfortable win. Also of note:

  • Don’t let Ricky Jeune’s meager (yet still team-leading, as it happens) receiving total distract you from the fact that he ran for 30 yards on an end-around and blocked some jokers into another dimension on more than one occasion.
  • WE SEE YOU MAKING PLAYS ON SPECIAL TEAMS, T.D. ROOF AND TRE’ JACKSON. And we really appreciate it, by the way. Keep killing it.
  • False starts are a myth.

Not to put a damper on things, but it may not be reasonable to expect similar results after this weekend’s game against Clemson. The above article points out one of the saddest realities in all of the world: Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables has held Paul Johnson’s offense to fewer than 100 yards rushing for each of the past two seasons. It’s strange, but he had much more success stopping the Justin Thomas-led offense than offenses led by bigger quarterbacks in the past. My hope is that Taquon Marshall and a strong interior offensive line will help Tech get the inside running game going, something that was much harder to do with Justin Thomas under center. Perhaps that will help reverse the trend.

Meanwhile in Tallahassee, frustrations are mounting following the latest Florida State loss: this time to Louisville and incumbent Heisman winner Lamar Jackson. The entire Seminole coaching staff has come under scrutiny, including former Tech assistant/interim defensive coordinator Charles Kelly. His defense, despite being supremely talented, has struggled all season long, leading fans to start a Go Fund Me for his buyout. It raised only $50, but the message is loud and clear: Florida State fans don’t like being in a precarious spot for bowl selection. Prayers for Jimbo Fisher and his eventual successor in Tally, legendary interim head coach Ed Orgeron.