The last time Georgia Tech was on College Gameday was on October 21, 2006 at Clemson. The Jackets lost 31-7. This game might be an even bigger blowout, but at least the new brand and messaging of Geoff Collins will be on full display on August 29. College Gameday’s presence should also bring more viewers to the game. All press is good press, even in 40 point losses.
The wide receiver position will now be a lot more involved in the games. That’s why such a big focus has been made on the position group as a whole. The article names four receivers who look to receive a bulk of the playing time this year, but also discusses others who might not be on the field too much but will be ready to step in when needed. One surprise for me (and many others) is the rise of Josh Blancato, a walk-on former A-back who is turning heads with his play. I think that the receivers will be a better group than people think, but them being able to catch the ball all depends on how the offensive line protects whoever the quarterback is, which might be an issue.
Before becoming a head coach, Geoff Collins was noted for his work as a defensive coordinator for Mississippi State, Florida, and other schools. Although he’s obviously not a coordinator now, Collins will still share his expertise with players on the defensive side of the football. That’s clear in positional meetings, where he often sits in on the defensive backs. One statistic that jumped out to me is that Collins has coached 10 defensive backs that have been selected in the NFL Draft a year after he was either their defensive coordinator or head coach. Let’s hope he continues that pattern at Tech.
The Georgia Tech Men’s Basketball team got a big advantage this offseason, gaining ten extra practices to get ready for their team trip to Spain. One hopes that the Jackets will show a marked increase in offensive production from last year, and that these practices have helped in someway.
James Banks testing the waters for the NBA Draft was one of the most surprising moves of the offseason. Many people did not even have him projected as an signing a contract as an undrafted free agent. That all changed just a day later when he suddenly withdrew from the draft. No one really knew what happened until just a few days ago, when Banks said that felt it was a sign that he hadn’t put an electronic signature on the draft documents, thus making him feel that he should withdraw from the draft. As I Tech fan, I’m glad he withdrew from the draft because without him the offense might be even worse than last year.
Thanks to now former Digital Content Coordinator Ryan Wise for a great 1.5 years. Good luck in whatever is next!
Question of the Day: Are you excited for College Gameday to be broadcasting from the Tech-Clemson game in less than three weeks?