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Technical Tidbits 9/25: Patenaude Discusses Quarterbacks

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Tech’s offensive coordinator discusses how he chooses which quarterback to play; basketball news and more.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 07 USF at Georgia Tech Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Georgia Tech offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude shared some insights into how he makes his decision as to which quarterback is in for a play. A lot of it seems to basically come down to what one would expect, including defenses, schemes, filed position etc. The important thing I took away from these insights was the statement regarding how “[t]he packages can change by opponent.” My question would be, wouldn’t opponents adapt their defenses to be more in line with what has already worked before in countering Tech’s offense and, in particular, its quarterbacks? So, assuming they have already game planned for each of the quarterbacks, would it be any less advantageous to just have a starting quarterback and let them play the majority of the game? I imagine it comes down to the overall scheme that Patenaude is installing and the need for the right quarterback who fits that scheme. And right now, that quarterback is the assortment of the various skill sets of three different quarterbacks. Or am I missing something?

Head coach Josh Pastner and the Yellow Jacket’s men’s basketball team kicked off the preseason practice schedule last night. As the season is fast approaching, Tech is returning several of its top players from last year’s campaign. The Yellow Jackets kick off their season against NC State on November 5th. However, fans won’t have to wait that long to see the team in action. They will have an exhibition game on the 20th of October against Georgia College.

In more basketball news, Tech’s women’s basketball team had its 2019 schedule released. Their season will kick off on December 29 with a home game against UVA. #GoJackets

Just three more days until Tech is back on the field. They’ll be on the road to take on head coach Geoff Collins’ former team, the Temple Owls. The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network. This was an interesting point mentioned in the article:

“The Yellow Jackets averaged 6.5 yards per play and scored 24 points despite having the ball for only 18:10. If those numbers were extrapolated over 30 minutes of possession, Georgia Tech would have amassed 497 yards of offense and scored 40 points.”

The 6.5 yards per play was an impressive stat. Typically, having a stat like for a game would all but assure you of a win. As much as I’m looking forward to see how the defense does this Saturday, I’m equally intrigued to see if the offense will put up similar numbers.