A lot of things should be on Tech’s improvements list. Luckily, Tech was able to get extra practice and game preparation in due to the Clemson game happening last Thursday. Looking back at the defeat, I am still pleasantly surprised at how well the secondary played, and aside from passing issues and pass protection, the offense didn’t look too bad. This week’s game against USF will be the true test as to whether the Jackets can be competitive for the rest of the season.
There were positives and negatives for each of the three quarterbacks that played last week against Clemson. Thankfully, that will most likely be rock bottom for the Tech quarterbacks, as that was the first game of an offensive transition against the reigning national champions. I believe that the coaching staff will find a proper formula, but it will take time. Patience is a virtue.
Press conferences are usually hit or miss, depending on the coach. So far Geoff Collins clearly isn’t as blunt as Paul Johnson was, but will still be candid in his responses. One thing I didn’t like from the press conference, however, was that Collins and his staff don’t really pay attention to the amount of games freshmen play with the idea of keeping their redshirt intact. Do I feel that all freshmen should be redshirted? No. But I do feel that instead of just letting players play, a more conservative, thoughtful approach should be taken.
Hello Technical Tidbits, Elder Jake here, resident Swim Guy, with my thoughts on the swimming recruiting class! There’s a couple to really like here. Tech doesn’t crack the top 100 men in the class of 2019 as per collegeswimming.com, but they do get #106 and #108, which is solid. Good depth, but not too crazy. They supplement that with the #6 guy out of Georgia, Dylan Scott, at #201 in the country, who is about to have to swim...so many yards. Poor guy. Good news, though - he’s also the #1 rated Dylan Scott in the nation this year (out of two). Ruben Lechuga seems like a very solid diving pickup, as well. For the women, Imane Al Barodi certainly comes with the longest and most impressive biography, and might be the best addition in the class, at least based on big time race experience, if not times. I’m pretty sure Amanda Hoejberg is a transfer from Oregon State, but the article missed that, if so. She’s a pure sprint freestyler who saw mixed success at the Pac12 level, though that is perhaps the most competitive conference in the sport. Rounding out the class that I could get a good read on were McKenzie Campbell at #248 and Brooke Switzer at #188. Now let’s see what they can do. Tune into Yellow Jacket Roundup Mondays for more. Back to you, Lil’ Jake.
Also shameless plug for this week’s Rearview Mirror, there’s a nice little teaser at the end for something big in the works.
The first 1500 #GaTech students at Saturday's #GTWhiteOut game vs. USF will get this FREE ATL tank top.— Georgia Tech Sports (@GTAthletics) September 4, 2019
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Tanks are redeemable on the North Concourse. Must present valid Buzz Card. Gates open at 12:30pm. Kickoff at 2pm. pic.twitter.com/vNX3AWEDfj
I don’t know if the We Are ATL wording on the tank top means We Are Above The Line or We are Atlanta. Either way, if you do wear a tank top, don’t forget to put on sunscreen.
Question of the Day: How do you feel about the QB situation going into Saturday?