Unless you lived under a rock, you knew that transitioning from Paul Johnson’s triple option offense to Geoff Collins’ pro-style attack for the 2019 season would be tough. The transition was probably toughest on the offensive line, with a lot of the players undersized and inexperienced. It was rough for most of the season, but towards the end of the year there was definitely hope that things were getting better. According to this article, in spring practice, the offensive line was playing with much more knowledge and skill before the COVID-19 pandemic shut everything down. I personally believe that the entire team will be much better this season (if it happens), with a lot of production returning and new additions shoring up problem spots. The improvement might be the most clear when watching the offensive line.
Tristan Maxwell was arguably the best player in the state of North Carolina and led his team to the state 4A basketball finals, before the COVID-19 pandemic made the NC High School Athletic Association cancel the championship game. Saba Gigiberia, a 7-1 center, played his senior year of high school basketball with the likes of Jalen Green and Nimari Burnett, two NBA-caliber prospects. Jordan Meka had set his high school’s career record for points, rebounds, and blocked shots by the beginning of his senior year. All three of these recruits are a part of Josh Pastner’s 2020 class, his best yet at Tech. These three players could eventually be the core that leads the Jackets to new heights not seen in years on the Flats.
This is a great quarantine video interview with Tech DB Tre Swilling. Swilling discusses some of the workouts he’s been doing during the time away from school, how he’s staying connected with teammates, and how he’s dealing with life at home. Very insightful!
Former Georgia Tech announcer Brandon Gaudin has definitely had some free time during this social distancing period. On Monday, he posted his version of the NCAA Tournament classic song, “One Shining Moment.” Let’s just say that you have to watch it to get the full experience. Gaudin spent hours making the video with many props to make it as realistic as possible, all in his apartment. What a video.
Congratulations to former Tech (and Detroit Lions) great Calvin Johnson on being named to the NFL’s 2010s All-Decade team! Next stop, Canton?
Question of the Day: What did you think of Brandon Gaudin’s video?