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Technical Tidbits 6/29: Another Day, Another Preview

Bill Connelly took a look at the Jackets.

NCAA Football: The Citadel at Georgia Tech Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Connelly (formerly of SB Nation) is one of ESPN’s advanced stats experts. Each year, Connelly goes in-depth about all FBS teams with a look back at their previous seasons and gives predictions for the season ahead using his SP+ model. Coincidentally, Connelly published his ACC Coastal division preview for the year on the same day that he took a look at Georgia Tech on Twitter. Basically, the Yellow Jackets can improve a whole lot this season (meaning an actually functional offense), and still only go 4-8 due to the schedule’s intensity. I can’t wait for September 3!

David Shanahan will have some big shoes to fill in 2021. If all goes to plan, he will replace All-ACC P Pressley Harvin III as Georgia Tech’s starting punter. What’s different about Shanahan is that he will come to the Flats from Ireland by way of Australia. Originally a Gelic football player, Shanahan caught the eye of coaches from ProKick Australia, a leading developer of American football punters and kickers. There, he was refined into a top-player and received a scholarship from Geoff Collins & co. Let’s hope dairy farm punting practice turns into a Ray Guy Award.

Miles Brooks was a four-star recruit and one of the first commits to Georgia Tech’s 2020 class. Besides great play in high school, Brooks has also worked a lot on developing his own personal brand and preparing for a future that doesn’t include professional football. This is exactly what Geoff Collins is trying to emphasize to current (and future) Jackets, and is evidenced by Tech’s new partnerships with brand development specialists. Brooks can be a great example for all student-athletes looking ahead to life after athletics.

Each year the ACC recognizes six student-athletes at each member school with a “Top Six for Service” award. This year, the winning Yellow Jackets were Lexi Dorn, Rebecca Entrekin, Victoria Flores, Joonas Koski, Jahaziel Lee, and Bria Matthews. Congratulations to all six! Thanks for your dedication to positively impacting your communities!

It looks like the Yellow Jacket football team had fun starting Phase II of the Georgia Tech athletics reopening plan.

Question of the Day: What do you think about Bill Connelly’s preview?