"The time has come........ Execute..."
What, you thought I was gonna make a Revenge of the Sith reference? Nah, that was literally it.
Because guess what? FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY!!!
And with that comes another season of the Jeff Sims and Jahmyr Gibbs show! Guest appearances from other members of the Killer J's include Jordan Mason, Jamious Griffin, and many honorary (i.e. their names don't start with a J) members including Dontae Smith, Malachi Carter, and Kyric McGowan.
And the other side has its own Killer J's too, led by Jordan Domineck, (D)Jimon Brooks, JaQuez Jackson (better known as Quez), and Juanyeh Thomas. Featuring honorary members like Ace Eley, Charlie Thomas, Tre Swilling, Zamari Walton, and many others!
As you can see, there is plenty of talent to be excited about. A lot of key contributors are returning from last year's squad. And with another year together and another year of development under the coaching staff, this group may take a sizeable step forward!
But as much as there is talent on the team, it doesn't mean a damn thing until they finally show us what they can do. Because Herb Brooks, the legendary coach of the US Men's National Hockey Team, drops some nuggets to his team (or at least Kurt Russell portraying him in the film Miracle does).
- "Gentlemen, you don't have enough talent to win on talent alone." Never have truer words been spoken. It was true under Paul Johnson and it continues to be true under Geoff Collins (see the Citadel game two years ago if you're not convinced). Even with attracting higher-tier recruits over the last several years, it's gonna be incumbent upon everyone to come together and execute as a well-oiled machine. Whether that's the QB making good decisions in the pocket or a defender properly executing his coverage assignment, or the offensive line forming a brick wall against any pass rush, or something as simple as all eleven players being set on their side of the line of scrimmage before the snap and making clean tackles and blocks during the play, we need to see a higher level of execution.
- "When you put on that jersey, you represent yourself AND your teammates. And the name on the front means a hell of a lot more than the name on the back!" Our players have been going out there and busting their asses to represent the Institute and the city. It's on us to have their backs. Whether we buy tickets as regular fans, or whether we're involved in a student organization like the Band, Color Guard, Goldrush, Cheer, or Reck Club. Let's put the "together" in "together we swarm"!!
- "This cannot be a team of common men because common men go nowhere. You have to be uncommon." This is one I've seen Coach Lew (Caralla) preach to the players, and it's a mindset that I'm confident will permeate through this team, through the locker room, and to any recruits that consider making the decision to come to Georgia Tech.
It's a new year, and it's a new season! This year we open under the lights against NIU, and even though they may be a G5 school it's not a game to take lightly. Let's put on a strong effort on opening day and set the tone for what this season is gonna be! Let's get high-quality execution on both sides of the ball. Let's get a raucous atmosphere in Bobby Dodd Stadium after a year where capacity was limited and the spirit squads couldn't be at full strength. Let's show off what this team and this program is capable of! And most importantly....
Let's have fun and never hold back!!!!! Whether it's this game or the games to follow, let's pour 110% into every challenge we face!
GO JACKETS!!!! STING THE HUSKIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!