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Bobinski approving of Tech’s progress

  • 11:55 am Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski likes the progress of the football team has made thus far, particularly compared to last season, his first as athletic director. He added that he considers the defensive struggles a matter of depth. The Yellow Jackets play Pittsburgh in an ACC Coastal Division matchup Saturday.

“I think it’s been good,” Bobinski said Thursday in an interview with the AJC. “Clearly, we’ve gotten better on the offensive side of the ball. Anybody that remembers us talking about this before, last year, to me, was an anomaly where we had games where we just weren’t very effective [More]

10 supposedly must-read Tech notes

  • 11:14 am Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

 

 

Apologies for the delay.

1. After the struggles that the Georgia Tech offense faced last year as it tried to diversity its attack with shotgun and the diamond formation, coach Paul Johnson determined that the offense would return to the basics. In the spring and preseason, Tech dedicated itself to honing its staple plays.

With the help of quarterback Justin Thomas, Tech has found its mojo again, averaging 5.97 yards per carry, better than any season-ending average in Johnson’s six years. Tech leads the nation in third-down efficiency at a stunning 59.3 percent.

A funny thing is, though, that Tech is actually throwing [More]

10 supposedly must-read Tech notes

  • 8:37 am Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

 

Apologies for the delay.

1. After the struggles that the Georgia Tech offense faced last year as it tried to diversity its attack with shotgun and the diamond formation, coach Paul Johnson determined that the offense would return to the basics. In the spring and preseason, Tech dedicated itself to honing its staple plays.

With the help of quarterback Justin Thomas, Tech has found its mojo again, averaging 5.97 yards per carry, better than any season-ending average in Johnson’s six years. Tech leads the nation in third-down efficiency at a stunning 59.3 percent.

A funny thing is, though, that Tech is actually throwing [More]

Tech Thursday Throwback No. 7

  • 11:19 pm Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

We return for the seventh edition of Tech Throwback Thursday, a presentation of Georgia Tech-related items in the possession of the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

As Tech will play at Pittsburgh for the first time since 1920, we present an artifact from that era, the game program from the 1929 Rose Bowl, won 8-7 by Georgia Tech over California. The game, most known for the ill-fated fumble return by Roy Riegels, known to history as “Wrong Way” Riegels, was Tech’s first-ever bowl and earned the Yellow Jackets their first national championship.

According to a few newspaper accounts written in [More]

Tech stepping up blitz pressure?

  • 5:36 pm Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

One of the big questions facing Georgia Tech in its game Saturday at Pittsburgh – Can the Yellow Jackets create enough pass pressure to unsteady Panthers quarterback Chad Voytik?

The numbers would suggest it’ll take some doing. A look at the ACC’s defenses, ranked by passes per sack.

School
Att.
Sacks
Att./S

CU
208
26
8

VT
205
28
7.3

UL
265
28
9.5

SU
207
20
10.4

UVA
249
23
10.8

BC
218
18
12.1

WF
211
17
12.4

UP
194
15
12.9

UM
218
16
13.6

NCSU
235
15
15.7

UNC
245
13
18.8

FSU
235
11
21.4

DU
244
11
22.2

GT
207
8
25.9

Last Saturday, Tech brought down UNC quarterback Marquise Williams but once despite 47 pass attempts, although Williams evaded sack opportunities by throwing a lot of quick-hitting passes.

Coach Paul Johnson sounded like a coach ready to do whatever it took to get to Voytik on Saturday.

“We’ve got to help (the front four),” Johnson said. “We’ve [More]

Tech’s upcoming non-conference opponents

  • 11:34 pm Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Following the announcement of the ACC-Notre Dame schedule through 2025, Georgia Tech is expected to have more scheduling announcements in coming weeks to fill in holes through 2024. Tech’s scheduling philosophy is to play one game against an FCS opponent, another against a non-power conference team and two against power conference teams, including Georgia.

Through 2024, as long as the model is followed, there are only two more open slots for an out-of-conference game against a power-conference team, in 2018 and 2020. Senior associate athletic director Ryan Bamford said in September that he had had communications with representatives with schools from [More]

Laskey in red jersey for Tech practice

  • 3:19 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech B-back Zach Laskey was to wear a red jersey at Monday’s practice, meaning he was to be held out because of injury. That follows an x-ray performed on his shoulder that was injured in Saturday’s loss to North Carolina.

At the least, it means that the x-ray did not reveal an injury so severe that it required rehabilitation or immediate surgery. I’ll have an update this evening after practice.

9 takeaways from Tech-UNC

  • 8:30 am Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

1. You could make the case that Georgia Tech’s defensive performance was worse than it was in the Yellow Jackets’ loss to Clemson in 2012, the final game coached by then-coordinator Al Groh’s before his dismissal two days later.

(The abbreviations are yards per play, points per possession, third and fourth down conversions, plays of 20 yards or more, points per red zone trip.)

Game
YDS
YPP
PPP
3rd/4th
20+
Pts/RZ

Clemson
601
6.5
4.1
14/20
7
5.0

UNC
579
6.6
4.4
12/17
3
6.8

A pretty significant difference is who was on the field. The 2012 defense had proven veterans like Jeremiah Attaochu, Jemea Thomas, Izaan Cross and Brandon Watts. In fact, eight starters on that defense against Clemson at the least [More]

Duke tightens grip on Coastal

  • 4:02 pm Saturday, October 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

With Duke’s 20-13 home win over Virginia Saturday, the Blue Devils took further control of the ACC Coastal Division.

As of Saturday afternoon, there were four teams with 2-1 records in the Coastal – Duke, Tech, Virginia and Pittsburgh. However, the Blue Devils, seeking their second Coastal title in a row, are the only team with control of their fate.

Duke now owns tiebreakers over Georgia Tech and Virginia. The Cavaliers were the last remaining team with an undefeated league record. Miami, which beat the Blue Devils, has two losses to one for Duke.

Pittsburgh has a loss to Virginia and needs another [More]

10 doubtfully must-read Tech notes

  • 5:12 pm Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Sorry for the delay and for the relative thinness this week. Trying to catch a plane. (figuratively speaking)

1. This will be Georgia Tech’s first prime-time game at North Carolina since 1998, when the Jackets beat the Tar Heels 43-21 behind three touchdown passes and 303 passing yards from Joe Hamilton in a 7 p.m. ESPN game. (Tech played its 2004 game at Kenan Stadium at 6 p.m., which I guess sort of counts.)

It was a monumental victory. With the beginning of their annual series in 1980, Tech failed to win at North Carolina in nine consecutive visits, the only non-loss [More]

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