Unless you have been living under a rock, you are well aware of the early season success the Miami Hurricanes have in coach Richt’s inaugural season with his alma mate. But now is when the season really starts. Miami takes its early season perfect record into Georgia Tech for an ACC showdown. Georgia Tech is 2-1 with it’s lone loss coming against the preseason powerhouse Clemson. Georgia Tech looked horribly overmatched in the first half but was able to make adjustments in the second half to keep the score somewhat respectable. Let’s take a look at who will be leading the Yellow Jackets out on Saturday.
QB – Justin Thomas – Justin, a three year starter for the Yellow Jackets has had a sea-saw career at GT. In his sophomore year he lit up the conference. Last year he was so-so and the team floundered. So far this year he has played well including a 4th qtr. game winning drive against BC in Ireland. He has thrown for over 300 yards and rushed for over 200. It’s his dual threat capabilities that make him special. If the Canes contain him their chances of winning increase dramatically.
RB – Dedrick Mills – Dedrick leads the team with 5 touchdowns and 209 yards rushing. After an early season suspension, he has renewed energy and can break any play if the defense does not have him accounted for.
Receivers – As you know the ankle-biters don’t pass often, it seems when they do decide to throw the ball it is always for a big play on either 3rd and long or 4th and short as Paul Johnson is know to take a risk from time to time. When they do pass, look for Ricky Jeune or Qua Searcy to be on the receiving end.
Up front the Yellow Jackets have some experience with three returning starts on the DL. In tackles they are led by Corey Griffin in the DB position with 25 tackles and a pic. Next up is PJ Davis who is right behind Corey with 24 tackles from his LB position.
Georgia Tech is a tough team to run on. They are ranked in the top 20 this year in run defense and remember, they played Clemson already. Where they may be suspect is in the secondary where although they have upperclassman playing, they do lack experience. Against Clemson they seemed to stack the box allowing Deshawn Watson time to throw. I don’t believe Watson has the accuracy of Kaaya but then again Kaaya doesn’t have the legs of Watson. Look for the Jackets to mix up the defense from the past few weeks to confuse the Canes on offense.
If Georgia Tech is going to win this game, they will do it the same way they did it two years ago in Booby Dodd Stadium. By running a slow efficient offense that will have 15 play drives that eat up the clock and keep the opponents defense on the field. Not an exciting offense but effective.
I’m fortunate enough to be headed up to the ATL to catch the game and see some friends. Hoping I can come home with a smile on my face and a W in the books.