2009 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Football Preview
2009 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football preview as well as the 2009 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Football Schedule. When betting on college football against the bookmakers odds dont dismiss our NCAA football picks to help build your bankroll this year.
Coach: Paul Johnson (2nd year at Georgia Tech)
Team Name: Yellow Jackets
2008 Overall Record: 9-4
Returning Starters: 18
After finishing tied for first in the ACC Coastal last year, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9- 4 overall, 5- 1 ACC Coastal) managed to get an invite to the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The trip was a tough one for the team as they were clawed by the LSU Tigers 38- 3. That marked the team’s fourth straight bowl loss.
The Yellow Jackets incorporated an option-based spread offense last season with great results. The running game was good for an average of 273.2 YPG, earning it a fourth-place national ranking. However, the Jackets would like to turn those yards into more points as Georgia Tech scored 24.4 PPG (74th nationally). Junior QB Josh Nesbitt (123 ATT, 54 COMP, 808 YDs, 5 INTs, 2 TDs) is a playmaker with excellent speed. On the team, he was second in rushing, gaining 693 yards on 172 carries for 7 TDs. Nesbitt has become proficient at running the triple-option offense, which incorporates three backs. Two starters return to the backfield, including junior Jonathan Dwyer (200 CAR, 1,395 YDs, 12 TDs). Dwyer, who led the club in rushing, was last year’s ACC Player of the Year. The O-line, which returns three starters, is questionable.
The Yellow Jackets 28th ranked defense allowed 20.3 PPG in 2008. They were tough against the rush, as opponents gained an average of 120.3 YPG (24th) against them. A major challenge for this team will be replacing most of the defensive line. Three All-ACC picks, Darryl Richard, Vance Walker and Michael Johnson, went to the NFL. The good news is that junior DE Derrick Morgan, who garnered seven sacks and 51 tackles, is back. He’s a fine athlete who can stuff the run and grab the QB behind the line. He’ll need to mentor the new guys and keep the line intact. The linebacking unit welcomes back two quality starters—senior Sedric Griffin (53 tackles) and sophomore Kyle Jackson (51 tackles). Junior free safety Morgan Burnett is a major player. Last season, he led the club in tackles (93 tackles, 62 solo) and picks (7 for 95 yards).
On special teams, the highlights were Roddy Jones and Marcus Wright. Both are fine kick returners, averaging 23.6 and 22.2 yards per return respectively. But the rest of the special team squads performed below par. Upgrades in kicking, punting and return defense are desperately needed.
Coach Paul Johnson (9- 4 in one year at Georgia Tech) brought the triple-option to the Yellow Jackets and enjoyed success. An improved offense line would be a big help in getting Georgia Tech to the next level. The October 17 game at home versus Virginia Tech could be a defining moment. Five away games over seven weeks will challenge the club. Still, with Jacksonville State and Vanderbilt on their schedule, the Jackets certainly caught some breaks. A second-place finish will get them a middle tier bowl, but first place in the ACC Coastal will send them up the bowl ladder. Either is possible.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Football Schedule
|9/5/2009||Georgia Tech||Jacksonville St.||home|
|9/17/2009||Georgia Tech||Miami (FL)||away|
|9/26/2009||Georgia Tech||North Carolina||home|
|10/3/2009||Georgia Tech||Mississippi St.||away|
|10/10/2009||Georgia Tech||Florida St.||away|
|10/17/2009||Georgia Tech||Virginia Tech||home|
|11/7/2009||Georgia Tech||Wake Forest||home|
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