Yellow Jackets seek change in third year of Collins era

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ATLANTA – With season three coming for the era of Coach Geoff Collins at Georgia Tech, words and phrases like “re-build” and “reshape” may no longer be flexible.

The Yellow Jackets have been appalling for the first two seasons after the optional attack fan Paul Johnson retired. Georgia Tech is 3-9, 3-7 in its first two tries with Collins as head coach. In 2021, Collins and Georgia Tech fans are looking for things to start changing.

As with so many teams, youth should no longer be an issue with the NCAA granting an extra year of eligibility for every player who played or retired last season due to COVID-19 if they choose. to continue playing. Yes, Tech has 25 real first-year stock players. They also have seven “really redshirt seniors” taking a sixth season of eligibility on the field and 12 players who are new via transfer from other schools, several with college degrees.

But with all the turnover and leftovers, there is good news and bad news.

The Good: Tech’s top players – quarterback Jeff Sims and running back Jamhyr Gibbs – are back after strong and bordering freshman seasons, spectacular at times studded with injuries, and several players are new to the lineup. with initial experience in other major programs.

The Bad: Tech is sacking several players from a team that were among the most penalized and unsuccessful goals in the country (3v8) last season, and substandard in almost every category that exists.

But they seem happy.

“I thought when I got there that I was going to have a chance to play here, and I finished this season and realized I love this place so much that I wanted to stay,” said the offensive lineman Ryan Johnson, who is thinking of starting over after transferring from Tennessee before last season.

BORN TO RUN

Paul Johnson grabbed the flak to be run-oriented, but Tech is so talented among the people running football that compared to the pass, running may be the better option rather than throwing and throwing.

Sims won three ACC Player of the Week awards last season, more for his 492 rushing yards and six touchdowns than for his modest passing stats. Additionally, there is running back Jahmyr Gibbs, who received an All-ACC Honorable Mention despite missing 3.5 games with injury and Jordan Mason, multiple times junior, who missed almost half. of the season due to injury. He was All-ACC as the first freshman. He missed 3.5 games last season due to injury. There is also a guy named Jamious Griffin who deserves attention.

WAIT

To say that Georgia Tech struggled last season out of its own way is an understatement. The 121st-ranked Yellow Jackets 8.9 penalties per game were almost the worst in the country – and they’re no longer a high-volume offense. It was much worse on the road – 11.8. Their snap penalties were also among the highest, and 41 of the 89 penalties had occurred before the ball was broken, such as false starts etc. “The culture is established,” Collins said. “Now is the time to focus on all the details that will take us to the next stage in our program development. “

STRONG BACK DEFENSES

Georgia Tech looks good when it comes to security, where Tariq Carpenter and Juanyeh Thomas roam; they are good NFL caliber. The rest of high school is fluid, like cornerbacks Tre Swilling, Zamari Walton, Kenyatta Walker and even Myles Sims, a transfer from Michigan a few years ago. Look for the contribution of nickelback Wesley Walker.

HERE IS THE BEEF

Georgia Tech will be much more important on the offensive and defensive lines than in recent years. Left tackle contender Devin Cochran, a graduate transfer from Vanderbilt, weighed 317 pounds at the last measurement, not to mention 6 feet 7 inches. Looks like Georgia Tech will average over 300 pounds along the offensive line. It has been a long time since that happened. The defensive line is also bigger, with transfer from Old Dominion DE Keion White looking to make a difference.

BE SPECIAL

Georgia Tech had three of eight field trials last season. It was one of the least productive ratios in the history of modern college football. The Yellow Jackets are hoping Brent Chimagha, a transfer graduate from Tennessee, can improve on that. There is also a search to replace kicker Percy Harvin, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 7th round. The Yellow Jackets know Gibbs is skillful as a returning man.

CALENDAR

Georgia Tech’s schedule is demanding. The Jackets have games against Clemson, North Carolina, Miami, Notre Dame and Georgia. These teams are all ranked in the Top 25, and Georgia Tech is widely regarded as one of the toughest programs in the country.

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