After that gut wrenching loss on Monday night to the Virginia Tech Hokies there is always a concern how the team will respond, especially on a shortened week. It was nice to see the Yellow Jackets come out strong in this game, even though it was against a lesser opponent. But as they say; football is football and anything can happen when you play the game.
While there were a few flaws on offense including three fumbles; one each by Tevin Washington, Charles Perkins, and another by Synjyn Days that was quite possibly a touchdown, overall the offense performed as expected. Zach Laskey did well at B-Back and he reminds me of the traditional players that have starred at the position when CPJ was coaching at the Naval Academy. During that time period the Midshipmen had two tremendous 230 Lbs. players; Adam Ballard, and Eric Kittani who always gained positive yardage and were a load once they broke beyond the line of scrimmage.
Now granted Zach Laskey is only around 210 Lbs. but he does a very nice job of keeping his pad level low and hits the line at full speed powering ahead every time he gets the football. With all the pounding anyone receives at that spot, it was good to be able to rest David Sims another week as the Yellow Jackets will need to have two solid B-Backs to get through the rest of their schedule.
When QB Vad Lee entered the game he did a good job of throwing the football, and his 81 yard touchdown pass to Jeff Green in stride was a very nice pass. In addition, he showed some speed in going 79 yards on an option keeper before getting tackled two yards short of the end zone. It was good to see him get some valuable game experience as regardless of the team, the backup at every position needs to be ready to step in at any point throughout the season. Vad looked good in his time on the field against the blue hose.
Tevin played another nice game and continues to throw the ball quite well. He also had an excellent fifty yard plus run for a touchdown on an option keeper early in the game. His touchdown pass to Robbie Godhigh to open the second half was right on target as he had plenty of time to throw courtesy of the fine blocking up front from the O-Line.
For the second game in a row the defense really played well and it appears that Al Groh finally has the players in place to execute the 3/4 defense. All four linebackers are extremely active making plays around the line of scrimmage and outside linebacker Brandon Watts is really playing some good football. Redshirt freshman safety Jamal Golden had a very nice interception setting up a touchdown for the offense inside the red zone. Overall the unit is vastly improved from last season and Georgia Tech will need them to continue this type of play for the remainder of the season.
It’s time to get ready for another Coastal Division challenge from UVA this Saturday who come into the game undefeated after beating Penn State on Saturday. Given the tendency in the past to have closer than necessary games against these FCS teams, it was nice to finally put an opponent away early and get the backups lots of playing time and effectively pitching a shutout. While the blue hose kicked a field goal with five seconds remaining in the game to finally score against Georgia Tech and break their all time scoreless streak going back seventy years, it was a good performance following a tough loss, especially in a very short week of preparation.
The team deserves to have a big crowd at Bobby Dodd Stadium next Saturday to open the home slate against the ACC. So everybody show up and be loud and help bring home another win at Grant Field. Go Jackets!