Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Football Season Preview History
2014 Georgia Tech Football Preview:
Paul Johnson comes into his 7th season as the Yellow Jackets head coach in an ACC that has never been more competitive. 2013 saw the Jackets end a couple big plays away from beating almost every team on their schedule. With sophomore Justin Thomas orchestrating Georgia Tech’s option offense, there is much reason to believe that they will be even more dangerous this season. Thomas will be dishing the ball to a group of 6 senior running backs headlined by Charles Perkins and Tony Zenon. The Ramblin’ Wreck will also sport one of the top secondary’s in the ACC with a unit that returns Isaiah Johnson. The key games of the year for Georgia Tech will likely be their first 4 ACC matchups. The Yellow Jackets travel to Virginia Tech and North Carolina, and will face Duke and Miami at home. Look for Georgia Tech to win more than one of those games, and for them to be serious contenders for the ACC Coastal crown.
2013 Georgia Tech Football Preview:
Paul Johnson has led the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to five bowl games and two ACC Championship Game appearances in his five years as the head coach. However, after winning 20 games in his first two seasons that included an ACC championship, the Yellow Jackets are 21-19 in the last three years. The offense will continue to rely heavily on the run game with sophomore Vad Lee expected to be the point man in the triple-option offense. With Lee at quarterback, senior David Sims should lead a very deep group at the running back position.
The defense will return eight starters under Ted Roof, who took over as the defensive coordinator during the season last year. The Yellow Jackets will end the season by hosting state rival Georgia Bulldogs, with home contests also slated against Virginia Tech, Syracuse, and Pittsburgh.
2011 Georgia Tech Football Preview:
Behind a strong running game, Georgia Tech had solid years in both 2008 and 2009, but the Yellow Jackets took a step back last season and finished 6-7. This year, head coach Paul Johnson returns a number of starters who will be looking to return to prominence in the ACC.
Perhaps the biggest question heading into the year is who will be under center. The presumptive favorite for the job is Tevin Washington, who got some playing time in four games last year, but redshirt freshman Synjyn Days could beat him out for the job. Whoever starts will have to operate in the Yellow Jackets unique spread option, which places a strong emphasis on the running game of Orwin Smith and Roddy Jones.
The defense will look to fill holes in the secondary caused when all four starters from 2010 left. However, while the secondary may be thin, the Yellow Jackets have a strong front seven led by linebackers Julian Burnett and Steven Sylvester. Defensive end Jason Peter should provide strong senior leadership as well as significant pass rush from the side. It will be up to them to put pressure on the quarterback and give their upstart backfield a chance to catch up with the veterans on the squad.
2010 Georgia Tech Football Preview:
Paul Johnson has had the Midas touch since taking over as head coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in 2008. Using his unique flexbone option offense, the coach led his team to an ACC Coastal Division Co-Championship in 2008 and a Conference Championship in 2009, the team's first in 11 years.
In Johnson's brief tenure, the Yellow Jackets beat their arch rivals, the University of Georgia Bulldogs, for the first time since 2000, defeated the Virginia Cavaliers on the road for the first time since 1990 and broke a 0-17 stretch to opponents ranked in the top five in the nation by toppling the fourth ranked Virginia Tech in 2009.
There aren't many improvements Georgia Tech can make on last season, but another ACC Championship and a Bowl Game victory would be a good start.
To help make their run this season, the Yellow Jackets bring back last year's starting quarterback Joshua Nesbitt, who threw for 1,701 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2009. Though the team has named Tevin Washington as a backup, Nesbitt's job seems safe as he's proved that he can tactfully manage the team's spread-option offense.
2009 Georgia Tech Football Preview:
Head Coach: Paul Johnson
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will be a team to watch in 2009. That is because Georgia Tech had a hugely successful in 2008, under first year Head Coach Paul Johnson. And many experts are predicting a repeat performance of that success heading into the 2009 season. The Yellow Jackets return a strong offense that will again rely on the triple-option spread to confuse and overpower opponents. If GT can keep things rolling they should be in the conversation for BCS bowls again in 2009.
2008 Georgia Tech Football Preview:
Head Coach: Paul Johnson
Coming off a .500 season and the loss of Chan Gailey at head coach, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football program has a lot of question marks around it this coming season. Tech fans will be excited to see what the future holds for the team. Paul Johnson from Navy has taken the coaching job for 2008, and fans will fill Bobby Dodd Stadium this year to cheer their team on to an ACC Championship, a bowl game, and perhaps most importantly a win over their archrivals the Georgia Bulldogs.