Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 2016 Preview
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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will look to improve upon their 3-9 record last season and get back to bowl eligibility.
Overview: Paul Johnson and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets were a big disappointment last season, but they are returning some key playmakers that should help improve on their very poor 2015 season.
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Offense: The triple option offense is always an exciting offense to watch, in my opinion, and senior quarterback Justin Thomas will lead it. Thomas threw for 1,345 yards and 13 touchdowns, while adding 488 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns for Georgia Tech. Marcus Marshall had 654 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns for Georgia Tech last season and will be returning this season. Clinton Lynch will also be returning for Georgia Tech after totaling 457 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns last season. Ricky Jeune was the leading receiver for Georgia Tech last season with 520 yards and 4 touchdowns and will also be back for the Yellow Jackets. The offensive line was an issue last season and will need to be corrected in order for the triple option to have success.
Defense: Defensive Coordinator Ted Roof will have his hands full trying to replace DT Adam Gotsis, who was All-ACC. Georgia Tech does have P.J. Davis returning, who led the team in tackles with 77 last season at the linebacker position. The secondary also has holes that will need to be filled by inexperienced players, which could cause troubles against the top teams in the ACC. Georgia Tech only managed 14 sacks last season, which they need to improve on. If the Yellow Jackets can improve their pass rush, it will take some of the pressure off of the young guys in the defensive backfield. Georgia Tech also only had 17 turnovers last season, which was 12 less turnovers then they had in their 11 win season in 2014.
Special Teams: Harrison Butker will be the placekicker for Georgia Tech, who went 7-11 on field goals last season. Ryan Rodwell will be returning as the Yellow Jacket punter after averaging 39.3 yards per punt. Georgia Tech will be looking for a new return man after losing Jamal Golden.
Outlook: Georgia Tech should definitely have a better season than they had last season, but I am not so sure they will be going to a bowl game this season. The Yellow Jackets need to improve their offensive and defensive lines, which would let them find much more success this season.
Sept. 3 vs. Boston College (Dublin, Ireland)
Sept. 10 vs. Mercer
Sept. 17 vs. Vanderbilt
Sept. 22 vs. Clemson
Oct. 1 vs. Miami
Oct. 8 at Pitt
Oct. 15 vs. Georgia Southern
Oct. 29 Duke
Nov. 5 at North Carolina
Nov. 12 at Virginia Tech
Nov. 19 vs. Virginia
Nov. 26 at Georgia