• Practice Notes and Quotes 10/28
    by Kelly Quinlan, Publisher on October 28, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Georgia Tech football players spoke after practice on Wednesday about having a second chance to impress after a bad

  • Mailbag 10/28
    by Benjamin Tankersley on October 28, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Photo by Jeff Gritchen/Orange County Register via Getty Images We talk southern cuisine and historical conquerors! Why are my tears more salty as of late? - Notwima13 Ben: Are you snorting salt again? I thought we talked about this... Chris: Well as long as you can taste the saltiness that means you don’t have COVID, so that’s nice. Robert: I did have COVID; I wish I could taste the salt. Alas, higher hopes dashed bring saltier tears. Jake: I had a friend with a large chunk of Himalayan pink rock salt that was also a lamp (don’t ask questions about that, I know, it’s weird) and he would lick it sometimes, so, are you consuming a weird form of salt in an excessive manner? If so, stop licking lamps, I guess. Carter: Jeff: To better season the bitterness you harbor in your heart towards your teams. What’s the top priority for improvement for both sides of the ball this week? - SullyGT Ben: On offense, finish drives. On defense, keep the opposing offense from finishing drives. Andrew - I feel like a broken record when talking about how the Offense needs to cut down on turnovers. The Defense needs to show some ability to slow down ND’s run game. Chris: Offense needs to take care of the ball and finish drives. Defense needs to make the easy plays - make the tackle, be in the right hole, etc. Akshay: If the defense can hold ND to a national average success rate (~42%) and the offense doesn’t have any turnovers, I’ll count it as progress. Jake: Defense needs to show some sort of life against the run. Offense needs to take care of the ball, not really anything different than we’ve said all year I think. Robert: Defense: Success rate on passing plays <41%. To achieve this: the linebackers and safeties have to do a much better job passing off receivers and not vacating the middle of the field. Offense: positive EPA/play. To achieve this: we need to continue our efficiency without the turnovers and drive killing plays. Jeff: In the words of Booger McFarland...probably “The offense needs to score more points than the other offense and the defense needs stop the other offense more than theirs is stopped.” Carter: Same thing it is every week, Pinky. If we finish the season with 2 wins but a Top 25 recruiting class, is this season a win? - Notwima13 Ben: I think it depends on how the team looks in those losses. If those losses all look like Cuse or Boston College, that’s almost certainly a loss. Andrew - I guess, you have to look for all the little things you can when a season goes that poorly. Chris: Can a season be a draw? I’ll be very disappointed with just two wins given our schedule, but getting some top talent would be a good consolation. More than anything I just want to see improvements being consistently made. Akshay: Yeeeeeeaaaaaahhhhhhh, I’m with Chris. That would be a wash of a season. Robert: Sheesh. I’ll say no. That would mean losing to a couple of pretty bad teams from here on out and would not signal that there is a good on-field trajectory happening. Jake: We’ve already lost two teams we “theoretically” should have beaten or at least had a shot to play close, so I’d say only having two wins now (I’ll be generous and say win one of those two) is a bad thing. And the recruiting class is looking pretty low compared to last year, so that doesn’t sit easy on my mind. Carter: Only if that high recruiting class ranking pans out, which we won’t know for a couple of years. Until then, it’s a no. Jeff: No, but I look at recruiting separately from the regular season. Recruiting is getting better and it should, but we didn’t hire a coach to have his successful season be almost making a bowl. That was once Duke’s lot in life. GT should not be the new placeholder. Will Jeff Sims be the starter at the end of the season? or will turnovers force the coach into trying something else? - Borojacket12 Ben: If he doesn’t get hurt, he’ll still be starting at the end of the season. Andrew: I doubt it. This season is a wash from an eligibility standpoint. If you think Sims is the best option for the future, you should get him as many live reps as you can. Chris: I think the program is all in on him. If they were gonna bench him for turnovers they would’ve done it already. Right now the biggest thing is just getting him more experience and letting him find his game. Akshay: The coaching staff has let him work through his mistakes at every turn (last week aside, but that looked to be more of an injury concern than a benching). He’s the guy. Robert: Yes. He’s the starter, barring injury. His upside is light years higher than the other guys throwing the ball. Jake: If he’s not starting Game 11, something has deteriorated/gone horribly wrong. Jeff: At this point you are all in on Sims. Barring an injury he is the guy going forward. Carter: If it was gonna be someone else the coaching staff would have made the switch by now. He’s the guy. How much do you dislike the Blackwatch Uniforms? - thebugman10 Ben: I like the jerseys a whole lot more than the helmet. I think the solid black GT on the gold helmet is kind of hideous. I wish if they were gonna do this, they did a black helmet with either a solid gold or gold-outlined GT. Andrew - I am an old man who likes to yell at clouds. I’ve never been a fan of alternate jerseys and think that Tech should always wear white at home. Chris: I guess they’re fine, they just look like UCF or Purdue more than anything and it kinda sucks they don’t look more...unique. They’re not particularly cool, they’re literally just...black. I think black and white would probably look better than black and gold, but I get that that’s not B L A C K W A T C H. Akshay: They’re....fine. I tried explaining my gripes about them to a friend the other day and this is the best way I could put it: I will always support embracing Tech’s rich athletic history (regardless of what you think of the BlackWatch era/period/years/etc) and synthesizing uniform designs from it, but the major issue I have is emphasizing black as a school color barely three years after spending a truckload of money and effort to standardize the academic and athletics color palettes and trademarks on white and gold and eliminate the old Buzz gold and black branding (the latter of which is still in flight across much of the Institute’s online presence). Why would you go to all that trouble just to renege? Jake: I hate them. The Blackwatch defense had one year of elite status and maybe two years of being okay (and the team as a whole only finished at #19 in the AP, so it’s not like Tech was earth-shattering amazing that year, either), so I don’t get the obsession with them from some circles. More importantly, though, BLACK IS NOT A GEORGIA TECH COLOR. We go through all the trouble to get one white, one gold, and a navy for secondary purposes, and it feels like we use more navy than ever. What was the point of all of that? And even so, black is literally a color we call out in our fight song as just as bad as red regarding our feelings for it. White and gold are our colors. I got mad about the grey uniforms, but these are worse - they seem contrived for contrived’s sake, a thumb in the nose to all the great work done on branding in the last two or three years, and an homage to a defense that was good for one year, tops. In short, we look like discount Purdue or (worse) Central Florida. Not good. Jeff: Besides all the reasons mentioned above the uniforms look plain lazy. There is nothing to them other than being black. Carter: Boring. Uninspired. Fake nostalgia for a uniform that has never actually existed. Black for black’s sake where not only is black not one of Georgia Tech’s colors, it’s one of Georgia Tech’s top rival’s colors. Nothing about this jersey is identifiably Georgia Tech; it looks like a generic black jersey you could get anywhere. I’m not sure there’s any bigger indictment of how nostalgia blind this fan base gets than the excitement I’m seeing over these. And no, I’m not gonna enter your contest for a chance to win a free one. How inappropriate is it for this D to wear Black Watch uniforms? - jabsterjacket Ben: Georgia Tech just gave up over 40 points against Boston College, who has not scored that many points all season. It’s not exactly great. Andrew: Kind of a slap in the face to a really good defensive unit. Chris: It’s pretty comical when you really think about it. Probably should’ve kept it on hold until we have a good defensive start to the year. Robert: You mean our defense that can’t stuff runs, create havoc, or prevent explosive plays? Akshay: Piggybacking off my answer to the last question, this is the other (more minor) issue I have with these. Those defenses were certifiably good (we checked historic SP+ ratings and can confirm), but 2020’s has yet to prove it is. Carter: It is fitting that this defense is honoring some of the best defenses in modern Georgia Tech history with a fake “throwback” throwing back to a uniform that didn’t actually exist. Jake: The 1985 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defense (and mind you, only those that earned the privilege of being on the black watch got to be that, it wasn’t a participation award they gave to the whole team) allowed 132 points in a whole season. We’ve given up 121 in two weeks, and it almost certainly could have been worse. Not great! Jeff: Tre Swilling’s dad, Pat Swilling was a member of the Black Watch but that’s about it for appropriateness. Bruce-Jordan is also his adopted son but he is on offense now. Are we downhearted? - DressHerInWhiteAndGold Ben: I’m very much at the numb state. It just kind of all happens around me, but it doesn’t make me mad like it used to, because I expect it at this point. Andrew - Not really, I’ve already moved to the acceptance stage of grief. Chris: I probably am. It’s been a rough two games in a row. Akshay: [laughs in Atlanta sports] Jake: I am, but mostly because I don’t have the excellence of Volleyball to distract me like I did after the Syracuse loss. Plus, Louisville got me back on the high. And, now, well...sad. Jeff: I’m just here for the ride until further notice. What is the worst set of uniforms you’ve seen this year (college or pros)? - sportsfan4life2012 Ben: It’s definitely the Falcons’ gradient uniforms. But I also think UGA’s new uniforms are kind of ugly. I really don’t understand why people like them. Akshay: I feel like I should have takes on this as the usual Uniform Guy™️, but nothing has stuck out to me as extremely egregious. If I had to pick one.....maybe Pitt’s steel gray uniforms? Update: Ben is right; kill those Falcons gradient uniforms with fire. Chris: Hmmm nothing is coming to mind. Everything has been pretty quiet so far. Jake: I didn’t like Pitt’s grey jerseys, and I was originally really confused why Illinois blacked out the Block I on their helmets (oops) so I understand that and wouldn’t say I dislike it now that I realize the purpose. Sadly, there hasn’t been a dumpster fire of a jersey yet. Though we haven’t seen a lot of alternates yet, either, I don’t think. Jeff: The R2D2 costumes UCF wore against Tulane this past week. What are the most overrated and underrated dishes in traditional southern cuisine? - sportsfan4life2012 Ben: Overrated, I’ve got two: okra in any fashion and white meat chicken. I’ve never like okra. As for the chicken, people always sleep on dark meat, usually opting for the chicken breast since it’s a bigger piece of meat. But the thighs are where it’s at. It’s juicy, pretty easy to eat and just melts in your mouth if done right. Chris: That’s a good one. For overrated I’d probably say...fried chicken? I dunno, as a southerner living in Boston fried chicken is the thing everyone always asks about so it gets pretty annoying having to tell people that other stuff exists. Underrated is hard. I have written on this site before about my love of Brunswick Stew, but I would more-so classify that as “thing that not enough people know about” rather than truly underrated. The only thing that’s coming to mind is calling out the difference in having good biscuits and cornbread vs just run-of-the-mill stuff. Lately I’ve been trying to perfect those recipes, and doing them well makes you really appreciate something that a lot of people just take for granted. Akshay: I am not a born-and-bred Southerner and my culinary tastes are from farther east than Georgia, so I don’t feel particularly confident in naming an overrated dish. However, I strongly believe a well-made, well-buttered, and well-layered Southern-style biscuit is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Does everyone in America already know about the glory that is the Southern-style biscuit? Yes. Is it still underrated all the same? Also, yes. Robert: Overrated: Meatloaf. Underrated: Really good collard greens. Jake: Fried okra is overrated as all heck. I came down to the south and people were like you have to have it, it’s a Southern specialty, and it’s just weird and slimy and gross. And wet. How is something fried still so damp? I don’t get it. Also boiled peanuts - nasty. As for underrated, I hate to piggyback on another answer, but I went YES when I read Robert’s answer, so those are definitely a good choice. Jeff: Alright, so Jake is sadly mistaken about fried okra or has found improperly made batches. I’m also going to call out the collard greens because it is boiled leaves and whatever the person making wants to dump in it. Now let me introduce you to a dish that goes by several names but is usually known as Redneck Caviar (I’ve heard Cowboy too.) It’s a mixture of beans (I use black-eyed peas), onions (red preferably), diced tomatoes, and a sugary vinegar mix and chilled in the fridge. Some people spice it up more with certain things but that’s the basics. Carter: I’ll second Jake on the okra. It’s common in Cajun cuisine too and mars several dishes that are otherwise perfect. I’ll also agree collard greens are underrated; I never had them growing up and since moving to Georgia I get them at every opportunity. Since we’re playing ND, was Rudy offsides? - jabsterjacket Carter: Does a bear [Scorpions] in the woods? Jake: I really, really, really, really do not like Notre Dame, and I listened to a podcast this summer from some NFL guys that really tore the movie to shreds, and now I like this specific play even less. He was offsides. Jeff: Joe Montana claims the whole thing with Rudy getting to play was a big joke. Some players say that isn’t true but I have heard a lot of people say he is not a nice person. So you get the nicest dude in Hollywood, Sean Astin, to play you. And yes, he was offsides and only registered a half sack. That’s being generous. Hello Guys, Hope all is well for you this week. The college football this weekend was fun, mostly because I don’t have a subscription to the ACC network so I don’t have to be concerned with games between GT and BC. I did see the Big 10 kickoff, which was good. Rutgers won a game, and there was that big upset by Indiana. More like WIN-diana, am I right? heh heh heh... no wait don’t leave. Anyway, my question for this week is who is your favorite historical conqueror? There’s quite a few ranging from Augustus Caesar to the Beatles (they conquered a music scene, but technically it counts). I’m a big fan of Genghis Khan, he had alot going for him in terms of territory, policies supporting trade, policies for granting ranks based on merit instead of genealogy, and of course the ladies (who I am certain all consented... right?). But my favorite is probably Cyrus the Great. He did alot for uniting the middle east (at the time) and bringing about basic human rights for future generations. Anyway, who is your favorite conqueror? Let me know. Toodles, Dennis Nilsen (submitted via email) Andrew - I’ve always been a bit of a Napoleon apologist. Chris: Trajan is the emperor that expanded Rome to its largest military/geographic peak but was also known for being a very strong ruler with large-scale building programs and generally good-for-the-people policies. You don’t get to be called one of the five “good emperors” for nothing. Jake: I am a huge fan of history, so I definitely have opinions here, but I want to start with a fun fact I was sad I didn’t learn until long after I left Georgia Tech Lorraine. Between April 7, 451, when Attila the Hun rolled into town and when the city surrendered to General George Patton on November 22, 1944 not a single person was able to conquer the city of Metz by direct assault, and, especially considering how Alsace and Lorraine are right at some of the most fiercely contested crossroads of European expansion and conflict, I think that fact is purely awesome. I wish I could give a shoutout to my man Prince Eugene of Savoy, but this isn’t about battlefield competence as much as it is pure conquering, however, so I would probably say Charlemagne. His movement East and South set the basis for much of what we now know to be true about Europe, and the legacy of his empire left very deep marks on the cultural consciences of France, Germany, the Low Countries, Austria, and Italy, while also affecting how all of those countries interact with each other and those around them. Plus, there aren’t any Habsburgs I could put here (I’m somewhat of a fanboy of the Habsburgs for some reason, I don’t know, they’re just interesting) Akshay: I wish I had paid more attention in world history to leave a more educated comment. However, I can offer a partial answer that’s a bit off the beaten path: Harihara I and Bukka I built the Vijayanagara empire in 1336 and controlled the vast majority of south India at a time when the northern part of the current nation was controlled by various Muslim-majority sultanates. The coexistence of this empire with its northern peers (and, at times, rivals) foreshadowed current-day sociocultural differences between the northern and southern parts of the country, which speaks to me on a couple of levels: 1) this is my heritage so, you know, that’s cool and 2) reading through this part of ancient history (well, more recent-ish really if you consider the grand scheme of Indian history) reveals a very, very deep rabbit hole of research that accounts the immense cultural diversity contained in a single nation-state, which — again — is cool. Jeff: I’m partial to Alexander The Great as he brought down several major empires and created the Hellenized world. Most of the regions around the Mediterranean were shaped by his conquests as later empires fought for the cities he had built around the sea. As we roll into blackwatch week, im just wondering if our defensive issues are more scheme or personnel? Are equipped for our 4-2-5 or would a switch to more 4-3 improve the outcomes?— James T Savannah (@the_MindofJames) October 26, 2020 Ben: I mean, pick your poison. The linebackers and secondary have both been pretty rough this year, so do you want an extra DB or LB on the field? For depth purposes, I’ll go with the extra DB. Akshay: It’s generally seemed more like a lack of proper execution rather than a schematic issue or a lack of quality personnel (at least, to my untrained eye). Over the last few weeks, I’ve seen corners handing off receivers to wide open space instead of waiting safeties, entire sequences of poor tackling, poor QB spying, bad leverage in breaking blocks, etc. If Tech had just been beat on short and intermediate throws, then I’d be more inclined to play a little less zone and add a third linebacker to shore up that level of the defense. I think Tech has the horses on defense to be serviceable — good, even, in the secondary — but the execution just hasn’t been there.

  • Georgia Tech looks to take advantage of their offensive options
    on October 28, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    The Georgia Tech offense continues to evolve.

  • Technical Tidbits 10/28: Tech Prepares For Notre Dame
    by CK Mura on October 28, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports Tech faces another challenge this weekend against No.4 Notre Dame This article breaks down some of the numbers leading up to Georgia Tech’s upcoming game against Notre Dame. The statistical overview is pretty interesting as you can see both the offensive and defensive numbers side-by-side. It’s pretty apparent that one big problem the Yellow Jackets have is its offense can’t keep up with the points and yardage that its defense is allowing. Of course, that’s not to only put blame on the defense; the offense has certainly put the defense in tough positions several times through untimely turnovers and other mistakes. The back-to-back blow outs the Yellow Jackets have suffered and that the article mentions play a factor in these numbers as well. Let’s see what the results of Saturday’s game do. I’m not expecting Tech to win, but it would be nice to see them play a clean game, and that may be enough to avoid another embarrassing loss. In a football season that makes it clear that Tech is still entrenched in its rebuilding effort, it’s nice to read about a Tech team that is winning games. Thankfully for Yellow Jackets fans the volleyball has been a welcome escape from football as this article points out. The team has some talented players, is ranked 8th, and is guaranteed at least a share of first place in the ACC. That’s not too bad at all. In more volleyball news junior Mariana Brambilla was named ACC Player of the Week. Brambilla turned in an impressive performance last week against Clemson that helped the Yellow Jackets secure a two-match sweep of the Tigers. Congratulations to her! #GoJackets The title of this article says it all. Tech will be wearing its throwback “Black Watch” uniforms in its upcoming game against Notre Dame. I saw the jerseys advertised for sale on the school’s official athletics site. They don’t look too bad at all. While a lot of folks may be imagining the worst, some are keeping a positive attitude in regards to Tech’s football program. This article focuses on how head coach Geoff Collins is maintaining a positive attitude on where the program is heading in his second season. This Twitter post from GT Football displays a good example of Collins’ positive energy: .@CoachCollins answers @MartySmithESPN question about the power of positivity in our program #4the404Full press conference: https://t.co/dFdZ1pInjk pic.twitter.com/tDFgQlO82z— Georgia Tech Football (@GeorgiaTechFB) October 27, 2020

  • VIDEO: Geoff Collins Weekly Press Conference
    by Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on October 28, 2020 at 3:59 am
  • ACC Unity Week: My Story Matters
    by Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on October 27, 2020 at 10:16 pm
  • Harvin Named National Punter of the Week
    by Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on October 27, 2020 at 10:00 pm
  • Georgia Tech Women's Hoops Looking for Help From Newcomers
    on October 27, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    Coach Fortner gets us up to date on women's basketball.

  • Jackets to Battle Notre Dame at Bobby Dodd Stadium
    by Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on October 27, 2020 at 7:19 pm
  • Georgia Tech surging in Crystal Ball for Dallan Coleman
    on October 27, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    2021 four-star wing Dallan Coleman is scheduled to announce his college decision on Wednesday October 28 at 2 pm Eastern, and the Crystal Ball is reading Georgia Tech.

  • Women’s XC Ranked No. 25 in USTFCCCA National Coaches’ Poll
    by Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on October 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm
  • Practice Notes and Quotes 10/27
    by Kelly Quinlan, Publisher on October 27, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Georgia Tech began preparations for #4 Notre Dame on Tuesday as the Jackets worked much of the morning to get ready for

  • Schultz: Georgia, Georgia Tech have not eased concerns at ‘midway’ point
    by Jeff Schultz on October 27, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    By now we've seen enough to draw some conclusions about the four FBS programs in Georgia.

  • Tuesday Thoughts 10/27: Halfway Done and Nowhere at All
    by Christoper Paschal on October 27, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports In which we discuss how we’ve been performing against our 1H 2020 OKRs. At the beginning of the season I was hoping to attend this game since we’ll never play up here in Boston ever again, but alas, Massachusetts’ coronavirus policies spared me the pain. For the second week in a row, I don’t really feel like doing the segments before the longer piece. It’s too hard to come up with lighthearted jokes about the game when the game is pretty much just 60 minutes of getting embarrassed. I’ll bring them back when a game provides an opportunity to name just 3 things that were Above The Line. Anyway, we’re now halfway done with the season. Let’s take this opportunity to check in on how we’re doing and how I’m feeling about it. Record: 2-4 (2-3 ACC) ACC Standing: 9th Wins: Florida State, Louisville Losses: UCF, Syracuse, Clemson, Boston College Offense Points per game: 22.8 (79th of 98) Yards per game: 396.3 (52nd of 98) Passing YPG: 215.7 (59th of 98) Rushing YPG: 180.7 (34th of 98) Completion %: 54.1% (80th of 98) Turnovers per game: 3.0 (91st of 98) First Downs per game: 19.2 (68th of 98) Top Passer: Jeff Sims - 55.6%, 1196 yards, 8 TD, 10 INT Top Rusher: Jahmyr Gibbs - 69 attempts, 308 yards, 2 TDs Note: some of the rankings might be off by 1 or 2 spots; there are some inconsistencies in how sites are compiling weird 2020 things. Let’s talk positives first: there’s a good amount of improvement over last year. In 2019 we scored 16.7 ppg (124th of 130) and averaged 286.5 ypg (127th of 130). The offense is clearly moving the ball a lot better and scoring about a touchdown more per game. I don’t want to understate how good that bump is. The difference is probably most notable in the passing game where we’re averaging nearly 100 more yards per game over 2019. Of everything though, I think Gibbs is the biggest catalyst. As a true freshman he’s emerged as the leading guy, and a dangerous one at that. He’s shifty, fast, and strong, and getting him involved in the passing game has been a huge boon for the offense. He’s accounted for 22% of our yardage as well as 25% of our touchdowns. Alongside Gibbs, Sims has shown some strong promise as well. He’s made good throws, but he’s probably most dangerous with his legs. He’s the second leading rusher with 275 yards and 4 TDs. Still though, the offense is quite far from where it needs to be and there’s one big thing to point to: we just cannot score. 400 yards per game is a great start, but we’ve been brutally bad at getting in the endzone, particularly in the red zone. Of our 21 red zone trips we’ve only scored on 14 of them, a 67% rate that is near the bottom of all teams in the country. Adjacent to (and partially responsible for) this is a MASSIVE turnover problem. Three turnovers per game is beyond unacceptable and actually a huge regression from last year’s already-high 1.7 per game. Nothing else matters if you give the ball away that many times. That has to stop ASAP if we expect to be competitive in any of our remaining games. Overall I’d label the offense as raw. Sims is clearly talented, but he’s going to need to work through the freshman mistakes. The receivers have mostly all looked good in turns but no one has really emerged as the dominant force. Highest on my wishlist is vastly improved offensive line play. It’s tough for Sims to stand in the pocket and confidently make throws when he’s constantly running for his life and it’s tough for Gibbs to get in the open field when he’s consistently met in the backfield by multiple defenders. If we want to be competitive in the second half of this season we need much more out of the o-line. Defense Points per game allowed: 41.2 (91st of 101) Yards per game allowed: 479.7 (85th of 101) Passing YPG allowed: 280.5 (82nd of 101) Rushing YPG allowed: 199.2 (79th of 101) Turnovers forced per game: 1.8 (37th of 101) First Downs per game allowed: 23.7 (78th of 101) Again note: some of the rankings might be off by 1 or 2 spots. I’m struggling to come up with some positives about the defense; there’s not much good to say here. I said a lot about the defense last week and giving up 48 to Boston College has not made me feel any better. Unlike the offense, the defense hasn’t really improved from 2019 to 2020. In fact it’s regressed; we’re giving up ~60 more yards and almost 10 points more than last season. Three of our opponents this season have scored their season high against us. I’ve said it before, but the defense is honestly really disappointing. I expected a lot more out of this unit with this staff and so far everything has been pretty depressing. Tackling has been abysmal, assignments are consistently being missed, and we seem content to let offenses control the game at will. I’m not sure we can expect to win any more games this season as long as the defense continues to look like this. Special Teams If it’s possible to be more disappointing than the defense, special teams have somehow managed to do it. Three missed XPs and a stunning 1-of-5 on field goals is about as bad as you can be. Routinely getting kicks blocked is not what you want to see every time you trot the kicking unit on the field. Of course, there’s always Pressley Harvin. Our anointed one has been outdoing himself this season, averaging 48.5 yards per punt (4th in the country) and consistently helping us win field position battles. So that’s something. ------------------------ All in all, I’d say we’re in about the same position that we were at the halfway point last season and I don’t think that’s a good thing. Improvements in the offense are being neutralized by turnovers and a regression in the defense. And no, I didn’t have what I would call “high” expectations for this season. But I certainly didn’t expect to be blown out by Syracuse and Boston College either. I predicted we’d be 3-3 at this point (with wins against Cuse, Louisville, and BC) and it’s true that 2-4 isn’t far off, but it feels like a pretty shaky 2-4. Our next three are Notre Dame, Pitt, and Miami; it wouldn’t shock me if 2-4 quickly becomes 2-7. Duke and NC State still grade as below us according to SP+ but I’m not particularly confident at the moment. In a word I’d call the season so far “disappointing”. While I did predict only 4 wins, I thought we’d at least be competitive in the others. None of our four losses so far have been competitive. Things need to change and they need to change now. I’m not calling for any firings or anything, but finishing 2020 with 2 wins would sound some alarm bells. 3 wins would leave me pretty nonplussed. If we can at least be competitive in our final 5 games then I can excuse some final results but we’ll see.

  • Brambilla Named ACC Player of the Week
    by Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on October 27, 2020 at 3:00 pm
  • Following the Future: BlackStrain scores twice, big matchups await
    by Russell Johnson, Managing Editor on October 27, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    BlackStrain continues to impress in all three phases of the game, several others find the endzone, backfield. Big matchu

  • The Issue of Contact Tracing Looms as Georgia Tech Season Nears
    on October 27, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    Many issues still to be settled before the start of the 2020/21 basketball season.

  • Georgia Tech #ProJackets Golf Report
    by Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on October 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm
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    by Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on October 27, 2020 at 11:00 am
  • James BlackStrain can’t wait to get to work at Georgia Tech
    by Daniel Shirley on October 27, 2020 at 10:00 am

    BlackStrain committed this summer during a fruitful stretch for the Georgia Tech coaching staff.

  • Technical Tidbits 10/27: The Black Watch Returns for Georgia Tech Football
    by Jake Patterson on October 27, 2020 at 10:00 am

    The navy is close enough. | Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images At least in the uniform. Well, the cat is finally out of the bag. After being hinted at since Geoff Collins came to Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets will be wearing black uniforms this weekend against Notre Dame (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC). The uniforms will honor the famed “Black Watch” defense of the 1980s, which included players like Ted Roof and Pat Swilling. I, personally, am not a fan of them solely because black is not an official school color. However, if you want to buy a replica, the link is here. When you have to punt a lot, and you’re good at it, you get recognized for your play. That’s exactly what’s been happening for Georgia Tech’s punter Pressley Harvin III, he’s been named to the Ray Guy Award’s “Ray’s 4” for the fifth time this season. This list is for the four best punters each week of the college football season. According to the article above, Harvin III is currently first in the ACC and fourth nationally in punting average. Keep it up, Pressley! The Georgia Tech basketball season tips off in a little less than a month with a matchup against Georgia State. One of the biggest additions of this past offseason was G Kyle Sturdivant. The sophomore was a high three-star recruit out of high school and played in most of Southern Cal’s games last season, before his father sadly passed away in a car accident. Learn more about Kyle in the video above with Andy Demetra. With all of the strife going on in the world, it is great to see the ACC holding a “Unity Week.” The goal is to help student-athletes work together to unite against the injustices that still plague the United States. For day one of “Unity Week,” the GTAA held a “Coffee With a Cop” event with the GTPD. Listening is the first step to fixing some of the major problems within this country. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the week has in store! Announcing my college decision Wednesday October 28 at 2pm.— Dallan “Deebo” Coleman (@deebo923) October 26, 2020 The Georgia Tech basketball team is still in the running for four-star SG Dallan “Deebo” Coleman. The other teams in his top three include Ole Miss and Texas Tech. Let’s hope we get some good news on Wednesday afternoon! Question of the Day: What are your thoughts on the black uniforms for this weekend?

  • By the Numbers: GT falls short on both sides against BC
    by Kelly Quinlan, Publisher on October 27, 2020 at 4:13 am

    A very ugly first half of football against Boston College dug a hole Georgia Tech couldn't dig out of with mistakes on

  • Harvin Named to “Ray’s 4” Again
    by Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on October 27, 2020 at 1:11 am
  • Luther McCoy Waiting On Visits
    on October 27, 2020 at 12:50 am

    Luther McCoy updates his recruitment.

  • Tech Talks: Basketball Guard Kyle Sturdivant
    by Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on October 26, 2020 at 10:00 pm
  • Georgia Tech Football: Offensive Position Grades
    by Dylan Callaghan-Croley on October 26, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    Georgia Tech’s offense against Boston College managed 28 points but failed to instill confidence in it going forward. Quarterback: C The Yellow Jackets played two quarterbacks on Saturday against Boston College with Jeff Sims and James Graham both receiving snaps. Sims for the game was 12-for-18 in the game for 171-yards, two touchdowns, and one Georgia Tech Football: Offensive Position Grades - Yellow Jacked Up - Yellow Jacked Up - A Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Site - News, Blogs, Rumors, Opinions and More

  • Couch Coach: Breaking down the bad and a few good plays from GT-BC
    by Kelly Quinlan, Publisher on October 26, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    Our resident Couch Coach Sed Griffin breaks down the good and the mostly bad from Georgia Tech's loss to Boston College

  • Mailbag 10/28 Questions
    by Benjamin Tankersley on October 26, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports Ask away! It’s time to ask some questions! You can leave your questions in the comments, or you can also post in the comments on Facebook, reply to the Tweet, or shoot us an email at fromtherumbleseat@gmail.com

  • Four-star KJ Miles identifies four teams that stay in touch a lot
    by Adam Friedman, Rivals.com on October 26, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Georgia Tech is among the schools in consistent contact with four-star DL KJ Miles

  • Georgia Tech to honor Black Watch defense vs. Notre Dame
    by Russell Johnson, Managing Editor on October 26, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Rumors are no longer necessary, as the news became official Monday morning that GT will honor the Black Wa