2009 Total Offense Rank (yards per game): 26
2009 Total Defense Rank (yards per game): 54

Last season’s Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) champions, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, were both exciting and boring at the same time. Their triple option offense had its share of big plays, but it is predicated on running the ball and chewing up the clock. The Yellow Jackets ranked third in the nation in time of possession and averaged 56 rushes per game.

Georgia Tech College Football Cheerleader

The offense will continue to utilize the same style of attack, even without stars Jonathan Dwyer (running back) and Demariyus Thomas (wide receiver). Thankfully for Tech though, quarterback Josh Nesbitt is still in Atlanta to lead the offense. He threw for 1,701 yards last year, but more impressively ran for 1,037 with 18 touchdowns.

Anthony Allen will take over the number one running back job after averaging an eye-popping 9.7 yards per carry on 64 attempts. Roddy Jones and Embry Peeples will also have larger roles in the offense. Losing Thomas and his 46 catches hurts, especially since entire rest of the team had only 32. The team is hoping Stephen Hill will be able to step in and provide the offense some balance.

Georgia Tech’s defense is switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 scheme. This move makes sense considering the depth at linebacker and the lack thereof on the line. Sack specialist Derrick Morgan moved on to the NFL, but eight starters return from last season. Brad Jefferson, last year’s leading tackler, will move into one of the inside linebacker spots. The secondary is solid, with Mario Butler serving as a true shutdown corner. The main question is, who will provide the pass rush now that Morgan is gone?

The Yellow Jackets lost a lot of talent from last year’s championship team, but have some players ready to step in. The rest of the conference has continued to improve, but if Nesbitt stays healthy and a replacement for Morgan is found, this team will again be in the hunt for the ACC title.

Georgia Tech’s odds to win the ACC: +1000.

 

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