In a September 26 game versus Virginia Tech, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets had an opportunity to make a statement at home against a perennial conference nemesis.
Unfortunately, the Hokies were the ones who made a statement despite not being the same powerhouse team that was routinely in the Top 5 dating back to the Michael Vick years over a decade ago.
The Hokies still play above-average defense, the special teams make plays and even though their offense isn’t stellar, Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas at 6’6 continues provide enough problems to put another tough loss on the Yellow Jackets, 17-10.
The road doesn’t get easier for the Yellow Jackets because the team has a road date with the Miami Hurricanes, who isn’t a slouch in playing tough defense.
Even though it is still early in the season, this is a critical game for the Yellow Jackets and the team will have to start the game faster against Miami instead of getting behind my multiple scores.
Tech recovered a few weeks back at home against North Carolina after getting behind by 14 points, but Virginia Tech’s stingier defense and more athletic quarterback stifled Georgia Tech’s chances of pulling off a second-half comeback.
Vad Lee, the redshirt sophomore, who is viewed as having the best throwing arm of any quarterback under Coach Paul Johnson has struggled in running the triple option.
Paul Johnson told the Atlanta Journal Constitution: “We’re not very good with the option,” Johnson said. “We’re terrible, in fact. And it showed.”
Lee hasn’t looked very comfortable running the triple option and if the Miami game becomes more of a trend of poor play from the quarterback position in regard to running the triple option offense the way Paul Johnson wants it, then could second-string quarterback Justin Thomas receive more playing time?
Thomas is the second fastest player on the team, and in his limited time on the field has showed more decisiveness in running the triple option the way Paul Johnson is accustomed.
However, Johnson will stick with the Lee– for now.
“I’m confident that we’re going to get better at it,” he said. “We’re either going to get better at it or we’ll have other people playing.”
Quarterback Vad Lee fumbled on the opening drive when Hokies cornerback Kyle Fuller blitzed and stripped him of the football.Two plays later, the Hokies were in the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
The Jackets are still in a good position, but did drop to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the ACC. Virginia Tech is 4-1 and 1-0.
Against Miami, the Yellow Jackets will have to deal with 6’2 senior quarterback Stephen Morris who had one of the best games of his collegiate career in last year’s 42-36 overtime win against Georgia Tech. Morris passed for 436 yards in the comeback win.
The Hurricanes are undefeated at 4 and 0 and the Yellow Jackets will be the first conference opponent Miami has faced this season.