GT Football 2009

by admin on September 2, 2009

phi sigma kappa - Jackets Victory over UGAIt’s the beginning of September, the temperatures have already cooled and this weekend’s forecast calls for bourbon. Georgia Tech will begin the second year of the Paul Johnson era against Jacksonville State on Saturday. Before I down the game, let’s cover what happened since LSU gave us a heavy handed spanking on New Year’s Eve.

Tech finished 9-4 last year which easily surpassed all sportswriter’s expectations. In case you forgot, Sports Illustrated ranked Duke ahead of us last year. I’m hoping that the writer who created those rankings is standing next to Chan Gailey in a soup line. Everyone is apparently onboard with the Paul Johnson system this year as our average ranking is about 13th in the nation. Most people predict that Virginia Tech will beat Florida State for the ACC crown. Some pick Georgia Tech to take it. We’ll find out quickly whether we belong in the discussion as we will face Clemson, Miami and UNC before the end of September.

Who left? Tech lost three starters on defense. All of them were on the defensive line and all were drafted by the NFL in April. Vance Walker (DT) will play on Sundays for the Falcons. Darryl Richard will contribute for the Patriots. Michael Johnson will hopefully make a difference on an oft incarcerated, oft losing Bengals squad. Offensive lineman Andrew Gardner also went in the draft. He was highly regarded but missed half of his senior year at Tech due to injury.

Who’s back? ACC Player of the Year Jonathan Dwyer is back and has already been labeled as the top RB available in the 2010 draft by ESPN’s Mel Kiper. QB Josh Nesbitt, RB Roddy Jones (who lit up Athens last fall), SS Morgan Burnett and WR Demaryius Thomas are also worth mentioning.

Outlook: We nearly led the nation in fumbles last year and still manufactured nine wins. That’s not easy to do. Offensively we’ll be better. Defensively we’ll take a step back. With tough road games at Miami, Florida State and Virginia, I predict an 8-4 season.

Jacksonville State: We started last season with Jax State and sent them home with our foot broken off in their rear end. Their star QB has already been suspended for this game. The backup is respectable according to the AJC. I think they are just trying to be polite because he’s local (He’s from Macon). Thanks for the tuneup. Tech 45-13.

Damn Glad!

Tom Oliver
KD 804

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