Stopping an Atlanta native key for Tech’s bowl chances

Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson has rushed for 769 yards and a Mountain West Conference-best 15 touchdowns this season. He is averaging 64.1 rushing yards per game. His longest run is 59 yards.

But what will make him particularly challenging for Georgia Tech in the Independence Bowl is his ability to throw the deep pass, according to defensive coordinator Al Groh.

Jefferson, a junior and alum of the Woodward Academy, is completing 52.2 percent of his passes for 1,342 yards and 10 touchdowns. He is averaging 111.8 passing yards per game. His longest pass play this season is 63 yards.

“He’s made a number of really, really good throws down field which expands the issues we have to deal with,” Groh said.

Tech has faced many passing quarterbacks who can run, such as N.C. State’s Russell Wilson, Virginia Tech’s Tyrod Taylor and Georgia’s Aaron Murray, with varying degrees of success.

Wilson rushed for 16 yards and a touchdown, Taylor rushed for 57 yards and Murray didn’t get out of the negative numbers because of a sack.

With Jefferson guiding the offense, the Falcons are averaging 41.6 points in their past three games. He is 20-10 as a starter. Oh, and he also punts, averaging 45.3 yards on 11 attempts.

Jefferson and Tech A-back Jamal Paige grew up down the street from each other in Atlanta, playing on the same youth league teams at Sandtown Park. They won 60 consecutive games as youngsters before moving on to Woodward, which also ran the triple-option offense. Air Force cadets are on break now, and Paige said he hopes to get together with Jefferson soon.

“I told my teammates to be aware of everything,” Paige said. “He’s an all-around good player.”

– Doug Roberson, AJC

26 comments Add your comment

Sanford Drive

December 16th, 2010
3:41 pm

42-34 hahahahahahaha

needles

December 16th, 2010
3:45 pm

Sanford Drive Go Auburn, 6 and 6 LOL

needles

December 16th, 2010
3:46 pm

Sanford is a school i think.

T3

December 16th, 2010
3:49 pm

Poor Sanford Drive has nothing valuable
to do with his time all day, huh?

Anyway, GT downs Air Force 36-16.

Sad, but true

December 16th, 2010
3:54 pm

As usual, sanford drive is first on these blogs and has nothing to post. Congrats. Perhaps Santa will bring you a life.

WA Alum

December 16th, 2010
4:02 pm

Let’s go TJ!

gt45

December 16th, 2010
4:14 pm

This is gonna be fun! Go Jackets!

macrotech

December 16th, 2010
4:17 pm

I urinate on Sanford Drive every other year!

Sad, but true

December 16th, 2010
4:32 pm

who takes care of him in the other years, macro?

Sanford Drive

December 16th, 2010
4:34 pm

There’s nothing dumber than a Georgia Bulldog named Sanford Drive. Unless it’s dawgfan, Fire Paul Johnson, superDawg, GDBurdell, 42-34, Sir-Wrecks-N-Effect, Real Dawg Now, etc. or the other dozen or so names that he posts under.

He’s just one UGA clown with a serious obsession for all things Tech. He obviously got rejected by Tech and he’s now stuck in some low paying mortgage broker job trying to use his useless UGA degree in Finance. LMAO

He gets all worked up when you call him out on something factual and then resorts to more score posting and name calling, or anything that diverts from the topic. Yeah, he’s a big loser in life and on these blogs.

the real Old Gold

December 16th, 2010
4:36 pm

I think “Sanford Drive” and “m” might be the same person with bipolar disorder as well as many other mental problems.

Sad, but true

December 16th, 2010
4:38 pm

I guess sanford drive got his cheap shot in and then probably had to get back to the grill. At least he can spend the rest of the afternoon bragging to the drive thru guy how he put those mean techies in their place.

dawgfan

December 16th, 2010
4:44 pm

well, you folks have it all wrong about Sanford Drive. He’s my boyfriend and all, but we ain’t the same person (except under the covers… giggle, giggle). Sanford Drive did try to get into Tech and it wasn’t pretty folks. He broke a nail and his high heels that night. When he applied to UGA the next day with his 750 SAT score they of course immediately accepted him and he’s been a die hard Dawg fan since then. Of course, he still hates Tech and everything but you can understand why. He still has the rejection letter in his purse as a reminder.

Well, that’s it for now. You Tech boys take care and give Sanford Drive hugs and kisses when he posts next. Tood-a-loo for now!

Cherokee

December 16th, 2010
4:50 pm

I would agree about Sanford drive and “m” being the same bipolar person except for one thing, occasionally “m” actually made a point that made sense.

StingTime

December 16th, 2010
5:07 pm

Great stats for Jefferson, especially his throwing ability. I think Tech has superior talent on both lines and we run the TO reasonably well. I also think that CPJ will be more than up for this challenge. While at Annapolis it was very clear to the Navy fan base that one of the principal goals was to beat Army and Air Force each year. CPJ succeeded with the only loss to either team to Air Force in his first year (2002) at Navy. He won the coveted (by the Academies) Commander-in-Chief trophy each of his 6 years at Navy with a record of11-1 against the service academies.

I think CPJ will have the Jackets prepared for Air Force.

StingTime

December 16th, 2010
5:08 pm

… and Nesbitt might be back in time!

superDawg

December 16th, 2010
5:09 pm

I like 51-7 better.Nothing like bending the stinger all the way back and plugging that beehind.

StingTime

December 16th, 2010
5:43 pm

Another moronic post from superDawg. We know from dawgfan’s post that you, dawgfan, and Sanford Drive already have your behinds plugged with each other, otherwise we would be happy to acquaint you with a stinger that would get your undivided attention.

StingTime

December 16th, 2010
5:45 pm

Hey superDawg, have you found a job yet? I hear that Hardee’s is hiring. You don’t want that UGA degree (sic) to go to waste now do you?

superDawg

December 16th, 2010
6:18 pm

I bet you wish you could beat UGA.

superDawg

December 16th, 2010
6:27 pm

stingtime I don’t need a job I have won enough off of you nerds to retire.

Ramblin Man

December 16th, 2010
6:35 pm

yeah stingtime why would you think superdawg needs/has a job. The prez feels sorry for people like him so people like you ad me get to work and pay taxes so he, dawgfan, sanford drive and thier friends can sit at home and cash a check and be able to be first on every GT blog out there.

DogHater

December 17th, 2010
8:38 am

SuperDawg, you should know about plugging behinds.

ramblin man

December 17th, 2010
6:23 pm

as a tech fan and a Woodward Academy guy, this will be fun to watch

fgrtferty

December 19th, 2010
3:23 pm

more drunk dawgs///// moer drunk dawgs.

dadgumitpaw

December 21st, 2010
10:52 am

I’ve looked at several GT blogs and this sanford drive guy truly deserves some sympathy. He must spend hours every day on blogs insulting a rival school..how much sadder can you get.