Georgia Tech gameday

Three storylines

What’s Maryland’s quarterback going to do?

In what may be college football history, the Terrapins have lost four quarterbacks to season-ending injuries, this after Danny O’Brien, a sometime 2011 starter and the 2010 ACC rookie of the year, transferred over the summer. Maryland is down to Shawn Petty, a true freshman who had been playing linebacker until last week. Tech coaches, who only know Petty through high school videos they could find, expect a conservative game plan, but are ready to adjust. Petty’s backup, by the way, is a converted tight end.

And what about Georgia Tech’s quarterback?

After pulling starting quarterback Tevin Washington for Vad Lee in last Saturday’s 41-17 loss to BYU, coach Paul Johnson decided to select the starter for the Maryland game based on practice. Fan sentiment has heavily favored Lee, the talented redshirt freshman. Lee’s talent is obvious, but he can’t challenge Washington’s experience and knowledge of the offense. While both will likely play, whoever Johnson chooses will face a considerable challenge. Maryland’s defense is No. 7 in yards allowed and No. 4 in rushing defense.

What Jackets defense will show up?

After the firing of defensive coordinator Al Groh, Tech played perhaps its best defensive game of the season, albeit against a tepid Boston College offense, and then backslid with a poor overall game against BYU last week. While Maryland didn’t have much of an offense even before it was reduced to starting a linebacker at quarterback – the Terrapins are ranked 115th in total offense in FBS – better tackling and pass rush will be signs of improvement.

A win for Georgia Tech would …

Be its first road win of the season after losing at Virginia Tech and Clemson.

A win for Maryland would …

Place the Terrapins one win away from bowl eligibility a year after going 2-10.

Matchup to watch

Georgia Tech offensive tackle Morgan Bailey vs. Maryland defensive end Joe Vellano

Vellano made his imprint on the Jackets in a 20-tackle game last year. Johnson said after the game that it might have been the best defensive performance against Tech in his tenure. Bailey, making his second career start, will try to slow down the non-stop Vellano. Bailey, who had trouble with another elite end last week in BYU’s Ezekiel Ansah, will have to demonstrate the ability coaches see in him.

The history book

Series record: Tech leads 14-6

Last meeting: In Oct. 2011, the No. 13 Jackets escaped with a 21-16 win over the Terrapins. Tech took a 21-3 lead shortly after halftime, thanks in large part to a 79-yard kickoff return by Tony Zenon to open the second half, but then failed to score over the final 27 minutes.

Tweet of the week

“The battle to get to mediocrity”

@JacobDMoon

Jacob Moon, Tech alumnus

19 comments Add your comment

Ice eater 1969

November 2nd, 2012
11:48 pm

please blitz. They don’t have a quarterback!!!!

Island Jacket

November 3rd, 2012
1:08 am

Offensive gut check time.

david

November 3rd, 2012
1:41 am

lets go jackets for everyone who doesnt like paul johnson please be quiet everyone has a bad year time to time look at virginia tech for example. everyone just RELAXED!!!

Ohio Jacket

November 3rd, 2012
9:07 am

The pressures, demands and expectations that fans place upon their college football team (and their coach) are indicators of passion gone off the rails to a hypocritical extent. Those same fans would never want similar pressures, demands, and expectations placed upon them in their own jobs and careers.

Freddie Blassie

November 3rd, 2012
9:09 am

Tech’s team does not need to be relaxed: the team needs a boot in the buttocks. Johnson is a very good coach but he needs to sit the guys on offense and defense who I saw dogging it in the BYU game. It is a privilege to play for GT and anyone who does not play like their hair is on fire should be benched.

Shambo

November 3rd, 2012
9:39 am

Aw, come on you girlie-men. A little criticism is called for here. Johnson knocks down $2 1/2 million a year. Wouldn’t you tolerate a little criticism for 2 1/2 mega-bucks a year? And what about those poor student athletes? They get one of the best educations in the country – for FREE !!! Total allowances amount to $22,000/year for Georgia residents and $40,000/yr for out-of-state students.
Seems to me, as a Georgia taxpayer, we have the right to expect more effort that we are getting out of our beloved Jackets.

steverino

November 3rd, 2012
9:40 am

The O line is gonna have their hands full with the Terps today, and I can’t imagine Petty being a factor ,(true Frosh, #4 QB etc.)…but you never know. These factors point to a low scoring affair, one that may come down to the kicking game. As a GT fan, that worries me.

White&Gold

November 3rd, 2012
9:54 am

Do we have any word on whether Tevin or Vad is starting?

Biff Pocoroba

November 3rd, 2012
10:37 am

Tevin is starting. Johnson doesn’t want anyone to think he is listening to the fans and is too arrogant to change since he can lose all that he wants and never be fired.

CT_Jacket

November 3rd, 2012
11:04 am

I’m on the way to the game now. Brought the whole family. The wife is a Tech grad too, BIO ‘92.

1 4 GT

November 3rd, 2012
11:39 am

I say this in all sincerity & honesty & without any sarcasm or negativity at all. GOOD FOR CT_Jacket & his family. I personally know at least one other GT guy & his wife that will be there. Good for all the GT folk that will be in Maryland to cheer the Jackets to victory.

I love Jan Kemp

November 3rd, 2012
11:59 am

Sure do wish Jackson could play today,that Vellano’s a beast! Bailey needs to be ready. Time for the D to win one for us playing against a 5th string QB and all. Go Jackets!

Supersize that order, mutt

November 3rd, 2012
12:18 pm

@ Shambo……Ga tax money does NOT support athletics, neither at Tech nor at any other school in the state of Georgia. Although tax money DID build the basketball arena in Athens because it was considered to be primarily a livestock exhibition hall.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 3rd, 2012
12:20 pm

GT Fan in PA will also be there today for the game. He is driving down from wherever he lives in PA.

CT_Jacket

November 3rd, 2012
1:03 pm

Scully’s missed XP barely cleared the Dline. I think that’s how last week’s was blocked.

The WRs are in tighter to cut off the CBs better. It seems to be helping the perimeter blocking.

Woofy One

November 3rd, 2012
1:22 pm

CT_Jacket

November 3rd, 2012
1:39 pm

It looks like the refs are trying to give the Terps some help.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 3rd, 2012
1:58 pm

There’s a live blog from the game, guys. Come on over and join us there.

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