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Georgia Tech Football: 2018 Yellow Jackets Preview and Prediction

KirVonte Benson, Georgia Tech Football

KirVonte Benson, Georgia Tech Football

Georgia Tech is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2017 campaign that resulted in head coach Paul Johnson making a change at defensive coordinator. The Yellow Jackets' bread and butter is their option-oriented offense, which should be productive on the ground once again. The question is if the quarterback can consistently make plays through the air. The offense will need to carry the load as the defense will adjust to a new system. Besides asking some players to line up in new spots, the secondary will be a work in progress with three new starters. With more than enough firepower on offense returning, Georgia Tech should be able to get back to a bowl game. If the passing game evolves and the defense adjusts to new scheme, the Yellow Jackets could once again be a threat in the ACC Coastal Division.

Previewing Georgia Tech Football's Offense for 2018

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The effectiveness of Georgia Tech's flexbone typically mirrors its quarterback play, which means it should be at least as good as 2017 when it ranked fifth nationally in rushing. But it could get a lot better if explosive senior TaQuon Marshall, who had six 100-yard rushing games, can become more threatening as a passer in his second season as a starter. On a team that returns six offensive linemen with starting experience and depth at running back, it's critical for Marshall to improve his accuracy from 37.1 percent last season and at least present the threat of a downfield pass. "I don't know if he's got to complete 60 or 65 percent, but if he's over 50 he's going to be pretty good," coach Paul Johnson says.