By now I hope that we’ve somewhat explained the Flex-Bone offense or well enough that talking head verbiage won’t seem like Greek on Saturday. Georgia Tech is a fascinating study in record vs. production. By all means its unique offense offers a troublesome task for all opponents; however, in this post you’ll see that the Yellow Jackets are winning games by explosive plays as well as forcing and capitalizing off turnovers. Average time of possession may surprise you a little later.
Let’s take a look:
— Averaged 30.9 points, 426 yards, and 7.5 yards per play in its last 7 regular season games.
— Has only 2 senior starters: QB Justin Thomas and Center Freddie Burden. Veteran-dynamic players at QB and C propels the Flex-Bone’s schematic depth and scope.
— C Freddie Burden is its only All-ACC performer on either side of the football.
— National averages of interest: 3rd in yards per pass attempt-10.8. 10th in rush yards per game; 257. 7th in 50+ yard plays and 17th by averaging 6.6 yards per play.
— Contrary to popular opinion, Georgia Tech hasn’t dominated time of possession: 30:07 per game.
— Fumbled 25 times, lost 11.
— Converts 42% on 3rd Down.
— 24 Red Zone touchdowns in 38 attempts; 63%.
— B-Back Dedrick Mills leads the Yellow Jackets in rushing with 602 yards, 11 TD’s, and 5 yards per carry.
— A-Back Clinton Lynch is Tech’s designated home run threat. Lynch averages 11.2 yards per rush and 30.6 yards per reception. He’s totaled 8 touchdowns.
— Top 2 receivers (WR Ricky Jeune and WR Brad Stewart) combine for 39 receptions but just 1 touchdown catch.
— Scored 34 points off turnovers in its final 3 regular season games against Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Georgia.
–– Ranks 114th in nation by tallying just 16 QB sacks.
— 118th in nation; accumulated just 53 tackles for loss.
— 126th in nation on 3rd down as opponents converted 50%.
— Forced 9 turnovers (7 INTs) in its final 3 regular season games.
— Defensive line is comprised four, 4-year plus players: DT Francis Kallon redshirt senior, DT Patrick Gamble redshirt senior, DE Rod Rook-Chungong redshirt senior, and DE KeShun Freeman redshirt junior.
— DT Patrick Gamble is the leader up front: 47 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 QB sacks.
— Twin brothers CB Lance and SS Lawrence Austin lead the team in INTs with 3 a piece.
— Linebackers are smart, active, and physical: OLB PJ Davis-70 total tackles, MLB Brant Mitchell-68 total tackles, 3 TFL, 2 INTs.
— Team’s leading tackler is strong safety Quinton Griffin: 79 total tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1 QB sack, and 1 interception.
Georgia Tech’s season ending win streak has been fueled by points off turnovers; 34 points in 3 games to be specific. Simply put: the Cats lose on Saturday if they turn the ball over 2 or more times.
See you in Jacksonville.