“Show Me My Opponent” is back for one final ride in 2016 football season. Let’s get to know the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Kentucky’s upcoming opponent in the TaxSlayer Bowl.
GEORGIA INSTITUTE of TECHNOLOGY
Founded in 1885 as the Georgia School of Technology, the now called Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the finest institutions in all of Atlanta. It is at Georgia Tech where you will find all of the high school Valedictorians and really smart international students (Asians) studying to become engineers — when they’re not playing World of Warcraft or Dungeons & Dragons, of course.
More fun Georgia Tech facts:
— It has been ranked as the “smartest” public college in America.
— The campus was the official athlete village of the 1996 Olympic Games.
— It sits on the land where the surrender of Atlanta took place in the Civil War.
— President Teddy Roosevelt visited the campus in 1905 and shook every student’s hand.
NOTABLE GEORGIA TECH PEOPLE
John F. Brock: Chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola
Mike Duke: President and CEO of Wal-Mart
David Dorman: Chairman and CEO Emeritus of AT&T Corporation
Jeff Foxworthy: Has nothing in common with the gentlemen listed above
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TURN UP, ENGINEER STUDENTS
SO WHO’S THE HEAD COACH?
Georgia Tech’s head football coach is Paul Johnson of flexbone spread option offense fame.
A two-time NCAA Division I-AA national champion at Georgia Southern, Johnson is in his ninth season with the Yellow Jackets. The internet tells me he has the fifth most wins of any active coach in college football, so that’s something he has going for him.
The internet also tells me he is a three-time ACC Coach of the Year.
Paul Johnson, ladies and gentlemen.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
|#5 | JUSTIN THOMAS | QB | Senior (RS)
Justin Thomas is a dual-threat quarterback (Ugh!) with over 2,000 total yards on the year. As a thrower he has completed 73 of his 134 pass attempts for 1,454 yards and eight touchdowns with only two interceptions. On the ground he has carried the ball 128 times for 562 yards and five touchdowns.
|#22 | CLINTON LYNCH | RB | Sophomore (RS)
Clinton Lynch is one of two Georgia Tech running backs to keep eyes on. Lynch has 35 carries this season for two scores with a staggering 11 yards per rush. He is also dangerous in the passing game as he has caught six touchdowns with just shy of 500 yards on the year.
|#26 | DEDRICK MILLS | RB | Freshman
Alongside Lynch in the backfield you will see Dedrick Mills, the Yellow Jackets’ leading rusher in 2016. Mills has carried the ball 121 times for 602 yards and 11 touchdowns with an average of 75 rushing yards per game.
LAST TIME WE MET
Georgia Tech defeated your University of Kentucky Wildcats on Atlanta’s Jack Field back on Saturday, September 17, 1960. Tech was led by sophomore quarterback Stan Gann and running back Billy Williamson in the 23-13 victory. Kentucky’s Jerry Woolum threw a crucial interception in the second half that eliminated any hopes of a UK comeback. I was not alive when this happened.
With a month to prepare for Georgia Tech’s triple option, Mark Stoops and D.J. Eliot will have the Wildcat defense up for the difficult task in limiting the opposing offense. Jordan Jones will be the star on that side of the ball and in the game as he will play solid, disciplined defense in containment of the Yellow Jacket attack.
Offensively, Stephen Johnson will ride the momentum from the win at Louisville and lead the Cats to another high-scoring outing, with a couple of wrinkles and trickery installed by Eddie Gran. Boom Williams and Benny Snell will do Boom Williams and Benny Snell things as Kentucky goes on to win, 31-23.
Big Blue Nation will celebrate in the streets of Jacksonville and ring in the new year at the Brothers Osbourne concert.
Bowl drought over.