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How Good Can the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Passing Game Be ?

If there was one thing that Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets fans had to be excited about coming away from the 38-19 win over the Wofford Terriers, it had to be how good the passing game looked.

Tech fans already know that the Yellow Jackets are going to be one of the Top 10 rushing teams in the nation as long as Paul Johnson is donning the headset on the sideline.

But Saturday showed that balance in this offense can be had. DeAndre Smelter, Michael Summers and Darren Waller (when he returns) could be one of the best receiving trios in the country.

Those receivers actually benefit from the fact that Tech runs the rock so much. Smelter, Summers, and Waller will more often than not see single coverage when they run routes due to the fact that the Jackets are so run oriented.

Then you factor in  that Justin Thomas can deliver the ball as well, with Thomas going 11 of 15 for 282 yards and two touchdowns, and that really shows a remarkable amount of efficiency.

In addition,  Thomas is a dangerous threat to run, which makes the passing game that much more potent when he does decide to roll out the pocket because defenses have to commit to him. His 13 rushes for 71 yards was no accident at all.

Now, to put all this into perspective, Wofford is not going to be the best barometer as far as gauging how potent the Jackets passing game can be.

The Terriers came to the field after practicing all summer against the same run oriented triple-option offense that Tech runs.Waller

Wofford’s secondary is not really the type where you have to worry about ball-hawking defensive backs.

However, this is much is true– Georgia Tech should put the ball in the air a little bit more this season.

No one is saying to get away from running the ball down opponents throats on Saturdays and sometimes Thursday. But the threat of being able to go down field to this receiving corps is going to open up this offense that much more.

Next week, when Paul Johnson’s bunch plays against Tulane, that should be more of a test for the Tech offense, and in particular, the passing game.

If Tech is able to get the same efficiency and production in New Orleans as they did at home in The Flats, people are going to have to start wondering if this team is being underestimated.

It would be nice to see the offense throw the ball a little bit more frequently.  Everyone knows that the running game is going to be strong.

The pass is capable of making the running game even that much more potent at the end of the day. Going to the air with the kind of receivers Tech has should be more of a priority.

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