Georgia Tech Football: Q&A with Canes Warning’s Sam Jacobs

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Sam Jacobs was kind enough to answer a few questions that the staff here at had about the Miami Hurricanes as Georgia Tech prepares to do battle with them Saturday night at 7:30 pm EST in Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Georgia Tech Football can also be seen tonight at 7:30 on ESPN2.

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Here are the questions the we asked and the responses that were given:

Question #1:  The Hurricanes are going to have to adjust their offensive line because of injuries to Kc McDermott and Taylor Gadbois. Do you think the replacements are adequate or do you sense possible issues on horizon?

Answer: Reports suggest that the Canes plan on moving over Jon Feliciano from left guard to right tackle, which should not downgrade the tackle position, but instead the guard position. True freshman Nick Linder, making his first career start, is expected to fill in at guard. I don’t envision this causing too much trouble for Miami because of the overall depth they have built with Alex Gall, Hunter Wells, and Trevor Darling.

Question #2:  What makes Duke Johnson so dynamic and what weaknesses do you see in his game?

Answer:  Paired with his breakaway speed, Duke possesses great patience, vision, and a hard running style that makes the 5’9″ tailback difficult to take down. Although better than most guys his size, running between the tackles gives him trouble. Occasionally the coaches sub in the power back Gus Edwards (6’2″ 235 lb) in short yardage situations, but that move has yet to pay dividends.

Question #3: Would a loss to Georgia Tech put Al Golden on the hot seat from Hurricanes fans or does the fan base have faith in him?

Answer:  Pretty much any loss at this point gets the fan base riled up and pitchfork-ready regarding Al Golden. The fans that watched this team dominate and compete for national titles annually tend to have trouble accepting defeat to a team not named Florida State. The school’s administration will not place Golden on any form of a hot seat after Saturday, regardless of outcome.

Question #4: What do you think the biggest keys are to this game for Miami to be successful?

Answer: Georgia Tech will undoubtedly pile up the rushing yards, but Miami just needs to limit the damage there. I figure the Canes can return to Miami with a victory as long as they hold the Jackets to under 30 points. This Miami offense should be able to put up some points on Saturday.

Questions #5: Do you see Miami’s 3-2 record as a slow start or about where you thought they would be through five games?

Answer:  I think it sounds worse than it is. The team that got smoked at Louisville is in the rear view now that the offensive play calling has opened up, and there is no shame in losing to a ranked Nebraska team on the road. I predicted an 8 win season for the Canes, and I still expect them to end up there.

Question #6: What kind of game do you foresee?  Who do you pick to win and what is the score?

Answer:  I like Miami in this one 38-27. Al Golden has defeated Georgia Tech in each of his seasons with the Hurricanes, and I don’t expect a change on Saturday. Georgia Tech probably runs through the Miami front seven, but the offense earns them the win.

We here at Yellow Jacked Up would like to thank Sam Jacobs for doing a great job of answering our questions.