Players to Watch:
1. QB TaQuon Marshall
It’s no secret after last week that TaQuon Marshall is an exciting and explosive quarterback that can be a game changer for Georgia Tech. Marshall will be a player to watch against Jacksonville State in order to see how much of his success against Tennessee can he carry over to the next game. He probably won’t put up 250-yards but rushing close to 200 again wouldn’t be surprising.
2. AB Clinton Lynch
One of the biggest pieces to the Jackets offense from a year ago was out against Tennessee but will return for Jacksonville State. Last year, Lynch lead the ACC in most yards per touch with 17.1 and will look to have even more yards per touch in 2017. Don’t expect him to get a ton of touches against the Gamecocks but it will be interesting to see if he can pick up where he left off last season.
3. The Linebackers
This is obviously not a single player but an entire position group. On Monday, the group was absolutely horrendous and was a key part of the Jackets late collapse. Jacksonville State shouldn’t pose nearly the same threat to the group but if there is no improvement seen from the, it could be time to start worrying.
1. RB Roc Thomas
He’s the Gamecocks best player overall and is finally starting to show the promise that made him one of the top running backs in all of America when he was coming out of high school. If Jacksonville State is going to come away with an upset, it’s going to be because Roc Thomas had a huge day and going off Monday night’s performance, the Jackets certainly have a defense that could allow Thomas to have a big day.
2. WR Jabari Hester
When a team has a 6-foot-7 wide receiver, they have to use him to their advantage. There simply is no cornerback or safety in the country who will match up with them in height, add in potential verticals, and the 6-foot-7 wideout will have an advantage most of the time. That’s what the Gamecocks have in Hester who could terrorize the Gamecocks secondary who was beaten by taller wide outs consistently, late in the game against Tennessee
3. S Marlon Bridges
The Gamecocks best player on defense has the ability to be a game changer and if the Gamecocks want to pull off the upset they’ll need Bridges to have as good as of a performance as Thomas. Bridges is a safety who isn’t afraid to make the tackles but is also a safety that you want to be careful when throwing the ball. Marshall will have to be careful when throwing the deep ball as Bridges isn’t a safety you want to mess with too often, or he’ll get the last laugh.