Georgia Tech Football: Three players to watch against Pittsbugh

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 9: Jerry Howard /

Georgia Tech opens up their ACC schedule against Pittsburgh, here are three Jackets to watch against Pittsburgh.

1. QB TaQuon Marshall

Until he’s shown to be somewhat stoppable, Marshall is always going to be a player to watch. While everyone is expecting big things out of Marshall on Saturday, it will be interesting to see if he can carry over the success without any delay after a week off.

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The junior quarterback through his first two games has shown to be an offensive force with 506 total yards and nine total touchdowns. He only rushed for 25-yards on 13 carries against Jacksonville State. In particular, it will be interesting to watch if the Jackets find a more balanced approach on Saturday.

2. RB Jerry Howard

Two weeks ago, the Jackets used Jerry Howard for the first time in his collegiate career. Even when considering that it was against an FCS opponent, it was a strong first game for the freshman running back.

Howard rushed for 82-yards and a touchdown, that touchdown coming on a 67-yard run up the middle. While he only had 15 yards on his next five carries, Howard’s 67-yard touchdown showed off his ability to be a great asset for the Yellow Jackets going forward. Howard should be a bigger part of the game plan against Pittsburgh.

3.  K Shawn Davis

Davis through the first two games hasn’t exactly been what Paul Johnson and staff have hoped for. While he’s 9-for-10 on extra points, Davis has missed two of three field goal attempts, both missed fields came against Tennessee. If Davis made those two or even one of them, the Jackets would have defeated Tennessee.

He was one for one in their week two game against Jacksonville State but missed an extra point. On Saturday, the Jackets will be looking for a “perfect” game out of Davis. A strong game would calm the nerves of both the coaching staff and the fans.