Georgia Tech Football: A look at the Jackets quarterback depth heading into 2018

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30: Matthew Jordan
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30: Matthew Jordan /

With recent news that both Mathew Jordan and Jay Jones won’t be returning to the Georgia Tech Football program in 2018, the Jackets quarterback depth has become thin.

With the recent departures of Matthew Jordan and Jay Jones, the Georgia Tech football team is left with thin depth at the quarterback position. Outside current starting quarterback TaQuon Marshall, the Jackets contingency of QBs only has a handful of career plays.

With Jordan and Jones gone, the Jackets need for a quarterback in the 2018 recruiting class is now a must. The Jackets currently don’t have a quarterback commitment in the class but are in contract with several recruits.

Here’s a look at the Jackets remaining quarterbacks and where we project them to be on the depth chart come this spring.

1. TaQuon Marshall – Redshirt Senior

Marshall was the Jackets starting quarterback for the entire 2017 season and had a decent season in the process. Marshall for the season played in 11 games, rushing for 1,146-yards, while also passing for 927-yards. On the season, he totaled 27 total touchdowns.

Marshall will most likely be the starting quarterback heading into next season but has much to improve on till then. If no improvements are seen, Paul Johnson and the coaching staff could look at another quarterback.

2. Lucas Johnson – Redshirt Sophomore

Originally a San Diego State commitment, Johnson was a member of the 2016 recruiting class and was a late addition to the Jackets class. Johnson had a tremendous senior season for Mt. Carmel in San Diego, California.

Johnson technically made nine appearances this past season according to his Georgia Tech profile. That being said, he made just one rushing attempt this season for a single-yard. Johnson is a more traditional dual-threat quarterback and is the best pure passer on the team.

 3. Tobias Oliver – Redshirt Freshman

Oliver was part of the Jackets 2017 recruiting cycle and was considered a three-star composite recruit by 247Sports. He was ranked as 72nd best athlete coming out of high school and 108th best player in the state of Georgia.

A native of Warner Robins, Georgia, Oliver played for Northside High School. A dual-threat QB for Northside, Oliver passed for 2,668-yards over 29 games and rushed for 2,503-yards as well. He totaled 56 total touchdowns over his three seasons.

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4. Chase Martenson – Redshirt Senior

Martenson will be in his final year on The Flats next season and has yet to see game action over his first four seasons. Martenson will most likely remain last on the depth chart next season and serve as a practice squad quarterback.