We highlight four players to watch for in this weekend’s matchup between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Bowling Green Falcons.
Bowling Green: QB Jarrett Doege
The starting quarterback for the Falcons is one of the best quarterbacks in the MAC and is off to a great start in 2018. The sophomore quarterback this season has completed over 65% of his passes this season for 891-yards, 11-touchdowns, and four interceptions. He had a rather quality performance against Oregon earlier this season and was impressive against a Power 5 defense, passing for 253-yards and three touchdowns. He did throw two interceptions in the game as well but has just thrown two since.
The Yellow Jackets this season has been beaten consistently by quarterbacks who are accurate and can put the ball in tight windows. While Doege doesn’t have the notoriety or hype surrounding him that surrounded Blake Barnett and Trevor Lawrence, he is still a capable quarterback. The Jacket secondary will have to have a strong game or the Falcons will make this game a lot closer than the Jackets would like.
Georgia Tech: S Tariq Carpenter
Perhaps the most consistent defensive player for the Yellow Jackets this season has been sophomore safety Tariq Carpenter. Carpenter this season has 16 tackles, one interception, and two pass breakups. He will, however, have to watch how he hits going forward, after being ejected once for targeting this season already.
With that, Carpenter is going to be a key piece of the Jackets defense going forward and he’s going to be the keystone of the secondary, holding it all together. If Bowling Green struggles in the passing game on Saturday, Carpenter will be a huge reason why.
Bowling Green: LB Brandon Harris
Harris will be one of the best linebackers on the field Saturday no matter which team. The senior linebacker has been great in the second level for the Falcons, averaging 10 tackles per game. He also has a tackle for a loss, a pass deflection, and a forced fumble. It’s a great start to a follow-up campaign following a 92-tackle junior season a year ago.
Harris will be a major key for Bowling Green staying in this game, with the Jackets ability to run the clock and run a large number of plays, Harris has 15+ tackle potential on Saturday. He’ll be huge in the Falcons ability to stop the Jackets’ rushing attack.
Georgia Tech: BB Jordan Mason
Last week, the Jackets only gave Jordan Mason (their best offensive player this season) seven carries against Clemson. Seven. Prior to last weekend, Mason was having a tremendous season through three games and was on pace to have a better season than KirVonte Benson had a year ago. When you don’t give your offense’s best player the ball, you deserve the struggles that are going to come. It’s simple, give Mason 15-20 touches per game because he is going to make them count.