With a short week of practice before the Jackets head to Louisville, here are a few things to think about as the week progresses. The Jackets will look to fix not just their record, but also their road woes against Louisville.
Jawon Pass could be a problem.
Louisville QB Jawon Pass could hurt the Jackets with his dual-threat ability that being said, he’s not the same kind of threat that they had in Lamar Jackson. But after the South Florida game, it could be something to watch for.
Louisville’s defensive line is a little beat up, the dive could be there this week.
The Georgia Tech offensive line could have a good day against Louisville. Without knowing exactly which linemen was suspended for the Friday contest, the Georgia Tech offensive line could have a big day against Louisville and open up running lanes for the dive play to the B-backs.
The Georgia Tech wide receivers could be huge.
Clinton Lynch made history last week, becoming the only Jacket to reach 1000 yards receiving and rushing in his career at Georgia Tech. He along with Brad Stewart and Jalen Camp could see some opportunities in the passing game with a weak Louisville secondary that was exposed late in a two-minute drill by Florida State last week.
The walk-on gets his shot at placekicker.
After another rocky start for Brenton King and Shawn Davis in the kicking game, Wesley Wells has earned the place-kicking duties for this week against Louisville after going 9-9 on extra points against Bowling Green. From an article in the AJC, Coach Johnson indicated that his range would be determined by the situation.
The Vangorder effect.
Brian Vangorder is the new defensive coordinator at Louisville this season because of course, he is. Vangorder last faced Paul Johnson’s offense in 2016 with Notre Dame, as coordinator, and UGA, as a consultant. Its no secret that Vangorder and Johnson have taken shots at each other in the past and this season Vangorder will try and keep the vaunted offense, that strikes fear into national commentators’ hearts and makes opposing fan bases cry foul when the cut blocks start flying. Just another interesting wrinkle in an interesting game.
Paul Johnson is excellent in crossover games.
Since 2008 Paul Johnson is 14-1 vs the Atlantic in crossover games. That is outstanding considering how good top to bottom the Atlantic side has been in the last ten years. Obviously, that record does not include permanent opponent Clemson, but even in that area, Johnson has outkicked the coverage.