3) Who’s going to be bringing down receptions in 2019?
Over the past decade, it’s no secret that wide receivers haven’t been a huge part of Georgia Tech’s offense. Their primary duty was blocking while they got about 10 attempts collectively each game to bring down a pass. Out of those 10 attempts, about half were probably catchable on average.
That being said, this season that is all going to change. Georgia Tech’s offense will feature a heavy amount of passing attempts. In each of Geoff Collins’s two seasons at Temple, the Owls through the ball over 400 times. For the Jackets, that means the wide receivers are going to be used early and often. But the biggest question for the Jackets wideouts is “Who will be bringing down the receptions in 2019?” That’s something the Jackets should hopefully begin to find out on Friday and could hammer down come this fall.
The early favorites to bring down receptions are senior Jalen Camp, juniors Jair Hawkins-Anderson, Stephen Dolphus, and sophomore Malachi Carter. But the Jackets are going to have to rotate their wide receivers often this season, meaning depth at the position is important. Last season, 15 different Owls had at least one reception. The Jackets will have plenty of depth options however with eight redshirt freshman and true freshman available to be used in 2019. But who out of that group has separated themselves and will the remaining true freshman not on campus have a strong enough opportunity to fight their way into the rotation?
Out of the eight freshmen, two to truly keep a close eye on this week and in Friday’s spring game are redshirt freshman Adonicas Sanders and true freshman Ahmarean Brown. That being said, this is a question that we will be able to begin to answer after this week but not fully answer until probably a few weeks into the season.