In a 52-14 loss it’s hard to finding positives sometimes but in the Jackets loss to Clemson on Thursday, that was not the case.
One of the glaring positives from the Jackets loss to 52-14 was the positive play of the Jackets secondary.
The Jackets secondary play shouldn’t come as a shock. Entering he season, the secondary was considered a strength of the Jackets defense and team overall. Additionally, head coach Geoff Collins is a secondary coach by trade and works with the secondary personally.
That work payed off in game one for the Jackets as they shut down Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence on Thursday night. Lawrence in the game struggled against the Jackets secondary that played mostly press coverage and kept most of Clemson’s stable of wide receivers in check.
The secomdary’s play against Clemson is quite notable as it was easily the Jackets toughest matchup of the season. If they could keep a talented and NFL bound Clemson offense in check, they should be able to be quite successful against their remaining opponents. They won’t face another highly difficult matchup until the end of the season when they take on Georgia.
Additionally, the performance of the secondary is notable as it should allow the rest of the jackrts defense to feel less pressure which in part could help the performances of their own. If the Jackets secondary can continue this play, it will give the Jackets a huge advantage especially considering their rebuilding efforts. It will also be one less question and worry that the Tech coaching staff and fans will have on a week-to-week basis.
Thursday night’s performance was a strong opening performance for the Jackets secondary. But they can’t accept that performance and become compliant, they must build on the effort week in and week out. Because if Thursday night was any indication, the sky is the limit for the Jackets secondary.
The Jackets secondary will get their next opportunity to show what their made of next weekend when they take on the USF Bulls.