Without much doubt, the tigers came out victorious in Thursday’s Night season opener, but there were a few signs a hope for the rest of the season. Let’s analyze the breakout stars of Thursday’s game.
For most of the night, Georgia Tech failed to fall into a rhythm. Overall, one player stood out, RB Jordan Mason. Breaking several tackles and tying the team with a single score, Mason’s performance stands out amongst the rest. He tallied 72 yards on only 13 carries for an average of 5.5 yds/carry. His work load will be needed throughout the rest of the year and I look forward to seeing him having an 1,000 yard rushing season.
As a whole, the secondary was an amazing unit, but lets give the overall nod to CB Tre Swilling. He had an amazingly read play interception which only fell one yard short from 6 points on the return. Not only did his interception stand out, his press coverage was phenomenal. He added an additional pass deflection and 2 tackles to his box score as well. Playing against some of the nation’s best wide receivers and arguably the best QB Thursday night, the Georgia Tech secondary looks forward to thrashing opponents for the rest of the season. Let’s just hope we can stop the run a little bit better.
In a positive outlook, P Pressley Harvin III had a nice night and continued his amazing career as a Yellow Jacket. He had 8 punts for a net average of 43.1 yds/punt, with a long of 51. Four of those eight punts were downed at or inside the 20 for a 50% average of pinning them deep. There was never any doubt Harvin was going to pick back up where he started. He is a potential NFL talented punter who will have another great year on The Flats. Look for Harvin to make the All-ACC team yet again!
Out of all the players listed today, many others stood out as well. It’s important to keep positive because the hardest part of the schedule is over. Georgia Tech’s schedule gets a lot easier for the next 3-4 weeks. The Jackets will resume ball at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Sept. 7th against the (0-1) USF Bulls who lost 0-49 to the Wisconsin Badgers Friday night.