After week two of Georgia Tech Football, we come away with yet again three players who stood out on each side of the ball. The game may not have been pretty, but the Yellow Jackets defeated the USF Bulls 14-10 on Saturday afternoon.
Offense: Jordan Mason
In Week 2, RB Jordan Mason, once again, is my offensive star player of the week. Mason was 1 yard shy of 100 yards on the day with 20 carries for 99 yards and 1 touchdown. He had a long of 32 and helped the offense score in the red zone. As I predicted earlier this year, and I’ll still stick with it, I believe Mason will reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark by the end of the season. He’s clearly, thus far, Tech’s main offensive weapon.
Defense: Charlie Thomas
What a performance by Sophomore LB Charlie Thomas. He recorded 9 total tackles, 7 solo, 2 sacks, along with 2 tackles-for-loss (TFL). He also had a forced fumble on the stat line as well. It was clear Thomas’ performance had he all over the field. The defense as a whole looks very good. As a team the D recorded 4 sacks and 9 TFL, a much better stat line that last week at Clemson. To note, S Tariq Carpenter also had a nice game as well. Recording 7 tackles, 2 TFL, and a pass deflection.
Special Teams: Pressley Harvin III
Once again, P Pressley Harvin III had another amazing game which helped pin the Bulls’ offense deep. Harvin never made it easy for the Bulls on Saturday as he had 6 punts with a net average of 41.3 yards/punt, with a long of 55. Harvin still is well on pace for All-ACC honors, yet again, with another great game on special teams.
Wrapping it Up:
In all, the defense looks to be the highlight of the team. Expect big plays from multiple guys every week. I’m still nervous about the offense, and I feel like they underperformed from what I was expecting. Let’s hope it’s just the growing pains and the offense will be clicking by the end of the season. Georgia Tech plays The Citadel this Saturday at 12:30. Look for it to be another very hot afternoon on The Flats.