This past Saturday, the Yellow Jackets fell for the fourth straight time, this time to the hands of the Duke Blue Devils, but, as always, there were a few players who really set the bar during the game for the Jackets.
Offense: RB #27 Jordan Mason
This week’s offensive star was hard to choose, but I’ll give the nod to Mason. Mason ran 18 times for 106 yards. During the game, he made a lot of people miss and bounced off of the wimpy tackle attempts. Despite having a 2 rush TD performance earlier this year, I’d have to say this was his best game yet. He helped the offense open up the passing game which led to QB James Graham’s career high 206 passing yards. The offense as a whole racked up 379 total yards, the highest mark for the season.
Defense: LB #44 Quez Jackson
The young Sophomore from Fort Valley, GA had an excellent game stepping in for leading LB David Curry after he was ejected for targeting. Jackson accumulated 9 tackles and was really helping stop Duke’s run game in the 2nd half. Duke’s offense may have exploded in the 1st half, but they were held to a mere 3 points in the 2nd. Jackson was a huge contribution to this and was in on just about every tackle.
Special Teams: RB #5 Jerry Howard
So normally, this honor goes to a kicker, punter, or returner, but in todays recap, we have to give it to Jordan Howard. Howard tallied up a block punt, the first of the year for the Yellow Jackets, and the first in a long time as a program. His block led to a Georgia Tech touchdown after setting the offense in prime position to score. Howard also had a touchdown reception on the first drive of the game when the Jackets went up 7-0 in the first. He may not be on the field most of the game, but when he is, he makes an impact.
I feel like the Yellow Jackets are finally coming together as a team. The offense has found their starting QB, players are being moved to different roles so that they can perform better, and our box scores have increased in just about every category every week. It would be an amazing feat if the Jackets could bring down the Hurricanes next weekend to build some confidence heading into the 2nd half of the season. Here’s to hoping for the best!