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#66: Georgia Tech Fanbase Buzzing After Down Year

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Our countdown hops over to Georgia Tech, which followed up an ACC title and an Orange Bowl trip with a losing season in 2010. Can it break in a new quarterback and return to the previous campaign’s form?

2010 Record: 6-7

2010 Skinny: Georgia Tech started the season at 5-2 only to lose five out of six to finish the campaign. The Yellow Jackets lost senior quarterback Josh Nesbitt to a broken arm in a loss to Virginia Tech on November 4. To make the sting of their finish even worse, the Jackets lost to rival Georgia in the season finale for the second straight season. They still managed to earn a bowl trip, losing 14-7 to Air Force in the Independence Bowl. It was the third straight bowl loss under coach Paul Johnson.

Returning Starters: 11

Coach: Paul Johnson (fourth season, 26-14)

Key Players: QB Tevin Washington, QB Synjyn Days, WR Stephen Hill, LB Julian Burnett

2011 Schedule:

Sept. 1 vs. Western Carolina
Sept. 10 @ Middle Tennessee State
Sept. 17 vs. Kansas
Sept. 24 vs. North Carolina
Oct. 1 @ N.C. State
Oct. 8 vs. Maryland
Oct. 15 @ Virginia
Oct. 22 @ Miami
Oct. 29 vs. Clemson
Nov. 10 vs. Virginia Tech
Nov. 19 @ Duke
Nov. 26 vs. Georgia

Anthony’s Take: I think we’ve seen this before. A team with an identity crisis at quarterback finds it hard to creep out of mediocrity. And that’s exactly what Georgia Tech is trying to do. Neither quarterback - Washington nor Days - looked particularly impressive in the spring. With Washington under center, the Jackets finished the season 1-4 after Nesbitt’s injury. One of the young signal-callers will have to step up. The defense should be better in the second year of defensive guru Al Groh’s 3-4 scheme. But the ACC isn’t easy. It will be a long road back to ACC title form for Tech.

Jim’s Take: After Johnson took the ACC by storm with his option offense, there’s now some grumbling going on in Atlanta. “Has the conference figured out Johnson’s offense?” “Was Johnson only successful with Chan Gailey’s players?” This would be a good time for Johnson to shut everyone up with a 10-win season but there’s just not enough talent at Tech to do it. The starting QB is up in the air, there’s no proven B-Back with Anthony Allen gone and the entire secondary needs to be replaced. Because of a weak schedule, the Jackets should go 6-7 again but that won’t make anyone on campus happy. 

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