Friday, August 29, 2008

A New Era Begins For GT Football

Yellow Jackets Wreck Gamecocks, 41-14

Sure, beating Jacksonville State isn't exactly a huge accomplishment. But the start of the 2008 season brought plenty of concerns for Jackets fans. A new head coach, with a new-fangled option offense. A young team (the youngest in the ACC, with only 8 returning starters). Less than encouraging reports from early practices. New uniforms. (Okay, that last one isn't really that big of a concern.)

But in the end, the Tech squad looked pretty good. The ground game is shaping up to be quite potent, with TDs run in by four different players (including Roddy Jones, a graduate of Chamblee High School, where Allison taught). Granted, there were a few miscues, and our kicking game looks like it needs some help (2 missed FGs AND a missed PAT? Seriously?). But Coach Johnson has a reputation for demanding perfection from his players, so I'm sure we'll see plenty of adjustments before we start playing real teams (like next week's ACC opener at Boston College).

This might turn out to be a good season after all.


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