Preview Tennessee-Georgia Tech Season Opening Showdown
Tennessee and Georgia Tech meet for the first time in thirty years on Monday night as they help christen the new Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Should be an intriguing match-up with the Yellow Jackets unique offense, and the fact that both teams will debut new quarterbacks.
Getting the national ESPN TV spotlight on Labor Day Night ain’t a bad way to kick off the season for Tennessee.
Said head coach Butch Jones:”You know as a kid growing up, these are the type of experiences. These are the type of environments that you dream about playing on.”
Even though both team are breaking in new quarterbacks, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson says you can’t predict a defensive stalemate.
Said Johnson:”I think coming into this game us and Tenenssee are both very similar on offense in that they are breaking in a lot of new faces and new guys. But every time you think it’s going to be a low-scoring game, it ends up 50-49.”
Last year, Georgia Tech beat Vandy, Kentucky, and Georgia.
Tennessee will become another SEC East victim if they can’t stop the Yellow Jackets famous option offense.
Said Jones:”We are going to have to have the ability to make tackles in space.”
Said Vols linebacker Colton Jumper:”For us it’s kind of like replicating that speed in practice because you know it’s giong to be quick. Their reads are quick. They are a good offense.”
Said Vols defensive lineman Kendal Vickers:”I’ve watched a lot of film on them. It’s probably the most film I’ve watched on a team since I’ve been here. I watched the Clemson game. We watched the UNC game. Virginia Tech. A lot of teams do different things against Georgia Tech, so I’d like to see what all worked and what all didn’t work against them.”
Tennessee may not run the option, but they may pound the rock.
Said Johnson:”They’ve got a big offensive line. They’re big and physical. The running back (John) Kelly is a really good player. I’m sure they are going to try to get him the ball behind that big offensive line.”
The game will kick a little past 8pm on ESPN.