Say what you will about Georgia Tech, but the Jackets finished 2014 on quite the roll. The genius has every right to puff his chest out a little bit. I’ve got three observations after last night’s impressive win.
- Way to go, Mississippi State. You managed to become the first school that couldn’t defend the triple option in a bowl game after having three-plus weeks to prepare for it. I know you lost your defensive coordinator mid-way, but still. The way 2014 ended isn’t a feather for Dan Mullen to stick in his cap. (He and Freeze didn’t exactly make strong cases for big raises yesterday.) He’s a good coach, but a guy who can take a program to the promised land? So far, I’m not seeing it.
- Justin Thomas confirms two theories I have about Paul Johnson’s teams. One, as legitimately critical as you can be about the limits on recruiting for the triple option puts on a program, the one plus is that there are kids out there who… well, if not fall through the cracks, have to accept being switched from the position they want to play to get a D-1 scholarship. Thomas is a perfect example of that. He was good enough coming out of high school to get an Alabama offer to play defensive back, but his first love was quarterbacking, which is how he wound up at Georgia Tech. And two, while the triple option has proven itself to be no worse than a competent offensive scheme, it takes a special athlete to really elevate a Johnson team. Thomas has it in him to be the best fit at quarterback for Tech since Joe Hamilton. He’s good enough to make me understand why Vad Lee left. And that means we may need to take this program a little more seriously over the next few seasons.
- And, sincere congratulations to the Georgia Tech fan base. Your program scaled heights it’s rarely seen. That’s good for some keyboard smack and water cooler bravado, but if you want to impress the outside world into cutting back on the Dragon*Con jokes, you need to start showing up. Sell out your 50,000-seat stadium, not just when Georgia shows up, but every week. Put some real asses in the seats when your team goes on the road. Otherwise, you’ll keep looking like… Tech fans.