The big news coming out of Georgia Tech camp this off season was the transferring of starting quarterback Vad Lee. The sophomore started during two seasons for the Rambling Wreck before announcing his departure after the season. But Coach Paul Johnson remains hopeful.
"Well, we're excited about this coming season and our two quarterbacks, Justin Thomas and Tim Byerly," explains Johnson. "Plus Matthew Jordy, a young freshman, was able to come in early. All hard workers, I think they all had good springs and looking forward to fall camp."
Coach Paul Johnson leads the Jackets in his sixth season as head coach. Last year Tech finished 7-7 but expect bigger and better come kickoff especially coming from leaders like former Macon talent, DeAndre Smelter from Tattnall.
"DeAndre is a great athlete", says Johnson. "I think he's going to get better the more he plays. He was pretty good a year ago coming off a lay off and he made some pretty big plays for us. I think he's working on being consistent. He's a real big physical kid and were excited to have him on our team."
Smelter says he plans on being a better leader on and off the field during his senior campaign and he knows exactly where to start.
"We lost a lot of games last year from mistakes that we could have easily corrected", says Smelter. "So if anything we need to plan to prepare and come to the season more focused."
Earning a spot in the conference championship game is no easy task for Georgia Tech with talent hidden in the Coastal Division of the ACC but Johnson like his chances.
Johnson explains, "I like the way the schedule shapes up with 3 non-conference games out the shoot before we get into the conference. It gives us time to work on some things and get better as we look forward to the season."
And the off season is quickly winding down towards the kickoff of college football and of course with Tech their ultimate goal remains the same.
Johnson explains, "Hopefully, win the last game of the year, the state game that's the same that we have every year."