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Across the Cougar sideline: Scouting the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Across the Cougar sideline: Scouting the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

By Ashley Anderson, KSL.com Contributor | Posted - Oct. 25, 2012 at 1:11 p.m.



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After a tough loss to Notre Dame, the BYU Cougars are looking to regain confidence and fans' trust this week as they travel to Atlanta to face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Georgia Tech is similar to BYU in that the season began with high expectations but has actually been less than stellar. The Yellow Jackets were ranked 28th in the preseason polls. However, the team now has a 3-4 record and is battling to make this a winning season.

Last week, Georgia Tech beat Boston College at home 37-17. The Jackets are led by fifth-year head coach Paul Johnson.

This will be the third meeting between the teams with the series tied 1-1.

Offense

Georgia Tech’s offense is led by senior quarterback Trevin Washington. Washington is a solid rock in helping this team.

Washington has rushed for 15 touchdowns this season and 33 career touchdowns. He has rushed for 471 yards this season and is averaging 67.3 yards per game.

Besides rushing, Washington has completed 53 of 86, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Last week against Boston College, he threw for two touchdowns and 63 yards.

Team Stat Comparison for 2012-2013 Season
  BYU GATCH Edge
OFFENSIVE STATS
Points For (Per Game)24.13 37.71
Rushing Yards (Per Game)160.13 339.57
Passing Yards (Per Game)217.25 158.14
Total Yards (Per Game)377.38497.71
3rd Down Conversions (Season)44%49%
4th Down Conversions (Season)71%50%
Time of Possession (Per Game)31:2133:01
Red Zone Scores (Season)82%79%
DEFENSIVE STATS
Points Against (Per Game)14.0028.29
Rushing Defense (Per Game)93.13144.57
Passing Defense (Per Game)183.75267.14
Total Defense (Per Game)276.88411.71
3rd Down Defense % (Season)28%45%

Washington has a good offensive line on his side that has not allowed him to be sacked since the Sept. 29 game against Middle Tennessee State.

Sophomore running back Zach Laskey is also a main rusher for the team with 426 yards this season and averages 60.9 yards per game.

Against Boston College, Laskey was the team's leading rusher with 101 yards.

As is apparent, Georgia Tech is good at rushing the ball and is currently third in the nation in rushing offense.

Freshman receiver Anthony Autry is another player to watch out for. Autry recorded his first career touchdown last week with a 45-yard reception. He is averaging 39 yards per reception.

Defense

Georgia Tech’s defense struggled at the beginning of the season, and the defensive coordinator was fired early in the season. However, the defense has been improving as the season has continued.

Georgia Tech’s defense is one that BYU quarterback Riley Nelson should be aware of. The defense has had at least one interception in six consecutive games, and 10 different players have been credited with quarterback sacks.

Junior safety Isaiah Johnson leads the defense this year with 50 tackles, one quarterback sack and one forced fumble. Last week, he had four tackles and forced a fumble.

Junior safety Jemea Thomas is another defensive player on the rise. Last week, Thomas recorded his second interception of the season. He is also credited with 35 tackles this season.

Junior linebacker Brandon Watts is a defensive force to be reckoned with. Watts is credited with 41 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks, one forced fumble and one blocked kick this season.

Special teams

Georgia Tech and BYU are also similar in that they both have had kicking woes this season.

The Yellow Jackets have two kickers, David Scully and Justin Moore. Scully has made three of seven attempts this season and Moore has made one of two.

Last week, Georgia Tech attempted four field goals, and only one was made by Moore.

Both teams are going to come hungry for a victory this week, and the outcome could go either way. Look for a game with a lot of rushing, minimal passing and defenses trying to get the win for their team.

Ashley Anderson is a senior at BYU majoring in public relations with the hope of one day having a career in sports public relations.

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