Tech mentor Geoff Collins is the exceptional participant whose understanding and practical experience with the rivalry goes back again to his childhood. He loves pointing out the location in the Bobby Dodd Stadium stands where his relatives watched the annual charity recreation involving the Tech and UGA freshmen (later on junior varsity) on Thanksgiving Day. The spouse and children then fixed to the Conyers home of Collins’ grandmother Evelyn Collins for meal and football in the backyard. (She proceeds to reside in the exact same residence.)
“But this sport, this rivalry has been a section of my lifestyle since I was a minor child,” he mentioned.
2. Jackets consider to budge immovable defense
The praise for Georgia’s defense, greatly hailed as the finest in the country, flowed effortlessly from Tech corners this week.
Collins: “Just the to start with point, they’ve obtained great gamers and a actually great scheme and then they engage in definitely challenging. Which is a rather good combination to play at a significant stage of defense.”
Patenaude, who identified as the Bulldogs “a historically superior defense”: “So the major guys inside of just consider to get lined up and bench push you back and then two men coming off the edge are incredibly, quite prolonged and extremely, very athletic. So those people men can just rip and operate and get up the industry.”
Offensive tackle Devin Cochran: “One of the major issues I’ve watched all 7 days is you enjoy just how deep they dig their cleats into the floor just about every one enjoy. They are coming. They are seeking to strike you. And you have to match it. It’s do or die.”
For Tech, the mission of shifting the ball is complicated by the selection of injuries the Jackets have taken on the offensive line. The matchup with the Bulldogs’ defensive front, specifically nose guard Jordan Davis (a finalist for the Outland Trophy, presented to the leading interior offensive or defensive lineman in the place), will be a bear.
“Moving people fellas out of the way is a minor bit various,” Patenaude mentioned. “So you have to assault some matters unique.”
3. Senior Day
Just before the video game, the team will honor 24 Jackets seniors. Of the 24, 13 are seniors by eligibility and 11 who are seniors academically and are scheduled to graduate but have eligibility remaining.
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