After a big transition year for the program, how much will Georgia Tech football improve with an even tougher schedule under Geoff Collins?
Nobody expected much from Georgia Tech last season after the program decided to move on from Paul Johnson, who had been running the triple option there since 2008. Johnson was a successful coach, winning the ACC in 2009 and making the title game in both 2012 and 2014, but things had grown stale in Atlanta and fans were frustrated with his lack of interest in recruiting and building a championship-level program at Georgia Tech.
The Yellow Jackets decided to hire Temple coach Geoff Collins, who brought an infectious personality to Atlanta and hit the ground recruiting immediately.
Collins inherited one of the toughest situations that a coach could have walked into, because of Johnson’s lack of interest in recruiting and that was the root cause in the Yellow Jackets not being very talented because they had players that were recruited to specifically run the triple-option.
Most of the two deep depth chart consisted of freshmen and sophomores, so 2019 was going to be unlike anything the country had seen in the Power Five in quite some time. The result was an offense that had to rely heavily on the run and start a freshman at quarterback, while trying to find an identity on defense.
There were plenty of ups and downs for the Yellow Jackets and they had to suffer through some blowout losses and an embarrassing loss to The Citadel.
There were some signs of life for the team, however, as the Yellow Jackets pulled a couple of late season upsets versus Miami and NC State, which showed that some of the young talent was making progress.
Georgia Tech is facing a gauntlet of a schedule that includes the likes of Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame, UCF and North Carolina and that will mean that improving on last year’s three wins will not be an easy task.