Georgia Tech: A First Look

The Vanderbilt Commodores travel to Atlanta on Saturday to face the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech. Look inside for a first look at the Yellow Jackets.

Season so far

Georgia Tech (2-0) opened with a 17-14 win over Boston College in a game that was played in Ireland. Running back Dedrick Mills scored on a 4-yard run in th final minute of the game to give the Yellow Jackets the victory. Boston College missed two field goals during that game.  Last week the Tech downed Mercer 35-10 in Atlanta.  The Yellow Jackets built and 21-7 halftime lead and added touchdowns in both the third and fourth quarters.  

Injuries and Suspensions

Georgia Tech has several starters who are banged up. Outside linebacker P.J. Davis, the Yellow Jacket's leading tackler with 15 stops, has an arm injury and is listed as "probable" for Vandy. Starting right tackle Trey Klock has an ankle injury but is also "probable" for Saturday. Freshman running back Dedrick Mills, who started the Boston College game and scored the winning touchdown in that game, sat out the Mercer game suspended due to a violation of team rules. He appears to be out of the dog house and is very likely to play or even start against Vandy. Starting quarterback Justin Thomas suffered an undisclosed injury versus Mercer but is listed as "probable" for the game with the Commodore. Reserve defensive end Jordan Woods is also probable for VU. Fullback KirVonte Benson was suspended and is questionable this matchup. 

Challenges

Vanderbilt has historically struggled against Georgia Tech and has not defeated the Yellow Jackets since 1941, 22 years before Tech withdrew from the SEC. Bobby Dodd Stadium holds 55,000 fans that will be fired up for a possible victory against the SEC. The biggest challenge won't be the crowd, though, it'll be defending the Yellow Jacket's spread option. That's something Vanderbilt hasn't been able to do well against Paul Johnson.  Johnson is 3-0 versus Vandy with two wins while head coach at Navy and a 56-31 win in 2009, Bobby Johnson's last season in Nashville.  Defending the spread takes a lot of discipline and patience.  The good news is that Derek Mason has some experience defending the option. He faced Army in 2013 while defensive coordinator at Stanford and the Cardinal prevailed, 34-20. 

Saturday's game will kickoff at 11:30 CT and can be seen on the ACC Network.  


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