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2008 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
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Posted Jan 16, 2009


2008 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Season, Game Recaps, Scores and Reviews

2008 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Dec. 31
2008 Chick-fil-A Bowl
LSU 38 … Georgia Tech 3

LSU marched on the opening drive finishing with a two-yard Charles Scott touchdown run. Georgia Tech cut the margin to 7-3 on a 24-yard Scott Blair field goal late in the first quarter, and then the rout was on. That field goal was the only fun the Yellow Jackets would have as the Tigers scored 28 second quarter points, and scored the final 31 points of the game, with two short Scott scoring runs, a 25-yard Richard Dickson touchdown catch, and a 17-yard run from Keiland Williams. The Tigers defense didn’t let the Tech running game get going, allowing just 164 yards while forcing three turnovers.
Player of the Game: LSU LB Perry Riley made 11 tackles and a tackle for loss.
Stat Leaders: Georgia Tech - Passing: Josh Nesbitt, 8-24, 150 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Jonathan Dwyer, 10-67. Receiving: Jonathan Dwyer, 3-66
LSU - Passing: Jordan Jefferson, 16-25, 142 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Charles Scott, 15-65, 3 TD. Receiving: Richard Dickson, 4-50, 1 TD
Inside The Box Score ... 5 Thoughts on the Chick-fil-A Bowl …Georgia Tech’s Morgan Burnett led all tacklers with 14 with 1.5 tackles for loss … Total offense: LSU 324 yards – GT 314 … Passing: LSU 17-of-27 – GT 8-of-25 … Average yards per punt return: LSU 18 – GT 5.5 … Second quarter: LSU 143 yards – GT 45. Time of possession: LSU 10:07 – GT 4:53.

- 2008 GT Preview  
- 2007 GT Season

2008 Schedule
CFN Prediction: 6-6
2008 Record: 9-4

Aug. 28 Jacksonville St W 41-14
Sept. 6 at Boston Coll W 19-16
Sept. 13 at Virginia Tech L 20-17
Sept. 20 Mississippi St W 38-7
Sept. 27  OPEN DATE
Oct. 4 Duke W 27-0
Oct. 11 Gardner-Webb W 10-7
Oct. 18 at Clemson W 21-17
Oct. 25 Virginia L 24-17
Nov. 1 Florida State W 31-28
Nov. 8 at North Carolina L 28-7
Nov. 15  OPEN DATE
Nov. 20 Miami W 41-23
Nov. 29 at Georgia W 45-42
Chick-fil-A Bowl
Dec. 31 LSU L 38-3

2007 Schedule
CFN Prediction: 10-2
2007 Record: 7-6

Sept. 1 at Notre Dame W 33-3
Sept. 8 Samford W 69-14
Sept. 15 Boston College L 24-10
Sept. 22 at Virginia L 28-23
Sept. 29 Clemson W 13-3
Oct. 6 at Maryland L 28-26
Oct. 13 at Miami W 17-14
Oct. 20
Army W 34-10
Nov. 1 Virginia Tech L 27-3
Nov. 10
 at Duke W 41-24
Nov. 17 North Carolina W 27-25
Nov. 24 Georgia L 31-17
Humanitarian Bowl
Dec. 31 Fresno State L 40-28

Nov. 28
Georgia Tech 45 … Georgia 42
Georgia Tech ran for 409 yards with Roddy Jones tearing off touchdown runs from eight and 54 yards and Jonathan Dwyer taking pitches 60 and 23 yards for touchdowns as part of a 32-point second half. The Jones 54-yard dash gave Tech a 10-point lead late, but Georgia was able to come back on Matthew Stafford’s fifth touchdown pass of the game hitting A.J. Green from 12 yards out. Tech was able to run out the clock. The big day from the Yellow Jacket attack overshadowed a huge three-touchdown afternoon from Georgia WR Mohamed Massaquoi, who scored from 10, 49 and three yards out.
Player of the game: Georgia Tech RB Roddy Jones ran 13 times for 214 yards and two touchdowns, and Jonathan Dwyer ran 20 times for144 yards and two scores.
Stat Leaders: Georgia - Passing: Matthew Stafford, 24-39, 407 yds, 5 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Knowshon Moreno, 17-94, 1 TD. Receiving: Mohamed Massaquoi, 11-180, 3 TD
Georgia Tech - Passing: Josh Nesbitt, 1-6, 19 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Roddy Jones, 13-214, 2 TD. Receiving: Demaryius Thomas, 1-19
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Head coach Paul Johnson made a point of saying the Georgia game was the big priority for the program, and with the win, it’s game on for the rivalry, the ACC, and Georgia Tech. The running game is working even though all the pieces aren’t quite in place. Josh Nesbitt ran the option to near perfection, while the defense had a decent day against the run. The secondary got ripped apart by Mathew Stafford, but for every big play he came up with, the Tech running game seemed to have two answers. At the moment, the Johnson era has to be everything Yellow Jacket fans could’ve dreamed of.
 

Nov. 20
Georgia Tech 41 ... Miami 23
Georgia Tech ran for 472 yards as the option worked its way up to a 41-10 lead after three quarters. Miami got two touchdown passes from Jacory Harris in the fourth, but they weren't nearly enough to overcome the huge day from a Tech ground game that touchdown runs from 58 and six yards out from Jonathan Dwyer and a 32-yard scoring run from Lucas Cox late in the third. The Yellow Jacket defense got involved as Michael Johnson reached up and grabbed a Robert Marve pass and took it for a second quarter score. The two teams combined to convert six of 23 first down chances.
Player of the game: Georgia Tech RB Jonathan Dwyer ran 10 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Miami - Passing: Jacory Harris, 13-18, 162 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Graig Cooper, 10-44. Receiving: Dedrick Epps, 4-57,  1 TD
Georgia Tech - Passing: Josh Nesbitt, 3-6, 24 yds
Rushing: Jonathan Dwyer, 10-128, 2 TD Receiving: Demaryius Thomas, 2-17
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Someday, the ACC will figure out how to handle the Georgia Tech blocking schemes and the option attack, but Miami certainly didn't have a shot against it. The offensive line was fantastic, Josh Nesbitt was flawless, even when he was trying to make plays with his arm early on to loosen things up, and Jonathan Dwyer was special.  He showed speed and power on his 10 carries, but he tweaked his knee and missed most of the second half. While Tech might be on tip of the Coastal standings, they need a lot of help with five teams still within range. This has been a great season, and now it can be special with a win over Georgia.

Nov. 20
Georgia Tech 41 ... Miami 23
Georgia Tech ran for 472 yards as the option worked its way up to a 41-10 lead after three quarters. Miami got two touchdown passes from Jacory Harris in the fourth, but they weren't nearly enough to overcome the huge day from a Tech ground game that touchdown runs from 58 and six yards out from Jonathan Dwyer and a 32-yard scoring run from Lucas Cox late in the third. The Yellow Jacket defense got involved as Michael Johnson reached up and grabbed a Robert Marve pass and took it for a second quarter score. The two teams combined to convert six of 23 first down chances.
Player of the game: Georgia Tech RB Jonathan Dwyer ran 10 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Miami - Passing: Jacory Harris, 13-18, 162 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Graig Cooper, 10-44. Receiving: Dedrick Epps, 4-57,  1 TD
Georgia Tech - Passing: Josh Nesbitt, 3-6, 24 yds
Rushing: Jonathan Dwyer, 10-128, 2 TD Receiving: Demaryius Thomas, 2-17
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Someday, the ACC will figure out how to handle the Georgia Tech blocking schemes and the option attack, but Miami certainly didn't have a shot against it. The offensive line was fantastic, Josh Nesbitt was flawless, even when he was trying to make plays with his arm early on to loosen things up, and Jonathan Dwyer was special.  He showed speed and power on his 10 carries, but he tweaked his knee and missed most of the second half. While Tech might be on tip of the Coastal standings, they need a lot of help with five teams still within range. This has been a great season, and now it can be special with a win over Georgia.

Nov. 8
North Carolina 28 … Georgia Tech 7
North Carolina got run over by the Yellow Jacket offense, but fumbles turned into points as Ryan Houston ran for two short scores in the fourth quarter and Zack Pianalton caught an eight-yard touchdown pass on the way to a 21-0 lead. Georgia Tech started to make things interesting late on a 85-yard Jonathan Dwyer touchdown run, but Hakeem Nicks put the game away on a 31-yard touchdown catch. In all, Georgia Tech ran for 326 yards but turned the ball over three times.
Player of the game: North Carolina LB Mark Paschal made 10 tackles and recovered a fumble
Stat Leaders: Georgia Tech - Passing: Josh Nesbitt, 10-22, 97 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Jonathan Dwyer, 22-157, 1 TD. Receiving: Demaryius Thomas, 4-35
North Carolina - Passing: Cameron Sexton, 7-16, 100 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Shaun Draughn, 17-90. Receiving: Hakeem Nicks, 3-72, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The running game still works. Tech was able to move the ball without too much of a problem on North Carolina’s athletic defense, but ball protection was a problem. The Yellow Jackets aren’t going to beat the better teams if there are problems in the turnover margin, and they’re not going to win many games after getting down 21-0. The defense did a nice job under the circumstances, but it was put in a bad spot time and again. There’s a week off to rest up before facing Miami, which is a must-win for the ACC bowl pecking order, and it could be a must to avoid a bad losing streak considering the regular season ends at Georgia.

Nov. 1
Georgia Tech 31 … Florida State 28
Florida State appeared to be going in for the game winning score with under a minute to play, but RB Marcus Sims got popped and he lost the ball. Georgia Tech recovered to hang on to break a 12-game losing streak to the Noles. Jonathan Dwyer helped Tech take a 24-10 lead with a 36-yard second quarter touchdown dash, and he came up with what turned out to be the game-winning score on the opening drive of the second half with a 66-yard touchdown dash. But the offense would struggle from then on. Florida State hung around with a three-yard Christian Ponder touchdown run to start the scoring and a four-yard pass to Seddrick Holloway in the second, but it was D’Vontrey Richardson who sparked the comeback late with a  39-yard touchdown pass to Preston Parker. Tech finished 343 yards of total offense with 288 coming on the ground.
Player of the game: Georgia Tech RB Jonathan Dwyer ran 13 times for 145 yards and two touchdowns.
Stat Leaders: Florida State - Passing: Christian Ponder, 16-27, 140 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Jermaine Thomas, 9-130. Receiving: Preston Parker, 5-77, 1 TD
Georgia Tech - Passing: Josh Nesbitt, 4-5, 55 yds
Rushing: Jonathan Dwyer, 13-145, 2 TD. Receiving: Demaryius Thomas, 2-21
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... It’s not luck if it keeps happening. Georgia Tech is winning games by the skin of its teeth, but whether it’s Gardner-Webb or Clemson or Florida State, the wins are coming. At times, the offense isn’t even pretending to have a passing game, and why would it with Jonathan Dwyer and the ground game working so well, but the attack tends to struggle for stretches against athletic defense like FSU’s. That could be a problem with North Carolina coming up next and Miami to follow. Defensively, considering all the NFL talent on the front line, there needs to be more production against the run.

Oct. 25
Virginia 24 … Georgia Tech 17
Virginia broke a late tie with a big Cedric Peerman run leading to a three-yard touchdown with just over three minutes to play, and defense was able to hold on. The Yellow Jacket offense was held to 259 yards, but it managed to use three Virginia Tech turnovers to get short touchdown runs from Josh Nesbitt and Jonathan Dwyer to go along with a 39-yard Scott Blair field goal to tie it in the fourth. Marc Verica gave Virginia the lead with touchdown passes from 14 yards out to Kevin Ogletree and 34 yard out to Maurice Covington, but the offense stalled until the late game-winning drive. Virginia held on to the ball for 34:18.
Player of the game: Virginia RB Cedric Peerman ran 25 times for 118 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 31 yards
Stat Leaders: Georgia Tech - Passing: Josh Nesbitt, 7-15, 103 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Roddy Jones, 11-75. Receiving: Demaryius Thomas, 5-88
Virginia - Passing: Marc Verica, 29-39, 270 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Cedric Peerman, 25-118, 1 TD. Receiving: Maurice Covington, 5-76, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Every game Georgia Tech plays is going to be interesting. It’ll be close either way with the way the offense plays, and while the team is good enough to be on the right side more often than not, it’s still a young team that’ll make the type of mistakes that’ll lose a few games now and then. Three turnovers, not enough offense, and the lack of a key defensive stop late ended up giving Virginia the win, but wins over Florida State and North Carolina over the next two weeks can turn things around. Or else losses would mean a lousy bowl destination.

Oct. 18
Georgia Tech 21 … Clemson 17
Demaryius Thomas made up for an earlier whiff, when he short-armed a deep pass that would’ve been for a touchdown, by catching a 24-yard touchdown pass with 5:22 to play, and the Georgia Tech defense did the rest. Clemson turned it over six times with an early interception taken 34 yards for a touchdown from Dominique Reese. The Tiger offense sputtered, but it finally woke up in the third quarter when Cullen Harper, in for an injured Willy Korn, hit Aaron Kelly on touchdown passes from 32 and 31 yards out. Georgia Tech ran for 207 yards to Clemson’s 51.
Player of the game: Georgia Tech RB Jonathan Dwyer ran 21 times for 109 yards
Stat Leaders: Clemson - Passing: Cullen Harper, 15-24, 170 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: James Davis, 8-26 & Jamie Harper, 10-26. Receiving: Aaron Kelly, 7-122, 2 TD 
Georgia Tech - Passing: Josh Nesbitt, 5-12, 91 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Jonathan Dwyer, 21-109. Receiving: Demaryius Thomas, 4-56, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... It might not have been pretty throughout, and the circumstances might have been a bit strange, but Georgia Tech won at Clemson. That’s not bad no matter what. The running game is doing just enough to get by thanks to the continued excellence of Jonathan Dwyer, and while Josh Nesbitt ran it well, he has to be more efficient throwing it. It would help if there was another option other than Demaryius Thomas.

Oct. 11
Georgia Tech 10 … Gardner-Webb 7
Georgia Tech’s Derrick Morgan got a hand on a last-second 43-yard field goal attempt to survive a plucky effort for Gardner-Webb. The running game went nowhere, gaining just 79 yards, but Calvin Booker was able to combine with Jonathan Dwyer for a 79-yard touchdown in the second quarter and Scott Blair hit a 29-yard field goal. GW made it interesting on an eight-yard Brandon Jackson touchdown run in the third. The Yellow Jackets were outgained 227 yards to 199.
Player of the game: Georgia Tech DE Michael Johnson made 10 tackles, a sack, and three tackles for loss
Stat Leaders: Gardner-Webb - Passing: Devin Campbell, 10-16, 116 yds
Rushing: Phillip Peoples, 17-53. Receiving: Dobson Collins, 7-97
Georgia Tech - Passing: Calvin Booker, 3-11, 120 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Calvin Booker, 19-35. Receiving: Demaryius Thomas, 2-41
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Uh oh. With Josh Nesbitt out with a hamstring problem and Jaybo Shaw sitting because of a concussion, the Georgia Tech offense went nowhere with Calvin Booker at the helm. The running game was miserable, Booker completed just 3-of-11 passes, and the offense gained just nine first downs in the near-miss win over Gardner-Webb. Call it a letdown game with a trip to Clemson ahead, but the offense needs to get Shaw or Nesbitt back to have a chance. The defense can’t be expected to carry the day again.

Oct. 4
Georgia Tech 27 ... Duke 0
Georgia Tech QB Jaybo Shaw completed nine passes, all to Demaryius Thomas, and the defense held Duke to 132 yards in a dominant win. Roddy Jones and Shaw each ran for short scores and Thomas scored on an 88-yard pass play. Scott Blair added two field goals. Duke never got close to scoring, but the defense held tough until the fourth quarter. Tech held on to the ball for 38:46.
Player of the game: Georgia Tech WR Demaryius Thomas caught nine passes for 230 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Duke
- Passing: Thaddeus Lewis, 15-28, 97 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Clifford Harris, 5-22. Receiving: Eron Riley, 5-20
Georgia Tech
- Passing: Jaybo Shaw, 9-14, 230 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Jonathan Dwyer, 23-159. Receiving: Demaryius Thomas,
9-230, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... It's never a positive to be totally reliant on one or two players, but Georgia Tech is getting by with Jonathan Dwyer running it and Demaryius Thomas catching it. The defense was more than just rock-solid against Duke; it didn't allow the Blue Devils to do a thing. The offense wasn't always clicking in the first half, but it kicked in when it mattered in the second half and didn't make any big mistakes, losing just one fumble. With Gardner-Webb up next, the offense gets another shot to work on the timing before dealing with Clemson. If the defense plays like it did against Duke, it'll be a big win for the Yellow Jackets.

Sept. 20
Georgia Tech 38 ... Mississippi State 7
Georgia Tech ripped off 438 rushing yards with Jonathan Dwyer tearing off an 88-yard touchdown dash, Jaybo Shaw added a 25-yarder and Greg Smith ran for a 45-yard score on the way to a 38-0 lead taken midway into the fourth quarter. Mississippi State was done in by four turnovers, no running game, and missed tackles as the defense never figured out the Yellow Jacket option. The Bulldog points came on a six-yard Robert Elliott run in with just over eight minutes to play.
Player of the game: Georgia Tech RB Jonathan Dwyer ran nine times for 141 yards and a touchdown, catching a pass for 20 yards.
Stat Leaders: Mississippi State
- Passing: Tyson Lee, 17-27, 179 yds
Rushing: Anthony Dixon, 13-94. Receiving: Brandon McRae, 10-102
Georgia Tech
- Passing: Jaybo Shaw, 3-7, 43 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Jonathan Dwyer, 9-141, 1 TD. Receiving: Demaryius Thomas, 2-23, 1 TD

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Mississippi State has an aggressive, solid run defense that stuffed Auburn the week before, but it wasn't even close to figuring out what Georgia Tech was trying to do. With Josh Nesbitt getting hurt early on with a hamstring injury, the offense became even more reliant on running the ball with no threat of a passing game whatsoever. Whatever. Tech only completed 4-of-9 passes for 69 yards, but it didn't matter as the running game was averaging 8.1 yards per carry.

Sept. 13
Virginia Tech 20 … Georgia Tech 17
Virginia Tech was helped by two big penalties to keep a late drive going leading to the game-winning 21-yard Dustin Keys field goal. The two teams traded shots with Josh Nesbitt running for an 18-yard score and hitting Roddy Jones for a 41-yard touchdown to keep the Yellow Jackets alive, but three turnovers and eight penalties proved costly. Virginia Tech answered with an eight-yard Darren Evans touchdown run in the second quarter and a two-yard Tyrod Taylor run with ten seconds left in the first half. Georgia Tech only threw for 109 yards, but Virginia Tech only came up with 48.
Player of the game:
Virginia Tech LB Brett Warren made 11 tackles with a tackle for loss and a forced fumble.
Stat Leaders: Georgia Tech
- Passing: Josh Nesbitt, 5-8, 109 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Josh Nesbitt, 28-151, 1 TD. Receiving: Zach Fisher, 2-37
Virginia Tech - Passing: Tyrod Taylor, 9-14, 48 yds
Rushing: Darren Evans, 19-94, 1 TD. Receiving: Dyrell Roberts, 2-18

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The Virginia Tech loss was a game the Yellow Jackets will eventually win with a bit more experienced. The Yellow Jackets turned the ball over, the Hokies didn’t. The Yellow Jackets committed the key penalties, the Hokies didn’t. The defense was fantastic, especially in the second half, and that’ll keep the team in most games. Get used to the close battles. There will be plenty more where this one came from.

Aug. 28
Georgia Tech 41 ... Jacksonville State 14
The new Georgia Tech "perfect option" offense worked for at least one night running for 349 yards with five touchdown runs including two from Jonathan Dwyer and two from QB Josh Nesbitt. The Yellow Jackets took a 27-0 first half lead on a 29-yard Dwyer dash and put things well out of reach with a 49-yard Roddy Jones scoring run in the third quarter. JSU QB Ryan Perrilloux threw two second half touchdown passes to Ryan Dupree, but the second one game with just 37 seconds remaining.
Player of the game: Georgia Tech RB Jonathan Dwyer ran 11 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and caught a pass for five yards.
Stat Leaders: Jacksonville State- Passing: Ryan Perrilloux, 22-37, 136 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Ryan Perrilloux, 18-67. Receiving: Maurice Dupree, 9-39, 2 TD
Georgia Tech - Passing: Josh Nesbitt, 5-12, 87 yds
Rushing: Jonathan Dwyer, 11-112, 2 TD. Receiving: Roddy Jones, 2-50
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The Georgia Tech attack had to be effective from day one. If it couldn't work against Jacksonville State, how was it supposed to work against Boston College or Virginia Tech over the next two games? As expected, the lines dominated, and the running game, especially Jonathan Dwyer, was tremendous, but the passing game wasn't anything special. Josh Nesbitt doesn't have to be a bomber, but he has to get his completion percentage up after completing just five of 12 passes for 87 yards.

2008 Recruiting Class

Star of the Class

Omoregie Uzzi OL 6-4 298 Chamblee, GA
A highly-touted recruit who excelled on both the offensive and defensive lines in high school... has good size... moves well laterally and plays with great effort... the ninth-rated offensive guard prospect nationally according to Scout.com... a first team all-state selection in 2007... also named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's All-Citywide Team... a 2007 U.S. Army All-American... chosen to play in the first Dekalb County Senior All-Star Game... named most outstanding lineman at Chamblee High School... helped lead Chamblee to a 12-2 record in 2007 - the most wins in school history... Chamblee advanced to the state semifinals and earned a final state ranking of No. 3... was instrumental in Chamblee rushing for 4,267 yards (7.5 yards per carry) and 60 touchdowns in 2007... as a junior in 2006, Uzzi recorded 70 tackles and two sacks... selected Georgia Tech over Alabama, Virginia, Georgia and others

Potential Instant Impact Players

Nick McRae C 6-4 289 Dublin, GA
A highly-touted center prospect with good size... Class 2A all-state honorable mention... also played on Dublin's 2006 state championship basketball team... in the fall of 2006 he led Dublin HS to a state title in football...ranked by Superprep as Georgia's No. 45 prospect... earned four varsity letters in football under coach Roger Holmes... played center, defensive tackle and defensive end... served one year as team captain... also played two years of basketball at the center position... chose Georgia Tech over Maryland, Mississippi, NC State and others.... McRae said: "I like Coach Johnson. He seems like a good person and a good coach."...

Jaybo Shaw QB 6-0 176 Flowery Branch, GA
A dual-threat quarterback who could fit nicely into Georgia Tech's offensive scheme... utilizes his athleticism to avoid the rush and buy more time in the pocket... good at improvising when play breaks down... throws well on the run... does a good job of reading the end on the option... fundamentally sound son of a football coach... as a junior he threw for 2,700 yards and 28 touchdowns... rushed for 1,500 yards and 21 TDs as a junior... set just about every school quarterback-related record at Flowery Branch... finished his career with 9,340 yards and 127 touchdowns... named to the North squad in the GACA North-South All-Star Game... selected to the Gainesville Times 2007 all-county first team... ranked as the nation's 10th-best dual-threat quarterback prospect nationally... among Rivals' top 50 prospects in the state of Georgia... ranked as Georgia's No. 58 prospect by Superprep... ranked the No. 56 prospect nationally at quarterback by Scout.com... led Flowery Branch to consecutive sub-region championships and state playoff appearances... played four years of football under coach Lee Shaw... served two years as team captain... also played basketball for three years, ran track two years and played one year of tennis... chose Georgia Tech over Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and others... Shaw said: "I like Coach Johnson because he's a straight shooter and he's been successful everywhere he's been. He's a winner.".. born October 27, 1989 in Gainesville, Ga... given name is Jaybo Lee Shaw... has two younger siblings - Connor and Anna Kate... father, Lee, played football at Western Carolina... mother, Dawn, played basketball at North Georgia

Rest of the Class

T.J.  Barnes OL 6-5 320 Enterprise, AL
Brandon Leslie DB 5-11 194 Fresno, CA
Jon Lockhart DB 6-0 175 Blountstown, FL
B.J. Machen LB 6-0 221 Hilliard, OH
Daniel McKayhan WR 6-0 180 Lithonia, GA
Malcolm Munroe LB 6-3 195 Miami, FL
Embry Peeples RB 5-8 165 Orlando, FL
Rashaad Reid DB 5-10 169 St. Augustine, FL
Kamaron Riley WR 6-2 190 Hawkinsville, GA
Quentin Sims WR 6-3 170 Cincinnati, OH
Phil Smith OL 6-5 270 Tampa, FL
Steven Sylvester LB 6-2 211 McDonough, GA
Cooper Taylor ATH 6-3 175 Atlanta, GA
Tevin Washington ATH 6-1 205 Wetumpka, AL
Richard Watson RB 6-0 227 Tallahassee, FL
Antonio Wilson DE 6-6 220 Decatur, GA
Marcus Wright RB 5-6 163 San Antonio, TX

2007 Recap

Recap:
The Yellow Jackets’ 11th consecutive bowl invitation, a loss in the Humanitarian Bowl, was overshadowed by a 1-6 record versus other bowl-eligible programs and a seventh straight season of at least five losses.  The rampant mediocrity and inability to solve rival Georgia marked the end of the Chan Gailey era in Atlanta after six uninspired seasons.  Tech made a brief cameo in the Top 25 with routs of Notre Dame and Samford, but struggled all year with an offense that had no passing game to complement RB Tashard Choice.

Offensive Player of the Year:
RB Tashard Choice

Defensive Player of the Year: LB Philip Wheeler

Biggest Surprise: Of course, it became less impressive as the season progressed, but when Tech wrecked Notre Dame, 33-3, on opening night, it raised more than a few eyebrows.  The Yellow Jackets handed the Irish its worst season-opening loss, forcing three fumbles and getting 196 yards and two touchdowns from Choice.

Biggest Disappointment: QB Taylor Bennett.  Bennett’s performance in last year’s Gator Bowl ended up looking like a giant tease.  The junior was erratic all season, managing just seven touchdown passes on 327 pass attempts, production that made some Tech fans pine for the days of Reggie Ball.

Looking Ahead: Tech’s quest to get to the next level has prompted the program to hire Paul Johnson, who was wildly successful in stints with Georgia Southern and Navy.  Expect plenty of roster upheaval from a coach that has leaned heavily in the past on an option offense. 

 

 


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