For the first time since 1982, the Tulane Green Wave and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will face each other on the gridiron as Tulane opens a new era at Yulman Stadium. The Yellow Jackets, who beat FCS member Wofford on Saturday 38-19, enter this game in New Orleans as 10-point favorites against Tulane, who fell short in their first game as members of the American to Tulsa 38-31 in double overtime.
Recently, I had a chance to talk with my longtime friend Adam Brand about this year's Yellow Jackets squad and year seven of the Paul Johnson era in Atlanta.
1. What should the offense look like for the Yellow Jackets in 2014?
The main thing to expect this year on offense is a return to Paul Johnson basics. After dabbling with various shotgun/pistol/diamond formations last year, expect the offense to be back under center in Johnson's traditional flex look.
Justin Thomas is the fastest player Johnson has had at QB in his time at Tech, and Thomas seems to have the right instincts for running the system. Passing efficiency should see an uptick as well, due to Thomas' quick release and a talented WR group led by DeAndre Smelter. The rushing attack should get back to form after last year's stumble, and Thomas and a senior laden group at A Back should break some big plays.
2. Who are some of the impact freshmen for this year's Yellow Jackets squad?