Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech: Quarterbacks Will Decide Crucial ACC Matchup
Monday's game featuring Georgia Tech taking on Virginia Tech will feature two of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the ACC.
These two dual-threat quarterbacks should guarantee plenty of offense, even with Virginia Tech's dynamic defense. Whichever quarterback carries his team most effectively should prevail on Monday night.
Despite running for three touchdowns, Tevin Washington never really got rolling against Virginia Tech last year. His 3.2 yards per carry and 97 passing yards were both on the lower end of what he was capable of last season.
This season, Washington looks to take control of the offense and get Georgia Tech off to a fast start in the ACC. A win over Virginia Tech would go a long way in getting Georgia Tech to the ACC Championship game.
What makes Washington special is his ability as a dual-threat quarterback. Washington is one of the premiere running quarterbacks in the country, and is capable of dominating performances on the ground. Last season, Washington had four 100-yard games, with his marquee performance being a 176-yard outing to help beat Clemson.
Against the Hokies this season, Washington will look to capitalize on the Hokies' new starters at safety. With two new starters there, the Hokies might be susceptible to deep passes.
If Washington can run effectively and set up the play-action pass, there should be opportunities for him to make big plays through the air. Capitalizing on these opportunities might just decide the game for Georgia Tech and the senior quarterback.
Last season, Logan Thomas attempted only 13 passes against Georgia Tech, as his rushing performance was enough to keep the Hokies offense humming.
Of course, Thomas turned those 13 attempts into 209 yards and three touchdowns in what was his most efficient passing performance of the year, so he will have quite a performance to live up to in 2012.
With a new running back and a few new receivers, Thomas will be asked to carry the offense even more this season, especially early in the year.
That means we should see more passing attempts from Thomas as the junior quarterback looks to carry the offense.
Expect Thomas to try to connect on a few deep passes, as he found success with some bombs last season against the Georgia Tech defense. Thomas can't be expected to carry the offense on the ground again, so his ability to connect on these passes will decide the game for Virginia Tech.
These two dynamic quarterbacks should guarantee this is an exciting game to watch. While Thomas has more hype around him, Washington is the more dynamic athlete.
Ultimately, Thomas has the easier task in dealing with the Georgia Tech defense. Expect a strong passing performance from Thomas en route to a close victory.
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