Although Mills didn’t score either of the Jackets’ two rushing touchdowns against Pitt, Thomas doesn’t see Mills’ failure to get into the end zone on Saturday as a sign of weakness, but rather how the game shook out. Out of six possessions where the Jackets scored, one opportunity was inside the red zone on the Pitt 10-yard line. Mills rushed for 64 yards of Tech’s 119 total rushing yards in the Jackets’ 37-34 loss to the Panthers.
Mills isn’t the only Jacket that has room for improvement halfway through the season. A-back Clinton Lynch sees improvement needed in every area on Tech’s offense which averages 229.2 yards per game.
“We’ve had little glimpses of when everybody’s doing their job, the offense just works,” Lynch said. “Right now, not everybody’s perfect, not everybody’s going to do their job, but that’s what we aim for. We’re going to continue to improve and be better.”
Lynch, who scored the Jackets’ only offensive rushing touchdowns against Pitt, is averaging a team high of 13.1 yards per rush so far this season, accounting for 254 rushing yards and one touchdown.
In their last game with Georgia Southern, 348 yards of the Jackets 536 total yards came from rushing the ball, something Johnson knows the team must do well on Saturday against Georgia Southern’s physical defense which allows an average of 130.8 rushing yards per game.
“It’s pretty simple this week — you need to be able to run the ball and stop the run,” coach Paul Johnson said. “You’d like to win the turnover battle, which would be huge. For us, we need to be able to hit a couple of big plays in the passing game, off play action or whatever. If we do those things, then we’ll have a really good chance to win.”