What the ACC thinks of Georgia Tech, part 3

Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall rushed for 1,146 yards and passed for 927 in 2017, accounting for 27 touchdowns. Tech B-back KirVonte Benson rushed for 1,053 yards in 2017, averaging 5.2 yards per rush. Tech A-back Qua Searcy had 40 touches on offense in 2017, gaining 347 yards (8.7 yards per play). Tech A-back Clinton Lynch had 31 touches on offense in 2017, gaining 252 yards (8.1 yards per play). Tech A-back Nathan Cottrell averaged 8.2 yards per rush in 2017, gaining 271 yards. Tech B-back Jer

What Georgia Tech players stand out to their brethren in the ACC Coastal Division?

Queried at the ACC Kickoff last week in Charlotte, N.C., they answered. Popular answers: Quarterback TaQuon Marshall, former guard Shamire Devine and former defensive backs Lance and Lawrence Austin.

Part 1: The first thing they think of when they think of Georgia Tech

“TaQuon Marshall. I think it was No. 71 (Shamire Devine). That was, like, the biggest lineman I’ve ever seen. Marshall, he was a fast dude. Quick.”

Olamide Zaccheaus, Virginia running back

“The twins. (Lance and Lawrence Austin)”

“Just the way they played, they stood out on film. You have to take notice of that.”

Daniel Jones, Duke quarterback

“They had the twins, right? The Austin twins. They’re good players. I think they’re all very talented over there, and a very capable defense.”

Joe Giles-Harris, Duke linebacker

“Their backs – always phenomenal. And I was lucky enough, I played high-school football with (former wide receiver) Ricky Jeune. I went to high school with Ricky. Phenomenal player, and he was a difference maker out there. I think he had, like, 65 percent of their catches or something like that. (Actually, 58 percent) He was a phenomenal player that you had to be worried about on the outside. Once you started biting on the run, he was running away.”

Aaron Crawford, North Carolina defensive tackle

“I think Devine is his last name. Big dude. Real big dude.”

Jaquan Johnson, Miami safety

“Definitely the quarterback (Marshall). He definitely is a general. He facilitates the ball well, he makes good decisions. That quarterback, TaQuon Marshall, he’s going to be one of the best guys we go up against.”

Alex Bookser, Pittsburgh offensive tackle

“What stuck out is that, no matter who was in, (it didn’t change). That’s the thing with Tech. No matter who is in there at the time, it’s that same kind of prototype. This is who our defense is, this is who our offense is, and they’ve got guys who fit that mold. They’re tough. Any of their guys.”

Oluwaseun Idowu, Pittsburgh linebacker

“Marshall. I think he’s here (at ACC Kickoff). Really great quarterback, really talented guy.”

“Just runs the offense really well. He’ll fake you out, last-second type stuff. Like, he plays basketball while playing football. It’s really fun to watch him play at the same time frustrating when he does stuff well. Really tough kid.”

Ricky Walker, Virginia Tech defensive tackle

“Marshall. The B-back, big (KirVonte) Benson. The left guard was pretty good, 75 (Parker Braun).”

> On Braun:

“He’s perfect for that offense, perfect size, not too big, not too little. Each play he does his job. I think he definitely helps that team and that offense go. He’s pretty good.”

Georgia Tech linebacker Victor Alexander led the Yellow Jackets in tackles in 2017, with 60, and had two sacks. Tech linebacker Brant Mitchell recorded 51 total tackles in 2017, the second most among players returning for 2018. Tech linebacker Bruce Jordan-Swilling recorded 34 tackles as a freshman in 2017. Tech defensive end Anree Saint-Amour ranked second in sacks (2.5) and tackles for loss (5.5) in 2017. Tech defensive lineman Desmond Branch produced 3.5 tackles for loss in 2017, the third most on the

Georgia Tech football coach Paul Johnson was born Aug. 20, 1957, in Newland, North Carolina. Johnson was hired and introduced Dec. 7, 2007 as Tech's 12th football coach, beginning with John Heisman in 1904. Tech defeated Jacksonville State 41-14 on Aug. 28, 2008, in Johnson's debut as Yellow Jackets coach. Johnson's Georgia Southern teams won Division I-AA (now FCS) national championships in 1999 and 2000. Johnson coached six seasons at Navy and was 43-19 over the final five, after a 2-10 first season. Jo

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