Georgia Tech has fifth-best offensive line in ACC

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

Georiga Tech has the fifth-best offensive line in the ACC, according to a ranking on Facebook by ESPN’s David M. Hale.

The Tech offensive line — part of the Yellow Jackets’ triple-option offense — followed Boston College, Wake Forest, Clemson and NC State, respectively, on Hale’s list that was based on stats on returning starts courtesy of Phil Steele.

“We know, it's all about the system, right?” Hale wrote. “Sure, that's partially true. But last year, Georgia Tech effectively turned over its entire backfield, and yet the offense didn't miss a beat. That's a credit to Parker Braun and Co., who certainly benefit from a system geared toward success, but manage to execute that system well week in and week out.”

Below are Hale’s full rankings of the ACC’s best offensive lines:

  1. Boston College
  2. Wake Forest
  3. Clemson
  4. NC State
  5. Georgia Tech
  6. Maimi
  7. Syracuse
  8. Pitt
  9. Virginia Tech
  10. Duke
  11. Louisville
  12. North Carolina
  13. Florida State
  14. Virginia

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