Preview: Georgia Tech (offense)


Posted Sep 20, 2012


The Hurricanes are set to take on Georgia Tech this Saturday so lets take a closer look at their offense.

Quarterback:
Players: Tevin Washington (6-0/205/Sr) 123-246 career passing for 2,472 yards, 16 TDs, and 12 INTs; 404 rushes for 1,794 yards and 22 TD's
Strengths: Washington runs the triple option offense about as well as anyone in college football. He has a lot of experience running the offense and also has the arm to make some things happen down the field when defenses sell out to stop the run.
Weaknesses: He's not the biggest kid playing quarterback. It's not like trying to defend Collin Klein at Kansas State a few weeks ago. Washington is a solid quarterback for this offense but isn't a threat to pick apart an opposing secondary if his team gets way behind.

Running Backs:
Players: Orwin Smith (6-0/205/Sr) 130 carries for 1,295 yards and 16 touchdowns; 32 catches for 589 yards and one TD ... Zach Laskey (6-1/210/So) 28=187-1; 1-70-1; 11 punt returns for 94 yards
Strengths: They're both big backs who can pound the ball between the tackles and break a lot of tackles. They tend to get better as the game wears on. Smith is also a very talented pass catcher and Laskey a punt return threat.
Weaknesses: They don't have top notch speed on the perimeter. They won't outrun too many defenses for big gains. Laskey is only a sophomore and doesn't have a whole lot of game experience.

Wide Receivers:
Players: Jeff Greene (6-4/210/So) 5-107-1 ... Darren Walker (6-5/230/So)
Strengths: They're the biggest combination of receivers in the entire conference. They're used primarily as blockers and they do a tremendous job of using their size and strength to really aid in the running game. Greene has the ability to get down field and make a lot of plays in the passing game.
Weaknesses: They're both inexperienced. The two primary guys, listed above, have caught a total of five catches in their careers. They don't have game breaking speed outside either.

Offensive Line:
Players: LT Ray Beno (6-2/290/Jr) ... LG Shaq Mason (6-3/305/So) ... C Jay Finch (6-3/285/Jr) ... RG Omoregie Uzzi (6-3/310) ... RT Will Jackson (6-3/290/Jr)
Strengths: They're an outstanding group in terms of run blocking. They're big, strong, physical, and they can get out and move. Uzzi is one of the nation's premier prospects at his position and is considered a potential first round pick next April. He's the headliner.
Weaknesses: They lack ideal height and experience as pass blockers. Like most triple option offensive linemen, they aren't designed to pass block much so they may struggle if the defense can put its ears back and come -- likely only happening if they fall down by a lot.



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