The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Spring Game is scheduled to kick off on Friday, April 23 at 6 p.m. inside Bobby Dodd Stadium. Select Ramblin’ Wreck fans and students will be able to attend this year’s festivities after having last year’s game canceled during the pandemic. Spring games give a glimpse of the team before the Fall and Tech will have a lot to prove before the regular season. Head Coach Geoff Collins will be entering his third season with his Jackets finishing 11th in the ACC with a 3-7 overall record last year.
All eyes will be on rising sophomore running back Jahmyr Gibbs and quarterback Jeff Sims this season. Gibbs finished last year as a 2020 freshman all-American while Simms is a three-time ACC Rookie of the Week. Gibbs rushed for 460 yards and four touchdowns last season and tallied an additional 303 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Sims passed for 1,881 and 13 touchdowns with his longest being for 59 yards. Their standout performances resulted in Tech’s 2020 freshman unit being re-classified as the 8th best recruiting class by Bleacher Report.
With a young offense, Tech will have many areas to work on heading into September’s regular season kick-off. Sims started last year as a true freshman and showed a lot of potential with his arm strength and mobility. His accuracy still needs a lot of work as he threw 13 interceptions last season and finished for a 54.9% completion rate. Additionally, the Yellow Jackets committed 25 turnovers and were ranked second-worst in giveaways.
Lastly, Tech’s wide receiver room will be forced to step up as senior receiver Jalen Camp moves on. Junior receivers Malachi Carter and Adonicas Sanders combined for only 37 receptions and four touchdowns last season and will be called upon big this upcoming season. Also to note is receiver Kyric McGowan, a grad transfer from Northwestern University who can have an instant impact on the pass-catching group. He posted 773 yards on 66 receptions during his undergraduate career at Northwestern.
The Yellow Jackets will be tested this season as they are scheduled to face five teams that ended 2020 nationally ranked. The biggest noteworthy matchups as of right now include “Mayhem at MBS” and “Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate”. The Jackets will host the North Carolina Tar Heels on Sept. 25 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The team will close out its regular season against their in-state rival Georgia Bulldogs on No. 27 at Bobby Dodd Stadium.