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Opponent Preview - Wofford

Discussion in 'Georgia Tech Football' started by Eric, Jul 4, 2014.

  1. Eric

    Eric Retired Co-Founder Staff Member

    With the season just around the corner figured it would be a good idea to get some info on our upcoming opponent next year.

    1st up - Wofford

    2013 Record -
    Wins - Citadel (21-10), Georgia Southern (30-20), Presbyterian (55-14), Elon (31-27), Western Carolina (21-17)
    Losses - Baylor (69-3), Gardner Webb (3-0), Samford (34-27), Chattanooga (20-10), App St (33-21), Furman (27-14)

    2013 Stats

    Points Per Game - 21.18
    Opponents Points Per Game - 24.91

    Rushing Yards Per Game - 269.9
    Opponents Rushing Yards Per Game - 173.2

    Average Yard Per Carry - 4.6
    Opponents Yard Per Carry - 4.1

    Passing Yards Per Game - 85.36
    Opponents Average Passing Yards Per game - 220

    Total Offense Per Game - 355.3
    Opponents Total Offense Per Game - 393.2

    A few other stat notes....Wofford had 22 fumbles and lost 14....Averaged possession time of 28:54 a game...went for it on fourth down 35 times and converting 18.

    Donovan Johnson was the teams leader rusher even though he played in only 9 games...he graduated.

    Will Gay is the leading returning rusher with 498 yards on 70 carries.

    QB Michael Weimer and James Lawson split time at QB..

    According to the media depth chart released before the season last year...

    Wofford offense loses starting - LG, C, TE, WR and FB.
    Woffrd defense loses starting - ILB, OLB, SS, FS and CB.

    They also loses punter, place kicker, long snapper and kickoff.

    Couldn't really find a ton of information on Wofford but this is a start.
  2. TampaGT

    TampaGT Helluva Engineer

    Do you think that some the new starters will play a little longer than usually no matter of the score to get more game exp?
  3. Eric

    Eric Retired Co-Founder Staff Member

    I don't.
  4. iceeater1969

    iceeater1969 Helluva Engineer

    if we don't let reserves play heavy minutes in the first 3 games we will not be successful in the last part of season and that failure leading into 2015 will be a tough pill to swallow after 6 years coach. I think he will go for broke with idea of winning big in 2015.
  5. swampsting

    swampsting Helluva Engineer

    Ayers is widely regarded as a good coach - and his name was getting thrown around a little when the Southern job came open - but Wofford lost to a bad App team last year. This one will not be close.
  6. jwsavhGT

    jwsavhGT Moderator Staff Member

    I can never be accused of being the "negative Nellie" type but a team that looks like it will be a pushover always worries me. Plus we will be short 2 veteran players.
    That being said, I will be there standing & yelling "Go Jackets - Sting ' em".
  7. forensicbuzz

    forensicbuzz Helluva Engineer

    This will not be the team to worry about in that regard. Our Scout Team would handle Wofford.
  8. Stonewall

    Stonewall Ramblin' Wreck

    they run the triple option from the gun.
  9. gtg936g

    gtg936g Helluva Engineer

    Ga Southern is the first team that worries me.
  10. forensicbuzz

    forensicbuzz Helluva Engineer

    We will handle Georgia Southern without pause. It just won't be close.

    (Opinion stated as fact. Like how I did that? Kinda shuts down any conversation, doesn't it.)
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  11. awbuzz

    awbuzz Helluva Engineer

    If our starters play more than a quarter and a half hour or so I'll be disappointed.
  12. swampsting

    swampsting Helluva Engineer

    My biggest worry is there may not be much of a crowd. Late August, early kickoff time means it's going to be scalding at HGF/BDS.
  13. awbuzz

    awbuzz Helluva Engineer

    I was going to post something similar yesterday but didn't want to come across as negative.

    I'll be pleasantly surprised if there are 20K-25K in the stands with 2 minutes left in the game.
  14. techdad

    techdad Ramblin' Wreck

    Never underestimate these SOCON teams. I played at Furman when we beat USC and the next year FU came down and beat GT. Wofford has been looking forward to this game since November. Coach Ayers at Wofford is a great motivator and coach and will have the Terriers fired up for this game. GT will win and I hope we put up 80 points, but don't be surprised if it is a fight.
  15. dressedcheeseside

    dressedcheeseside Helluva Engineer

    Playing tune up games has two objectives: 1) get the starters reps to polish and gain familiarity, continuity and timing. 2) get the backups plenty of reps for experience. You can't sacrifice #1 in favor of #2. Really 3 if you count figuring out position battles that were too close to call in camp. If coach really uses #3 to his advantage, he'll say all positions are still up for grabs. That way nobody slacks off in these games and you have less chance for a trap game scenario happening.
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  16. TheTaxJacket

    TheTaxJacket Helluva Engineer

    LOL, this game will not be close. Small crowd, new players, whatever the worry.
  17. CuseJacket

    CuseJacket Administrator Staff Member

    • For one more week, Wofford football fans will be able to score a free ticket to the Terriers season opener at Georgia Tech in the 2014 season ticket package.
    • A strong contingent of Terrier faithful are expected, including a large percentage of the Wofford freshman class, who are being bused to the game as part of Orientation.
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  18. Ramblin Wrecker

    Ramblin Wrecker Ramblin' Wreck

    They run a triple option and couldn't score on Gardner Webb?
  19. swampsting

    swampsting Helluva Engineer

    A large percentage of the Wofford freshman class=25 people. Very small school, maybe the smallest playing Division I football, IIRC. Their contingent may look bigger only because of the number of Tech fans who will stay home not wanting to battle
    a) the heat
    b) the Dome traffic
    c) the heat.
    Ayers is a good coach but ... yeah, this ain't gonna be close.
  20. GTNavyNuke

    GTNavyNuke Helluva Engineer Featured Member

    Much bigger, much stronger, much faster will easily win. These games border on abuse when you watch the individual physical mismatches on the lines.

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