For all you passionate fans, you big-time stats guys, you BTSG's. Here are some notes, nuggets and tidbits of all things College Football. Impress your friends, it's time to kickoff!
Sophomore running back Duke Johnson was a major threat last season as a kick returner and as a running back and was named ACC Freshman of the Year. Johnson had 947 rushing yards last season. Only eight times in the history of the “U” has a player run for over 1,000 yards (only one player has done it twice, Edgerrin James.) Last season Johnson had 135 rushing yards in Game 1 against Boston College. He then went seven-straight without going over the century mark. He finished the season reaching triple digits in three of the last four games.
Here is how the Hurricane’s first two 2013 opponents were ranked in the FBS (120 teams) against the run last season in terms of rush yards per game allowed.
Florida Atlantic: 201.7 rush yards/game allowed - 101st
Florida: 94.5 rush yards/game allowed - 4th
One thing you can say about Georgia Tech’s defense is they have a lot of play makers coming back. Last season, the Yellow Jackets’ top six defenders in terms of tackles return for this season. The top five of those players had over 75 tackles. If you run down the ACC you can see that the Ramblin’ Wreck has the most leading tacklers returning. Here is a list of the ACC teams with the most top 10 tacklers from last season and how many also they return in top five.
Georgia Tech 8 of top 10 5 of top 5
Boston College 8 of top 10 4 of top 5
Duke 8 of top 10 3 of top 5
Virginia Tech 7 of top 10 4 of top 5
Miami 7 of top 10 3 of top 5
Senior quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for 3,896 pass yards last season. If you break it down by yards thrown you would see he had great success against the majority of the conference.
ACC games with 1-199 pass yards 1 (Virginia Tech)
ACC games with 200-299 pass yards 2 (Maryland and Florida State)
ACC games with 300-399 pass yards 3 (Georgia Tech, Boston College, Duke)
ACC games with 400-499 pass yards 2 (Wake Forest and North Carolina State)
Virginia Tech returns to the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game to take on the two-time defending champions Alabama at the Georgia Dome. Senior quarterback Logan Thomas is climbing many of the Hokies all-time charts. One of them is most career touchdown rushes by a quarterback. Most people would think that Michael Vick is No. 1. Well they would be wrong, he is fourth.
Here is the top four:
Tyrod Taylor 23 rushing touchdowns
Bob Schweickert 21 rushing touchdowns
Logan Thomas 20 rushing touchdowns
Michael Vick 16 rushing touchdowns
In case you are wondering, Alabama has allowed 19 rushing touchdowns in the last three seasons combined (40 games.) These two teams met in the 2009 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic and in that game, Virginia Tech had two rushing touchdowns, but zero by quarterback Tyrod Taylor.