Looking ahead to Clemson's 2018 opponents: Georgia Tech

Looking ahead to Clemson's 2018 opponents: Georgia Tech

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Looking ahead to Clemson's 2018 opponents: Georgia Tech

Clemson plays eight bowl teams who finished with winning records in 2017 according to the 2018 football schedule. Though that list does not include Georgia Tech, going to Atlanta is never an easy task for the Tigers.

Clemson will play its fourth game of the season on Sept. 22 against Georgia Tech at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Here is a sneak peak at the 2018 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets:

Who: Georgia Tech – September 22, 2018 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Georgia. 

Last meeting: Clemson defeated Georgia Tech 24-10 last season at Clemson Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

Last season: Georgia Tech struggled with a 5-6 record, but it also played against the seventh-toughest schedule in the country. The Yellow Jackets failed to make a bowl game.

Coaching staff: Paul Johnson remains Georgia Tech’s head coach. In January, Johnson announced that defensive coordinator Shiel Wood will now coach the safeties and assist with special teams. Nate Woody is now the new defensive coordinator. Johnson also hired Jerome Riase as a defensive line coach after four seasons as defensive line coach at Wofford.

Returning: There are 17 players returning from the 2017 roster who started six games or more, including quarterback TaQuon Marshall, All-ACC guard Parker Braun and leading tackler Victor Alexander. 

Quarterback TaQuan Marshall will be returning with a season under his belt in the triple-option offense. Last season, he passed for 927 yards and 10 touchdowns, completing 37 percent of his passes. But he ran for a team high of 1,146 yards and 17 scores.

All-ACC B-back and 2017 leading rusher Kirvonte Benson and B-back Nathan Cottrell also return, both surpassing the 1,000-yard mark. Benson averaged 5.2 yards per carry last season. 

Additions: The Yellow Jackets signed 19 prospects during the early signing period and also received transfer offensive lineman Jack DeFoor from Old Miss.

On National Signing Day, Georgia Tech signed running back Christian Malloy and defensive lineman JaQuon Griffin.

Subtractions:  The Yellow Jackets will lose backup quarterback Matthew Jordan who gave up his final year of eligibility due to a foot injury. Backup quarterback Jay Jones who transferred. A-back J.J. Green, wide receiver Anthony Messick and wide receiver Ricky Jeune, who led the team in catches for the previous three seasons. They also lost nickel back Lawrence Ausin, cornerbacks Lance Austin and Step Durham and safety Corey Griffin.

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