Written by Garin Turner
Georgia Tech begins its 2023 college football season tomorrow in ACC action when they face Louisville at home AT 7:30 PM EST on ESPN. Georgia Tech looks to approve from a 5-7 finish last year. Georgia Tech head coach Brent Key enters his first full season in the position having finished 4-4.
The Yellow Jackets return 15 starters from 2022. They will have a new starting QB in Haynes King. King is a graduate transfer from Texas A&M. He played in 10 games last season including seven starts. He threw for 1,579 yards and 10 TDs. In addition to coach Key, Buster Faulker is the new OC for Georgia Tech. Faulker was previously a quality control assistant at Georgia.
RB Dontae Smith will be the lead back this year. Smith carried the ball 87 times for 420 yards and a team-high 5 TDs. Trey Cooley (278 yards and 2 TDs) will also see time at RB.
At the WR position, there’s plenty of youth on the depth chart. Five WR’s have seen playing time for the Yellow Jackets. They will have plenty of opportunities to add to a combined 33 receptions for 368 yards. Georgia Tech has brought in four transfers at wideout to help with production.
Defensive Back LaMiles Brooks returns this year. He led the team in interceptions last year with 3 including one for a TD. He also had 52 tackles. Another DB, Clayton Powell-Lee had 46 tackles and 1 INT. Defensive Lineman D’Quan Douse looks to improve on his 3.5 sacks last year which was tied for second on the team.
Georgia Tech has four ranked opponents on their schedule as of now. 9/16 on the road against #22 Ole Miss from the SEC. 10/21 at home against #21 North Carolina, 11/11 on the road against #9 Clemson, before finishing against in-state rival and two-time defending National Champion #1 Georgia. That game will be at home for the Yellow Jackets.
9/9 South Carolina State
9/16 @ #22 Ole Miss
9/23 @ Wake Forest
9/30 Bowling Green
10/7 @ Miami
10/21 Boston College
10/28 #21 North Carolina
11/4 @ Virginia
11/11 @ #9 Clemson
11/25 #1 Georgia