Despite the fact that Georgia Tech lost in overtime to the Virginia Tech Hokies on Monday night, there were some positives to take away from the game for the Yellow Jackets. One of those positives was the play of the special teams.
Often overlooked during games, special teams can swing momentum in either direction, and help teams win the field position battle.
Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson said the special teams were "a positive."
The debut of Georgia Tech special-teams coordinator David Walkosky turned out reasonably well. With the kickoff line moved up to the 35-yard line, kicker David Scully put two of his four kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.
Punter Sean Poole and his unit netted 37.1 yards on seven punts. Virginia Tech netted 32.7, not counting a mishandled punt snap that turned into a 22-yard loss and gave the Jackets the ball at the Hokies' 24 at the end of the first quarter. It led to Georgia Tech's first score.
Georgia Tech's three kickoff returns produced an average starting spot at the 27-yard line, a sliver ahead of Virginia Tech's average start on its four kickoff returns.
We'll see if the good play of Georgia Tech's special teams unit is a recurring theme throughout the season, or if it was a one-game aberration against the Hokies.
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