Kevin C. Cox
David Sims and the B-back position have been a big part of Tech's recent offensive success.
Much of the recent success the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have managed has come with the help of B-back David Sims, Ken Sugiura points out. Sims and his backup Zach Laskey combined for 109 rushing yards against North Carolina and 142 against Duke, helping to drive Tech to a combined 110 points.
The B-back rush is a big part of the triple-option offense the Yellow Jackets run, and without an effective effort the defense doesn't have to respect all three aspects of the triple-option. Given the quality of Georgia's front seven, the Yellow Jackets will need all of the weapons they can muster. Jarvis Jones, John Jenkins and Alec Ogletree are all potential first-rounders, and they'll all be doing their best to limit Sims' contributions.
Sims battled injuries early in the season, and says opponents weren't respecting what the team was doing:
"That's basically how everybody tries to defend the option. They try to make sure the stop the perimeter, and we're trying to change that to where, if we can keep them in (the box), then we can go out to the perimeter."
A-back Orwin Smith sustained an ankle injury in the win over Duke, making Sims and Laskey even more important to the Tech offense. Going up against the 19th-ranked defense in the country, the Yellow Jackets will need every yard they can get.