Tech may face bad weather - again


Georgia Tech hasn’t had much luck when it comes to weather on the road this season.

The Yellow Jackets have only played three true road games this season -- with one neutral-site game in Atlanta -- and all of them have been in bad conditions. 

Their fourth and final road game this Saturday at Duke may be no different. The forecast calls for cool and wet conditions for the 3:30 p.m. start in Durham, North Carolina. 

The losses to Miami, Clemson and Virginia all featured a wet playing surface and a tall task for quarterback TaQuon Marshall to navigate the offense with a slick football. 

“I’m hoping, but I’ve already checked out the weather, so I know how it’s going to be,” Marshall said about the team’s final road game. “It’s frustrating, just knowing every away game we’ve had it’s been raining. But it’s something that’s a part of the game. You’re going to play some games that are wet.”

Wide receiver Brad Stewart, who had his first career touchdown last Saturday against Virginia Tech, has as tough of a role as any in wet conditions. Not only will he deal with the difficulties of catching passes, but he also faces the duty of catching punts.

“Conditions do change things,” Stewart said. “If it’s raining hard, I’m probably going to trust my hands bare more than gloves, since it’s a little more slippery. I wouldn’t say fair catching has anything to do with it. At the end of the day, we want a big play on special teams, but if we have the ball at the end of the play, that’s the biggest priority.”


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