The 2015 defense has issues that stem from years past, including several healthy recruiting classes. Some of those classes may still be affecting this team.
There's one major recruiting connection between Georgia Tech and their 2014 Orange Bowl opponents Mississippi State in the past few years, and it lies with Toland Cleveland.
This offseason saw a number of players depart the program prematurely in one way or another, throwing a lot of Tech fans into a panic. But in reality, it really shouldn't have.
The rising redshirt freshman was expected to compete for the starting job at SDE during spring camp.
After showing extra promise in his first two seasons, Paul Johnson has basically settled into a Chan Gailey groove, averaging right around seven wins per season.