Among the key positions up for grabs on the Georgia Tech football team this year, the B-back is one of the spots that may have some of the most intense competition.
In any option/flexbone type offense, the B-back is the cog that makes everything move forward. Generally, you look for someone with the size, strength and blocking ability of a typical fullback, but with the speed and cuts that you’d see from a tailback.
Last season, David Sims was about as good as you can get at this spot, and his shoes are going to be hard to fill. But the Yellow Jackets have some exceptional backs who can step up and get the job done.
It would seem that senior Zach Laskey would be the obvious choice to step in as the number one B-back. Last season Laskey had the fourth most rushing attempt behind Sims, quarterback Vad Lee, and fellow running back Robert Godhigh (none of whom will be with the team next season).
Laskey rushed for an average of 5.77 yards per carry, right on par (even slightly higher) than Sims. He also punched the ball into the endzone seven times. At 6-foot-1 and 215 lbs, Laskey has that build to take the pounding needed at the B-back position, and his speed in the open field has been evidenced often.
Behind Laskey it’s kind of a 3-man race between freshman Travis Custis, redshirt senior Matt Connors, and freshman Donovan Wilson. Those three will probably be battling for second string, as any of them being able to run past Laskey for the starters job would be unlikely.
Keep a close watch on the two freshman however, who will be hungry and will want to make a good impression quickly. Both have some serious giddyap in their stride.
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