With 142 days left until the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are on the field playing Wofford, there are a lot of questions that will need to be answered before toe meets leather on the Flats.
One of the biggest attention-getters this spring for Georgia Tech football is the daunted quarterback position. The biggest question out there is whether or not Justin Thomas will be able to improve his play from the 10 games in which he played last season.
In a March 24th interview with Heather Dinich of ESPN.com, Thomas was asked what he was looking to improve upon most and Thomas answered,
“ Just getting out there and making sure I’m going through my reads, my progressions, making sure of ball security, just trying to make the offense flow how it’s supposed to flow.”
Thomas, a redshirt sophomore, played in 10 games last year as a redshirt freshman, completing 9-of-17 passes for 131 yards and one touchdown. He wasn’t too bad in the ground game either, where he carried the ball 33 times for 234 yards and two scores.
Position coach Bryan Cook named three areas that Thomas needed to work on; finishing the run, running the option game and reading the progression and the defense when he was dropping back to pass. Thomas also needs to work on playing within the framework of the offense and instead of running the ball to the outside, run the ball inside more.
Tim Byerly is also in the mix to become the starting quarterback come August 30th. Tim is a redshirt junior who transferred to Georgia Tech in 2012 and had to sit out for a full season under NCAA transfer rules.
During the 2013 season Byerly did get into four games where he completed one pass for three yards and rushed 18 times for 199 yards and two touchdowns. One thing Byelry does have is a strong arm. In 2010 he led his high school team to the Class AAAA state championship. In that season he completed 170 of 249 passes for 2,664 yards and 30 touchdowns, with only two interceptions.
As of now, coach Paul Johnson is saying Byerly is doing well and making progress, but he is still singling Thomas out as the guy to beat. If spring practice were to end today, coach Johnson would more than likely chose Thomas over Byerly, because of the experience Thomas has had.
There will always be people that will pick one player over the another, but when it comes down to it, the better overall player is going to be, Justin Thomas. Thomas has shown that he has the ability to create plays when the designed plays fall apart. His speed is just another tool he has in his tool box and when he pulls that tool out, look out, cause he’ll be hard to catch.
Unless Justin falls apart during the remaining spring practices, he will be the starting quarterback with Byerly being the back-up.
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