Dec 30, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson huddles with players in the second half against the Mississippi Rebels at LP Field. Mississippi won 25-17. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Tech Football: Final scrimmage takeaways

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets held their final scrimmage leading up to next Friday’s spring game, and things are starting to take shape on both sides of the ball.

The scrimmage was open to the public, and fans got to get their first real look at some of next season’s team. Even some former Jackets took in the practice, including Marco Coleman, Jeremiah Attaochu, Roddy Jones, Jason Peters and Lucius Sanford.

While Justin Thomas is at this time the man to beat for the quarterback job, redshirt junior Tim Byerly definitely kept things interesting, scampering for three touchdown runs in the scrimmage. He looked very comfortable running the option, and was showing off his speed at this practice.

Byerly is probably the only QB on the roster who will challenge Thomas, although freshman Matthew Jordan —  who had a 60-yard run and a 4-yard TD run — does have an outside shot. Thomas himself had his own long gainer, running for 58 yards on one play.

One of Byerly’s touchdowns was set up by a 50-yard run by senior B-Back, Zach Laskey. We profiled Laskey recently, and think that he has the opportunity to be a tremendous part of this year’s Yellow Jacket running attack.

Linebacker Quayshawn Nealy is thriving in defensive coordinator Ted Roof’s new base set. He’s been around the ball all spring, recovering fumbles and picking off passes, and yesterday he had a huge sack, dropping Byerly for a 10-yard loss. Nealy’s number may end up being called a lot in the upcoming season.

Jamal Golden and Roderick Rook-Chungong also came up with big plays, both recovering fumbles.

The Georgia Tech football spring game kicks off Friday at 7 p.m., but fans are encouraged to come early for Friday Night on the Flats, which begins at 5 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.

[All stats/info courtesy Georgia Tech athletic dept.]

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