Dec 30, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Tim Byerly (18) during warm ups prior to the game against the Mississippi Rebels at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Tech quarterback Tim Byerly to earn scholarship


Georgia Tech quarterback Tim Byerly was one of the top high school football players in the state of Georgia, leading  undefeated Chattahoochee High to the 2010 Class AAAA state championship and becoming the first player in school history to pass and rush for more than 1,000 yards in the same season.

But that wasn’t quite enough to be recruited by the big schools in the state, including Georgia Tech.

Now head coach Paul Johnson wishes he had gone after Byerly right from the start, telling ESPN.com that he “probably should’ve recruited” Byerly.

Byerly transferred to Georgia Tech from Middle Tennessee State in 2012, and has shown that the promise he displayed in high school wasn’t just a fluke. Johnson usually requires transfer students to join the team as a walk-on, which is why up until now, Byerly hasn’t had the benefit of a scholarship.

After sitting out the 2012 season due to NCAA transfer rules, he played limited time as a 3rd string quarterback in 2013. Last year’s starter, Vad Lee, has since himself transferred, leaving Byerly and 2013 backup, Justin Thomas, as the two most experienced play-callers on the team.

Byerly has shown toughness and a lot of improvement, and will now be rewarded for his hard work and patience with well-earned scholarship.

“I feel good about him if we have to put him in a game,” Johnson said Byerly. “I think he’s closed the distance a lot. Tim played well this spring. We were really, really pleased with him.”

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