Next up in our Georgia Tech Football player profiles series is the second string quarterback, Lucas Johnson.
Lucas Johnson will likely be the number two Quarterback on this year’s roster, but it is safe to say that he is Georgia Tech’s quarterback of the future. The redshirt sophomore was recruited out of San Diego as a dual-threat prospect and has played sparingly since arriving on campus. In this year’s spring game, Johnson flashed his potential in the passing game hitting open receivers and looked good in the ground game but also showed that he still has a good bit to refine before his time comes.
What He Brings to The Table
Johnson brings some explosive potential to the offensive future by way of his dual-threat potential, which is obviously expected in Paul Johnson’s offense. During the spring game, Johnson missed a few passes but was able to hit both Brad Stewart and Qua Searcy for lengthy touchdowns in tight coverage. This type of passing is something that has been sorely missed by the offense in the last several years.
The biggest question mark for the moment will be his ability to read and run the triple option attack favored by Paul Johnson. In all honesty, quarterback is the hardest position to judge for Georgia Tech in terms of what players bring to the table as there really is no good barometer for how a person will or will not handle the offense until they have seen real playing time.
What to Expect in 2018
Johnson could potentially see a little more playing time in 2018 depending on how the season goes. Coach Johnson has a reputation for putting different guys in based on the situation.
One way to think about how Johnson could be used is by looking back at how Matthew Jordan was used in goal-line situations during his time on The Flats. Johnson has the potential to be a quality staring quarterback and a good backup quarterback which barring injury is where Tech fans should expect Johnson to be on the depth chart this season.