Georgia Tech quarterback Ryan Lantz didn’t see any game action in 2018 but freshman defensive back Avery Showell got his first taste of college football.
QB Ryan Lantz:
First up in today’s 2018 player recaps is backup quarterback, Ryan Lantz. Lantz, a native of North Palm Beach, Florida was a scout team quarterback for the Jackets this season. Coming in with the 2017 recruiting class, Lantz was an All-Area honoree in high school while putting together a considerably strong high school career at Suncoast Community High School.
As a walk-on quarterback, Lantz has not seen the field in either of his two seasons on The Flats but instead has been part of the Jackets scout team. A pro-style quarterback coming out of high school, the Jackets new offensive system under head coach Geoff Collins and offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude may be a better fit for the Florida native and it will be interesting to see how he performs in the spring within the system. As a walk-on quarterback and with a new a coaching staff, there should be no pressure on Lantz entering the spring which could allow benefit him. Either way, whether Lantz ever sees the field or not with the Yellow Jackets, he plays an important and unappreciated role as a scout team member.
S Avery Showell:
After redshirting his true freshman season in 2017, Alphretta (GA) native Avery Showell tasted his first bit of college football in 2018, playing in six games for the Yellow Jackets but only recorded tackles in the Jackets blowout victory over Louisville. The former three-star recruit played against Pittsburgh, Clemson, Bowling Green, Louisville, Duke, and Georgia. He finished the season with three tackles and two kick returns for a total of 24 yards.
In high school, Showell was a highly versatile player for St.Francis High School, playing a wide variety of positions. One of those positions was wide receiver which at 6-foot-2, and 195-pounds, could be a position that Geoff Collins decides to move Showell too for the 2019 season. With a forty-yard dash time of 4.5 according to 247Sports profile, Showell could become a two-way weapon for the Jackets contributing both on defenses and offense going forward. As he showed this past season, he’s also able to return kickoffs but the Jackets should and most likely will keep Juanyeh Thomas back there as the primary returner. Overall, Showell will be one of the more interesting players to watch out for in 2019 due to his versatility.