Georgia Tech played their annual spring game last Friday night and these are a few of the offensive standouts from the spring finale.
QB Lucas Johnson:
Heading into the spring game, the quarterback competition was much alive. After it, however, Lucas Johnson seems to have put a good amount of distance between himself and the rest of the quarterback room.
Johnson had a terrific spring game, completing 12-of-16 passing attempts for 87-yards and one touchdown. Johnson proved to be accurate and showed off some quality arm strength on several passing attempts. He’s not a perfect quarterback by any means but at this point he is certainly the best option right now on the Jackets roster. Barring an injury or a horrendous fall camp, Johnson will be the Jackets starting quarterback come August 29th when the Jackets take on Clemson.
WR Ahmarean Brown, WR Malachi Carter, WR Adonis Sanders:
This trio of wideouts for Georgia Tech showed off their speed and hands during Friday’s spring game. Malachi Carter proved on Friday night that he’s going to be the Jackets best receiver in this upcoming season with a great combination of speed but especially hands. With soft hands, Carter appears to be as much of a sure-handed receiver the Jackets have on their roster.
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Ahmareon Brown and Adonicas Sanders, on the other hand, are similar players but both will find their places in the Jackets rotation this upcoming fall. Both players have elite speed that the coaching staff and offense will surely take advantage of this season, both players can take the top off opposing defenses. Add in the ability to make difficult catches with that speed and the two could become big home-run threats any time they got the ball thrown their way in the future.
OL Jared Southers:
While the play of the offensive line’s on Friday was rough at times, Vanderbilt transfer Jared Southers was one of the brighter spots of the offensive line. Southers and the rest of the Gold offensive line looked good in their pass blocking, allowing just four sacks. The White offensive line in comparison allowed nine sacks by the Gold defense. That being said, Southers specifically lived up to expectations and was the Jackets best offensive lineman throughout the game. Southers will be looked to as a leader on the offensive line in 2019 and will be expected to be the Jackets best pass blocker. Overall, it was a strong debut on The Flats for the New Jersey native.
QB Ryan Lantz:
Originally, we were looking to add a running back here but outside Jordan Mason, none of the running backs really looked good on Friday night. Even at that, Mason averaged just 4.1 yards per carry. That being said, walk-on quarterback Ryan Lantz like his Gold teammate Lucas Johnson had a high-quality performance. Lantz completed 5-of-8 passing attempts for 106-yards. He was the second best quarterback out on the field on Friday night. Lantz probably won’t break the depth chart this fall but he certainly will challenge the rest of the quarterbacks in the room and push them to get better.
Overall, the offensive performances on Friday night by Georgia Tech were what we expected. It wasn’t always pretty, it was sloppy at times but, there were some bright spots that show what the offense can be come this fall. There will be kinks to workout and it will take sometime for all things to click but for an offense just a few months into an offensive transition, the offense looked good. It will be interesting to see how it looks this fall in camp before the Jackets face a huge challenge against Clemson on August 29th.