The position does take its share of hits, definitely. I think one thing any quarterback in this offense, particularly one of Thomas' stature, has to do is learn to deflect hits. Tevin Washington was very good at this. It seemed like he rarely took a direct shot.
At this point of the year, I'm really not around the team much, so it's hard to gauge attitude, but I think a lot of the issues with close games has to do with depth, particularly on defense. Defensive line coach Mike Pelton has a big task in front of him to develop maybe six guys who can rotate and stay fresh. I don't think attitude on the team has really been a problem, and I don't think it will be the case this year.
I think Thomas has more buy-in to running the option offense and is faster/quicker. Lee was probably a better downfield passer.
Given how close they've been against Virginia Tech despite losing four in a row, you'd have to think they'd have to break through at some point. They actually play on a Saturday there this year, which could be an advantage.
As I mentioned before, I don't think one game or a specific number of wins is an all-or-nothing standard.
I don't know. As I said previously, how well the line can stop the run and create pass pressure will be pivotal. It's not an experienced group at all, and there's not great depth, either. Kenderius Whitehead could be a star, though he has yet to take a Division I snap. I think Quayshawn Nealy will be a player to watch.
With Isaiah Johnson as well as Jamal Golden back, I think the safety play should be solid. Remember, though, the secondary lost Jemea Thomas and Louis Young, and the loss of Thomas in particular is significant. I do think D.J. White is an up-and-comer, and I think Golden is very motivated to have a good season. They'll need help from the d line to get pressure. that's probably the biggest question mark on the team.
We'll see. For what it's worth, he's put on about 10 pounds since the end of last season.
I don't know. A lot depends on how he looks in camp. My suspicion, though, is that he'll play this year. (My suspicions aren't worth much.)
That's hard to say. I think it's a little deeper than that. Is the team getting better at the end? Which teams did it beat? Are things moving forward? Things like that.
i admire your optimism, though.
There's always a chance, but it's hard to see. My guess is Tech would have to run the table, or at least go 11-1 and beat, presumably, FSU, in the ACC title game. I can see Tech getting to Charlotte, but I think the team has too many question marks to foresee a playoff spot.
I don't know that you can make a lot of progress, per se, over the summer, as there's no practice. Right now, Freddie Burden (center) and Chris Griffin (OT) are slated to start, and both have yet to play a snap. Strength would be Shaquille Mason.
As mentioned, I think Tyler Marcordes is promising, and Paul (P.J.) Davis showed a lot of ability as a true freshman last year.
If you'll remember, Jabari Hunt-Days had actually moved to defensive end prior to the spring, and also prior to him being declared academically ineligible. With Quayshawn Nealy, Tyler Marcordes, P.J. Davis and Anthony Harrell (coming back from knee injury), I think they're in decent shape at linebacker. The question will be finding productivity out of the end spot (played last year by Jeremiah Attaochu). A lot of hopes are pinned on Kenderius Whitehead (the transfer from N.C. State/Georgia Military).
I'm afraid I can't offer too much insight on that one. Michael Carvell is the guy for recruiting questions.
I don't know if you'd call Tyler Marcordes a "sleeper," but I think he could be a breakout player on defense at linebacker. Offensively, I guess it'd have to be one of the receivers. Anthony Autry was having a pretty good freshman season in 2012 before tearing his ACL.
To be honest, i don't. Tech actually threw a bit more last year than it had previously, and it didn't work. I think a lot of what I've heard and seen is going back to basics.
That hasn't been Tech's problem of late. It's more been the games they've got a chance at but fail to secure - Virginia Tech, Miami and UGA last year, for starters. It's hard to see them losing any of the first three (Wofford, Tulane, Georgia Southern), although playing a team in the debut of a new stadium could be interesting.
I hesitate to judge too much off the spring game and scrimmages. For one thing, Thomas didn't play in the spring game due to a shoulder injury, if you'll recall. Thomas gives you more of a big-play threat, but if Byerly outplays him in the preseason, I suppose things could change.
We'll see. My guess is C.J. Leggett will get a chance to back up Zach Laskey. He obviously isn't nearly as ready as Custis would be, but he was pretty productive in high school.
I guess I'd say that, insomuch as they're not a favorite. I think the division is pretty wide open and no team is really solid. Tech has some holes, but I think they'll be in the mix.
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