I can't say they're better from personal observation, but they're ahead of Durham on the depth chart. Lance is the No. 2 nickel, and Lawrence has one of the No. 2 cornerback jobs. I keep hearing good things about them, so I don't think this is hype. That said, there's a lot of young players in the secondary, so the competition is legitimate.
He's doing OK. I gather you won't want to hear this, but I think he's a bit down the depth chart at A-back. Tony Zenon and Charles Perkins are ahead of him, for certain, and I think at least Deon Hill, Synjyn Days and perhaps Dennis Andrews (when he comes back from his suspension) are also ahead of him. The No. 6 A-back typically doesn't get a lot of playing time.
There is no need, per se, for a second No. 8. It's just that NCAA rules permit duplicate numbers so long as the two players wearing them aren't on the field at the same time. A lot of players want to wear single digit jerseys, so many have requested to wear it. No. 2 is also open, actually.
Hey, everyone, thanks for joining for another Georgia Tech Mailbag (brought to you by Kroger) (and my laptop). We've got some questions in the queue, so let's get started.
Thanks, everyone, for a lot of really good questions. I appreciate everyone being here, asking questions or reading along. I'll be back here again next week, so I hope you'll come back. in the meantime, I'll have plenty of stuff to read on this page. Thanks again!
I think you've got a pretty good read on it. It's a little cliche, but I've heard various players talk about the leadership that the two quarterbacks have shown.
Wow. that went fast on my end. I can take a couple more questions if there are any.
A question about special-teams backups. I confess you have me stumped. I'm going to guess that the backup kicker is Roberto Hinojosa and that the backup punter might be Harrison Butker. Two guesses.
I'm not sure I buy into your plan. Being the best (or second-best) academic school in the Big Ten and one in a great city hasn't necessarily worked out for Northwestern over the long haul. Same with Duke in the ACC. While being in the Big Ten might give Tech a different cachet, I can see a lot of local prospects not being keen on never playing road games near home. Likewise, a lot of Midwestern kids (or their families) might rather stay closer to home.
Media aren't allowed in to watch practice, so, if you're asking for my personal observations, I've only seen Byerly thus far, as Thomas played four (I think) snaps in the scrimmage and was taken out after he was slightly dinged up. I do like Byerly. He seems like he has a good grasp of the offense and is a tough runner, as you say. But I don't know who is completing more passes on the whole. I haven't spoken with Bryan Cook, the quarterbacks coach, since the start of camp, but plan to do so Saturday or Monday. I think Thomas will start, but I think there'll be a place for Byerly somewhere contributing.
The guru has spoken. I'm headed to Vegas.
I think the priority is being better at the option than last year. I suspect passing will be an offshoot of that. To the extent that running a lot of option is ball control, I'd say yes, but, when it's working right, it can also create a lot of big plays.
My man Rod Mackenzie (who covers Tech for Scout and is much more tied in to recruiting than me) says 25.
Hey, Matt - there has been more conditioning work, partly (or maybe largely) because of the no-huddle work (although that also simultaneously) conditions the defense to play against no-huddle teams. To me, I'd think depth is maybe a bigger (or equally big) factor in coming up short in close games. Also, not having many clear-cut difference makers who can dominate a game late on either side.
Thanks. I guess it's not a secret anymore. I think I may have actually been there once. Is it kind of near the Silver Comet Trail? (I'm on the other side of town. Forgive my Cobb geography ignorance)
I think part of it is that pure speed isn't the only determining factor in playmaking. I've heard Jamal Golden say that he isn't close to being the fastest player on the team (maybe not "isn't close," but he said he wasn't the fastest, at any rate) but he's clearly a dangerous return man. Snoddy is fast, but he hasn't done what you'd like with the ball when he's had it.
I'm not so sure about that. It's not like they're going 1-12 every year. (or, really, ever, save a brief period I gather most Tech fans don't like talking about) I think in the ACC, probably the only teams that wouldn't trade their past six years with Tech's would be FSU, Virginia Tech and Clemson. And maybe even the past 2-3 years. Maybe Duke, if that were the case. So I'm not quite sure it's time to drop down to Division III. Also, I don't think Tech's charter would allow for a basket-weaving major.
Maybe someone should ask a question about "what do you think about people who give away thousands of shares of Apple stock?"
He knows, certainly. I think he also believes that Tech has to find places where it can play to its strengths. At a news conference a couple weeks ago, he said that what he wants is, at the end of a season, you know that the team left everything out there, took advantage of all its opportunities. I think he realizes that Tech can't be Alabama, but it can also do better than it has. (Which I think most Tech fans would agree with.) Funny, I'm in the GTAA lobby. Bobinski just walked past.
It was obviously very early in his career, but I think it was possible. He's gotten offers from Georgia, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, among others, since leaving Tech.
I don't think so, unless the mandate (unspoken or otherwise) is that SoS is so important to the College Football Playoff poobahs that Tech has to comply. The scheduling philosophy is to play one FCS game, two power five games (including Georgia) and one game against a non-power 5 FBS game (like Tulane). I don't see it changing, unless it becomes obvious they have to. One thing about scheduling an FCS game, aside from the fact it's a W, is that it costs less to schedule than a guarantee game with a non-power 5 FBS team. To keep at least six home games (and ideally seven) you need to have guarantee games. For a school on a budget, FCS is probably the way to go
I did notice Isiah Willis. I thought something similar, that it's a possibility. For those of you who weren't there, he made a phenomenal catch in which, if memory serves, he was out on the right sideline, maybe running a wheel route, and basically had to turn his body around to make the catch. He might be a guy who just has that knack. It probably won't happen this year, and I really don't know much more about him than what I saw Saturday, but bears watching. Coincidentally, he's also from Cobb and also is a 3rd (as in Robert Godhigh III)
the last I heard (and wrote) was that Tennessee was an option (which probably means a likely one) and that a deal could be finalized before the end of August. I'll have to circle back.
That's the truth. They've been working on it quite a bit. I don't know how much or in what way - I suspect they'll primarily be a huddling team - but I'd be very surprised at this point if we don't see it.