there's been a lot of work done on ball security. it's a story I've been reporting out a little bit. Centers, quarterbacks and B-backs worked a lot on exchanges and meshes and I think there's been an emphasis on securing the ball. Zach laskey told me something interesting, that Justin Thomas and Tim Byerly are consistent in their mesh points, which is one way that turnovers in this offense happen.
Good question. Answer: I don't know. I'd say this: I think it helps the offense to have a consistent cadence - which I do know is something they work on - so the offense itself isn't thrown off. if you'll remember, in the Virginia Tech game, the offensive line seemed to have a tough time as it was going on the right count.
I saw that, too. i don't know. I'm sure money will be a big part of it (Tech is Russell's flagship and I'm sure will fight hard to keep the contract). I would think there's certainly some recruiting advantages Under Armour would bring. (full disclosure: I'm an Under Armour shareholder)
I don't know to what extent it will be used, but I think it could be a significant advantage. It's worked when they've used it in the spring and in camp, and I think there's things about the offense (its physicality and unorthodoxy) that could potentially stress defenses if they're forced to play faster. I'm very curious to see how it looks.
As I've said, and as the forecasts would suggest, it's pretty tough to call. there's a lot of variables with all the teams, I think. 4-4 in the conference wouldn't surprise me, 6-2 is possible, too. Let's split it and go with 5-3 and 8-4 overall. That would probably be good for second or third in the Coastal.
Thanks for the invite. I'll definitely make it a point to stop by.
i can see it happening, definitely. They tried it with Days in the past, but he had some ball-security challenges.
Frank, you bring up some pretty good points. Another reason is that you'd want to create separation between Leggett and the B-back(s) coming in next year's class. I've been told often that he's done well in camp, although he's had a tough time staying in practice due to injuries. I hate to evade the question, but I'm not sure what the "feeling" is. For the reasons you state, you'd like to play him, but you don't want to give him plays here and there and burn his redshirt if he's not healthy and making a worthy contribution. I imagine the ideal situation for the coaches is that he gets healthy, shows well in practice and starts to push Zach Laskey and Synjyn Days to make the decision easier.
I have a vague recollection about the Corvette story, though I seem to remember it being a joke. I don't know that the NCAA picks on Tech. I think the Demaryius Thomas investigation, Tech handled it the wrong way. This one, Tech was already on probation when it reported (as it should have) a pretty flagrant violation (albeit one that was fairly harmless), which led to another investigation. Ultimately, the penalty was two years of probation and the "failure to monitor" tag, so Tech isn't suffering material consequences in this case. I have to believe that far worse infractions are being committed elsewhere, as you say. The NCAA just isn't very good at finding them.
I think you're right. I know he's confident in both and, as the past couple years would indicate, he's not afraid of mixing in the No. 2 guy. I can see Byerly coming in for a series or two to mix things up, and possibly being used as a short-yardage guy (possibly Synjyn Days also). I think he'd tend to be patient with Thomas. He's obviously a first-year starter, and I don't think he'd want to mess with his confidence.
Good morning. thanks for joining me again for the Georgia Tech Mailbag (brought to you by Kroger). I imagine you're as excited as I am to get the season started on Saturday. we've got a few questions in the hopper, so let's get started.
I haven't asked about Bryan yet, so there's not much I can tell you. But I agree, it's an interesting story.
You're welcome. He's still got time with football. You never know how careers will play out.
I don't know the answer to this one. In general, I think Tech's admissions standards are higher than most, so it's conceivable that at least some of the 12 might not have had to be "non-standard admits" at other ACC or SEC schools.
I guess it depends. What did they order?
Hope you saw the link posted earlier.
I'd think so. Duke is getting killed by injuries, and I wasn't convinced about the Blue Devils before that.
He is the fastest, but that doesn't necessarily correlate to being the best running back. It requires being able to have lateral quickness and ability to read blocks, for instance.
My favorite Japanese restaurant in metro Atlanta is Sushi Yoko in Doraville, by the way.
Interesting question. My memory is terrible at this sort of thing (and most things). It might be because I've been there a lot, but I think Clemson's is pretty good. I think it's barbecue.
I've heard more about Searcy than Lynch. Part of it is Lynch is behind a logjam of experienced players. (Although there's a lot of receivers, too.)
I think both have made some plays in camp, but I don't know that one is significantly better. But I can say with a high degree of certainty that their passing ability won't be the determining factor in how much playing time they get. As for the hurry-up, I'm told the conditioning is a lot better, which to me is a big, big part of how effective it will be.
ha! I agree about Perkins. I'm actually working on a story about him for later this week. I don't know how under the radar Tyler Marcordes is, but he'd be one. If he can find a spot, Domonique Noble might be another.