Good morning, all-
We’re five practices through spring practice. Just two days after going 11 on 11 for about 100 plays at the Falcons’ facility in Flowery Branch, Tech put on the pads again and did a good bit of live hitting. The Jackets were in shorts and helmets the first two practices last week, then put on shoulder pads last Friday and could well be in full pads for the rest of the spring.
While doing the full-contact work potentially leads to scares like the one that defensive end Emmanuel Dieke got Monday, when the early enrollee down with a knee injury in 11-on-11 (Paul Johnson said he would be fine), it serves a few purposes. One, with a young team as the Jackets have, the players need as many reps as they can to develop. Second, watching players go against each other in game conditions is the best way for coaches to sort out the two-deep roster, which is a primary goal of spring practice. There’s only so much you can evaluate when players are in shorts and helmets