A-Back Roddy Jones did indeed hurt his right wrist earlier this week. Our story can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/nx2clw
Now, everything seems a bit up in the air as of today whether Jones will play in the season-opener against Jacksonville State. Frankly, I’m not sure he’ll be needed for that one, but I would bet the odds are slim that he’ll miss the next one, a Thursday nighter five days laster against Clemson.
You only need to watch film from last year’s wins over Miami and Georgia to see what Jones means to coach Paul Johnson’s spread-based option offense (which needs a new nickname by the way, but that’s a blog for another time). His speed on the edge gives the offense the home-run threat that keeps those safeties back a step or two while the play develops.
So, who will get the call in the A-back positions if Jones were to miss the first game? Marcus Wright and Anthony Allen come to mind. Both are unfairly fast. Wright “saw the elephant” last year, while Allen had to sit out after transferring from Louisville. And there’s Embry Peeples. All three had some decent plays in the T-Day game. It remains to be seen if they are good at catching the ball out of the backfield. None of the three are particularly tall (at 6-0, Allen is the giant of the bunch), but whenever Tech did throw last year you usually didn’t see defenders consistently smothering the intended targets. So their size probably doesn’t matter much.
So, while Jones’ injury isn’t good kharma, I wouldn’t be too despondent, Tech fans. RC Giff Smith (fellow Pebblebrook HS alum; go fighting Falcons!) has done a good job in a short time filling the critical positions in CPJ’s offense.