Backup quarterback Jaybo Shaw’s broken collarbone is by far the most significant injury the team has sustained this young season.
Yes, Shaw was second-string, but many of you saw how valuable he was to the team last year as a freshman.
Shaw hasn’t been able to participate in all of the practices this month because of a concussion, but he has looked good when he has been in there.
However, don’t despair Tech fans. Tevin Washington doesn’t have any game experience, but he has looked very good in practices throwing the ball, well at least he has to this untrained eye. He had a very pretty touchdown pass in Saturday’s scrimmage as well, throwing a high pass into the corner.
Of course, that’s a small part of Tech’s offense. Can he make the right reads running the ball? That’s a question I hope to ask and get an answer to this week. Last year’s Gardner-Webb game proved that you’ve got to have a QB who can run with the ball, and not just pass the ball.
Should Shaw miss six weeks, as Johnson guessed, that would put him back to practice for the week of the Mississippi State game. If he misses eight weeks, I would guess he’d likely redshirt, but that’s just a guess.
Jonathan Dwyer says he’s still working to get into football shape. Those at Thursday’s, Friday’s or Saturday’s practice likely saw him running a few sprints afterward, as he tries to drop a few pounds. He said after Saturday’s practice that he wants to to do it to be a bit quicker and more explosive. He looked strong and fast on Saturday, bulling his way for a touchdown.
Freshmen Stephen Hill, Orwin Smith, Izaan Cross and Robert Godhigh all looked good on Saturday. Hill had two catches, Smith had a long run, Cross made at least two tackles, and Godhigh put some people on the ground again with blocks. Emmanuel Dieke spent some time with the first-string defensive line, or what looked like the first-string line. Redshirt freshman T.J. Barnes did as well.
Does Shaw’s injury change your outlook on the season? If so, why?
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