A-back is one of the deepest positions on Georgia Tech’s football team, with 13 players on the roster.
Some of you asked for updates on the defensive line and A-backs last week. Here was yesterday’s update on the defensive line.
Here is an update on a few of the A-backs, courtesy of assistant coach Lamar Owens, who recently took a few minutes to discuss his charges:
“Roddy Jones, he’s an exceptional leader for us this fall camp and that’s what we’re counting on him to do. He’s one of the guys that has experience and has had some good years. We’re looking for him to build on that in all phases of the game: catching, blocking, running the ball, making the plays…just continue to be a leader in our groub of A-backs and within the team.
“Embry [Peeples] is a guy that’s been around in our program. We’re looking for him to step it up a notch.
“B.J. (Bostic) is eager to learn. He has a good work ethic. We’re just going to keep bringing him along. It was good for him to come here early. He could get adjusted to school and college life. [We're] Bringing him along day by day. Can’t really say what we expect of him other than we expect him to get better day.
“Orwin (Smith) is another young guy with loads of potential. We’ve just got to keep working him every day, keep hoping that one day he’ll be comfortable in the offense and know everything.
“All these guys, I don’t like to single guys out. All these guys, wherever they are, whether it’s Tony Zenon or Roddy, they can all get better in every phase of the game, whether it’s running routes or making plays for our offense to be more productive in the future.
On the improvement of the A-backs in the passing game. The A-backs caught 15 passes last season, but coach Paul Johnson has said he wants to see a team effort to help quarterback Joshua Nesbitt improve his passing efficiency from last season:
“I think they’ve always wanted to be good at it. I don’t doubt their passion for it at all. We’re really trying to focus on being in the right spot and making the most of every opportunity and catching every ball we touch.
“I’m sure that’s what’s been going here for the past year. That’s nothing new. That’s probably what every offense in the country is preaching to their players. I don’t doubt these guys’ passion to be good players and to be successful. We’ll keep bringing them along and hopefully the hard work will show up on Saturdays.
On comparing the size of the A-backs at Tech with his former teammates at Navy:
“They are probably bigger. These guys are not that much different. A lot of times, some of my older Navy teammates, whenever they come by they always get a kick out of the fact that our practice uniforms even look pretty much the same, our practices are the same as they were at Navy. They kind of get a kick out of that.
“These guys are Georgia Tech football players. There’s a difference. These guys are bigger, they are stronger, they are faster. They’re at Georgia Tech, so theyr’e smart. These guys are hard-working kids, we just want to keep bringing them along.”