Even though Anthony Allen was held out of Wednesday’s practice as a precautionary measure after sustaining a blow to the head, Georgia Tech is still very deep at B-back.
Coach Paul Johnson said earlier this week that the position was the deepest on the team. Assistant coach Brian Bohannon said it’s the deepest they’ve had in three seasons at Tech.
Including Allen, Tech has Lucas Cox, Preston Lyons and Richard Watson. They are all big, punishing runners whose style works well in a spot that demands tough runs between the tackles.
“It’s a good problem to have,” Bohannon said. Obviously we can’t play four backs so we’ll sort that out as we get closer.”
Bohannon raved about each player earlier this week.
“I think Preston and Lucas have had a really good camp,” he said. “Richard’s done some things that he hasn’t done before.”
Bohannon said one noticeable difference is what they are doing when they don’t have the ball: blocking, particularly their pass blocking.
“Their physical nature without the ball has been a ton better,” Bohannon said. “I’ve been more encouraged by that than anything.”
Lyons, who was the No. 2 behind Jonathan Dwyer last season, said that improvement is a product of the competition.
“When you get one guy out there making a good play, you know you can’t relax,” Lyons said. “Because you get hit every play, pass blocking some guys think you can take it off. But that’s another opportunity to hit a guy and make a play. So it gets more competitive.”
Lyons is returning from an injured shoulder that he said feels 100 percent.
A look at the B-backs:
Anthony Allen 6-0, 239 Fast enough and big enough to always be a threat
Lucas Cox 6-0, 251 A bowling ball of a runner; tough to bring down
Preston Lyons 6-0, 213 Shifty, but tough. He can fool a defense
Richard Watson 6-1, 231 Has shaken off last year’s injuries to look good in camp