This year, he will get to be some of the best quarterbacks in the country, including two you probably don’t know a lot about: Malcolm Long, Russell Wilson, Dwight Dasher, Tyrod Taylor and Jacory Harris.
And Synjyn Days is looking forward to it.
Days, a true freshman quarterback for Georgia Tech, has already started his QB carousel by being Long, S.C. State’s quarterback, in Tech’s practices. The Yellow Jackets will host the Bulldogs at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Long, a 6-3, 257-pound quarter-pounder sized quarterback, passed for 2,502 yards and 20 touchdowns last season out of coach Buddy Pough’s spread offense.
“I’m just trying to give the defense good looks so we can come away with an ACC championship,” Days said. “That’s my main goal, give a good look to them.”
So far, the defense says Days is doing a good job.
“He’s quite the competitor,” middle linebacker Kyle Jackson said. “He’s one of those kids that I definitely feel like is going to be great. Right now he’s relying on his athleticism because he hasn’t learned the tools to be as good a quarterback as he can be. But as he continues to age, and all that comes with maturity, he’s going to be better.”
Though Days ran an option offense at Hillgrove High School that’s very similar to what Tech runs, he said he does have experience in the passing version of the spread, which has made this week a bit easier.
He has been invited by secondary coach Charles Kelly to sit on their meetings so that he can learn how to read different types of coverages, as well as ensure that he’s reading the defense as well as guys like N.C. State’s Wilson and Virginia Tech’s Taylor will later this season. And, though he was a star in high school, he said he has no problem with being on Tech’s scout team.
“I don’t really get fazed with that type of thing. I know most freshmen redshirt, so it’s a blessing,” Days said. “I’m not really worried at all.”
2009 season gp effic comp-att-int pct yds td lg avg/g
LONG.Malcolm 12 143.57 209-324-10 64.5 2502 20 80 208.5