One of the keys to Tech’s success

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

22 comments Add your comment

Thom

August 30th, 2010
11:48 am

Cool! I haven’t really though about this side of practice yet. Interesting read.

AtWork

August 30th, 2010
11:49 am

It’s good to see a young man want to make the TEAM better. If all are for one goal…gonna be hard to stop these Jackets for years to come.

Go Jackets!

Thom

August 30th, 2010
11:50 am

*thought* How often are redshirt freshmen on the scout team?

E

August 30th, 2010
11:55 am

Days is a true fresman that is redshirting in his first season. Most scout teams are players redshirting or so far down the depth cart, they are not going tosee gameday action…….

Joe Hamilton's Designated Driver

August 30th, 2010
12:14 pm

Key to success this year?

Recruit some different players to play defense?

Coolest in the Clutch

August 30th, 2010
12:14 pm

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Nesbitt for Heisman
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Joe Hamilton's Designated Driver

August 30th, 2010
12:15 pm

Keep me away from Reuben Houston?

North Ave Killer Beez

August 30th, 2010
12:29 pm

I would rather ride with a drunk Joe than a sober Ealy any day, and I thought only women hit parked cars lol….

Gatorman

August 30th, 2010
12:38 pm

Hey look more UGA fans proving the cliche about most living in trailers. For a team that had 5 good years since 1981, it’s really embarrassing they think their program is elite.

Joe Hamilton's Designated Driver

August 30th, 2010
12:51 pm

Hey look, another gaytor obsessed with UGA posting on a Tech blog.

slow day at Walmart?

1980=a lot longer ago than 1990

August 30th, 2010
12:55 pm

lots of slow days. lots of them.

Odell Thurman

August 30th, 2010
12:55 pm

Crack is wack!!

collegeballfan

August 30th, 2010
1:02 pm

If nothing else Days with his speed and agility should give the defense a more “game like” look than most scout team QB’s. In particular as Dasher, Taylor and Harris he should give the GT defense a nice check.

collegeballfan

August 30th, 2010
1:22 pm

Roberson – question. The GT website under Depth Chart shows 80 scholarship players. Why? When can/will GT get to 85 like everyone else?

The News

August 30th, 2010
1:24 pm

Yellow Fuzzy

August 30th, 2010
1:39 pm

Strange that both of my kidneys hurt.

Alphare

August 30th, 2010
1:56 pm

Anybody watched Jonathan Dwyer last night? He is excellent. What were people thinking recruiting him?

Doug Roberson

August 30th, 2010
1:58 pm

Sometimes the coaches like to balance out the classes. You’ll notice from Tech’s class that it is very heavy with freshmen, with only 16 seniors on scholarship.
They also will hold back a scholarship or two to reward walk-ons.

Boise Dawg

August 30th, 2010
2:51 pm

Serious question here…. not trying to take a shot. How does Tech prepare their defense to face a pro-style offense? Do they have a scout team that runs traditional pass patterns and i-formation power running? While I know Tech’s offense can be difficult to prepare for… I haven’t put much thought into how their offensive personnel may make it difficult to prepare on the defensive side of the ball for a team like say an Arkansas that is going to air it out a lot.

Doug Roberson

August 30th, 2010
3:10 pm

Yes, they have a scout team. After the first two-three weeks of August, the defense will rarely face Tech’s offense. The defense will face a scout-team offense that will run whatever the next opponent is running. It’s one of the big myths about Johnson’s system that just won’t seem to die.

Hey, Thom...

August 30th, 2010
3:34 pm

…usually the “scout” team is made up of all the walk-ons who are just not good enough crack the first 2 teams on either offense or defense – since there are anywhere from 90 – 105 total on the team, and anywhere from 45 – 50 players make up the first 2 teams (including special teams) you can have a bunch of redshirt freshmen as well as several sophs, jrs & srs on the scout teams – it just depends on how well the recruiting has gone and whether the recruited talent evolves to being “contributors” on the playing field or just “contributing” on the practice field.

GT Sambo

August 30th, 2010
3:59 pm

I expect Synjyn Days to be contributor in the future. He is from out here in my neck of the woods Smyrna/Powder Springs area, and from everything I’ve heard he has a good head on his shoulders and is an extremely good all-around athlete (big, fast, and strong). I also don’t think it is a coincidence that he is sitting in on the DB meetings as it is entirely possible that that is where he ends up contributing. I think that he will have a good shot at the QB competition over the next couple of years, but even if that doesn’t work out, he would make a darn good safety.