A quick update on B-backs. I’m planning on writing something for the paper either later this week or next week.
Preston Lyons and Richard Watson are getting most of the reps with the first unit, David Sims and Charles Perkins with the second group. They have been switching them a little bit to give Sims and Perkins a chance to run behind the first-string line, though Paul Johnson noted Wednesday that apparently hasn’t done them a lot of favors.
Sims is having some trouble getting out of the stance, as might be expected of someone in his first two weeks at the position. He and Perkins both are struggling with the pass-blocking aspect of the position. Perkins, a rising redshirt freshman, didn’t block at all in high school as a tailback at Collins Hill and worked with the scout team last fall. Sims has spent most of his time at Tech at quarterback.
“I know what I can do when I have the ball in my hands,” Perkins said. “It’s the whole blocking aspect and all that” that has been difficult.
Lyons can relate. You have to know the assignment – what to do, who to block – and then also technique – angles and different types of blocks.
“Some of the cut blocks, it’s not just going out there and diving at someone’s feet,” Lyons said. “There’s a lot more to it than that.”
B-backs coach Brian Bohannon sounds encouraged by some of what he’s seeing, but is still waiting for someone to take the job.
“We haven’t got a lot going at that position, not a lot of big runs,” he said.