Rod Mackenzie of scout.com and I spoke with Georgia Tech A-back Orwin Smith Tuesday morning at the Edge Athletic Center. Smith shared strong insights and opinions on the team’s offseason work, including what I imagine many of you are dying for, news about incoming freshman quarterback Vad Lee. I’ll share some here and more Wednesday.
1. The attitude is much better. It’s been written about before that the Jackets were complacent last year, but Smith testified further.
“Last year, I think the attitude wasn’t great at all,” he said. “Everyone seemed to be about themselves. It takes a team to win.”
The twice-weekly 7-on-7 passing drills that the team is doing are an example.
“Last year, that summer was just so empty,” he said. “We didn’t do anything.”
Players have been getting together more away from football activities, like going out to eat or watching the NBA finals together. Smith said quarterback Tevin Washington and safety Rashaad Reid have organized a lot of it.
“I’ve seen attitudes change even from some of the guys that I thought their attitudes were terrible,” Smith said. “We need our leaders to have great attitudes in order for the followers to have great attitudes.”
2. The team had a 7-on-7 session Monday night with Georgia State players. It was the first time incoming freshmen had a chance to participate. The players decided to give Lee a shot for, it sounds like, one series, and he led the team to a touchdown in about four plays.
“He looked real good,” Smith said. “I don’t want to talk too much about him, make it seem like he’s more than what he is, but he surprised me, impressed me a lot. Hey, I want to see what he can do when it comes to the option. He can throw.”
More from Smith: “You can tell he’s been studying the playbook. He wasn’t asking too many questions. The questions he was asking, you can tell he knows what he’s talking about.”
For what it’s worth, Lee said just before he left home last week that he’d been studying whatever he could about the offense, but didn’t have a playbook.
More Wednesday about Chris Jackson, Smith’s assessment of the A-backs and the workout contraption that he’s been using to increase his explosiveness.