Washington heads into fall as Tech’s No. 1

Projected starter: Tevin Washington (Jr., 6-0, 205)

Others to watch: Synjyn Days redshirted last season and stayed No. 2 through behind Washington in spring practice. He often struggled with ball security, though he acquitted himself well in the spring game. Vad Lee is an anticipated incoming freshman who has fans atwitter with his passing ability. Demond Smith is another freshman who will get a look.

Key losses: Joshua Nesbitt was a three-year starter and the heart of Georgia Tech’s 2009 ACC championship team. Including the game in which he sustained a season-ending broken arm, the Yellow Jackets finished the season 1-4.

Key fact: Coach Paul Johnson has made it clear that Washington is the starter going into fall camp. It could change once practice begins, but Washington did enough last season and in spring practice to maintain a lead on Days.

Key fact II: Washington had two 100-yard rushing games in his four starts and averaged 105 yards in those games. Nesbitt didn’t get his second 100-yard rushing game until his 17th career start. They both averaged 4.4 yards per carry last season. This isn’t to suggest that Washington is Nesbitt’s equal, but that his play following Nesbitt’s loss had its merits.

Key question: How good can Washington be? He didn’t put a vise grip on the job following Nesbitt’s injury, and he didn’t help himself with a dismal performance in the spring game. As a result, fan sentiment has ridden high with the backup (Days) and the incoming freshman (Lee).

However, coaches were encouraged by Washington’s play overall in the spring, and it’s worth pointing out that Tech finished No. 1 in the nation in rushing with Washington running the offense for almost a third of the season. He lacks great arm strength, but if he makes progress in the passing game and ball security, he could be a surprise.

Key developments: Both Washington and Days have been working hard over the summer in strength and conditioning sessions, and Washington has taken a leadership role among teammates. Lee made a strong early impression in summer 7-on-7 passing drills.

Outlook: Questionable. It’s hard to get away from Washington’s 1-3 record as a starter, but it’s also not fair to pin it entirely on him given the way the Jackets offense was able to move the ball in those games. Losing Nesbitt last fall may have helped accelerate Tech’s spiral last fall, but the experience it gave Washington could prove beneficial come September. Having Days, who has shown playmaking flash but whose next college snap will be his first, as the No. 2 isn’t the ideal.

Your turn: What do you think?

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141 comments Add your comment

Jaybo

July 12th, 2011
6:16 am

WnE

July 12th, 2011
6:37 am

Coach Kung Fu Panda has failed as a Recruiter.

After Nesbitt’s 3 yrs. as a Starter, the best CPJ has on Campus is Tevin (Campbell) Washington (he actually looks like the guy from Scrubs – D. Faison), then Synjin Days and a True Freshman from the Feb. 2011 Recruiting class.

Washington can’t throw and isn’t really athletic enough, Days doesn’t know the Offense and his throwing is worse than Washington’s and we don’t know a lot about Vad Lee that played his HS FB in N. Carolina.

For comparison purposes, Nesbitt played his HS FB here in Ga. against better competition and was thought to be a better passer coming out of HS than Vad Lee and we see how much trouble he had becoming a good College passer (most think that he never became a good enough passer), so there’s no guarantee that Vad Lee will be better at passing than Nesbitt was.

Coach Fish Fry has had HUGE MISSES on Ja-Blow Pshaw and Jordy Lou-Allen not to mention on Sims also and that’s why GT is so dangerously THIN at QB going into CPJ’s 4th season.

Paddy

July 12th, 2011
6:38 am

Someone other than Wahington will be the starter I think.

Golden White

July 12th, 2011
6:45 am

I will trust CPJ to do the right thing at the right time .
We just have to wait and see on this matter .
Go Tech !

WnE

July 12th, 2011
6:46 am

Days will get eaten alive by BCS-level defenses and Vad Lee is T-Fr., do you really wanna BURN a RS for a mediocre Season and crappy lower-tier Bowl rather than have Lee as a RS-Sr.?

Coach Fish fry is left with having to play Washington or Days and Days has terrible mechanics in the option game (play-fakes, mesh, etc.) AND his mechanics as a passer are even worse than his mechanics in the option game.

Basically Washington will be the winner by default of CPJ’s poor recruiting of QBs.

WnMoron

July 12th, 2011
7:04 am

Days will get eaten alive by BCS-level defenses? Really? Did you watch the Spring game? Prob not cause you are an idiot. Days did work all over that defense and they are actually pretty good. Nice try WnE. As usual you’re post make no sense. Have fun this year with Coach Tans a lot and cow town Athens :)

Jacket Man

July 12th, 2011
7:04 am

“WnE;” perhaps you can take your “show” on the road? I’m sure you’ll find more people who’ll “appreciate” your juvenile attempt at humor and what you obviously think is “rivalry”. Perhaps you can even take some of your other “handles” with you so you can have some company.

Since you were second on the GA Tech comment list, I think it’s safe to say that you waited up virtually all night, looking for a GA Tech blog to be posted so you could read it first and be able to comment on it so quickly. That seems to be a pattern for you. I’m really glad you have so much interest in our program as you obviously have nothing else going on in your life.

Go Jackets

July 12th, 2011
7:07 am

I think the O-Line let Washington down last fall. You’re right in that he’s not Nesbitt’s equal, but without the blocking your dead.

Alabama Jack

July 12th, 2011
7:09 am

Hey, WnE, how about get back on the grill there in Athens and cook us up some fresh hash browns.

GTFan

July 12th, 2011
7:09 am

I can’t stand Washington!!

Techman78

July 12th, 2011
7:29 am

Washington’s numbers werent bad last season. Very comparible to Nesbitt. The thing that bothers me about Washington was first: his 1-4 record, second: lack of fire. He just didnt seem to have the competitive spirit that a starting QB really needs. I wish Washington the best and hope he comes out and proves everyone wrong but personally I believe that Synjyn will end up on top. Also, I still think that if Vad Lee lives up to all the hype he could be the starter by mid season. I guess we will see. Hopefully all the talk about more motivation and new team attitude will show come Sepember. Go Jackets!!!!

JB

July 12th, 2011
7:33 am

Have you guys got a RB we can borrow?

reebok

July 12th, 2011
7:44 am

Washington will be fine. The timing was never there for the offense last year, even BEFORE Nesbitt got hurt. It is Washington’s team now, and the players will respond to that. And while I LOVE Joshua Nesbitt, Washington could hardly be a worse passer!

CJ

July 12th, 2011
7:51 am

@JB we’ve got about half a team of A-backs if you need a WR/QB/RB combo around 180 lbs.

Also, in a lot of ways Synjyn Days performance in the Spring game reminded me of Mike Vick’s first few years with the Falcons. Take the snap, drop back, play blows up, run for 15 yards. He would certainly be the most exciting to watch for better or for worse.

sharecropper

July 12th, 2011
8:00 am

I get it that Washington has earned the starter designation to open August practice. But: if Tevin Washington is Tech’s quarterback after the third game, the easiest part of the schedule, then he will be there all year, and Georgia Tech can look forward to three certain things: another losing season. Another year of not being able to throw the football — to say Washington lacks arm strength is to say the Boy Scouts lack firearms — and finally the previously unnoted, discarding of the triple option as part of the offense, because Washington demonstrated in five games that he simply cannot execute it, and Johnson demonstrated he will adjust his offense knowing it can’t be run with Washington, and thus the vanilla old split T two-back option. I’d feel better leading the nation in rushing if we did not do that by running the ball every play. Make it 80-20 run to pass and let’s see how the stats work out. But Washington? If he starts the season is conceded.

WnE

July 12th, 2011
8:06 am

re:
WnMoron
July 12th, 2011
7:04 am

Days will get eaten alive by BCS-level defenses? Really? Did you watch the Spring game? Prob not cause you are an idiot. Days did work all over that defense and they are actually pretty good.
_____________________

You really made yourself look like you know very little about BCS-Level CFB with those comments above, Days looked like CRAP during the spring game, he was basically running around like a Chicken with his head cut off mainly because it looked like he didn’t know the Offense well enough.

If you actually thought Days looked good during the Spring game, then you just don’t know a lot about how a CFB Offense should look.

WnE

July 12th, 2011
8:10 am

re:
Jacket Man
July 12th, 2011
7:04 am
________________

Sorry douchebag Jacket man, but I don’t have to stay up all night to read the AJC online at a LATE HOUR like 6:37 am (the time of my first post).

I’m used to getting up at 5:30am or so each morning, so I have plenty going on in my life you putz.

GT

July 12th, 2011
8:11 am

Quarterbacks are like pitchers in baseball. I think they fool ya for a while and then the film starts picking up their real weaknesses. Joshua Nesbitt could not pass. NC State stack the line from the very first play, last year, dared him to throw. We got our balance back on offense that day but our defense never did. Tech doesn’t not need a great quarterback, it almost hurts their gameplan when they score too quickly. If Lee is as good as advertised, the defense will play a lot more in the coming years and needs to be much better than they were last year. I think they will be.

JB

July 12th, 2011
8:17 am

Defense still wins championships. Tech and my dawgs are very lacking in that department against top notch teams.

Tokyo jacket

July 12th, 2011
8:25 am

@JB too funny man. Made me laugh knowing you’re a bulldog.

Sharecropper, not sure I agree with you there about not being able to run the offense. Stats don’t agree with you either. We averaged well over 400 yards of offense per game with Washington at the helm, getting over 500 against our rival. We were ‘in it’ in all four of his games.

That said, he didn’t get the job done. If he now has the fire that Nesbitt showed on every single down (other than in Lawrence) and he can get the job done, great. But, I don’t want to watch a year with a guy who can’t win. Running the offense is one thing, being a winning QB is another. Tech fans want both.

Big Macon DAWG

July 12th, 2011
8:27 am

Nesbitt was a huge loss.

What was your record last year after that Washington kid took over?

If I were a Tech fan, I’d hate to think he’s going to be under center for more than the opening cup-cake games.

Tech Fan

July 12th, 2011
8:34 am

Washington is alot like Jabo Shaw….he is good enough to run the offense, just not good enough to get us a ACC championship. Days will be and I hope he is by the time this season starts. Vad will be as well. Sorry anyone who think Washington is the man…..he just isn’t

just saying

July 12th, 2011
8:35 am

I don’t get it, what games did Washington win last year? Oh that’s right, Duke with the help of Mario Butler. Honestly, is that the best GT can do?

GT Fan ...

July 12th, 2011
8:36 am

Seriously WnE, you’re kind of a loser, and it’s obvious from EVERY post of yours, living in misery. Do you talk to your kids (or wife/sig other) with such negativity too?

Ya know, with your infinite wisdom you should take your talents elsewhere and earn millions of dollars being a talent evaluator.

Man, you’re a dreadful person.

Tech76

July 12th, 2011
8:44 am

For all the Dawg fans commenting on our potential starting QB. What was the record of your starting QB? Yeah! That is right! 6-7. He couldn’t beat a team with a winning record. Worry about your QB and not our potential starting QB.

WnE

July 12th, 2011
8:45 am

re:
GT Fan …
July 12th, 2011
8:36 am
______________________

Which of my comments above are grossly incorrect?

Which of my comments above are unfair to the SAs competing for the QB position?

Nothing that I’ve written is unfair or overly biased, in fact, I’d venture to say that roughly 40% to 55% of GT fans would agree with my comments about about GT QBs above, even though they might not publicly make the same comments that I made above.

What you call dreadful and overly negative, I call FAIR & HONEST.

Tech76

July 12th, 2011
8:46 am

I’ll correct myself. He did beat us and we did have a winning record at the time. I should just say that he didn’t beat a team that finished with a winning record.

GT Fan ...

July 12th, 2011
8:47 am

…. Key fact II: Washington had two 100-yard rushing games in his four starts and averaged 105 yards in those games. Nesbitt didn’t get his second 100-yard rushing game until his 17th career start ….

That’s a pretty, WOW, I didn’t know that fact. Took Nesbitt until start 17, really Ken? That can’t be true can it? I was with many other fans who are ready to see what Days can do, but with this fact, maybe TW needs more looks!

Tech Fan … I think the diff with TW & Jaybo is TW has way more talent than JS. I believed JS knew the O better than Josh, but he just simply didn’t have the size/strength/speed Josh had.

GT

July 12th, 2011
8:48 am

Johnson will find a way to win with Washington. Came close in Athens. We were very low on troops by the end of the year last year. It showed in our special teams especially. Johnson seems to learn lessons from year to year. Nothing wrong with his offense and now he is personally coaching special teams, bet ya they are better next year. The pressure is on the defense.

Ugahater715

July 12th, 2011
8:50 am

I think its funny how people just give up on a kid that quick. You don’t think there is some kind of learning curve to be made? Nesbitt had the honor of playing with a pretty good defense in his 1st year running the offense. If you don’t think Washington will improve then you must not give our coaches any credit, I am not sayinig he is going to blow away everyone this year but lets face you can’t fully blame Washington for any of those losses last year. Hell the defense/special teams gave up 28 to VT, 35 to Miami, and 42 to UGA. If our defense would have played like that in 2008 Nesbitt wouldn’t have had as good of season. It takes time and game experience to become fully comfortable with the offense. Tevin will have 3 games to get ready for UNC, give the kid a chance. Its funny, now I am going to say this and I am a huge Tech fan, but I find it funny that a bunch of Tech fans who probably never played football, let alone coached football, can make such bold perdictions after 4 games of seeing this guy play. Let CPJ do what he does, I am pretty sure he knows more than everyone on this post.

GT Fan ...

July 12th, 2011
8:50 am

WnE … you’re proving my point.

Serious man, it’s now 8:50am … you’ve been up since 5am (you say), and you’re STILL trolling the GT blog!

Go away sir.

lanier

July 12th, 2011
8:55 am

WnE would you like to borrow our RB’s or possibly a few OL guys

lanier

July 12th, 2011
8:56 am

we could rent them since you folks dont seem to make much money

78 DAWG

July 12th, 2011
9:02 am

WnE blah blah
Coach Fish Fry can’t recruit the great players like Dexter Moody, Washuan Ealey & Caleb King.
The facts are GT hasn’t recruited a good option qb, Days may develop, Lee may as well, but Lee is just like Crowell, maybe he will be Moreno or maybe he’ll be Ealey. Actually after watching Crowell play against Calhoun, I’m afraid he’s Ealey.

collegeballfan

July 12th, 2011
9:07 am

Washington was not an effective passer last year and when he did hit the receiver in the hands the receiver dropped the pass. If you can’t throw and can’t catch it is hard to have a passing game.

And do we need to discuss the pass blocking by the OL?

wes

July 12th, 2011
9:16 am

Tevin is steady + if the defense improves like it should, GT will have a solid year.

However, Days is the more intriguing prospect…

George Stein

July 12th, 2011
9:18 am

Grow up already, WnE. Tevin played as well as could be expected in his games. He wasn’t perfect, but we moved the ball pretty well in the games he played.

And can we move past citing a QB’s record as proof the he’s good or bad. Murray has a losing record as a starting QB abut I don’t think any reasonable person can make the case he sucked last year.

NorthAvenueRules

July 12th, 2011
9:22 am

I don’t see how CPJ can keep Vad Lee off the field. Check out this highlight of his senior year:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkPC_C7JP5Y

George Stein

July 12th, 2011
9:31 am

He can keep him off the field pretty easily, North Ave. Vad is an 18 year old true freshman. It might make sense to temper our expectations of him a little.

Lastly, I hope Vad is great. But if he isn’t, he wouldn’t be the first guy in history to have a nice high school highlight tape but not make it in college.

T3

July 12th, 2011
9:36 am

As opposed to WnE’s uninformed, PMS-based rant,

GT’s list of possible QB’s look like this (in no particular order):

Synjyn Days
David Sims
Desmond Smith
Tevin Washington
Vad Lee

Sims will likely play RB, but during 2010 season he looked VERY good when subbing at QB.
Sims is bigger, faster and stronger than Nesbitt was.

Whoever emerges from this 5-way competition will be great at the QB position
and will deserve to be the starter.

GT Fan

July 12th, 2011
9:39 am

“NorthAvenueRules” – I agree with you, but there is more impressive film of Vad than what you posted.

Vad Lee Passing Highlights:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q2k95TtTdk&feature=related

Big Macon DAWG

July 12th, 2011
9:39 am

@NorthAvenueRules

Because he’s playing against HIGHSCHOOL defenses.

We sign 20+ players with those kind of tapes every year.

George Stein

July 12th, 2011
9:47 am

I finally agree with Macon.

I understand being excited about Vad but it’s totally unfair to him to expect him to come in and be the guy from day one.

St. Richt

July 12th, 2011
9:47 am

Lets hope Vad Lee or Synjyn Days can beat out Twinkle Toes.

A Rob

July 12th, 2011
9:47 am

You guys who keep comparing TW to Nesbitt are crazy!! Nesbitt was an absolute beast. He could overpower linebackers and db’s and outrun most of them too. Washington is adequate but has no big play ability. He just does not have the physical tools, plain and simple, and no arm. The amount of big plays that come from the QB position are important to the explosiveness of this offense.
Let’s just hope Days can learn the offense enough to take over as the season progresses, or we will be in for a long one.

techfan

July 12th, 2011
9:53 am

Tevin played fairly well last year, but like most Tech fans it’s just hard for me to get excited about him. He went 1-3, made some horrible decisions like the one against UGA where he basically handed them a TD, never really passed well, and the offensive play calling seemed to be a little more limited when he was in there. He did have to play bowl teams in 4 of his 5 games though, and he did move the ball pretty well at times. If he is the guy then i’m behind him 100%, I just hope he shows some more spark early in the season. I’m also a little worried about his injury.

lol

July 12th, 2011
9:56 am

Would any of them start in the Southern Conference? This staff hasn’t recruited well and seriously lacks in player development. Does anyone ever improve under PJ?

T3

July 12th, 2011
10:01 am

So, BigMaconDawg thinks that the only reason that Vad Lee looks good on
tape is because the tapes are against “high school” defenses.

Yet, BigMaconDawg is the same as ALL of the ANNUALLY the delusional dawg fans that think Crowell is simply going to blast college defenses……based on Crowell’s HIGH SCHOOL tapes.

Why is it that every year dawg fans just seem to
keep getting more and more delusionally stupid ??

By his very own WELL-DOCUMENTED behavior, Crowell has PROVEN he’s a
very immature PUNK, that has been prone to injury throughout high school.
That’s not opinion. Its FACT. Its already been thoroughly documented
by multiple college football websites.

All the hype about Crowell it EXACTLY THE SAME as it was for Ealy, King,
and multiple other UGA RBs over the past 10 years. Each one was a dismal failure.

Until proven otherwise, it is safer to assume Crowell is gonna get BLASTED.

GT Fan

July 12th, 2011
10:03 am

Mark my words. If Vad Lee demonstrates significantly more talent in the passing game than Synjyn and Tevin, he will see the field this season.

Passing is more important to CPJ than the average fan thinks…

George Stein

July 12th, 2011
10:04 am

Pretty sure the record wasn’t entirely Tevin’s fault, techfan.