I said I’d post the rest of the Brian Bohannon Q&A Wednesday and I never did, for which I apologize. It ended up being a little busier than expected. Hopefully you saw some of the stuff that went in the paper online, including coach Paul Johnson’s latest public appraisal of Vad Lee and a story on B-back David Sims. Also, this is not football-related, but former Tech tennis player Irina Falconi won the biggest match of her career Wednesday at the U.S. Open. Monday, she became the first women’s player from Tech to ever win a singles match in a grand slam tournament.
Anyway, onto the Q&A, a continuation from Tuesday.
Q: Is David working harder than he has in the past?
A: I don’t know if he’s working harder. I just think he saw a window of opportunity and he’s really jumped on it. David’s one of the smartest football players in that (meeting) room. If you were to ask any of those guys in that room to ask who would know the answer to a question that any of the coaches put up, he would be one of the guys that everyone would point to. He’s a pretty smart football player.
Two cents: Not sure I have anything to add. But it’s an interesting observation.
Q: Do you mean on the whole team?
A: I mean the quarterbacks and B-backs are always together, so they hear all that, but David knows what’s going on. He’s a smart football player. Obviously, being a quarterback has helped him a little bit with that. But yeah, he’s done a good job. We’ll see.
Two cents: This goes back to the first question, I guess, but the image of someone going into the quarterbacks and B-backs meeting room, looking at a question on a white board and asking, “O.K., who knows the answer to this?” and then everyone looking at Sims is kind of amusing.
Q: Were you aware that he had considered transferring?
A: I’m sure that goes through a lot of their minds. He’s had some growing pains here that hopefully, when he looks back on this, it made him a better person. These young men are the life of their town and their school and all of the sudden they come to college and all of the sudden they’re just another guy in the mix. It’s a tough adjustment.
I give him credit to this point. He’s followed through. It’s easy to bail. Sometimes the hard thing to do is fight it and he’s fought it, and hopefully it’s going to pay off for him.
Two cents: I have to think that for a lot of the “elite” prospects that fail to pan out, a lot of times it’s probably not a matter of not being good enough but more situations like this one that keep them from reaching their potential. It’s cliché, but a player’s inner drive is so crucial to how he turns out. There are only a handful of players at the college level, and even fewer in the NFL, who are clearly better athletes than the rest.
Q: How has Vad Lee been doing?
A: He’s done O.K. He hit a little bit of a wall just being a freshman and all the information overload. So he’s just got to stay to there, keep competing, keep working, because every day he’s going to learn something. Every day he’s going to get better. He had a lot of success early and then it kind of plateaued for him a little bit, which is fairly common, but I’m still pleased with the improvement he made. I just want to see it continue. I don’t want him to back off. He’s got to keep working.
Two cents: Comments like this, and what Johnson said Wednesday, lead me to believe Lee won’t play Thursday. I think to not redshirt, he’ll have to have another development spurt in practice and probably also Tevin Washington and Synjyn Days would have to struggle. I’d think that Johnson would play if the team needs him. If Washington is doing the job, the need for Lee decreases.
Q: Has a yes-or-no decision been made on him?
A: No. That’s Coach Johnson’s call. That decision can’t be made and won’t be made for awhile. We’ve got three quarterbacks.
Two cents: In a way, Lee is about to go through what Sims went through and most every other FBS player does. He’s going to have to fight his way up the depth chart and keep grinding even though it’s possible that significant playing time may be two years away.
By Ken Sugiura, AJC