Some quotes and observations that didn’t make the story about Synjyn Days and Vad Lee challenging Tevin Washington.
1. Like just about any coach, quarterbacks and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon loves having competition.
“Competition makes every one of them better regardless of who ends up being the guy. There’s no doubt. It’s the best thing you’ve got as a coach if you have competition. It’s hard when you don’t, unless you have a really intrinsically motivated starter.”
2. I alluded to it, but it sounds like the primary objective in spring practice will be to separate Lee and Days more than either of them against Washington. Obviously, if either of them blows it out of the water, that would have bearing on Washington’s status, but I’d think he has such a lead on both that it’s not likely in the spring.
3. Bohannon on familiarity with the offense being Lee’s challenge: “There isn’t any doubt. The more you do it, the better you’re going to be. He is a student of the game, to say the least, and he really works at it. So even when we talked about him back in fall camp, he was ahead of the curve. He does a good job of studying the game and learning everything he can.”
4. Days said he thought his right-wrist injury was pulled ligaments, but that “everything’s good now at this point.”
5. Days on the competition: “I feel like whoever’s the better man for it should start. Not accounting for if they’re a senior or if they’re a freshman or whatnot. The best person should get the job.”
6. Days came within 20 pounds of Joshua Nesbitt’s bench-press record for quarterbacks (385 pounds) about a month ago and wants to try to break it in the summer. He said he has been “busting his tail” in the weight room, the goal being to become a better ballcarrier and put more zip on his passes.
7. Wide receiver Darren Waller’s observations on Washington, Days and Lee, plus bonus information on early enrollee Dennis Andrews and Tim Byerly, a walk-on transfer from Middle Tennessee State (a smart wide receiver praises as many quarterbacks as he can): “They bring a lot to the table. Like Tevin, he’s a run-pass kind of guy. He’s a real good leader. Synjyn is probably the best athlete of all of them, strength-wise, speed-wise. We’ve just got to get him coming along. He’s been progressing well. Vad is a real good thrower, coming out of high school (in a) spread system, things like that. Then you’ve got Dennis coming in. He’s promising. He’s an athletic guy, strong. He’s working with us. He’ll be out there on the field doing extra stuff with us, things like that. Timmy Byerly transferred in from Middle Tennessee. I saw him play in high school, saw him play in a state championship. He’s a real good player. We’ve got a lot of guys.”
Thanks for reading. Post-practice notes will be posted later in the evening and I’ll have another blog up Thursday morning.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog