Quarterback Synjyn Days offered his breakdown of the match race between A-back Broderick Snoddy and quarterback Justin Thomas, run Wednesday at the Brock Football Practice Facility.
The race was prompted by playful banter between the two, both of whom had won state high school 100-meter dash championships.
“And then somebody else said, ‘I bet you guys won’t race,’” Days said.
The race, billed on players’ Twitter accounts as a 100-meter dash, was set for 5 p.m. Wednesday. The setting unfortunately prevented that distance, as the indoor field is about 95 yards long. It was later pushed back until after a 7-on-7 session because Thomas had a class. As the two took their mark, teammates lined up on either side, eager to see who would lay claim to being Tech’s fastest player.
“I know (defensive end) Euclid (Cummings) was like, ‘I got my money on Justin,’” Days said.
Days himself held up his backpack, likening it to Floyd Mayweather’s famous cash-filled duffel bag. (NCAA investigators may note that Days’ bag was not actually stuffed with money.)
Linebacker Brandon Watts positioned himself as a third contestant, Days said, “but he made an excuse about his toe hurting.”
Snoddy got off to a strong start and began to pull away. After about 40 yards, he eased up and looked back at Thomas, who in May won the Alabama Class 4A-6A 100-meter title.
“It was supposed to be 100, but after ‘Snoody’ got him on the 30 (yard line) and started looking back, you knew it was basically over after that,” Days said.
Days was not surprised by Snoddy’s performance, having seen him go full throttle in the past. Snoddy won the Georgia Class AAA 100- and 200-meter titles as a junior at Carrollton High.
“He just runs really fast,” he said. “I don’t know how else to describe it.”
The dueling may not be over. According to Days, offensive linemen Bryan Chamberlain and Shaquille Mason are rumbling about a race of their own.
Video and giggling courtesy of Jemea Thomas
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog