Georgia Tech quarterback Synjyn Days is open to playing another position, but should make a strong push at quarterback when the Yellow Jackets’ fall camp opens at the beginning of August.
Days has been working with a private quarterback coach and feels he’s making progress as a passer.
“I feel like I’m getting a lot better with my throwing,” Days said.
Days, battling with Vad Lee behind starter Tevin Washington, has been training with Ron Veal, a former Arizona quarterback who has tutored Georgia’s Hutson Mason, among others. Days and Veal meet every weekend for about an hour and 15 minutes. (During the summer, college coaches are not allowed to supervise players.) Veal has been working with Days on his footwork, his drops and throwing on the run.
“His accuracy has gone up a lot,” Veal said.
Veal said that he’s throwing better on the run.
“He throws a fairly good deep ball,” Veal said. “His intermediate ball, he’s still working on.”
Days’ arm strength has never been an issue, but touch and accuracy have been challenges. Improved footwork, both in the pocket and out of it, should aid him.
Veal said they are trying to “eliminate the false steps, make sure his foot placement is in the right place of his delivery.”
Days, 6-foot-1, has also been trying to stand up taller in the pocket to maximize his height. He said he has a tendency to get lower in anticipation of the pass rush. Over the summer, he has been focusing on following through. He said he knows his mechanics to the point that he doesn’t even need Veal to point out when he’s made a mistake.
“He works hard at what he’s doing,” Veal said. “That’s a good thing you don’t have to worry about.”
Days has typically thrown to wide receiver Darren Waller or his brother, linebacker Jabari Hunt-Days.
Said Days of his little brother, “He has phenomenal hands.”
Days will have a tough time dislodging Washington out of the starting job. The rising senior has a considerable lead on Days and Lee, who at the end of the spring were both seen as situational players. But the work done by Days, who has trained with Veal since late in his high school career at Hillgrove High in Cobb County, speaks to coach Paul Johnson’s post-spring commentary that both need to tighten up their weaknesses over the summer and in fall camp.
“The goal is to make them not situational players and to be able to do the whole thing,” Johnson said after the spring game.
While Days has largely worked at quarterback in the team’s 7-on-7 sessions this summer, he’s also snuck in some reps at A-back and B-back. Days said that Johnson told him he may move him around, noting he had done that in the past with his quarterbacks at Navy and Georgia Southern.
“I feel like it’s going to be fun if I’m at another position,” said Days, a team-first type who played all over the field on defense in high school.
Should he switch, Days’ speed and powerful running style would seem to recommend him well to the A-back spot, and it’s understandable why coaches would want to get him on the field if he isn’t playing quarterback. That, it seems, will be sorted out in August.
“I’m just trying to keep my head on straight and walk with God,” Days said. “Everything will work out in the end.”
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Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog