Tech’s Days working on passing form

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.”

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

89 comments Add your comment

GT Joe

July 10th, 2012
2:03 pm

first…now let me read the article.

5150 UOAD

July 10th, 2012
2:17 pm

The QB’s and WR’s have been really spending their time working on Routes and timing at Local high Schools I hope it will pay off.
DAYS is a great guy and leader of men. Vad, Lee and Washington bring different skill sets to the field. i hope CPJ and use all the individual talents to build a great offensive game plan. What TECH needs is a better Defense.

GT JOE………don’t do the STUPID 1st thing.
The Only Fists you should brag about is when you lost your virginity or made the 1st million $’s.

Jacket Man

July 10th, 2012
2:27 pm

The coaching staff won’t be able to keep Synjyn off the field because he’s so dynamic with the ball in his hands. My guess is he’ll end up as a starting A-Back by mid-season. I also see Vad Lee getting several reps against VA Tech, and then will increase those reps through the next few games until he becomes the starter by game 4.

'"Explosive Offense"'

July 10th, 2012
2:27 pm

…. be able to do the whole thing.

AtWork

July 10th, 2012
2:31 pm

I wish the young man the best. I think they all need work…with Justin Thomas though…i think, unless Days blows us all away in fall practice, will be moved. I think it will be a good one too. O Smith, D Sims, T Washington, and S Days…good speed and power ability. I hope TW finally gets that monkey off his back about passing…i’d like to see 60% this year.

5150 UOAD

July 10th, 2012
2:34 pm

5150 UOAD

July 10th, 2012
2:36 pm

Not Disappointed!

July 10th, 2012
2:57 pm

Days sounds like he’s going to be on the field regardless! Let’s go Jackets!

chas_jacket

July 10th, 2012
3:05 pm

Agree need to get Days on the field somewhere, but whatever happens we are in far better shape at QB than we have been in many years – great situation!

juvenal

July 10th, 2012
3:05 pm

remember how Tevin first got the job? better have several ready, give them 1 qtr. each against the calvinists…

Teddy Roosevelt

July 10th, 2012
3:23 pm

Can you imagine the pitch to an A back, who then passes to a wide open wr downfield for the big score

5150 UOAD

July 10th, 2012
3:29 pm

Teddy R…….we would have to change the blocking scheme some. The QB has to make the 1st read then the pitch, but the END read has to allow the B-back to get set to make the throw. It can be done but the key is to get the End to bite and pinch on the QB & A back dives allowing the B-Back time to make the pass. The DBs have to chase the WRs or be caught in the No man’s land in between.

Technically Correct

July 10th, 2012
3:30 pm

Looks like we’ll need to insert the old, halfback (or now A-back) pass into the playbook…

yeller bug

July 10th, 2012
3:35 pm

If Days goes to A-back and with Sims (former QB) at B back, we could have quite a few option plays where the RB throws the ball as Teddy above suggested. Especially if Days is working on throwing on the run. Fake dive, option pitch and then either run or pass from there.

5150 UOAD

July 10th, 2012
3:39 pm

What would work well is the Counter Dive that O.Smith has run for a TD and long runs. Take that Counter trap Dive with the D moving the opposite way and pitch deep to the Crossing B Back to then make the throw down field.

Born2Buzz

July 10th, 2012
3:40 pm

How about the backfield of Vad @ QB, Days and Thomas @ AB. Even Sims @ BB – that’s a lot of guys that can run and throw. Holy cow, CPJ could have some fun with this.

5150 UOAD

July 10th, 2012
3:43 pm

Somebody forgot Orwin Smith………..B2B

Teddy Roosevelt

July 10th, 2012
3:43 pm

We got wrinkles on top of wrinkles up in this offense

chas_jacket

July 10th, 2012
3:57 pm

Think we need to focus on running the TO to perfection and getting a reliable passing game. An occasional A back option pass would be gravy.

yeller bug

July 10th, 2012
3:58 pm

It all comes down to execution. CPJ can draw up cool plays on napkins, put into playbook and practice on the field, but we need to execute on game day. We’ve had way too many wide open receivers who dropped passes or were overthrown. I would venture to guess that most of the passes we threw last year were open—the play was drawn up correctly, but we didn’t execute.

gtfan1951

July 10th, 2012
4:29 pm

Looking forward to a great year…good job young man

Born2Buzz

July 10th, 2012
4:56 pm

5150, I also forgot Tevin. Could see a lot of combinations in the backfield. Or not.

And yeller bug, you are correct. It seems someone is always open, just got to make the right read and hit the pass.

Still, I think we are in for an exciting season.

Flying Tiger

July 10th, 2012
4:56 pm

Remember how Vad Lee was going to be the savior and would play the day he came in. What a joke. Tevin is a great kid, but if you are looking for a “special” season he is not going to get you there, but Vad Lee was going to be the savior. Shows what people at tech know. Vad Lee might have to change positions if he will ever see the field when it counts. Maybe the other kid from Alabama will be the savior now…yeah right, oh he runs a 4.3 40…so? Vad Lee is magician in this offense and will be hanging 50 on everyone…LMAO…and tech says other fans are delusional…yeah right.

Ken Sugiura

July 10th, 2012
4:59 pm

calvinists. nice work, juvenal.

Ol'JacketFan

July 10th, 2012
6:25 pm

Nice to see the young men working hard and being dilgent in their off season training. This bodes well for the seaon and the future of the program. It appears they know that hard work pays off in the long run!

I am so looking forward to this season and seeing these young men perform at their best!

Go Jackets!

Techster

July 10th, 2012
7:42 pm

I’m waiting, just waiting for this offense to start clicking. Once it does, we will be unstoppable. Everyone says ” all you need is a week to prepare for Tech and you can shut them down.” Really? If that’s the case then we wouldn’t win any games. 2012, let’s go Tech!

BLT

July 10th, 2012
7:49 pm

“Flying Tiger”
How appropriate considering your post. There’s another “Flying” you can take. Here’s a clue: It does not concern Delta.
We have not even seen Vad take the field for a game. The same applies for the “other kid from Alabama”. You should not talk about “delusional”. I believe you have that cornered.

BLT

July 10th, 2012
8:07 pm

Hey “Flying Tiger” that flight also concerns a rolling donut.

TechMate

July 10th, 2012
8:22 pm

Great to hear Synjyn has been working hard this summer. He seems like a great kid both on and off the field. Glad to hear he is continuing to work on his footwork. All the Jacket QB’s, while excellent runners, need additional tutoring on footwork, balance before throwing and then correctly stepping into the throw. Step too short and the ball sails; too long and it torpedoes into the ground in front of the receiver.
We had one of the best fundamentals’ QB coaches in the game with Bill Crutchfield who was at the Flats under Bud Carson. I’ve never known a better coach who understood the fundamentals of throwing the football. Before he came to GA. Tech, he developed some fine QB’s at Florida State in the 60’s,
So work hard this summer, Tech QBs. Now is the time when you’ve got some time. Go Jackets.

Delbert D.

July 10th, 2012
8:42 pm

If Says could punt the ball a bit, he’d be a weapon on 4th and 7 or 8 from midfield. Keep ‘em guessing.

Keepin It Real

July 10th, 2012
9:09 pm

As 5150 mentioned, don’t forget at Smith (who is the best running back on the team). And let’s also not forget about Snoddy, the fastest man on the team. Oh yeah, BJ Bostic is back (another former QB). With multiple skilled players able to do multiple things, CPJ should incorporate a hurry up package that would not allow for defensive substitutions. I can really see opposing defensives starting a dime package – may even go to seven DBs; trying to match speed on speed. But then, we’ll just pound them inside. I like this offense and this personnel!

Ol'JacketFan

July 10th, 2012
9:19 pm

Had the chance to view some video of Shamire Devine at Nike’s camp. He looked very, very good against some of the top d linemen. He is big man with superb footwork and good upper body stength. I can see why he has won the MVP award for linemen at the camps he’s attended this year. Hopefully Jeremi Hall is cut out of the same cloth. Those two will make one side of the O line very tough for the next few years!

Kublanow also looked good, I wish Tech had been able to snag him as well.

NYJacket

July 10th, 2012
9:30 pm

Competition is a wonderful thing.

Buzz 2011

July 10th, 2012
11:22 pm

CPJ will not play Days.. Who is 5150 UOAD ? Everytime I am on here he is posting. Does he have a job?

jacket

July 10th, 2012
11:48 pm

For the uninitiated, when Juvenal refers to the “Calvinists”, he’s speaking of Presbyterian College. BTW, I am a Calvinist and a GT fan.

5150 UOAD

July 11th, 2012
12:01 am

BUZZ 2011………..Who ARE you?

5150 UOAD

July 11th, 2012
12:03 am

How do YOU KNOW CPJ will not play Synjyn DAYS or do you mean his brother Jabari Hunt-Days?

1 4 GT

July 11th, 2012
1:40 am

What’s a job?? LOLOLOL

gt45

July 11th, 2012
8:38 am

Company man! Ready for Labor Day!

Birmingham Jacket

July 11th, 2012
9:05 am

PREDICTIONS:

Days will never see significant playing time, if any under center.

Paul Johnson will end the season on the hotseat after another mediocre performance and what will likely be an embarrassing loss to UGA.

The CPJ tenure will come to an end after 2013 under the management of a new AD.

WnE

July 11th, 2012
9:26 am

Seems like a trend is developing here:

S. Hill NEEDED to turn to Terrance Mathis to learn how to run routes to improve his NFL Draft Stock and now Synjin Days NEEDS “outside” coaching to improve his passing mechanics.

He’s is a rising RS-soph. meaning he will have been out of HS going on 3 yrs. this FB season and will have had 2 full YEARS of practice under CPJ’s “chosen Asst. coaches”, and yet his mechanics are STILL THIS POOR.

If it takes all of CPJ’s recruits 3+ years to LEARN the BASICS of their position, then that leaves very little time for them to produce at a high level for GT, in fact, despite S. Hill’s good fortune of getting drafted in the 2nd Round, S. Hill did very LITTLE for GT FB on the field.

By the time Days gets his mechanics “down” he will be a RS-Jr. 4 years out of HS with only 1 yr. left to help GT win games, IF he is able to get on the field then.

Days isn’t the only example, Washington is a RS-Sr. going into his 5th yr. out of HS and even he has serious issues with good QB mechanics and fundamentals.

Is this a by-product of the WAY CPJ designed his staff with the QB coach (Bohannon) also splitting time coaching B-Backs?

IMO there’s no way that CPJ can justify having the QB-coach split time coaching B-backs when your QBs have have serious mechanics/technique issues for CPJ’s entire tenure.

The things that CPJ “can get away with” at the Service Academy level/crappy D1-AA level might not work at the BCS-level.

When the SAME ISSUE (poor QB mechanics) occurs over time among multiple players then one can make a case that it is systematic issue (i.e. CPJ-created) rather than a “player issue”.

If our recruits are “so much SMARTER” than the Recruits in Muttville, how can CMR & his Staff of Assts. get so much out of their young players in past yrs. (Matt Stafford, AJ, Green, Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Conley, Alec Ogletree, etc).

Our Recruits are supposed to be the “smartest” in all of CFB, yet they seem to learn their assignments & nuances for their positions at a VERY SLOW rate under CPJ and his Staff.

At some point GT fans not named “WnE” will have to ask themselves did CPJ hire an adequate Staff for the NEEDS of a BCS conference and are our Players being “coached up” as well as players on other BCS-level Teams?

Brock

July 11th, 2012
9:47 am

WNE- what part of this”(During the summer, college coaches are not allowed to supervise players.)” did you not understand. Days took responsibility for his own self worth to work hard over the summer.

But spin it how you want jackass.

Billy Lothridge

July 11th, 2012
9:59 am

WnE

July 11th, 2012
10:03 am

re:
Brock
July 11th, 2012
9:47 am

WNE- what part of this”(During the summer, college coaches are not allowed to supervise players.)” did you not understand. Days took responsibility for his own self worth to work hard over the summer.

But spin it how you want jackass.
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Even if the NCAA doesn’t allow contact with College coaches, why are his mechanics this POOR after 2+ YEARS of being coached by CPJ’s staff?

Why couldn’t Days develop by getting a “list of things to work on” from Bohannon and then using that?

I wonder does Nicky “control freak” Saban allow his players to go outside of the Bama staff for instruction?

What happens if Days is INJURED during one of the sessions with this non-GT coach?

No spin at all, just asking the tough questions about how CPJ’s QBs are coached & developed, that p!$$@nt cowards like you refuse to ask!

damngoodawg

July 11th, 2012
10:07 am

Really….:? Really….? Why don’t you guys get after CPJ to scrap that high school offense or leave? No decent qb is about to go to Tech without a change to a grown up offense…

Mr. Ed

July 11th, 2012
10:17 am

Now hold on Willlbur, uh, Brock…I see you’re bringing up jackass. How did the Ole Ball Coach become a part of this discussion???

WnE

July 11th, 2012
10:29 am

The NCAA allows only 20 hours per week of practice time.

What happens if this “rogue QB coach” that Days is working with teaches him something INCORRECTLY?

How many hours of practice might be lost trying to correct something that is practiced incorrectly?

After 2 years of working with their Staffs, Andrew Luck & RG-III seemed to have pretty good QB mechanics, at some point GT fans/CPJ apologists will have to ask why don’t our QBs have better mechanics after 2+ years wtih CPJ’s staff?

HighTech

July 11th, 2012
10:59 am

Meet Terry Shea, the private QB coach of Robert Griffin III.

http://www.coachshea.com/Terry_Sheas_QB_Score/Home.html

HighTech

July 11th, 2012
10:59 am

Brock

July 11th, 2012
11:01 am

blah, blah, blah. All I had to do was read the first few sentences to know what you were going to blabber on about. Go write another novel on here that no one will read or better yet go stalk Days on twitter. That’s right up your alley isn’t pedophile? Most useless bag of wind I’ve ever encountered.

Ed- there is more than one jackass in the world of college ball talk but we all know who leads the votes.