Synjyn Days plugs along at A-back

1. There are A-backs and B-backs. Then there’s Synjyn Days, who is taking snaps at both quarterback and A-back.

“People on the team have started calling me the C-back,” Days said following the team’s Monday practice, the fourth of the preseason.

Days’ dual life will continue with no apparent end in sight. He stays with the quarterbacks when the positions work separately and meets privately with A-backs coach Lamar Owens in the football offices. In team periods, Days plays one snap at quarterback and then switches to A-back. The morning after Tech’s first practice, Days said his legs were so dead that they locked up when he got out of bed.

Things have gotten better.

“I’m not tired at all when I’m doing the practice, so hopefully that translates to the game,” he said.

Days has accepted the cross training with a good attitude, saying he appreciates coaches’ trust and desire to get the ball in his hands and to get him on the field. He has enjoyed getting the ball on tosses, also.

“That just brings me back to middle school,” he said. “I used to play running back in middle school and catching a toss and seeing the open field, it seems better like that than at quarterback, but we’re not [tackling] right now.”

Tuesday, when the Yellow Jackets go in full pads for the first time to conduct full-contact drills, will give Days and coaches a sense of how he can handle the blocking element of the job.

“I was asking the A-backs, like, How do you cut (block), because I’ve never really had to block anybody,” Days said. “I’ve been doing some cut blocking on dummies. It seems like it’s working. We’ll see [Tuesday].”

2. Coach Paul Johnson said that if the season had started Monday, kicker David Scully would have gotten the nod over Justin Moore, who handled field goals and extra points last season. Tech had a kicking scrimmage Sunday, focusing heavily on kickoffs, punts and field goals.

Special-teams coordinator David Walkosky doled out praise to Scully and Moore and punters Sean Poole and Ryan Rodwell. He said that Poole has continued his work from a very good spring and that Rodwell, a freshman, “had a great scrimmage.”

Moore and Scully are “competing real well for a spot,” Walkosky said. “I’m excited about both of them.”

Johnson said seven or eight players are getting looks at the two returner spots. Jemea Thomas, Tony Zenon, Jamal Golden and freshman Anthony Autry have all caught coaches’ notice. A year ago, Zach Laskey took most of the punts, followed by Thomas. Orwin Smith and Zenon took the majority of the kickoffs.

“The No. 1 thing on returns is to end the play with the ball,” Walkosky said. “Whoever can take care of the football is No. 1.”

3. Tech practiced in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts Monday afternoon. Johnson deemed the practice “O.K.”

Inside linebacker Jabari Hunt-Days, who has been out with a muscle tweak, remained sidelined. B-back David Sims, who had surgery to repair a shin splint in the summer, was also held out.

4. After four days in helmets and shorts and then helmets and shoulder pads, Tech’s opening padded practice figures to be a test and eye-opener for the freshmen. Offensive tackle Ray Beno remembers not knowing what to expect and being “thrown into the fire” with the offense vs. defense option drill.

“Everything happens just so fast,” he said, snapping his fingers. “I just remember being so lost. Now, fast forward four years later, it’s crazy how much improvement has come.”

No one got a good crack on Beno on that first day.

“I actually had my head on a swivel,” he said. “As a freshman, I knew that much.”

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

97 comments Add your comment

pw12

August 6th, 2012
9:33 pm

Ken Sugiura

August 6th, 2012
9:38 pm

DoakBoyGT

August 6th, 2012
9:47 pm

Hope to see Tevin and Vad putting the ball in Synjyn’s hands! #AvengeNesbitt

pw12

August 6th, 2012
9:50 pm

I would like to thank my older bro….

WnE

August 6th, 2012
9:51 pm

re:
“That just brings me back to middle school,” he said. “I used to play running back in middle school and catching a toss and seeing the open field, it seems better like that than at quarterback, but we’re not [tackling] right now.”
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This one was too easy the way Synjyn teed this one up for me, even I won’t comment on that statement above.

But you have to know I’m getting a good laugh deep down inside imagining the angst from folks like Supersize wondering IF/WHEN I’ll reply to that remark.

DJ

August 6th, 2012
10:08 pm

Weenie, are you a jackarse in all walks of life or just on a message board? Seriously, to steal a line from “Dumb and Dumber” (you can relate): “You are one pathetic loser.”

ole yeller

August 6th, 2012
10:39 pm

WnE, shut up. No one cares what you have to say or cares of your biased stupid opinions. You are boring!!! One trick pony, is all you have,you hate G.T. we got the message. Stuff it!!!

BigTimeTECHfan

August 6th, 2012
10:53 pm

Nice update, Jabari Hunt-Days won’t have to stick Synjyn tomorrow

michael

August 6th, 2012
10:54 pm

i want our defense to be the key this year. bring back the BLACK WATCH or ROCK PERDONI

BigTimeTECHfan

August 6th, 2012
10:54 pm

Jemea Thomas, Tony Zenon, Jamal Golden all can make plays, nice group of punt returners

ole yeller

August 6th, 2012
10:55 pm

WnE one other thing. You are absolutely one of the biggest cowards that has ever appeared on a Tech blog. You never respond to a direct question even though you were wrong in earlier comments. You always wait awhile and then start with a different angle or a comment off the subject matter. You are a laughing stock on both the Ga. blogs as well as the Techs. No one wants to claim you as a supporter of their program. Must hurt to be so looked upon as an idiot between both camps. Take care pal. Hope you get better soon. Maybe you should e mail yourself of your opinions, because no one else cares.

BigTimeTECHfan

August 6th, 2012
10:56 pm

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August 6th, 2012
11:13 pm

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GT Lee

August 6th, 2012
11:14 pm

“But you have to know I’m getting a good laugh deep down inside imagining the angst from folks like Supersize wondering IF/WHEN I’ll reply to that remark.”

Here’s a thought, Gollum……why don’t you make your reply directly to Synjyn’s face? bok bok bok bok take a mason jar with you to pick up your teeth

bok bok bok bok

5150 UOAD

August 6th, 2012
11:47 pm

Lucius Sanford……………..Still looks HARD.

IF….WnE……. Had guts he would
Man Up
Show Up
or
Shut Up

He has been invited many times. he is not a TECH fan Grad or Ticket holder
STOP TALKING TO HIM

Supersize that order, mutt

August 7th, 2012
12:03 am

WOW, ole yeller, I didn’t know you had it in you. YOU GO, BRO !!!!

But like UOAD said, just ignore the POS. Don’t even acknowledge his presence.

fuzzybee78

August 7th, 2012
12:07 am

Let Synjyn learn to block after he helps us run over the Gobblers. Just saying– he’s goin to look like AA coming around the edge and draggin DB with him—

yo

August 7th, 2012
12:17 am

Hey I’m just glad Tech’s CPJ coached Stephen (drop the ball) Hill up into the second round of the NFL draft. Seems by his senior year he was learning to finally hold onto the ball.

yo

August 7th, 2012
12:21 am

Right WnE? After all know how well the coaching is in Decalb county high schools, especially since that Tucker coach has left town for little ole Lamar Cty.

macrotech

August 7th, 2012
1:12 am

WnE, you’re STILL barking?! Wow! You’re proving to be that irritating little yapper that freaks out at the hint of a shadow. Y’all cut the mutt some slack; he was an abused child….mostly self abuse….but, abused all the same.

ToeMeetsLeather

August 7th, 2012
6:21 am

Hopefully some of the back-ups really step up to take over the return spots. Don’t want to lose Thomas or Smith to injury in the return game, especially with Young out it appears.

On another note, I didn’t realize teams were able to scrimmage against other teams this early in the practice schedule, but it appears from Days comments that the guys from Athens came over for a portion of the practice; ” I’ve been doing some cut blocking on dummies, it seems like it’s working”.

Stamps

August 7th, 2012
7:06 am

Jon Koncak > Wrexie

TechNique

August 7th, 2012
8:09 am

I don’t care if he’s the “Z” back, still wont help our gimmick offense.

albanyfan

August 7th, 2012
8:34 am

Hey, what say we never acknowledge Wrexie anymore? Totally ignore him on here. he wants attention like a 3 year old.

gt4ever

August 7th, 2012
8:38 am

Bring back Ted Roof and the Black Watch! Good idea Michael…

gt4ever

August 7th, 2012
8:40 am

A good defense always helps the offense. No matter how gimmicky… Here is hoping that the Defense comes to play…

NP

August 7th, 2012
8:40 am

You mean they were practicing against uga?

I was asking the A-backs, like, How do you cut (block), because I’ve never really had to block anybody,” Days said. “I’ve been doing some cut blocking on dummies.

yeller bug

August 7th, 2012
8:58 am

WnE’s commentary is the verbal equivalent of a train wreck. You know it’s bad, but you can’t help but look. Perhaps WnE will share his thoughts again on what position Days should play this Fall. With Saban-esque brilliance, WnE thinks Days should play Safety!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

gt4ever

August 7th, 2012
9:01 am

@yeller bug

Not that I am taking Wne side or anything… :) Safety would be a great place for the young man… The learning curve may not be as steep… IMHO.

Tech is a Joke

August 7th, 2012
9:02 am

I’m sure Days does “plug”

Ol'JacketFan

August 7th, 2012
9:05 am

Not to get off the subject at hand, but didn’t wrexie make some s.a. comment about Chris Crenshaw being moved to SAM linebacker not too many days ago????? Hmmmmm I wonder what lil wrexie thinks about this news from Athens………………”Richt acknowledged that Drew, a sophomore who moved from linebacker to defensive end in the spring, is missing needed practice time.”

I guess that’s make Richt and Grantham poor evaluaters of talent and Drew a “classic tweener” who can’t help a BIG TIME D 1 program…………………..yeah…………..

yeller bug

August 7th, 2012
9:26 am

gt4ever—Really???

I don’t disagree if Days had been put with the secondary from the beginning but to switch him to safety now would be beyond foolish. He wouldn’t play or contribute at all—at least not this year. If he’s concerned about the learning curve of blocking, then what’s the learning curve of tackling—it s greater. If you’ve been a runner QB/RB all your life and then switch to DB—the reads, the coverage methods and all that is necessary to be a good DB is a much steeper curve to learn than to go from an option QB to RB.

DragonCon

August 7th, 2012
9:32 am

They all need to try some YOGA if they really want to make a difference this year.

gt4ever

August 7th, 2012
9:46 am

@yeller bug

I respectfully disagree… Having played at that level and on the defensive side of the ball, it’s a much easier transition to make… As simple as this offense looks, it’s anything but simple to learn especially from a position that he has never played… I’m not saying that the defensive side is easy. I am saying that with a football player of this talent,(very talented) the instincts that you need to play are easier on the defensive side. The only thing that would hold him back is that fact that he can’t bring the hit, a very important instinct or ability that a defensive football player needs to play on this side of the ball. again, imho, yours may be different.

Buzzweiser

August 7th, 2012
9:52 am

I feel dumber every time I read the comments section. Maybe one day I’ll learn.

gt4ever

August 7th, 2012
9:57 am

let’s just say you don’t have to be as smart to play defense…. :)

yeller bug

August 7th, 2012
10:08 am

@gt4ever:

You played college ball? Then you exceed my HS level, but I guess we’ll just agree to disagree. In general, QBs who wash out typically become receivers or DBs–e.g. Nesbitt at Buffalo etc. So as a general statement what you say is true. However, Days has the vision, instinct, lateral movement etc. that has proven that he can run the ball well assuming that he holds onto the ball (which is still an issue). We have our first game in 28 days. If Days was switched to safety today—would he play at all this year? I seriously doubt it unless we had significant injuries in the secondary. Are there certain offensive sets where he can contribute now to our offense—absolutely. In general he is very athletic, but his gift as noted by CPJ is that he can run the ball. Thus I agree with CPJ that to find situations/play sets where Days can get the ball is the best way that he can help the team this year.
I give you the last word……..

gt4ever

August 7th, 2012
10:13 am

@yeller bug…

LOL. I just would hate to see this kid sit on the sideline… I think what bugs me the most is his ball security issues… I’m just thinking, if he can bring the hit, then he can contribute on the defensive side. I think we can both agree that the Defense is where most of the team issues will be… imho.. Here is to hoping the kid finds a way to contribute… Go Jackets!

William Casey

August 7th, 2012
10:14 am

I want Days running the ball. The man runs HARD. I suspect that he’ll learn to block.

5150 UOAD

August 7th, 2012
10:21 am

I think DAYS issues with fumbling the ball was how you hold the ball as a QB looking to Pitch and not having the ball tucked in fast enough when he would decide to run.
Maybe if he is receiving a pitch he will go straight to the TUCK of the ball.

gt4ever

August 7th, 2012
10:23 am

I hope your right UOAD…

GT Lee

August 7th, 2012
10:26 am

Tech is a Joke

August 7th, 2012
9:02 am

I’m sure Days does “plug”

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Well Troll, why don’t you ask the man to his face what he does or doesn’t do?

or are you, ahem, Bok Bok Bok Bok Bok Bok like your boyfriend WnE?

Supersize that order, mutt

August 7th, 2012
10:41 am

@ gt4ever…….are we going to be able to meet you at a game sometime this Fall. I like the way, as the season approaches, that your posts do prove that you are a Tech fan, and not a mal-content or hater. I would really like to meet you.

fuzzybee78

August 7th, 2012
11:14 am

Synjyn runs the ball to well to move to DB plus we have talent and depth there. I am wearing this out but we need another BIG A back plus he already knows the plays at A because he’s a QB!!

In 08 and 09 we had Cox and Allen available at A to complement Roddy and other smaller A’s who may be better receivers. I think SD may be as good Orwin plus he’s harder to tackle. Defenses will have to choose between 4 talented backs over 200 lbs to deal with.
Cook the Turkey 9/3!

creative

August 7th, 2012
11:46 am

ole yeller…good second post to WnE.

Born2Buzz

August 7th, 2012
12:13 pm

I didn’t realize until I just looked it up that SD is 6′2″ – 215#. I see him becoming one of our better A backs.
IMHO – TW is the starting QB. I hope he has a stellar Sr season. Vad will be the back up and see a lot of playing time. His ability to pass the ball is his strength and if he can run the TO effectively he will be a major stud. SD is too good to be behind those two and CPJ knows it and will make the switch.
Now the question is what about Justin Thomas. Will he redshirt or will he also find his way as a multi purpose back. Thoughts?

Ken Sugiura

August 7th, 2012
12:21 pm

yeller bug – Days actually played safety in high school and said yesterday most of his offers were to play safety, so it’s not like it’s completely foreign. for that matter, consider that josh nesbitt didn’t play a down at safety in college and then made the bills active roster at the end of his rookie season as a safety. it’s not beyond possibility. that said, i don’t think it’s going to happen.
born2buzz – for what it’s worth, i asked paul johnson if he could see a non-quarterbacking role for thomas this year. he said “probably not.” i imagine the plan is to redshirt him and keep one year’s difference between him and vad lee.

GT fan

August 7th, 2012
12:28 pm

SD’s fumble problems worry me too. But it’s not unheard of for someone to cure “fumblitis”. Just hope SD can do it, he’s too good of a runner to, as PJ says, be sitting on the sidelines in a baseball cap!

GT fan

August 7th, 2012
12:38 pm

Johnson said seven or eight players are getting looks at the two returner spots. Jemea Thomas, Tony Zenon, Jamal Golden and freshman Anthony Autry have all caught coaches’ notice. A year ago, Zach Laskey took most of the punts, followed by Thomas. Orwin Smith and Zenon took the majority of the kickoffs.
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We all know about Justin Thomas’ speed …. we all know about “the race” a few weeks ago between JT and B.Snoddy …. we all know that BS won easily.

Can someone tell me why BS isn’t mentioned by PJ as a potential return guy? Speed kills in the return game. Does Snoddy have fumble issues?

5150 UOAD

August 7th, 2012
12:41 pm

GT fan Snoddy just hasn’t Separated himself yet. he has the speed but can he PLAY the game? He has to Show the HEAD to match the speed.