Broderick Snoddy, Tech’s potential game-changer

It’s unclear how much playing time he’ll see Monday, or this season, for that matter, but B-back Broderick Snoddy has made a distinct impression on his position coach.

“Anytime you can get a guy that can change the game in one snap, that’s huge,” quarterbacks and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon said. “Obviously, we’d like to get him in a position where he can help us.”

Snoddy is a redshirt freshman from Carrollton High and possibly the fastest player on the team. He won the state Class AAA 100- and 200-meter dashes as a junior. Snoddy’s track background is partly why Bohannon figured Snoddy would adapt well to B-back, where the back typically runs up the middle on a straight line. Snoddy had worked at A-back before moving to B-back just after the start of fall camp.

“When he gets into the open field, you can hear all the other guys,” Bohannon said. “They’re like, Oh, there he goes. He’s gone.”

What is holding Snoddy back from the field, besides David Sims and Zach Laskey, is familiarity with the position and quarterback Tevin Washington, with whom he has to develop a comfort level in handling the mesh. Bohannon is not concerned about Snoddy’s size, 5-foot-9 and 190 pounds.

“Broderick’s pretty strong, pretty tough, hard to tackle,” Bohannon said. “I’m not necessarily concerned with that as more I am the other aspects of that position, just learning those.”

Primarily, the challenge is learning to block. Snoddy didn’t have to do much of it at Carrollton.

“So we’re going to keep working him and keep grinding him, because definitely the kid can run, no doubt about that,” Bohannon said.

For your latest Virginia Tech reading

Andy Bitter’s blog for the Roanoke Times

Mark Giannotto’s Hokies Journal for the Washington Post

Norm Wood’s ACC All Access blog for the Daily Press (behind a pay wall)

Mike Barber’s blog for the Richmond Times-Dispatch

This is unrelated, but my friend and colleague Rachel Bachman co-wrote an insightful article on Nick Saban’s meticulous recruiting practices at Alabama for the Wall Street Journal.

In case you missed it…

B-backs remain a question mark

Jeff Schultz’s column on Tech’s defense

B-backs still unsettled for Georgia Tech

Recalling the 2000 Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech lightning game

Ready or not, Jabari Hunt-Days to start vs. Hokies

Quayshawn Nealy buying in to Tech defense

Jeremy Moore’s opportunity arrives

Orwin Smith setting bar high

Days to play ’somewhere’ for Tech

David Scully wins kicking job

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

137 comments Add your comment

My-Son-Is-An-AllStar

August 29th, 2012
10:33 am

Michael Veli

August 29th, 2012
10:40 am

And here comes WnE in 5..4..3..2..1…

Tech Man

August 29th, 2012
10:45 am

AtWork

August 29th, 2012
10:48 am

You have to put people on the field that can help you win…like in baseball, if you don’t have a position but can hit, they will find a place for you.

Same thing in football. If the talent is there, coaches will find a place for you. Days at A-back for example. I think coaches aren’t going to just release a depth chart because they are using it for motivating factors but playing time has to be the ultimate goal. I could care less about the depth chart until after the first game, maybe the second. Got to see how these guys play against competition before you can truly have a depth chart.

I hope the next two days they throw everything they can at Snoddy to see if he can hold up on blocks.

Go Jackets! Can’t wait for 9/3!

juvenal

August 29th, 2012
11:01 am

seems like there is a new, try anything that works attitude-critical year for this staff, esp. after the last 2 disaster bowl games…

GTfan2012

August 29th, 2012
11:05 am

I’m no WnE, but I can do a darn good impression.
“Coach Fish Fry can’t recruit. We are relying on a 3* freshman RB who is unproven. We have the talent level of Western Carolina. Coach Kung Fu Panda is driving away recruits and is in over his head in FBS BCS conference. We can’t continue to recruit the same athletes as Navy… did I mention I hate the military? Did I mention I hate pompous arrogant GT fans? Did I mention that the GT grads I know all make more money than I do and it really makes me angry that I got this worthless degree from UGA and now I sitting in my mom’s basement? Did I just say that out loud?”

Georgia DAWGS

August 29th, 2012
11:11 am

GTfan2012,

Hey YOU that may be true of us UGA grads but we still Own you and we still run this state!!
yeah I have a UGA dgree and yeah I don’t have much of a career either…But trust me I enjoy GOOD football which you techies will NEVER do…

Good ridons to your loss Monday night..

Mike Bell 790

August 29th, 2012
11:16 am

Supersize that order, mutt

August 29th, 2012
11:25 am

@ Georgia DAWGS……I just complimented you on the “B Backs” blog for making respectful posts, and now you turn around and do the very thing I said you didn’t do. Now I don’t know what to think.

Michael Veli

August 29th, 2012
11:26 am

GTfan2012, Don’t forget to bash Broderick about being only 5′9″….

Eddie McAshan

August 29th, 2012
11:27 am

CPJ has GOT to get Snoddy on the field. he’s strong enough to play B-back, and he’s the fastest player on the team by a long shot.

Did you see the video of Snoddy easily beating Justin Thomas in a foot race. Thomas was the fastest man coming out of Alabama this year.

You don’t leave game breakers on the bench, especially if you’re Georgia Tech.

headley lamar

August 29th, 2012
11:28 am

Supersize’s prediction for the season.

@ Headless…..that was actually a fairly intelligent post for you. I don’t agree with your results, but that’s beside the point; it’s still a decent assessment. This, however, is my rundown on the season —

Va Tech (toss-up, but very likely GT win)
Blue Hose (Win)
UVA (Win)
Miami (DEFINITE WIN)
MTSU (Win)
Clemson (probable loss, but Tech does have their number)
BC (Win)
BYU (Win)
Maryland (Win)
UNC (Probably win by Tech, but I will never forget 1990)
Duke (Win)
UGA (WIN, but close)
Bowl (Depends on the opponent—hopefully a win)

Do all Tech fans see them going 11 -1* ?

Im just curious if its just supersize or the whole community ?

I use the asterisk because as supersize notes .. Tech has their number. So really that one loss could be a win.

Then its on to the National Championship one would assume.

Michael Veli

August 29th, 2012
11:31 am

If i had to choose between a good career or rallying behind and watching a bunch of people i don’t even know play football then….i would be a Georgia fan i guess. Supersize, to sum it up- if you can’t live the life you want then live through others!

GT fan

August 29th, 2012
11:33 am

KUDOS, Michael Veli …… you summed up Headley Lamar perfectly!

headley lamar

August 29th, 2012
11:34 am

Another favorite of supersize is to say that UGA is mediocre.

As in ” Their offense is mediocre ”

Or UGA’s defense is just mediocre.

But here are the facts.

UGA offense averages and has for quite some time now more points per game than Tech.

So if UGA’s offense is “mediocre” what is Tech’s ?

UGA defense gives up fewer points a game than Tech’s … but they are “mediocre”

Again what does that make Tech’s D ?

Never mind the fact that we play in a much much tougher conference while compiling those numbers.

You know what I think of supersize’s football analysis.

Its not even “mediocre”.

juvenal

August 29th, 2012
11:36 am

Super, think “crickets”…

Supersize that order, mutt

August 29th, 2012
11:37 am

@ Michael…..why are you addressing that to me? I don’t live my life through others. I SUPPORT my team, just like any good college football fan does. I have had a great life, thank you very much, and I have no regrets. I don’t go on the blogs of other schools (i.e., UGA) trying to stir up the pot and showing my ass, like many UGA trolls do (are you listening, Headless?) But when somebody comes on a Tech blog, you can be damn sure I will stand up for my school and my team, just like I would stand up for a friend who might be being assaulted or lambasted by someone else.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 29th, 2012
11:39 am

I love how Headless is now so obsessed with me that he can’t even post on here anymore without quoting (sometimes totally out of context) the things I have said to him. I have to admit that I take a certain amount of pride in having upset the little boy so much. PO THANG !!!

headley lamar

August 29th, 2012
11:39 am

But when somebody comes on a Tech blog, you can be damn sure I will stand up for my school and my team

As will I when you spout your nonsense about UGA here.

It will not be ignored and I will respond.

headley lamar

August 29th, 2012
11:41 am

(sometimes totally out of context)

Do you deny you said Tech would go 11 – 1 ??

yeller bug

August 29th, 2012
11:41 am

I can envision a couple of toss sweeps to Snoddy from the B-back position and perhaps a quick-hitting trap up the middle. My concern with him is as stated above—the mesh or option from QB to him—that takes a little time to get down pat and the penalty for not being successful is a fumble which we cannot afford. CPJ should sub in Snoddy for non-option plays initially—just call his number and give him a chance to make a big play.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 29th, 2012
11:42 am

@ Headless…..the difference is that this is a TECH blog, and you wouldn’t even know what I said, if you didn’t come here. I NEVER even read any UGA blogs, much less make posts on them. You may not agree with or like what I have to say here, but if you weren’t here, then you wouldn’t know. To me that just indicates what an immature little child you are.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 29th, 2012
11:43 am

I said we COULD go 11-1, and I stand by that.

Michael Veli

August 29th, 2012
11:43 am

Not you Supersize, my apologies, i was talking about the Georgia fan and most of their fanbase. You are a cool cat in my book!

WHITEandGOLD

August 29th, 2012
11:43 am

Do any of you UGAg ans actually know anything about college football, or are you all 16 year old kids who talk smack with zero facts behind you arguments? Oh wait the leg humpers are in the almighty SEC… and Since ESPN constantly brags that the SEC is the premier college conference( BTW espn is protecting their 2.25 billion dollar investment) it must be true. Just like everything you read on the internet is true. Go look up facts before you start spouting off.

GTfan2012

August 29th, 2012
11:44 am

Georgia DAWGS,
I was not trying to make a broad commentary on the value of a UGA degree (although I do think and the salary numbers show that a GT degree is more valuable). I think a UGA degree is significantly more valuable than an Alabama degree or a Miss St. degree. I was merely making a comment on the value of WnE (who pretends to be a GT fan but has outed himself on numerous occasions as a UGA fan) and his commentary.

headley lamar

August 29th, 2012
11:47 am

Go look up facts before you start spouting off.

Here is a fact.

BCS Records

SEC 16 – 7

ACC 2 -13

Guess ESPN is just making that up too huh ?

juvenal

August 29th, 2012
11:47 am

okay, not that i really care what they do the rest of the year, but just to try something different, Steele did not have ugas O-line ranked in the top 40…

GIVE ME A BREAK

August 29th, 2012
11:48 am

Don’t be concerned about Snoddy sitting on the bench. CPJ knows what he is doing. His blocking will improve but right now his speed is going to get him playing time. His first play may be on the opening kickoff. Can’t wait to get this started. GT is going to put on a show on Monday night. Get ready for some fireworks. ” GO JACKETS “

Supersize that order, mutt

August 29th, 2012
11:48 am

Headless, when comparing the two offenses and defenses, first the defense: Yes Tech’s defense stinks (or has lately); I have never denied that. BUT, UGA put up good defensive numbers against a bunch of patsies and then looked VERY MEDIOCRE against the likes of Boise and LSU, and, to some extent, even Tech. Giving up 476 yards to Tech last year is NOT a good thing. Tech’s problem was that we couldn’t take it to the house. Part of that was due to UGA’s defense; but certainly not all of it. Secondly, regarding offense, again, UGA runs it up and down the field against nobodies, or otherwise good teams with no defense, but looks even less than mediocre against good teams…..again, I offer LSU, Boise, and USC as evidence of that. And lest you point out how good the dwags did against LSU IN THE FIRST HALF, football games have 2 halves, and you stunk it up in the second half, just like Tech did against the dwags.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 29th, 2012
11:49 am

@ Michael…….my bad. Thanks :)

GTBob

August 29th, 2012
11:50 am

Im just curious if its just supersize or the whole community ?

GT could go 11-1. Its not impossible and really wouldn’t be that shocking. I am guessing more like 9-3 but I appreciate supersize’s optimism.

juvenal

August 29th, 2012
11:52 am

Super, wish there was a vaccine for your relapse…

yeller bug

August 29th, 2012
11:52 am

If we stay healthy, I don’t see 11-1 being too unrealistic—in fact both GT and UGA can be 10-1 going into their final game. UGA has challenging games of MO, Auburn, UF, & SC and Tech has challenges with VT, Miami, UNC, Clemson. Each win 3 of 4 and it could happen. If GT goes undefeated in Sept, then barring a meltdown they will play for ACCCG.

headley lamar

August 29th, 2012
11:54 am

Secondly, regarding offense, again, UGA runs it up and down the field against nobodies, or otherwise good teams with no defense, but looks even less than mediocre against good teams

This is where I knew you would go.

We only shutdown or score against the bad teams. Against the good teams we are just “mediocre”

Pure nonsense.

I know in your heart you think Tech’s offense practically unstoppable.

But yet UGA scores more points and they are mediocre.

I guess Tech doesn’t play any patsies in the ACC ?

LOL

Supersize that order, mutt

August 29th, 2012
11:55 am

@ GTBob…..thanks. What is the point of living, if we don’t have optimism. For me the cup is always half-full, not half-empty. I am fully aware of Tech’s weaknesses (or those in the past); I just choose to hope that increased depth at all positions, and experience at most positions will lead to the kind of record I HOPE for. Headless, on the other hand, continues to drag up the past as evidence (IN HIS MIND) that UGA is some kind of behemoth of college football, when he probably can’t even name half the players on the dwag team that will take the field on Saturday. He, like most UGA trolls, and many fans, just assume that the past will repeat itself without ever giving any FACTS to support his naive conclusions.

Michael Veli

August 29th, 2012
11:56 am

Don’t mention it Supersize,
i would never comment like that about one of my own.

headley lamar

August 29th, 2012
11:56 am

I am guessing more like 9-3

An honest assessment. See that wasn’t so hard.

I said 8 – 4 which I think is pretty close.

Then you have the fanboys like supersize saying 11 – 1 and playing for the National Title.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 29th, 2012
11:56 am

@ juvenal…..I know, and I generally do quite good in my resolve, but Headless is just one of those I cannot totally ignore, because he is so stupid and such easy pickings. LOL

headley lamar

August 29th, 2012
11:57 am

because he is so stupid and such easy pickings. LOL

That isn’t it LOL

juvenal

August 29th, 2012
11:57 am

headley, O-line could be a problem, esp. if any hogs get hurt…

Supersize that order, mutt

August 29th, 2012
11:58 am

I have NEVER said Tech would be playing for the National Title…..unlike UGA fans who say that every August, only to realize by the end of September that it ain’t gonna happen. I guess that’s why they come on Tech blogs, trying to relieve their disappointment and insecurities.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 29th, 2012
12:00 pm

Although the VT game Monday will not make or break the season for Tech, it sure will indicate whether my optimism is realistic or not. Beat VT AT VT, and some very good things COULD happen. Lose to VT, and the season could still be exceptional, but just not as good as I THINK it might be.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 29th, 2012
12:01 pm

@ juvenal….there is no vaccine for me, but there IS food, and I am hungry. I will leave now and let the rest of you hash it out with Headless, or ignore him, if that is your choice. Have a good afternoon, all

FL Jacket

August 29th, 2012
12:03 pm

I see it’s the never-ending struggle of good guys versus trolls…

yup yup

August 29th, 2012
12:04 pm

Supersize is old. His brain doesn’t work anymore.

juvenal

August 29th, 2012
12:06 pm

Phil had our O-line ranked around 14, as i recall…headley, i told wne you were over here, maybe he’s having lunch, too…

Delbert D.

August 29th, 2012
12:12 pm

That Wall Street Journal by Rachael Bachman on Saban is a must read, especially for SEC fans. I’m also an SEC fan, but with no particular favorite team over there.

GSU2x4

August 29th, 2012
12:15 pm

Georgia DAWGS
August 29th, 2012
11:11 am
GTfan2012,
Hey YOU that may be true of us UGA grads but we still Own you and we still run this state!!
yeah I have a UGA dgree and yeah I don’t have much of a career either…But trust me I enjoy GOOD football which you techies will NEVER do…
Good ridons to your loss Monday night..”

UGA fan or UGA hater? Can’t tell?

Delbert D.

August 29th, 2012
12:17 pm

Yeah, Super is older than dirt. One year older than me, in fact. We call it “being seasoned” rather than old.