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
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.
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Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog