D1 QB transfers to Georgia Tech

QB Tim Byerly (Special)

QB Tim Byerly (Special)

Tim Byerly, who led Chattahoochee High School to a state championship in 2010, said he is transferring from Middle Tennessee State to Georgia Tech.

“I’ve decided to play for coach Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech,” Byerly told the AJC. “I’m always been a big fan of his. He’s an old-fashioned kind of guy with the way he coaches football. I like his style.”

The 6-foot, 215-pounder signed a scholarship out of high school with MTSU and left after one semester because “it wasn’t for me and the education wasn’t what I had hoped for.” Byerly was granted his release and said he talked recently to Georgia Tech assistant Brian Bohannon. He will join Georgia Tech as a preferred walk-on. He begins classes on Monday.

“Coach Bohannon said they were pretty slim at QB with depth and that they would love to have me,” Byerly said. “I got accepted at Georgetown, and that was pretty high on my list. I felt Georgia Tech was pretty much the same education-wise, was a bigger state for football, and was obviously close to home.”

Byerly said he opted to walk-on over accepting scholarship offers from Air Force, Wofford, Georgetown, Rhode Island and Maine. “From what I’ve heard, Coach Johnson is really fair when it comes to walk-ons. If you work hard and work yourself up the ladder, he will put you on scholarship. That’s what I’m hoping to do.”

Byerly will redshirt next year due to NCAA transfer rules and have three years of eligibility.

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PaulJohnsonLosesEveryBowl

January 11th, 2012
11:07 pm

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January 11th, 2012
11:11 pm

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FishFry

January 11th, 2012
11:14 pm

YES! We have an excellent QB to run the PERFECT OPTION!

We’re gonna spank Miami, F$U, Va Tech, Clemson and especially those leghumpers from the cesspool in Athens.

We WILL Run This State!!!

SethEmerson

January 11th, 2012
11:17 pm

I have to admit, I totally thought Byerly was headed to Rhode Island or Wofford but I guess he settled for GA Tech instead.

big al

January 11th, 2012
11:17 pm

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The Truth

January 11th, 2012
11:18 pm

“Coach Johnson is really fair when it comes to walk-ons.”-True but he’s even more fair to side-ons.

InTheKnow

January 11th, 2012
11:18 pm

He is genuiely interested in his education. He understands that a GT degree will get him further than a MTSU degree. GT was close to offering him a scholarship last year if Vad had not come through. Rumor is GT may try him out at Strong Safety too. Timmy did not like the MTSU campus because the school is mostly a commuter school with weak academics.

chewyandrw

January 11th, 2012
11:18 pm

Coach Bo saying they were slim at QB makes you wonder about the confidence in Synjyn and Vad. If Lee was going to leave, it prob would’ve been this semester. Crazy.

Outside Observer

January 11th, 2012
11:19 pm

Glad to see a young man who wants to be at Tech. Look forward to seeing him compete for a spot in the depth chart.

GT fan

January 11th, 2012
11:19 pm

Come on guys. The kid is looking for a good education and a chance to play ball for a good coach. Can’t fault the kid. Layoff dawg fans.

RichtOWNStech

January 11th, 2012
11:19 pm

LMAO, what is this guy? A 1-star on Rivals?

lololololololol

DesignerJacket

January 11th, 2012
11:20 pm

So….the GT offensive scout teams just got better for 2012? Ah well, the more the merrier! So much competition at QB now between Tevin Washington, Synjyn Days, Vad Lee, Justin Thomas and this guy. A bad QB will not be any kind of excuse for GT in the next two or three years.

Go Jackets!

GT65

January 11th, 2012
11:21 pm

Welcome to GT ..looking forward to watching you play. Go Jackets.

Goldenrod

January 11th, 2012
11:21 pm

You UGaG fans have no life or business to be on a Tech blog after 11PM. Go sulk over losing your starting TE or your Defensive Coordinator possibly signing with the Falcons.

It’s a GREAT day to be a Jacket!

The Mask

January 11th, 2012
11:22 pm

I think its a nice addition, adding depth can’t hurt. But with Vad Lee taking over QB duties in the fall and Justin Thomas coming in as well, the QB position will be locked down for some time.

DesignerJacket

January 11th, 2012
11:23 pm

He definitely upgraded the educational prospects by a country mile, that’s for sure! I like to see a kid who likes the school he’s headed to, and I sincerely hope he works hard enough to see the field. There will be plenty of competition, but maybe he’s got something special to show everyone. If not, he’ll get a great degree at the very least.

Go Jackets!

Reggie Ball

January 11th, 2012
11:24 pm

What down is it?

Yo dawg, it’s just a game dawg. Georgia ain’t no speed bump, dawg.

Tech dropout

January 11th, 2012
11:25 pm

The kid was AJC all-classification player of the year in 2010 and went down to Valdosta to kick Lowndes tail in the playoffs if my memory is correct.

GeorgiaTech4Life

January 11th, 2012
11:25 pm

HUGE get for Coach Johnson. Players like this will build the foundation of the championship team. We are going to dominate those mutts from UGAy now. The ACC will soon be shaking in their collective boots because the triple option is only getting stronger and more fine tuned. I really feel that this is our year. Tech4Life! We run all over this state.

Terence Ali

January 11th, 2012
11:25 pm

That kid was a very good QB in high school. Led that Chattahoochee team to a state title I believe. He may not play QB in college but he’s a heck of an athlete if I remember correctly. Good pick up for GT and sounds like he has a good head on his shoulders regarding desiring a great degree.

StingerSplash

January 11th, 2012
11:26 pm

Just because a kid comes to a PJ led school at QB doesn’t mean he’ll stay there. He’ll get a chance at QB but if PJ thinks the kid can help elsewhere on the field and if he’s not going to beat somebody out to be in the top 3, he’ll move, probably to WR or A back or DB. Chris Johnson, a record-setting QB at Americus, wound up being one of Georgia Southern’s top all time receivers.

Tech dropout

January 11th, 2012
11:34 pm

When I read these recruiting blogs I almost always see the kids comment how great it will be to get a GT education, but when I see UGA recruits they say NOTHING about getting an education?

BeatDown

January 11th, 2012
11:39 pm

This is recruiting news? Wow the nerds celebrate when someone from MTSU walks on? Tells you about that sad state of affairs……

bitter air jordans for 2-fittie a pair

January 11th, 2012
11:40 pm

watch this kid on youtube and you too will be amazed at his skill level

I was one who found it funny that CPJ didnot sign the kid last year, david green like

great pick up tech

BeatDown

January 11th, 2012
11:42 pm

How’s that edu ma cation workin’ out for Critten don?

Aaron

January 11th, 2012
11:45 pm

I hope he is not a fan of passing.

Terence Ali

January 11th, 2012
11:49 pm

BeatDown, try hard not to be ignorant. I don’t see any of the Tech faithful celebrating but happy to see this young man’s attitude. It’s refreshing for certain considering the state of NCAA football today. Not having a dog in the hunt, I’m pulling for the kid to do well.

BeatDown

January 11th, 2012
11:50 pm

I hope he is not a fan of post season success.

GT Alum

January 11th, 2012
11:50 pm

BeatDown -

Critt was one of Hewitt’s recruts that had no interest in an education. Glad that chapter in Tech basketball is behind us.

DesignerJacket

January 11th, 2012
11:52 pm

BeatDown, you won’t get much traction with old news. Once you bring up players from the past you’re out of the conversation plain and simple. The fact of the matter with a school of 22,000 students is that if you can find 2 or 3 who were the sporting equivalent of college dropouts and they happen to be idiots that by no means devalues a statement such as “Georgia Tech’s degree in Business Management is a great education.” And what it doesn’t even begin to address is that a degree from Tech is most definitely an educational upgrade over one from MTSU. And, yes, that would be true of many, many AQ conference schools – even UGA. But this guy chose Tech, so that’s why it’s being talked about. And as far as our fans getting excited about this…um, dude, one page of a comments section hardly indicates that the Tech fanbase if freakin’ out over a walk-on from a team we’ve drubbed two years running in cupcake matches. If you Tech fans to freak out over someone bring up Vad Lee and Justin Thomas.

OkieDawg

January 12th, 2012
12:01 am

“I’ve decided to play for coach Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech,” Byerly told the AJC. “I’m always been a big fan of his. He’s an old-fashioned kind of guy with the way he coaches football. I like his style.”

Wow…stating the obvious. CPJ is old-fashioned kind of guy with an old-fashioned offense. YEAH…like the 1970’s brand of Switzer or Osbourne.

Good luck young man and don’t worry about practicing your throwing motion or setting your shoulders and feet…you won’t need it…Ole- fashioned CPJ doesn’t pass it.

FL Jacket

January 12th, 2012
12:03 am

Wow, you Tech haters are getting your britches in a wad over a player who plans to walk-on in 2012?

DesignerJacket

January 12th, 2012
12:18 am

FLJacket, nope. Sure aren’t. It’s an article written by the one guy in charge of covering recruiting for UGA and Tech for the AJC. He would’ve written this if the kid had chosen UGA. And I guarantee there would be more comments, because there are more fans! We’re not exactly freaking out, ok? We have Justin Thomas and Vad Lee…this guy is a walk-on. At the very least it is interesting and at best it is refreshing to see a kid really like a school.

DesignerJacket

January 12th, 2012
12:19 am

Wait, you meant “Tech haters” as in people who hate Tech. Disregard my response. I’m out.

Blue Raider Danny

January 12th, 2012
12:20 am

I bet the guy is a real genious. He could not hack it at MT and tucked tail and ran. And then throws our school under the bus.
He’ll never set foot on the field at Georgia Tech.

GT Grad

January 12th, 2012
12:41 am

Paul Johnson is DESTROYING this program, at least Chan never did stuff like this.

Flo-Ri-Duh

January 12th, 2012
12:42 am

Why such a big deal over a walk on?

DesignerJacket

January 12th, 2012
12:54 am

GT Grad…tell me you’re aware that “walk on” means we’re not even giving up a scholarship for this kid, right?! Basically this kid is a new Tech student who just happened to be a QB prospect a few years ago. Since then, by the way, the QB’s we’ve snagged have been Vad Lee, Justin Thomas, etc. How can you say that this situation is any kind of evidence of something negative? In what way is a kid that had a free ride somewhere else and then choses to come and walk on at Tech to see if he can contribute to the football program in some way a bad thing? What do you want Tech to do – say “Oh, you’re another school’s QB but you want our education and to fill out the depth on our offensive scout team and you’re paying your own way too? No, we have standards and you can’t come tryout for our team now that you’re a Tech student.” No school would do that. In fact that’s a blessing and a rare situation (which is why it’s news.) Whatever you have against CPJ this would seem wholly unrelated to it.

Go Jackets!

Blue Raider Pride

January 12th, 2012
1:29 am

did his Dad write this? He was 5th on the depth chart at MT and could not run scout team. Very slow, poor throwing motion. Another high school star with Poor skills for college. Was home sick from day 1. We had no idea he had all those other offers and I am sure the schools mentioned had no die either! We do not care that he requested a release because he would never be able to play at MT, but will not accept the education excuse. He was behind in classes and did not even complete finals. good luck Timmy at GT! It sounds like they. Are ready to give you the keys to the program. they will probably welcome your parents also. GT loves “helicopters”

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Stinger2

January 12th, 2012
4:35 am

Blue Raider: Where did you get info. in your post? Are you a MTSU insider?

Paddy

January 12th, 2012
6:43 am

GT Grad……I believe if you check, you will find out Chan also had a walk-on program.

Nom Nom Nom Chuck's Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

January 12th, 2012
7:16 am

Wow, he aint very smart. Sure, Moobies always does his kids right….like yelling at them and blaming them for losses.

Good luck bro.

USMC DAWG

January 12th, 2012
7:17 am

So GT won out over Wofford, Georgetown, Rhode Island, and Maine? You’ve got to be kidding…

Chris Whitfield

January 12th, 2012
7:55 am

Tech dropout… Your memory does you a disservice. Chattahoochee is 4A and never played Lowndes in the playoffs.

If do right, no can defense

January 12th, 2012
8:02 am

High school star ratings can be misleading in college ball. Look at Tevin Washington, he was a two-star nobody out of high school, and yet started all games last season, and has a fair chance of doing so next season as well.

We have a lot of depth at QB now, and this is how I would stack em up:

1. Tevin Washington: Yes, he’s not a great rusher or passer, but experience counts for a lot. Plus he always does well in practice (enough to beat out competition) even if he underperforms in game crunch-time situations.
Strengths: Strong triple-option technique, ball security, mostly good reads
Weaknesses: Limited athletic ability/talent, can’t engineer comebacks, folds under stress/pressure

2. Vad Lee: A redshirted season should have helped him make the transformation from a shotgun pocket-passer to a triple-option quarterback. Can’t judge him without seeing him play in actual games.
Strengths: Good arm strength, pocket awareness, decent runner
Weaknesses: May make read errors, inexperienced, passes are a little loopy

3. Justin Thomas: This Alabama steal will most likely redshirt next season to learn the ropes, unless we have seriously underestimated his talent. This is the guy I would prefer to see taking snaps, because he’s a game changer and makes plays.
Strengths: Great athlete, playmaker, amazing runner, versatile, good passing technique
Weaknesses: No triple option experience, good chance of transferring out if refused starting spot or significant playing time

4. Synjyn Days: A Nesbitt-type QB, he’s proven good at running for the tough yards, and has passed well, but questions remain on his tendency to fumble and not distribute the ball well enough. He’s a talented athlete nonetheless, so expect him to convert to running back (a la David Sims) if he fails to make it to the top-three of the QB depth chart
Strengths: Tough runner, decent passer, experience with triple option
Weaknesses: Ball security, decision-making (reads)

5. Tim Byerly: Seems like a decent overall QB, always good to have a well-rounded QB on your depth chart. However, he will be redshirted next season (NCAA rules) which should give him time to learn the ropes.

6. Honorable mentions: Darryl Dickey, Demond Smith (scout).

GT Alum

January 12th, 2012
8:05 am

Welcome to the hive Tim!! Can’t wait to see you wearing the White and Gold!

Moral Victory

January 12th, 2012
8:12 am

Georgia fan here. However-

I really liked watching this kid play in high school. Nice get for Tech, I thought he was wayyyyy under the radar coming out of hs. Tough competitor, throws a nice ball.
Congrats Tim.

Nate

January 12th, 2012
8:34 am

Besides the undersized line on both sides of the ball, Tech needs a solid B Back. Lyons showed this in the bowl game, but we need another beast like Jonathon Dwyer at that position. Hopefully Perkins can pick up the slack next year. I think we are fine at QB. Any one of them could run the offense effectively, but they need to have that ‘it’ factor like Nesbitt did on 4th and 1 to get the first down.

GT Strong

January 12th, 2012
8:36 am

Looking at the film, he reminds me a little of Tim Tebow. Strong arm and not afraid to plow his way down the field. And, he seems like he’s got his head on straight with placing a very high value on education.

Great addition to GT! Go Jackets!!!!!