Georgia Tech excited about QB competition

June 3, 2014 MACON, GA-- More option, less passing, a quarterback's role in Georgia Tech's offense is a little different. This fall, there will be a different guy at the position.

In january, former starter Vad Lee transferred to James Madison. Three players are competing for his spot and head coach Paul Johnson's trust.

In Lee's absence, open competition hit the Yellow Jackets spring practice. More than likely, two QB's are closing in on the starting position. Transfer Tim Byerly and redshirt sophomore Justin Thomas are considered the front-runners as of today.

However, the case won't be closed until the fall, and that may be a good thing.

"It's a competition. They go out there everyday and they compete. That's what every program needs. You need one person to push the other person. I feel like that will be good for us coming in to the season," wide receiver DeAndre Smelter said.

"I'm excited about our quarterbacks. I think they had a good spring and I'm looking forward to the fall camp, and looking forward to them working and seeing what they do this fall," Coach Johnson said.

Another player of note-- look out for freshman Matthew Jordan. Coach Johnson expects to give the youngster from Alabama some snaps early in fall practice.


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