1. Georgia Tech’s quarterbacks and B-backs have now had five practices with coach Paul Johnson working with them as their position coach. No. 6 will be Wednesday. Quarterback Vad Lee’s comparison between of Johnson and former assistant Brian Bohannon:
“Coach Johnson is more of kind of a chill guy, unless we keep messing up and he explodes all at once,” he said. “Coach Bohannon was the type that would get on us every play just to make things perfect.”
Lee particularly likes the tutorial he’s getting on Johnson’s play-calling.
“He’s definitely doing a lot of teaching,” he said. “He’s teaching me why he runs certain plays in certain situations, so l listen closely with Coach Johnson."
2. Lee said he feels comfortable with the offensive line, which will have five returning starters (including guard/tackle Will Jackson, who started seven games at both positions last season and is penciled in as guard Omoregie Uzzi’s replacement).
“We’re good right now, but we’ve got to be great in order to air it out and do what we do on the ground,” Lee said.
Lee on A-back Synjyn Days: “Synjyn’s going to give effort on every play. He might just do something crazy, but he’s going to do something.”
3. Lee was not overwhelmed by video of Saturday’s scrimmage, citing high expectations from him and the team. “We could have done a lot better as far as giving effort and just executing the offense,” he said.
4. Regarding his passing, Lee said his goal this spring is to gain more comfort in knowing where to deliver the ball.
“I’m starting to feel comfortable already with that, just getting connected with my receivers and getting the ball to their hands, because if I can get it in their hands, they can make plays,” he said. “That’s the main thing.”
To that end, Lee and quarterbacks Justin Thomas and Tim Byerly have been hampered with having three scholarship receivers available, which has actually dropped to two with Darren Waller having missed time with an unspecified injury. Corey Dennis and Micheal Summers are the two remaining.
5. Center Catlin Alford is trying to make the most of his opportunity with starter Jay Finch out recovering from shoulder surgery. Alford was moved to center last season as a sophomore after having played both guard and tackle previously. He is still adjusting both to the position and snapping to Lee.
“So far, it’s been my favorite position,” he said. “I really enjoy it, actually.”
Finch has been trying to help Alford by sharing thoughts and observations, mostly on the necessary footwork for various plays.
“He’s just been trying to put me in the right direction, I guess you’d say,” Alford said.
6. Cornerback Jemea Thomas is handling the transition to a new defense, his old position and also a new position coach with typical ease. On top of new defensive coordinator Ted Roof teaching his scheme, Thomas moved back to cornerback from safety, where he played the latter part of last season, and now has Joe Speed coaching the cornerbacks. For Thomas’ first four seasons, former Tech coach Charles Kelly, who recruited Thomas to Tech, was his position coach.
For the secondary, Thomas said the new scheme isn’t that much different “because once you learn a coverage, you can always relate it back to something that you already learned before. It’s not that hard a transition.”
Speed passes muster with Thomas, who said he was happy for Kelly’s opportunity to coach at Florida State. Thomas sees benefit in having the perspective of a different coach, particularly one who is just coaching the cornerbacks instead of the entire secondary. Thomas said “I barely see” the safeties during practice.
Speed has “been pretty good touching up on things that we need to work on,” Thomas said. “It’s been good.”