Jordan, who was an early-enrollee last spring and was a redshirt for the 2014 season, confirmed Cook’s assessment. Jordan said he had been throwing with Thomas and the receivers since the end of the season and also watching video of games and practices. Two particular emphases in his practice sessions was quickening his release and becoming more adept with the mesh with the B-back on option plays.
Jordan did practice with the Yellow Jackets offense last year, so his development is ahead of where it would be had he been with the scout team.
“Today, obviously I was a little rusty,” Jordan said. “I think everyone was just a little bit, but it was a lot different. I was getting a lot more reps than I was during the season because I was redshirting.”
Coach Paul Johnson has already said that he plans to lighten the workload for Thomas and backup Tim Byerly, meaning more opportunities for Jordan. As for Jordan’s own spring goals, they aligned with his coach’s: to become more comfortable with the pre-snap checks and “making Coach Cook comfortable enough that he can play me.”
As for the viability of that goal?
“It doesn’t feel far away,” Jordan said. “It feels like a reachable goal for me.”