Georgia Tech’s Matthew Jordan ready to go

September 10, 2016 Atlanta - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Matthew Jordan (11) holds a football as he scores a touchdown in the first half at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, September 10, 2016. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Georgia Tech quarterback Matthew Jordan is ready to go.

When the Yellow Jackets start preseason practice Friday, Jordan will be on the field with the team after a foot injury in April that required surgery.

“Probably about six weeks ago, we knew he was way ahead of schedule,” coach Paul Johnson said Thursday at the team’s media day. “I think that he’s gone through the last couple weeks of summer workouts and conditioning and running.”

Johnson said that Jordan, in position to earn the starting quarterback job, may be put in a gold (non-contact) for the first few days of practice. But as the team goes through the NCAA-mandated five-day acclimatization period, “he’ll be ready to go and like everybody else,” Johnson said.

It is good news for Tech, which lost Jordan halfway through spring practice with the injury to his right foot. He was expected to be back in time for the preseason, but to be past the uncertainty is a positive.

Jordan said he was cleared in early July. He went through daily rehabilitation for a little more than an hour with Jay Shoop, Tech’s sports medicine director. He said the foot felt “pretty normal.”

The quarterback is Jordan’s to lose as the preseason begins. He’ll be competing with TaQuon Marshall, Jay Jones and Lucas Johnson. Jordan, a junior, backed up three-year starter Justin Thomas for the past two seasons.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time,” Jordan said. “It’s just something you want to cherish, I guess you could say.”

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