Johnson said that while the backups all led scoring drives, the quarterbacks didn’t throw the ball well. Drops and poor pass protection also were issues Saturday morning.
“Jay’s a big play waiting to happen for somebody,” he said. “But he did a better job taking care of the ball (Saturday).”
In fact, the offense, over the course of roughly 85 plays, did not turn the ball over once, an unusual accomplishment for the first scrimmage of the preseason. (Or, if you prefer, a disconcerting shortcoming for the Tech defense.) Johnson said that Lucas Johnson had a long run and that Marshall “had some nice plays.”
Lucas Johnson, of whom Paul Johnson said in July that his biggest challenge was his confidence, said that he sometimes has it.
“He’s got to get a lot more confident and get a lot more mature,” Johnson said.
Johnson won’t be in a rush to publicly name a starter going into the season opener against Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game Sept. 4 in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
“Our guys, they’ll know who the quarterback is,” Johnson said. “I don’t know that we’ll tell the other team who the quarterback is.”
The Yellow Jackets will go through one more week in “camp” mode, during which the focus will be on practicing and improving their own schemes and techniques, before attention will turn to the Volunteers on Aug. 21.