BLACKSBURG, VA - NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Matthew Jordan #11 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets carries the ball against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the first half at Lane Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)

Matthew Jordan on his new status as Georgia Tech’s No. 1 quarterback

Matthew Jordan has a new position coach and a new status as the first-string quarterback, but he’s trying to approach his work the same way.

“Last year, I had to prepare every game like I was the starter, and doing the same thing this year,” Jordan said Saturday after the team’s fourth spring-practice session, the first in full pads.

Behind Jordan are TaQuon Marshall, a fellow junior, and redshirt freshmen Lucas Johnson and Jay Jones. Jordan said he has been trying to help them learn the offense and bring them along.

A main goal for him this spring is his footwork.

“One thing, obviously, I just need to settle down in the pocket, not have happy feet,” he said.

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While he has not thrown much – he has 18 career pass attempts – he’ll have to develop consistency in order to convert third-and-long situations and maintain the threat of the deep ball in Tech’s run-heavy scheme.

The leader of the upset win at Virginia Tech last season has gotten off to a good start with new position coach Craig Candeto. He began meeting with him after the end of the season when Candeto was named the successor to former quarterbacks and B-backs coach Bryan Cook, now the offensive coordinator at Georgia Southern.

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Candeto played quarterback for Johnson at Navy – he was his first quarterback there, in fact – which Jordan appreciates.

“I like coach Candeto,” he said. “Don’t get me wrong, I like coach Cook, too. It’s just a little different personality, I guess.”

He has been developing a connection with starting receivers Ricky Jeune and Brad Stewart and was encouraged by redshirt freshmen Jair Hawkins-Anderson and Steve Dolphus.

“Honestly, I’m excited,” Jordan said. “Steve is a big guy and Jair might be one of the fastest guys on the team.”

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