4 observations from Georgia Tech’s Tuesday spring practice

Georgia Tech football players participate in a drill at Georgia Tech's football outdoor practice field on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM



Notes from the final 30 minutes of Georgia Tech’s 10th spring-practice session out of 15 (the portion open to media), held Tuesday morning.

1. Wide receiver Jair Hawkins-Anderson played both wide receiver and cornerback in successive series. Hawkins-Anderson thwarted one offensive drive with an interception and then, removing his green practice vest, lined up at wide receiver with the offense for the next series during a period for the two-minute drill. Hawkins-Anderson is one of several players who have gotten time on offense and defense.

Perhaps the more significant is quarterback Tobias Oliver, whom coaches have taken a brief look at nickel back.

2. One of the nicest passes in the 30 minutes of media availability was thrown by walk-on quarterback Liam Byrne, a deep ball down the right sideline to redshirt freshman wide receiver Jaylen Jackson. Quarterback Lucas Johnson led a two-minute drill in which he completed several mid-range passes before a pass to tight end Tyler Davis was bobbled and intercepted.

3. Two walk-ons got snaps with what looked like the "A" defense – cornerback Devin Smith and defensive back Rich Stanzione, who was lined up against slot receivers. Walk-ons are getting ample opportunity to make an impression on coaches and move up the depth chart.

4. Typically, the different units for offense and defense are called "A," "B," and "C." On Tuesday, the units were called "Waffle House" and "Coca-Cola," as in the Waffle House offense.

The Waffle House offense and defense stood on the east sideline of the Alexander Rose Bowl Field (closer to the Waffle House in Tech Square), while the Coca-Cola offense and defense were on the west sideline (the company’s corporate office is southwest of the practice field).

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