Patenaude called it a “strange dynamic,” given that getting as much playing time as possible for Graham, a redshirt freshman, is a priority, to say nothing of winning. And, when quarterback Lucas Johnson has been healthy, Yates has been the No. 3 quarterback. However, Johnson suffered an apparent upper-body injury in Tech’s loss to Pitt on Saturday, and his status is uncertain.
When Johnson has been sidelined, Yates has been running the No. 2 offense in practice. Patenaude said that Yates has been “getting a ton of reps” and has impressed him.