Lucas Johnson has an extra year in the system and backed up Marshall last season with Jay Jones (who has since transferred) as Oliver redshirted. However, Johnson suffered an undisclosed injury early in spring practice and missed the second week. When Tech scrimmaged Saturday, Johnson was allowed to participate, but ran only pass plays.
Oliver would stand to benefit from the consistent practice time he has received this spring as he tries to catch up to Johnson. As Paul Johnson put it, the two have completely different skillsets. Lucas Johnson’s strength is in his passing, Oliver’s more in his running.