Offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude was highly complimentary of Yates’ work in Thursday’s practice, the second of the spring.
“Jordan Yates played off the chain (Thursday),” Patenaude said. “He was stepping up, making plays, dropping the ball in. Threw a couple balls to Kyric McGowan, our new wideout transfer. Really, really good.”
Yates attributed it to the accumulation of practice time since his arrival in the summer of 2019.
“It’s just really the repetition; it really slows down,” he said.
2. Dispensing wisdom
Yates is sharing that knowledge with two teammates he’s competing with behind Sims – Demetrius Knight, who has moved from linebacker to the position he played in high school, and early-enrollee freshman Chayden Peery.
“I’ve played in the offense longer, so I kind of know different ins and outs of it that I can help them with,” Yates said. “So really just trying to be a leader to those guys as they come along.”
3. Impressions of McGowan
Yates said that McGowan, a grad transfer from Northwestern, has made his presence felt in the leadership he has imparted.
“He works really hard, and he’s smart, and he’s really just a playmaker,” Yates said. “That’s just the best way I could put it.”
4. Getting in the podcast game
Yates and tight end Dylan Leonard, teammates at Milton High and close friends, are experimenting with hosting a podcast, which they’re calling “Penthouse Podcast.” The first edition, for which the guest was former Tech tight end Tyler Davis (now with the Jacksonville Jaguars), was released Monday.
Yates, who listens to the “I Am Athlete” podcast hosted by former NFL stars Chad Johnson and Brandon Marshall, said they decided to give it a try last week.
“It was pretty fun, so we’ll probably keep going with it,” Yates said. “But as far as where I see it going, I have no idea. We’re just going to keep doing it and see what happens.”
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