This is a discussion on Justin Thomas within the Georgia Tech Football forums, part of the Georgia Tech Sports Message Boards category; I haven't seen this posted anywhere on this board. If it has, please feel free to put C4 under this ...
I haven't seen this posted anywhere on this board. If it has, please feel free to put C4 under this post and blast away.
It sounds like JT is turning some heads in the early 7 on 7 workouts. Evidently he is throwing the ball very well, according to Darren Waller anyway. He did a recent interview with the Rumble Seat dude and was very complimentary of the young lad. What I read was that he was impressed with the arm strength, accuracy, touch, and footwork. Supposedly he is making all of the required throws. He felt it was only a matter of time for him to play. I know this is only one kid's opinion, but it is a heck of a lot better than hearing nothing or, gulp, a lukewarm early assessment.
I would still be very surprised to see JT play this season, but I want to make a point. To me, these early comments illustrate how the QB recruiting has turned a corner under CPJ. If you remember, when David Sims and Tevin Washington started out as frosh, all we ever heard was how ridiculously bad they looked throwing the football. Sims has moved on to another position and Days will probably follow, while TW has worked hard and steadily improved himself enough to be at the top of the depth chart. We all know that JT can run, that is without question, but if we are starting the process in the passing area much further along with our most recent guys, namely VL and JT, then that bodes very well for the future. It makes sense to me that if a kid can throw better as a frosh than the incumbent did, then he darn sure should be able to throw better as a senior if he continues to work.
I like this.
I like stock piling QB's. In the near future, we maybe starting only Jrs. and Srs. as QB's as it should be.
In the same article, Waller had this to say about Tevin:
No mention of "Neo".Tev's just been comfortable in the offense, he's got more pop on his throws, you can tell, I've been in his workout group a lot this summer and he's gotten a whole lot stronger and I think that's made him more confident and feel like he carries himself differently out there...it was really surprising, it was really cool
Look, I am a TW fan, and I think that I have been pretty consistent as a supporter of his. He has earned the right to sit atop the depth chart at this point in time and he works very hard. We have often lamented, as a board, that we haven't yet seen a good passer at QB in the CPJ era. That is certainly true. But Curious makes a good point. When you think about it, we also have not yet had a QB with breakaway speed in the CPJ era either. Both JN and TW are pretty good runners. They each have attributes that made them very effective. JN was surprisingly agile and as powerful as a fullback while TW is very slippery with good instincts. Neither of them, however, had (or have) enough speed to outrun an angle. Once we have a QB in place, who can run the system, that possesses either (or both) of those qualities (great passer and/or elite speed), then we will be taking a step forward as a program.
Based on the film that I saw from HS, I think JT would have taken that carry (that Curious mentioned) against the tiggers to the house. Saying that, in my mind, isn't bashing TW so much as it is speaking the truth. Even though JT may have that kind of speed, he still has a lot to prove before he can even put himself in position to do such a thing. We can at least all watch and enjoy his progression. I, for one, am very happy that we are now able to bring in kids who, at least, have the potential to be something special. The rest is up to them.