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Is Justin Thomas a "Special" talent?

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    Is Justin Thomas a "Special" talent?

    I know Justin is very fast, and we have all seen the clips of his extraordinary ability to split two defenders, blow by them both, and then negate a chasing back's "good pursuit angle" to take the play for big yardage. His speed, and burst, are undeniable. But is he a talent (yet) that can alter an opponent's defensive strategy? Is he now, or will he develop into, the kind of player that a defense has to game plan around? Tech's ball, first and ten at the opponent's 17 yard line. Is Justin the element the defense strives to take away first, allowing the dive or the rocket toss by first selling out on the quarterback?


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    He's not the offense's centerpiece yet. He's talented, but too small (and frail-looking) in stature to carry the team like Josh Nesbitt did. He's got speed and good reads, and with the Custis/Laskey 2-headed monster at B-back, that's probably gonna be the main focus of the defenses (as with traditional flexbone spread option defense). JT's gonna have to prove it to warrant the defense's attention. He's not there yet, but might be this time next year.

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    Lets not be so fast to fall in love with Justin. Remember we all fell in love with Vad and could not wait to see him full time as QB. We all know how that turned out so lets wait on Justin and hope he is the guy for pj so called TO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yukonwreck View Post
    I know Justin is very fast, and we have all seen the clips of his extraordinary ability to split two defenders, blow by them both, and then negate a chasing back's "good pursuit angle" to take the play for big yardage. His speed, and burst, are undeniable. But is he a talent (yet) that can alter an opponent's defensive strategy? Is he now, or will he develop into, the kind of player that a defense has to game plan around? Tech's ball, first and ten at the opponent's 17 yard line. Is Justin the element the defense strives to take away first, allowing the dive or the rocket toss by first selling out on the quarterback?
    NO!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HelluvanEngineer View Post
    He's not the offense's centerpiece yet. He's talented, but too small (and frail-looking) in stature to carry the team like Josh Nesbitt did. He's got speed and good reads, and with the Custis/Laskey 2-headed monster at B-back, that's probably gonna be the main focus of the defenses (as with traditional flexbone spread option defense). JT's gonna have to prove it to warrant the defense's attention. He's not there yet, but might be this time next year.
    BB hasn't been the focus of any defense since 2009. D's been selling out to stop the perimeter game because that's really the only dangerous "monster" on the O and that was when we had RG. Not sure if we have one now....maybe JT? Haven't seen enough but it's going to take more than a fast QB...hopefully Custis blows up to give the D more to worry about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HelluvaMGTmjr View Post
    BB hasn't been the focus of any defense since 2009. D's been selling out to stop the perimeter game because that's really the only dangerous "monster" on the O and that was when we had RG. Not sure if we have one now....maybe JT? Haven't seen enough but it's going to take more than a fast QB...hopefully Custis blows up to give the D more to worry about.

    BB hasn't been the focus since 2009 since the position lacked experience and talent. With Laskey/Custis we get a bit of both. No other position (AB, QB, WR) has as much in-game experience, plus taking away the BB is the first step in defending the option, so I guess defenses will probably return to that approach at least early in 2014.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foggy View Post
    Lets not be so fast to fall in love with Justin. Remember we all fell in love with Vad and could not wait to see him full time as QB. We all know how that turned out so lets wait on Justin and hope he is the guy for pj so called TO.
    I agree with foggy. Having bought into the Vad hype myself, I'm definitely going to live in Missouri until I see JT do something against a real team with a real defense, rather than the HS defenses of Elon, Alabama A&M, and Wofford.

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    If he is not "special", as defined here, it will not be his fault.

    Willing to bet his physical stature is at least that of lil Joe, and believe JT is faster afoot.

    Remember, 3rd different starting QB in 3 years. Speaks volumes, folks.

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    I hope JT can run tough. In CPJ's offense the QB has to be a runner first and a passer second. And, he has to be able to cut up field, break tackles and run for tough yards. We will see.

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    If Justin Thomas is the starter at QB and plays most of the snaps this season, I predict another ho-hum lackluster campaign. He may be fast but he doesn't make the correct reads, holds the ball too loosely when he runs, is injury prone. I would rather have a bruiser like Byerly in there to start the game and pound the defense. Let 'ol speed demon Thomas come in when the defense has been worn down and susceptible to blazing speed. Y'all do know that the Hokies, Canes, Tigers, and Dwags have All Americans at every position on defense, at least that is what I've been reading on every Tech board. No way Thomas can outrun all of those All Americans when they are fresh. They need to be softened up a little.

 

 
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