GT Preview: B-Back

Discussion in 'Georgia Tech Football' started by gtdrew, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. gtdrew

    gtdrew Banned

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    I've heard a million times that B-Back play is what makes this offense go. It's the axis by which this offense spins, and the inertia that keeps it moving. If that's the case, then the Jackets are in good hands this year, with returning War Horses Zack Laskey and David Sims rotating as the bell cow of this system. Sims, who staked a small lead in total carries, 135-133, looks to take even another step forward and develop the ability to punish defenders while finishing runs. Laskey, who's story reads like Odysseus, looks to stay healthy and punish more defenders with a devastating will to push for extra yards and a pair of legs that churn like froth in front of a battleship. Laskey doesn't so much run over defenders as he does repel them with his shoulder and thigh pads. He also has the ability to break big runs, with his longest TD carry being 56 yds. last year.

    Charles Perkins, who officially made the switch to A-Back last year, may yet have a say on the "give" mechanism in option plays in pistol and shotgun, and I wouldn't mid seeing Travis Custis give it a go this year too, although a redshirt seems likely. Broderick Snoddy played the position in high school, but has yet to stick somewhere at the college level. This might be his future home...

    Starter: David Sims (barely)
    Key Backup: Zack Laskey
    Keep an eye on: Travis Custis
     
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  2. Longestday

    Longestday Helluva Engineer Featured Member

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    Just some stats:

    2008 JD Jr 1395 yards 6.98YPC 12 TDs
    2009 JD Sr 1395 yards 5.94YPC 14 TDs
    2010 AA Sr 1286 yards 5.36YPC 7 TDs
    2011 Sims So 698 yards 5.17YPC 7 TDs
    2011 Lyons Sr 340 yards 5.96YPC 2 TDs
    2012 Sims Jr 612 yards 4.53YPC 4 TDs (played injured)
    2012 ZL So 697 yards 5.24 1 TD (played injured first year playing BB)
     
  3. Eric

    Eric Retired Co-Founder Staff Member

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    I think the BBacks are going to have a good year.
     
  4. xenoabe

    xenoabe Ramblin' Wreck

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    Eric, you heard anything on the Custis eligibility rumors?
     
  5. Eric

    Eric Retired Co-Founder Staff Member

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    He won't be practicing Thursday. Not eligible yet.
     
  6. AE 87

    AE 87 Helluva Engineer

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    Nice Stats comparison. This says a lot. (fwiw, JD's numbers are for Soph and Jr seasons)
     
  7. Longestday

    Longestday Helluva Engineer Featured Member

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    Oh, he left early then... I did not get beyond just watching the games and knowing players before last year.
     
  8. ATL1

    ATL1 Helluva Engineer

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    Matt Connor will get some runs too..
    Snoddy per Vad is doing great in 7 on 7 drills..
    It'll be an interesting rotation.
     
  9. BainbridgeJacket

    BainbridgeJacket Helluva Engineer

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    Any idea when this is going to get cleared up? Pretty much locks him into redshirting which he would anyways.
     
  10. Eric

    Eric Retired Co-Founder Staff Member

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    No idea...I haven't seen anything like this. We will learn more Thursday hopefully.
     
  11. UrinatesOnDawgs

    UrinatesOnDawgs Jolly Good Fellow

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    Blocking, Blocking, Blocking! I don't know how many times JD took a BB counter to Bey Bey's side, And the CB had been DEMOLISHED and Bey Bey was on his way inside to crack the Safety Just sayin, JD had the best perimeter blocking that this offense has ever had. Waller is big enough to be Bey Bey II when it comes to taking 2 guys out of a play.
     
  12. AE 87

    AE 87 Helluva Engineer

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    Yes and No. There is no doubt that WR blocking was one of our biggest challenges last year and to a lesser extent 10 and 11. However, I think it would be a mistake to reduce the difference to just blocking. Dwyer both made guys miss and trucked guys better than anyone who came after him and Ant did this better than Sims, Lyons, and Laskey. As a result, I think we ran plays to pitch it to Dwyer to get him the ball in space much more frequently than we've run those plays for the last couoople of years.
     
  13. gt13

    gt13 Ramblin' Wreck

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    Is Dwyer the prototypical B-Back then? Is he the ideal? I worry that we will never see the same combination of size, speed and elusiveness again at that position. Just my two cents of course, but he was such a high caliber player and was a homerun threat every play. I miss that. I think Snoddy has the speed to take it the distance if he has a big enough lane to run through though.
     

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