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Friday, April 22, 2011
Georgia Tech spring game storylines

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Georgia Tech will conclude its spring practices at noon on Saturday with its spring game. Here are the top three storylines to watch:

The B-back competition: It’s the deepest position on the roster, but none of them have separated themselves as the heir to Anthony Allen. Four players will finish the spring in the mix to be the Jackets’ next 1,000-yard rusher in Preston Lyons, Richard Watson, former quarterback David Sims and Charles Perkins. While it’s an open competition, it’s not a position of concern for coach Paul Johnson.

The battle up front: Is the offensive line bad, or is the defensive line really that good? The defensive line has pretty much won the battle this spring, and Johnson has publicly called out the play of his offensive linemen. It’s a thin group that lacks depth, but is there really that much of a gap between the two up front?

The quarterbacks: It’s the first time under Johnson that Joshua Nesbitt hasn’t been quarterback. Tevin Washington has a strong grasp on the starting job, but how much better has he gotten after starting the final four games of last season? Johnson said Synjyn Days looked good this spring, and physically, he’s capable of running the offense, but Washington’s experience has given him a significant edge.