Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said on Thursday's ACC teleconference that quarterback Tevin Washington has a good grasp on the starting job heading into Saturday’s spring game in large part because of the experience he got at the expense of injured starter Joshua Nesbitt last season.
“At this point in time he probably has a significant edge,” Johnson said. “I think that certainly there have been days this spring that Synjyn Days has looked really good. I think he’s a really good athlete, and there’s no question that physically he can do what we need him to do. But Tevin has a pretty good jump on him. … The experience factor is definitely in his advantage.”
Washington started the final four games of 2010 and rushed for 514 yards. He is Tech’s second-leading returning rusher behind Orwin Smith.
“He’s done a much better job this spring of ball security, valuing the ball and making better decisions," Johnson said of Washington. "We’ve got to continue to grow in that area, but the more he plays, the more comfortable he gets, the more he understands how the offense works and what he’s trying to accomplish, like with anything the more reps the better you get.”
Georgia Tech fans are also excited about the addition of true freshman Vad Lee to the roster this August, but he'll have to make up some considerable ground quickly to win the job from Washington.
“He’s been the best player on the field for a long time when he’s playing," Johnson said of Lee. "How quickly can he adjust to how much faster the game is going to be? There are going to be a lot of guys who are good players on the field. I think that will be the key in how quickly he can play, how quickly he picks it up, but we’re definitely excited about him and thinks he has a bright future.”