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Backup QB a top competition for Jackets

When Georgia Tech begins spring practices on Monday, it will do so knowing that Tevin Washington will be its starting quarterback.

There's no question, though, that Washington will pushed this offseason -- and the pressure will be on him to keep his spot at the top of the depth chart -- but the bigger competition will be for the No. 2 spot behind him.

“Oh I think it will be a battle,” coach Paul Johnson said. “You’ve got Synjyn [Days] and Thad Lee, both who are going to get a ton of reps this spring, and we’ve got Dennis Andrews, who’s a freshman who came to school in January. He’s going to be behind, but certainly Thad and Synjyn ought to have a chance to push Tevin and challenge him. We’ve got to come out of that mix with one of them on top of the other one.”

Washington had an inconsistent season as a first-year starter in 2011, but his game experience will be tough for the others to overcome. Washington finished the 2011 season ranked fourth in the ACC in rushing with 986 yards and 14 touchdowns, far and away the most of any signal caller in the ACC. His rushing total was the fourth-best single-season effort by an ACC quarterback and the 14 rushing touchdowns were the third-best single-season total by an ACC quarterback.

He also had eight interceptions and 11 passing touchdowns and completed 49.3 percent of his passes.

“We started out the season being much more efficient throwing the ball, and towards the end of the year, we weren’t as efficient as we needed to be there, either,” Johnson said. “It’s combination of things, and we’re in the process of looking at it now. I think some of it was better competition. It’s just like anything else -- the protection plays into it, we had some drops, and we just didn’t throw it was well.”

Washington will have at least two good reasons to be more efficient this spring -- Days and Lee.