2011 Spring Football Review: The Offense

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Spring football has come and gone, and for the most part things went better than expected on the offensive side of the ball. The offensive line play was ragged in the Spring Game, but that’s normal with the starters split between both teams and starting tight end Chris Drager out with a broken nose. Many of Tech’s offensive question marks heading into the spring were answered in a positive way.

Quarterback

The final numbers for Logan Thomas (r-So.) in scrimmage situations this spring were 50-of-91 (54.9%) for 743 yards, with six touchdowns and three interceptions. Two of those interceptions came off the hands of wide receivers on well-thrown balls, and the other interception wasn’t a misread in coverage. Thomas handled himself well and made the right decisions all spring.

There is no question that Thomas has the physical ability to be a big-time quarterback. He’s got a very strong arm, he moves well in the pocket, and his accuracy is much-improved. Even more important than that, Thomas is a smart guy, and he’s not lacking for confidence. He trusts his receivers, and they seem to trust him as well. He has yet to play a real game as Tech’s starter, but Thomas is off to a better start than most people anticipated.

The backup quarterback job seems to be open at this point. Ricardo Young (r-Fr.) injured his foot and missed most of the spring, so he never really had a chance to compete. Mark Leal (r-Fr.) steadily improved, and was playing decent football by the end of spring.

Unfortunately, Ju-Ju Clayton (r-Jr.) did not have a good spring. He threw five interceptions and no touchdowns in scrimmage situations. His decisions were poor, many of his throws weren’t accurate, and he was not as good a quarterback as he has been in the past. He’ll have to get things turned back in the right direction over the summer, or he’ll get passed on the depth chart by one of the r-freshmen.

The biggest key for this season is keeping Logan Thomas healthy. Thomas has been in a yellow jersey for all of the spring, so it’s not clear how inclined he is to scramble. So far he looks like a natural

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