Practice Notes 4/12

Kelly Quinlan, Publisher
Jackets Online
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ATLANTA-- Nearing the home stretch of spring football practices Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson and some of his offensive players and staff spoke with the media on Wednesday. Johnson begrudgingly gave an update on injured starting quarterback Matthew Jordan and talked about his areas of concern as the Jackets enter the home stretch of week three.

Jordan injured his foot in the Jackets' scrimmage on April 8th in a non-contact injury.

"He is out for the spring and we expect Matthew back in the fall," Johnson said.

Junior TaQuon Marshall has moved into the number one quarterback spot with Jordan out while redshirt freshmen Lucas Johnson and Jay Jones battle it out for the second spot and split reps with the second team offense. Paul Johnson said that Marshall will get the lion's share of the first team reps in the final week and a half of spring practice.

"We have been rolling them all spring, but now (Marshall) will get most of the one reps," Johnson said. "He has been working with the ones all along, but now (Marshall) is getting a few more reps. We have been rolling them and they've all been competing and playing. We run two huddles and a lot of times it is even the same play."

Given this is Marshall's third year in the program, Johnson said he has a good understanding of the concepts and game plans, he just needs to figure out how to work better within the framework of the offense.

"I think TaQuon knows what to do. He had a year at A-back and he has been in the offense at quarterback so he is into it and he knows," he said. "He needs to do a better job at valuing the ball and not taking chances."

Overall, Johnson says he has been happy with how all of his quarterbacks have performed this spring.

"I've been pleased for the most part with the way the (quarterbacks) have played this spring," he said.

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