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Old 04-24-2014, 04:53 PM   #1
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Default Byerly Earns a Scholarship

Congratulations to this young man.

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In retrospect, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said, he probably should’ve recruited quarterback Time Byerly

As one of the top high school players in the state of Georgia, Byerly led Chattahoochee High to the 2010 Class AAAA state championship and a 15-0 record, becoming the rst player in school history to pass and rush for more than 1,000 yards in the same season.

Now, the 2012 transfer from Middle Tennessee State will finally earn a scholarship from Georgia Tech this summer.

There’s no question Justin Thomas is Georgia Tech’s starting quarterback heading into summer camp, but don’t be surprised to see more of Byerly, who is coming off an impressive spring. With Thomas sidelined for the spring game this past weekend for precautionary injury reasons, Byerly rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown and passed for 69 yards to lead the White team past the Gold team, 20-12.

“They’ll sort that out themselves, but I feel good about him if we have to put him in a game,” Johnson said of shared playing time. “I think he’s closed the distance a lot. Tim played well this spring. We were really, really pleased with him.”

Byerly sat out the 2012 season per NCAA transfer rules, and last season he played in four games as the third-string quarterback behind Vad Lee and Thomas. Georgia Tech doesn't often accept transfer students, and Johnson said that when they do, he usually asks them to walk-on, which is why Byerly hasn't been on a scholarship. Lee’s decision to transfer left Byerly as the second-most experienced quarterback on the roster. Not only has Byerly earned some playing time, he has also earned his scholarship.

Despite the turnover on the roster, Johnson said he’s just as confident in his quarterbacks as he was a year ago.

“I feel like these guys at quarterback will be good,” he said. “We’ve still got some stuff we have to get better at, but Justin made improvement this spring and Timmy Byerly really improved. They’re tough guys.”
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Solid ballplayer. His passes in the mess of the spring game looked pretty good. He did a good job of splitting the defense and nicely placing one of the passes - unfortunately dropped by either an Aback or Bback - can't remember which.
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2nd string QB should probably always be on scholarship.
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Old 04-24-2014, 05:18 PM   #4
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In retrospect, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said, he probably should’ve recruited quarterback Time Byerly

Its about Time.
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2nd string QB should probably always be on scholarship.
Exactly! No wonder they have a hard time attracting top QBs by recruiting or transferring.

Instead the kickers get the scholarships. Kind of backwards.
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Always important that hard work pays off!!
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I think those who didn't watch the spring game should really have a look at it. I'm not afraid to admit that I was skeptical, but Byerly pleasantly surprised me with his physical running ability. Hands down the most physical QB we've had since Nesbitt.

Hell, I think after a year of starting he will be equal, if not more physical than Nesbitt.
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Old 04-24-2014, 05:51 PM   #8
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Its about Time.
If Johnson had signed him, you'd complain that his next best offer was MTSU.
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There’s no question Justin Thomas is Georgia Tech’s starting quarterback heading into summer camp, but don’t be surprised to see more of Byerly, who is coming off an impressive spring. With Thomas sidelined for the spring game this past weekend for precautionary injury reasons, Byerly rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown and passed for 69 yards to lead the White team past the Gold team, 20-12.

I think there are plenty of questions about Thomas being the starter. I know we didn't see him the spring game, but he didn't impress much during other scrimmages.
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The backup QB is usually a fan's favorite player
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