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2011 Georgia Tech Football Roster: Expect A Heated Battle For The QB Position

Georgia Tech finalized their 2011 signing class less than a week ago, so let's take a look at the potential depth chart. We will look at each position individually, attempting to figure out what the lineup will look like come September. The Jackets are expected to see many players change positions, but these are our best guesses. First up, the quarterbacks.

PROJECTED DEPTH CHART
1. Tevin Washington (6'1", 205) - RS Junior
2. Synjyn Days (6'1", 205) - RS Freshman
3. Vad Lee (6'1", 195) -- Freshman

Who's coming back. Tevin Washington is the only returning quarterback with substantial experience. The redshirt junior saw significant playing time last year in four and a half games and mop-up duty in another three. He completed 25 of 61 passes for 417 yards, and ran 116 times for 514 yards. Besides Synjyn Days, the only other returning player with experience at quarterback is David Sims, but he is expected to switch to B-back.

Who's not. The Jackets take a huge loss with Joshua Nesbitt's departure. The quarterback made the transition from Chan Gailey to Paul Johnson, and in the process wrote his name all over the Tech and ACC record books. Before breaking his arm at Virginia Tech, he became the conference's all-time leader in rushing yards from a quarterback.  

Who's new. Vad Lee, from North Carolina, was the headliner in the 2011 signing class. He was the North Carolina player of the year, led his team to a perfect 16-0 record, and earned MVP honors in the state championship. He is a true dual-threat at quarterback, and is expected to bring an accurate arm and playmaking abilities to the position. There is however the chance that there could be a sleeper in the incoming class. Seven of the new signees played quarterback in high school, and while most are expected to switch positions, someone could surprise in spring practice.

Outlook. Washington gets top designation primarily because he has more experience practicing under Paul Johnson and got quality playing time at the end of last season. The position is one of the most anticipated battles of the spring, and probably won't be decided until fall practice. Washington will come in as the starter, but Days will get his opportunities and could win the job.

Don't count Vad Lee out though. It will be a long uphill battle for a true freshman to earn the starting spot for Coach Johnson, but don't expect him to go down quietly.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.