ATLANTA (March 25) — Georgia Tech held its first scrimmage of the spring but Rambling Wreck head coach George O’Leary deferred to the film before commenting on the performance of his four quarterback candidates, junior George Godsey (Tampa, Fla.), sophomore Jermaine Crenshaw (Greenville, Ala.), and redshirt freshmen Brian Camp (Dublin, Ohio) and Andy Hall (Cheraw, S.C.).
“I’m going to reserve any decisions on that until I have a chance to look at the film,” said O’Leary after the Saturday morning workout at Rose Bowl Field. “All four did some good things and all four made some mistakes, so we just have to sit down and see who’s making the right decisions.”
Godsey, the only one of the four with any game experience, recovered from two early interceptions to throw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Jon Muyres (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and also had a 23-yard completion to tailback Joe Burns (Thomasville, Ga.) to set up another score, but all four showed the ability to move the team. Hall threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Burns, while Camp had completions of 19 yards to Kerry Watkins (LaPlace, La.) and 45 yards to Brett Basquin (LaBelle, Fla.). Crenshaw injured the thumb on his non-throwing hand on his second series, but it is not believed serious.
“There was a lot of good contact and a lot of good individual plays,” said O’Leary of the scrimmage. “Obviously the chemistry of the whole team isn’t there yet, but we there was good enthusiasm and good contact.
“We went about 100 plays, so we a lot of reps for the young kids, and now we’ve got plenty of film to evaluate.”
Redshirt freshman Jermaine Hatch (Baton Rouge, La.) was impressive in the offensive backfield, carrying 14 times for 55 yards and one touchdown. Burns showed that he is rounding into form after last year’s broken ankle, barrelling through the line of scrimmage for a touchdown on the final fourth-and-one, goal-line situation.
Tech’s defense has shown improvement in the first week of spring practice. Felipe Claybrooks (Decatur, Ga.), Tony Robinson (Soperton, Ga.), and Guenter Kryszon (Clark, N.J.) had sacks, Bryan Corhen (Albany, Ga.) batted down a pass, and Jamara Clark (Bradenton, Fla.) and Chris Young (Senoia, Ga.) made interceptions.
“They should be ahead; they’re all back,” said O’Leary of the defense. “They are making more plays, but I’m looking for consistency on every play, not once in a while. All eleven have to arrive at the ball at the same time. We’ll continue to work on that.
“Overall, I’m pleased with the first scrimmage from the standpoint of getting everyone playing and getting a lot of installation done,” said O’Leary.