ATLANTA (March 30) – Just over the midpoint of spring practice, the Georgia Tech football team holds its Springfest spring scrimmage Saturday, March 31 at 10:30 a.m. at Rose Bowl Field.
Head coach George O’Leary will be focusing on a number of areas, including quarterback play, where the Yellow Jackets are looking for a solid number two signal caller to emerge to back up starter George Godsey.
With Godsey is sitting out spring drills while recovering from off-season knee surgery, sophomore Andy Hall (Cheraw, S.C.) and redshirt freshman Mark Logan (Greenwood, S.C.) are battling for the backup slot.
Hall, a 6-2, 190-pounder, played in six games as a backup last fall. He completed four of 16 passes for 37 yards and rushed for 37 yards and one touchdown. Logan, 5-11, 195, spent the season on the scout team while redshirting.
“You can see Andy’s retention from last season,” said O’Leary. “The one thing I questioned last season was his poise, and I think he’s starting to show a lot more of that. He has an outstanding arm, no question, and he’s starting to check more and see more of the field. I’m very happy with that and I see him improving a lot.
“Mark has his moments, but everything is new to him because he didn’t get the work that Andy got last year. He has shown some bright spots, but he needs to keep improving. The thing I like is that he keeps his poise back there, and he understands what to do, but the timing is not there.”
Saturday’s scrimmage is Tech’s second of the spring. Spring drills continue through April 10 for the Yellow Jackets, who return nine starters on defense and seven on offense from last year’s 9-3 team.
“We’re not going to scrimmage too long, but I’m looking for intensity and execution,” said O’Leary, now in his seventh season at Tech. “I know what the older guys can do, so I really want to look at what some of the redshirts can get done. We want to find out who we can count on to help us in the fall.
Admission to the scrimmage is free, and fans should enter Rose Bowl Field at the corner of Fowler Street and Fifth Street.