There is a cliche in football that goes “if you have two starting quarterbacks, you really have none.” Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson apparently doesn’t buy into that philosophy.
During the second day of ACC Media Days, Johnson expressed confidence in not two, not three, but four different quarterbacks.
Coach Paul Johnson on QB situation: "I've got 4 guys I can call a game for right now." #ACCKickoff
— The Hive GT (@TheHiveGT) July 14, 2017
Johnson didn’t reveal exactly who those four quarterbacks are, but redshirt junior Matthew Jordan and junior TaQuon Marshall are listed at the top of the depth chart. Jordan and Marshall are the best candidates to replace three-year starter Justin Thomas behind center.
As a sophomore, Thomas had a very strong 2014 season and led the Yellow Jackets to an 11-3 record, which includes a victory against Mississippi State in the Orange Bowl. That year, Thomas completed 51.3 percent of his passes for 1,719 yards, 18 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.
But over the next two seasons, he posted a 47.0 percent completion percentage, 8.8 yards per attempt average (he averaged 9.2 yards per pass in 2014), 21 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. A big part of the decline was an awful junior season. Thomas did bounce back in some sense last fall as a senior, but he still only had 8 touchdown passes all year.
While Georgia Tech features a heavy running attack with its double option, the key for them getting back to being a true contender in the Coastal Division will be improved quarterback play.