Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 4/9/12
Theres a quarterback battle going on at Georgia Tech, but its not for the top spot on the depth chart, at least not yet. Synjyn Davis, a 6-foot-1, 212-pound redshirt sophomore who saw some a decent amount of time last season, is fighting to retain the backup spot. He played in six games, completing 8 of 12 pass attempts for 198 yards and no scores or interceptions. He ran the ball 48 times for 237 yards and four touchdowns. Davis wasnt highly recruited coming out of high school, but he was a fit for Paul Johnsons triple option offense. Hes a quick learner and strong. Redshirt freshman Vad Lee, on the other hand, was the North Carolina Player of the year in 2010 after leading his school to a state championship. At 6-1, 2-6, Lee is considered an excellent athlete and leader and is giving Davis a run for second on the depth chart. Lee was captain of his high school team for three years. Lee is also regarded the best passer Johnson has signed at Tech. While he ran for 1,300 yards as a senior, he passed for 3,223. Davis and Lee are vying for the spot to back up senior Tevin Washington, and Johnson is hoping one of the two establishes themselves as the clear No. 2 before the end of spring. In addition, he would eventually like the No. 2 quarterback to push Washington. Even with Davis experience, some observers and analysts expect Lee to eventually be the Yellow Jackets starting quarterback. That could come in 2012, but certainly should be the case in 2013. UVas Walcott Adds Speed to DE Ausar Walcott has started 22 of the last 23 games hes been available for Virginia. But that streak of sorts soon may end. For the second time in his Virginia career, Walcott has switched positions, and hes getting closer to the line of scrimmage again. Originally a safety, Walcott moved to linebacker two springs ago and started 11 of 12 games in 2010. He was third on the team with 56 tackles, including a career-high 10 versus Florida State. Last season, the 6-foot-4, 240-pound native of Hackensack, N.J., started the first 11 games of the season before an injury forced him out of the season-ending Virginia Tech game and the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Walcott has been moved this spring to defensive end. With Cam Johnson gone, UVa coach Mike London wanted more experience at the position, plus an increase in speed and quickness, something Walcott clearly provides. Walcott isnt expected to start but he will be used in passing situations. As of now, hes behind junior Jake Snyder on the depth chart. I think he has now bought into the fact that he can help himself and he can help the team by being a defensive end, London said. (Hes) very explosive first step coming off the edge. I think he might be one of those surprise guys that might surprise a lot of people by just how athletic and skillful he can be coming off the edge. New Offense Excites UNCs Bernard North Carolina sophomore tailback Gio Bernard is getting used to the sweeping changes in the Tar Heels new approach to moving the ball under first-year head coach Larry Fedora. The big adjustment in playing in a spread offense for Bernard is learning to run without having a fullback in front of him. The previous regime ran a pro-style offense, which meant UNC often had a fullback on the field. It helped in dive plays and sweeps, and the Heels even used a fullback with some counter traps. But in the new spread offense, Bernard is basically alone in the backfield. Hes not concerned, though. In some ways, Bernards increased quickness will make the unpredictability of the hole a tailback might scat through more of an asset for the Tar Heels. Bernard, who ran for 1,253 yards and scored 13 touchdowns last season, is already excited about what he can accomplish in the new offense, especially getting into the secondary and bursting for long gains. That is something that I stress, you cant let that first person take you down, said Bernard, who also caught 45 passes a year ago. With this offense, I think it gets you with that first person, and with my philosophy, it leads you to a better path. So far weve done a great job of getting me one-on-one with guys. So far so good, so were excited.
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