Posted: 11:47 am Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Snoddy’s position change complete 

By Ken Sugiura

Broderick Snoddy’s transition to A-back is apparently complete.

The Georgia Tech running back played his first three seasons, including his redshirt year, primarily as a B-back, but did not see the field much behind David Sims and Zach Laskey.

Coach Paul Johnson has had him work with the A-backs, where Snoddy has previously played on a limited basis.

Asked about it Monday, Johnson said, “I think he’s going to be an A-back, that’s where he’s going to play.”

Snoddy has benefited from multiple A-backs missing part or all of spring practice, including Deon Hill, Synjyn Days and Charles Perkins.

“He’s hot and cold,” Johnson said. “He’s had his days. There’s things he does well. He’s getting a lot of reps because those other guys are hurt, so that’s good for him.”

The move may be felt more in 2015. A-backs Hill, Days, Perkins, B.J. Bostic and Tony Zenon are all rising seniors. Dennis Andrews, a rising sophomore, and Andrews are the only two scholarship A-backs who won’t be seniors. Donovan Wilson was moved from A-back to B-back before the spring. Incoming freshmen Myles Autry and Clinton Lynch are pegged as A-backs and fellow signee C.J. Leggett could play either A-back or B-back.

43 comments
gt-40
gt-40

Here's hoping that Custis and Autry rise above what we already have talent level wise, if not then we are still in the baby step mode. I am hoping for more of a larger upgrade or this year will be more of the same ole same ole, I have seen this script played out and I've got the tee shirt, need some difference makers somewhere... Put a shirt on Freddie you remind me of Vince Young....

hpt84
hpt84

Here an interview section with CTR.


During spring practice, your defense sees so much option football, but does that affect the way you build the defense? You probably don’t see as many looks offensively as you would at other places.

Roof: That’s an interesting question. I get asked that a lot. I’ll ask you what is a conventional offense this day and age in college football. The variation from week to week is huge. It’s different than any other level. Playing against our offense is great from a fundamental standpoint and discipline standpoint. You’re training your eyes and your feet. Blow delivery is blow delivery. If you’re a 3-technique and you’re getting double-teamed, a double team is a double team, a scoop is a scoop, a reach is a reach. And then we’ll do periods where okay today is an 11 personnel day, tomorrow is a 10 personnel day, the next day is 21 or 12 personnel. We balance it by preparing for our offense, but at the same time preparing for what we’re going to see throughout the season. We want to have a base and make sure there is recall once we start preparing for a specific opponent.

hpt84
hpt84

I saw C.J. Leggett played in the state championship. One of the best players on his team. He has the power for B-back and speed for A-back.

hpt84
hpt84

Dennis Andrews is a potential big-play threat for the Yellow Jackets this coming year. I saw flashes of his ability last year. He have a bright future ahead of him. He is only a sophomore.

hpt84
hpt84

It will be interesting to see if Myles get redshirt or not.

ChopChamps95
ChopChamps95

After the first 2-3 games this fall, I think it'll be a 4 man rotation of Days, Hill, Perkins, and Snoddy.  Andrews is still young and somewhat inexperienced, he'll get a lot of time starting next year.  Zenon just doesn't have the talent long term to get significant playing time over the other four and Bostic, while he can catch out of the backfield, is a terrible run blocker and is the sole reason he's all but disappeared from CPJ's offense over the last couple of seasons.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

It's about damn time.

OkieDawg
OkieDawg

Yep...A-B-C-D back, whatever it takes. I must admit this ole school offense confuses me. Did Lou Cella ever write a book? I need to go retro-offense...I missed that in history class. Looking forward to another CPJ coached GT season!

TrevorSamms
TrevorSamms

No LB in the nation can handle this play.  This play alone will force defenses to keep their safeties back.  Hence, B-backs will pound and pound for 8 - 12 yd gashes all day long.  It's really that simple...  B-T-W, Reggie Bush won the Heisman Trophy on this same play ran over and over.


http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6953892

TrevorSamms
TrevorSamms

Start Custis Now!  He will develop in the first three games over those AA high school schools.


gt51
gt51

when he comes across

gt51
gt51

bostic goes down when comes across a tall blade of grass.  bostic needs to stay on the sideline and watch. has no business being on the field

hpt84
hpt84

Snoddy will be a beast at A-back this year. We saw a lot of potential out of him in the diamond formation last year. Remember Godhigh and Orwin Smith didn't really flourish until their 3-4 years. Days also have developed into a great blocker on the perimeter.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

"He’s getting a lot of reps because those other guys are hurt, so that’s good for him.”

-CPJ

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i.e., When the starters get healthy, back to the pine for Snoddy!

Geez.....Can we get a twister to whisk PJ to Oz for a Heart.

Jim70
Jim70

Does anybody know how many short passes we threw over the middle?  with lb's creeping up and wideouts streaming downfield, it seems to be a no brainer.  but I can't remember seeing any such passes 

Yellerbug
Yellerbug

Snoddy has track-level speed, but  carrying the football is rarely running in a straight line.  Concur Getting_Older, if Snoddy can catch and we get him matched up against a LB---then it's a TD.  Once again, if CPJ will have our Offense go to the LOS quickly and let CPJ read the D and then signal in the call, we can recognize and take advantage of such match-ups.  I think to maximize Snoddy's speed, CPJ should create some special plays where we give him a running start and give him the ball (motion), a shuttle pass to him via A-back coming thru the middle like a delayed draw or other plays to get him in the open field.

I often wonder if CPJ just grabs the nearest A-back or WR to shuttle in a play or if he takes into consideration the personnel on the field when calling a play.  Old school method is scheme against scheme.  New school is that it's not just scheme against scheme, but personnel match-ups on the field as well.  I wonder if we operate at that level.

POAD2013
POAD2013

I hope some of you are having the chance to watch FOX news and the Memorial for the Fort Hood killings.

Getting_Older
Getting_Older

I am hoping Custis can bring the explosiveness we need in a B-Back.  I think that is a big of item in CPJ's offense as is the QB.


I don't know if Snoddy can catch the ball, but with his speed, if he can run the wheel route, it could be good.


@BigTimeTECHFan, you sound much more optimistic than the coaches with regards to the OL, at least according to Ken's recent article.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

He still has to learn NEVER to elude tackles by backing up or running completely away from the tacklers.  I like his elusive abilities, but you got to at least try to advance the ball.

BigTimeTECHFan
BigTimeTECHFan

Sounds like a great move, hope Snoddy can have positive impact playing A-Back.

A-Back is loaded with Days, Hill, Perkins, Bostic, Zenon, Snoddy, M Autry all are big plays waiting to happen.


Nice to see Donovan Wilson in B-Back rotation, should be awesome with 

Laskey, Custis, and Wilson


OL is looking real good so Tech's offensive should be one of the most explosive in the country

rallo
rallo

Still think we gotta pass more. 

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@hpt84

Power for b-back and speed for a-back .... Then let's hope PJ has found Jon Dwyer #2, If he hasn't already with Custis.  IMO, a home-run threat at the b-back position (and not great passing) is the x-factor that makes PJ's O most dangerous.  When there's no home-run threat at b-back, then passing must be much more efficient. 

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@ChopChamps95  

Andrews is not young and was in the rotation at a-back last season, Snoddy will have to improve a lot if he is going to take snaps  away from Andrews.

In fact Andrews is probably our best down field receiver among the a-backs, and would probably make a great slot-WR at a place like Baylor or Texas A&M.

gt-40
gt-40

@fried okra doggie

My gut tells me the thing you look most forward to is blue light specials at walmart. Go burn one with jhc, and then cash some checks two or three times....

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@OkieDawg

That old school offense sure did give the puppies some trouble this past season, didn't it? LOL.  Keep trolling lowlife.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

If the O-Line can handle their opponent properly, this is 6 points every snap.

I've been screaming for more of this 5 years now!!

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@TrevorSamms


I agree.  This play is golden.  Defense expects the B-back to run straight up the middle every play.  Nobody home when he hits the flats. This also worked against UVA in 2012 with Laskey.  First offensive play as well I believe.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@hpt84

Excellent point.  The only A back that really flourished in his early years was Roddy Jones and that was CPJ's first season where we really didn't have any other options.  It's a deep depth chart at that position and players have to wait their time out.  When it comes though, they usually excel. No different from any other school (which the trolls don't seem to understand).  Godhigh and Orwin are perfect examples.  I think it'll be Bostic and Days this year.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Mike.....High on my list of bone-picking with PJs coaching short-comings is his refusal to use some of the teams better athletes at other positions. This Snoddy kid is a prime example...Why hasn't this kid been given a shot at playing Defense? God forbid PJ take a player away from his coveted backfield!

Snoddy & Synjyn could be much more useful in the secondary or LB as opposed to wasting away as 3rd string A/B backs.

hpt84
hpt84

@BigCrimson75  This happen at every school. As a Bama fan you should know this. Players have to step up and fill Eddie Jackson role until he recover.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Jim70.....Face it pal, PJ needs to hire a passing coordinator to get his offense respectable.

No opponent, even the D2 squads PJ is famous for scheduling, respects the pass against GT on 1st or 2nd down.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Fox Noise Johnny?

No thanks.....I prefer getting the news from real Americans.

BigTimeTECHFan
BigTimeTECHFan

@Getting_Older @BigTimeTECHFan


OL is looking better then the past couple of years, but the coaching staff has set the bar a lot higher, plus the OL has better individual players but as a unit they are not making all the right reads and stuff.  A lot of learning going on so sometimes they are thing more about being in the right sport then finishing plays. Also they are moving players around a lot to make sure they have best 5 as a unit on the field. 

Steverino
Steverino

@BigCrimson75   No, they would not have been effective in anything other than their H.S. "DEFINED" position, BC75!!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@BigCrimson75 Are you and Mike dating now? Notice a lot of attaboys going on between you guys. Maybe yall are brother in laws, hopefully.

FreddieBlassie
FreddieBlassie

@BigCrimson75  IttyBittyCrimson should change your color to pinko. 

Go away. You are a know little and a nancy.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

I have equal disdain for MSNBC if that's what you're thinking.