Posted: 2:27 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Johnson explains Days’ B-back tryout 

By Ken Sugiura

Coach Paul Johnson offered explanation Monday about his decision to try A-back Synjyn Days at B-back. Days, who came to Tech from Hillgrove High as a quarterback and switched to A-back as a sophomore, took snaps in Saturday’s scrimmage at B-back, a day after Johnson approached him about testing it out.

Johnson said he had been thinking about it for a long time and was prompted by an injury to B-back C.J. Leggett. The freshman had been receiving a lot of snaps there in camp before an injury last week. (Johnson said he didn’t know when Leggett would return.)

“We needed somebody else in there,” Johnson said. “I just felt like Synjyn could do it.”

As noted previously, Days willingly took it on, saying that he is more of a downhill runner anyway. Further, Days’ lower-body strength would seem to suit him for the position.

It remains to be seen what role there will be for Matt Connors, listed No. 2 on the depth chart behind Zach Laskey. Johnson said after Saturday’s scrimmage that Connors is “a plugger. He plays real hard, does some good things.”

Some of how much Days (or Connors, Leggett or Donovan Wilson) plays at B-back will depend on how productive Laskey is in a starting role, and how much of a gap there is between him and the No. 2 back. Former B-backs Jonathan Dwyer and Anthony Allen dominated carries and snaps when they started. David Sims shared snaps with Preston Lyons and then Laskey, as the separation wasn’t as great between Sims and the backups.

8 comments
AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

Ken, did your son loan you the "Flash" costume?  You've been putting out new articles with blazing speed.


Great work!

GT-UT
GT-UT

Go Synjyn!  Light 'em up!

I always liked his name...perfect for a running back.  Kinda like he'll set the field on fire...torch everybody...that sort of thing.   Its a good idea to try and get him going downhill a little more.

IHATEPOLITICIANS
IHATEPOLITICIANS

Days has the size for B back & probably would be a tough inside threat. However, I recall he did exhibit some issues with "fumbleitis" for a few seasons & his blocking ability or lack thereof may have been a concern to the coaches. If he were to an effective B back I think this would help the team immensely.

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

Synjyn will turn heads at B-back. Just watch ;)

juvenal
juvenal

finally! of course, he was a half-back pass option............ 

FBYJ
FBYJ

Next thing you know, we'll read that he's playing defensive back!

GTBob
GTBob

Synjyn Days, a back of all trades.