Former Georgia Tech running back Synjyn Days went from quarterback to A-back to B-back over the course of his four seasons with the Yellow Jackets. The position switches may help him get a better shot at the NFL.
At the Medal of Honor Bowl workouts in Charleston, S.C., Days said he was able to adjust to playing tailback in a pro-style offense in preparation for Saturday’s game at the Citadel.
“I didn’t have any concerns,” he said. “My career at Georgia Tech, I’ve been in a lot of situations and been able to maneuver my way through different positions and be pretty successful at the positions I’ve played. I’ve just felt like that kind of prepared me for being in a situation where I can kind of play anything. Playing tailback, I was actually more excited to play tailback than B-back.”
Days will play at tailback in Saturday’s game, playing for the American team. He has been lining up seven yards deep in the backfield, as opposed to the 4 ½-yard depth he took as a B-back, and has been catching passes out of the backfield, taking on defenders in pass blocking and running the ball on zone and isolation run plays.
Days said he felt like the extra depth “feels like it definitely works to my advantage,” as he had more time to read plays and make his cuts. As a B-back, Days would run a designated track on option plays, but would make reads once through the line.
Days said he had spoken with about 15 NFL scouts who gave him positive feedback and said they were looking forward to see him perform at Tech’s pro day. Days said a New England Patriots scout told him he wanted to run him through a private workout after the pro day.
“Of course it’s a lot different than the triple-option offense, but I’m enjoying it a lot,” Days said. “All the coaches and all the scouts are saying they like seeing me at tailback.”
Days said drills and techniques he learned at Tech with quarterbacks and B-backs coach Bryan Cook, graduate assistant Steven Sylvester and former Tech fullback Mike Cox, who has returned to campus to complete his degree, were similar to those he has practiced at the all-star workouts.
It has been a fortuitous senior season for Days, who began camp at A-back but was moved to B-back during the preseason. He finished with a flourish, recording four 100-yard rushing games in the final seven games of the season, including 171 yards against Mississippi State in the Orange Bowl.
Days said he received the Medal of Honor Bowl invitation on New Year’s Day.
“I’m just blessed to be put in this situation right now,” he said.
Days was to play in the game with Tech teammate Shaquille Mason, but he did not participate. Days said he was not sure why.
Days said he will return to Atlanta following the bowl game (at 2:30 p.m., broadcast on NBC Sports Network), rest a couple days and then begin training for Tech’s pro day, likely to be held in March.
Days said he has “heard some chatter” about a possible invitation to participate in another pre-draft showcase, like the East-West Shrine Game or the Senior Bowl, but isn’t paying attention.
“I’m just looking forward to getting back to Atlanta, seeing some familiar faces and start training,” he said.