ATLANTA -- A lesser person might be bitter, but Georgia Tech’s Synjyn Days has never been one to sulk.
Want him to play quarterback? Just ask. Want to move him to A-back? Say the word. Need help at B-back? He’ll move without a peep. The senior has taken the positive approach throughout his career with the Yellow Jackets.
“I believe everything happens for a reason,” Days said.
During the past three games, Days has been as good as any back in the ACC. Given the chance to start at B-back when starter Zach Laskey injured his shoulder against North Carolina, Days has produced three 100-yard games, each one better than the next.
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Days had a career-high 22 carries and 110 yards against Pittsburgh, followed that with 24 carries a 147 yards against Virginia and then carried 19 times for 157 yards against N.C. State.
That’s 65 carries for 414 yards and two touchdowns in those three games. He now has 503 yards this season.
The effort against N.C. State got a lot of attention and earned Days the ACC Offensive Back of the Week Award. He learned about the honor after a friend sent him a Tweet.
“It’s definitely exciting to be acknowledged for my efforts,” Days said. “I give thanks to God and to my offensive line doing the things they’re doing, opening wide holes for me. I’ve got to run through them. They’re from here to here (extending his hands wide apart).”
Some might ask if Days could have been doing this all the time had he spent his entire career at B-back rather than being bounced around from position to position. Days doesn’t see it that way.
“Playing A-back opened my eyes to the offense differently,” he said. “Playing quarterback and B-back has made me see the whole offense differently. I’m happy with the way things have been happening right now, having three straight wins and having Clemson coming in on Saturday for senior day. It’s going to be a great ending.”
Days might have to share time this week with Laskey, who is expected to return. Laskey has gained 595 yards and scored five touchdowns.
“Zach is one of my best friends. I’m glad to see that he’s healthy and back in action,” he said. “I think we have great skill sets that work well together. I look forward to when he’s back out there on Saturday.”
Head coach Paul Johnson plans to play both Days and Laskey this week against Clemson, although he said Days has earned the right to start.
“We’re going to play them both. Then we will come off the field and see who has the hot hand,” Johnson said. “Each of them bring their own unique advantages over the other guy to the game, and we will play them by what we need. Zach was playing well when he got hurt. They’re both going to play.”
Tech notes: The time for the Georgia game Nov. 29 has been set for noon on the SEC Network. ... Saturday’s game, which is Georgia Tech’s final home game of the year, will serve as senior day, with senior athletes, cheerleaders and band members honored on the field before the game. ... The home finale also will kick off the 14th annual Michael Isenhour Toy Drive. Fans are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy or monetary gift to the game.