Now that spring practice has concluded, here at the TechTalk, we are asking the question: "Which four players had the most impact this spring, and will have the biggest impact in the fall?"Throughout the week, here on the blog, we'll be counting down those top players. Who would make your list? And in what order? Feel free to make your own suggestions or see how your list stacks up to the one compiled here this week.
The countdown continues today with No. 3 -- WE Demaryius "Bay Bay" Thomas...
Demaryius Thomas, more affectionately known as "Bay Bay" by his teammates and fellow Georgia Tech students, came along this spring as the team's foremost authority on pass-catching. The 6-foot-3 junior was already the team's best receiver last season, but with Georgia Tech's new "run-n-shoot" pass-based package set to hit the field this fall, he's already begun trying to lock up the role as top receiver once again.
While we didn't see very much of the run-n-shoot implemented in practices and in the the Spring Game these last few weeks, the building blocks appear to have been put in place. During a number of workouts this spring, Yellow Jackets quarterbacks spent significant time completing passes to a group that is quickly becoming a deep set of receivers. Of course, Bay Bay was leading the way.
Securing one-handed grabs and snagging tough passes and making them look easy, Thomas exercised his abilities full tilt. In limited action during the T-Day Spring Game, he came away with four catches for 55 yards. But while his exploits are important, he's also discovered just how important the exploits of the entire unit are going to be in the fall. That's why he's spent much of the offseason working out with dormmate and young Yellow Jacket, Tyler Melton. A sophomore who saw some time on the field as a true freshman last season, Melton has said he's looking to Thomas not just as a fellow receiver, but also as a mentor who knows what it takes to be successful at the position in the ACC. The pair often work
on detail-oriented catching drills, like catching tennis balls with one hand.
Their relationship as No. 1 and No. 2 receiver, as well as their connection with a growing stable of wide outs -- a unit which is expected to get even better with the arrival of recruit Stephen Hill in the fall -- should make 2009 an interesting year in Georgia Tech's passing game.
That's all for No. 3, check back tomorrow for No. 2! Who is it? Come on back tomorrow and see. Thanks for stopping by!