Experience is the Key at B-Back

Anthony Allen will once again be one of the focal points of the Georgia Tech offense this coming season; only this year he'll be doing it from the B Back position rather than the A Back. Coach Brian Bohannon returns a deep and experienced group of players for the upcoming season.

Despite the loss of Jonathan Dwyer from the B Back position, the position should be one of the strengths of this coming season's offense. Last years backup Preston Lyons is out for the spring and this gives players like Richard Watson and Luke Cox a chance to show what they can do. "I think Richard is hungry," said Coach Bohannon. "This is his time."

Watson has been working hard to get himself ready. Watson has lost weight and appears to be quicker this spring. "This time last year I was probably about ten pounds heavier," said Watson. "This spring is an opportunity to get playing time and get on the field."

The experience of the returning group at the position is something that Coach Bohannon really likes. "We really have a lot of experience at that position, said Bohannon. "Anthony was a B Back before he was moved to the A Back position." Cox is another player who despite playing at the A Back position has experience at the B Back position. Richard Watson is a player who has been at the position for two years now and is ready to make his presence felt.. Preston Lyons got a lot of playing time last season. "I really pleased with all of them."

The new kid on the block is Collins Hill back Charles Perkins. Perkins enrolled early enabling him to take part in spring practice. This should prove to be a plus for him. "I think it helps," said Bohannon. "It gives him a realistic chance to hopefully get on the field in some capacity next year." Perkins is going through the learning process and is getting better with each practice. Coach Bohannon and the other coaches like the flexibility they have with Perkins. "He's a guy you could put at A Back or at Back and that's what we like with those guys that have that flexibility."

Players in the 200 pound range are guys that they look at for the B Back position. "That's kind of a starting point," said Bohannon. "We'd like them a little heavier but somewhere in there."

With the depth and experience at the position for this coming season, the B Back position is one where we may not have to see one back carrying the load as Dwyer has done in the past. Richard Watson and Luke Cox have already made a case for more playing time and with the return of Preston Lyons following his rehab the competition at the B Back position should be a positive one for the 2010 Yellow Jacket team.

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