Former B-Backs Zach Laskey and Synjyn Days, the pioneers of last season's record-setting offense, both received rave reviews following private workouts with the Atlanta Falcons. That is very encouraging news for both of their respective draft stocks, especially considering how little attention they garnered during last season. Both Days and Laskey project to play fullback or potentially a short-yardage running back role at the next level, though I'd argue that they each have a much higher ceiling than that given their fantastic work ethics and skillsets. Purely from the standpoint of a Falcons fan, I'd especially love to see what either Laskey or Days could do in Kyle Shanahan's run-heavy offense. It could provide a great environment for either of them to succeed in.
Georgia Tech baseball will play host to No. 15 UVA this weekend in what feels like a must-win series for the Jackets. UVA has faltered lately following a solid start to the season, which many fans had high expectations for in the first place -- the Hoos are currently 20-12 after starting the season 10-0. They have also been one of the streakiest teams in the entire conference if not the nation, having dropped three or more straight games on three separate occasions but also having maintained win streaks of five games or more twice.
Sports Illustrated released their way too early NCAA basketball rankings for next season, and they feature two ACC teams at numbers one and two -- UVA and UNC. If those two teams truly do end up being the best in the nation (and I don't doubt that they will), it could be yet another fantastic season for the conference. Other ACC teams included in the rankings are Duke, Notre Dame, and NC State, all of which are coming off of fantastic showings in the NCAA Tournament which have their fan bases energized and ready for another successful season.
The Masters began yesterday morning at Augusta National, featuring some solid performances by a few former Jackets. Matt Kuchar finished his day tied for 31st place at E while Cameron Tringale turned in a great -1 performance, good for an 18th place tie. Larry Mize, who qualified for the first time since 2009, didn't have quite as much luck; he finished the day at a disappointing +6, good for a tie for 85th in the standings. Texas product Jordan Spieth currently leads that field at a fantastic -8, good for a three-stroke lead over four second-place participants all at -5.
Is the coming series versus UVA a must-win for the Jackets?
Have a great weekend!