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Georgia Tech Football: Five Newbies to Watch For - Jeff Sims

Jeff Sims is a playmaker that Georgia Tech needs.

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Georgia Tech is facing a problem this year it hasn’t dealt with in quite a while and that is a quarterback room that could have four viable starters. James Graham became the leader of the group last season after rotating playing time with Tobias Oliver and Lucas Johnson. With Oliver now on defense and Lucas transferring to San Diego State it would seem Graham should have a hold on the starting spot. However, redshirt freshman Jordan Yates, freshman Tucker Gleason, and freshman Jeff Sims will all be battling for their place in the pecking order.

Jeff Sims was a surprise commitment to most of the Tech faithful during the early signing period. Just a week before the early signing day, Sims decommitted from FSU and rumors began about the 4-star QB possibly coming to Georgia Tech. It became official on early signing day and Jeff Sims became the highest rated QB prospect to sign with Tech outside of 2012 signee, ATH Justin Thomas, who wasn’t half bad himself.

Georgia Tech is going to need a steady playmaker under center if it wants to compete at a higher level and Jeff Sims could start to develop as that player early in his collegiate career. He is a dual-threat quarterback with good size and speed. He has a good cannon to get the ball downfield without it being a loose cannon. That will be beneficial to Tech’s speedier receivers like Ahmarean Brown who can slip behind safeties. What could really help Sims earn playing time this year though is his ability to be elusive in the pocket. While the offensive line should be better this year it still will be trying to gel early on and being able to escape pressure will be a plus. His ability to take off will add another dilemma to linebackers already having to focus on one of the deepest running back cores in the conference.

Even before the era of the triple option, Georgia Tech has always leaned toward quarterbacks that fit the dual-threat moniker. Tech has only ever had five players be a part of an NFL team at quarterback and only one stayed longer than a year, but now more and more dual-threat style QBs are making it in the league. Jeff Sims has the talent, now he needs himself and the coaching staff to develop into a quarterback that can leave a lasting mark in the White and Gold.