Byerly, Laskey lead White team to spring win

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 18, 2014 at 9:43 pm •  Published: April 18, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — Tim Byerly wanted to make the most of his big chance to impress coach Paul Johnson.

The junior quarterback rushed for 101 yards and passed for 69 to help the White team beat the Gold team 20-12 in Georgia Tech's spring game Friday night.

But with conditions hampered by a 40-degree wind chill and heavy rain falling throughout the scrimmage, Byerly played a part in five of the game's 13 fumbles.

"It's great that we get this type of experience in spring," Byerly said. "That's huge for us. I obviously had a few get away from me tonight, but that's why we're here in the spring, to learn from it and get better at it."

Byerly, the Yellow Jackets' No. 2 QB, took all of the first-team snaps in coach Paul Johnson's spread option offense. Starter Justin Thomas was sidelined by a shoulder injury.

Ball security was sloppy on the center exchange early in the game, but Johnson wasn't terribly upset considering how the footballs stayed wet and weighed too much.

"I thought in spots the first group did pretty well," Johnson said. "They moved the ball pretty good when they held onto it with the conditions. The second group left a lot to be desired. All in all, I think they progressed during spring, but we need to have a great offseason and summer camp."

Zach Laskey, who rushed 12 times for 75 yards, ran for a 40-yard touchdown in the first quarter and helped set up Byerly's 1-yard TD run in the third quarter to make it 20-6.

Third-string quarterback Ty Griffin took most of the snaps with the Gold team and fumbled on each of the first two possessions.

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